Regional Economic Development Luncheon: The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will host a 2012 Regional Economic Development Update luncheon at noon Wednesday at Embassy Suites, 10220 Palm River Road. In addition to questions from the audience, topics will include the Tampa Bay Partnership's Regional Plan and what the plan calls for in eastern Hillsborough County. Confirmed speakers include Tampa Bay Partnership president and CEO Stuart Rogel and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. president and CEO Rick Homans. Registration is $18 for chamber members and $23 for prospective members. For more information or to register, visit brandonchamber.com.
Brandon Saturday Market: Stop by the Brandon Saturday Market at the Winthrop Barn, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave., to shop for fresh food, plants and more. The market is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday. Visit brandon market.net.
'Beauty and the Beast' on stage: Foundation Christian Academy and the Florida Academy of Performing Arts will present the Showcase Players in the musical Beauty and the Beast at Winthrop Barn, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. Show dates and times are 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday . Tickets can be purchased at faopa.org. Advance ticket pricing is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under, seniors and military.
National Dance Day event: Brandon Ballet invites children to celebrate the third annual National Dance Day at a special event from 7 to 10 p.m. July 28 at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road. Participants who sign up will be directed to a link to learn a dance posted online. Children ages 8 to 18 can join in the fun. Cost is $15 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit shop.brandonballet.org or call (813) 684-4282.
African Violet Society: The Tampa African Violet Society will meet at 10 a.m. today at the Seffner-Mango Library, 410 N Kingsway Road. Award-winning grower Barbara Matthews will speak on "The Perils & Pleasantries of Growing African Violets in Natural Light." Visitors are welcome. For more information, call Jim Boyer at (727) 871-2014,
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Musical theater auditions: The Performing Arts Company, a professional theater troupe that produces original musicals, will hold auditions for its fall musical at 6:30 p.m. June 26 and 27 at the Rollins Theater in Sun City Center. All chosen actors will receive a stipend. The company is seeking 20-something adult men and women. Actors will need to sing an up-tempo song and a ballad with an accompaniment track, perform a one-minute monologue and do a cold reading. For more information or to make an audition appointment, call Ellen Kleinschmidt at (813) 789-8271.
Grief support group: An eight-week session of the grief support group, New Beginnings, begins Wednesday and will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Homewood Residences, 3910 Galen Court. Trained bereavement professionals will lead the group. There is no fee to attend but registration is requested. For more information or to register, contact Diane Schnelly at (813) 357-5609.