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Community news in Brandon and South Shore


Business expo will be at fairgrounds

The 2010 Brandon Business Expo & "Taste of Brandon" will be from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Florida State Fairgrounds at U.S. 301 and Interstate 4 in Tampa. The event, hosted by the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, has a "taste-off" competition, along with exhibitors. Admission is $10. For more information, call the chamber at (813) 689-1221.


Ballet seeks items for June garage sale

The Brandon Ballet is accepting gently used items for a garage sale, which will be from 7 a.m. to noon June 5 at 3040 Colonial Ridge Drive. Donations of clothes, games, toys, books and other household items can be dropped off through June 4 at 161 E Bloomingdale Ave. Large appliances and furniture are not wanted. For more information, call (813) 684-4282.

Hillsborough county

Free checks of boats offered this month

Attention, boaters: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas 74 and 75 of Brandon and Ruskin will conduct vessel examinations to make sure boats are in compliance with safety laws from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 22 at the Williams Park ramp on U.S. 41, just south of Riverview Drive. The free checks will take about 15 minutes.

Upon completion, boaters will receive a decal to display for law enforcement. If the weather is bad, the event will take place May 29.

plant city

Winery to hold annual Blueberry Festival

The Keel & Curley Winery will hold its third annual Blueberry Festival this weekend at 5210 Thonotossasa Road, Plant City. The festival will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and attendees can pick their own berries for $3 a pound from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. There also will be live music, kids activities, food and arts and crafts. For more information, call (813) 752-9100 or go to

sun city center

Orchestra to begin series of free concerts

The South Shore Symphony Orchestra will begin a series of free concerts next weekend at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W.

Concerts will be at 7 p.m. May 21, July 2 and Aug. 13. For more information about the concerts or to inquire about trying out for the orchestra, call Dom Galati at (813) 671-4154 or Jeff Jordan at (813) 260-0153.

sun city center

Golf tournaments will benefit local groups

Two golf tournaments are scheduled for next weekend in Sun City Center to raise money for the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging and the local Rotary Foundation. The first will be May 22 at Freedom Fairways, a par-63 executive course at 3940 Upper Creek Drive. The cost is $55. On May 23, play will continue at Club Renaissance, 2121 S Pebble Beach Blvd., at a cost of $125. Golfers can play in both tournaments for $150. Both start at 8:30 a.m., with registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. For more information or to register, call (813) 676-5583 or go to

Community news in Brandon and South Shore 05/13/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 2:29pm]
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