College needs hosts for foreign students
Hillsborough Community College needs homes for a handful of Spanish-speaking foreign-exchange students arriving at the campus this week.
Host families commit to a period of three or nine months and provide food and accommodations to the students, as well as help them gain proficiency in English and learn more about American culture and the local community.
Contact Mery Young at 259-6593 if you would like to help.
Chamber will offer seminars in Spanish
The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund are providing free business seminars in Spanish.
The first program is from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 27 at the chamber offices, 330 Pauls Drive.
The "How to Start a Business" seminar will offer attendees the information necessary to start a business or improve an existing one. Discussions will also include general information on licensing, financing and marketing.
Free one-on-one business counseling will be available.
Contact Venessa Loredo at 689-1221, ext. 16, or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Schools benefit from mall shopping points
The Westfield Brandon mall is offering cash and prizes to schools whose students shop there. The mall's annual Cash 4 Class program runs through Sept. 30.
Here's how it works: After making purchases at any of the participating stores, shoppers take their receipts to the concierge desk.
The mall will award points for every dollar spent to the school designated by the shopper.
All accredited elementary, middle or high schools can participate.
You can earn double the normal point values by shopping on a Monday or using a Westfield gift card any day of the week.
The total prize fund comes to more than $52,000, with $10,000 going to the school that accumulates the most shopping points.
Young actors to present 'Aristocats'
Catch the area's youngest theater group — actors range from ages 4 to 8 — this weekend performing The Aristocats at Music Showcase at 402 Oakfield Drive.
The story centers on a family of aristocratic cats that finds itself adrift after a kidnapping until being rescued by an alley cat.
Show times are 6 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8.
For more information or to buy tickets, call 685-5998.
Seminar topic: how to thrive in horticulture
The Hillsborough County Extension office and the University of Florida are offering a seminar next week to help nursery owners, landscape professionals and others in the horticulture business adjust to the changing economy and prepare for natural disasters.
Titled "Surviving Difficult Times in the Green Industry," the seminar is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the extension office, 5339 County Road 579.
Call 744-5519, ext. 128, or visit www.prohort.net for more information.
Park's mine pit may become water basin
Don't be alarmed if you notice more vehicles than usual at Sydney Dover Trails Park in the next few months.
The county is doing a land survey and geotechnical study at the park through November.
The purpose of the work is to determine whether an area known as "the old mine pit" inside the park could be used as a reservoir or as a holding basin for treated reclaimed water.
The work will be conducted on weekdays only and utilize pickup trucks, all-terrain vehicles, drilling equipment and boats.
Call 272-5977 with questions or concerns.
Planners to discuss proposed amendments
The Hillsborough County Planning & Growth Management Department will discuss two proposed amendments to the land development code during a public meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St.
The amendments address roads that are unimproved and not maintained by the county, and unimproved subdivisions.
The first proposal would require improvements to create adequate access for emergency vehicles before any unimproved roads can be connected to county roads.
The second amendment would substitute the land use designation "unimproved subdivision" with "minor subdivision," which requires stricter development standards.
The county staff will be at the meeting to take comments and answer questions
Call Charles White at 307-4513 for more information.
Auditions SEEK 'Nutcracker' extras
Ever dreamed of dancing in The Nutcracker?
Here's your chance.
Brandon Ballet is looking for aspiring dancers ages 7 and up and enrolled in a ballet class to be extras for this year's classic holiday show.
Auditions are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 at Brandon Ballet, 161 E Bloomingdale Ave.
There is a $20 fee to try out.
Call 684-4282 for more information or visit www.brandon ballet.org.