at Sports and Aquatic Center
April 5 is "April Pool's Day" at the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center.
The aquatic center and Hillsborough County will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to highlight sports programs and ways to help families be safer around the water.
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 in Hillsborough County, and the event aims to help prevent that.
The event includes sports and water safety demonstrations, swim lesson registration and displays by related community groups and vendors.
Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center is at 405 Beverly Blvd., south of State Road 60.
Registration opens for boys basketball team
Play some hoops with the Brandon Gators boys basketball team.
The team includes players from fourth grade through 11th grade. Registration is open now. Call 516-6674 or e-mail jjewels731 @aol.com for information.
Overeaters Anonymous offers weekend retreat
Do you have a problem with food? Overeaters Anonymous is sponsoring a weekend retreat April 11 at Rotary's Camp Florida in Brandon.
Overeaters Anonymous focuses on a program of physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. There are also weekly meetings throughout the county. All programs are free. Call 352-4404 or visit www.oa.org for information.
Celebrate Poetry, Jazz Appreciate month
You probably have been confused, not knowing how to celebrate both National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month at the same time. Are they the same event, and can you celebrate both simultaneously?
The answer is yes. Some of the area's brightest literary lights will join some new talent at 2:30 p.m. April 13 for the National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month at the eighth annual Poetry and Jazz event.
Sponsored by Friends of the Brandon Library and Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, the event features original poetry readings by Debra Gingerich, Jay Hopler, Lori Karpay and Suzanne Rhodenbaugh. It will be at the Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive. Call 273-3652 for more information.
Lifeguard jobs offered at Lithia Springs Park
Know someone who needs a summer job?
The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is accepting applications for qualified lifeguards at Lithia Springs Park.
All candidates must be at least 16 years old, have a current Red Cross lifeguard certificate and pass a background check.
Starting pay is $9 per hour
Lifeguards work at the park's swimming hole from Memorial Day to Labor Day and some weekends before and after those dates.
Lithia Springs Park is at 3932 Lithia Springs Road. Call 903-2260 for information.
to speak at GOP club
The South Shore Republican Club hosts Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Rob Turner as the guest speaker at its next meeting.
Turner will talk about his duties and responsibilities as well as discuss property values, assessed values and Amendment 1.
The meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday at Beef O'Brady's, 13326 Lincoln Road off Big Bend Road in Riverview.
Call John Evon, 333-3597, or e-mail [email protected]
Family can get ecology lessons at Camp Bayou
Looking for something healthy to do with the whole family?
Camp Bayou, an ongoing educational partnership between the Ruskin Community Development Foundation and Hillsborough County's parks department, sponsors a series of free workshops from April 5 through June 28, for students ages 4 and up.
Participants will learn a new ecology concept each week through hands-on activities. Topics include watershed, biodiversity and the origin of rain.
Camp Bayou is 3 miles south of State Road 674 at the end of SE 24th St. in Ruskin.
For information, e-mail Dolly at [email protected], call 363-5438 or log on to familynaturalists.ning.com.