Lecture series: Five historians plan to discuss how Africans migrated to the Americas as early as 1513, and how they contributed to Florida history, in a forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the H.O.P.E. Center, 4902 N. 22nd St., in Tampa. Part of the local focus of the lecture will be the 100th anniversary of Booker T. Washington's visit to Tampa, when the civil rights leader addressed a crowd of 2,000 blacks and whites at the now-defunct Tampa Bay Casino on the grounds of Plant Park. The scholars will talk about his visit, and the liberation of Tampa's slaves, at 4 p.m. today at the casino's former site on the grounds of the University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Both events are free, and the public is invited.
The historians taking part in the lecture are: Anthony Dixon, professor at Tallahassee Community College; David Jackson, professor at Florida A&M University; Titus Brown, professor at Florida A&M; Tameka Hobbs, Florida Memorial University; and retired Sgt. Maj. Jarvis Rosier, lead coordinator of the Florida United States Colored Troops 2nd Infantry Regiment Reenactment Unit. The project scholar is Will Guzman, director of the Office of Black Diaspora Culture at Florida A & M.
Free shots and physicals: Free back-to-school physicals and immunizations will be available for any school-aged child entering Florida schools for the first time, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard. Appointments recommended, walk-ins limited. Call (813) 443-3048.
High tea: The Champions for Children Auxiliary group will host a "High Tea" event including tea, tea sandwiches and scones, 3 p.m. Sunday at First Housing, 107 S Willow Ave. $30, all proceeds benefit Champions for Children, formerly the Child Abuse Council. Reservations required. Call (813) 673-4646 ext. 225.
Town hall meeting: Mayor Bob Buckhorn will host three town hall meetings to answer questions and discuss the Republican National Convention's impact on residents and area businesses. The meetings are: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Taylor Great Room of the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Smith Court Room of Stetson University, 1700 N Tampa St.; 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kate Jackson Community Center, 821 S Rome Ave. Free. Visit tampagov.net/RNC.
Attention playwrights: Stageworks Theatre is accepting submissions of original, previously unproduced and unpublished full-length plays for consideration for a staged reading during the upcoming season. Two plays will be selected. Guidelines include: one submission per playwright; comedies and dramas; minimal set; and cast maximum of eight. Submission deadline is Wednesday. No fees. Mail to: 120 Adriatic Ave., Tampa, FL 33606. Call (813) 251-8984.
Living healthy: Tampa General Hospital Community Health Education Center will offer a six-week program for adults living with a chronic health conditions, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at 740 S Village Circle. Limited seating. Registration required. Call toll-free 1-800-822-3627.
Read, build play: Lego Duplo play leaders will read stories, build Lego Duplo bricks, guide activities and sing songs for children under age 5, at 11 a.m. Thursday at John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.
Career expo: Congressman Dennis Ross will hold his second annual career and networking expo in Hillsborough County, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Rasmussen College, 4042 Park Oaks Blvd. Veterans will be admitted at 10 a.m. For more information, call (863) 644-8215.
Neighborhood grants available: Neighborhood associations in unincorporated Hillsborough County can apply for minigrants up to $2,500 to fund community improvements and civic involvement. Application deadline is Aug. 17. Applications available at hillsboroughcounty.org/onr/ minigrant. Call (813) 272-5860.