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Car club: The Roamin' Oldies Car Club hosts a cruise-in from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza, 6180 U.S. 41 N, with a rain date the following Thursday. The event includes approximately 100 area antique and collectible cars and classic oldies music. Admission is free for spectators and participants. The event is sponsored by Thompson's Auto Parts. For information, call Chet at (81) 842-1511.


Chef events: The Brandon Foundation and Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, Brandon Crossroads, 2080 Badlands Drive, partnered to being eight Celebrity and Top Chefs in Tampa Bay beginning in March. Brandon Foundation and its charities will receive 15 percent of the proceeds from each seat sold. Chefs for the rest of the events include Tre Wilcox from Top Chef on Thursday, Richie Farina from Top Chef on May 8 and 9, Lindsay Autry from Top Chef on May 16 and 17, and private chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis on May 22 and 23.

The events are open to the public, but seats are limited and prior registration is required. Prices for each event range from $60-$100. All events take place at Rolling Pin. To register, visit For more information, call (813) 653-2418.

Children's show: Center Place Fine Arts, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B, will present Three Little Pigs on May 10 at 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. The show for children ages 3 and up tells the story of three little pigs who must learn to work together to defeat the hungry wolf. The show combines singing, dancing and a rapping Big Bad Wolf. The show is approximately 50 minutes long. The price is $6 for members, and $7 for nonmembers. For more information, visit or call (813) 685-8888.

Charity raffle: The Rotary Club of Brandon will hold a raffle for a 2013 Buick Verano on May 14. Tickets are $20 each, or $50 for three. Proceeds will benefit Tampa Bay area charities. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the Brandon Rotary. For more information, contact JJ Massaro at (813) 376-3875.


Crawfish Festival: The Rotary Club of FishHawk/Riverview will hold the third annual Crawfish Festival on May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FishHawk Ranch Park Square, 16123 Churchview Drive. There will be Cajun music and children's activities. Admission is free, but tickets are required for crawfish. Tickets are $15 each and include crawfish with corn and potatoes. The tickets for crawfish must be purchased by May 5. Proceeds benefit local charities and scholarship funds. Other food items and beverages will be for sale at the event. Children who bring nonperishable food donations will receive a free hot dog. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


BBQ benefit: There will be a benefit for Marine Sgt. Michael Nicholson on May 5 in the flag pole area outside the Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Nicholson was on foot patrol when he was seriously injured by an explosive device in Afghanistan during 2011, causing him to lose both legs and his left arm, and suffer a brain injury. The event will include a barbecue smoker/grill trailer provided by the Taylor Mae Stinchcomb Foundation with barbecue pork, beef hot dogs and brats for $2 from 1 to 5 p.m. There will also be a Variety Show Benefit presented by Sun City Center veterans and patriotic organizations from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost of the show is $10. Proceeds will be submitted to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to build a Smart House for Nicholson in South Tampa.

Italian club: AMICI will hold its final meeting until fall on May 8 at 7 p.m. in the Banquet Room at the Kings Point Clubhouse, 1904 Clubhouse Drive. The meeting is free and open to members only. The event will include tartelette al formaggio (lemon flavored cheese tarts) and lasagna accompanied with wine. Attendees will receive a copy of the recipes. Members must RSVP by Friday by calling (813) 633-3407. No walk-ins will be accommodated.

Cat show: The Cat Fanciers Club of Sun City Center will hold an International Cat Association Cat Show on May 18 and 19 in Community Hall, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd. The show is open to the public. The deadline to enter your pet cats in the Household Pet category is Tuesday. For more information and an application, email


Golf tournament: Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 11 will hold its fourth annual POW/MIA Awareness Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday at the Eagles Golf Club, 16101 Nine Eagles Drive, Odessa. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. Golfing begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by an awards luncheon. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, hole-in-one, closest to the pin and straightest drive. There will also be raffle prizes and an auction. Registration is $75 for individuals and $290 for a foursome. For more information, visit or call golf chairman Eric Piatt at (813) 448-7754.


Art reception: The John Crawford Art Education Advisory Board will hold an opening reception at the Crawford Gallery in the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, on Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with artists Arthur Dillard, Nicole Lamothe and Diane Simon. Dillard and Simon work primarily in watercolors. Lamothe will have both drawing and paintings on display. The show runs through June 26. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laurie Burhop at (813) 673-3652.

Monthly luncheon: The Apollo Beach Woman's Club will hold a luncheon on May 8 at Little Harbor, 611 Destiny Drive. The luncheon will include the installation of the 2013-2014 officers. Scholarship winners from Lennard and East Bay high schools will also be announced. Tickets are $16. Reservations must be made and paid by Friday. To make a reservation or for membership information, contact Sharon Vasquez at (813) 641-7856.


Gardening program: Master gardener Lynn Barber will present "Recycle Your Garden" on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. The program is free. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.


Grants to fight hunger: Kingdom Kids of Tampa Bay is asking the community to vote for the organization in Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together grant initiative. Kingdom Kids of Tampa Bay was one of 178 agencies nominated by local Feeding America food banks for the national voting campaign in which $3 million will be split among the top 60 organizations that help alleviate child hunger.

To vote for Kingdom Kids of Tampa Bay, visit the organization's Facebook page online at and follow the links to the voting page. Proceeds will be used to provide breakfast during Saturday Schools, food drives and a community-based food pantry in East Hillsborough County.