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Networking event: The Bridal and Events Network will hold an informational meeting for businesses in the bridal and events industry interested in joining the network on Tuesday at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive. The event begins at 6 p.m. with networking and refreshments. The informational meeting will run from 6:30 to 7:30. Cost is $5 per person with advanced reservations, or $10 at the door. To register, call (813) 633-7296.


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. March 9. 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


Veterans seminar: Osenton Law Offices, PA, and the Bridges Retirement Community will hold a seminar at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for wartime veterans. The seminar will provide information on veterans aid, attendance benefits and estate planning, and the federal Improved Pension benefit, which can help offset the cost of living in a retirement community for a wartime veteran or a surviving spouse. The seminar is free, and will be held at the Bridges, 11202 Dewhurst Drive. To reserve a seat at the seminar, call the Bridges at (813) 413-8900.


Child care training: Hillsborough County Extension Services will offer a free "What Does Time Mean To Children?" training session for licensed child care providers at the extension service office, 5339 County Road 579, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Participants can receive CEU credit from the University of Florida. To register, visit, click on "State Training," then "Florida" and "Tampa." The cost for providers outside of Hillsborough County is $10. For more information, contact Diana Converse, family life educator for Hillsborough County Extension Service, at (813) 744-5519, ext. 54140, or

Fundraiser: Ye Notorious Krewe of the Peg Leg Pirate will hold the eighth annual "Get on the Good Foot" Sporting Clays Benefit Shoot at 9 a.m. Saturday at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff Road, Land O'Lakes. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon.

The cost to enter is $325 for a four-person team, $275 for a team of four law enforcement officers and $275 for a four-person amputees' team. The cost for an individual or extra shooter is $85. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds benefit amputees and their families. For more information on sponsorships or registration, visit


Anniversary show: The Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center is celebrating 10 years of musical theater entertainment with performances of The Great Broadway Songbook at the Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. The show features songs from musicals like South Pacific and Guys and Dolls. The last performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Sun City Center Atrium kiosk from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays. To get more information or to purchase tickets with a credit card, call (813) 220-7913.

Glass show: The third annual Sun City Center Juried Glass Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Florida Room of the Atrium complex, 945 N Course Lane. The show will contain works by members of the Sun City Center Glass Club. The show will be judged by professional glass artists, who will select a Best of Show winner. The public will select the People's Choice winner. The show is free and open to the public.

Sweden event: The Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center will host a Sweden-themed event at noon Feb. 26 in the Florida Room in the Sun City Center Florida Room in the CA Atrium, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. The event will feature a presentation about the Swedish naval ship Vasa, which sank in Stockholm harbor in 1628. Authentic Scandinavian-style open-faced sandwiches, coffee and tea will be for sale. Admission is free. For more information or a reservation, call Elsa Lang-Ree at (813) 633-7502 or Jim Sullivan at (813) 633-3917.

Cellphone recycling: 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. The church office is collecting cellphones and accessories 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.


Arts law seminar: The Greater Brandon Arts Council is hosting the seminar "Copyright and Fair Use Law for Artists" with Fort Myers lawyer Anne Dalton from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. The event is free and will include refreshments. For more information, call (813) 655-2773 or visit

Plant show: The Tampa African Violet Society will hold its 37th Annual Judged Show and Sale at the Florida Farm Bureau, 100 S Mulrennan Road. On Friday, there will be sales from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the show from noon to 5 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a show and sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plants and plant sales will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free.

Health fair: The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2013 Health Fair "Future Trends in Health Care" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2 at the Campo Family YMCA, 3414 Culbreath Road. Free health screenings will be provided throughout the day at exhibit booths. Admission to the event is also free.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Exhibitor space is available for $100 for $100 for Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce members and $200 for prospective members. Prices increase after Feb. 22. For more information, contact Tricia Campbell at or (813) 689-1221, ext. 8812.


Heart Month: Hillsborough County's Division of Aging Services is celebrating American Heart Month with special Love Your Heart events at its senior centers. The events are open to Hillsborough County residents ages 50 and over. For more information on an event, call the senior center. Event dates and locations include:

Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. at 1209 S Kingsway Road, Seffner. An LPN will present "Get the Beat for Healthy Heart," including a light cardio exercise routine. Call (813) 744-5590.

Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at 101 E Kirby St., Tampa. WellMed/American Red Cross will present "Heart Health." Call (813) 272-6829.

Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at 11706 Williams Road, Thonotosassa. An LPN will present "The Simple 7 Heart Healthy Factors." Call (813) 506-6631.

Things to do in the Brandon area 02/16/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 15, 2013 2:44pm]
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