Things to do in the Brandon area
Block party: Children in grades K through 5 can build with Lego blocks beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the 78th Street Community Library, 7625 Palm River Road, Tampa. The library will provide the building theme and blocks; the children provide the imagination.
Anime and Manga: Teens can get together with other otaku at 6:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. They will be able to watch some of the latest Anime or create and share Manga art and comics.
Friday Aladdin: Children just might learn something while watching Aladdin and the Magic Lamp at 7 p.m. Friday April 26 at The Centerplace, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon. The genie of the magic lamp, the prince and princess will bring the classic tale to life with music, magic and mayhem. Tickets are $6 for members and $7 for nonmembers. For more information, call (813) 685-8888.
Book signing: Author Jon Acuff will be signing copies of his latest book “START.” from 6 to 8 p.m. at Books-A-Million, 839 Brandon Town Center Mall. He shares how to build on experiences and make life better
Country music: The Farm, 7818 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Lithia will welcome A2J, New Beginnings, Sawgrass and The Weaver Believers for a special night of Bluegrass music singing about God and country. Enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs and beverage at 6:30 p.m., and music kicks in at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge, however donations are appreciated. Get there early for a seat or bring your own. For more information, go to www.TheFarmUSA.com or call (813) 967-3046.
Saturday Pancake breakfast: There will be a ‘Pancakes for the Community’ breakfast from 8 to11:30 a.m. Saturday April 27 at the First Baptist Church of Brandon, 216 N. Parsons Ave. in support of E.C.H.O. and New Horizons Group Homes. The cost is $5 per person and tickets are available at E.C.H.O., 506 N. Parsons Ave., Brandon and New Horizons Group Homes, 109 Clay St., Brandon/ This is the third year for the fundraising event. For more information, call (813) 685-0935.
Parent University: A series of free informational sessions to support the academic life of children will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon at Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Road. Parent University will offer sessions on academic and support programs in Hillsborough County Public Schools, effective strategies families can use to help every child succeed, and ways to advocate for the resources necessary for our public schools and will focus on navigating the education system, student learning and family health/wellness. The sessions are designed to be informative, fun and interactive. A continental breakfast will be provided and childcare will be available at no cost by HOST (Hillsborough Out of School Time Program) for those families with children from 5 to 12 years of age. For session details and to pre-register for Parent University, visit www.hillsboroughparentu.org or call (813) 272-4499.
Clean up: The annual Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful-Great American Clean Up will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at several project sites available throughout the Tampa Bay area. Volunteers are needed to plant trees, flowers and community gardens, and clean up litter and debris from public lands. For information, site locations and pre-registration forms, visit www.keeptampabaybeautiful.org or call (813) 221-8733.
Yard sales: Two churches will have yard sales from 9 a.m. to noon at 4929 Bell Shoals Road, Valrico. Both the South Brandon Worship Center and Shoresh David Messianic Synagogue will have a wide variety of items and treasures available for purchase.
Puppet show: Katie Adams will present “Mariposa Martinez and More Tales From Latin America” at 3:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. The show will feature shadow puppets, storytelling and audience participation. Free admission tickets will be available after 2:30 p.m. at the Ask Me Kiosk.
Anime and Manga: Teens can get together with other otaku at 3:30 p.m. at the Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N. Kingsway Road, Seffner. They will be able to watch some of the latest Anime or create and share Manga art and comics.
Celebrity chef: Chef Chad Ward will be a special guest chef at the Rolling Pin, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. For 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.
Sunday Bike ride: Take a guided mountain bike ride at 9 a.m. along the trails through Alafia River State Park, 14326 C.R. 39, Lithia. Experienced SWAMP club members will lead the way. Bike helmets are required to participate in the ride. The price is included in the park admission of $4 for single car occupant, $5 for 2 to 8 in car or $2 for bicyclists and pedestrians. For more information, go to www.swampclub.org or call (813) 689-5109.
Extreme worship: There will be special musical spoken word artists at the Extreme Youth Spring Jam beginning at 10 a.m. at the Hillsborough County Community College Brandon Campus, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa. This free event will feature Pastor Weston of Exodus International Ministries in Jacksonville.
Golf tournament: Brandon Ballet will host a golf tournament fundraiser 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 information, contact [email protected] or call (813) 545-6688.
Block party: Children in grades K through 5 can build with Lego blocks beginning at 2 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. The library will provide the building theme and blocks; the children provide the imagination.
Monday Women Voter’s Luncheon: The League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County 2013 Annual Award Luncheon will take place May 3 at The Centre Club, 123 S. West Shore Blvd., #8, Tampa. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon and program going from noon to 1:30 p.m. Receiving special recognition will be T. Terrell Sessums and Matilda Garcia. The cost to attend is $30 for members and $40 for non-members and guests. Reservation deadline is noon today, and payment must be received to guarantee the reservation. Register and pay on-line at www.hclwv.org, click on the Lifetime Achievement Award tab or send a check to: LWVHC, P.O. Box 1801, Tampa, FL 33601-1801.
Retirement strategies: Financial consultant Jon Lynn will speak preparing for retirement at 7 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. His talk will focus on money management, factors for success, obstacles to overcome and saving strategies.
Tuesday Dance time: Dance your way to a healthy heart with classes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Brandon Recreation Center, 510 E. Sadie St. Learn the foxtrot, rumba, waltz, swing and cha-cha while improving your health. Cost is $10 for singles, $16 for couples. For more information, call (813) 340-9433.
Plan Ahead Celebrity chef: Chef Tre Wilcox will be a special guest chef May 2 at the Rolling Pin, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. For 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.
Golf tournament: The Rolling Thunder’s 4th Annual “POW/MIA Awareness” Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Veterans will take place May 4 at The Eagles Golf Club, 16101 Nine Eagles Drive, Odessa. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. with a four-person scramble shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. An awards luncheon will follow play along with numerous raffle prizes and an auction. Registration is $75 (single) and $290 (foursome). More information is available at www.RollingThunderFL11.com.
Music workshop: Children ages 2 through 10 can attend a free music workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. May 11 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.
Golf tournament: The Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church Golf Tournament will take place May 18 at the Bloomingdale Golfers Club. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $65 per individual or $240 per foursome and includes the use of a cart, range balls, a gift bag drawings, contests, prizes and lunch. Proceeds will go to support church projects and outreach programs. For information or an entry form, email Steve Purifoy at [email protected] or call (813) 495-4307.
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]
Brandon Lions Club: The Lions meet the first and third Thursdays at the clubhouse, 610 Limona Road. Dinner is served at 6:45 p.m. followed by a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.brandonlions.org or call (813) 263-2522.
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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