Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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USE Barbecue expertise to become a judge

Grill masters will have a chance to challenge their taste buds this fall. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is taking applications for its annual Kansas City Barbecue Society Judges School.

The school, from 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 14 at Johnson Barbecue, will qualify individuals to judge Kansas City Barbecue Society competitions. Certified judge Stephen Smith of Ocala will teach the course.

Registration is $65 for society members and $100 for nonmembers. To register, call (813) 754-3707. A KCBS event is just around the corner. Plant City will host a competition Nov. 17 at the Randy Larson Softball Four-Plex, 1500 S Park Road.

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Diamonds & Denim Gala helps hospital

Reservations are being taken for next month's Diamonds & Denim Gala to benefit South Florida Baptist Hospital.

Past galas have raised more than $800,000 to help the hospital's surgery center, obstetrics unit, pediatric unit and community outreach programs, event chairwoman Kim McElveen said. Diamonds & Denim started in 1997.

Guests can win a diamond ring donated by J&G Jewelers. The 16th annual event is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Florida Strawberry Festival's expo building. Tickets are $50 per person and sponsorships run $250 to $5,000. Call (813) 757-1277.

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Donations needed for new teachers

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is seeking donations for Thursday's New Teacher Coffee event to welcome educators who are new to east Hillsborough County public schools.

About 150 teachers and administrators are expected at the annual breakfast at the Florida Strawberry Festival's expo building. The event typically includes gift bags stuffed with pencils, pens, note pads and other donated teaching supplies. Or, as event coordinator Amy Nizamoff noted, "basically anything a business would like to donate to help teachers in their classrooms."

To donate, call (813) 754-3707.

Rich Shopes can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 661-2454.

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