Art classes: Carol Karow, a Ringling College of Art and Design graduate, will teach 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 began this week. 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.
Parks seeking lifeguards: The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is looking for part-time lifeguards at Lithia Springs Park and E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin. Qualified candidates must be at least 16 years old; a current high school student, high school graduate or have a GED certification; and have a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification, current American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification, and a current American Red Cross First Aid Certification. The positions pay $9 an hour.
Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation can provide training to obtain the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications. A job description and application can be found online at jobaps.com/hill/sup/images/default.asp. For more information, call Lithia Springs Park at (813) 744-5572 or E.G. Simmons Park at (813) 671-7655.
Food drive: Dinosaur World is offering 50 percent off admission with two canned goods per person on Sunday and Jan. 27. Donations will go to the United Food Bank of Plant City. Call Dinosaur World at (813) 717-9865.
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. The final two hours of the sale, prices will be reduced to a bag of books for $1. For more information, call Anne Haywood at (813) 757-9215.
Library day: The Bruton Memorial Library, 302 Mclendon St., will participate in Florida Library Snapshot Day on Jan. 30. The library will join other libraries in Florida in taking pictures and collecting statistics and member comments to show how Floridians use their libraries. The Florida Library Association will collect the information and post it online at www.flalib.org. For more information, call the Bruton Memorial Library at (813) 757-9215.
Guest speaker: The Riverview Woman's Club welcomes former Hillsborough supervisor of elections and former school district superintendent Earl Lennard as the speaker for its Wednesday meeting at Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, 13050 Summerfield 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]).
Leigh Rubin: The cartoonist will speak at the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, on Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Rubin's cartoons appear in major daily newspapers and are syndicated to more than 400 media outlets worldwide. For more information, call the library at (813) 273-3652.
SUN CITY CENTER
Apartment 14G: This musical comedy debuted 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 show begins at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and Jan. 17-19, and 2:30 p.m. matinees will be presented Saturday and Jan. 19.
Inauguration viewing party: The South Shore Democratic Club will host a Watch the Inauguration and Pot Luck Brunch on Jan. 21 in the Banquet Room of the Main Clubhouse in Kings Point, 1904 Clubhouse Drive. The brunch will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a viewing of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Attendees should RSVP by emailing Idalea Rubin at [email protected] with what they will bring for the pot luck. The event will also include a brief business meeting. For more information, visit southshoredemocraticclub.org.
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 U.S. 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 on 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]