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Neighborhood news calendar for Brandon & SouthShore

Published Oct. 19, 2016


Fishhawk Baseball to hold family-fun event

Fishhawk Youth Baseball holds its first FYB Heart Health Day at noon Sunday at the Fishhawk Youth Sports Complex. It's a family-friendly fundraiser to promote awareness of heart disease and healthy living. Half of all proceeds from the event will benefit the American Heart Association on behalf of Strike Out CHD, a nonprofit founded by 12-year-old Fishhawk player and all-star Josh Andre, a heart defect survivor. Remaining proceeds will benefit the league, a nonprofit group. Tickets are a minimum $5 donation in advance and $10 on the day of the event. Children under 3 get in free. For more information, visit

Alafia River Park to celebrate fall festival

The Friends of the Alafia River State Park will host a fall festival from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at the park, 14326 County Road 39 in Lithia. Musician Ben Prestage will perform from noon to 3 p.m. The event also will feature children's activities, pumpkin painting, hay rides and competitive events. Food trucks will be on hand to sell tasty items. There will be no charge for the event other than normal gate admission: $4 for an individual, $5 for vehicles up to eight passengers, $1 for each additional person. The Friends of Alafia is a nonprofit group established to protect, preserve and support the park. For more information, visit

Farm USA sets final concert before closing

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Farm USA, which has staged music concerts on the last Friday of each month, will close its gates at 7818 Lithia Pinecrest Road after the final concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 28. An auction will follow on Oct. 29. The owners had held concerts at the site for eight years.

Hillsborough county

Dispose of medications at take-back event

A prescription drug take-back event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at various county locations, including the Sun City Center CVS, 105 S Pebble Beach Drive. The event aims to help residents safely dispose of unused, unnecessary or expired prescriptions. For more information, visit


Animal hospital plans annual 'Yappy Hour'

Brandon Lakes Animal Hospital will hold its fourth annual "Yappy Hour" and Pet Costume Contest from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the Winthrop Town Centre courtyard, 6151 Delaney Street Station. The event will feature food, drinks and prizes. For more information, visit


Animal shelter to host Halloween celebration

Critter Adoption & Rescue Effort will host a "pawsome" Halloween party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 1528 27th Street SE. This free, family-friendly, off-leash event will include trick-or-treating, games and prizes for children, Halloween portraits, and a dog costume contest at 11:30 a.m. There also will be music, food, raffles, a bake sale, vendors and shelter tours. For more information call (813) 645-2273 or visit

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Drive-in sets annual 'Trunk R Treat'

The Ruskin Family Drive-In, 5011 U.S. 41, will hold its third annual "Trunk R Treat" event on Oct. 29. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the event runs from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. Customers are encouraged to dress in costumes and decorate their vehicles for the kid-friendly event. There also will be a bake sale with proceeds going to Deputy Darlings Christmas Drive.


Jazz band to perform for Methodist church

The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, will present the Jack Edison Jazz Band playing the Big Band sounds of the 1930s, '40s and '50s at 7 p.m. Oct. 28. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early for a good seat, as no advance tickets are being sold. A $10 donation will be requested at the door. For more information, contact Kevin Goodenow at (813) 362-0956.

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