Community swap lets you trade used items
The Brandon Family Support & Resource Center will have a community swap from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Brandon Community Center, 502 E Sadie St. Participants can trade gently used items. For more information, call (813) 740-4634.
Girls can register for Leaguerettes softball
Registration for the Brandon Leaguerettes girls slow-pitch softball is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Brandon Community Center, 502 E Sadie St. Sign-ups are for an instructional league that runs from September through October for girls ages 5 to 17. The cost is $35. New players must present a birth certificate. For more information, call (813) 689-6189.
Dancers with ballet training can audition
Brandon Ballet will hold open auditions for its 2009-10 season Aug. 22 at 161 E Bloomingdale Ave. Auditions are open to dancers ages 9 and older who have at least three years of classical ballet training. The audition fee is $20 cash. For audition times and more information, call (813) 684-4282 or go to brandonballet.org.
Trade show, seminars by strawberry growers
The 27th annual Agritech seminar and trade show, hosted by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, is Tuesday and Wednesday at Plant City's Hillsborough Community College Campus, 1206 N Park Road. Organizers expect 45 booth exhibitors and 90 percent of the strawberry industry to fill the John R. Trinkle Center. Preregister at flastrawberry.com for $50. Tickets at the door cost $75.
Free classes part of wellness celebration
In celebration of its one-year anniversary, Serenity Stream Yoga & Wellness will hold free yoga, Pilates and tai chi classes and a health fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The business, at 11954 Boyette Road, Riverview, will provide free blood pressure screenings and health and wellness exhibits. A portion of profits made Saturday will go to the Brandon Emergency Health Organization. For more information, call (813) 368-6546 or go to serenitystream.com.
Visiting artist to take part in mural project
An artist visiting from New York City will lead a group of novice-to-experienced painters in a mural project on the side of the Mary & Martha House in Ruskin. There will be an informational meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hillsborough Community College's SouthShore campus, 551 24th St. NE, Ruskin. Artist Josette Urso, who is originally from Tampa, will lead the project. Kids and adults are invited, and participants can be of any painting skill level.
Wildlife sanctuary leader to be honored
Robin Greenwood, the president of Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary in Wimauma, will receive the Gleaner Life Insurance Society's Community Service Recognition Award on Saturday at a cocktail and dinner party. The sanctuary is a nonprofit organization that cares for lions, tigers, cougars and other exotic animals. The event is at 6 p.m. at the Riverside Club, 2707 Pier Drive, Ruskin. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets, call (813) 645-2095 or (941) 776-8975 or go to elmiraswildlife.org.
Extension service sets certification class
The Hillsborough County Extension will hold a Best Management Practices certification class Aug. 27 at the extension office, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. The workshop is for workers who apply fertilizer in the landscape, pest control and maintenance industries. Seating is limited to 70, and the cost is $25. For registration information, call (813) 744-5519, ext. 104.
Sun City Center
Pancreatic cancer is topic of meeting
Dr. Sarah E. Hoffe of the Moffitt Cancer Center is the guest speaker at today's Women With Cancer Concerns meeting. The meeting is from 1 to 3 p.m. at the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center. Hoffe will present "Pancreatic Cancer" and "The Last Lecture: The Gift of Randy Pausch." For more information, call (813) 642-9020.
Welcome a pet into your life via adoption
Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens will be available at a pet adoption from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 22 at Bloomingdale Pet Supply, 3110 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Valrico. Adopted pet owners will receive a bag of food, toys and a voucher for a follow-up visit to the vet. The animals have been spayed or neutered, updated with vaccinations and microchipped. For more information, call (813) 662-9296.
Herbal healing course will run six weeks
Gardener Willow LaMonte will teach a six-week herbal healing class at her Valrico home from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 8. LaMonte, owner of Willow Herbal Delight Gardens, will instruct on the healing uses of herbs and how to grow them organically. The class costs between $50 and $75, and a gardening work-exchange is available. To register, call LaMonte at (813) 643-7285.