Community events in Brandon area
Puppet show: The classic fairy tale of Rapunzel will be brought to life with the use of rod puppets at 10:15 a.m. at the Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N. Kingsway Road, Seffner. Children should enjoy the story of a prince and the long-haired maiden in a tower.
Support group: LifePath Hospice will offer a free eight-week grief support group from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting today at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, 6919 Providence Road, Riverview. New Beginnings helps people to learn the skills to cope with the death of a loved one. Registration is requested; go to www.chaptershealth.org/news-events or call Diane Schnelly (813) 357-5609.
Cat gardens: Learn how to make a Cat Lover’s Garden from Master Gardeners at 6:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico.
Thursday Anime time: Teens can watch some of the latest Anime episodes at 5 p.m. at the Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive. They can also discuss what’s hot in the world of Manga and create their own art and comics.
Public utilities meeting: The Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department has scheduled a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive. The discussion will be about a project to improve the water distribution system infrastructure in the Riverglen subdivision in Riverview. Construction would begin in May and be completed within 60 days. County staff will be at the meeting to answer any questions residents may have. For more information, call Steve Valdez (813) 272-5275.
Saturday Poker run: Registration for The Kiwanis Club of Brandon’s Inaugural Poker Run starts at 10 a.m. at Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill, 9847 E. Adamo Drive, Brandon. The run begins with Kick Stands up at 11 a.m. The cost is $20 for the first hand and $5 for each additional hand wanted. Bikes return to Uncle Mike’s by 4 p.m. for live music and prizes. For more information, go to www.brandonkiwanis.com or call Dustie (813) 294-0645.
Field of Honor: The Veterans Council of Hillsborough County will conduct their quarterly Field of Honor Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301N, Tampa. This event will honor the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who have given their all in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during the previous three months. During the ceremony, the names of the fallen are read and a small American flag is placed in the ground to honor each of the fallen service member. This memorial service is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Poetry workshop: The Mystery of Free Verse Poetry will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico. Award-winning poet Fran Orenstein will speak on the origins and structure of free verse, and at the end of the workshop attendees will write their own poem. Register at the Information Kiosk or call (813) 273-3652.
Sunday Special music: The Inspirational Gospel Choir of Bethune-Cookman College will be part of the worship services at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 3315 Bryan Road, Brandon. Service times are 8:15, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. The choir will perform a variety of styles of music.
Monday Spring luncheon: Brandon Christian Women's Connection "Brightens your life with Flowers" luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Special Events Center, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon. Amy Peck will be the guest speaker. The cost is $14, and all ladies are welcome for this nondenominational event. Email [email protected] or call Lillie, (813) 740-0098.
Alcohol program: Because April is Alcohol Awareness Month, Hillsborough County’s Aging Services Division will present “An Invisible Epidemic: Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Among Older Adults” at 11:15 a.m. at the Seffner Nutrition Site, 1209 S. Kingsway Road. Information presented will include how alcoholism is affecting seniors and its impact on their future health. For more information, call (813) 744-5590.
Tuesday Hummingbirds: "Get Those Hummers!" will be presented from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Seffner-Mango Library, 410 N. Kingsway Road, Seffner. Master Gardener Heather Diaz will present the program about hummingbirds found in Hillsborough County. It will include information about the plants and the feeders that will attract them to the yard. For more information, call (813) 685-1055.
Divorce workshop: A free Do-It-Yourself Divorce workshop will be at 7 p.m. at the Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive. Learn how the legal process can be simplified and managed at minimal cost. The program is presented in cooperation with the Brandon Bar Association.
Plan Ahead Celebrity chef: Chef Sarah Grueneberg will be a special guest chef April 10-11 at the Rolling Pin, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. For more information about this special appearance, or to register for a seat, go to www.rollingpinonline.com or call (813) 653-2418. Fifteen percent of all seats sold will go to the Brandon Foundation.
Wild Game Night: The Brandon Rotary Club’s 37th Annual Wild Game Night will take place at 6 p.m. April 12 at Lupton's Boggy Bottom Ranch, 8407 Lupton Place, Plant City. Tickets for the event at $75 and include dinner, an open bar, door prizes and raffles. All proceeds go to support local charities. For tickets and more information, call David West (813) 927-7174 or Pat Skidmore (813) 741-3790.
WAVES meeting: The Tampa Bay WAVES Unit #55 will meet at 11 a.m. April 13 in St. Anne’s Hall located at the rear of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, 10701 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview. All women of the military sea service are invited to enjoy the fellowship and activities that will rekindle memories of your military service days. For more information, call Jeannette Green, (813) 657-9164.
