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Learn boat safety at free class Saturday in Brandon


Boater safety class set for Saturday

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 74 will have a boater safety class at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at J.C. Handley Park, 3006 S Kings Ave., Brandon.

Registration is recommended. Call toll-free, 1-800-704-4216. The auxiliary group is constantly looking for volunteers. For more information, visit


Church continues collection for Haiti

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School will continue its supply drive for three to six months to help earthquake victims in Haiti. Desired items include pop-top canned goods, water, wet wipes and clothing.

The church is at 2913 John Moore Road, Brandon. For more information, call (813) 689-1787.

Eastern Hillsborough

Libraries have free programs for all ages

Hillsborough County public libraries have several free programs in the next week at eastern Hillsborough branches:

• Astronomy revealed (for adults), 11 a.m. Saturday at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin.

• Feeling good and singing good (for kids ages 2 to 5), 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico.

• Honeybees and you, 10 a.m. Thursday at the Thonotosassa Branch Library, 10715 Main Street, Thonotosassa.

• Basic astronomy (for adults), 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the SouthShore Regional Library.

For more information on these and other library programs, call (813) 273-3652.


Experienced runners offer marathon tips

Thinking about running a marathon? Attend a free marathon clinic from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hit the Trails Running store, 13433 FishHawk Blvd., Lithia. Store owner Steve Dunn and veteran high school cross country coach Larry Bass will draw on their experiences of running 30-plus marathons to discuss nutrition, hydration and proper clothing.

They'll also talk about the marathon mile-by-mile, all 26.2 of them. For more information, call (813) 681-6141.


Kevin Ohme to speak at athletic fundraiser

Newsome High School will have an athletic gala to raise money for the school's sports teams from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Palmetto Club, 17004 Dorman Road, Lithia. Tickets for the dinner auction, hosted by Newsome's booster club, are $35. VIP tables are available. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Former major league pitcher Kevin Ohme will be a guest speaker. Tickets are available through booster representatives or at


Basketball league now registering

Registration for the co-ed Summerfield Basketball League is open until Feb. 26.

The league, open to kids in sixth through 12th grade, costs $60 for Summerfield residents and $65 for nonresidents. Sign up at the community's Town Hall building, 13011 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview.

For more information, call (813) 671-2005.


Garden club having plant, rummage sale

The Riverview Garden Club will have its annual plant, rummage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive.

Yard and folk art will also be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit local projects, charities and schools. The garden club meets the second Wednesday every month from September through June.

For more information, call (813) 653-1459.


Adult classes range from bullying to debt

Several upcoming classes are on the schedule at the Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. They include an antibullying class for parents, "Sticks N Stones and What Kids Need to Know to Succeed," from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday; "Cash Flow Management/Budgeting" from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday; and "Debt Management Strategies" from 6 to 8 p.m. March 4. To register, or for more information, call (813) 744-5519.

Sun City center

Like roses? Join fellow enthusiasts on Sunday

The South County Rose Group meets at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. Ron Mallory, president of the Bradenton Sarasota Rose Society, will be the guest speaker. The meeting is open to all rose enthusiasts. For more information, call (813) 634-1750.


Students to perform 'The Sound of Music'

Drama students from Bloomingdale High School present The Sound of Music at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at 1700 E Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Tickets are $5. For more information, call the school at (813) 744-8018.

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