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Cruise-in: The Roamin' Oldies Car Club hosts a cruise-in from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza, 6180 U.S. 41 N. Rain date is the following Thursday. A Cruiser of the Month is selected from each show. Last month's was a Plymouth Superbird owned by retired Col. Dan Zajac of Brandon. The event includes about 100 area antique and collectible cars and classic oldies music. Admission is free for spectators and participants. The event is sponsored by Thompson's Auto Parts. For information, call Chet at (813) 842-1511.


Downloading eBooks: The Brandon Regional Library will hold a technology class for adults called "eBooks and eReaders: An Introduction" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today in the Margaret Linsley Clayton Community Room at the library, 619 Vonderburg Drive. The class is for those with eReaders who want to learn how to download free eBooks from the library and how to load eBooks on different types of eReaders. Participants must register in person after 10 a.m. For information, call the library at (813) 273-3652.

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. Saturday at Petco, 2434 Brandon Blvd. For information, call (813) 971-4732 or visit

Memorial Day ceremony: The Fifth Annual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens, 2323 W Brandon Blvd. Retired Army Col. William Gower will be the guest speaker. The event is hosted by AMVETS Post 26 and Hillsboro Memorial Gardens. Those who attend are encouraged to bring nonperishable food, toiletries or gently used men's clothing to be donated to the Liberty Manor for Veterans. For information call (813) 689-8121.

Legislative update: The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will host its 2013 State Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon on Wednesday at Embassy Suites, 10220 Palm River Road, Tampa.

Topics will include transportation, education, energy and natural resources, workforce development, e-fairness, property insurance and personal injury protection. Confirmed speakers include Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon; Rep. Jake Raburn, R-Lithia; Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City; and Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover. The entire Hillsborough County delegation has been invited to participate.

Registration for the luncheon is $18 for chamber members and $23 for prospective members. Go to for information.


Happy hour fundraiser: Joia Fabulous Pizza & Martini Bar, 10475 Gibsonton Drive, will hold a Yappy Hour from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. There will be music and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit Labrador Retriever Rescue. For information, call (813) 677-7171.

Garden talk: Paul Zmoda of Flatwoods Fruit Farm in Riverview will give a talk, "Making Wine Out of Your Backyard Fruits, Veggies and Herbs," at 10 a.m. June 12 at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive. The Riverview Garden Club is sponsoring the event. Admission and parking are free. For information, call (813) 727-6567.


Summer show series: The Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center will present a series of seven shows as part of its P.A.C. Lite Summer Variety Series at the Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts in Riverview will present the first show, a one-act musical, Toy Box, at 7 p.m. June 1. The show tells the story of two toys that don't feel like they belong, so they go on a journey outside the toy box. Tickets are $5. Proceeds benefit the Progress Village drama department. Tickets are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the SCC Atrium Kiosk, or by calling (813) 220-7913. Tickets for all other shows in the series will be $10. Season tickets are $60 for seven shows. For information, visit


Pageant applications: Lifestyle Transformation Training Institute is accepting applications for the Miss Royal Elegance 2013 Pageant for girls ages 6 to 18. Applications are due Tuesday. There is a $20 registration 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 presence and confidence. To submit an application, visit For information, call Geri Brooks at (813) 777-4049.

Scholarship fundraiser: The Hispanic Professional Women's Association will host its annual scholarship fundraising event on May 31 at DoubeTree Westshore, 4500 W Cypress St., Tampa. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and the event begins at 7:30 p.m. This year's theme is the "Golden Latina Awards," with local celebrity Jorge Alvarado serving as the red carpet correspondent and emcee. Members of the women's assocation and the Hispanic community will be presented with leadership awards recognizing their dedication to profession, culture and community throughout the event. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for Hispanic women who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. Tickets are $50. To reserve a seat or get information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Krystal Guerra at or (813) 476-9505, or visit

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