Take your valentine for dinner and a show
Center Place presents: From Broadway ... with Love, a valentine's dinner show Saturday night at 619 Vonderburg Road, Brandon. Tickets are $35. The event starts at 6:30 with a social, followed by dinner at 7 and the show at 8. For more information or to buy tickets, call (813) 685-8888.
Arts group wants you to help paint
The Brandon League of Fine Arts invites the public to add brush strokes to an acrylic canvas painting before its meeting Monday. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at the Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon. Arrive at 6:30 to contribute to the painting. For more information, call (813) 685-8888.
Medicaid questions addressed at seminar
Savannah Court of Brandon will hold a free question and answer seminar on Medicaid insurance and estate planning for seniors at 6 p.m. Thursday. The seminar will take place at 824 N Parsons Ave., Brandon. To RSVP, call Laurie Simpson at (813) 643-6767.
Free tax filing help offered for many
AARP offers free tax filing assistance to low- and moderate-income earners and seniors at two eastern Hillsborough libraries. Help with e-filing will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Seffner-Mango Library, 410 N Kingsway Ave., Seffner. Proof of Social Security number, photo identification, last year's tax return and property records, and W-2 and 1099 forms are required. Bring documents that might be needed to obtain tax credits and deductions.
Catch 'Of Mice and Men' at East Bay High
The East Bay High School theatre department will perform John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men tonight and Saturday. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. at the school, 7710 Big Bend Road, Gibsonton. Tickets are $6 for adults; $4 for students. Dessert and coffee will be served at intermission. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call (813) 671-5134, extension 271.
Tennis tournament to help children's group
Plant City-based Wishnatzki Farms will host its annual Strawberry Pro-Am Tennis Tournament at Avila Golf & Country Club, 943 Guisando De Avila, Tampa at 9 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, a nonprofit group that helps children of rural, low-income families. Those interested in watching should call (813) 752-5111.
Community mural to be unveiled Sunday
Looking for something free or arts-related to do on Valentine's Day? The South Shore Arts Council will have a dedication of the 2009 Ruskin Community Mural at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mary & Martha House, 100 E Shell Point Road. The mural, "Seed to Bloom," covers the walls of a round-shaped building. It took several months to complete. For more information, call (813) 641-8635.
Festival needs chili cookers and eaters
The annual chili cook-off and flea market, hosted by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, is Feb. 20 at E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin. For $3, attendees can buy a bowl to taste the different chili recipes and vote on the best. There is no cost to enter the contest, but cookers must prepare at least 5 gallons of chili. The cost to enter the park is $2 per vehicle for up to eight people. Vendor space is also available. There will be a classic car show at 10 a.m. For more information, go to the Web site hillsboroughcounty.org or call (813) 671-7655.
Sun city center
Afghanistan's history, roles to be discussed
The International Forum of Sun City Center will have a panel discussion on Afghanistan from 9:30 a.m. to noon today at the community's Atrium Building, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Topics will include: Afghanistan in earlier decades, the Russian experience in the country, the current NATO and U.S. roles, and women in Afghanistan. The forum is open to Sun City Center residents. For more information, call (813) 633-9403.