Benefit concert: The Spirit Singers will present a concert at 6 p.m. April 13 at First United Methodist Church, 303 N. Evers St., Plant City. The program features spirituals, folk songs, show tunes and gospel favorites. Plant City’s women's choral group The Beachcombers, Jackson Elementary School students and faculty, vocal soloists and instrumentalists will perform with Spirit Singers. This fund-raising concert for American Cancer Society Relay for Life will end with a candlelight memorial. A bake sale and refreshments will be offered after the concert. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at All A-Bloom Florist, 116 N. Collins, Plant City. Tickets at the door are $6. For more information, call (813) 758-1827 or (813) 685-4000.
Music workshop: Children ages 2 through 10 can attend a free music workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 13 at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Drive in Brandon. This fun and interactive workshop will allow children to hear and see instruments such as the flute, trumpet, tuba, or violin and try them out. Participants will also make an instrument to take home along with a goody bag. Registration is required; go to www. faopa.org. For more information, call Deborah Evans at (813) 685-5998.
Work reunion: The annual GTE/Verizon Reunion will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at the home of Sam and Carol Conrad, 3510 E Keysville Road, Lithia. Attendees are asked to bring food to share for the potluck meal and beverages. Paper goods, ice and serving spoons will be provided. Bring lawn chairs if desired. For more information, call (813) 737-1587.
Ballerina party: The Brandon Ballet will have two Ballerina Princess Parties April 14 at the studio, 161 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon. The times are 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:40 p.m. Children ages 4 through 7 can wear their favorite princess costume, dance with the Brandon Ballet Ballerinas and decorate a cupcake. To register, call (813) 684-4282. Tickets are $20 and available at www.shop.brandonballet.org.
Support group: LifePath Hospice will offer a free eight-week grief support group from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, starting April 15 at First Presbyterian Church, 121 Carver Ave., Brandon. New Beginnings helps people to learn the skills to cope with the death of a loved one. Registration is requested; go to www.chaptershealth.org/news-events or call Diane Schnelly (813) 357-5609.
Bless Israel USA: Jonathan Cahn, author of “The Harbinger,” will speak at 7 p.m. April 18 at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon. Learn how ancient biblical mysteries relate to modern times. Pastor Geoffrey Cohen will be a special guest and Joshua Aaron will lead the praise and worship music. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. At the door, tickets will be $15. For more information and to order tickets, go to www.BlessIsraelUSA.org.
Golf tournament: Brandon Ballet will host a golf tournament fundraiser April 28 at River Hills Country Club, 3943 New River Hills Parkway, Valrico. Sign in begins at 11:30 a.m., and the shotgun start will be at 1 p.m. An awards dinner will follow the event with goodie bags and prizes. Early registration pricing is $85 for individual or $320 for a foursome. Register at www.shopbrandonballet.org., or call (813) 684-4282 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. After April 20, the price goes to $95. For more information, contact [email protected] or call (813) 545-6688.
Wednesdays Health, Happiness 2 You: H2U, for ages 50-plus, meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday monthly at Oakfield Medical Plaza, 119 Oakfield Drive, Classroom B, Suite 260, Brandon. H2U offers speakers on health education and senior issues, meet-and-eat socials at local restaurants and trips to Florida attractions. Call (813) 684-3316.
La Leche League: The Brandon Chapter of La Leche League meets at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday monthly, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 3315 Bryan Road, Brandon. Mothers discuss parenting and breastfeeding issues. Call (813) 685-1096 or (813) 817-8462.
AMVETS: The Riders Bike Club meets at AMVETS Post 44, 318 Pauls Drive, Brandon, at 10:30 a.m. the third Wednesday monthly. Call (813) 651-4444.
Exercise and Nutrition: Learn healthy-eating options from 6 to 7 p.m. at Winston Park, 7605 Destin Drive, Tampa. Greater Palm River Point offers free classes to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and asthma, and learn exercise options and healthy cooking. Call (813) 628-9179.
Thursdays Homemakers Club: Brandon Homemakers Club meets at the Brandon Community Center, 502 E. Sadie St., at 9 a.m.; business meetings are the first Thursday. New members are welcome. Call (813) 689-8267 or (813) 681-4440.
Gold Wing Riders: The Gold Wing Riders Association Chapter FL 1-B meets at Ben’s Family Restaurant, 704 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, the second Thursday monthly. Dinner is at 6 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Motorcycle riders are welcome. For information, visit www.flib.com.
