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Things to do in Brandon area


Concert to benefit Calvary Lutheran: Ellen Kleinschmidt delivers Miss What's Her Name, a Broadway-style benefit concert, on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Calvary Lutheran Church, 5309 U.S. 41 N. Miss What's Her Name chronicles Kleinschmidt's journey via some of Broadway's most powerful hits. The professional singer, actor, writer and teacher, will perform her story through music and dialog. In lieu of ticket sales, this concert is a "pay as you can" event which will benefit the the Journey youth group of Calvary Lutheran Church, that is raising funds for upcoming retreats and area service projects.

Following the performance, there will be an old-fashioned ice cream social. For information, call the church office at (813) 645-1305 or go to

Pigs in the Parking Lot. The South Shore Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Pigs in the Parking Lot Barbecue, Beer, Blues & Business Expo May 17 from 4-10 p.m. at the MiraBay Sweetbay Plaza, 137 Harbor Village Lane, in Apollo Beach.

Admission is free and the event features food, arts and crafts, a kids area and live music by the TomKats (4-6 p.m.) and Ladyhawke (6-10 p.m.). For information, call (813) 645-1366 or (813) 645-3808 or go to southshore


Children's show: Center Place Fine Arts, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B, will present Three Little Pigs today at 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. The show for children ages 3 and up tells the story of three little pigs who must learn to work together to defeat the hungry wolf. The show combines singing, dancing and a rapping Big Bad Wolf. The show is approximately 50 minutes. The price is $6 for members, and $7 for nonmembers. For information, visit or call (813) 685-8888.

Food drive help needed. ECHO is in need of volunteers for the annual Postal Food Drive on Saturday. Residents will be encouraged to place nonperishable items at their mailboxes for the postal service to pick up. Volunteers are needed for the agency's biggest food drive of the year. It's a great opportunity for students who need community service hours and civic organizations and businesses interested in helping. To sign up, go to and click on the "Take Action Button." Then, go to "I Want to Volunteer" and pick when you want to work. You will receive a confirming email.

Democratic Club meeting: There will be a joint meeting of the East Hillsborough County Democratic Club and the Hillsborough County Young Democrats on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Barbacles, 926 Providence Road, Brandon. Gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich will be the special guest. Bring a non-perishable food item or toiletries to the meeting, to be donated to ECHO in Brandon. For information, visit easthillsborough

Charity raffle: The Rotary Club of Brandon will hold a raffle for a 2013 Buick Verano and a big screen TV on Tuesday. Tickets are $20 each, or $50 for three. Proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarship funds. Tickets may be purchased at Beef O'Bradys at: 16773-16775 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia; 4330 Bell Shoals Road, Valrico; and 210 S Kings Ave, Brandon. Tickets are also available at HomeBanc, 659 W Lumsden Ave., Brandon. For information, contact Scott Carter at (813) 655-8877 or JJ Massaro at (813) 376-3875.

Brandon Business Expo: Tickets are available for the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce's 25th annual Brandon Business Expo and "Taste of Brandon." The event is Thursday from 3:30 to 8 p.m. in the Special Events Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Advance tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the chamber's offices at 330 Pauls Drive, Brandon. Tickets are $15 at the door. Parking is $5 per car.

The trade show and taste-off competition will showcase more than 200 exhibitors. Exhibitor space is available for business industries of all types.

Chef events: The Brandon Foundation and Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, Brandon Crossroads, 2080 Badlands Drive, partnered to being Celebrity and Top Chefs to Tampa Bay beginning in March. Brandon Foundation and its charities will receive 15 percent of the proceeds from each seat sold. Chefs for the rest of the events include Lindsay Autry from Top Chef on Thursday and May 17, and private chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis on May 22 and 23.

The events are open to the public, but seats are limited and prior registration is required. Prices for each event range from $60-$100. All events take place at Rolling Pin. To register, visit rollingpin For information, call (813) 653-2418.


5K fundraiser: The East Bay High School Student Government Association will host the second annual 5K4Q Run to raise money for Queena, who survived an attack outside the Bloomingdale Library in 2008.

The run will be held May 18 at 8 a.m. at EG Simmons park, 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin. Queena, now 23, is a graduate of East Bay High and was an SGA member. Proceeds will benefit her continued recovery and medical care. The SGA is also seeking donations to help buy supplies for the event, including T-shirts, fliers, water and snacks.

For information or to make a donation, contact SGA president Michelle Berland at or (813)-364-4655. To register for the race online, visit and follow the registration link.


Cat show: The Cat Fanciers Club will hold an International Cat Association Cat Show in Community Hall, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd., on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show is open to the public. There will be raffles, food, vendors, cat photography and rescues. The cost is $6 per person or $5 with a can of cat food. For information email

Wind wonders: The South Shore Symphony Orchestra Wind Trio will present "Music of the World" on May 19 at 4 p.m. at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd. E. The musicians have been principal players with the orchestra for several years: Jorge Garcia-Pando, oboe; George Linakis, clarinet; and June Hammond, bassoon. The program includes Austrian composer Wolfgang Mozart's Divertimento No. 1, K. 439b; trios by the French composers Jacques Ibert, Georges Auric and Georges Pfeiffer; and Californian Daniel Simpson's Toad Pizza.


Camille Family Cancer Fund benefit: Beef 'O' Brady's, 4330 Bell Shoals Road, will hold a fundraising event on Saturday for Roger Camille, who was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and is fighting it for the second time. His fiancee, Kim Jaqua, has worked at Beef 'O' Brady's for eight years. The fundraising event includes a yard sale beginning at 7 a.m., a bounce house, face painting, games, live entertainment and raffles. There will also be a student vs. faculty basketball game at 7 p.m. today at Bloomingdale High School, 1700 Bloomingdale Ave., followed by a spirit night at Beef 'O' Brady's. Proceeds will benefit the Camille Family Cancer Fund, for medical and household expenses while Roger continues treatment. For information, call (813) 653-1888.


Mother's Day celebrations: The Children's Board Family Resource Centers is holding Mother's Day events during May. All events are free and open to all ages.

At Plant City, 639 E Alexander St., there will be Arts and Crafts for Mom Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

At Central Tampa, 1002 E Palm Ave., there will be a Mother's Day Tea Party Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

At South County, 3030 E College Ave., there will be Mother's Day Breakfast Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

At Town 'N Country, 7520 W Waters Ave., No. 8, there will be a Mother's Day celebration Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For information visit familysupport or call (813) 233-2800.

Things to do in Brandon area 05/09/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:12pm]
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