Castor to host help on housing foreclosures
U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor will host a foreclosure assistance workshop 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus in the Performing Arts Center, 2112 N 15th St. Representatives from banks, nonprofits and other community groups will answer questions and share advice. Call 871-2817 or visit www.castor.house.gov.
North hyde park
Yoga studio marks five years with open house
The Lotus Room Yoga Studio celebrates its fifth anniversary with an open house and free classes all day Saturday at 1101 W Kennedy Blvd. Those with packages can bring a new friend to the studio and get an additional free class. Class packages and yoga gift certificates can be purchased with a 10 percent discount. Call 254-7777 or visit www.yogalotus room.com for the schedule.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk set for Sunday at zoo
The Arthritis Foundation hosts its annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis on Sunday at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race starts at 8 a.m. The family event includes a 5K competitive run and a 1-mile fitness walk with prizes given to the highest fundraiser and the fastest male and female runners in age categories. The event is dog-friendly. Fee is $20 for early registration and $25 day of the race with $5 student discounts. To register, call 968-7000 or 1-800-850-9455 or register at www.arthritis.org or www.active.com/active.
University of Tampa
Writer to debut book on Charles Dickens
Florida writer Les Standiford debuts his new book about the true story of Charles Dickens, The Man Who Invented Christmas, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Grand Salon at the University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers and include a champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception, book talk, book signing and the 27th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll. For reservations, call 258-7304.
Seminar is on how to save on medicine
The Caregiver Education Series offers free seminars for caregivers, families and health care professionals. This week's discussion is "How to Save Money on Medication" with Eric Goldstein, PharmD, fellow in the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Weinberg Village, 13005 Community Campus Drive. Free. Open to the public. To RSVP, call Dan at 969-1818.
Traveling basketball team seeks players
Team Tampa is a traveling boys basketball team that seeks sixth- and eighth-grade players. For more information, visit www.team-tampa.com or call Coach Nick at 732-4831 or Coach David at 506-1493.
Artists, performers can apply for grants
Applications and guidelines for the 2009 Individual Artist Grants are available. Grants are awarded to artists in performing, visual, literary, dance and music disciplines. Applicants must be 18 and must have been a legal resident of Hillsborough County for at least 24 consecutive months. Students pursuing any degree or full-time faculty members in higher education are not eligible. The maximum award is $2,000. The deadline is today. For an application, visit www.tampaarts.com or call 276-8250.
WMNF seeks items for Holiday Bazaar
WMNF is looking for donations of gently used books, music, prerecorded video, working audio equipment and '60s memorabilia for its annual Holiday Bazaar. Donations will be accepted until Saturday and are tax-deductible. Drop off your donations at WMNF studios, 1210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Call (813) 238-8001.