Winter orchid sale: Find an orchid for your Valentine or expand your collection during this event with a variety of blooming orchids including cattleyas, oncidiums and Phalaenopsis, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Louis Del Favero Orchids, 6609 Gant Road. Free. Call (813) 961-8277.
Helping the troops: Members of Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road, are sending care packages to troops. To help, call (813) 962-6338.
Reserve Deputy orientation: The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will host a reserve deputy orientation for law enforcement reserve deputy positions from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Falkenburg Road Jail Assembly Room, at 520 Falkenburg Road. The positions are voluntary and selected candidates will attend a 360-hour reserve academy at no cost. Call (813) 247-8070.
LEGO creations: Children in first through fifth grades can use LEGO building blocks to make fun, interactive and creative projects at 4 p.m. Monday at North Tampa Branch Library, 8916 N Boulevard. The program is free. For more information, call (813) 273-3652 or visit www.hcplc.org.
Author visit: Meet award-winning mystery author James Swain at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 W Lutz-Lake Fern Road. Swain, a Florida resident and national bestselling author, talks about the publication of four of his original novels as eBooks. Light refreshments will be provided. The event, for adults, is free. For more information, call (813) 273-3652 or visit www.hcplc.org.
Tax preparation: Have your taxes prepared at no cost by certified volunteers of the Prosperity Campaign of Hillsborough County from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Children's Board's Family Resource Center in Town 'N Country, 7520 W Waters Ave., Suite 8. For additional information, call (813) 356-1703.
Volunteer to help Ghana: Feeding Children Everywhere and DeBartolo Development have partnered to purchase, package and ship 250,000 meals to a poverty stricken region of Ghana. Volunteers are needed to help package food in one-hour shifts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at DeBartolo Development offices, 4401 W Kennedy Blvd. To volunteer, register at feedingchildreneverywhere.com/debartolodevelopment.
Black history: The Distinguished Men of Brass, formerly Busch Gardens' Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, are headliners at the 24th annual City of Tampa Black History Celebration, which will be covered live at 11 a.m. Wednesday on City of Tampa Television (CTTV). The program will replay throughout February. Replay times include Sundays at 9 p.m., Mondays at 1 p.m., Fridays at 8 a.m. and Saturdays at 10 p.m.
Hillsborough County school students will play roles of men and women in black history during the first hour of the free event, which will not be televised. That portion of the program begins at 10 a.m. in Ballroom D of the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St.
Diabetes support group: Join Dr. Benjamin Mena for information, discussions and sharing, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in classroom 109-B of the Support Service Building at Memorial Hospital, 2901 W Swann Ave. A light lunch will be served. Free. To RSVP, call (813) 342-1483.
Author reading: Mike Doughty will read from his book The Book of Drugs, followed by a question and answer session, 6 p.m. Wednesday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. Free. Call (813) 253-2638.
Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay Arts event: A fundraiser featuring mobile art venues including Boxfotos and the Bluebird Books Bus, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mermaid Tavern, 6719 N Nebraska Ave. Proceeds benefit the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. Visit pytampa.org.
Spiritual unity: First Baptist Church of Tampa will host the fifth Commemorative Reunion Service between the predominantly black Beulah Baptist Institutional Church and the predominantly white First Baptist Church of Tampa, 302 W Kennedy Blvd., at 6 p.m. Feb. 12. Call Machelle Maner at (813) 323-5692.
Nominate youths for award: The County Commission is accepting nominations for Youth Excellence and Achievement Awards (YEA! Awards). Middle school and high school students can be nominated in categories of leadership, success despite difficult odds and volunteer community service.
The deadline is Feb. 17. Nominations can be submitted online at tinyurl.com/6v55rgq, by mail to the Hillsborough County Communications Department, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., First Floor, Tampa, FL 33602, or by fax to (813) 276-8695.
Charles Greacen is an artist working in Hyde Park. To reach him, go to www.towntiles.com