Animal Services now open on Sundays
Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N Falkenburg Road, is open for animal adoptions Sundays beginning today. To celebrate, an ice cream social begins at 2 p.m. with complimentary ice cream, special adoption rates and tips from pet experts. For more information, call (813) 744-5660.
Get grant-writing tips at business seminar
The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will host a Biz-Ed 101 seminar series from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the chamber, 330 Pauls Drive. The topic is grant writing for nonprofit organizations. Registration is $18 for members and $30 for nonmembers. For information or to register, contact Jamie Reid at (813) 689-1221, ext. 8843, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber to host Lunch with Leaders
The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, with Leadership Brandon Alumni, will host a Lunch with Leaders at noon Thursday at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 10220 Palm River Road. Registration is $18 for members and $23 for nonmembers. For information or to register, visit brandonchamber.com or contact Crystal Colegrove at (813) 689-1221, ext. 8824.
Songwriters workshop, conference planned
The Florida Academy of Performing Arts presents a song writing workshop with recording artist Mark O'Shaughnessy from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Drive. Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, call (813) 490-2787.
Junior Woman's Club to host food festival
The Brandon Junior Woman's Club will host its second annual International Food Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at its clubhouse, 129 N Moon Ave. The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Contact Debbie Endel at email@example.com or visit thebjwc.com.
Register now for teen battle of the bands
Applications are being taken for the 14th annual Teenage Battle of the Bands, set for Oct. 15 at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 4810 E State Road 60.
The entry fee is $50. Band members must be between the ages of 13 and 20. Only one member can be 20. For information, call Joe Soletti of the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at (813) 376-5778.
Hear gospel music storytellers Friday
Come enjoy gospel music Friday at the Farm, 7818 Lithia Pinecrest Road. Hamburgers and hot dogs served at 6:30 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m. Performers will tell the stories behind the songs. For more information, call (813) 967-3046.
Senior Idol to perform at wine, cheese party
The Brandon Lions Club presents its second annual Wine and Cheese Party at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Winthrop Barn Theatre, at Bloomingdale Avenue and Watson Road. Brighthouse Senior Idol Troy Allen Coman and Jeannie Rossi, Ms. Senior Florida 2006, will perform. Cost is $12.50. For more information, visit brandonlions.org/wine.
Barbecue fundraiser helps Camp Bayou
All are invited to the second annual Beef n' Bones at the Bayou from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center, 4140 24th St. SE. Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family of four. Enjoy food and entertainment to benefit Camp Bayou. For more information, call (813) 846-1316.
Mary and Martha House hosts shopping party
Mary and Martha House will host a Pantry Party, featuring food and shopping deals, from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Rose Boutique, 100 E Shell Point Road. For more information, call (813) 645-7628.
Sun City Center
Kings Point Bridge September games
The Kings Point Bridge Association hosts its September games Tuesday through Friday in the card room of the Kings Point Clubhouse. Newcomers welcome. For information and game times, call (813) 938-3154.
Vendors, food, music at Blessing of Animals
Unity Community of Joy and Three Legged Poodle present the fifth annual Blessing of the Animals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the southwest corner of Route 674 and U.S. 301. Bring animals leashed or in a cage to receive a blessing. Dogs, cats, rabbits and birds are welcome. There will be music, food vendors and pet vendors. Call (813) 642-0881 for more information.
Celebrate 50 years at Ice Cream Social
To celebrate Sun City Center's 50th anniversary, the Sun City Center Woman's Club will host an ice cream social from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building. Cost is 50 cents per sundae or the donation of a gently used hardcover book.