Woman's Club bake sale: On Nov. 20 the Apollo Beach Woman's Club will hold its annual bake sale from 8 a.m. until items are sold out at two locations, outside the Apollo Meat Market and outside the Very Best Barber Shop. Pies are $12 and $14. Order before Nov. 14 by calling Nancy at (813) 645-4295. Proceeds benefit the club's scholarship fund for Apollo Beach high school students.
Celebrity chefs: Rolling Pin Emporium's string of celebrity appearances continues Wednesday and Thursday with chef Helen Chen conducting two classes. Chen is the founder of the Helen's Asian Kitchen cookware line and daughter of James Beard Hall of Fame inductee Joyce Chen. Chef Tre Wilcox appears Nov. 11, and Riverview native and Top Chef Season 9 contestant Richie Farina returns on Nov. 15. For times and prices, go to rollingpinonline.com.
Santa's workshop: Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive, hosts Santa's Holiday Workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The arts and crafts event for children 5 and older includes cookie decorating, pine cone reindeer, candy cane mice, stamping and an elf coloring contest. Tickets are $10 and space is limited. Call (813) 685-8888.
Vendors needed for Christmas festival: Vendors can sign up for the Music Showcase Christmas Festival, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at 402 Oakfield Drive. Vendors are needed to sell homemade crafts, jewelry, makeup, clothing and food. Businesses can also participate by offering an activity for kids. For more information, visit musicshowcaseonline.com. For questions, call Deborah Evans at (813) 685-5998 or email [email protected] musicshowcaseonline.com.
Health workshop: Brandon Regional Hospital will offer a health education seminar at the Osprey Club at FishHawk Ranch, 15921 Courtside Drive, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Joey Ancheta, medical director of Brandon Regional Hospital's Pediatric Emergency Department, will present practical and life-saving tips to help parents and guardians in the event of a childhood emergency. In addition, Hillsborough County Fire & Rescue will offer tours of a rescue vehicle and provide CPR demonstrations and important information on drowning prevention and fire safety. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. To register, email [email protected]
Gardening program: A master gardening program, Florida Wildflowers, is 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St. Gardener Virginia Overstreet will speak. For information, call (813) 757-9215.
Dancing With the Locals: The Plant City Noon Rotary Club presents its fifth annual Dancing With the Locals event Friday at the Trinkle Center, on the HCC Plant City campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dancing begins at 8. Tickets include open bar and hors d'oeuvres. For tickets and sponsorship information, call Marcus Caswell at (863) 412-2880.
Library happenings: Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St., invites people to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. Participants agree to write 50,000 words or a novel during the month, and can sign up at nanowrimo.org. They may receive online support as well as track their writing progress. The library will hold a "Write-In" from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday where participants may write, research or talk with other writers. Participants are encouraged to sign up at the website and to bring writing ideas as well as a laptop or tablet on which to write. Refreshments will be provided. The library also will host its annual Holiday Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17. For additional information, call Anne Haywood at (813) 757-9215.
Sugar Plum Tea: The Brandon Ballet holds a Sugar Plum Tea Party from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road. The event will celebrate the Nutcracker story with desserts, story time and appearances by characters from the ballet, including the Sugar Plum Fairy.
South Shore Democratic Club: The club will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way. This month's featured speaker is John Hill, editorial writer for the Tampa Bay Times. John will discuss election results. All Democrats and Independents are welcome. For more information, call Linda Moore at (813) 633-3784.
Holiday Shopping Extravaganza: The Ruskin Woman's Club presents its Holiday Shopping Extravaganza from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at 503 S U.S. 41. Shop for everything from jewelry to pet items. For more information, call Carolyn Jones at (813) 645-3488.
SUN CITY CENTER
New musical continues: Love on a Bench, a new musical comedy presented by the Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center, will be performed Wednesday-Saturday. Sun City's Rollins Theater is at 970 Cherry Hills Drive. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except for the Saturday show, which is a 4 p.m. twilight show. Tickets to the show are $10 and are on sale at the SCC Atrium Ticket Kiosk from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. For credit card orders, call (813) 642-0606.
Brass concert: The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet continues the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Fine Arts Concert Series at 3 p.m. today in the church at 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. Tickets for the series are $40, and single-concert tickets are $10. They can be purchased at the church office.
Hearing loss support: The Sun City Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. Captioning is provided and the meeting room is equipped with an induction loop to benefit those with a telecoil in their hearing instrument. For additional information, call Barbara Riley at (813) 634-1706.
RV Show: The Florida RV Trade Association, Region 3, will host the Tampa Bay Fall RV Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults and free for children under 16. Admission will be discounted $1 with the donation of a canned good. The canned goods will be collected and distributed by Metropolitan Ministries. Call (813) 741-0488.