Weight Watchers: 6 p.m. weigh-in, 6:30 meeting, Presbyterian Church of Seffner, 1906 Lenna Ave. Contact [email protected]
Judo and Jujitsu: Classes available at the Brandon Recreation Center, 510 E. Sadie St. Youth classes, 6 to 7 p.m. Teens and adults, 7 to 8 p.m. For information, call (813) 744-5617 or (813) 654-4700.
Daughters of the American Revolution: The Alafia River Chapter of DAR meets at Hawthorne Village, 861 W. Lumsden Road, Brandon, at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday monthly. Membership is open to women ages 18 or older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. The DAR functions as a volunteer service organization dedicated to patriotism, education and historic preservation. Email [email protected]
Square Dance: Square dancing and twirling classes are offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brandon Community Center, 502 E. Sadie St. Cost is $4 per person. Call (813) 662-1012 or (813) 571-7786.
Brandon New World Celts: The Brandon Chapter of New World Celts meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday monthly at O’Brien’s Irish Pub, 701 Lumsden Road, Brandon. The nonprofit organization supports Old World Celtic traditions and New World Celtic contributions to the cultures of the United States and Canada. Membership is open to all. Call (813) 654-8849 or go to www.newworldcelts.org.
Fridays Al-Anon: The Come As You Are Al-Anon Family Group, for people affected by someone else’s drinking, meets at 10:30 a.m. Nativity Catholic Church’s Oakwood Room, 205 S. Oakwood Drive, Brandon (east of Nativity Catholic Church). For information, visit www.tampabayalanon.org or call (813) 881-9372.
Retired Railroaders: Retired railroaders and those soon to be retired meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on the second Friday at the Golden Corral, 815 Providence Road, Brandon. They are a unit of NARVRE, National Association of Retired and Veteran Railroad Employees. Call (813) 684-7034.
Saturdays Rolling Thunder: Rolling Thunder FL-11 Riders meet at the Brandon Masonic Lodge, 203 N. Moon Ave., the fourth Saturday monthly at 9 a.m. for breakfast and 10 a.m. for the meeting. Go to www.rollingthunderfl11.com or call (813) 684-2787.
Overeaters Anonymous: Brandon Christian Church, 910 Bryan Road, 9 a.m., (813) 254-4190.
Sundays Falun Gong: 9 a.m., Paul Sanders Park, 3319 S. Kings Ave., Brandon. Free classes teach a form of exercise and meditation. Call (813) 777-9939.
Elks Bikers: The Brandon Elks Bikers Club meets at the Brandon Elks Lodge, 800 Centennial Lodge Drive, at 10 a.m. for breakfast the second and fourth Sundays monthly. Call (813) 685-1104.
Mondays Zumba: Zumba dance classes 8 to 9 a.m. at The Dance Center, 151 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon. Cost is $10 per class. Call (813) 684-4282.
AARP Meets: AARP Inc. Brandon Chapter 4442, Brandon Community Center, 502 E. Sadie St., Brandon. The chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. the first Monday monthly. Bring a brown bag lunch. Desserts and coffee are provided. This is the only chapter in the area. For information, call (813) 381-4745.
Sound Chorus: South Shore Sound Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, meets at 7 p.m. to sing real harmony at Bell Shoals Church of Christ, 2908 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon. Call (866) 730-7464 or visit www.southerncompanychorus.org.
MS Support Group: Brandon MS Support Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the fourth Monday monthly at the Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive. Call (813) 454-7585.
Tuesdays Overeaters Anonymous: Apostle Lutheran Church, 200 Kingsway Ave., Seffner, 6 p.m. Men’s meeting; 7:30 p.m., (813) 254-4190.
New Directions Chorus: Rehearsals are at 6 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 201 at the First Presbyterian Church, 121 Carver St., Brandon. Call (813) 671-4278.
New Directions Orchestra: Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Thursday in Room 201 at the First Presbyterian Church, 121 Carver St., Brandon. Call (813) 671-4278.
East Hillsborough Democratic Club: The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly at Barnacles Restaurant, 926 Providence Road, Brandon. All Democrats and independents are welcome. Email [email protected] for details.
Greater Brandon Republican Club: The group meets at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and 7 p.m. for discussion the first Tuesday monthly at Farm Bureau, 100 S. Mulrennan Road, Valrico. Email [email protected] Brandon-Republicans.com for details.
Ballroom dance class: Learn Ballroom and Latin dances Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Brandon Recreation Center, 510 E. Sadie St. Cost is $10 for single, $16 for couple. Go to www.affordballroomdance.com or call (813) 340-9433.
Computer Club: The Greater Tampa Bay PC Users Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first three Tuesdays monthly in Room 129 at Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria St. Admission is free and guests are welcome. For information, go to www.GTBPCUG.org or email [email protected]
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