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Arts festival: The 21st annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts wraps up today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the TECO SouthShore Community Events Center, 302 Noonan Branch Road.

The event features more than 70 artists, 15 nonprofits, 10 business vendors, 12 food vendors and a beer/wine area. It also includes a hands-on Kid's Activity Center

Entertainment features Gary Coco (acoustic classics/easy listening) from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Gene Cannon (sax, jazz & bix mix) from 11:45-12:45 and the Porchdogs (Cajun Zydeco music) from 1-5 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and there is no charge for children.


Spring concert: The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band is performing "A Spring In Our Step: Spring Concert Series" in March. The next show will take place March 21 at 7 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Brandon Chapel, 115 Knights Ave. The 40-piece concert band will perform a program that includes songs from Les Misérables, Carmen and South Pacific. The cost is $5. For more information, visit or call (813) 569-1771.

Annual fundraiser: The Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association will celebrate its 29th annual Patron Party on April 13 at 7 p.m. at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B. Membership reservations are $1,000 for table reservations for eight, $500 for four tickets, $250 for two tickets, or $100 for one ticket. Proceeds will benefit the center's artistic programming. For more information or to register, visit or call (813) 685-8888.


Arts festival: The deadline to enter the 5th annual Winthrop Arts Festival is Wednesday. The festival will take place March 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Winthrop Town Centre, 11109 Winthrop Market St. The booth fee will be waived for 25 out of 100 participating artists. For more information, contact Bryant Martinez at or (813) 601-3129, or visit

Ballet performance: The Brandon Ballet will present Coppelia on April 20 at 7 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. in the Spoto High School auditorium, 8538 Eagle Palm Drive. The April 21 show will benefit the Giving Hope Through Faith Foundation. Tickets for each performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (813) 684-4282.


Literary series: The Firehouse Cultural Center will host a Spring Literary Series featuring two published fiction writers and a poet on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from March 21 through April 25. Each evening will feature a reading, a question-and-answer period, light refreshments, book sales and author signings. More information can be found on the Firehouse Cultural Center website at

Brandon arts news 03/09/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 12:49pm]
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