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National program offers music class at Brandon church


Program to hold music classes at church

Music with Mar., a national program that involves musical activities for caregivers and kids of preschool age and younger, now offers classes in Brandon. Classes are at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, 121 Carver Ave. The program's goal is to enhance cognitive, social, motor and language development. Each session is $7. Discounts are available to attend multiple classes. For more information, contact the instructor at (813) 416-1856 or


Coast Guard boating safety class Saturday

The U.S. Coast Guard will hold a boating safety program Saturday at the Flotilla building, 3006 S Kings Ave. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply for the Florida Boating Safety Card. For information or to register, call toll-free, 1-800-704-4216 or visit


Summer concerts benefit food bank

FishHawk Ranch will host a summer concert series with some proceeds and donations benefiting Feeding America Tampa Bay, a local food bank. The series, which started this month, runs every Friday at 7 p.m. through August. Attendees may bring canned goods to donate, and vendors will give a portion of their proceeds to the effort. For more information and a concert schedule, visit or call (813) 654-6360.


Adopt cats for half-off at Animal Services

With June being Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month, Hillsborough County Animal Services is offering two cats for $90 or half off one cat. Adoption fees include: spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination (cats 4 months and older), microchip implant, a veterinarian check and county license tag. Animal Services is at 440 N Falkenburg Road, Tampa. For more information, call (813) 744-5660. Also, the nonprofit Feline Folks will provide low-cost spay/neuter procedures for free-roaming cats Saturday at the Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort, 1528 27th St. SE, Ruskin. For an appointment, please call (813) 944-7651.


Seniors event features fun, health screenings

Seniors are invited to a Fun Fest and Jamboree June 30 at the Strawberry Festival Expo Building in Plant City. The free event will feature health screenings, entertainment, bingo and more than 80 exhibitors. Doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. For more information, call (813) 653-1988.


Fair offers health screenings, foot care

The Bridges Retirement Community will hold a free health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at 11350 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview. Screenings for blood pressure, hearing and balance and strength will be offered. A podiatrist will be on hand to give advice on foot care and shoe fitting. There also will be chair massages, tours of the facility and giveaways. For more information, call (813) 413-8900, extension 1010.


Running series kicks off Saturday

The Beat the Heat Running Series, which includes three 5K (3.1 miles) races and 1-mile fitness walks, begins Saturday at E.L. Bing Park, 7210 N Taylor Road, Thonotosassa. The cost for the 5K is $20, $15 for those 18 and under. The first 75 registered runners will get a T-shirt. There is no fee for the fitness walk. On-site registration begins at 6:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 7:30 and the walk at 8:15 The series resumes July 17 and Aug. 7. Awards will be given out for each race, as well as for the series. For more information, call race director Mary Clements at (813) 635-3519.


Shopping center seeks artists for showcase

Plaza Bella, a Valrico shopping center, seeks artists to showcase their artwork once a month. Interested artists should contact, Alicia Campos at cieli or


Herbalist offers walk on the wild side

Join folk herbalist Willow LaMonte for a Wild Edibles Walk Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. both days. The walk, which will depart from an organic herb nursery at the end of Ray Road will focus on finding local wild edible plants. Suggested donation is $10-$15. For more information, call (813) 643-7285.

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