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BRANDON

Wild Dame Night: Tickets for the Center Place's 22nd annual Wild Dame Night are on sale. The event is Feb. 16 and begins 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.

Ballet auditions: Auditions for the Brandon Ballet 2013 Summer Intensive program will take place Jan. 26. Serious training ballet dancers ages 9 and older are eligible to audition. The 3-week program will run Monday to Friday, June 10-28. It will include classes on pointe work, pas de deux men's classes, character, jazz, modern, African and conditioning. The audition fee is $25. To schedule an audition email dance@brandonballet.org or call (813) 684-4282.

LITHIA

Parks seeking lifeguards: The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is looking for part-time lifeguards at Lithia Springs Park and E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin. Qualified candidates must be at least 16 years old; a current high school student, high school graduate or have a GED certification; and have a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification, current American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification, and a current American Red Cross First Aid Certification. The positions pay $9 an hour.

Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation can provide training to obtain the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications. A job description and application can be found online at jobaps.com/hill/sup/images/default.asp. For more information, call Lithia Springs Park at (813) 744-5572 or E.G. Simmons Park at (813) 671-7655.

PLANT CITY

Food drive: Dinosaur World is offering 50 percent off admission with two canned goods per person today and Jan. 27. Donations will go to the United Food Bank of Plant City. Call Dinosaur World at (813) 717-9865.

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. Friday and Saturday at the library, 302 McLendon St. There will be a preview sale for members of the Friends from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday. 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.

Support group: Hope Lutheran Church, 2001 N Park Road, will offer GriefShare, a seminar and support group for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. Each session will include a video seminar and group discussion. Classes begin Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. To register or get more information, call Deaconess Lyn Senkarik at (813) 752-4622.

Library day: The Bruton Memorial Library, 302 Mclendon St., will participate in Florida Library Snapshot Day on Jan. 30. The library will join other libraries in Florida in taking pictures and collecting statistics and member comments to show how Floridians use their libraries. The Florida Library Association will collect the information and post it online at www.flalib.org. For more information, call the Bruton Memorial Library at (813) 757-9215.

RIVERVIEW

Guest speaker: The Riverview Woman's Club welcomes former Hillsborough supervisor of elections and former school district superintendent Earl Lennard as the speaker for its Wednesday meeting at Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, 13050 Summerfield Blvd. The event begins with networking at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Cost is $14. RSVP to Jeanne at (813) 334-3196 (Jeanne@square-oneinspection.com) or Donna (813) 528-0902 (contact@pfautoglass.com).

RUSKIN

Leigh Rubin: The cartoonist will speak at the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, on Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Rubin's cartoons appear in major daily newspapers and are syndicated to more than 400 media outlets worldwide. For more information, call the library at (813) 273-3652.

SEFFNER

Child care training: Hillsborough County Extension Services will offer free training sessions for licensed child care providers starting Jan. 22 at the extension service office, 5339 County Road 579. Participants can receive CEU credit from the University of Florida.

Dates and topics include: Creating Special Moments With Infants and Toddlers on Jan. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Avoid Behavior Problems: Teach Self-Control on Jan. 26 from 9 to 11 a.m.; Every Child Counts: Building Community on Feb. 9 from 9 to 11 a.m.; and What Does Time Mean To Children? on Feb. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

To register, visit extension.psu.edu/cyttap, click on "State Training," then "Florida" and "Tampa." The cost for providers outside of Hillsborough County is $10 per workshop. For more information contact Diana Converse, family life educator for Hillsborough County Extension Service, at (813) 744-5519, ext. 54140, or converse@ufl.edu.

SUN CITY CENTER

Apartment 14G: This musical comedy debuted at the Rollins Theater in Sun City Center last week and will have more shows Thursday to Saturday. 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. each night with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Inauguration viewing party: The South Shore Democratic Club will host a Watch the Inauguration and Pot Luck Brunch on Jan. 21 in the Banquet Room of the Main Clubhouse in Kings Point, 1904 Clubhouse Drive. The brunch will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a viewing of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Attendees should RSVP by emailing Idalea Rubin at Idalear@gmail.com with what they will be bringing for the pot luck. The event will also include a brief business meeting. For more information, visit southshoredemocraticclub.org.

HILLSBOROUGH

United Way Suncoast is looking for volunteers to serve as part of a statewide initiative to help young children learn to read at grade level. ReadingPals is a program focused on increasing the number of students who are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

United Way will connect volunteers to a particular site based on their preferred location schedule. Volunteers will undergo a background screening and receive training in the curriculum selected for their region prior to being assigned a reading pal. Volunteers will continue to work with children in ReadingPals throughout 2013.

Those interested in becoming ReadingPals volunteers should contact United Way Suncoast at (813) 274-0998 or email nbrown@uwsuncoast.org.

Things to do in Brandon area 01/12/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 3:51pm]

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