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Farmers can apply for federal disaster funds

Hillsborough County farmers impacted by the freeze are eligible for financial assistance. Farmers can declare losses that occurred between Nov. 5 and Dec. 17, 2010. Loans are available until September. For more information, visit or call (813) 752-1474, ext. 2. Information is also available at the Hillsborough County Farm Service Agency, 201 S Collins St.


Class offers tips for child custody cases

A free legal information session on divorce and child custody cases begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Ave. Attorney Peter Farren of the Brandon Bar Association will speak and answer questions. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.

MOMS Club will meet for a day at the park

MOMS Club of Valrico, a support organization for stay-at-home moms, meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at All Persons Park, 800 S Parsons Ave. For more information, contact

MadHatter Tea Party benefits South Rotary

Brandon South Rotary will host a MadHatter Tea Party at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cross Creek Ranch in Dover. Come for tea tastings, a silent auction, live music and lunch. Tickets are $25 per person or $250 for a table of eight. Proceeds benefit Rotary club projects. For reservations, call (813) 657-2418.

Brandon Ballet holds scholarship auditions

Brandon Ballet will audition dancers to determine the winner of the Richard Munro Memorial Scholarship Fund on March 12. Serious dancers ages 13 to 18 may audition. The ballet also will hold auditions for its summer intensive program for dancers age 9 to 18. The cost to audition is $25. For more information call (813) 684-4282 or visit

Brandon chamber to host annual health fair

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5 at the Campo Family YMCA, 3414 Culbreath Road. Admission to the event and health screenings are free. For more information, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, call (813) 689-1221, ext. 8824.


Rummage for loot at Civic Center sale

Stop and shop at a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive. Items for sale include household accessories, gardening items and plants. Call (813) 727-6567.


Benefit golf, fishing tourney set for March

Mary & Martha House will host its first benefit tournament, the Hook and Sink Fishing and Golf Tournament, in March. Fishing will take place March 5 at Little Harbor. Golf will be March 6 at Club Renaissance in Sun City Center. Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels. To participate, visit or call Laurie Herring at the Mary & Martha House at (813) 645-7874.


Preserve foods the old-fashioned way

Learn to preserve jams and pickles at a canning class from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Extension Office, 5339 CR 579. The cost is $5. Contact Mary Keith at (813) 744-5519 ext. 136.

Sun City Center

Dance into shape with Latin fitness club

The Sun City Center Latin dance fitness club meets at 1 p.m. Fridays at the Atrium Building dance studio. Annual membership is $5 plus an additional $1 per class, or $2 per class for nonmembers. All Sun City Center residents welcome. Call Judi Larson at (813) 634-3047.


Learn to write your life story in free class

A Life Story Writing Workshop meets from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Fridays at Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. Meetings through April 8. Call (813) 361-5186.

Add drought-resistant plants to garden

Master gardener Marina D'Abreau will present a free program on drought- resistant plants from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. Call (813) 661-8452.

Art fair features work from Strawberry Ridge

The Strawberry Ridge Art Guild annual art fair is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 5 at the Strawberry Ridge Activities Center, 509 Strawberry Ridge Blvd. Paintings and other work are available for purchase. Call Wilma at (813) 689-8788.

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Brandon and SouthShore news briefs 02/24/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:30am]
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