Cooking for a cause: Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce president Tammy Bracewell steps into the kitchen Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Copper Bell Cafe, 401 S Parsons Ave., to cook up some spaghetti and meatballs and help out a good cause. Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to the YMCA. For more information, (813) 681-3354.
Candidate forum: Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, hosts a candidate forum at the church at 5 p.m. Thursday. More than 60 candidates are expected to attend and will participate in two sessions. The first will allow candidates and voters to casually interact. Then, all participants will gather in the worship center where candidates will speak about issues and their campaigns. For more information, visit bellshoals.com.
Brandon Hospital prenatal classes: Brandon Regional Hospital offers a prepared childbirth class at 9 a.m. July 14 and 21 and a prenatal breast feeding class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Oakfield Medical Plaza, 119 Oakfield Drive. Seating is limited and reservations are advised. For more information or to register, call (813) 653-1065 or visit brandon regionalhospital.com.
Nutrition class: Brandon Regional Hospital will host a community education class, Heart Healthy Nutrition, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Palm Room of Brandon Regional Hospital's cafeteria, 119 Oakfield Drive. Seating is limited and reservations are advised. For more information or to register, call (813) 653-1065 or visit brandon regionalhospital.com.
Family fun day: Westfield Brandon presents Let's See the World, a family fun day, where kids will travel the world through books and activities. The fun begins at 4 p.m. July 19 at Books-A-Million at the mall, 459 Brandon Town Center. The event is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (813) 661-5100.
Breast cancer awareness fundraiser: A New You Pink Boutique & BRA Bikers Raising Awareness presents Pink Wings & BRA's, a Day of Fun, Family and Awareness from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at A New You Pink Boutique, 106 W Robertson St. The family event will include food, games, face painting and a coloring contest. For more information, call Lisa at (813) 661-7465.
On Broadway: Plant City Entertainment presents The Best of Broadway July 20-21 at 8 p.m. and July 22 at 2 p.m. Led by director Domin Pazo, the show will feature excerpts and songs from a number of musicals including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Oklahoma, Annie, Cats, Rent, Sound of Music. The cast will include Matt Mello, Tania Enriquez, Maren Fernandez, Kristen Holloway, Mitchell Spencer, Bev Harboard and Sara Demolli.
Additional performances are 8 p.m. July 26-28. All performances will be held at the Plant City Entertainment theater, 101 N Thomas St. Tickets are $10 for members or group advance sales, $12 for senior citizens, nonmembers and K-12 students 12 are $14.
Art exhibits: Works by artist Todd Holm will be on display in the community room at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road, through Saturday. A different artist is featured each month. Free. For more information, or if you are an artist interested in using the space for free, call (813) 571-2494.
Carwash: To help the Riverview High School Shark Attack band raise $22,000 to participate in USBands National Marching Band Championships in November, stop by carwashes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 14 and Aug. 11 at Burger King, 9660 U.S. 301 S. Donations are appreciated. For more information on the band, call (813) 671-5011.
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 but must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $15 per child. Visit shop.brandonballet.org or call (813) 684-4282.
Photography exhibit opening: An opening reception for photographer Rolf Sulzberger of Sun City Center takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way. Sulzberger is a member of numerous photo clubs in Florida and New England. He also teaches photography and judges photographic contests. The reception is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The photography show runs through Aug. 24. For more information, call Laurie Burhop at (813) 273-3652.
Grief book discussion group: LifePath Hospice hosts a book discussion group for readers who have experienced a significant loss and want to explore grief as a theme in fiction. The five-week group will meet at 2:30 p.m. beginning Monday at the LifePath Hospice Resource Center, 3010 W Azeele St. The first book selection for discussion is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, which explores loss, love, loyalty and hope in a humorous and uplifting manor.
The group is free and open to anyone in Hillsborough County who has experienced a significant loss. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Diane Schnelly at (813) 877-2200, ext. 10609.