Ranieri fundraiser: As part of Organ Donation Awareness Month, O'Toole's Irish Pub owners Marcus and Michelle Winters will host a monthlong fundraising initiative for 2-year-old Evan Ranieri, a Brandon toddler in need of a kidney transplant.
For the entire month, 5 percent of the purchases made by patrons with organ donor status (visible on driver's license) will contribute to Evan's transplant and after-surgery care.
From 7 to 9 p.m. April 13, O'Toole's will host "Happy Hour for Hope," a $20 all-you-can-drink fundraiser that includes beer, wine and well drinks. Proceeds donated will go directly to a special fund for Evan's transplant.
Annual fundraiser: The Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association will celebrate its 29th annual Patron Party at 7 p.m. April 13 at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B. Membership reservations are $1,000 for table reservations for eight, $500 for four tickets, $250 for two tickets or $100 for one ticket. Proceeds will benefit the center's artistic programming. To get more information or to register, visit centerplacebrandon.org or call (813) 685-8888.
Ballet performance: The Brandon Ballet will present Coppelia at 7 p.m. April 20 and at 2 p.m. April 21 in the Spoto High School auditorium, 8538 Eagle Palm Drive. The April 21 show will benefit the Giving Hope Through Faith Foundation. Tickets for each performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. Tickets may be purchased online at brandonballet.org or by calling (813) 684-4282.
America Legion events: American Legion Alafia Post 148, 7240 U.S. 301, hosts weekly events. Sundays: a flea market from 7 a.m. to noon and breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays: a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. and live entertainment at 8 p.m. Wednesdays: bingo at 6:30 p.m. There will be a bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon April 7. For more information, call (813) 677-6529.
Grief support: Life Path Hospice will offer a grief support group, New Beginnings, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, 6919 Providence Road. To get more information or to register, contact Diane Schnelly at (813) 357-5609 or register online at chaptershealth.org/news-events.
Shindig: The Riverview Woman's Club host a Country Shindig fundraiser April 12 to raise money for college scholarships for high school seniors who are Riverview residents. The dinner, dance and games are from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. For information about sponsorships, contact Donna Fore at (813) 528-0902 or [email protected]
Spring reading series: Fiction writer Jeff Parker, author of the novel Ovenman and the story collection The Taste of Penny, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE. The evening will feature a reading, question and answer session, book sales and author signings. For information, call (813) 645-7651 or go to firehouseculturalcenter.org.
SUN CITY CENTER
History show and tell: The Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center will hold a "Show and Tell" at 1 p.m. Monday in the Florida Room in the Community Association Atrium, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Members will present items including traditional country costumes, pictures and historical items. Wine, cheese and crackers will be available. The cost is $3 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Nonmembers may make reservations by calling Fritz Brinck at (813) 260-3422 or Jim Sullivan at (813) 633-3917.
3's Company musical: Performances of 3's Company, a musical revue, will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 E Del Webb Blvd.. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Hearing Loss: The Hearing Loss Association of Sun City Center (HLA-SCC) will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 W Del Webb Blvd. Joan Haber, peer mentor for people with hearing loss, will speak on how to communicate in noisy situations. Come early for coffee and doughnuts at 9:15 a.m. For more information, contact Richard Herring at [email protected] or Barbara Riley at (813) 634-1706.
Club meeting: The Irish Connection will meet Friday at 6 p.m. in the Florida Room in the Atrium Building, 945 N Course Lane, Sun City Center. The meeting will feature Hillsborough Community Service Officer Donna Budd, who will talk about people slipping through the cracks in receiving assistance, and Jason Castillo, the group's new community resource deputy. Free. To register, call (813) 634-7447 or (813) 642-8663.
Hoarding and downsizing: The South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging continues its pie and coffee series April 9 at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 W Del Webb Blvd., with a presentation on the consequences of hoarding and downsizing for seniors. The seminar will run from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and pie and coffee will be provided by Village Inn. For more information, call Jenny Loktu at (813) 784-0235.
Spring concert: The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band is performing "A Spring In Our Step: Spring Concert Series." The next show is at 7 p.m. April 11 at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 W Del Webb Blvd. The 40-piece concert band will perform a program that includes songs from Les Misérables, Carmen and South Pacific. The cost is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, visit ehcb.org or call (813) 569-1771.
Donations for veterans: The Tampa Area Marine Parents Association is seeking donations to help provide pillows for the Homeless Veterans Stand Down that will be held in Tallahassee on Friday, Saturday and April 7 to raise awareness about the number of homeless veterans. The organization is seeking fabric to make pillows, stuffing, local sewing volunteers or funds for supplies. To get more information or to donate, email [email protected]
Field of Honor Ceremony: A Field of Honor Ceremony to honor fallen soldiers from the past three months will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301 N. There will be a flyover in the missing man formation by Ye Mystic AirKrewe. For more information, contact Walt Raysick at (813) 653-4924 or [email protected]
Food4Families: Florida Executive Realty is hosting a food drive to feed families in need. Drop off items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until April 10 at 130 E Bloomingdale Ave. Monetary donations, canned goods, dry foods such as crackers, hygiene items and paper towels are needed. For more information, call (813) 623-2800.