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Things to do in Brandon area, May 12 and ahead


Pigs in the Parking Lot: The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Pigs in the Parking Lot Barbecue, Beer, Blues & Business Expo from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday at the MiraBay Sweetbay Plaza, 137 Harbor Village Lane, in Apollo Beach. Admission is free. There'll be food, arts and crafts, kids area and music by the TomKats (4 to 6 p.m.) and Ladyhawke (6 to 10 p.m.). Contact the chamber at (813) 645-1366 or (813) 645-3808 or go to southshorechamber


Charity raffle: The Rotary Club of Brandon will hold a raffle for a 2013 Buick Verano and a big-screen TV on Tuesday. Tickets are $20 each, or $50 for three. Proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarship funds. Tickets may be purchased at Beef 'O' Brady's at: 16773-16775 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia; 4330 Bell Shoals Road, Valrico; and 210 S Kings Ave., Brandon. Tickets are also available for purchase at HomeBanc, 659 W Lumsden Ave., Brandon. For information, contact Scott Carter at (813) 655-8877 or JJ Massaro at (813) 376-3875.

Brandon Business Expo: Tickets are available for the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce's 25th annual Brandon Business Expo and "Taste of Brandon." The event is 3:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Special Events Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Advance tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the chamber's offices at 330 Pauls Drive, Brandon. Tickets are $15 at the door. Parking is $5 per car. The trade show and taste-off competition will showcase more than 200 exhibitors. Exhibitor space available for businesses of all types.

Chef events: The Brandon Foundation and Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, Brandon Crossroads, 2080 Badlands Drive, has been presenting bringing eight Celebrity and Top Chefs. Brandon Foundation and its charities receive 15 percent of proceeds from each seat sold. Upcoming: Lindsay Autry from Top Chef, Thursday and Friday; and private chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis, May 22-23.

The events are open to the public, but seats are limited and prior registration is required. Prices for each event range from $60-$100. All events take place at Rolling Pin. To register, visit rollingpin For information, call (813) 653-2418.

Greyhound meet and greet: Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will hold a meet and greet with greyhounds and adoptive or foster parents from noon to 3 p.m. May 20 at Petco, 2434 Brandon Blvd. For additional information, visit or call (813) 971-4732.

School fundraiser: The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman's Club is hosting a Date Night fundraiser May 30 at Della's After Dark, 608 Oakfield Drive. Two seating times are available: 6 or 8 p.m. The event includes a 4-course gourmet dinner. Tickets are $40 per person. Proceeds benefit the purchase of supplies for the 2013-2014 school year for the club's adopted "school in need," Kenly Elementary.

Tickets are available first come, first served. The group recommends purchasing tickets before May 23. Tickets may be purchased online at; click on "tickets" at the top of the page. For information, contact Marlene Horn at or (813) 493-5455.


5K fundraiser: The East Bay High School Student Government Association will host the second annual 5K4Q Run to raise money for Queena, the Bloomingdale Library survivor who was attacked outside the library in 2008.

The run will be held Saturday at 8 a.m. at EG Simmons park, 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin. Queena, now 23, is a graduate of East Bay High and was an SGA member. Proceeds will benefit her continued recovery and medical care. The SGA is also seeking donations to help buy supplies for the event, including T-shirts, fliers, water and snacks.

For information or to make a donation, contact SGA President Michelle Berland at or (813) 364-4655. To register for the race online, visit and follow the registration link. (Queena's family recently launched a website,


Violet Society meeting: The Tampa African Violet Society will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday in the Seffner-Mango Library Public Meeting Room, 410 N Kingsway Road. Award-winning grower Mina Menish will present "Everything you need to know to grow award-winning show plants." There will also be a plant raffle. Admission is free. For additional information about the meeting, contact president Jim Boyer at or (727) 871-2014.


Cat show: The Cat Fanciers Club will hold an International Cat Association Cat Show in the Community Hall, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19. The show is open to the public. There will be raffles, food, vendors, cat photography and rescues. The cost is $6 per person or $5 with a can of cat food. For additional information about the cat show, email

Wind wonders: The South Shore Symphony Orchestra Wind Trio will present "Music of the World" at 4 p.m. May 19 at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd. E. The musicians, principal players with the orchestra for several years, are Jorge Garcia-Pando, oboe; George Linakis, clarinet; and June Hammond, bassoon. The wind trio program includes Mozart's Divertimento No. 1, K. 439b; trios by the French composers Jacques Ibert, Georges Auric, and Georges Pfeiffer; and Californian Daniel Simpson's Toad Pizza.


Pageant applications now accepted: Lifestyle Transformation Training Institute is accepting applications for the Miss Royal Elegance 2013 Pageant for girls ages 6-18. Applications are due May 28. There is a $20 preregistration fee. Orientation begins at 8:30 a.m. June 1 at Embassy Suites, 10220 Palm River Road, Tampa. The pageant is in August. Contestants learn etiquette, public speaking, runway, confidence, more. To submit an application, visit Information: Geri Brooks, (813) 777-4049.

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