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Things to do in the Brandon area


Art show: The Center Place Fine Arts Community Children's Art Show began this month and will be on display until July 31 at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association Inc., 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B. Children ages 4-13 submitted drawings, paintings, photos, ceramics, jewelry and wood art pieces. For information, call (813) 685-8888.

Job resources: The Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive, will hold an open lab for adults, to be used for online job resources like job searching, applications and resumes, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Margaret Linsley Clayton Community Room. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Greyhound event: Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will hold a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 2434 Brandon Blvd. For more information, visit or call (813) 971-4732.

Health program: ECHO of Brandon will hold a six-week Healthy Literacy Program on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon July 31 to Sept. 4. The program will cover how to live healthy on a budget and how to be an advocate for your own health care. ECHO received a $10,000 grant from Allegany Franciscan Ministries for the program. Space in the class is limited. For information or to register, call (813) 685-0935.


Summer concert series: Newland Communities' Concerts for a Cause summer series continues with rock-pop-country band Raizing Cain at 7 p.m. Friday at FishHawk Ranch, 16144 Churchview Drive. 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 information, visit or call toll-free 1-888-503-0483.


Computer class: The Riverview Branch Library, 10509 Riverview Drive, will hold a tutoring session for adults about Microsoft software, emailing and the Internet from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday and July 29 in the community room. For information, call (813) 273-3652.


Book talk: The Ruskin Branch Library, 26 Dickman Drive SE, will hold a book discussion on The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Pauline Dickman Lawler Community Room. The historical novel is about a young seamstress who survives the Titantic. Copies of the book are available at the library. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Seminar: The SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, will hold a seminar on elder law from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the SHO Computer Lab. The program will cover issues including planning for incapacities and long term care with emphasis on public benefits like Medicaid, Medicare and VA programs. 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. Tuesday at the Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N Kingsway Road. He will also hold "Coffee with Ross" from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Copper Bell Cafe, 11228 Boyette Road, Riverview. For information, call (813) 655-3744.

Violet society meeting: The Tampa African Violet Society will meet at 10 a.m. Friday in the Seffner-Mango Library Public Meeting Room, 410 N Kingsway Road. There will be a plant raffle, growing tips, and information about organizations including the African Violet Society of America and the Dixie African Violet Society. Admission and parking are free. For information, call president Jim Boyer at (727) 871-2014.


Awards meeting: The American Business Women's Association SouthShore Chapter 1409 will hold a dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday 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.

Dance time: The Dance Club of Freedom Plaza holds "Starry Summer Night" from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at 1010 American Eagle Blvd. The event will feature music by Rudy Rosa, a raffle to benefit the Alzheimer's walk and a cash bar.

Arts & crafts market: Local vendors will be on display at the Christmas in July arts and crafts event from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza. There will be handcrafted items for sale, food, beverages and photos with Santa Claus. Admission and parking are free. For information, call (813) 634-5111.

Summer Variety Series: On July 27, the Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center's Lite Summer Variety series continues with Kathy Straub presenting Broadway Baby 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.


Science for kids: The Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., is hosting the children's program "Mad About Science," put on by Mad Science of Tampa Bay, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Community Room. The interactive program will teach children about science and how it affects the world around them. The program is for children in grades K-5. Participants must pick up a ticket at the Ask Me Kiosk after 2:30 p.m. Limited to 120 participants. 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.

Things to do in the Brandon area 07/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 12, 2013 5:20pm]
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