Friday, March 23, 2018
News Roundup

Brandon area events


Ranieri fundraiser: As part of Organ Donation Awareness Month, O'Toole's Irish Pub owners Marcus and Michelle Winters will host a monthlong fundraising initiative for 2-year-old Evan Ranieri, a Brandon toddler in need of a kidney transplant.

For the entire month, 5 percent of the purchases made by patrons with organ donor status (visible on driver's license) will contribute to Evan's transplant and after-surgery care.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, O'Toole's will host "Happy Hour for Hope," a $20 all-you-can-drink fundraiser that includes beer, wine and well drinks. Proceeds donated will go directly to a special fund for Evan's transplant.

Tradeshow tips: The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce presents "Nine Successful Habits of Tradeshow Exhibitors" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the chamber office, 330 Pauls Drive. Admission to the seminar is $15 and includes lunch sponsored by Copper Bell Café-Riverview. For information, contact Suzanne Dowdy at (813) 689-1221, ext. 8836, or [email protected] Register for events at

Annual fundraiser: The Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association will celebrate its 29th annual Patron Party at 7 p.m. Saturday at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B. Membership reservations are $1,000 for table reservations for eight, $500 for four tickets, $250 for two tickets or $100 for one ticket. Proceeds will benefit the center's artistic programming. To get more information or to register, visit or call (813) 685-8888.

Top Chef fundraiser: See celebrity chefs prepare signature dishes, get tips for cooking at home and enjoy a full meal at Top Chef cooking classes to benefit the Brandon Foundation beginning April 18 at Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive. Southern cuisine includes fried green tomatoes, roasted pork belly and sweet potato creme brulee. Cost is $100. It begins at 6:15 p.m. April 18. Reservations are required. Check the website for a complete list of chefs and availability. For more information, call (813) 653-2418 or visit


Seminar series continues: The Economic Development Initiative of the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce continues its EDGE series with "Unclog Your Sales Funnel" from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Bridges, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. The seminar will be presented by Black Diamond Associates. Admission is $12 for GRCC members who register in advance, $15 for GRCC members at the door and $20 for prospective members. For information, go to or call (813) 234-5944.

America Legion events: American Legion Alafia Post 148, 7240 U.S. 301, hosts weekly events. On Sundays, there's a flea market from 7 a.m. to noon and breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. On Fridays, there's a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. and live entertainment at 8 p.m. On Wednesdays, there's bingo at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (813) 677-6529.

Shindig: The Riverview Woman's Club host a Country Shindig fundraiser Friday to raise money for college scholarships for high school seniors who are Riverview residents. The dinner, dance and games are from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. For information about sponsorships, contact Donna Fore at (813) 528-0902 or [email protected]


Book sale: SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, will host a book sale, including the option to fill a grocery bag full of books for $1, to benefit the library's programs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.

Alcohol Awareness: A Licensed Practical Nurse will present "An Invisible Epidemic: Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Among Older Adults" at 11 a.m. April 17 at the Ruskin Senior Center, 905 Sixth St. SE. The program is free and recommended for individuals age 50 and older. For more information, call (813) 276-8358.


Canning class: A home canning class will meet from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 County Road 579. Learn how to can vegetables to preserve freshness and taste. Register online at For more information, call (813) 744-5519, ext. 54136, or visit


Club meeting: The Irish Connection will meet at 6 p.m. today in the Florida Room in the Atrium Building, 945 N Course Lane, Sun City Center. The meeting will feature Hillsborough Community Service Officer Donna Budd, who will talk about people slipping through the cracks in receiving assistance, and Jason Castillo, the group's new community resource deputy. Free. To register, call (813) 634-7447 or (813) 642-8663.

Hoarding and downsizing: The South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging continues its pie and coffee series Tuesday at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 W Del Webb Blvd., with a presentation on the consequences of hoarding and downsizing for seniors. The seminar will run from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and pie and coffee will be provided by Village Inn. For more information, call Jenny Loktu at (813) 784-0235.

Spring concert: The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band is performing "A Spring In Our Step: Spring Concert Series." The next show is at 7 p.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 W Del Webb Blvd. The 40-piece concert band will perform a program that includes songs from Les Misérables, Carmen and South Pacific. The cost is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, visit or call (813) 569-1771.


Food4Families: Florida Executive Realty is hosting a food drive to feed families in need. Drop off items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until Wednesday at 130 E Bloomingdale Ave. Monetary donations, canned goods, dry foods such as crackers, hygiene items and paper towels are needed. For more information, call (813) 623-2800.


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