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Things to do in the Brandon area, July 21 and beyond


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Summer concert series: Newland Communities' free Concerts for a Cause summer series continues with Disco Inferno at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Waterset, 7012 Sail View Lane, Apollo Beach. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items to benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay. For information, visit or call toll-free 1-888-503-0483.


Art show: The Center Place Fine Arts Community Children's Art Show "Little Monsters Create" began earlier this month and will be on display until July 31 at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association Inc., 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B. Children ages 4 to 13 submitted drawings, paintings, photos, ceramics, jewelry and wood art pieces. For information, call (813) 685-8888.

Social Security talk: The Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive, will host the program "Social Security Timing" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, presented by representatives from the Angeloni Tax Advisory Group. The program will cover timing issues and strategies for applying for Social Security benefits. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Town hall meetings: State Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, will hold a series of town hall meetings to hear from residents of District 59 about the issues important to them. There will be a Brandon Town Hall Meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road. For information, call (813) 655-3744.

Health program: ECHO of Brandon will hold a six-week Healthy Literacy Program from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays from July 31 to Sept. 4. The program will cover how to live healthy on a budget and how to be an advocate for your own health care. ECHO received a $10,000 grant from Allegany Franciscan Ministries for the program. Space in the class is limited. To get information or to register, call (813) 685-0935.

Benefit dinner: A benefit dinner for the American Cancer Society will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Victorian Grace Tea Room, 616 N Parsons Ave. The menu includes beef Wellington or chicken breast, green beans and potatoes, homemade ice cream and scones. The cost is $30 per person or $25 per person for a table of four. To get information or to register, call Delaney Creek Lodge at (813) 655-8858.

Christian music concert: Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, will present Christian recording artists Sandi Patty and Natalie Grant in concert at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Tickets purchased at the church main hall on Sundays are $15. Tickets purchased at by Aug. 2 are $18. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. For more information, visit or call (813) 689-4229.


Christmas in July: Grace United Methodist Church, 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Road, will hold a Christmas in July Bazaar to get a jump on holiday shopping from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Vendors will sell items including jewelry, crosses, pet supplies, honey, homemade jelly, birdhouses, handmade soaps and purses. There also will be door prizes. Admission is free. To get information about the bazaar, visit


Facebook class: The Riverview Branch Library, 10509 Riverview Drive, will hold a technology class for adults at 2 p.m. Monday about how to create a Facebook account and profile, and how to search for and invite friends. For information, call (813) 273-3652.


Benefit dinner: The Ruskin VFW Post 6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N, will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday to benefit Lorie Asher, a teen who was in a car accident and thrown from the car. Despite brain injuries, she has started to walk and eat. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit her recovery. The cost is $6 per plate. For information, visit

Florida fossils: The SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, will hold "Fossils in Florida" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, presented by local naturalist Diana Kyle. The presentation is part of the Viva Florida 500 celebration, a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State to highlight 500 years of the state's history since Juan Ponce de León arrived in 1513. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Art show: Local artists will be featured in the SouthShore Arts Council Members Show Aug. 3-29 at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, during library hours. The Arts Council will host a public reception to meet the artists from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 in the library's John Crawford Room. The show will include artwork in acrylic, oil, watercolor and other media. Visit for information.


Summer Variety Series: On Saturday, the Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center's Lite Summer Variety series continues with Kathy Straub presenting "Broadway Baby" at 2:30 and 7 p.m. at the Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Tickets are $10 and are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the SCC Atrium Kiosk or by calling (813) 220-7913. Visit for information.


Knitting club: Teens interested in joining the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library teen knitting club for grades 6-12 can come to a meeting at the library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., at 7 p.m. Monday. Teens can learn how to knit or improve their skills. All levels are welcome. Supplies will be provided. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Plant sale: Bloomingdale High School, 1700 E Bloomingdale Ave., is hosting a crape myrtle tree sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday or until the trees sell out. The 1-gallon potted trees will be available in multiple varieties and colors. The cost of the trees is $4. Cash only. Proceeds benefit the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program, which provides class sets of the Times and other educational resources to bay area classrooms. For information, call toll-free 1-800-333-7505, ext. 8138.


Korean War Memorial: A ceremony dedicating a Korean War Memorial and recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Dedication will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301 N, just south of the Florida State Fairgrounds. Ralph Hawkins, Korean War Veterans Association president, will serve as the master of ceremonies and the event will feature a musical performance by the Tampa Bay Korean Woman's Chorus and a keynote speech by Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan. For more information, contact Walt Raysick at (813) 653-4924 or

Poster contest: Tampa Hispanic Heritage is seeking entries for its 27th Annual Poster Contest. The theme of this year's poster contest is the 500 year anniversary of the Spanish presence in Florida. The deadline to enter is July 31. The entry fee is $30 per entry. A panel of judges will select winners Aug. 8 at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor campus. First place will receive $1,200, second place will receive $700 and third place will receive $300. Judging will be based on artistic merit, interpretation of theme, graphic effect as a poster and overall visual impact. Winners and finalists will be recognized Sept. 10 at the Tampa Museum of Art. For applications and instructions on how to submit entries, visit For information, email

Things to do in the Brandon area, July 21 and beyond 07/18/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 6:02pm]
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