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Todd Parr, children's author, to visit Hillsborough libraries


Booths still available for expo, taste event

Booths are still available for Thursday's Brandon Business Expo & "Taste of Brandon" at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa. The cost is $200 for businesses and restaurants that belong to the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, and $300 for nonmembers. Tickets to the expo are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call the chamber at (813) 689-1221.

Sun City Center

Rose group will hear talk on shrub roses

The South County Rose Group invites the public to its meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. Rose expert Connie Vierbecky will talk about growing and maintaining shrub roses. For more information, call (813) 634-1750.

Sun city Center

Formal military ball is Thursday at plaza

Past and current members of the military and civilians are welcome at a formal military ball Thursday at Freedom Plaza, 1010 American Eagle Blvd., Sun City Center. The ball, hosted by the local chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner, live entertainment and dancing. The cost is $75 per person. Proceeds will go toward youth leadership and patriotic education scholarships. To buy tickets, call (813) 642-9050.


Hurricane seminar focuses on trees

Hurricane season is almost here, and the Hillsborough County Extension wants to inform residents how to reduce damage that fallen trees can cause during storms. The free seminar is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the extension office, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.

Topics will include assessing tree damage after a storm, deciding which trees can be saved and which ones should be removed, and finding professionals to remove debris. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call (813) 744-5519, ext. 104.


Aquatic center open house is Saturday

The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center will hold an open house for summer activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 405 Beverly Blvd. The center's staff will serve food from Down to the Bone BBQ and share information on summer camps and programs, including swimming, tennis, gymnastics, and martial arts. Parents also can have their kids fingerprinted. For more information, call (813) 689-0908.


Classes for parents in first aid, pregnancy

The Ruskin Family Support & Resource Center will offer a free first aid training class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at 201 14th Ave. SE. The class will provide parents with tips on handling common childhood emergencies. To register, call (813) 870-4747.

On May 29, the resource center will offer several classes for expecting parents. Classes are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and include labor and delivery preparation, breast-feeding, caring for newborns, stretching and relaxation, and boot camp for dads. To register, call (813) 356-1293, ext. 249.


Author Todd Parr to visit libraries

In celebration of Children's Book Week, author Todd Parr will hold book readings Saturday at several county libraries, including the Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Parr, author of more than 25 books, will appear at the library at 10:15 a.m. He'll sign autographs after speaking with kids.

Parr also will read at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave., Tampa, at 1:30 p.m. and the New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., at 4 p.m.

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