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Networking event: The Bridal and Events Network will hold an informational meeting for businesses in the bridal and events industry interested in joining the network on Feb. 19 at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon. The event beings at 6 p.m. with networking and refreshments. The informational meeting will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person with advanced reservations, or $10 per person at the door.

To register for the event, call (813) 633-7296.


Health checks: South Florida Baptist Hospital will host a Heart Health Check on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the hospital, 301 N Alexander St. The hospital will offer bone density and skin screenings on Friday for free.

On Saturday, the hospital will offer carotid ultrasounds to look for abnormalities or blockages that could lead to stroke for $20, CT Heart Score to detect plaque in arteries for $150, peripheral vascular leg screens to check circulation in arms and legs for $20, mammograms for $45, and prostate screening for $20.

The hospital will also offer blood profiles on Friday and Saturday for $20, including lipid panel, complete metabolic profile and complete blood count.

Registration is required. For more information or to register for a screening, call (813) 644-6721.


Dance show: The Brandon Ballet will hold "A Spotlight on Choreography" on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview. Brandon Ballet professional dancers, and advanced and pre-professional students, will present new choreographic works and give the audience insight into how they were created. The event is free. For more information, email or call (813) 684-4282.

Small business meeting: Representative Ross Spano, R-Dover, is holding a Small Business Roundtable Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Winthrop Barn Theatre, 11349 West Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview. It is anticipated to become a quarterly gathering for small business owners to meet with state and local government officials to talk about the impact rules, regulation and lawmaking has on business. Admission is free. For more information, to register for the event or to suggest a topic for discussion, call Jonathan Rees or Gloria Perez at (813) 655-3742.

Veterans seminar: Osenton Law Offices, PA, and the Bridges Retirement Community will hold a seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 for wartime veterans. The seminar will provide information on veterans aid, attendance benefits and estate planning, and the federal Improved Pension benefit, which can help offset the cost of living in a retirement community for a wartime veteran or a surviving spouse. The seminar is free, and will be held at the Bridges, 11202 Dewhurst Drive. To reserve a seat at the seminar, call the Bridges at (813) 413-8900.


Monthly meeting: The South Shore Democratic Club will meet on Thursday at the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. This month's featured speaker is Alison Morano, vice chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party and chairwoman of the party's State Legislative Committee. She is also a political and social media consultant. She will present "The Democratic Party, Structure, Issues and Challenges in 2013" at the meeting. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 1 p.m. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit


Society meeting: The Tampa African Violet Society will meet on Friday at 10 a.m. in the Seffner-Mango Library Public Meeting Room, 410 N Kingsway Road. Award winning grower Jim Boyer will present "A History Lesson" about different species of African violets and their discovery. There will also be a plant raffle. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (813) 382-7956.


Anniversary show: The Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center will celebrate 10 years of musical theater entertainment will performances of The Great Broadway Songbook at the Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. The show features songs from musicals like South Pacific and Guys and Dolls. The show runs Thursday through Saturday and Feb. 20-23 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $10, and are available at the Sun City Center Atrium kiosk Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information or to purchase tickets with a credit card, call (813) 220-7913.

Film series: The Eagle Audubon Society of Kings Point continues its 30th annual Outdoor Adventure Film Series on Saturday with The Real World Fiji, about the Pacific island nation. The movie, as all in the monthly series, will be shown in the Kings Point Clubhouse Borini Theater, 1904 Clubhouse Drive. The films are open to the public. Tickets are $7.50 per film or $18 for the entire series. Tickets may be purchased at the Kings Point Clubhouse Box Office Monday through Friday, or before the shows.

Glass show: The 3rd annual Sun City Center Juried Glass Show will be held Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Florida Room of the Atrium complex, 945 N Course Lane. The show will contain works by members of the Sun City Center Glass Club. The show will be judged by professional glass artists, who will select a Best of Show winner. The public will select the People's Choice winner. The show is free and open to the public.

Sweden event: The Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center will host a Sweden-themed event on Feb. 26 at noon in the Florida Room in the Sun City Center Community Association atrium, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. The event will feature a presentation on the Swedish naval ship Vasa, which sank in Stockholm harbor in 1628. Authentic Scandinavian-style open-faced sandwiches, coffee and tea will be for sale. Admission is free. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Elsa Lang-Ree at (813) 633-7502.

Cell phone recycling: The United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., is holding a cell phone recycling campaign. The church is collecting cell phones and accessories that will be sent to a recycling center in Miami to be refurbished and reused. The church office is collecting cell phones and accessories Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and during Sunday morning services at 10 a.m. For more information, call (813) 634-1304.


Purple party: The American Cancer Society Relay for Life Brandon team is holding the Purple Party kick-off on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 10220 Palm River Road. There will be guest speakers, including cancer survivors and family members of cancer victims at the party. The event will also include cocktails and appetizers. Tickets are $20 per person. To purchase tickets, contact committee chair Kimberly Way-Haggerty at or (813) 681-0903.

Art show: CANVAS 8 has extended its call for artists to March 1 for its March 15 show at the gallery, 2702 Causeway Center Drive. Artists must submit two to three images of their work and a brief bio about themselves. Send complete applications to director Bobby Triplett at The nonprofit event showcases up and coming local artists. The show is free for participating artists and attendees. For more information, call (727) 204-9580.


Heart talk: Brandon Regional Hospital and South Bay Hospital will present information on keeping your heart healthy to celebrate Heart Month. On Monday, they will present "Keeping Your Ticker In Tip-Top Shape" at 6 p.m. at Campo YMCA, 3414 Culbreath Road. The program will be presented by cadriothoracic surgeon Ignacio Duarte. On Wednesday, they will present "Heart 411…The Information You Need to Know" at 6 p.m. at Campo YMCA. The program will be presented by cardiologist Sameer Nagamia. Reservations are required for both events. For more information or to register, call (813) 653-1065 or visit

Arts law seminar: The Greater Brandon Arts Council is hosting the seminar "Copyright and Fair Use Law for Artists" with Fort Myers lawyer Anne Dalton from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. The event is free and will include refreshments. For more information, visit or call (813) 655-2773.

Things to do in Brandon area 02/09/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 11:24am]
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