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Hillsborough County officials decide against veterans nursing home in Riverview


Veterans nursing home: Riverview has lost the chance to be home to a new veterans nursing home. The county's Real Estate & Facilities Services Department will make a recommendation to the County Commission on Wednesday to donate a parcel to the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs for a 120-bed veterans nursing home. The department originally considered a location in Riverview, but instead selected a 20-acre parcel at 12239 Old Morris Bridge Road, southeast of the Interstate 75 and Fletcher Avenue interchange, because of its proximity to existing veterans facilities. If the commission approves the plan, the department will submit the application to the state for further consideration.

Citizens boards and councils: County commissioners seek residents to serve on several citizen advisory boards and councils. Interested residents must be registered to vote in Hillsborough County. Applicants may apply to more than one board, but may only serve on one board at a time. All positions are voluntary and have no compensation. Applications are due May 15 and appointments will be scheduled during a June or July Commission meeting. The forms are available in the commissioners' reception area on the second floor of County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd.; by calling the boards and councils coordinator at (813) 272-5826; or on the county's website at hillsboroughcounty. org.

Women's Hall of Fame: The Commission on the Status of Women will add three new names to the county's Women's Hall of Fame during its annual luncheon on Wednesday. Among the honorees is State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa. She's the first black female attorney in Hillsborough County, the first black female Florida state representative and state senator elected from Hillsborough County, and the first black female elected Florida Senate Democratic leader. Nancy Ford, the "founding mother" of the Athena Society, and Eleanor "Ella" McWilliams Chamberlain, one of Florida's first advocates for women's rights and suffrage, will be honored posthumously. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St.


Woman's Club fundraiser: The Apollo Beach Woman's Club will hold a movie night scholarship fundraiser with the Riverview and Ruskin clubs at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at AMC Regency, 2496 W Brandon Blvd. The $20 admission will include the movie The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, Chick-fil-A, popcorn, drink and a cookie. Fashions and jewelry will be for sale, and there will be a 50/50 raffle. (813) 641-7856 or


TopSoccer Poker Run: A poker run to benefit Brandon TopSoccer, a program for special-needs kids, is planned for Saturday. The event begins with registration from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Tadpoles, 115 E Brandon Blvd. Stops include Mango Jo's SouthShore, 2626 College Ave. E; Oceans 41 Grill, 5813 U.S. 41 N; and River's Edge Bar, 6262 Ohio Ave. Cost is $10 for one poker hand and one raffle ticket or $20 for three poker hands, one raffle ticket and one 50/50 ticket. (813) 657-5271 or

Kentucky Derby party: The Brandon Outreach Clinic will have its third annual Kentucky Derby party from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, 619 Vonderburg Drive. The event will include mint juleps, heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, silent auction, race contests, ladies hat and dapper gentlemen contests. Tickets are $75. (813) 654-1388.

Arty Party: The Greater Brandon Arts Council will host its seventh annual Arty Party at 7 p.m. May 10 at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, 619 Vonderburg Drive. The event will include music, dance, theater and visual arts as well as food and drinks. A $25 ticket covers entry and includes membership to the council. Nonmember tickets are $15. For information, call Meletha Everett at (813) 685-1675 or Wendy Pettys at (813) 601-6691.


Market Day: The last FishHawk Ranch Market Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Park Square. More than 30 vendors will showcase and sell their produce and art. The market will resume the first Sunday in October once the weather cools.


Teen spotlight: The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA will spotlight teens at its inaugural Teen Banquet, 6 p.m. May 9 at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road. YMCA Teen Leaders will plan and execute the event for more than 300 teens and family members, showcasing the impact of the organization's teen programs. Tickets cost $15 per person. Contact senior program director Megan Looby at or (813) 839-0210, ext. 2225.


Cigar box guitar workshop: Participants will learn how to build a cigar box guitar from artist Steve Cinnamon on Saturday at the Firehouse Cultural Center. Cinnamon, who has built more than 235 cigar box guitars in three years, will teach people how to build these instruments from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets cost $30 for Firehouse members, $40 for nonmembers. or (813) 645-7651.


Chamber golf tournament: Registration is open for the Greater Sun City Center Chamber's fourth annual Chamber Cup Classic Golf Tournament, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 at the Apollo Beach Golf Club, 801 Golf and Sea Blvd. The four-person best-ball scramble will include a continental breakfast. (813) 634-5111 or dexter@


Knights of Columbus: The Knights of Columbus Mother Seton Council 6724 will host its 2014 Derby on the Greens Golf Tournament on Saturday at Bloomingdale Golfers Club, 4113 Great Golfers Place. Registration begins at 11 a.m.; shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and awards will follow during the Kentucky Derby broadcast. Ladies who come to view the Derby can compete for the biggest and most stylish hat. (813) 720-7599 or

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