Orchid Society speaker: The Tampa Bay Orchid Society will present speaker Jim Roberts talking on "Summertime and the Growing Is Easy," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. There will be a bloom table at 6 p.m. where experts discuss care for a variety of orchids. Refreshments provided. Free. Call (813) 876-8495.
Art exhibit: Paintings of various media by members of the Life Enrichment Center are on display through April 30 at the Upper Tampa Bay Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. This exhibit of 18 paintings, called the "Jan Platt Traveling Art Show," is named in honor of the longtime former Hillsborough county commissioner who is well-known for her support of the arts. The show is free; the paintings are available for purchase. A portion of the sales will benefit the private nonprofit Life Enrichment Center. For information, contact Ronna Metcalf at (813) 932-0241 or go to lifeenrichmenttampa.org.
Garden Club Valentine's party: The Tampa Garden Club will host "Let's Have a Heart to Heart" Valentine's Day party with live music, cocktails, live and silent auctions, and a catered dinner including entrees of roast beef au jus and chicken with raspberry glaze, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at 2629 Bayshore Blvd. Open to the public. $60 per person. Call (813) 251-5059 or email tampafederat [email protected]
Valentine's Day at the Franciscan Center: The center, at 3010 Perry Ave., will host a Valentine's Evening, "To Know You Is to Love You," from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Cost is $50 per couple and includes dinner and presentations. Call (813) 229-2695.
Blues history: Bodie Valdez of the Suncoast Blues Society will perform and relay the history of blues during "Blues in the Library" at 2 p.m. Tuesday at West Tampa Branch Library, 2312 W Union St. Free. For adults. Call (813) 273-3652.
Painting class: A class in painting with acrylics and oils will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting this week and continuing through March 21. Classes meet at the Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard. Cost is $75 for members of the Life Enrichment Center or $90 for nonmembers. Class size is limited and requires advance registration. To register, or for more information, call (813) 932-0241 or go to lifeenrichmenttampa.org.
Retro ball: The second annual Knickers Ball (a 1920s Gatsby ball) is from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club, 200 Inverness Ave. Guests are asked to wear period clothes — knickers for men, flapper attire for women. Advance cost for the event, open to the public, is $30 per person. Ticket orders and payments must be received by Wednesday. For more information, call Leitha Bowles at (813) 732-6941.
Parkinson's support group: Patients, family members and caregivers dealing with Parkinson's can attend a support group at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Church of the Nazarene, 5902 N Himes Ave. Guest speaker Tom Maeller of the Crisis Center will discuss art therapy. No dues. Call (813) 931-1235.
Concert Chorale: Palma Ceia United Methodist Church, 3723 W Bay to Bay Blvd., will present the Bethune-Cookman Concert Chorale at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19. Call (813) 837-1541.
Summer research program accepting applications: Moffitt Cancer Center is accepting applications for SPARK, Summer Program for the Advancement of Research Knowledge. SPARK offers 10 weeks of intensive research study to undergraduate students interested in biomedical science careers. The selection process includes a written essay, academic performance and recommendations. Free. Entry deadline is Wednesday. Visit moffitt.org/spark or call (813) 745-6767.
Ladies health night out: Learn the tests and tools to prevent heart disease, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, Classroom 1, 3030 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. Call (813) 443-3078.
Women's nonprofit fundraiser: The local nonprofit Women Empowering Future Leaders will hold the fundraising reception "Igniting the Dream," with keynote speaker Linda Campbell. The event begins at 5:30 Thursday at Hyatt Regency, 211 N Tampa St. $20, light appetizers included. Call (813) 545-4455.
Charles Greacen is an artist working in Hyde Park. To reach him, go to www.towntiles.com