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Things to do in the Brandon area


Biography talk: The Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive, will hold a book discussion on the biography Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Copies of the book are available at the library. For information, call (813) 273-3652.


Summer concert series: Newland Communities' "Concerts for a Cause" summer series continues with rock-pop-country band Raizing Cain at 7 p.m. July 19 at FishHawk Ranch, 16144 Churchview Drive in Lithia. The concerts are free and open to the public. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items to benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay. For more information, visit or call toll-free 1-888-503-0483.

Family nutrition: A Nutrition for Kids and Parents Class will be offered by Publix Dietitian Services on Thursday at the Publix in FishHawk, 5642 FishHawk Crossing Blvd. Cost is $15 per family. For information, call (813) 684-3039.

Christmas in July: Grace United Methodist Church, 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Lithia, will hold a Christmas in July Bazaar to get a jump on holiday shopping from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27. 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. Proceeds from the bazaar will benefit Grace United Methodist Women, which focuses on community organizations in the Lithia area and abroad that support women and children. The group meets the fourth Sunday of every month at noon at the church. To get information about the group or the bazaar, visit or call (813) 661-8858.


Book discussion: The Riverview Branch Library, 10509 Riverview Drive, will hold a discussion on the book Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. The book tells the story of twin brothers Marion and Shiva, who are abandoned by their surgeon father after their mother dies. Marion flees to America years later and must come to grips with his past. Copies of the book are available at the library. The discussion will take place in the library's community room. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Riverview Citizen Patrol: The Hillsborough County 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


Learn about the iPad, iPhone: The Ruskin Branch Library, 26 Dickman Drive SE, will hold an iPad and iPhone demonstration and open lab for adults from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Pauline Dickman Lawler Community Room. Bring an iPad or iPhone and questions. The class will include how to install software for e-books, download e-books and open an Apple account. Participants should register in person one hour before the program. The class is limited to 12. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Art exhibit: The SouthShore Regional Library Crawford Gallery, 15816 Beth Shields Way, will hold an opening reception for the Smartphone/Electric Tablet photography show from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 30. Light refreshments will be served at the reception. Admission is free. For information, call (813) 273-3652.


Ice cream demonstration: The Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N Kingsway Road, will host an educational program for adults titled Make Ice Cream and Eat It! with local naturalist Diana Kyle from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library's community room. 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 Seffner Town Hall Meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 16 at the Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N Kingsway Road. For information, call (813) 655-3744.


Summer Variety Series: On Saturday, 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. Visit for information.

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


Historical society: The Brandon Area Genealogical & Historical Society will hold a meeting for those interested in genealogy and family history from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. 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. July 27 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.


Charity auction: Champions for Children will host its fifth annual Christmas in July Silent Auction and Taste of Tampa Bay from 6 to 9 p.m. July 19 at the organization's offices, 3108 W Azeele St., Tampa. Local restaurants will provide hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Auction items will include theme park tickets, hotel stays and golf outings. The cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit Champions for Children. For tickets or auction donations, or to sign up as a participating restaurant, call (813) 673-4646.

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Nonprofit ad help: Nonprofits can apply for a pro bono professional advertising campaign, valued at more than $250,000. Ad 2 Tampa Bay, a network of young advertising professionals, is now accepting applications for its 2013-14 public service client, for which Ad 2 will donate time, materials and media to produce a customized advertising campaign at no cost to the selected client. The application is available on the Public Service page of the Ad 2 Tampa Bay website. Email completed applications to no later than midnight July 19. All Tampa Bay 501(c)(3) nonprofits that are not religiously or politically based are eligible to apply.

Things to do in the Brandon area 07/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 5, 2013 1:31pm]
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