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Meet with those who grant wishes

The Florida chapter of the Dream Factory will hold a meet and greet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at O'Brien's Irish Pub, 701 W Lumsden Road, Brandon. The organization, which grants dreams to ill children, is looking for volunteers. For information, call (813) 480-6316.


Networkers expect 24 businesses

Secrets Hair Salon of Brandon will hold a "Night of Networking" at 6 p.m. Monday at 350 E Robertson St. Organizers expect more than two dozen area businesses to be there. For information, call (813) 842-9877 or e-mail


Showcase gives bands a forum

Musicians and bands looking for exposure can perform at Music Showcase's new Venue Nights from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays at 402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon. The opening set at each event will be reserved for bands seeking live-performance experience. All genres, from rock to jazz, are invited. The cost to attend is $5. Interested musicians should e-mail


Full-body, outdoor workouts available

Several outdoor, group workout classes are offered by Team Up Personal Training. The full-body workout sessions are at 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. Saturdays at the Brandon Parkway Trail, 1018 W Lumsden Road, and at 9 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at FishHawk Ranch's Park Square, 16144 Churchview Drive, Lithia. Each session costs $10. Bring a medium and a heavy resistance band, jump rope, mat or towel and water. For information, e-mail


For fans, performers of Christian music

Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship in Gibsonton will hold Musinar, a Christian music seminar and workshop, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 7732 Gibsonton Drive. The event is open to singers, instrumentalists and music fans. The cost is $7 and includes food and drinks. For information, call (813) 403-2311.


Lacrosse teams play at benefit

The Newsome Lacrosse Club's third annual Pumpkin Challenge at FishHawk is Saturday at Pinecrest Elementary, 7950 Lithia-Pinecrest Road. Lacrosse vendors will be there as high school and middle school teams from around the state play to raise money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The first game starts at 10 a.m., the last at 3 p.m. There will be a $2 donation for parking.


Waxing moon hike leads to snacks, stars

Ruskin's Camp Bayou will be open for the Waxing Moon Night Hike from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23. The evening will start with a hike. After the sun sets, there will be snacks and stargazing. A $5 donation is requested. There is a 20-person limit. RSVP at The volunteer-run camp is 3 miles south of State Road 674 at the end of 24th Street SE in Ruskin.

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Feel free to bring rose to meeting

The South County Rose Group meets at 2 p.m. Sunday in Creason Hall at Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 W Del Webb Blvd. The meeting is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own roses to showcase.


extra body parts AND outfits at THEATrical costume auction

Just in time for Halloween, or for your next theatrical performance, local actress Mary Ross will auction off more than 600 theater props and costumes this weekend at the Winthrop Barn. The auction is at 3 p.m. Saturday at 11349 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview. Ross has been collecting the auction materials for more than 20 years.

Props include body parts and masks that mock face or head shootings. Hundreds of dresses, gowns and wigs will be available. Items can be previewed on site from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday or online at Unable to make it to the auction? No worries — place your bid at

Brandon and South Shore News Briefs 10/15/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 15, 2009 4:30am]
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