Fundraiser for Devon: Title Boxing, 889 E Bloomngdale Ave., has partnered with Operation Kidney to stage a fundraiser for Devon Cooley Carver at 6:45 p.m. today. Carver is a 34-year-old local wife and mother who suffers from renal failure and is now on dialysis 12 hours a day awaiting to be matched with a live kidney donor. Supporters are asked to show up for the class prepared to work out. Organizers are asking for a donation of $25. All proceeds will be used to offset Carver's transportation costs and medical expenses for a future transplant. Call (813) 324-5567 for more information.
Suicide grief support: LifePath Hospice will offer a seven-week suicide loss grief support group, which is geared to the needs of those who have experienced the suicide of a loved one, beginning Monday. The group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 121 Carver Ave. The meetings are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register or get more information, call Diane Schnelly at (813) 877-2200.
Art classes: Carol Karow, a Ringling College of Art and Design graduate, is teaching beginner charcoal drawing and oil painting classes at the Brandon Recreation Center at 510 E Sadie St. The one-hour charcoal class will be at 10 a.m. Mondays and cost $5 per class. Students must bring their own charcoal supplies. The oil painting class will be from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays and cost $7 per class. Students must bring their own painting supplies. Classes start Thursday. For more information, call (813) 681-7324 or (813) 744-5617.
Al-Anon meetings: A group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Hull House, 201 N Thomas St. For more information, visit tampabayalanon.org.
Book sale: The Friends of Bruton Memorial Library will host its annual clearance book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19 at the library, 302 McLendon St. There will be a preview sale for the Friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 18. During the final two hours of the sale, prices will be reduced to a bag of books for one dollar. For more information, call Anne Haywood at (813) 757-9215.
The Riverview Woman's Club welcomes former Hillsborough supervisor of elections and former school district superintendent Earl Lennard as the speaker for its Jan. 16 meeting at Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, 13050 Blvd. The event begins with networking at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Cost is $14. RSVP to Jeanne at (813) 334-3196 (Jeanne@square-oneinspection.com) or Donna (813) 528 0902 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Manatee Festival T-shirt contest: The deadline for artists to enter a competition for the 21st annual Manatee Festival of the Arts logo and T-shirt is today. Amateur or professional artists of any age are invited to submit their original designs to the chamber of commerce. The winner will be notified by Jan. 12 and receive a $100 cash prize, public recognition and complimentary booth space at the festival. There are no guidelines for the subject matter of the image, which must be two-dimensional and an original work of art created by the artist within the past three years. For more information, call (813) 645-1366 or (813) 645-3808 or email email@example.com.
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Apartment 14G: This musical comedy debuts at the Rollins Theater in Sun City Center on Jan. 10. Tickets are available at the Sun City Center kiosk from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday or by calling (813) 642-0606. The shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday through Jan. 12 and Jan. 17-19, with 2:30 p.m. matinees will be presented on Jan. 12 and 19.
Free pet shots: The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will host a free shot clinic for dogs and cats at the Wimauma Civic Center Jan. 12. Standard vaccinations, including rabies, will be available at no charge to the first 1,000 pets. Hillsborough County Animal Services also will offer free licenses with proof of residence in ZIP codes 33598, 33547, 33579 and 33578.
United Way Suncoast is looking for volunteers to serve as part of a statewide initiative to help young children learn to read at grade level. ReadingPals is a program focused on increasing the number of students who are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
United Way will connect volunteers to a particular site based on their preferred location schedule. Volunteers will undergo a background screening and receive training in the curriculum selected for their region prior to being assigned a reading pal. Volunteers will continue to work with children in ReadingPals throughout 2013.
Those interested in becoming ReadingPals volunteers should contact United Way Suncoast at (813) 274-0998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org