Monday, December 11, 2017
News Roundup

Things to do in Brandon area

BRANDON

Florida folktales: The Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive, will hold "Florida Folk Tales: An interactive Story-Telling Show" at 3 p.m. on Monday for children ages 5 to 12. The show shares stories from Florida's folklore, like a raccoon that makes wishes come true and a one-eyed fish that saves an old woman from robbers. The program is part of the Viva Florida 500 celebration, an initiative led by the Florida Department of State to highlight Florida's history since Juan Ponce de León arrived in 1513. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Nutrition class: Brandon Regional Hospital will offer a class on nutrition for cancer prevention and treatment from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Oakfield Medical Plaza, Suite 260, 260 S Moon Ave. A hospital dietitian will present nutrition guidelines for cancer prevention and nutrition care during cancer treatment. The class is free. Registration is required. No referral is needed. For information or to register, call toll-free 1-888-327-2636.

Brandon Chamber leadership class: The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2014 Leadership Brandon Class. Leadership Brandon is the chamber's community leadership development program. It includes seminars, tours and interactive presentations highlighting leadership development and community awareness initiatives. Classes are mostly held on the third Wednesday of the month. Topics and meeting times vary each session. Topics include team building and leadership styles, national, state and local government, tourism and economic development, public and private education, law enforcement and the criminal justice system, print and electronic media, arts and recreation, the impact of MacDill Air Force Base, transportation issues, social issues and national security.

Applications to the program are made through a nomination process. Nominations can be made by businesses, organizations and individuals. Class members will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of community and business leaders and Leadership Brandon alumni. Nomination forms are due to the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce by 5 p.m. July 8. For information or a nomination form, visit brandonchamber.com or contact Suzanne Dowdy at [email protected] or (813) 689-1221, ext. 8836.

PLANT CITY

Car show: The Strawberry Classic Car Show is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at McCall Park, 102 N Palmer Street. The car show is the third Saturday of every month. Saturday's show is a Camaro, Firebird and GTO show. All years and models are welcome. Kids' activities include a bounce house, face painting, puppet show and clowns. Admission and registration are free. Registration opens at 3 p.m. For information, call the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce at (813) 754-3707 or toll-free 1-800-760-2315.

Hospice needs volunteers: LifePath Hospice cares for approximately 100 patients in the Plant City community. These patients, and their loved ones, face the many challenges that go along with a diagnosis of a serious illness. Many people are aware of the medical and social services that LifePath Hospice provides, but another vital element — visits from volunteers — might not be as well known.

Volunteer visits provide patients some companionship or give families a short break. While LifePath Hospice serves a large number of Plant City residents, it has a small number of volunteers in this community and is actively recruiting volunteers to help deliver this special form of compassionate care. For information about volunteering with LifePath Hospice, call Vicki McDonald at (813) 984-2299.

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

RIVERVIEW

App assessments: The Economic Development Initiative of the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce presents the latest installment of its EDGE Series Tuesday from 8-10 a.m. at the Bridges, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. This month's workshop, presented by 3 Strand Business Solutions and Black Diamond Associates, focuses on how mobile applications (or apps) can influence the experience for a business' customers. Admission is $12 for GRCC members in advance, $15 for GRCC members at door and $20 for prospective members.

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. Wednesday 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.

Art show features bikes: The Beaux Arts Gallery at Winthrop Town Centre will host a Bike Art Show June 27. Ten artists will be showcased. Submissions can be sent to [email protected] The event is sponsored by Brandon Bikeworks and Florida Biking Magazine.

Riverview Citizen Patrol: Are you interested and available for the training and willing to volunteer at least 12 hours per month plus one group meeting on the Sheriff's Office's citizen patrol? This is a great program and opportunity to serve in your community and with the Sheriff's Office. For more information contact Jim Simon (813) 741-0413 or [email protected] You also can go to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office website and search Community service section.

RUSKIN

Teen library volunteers: The SouthShore Regional Library will hold an orientation for prospective teen volunteers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the library's SHO computer lab, 15816 Beth Shields Way. The informational meeting will cover the application process, filling out school forms, shelving guidelines and volunteer expectations. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

SUN CITY CENTER

Summer Variety Series: The Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center Lite Summer Variety Series will continue with the Southern Express Bluegrass Band at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Tickets are $10 and available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the SCC Atrium Kiosk, or by calling (813) 220-7913. Visit performingartscompany-scc.org for information.

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