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Things to do in the Brandon area


High tea: The Apollo Beach Woman's Club will hold an English High Tea on April 24 at 2 p.m. at the Symphony Isles Clubhouse on Symphony Isles Blvd. in the Apollo Beach gated community. Tickets are $20 in advance. The event will include scones, jam, clotted cream, sandwiches and sweets, as well as a presentation on the history of an authentic English high tea. To purchase tickets, contact Kate Winch at (813) 645-1676 or Jo Ma at (813) 641-8349.


Top Chef fundraiser: See celebrity chefs prepare signature dishes, get tips for cooking at home and enjoy a full meal at Top Chef cooking classes to benefit the Brandon Foundation beginning Thursday at Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive. Southern cuisine includes fried green tomatoes, roasted pork belly and sweet potato creme brulee. Cost is $100. It begins at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Reservations are required. Check the website for a complete list of chefs and availability. For more information, call (813) 653-2418 or visit

Spring Trunk Show: A Spring Trunk Show and Sale benefiting the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) will be held Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Loft Event Lounge, 711 W Lumsden Road in the Oak Park Plaza. Racks of clothes, shoes, purses and jewelry will be featured, and shoppers will receive 15 percent off an Irish Pub Favorites meal from 6 to 10 p.m. at neighboring O'Brien's Irish Pub & Family Restaurant. For information, go to

BSAC anniversary: The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center will celebrate its 50th year of serving the community on Saturday. Established in May of 1963, the center now serves over 800 children per day through its array of sports, after school and early childhood programs. The center is also currently the home of Team, TRIDENT, a physical education and academic program for intellectually disabled adults and youth. The day's events include the 2013 summer camp open house, a commemoration ceremony with several local dignitaries, sports demonstrations, water safety information, carnival games, food and open swimming.

Yard Sale: The Brandon Senior Center, 612 N Parsons Ave., holds a yard sale Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the first picnic shelter in Davis Park. Proceeds will benefit the programs for the seniors that attend the center.


Piano concert: There will be an "Evening of Piano" at the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Plant City's own Dr. Teo Kulyk wil perform. Tickets will be $25 per person with appetizers being served. For more information please call Marsha Passmore at (813) 245-2244 or Dodie White at (813) 927-0595.

World Book Night: Book lovers can receive a copy of Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief on April 23 during World Book Night at Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St. Bruton will give out 20 copies of the book starting at 6 p.m. Entry slips for the drawing are available at the library's information desk. After winners are chosen, extra copies will be given out throughout the night. Visit for more details or call Bruton Memorial Library at (813) 757-9215.

Trip to the Dalí: The Plant City Arts Council sponsors an April 27 trip to St. Petersburg's Dalí Museum with the Plant City Arts Council. Attendees will meet at the City Hall parking lot at 9:30 a.m. The cost will be $18-$21 per person with lunch costing approximately $10. For more information please call Dodie White at (813) 927-0595 or Marsha Passmore at (813) 245-2244.


Celebrate Doodles: Canine Cabana, 9708 Carr Road, hosts "Oodles of Doodles" Wednesday between 10 a.m. from 2 p.m. The pet lodging facility will celebrate Labradoodles, goldendoodles and other four-legged friends. The event will include a circus master leading a refreshing water gun blast-off, a wacky wig/crazy hair contest and "doodle strudel," a frozen yogurt dessert. A portion of the proceeds will go to Project Troop Dogs which supports military working dogs and their handlers. For information, call (813) 672-9663 or e-mail [email protected]


Alcohol Awareness: A licensed practical nurse will present "An Invisible Epidemic: Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Among Older Adults" at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ruskin Senior Center, 905 Sixth St. SE. The program is free and recommended for individuals age 50 and older. For more information, call (813) 276-8358.


Sun City Chamber Players: The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W, hosts the final concert of the season by the Sun City Chamber Players on Friday at 7 p.m. The presentation of "Chamber Concertos" features works by Bach, Mozart and Hindemith. A donation of $10 is requested at the door on the evening of the concert. For information, call (813) 634-2539.

Oratorio Singers: The Tampa Bay Oratorio Singers will perform Gabriel Favre's Requiem on April 21 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. This is the final show in the 2012-13 St. Andrew concert series. Admission is $10. Schedules and tickets for the 2013-14 series will be available at the concert. For information, call (813) 642-8125.

Cat show: The Cat Fanciers Club of Sun City Center will hold an International Cat Association Cat Show on May 18 and 19 in Community Hall, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd. The show is open to the public. The deadline to enter your pet cats in the Household Pet category is April 30. For more information and an application, email [email protected]


Martial arts fundraiser: Jaymer-Q BBQ, 3331 Lithia Pinecrest Road, will donate 10 percent of all sales Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to two students who will compete in an international competition with the U.S. Martial Arts Team. Download the Jaymer-Q menu at For information, call (813) 842-8694 or email [email protected]

Things to do in the Brandon area 04/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 12, 2013 1:29pm]
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