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Spring concert: The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will perform "A Spring In Our Step: Spring Concert Series" this month. The next show will take place at 7 p.m. March 21 in the First United Methodist Church of Brandon Chapel, 115 Knights Ave. The 40-piece concert band will perform a program that includes songs from Les Misérables, Carmen and South Pacific. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. For more information, visit or call (813) 569-1771.

Annual fundraiser: The Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association will host 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 or call (813) 685-8888.


Fun run: The FishHawk Ranch Road Race will hold a "Twilight Run" for its annual 5K race and 1-mile kids' fun run at Park Square at FishHawk Ranch, 16144 Churchview Drive, at 5 p.m. Saturday. Awards will be given to the top male and female runners in the 5K race and the top three in each age group. All kids will receive commemorative ribbons. The post-race party will feature music, giveaways, food and refreshments. The cost for the 5K is $25 early, or $30 the day of the race. The cost of the kids' race is $15. Proceeds benefit Bevis Elementary, FishHawk Creek Elementary, Stowers Elementary, Barrington Middle, Randall Middle and Newsome High. To register for the race, visit

Cycle fest: The St. Stephen Catholic Church Life Teen youth program will hold its annual Jubilee Cycle Fest for riders of all skill levels on April 6 beginning from the Shoppes at Osprey Fishhawk, 15258 Fishhawk Blvd. The event includes lunch for cyclists, a T-shirt and goodie bags, and there will be vendor booths. Cyclists must be at least 16 and must wear an approved helmet and sign a waiver.

The 10-mile fun ride begins at 9 a.m. and costs $25. The 25-mile intermediate ride begins at 8:30 a.m. and costs $30. The 62-mile advanced ride begins at 8 a.m. and costs $35. Proceeds benefit the St. Stephen Catholic Church Life Teen youth program. For more information or registration, visit jubileecyclefest.


Arts festival: The deadline to enter the fifth annual Winthrop Arts Festival is Wednesday. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23 and 24 at the Winthrop Town Centre, 11109 Winthrop Market St. The booth fee will be waived for 25 out of 100 participating artists. For more information, contact Bryant Martinez at or (813) 601-3129, or visit

Spring garden talk: The Riverview Garden Club will host "Planning Your Spring Herb Garden," presented by Kathy Oliver of My Mother's Garden, at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive. Parking and admission are free for the first meeting. For more information, call (813) 727-6567.


Monthly meeting: The Apollo Beach Woman's Club will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Little Harbor, 611 Destiny Drive. The meeting will include jazz, blues and pop artist Sandy Nitch, who grew up in Riverview and has been performing since 1976. There will be an Easter bonnet contest. Luncheon tickets are $16. Reservations are required by today. To make a reservation, call Deanna Anest at (813) 938-3641. To get more information or to join the club, call Sharon Vasquez at (813) 641-7856.

Fishing fundraiser: Mary & Martha House will hold its third annual Hook n Sink Fishing and Golf Tournament from March 22-24. The Captain's Meeting kickoff will take place at the Resort and Club at Little Harbor, 611 Destiny Drive, Ruskin, at 7 p.m. March 22. Fishing and a family 5K run will take place at Little Harbor at 7 a.m. March 23. The fishing tournament costs $50 per person or $25 per child. Golfing will take place at 11 a.m. March 24 at Club Renaissance, 2121 S Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center. The cost of the golf tournament is $75 per person or $300 for a foursome. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. Proceeds benefit the residential shelter facility in Ruskin. To get more information on the event or sponsorships, or to register, visit or call Laurie Herring at (813) 645-7874.


Swim show: The Sun City Swim Dancers will present their annual synchronized swim show at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Atrium Lap Pool, 961 N Course Lane. The Aquatic Dancers from the Villages will participate in the show. Tickets are $2 and may be purchased at the Atrium kiosk from 9 a.m. to noon today, from a Swim Dancer or at the door the day of the show.

Community fun: FunFest 2013 will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 on the Sun City Center Community Association Central Campus, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. This year's theme is "FunFest Goes Glam." The event is free and open to the public.

Italian Club meeting: The AMICI Italian Culture Club will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 19 in the banquet room of the Kings Point Clubhouse, 1904 Clubhouse Drive, to celebrate St. Joseph's Day. The meeting will include dinner, wine and dessert. Members and guests are asked to bring a dish to share. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for guests. Tickets may be purchased from 10 a.m. to noon today in the Kings Point Clubhouse lobby. For more information, call (813) 634-0955.

DAR fundraiser: A high tea fundraiser will be held at 12:30 p.m. March 20 in the Florida Room in the Community Association Atrium, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. The fundraiser is presented by the Sun City Center Colonel George Mercer Brooke National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The cost is $15 per person. Proceeds benefit James A. Haley VA Medical Center. To make a reservation, call Bunny Blackstone at (813) 634-6387 or Jan Bassett at (813) 642-0691.

Cellphone recycling: The United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., is holding a cellphone recycling campaign. The church is collecting cellphones and accessories that will be sent to a recycling center in Miami to be refurbished and reused. Cellphones and accessories will be collected from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and during Sunday morning services at 10 a.m. For more information, call (813) 634-1304.


Moffitt Cancer Center presents the Men's Health Forum: The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of South Florida's Marshall Center. The event features prizes and free screenings for skin cancer, blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and cholesterol. Participants also can pick up a voucher for a free prostate exam. Also featured are education seminars and forums as well as a free breakfast and lunch. Former Bucs linebacker and current scout Shelton Quarles will make an appearance along with the Bucs cheerleaders. To attend, call toll-free 1-888-663-3488 and press 5 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today. You also can register on site at 8 a.m. For information, go to

SouthShore and Brandon news events 03/07/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 2:53pm]
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