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Summer concert series: Newland Communities' Concerts for a Cause continues with Disco Inferno at 7 p.m. Friday at Waterset, 7012 Sail View Lane. The concerts are free and open to the public. People 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.


Art show: The Center Place Fine Arts Community Children's Art Show "Little Monsters Create" will be on display until Wednesday at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, 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.

Health program: ECHO of Brandon will hold a six-week Healthy Literacy Program on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon beginning this week and running until Sept. 4 at 507 N Parsons Ave. 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. To get information or to register, call (813) 685-0935.

Benefit dinner: A dinner benefiting the American Cancer Society will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Victorian Grace Tea Room, 616 N Parsons Ave. Dinner will include beef Wellington or chicken breast, green beans and potatoes, and homemade ice cream and scones. The cost is $30 per person or $25 per person for a table of four. To get information or to register, call Delaney Creek Lodge at (813) 655-8858.


Swim lessons: Tampa Bay Aquatics Brandon offers beginner swimming lessons at the FishHawk Ranch Starling Club, 15808 Starling Crossing Drive, through Aug. 15. Classes are held in 30-minute sessions running from 8 to 11 a.m. Youth and adult private lessons also can be scheduled. Group lessons cost $120 for eight 30-minute sessions. Private lessons are $15 per 15-minute session or $25 per 30-minute session. To get information or to register, email or visit


Self-defense seminar: Self-Protection Concepts will hold a two-part mother-daughter seminar on self-defense techniques from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview, and 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Plant City, 1107 Charlie Griffin Road, Plant City. Preregistration is required. The cost is $50 per person per session. For information and registration, visit

New business organization chapter: Business Network Int'l is opening a chapter in Riverview and will hold a kickoff breakfast meeting for business professionals from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Aug. 8 at Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, 13050 Summerfield Blvd. Seating is limited. Registration is required. BNI is an international organization with more than 6,200 chapters and 133,000 members. For information on BNI, visit To register for the breakfast meeting, call Janelle Duncan at (813) 385-1760.


Yoga class: The SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, will hold a stretch and strengthen yoga class for adults at 11 a.m. Monday in the community room. The class will be presented by Shore Bliss Yoga and will include breath work, meditation, traditional postures and deep relaxation. Participants should bring a yoga mat. Towel and water are optional. The class is limited to 20. Register in advance at the information desk or call (813) 273-3652.

Art show: Local artists will be featured in the SouthShore Arts Council Members Show Aug. 3-29 at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, during library hours. The Arts Council will host a public reception to meet the artists from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 in the library's John Crawford Room. The show will include artwork in acrylic, oil, watercolor and other media. For information, visit southshore


Summer Variety Series: On Aug. 10, the Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center's Lite Summer Variety series continues with pop duo The KEGG, with Gary Garbelman and Kelly Emerson, 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.


Moviemaking class: The Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., will hold "Technology For Kids — Movie Maker Part I" for children in grades 3-5 from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday in the library's community room. Children will learn how to use Movie Maker and begin creating their own summer movies. Participants should bring their summer photos with them on a CD or thumb drive. Basic keyboard skills are required. The class is limited to 12. Register at the Ask Me Kiosk or by calling (813) 273-3652.

Back to the books bash: The FishHawk Area Networking Group will hold its annual Back to School Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Campo Family YMCA, 3414 Culbreath Road. The festival, which will benefit the collection of backpacks and school supplies for needy children, will include local business booths, samples from restaurants, music, giveaways and door prizes. Representatives from the FishHawk Sports Complex and area teams will also be there to talk about fall registration requirements. Admission is free. A $10 cash donation or donation of school supplies from each family that attends is requested. For information, visit or call (813) 657-2418.


Poster contest: Tampa Hispanic Heritage is seeking entries for its 27th annual poster contest. The theme of this year's contest is the 500 year anniversary of the Spanish presence in Florida. The deadline to enter is Wednesday. The fee is $30 per entry. A panel of judges will select winners on Aug. 8 at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor campus. First place will receive $1,200; second place will receive $700 and third place will receive $300. Judging will be based on artistic merit, interpretation of theme, graphic effect as a poster and overall visual impact. Winners and finalists will be recognized Sept. 10 at the Tampa Museum of Art. For applications and instructions on how to submit entries, visit For information, email

Things to do in the Brandon area 07/25/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 11:10am]
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