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Arts festival: The deadline to enter the fifth annual Winthrop Arts Festival is March 13. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24 and 25 at 1206 Millennium Parkway. The booth fee will be waived for 25 out of 100 participating artists. For more information, contact Bryant Martinez at or (813) 601-3129, or visit


Fun run: The FishHawk Ranch Road Race will hold a "Twilight Run" for its annual 5K race and 1-mile kids' fun run at Park Square at FishHawk Ranch, 16144 Churchview Drive, at 5 p.m. Saturday. Awards will be given to the top male and female runners in the 5K race, and the top three in each age group. All kids will receive commemorative ribbons. The postrace party will feature music, giveaways, food and refreshments. The cost for the 5K is $25 early or $30 the day of the race. The cost of the kids' race is $15. Proceeds benefit Bevis Elementary, FishHawk Creek Elementary, Stowers Elementary, Barrington Middle, Randall Middle and Newsome High. To register for the race, visit

Cycle fest: The St. Stephen Catholic Church Life Teen youth program will hold its annual Jubilee Cycle Fest for riders of all skill levels on April 6 beginning from the Shoppes at Osprey Fishhawk, 15258 Fishhawk Blvd. The event includes free lunch for cyclists, T-shirt, goodie bags and vendor booths. All cyclists must be at least 16 and are required to wear an approved helmet and sign a waiver.

The 10-mile fun ride begins at 9 a.m. and costs $25. The 25-mile intermediate ride begins at 8:30 a.m. and costs $30. The 62-mile advanced ride begins at 8 a.m. and costs $35. Proceeds benefit the St. Stephen Catholic Church Life Teen program.

To get more information or to register in advance, visit jubileecyclefest.


Spring concert: The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will perform "A Spring In Our Step: Spring Concert Series" in March. The first show will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Rice Creek Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 10719 Rice Creek Drive. The 40-piece concert band will perform a program that includes songs from Les Misérables, Carmen and South Pacific. The cost is $5 at the door. For more information, call (813) 569-1771 or visit

Food pantry fundraiser: ECHO will hold the Empty Bowls fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Winthrop Pole Barn, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave., to benefit the ECHO food pantry. The event will include a soup line to raise awareness of hunger in the community. Those who attend will receive a clay bowl made by elementary school students. The cost is $15. Tickets may be purchased online at For more information, call (813) 685-0935.

Spring garden talk: The Riverview Garden Club will host "Planning Your Spring Herb Garden," presented by Kathy Oliver of My Mother's Garden, at 10 a.m. March 13 at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive. Parking and admission are free for the first meeting. For more information, call (813) 727-6567.


Monthly meeting: The Apollo Beach Woman's Club will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 13 at Little Harbor, 611 Destiny Drive. The meeting will include jazz, blues and pop artist Sandy Nitch, who grew up in Riverview and has been performing since 1976. There will be an Easter bonnet contest. Tickets are $16. Reservations are required by Friday. To make a reservation, call Deanna Anest at (813) 938-3641.

To get more information or to join the Apollo Beach Woman's Club, call Sharon Vasquez at (813) 641-7856.

Fishing fundraiser: Mary & Martha House will hold its third annual Hook n Sink Fishing and Golf Tournament March 22-24. The Captain's Meeting kickoff will take place at the Resort and Club at Little Harbor, 611 Destiny Drive, Ruskin, at 7 p.m. March 22. Fishing and a family 5k run will take place at Little Harbor at 7 a.m. March 23. The cost of the fishing tournament is $50 per person, or $25 per child. Golfing will take place at 11 a.m. at Club Renaissance, 2121 S Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, on March 24. The cost of the golf tournament is $75 per person or $300 for a foursome. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. Proceeds benefit the residential shelter facility in Ruskin. To get more information on the event or sponsorships, or to register, visit or call Laurie Herring at (813) 645-7874.


Luncheon fundraiser: The Bridging Freedom charity luncheon will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Borini Theatre at Kings Point, 1904 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center. Speakers include a member of the FBI "Innocence Lost" Task Force; Detective James McBride, lead investigator of the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking and president of the International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators; and Laura Hamilton, president and founder of Bridging Freedom, which supports victims of child sex-trafficking. The meal is hosted by Carrabba's. The cost is $12. Reservations must be made by today. For a reservation, contact Joan Kramer at JKramer20@ or (813) 633-1914.

Community fun: FunFest 2013 will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 on the Sun City Center Community Association Central Campus, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. This year's theme is "FunFest Goes Glam." The event is free.

Italian Club meeting: The AMICI Italian Culture Club will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 19 in the banquet room of the Kings Point Clubhouse, 1904 Clubhouse Drive, to celebrate St. Joseph's Day. The meeting will include dinner, wine and dessert. Members and guests are asked to bring a dish to share. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for guests. Tickets may be purchased from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2:15 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Friday in the Kings Point Clubhouse lobby. For more information, call (813) 634-0955.

DAR fundraiser: A high tea fundraiser will be held at 12:30 p.m. March 20 in the Florida Room in the Community Association Atrium, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. The fundraiser is presented by the Sun City Center Colonel George Mercer Brooke National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The cost is $15 per person. Proceeds benefit James A. Haley VA Medical Center. To make a reservation, call Bunny Blackstone at (813) 634-6387 or Jan Bassett at (813) 642-0691.

Cellphone recycling: The United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., is holding a cellphone recycling campaign. The church is collecting cellphones and accessories that will be sent to a recycling center in Miami to be refurbished and reused. Cellphones and accessories are being collected at the church office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and during Sunday morning services at 10 a.m. For more information, call (813) 634-1304.


Garden talk: Master gardener Jim Hawk will present "Modern Roses" at the Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The free presentation is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Master Gardener Program of the Hillsborough County Extension, University of Florida IFAS Extension. For more information, call the library at (813) 273-3652.

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