Islamic Calligraphy: Join calligrapher Stewart J. Thomas as he presents a visual history of Islamic calligraphy on Wednesday at three libraries in north Tampa. Thomas, whose work has been featured worldwide in books, magazines, websites and exhibitions, will demonstrate one of the most vibrant and creative calligraphic art forms in the world. The program takes place at 1 p.m. at New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd.; 4 p.m. at North Tampa Branch Library, 8916 N Boulevard; and 7 p.m. at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave. Participants will learn how to form Arabic letters, write common phrases and craft their name in Arabic script to take with them. The event is free. For more information about this and other programs, call (813) 273-3652 or visit hcplc.org.
Trio performs: Three University of Tampa music faculty members will perform together at a recital for violin, classical guitar and voice at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Plant Hall's Fletcher Lounge at the University of Tampa. The recital features tenor Charles Dugan, guitarist John Demas and violinist Kira Omelchenko. The program includes selections for violin and guitar by Giuliani and Paganini, vocal and guitar songs by Purcell and Dowland and folk songs by Stephen Foster. The concert is free. For more information, contact Omelchenko at email@example.com or (813) 257-3762.
Youth Corps: Tampa teens looking for a glimpse of how City Hall works are invited to be a part of the Mayor's Youth Corps Class of 2014 by applying by Oct. 18. The youth corps provides a forum for Tampa teens to engage with city leaders, participate in their community, connect with their peers and learn about civics and city government. As part of the program, members learn about city government, meet with Mayor Bob Buckhorn, conduct community service projects and produce a youth-oriented television show. Each class of the Mayor's Youth Corps is made up of up to 40 students in grades 9-11 who attend a public or private high school in the Tampa city limits. Applications are now being accepted for one-year terms. Applications are available in all school guidance offices. Members of the Youth Leadership Council — seniors in high school who were part of the prior year's Mayor's Youth Corps — review the applications, conduct interviews and make recommendations regarding acceptance into the program. For more information, contact Rebecca Heimstead, Mayor's Youth Corps coordinator, at (813) 274-5909 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit tampagov.net.