Senior softball: The Brandon Senior Softball Association hosts noncompetitive games at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at William Owen Pass softball complex, 1300 Sydney Dover Road. There are eight teams playing on four fields. Players 60 and older who are interested in participating can call Al Ryder at (813) 505-5547.
Peg-Leg Krewe Masquerade Party: The Brandon and Ruskin based Ye Notorious Krewe of the Peg-Leg Pirate will host the annual Halloween costume party Oct. 27 at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill in the Westfield Brandon mall. Proceeds will benefit area amputees and their families. Founded in 2004 as a charitable organization, the Peg-Leg Pirate Krewe champions the needs of local amputees, especially children and veterans, raising donations through a host of fun events. The Masquerade Party will offer a full buffet, pirate auction, 50/50 drawing, costume contest and more events. Tickets are available at the Brandon Smokey Bones and online at peglegpirate.org for $10, adults only. Local businesses are invited to sponsor the Masquerade Party. For information, contact Denise Reiter at (813) 388-3016.
Vendors needed for Christmas festival: Vendors can now sign up for the Music Showcase Christmas Festival to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at 402 Oakfield Drive. Vendors are needed to sell homemade crafts, jewelry, makeup, clothing and food. Businesses can also participate by offering an activity for kids. For more information, visit musicshowcaseonline.com. For questions, contact Deborah Evans at (813) 685-5998 or [email protected]
Rotary Club cookout: The Plant City Daybreak Rotary Club will host its third annual Country Cracker Fest at 6 p.m. Friday at the home of George and Cassandra Banning, 2506 Clubhouse Drive. Enjoy country Cracker food including North Carolina hog, onion rings, gator bites, ribs, bass bites, jambalaya, swamp cabbage, wild rice, sweet corn, fruit and salads. There will be live entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets cost $75. Proceeds will benefit the charities of the Daybreak Rotary Club. Tickets can be purchased from any club member or by calling (813) 567-1241. For information, visit plantcitydaybreakrotary.com.
Plant City Golf Classic: Register now for the 18th annual Plant City Optimist Club and Plant City Recreation & Parks Department Golf Classic, to be held Nov. 3 at the Walden Lake Golf & Country Club. Cost of basic tournament package is $60. Sponsorship packages are also available. For information and a registration packet, call Walt Arnold at (813) 752-1602.
Brandon Ballet lecture series: The Brandon Ballet will kick off its new lecture series from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road. This month, Brandon Ballet will present excerpts from a holiday classic, The Nutcracker, and will teach audience members about the story of the ballet, costumes, choreography and music. Professional ballet dancers will be available for a question and answer session. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask Octavio Martin questions about his new position of artistic director. For more information, email [email protected] or call (813) 684-4282.
Craft Fair vendors wanted: The Bridges Retirement Community, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave., needs vendors for its Nov. 10 Craft Fair. For information, call Janet at (813) 413-8900 or visit bridgesretirement.com.
Community Business Expo: The Greater Seffner Chamber of Commerce holds its fourth annual Community Business Expo on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Brandon Family YMCA, 3097 S Kingsway Road. For more information, email the chamber at [email protected] or [email protected]
Sun City Center
Mah-jongg tournament: Congregation Beth Israel will sponsor a mah-jongg tournament Oct. 30 in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building, 2013 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The $36 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and snack. Cash prizes will be awarded to tournament winners. Proceeds benefit Beth Israel of Sun City Center. For information, contact Carol Balent at [email protected] or (813) 829-7227. The deadline to register is Monday.
Scandinavian Club: The Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center will have its first meeting of the season at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Sandpiper Room of the Atrium Building, 2013 N Pebble Beach Blvd. If you would like to become a member and your heritage trails back to any one of the Nordic countries, email [email protected] or call Fritz Brinck at (813) 260-3422.
Fashion show: Clothing and accessories from the Rose Boutique will be featured in a fashion show from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building, 2013 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Cost to attend is $7. For information, call (813) 677-6768.
Mystery Map Event: Little Manatee River State Park will hold the 15th annual Mystery Map Event from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Wimauma. Hikers and horseback riders will enjoy a country-fair-themed activities trail and lunch. Others are welcome to come for food, music and raffles. Cost to participate in the Mystery Map Event is $25, and proceeds benefit the park. For information, call (813) 677-9291.