Youths recognized: The Hillsborough County Commission plans to recognize the 54 members of the Town 'N Country Youth Council at its meeting Wednesday. The council, which was formed nine years ago, has contributed nearly $500,000 in volunteer community service hours to the Town 'N Country community. The council is a three-time recipient of the commission's Most Successful Youth Program Award.
According to a media release from the group, the teens have removed Brazilian pepper trees in below-freezing weather; planted crape myrtles in the heat of July; cleaned up debris at a county park after the tropical storms of 2004 and 2005; helped remodel a nonprofit building; painted a community wall; helped design the teen room at the Town 'N Country Library; worked on the grand opening of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail; volunteered at the community's 50th anniversary in 2009; conducted more than a dozen cleanups per year; helped plant and maintain 1,600 trees, shrubs and plants at four county parks and an elementary school.
Poster contest: Tampa Hispanic Heritage Inc. will award $2,000 to the winning artist of its 25th annual poster contest. This year, the organization seeks work that represents the past, present and future of the Hispanic heritage influence in the Tampa Bay area. Second prize is $1,000 and third prize is $500.
Applications, rules and entry fee ($30) information are available online at tampahispanic.org/events/poster. Deadline for the artwork and application is Aug. 5. Judges will select the winning poster Aug. 11 in the Ybor Room at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor City campus at 15th Street and Palm Avenue.
Bloodmobile visit: Give the gift of life from 9 a.m. to noon today when the Florida Blood Service's Bloodmobile visits the Town 'N Country Family Support & Resource Center, 7520 W Waters Ave., Suite 8. Registration is encouraged. Call (813) 356-1703.
Also at the resource center on July 19, hear tips and receive a package on hurricane preparedness for the summer season. The event takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call (813) 356-1703 to register.
Summer basketball: The first game of a summer basketball league, open to kids from fifth through eighth grades, plus junior varsity and varsity players, starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Oldsmar Christian School, 650 Burbank Road, Oldsmar. The season ends Aug. 31. The cost is $80 to participate in the league, organized by the Tampa Athletic Achievement Program. Kids can register for Saturday's event today by calling coach Martin Benders II at (813) 384-9325, or they can register anytime during the summer. For more information, go to mytampasports.com.