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Brandon

Leadership class nominations sought

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2015 Leadership Brandon class.

Leadership Brandon is the chamber's community leadership development program. Curriculum includes a series of seminars, tours and interactive presentations that highlight various leadership development and community awareness initiatives, mostly held on the third Wednesday of the month. Specific topics and meeting times vary but will include team building and leadership styles, national, state and local government, tourism and economic development, public and private education, law enforcement and the criminal justice system, print and electronic media, arts and recreation, the role and impact of MacDill Air Force Base in Hillsborough County, transportation issues, social issues and national security.

The application is made through a nomination process. Nominations can be made by businesses, organizations and individuals (either on behalf of or for herself/himself). Class members will be chosen by a selection committee. Nomination forms must be received by The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce on or before at 5 p.m. Completion of the nomination or application forms does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A mandatory opening retreat is scheduled for Sept. 27. For more information, visit brandonchamber.com or contact Christie Lemar at (813) 689-1221, ext. 8812, or email at clemar@brandonchamber.com.

HYDE PARK

Hyde Park hosts monthly market

Hyde Park Village, at 1602 W Snow Circle, connects commerce and community on the first Sunday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at the Hyde Park Village Fresh Market.

The market features vendors who showcase their local and regional farm and agricultural products, prepared foods and locally made handcrafts and offerings.

Parking and admission are free.

Tampa

Moffitt offers class on tobacco cessation

Moffitt Cancer Center is offering Tools to Quit, a two-hour tobacco cessation class from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The class will be at Moffitt, at 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, in the Murie Rothman building. It offers tools to help quit tobacco, which include: how to prepare a plan that works for you; specific ways to deal with cravings; what physical and emotional symptoms to expect; and how to cope with them effectively; and four weeks of free patches, gum or lozenges while supplies last.

Interested participants must register in advance. Participants will be asked to quit on or before the third week after the class. To increase chances of success, please choose a class date that will match participant's readiness to quit. Call Claudia Quinones at (813) 929-1000 Ext. 205 or email cquinones@gnahec.org.

Beginners tai chi class at enrichment center

The Life Enrichment Center, at 9704 N. Blvd., offers ongoing weekly Yang style tai chi on Mondays from 10 to 11 a.m. to help improve balance, stamina and bone density. Cost for drop-in classes is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Call (813) 932-0241 for more information.

Local tavern offers military discount

The Brick House Tavern & Tap, at 1102 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa and 28795 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater, will honor active and retired military service personnel and their famlies with 50 percent off all meal tickets today. The taverns will also kick off "Military Mondays,'' when military members and families receive a 20 percent discount at all Brick House Tavern & Tap locations through Labor Day. For more information, call the Tampa restaurant at (813) 350-9108 or the Clearwater restaurant at (727) 726-6352.

Thonotosassa

Drum circle event slated for Wednesday

Visit the Thonotosassa Branch Library, Community Room, 10715 Main St., at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for an all-ages drumming circle event.

Participants will drum, dance, laugh and learn about drums, gratitude, teamwork and community during Giving Tree Music's community drum circle. The event is funded by the Friends of the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library.

West Tampa

Grant-writing workshop is Tuesday

The Center for Non-Profit and Community Development will host a free professional grant writing workshop on how to complete a 2015 neighborhood minigrant application.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the West Tampa Library, 2312 W Union St.

Neighborhood minigrants are used to support activities that improve communities, strengthen neighborhood associations and encourage civic involvement. The maximum grant per association is $2,500. The grant is administered by the Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations.

Neighborhood, civic and homeowner associations, special taxing districts, coalitions of neighborhood associations and neighborhood watch groups recognized by local law enforcement are eligible to apply for funding.

For more information, contact Michael Randolph at (813) 857-7657.

Seating is limited; please email wefindgrants@aol.com to confirm a seat.

Things to do in the Tampa area 07/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 5:56pm]
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