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Brandon area community news


Brandon Ballet holds auditions, starts club

The Brandon Ballet will hold auditions for youth dancers Saturday and Aug. 27. For detailed information and times, call (813) 684-4282. Brandon Ballet also is accepting members for the Sugar Plum Fairy Club, a new club for girls 3 and older. A $25 annual membership includes an autographed pair of pointe shoes worn by the Sugar Plum Fairy, 5 percent off novelty items sold at Brandon Ballet performances, a meet and greet with the Sugar Plum Fairy and a tiara. For more information, call (813) 684-4282.

Chamber hosts 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 330 Pauls Drive. The topic is Behind the Business. Registration is $18 for chamber members and $30 for potential members and members of the community. For information or to register, call Jamie Reid at (813) 689-1221, ext. 8843, or e-mail Event registration is available online at


Public meeting to discuss water rules

The Southwest Florida Water Management District will answer questions about new water use permitting rules for Dover and Plant City areas at a public open house at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Hillsborough Community College Trinkle Center, 1206 N Park Road, Plant City. For more information, visit


Excel workshop for effective professionals

Professional Business Intelligence presents Microsoft Excel Training for Effective Professionals from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 and Sept. 13 at the Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch, 17004 Dorman Road. The cost is $79 per class. For more information or to register, visit

Farm hosts country gospel sing-along

Bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle or other acoustic instruments and join the fun at a sing-along at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Farm, 7818 Lithia Pinecrest Road. Free admission. For more information, call (813) 967-3046.


Planteen Rec Center offers canning classes

Learn to can pickles and jam at a class presented by the Hills­borough County Extension Office from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Plant City Planteen Recreation Center, 301 N Dort St. For more information, call Mary Keith at (813) 744-5519, ext. 136.


Mingle with artists at Thursday Nights Live

Thursday Nights Live, a free art and live music event, begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Beaux Arts Gallery, 11252 Winthrop Main St. For more information, call (813) 777-7517.

Meeting to address School Board district

The Hillsborough County School Board, in conjunction with the Planning Commission and Supervisor of Elections Office, will host a public meeting to receive input on options for redrawing School Board District 4 at 6 p.m. Thursday at Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Road. To view the possible alternatives, visit


Free health care at back to school fair

Hillsborough County's Family and Aging Services Department and the Back to School Coalition of Hillsborough County will host a Back to School Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Southshore Community Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE. Health professionals will administer free physicals and immunizations for school-age children entering Florida schools for the first time. Hillsborough County also will provide free backpacks with school supplies. Appointments required. For more information and to register, call (813) 443-3048.

Run for the Fallen is this weekend

Tampa Area Marine Parents Association Inc. will hold its fourth annual Run for the Fallen to support the national event of the same name, during which volunteers honor deceased soldiers, Sunday at E.G. Simmons Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. The walk and run will follow. Preregistration is requested. For information, visit, call (813) 965-2682, or contact the event coordinator at


Free back to school haircuts for children

Remington College, 6302 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 400, will offer free back to school haircuts for kids from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday. Walk in, or call (813) 316-4470 to make an appointment.


Buy plants at USF Botanical Gardens

Buy African violets, flame violets and other exotic plants from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive. The event is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Gesneriad Society. If you need help repotting your gesneriads, bring your plants and pots, and society members will show you how. For more information, call (813) 963-7424 or e-mail

Brandon area community news 08/18/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2011 4:30am]
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