Cards for troops: The 5th annual Holiday Cards For Troops will be held Oct. 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, 619 Vonderburg Drive. The community event allows supporters to make hand-made holiday cards for deployed service members, who in turn send them to loved ones. For more information, call (813) 685-8888.
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 at [email protected] Learn more at thebjwc.com.
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.
Seeking vendors: Brandon Rotary '86 seeks arts, crafts and food vendors for its annual Denizens of the Deep Family Fish Fry, scheduled for Nov. 3 at Rotary's Camp Florida, 1915 Camp Florida Road. The booths are $75 until Oct. 15. Call Becky Jordan at (813) 690-1157 to reserve a booth.
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.
Library programs: Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W McLendon St., will host a Master Gardening Program entitled, "Underutilized Plants" 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.
Youth football competition: A Punt, Pass and Kick competition for girls and boys ages 6 to 15 years old will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex. Proof of the participant's age as of Dec. 31, 2012 is mandatory. Bring a photo copy of birth certificate or baptismal record for age verification. Winners must have the document on site along with the release form signed by a parent or guardian. No football shoes, cleats or turf shoes. Wear soft-soled gym shoes. For more information, registration packet and release form, contact Danny at (813) 659-4255 or visit www.plantcitygov.com.
Walk with a Doc: Come Walk with A Doc at 9 a.m. Sept. 29 at Aldermans Ford Park, 100 Aldermans Ford Park Road. Before the walk, a doctor will answer questions for 15 minutes. For more information, call (813) 625-0226.
Hospital classes: South Florida Baptist Hospital, 301 N Alexander Street, will offer a seminar, "The Aging Spine," from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in the community conference room. Learn about effective nonsurgical treatment options, surgical indications and advanced minimally invasive surgical treatment options for the spine. The seminar is free. To register, call (813) 644-6720.
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 members 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., needs vendors for a Craft Fair to be held Nov. 10. For more information, contact Janet at (813) 413-8900 or visit bridgesretirement.com.
Explore Cockroach Bay: Hillsborough County is celebrating National Public Lands Day by offering a unique opportunity to volunteer and explore Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve, 3709 Gulf City Road, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and bring sunscreen, gloves, a hat and insect repellent. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, contact Sherri Wilson, Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, at (813) 671-7754, ext. 207.
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. For information, visit the shelter, email [email protected] or call (813) 645-2273.
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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.
Mah-jongg 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 [email protected] or (813) 829-7227. The deadline to register is Oct. 15.
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.
Dance on the fairway: The Brandon/Bay Area School of Dance Arts holds a fundrasing golf tournament on Oct. 13 at River Hills Country Club, 3943 New River Hills Parkway. Registration is at noon with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Beef 'O' Brady's provides lunch, Brandon Hyundai sponsors the hole-in-one prize and a barbecue banquet after the tourney will feature prizes, a silent auction and a dinner show. Register at www.BSDAbooster.com.
Disaster Pet Training: Due to overwhelming response, Hillsborough County Animal Services (HCAS) is offering a second Pet-Friendly Shelter Training & Volunteer Recruitment opportunity Saturday from 9 a.m. 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 [email protected]
Domestic Violence Observance: The Family Justice Center of Hillsborough County invites religious and spiritual leaders to participate in a public declaration of support for families troubled by domestic violence at a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Family Justice Center, 9309 N. Florida Avenue, Suite 109. The press conference is in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information, call (813) 935-2015.