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It's not too late to buy space in the Brandon Area Directory, a local phone book published by the Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber has extended the deadline for publication to April 30.
The Brandon Area Directory is delivered door to door to all homes and businesses in the greater Brandon area, including Valrico, Bloomingdale, Riverview and Lithia.
About 120,000 copies are printed each year. Profits go to the chamber and community programs. Call 689-1221 for more information.
Help Rotary programs in bowling for charity
Bowl for charity at the Rotary Club of Tampa East family bowling tournament on April 27.
The event is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Oakfield Lanes, 1001 Oakfield Drive, Brandon. Openings exist for teams or individuals.
Proceeds go to Rotary programs and scholarships. The Tampa East club recently donated $20,000 to local charities.
For kids, it's a chance to dance, learn ballet
Kids ages 4 and up can kick up their heels this summer with the Brandon Ballet and the Dance Center, 161 E Bloomingdale Ave.
Evening dance classes will be held in everything from salsa to tap, plus daytime Ballet Boot Camp. The boot camp is for all levels of dancers and includes a ballet class each day, plus students will learn about a specific ballet from beginning to end.
Daily activities include videos, mime, dance history, nutrition, arts and crafts, and much more.
Fees vary according to the program. Call 684-4282 or log on to www.brandonballet.org.
Enjoy free wine tasting monthly on last Fridays
Educate your palate with free wine tastings at the Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium.
The events are now regularly scheduled for the last Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m., with the next one on April 25.
The Rolling Pin is at 2080 Badlands Drive, in the Brandon Crossroads shopping center. To learn more, call 653-2418.
Registration opens for football, cheerleading
The Brandon Cowboys Football and Cheerleading Association has open registration from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 26 at their field, 3099 Kingsway Road.
Spots remain open for Mighty Mite, Pee-Wee and Varsity football squads, and all six cheerleading squads. Registration is $200 for the first child and $180 for siblings, but only $100 of that is due at registration. Birth certificates are required.
Also sought are a field manager and assistant cheerleading coaches. For details on those positions and the league's age and weight restrictions, visit www.brandoncowboys.org.
Friends want books to sell to support library
The SouthShore Friends of the Library needs books for a sale and welcomes new faces.
Sales of donated books support free programs at the library.
Drop books off at the library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, or call 634-1396 to have them picked up. The SouthShore Friends group next meets at 3 p.m. April 30 at the library.
Also at the South Shore Regional Library, the Publix Apron's cooking series presents chefs Bill Mitchell and Amber Pruett at noon Tuesday.
Students at this free program will learn how to select the right herbs for cooking.
For more on this or other free programs, call 273-3652 or go online to hcplc.org.
Foundation to host Great Strides Walk
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will hold its annual Great Strides Walk on Saturday at E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave NW. Check-in is at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m.
Local families affected by CF will participate to raise funds for a cure. Crispers will provide free food after the walk.
Want to be a beauty queen? Pageant calls
Girls who dream of becoming a beauty queen have their chance at the Tomato Queen Pageant.
The pageant is open to girls 2 to 19, who will be separated into six age groups. Contestants must live in Apollo Beach, Gibsonton, Riverview, Ruskin or Wimauma. Judging is based on presence, poise, smile and overall demeanor. Older contestants will also be asked a random question.
The pageant is at 10:30 a.m. April 26 at the Ruskin Elks Lodge, 1630 U.S. 41. Deadline to enter is Wednesday. Log on to ruskinjuniorwomansclub.org for details or call (941) 812-8788.
Cleanup will haul off many oversized items
Residents living within the boundaries of Gandy Boulevard, north of Leona Street, and Dale Mabry, west of Old Tampa Bay, are encouraged to participate in the Solid Waste Enhanced Environment Program. Items can be placed at curbsides no later than 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Materials accepted for collection during the cleanup are appliances, furniture, mattresses, tires without rims, yard waste, carpet, wood, toilets, dried latex paint, bicycles, barbecue grills and toys. Materials that won't be accepted include auto parts; building material such as doors, fences, tile, sheds, pipe, wood/plywood, brick, concrete blocks, roofing materials, windows and drywall; hazardous materials, such as lead, mercury and asbestos; and televisions and computer equipment. Call Jerry Frankhouser at 507-9664 or visit www.tampagov.net.