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. Saturday, 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. Saturday 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.
Top Chef fundraiser: See celebrity chefs prepare signature dishes, get tips for cooking at home and enjoy a full meal at Top Chef cooking classes to benefit the Brandon Foundation beginning Thursday at Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive. Southern cuisine includes fried green tomatoes, roasted pork belly and sweet potato creme brulee. Cost is $100. It begins at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Reservations are required. Check the website for a complete list of chefs and availability. For more information, call (813) 653-2418 or visit rollingpinonline.com.
Spring trunk show: A Spring Trunk Show and Sale benefiting the Emergency Care Help Organization, or ECHO, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Loft Event Lounge, 711 W Lumsden Road in the Oak Park Plaza. Racks of clothes, shoes, purses and jewelry will be featured, and shoppers will receive 15 percent off an Irish Pub Favorites meal from 6 to 10 p.m. at neighboring O'Brien's Irish Pub & Family Restaurant. For information, go to echofl.org.
Yard sale: The Brandon Senior Center, 612 N Parsons Ave., holds a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at the first picnic shelter in Davis Park. Proceeds will benefit the programs for the seniors that attend the center. Donations will be accepted at the center through today.
Shindig: The Riverview Woman's Club hosts a Country Shindig fundraiser tonight 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 Jubilee: The St. Stephen Catholic Church Spring Jubilee continues today through Sunday at 10428 St. Stephen Circle, a quarter of a mile west of the Bell Shoals Road-Boyette Road intersection in Riverview. Admission is free, and there will be more than 30 midway rides, food, live entertainment and a raffle prize every hour. Sunday is Military Family Day and special discounts will be offered. For information, go to springjubilee.com.
Celebrate 'Doodles': Canine Cabana, 9708 Carr Road, hosts "Oodles of Doodles" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. The pet lodging facility will celebrate Labradoodles, goldendoodles and other four-legged friends. The event will include a circus master leading a water gun blastoff, a wacky wig/crazy hair contest and "doodle strudel," a frozen yogurt dessert. A portion of the proceeds will go to Project Troop Dogs, which supports military working dogs and their handlers. For information, call (813) 672-9663 or email [email protected]
Book sale: SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, will host a book sale, including the option to fill a grocery bag full of books for $1, to benefit the library's programs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.
Alcohol Awareness: A licensed practical nurse will present "An Invisible Epidemic: Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Among Older Adults" at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ruskin Senior Center, 905 Sixth St. SE. The program is free and recommended for individuals age 50 and older. For more information, call (813) 276-8358.
Canning class: A home canning class will meet from 8 to 11 a.m. today at the Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 County Road 579. Learn how to can vegetables to preserve freshness and taste. Register online at canveggies041313.eventbrite.com. For more information, call (813) 744-5519, ext. 54136, or visit hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu.
SUN CITY CENTER
Freedom Plaza Sports Day: Freedom Plaza holds Sports Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Freedom Plaza sports complex's Golf View Terrace, 1010 American Eagle Blvd.
The day will feature the grand opening of the recently renovated tennis courts at the complex. After the main event, residents and visitors are invited to try out any or all of the outdoor sports available at Freedom Plaza. Complimentary admission includes refreshments and lunch. For more information and reservations, call toll-free 1-888-402-6998.
Sun City Chamber Players: The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W, hosts the final concert of the season by the Sun City Chamber Players at 7 p.m. April 19. The presentation of "Chamber Concertos" features works by Bach, Mozart and Hindemith. A $10 donation is requested at the door the evening of the concert. For more information, call (813) 634-2539.
Oratorio Singers: The Tampa Bay Oratorio Singers will perform Gabriel Favre's Requiem at 3 p.m. April 21 in the sanctuary at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. This is the final show in the 2012-13 St. Andrew concert series. Admission is $10. Schedules and tickets for the 2013-14 series will be available at the concert. For more information, call (813) 642-8125.