Food festival: The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman's Club will host its third annual International Food Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at its historic clubhouse, 129 N Moon Ave. Sample foods from England, India, the Caribbean, Spain and the Hawaiian islands. Tickets are limited, $15 per person or $25 per couple. To purchase tickets, contact Leslie Garcia, international affairs chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit thebjwc.com.
Music workshops: Children ages 2 to 10 are invited to attend a free music workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Drive. This interactive event allows children to hear and see band and orchestral instruments such as the flute, trumpet, tuba or violin — and try the instruments out. Kids will also make an instrument to take home along with a goodie bag. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact Deborah Evans at (813) 685-5998 or email@example.com.
Democrats to meet: The East Hillsborough County Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Barnacles Restaurant, 926 Providence Road. Club members and their guests are invited. Visit easthillsborough dems.org for more information.
Beach Blanket Bunco: Center Place presents Beach Blanket Bunco for the Arts, a fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at 619 Vonderburg Drive. The night will include bunco games, dinner and drinks. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, call (813) 685-8888.
Newsome band fundraiser: In conjunction with the Moms Club of Lithia-Bevis and the grand opening of Busciglio Orthodontics in FishHawk, the Newsome High Band is holding a raffle for a complete Invisalign treatment. Tickets are $10. The drawing will be held at the opening on Saturday. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library programs: Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W McLendon St., will host programs for kids and adults through September. Storytime for children ages 3 to 5 is Tuesdays at 10:05 a.m., Babytime is Thursdays at 10:05 a.m., and Toddlertime is at 11 a.m. Thursdays. Crafternoons will take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays. Programs are free. For more information, call (813) 757-9215.
Riverview Garden Club: The club will kick off its fall season with a meeting at 10 a.m. Sept. 12 on how to convert an old pot to a water fountain or garden with speaker Michael Jones of Pondscapes. The event will be held at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive. Parking and admission are free. For more information, call (813) 727-6567.
Health Fair: Family Medical Care of Riverview will host a health fair from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 29. A doctor will be on-site at 6037 Winthrop Commerce Ave., Suite 201, in the Winthrop Town Centre to render services to any new patients. Medical staff will perform free blood pressure or diabetic sugar checks. For more information, call (813) 979-9080.
Sun City Center
South Shore Orchestra: The South Shore Symphony Orchestra begins its Fall-Winter season this September with a tribute to 19th century composer Felix Mendelssohn. Performances are at 3 and 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd. E, and 2 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Regent, 6437 Watson Drive. Advance $20 tickets are available online at thessso.org/ and at the St. John the Divine church office. Tickets purchased at the door will be $25.
Grief support: LifePath Hospice offers an eight-week session of the support group New Beginnings from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Homewood Residence, 3910 Galen Court. The free group is open to the public. For more information, call Diane Schnelly at (813) 357-5609.
Hearing Loss Association: The Hearing Loss Association of Sun City Center begins its fall season at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W.
Theresa H. Chisolm, professor and chairwoman of the communication sciences and disorders department at the University of South Florida, will speak on hearing loss and aural rehabilitation in 2012.
Captioning will be provided and the meeting room is equipped with an induction loop to help those with telecoils in their hearing aids. Those with hearing loss and their hearing friends are welcome to attend. Come early for coffee and doughnuts at 9:15 a.m. For more information, contact Richard Herring at richard@ hla-scc.com or Barbara Riley at (813) 634-1706.