Extension office offers plant help
Spruce up your landscape with the help of the Hillsborough County Extension Office.
The agency offers a series of gardening workshops and programs aimed at plant propagation, low-maintenance lawns and other topics.
Upcoming sessions include:
"Water-Wise Workshop," 10:30 a.m. to noon, Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 Highway 579, Seffner. Registration required. Call 744-5519, ext. 144.
"Secrets and Shortcuts of Master Gardeners," 7 p.m., Oct. 1, South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin.
"Begonias," 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico.
"Vermi-Composting," 7 p.m., Oct. 13, Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St., Plant City.
"No Plant Clinic," 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Riverview Library, 10509 Riverview Drive.
"Herbal Holiday," 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Riverview Library, 10509 Riverview Drive.
Poker run raises funds for Haley House
The Riverview Detachment of the Marine Corps League is raising money to help families of injured or sick veterans undergoing treatment at James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa.
The league hosts its second annual poker run Sept. 27 in support of the Haley House, which provides hotel rooms and other services to families of patients.
The ride starts at 11:15 a.m. at American Legion Post No. 148, 7240 U.S. 301, in Riverview, and travels along country roads with stops in Thonotosassa, Zephyrhills, Plant City and Ruskin before returning to the American Legion.
Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the Legion. Participants can also register from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hawg Pound Pub, 38704 Tucker Road, Zephyrhills, and join the ride there.
The cost is $20 per driver and $5 for riders, which includes dinner afterward. The first 100 registered participants receive a free commemorative T-shirt.
Call 967-3150 or 215-3614 for more information, or visit haley housefund.com.
Participants sought for annual job fair
The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce is seeking participants for its annual fall job fair.
The event is 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 13 at Hillsborough Community College's Brandon campus.
The job fair is free and open to anyone interested in entering the work force. People who are interested in changing or beginning a new career are especially encouraged to attend.
Employers can be looking for full-time, part-time, permanent or temporary workers.
The event is open to Brandon chamber members and nonmembers. Booths are $125 and include a covered table, chairs, signs and a boxed lunch. Contact Venessa Loredo at 689-1221, ext. 16, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Exhibitors can also register online at www.brandonchamber.com.
Church is hosting food-sampling event
Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon is hosting "Taste of 2008," a food-sampling event to benefit its food bank. The event is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the church's social hall, 705 E. Brandon Blvd. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Children ages 6 to 12 get in for $5. Participating restaurants include Arby's, Beef O'Brady's, Brocatos, Chick-fil-A, Club House, Honey Baked Ham, Hungry Howie's, Keely & Curley Winery, the Oaks, O'Brien's Irish Pub, Publix Apron's Cooking School, Sabor A Mexico, Sally O'Brien's, Shells, Sweet Expressions, Taste of India and Yuengling Brewery. Call 293-2825 or 684-2587 for information.