Give dad his due via group's essay contest
Is your dad (or your child's dad) worthy of being crowned Father of the Year? The Community Roundtable is holding an essay contest to name the year's best dad, who must live in the greater Brandon area. Kids in grades 3 through 5 who also live in the area can submit 50 words or less explaining why their dad is their hero. The top three finishers will win prizes, including a ride in the Brandon Fourth of July Parade for the winning father and child. The deadline to enter is Wednesday. Entries should include: the child's name, age, school, grade level, phone number and dad's name. Mail essays to the Community Roundtable, P.O. Box 1061, Brandon, FL 33509-1061.
Crawfish Boil to help Cowboys play football
The Clubhouse Sports Cafe will serve crawfish to raise money for the Brandon Cowboys youth football program at 3 p.m. Saturday at 1265 Kingsway Road, Brandon. Reservations for the crawfish boil are suggested, and orders can be placed ahead of time. You can get 2 pounds for $12 or 5 pounds for $25. To RSVP, call (813) 643-1492 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saul-Sena is speaker for Democratic Club
Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena, a candidate for an at-large Hillsborough County Commission seat, will speak at the East Hillsborough County Democratic Club meeting Tuesday. The meeting, open to Democrats and independents, is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Giordano's Restaurant, 11310 Causeway Blvd., Brandon.
A Kid's Place needs your donated items
Music Showcase is collecting items throughout June to be donated to A Kid's Place, children's shelter near Brandon. The music store, at 402 Oakfield Drive, will accept clothes, outside toys, huggable bears, hygiene products, diapers and baby items. For more information, call (813) 685-5998.
Free class on weight loss through hypnosis
The Riverview Branch Library will hold a free class, Introduction to Hypnosis for Weight Loss, at 6:30 p.m. Monday at 10509 Riverview Drive. National Guild of Hypnotists member Darryl Schumacher will discuss hypnosis and dispel its misconceptions. He also will conduct a group hypnosis session. Registration is required. For more information or to sign up, call (813) 273-3652.
Shelter cuts cost of adopting adult cats
In honor of June being Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month for the ASPCA and the American Humane Association, a Ruskin shelter is offering half-price adoptions of adult cats. CARE Animal Shelter will also throw in a free visit to an animal hospital, a bag of food and litter scoops while they last. The cats can be viewed at careshelter.org or in person at 1528 27th St. SE. For more information, call (813) 645-2273.
Genealogy class puts the focus on women
A series of genealogy classes will continue Thursday afternoon at SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, with the topic "Behind every good man ... was a female ancestor." Genealogist Sharon Tate Moody leads the workshops. They continue July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 2. All are at 2 p.m. Tickets are available an hour before each session. For more information, call the library at (813) 273-3652.
Have a doughnut and story time with dad
Two libraries will hold Dads and Doughnuts, a free story program for kids and their fathers, grandfathers or great-grandfathers. The first is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. Another will be held at 10 a.m. June 12 at Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. To register, call (813) 273-3652 or go to one of the library's information desks.
Sun city center
'Nutrition and Cancer' is topic of meeting
Women With Cancer Concerns meets at 1 p.m. June 11 at United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center. The topic will be "Nutrition and Cancer." For information, call Hazel Martin at (813) 642-9020.
Golf tourney to aid VA research foundation
The James A. Haley VA Medical Center will hold a golf tournament at 12:30 p.m. Monday at River Hills Country Club, 3943 New River Hills Parkway, Valrico. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by a box lunch at noon. After the tournament, there will be a cash bar, silent auction and awards dinner. The cost is $80. Proceeds will benefit the Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation. For more information, call (813) 780-2623.