Cameras, not canoes, at summer camp
Get your kids behind a camera this summer at the Florida Museum of Photographic Art's "Photocamp 2009."
Camp will feature workshops on composition, principles of design, photo transfers, texture and framing. Two sessions are available for children ages 7 to 15. The first is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through June 12 at 200 N Tampa St. The second is July 13-17.
The cost is $125 for museum members, $185 for nonmembers. Campers should bring a digital camera. The museum will supply cameras to those without. Images from each camper will be displayed in the museum's annual member's show. Call (813) 221-2222.
Get in groove with free hip-hop class
The Patel Conservatory at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center offers a free introductory hip-hop dance class, noon to 1 p.m. today at 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place. Space is limited. To pre-register, call (813) 222-6453.
Session offers help tracking ancestry
The Florida Genealogical Society will meet 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the auditorium of the John F. Germany Library, 900 N Ashley Drive. Drew Smith and George G. Morgan will present "RootsMagic 4: An Introduction to the RootsMagic Genealogy Database Program." Free. Call (813) 205-3032.
Scout, Jem or Dill? Kids' auditions set
Stageworks Theatre announces auditions for youths ages 9 to 14 for To Kill a Mockingbird, 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at 1105 E Twiggs St. Auditions will be cold readings from the script. Bring head shot and resume. Call (813) 251-8984 for an appointment.
Workshops offer economic tips
The Hillsborough County Small Business Information Center will offer free one-hour workshops from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Tampa Bay Area Business Expo at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. The workshops include sessions on improving cash flow, low budget marketing strategies and financing your business. Call (813) 914-4028 and press option five, or visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/sbic.
Republicans hold Flag Day Party
The Tampa Republican Club will host its annual Flag Day Party, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at 188 Blanca Ave.
Registered Republicans and elected officials are invited. Food and drink provided.
For reservations, call Sylvia at (813) 837-9386.
Babysitting class for those 11 and up
St. Joseph's Hospital will offer "Safe Sitter," a full-day class covering basic instructions for babysitters to handle minor to life-threatening situations, including how to rescue a choking child, how to communicate with EMS, safety hints, accident and behavior management and how to entertain kids. It takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Hospital, Classroom 1, 3001 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Students must be at least 11 years old. The cost is $50. Call (813) 554-8216.
Stop-smoking session to be held at museum
The Museum of Science and Industry and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center will offer the discussion "Smoking Cessation" with nurse Nancy Olliver, as part of a free educational lecture series this summer, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the museum, 4801 E Fowler Ave.
Attendees will receive a discount to the Body Worlds exhibit. For more information call (813) 745-1505.
Hawaiian novelist will give reading
Hawaii's Todd Shimoda will read and discuss his newest novel, Oh! A Mystery of Mono No Aware, 6 p.m. Wednesday at 216 S Armenia Ave.
The novel is a fast-paced story of a young Japanese-American's self-discovery. Admission is free.
Call (813) 253-2638.
Biking club event has new starting time
The starting time for the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club Slow Ride has been changed to 8:30 a.m. beginning Saturday at 1203 E Powhatan Ave.
The slow ride is an easygoing 5.5-mile bike ride designed for newcomers and families on local scenic streets in Seminole Heights.
It is held the first Saturday of each month. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Young gardeners are invited to dig in
Seminole Heights Community Gardens will host a gardening project for kids, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 406 W Violet St. Kids are asked to bring a 2-liter bottle, gloves, water, hat and an apron to help make guerrilla gardening seed balls and soda bottle terrariums.
Register with Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.seminoleheightsscg.org.