Happy birthday, Israel: The Tampa Jewish Community Center hosts a 60th birthday celebration in honor of Israel Independence Day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. The day features live music from Kolot and the Mike Eisenstadt Band, games, moon bounces, Israeli and American food, a marketplace and more. Admission and parking are free. Overflow parking will be available at the corner of MLK Boulevard and N Himes Avenue. For more information, or to volunteer for the event, call (813) 264-9000.
Dramatists sought: The Big House, Forest Hills United Methodist Church's drama team, seeks actors, dancers and a stage crew to put together monthly performances. The team, for seventh-graders through adults, rehearses from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays at the church, 904 W Linebaugh Ave. at N Boulevard. Call (813) 932-8081 or visit www.foresthillsumc.com.
Vacation Bible school: Registration is open for kids ages 3 through entering fourth grade for Rainforest Adventure, a vacation Bible school at Grace Lutheran Church, 3714 W Linebaugh Ave. The session is June 23-27. Register online at toolkit.thevbsplace.org/GraceTampaFL. Call (813) 961-8747.
Middle school day camp: Enrollment is open for the middle school day camp at Grace Lutheran Church, 3714 W Linebaugh Ave. The camp is July 7-11. Call (813) 961-8747.
Advanced Hebrew class: Stefanie Wisselman teaches advanced Hebrew at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through May 14 at Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W Fletcher Ave. Bring a 1-inch ring binder, paper, dividers, a pencil and a Hebrew-to-English dictionary. Call (813) 968-8511.
Pentecostal prayer: Meet for prayer at 7 p.m. and for Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Victory Tabernacle, formerly known as Town & Country United Pentecostal Church, 4411 Kelly Road, Town 'N Country. Call (813) 979-1868.
Buddhist meditation: Anika Trancik, a Buddhist meditation instructor, teaches a class called The Bigger Picture from 7:45 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Still Point Yoga, 15945 N Florida Ave., in Lutz. The suggested donation is $9, or $5 for students. Call (727) 797-9770 or visit online at www.meditationinflorida.org.
Study the Bible at home: Victory Tabernacle, formerly Town & Country United Pentecostal, offers free, in-home Bible study. For information, call Pastor Collins at (813) 368-0400.
Diabetes support group: Learn to manage diabetes at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in Room 205 at Van Dyke United Methodist Church, 17030 Lakeshore Road, Lutz. The church presents the support group with USF Health. Call (813) 968-3983, ext. 153.
Youth group: The Acropolis youth group meets from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday for food and fellowship, with a worship service from 6 to 7 p.m. at Floodgates Community Church, 15601 Lake Magdalene Blvd. Call (813) 389-0238.
Alcoholics for Christ: The Bible-based 12-step program for alcoholics meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Wilcox building at the Tampa Bay Baptist Conference Center, 15601 Lake Magdalene Blvd. Call (813) 333-3750.
North Tampa Aglow International: The multicultural Christian women's group meets at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Piccadilly, 11810 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 446-3312.
House of Prayer Church events: House of Prayer Church, 710 Crenshaw Lake Road, offers a membership class at 1:30 p.m. the first three Sundays of each month. Lunch and child care are provided. Youth nights are 7 to 8:30 Wednesdays. The last Saturday of each month is a night out for events such as bowling or laser tag. Call (813) 994-5694.
Traditional and contemporary services: Grace Lutheran Church of Carrollwood, 3714 W Linebaugh Ave., has traditional worship at 8:30 a.m. Sunday with the chancel choir; the contemporary worship service at 11 a.m. is led by the Spirits of Fire praise band and vocalists. Call (813) 961-8747.
Genealogy research: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers free services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Tampa Family History Center, 7851 Lutz-Lake Fern Road in Odessa. Call (813) 926-3596.
Send information for the religion calendar to North of Tampa, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618; fax (813) 269-5310; call (813) 269-5316; e-mail [email protected] two weeks before the event.