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Brandon

Senior Fun Fest: Seniors are invited to the 16th annual Free Fun Fest and Crazy Legs Walk at 8 a.m. today at 502 E Sadie St. Participate in a fun walk, games and free health screenings. For a $4 donation, participants will receive a T-shirt and continental breakfast. For more information, call (813) 653-1988.

Meet the candidates: Meet more than a dozen candidates seeking public office at a Meet the Candidate event at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon, 706 Bryan Road. For more information, call Janice Perelman, chairwoman of adult education, at (813) 748-8042.

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 $15 per person or $25 per couple. To buy tickets, contact Leslie Garcia, international affairs chairwoman, at lhgarcia1@verizon.net. Learn more at thebjwc.com.

Volunteers needed: ECHO of Brandon (Emergency Care Help Organization) is looking for permanent volunteers to commit to a schedule of 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. one day a week. Opportunities are available in the donation area and pantry. Apply at 507 N Parsons Ave. For more information, visit echofl.org.

Plant City

Barbecue judging: As contest judging goes, it can't get much better than judging barbecue. The Plant City Chamber of Commerce is taking applications for its Kansas City Barbecue Society Judges School that will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 14. Registration is $65 for society members and $100 for nonmembers. Call (813) 754-3707 for more information or to register. The judging school is connected to the Plant City Pig Jam, which takes place on Nov. 17 at the Randy Larson Softball Four-Plex Stadium.

Library programs: Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W McLendon St., will host free programs for kids and adults through September. Story time for children 3 to 5 is Tuesdays at 10:05 a.m., Babytime is Thursdays at 10:05 a.m., and Toddlertime is Thursdays at 11 a.m. Crafternoons will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays. A master gardening program entitled, "Underutilized Plants" will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8. Master gardener Fern Kinion, will be the guest speaker. The program is sponsored by the Master Division of the Hillsborough County Extension Service. Members of the audience are encouraged to bring a plant for the plant exchange. For more information, call (813) 757-9215.

RIVERVIEW

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 blood sugar checks. For more information, call (813) 979-9080.

Craft Fair vendors wanted: The Bridges Retirement Community, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave., is seeking vendors for a Craft Fair to be held Nov. 10. For more information, contact Janet at (813) 413-8900 or visit bridgesretirement.com.

RUSKIN

CARE seeks volunteers: The Critter Adoption Rescue Effort, or CARE, a nonprofit, all-volunteer no-kill dog and cat rescue and rehabilitation and adoption center at 1528 27th St. SE, needs volunteers. Workers are needed to answer phones and do light office work Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers also are needed to help open the kennels and cat facility each weekday between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. For information, visit the shelter, email volunteercare@aol.com or call (813) 645-2273.

Sun City Center

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.

Mahjong tournament: Congregation Beth Israel will sponsor a mahjong tournament Oct. 30 at the Caper Room of the Atrium, 2013 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. Registration fee of $36 includes continental breakfast, lunch and snack. Cash prizes will be awarded to tournament winners. Proceeds will benefit Beth Israel of Sun City Center. For more information, contact Carol Balent at monkeyandwife@yahoo.com or (813) 829-7227. The deadline to register is Oct. 15.

VALRICO

Gardening workshop: Master gardener Heather Diaz will present a program on ornamental and culinary herbs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.

Tampa

Disaster Pet Training: Due to overwhelming response, Hillsborough County Animal Services is offering a second Pet-Friendly Shelter Training & Volunteer Recruitment opportunity Sept. 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. Able-bodied volunteers must be at least 18. Professional animal experience is not required. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. For information or to RSVP, call (813) 744-5660 or email info@hillsboroughcounty.org.

Brandon calendar of events 09/20/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 20, 2012 5:30am]

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