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Book donations sought for Goodwill's BookWorks preschool literacy program


Goodwill book drive: A book drive for Goodwill's BookWorks preschool literacy program runs Wednesday through March 14.

To donate books, attach a note indicating they are "For BookWorks" and drop them off at any Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site in Hillsborough County. For store and donation site locations, visit or call toll-free 1-888-279-1988. To volunteer for BookWorks, call Goodwill Community Relations toll-free at 1-888-279-1988, ext. 1013 or ext. 1976.


Manatee Festival of the Arts: The South Shore Chamber of Commerce will present the 20th Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts March 10-11 at the TECO South Shore Community Events Center, 302 Noonan Branch Road. Artists may apply to participate in the show through Monday. To get more information or to apply, call (813) 645-1366.


American Sewing Guild: The Brandon/Eastbay Chapter of the American Sewing Guild will meet Wednesday at the Brandon Recreation Center, 502 E Sadie St. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. with a business meeting at 10. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, call Darlene Youmans at (813) 671-8852.

Armwood football fundraiser: The Armwood Hawks, winners of the 2011 Class 4A state football championship, will hold a fundraiser at Tadpoles on Thursday. The event will include a raffle and karaoke, and a percentage of the sales will go to the team. Tadpoles is at 115 E Brandon Blvd.

Vendors needed for Spring Fling: Brooker Elementary will host its Spring Fling on Feb. 25, and vendors are needed to set up at tables at the event. Cost for a table is $30. For more information, contact Caroline Acebedo at or Rachel Zattosky at


Brandon Community Advantage Center: The quarterly public meeting of the Brandon Community Advantage Center, the nonprofit that runs the Regent, is at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road. For more information, call (813) 571-2494.


Benefit for Diego: The Firehouse Cultural Center's yard sale to benefit Diego Duran, the young man struck by a stray bullet on New Year's Eve, continues today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cultural center is at 101 First Ave. N.

Write Your Life Story: Register now for a course, Write Your Life Story, to meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays through March 30. Registration is limited. For more information, visit or call (813) 259-6010.


Parenting class for divorce: The Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 S County Road 579, is offering a class for parents dealing with divorce from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 23. The cost of the class is $25 and includes a workbook. To register, call (813) 744-5519, ext. 54140.

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Resseguie honored: The Performing Arts Club of Sun City Center will honor Lew Resseguie, PAC founder and president, at 3 p.m. today at Rollins Theater. Admission is free. For more information, call Ellen Kleinschmidt at (813) 789-8271.

Helping those with hearing loss: The Hearing Loss Association of Sun City Center meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. The meeting will feature Valerie Stafford-Mallis, education/training programs coordinator for the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Stafford-Mallis will discuss what hospital patients with hearing loss can do to improve communication with hospital staff. For more information, contact Richard Herring at or Barbara Riley at (813) 634-1706.


Brandon health fair: The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will host its 2012 Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3 at the Campo Family YMCA, 3414 Culbreath Road. For information on sponsoring, exhibiting, advertising or donating a door prize, call Laura Cook at (813) 689-1221, ext. 8846, or email her at Register before Wednesday for an advance rate.

Plant clinic: Master gardener Phil Channell will present a program, Vegetable Gardening, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. The event is free. Call (813) 273-3652.