The Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with a free two-day music festival, the Jim Burge Jazz Festival, April 22 and April 23. The schedule is as follows:
• 1 p.m.: King High School
• 6 p.m.: Cypress Creek Dixieland Jazz Band
• 7:30 p.m.: Dick Rumore’s Jazz Cellar Orchestra
• 2:30 p.m.: James Suggs
• 4 p.m.: Lorri Hafer & Friends, with special guest Marilyn Freeman
• 5:45 p.m.: Burge Surge
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. For information and availability, visit CarrollwoodCenter.org.
The CCC Book Club will meet April 24 at 7 p.m., at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa. The group will discuss “The Escape” by David Baldacci. For information, visit CarrollwoodCenter.org, or email David Brayshaw at ten.n1492955814ozire1492955814v@36414929558148diva1492955814d1492955814.
The Republican Club of Central Pasco will meet April 24 at 6:30 p.m., at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3631 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The guest speaker will be Corporal Alan Wilkett on the subject of human trafficking in the Tampa Bay area. For information, call (813) 996-3011
The Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host “Art in the Afternoon” April 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., for teens to seniors. Bring your own supplies or borrow a few. The group is open to all levels of art enthusiasts. For information, call (813) 780-0064.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will have an orientation April 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer/mentor. For information, contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at (813) 997-6881 or gro.y1492955814abapm1492955814atsbb1492955814b@Kbe1492955814D1492955814.
The Tampa Orchid Club will meet April 25 at 9:30 a.m., at the Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa. The meeting will feature a hands-on workshop on mounting an orchid. All supplies will be provided. There will be a potluck lunch after the 10 a.m. meeting, a plant sale, a bloom table, and a silent auction. Members who renewed their annual membership can take home the mounting for free. The cost for non-members and guests is $10. For information, call Sharon Hartley at (727) 202-8505.
The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host its ninth annual Teen Art Contest April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for ages 12 to 18. Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m., April 24. There will be cash prizes awarded in three categories: 2D, 3D and computer/photographs. Each entry must include full name, grade, school (if any) and phone number. Participants can submit up to five entries. For information, call (813) 929-1214.
The Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, will present “Raising a Financially Independent Teen” April 25 at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Lori Nadglowski, a certified financial planner, on the topics of strategies for savings, identifying what financial skills a teen should know, and how to approach the three most important decisions about money. Younger children also can attend. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.
The Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host the CookBook Book Club April 26 at 11:30 a.m. Those interested can browse through this month’s selected cookbook at the library, choose a recipe to make at home, pick up a review form to complete, bring your review and recipe samples (optional) to the meeting, and enjoy a taste-testing discussion. For information, call (813) 780-0064.
The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a Poetry Contest & Open-Mic Poetry Reading April 26 at 3 p.m. The winners of the contest will be announced during the poetry reading. For information, call (352) 567-3576
The Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Tampa, will host two Alexander Hamilton events:
- April 23 at 2 p.m.: “Alexander Hamilton’s Debt Deserves Credit.” Rand Scholet will discuss the financial plan that Hamilton created, and the controversial solutions that astonished the nation.
- April 24 at 6 p.m.: “Hamilton Throwdown!” Dress up as your favorite Revolutionary War hero or Schuyler Sister. There will be trivia and refreshments.
For information, call (813) 204-2612.
Harvester Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway, will host a crochet class, for all levels, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., for adults. No child care provided. Guests should bring yarn and crochet hooks. Admission is free.
During Child Abuse Prevention Month, all Florida Community Bank centers will participate in a Sneaker Drive during the month of April. All sneakers will be donated to local children in foster care. Donations can be dropped off at the FCB Tampa Village Banking Center, 13128 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Those wishing to donate also can call (813) 509-2200 for pickup.
The National Recreation and Park Association is sponsoring a contest, “Meet Me at the Park,” to give away a $20,000 grant for a park makeover. Guests can vote for the City of Zephyrhill’s Zephyr Park, or nominate your own city. Go to MeetMeAtThePark.org to cast a vote. The city with the most nominations will win the grant. The deadline to vote is April 30.