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.
Democratic Club: The next monthly meeting of the East Hillsborough County Democratic Club will be Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Barnacles Restaurant, 936 Providence Road, Brandon. The special guest will be Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner. Attendees may come early to order food and socialize, and bring canned goods for donation. For more information, visit easthillsboroughdems.org.
Art classes: Carol Karow, a Ringling College of Art and Design graduate, will teach beginner charcoal drawing and oil painting classes starting in January 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.
Wild Dame Night: Tickets for the Center Place's 22nd annual Wild Dame Night are on sale now. The event will be held Feb. 16 and begin at 6 p.m. with social time, wine, a catered dinner and the traditional "decadent desserts." Participants are encouraged to wear "comfy PJs." The evening will feature Stages Production performing Sleeping Beauty's Wild Slumber Party. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance and are nonrefundable, are $50, and it costs $800 to sponsor a table of nine. Call Center Place at (813) 685-8888.
Trail closures: Portions of the trail at Alderman's Ford Regional Park, 9625 Canoe Launch Loop, Lithia, were closed beginning Jan. 2 due to a renovation project. The project is scheduled to last 90 days. Three bridges on the trail will undergo renovations, and each individual bridge will be temporarily closed. There will be signs in the park and at trail entrances with information about the construction closures. For more information, contact Alderman's Ford Regional Park at (813) 757-3801.
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 members of 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 ([email protected]) or Donna (813) 528-0902 ([email protected]).
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Apartment 14G: This musical comedy debuts at the Rollins Theater in Sun City Center on Thursday. 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 Thursday-Saturday and Jan. 17-19, with 2:30 p.m. matinees will be presented on Saturday and Jan. 19.
Memorial dedication: The American Legion Alafia Post 148, Riverview is hosting the combined rededication ceremonies of the Fallen Hero's Memorial and Quarterly Field of Honor on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 US Highway 301, Tampa. The memorial contains the names of 55 Hillsborough County residents who died in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Several family members of the fallen heroes whose names are engraved on the memorial will be in attendance. After the rededication, a Field of Honor ceremony will be held to honor causalities from the last three months. For more information, call (813) 653-4924.
Free pet shots: The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will host a free shot clinic for dogs and cats at the Wimauma Civic Center Saturday. 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 [email protected]