Summer fireworks displays on Saturdays
Tampa will host fireworks displays Saturday nights through Aug. 30. The shows begin at 9 p.m. along the water at 615 Channelside Drive.
Quartet will deliver lunchtime serenade
Big Picture, a quartet formed by Jeff Pittard, performs from noon to 1:30 p.m. today (June 13) in Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 N Franklin St.
Make ice cream with dad for Father's Day
Join a park ranger to learn how to make ice cream at 10 a.m. and noon Saturday and Sunday at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave. Meet inside the visitor center. Park entry is $2 per vehicle with eight or fewer people and the program costs $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 [email protected]
hillsboroughcounty.org. Walkup participants are welcome. Groups are asked to preregister.
Blessed: a women's talk and luncheon
Learn how to feel blessed with all of life's stresses at Qlen Events Blessed, a women's talk, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (lunch will be provided from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.) at 14414 N Florida Ave. Laugh, be inspired and hear words of wisdom. Debora Coty, the author of Too Blessed to Be Stressed, will make an appearance. Registration is $20 (or $15 each for groups of 10 or more). Bring your ticket the day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes early. Call (813) 501-2160.
Run with dad at Al Lopez Park
A Father's Day family-friendly 5K run-walk starts at 8 a.m. Sunday at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. The event is chip timed and participants get snacks, pictures, T-shirts and more. Cost is $20 for kids ages 8 to 14 and $35 for adults before Saturday . Adults, day of race, are $40. Kids 7 and younger are free. Register at greatfathersdayrace.com.
St. Joseph's offers childbirth class
This two-day class briefly covers the third trimester, labor, breathing, relaxation, delivery and postpartum concerns and includes a hospital tour that requires walking and standing (wear comfortable shoes). The class meets from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $70. The fee includes a prepared childbirth book and registration for two. It's at the St. Joseph's Women's Hospital Medical Office Building, fourth floor CR 1, 4321 N MacDill Ave.
Free museum admission for dads
As a gift to all fathers, the Henry B. Plant Museum is offering free admission from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday . Bring Dad to the museum and let him travel back in time to the former Tampa Bay Hotel, once touted as the only fireproof building south of Baltimore. If you are a father whose children do not live in town, free admission will still be offered if your children are not with you. The museum is on the University of Tampa campus at 401 W Kennedy Blvd. For more information, visit plantmuseum.com. Parking is free in front of the museum or in the Thomas Parking Garage. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Mondays. Admission is $10 per adult, $7 for seniors (65 and older), $7 for students and $5 for children ages 4 to 12.
Lunch and art series for adults
Adults can attend this free lunch and learn series from noon to 1 p.m. today (June 13) at the Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard. Relax and socialize with others who enjoy beading, mixed media projects and polymer clay creations. Bring a brown bag lunch or just come to learn about creative projects you can do. There will be a demonstration and time for questions and answers. This week's topic is colored pencil drawings.
Join dad for a 5K or 1-mile stroll-jog-run
Stroll, jog or run a 5K or 1-mile event at 8 a.m. Sunday with Richard Gonzmart and New York and Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers. A hot breakfast will be served at Gonzmart's new restaurant, Ulele, 1810 N Highland Ave. Children 12 and younger are free and can register the day of the event. Adults are $25 and can register at richardsrunforlife.org through today (June 13). Adults are $30 the day of the event. Sign-in starts at 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration at Moffitt Cancer Center.
Free vaccines for seniors
The Department of Children and Families offers free flu and DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccines for seniors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (June 13) at University Area Community Development Center, 14013 N 22nd St. DCF will also provide information to assist vulnerable adults in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
HART, Streetcar meetings scheduled
Two meetings are set this month at the HART office, 1201 E Seventh Ave. At 9 a.m. Monday, the HART major projects and legislative committee will meet, and at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Tampa Historic Streetcar Inc. For information, see the meeting agendas at tecolinestreetcar.org.
Charles Greacen is an artist working in Hyde Park. To reach him, go to towntiles.com.