Employment fair for veterans Wednesday
Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, presents a Veteran's Employment and Information Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301. For more information, call (813) 644-8215, or visit dennisross.house.gov.
After-school care for disabled students
Hillsborough County offers after-school care for students with disabilities through Camp Sparks. Cost ranges from $30 to $48 per week based on income. The program is offered at All People's Life Center, 6105 E Sligh Ave. in Tampa; Citrus Park Elementary, 7700 Gunn Highway in Odessa; Hunters Green Elementary, 9202 Highland Oak in New Tampa; and Plant City High, 1 Raider Place in Plant City. Registration information is available online at hillsboroughcounty.org/parks.
Junior Woman's Club to host food festival
The Brandon Junior Woman's Club will host its second annual International Food Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at its clubhouse at 129 N Moon Ave. The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Contact Debbie Endel at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit thebjwc.com.
CityLync business networking event
Mingle with fellow business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Hilton Embassy Suites Brandon, 10220 Palm River Road. The cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Exhibitor space available. For more information, call (813) 856-4520 or visit citylync.com.
Costume Crusade a charity fundraiser
The Village Early Learning Center of Brandon, 3741 Canoga Park Drive, will host the 11th Annual Costume Crusade for Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy on Oct. 28, and a community parking lot sale and business fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5. All money raised will benefit Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. For more information, call (813) 651-0779.
Sparkles galore at gem, mineral show
Tampa Bay Mineral and Science Club presents its annual Gem and Mineral Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Florida Strawberry Festival Expo Building, 2301 W Oak Ave. The event includes items for sale, jewelry making classes and live demonstrations. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students. Children under 12 admitted free with a guardian. Visit tampabayrockclub.com or call (813) 418-5004.
Boy Scout Troop event at Salute Sports Grill
Boy Scout Troop 665 will host Spirit Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at Salute Sports Grill, 11238 Boyette Road, as a fundraiser to purchase camping equipment. Mention Troop 665 when ordering. For more information, visit troop665.net.
It's time to audition for community talent show
Apply now for a competition and talent show to be held at Hacienda Heights Community Center, 10731 El Paso Drive. The grand prize $300. Auditions spots are open through Oct. 31. The entry fee is $5. For more information and to make an appointment, call (813) 655-6920.
South Shore music fest is looking for sponsors
Sponsors are needed for the second annual South Shore Music Festival, scheduled for Nov. 12 at the Independent Showmen's Association, 6915 Riverview Drive. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (813) 419-7763.
Tickets on sale now for 'The Nutcracker'
The Brandon Ballet presents The Nutcracker at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Spoto High School, 8538 Eagle Palm Drive. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. Visit shop.brandon ballet.org or call (813) 684-4282 to order.
Annual poker run benefits Haley House
The Riverview Detachment of the Marine Corps League and the American Legion Riders of Alafia Post 148 present the 5th Annual Poker Run to benefit the Haley House on Oct. 29. The ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at American Legion Post 148, 7240 U.S. 301 S. Entry fee is $15 for bikers and $10 for riders.
The first 100 to register will receive a T-shirt. Following the ride, there will be entertainment, vendors and food. For additional information, contact Debra Steele at (813) 545-7526 or register with her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting to discuss pipeline construction
The Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way to discuss the design of a new sewage pipeline in the area of Interstate 75 and State Road 674. For more information, call Steve Valdez at (813) 307-8386.
Volunteer to clean up Ruskin Memorial Park
The Ruskin Woman's Club is sponsoring a Beautification Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ruskin Memorial Park. Bring rakes, shovels, trimmers, gloves and any other items needed to work. For more information, call Debbie Bonebrake at (813) 645-6491 or Deb Adams at (813) 649-0400.
Dealing with animal and plant emergencies
Brandon Regional Hospital in partnership with Bloomingdale Library presents a free educational program, "Emergencies: When Nature Attacks," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. For more information or to register, call (813) 653-1065 or visit Brandon RegionalHospital.com.
Club hosts auctions to benefit local students
The Valencia Lakes Women's Club will host various auctions at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Valencia Lakes Clubhouse, 16003 Valencia Lakes Drive. Free admission. All auction proceeds will go to high school seniors for college scholarships. For more information, contact Joy Rosen at email@example.com.
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