New Tampa Rotary: Ron Hurst, former member of the Illinois Legislature, will speak at 7 a.m. at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. The cost is $12. Call (813) 972-9235 or visit www.newtamparotary.org.
Casino night: The New Tampa Rotary Club Casino night and charity auction is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Grand Ballroom at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. The cost is $75 in advance, $100 at the door. Proceeds benefit charities and school programs. Call (813)-629-1502.
GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman's Club: The sixth annual Fire Safety and Awareness Day is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Tampa Palms Fire Station No. 20, 16200 Bruce B Downs Blvd. The event features truck and K-9 demonstrations, an arts and crafts table for kids, and several area exhibitors. Call (813) 390-0197.
Stride for Strays: Help increase awareness and raise money to help homeless animals at the Animal Coalition of Tampa's Eighth annual walkathon from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lowry Park, 1719 W Lemon St. The goal is to raise $60,000. Call (813) 250-3900.
Writers festival: Meet published authors including best-selling novelist Tim Dorsey at the Local Writers Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. Call (813) 964-2972.
Fall Festival: Don't forget to bring some canned food. The Main Street at Hampton Lakes Plaza Fall Festival and Food Drive is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the shopping plaza, 12950 Race Track Road. The event features a petting farm, crafts, store giveaways and more. The event benefits Tampa Bay Harvest, a nonprofit group that collects and distributes food to needy families. Call (813) 818-8697.
USF Homecoming kickoff: The USF Alumni Association will present students with Otto the Orange, the University of Syracuse mascot at the official Homecoming kick-off at noon at the Marshall Center at USF, 4202 E Fowler Ave. The opposing team's mascot will be burned in the bonfire Oct. 17. Call (813) 974-6312.
CABA and Java: The Carrollwood Area Business Association meets for coffee 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Land America Lawyer's Title, 14802 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 431-0039.
The Children's Home: A Foster and Adoptive Parent Orientation is 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Children's Home, 10909 Memorial Highway. Call (813) 864-1434.
Northdale OWLS: The Northdale OWLS (Older, Wiser, Lively Seniors) will visit Leu Gardens, the largest formal rose garden in Florida. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northdale Park, 15550 Spring Pine Drive. The cost is $26. Call (813) 961-5649.
Teen Advisory Board and anime: Middle and high school students in need of volunteer hours can help the Temple Terrace Public Library Teen Advisory Board at 6 p.m. at the library, 202 Bullard Parkway. Or just stay to watch anime after the meeting. Call (813) 989-7160.
Newcomers of Northwest Hillsborough: Philip Leto, professor of government and world affairs at the University of Tampa, will speak at 11 a.m. at Capitol Grill at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd. The cost is $21. Call (813) 412-4716 or (813) 920-1233.
Arbor Greene: The Arbor Greene Community Development District budget workshop is 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Center at the Arbor Greene Community Center, 18000 Arbor Greene Drive. Call (954) 753-5841.
Harvest Jubilee: Vendors are needed for the GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman's Club Harvest Jubilee. The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Woodmont Clubhouse and Park, 415 Woodmont Ave., Temple Terrace. The events benefit local charities. Call (813) 340-7069.
Mayor Youth Corps: Tampa teenagers can get involved in government by joining the Mayor's Youth Corps Class of 2009. Students in ninth, 10th and 11th grade can apply by Oct. 24. Applications are available in high school guidance offices. The group learns team building, leadership development, community service, has open forums with the mayor and produces a monthly youth-focused television show. Call (813) 274-5909.
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