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Have fun with scrapbooks while helping disadvantaged children

Rotary's puppy about to begin law career

Call it a puppy with a purpose. Rotary, a bloodhound puppy purchased and named by the Brandon Rotary Club, is setting off on a career in law enforcement.

The puppy was purchased from a Florida bloodhound breeder through the Child Protection Education of America and is being donated to help track missing children.

Because no local law enforcement agencies needed a bloodhound at the moment, the dog is being given to authorities in Palm Beach County, said Thomas Odiorne, publicity chairman for the Brandon Rotary.

One of the missions of the Brandon-based CPEA is to raise funds to buy scent-tracking dogs to help authorities find missing people.

The group is headed by Hilary Sessions, the mother of missing University of Florida student Tiffany Sessions.

October festival looking for vendors

Food, music and rides take center stage at the Greater Brandon Community Foundation's upcoming Rock, Rib and Ride Festival.

The event is Oct. 16-19 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, but registration is open now for vendors, crafters, food booths and other exhibitors.

The festival is expected to bring more than 85,000 visitors, said Florida state fair executive director Chuck Pesano.

For information, call Karen Murdaugh at 689-6889 or e-mail


Learn to conserve, protect at eco event

Get up, get busy and get excited about the Florida outdoors.

Come to National Public Lands Day from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center, 4140 24th St. SE.

Learn how to conserve water and protect the environment with native plants.

Janet Zicht, a senior at Tampa's Freedom High and member of Girl Scout Troop 966, is teaming up with Dolly Cummings of the Camp Bayou Learning Center as part of a Girl Scout "gold project."

National Public Lands Day is the largest volunteer event of the year benefiting America's publicly owned property.

The event is open to young and old alike, who will get goodie bags of eco-friendly items for showing up.

For information, e-mail Janet Zicht at or Karen Zicht at deadline is Sept. 17.


Walk, run to help cure children's cancer

The second annual Cure Kids Cancer Challenge, benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, is Sept. 13 at Park Square in FishHawk Ranch, 16144 Churchview Drive.

Sept. 13 is designated by Congress as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day,

Participants can choose between a 5K and 1-mile course.

The event starts at 9 a.m., with refreshments, kids activities and other events to follow. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and the walk-run starts at 9 a.m.

Last year's event raised $90,000, organizers said.

Cost is $25 per person or $100 for teams of up to six people.

Participants are encouraged to solicit pledges.

To register or for information, visit, keywords Cure Kids Cancer Challenge, or call 269-0955.


Organize your photos, help a good cause

Been wanting to get those photographs organized into pretty scrapbooks? The Brandon Jr. Woman's Club hosts its second annual Crop for a Cause from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 3315 Brandon Road.

A $25 registration fee secures your scrapbooking spot, lunch, snacks, door prizes and a goody bag. There will be vendors, a guest speaker and other activities. Proceeds benefit the club's annual children's holiday party for disadvantaged children.

E-mail or call 651-9333 for information or to register.

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