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Boating course: Flotilla 75 (Ruskin) of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the basic safe boating course "About Boating Safely" from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Apollo Beach Racquet Club, 6520 Richies Way. The cost is $40 and includes the ABS book, a lifetime reference manual. For reservations and information, call Guy Mandigo at (813) 641-2488.


Rep. Ross town hall: U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, will hold two town hall meetings on Tuesday. He will answer questions asked during the meetings. The Lutz meeting will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Lutz Elementary School cafeteria, 202 Fifth Ave. SE. The Brandon meeting will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brandon Regional Service Center, 311 Pauls Drive. For information, call (863) 644-8215.

Nutrition class: Brandon Regional Hospital will hold a Heart Healthy Nutrition Class on Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Oakfield Medical Plaza, 212 S Moon Ave., Suite 262, Classroom A. A hospital dietitian will give an overview of nutrition management of blood lipid/cholesterol, and suggestions for low-fat foods, dietary fiber and dining out. The class is free. No referral is needed. Registration is required. For information or to register, call toll-free 1-888-327-2636.

Dance classes for all ages: The Dance Center, 161 E Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon, offers several programs for dancers ages 4 to adult this summer. The pre-professional ballet program will run Monday to Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. August through May. The program is for dancers at least 10 years old with four years of classical ballet training. Dancers should call to set up an audition. The Dance Center is also offering the Ballerina Princess Camp for ages 4-6, Ballet Camps for ages 7 and up, and Acrobatic Camps for ages 6 and up. All camps are one week and run Monday to Friday, July 9 through Aug. 3. Camp schedules and pricing are available at There also will be a class for ages 4 to adult covering ballet, pointe, modern, tumbling, tap, jazz, contemporary, Pas de Deux and conditioning. Classes will run Monday to Thursday July 8 to Aug. 2. For details or to register, call (813) 684-4282.


Riverview Citizen Patrol: The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office is looking for volunteers for its citizen patrol. Volunteers receive training and work at least 12 hours a month. To learn more, contact Jim Simon at (813) 741-0413 or


Gun safety: Bullet Free Sky will host the awareness and fundraising event "What Goes Up, Must Come Down" about the dangers of celebratory gunfire at the Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave NE, on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. The event is free. There will be food, live music, raffles, kids' activities and a gun safety presentation. Proceeds benefit the Bullet Free Sky Awareness Campaign. For information, visit or call (813) 645-7651.


Candlemaking class: The Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N Kingsway Road, will hold a beeswax candlemaking class for students entering grades 6-12 Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. in the community room. Teens can learn how to create and mold beeswax candles. Supplies provided. For details, 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 meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 16 at the Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N Kingsway Road. For information, call (813) 655-3744.


Summer Variety Series: On July 13, the Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center's Lite Summer Variety series continues with Lisa Palas presenting "Life, Love and the Music Business" 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. For information, visit performing

Instructors sought: The United Community Church College, 1501 La Jolla Ave., is looking for instructors for the fall semester in culinary/cooking techniques and demonstrations, computer technology for devices like iPhones and iPads, science and landscape or portrait painting. The semester begins Oct. 21. Each class meets one day a week. Courses are noncredit. Instructors will receive $75 per class per semester. For information or to become an instructor, contact academic dean Sally Erath at (813) 634-3197 by Monday.

Awards meeting: The American Business Women's Association SouthShore Chapter 1409 will hold a dinner meeting on July 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 S Pebble Beach Blvd. The new board of directors will be inducted and the Women of the Year Award will be announced. For information or to register, call Diana Zolner at (813) 992-0510.


Teen board meeting: The Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., will hold a Teen Advisory Board Meeting on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the community room. For information, call (813) 273-3652.


Community involvement presentation: Emerge Tampa Bay will host a Civic Boot Camp for young professionals about getting involved in the community on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, 201 N Franklin St., Suite 201, Tampa. Guests will include: Ali Glisson, city of Tampa public affairs director; James Taylor, legislative aid to state Rep. James Grant; and Kevin Thurman, executive director of Connect Tampa Bay. Registration is free for Emerge members and $10 for nonmembers. To register, visit For information, call (813) 276-9448.

Things to do in the Brandon area 06/29/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 1:20pm]
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