Regional Economic Development Luncheon: The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will host a 2012 Regional Economic Development Update luncheon at noon Wednesday at Embassy Suites, 10220 Palm River Road. In addition to questions from the audience, topics will include the Tampa Bay Partnership's Regional Plan and what the plan calls for in eastern Hillsborough County. Confirmed speakers include Tampa Bay Partnership president and CEO Stuart Rogel and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. president and CEO Rick Homans. Registration is $18 for chamber members and $23 for prospective members. For more information or to register, visit brandonchamber.com.
Brandon Saturday Market: Stop by the Brandon Saturday Market at the Winthrop Barn, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave., to shop for fresh food, plants and more. The market is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday. Visit brandon market.net.
Brandon Skate Park seeks sponsors: The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is seeking sponsorships from local businesses for the 2012 Band Jam/Skate Jam to be held July 14 at the Brandon Skate Park, 5720 Providence Road. Sponsorships will help cover the cost of food, drink, prizes for skaters, plus sound and stage equipment. Organizations interested in sponsoring must send a letter of interest to Lori Hudson, Hillsborough County Communications Department County Center, 16th Floor, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. For details on the 2012 Band Jam/Skate Jam, call the Brandon Skate Park at (813) 477-0196.
Country Gospel at the Farm: Jayc Harold & the Band, and Patricia Cole and New Beginning, will perform at a Country Gospel sing-along June 29 at the Farm, 7818 Lithia Pinecrest Road. Enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs at 6:30 p.m. The music starts at 7 p.m. Bring your own instruments. A donation is appreciated. For more information, call (813) 967-3046 or visit thefarmusa.com.
'Beauty and the Beast' on stage: Foundation Christian Academy and the Florida Academy of Performing Arts will present the Showcase Players in the musical Beauty and the Beast at Winthrop Barn, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. today. Tickets can be purchased at faopa.org. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under, seniors and military.
National Dance Day event: Brandon Ballet invites children to celebrate the third annual National Dance Day from 7 to 10 p.m. July 28 at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road. Participants who sign up will be directed to a link to learn a dance posted online. Children ages 8 to 18 can join in the fun. Cost is $15 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit shop.brandonballet.org or call (813) 684-4282.
SUN CITY CENTER
Musical theater auditions: The Performing Arts Company, a professional theater troupe that produces original musicals, will hold auditions for its fall musical at 6:30 p.m. June 26 and 27 at the Rollins Theater in Sun City Center. All chosen actors will receive a stipend. The company is seeking 20-something adult men and women. Actors will need to sing an up-tempo song and a ballad with an accompaniment track, perform a one-minute monologue and do a cold reading. For more information or to make an audition appointment, call Ellen Kleinschmidt at (813) 789-8271.
Grief support group: An eight-week session of the grief support group New Beginnings begins Wednesday and will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Homewood Residences, 3910 Galen Court. Trained bereavement professionals will lead the group. There is no fee to attend but registration is requested. For more information or to register, contact Diane Schnelly at (813) 357-5609.
Wine Tastings: AAA Travel will host wine tastings with samplings from around the world at various Hillsborough County AAA office locations. Tastings are June 26 in Valrico; June 27 in Sun City Center and Apollo Beach; and June 28 in Plant City. RSVP by registering online at www.aaa.com/brandon or www.aaa.com/suncitycenter.
Charity Poker Night: T&A Event Pros presents Charity Texas Hold'em Night to benefit "BRA: Bikers Raising Awareness" at 8 p.m. Friday at Brandon Ice Sports Forum, 10222 Elizabeth Place. Cost is a $40 buy-in. Event includes a silent auction, appetizers and drinks. Register now through Wednesday at www.taeventpros.com. For more information, call Angela at (813) 546-1832.