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In the mood for spaghetti?

South Shore honorary mayor’s race candidate Shannon Brown will host a take-out spaghetti dinner Thursday, Sept. 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Kids R Kids Southshore, 13151 Kings Lake Drive, Gibsonton. The cost is $5. Every purchase helps Brown capture five votes. She is raising funds for the East Bay High School and Lennard High School athletic programs.

For information, call (813) 672-0400.

Madden to host Feel Fabulous fundraiser

South Shore honorary mayor’s race candidate Anne Madden will host a spa evening Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at A Peaceful Harbor Day Spa and Salon, 1312 Apollo Beach Blvd. A $5 donation enters participants into a drawing for door prizes, including gift packages from spa employees, the Merle Norman Studio and select local businesses. Anne is raising money for the Good Samaritan Mission.

For additional information, call (813) 645-3303.

Call for help

Volunteers are needed to weed, rake, trim and pick up trash during the fall clean-up of the Ruskin Memorial Park Cemetery, a nonprofit community-owned park, from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 28. Anyone with equipment to assist with weed-eating after the rainy season and edging around the flat markers on the ground are encouraged to come. Students, neighbors and friends of the cemetery can also volunteer with raking, pruning and light trash removal.

Students wanting community service hours need to check in at the registration table. Letters will be available to document their time.

Bring tools, gloves, and equipment to help with this community project. Trash bags provided.

For additional information, call Deb Adams at (813) 649-0400 or Deb Bonebrake at (813) 892-7235.

Check it out online

The Firehouse Cultural Center has more than a new sign. It recently unveiling a new website built by Mariella Smith, owner of InSight Graphic Design in Ruskin. The site is larger, more user-friendly and has the latest on all of the center’s programming, including live music concerts for adults; Mini-Maestro Concerts for children; Theater at the Firehouse; workshops and classes.

You’ll also find the latest on the 6th Annual Big Draw and the center’s upcoming grand-opening ribbon cutting on Oct. 12.

To learn more, visit www.firehousecultural center.org.

Unwanted garbage cans to be collected

Hillsborough County’s new garbage and recycling carts are ready to roll when automated collection starts the week of Sept. 30. But what do customers do with their old trash cans once the new kids take over the block?

If customers simply can’t find a use for their old trash cans by using them for yard waste or repurposing them as storage containers, here are some options:

• During garbage collection the week of Sept. 23, place unwanted garbage cans curbside with a note directing your service provider to take them.

• After automated collection starts the week of Sept. 30, customers can dispose of old garbage cans by putting them inside the gray roll cart for pickup. All items must be inside the cart in order to be collected.

• Dispose of old garbage cans at any of the county’s four community collection centers.

Old recycling bins may be placed inside the gray garbage cart or recycled at a community collection center.

For more information or answers to questions about the new collection service, call Hillsborough County Public Utilities at (813) 272-5680.

Working parents need not scramble

Don’t let no-school days become a logistical nightmare of scrambling for last-minute sitters, paying high prices for drop-in day care centers or having to take vacation days. Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation offers camp days as a solution for $7.60 per day. Online registration is now open at www.hillsboroughcounty.org/parks.

Camp days are offered on the following dates: Oct. 21; Nov. 25-27; Dec. 23, 26-27, 30-31; Jan. 2-3 and 21; Feb. 7; March 10-14; and April 18.

In South Shore camp days offer fun-filled days when school is closed at the Gardenville Recreation Center, 6219 Symmes Road, Gibsonton, (813) 672-1120 or Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 6th St. S.E., Ruskin, (813) 672-7881.

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