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Briefs: Water Pipeline's path on agenda


Water Pipeline's path on agenda

A public meeting to discuss the installation of a water pipeline will be held Wednesday. The 5-mile route planned by Tampa Bay Water starts at E Wheeler Road in Seffner and runs along Seffner-Valrico Road to Lithia-Pinecrest Road. Details about the pipe, which will be 10 to 24 inches in diameter, will be discussed by project representatives from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Nativity Catholic Church's Social Hall D, 705 E Brandon Blvd.

Brandon Ballet

holds auditions

Brandon Ballet is holding auditions for its summer intensive program.

The program, which runs from June 9 to June 28, provides comprehensive lessons, structured for the serious dancer, and emphasizes advanced technique.

Auditions are March 7 at 161 E Bloomingdale Ave.

There are three levels of class placement and class sizes are limited.

Times are 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for dancers 11 years and younger, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for 11- to 13-year-olds and 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for those 14 and older. The audition fee is $20. Contact Brandon Ballet at 684-4282 or


Try out your stanza for library bonanza

Try your hand at an original poem, or artfully lampoon an existing poem, and you might win $200. The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System holds its annual Lit-Wit contest through March, coinciding with National Poetry and Humor Month.

To enter, just submit a typed or printed poem, no more than one page in length, either your own or your parody of a famous poem. Participants must be at least 18 years old and submit work that can be read to a family-friendly audience.

The winner gets $200 and four tickets to the Tampa Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant, which is co-sponsoring the contest with Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, plus an invitation to read the winning piece at 2:30 p.m. on April 23 at a special poetry and jazz event at the Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive.

The second-place finisher gets $100 and two free passes; $50 and two passes goes to the third-place finisher.

Entries may be submitted online at, mailed to Poetry Contest, 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33611, faxed to (813) 272-6430, or delivered to any Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library.

The deadline for all entries is March 31. For more information, call 273-3652 or go online to


FishHawk fest

gathers neighbors

Meet your neighbors and find out more about local businesses at the FishHawk/Lithia Area Business Council and Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce FishHawk Evening Fest.

The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Park Square on Churchview Drive in FishHawk Ranch.

Food and beverage sponsors include Fireside Grille & Bar, Outback Steakhouse and Formaggio's Italian Restaurant. Live entertainment and children's activities will be provided while local businesses showcase their products and services. Contact Allison Braden at 689-1221, ext. 36, or for more information.


Auction to empty

Otto's Hardware

A slice of Riverview history will be auctioned piece by piece today as Otto's Hardware Store closes its doors.

Owner Kim Otto said the store, in business for 35 years, was forced out of business in part because of the arrival of newer, bigger competitors.

The store's entire inventory, including fasteners, paint, plumbing supplies and garden tools, as well as store fixtures and display racks, will go on the block at 10 a.m. today. The store is at 9613 U.S. 301 S. Call Kincaid Auction at 784-3926 for more information.


Get in synch

with swim group

Don't know the difference between a boost and a back layout?

Then check out the Sun City Swim Dancers annual show March 8 and March 9.

Members of the synchronized-swimming group range in age from 60 to 91. Group president Verlee Clinfelter, who's 76, says the sport keeps the ladies healthy and strong.

The theme of this year's show is "Turn Back the Clock" and it features music from the late 1800s to the 1960s. Club members designed and choreographed each number themselves. Shows are at 1:30 p.m. each day at the Sun City Center Atrium indoor lap pool, 961 North Course Lane. Tickets are $2. Call Clinfelter at 634-5497 for more information.

Hearing loss advice offered by group

The Hearing Loss Association of Sun City Center will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. Flo Innes, founder and president of the nonprofit Advocates for Better Hearing Inc., will explain and demonstrate listening devices that can be valuable in noisy environments such as theaters, meetings and restaurants, and helpful in the home. They can be used with or without hearing aids. Speaker's remarks and discussion will be captioned by Tess Crowder of Communication Access Inc. For more information, call 634-1706

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