Chef events: The Brandon Foundation and Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, Brandon Crossroads, 2080 Badlands Drive, have been presenting eight Celebrity and Top Chefs. Brandon Foundation and its charities receive 15 percent of proceeds from each seat sold. The final featured chef is cookbook author Virginia Willis on Wednesday and Thursday.
The cost is $80. Seats are limited and prior registration is required. The event will be held at Rolling Pin. To register, visit rollingpin online.com. For information, call (813) 653-2418.
School fundraiser: The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman's Club is hosting a Date Night fundraiser May 30 at Della's After Dark, 608 Oakfield Drive. Two seating times are available: 6 or 8 p.m. The event includes a 4-course gourmet dinner. Tickets are $40 per person. Proceeds benefit the purchase of supplies for the 2013-2014 school year for the club's adopted "school in need," Kenly Elementary.
Tickets are available first come, first served. The group recommends purchasing tickets before Thursday. Tickets may be purchased online at thebjwc.com; click on "tickets" at the top of the page. For information, contact Marlene Horn at [email protected] or (813) 493-5455.
Memorial Day ceremony: The fifth annual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hillsboro Memorial Gardens, 2323 W Brandon Blvd. Retired U.S. Army Col. William Gower will be the guest speaker. The event is hosted by AMVETS Post 26 and the Hillsboro Memorial Gardens. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a donation of nonperishable food, toiletries or gently used men's clothing to be donated to the Liberty Manor for Veterans. For information call (813) 689-8121.
Greyhound meet and greet: Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will hold a meet and greet with greyhounds and adoptive or foster parents from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 2434 Brandon Blvd. For additional information, visit great-greyhound.org or call (813) 971-4732.
Memorial Day dedication: There will be a Brick Dedication ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial Park at Courier Field on N Wheeler Street/State Road 39 in Plant City on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. All those who have served in military branches will be honored. There will be guest speakers and time to view the dedication place. For information on the ceremony or purchasing a brick, contact the Plant City Chamber of Commerce at (813) 754-3707.
Happy hour fundraiser: Joia Fabulous Pizza & Martini Bar, 10475 Gibsonton Drive, Riverview, will hold a Yappy Hour from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 30. There will be music and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Labrador Retriever Rescue. For information, call (813) 677-7171.
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Cat show: The Cat Fanciers Club will hold the second day of an International Cat Association Cat Show in the Community Hall, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. 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 additional information about the cat show, email [email protected]
Wind wonders: The South Shore Symphony Orchestra Wind Trio will present "Music of the World" at 4 p.m. today at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd. E. The musicians, principal players with the orchestra for several years, are: Jorge Garcia-Pando, oboe; George Linakis, clarinet; and June Hammond, bassoon. The wind trio program includes 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.
Summer show series: The Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center will present a series of seven shows as part of its P.A.C. Lite Summer Variety Series at the Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive, Sun City Center. Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts in Riverview will present the first show, a one-act musical Toy Box, on June 1 at 7 p.m. The show tells the story of two toys who don't feel like they belong, so they go on a journey outside the toy box.
Tickets for the show are $5. Proceeds from the show benefit the Progress Village drama department. Tickets are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the SCC Atrium Kiosk, or by calling (813) 220-7913. Tickets for all other shows in the series will be $10. Season tickets are available for $60 for seven shows. For information, visit performingartscompany-scc.org.
Pageant applications now accepted: Lifestyle Transformation Training Institute is accepting applications for the Miss Royal Elegance 2013 Pageant for girls ages 6-18. Applications are due May 28. There is a $20 preregistration fee. Orientation begins at 8:30 a.m. June 1 at Embassy Suites, 10220 Palm River Road, Tampa. The pageant is in August. Contestants learn etiquette, public speaking, runway, confidence, more. To submit an application, visit lifestyletransformation.info. For information, call Geri Brooks at (813) 777-4049.
Scholarship fundraisier: The Hispanic Professional Women's Association will host its annual scholarship fundraising event on May 31 at DoubeTree Westshore, 4500 W Cypress St., Tampa. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and the event begins at 7:30 p.m. This year's theme is the "Golden Latina Awards," with local celebrity Jorge Alvarado serving as the red carpet correspondent and emcee. Members of the HPWA and the Hispanic community will be presented with leadership excellence awards recognizing their dedication to profession, culture and community throughout the event
Proceeds will benefit scholarships for Hispanic women who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. Tickets are $50 per person. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat or for information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Krystal Guerra at [email protected] or (813) 476-9505, or visit hpwatampa.org.