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Arts festival: The deadline to enter the fifth annual Winthrop Arts Festival is March 13. The festival is March 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1206 Millennium Parkway. 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


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, on March 9 at 5 p.m. Awards will be given to the top male and female runners in the 5K race, and the top 3 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


Ballet performance: The Brandon Ballet will present "Spanish Divertissements," including suites from ballets including Don Quixote and Paquita. The program will feature the Brandon Ballet's professional dancers and preprofessional students, directed by former Cuban National Ballet dancers Octavio Martin and Taima Franco. The performances will take place on Friday at 7 p.m. at Centro Asturiano de Tampa, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, and on Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Riverview High School Theater, 11311 Boyette Road, Riverview. Tickets for the Friday performance are $25. Tickets for the Saturday performance are $20, or $40 for the lower center section. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, call (813) 684-4282.

Spring concert: The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will perform "A Spring In Our Step: Spring Concert Series" in March. The first show will take place March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Rice Creek Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 10719 Rice Creek Drive. The 40-piece concert band will perform a program that includes songs from Les Misérables, Carmen and South Pacific. The cost is $5 at the door. For more information, visit or call (813) 569-1771.

Spring garden talk: The Riverview Garden Club will host Planning Your Spring Herb Garden, presented by Kathy Oliver of My Mother's Garden, on March 13 at 10 a.m. at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive. Parking and admission are free for the first meeting. For more information, call (813) 727-6567.


Seminar: St. Andrew Presbyterian Church will sponsor the seminar Can We Talk? on communicating end-of-life issues on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W, Sun City Center. Presenters include Life Path Hospice and Palliative Care, attorney Dale Brewster and psychologist Kenneth Barringer. Call (813) 634-1252 to register by Monday.

Sweden event: The Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center will host a Sweden-theme event on Tuesday at noon in the Florida Room in the Sun City Center Florida Room in the CA Atrium, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Check in begins at 11:30 a.m. 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. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Elsa Lang-Ree at (813) 633-7502 or Jim Sullivan at (813) 633-3917.

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.


Health fair: The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2013 Health Fair "Future Trends in Health Care" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Campo Family YMCA, 3414 Culbreath Road. Free health screenings will be provided throughout the day at exhibit booths. Admission to the event is also free.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Tricia Campbell at or (813) 689-1221, ext. 8812.

Garden talk: Master gardener Jim Hawk will present Modern Roses at the Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., on March 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The presentation is free, and sponsored by the Hillsborough County Master Gardener Program of the Hillsborough County Extension, University of Florida IFAS Extension. For more information, call the library at (813) 273-3652.


Heart Month: Hillsborough County's Division of Aging Services is celebrating American Heart Month with special Love Your Heart events at its senior centers. The events are open to Hillsborough County residents ages 50 and over. For more information on an event, call the senior center. Event dates and locations include:

Monday at 10:30 a.m. at 11706 Williams Road, Thonotasassa. An LPN will present "The Simple 7 Heart Healthy Factors." Call (813) 506-6631.

Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 8701 Progress Blvd., Tampa. An LPN will present "Heart to Heart about Heart Disease." A pharmacist and technician from Walgreens pharmacy will be there to conduct blood pressure and A1C's tests. Call (813) 671-7773.

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