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Things to do in the Brandon area


Job resources: The Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive, will hold an open lab for adults, to be used for online job resources like job searching, applications and resumes, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Margaret Linsley Clayton Community Room. For information, call (813) 273-3652.


Summer concert series: Newland Communities' Concerts for a Cause summer series continues with rock-pop-country band Raizing Cain at 7 p.m. July 19 at FishHawk Ranch, 16144 Churchview Drive. The concerts are free and open to the public. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items to benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay. For information, visit or call toll-free 1-888-503-0483.

Christmas in July: Grace United Methodist Church, 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Road, will hold a Christmas in July Bazaar to get a jump on holiday shopping from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27. Vendors will sell items including jewelry, crosses, pet supplies, honey, homemade jelly, birdhouses, handmade soaps and purses. There also will be door prizes. Admission is free. Proceeds from the bazaar will benefit Grace United Methodist Women, which focuses on community organizations in the Lithia area and abroad that support women and children. The group meets the fourth Sunday of every month at noon at the church. For information about the group or the bazaar, visit or call (813) 661-8858.


Computer class: The Riverview Branch Library, 10509 Riverview Drive, will hold a tutoring session for adults about Microsoft software, emailing and the Internet from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday and July 29 in the community room. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Riverview Citizen Patrol: The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is looking for volunteers for its citizen patrol. Volunteers receive training and work at least 12 hours a month. To learn more, contact Jim Simon at (813) 741-0413 or


Book talk: The Ruskin Branch Library, 26 Dickman Drive SE, will hold a book discussion on The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Pauline Dickman Lawler Community Room. The historical novel is about a young seamstress who survives the Titantic. Copies of the book are available at the library. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Seminar: The SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, will hold a seminar on elder law from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the SHO Computer Lab. The program will cover issues including planning for incapacities and long-term care with an emphasis on public benefits like Medicaid, Medicare and VA programs. For information, call (813) 273-3652.


Town hall meetings: State Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, will hold a series of town hall meetings to hear from residents of District 59 about the issues important to them. There will be a Seffner Town Hall Meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N Kingsway Road. For information, call (813) 655-3744.


Summer Variety Series: On Saturday, the Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center's Lite Summer Variety series continues with Lisa Palas presenting "Life, Love and the Music Business" at 2:30 and 7 p.m. at the Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Tickets are $10 and are available from 9 a.m. to noon today at the SCC Atrium Kiosk or by calling (813) 220-7913. Visit for information.

Awards meeting: The American Business Women's Association SouthShore Chapter 1409 will hold a dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 S Pebble Beach Blvd. The new board of directors will be inducted and the Women of the Year will be announced. To get information or to register, call Diana Zolner at (813) 992-0510.

Dance time: The Dance Club of Freedom Plaza holds "Starry Summer Night" from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at 1010 American Eagle Blvd. The event will feature the live music of Rudy Rosa, a raffle to benefit the Walk for Alzheimers and a cash bar.

Arts and crafts market: The wares of local vendors will be on display at the Christmas in July arts and crafts event from 3 to 7 p.m. July 20 at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza. There will be handcrafted items for sale, food and beverages, and you can have a photo taken with Santa Claus. Admission and parking are free. For information, call (813) 634-5111.


Science for kids: The Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., is hosting the children's program Mad About Science, put on by Mad Science of Tampa Bay, at 3:30 p.m. July 20 in the community room. The interactive program will teach children about science and how it affects the world around them. The program is for children in grades K-5. Participants must pick up a ticket at the Ask Me Kiosk after 2:30 p.m. Limited to 120 participants. For information, call (813) 273-3652.


Charity auction: Champions for Children will host its fifth annual Christmas in July Silent Auction and Taste of Tampa Bay from 6 to 9 p.m. July 19 at the organization's offices, 3108 W Azeele St., Tampa. Local restaurants will provide hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Auction items will include theme park tickets, hotel stays and golf outings. The cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit Champions for Children. For tickets or auction donations, or to sign up as a participating restaurant, call (813) 673-4646.

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Nonprofit ad help: Nonprofits can apply for a pro bono professional advertising campaign, valued at more than $250,000. Ad 2 Tampa Bay, a network of young advertising professionals, is now accepting applications for its 2013-14 public service client, for which Ad 2 will donate time, materials and media to produce a customized advertising campaign at no cost to the selected client. The application is available on the Public Service page of the Ad 2 Tampa Bay website. Email completed applications to no later than midnight July 19. All Tampa Bay 501(c)(3) nonprofits that are not religiously or politically based are eligible to apply.

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