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Things to do in the Brandon area, July 19 and ahead


Art show: The Center Place Fine Arts Community Children's Art Show began earlier this month and will be on display until July 31 at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association Inc., 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B. Children ages 4-13 submitted drawings, paintings, photos, ceramics, jewelry and wood art pieces. For information, call (813) 685-8888.

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

Social Security talk: The Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive, will host the program "Social Security Timing" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, presented by representatives from the Angeloni Tax Advisory Group. The program will cover timing issues and strategies for applying for Social Security benefits. 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 Brandon Town Hall Meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road. For information, call (813) 655-3744.

Health program: ECHO of Brandon will hold a six-week Healthy Literacy Program on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon July 31 to Sept. 4. The program will cover how to live healthy on a budget and how to be an advocate for your own health care. ECHO received a $10,000 grant from Allegany Franciscan Ministries for the program. Space in the class is limited. For information or to register, call (813) 685-0935.

Queena fundraiser: Title Boxing Club, 889 E Bloomingdale Ave., will teach a self-defense class from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday in honor of Queena, the Bloomingdale Library attack survivor. Title Boxing Club is asking for $20 donations from participants. Proceeds will benefit Queena's ongoing medical expenses, which total about $70,000 a year. Medicaid covers $1,500 per year. The community can follow Queena's progress and donate on her website, Donations can also be made payable to the Bloomingdale Library Assault Victim Trust at any Bank of Tampa or SunTrust bank.


Summer concert series: Newland Communities' Concerts for a Cause summer series continues with rock-pop-country band Raizing Cain at 7 p.m. today (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. To get information about the group or the bazaar, visit or call (813) 661-8858.


Facebook class: The Riverview Branch Library, 10509 Riverview Drive, will hold a technology class for adults at 2 p.m. Monday about how to create a Facebook account and profile, and how to search for and invite friends. For information, call (813) 273-3652.


Benefit dinner: The Ruskin VFW Post 6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N, will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday to benefit Lorie Asher, a teen who was in a car accident and thrown out of the car. She has brain damage and has started to walk and eat. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit her recovery. The cost is $6 per plate. For information, visit

Cookbook talk: The Ruskin Branch Library, 26 Dickman Drive SE, will hold cookbook discussion at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Pauline Dickman Lawler Community Room. Participants can bring their favorite cookbooks and share recipes. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Florida fossils: The SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, will hold "Fossils in Florida" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 26, presented by local naturalist Diana Kyle. The presentation is part of the Viva Florida 500 celebration, a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State to highlight 500 years of the state's history since Juan Ponce de Leon arrived in 1513. For information, call (813) 273-3652.


Violet society meeting: The Tampa African Violet Society will meet at 10 a.m. today (July 19) in the Seffner-Mango Library Public Meeting Room, 410 N Kingsway Road. There will be a plant raffle, growing tips, and information about organizations including the African Violet Society of America and the Dixie African Violet Society. Admission and parking are free. For information, call president Jim Boyer at (727) 871-2014.


Arts & crafts market: Local vendors will be on display at the Christmas in July arts & crafts event from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza. There will be hand crafted items for sale, food, beverages and photos with Santa Claus. Admission and parking are free. For information, call (813) 634-5111.

Summer Variety Series: On July 27, the Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center's Lite Summer Variety series continues with Kathy Straub presenting Broadway Baby at 2:30 and 7 p.m. at the Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Tickets are $10 and are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the SCC Atrium Kiosk or by calling (813) 220-7913. Visit for information.


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. Saturday 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.

Knitting club: Teens interested in joining the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library teen knitting club for grades 6-12 can come to a meeting at the library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., at 7 p.m. Monday. Teens can learn how to knit or improve their skills. All levels are welcome. Supplies will be provided. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Plant sale: Bloomingdale High School, 1700 E Bloomingdale Ave., is hosting a crape myrtle tree sale from 7 to 11 a.m. July 27 or until the trees sell out. The 1-gallon potted trees will be available in multiple varieties and colors. The cost of the trees is $4. Cash only. Proceeds benefit the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program, which provides class sets of the Times and other educational resources to bay area classrooms. For information, call toll-free 1-800-333-7505, ext. 8138.

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