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Brandon

Authors signing helps fund library programs

Barnes & Noble, 122 Brandon Town Center, will host a multi-author event from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 14). Six guest authors of various topics for children and adults come and sign books for attendees. Authors in attendance include Kenneth Kelly, F.L. Beaty and more. Barnes & Noble will donate a portion of the proceeds from the event to a local Friends of the Library chapter, to be used for Hillsborough County Public Library programs.

Center Place benefits from Bet a Buck

Bet a Buck runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 14) at Center Place Fine Arts Suite B, 619 Vonderburg Drive. This charity auction for the arts offers a fun and inexpensive way for attendees to win items all night. The auction items come from local business donations and the proceeds benefit Center Place Fine Arts. Admission is $15, which includes an auction paddle, finger foods, wine and beer.

HGTV winner gives Do it yourself tips

HGTV's Design Star winner Jennifer Bertrand will present a Do It Yourself Tips workshop from 5-8 p.m. today (Oct. 13) at G.Fried Flooring America, 231 Brandon Tower Center Drive. Bertrand's originally planned to present in September, but the appearance was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Admission is free.

Lithia

Church seeks artists for Holiday Bazaar

Grace United Methodist Church at FishHawk, 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Road, is seeking crafters and artists for their Holiday Bazaar that runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11. Organizers are seeking original arts and crafts and the fee for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space is $25; the fees help support missions within the community. The event is outdoors and vendors must provide their own tent, table and chairs. The deadline to reserve a booth is Sunday (Oct. 15).

Plant City

Duke's presents wing-eating contest

The Bike Fest's wing-eating contest runs from 6:30-7 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 14) at the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum, 102 N Palmer St. First, second and third place winners are awarded an official trophy. Contestants must complete the waiver and email it to [email protected] Contestants can find the waiver link on the "Wing Eating Contest at Plant City Bike Fest presented by Duke's" Facebook event page.

Methodist Church hosts Fall Carnival

First United Methodist Church, 303 N Evers St., hosts the Fall Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 14). Attendees enjoy the pumpkin patch, carnival games, music, food, bounce house, face painting and shopping. The carnival benefits the Plant City Food Bank and the First United Methodist Church of Plant City outreach programs. Attendees can bring canned goods in exchange for carnival tickets.

Ominous Descent comes to haunted trail

Ominous Descent goes from 7:30-10 p.m. today at Sir Henry's Haunted Trail, 2837 S Frontage Road. Attendees have to avoid Ominous Grim as they make their way through Wade Harris's Slaughterhouse of Torture, a collection of gruesome torture devices he uses to feed his sadistic soul. Because of destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, this haunt has been scaled down and moved to the site of Sir Henry's Haunted Trail. Attendees can do this trail alone or buy combo packages with Sir Henry's. Admission is $12.

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze takes on Fall

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 14). The 5-acre corn field sets the scene for a fall festival including a pumpkin patch, hayride, duck races, dummy steer roping, games and food. Gates close at 5 p.m. Admission is $11, $10 for children and 2 and younger free. Call (813) 756-8918.

Sun City Center

Medicare workshop answers questions

Learn the A, B, C and D of Medicare at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza. Attendees can get their questions answered and make correct decisions on Medicare. Space is limited and open enrollment begins Oct. 15. For more information, call (813) 661-5297.

Fair answers protection questions

The Consumer Protection Fair goes from 1-4:30 p.m. today (Oct. 13) at Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd. Representatives from nearly a dozen consumer protection groups provide guidance and answer consumer protection questions. For more information, call (813) 633-0527.

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