Football group hosts holiday fest
The Greater Brandon Community Foundation will hold a two-day July 4 celebration this weekend at Westfield Brandon mall, the site of the area's only professional fireworks show. Brandon Blast is from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The fireworks show is at 9 p.m. Saturday. Activities include live music, bounce houses, a kids fitness zone, a rib competition and a punt and pass football contest.
First the parade, then comes the Tea Party
Several politicians will take part in a Tea Party about 12:30 p.m. Saturday after the July 4 parade in Brandon. State Sen. Ronda Storms, State Rep. Rachel Burgin and Polk County Commissioner Randy Wilkinson are among those who will speak in opposition of decisions made under the Obama administration. The Tea Party takes place at Clayton Park at the corner of Parsons Avenue and Vanderburg Drive.
Film looks at ills of the maternity care system
Barefoot Birth, a birth services company, will host a documentary screening on the maternity care system in the United States at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Pregnant in America, a film by Steve Buonagurio, exposes stories on the dark side of the maternity care system. The screening is free and will be followed by a discussion with birth professionals. For more information on the film, go to www.pregnantinamerica.com.
Charities can apply to benefit from festival
Organizers with the Momentum Festival want a local charity to be the fundraising recipient of next year's event. The festival started in 2001 as a talent show. In 2003, it became Brandon Idol. Now it's a weeklong event with arts and entertainment activities in April. Applications to receive the money are due Aug. 1. To apply, go to momentum festival.com. For more information, call (813) 685-9206.
Community center board meets Thursday
The board of directors for the Brandon Community Advantage Center, which has not yet been built, meets on the second Thursday every month. Meetings are at 4:30 p.m. at the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, 330 Pauls Drive. The community center will host special events. For more information, call (813) 413-8878.
Water Resources service center closes
The sluggish economy has forced Hillsborough County to close the Water Resource Services' SouthShore customer service center. It operated at the SouthShore Regional Service Center, 410 30th St. SE, Ruskin. The department's Brandon office, located at State Road 60 and Falkenburg Road, remains open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There also is an office in Northdale at 15610 Premiere Drive. For more information, call (813) 272-6680.
Grads from '82 to '86 are getting together
Plant City High School will have a reunion for graduates from 1982 to 1986 on Aug. 7 and 8 at Walden Lake Golf & Country Club, 2001 Clubhouse Drive, Plant City. The cost is $40 for the main event, which is from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 8. Weekend activities also include a golf tournament, cocktail party and family pool party. The registration deadline is July 18. For more information or to register, go to waldenlakegolf.com.
Learn ballet or refine your moves at camp
Brandon Ballet will hold weekly Ballet Boot camps for kids throughout July at 161 E Bloomingdale Ave. Camps are arranged by groups for kids ages 4 to 11 and vary by week. Beginners will learn the basics, while experienced dancers will receive lessons on improving their skills. The cost is between $100 and $130. To find out more or to sign up, call (813) 684-4282.
Sun city center
Sarasota Concert Band has bit of it all
The Sun City Center Association will host the Sarasota Concert Band for a performance from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd. The concert will feature jazz, Broadway, classical and patriotic music. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door. For more information, call (813) 642-2001.