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Brandon area happenings, events


Help families in need furnish their homes

Stor N More Self Storage and Saving Grace Moving Co. are teaming up to provide furniture to needy families. Operation Furniture for Florida is collecting furniture, canned goods, diapers and nonperishable items through Tuesday at Stor N More Self Storage, 1505 S U.S. 301. For more information, call (813) 301-1111.

Meetings to discuss changes at parks

Hillsborough County is holding a series of public meetings to discuss a new strategic plan for the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department. All meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Area meetings are Tuesday at the Thonotosassa Recreation Center, 10132 Skewlee Road; Wednesday at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive; and Thursday at the Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 SE Sixth St. For more information, call Rina Rojas at (813) 635-3501.

Summer camp registration still open

The Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department is registering children and teens for an equestrian summer camp to take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning July 11 and ending July 29 at the Bakas Center, 11510 Whisper Lake Trail, Tampa. The cost is $50 per day or $250 per week. Call (813) 264-2890.

Registration also is still open for traveling teen camps for ages 12 to 17. For teens living in Riverview and Gibsonton, call (813) 376-5787. Teens in Bloomingdale and Brandon should call (813) 376-1952.

Girls camp seeks participants 11 and up

Girls rule at Motivated Steps performance girls camp for ages 11 and up. The camp offers an actors' workshop, modeling and makeup instruction, group performances, art, swimming, and skating. The camp includes a hot lunch daily and runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11 through 22. The camp will take place at the Best Western Conference Center at 9331 E Adamo Drive. Enrollment costs $200 and is capped at 25 girls. For more information, visit or call (813) 325-6779.

Apollo Beach

Beginner boater safety classes are starting

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer boating classes for beginners from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16 and Aug. 20 at 6542 N U.S. 41. The cost is $40. For more information, call (813) 228-2189.


Story times include books for bedtime

Children and parents are invited to family story time at 11 a.m. Saturday and to bedtime stories at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive. Events are free. For more information on children's summer programs, call (813) 273-3652.

Unlimited bowling with Brandon Ballet

Join the Brandon Ballet for unlimited bowling fun from 1:30 to 4 p.m. June 26 at the Alley at Southshore, 10221 Big Bend Road. The cost is $15 for adults or $10 for students. Participants will be eligible for special prizes and giveaways. Reservations are required. For more information, call (813) 684-4282.

Leadership Brandon nominees sought

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the Leadership Brandon Class of 2012, a community leadership development program that includes a series of seminars, tours and interactive presentations. The application is made through a nomination process. For additional information and a nomination form, visit or contact Crystal Colegrove at (813) 689-1221, ext. 8824.

Chamber networking event at Smokey Bones

A networking event hosted by the Greater Brandon Chamber is at 8 a.m. June 28 at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, 136 Brandon Town Center Drive. For more information, call Jamie Reid at (813) 689-1221, ext. 8843.


Visitors welcome at African Violet Society

The Tampa African Violet Society will meet at 10 a.m. today at the Seffner-Mango Library, 410 N Kingsway Road. Visitors are welcome. The meeting will include growing tips, a plant raffle and a presentation by a speaker. For more information, call Jim Boyer at (727) 871-2014.

Magician to entertain children at the library

Magician Doug Capen will perform at 3 p.m. June 28 at the Seffner-Mango Library, 410 Kingsway Road. The event is free. For more information on library events, call (813) 273-3652.

Sun City Center

Musicians present Art of the String Quartet

The Sun City Center Chamber Players present the Art of the String Quartet at 7 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. Tickets are $5. Visit


Coast Guard Auxiliary offers safety checks

Every Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 75, provides free vessel safety inspections for recreational boaters. Inspections take 15 minutes and are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Simmons Park in Ruskin the first and third Saturdays of the month, and at Williams Park in Gibsonton the second and fourth Saturdays.


Golf tourney to benefit library attack victim

The annual golf tournament to benefit the Bloomingdale Library attack victim is scheduled for July 10 at Buckhorn Springs Golf & Country Club, 2721 S Miller Road. The cost to golf is $75 for individuals or $300 for a foursome. If you are not a golfer, join the Golf Gallery for $15, food included. Tournament sponsorships are available from $15 to $100. To register or for more information, visit or call (813) 230-4719.

Brandon area happenings, events 06/16/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 4:30am]
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