Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Things to do in Brandon area

BRANDON

Suicide grief support: LifePath Hospice will offer a seven-week suicide loss grief support group, which is geared to the needs of those who have experienced the suicide of a loved one, beginning Jan. 7. The group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 121 Carver Ave. The meetings are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register or get more information, call Diane Schnelly at (813) 877-2200.

Art classes: Carol Karow, a Ringling College of Art and Design graduate, will teach beginner charcoal drawing and oil painting classes starting in January at the Brandon Recreation Center at 510 E Sadie St. The one-hour charcoal class will be at 10 a.m. Mondays and cost $5 per class. Students must bring their own charcoal supplies. The oil painting class will be from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays and cost $7 per class. Students must bring their own painting supplies. Classes start the week of Jan. 10. For more information, call (813) 681-7324 or (813) 744-5617.

Wild Dame Night: Tickets for the Center Place's 22nd annual Wild Dame Night go on sale Wednesday at 9 a.m. The event will be held Feb. 16 and begin at 6 p.m. with social time, wine, a catered dinner and the traditional "decadent desserts." Participants are encouraged to wear "comfy PJs." The evening will feature Stages Production performing Sleeping Beauty's Wild Slumber Party. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance and are nonrefundable, are $50, and it costs $800 to sponsor a table of nine. Call Center Place at (813) 685-8888.

DOVER

Christmas Lane: Grab some hot chocolate — or a cold soda — and stroll through a winter wonderland at Christmas Lane. The light display at 2091 Wooten Road wraps today from 6 to 10 p.m., weather permitting. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, go to christmaslane.org.

Nights of Shimmering Lights: Head to the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds and bask in the glow of nearly a million holiday lights. Visitors take a 30- to 40-minute drive through the Nights of Shimmering Lights, which features more than 850 creations. There are 11 themed areas, including the Enchanted Forest and Rainbow Lane with animated elements. End the night with outdoor holiday movies and sweet treats. The fairgrounds are at 215 Sydney Washer Road. Gates open at dark and close at 9 p.m. today. The cost is $20 per vehicle. Go to nosl-tb.com for more information.

PLANT CITY

Al-Anon meetings: A group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Hull House, 201 N Thomas St. For more information, visit tampabayalanon.org.

Book sale: The Friends of Bruton Memorial Library will host its annual clearance book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19 at the library, 302 McLendon St. There will be a preview sale for members of the Friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 18. During the final two hours of the sale, prices will be reduced to a bag of books for one dollar. For more information, call Anne Haywood at (813) 757-9215.

SOUTH SHORE

Manatee Festival T-shirt contest: The deadline for artists to enter a competition for the 21st annual Manatee Festival of the Arts logo and T-shirt is Friday. Amateur or professional artists of any age are invited to submit their original designs to the chamber of commerce. The winner will be notified by Jan. 12 and receive a $100 cash prize, public recognition and complimentary booth space at the festival. There are no guidelines for the subject matter of the image, which must be two-dimensional and an original work of art created by the artist within the past three years. For more information, call (813) 645-1366 or (813) 645-3808 or email [email protected]

SUN CITY CENTER

Apartment 14G: This musical comedy debuts at the Rollins Theater in Sun City Center on Jan. 10. Tickets are available at the Sun City Center kiosk from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday or by calling (813) 642-0606. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 10-12 and 17-19, and 2:30 p.m. matinees will be presented on Jan. 12 and 19.

Hearing Loss Association meeting: The Sun City Center Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. Steve Gaskins, public affairs officer for the Florida Highway Patrol, will speak about interaction between law enforcement and people who have hearing impairment. Come early for coffee and doughnuts. Contact Richard Herring at [email protected] hla-scc.com or Barbara Riley at (813) 634-1706.

WIMAUMA

Free pet shots: The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will host a free shot clinic for dogs and cats at the Wimauma Civic Center Jan. 12. Standard vaccinations, including rabies, will be available at no charge to the first 1,000 pets. Hillsborough County Animal Services also will offer free licenses with proof of residence in zip codes 33598, 33547, 33579, and 33578.

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