Hyde Park North
Drawing workshop, class at art center
Join Libit Jones for the fast-paced drawing workshop "A Bit of Intrigue," where she will demonstrate multimedia techniques for creating backgrounds, 10 a.m. Saturday at Old Hyde Park Art Center, 705 Swann Ave. Call (813) 251-8201.
On Wednesday, the center will feature a life drawing class with a nude model, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $8 fee, $6 for students. Call Kathy Durdin at (813) 220-5800.
Part of Channelside Drive lane is closed
A portion of the westbound lane of Channelside Drive between Cumberland Avenue and Meridian Street is closed to construct Tampa Port Authority's Channelside Parking Garage Expansion-related infrastructure. The partial closure is expected to end in November. The Channelside Parking Garage Expansion is expected to be completed in spring of 2010. For information, call Jae-Sang Lee at (813) 274-8009 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Session will help you try to quit smoking
Tampa General Hospital hosts a free seven-session "Freedom from Smoking" program, 6:30 p.m. Monday at 740 S Village Circle. The program leads smokers through the process of quitting and developing strategies for a smoke-free lifestyle. Check-in is at 6 p.m. Registration deadline is today. Call 1-800-822-3627 or visit tgh.org.
Party celebrates book on organic cocktails
Gather a group for a unique book launch party for local author Paul Abercrombie's Organic, Shaken and Stirred: Hip Highballs, Modern Martinis, & Other Totally Green Cocktails from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Restaurant BT, 1633 W Snow Ave. The $30 cost includes a copy of the book and two drink tickets. Call (813)253-2638.
Club is for those with pulmonary disease
The Area Agency on Aging will host a Better Breathers Club from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grand Court Senior Living, 4902 Bayshore Blvd. The group is for anyone with a chronic pulmonary disease. Friends and family members are welcome. Free. A light lunch will be served. Reservations preferred. Call (813) 835-4475.
Alzheimer's caregiver to share knowledge
Author Ann Davidson will speak at the Jewish Community Center, 13009 Community Campus Drive, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. She will share lessons learned from being a caregiver to an Alzheimer's disease patient. Free. Open to the public. To register, call (813) 960-1848.
Writers can sit in on group before joining
The Tampa Writer's Alliance Critique Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Carrollwood Barnes & Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway. Prospective members can observe before joining. Dues are $35 a year. Call (813) 932-6902.
Gandy/ Sun Bay South
Course on boating, seamanship offered
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 79 offers a Boating Skills and Seamanship course from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 5108 W Gandy Blvd. The $60 cost includes a textbook, a certificate, a wallet card and a one-year membership. Call (813) 835-4118 or visit cgwebs.net/flotilla79.
Computer course will teach the basics
The Life Enrichment Center is registering adults for a four-week "Introduction to Computers" course, 1 to 2 p.m. starting Oct. 19 through Nov. 9 at 9704 N Boulevard. The focus will be on using the mouse, keyboard and using the Windows XP Operating System. Cost is $50. Class size is limited; registration required. Call (813) 932-0241.