Ballet auditions: Auditions for the Brandon Ballet 2013 Summer Intensive program will take place Saturday. Serious training ballet dancers ages 9 and older are eligible to audition. The three-week program will run Monday to Friday June 10-28. It will include classes on pointe work, pas de deux men's classes, character, jazz, modern, African and conditioning. The audition fee is $25. To schedule an audition, email [email protected] or call (813) 684-4282.
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 Certification. 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 Jan. 27. Donations will go to the United Food Bank of Plant City. Call Dinosaur World at (813) 717-9865.
Support group: Hope Lutheran Church, 2001 N Park Road, will offer GriefShare, a seminar and support group for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. Each session will include a video seminar and group discussion. Classes begin Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. To register or for more information, contact Deaconess Lyn Senkarik at (813) 752-4622.
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.
Child care training: Hillsborough County Extension Services will offer free training sessions for licensed child care providers starting Tuesday at the extension service office, 5339 County Road 579. Participants can receive CEU credit from the University of Florida.
Dates and topics include: Creating Special Moments with Infants and Toddlers on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Avoid Behavior Problems: Teach Self-Control on Jan. 26 from 9 to 11 a.m., Every Child Counts: Building Community on Feb. 9 from 9 to 11 a.m., and What Does Time Mean To Children? on Feb. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
To register, visit extension.psu.edu/cyttap, click on "State Training," then "Florida" and "Tampa." The cost for providers outside of Hillsborough County is $10 per workshop. For more information, contact Diana Converse, family life educator for Hillsborough County Extension Service, at (813) 744-5519, ext. 54140, or [email protected]
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Inauguration viewing party: The South Shore Democratic Club will host a Watch the Inauguration and Pot Luck Brunch on Monday 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 be bringing for the potluck. The event will also include a brief business meeting. For more information, visit southshore democraticclub.org.
Film series: The Eagle Audubon Society of Kings Point will hold its 30th annual Outdoor Adventure Film Series beginning Saturday. Each film is narrated by the filmmaker about their travels. The movies will be shown in the Kings Point Clubhouse Borini Theater, 1904 Clubhouse Drive. The films are open to the public. Tickets cost $7.50 per film or $18 for the entire series. Tickets may be purchased at the Kings Point Clubhouse Box Office Monday through Friday, or before the shows.
Saturday will feature America's Amazing Places, about America's little-known travel destinations. Feb. 16 will feature The Real World Fiji, about the Pacific island nation. March 16 will feature It's Great! Britain about the sights and sounds of Great Britain.
All showings begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information call (813) 387-3447.
Valentine concert: The South Shore Symphony Orchestra will hold a Valentine concert on Feb. 9 at 3 and 7 p.m. at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd. E. The concert will feature romantic classics by Bach, von Weber, Elgar, Dvorak and Mendelssohn. Tickets cost $12 and are available at the church office. Tickets may also be purchased at the Sun City Center, 651 Sun City Plaza, Suite 117; at the two offices of the South Shore Chambers of Commerce, 315 S U.S. 41, Ruskin, and 137 Harbor Village Lane, Apollo Beach; and online at thessso.org. For more information, call the church at (813) 633-3970.
Baking demos: King Arthur Flour will offer two baking demonstrations at Embassy Suites Tampa/Brandon, 10220 Palm River Road, on Jan. 28. Perfect Pies & Savory Scones will take place at noon, and Baking with Yeast & Whole Grains will take place at 7 p.m. Each demonstration includes free recipes, coupons, time to talk about baking with King Arthur Flour staff, and the chance to win prizes. The demonstrations are free.