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Two Brandon-area groups raise money for Relay for Life


Apply now for $1,000 scholarship

It's time to apply for this year's Patricia B. Odiorne Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship will go to a graduating senior in the Brandon area who has a grade point average of at least 2.5 and is involved in the arts and/or community service. Applications are available at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon, where Odiorne was an ambassador before she died in 2000.

The application deadline is March 13.

Women's club will hold bunco night

The Brandon Junior Women's Club is holding a bunco night March 12 to raise money for the Sandy Waldron Scholarship.

Bunco For Education is at 7 p.m. after a social hour at 6 p.m. at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon.

The scholarship goes to a female high school senior who excels in community service and academics. To buy tickets or make donations, call (813) 531-9374.


Extension office offers finance class

The Hillsborough County Extension Office is offering a free three-day class on money management.

"Practical Steps to Financial Stability" runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3 and 10 at the extension office, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.

The series will cover several topics, including developing a financial plan, wise use of credit, debt management and how to save. A $5 deposit is required but will be returned. Register by calling (813) 744-5519, ext. 104.


Workshop on palm tree maintenance

Need advice on how to keep your palm trees alive and healthy? The Hillsborough County Extension Office is holding a free workshop on palm tree maintenance. "Dead Palms Tell No Tales: Prevention, Detection and Identification" runs from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 17 at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, 14625 County Road 672, Wimauma.

The workshop will include two seminars — one on palm tree diseases and one on fertilization and pruning. A palm tree expert will answer questions after the seminars.


Discussion centers on world religions

Aston Gardens' discussion series on comparative world religions continues next week with "Those Mysterious Eastern Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism."

The lecture runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at 1311 Aston Gardens Court, Sun City Center.

Sterling University's Christopher Martinez will lead the discussion. To reserve a spot, call (813) 642-8950.


Two local groups are raising money for Relay for Life

Two local groups are holding events to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

The MOMS Club of Brandon is holding a charity golf tournament at 1 p.m. March 7 at the Bloomingdale Golfers Club in Valrico.

The MOMS Club seeks golfers, sponsorships and donations for raffles. The cost is $80 for individuals and $300 for foursomes. Participants will receive lunch, dinner and a goodie bag. For more information or to sign up, e-mail Heidi Mega at

A local softball club will host a Feb. 15 event at the Dallas Bull to benefit the Bloomingdale Relay for Life.

The nightclub at 3322 U.S. 301 N will open from 7 to 11 p.m. for an evening of fun that includes pool, dance and mechanical bull-riding contests, as well as prizes.

To buy tickets ($8 in advance, $10 at the door) or for more information, call Pam Parisi at (813) 695-4055. The fundraiser is being sponsored by the Dallas Bull and hosted by Florida Fire Fast-Pitch Softball, a Bloomingdale-based group of traveling softball teams for girls under age 18.

This year's Relay for Life, which brings together teams of people for an overnight walking and running event to raise money for cancer research, will be held March 20 at the Bloomingdale High School track. For details, visit

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