Things to do in the Brandon area this weekend
TODAYBrandon Blast: In honor of Independence Day, Westfield Brandon hosts its annual Brandon Blast from 5 to 9 p.m. in The Restaurant Courtyard in front of the Cheesecake Factory. The event includes live bands and family entertainment, culminating with the Brandon area's only fireworks display. Complete details are available on the Westfield Facebook page at Facebook.com/WestfieldBrandon. Plant City parties: The City of Plant City presents its eighth annual July 4th Celebration at 6 p.m. at Plant City Stadium, 1810 East Park Road. Activities on the stadium turf, pending weather restrictions, include inflatables, volleyball, face painting and more. Food vendors will be there along with live music. Fireworks take place at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5. For details, call (813) 659-4255 or go to www.plantcitygov.com.SUNDAY Motorcycle merriment: The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, hosts a free Biker Bash from noon to 6 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Winner's Way parking garage. The bash features a 10-class bike contest, beer specials, a poker walk and live entertainment. For details go to seminolehardrocktampa.com or call (813) 627-7625. Patriotic picture: Tampa Theatre's Summer Classic Movie Series presents "Yankee Doodle Dandy" at 3 p.m. James Cagney won his only Oscar for this portrayal of real-life composer, playwright, actor, singer and dancer George M. Cohan. Following the screening, USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the film. Tickets are $9 general admission or $7 for Tampa Theatre members and are available at the box office, 711 N. Franklin St. For information call (813) 274-8981 or go to www.tampatheatre.org. WEDNESDAY Drama in Ireland: Two Irish brothers living alone in their late father's house find it impossible to get along in Jobsite Theater's production of "The Lonesome West," Wednesday through Aug. 4 at the Straz Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $28 (plus service charges), and may be purchased online at strazcenter.org or by calling (813) 229-7827. Send Things to Do submissions to Greg S. Carr at [email protected] Deadline is at least one week prior to publication date.