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Concert to benefit Calvary Lutheran: Ellen Kleinschmidt delivers Miss What's Her Name, a Broadway-style benefit concert, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Calvary Lutheran Church, 5309 U.S. 41 N.

Born Ellen Zwieg — that's Z-(as in zebra) WIE-G (as in George) — Ellen Kleinschmidt has spent a lifetime trying to get people to remember her name. Miss What's Her Name chronicles Kleinschmidt's journey via some of Broadway's most powerful hits. Ellen, a professional singer, actor, writer and teacher, will perform her story through entertaining music and dialog. In lieu of ticket sales, this concert is a "pay as you can" event which will benefit the The Journey youth group of Calvary Lutheran Church, that is raising funds for upcoming retreats and area service projects.

Following the performance, there will be an old-fashioned ice cream social. For information, call the church office at (813) 645-1305 or go to


Children's show: Center Place Fine Arts, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B, will present Three Little Pigs on Friday at 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. The show for children ages 3 and up tells the story of three little pigs who must learn to work together to defeat the hungry wolf. The show combines singing, dancing and a rapping Big Bad Wolf. The show is approximately 50 minutes. The price is $6 for members, and $7 for nonmembers. For more information, visit or call (813) 685-8888.

Charity raffle: The Rotary Club of Brandon will hold a raffle for a 2013 Buick Verano and a big screen TV on May 14. Tickets are $20 each, or $50 for three. Proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarship funds. Tickets may be purchased at Beef O'Bradys at: 16773-16775 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia; 4330 Bell Shoals Road, Valrico; and 210 S Kings Ave, Brandon. Tickets are also available for purchase at HomeBanc, 659 W Lumsden Ave., Brandon. For more information, contact Scott Carter at (813) 655-8877 or JJ Massaro at (813) 376-3875.

Chef events: The Brandon Foundation and Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, Brandon Crossroads, 2080 Badlands Drive, partnered to being eight Celebrity and Top Chefs in Tampa Bay beginning in March. Brandon Foundation and its charities will receive 15 percent of the proceeds from each seat sold. Chefs for the rest of the events include Lindsay Autry from Top Chef on May 16 and 17, and private chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis on May 22 and 23.

The events are open to the public, but seats are limited and prior registration is required. Prices for each event range from $60-$100. All events take place at Rolling Pin. To register, visit For more information, call (813) 653-2418.


Crawfish Festival: The Rotary Club of FishHawk/Riverview will hold the third annual Crawfish Festival on May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FishHawk Ranch Park Square, 16123 Churchview Drive. There will be live Cajun music and children's activities. Admission is free, but tickets are required for crawfish. Tickets are $15 each and include crawfish with corn and potatoes. The tickets for crawfish must be purchased by May 5. Proceeds benefit local charities and scholarship funds. Other food items and beverages will be for sale at the event. Children who bring nonperishable food donations will receive a free hot dog. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Bake sale: The American Legion Alafia Post 148 will hold a bake sale today from 9 a.m. to noon at the post home, 7240 U.S. 301. For more information, call (813) 677-6529


BBQ benefit: There will be a benefit for Marine Sgt. Michael Nicholson, today in the flag pole area outside the entrance to the Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd. Nicholson was on foot patrol when he was seriously injured by an explosive device in Afghanistan during 2011, causing him to lose both legs and his left arm, and suffer a brain injury. The event will include a barbecue smoker/grill trailer provided by the Taylor Mae Stinchcomb Foundation with barbecue pork, beef hot dogs and brats for $2 from 1 to 5 p.m. There will also be a Variety Show Benefit presented by Sun City Center veterans and patriotic organizations from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost of the show is $10. Proceeds will be submitted to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to build a Smart House for Nicholson in South Tampa.

Golf tournament: Freedom Fairways, 3940 Upper Creek Drive, will host the "Margarita Monday" golf tournament on Monday at 1 p.m. The tournament is open to all area residents. The cost is $15 including a cart, or $10 without a cart. Margaritas, salsa and chips will be served in the Plaza Club following play. To make a reservation, call the pro shop at (813) 633-4653.


Mother's Day comedy show: The Love 2 Laugh comedy tour will hold a Mother's Day special at the College Hill Conference Center, 1002 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, at 4 p.m. on May 12. The family-friendly comedy show includes comedians Rod Z, Steffon Vann, Crystal P., soloist R. Anthony, and host Davell Taylor. Proceeds will benefit the Bunker's Hill mission and medical clinic in a small farming community in Jamaica, established by Linnette Bonner-Davis.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online at For more information, call (813) 451-5667 or (813) 325-2539.


Mother's Day celebrations: The Children's Board Family Resource Centers will hold Mother's Day events during May. All events are free and open to all ages.

At Brandon, 1271 Kingsway Road, there will be Tea and Crafts with Mom, Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

At Plant City, 639 E Alexander St., there will be a Mother's Day Celebration Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Arts and Crafts for Mom Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

At Central Tampa, 1002 E Palm Ave., there will be a Mother's Day Tea Party Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

At South County, 3030 E College Ave., there will be Mother's Day Breakfast Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

At Town 'N Country, 7520 W Waters Ave., No. 8, there will be a Mother's Day celebration Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information visit or call (813) 233-2800.

Things to do in the Brandon area 05/04/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 5:18pm]
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