Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Things to do in Brandon area

APOLLO BEACH

Car club: The Roamin' Oldies Car Club hosts a cruise-in from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza, 6180 U.S. 41 N, with a rain date the following Thursday. A Cruiser of the Month is selected from each show. Last month's was a Plymouth Superbird owned by retired Col. Dan Zajac of Brandon. The event includes approximately 100 area antique and collectible cars and classic oldies music. Admission is free for spectators and participants. The event is sponsored by Thompson's Auto Parts. For information, call Chet at (813) 842-1511.

BRANDON

Shroud of Turin: On Tuesday, Dr. J. Wayne Phillips will give two free presentations on the Shroud of Turin at Nativity Catholic Church, 705 E Brandon Blvd. The presentations will focus on the history of the Shroud, as well as current medical and scientific evidence. Phillips is a member of the Shroud Science Group, and has received the Vatican Diploma in Shroud Studies. The first talk begins at 5 p.m. in Social Hall Room A and the second will begin at 7.

Chamber luncheon: The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will host its 2013 State Legislative Wrap-Up luncheon at noon Wednesday at Embassy Suites- Tampa/Brandon, 10220 Palm River Road, Tampa. There will be presentations about bills passed during the legislative session and how they will affect businesses and the Greater Brandon community. Topics include transportation, education, energy and natural resources, and workforce development. Speakers include Sen. Tom Lee, Rep. Jake Raburn, Rep. Dan Raulerson and Rep. Ross Spano. Registration for the luncheon is $18 for chamber members and $23 for prospective members. Corporate tables for eight with preferred seating and signage are $170 for members and $210 for prospective members. Online registration is available at brandonchamber.com. To get information or to register, contact Laura Simpson at [email protected] or (813) 689-1221, ext. 8821, or Christie Lemar at [email protected] or (813) 689-1221, ext. 8812.

Bloomingdale development meeting: County Commissioner Al Higginbotham will meet with residents to discuss the proposed development on Bloomingdale Avenue from 6 to 8 p.m. June 10 at the Brandon Recreation Center, 502 E Sadie St. The proposed mixed use development would include retail, apartments and other businesses. During the June 10 meeting, the county attorney's office will hold a brief presentation, then residents will have the opportunity to comment. Speakers need to register, and will have up to three minutes to speak. For information, call (813) 307-3564.

PLANT CITY

Plant City Colts: The resurgent Plant City Colts Youth Football and Cheerleading organization is holding early registration for flag football ($50), tackle football ($60) and cheerleading ($80) from now through July 21. For information, call (813) 763-3500 for football or (863) 409-7802 for cheerleading.

RIVERVIEW

Happy hour fundraiser: Joia Fabulous Pizza & Martini Bar, 10475 Gibsonton Drive, Riverview, will hold a Yappy Hour from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. There will be music and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit Labrador Retriever Rescue. For information, call (813) 677-7171.

Garden talk: Paul Zmoda of Flatwoods Fruit Farm in Riverview will give a talk on "Making Wine Out of Your Backyard Fruits, Veggies and Herbs" at 10 a.m. June 12 at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive. The Riverview Garden Club is sponsoring the event. Admission and parking are free. For information, call (813) 727-6567.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

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 Tuesday. There is a $20 preregistration fee. Orientation begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Embassy Suites, 10220 Palm River Road, Tampa. The pageant is in August. Contestants learn etiquette, public speaking, runway, confidence and more. To submit an application, visit lifestyletransformation.info. For information, call Geri Brooks, (813) 777-4049.

Scholarship fundraiser: The Hispanic Professional Women's Association Inc. will host its annual scholarship fundraising event Friday at DoubleTree Westshore, 4500 W Cypress St., Tampa. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15, and the event begins at 7:30. 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. To reserve a seat or to get more information on sponsorship opportunities, call (813) 476-9505 or visit hpwatampa.org.

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