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Health screenings, food-related charities and more

APOLLO BEACH

Pharmacy offering free health screenings

A health fair with free cholesterol and diabetes screenings will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Winn-Dixie Pharmacy, 6188 U.S. 41. For more information, call (813) 713-3301.

BRANDON

Leaders cooking for a cause at Copper Bell

Local leaders are cooking for charity in May at Copper Bell Cafe, 401 S Parsons Ave. Rich Strehl, executive director of the Brandon Foundation, will cook from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. For more information, call (813) 688-3354.

East Hillsborough Democrats meeting

The East Hillsborough County Democratic Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Giordano's Restaurant, 11310 Causeway Blvd. Lisa Martell will discuss advocacy to safeguard and restore Florida waters. For more information, visit easthillsboroughdems.org.

Taste of Brandon and business expo await

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce presents the 2011 Brandon Business Expo & Taste of Brandon from 3:30 to 8 p.m. May 19 in the Special Events Center at the Florida State Fair Grounds. Business industries of all types can sign up to exhibit. Tickets on sale for in advance and $15 at the door. Visit brandonchamber.com.

Get fit with the family at the Brandon mall

It's Get Fit family fun day at 4 p.m. May 19 at Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center. Kids are invited to decorate a water bottle, participate in story time and enjoy a healthy snack at the play space near Sears. For more information, call (813) 661-5100.

Discounted ultrasound screenings this month

Prevention Plus, 205 E Brandon Blvd., is offering ultrasound screenings at a discounted rate of $20 for stroke awareness month. Visit stroketesting.com or for more information, call (813) 689-8909.

Letter carriers' annual food drive is May 14

The National Association of Letter Carriers' annual food drive is May 14. Post offices from Seffner, Riverview, Brandon and Valrico will participate. Leave a bag of food on or by your mailbox for letter carriers to pick up.

Volunteers are also needed May 14 and 15 at Feeding America to help sort the food. To sign up, visit echofl.org.

LITHIA

Alafia River horse trail closed to the public

The horse trail at Alafia River Corridor Nature Preserve, 628 Jameson Road, is closed until further notice because of a prescribed burn on April 21. A nearby alternative for horseback riding is the Alafia River State Park, 14326 S County Road 39. For more information, residents should call the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at (813) 672-7876.

RIVERVIEW

Savor the sweetness at wine tasting event

The Trey Curry Foundation presents Vine to Wine from 7 to 10 p.m. May 13 at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road.

Enjoy food, taste wines and bid on auction items while supporting A Kid's Place, a residential care facility for abused and neglected children. Cost is $50. For more information, call (813) 843-1833.

Seminar focuses on Alzheimer's disease

The Bridges Retirement Community and Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association present an Alzheimer's education seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Bridges, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. Registration and a continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m. There is no fee to attend. For more information, call (813) 413-8900.

RUSKIN

Get a free safety check for your boat

Every Saturday the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 75, provides free, no-obligation vessel safety inspections for recreational boaters. These safety inspections take about 15 minutes and are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Simmons Park in Ruskin, the first and third Saturdays of the month, and at Williams Park in Gibsonton, the second and fourth Saturdays.

VALRICO

Class will help you create herb garden

Companion Planting with Herbs, a class with Willow Lamonte, is from 10:30 a.m. to noon today at Willow Herbal Delight Gardens off Ray Road. A $10 to $15 donation is appreciated. Call (813) 643-7285.

Health screenings, food-related charities and more 05/05/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 4:30am]
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