Senior softball: The Brandon Senior Softball Association hosts noncompetitive games at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at William Owen Pass softball complex, 1300 Sydney Dover Road. There are currently eight teams playing on four fields. Players age 60 and older who are interested in participating can contact Al Ryder at (813) 505-5547.
Cards for troops: The fifth annual Holiday Cards for Troops will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, 619 Vonderburg Drive. The community event allows supporters to make holiday cards for deployed service members, who in turn send them to loved ones. For information, call (813) 685-8888.
Food festival: The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman's Club will host its third annual International Food Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at its historic clubhouse, 129 N Moon Ave. Sample foods from England, India, the Caribbean, Spain and the Hawaiian islands. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. To buy tickets, contact Leslie Garcia at [email protected] Learn more at thebjwc.com.
Seeking vendors: Brandon Rotary '86 seeks arts, crafts and food vendors for its annual Denizens of the Deep Family Fish Fry on Nov. 3 at Rotary's Camp Florida, 1915 Camp Florida Road. The booths are $75 until Oct. 15. Call Becky Jordan at (813) 690-1157 to reserve a booth.
Library programs: Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W McLendon St., will host a master gardening program titled "Underutilized Plants" from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8. Master gardener Fern Kinion will be the guest speaker. The program is sponsored by the Master Division of the Hillsborough County Extension Service. Members of the audience are encouraged to bring a plant for the plant exchange. For information, call (813) 757-9215.
Hospital classes: South Florida Baptist Hospital, 301 N Alexander St., will offer a seminar, "The Aging Spine," from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in the community conference room. Learn about effective nonsurgical treatment options, surgical indications and advanced minimally invasive surgical treatment options for the spine. The seminar is free. To register, call (813) 644-6720.
Rotary Club cookout: The Plant City Daybreak Rotary Club will host its third annual Country Cracker Fest at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the home of George and Cassandra Banning, 2506 Clubhouse Drive. Enjoy country Cracker food including North Carolina cooked hog, onion rings, gator bites, ribs, bass bites, jambalaya, swamp cabbage, wild rice, sweet corn, fruit and salads. There will be live entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $75. Proceeds will benefit the various charities of the Daybreak Rotary Club. Tickets can be purchased from any club member or by calling (813) 567-1241. For information, visit plantcitydaybreakrotary.com.
Craft Fair vendors wanted: The Bridges Retirement Community, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave., needs vendors for a Craft Fair on Nov. 10. For information, call Janet at (813) 413-8900 or visit bridgesretirement. com.
Nature lovers needed: Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to create an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of Schultz Nature Preserve Oct. 11-12. Tampa Bay Watch and an anticipated 80 volunteers will shovel approximately 20 tons of fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags, and then transport each bag by outboard motorboat and place it on the shoreline of the island. The shoreline and the surrounding preserve are home to colonial bird species such as the brown pelican, great blue heron and white ibis. In addition to helping hands, volunteers with shallow draft boats are needed. To volunteer, call Rachel Arndt at (727) 867-8166, ext. 233.
Artist at Firehouse Cultural Center: Photographer Carl Weese will be the artist in residence at the Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE, Oct. 14-21. Free events include a meeting with Weese at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 and an informal shop talk session at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17. An Intro to Digital Photography class will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 and 18. Cost to attend is $85 for cultural center members and $90 for nonmembers. A Master Class Digital Photography Intensive will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20-21. Cost is $245 for members and $275 for nonmembers. To register or get more information, visit firehouseculturalcenter.org or call (813) 645-7651.
Sun City Center
Mah-jongg tournament: Congregation Beth Israel will sponsor a mah-jongg tournament Oct. 30 at the Caper Room of the Atrium, 2013 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The $36 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and snack. Cash prizes will be awarded to tournament winners. Proceeds will benefit Beth Israel of Sun City Center. For information, contact Carol Balent at [email protected] or (813) 829-7227. The deadline to register is Oct. 15.
Gardening workshop: Master gardener Heather Diaz will present a program on ornamental and culinary herbs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. For information, call (813) 273-3652.
Dance on the fairway: The Brandon/Bay Area School of Dance Arts holds a fundraising golf tournament Oct. 13 at River Hills Country Club, 3943 New River Hills Parkway. Registration is at noon with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Beef 'O' Brady's provides lunch, Brandon Hyundai sponsors the hole-in-one prize and a barbecue banquet after the tournament will feature prizes, a silent auction and a dinner show. Register at BSDAbooster.com.
Field of Honor Ceremony: The quarterly Field of Honor Ceremony sponsored by the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County begins at 11 a.m. Oct. 13 at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301. The ceremony will honor all the soldiers of the last three months who have died while participating in operation Enduring Freedom. Their names will be read and an American flag will be placed in their memory. For information, call Walt Raysick at (813) 653-4924.