Tampa area event listings: help needy kids; enter Canvas Art Show

Fill shoebox for kids in need

Help needy children overseas by donating to Operation Christmas Child, during the organization's local collection week, beginning Monday through Nov. 21. Fill empty shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Volunteers can drop off their shoe box gifts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Van Dyke United Methodist Church, 17030 Lakeshore Road, Lutz. Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, uses whatever means necessary to reach suffering children around the world with these gifts of hope, including sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels and dog sleds. Tracking technology also allows donors to "follow" their box to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.

Tips from the 'Coupon Queen'

The John F. Germany Library will offer the class "Money Saving Tips With Carrie the Coupon Queen," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 900 N Ashley Drive. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

Do right by your turkey

Learn how to expertly roast, brine and stuff a turkey and pair wines with your Thanksgiving meal during the cooking class "Cooking the Perfect Turkey," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway. Free. You may register in the store lobby or e-mail maria.gumina@wholefoods.com.

Abused in psychotherapy?

The free support group PAP (People Abused in Psychotherapy) will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. The group provides emotional support, information and supports advocacy. For more information, call Elaine at (813) 907-3227.

A beautiful food drive

The Remington College-Tampa Campus is holding a food drive to benefit local food banks by giving free haircuts, manicures or pedicures to anyone bringing a nonperishable food donation through Nov. 30. Walk-ins welcome at 6302 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For an appointment, call (813) 316-4470.

Art show deadline is Dec. 1

Artists can submit work to be displayed during the annual Canvas Art Show January in Tampa. There are no fees to enter and no gallery fees on sale of artwork at the show. Interested artists need to send a short biography, two to three photos of their work and contact information to info@canvas813.com; canvas813.com. Deadline is Dec. 1.

Tampa area event listings: help needy kids; enter Canvas Art Show 11/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 12, 2011 3:31am]

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