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County considers veterans nursing home: Hillsborough County is evaluating two parcels to donate to the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs for a 120-bed veterans nursing home.

The county will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brandon Regional Service Center, at 311 Pauls Drive, to review the proposed locations and answer questions from residents.

The county will present information on two 20-acre parcels. One adjoins a Public Utilities Department maintenance unit at 10707 Rhodine Road in Riverview. The other is at 12239 Old Morris Bridge Road, southeast of the Interstate 75 and Fletcher Avenue interchange.

"The gray pines site is close to some existing facilities for veterans, like Haley veterans hospital and other facilities located in north part of county," Henry Ellis, real properties section manager, said. "With the southern site, we saw that as possibly attractive in order to provide more services to that part of the county."

The Real Estate & Facilities Services Department will make a recommendation to the County Commission on May 7 to move forward with one of the sites.


Woman's Club fundraiser: The Apollo Beach Woman's Club will hold a "Movie Night" scholarship fundraiser at the Brandon AMC Regency, with the Riverview and Ruskin women's clubs, at 7:15 p.m. May 8. The $20 admission will cover the movie, The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, Chick-fil-A, popcorn, drink and cookie. Fashions and jewelry will be on sale, and a 50/50 raffle will be held. (813) 641-7856 or


Cutting Up After Taxes: Hawthorne Village Retirement Community, 859 Lumsden Road, will hold Cutting Up After Taxes from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Enjoy an evening of networking, beverages and appetizers while watching a shredding truck devour old paper files, tax returns, divorce decrees and other disposable documents. All donations go to drowning prevention programs. (813) 843-7027.

'Hansel & Gretel': Center Place Fine Arts, 619 Vonderburg Drive, presents Stages Productions' family-friendly version of Hansel & Gretel at 7 p.m. April 25. The musical is based on Engelbert Humperdinck's world-renowned opera. Tickets for the 50-minute show are $6 for members, $7 for nonmembers.


Concert series extends to FishHawk: The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band concludes its spring concert series at 7 p.m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church of FishHawk, 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Road. "A Memorable Evening" will feature "Stevie Wonder in Concert," "Bolero," "The Beatles Remembered" and big-band tunes from George and Ira Gershwin. The 55-piece band has celebrated its fifth anniversary with a series at various locations throughout the community. $5 donation. (813) 569-1771 or


Wild Game Night: The Brandon Rotary Club will host its 38th annual Wild Game Night at 6 p.m. April 25 at Lupton's Boggy Bottom Ranch, a wooded outdoor venue at 8407 Lupton Place off Keysville Road. Each year, the men-only fundraiser draws a crowd with the offer of expertly prepared wild game, including venison, quail and wild hog, as well as domestic fare like pork ribs and catfish. The event also features an open bar and authentic Ybor City cigars rolled at the site. Donations for tickets.


Chamber of Commerce luncheon: Members and guests are invited to attend the April monthly Membership Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road. Guest speakers include Dr. Bryan Thatcher of Thatcher Properties and Jennifer Whelihan of the Florida Small Business Development Center. They will talk about managing fear and business marketing, respectively. Members may register at or call the office at (813) 234-5944.


14th Avenue Beautification: The Florida Home Partnership will replant Washingtonia palm trees for Earth Day from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Bayou Pass Village 4, Sixth Street SE and 14th Avenue SE. Those planning to assist should wear appropriate attire and shoes. The event will include morning refreshments, lunch and a special presentation by Wells Fargo. RSVP at (813) 672-7860 or


Dine and dash: Critter Mama Rescue will hold a dine and dash fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza. Choose an Asian or Italian menu for $10. A family deal of four dinners and a 2-liter bottle of soda is $34. (813) 507-0509.

'I Remember Mama': The Scandinavian Club holds its final meeting of the season at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Florida Room. The club will screen the 1948 classic I Remember Mama, a story of an immigrant Norwegian family circa 1910. Refreshments will be served, and guests are welcome. Contact Call Stephan at (813) 938-5488 or Fritz Brinck at (813) 260-3422.

Jen's MarketPlace: The farmers market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. The market takes place on the fourth Sunday of each month at 1651 Sun City Center Plaza. It includes vendors selling fresh vegetables and fruits, wild-caught seafood, grass-fed and pasture-fed beef, pork, chicken, fresh eggs, honey, spices, salsas and art, and includes a food court.

Lorena Lopez in concert: The Rotary Club of Southbay presents Lorena Lopez at 7 p.m. April 27 at Freedom Plaza, The concert will seek to raise money for Lopez's attendance at the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. The Riverview High School student will graduate from the University of South Florida this year with a double major in music and psychology. Currently studying under USF professor Brad Diamond, she has performed at Carnegie Hall and Trinity Wall Street Church and is a member of the USF Chamber Singers. Tickets are $10 at the Atrium at Freedom Plaza, and additional donations are welcome. (813) 634-1824.

Community events of interest 04/17/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 1:32pm]
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