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Brandon and Southshore Briefs


Talk is on technology that aids blind people

The East Hillsborough Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will hold a free luncheon to discuss technologies designed to enhance access to information by the visually impaired. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the H2U Classroom at Brandon Hospital, 228 S Moon Ave. John Palmer of Magnifying America will be the guest speaker. The local NFB group meets the second Saturday of each month at the same location. For more information, call (813) 626-2789.


Girls 5-17 can register for slow-pitch softball

Registration is under way for the Brandon Leaguerettes slow-pitch softball league, which is open to girls ages 5 to 17. The league will hold sign-ups from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24 at Sadie Park, 502 E Sadie St. The cost is $135. First-year players are required to show a birth certificate. For more information, call (813) 689-6189 or go to


Adults are needed for 'Nutcracker' roles

Brandon Ballet is looking for adults to participate in this year's performance of The Nutcracker. Roles are available for the party scene maid and the party scene adults. For more information, contact ballet director Amber Wisniewski at (813) 684-4282 or


At annual festival, it's all about pumpkins

The fourth annual Life is good Pumpkin Festival is Saturday at FishHawk Ranch's Park Square, 16144 Churchview Drive. The all-day event begins at 9 a.m. with a pumpkin carving. Pumpkins cost $5.

There will be a costume parade, pie-eating contest, plastic hoops contest and live music. Proceeds will benefit HomeAid Tampa Bay and Project Joy. For information, call (813) 685-7500 or go to

Plant city/Gibsonton

College night focuses on Hispanic students

Spanish-speaking students and parents can learn about the benefits of college at two information sessions being hosted by the Hillsborough County school system.

The college information nights, Pasos al Futuro, are at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Plant City High, 1 Raider Place in Plant City, and Oct. 29 at East Bay High School, 7710 Old Big Bend Road, Gibsonton.

Information on applying to college and applying for scholarships and financial aid will be available. The sessions will be held in Spanish.


Thirty students take part in 'Brick, Rose'

Riverview High School's theater department presents its fall play, The Brick and the Rose, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16 at 11311 Boyette Road. The play will feature more than 30 drama students. Tickets go on sale at 6:30 p.m. prior to the shows and cost $6.


Learn ins and outs of Photoshop Elements

The SouthShore Regional Library will offer free Photoshop Elements classes at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 at 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. Registration is on site before the classes. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.

Sun city center

Join Knights in honor of Columbus Day

In celebration of Columbus Day, the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus will hold a dinner and dance at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center. The event begins with a "Bring Your Own Bottle" happy hour. Tickets are $20 and are available at the church from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. For more information, call (813) 633-1385.


Gathering focuses on careers and college

Hillsborough County Public Schools will host the third annual Career & College Fest from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Special Events Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.

The event is open to students in middle and high school and their parents. There will be corporate and college representatives available to talk about options after high school. For more information, call (813) 231-1860.

Brandon and Southshore Briefs 10/08/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2009 4:30am]
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