Free class previews at Patel Conservatory
The Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts will offer "Try a Class for Free Week" with all theater, music and dance classes open to observation and participation, today and Saturday. No experience necessary. View class schedules at patelconservatory.org or call (813) 222-1002.
Photo museum to host Gandhi lecture
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts will host a lecture on Mahatma Gandhi in conjunction with its current exhibit, "Bhupendra Karia and Derry Moore: Stillness and Shadows/ Vintage Photographs of India," at 3 p.m. Saturday at 200 N Tampa St. Free for museum members, $4 for nonmembers. Call (813) 221-2222.
Weekend conference to focus on restoration
The Tampa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' Architectural Heritage Committee will present the three-day conference, "Renew Tampa: Something Old + Something New + All Green," focusing on green technology, building restoration, architectural heritage and transportation in Tampa, from 7 to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Trolley Barn, 1910 Ola Ave. The cost ranges from $8 to $25 per event. Visit renewtampa.com.
Parkinson's group meeting is Tuesday
Friends and families dealing with Parkinson's disease patients can attend this monthly support group that meets on the first Tuesday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grand Court Tampa, 4902 Bayshore Blvd. Use off-site parking next to Kojak's BBQ at Gandy Boulevard and Elberon Street. Free. Call (813) 835-4475.
Stroke support group meets Wednesday
The Tampa Bay Stroke Support and Prevention Group will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Tampa General Hospital Community Health Education Center, second floor, 740 S Village Circle. The topic is "Understanding Changes in Health Care Reform for People with Cardiovascular Disease and Post-Stroke." Call (813) 844-7707.
Gandy/Sun Bay South
Coast Guard auxiliary has boating program
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 79 offers a Boating Skills and Seamanship Program from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 5108 W Gandy Blvd. The $60 cost includes a textbook, a certificate, wallet card and a membership. Those interested can begin any Wednesday and continue until the program, which is on a looping basis, is completed. For more information, call (813) 835-4118 or visit cgwebs.net/flotilla79.
Palma Ceia West
Weekly Italian series begins Thursday
Learn about customs, culture and cuisine of Italy in a four-week beginner's conversational Italian series with chef Roberto, at 6 p.m. Thursday at Castellano and Pizzo Italian Foods, 4200 S Henderson Blvd. The cost is $145 per person or $270 per couple and includes dinner at each class. The series runs on Thursdays through Oct. 28. Call (727) 866-6892.
Join Tampa mayor for a walk on Saturday
Join Mayor Pam Iorio for "Walking with the Mayor: Keeping Tampa Fit," a fast-paced morning walk, at 7:30 Saturday at Rowlett Park, 2401 E Yukon St. All ages and abilities are invited. The first 200 walkers get a free T-shirt. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Free. Call (813) 274-8615.
Free shots offered for adult cat adoptions
Adopt an adult cat from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay or Hillsborough County Animal Services and receive free shots for the life of the feline, at 440 N Falkenburg Road or 3607 N Armenia Ave. The program runs through February. Call (813) 744-5660.