Lithia-Pinecrest plan up for discussion
Hillsborough County will hold a public hearing on the widening of Lithia-Pinecrest Road from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, with an open house at 5:30 p.m., at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon. The proposed project includes an 10.95-mile span from State Road 60 to County Road 39. For more information, go to hillsboroughcounty.org.
Time to audition for Brandon Teen Idol
Young singers, get ready. Auditions for the annual Brandon Teen Idol contest are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday and March 6 at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon. The contest is open to kids ages 10 to 17. There is a $25 tryout fee, which includes one adult ticket to the show on April 24. Participants should bring a CD accompaniment to a rock, pop or country song. For an audition time, e-mail Janet Frenkel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the participant's name, age, phone number, parent contact and preference of audition day.
Kickball for adults, play time for tots
Registration is under way for an adult kickball league at the Gardenville Recreation Center, 6219 Symmes Road, Gibsonton. The cost is $150 per team of 15 players. The league starts Feb. 24. The center also offers a Tiny Tot social and recreation program for kids ages 3 to 5. Classes are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 15. For more information, call (813) 672-1120.
Fundraiser to help child cancer patient
The Jessica Rose Foundation, named after a 6-year-old girl who died last year of cancer, will hold a fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Bay Chapel, 6026 Churchside Drive, Lithia. There will be a silent auction, pony rides, a moon bounce, food, raffles and music. Proceeds will benefit the family of a child cancer patient. For more information, call (813) 451-6544.
FishHawk Ranch race hits the road Saturday
The 13th annual FishHawk Ranch Road Race is at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Park Square Plaza, 16144 Churchview Drive, Lithia. There will be a 5K (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles) and kids' race. On-site registration is $30 for the 5K and 10K; $15 for the kids' race. The first 500 adults and 100 kids get shirts. Proceeds will benefit several local schools. For more information, call (813) 685-7500.
Strawberry Queen pageant is Saturday
The 2010 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen will be crowned Saturday night. The Queen's Scholarship Pageant, featuring 25 contestants, is at 6 p.m. in the Expo Building at the Festival Grounds, 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. Tickets are $15 and are available on-site from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The winner and her court will make appearances at the festival March 4-14. For more information, call (813) 752-9194.
Kids can get free shots and physicals
St. Joseph's Children's Mobile Health Clinic will be at the Ruskin Family Support & Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The mobile clinic provides children with free immunizations and physicals. To register, call (813) 641-5600.
Sun city center
Specialist will speak to Man to Man group
An upcoming Sun City Center Man to Man prostate cancer support group meeting will feature a radiation oncologist from the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute. The meeting, open to the public, is at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W.
Sun city center
Alzheimer's seminar features professionals
The Sun City Center Samaritans Alzheimer's Auxiliary will sponsor a free Alzheimer's seminar from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd. Medical professionals will be there to discuss treatment, research and social impact of the disease. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. To reserve a spot or for more information, call (813) 634-1418.
Homeschooling expo set for Saturday
The University Area Community Center Complex will host the inaugural Tampa Bay Homeschool Conference & Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 14013 N 22nd St., Tampa. There will be speakers and workshops on topics ranging from creative writing to teaching multiple ages through high school, in addition to vendors. The cost is $10 per family. For more information, go to uacdconline.org.