Hillsborough County is accepting nominations for its quarterly Good Neighbor Award. The award honors an individual who exhibits the spirit of neighborhood activist Lonnie Lea Napier, who died from a fall from a tree in 2000 while trying to rescue a cat.
Any Hillsborough County resident can be nominated. The award comes with a $2,000 grant awarded to the winner's neighborhood association.
You can get a nomination form by going online to www.hillsboroughcounty.org/onr/awardnom. Click on the link at the bottom of the page. Forms are also available at the Office of Neighborhood Relations on the 13th floor of the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., in Tampa, or by calling the Office of Neighborhood Relations at 272-5843.
Do-si-do your way to public square dances
Time to swing your partner round and round, learn the folk art of square dancing and have a good time meeting other people in the Brandon area.
The Bay Area Twirlers Square Dance Club holds dances open to the public from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month ($5 per person); and brushup or intermediate square dance lessons starting March 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. ($4 per person). All dances are at the Brandon Community Center, 502 E Sadie St. Call 689-5897.
Follow the message of 'The Ugly Duckling'
Check out the musical version of The Ugly Duckling, Hans Christian Andersen's timeless story about the social perception and the meaning of beauty.
Stages Production will perform the musical at 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 7 at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive. Call 685-8888 for information.
Gourmet meal benefits New Orleans market
Here's a chance to help flood-damaged farmers and eat a gourmet meal.
It's part of a larger effort by the International Association of Culinary Professionals to raise $30,000 to rebuild the Crescent City Farmers Market in New Orleans, which was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.
Rolling Pin chef Dave West will host the local "IACP Gives Back" from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 11 at the store at 2080 Badlands Drive.
You can get a front-row seat at the granite island ($175 a person) to watch food being prepared or sit just a few feet away ($150).
West and seven local chefs will present eight dishes for guests. Wines and beverages are included.
The menu includes barbecued shrimp; crispy crawfish spring rolls with sweet chili jam; chicken and Andouille sausage gumbo; and stuffed quail.
Call the Rolling Pin at 653-2418 for information.
East Bay Buccaneers will hold registration
Sign up for youth football or cheerleading with the East Bay Buccaneers, geared toward boys and girls ages 6 to 15.
Registration is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3, May 3 and June 7 at Vance Vogel Park, 13010 Bullfrog Creek Road.
Practice starts in July. The season is from August to November.
Registration is $175 for football and $275 for cheerleading. There are five age/weight divisions. No experience is necessary.
Visit www.eastbaybucs.com for information.
Public can comment on traffic problems
Give your input on speed humps along Cattail Shore Lane at a public meeting Tuesday.
Hillsborough County will hold the meeting to discuss traffic problems along Cattail Shore Lane, near the intersection of Balm-Riverview Road and Summer Springs Drive, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Summerfield Elementary School, 11990 Big Bend Road.
Speed humps are proposed as one possible solution. A recommendation to county commissioners will be made based on this meeting.
Call Steve Valdez at 272-5275 for information.