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Concert to benefit Calvary Lutheran: Ellen Kleinschmidt delivers Miss What's Her Name, a Broadway-style benefit concert, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 5309 U.S. 41 N.

The play chronicles Kleinschmidt's journey via some of Broadway's most powerful hits. The professional singer, actress, writer and teacher will perform her story through music and dialog. In lieu of ticket sales, this concert is a "pay as you can" event that will benefit the Journey youth group of Calvary Lutheran Church, which is raising money for upcoming retreats and service projects.

Following the performance, there will be an old fashioned ice cream social. For information, call the church office at (813) 645-1305 or go to


Chef events: The Brandon Foundation and Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, Brandon Crossroads, 2080 Badlands Drive, have partnered to bring a series of celebrity chefs to the Tampa Bay area. The Brandon Foundation and its charities will receive 15 percent of the proceeds from each seat sold. Chefs include Richie Farina from Top Chef on Wednesday and Thursday, Lindsay Autry from Top Chef on May 16 and 17, and private chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis on May 22 and 23.

Registration is required. Prices for each event range from $60-$100. All events take place at Rolling Pin. Visit to register. 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 and a big screen TV on May 14. Tickets cost $20 each or $50 for three. Proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarship funds. Tickets may be purchased at Beef 'O' Brady's locations at 16773-16775 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia; 4330 Bell Shoals Road, Valrico; and 210 S Kings Ave., Brandon. Tickets are also available at HomeBanc, 659 W Lumsden Ave., Brandon. For more information, call Scott Carter at (813) 655-8877 or JJ Massaro at (813) 376-3875.


Crawfish Festival: The Rotary Club of FishHawk/Riverview will hold the 3rd 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 live Cajun music and children's activities. Admission is free, but tickets are required for crawfish and must be purchased by May 5. Tickets cost $15 each and include crawfish with corn and potatoes. Proceeds benefit local charities and scholarship funds. Other food and beverages will be sold. Children who bring nonperishable food donations will receive a free hot dog. For more information or to buy tickets, visit


Cinco de Mayo: Freedom Plaza, 1010 American Eagle Blvd., will celebrate Cinco de Mayo today with a Chili Cook Off for residents only featuring chefs from Brookdale Senior Living communities from Tampa to Sarasota. The chili will be judged by a panel of residents from the participating Brookdale communities. For more information, call (866) 360-8340.

Golf tournament: Freedom Fairways, 3940 Upper Creek Drive, will host the "Margarita Monday" golf tournament on Monday at 1 p.m. The tournament is open to all area residents. The cost is $15 including a cart, or $10 without a cart. Margaritas, salsa and chips will be served in the Plaza Club following play. To make a reservation, call the pro shop at (813) 633-4653.

BBQ benefit: There will be a benefit for U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Michael Nicholson on Sunday in the flag pole area outside the entrance to the Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 S 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 BBQ smoker/grill trailer provided by the Taylor Mae Stinchcomb Foundation with BBQ pork and beef hot dogs/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 last meeting until fall on Wednesday 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 tartellette al formaggio (lemon flavored cheese tarts) and lasagna accompanied by wine. Attendees will receive a copy of the recipes. Members must RSVP by today by calling (813) 633-3407. No walk-ins will be accommodated.


Golf tournament: Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 11 will hold its 4th 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 costs $75 for individuals and $290 for a foursome. For more information, visit or call golf chairman Eric Piatt at (813) 448-7754.

Bake sale: The American Legion Alafia Post 148 will hold a bake sale on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon at the post home, 7240 U.S. 301. For more information, call (813) 677-6529


Monthly luncheon: The Apollo Beach Woman's Club will hold a luncheon on Wednesday 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 presented. Tickets cost $16. Reservations must be made and paid by today. To make a reservation or for membership information, contact Sharon Vasquez at (813) 641-7856.

5K fundraiser: The East Bay High School Student Government Association will host the second annual 5K4Q Run to raise money for Queena, the Bloomingdale Library survivor who was attacked outside the library in 2008. The run will be held May 18 at 8 a.m. at EG Simmons park, 2401 19th Ave. NW. Queena, now 23, is a graduate of East Bay High and was an SGA member. Proceeds will benefit her continued recovery and medical care. The SGA is also seeking donations to buy supplies for the event, including T-shirts, fliers, water and snacks. For more information or to make a donation, contact SGA president Michelle Berland at or (813) 364-4655. To register for the race online, visit and follow the registration link.