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Things to do in the Brandon area

BRANDON

Art class: Charcoal drawing classes are held at the Brandon Recreation Center, 510 E Sadie St., every Monday from 10 to 11 a.m., taught by Carol Karow, a graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design. The cost is $5 per class. Students should bring their own charcoal and paper supplies. For more information, call (813) 681-7324 or (813) 744-5617.

Annual fundraiser: The Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association will celebrate its 29th annual Patron Party on April 13 at 7 p.m. at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B. Membership reservations are $1,000 for table reservations for eight, $500 for four tickets, $250 for two tickets, or $100 for one ticket. Proceeds will benefit the center's artistic programming. For more information or to register, visit centerplacebrandon.org or call (813) 685-8888.

LITHIA

Cycle fest: The St. Stephen Catholic Church Life Teen youth program will hold its annual Jubilee Cycle Fest for riders of all skill levels on April 6 beginning from the Shoppes at Osprey FishHawk, 15258 FishHawk Blvd. The event includes free lunch for cyclists, T-shirt and goodie bags, and vendor booths. All cyclists must be at least 16 years old, and are required to wear an approved helmet and sign a waiver.

The 10-mile fun ride begins at 9 a.m. and costs $25. The 25-mile intermediate ride begins at 8:30 a.m. and costs $30. The 62-mile advanced ride begins at 8 a.m. and costs $35. Proceeds benefit the St. Stephen Catholic Church Life Teen program.

For more information or to register in advance, visit ststephencatholic.org/jubileecyclefest.

PLANT CITY

Youth football: Registration is open for the Plant City Eagles youth football and cheerleading league. The cost is $85 per child. Registration forms are available online at plantcityeagles.com. The league is also looking for coaches. For more information, call (813) 716-2324.

Game night: The Rotary Club of Brandon will hold its 37th annual Wild Game Night on April 12 at 6 p.m. at Lupton's Boggy Bottom Ranch, 8407 Lupton Place, Plant City. The event will include dinner, open bar, door prizes and raffles. The cost is $75. Proceeds benefit local charities. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact David West at (813) 927-7174 or Pat Skidmore at (813) 741-3790.

RIVERVIEW

Ballet performance: The Brandon Ballet will present Coppelia on April 20 at 7 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. in the Spoto High School auditorium, 8538 Eagle Palm Drive. The April 21 show will benefit the Giving Hope Through Faith Foundation. Tickets for each performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. Tickets may be purchased online at brandonballet.org or by calling (813) 684-4282.

America Legion events: American Legion Alafia Post 148, 7240 U.S. 301, hosts weekly events. Sundays: a flea market from 7 a.m. to noon and breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Fridays: a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. and live entertainment at 8 p.m. Wednesdays: Bingo at 6:30 p.m. There will be a bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon April 7. For more information, call (813) 677-6529.

Grief support: Life Path Hospice will offer a grief support group, New Beginnings, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning April 3 at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, 6919 Providence Road. For more information or to register, contact Diane Schnelly at (813) 357-5609 or register online at chaptershealth.org/news-events.

SUN CITY CENTER

Birthday party: South Bay Hospital will hold its Centenarian Birthday Party for residents 100 years or older on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza. Organizers hope to break the world record for the largest gathering of centenarians. The current record is 29. For more information or to RSVP, call (813) 634-0172.

History show and tell: The Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center will hold a "Show and Tell" on April 1 at 1 p.m. in the Florida Room in the Community Association Atrium, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Members will present personal Scandinavian items including traditional country costumes, pictures and historical items. Wine, cheese and crackers will be available. The cost is $3 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Nonmembers may make reservations by calling Fritz Brinck at (813) 260-3422 or Jim Sullivan at (813) 633-3917.

Hearing Loss: The Hearing Loss Association of Sun City Center (HLA-SCC) will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 3 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 W Del Webb Blvd. Joan Haber, peer mentor for people with hearing loss, will speak on how to communicate in noisy situations. Come early for coffee and doughnuts at 9:15 a.m. For more information, contact Richard Herring at rhmann@tampabay.rr.com or Barbara Riley at (813) 634-1706.

Club meeting: The Irish Connection will hold a general meeting on April 5 at 6 p.m. in the Florida Room in the Atrium Building, 945 N Course Lane, Sun City Center. The meeting will feature Hillsborough Community Service Officer Donna Budd to speak on people slipping through the cracks in receiving assistance, and Jason Castillo, the group's new community resource deputy. The event is free. To register, call (813) 634-7447 or (813) 642-8663.

Spring concert: The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band is performing "A Spring In Our Step: Spring Concert Series." The next show will take place April 11 at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. The 40-piece concert band will perform a program that includes songs from Les Misérables, Carmen and South Pacific. The cost is a $5 suggested donation at the door. For more information, visit ehcb.org or call (813) 569-1771.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Donations for veterans: The Tampa Area Marine Parents Association is seeking donations to help provide pillows for the Homeless Veterans Stand Down that will be held in Tallahassee on April 5-7 to raise awareness about the number of homeless veterans. The organization is seeking fabric to make pillows, stuffing, local sewing volunteers or funds for supplies. For more information or to make a donation, contact Trish@USMCFamilySupport.org.

Vision Month: The Division of Aging Services is offering Save Your Vision Month events at local senior centers during March. A licensed nurse practitioner will present "See Well For A Lifetime: An Educational Series on Vision and Aging." All events are open to Hillsborough County residents age 50 and older. The next event is Monday at 10:30 a.m. at 612 N Parsons Ave., Brandon. Call (813) 635-8066. The last event is Wednesday at 11 a.m. at 8701 Progress Blvd., Tampa. Call (813) 671-7773.

Things to do in the Brandon area 03/23/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 22, 2013 4:07pm]

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