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. Visit music showcaseonline.com for more information. For questions, call Deborah Evans at (813) 685-5998 or email debbie@ musicshowcaseonline.com.
Pedal for a Cure: Revolution Cycle & Fitness will host its first annual Pedal for a Cure to raise funds for the ALS Association Florida Chapter from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 at 524 Oakfield Drive. Cost to pedal for one hour is $20, or $40 for two hours. Proceeds will go to help find a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). To get more information or to register, call (813) 447-1410.
Jingle Bell Holiday Fest: Young Professionals of Brandon and the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce present the second annual Jingle Bell at the Rack Holiday Fest from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rack-Sushi Bar & Billiards Lounge, 1025 W Brandon Blvd. The event, to benefit A Kid's Place, will feature 30 exhibitors, including food vendors, chamber and YP Brandon member businesses, interactive community activities and photos with Santa. Admission is $5 per person or complimentary with A Kid's Place donation. Needed items include diapers, baby wipes and pacifiers. For more information, contact Vicki McIntosh at email@example.com or Tricia Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (813) 689-1221.
Benefit run: A 5K run to benefit the family of Brandon High School teacher Heather Hall, who passed away from cancer, will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at Brandon High, 1101 Victoria St. Registration is $15. For more information, visit marketplace. hcsocharities.com and click on the Heroes for Heather memorial 5 K Run link.
Brandon Half Marathon: Register early for the Brandon Half Marathon/5K to begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 2 at Sports Authority at Lumsden and Providence roads on Causeway Boulevard. Early registration is $45 for the marathon and $35 for the 5k. Visit brandonrunning.com for more information.
FishHawk chamber events: The Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of Commerce will offer an orientation meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Campo YMCA, located on Lithia Pinecrest Road. At the meeting, members can voice interest in board member positions. The chamber will also form key committees and select their leaders, and members will learn how to use the chamber's website to help drive sales to their stores and services over the holidays. Membership dues for 2013 will be collected at the meetings. Contact email@example.com to reserve a spot. Space is limited.
Alafia Lighted Boat Parade: The FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Club presents the 29th annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade and Chili Cook-Off from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 at the International Showmen's Club, 6915 Riverview Drive. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the charitable work of the FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Club. There will be door prizes, a silent auction, entertainment, games and music. Visit riverviewchamber.com and search under events to learn more.
Winterfest at Winthrop: This annual three-day event, which benefits the Community Foundation of Brandon, runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at the Winthrop Town Centre in Riverview. It begins Nov. 30 with a tree lighting, campfire with a movie and s'mores and featured entertainment. It continues Dec. 1-2 with bounce houses and hayrides, face painting, entertainment, craft vendors and Santa's Workshop.
Summerfield Holiday Craft Market: The Summerfield Social Committee's fourth annual Holiday Craft Market will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 in the community center gymnasium, 13011 Summerfield Blvd. There will be 40 crafters and vendors. The Summerfield Ladies' Club will also conduct a charity bake sale and toy drive. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a chance to win a gift basket. The bake sale proceeds and toys will be donated to the Deputy Darling Foundation. Call (813) 671-2005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Seniors Lunch and Learn: The Bridges Retirement Community, Brandon Regional Hospital and the Campo Family YMCA will host a lunch-and-learn event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Bridges, 11202 Dewhurst Drive. Dr. Michael Miranda, an orthopedic surgeon from Brandon Regional, will provide information about the causes of and treatment for knee pain. There is no fee to attend. Lunch will be provided. To reserve a seat, call (813) 653-1065.
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Mike Huckabee: There are two opportunities for area residents to meet former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Monday as he signs copies of his latest book, Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most. The first event, which begins at 8 a.m., will be held at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce at 1651 Sun City Center Plaza. The second signing will begin at 4 p.m. at the Costco at 10921 Causeway Blvd., Brandon. Books will be available for purchase at each event. Huckabee ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2008 but lost to John McCain. This is his 10th book.
Cookson Hills Toy Run: Help provide holiday gifts for special-needs newborns to 18-year-olds in Brandon, Seffner, Mango, Thonotosassa, Dover, Valrico, Riverview, Gibsonton and east Plant City area communities. The Cookson Hills Toy Run begins with a 20-mile country ride starting at Veterans Memorial Park, U.S. 301, Tampa, and ending at Evans Park, 1104 N Kingsway Road, Seffner, where you can help hand out gifts. The gift event begins at 2:30 p.m. A barbecue dinner will follow. Donations and volunteers are still needed. For more information, call Bill or Sheri Brown at (813) 643-5758 or email email@example.com.
Commissioners seek applicants: Hillsborough County commissioners are seeking residents to serve on several county citizen advisory boards and councils. Residents interested in the volunteer positions must be registered voters in Hillsborough County. The deadline to apply is Dec. 6. Applications are available on the second floor of the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., or by calling the boards and councils coordinator at (813) 272-5826.