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Drawing class: Charcoal drawing classes are held from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays at the Brandon Recreation Center, 510 E Sadie St. The teacher is Carol Karow, a graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design. It's $5 per class. Students should bring their own charcoal and paper. For information, call (813) 681-7324 or (813) 744-5617.

Center Place fundraiser: The Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association will celebrate 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 a table of eight, $500 for four tickets, $250 for two tickets and $100 for one ticket. Proceeds will benefit the center's artistic programs. To get information or register, visit or call (813) 685-8888.


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

To get information or register in advance, visit


Football, cheerleading: Registration is open for the Plant City Eagles Youth Football & Cheerleading league. The cost is $85. Registration forms are available at The league is also looking for coaches. For information, call (813) 716-2324.

Game night: The Rotary Club of Brandon will hold its 37th Annual Wild Game Night at 6 p.m. April 12 at Lupton's Boggy Bottom Ranch, 8407 Lupton Place, Plant City. The event will include dinner, open bar, door prizes and raffles. The cost is $75. Proceeds benefit local charities. To get information or purchase tickets, call David West at (813) 927-7174 or Pat Skidmore at (813) 741-3790.


Ballet performance: The Brandon Ballet will present Coppelia at 7 p.m. April 20 and at 2 p.m. April 21 in the Spoto High School auditorium, 8538 Eagle Palm Drive. The April 21 show will benefit the Giving Hope Through Faith Foundation. Tickets for each performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (813) 684-4282.


Fishing fundraiser: Mary & Martha House will hold its third annual Hook 'n' Sink Fishing and Golf Tournament this weekend. The captain's meeting will take place at 7 tonight at the Resort & Club at Little Harbor, 611 Destiny Drive, Ruskin. Fishing and a family 5K run will take place at Little Harbor at 7 a.m. Saturday. The cost of the fishing tournament is $50 per adult, $25 per child. Golf will start at 11 a.m. Sunday at Club Renaissance, 2121 S Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center. The golf tournament is $75 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds benefit the residential shelter in Ruskin. To get information on the event or sponsorships, or to register, visit or call Laurie Herring at (813) 645-7874.


Birthday party: South Bay Hospital will hold its Centenarian Birthday Party for residents 100 and older at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza. Organizers hope to break the world record for the largest gathering of centenarians. The current record is 29. To get information or to register, call (813) 634-0172.

History show-and-tell: The Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center will hold a "Show and Tell" at 1 p.m. April 1 in the Florida Room of the Community Association Atrium, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Members will present personal Scandinavian items, including traditional country costumes, pictures and historical items. Wine, cheese and crackers will be available. The cost is $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers. Nonmembers may make reservations by called Fritz Brinck at (813) 260-3422 or Jim Sullivan at (813) 633-3917.

Club meeting: The Irish Connection will hold a general meeting at 6 p.m. April 5 in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building, 945 N Course Lane. Hillsborough Community Service Officer Donna Budd will talk about people slipping through the cracks. Jason Castillo, the group's new community resource deputy, is also a guest. To register, call (813) 634-7447 or (813) 642-8663.

Spring concert: The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will perform "A Spring In Our Step: Spring Concert Series" at 7 p.m. April 11 at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. The 40-piece concert band will perform a program that includes songs from Les Misérables, Carmen and South Pacific. The cost is a $5 suggested donation at the door. Visit or call (813) 569-1771.


Veterans ceremony: The annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony to honor veterans who have served in Vietnam will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hillsborough County Veterans Park and Museum, 3602 U.S. 301 N, conducted by the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County and the Veterans Museum and Parks Committee. The event will include a tribute to those who have been awarded the Medal of Honor, and the rifle salute and taps conducted by Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1226 from Riverview. Call (813) 744-5502.


Family golf tournament: The inaugural Larry Peacock Parent Child Championship golf tournament will be held at 12:30 p.m. March 30 at the Bloomingdale Golfers Club, 4113 Great Golfers Place. The tournament is open to parents or grandparents to play with their children or grandchildren of all ages. The tournament will be divided by ages: children 13 and under, children ages 14-28 and children 29 and older.

Range balls will be provided for warmup before the tournament. Players will receive two drink tickets. Several food stations will also be available. The event will also include contests, raffle prizes and awards. The cost is $65 per golfer. Proceeds benefit All Children's Hospital. To register, visit For information, contact Jake Peacock or (813) 283-8981.


Donations for veterans: The Tampa Area Marine Parents Association is seeking donations to provide pillows for the Homeless Veterans Stand Down on April 5-7 in Tallahassee to raise awareness about the number of homeless veterans. The organization is seeking fabric, stuffing, local sewing volunteers or money for supplies. To make a donation, contact

Save Your Vision Month: The Division of Aging Services is offering a talk about vision at 10:30 a.m. Monday at 612 N Parsons Ave., Brandon. Call (813) 635-8066. The last event is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 8701 Progress Blvd., Tampa. Call (813) 671-7773. All events are open to county residents 50 and older.

Things to do in Brandon area 03/21/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:37pm]
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