Stroke education and support group meets
The Tampa General Hospital educational support group provides stroke survivors, caregivers and all interested individuals with information about stroke awareness, recovery and prevention. The group also discusses community offerings for people with disabilities. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Tampa Genera Hospital Rehabilitation Center, Second floor, R200, 1 Tampa General Circle. Call (813) 844-7641 for more information.
Museum hosts drop-in art program
Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Art Spot at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, offers a drop-in art program. Come and let your children explore their creativity by making an art project at the museum's Golding-Scher classroom. The art projects are self-guided and gallery-related monthly themes offer a different art activity each week. No registration required. Adults: $10; seniors, Florida educators: $7.50; active military (plus guest): $7.50/each; students: $5; children 6 and under: free. Call (813) 274-8130 for more information.
Patel Conservatory hosts open houses
The Patel Conservatory opens its doors from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 .am. to 1 p.m. on June 7. Tour the 45,000 square-foot conservatory, meet faculty and staff and learn about classes, summer camps and programs in dance, music and theater for students of all ages.
Summer camp and class registration is available online at patelconservatory.org and by calling (813) 222-1002. The conservatory is at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place.
Travelers vaccination program cut
The Florida Department of Health will no longer offer vaccinations for travel. The end of the International Travel Vaccination Program is part of a department streamline to focus efforts and resources on core public health issues affecting the community.
Nature Programs for kids and adults
Join a Park Ranger for hourlong programs at 10 a.m. and noon Saturday and Sunday at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave. Meet inside the visitor center to learn about Florida and the cotton plant. Park entry is $2 per vehicle with eight or fewer people and the program cost is $5 per child or adult unaccompanied by a child. Parents and guardians are free. To register, email date and time of program, names and ages of those attending to: Kyled@HillsboroughCounty.org, walk up participants are welcome. Groups are asked to preregister.
New community garden in the works
Now's the time to meet with others gardeners to prepare beds at 407 W Violet St. on Saturdays. The group is preparing to plant a new garden, pending approval by the city. Visit the seminoleheights communitygarden.org or find them on Facebook under Seminole HeightsCommunityGardens.
St. Joseph's offers teen talk for boys
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is sponsoring a class today from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for teen boys that addresses puberty's physical and emotional changes for 10- to 14-year-olds, and conception, sexuality and abstinence for older teens. The event will be held at the Medical Office Building, Fourth Floor Room CR1, 13030 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The cost is $30.
Poetry slam showcase at USF today
Visit the University of South Florida-Gibbons Alumni Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., today to experience a live poetry slam showcase, 7 Years of Heard Em Say in Tampa Bay. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. A live DJ, food and a slam scrimmage against Team Rock-IT (Orlando) hosted by 2014 First Wave Scholarship recipient Nia Scott (University of Wisconsin at Madison) are a sampling of the day's events. Tickets: $10 for students; $20 for adults with all proceeds generated from this event being used to help send local area teens to the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia this July. For more information, visit heardemsay.org.
TOWN 'N COUNTRY
Explore Sweetwater Community Farm
Sweetwater Organic Community Farm is open for tours from 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 8 for those who want to learn how the farm operates, what it means to be a community farm or about volunteer opportunities. Holistic health educator Joel Chudnow will lead the tour. Bring a drink and wear close-toed shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. Supervised children and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the fire pit at the farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave.
Library hosts Super Science Monday
Parents and caregivers seeking free activities for children ages 5 to 12 on school early release day can visit the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, at 3 p.m. Monday.
Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library, this interactive, hands-on afternoon experiment plans to turn the library into a science lab. The special science workshop will feature High Touch High Tech and present experiments about mini meteorology.