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Brandon and South Shore area community news briefs


Health fairs will provide screenings

Two health fairs will provide free screenings or checks relating to diabetes, blood pressure, body mass index, pulse and oxygen saturation level in blood.

The fairs are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Vitamin Shoppe, 101 Brandon Town Center Drive, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Kabs Pharmacy, 652 Oakfield Drive.

In Wimauma, Good Samaritan Mission will hold a health fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at 14920 Balm-Wimauma Road. Women over 40 without insurance can get free mammograms; call (813) 745-6769. Those over 18 can get free pap smears; call (813) 707-7376. Blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and memory tests will be available,.


Business aid for vets, women, minorities

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will hold a free seminar for small business owners who are minorities, veterans or women from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at 330 Pauls Drive, Brandon. Information will be provided on becoming certified for government contracts. One-on-one counseling will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information or to register, call (813) 689-1221, ext. 8824 or go to


Young science fans, this event is for you

Randall Area Youth Service, or RAYS, will hold a community service festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 at Randall Middle School, 16510, FishHawk Blvd., Lithia. Information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities with local charities will be provided. For more information, e-mail or call the school at (813) 740-3900, ext. 626.

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Earth Day Celebration scheduled Saturday

Growing Green Earth Day Celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillsborough Community College, 1200 N Park Road, Plant City. The free event will include garden tours, as well as demonstrations on microirrigation, rain barrels and gardening. For more information, go to growing


Orientation, training for hospice helpers

LifePath Hospice, a nonprofit that helps people with life-limiting illnesses, seeks volunteers. The group will hold volunteer training beginning next week at the Bridges Clubhouse, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview. There will be a 90-minute orientation at 1:30 p.m. April 30, followed by training sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7 and May 14. For more information or to register, call (813) 984-2299 or e-mail bortnessj@life

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Public meeting set to discuss sewer line

Hillsborough County Water Resource Services will hold a public meeting in Sun City Center on Wednesday to discuss a sewage pipeline that will run through the area.

The meeting is at 10 a.m. in the Sun City Center Community Association Atrium Building, 945 N Course Lane. The pipeline will go along State Road 674. For more information, call (813) 272-5275.


Nature's Classroom to host open houses

In celebration of Earth Day, Nature's Classroom will hold open houses from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The school, 13100 Verges Road, Thonotosassa, is used to teach environmental education to Hillsborough County sixth-graders. There will be animal handling, art displays and sales, kids' activities and live music. The cost is $5 per car. For more information, call (813) 987-6969.


Basketball game to aid cancer group

Students and faculty at Bloomingdale High School will go head-to-head in a charity basketball game at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1700 E Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Tickets are $5. Proceeds will benefit Lyrics for Life, a nonprofit that fights pediatric cancer. For more information, call the school at (813) 744-8018.

Also at Bloomingdale, tryouts for the Crimson Guard (formerly the Crimson Dolls) are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, May 3 and May 5 at 5 p.m. The color guard performs during football games — dancing and using props. Dance attire is required at auditions, which are open to girls and boys. For more information, e-mail wil or


Golf tourney to raise funds for scholarship

The Mark R. Mahoney Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament is at noon May 1 at Bloomingdale Golfers Club, 4113 Great Golfers Place, Valrico. Proceeds from the tournament, which is held in honor of a former Brandon High student, go to the Hillsborough Education Foundation. The cost is $80. For more information, call (813) 404-0282 or (813) 927-3654.

Brandon and South Shore area community news briefs 04/22/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 2:47pm]
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