Cultural center offers painting and tippling
Have a cocktail and paint a picture at a new painting class called "Art Makers & Cocktail Shakers'' from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road.
Students will learn basic painting techniques as they work in a classroom setting to complete a work of art following the step-by-step direction of instructor Dealey Dansby, a long-time art and ceramics teacher for the center. As attendees paint, they will have the opportunity to purchase cocktails and socialize with one another. At the end of the two hours, participants will be able to take home their completed work.
Cost is $38 for center members and $42 for nonmembers. The tuition includes all of the materials for the evening's project, as well as one beverage. A cash bar will be available and participants are invited to bring non-alcoholic beverages and snacks to class.
Other class dates include June 26, July 24 and Aug. 28.
Students can register for Art Makers & Cocktail Shakers online at carrollwoodcenter.org, or by phone, (813) 269-1310 or (813) 922-8167.
Summer camp has sibling discounts
The Carrollwood Cultural Center is offering a 10 percent discount to parents of multiple children enrolled in its summer camp program, "The Arts Gone Wild,'' which starts June 9 and runs through Aug. 15. Camps are available for children ages 4 through 12. Early morning and extended care are also available for parents with busy schedules.
Campers will have the opportunity to create art projects, sing in a musical revue, choreograph a dance, make recycled art and create balloon animals, along with other arts-filled activities.
In addition, the center, 4537 Lowell Road, will offer "Specialty Camps," which include digital movie making, engineering using Legos, video game animation and working on a public art project. For more information, call (813) 922-8167 or go to carrollwood center.org.
Citizens to get emergency tips
Residents of northwest Hillsborough County are invited to attend a "Get Ready and Take Control'' conference at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Keystone Civic Center, 17928 Gunn Highway, to discuss a range of emergency situations. On the program will be a workshop for homeowners to retrofit their homes to reduce damage from wind and rain.
Residents also learn about Neighborhood Watch, Citizen Patrol, the Community Emergency Response Team, Medical Reserve Corps, plus equipment mobilization and amateur radio communication during emergencies. Handouts with tips will be available.
For more information, call Tom Aderhold, president of the Keystone Civic Association, at (813) 968-6866.
Fifth-grader competes in geography bee
Ameya Mujumdar, a fifth-grader at Turner Elementary School in Tampa, will represent Florida at the 26th annual National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. Monday through Wednesday. Ameya is one of just 54 students remaining in the nationwide competition, culled from millions of participants.
The 10 finalists will compete Wednesday in the final round, moderated by journalist Soledad O'Brien, which will be recorded to air on the National Geographic Channel's Nat Geo Wild at 7 p.m. Thursday , and later on public television stations (check local listings).
Jimmie B. Keel library is roomier now
Staffers at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave., recently cut the ribbon on a 10,000-square-foot expansion, increasing the building's size to 35,000 square feet. The new facility features a glass-enclosed children's room, a community room that seats more than 350 people, an Innovation Studio, vending cafe and a larger Carousel Book Store, which is operated by the Friends of the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library. Construction began in December 2012 and was completed in February. The $2.1 million project was funded with ad valorem tax dollars provided through the special library taxing district.
Wounded soldier plans spinal therapy center
A fundraising party is planned for Tuesday at the Tampa Museum of Art to help raise money for a New Tampa couple who are trying to open a nonprofit spinal therapy center in Tampa this year. Romulo Camargo, an Army Special Forces soldier who was paralyzed in 2008 when he was shot in the neck during an ambush in Afghanistan, has teamed with his wife, Gabriele Camargo. The couple's business projects costs to be an estimated $750,000 for the first two years, of which about $120,000 has been raised from local donors. ARMA Global Corp., a defense contractor based in Tampa, is sponsoring the fundraising party, with complimentary valet, live music, open bar and catering from Mise en Place, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tampa Museum of Art. Registration fee is $25. To register, go to arma-global.com and click on the white box advertising the StayInStep fundraiser.
Joseph Affronti III West Point bound
Temple Terrace resident Joseph Affronti III, grandson of former Mayor Joseph Affronti, has received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He attends King High School and is the son of Joseph Affronti Jr. and Jennifer Affronti.
He was nominated by U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland. Acceptance of the appointment commits Affronti to a 10-year obligation to the Army — four years at the academy and six years on active duty.
"We're really proud of him,'' said his grandfather.