St. Andrews Pumpkin PatchSt. Andrews United Methodist Church, located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon, is planning its annual pumpkin patch sale set to begin on September 28 and run through October 31.
. The proceeds from the sale benefit the youth program at St. Andrews UMC with a portion of the profits going to a charity of its choice.

Center Place Exhibit
Then and Now Paint Box Studios will be on exhibit from October 2-31 in the Mook Gallery at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr., Ste. B, in Brandon. An art reception will be held on Sunday, October 12, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The multi-talented artists in Paint Box Studio are a group of women who have painted on Thursdays at Center Place for many years. They work in a variety of media, both small and large, and take pride in their individual accomplishments as well as those with the Paint Box Studio. They are members of the Miniature Society of Florida and participate in other art groups in the Tampa Bay area. The Paint Box Studio will have a special remembrance for Edith Wily who passed on this year. She was an avid member of Center Place, the Brandon League of Fine Arts and the Limona Methodist Church and a long-time member of the group. She will be missed by all.
For more information, call 685-8888.

Children Fly Flags in Honor
At 9:59 a.m. on 9/11, Castles of Imagination Preschool began its annual flag waving ceremony. Throughout the day motorists along Bryan road were greeted by cheering preschoolers waving American Flags. Many drivers waved and some even honked their horns. The school spent the week teaching their young students about community heroes and decorating their American Pride Shirts. This is the seventh year they have observed 9/11 with their students. Castles of Imagination is a National Accredited Preschool and Gold Seal Appointed by the state of Florida. For more information, call 689-2036.

HCC Seeks Host Families
Hillsborough Community College is sponsoring another group of 20 international students of the Cooperative Association of States for Scholarships (CASS) Program. The college is still looking for families to host two male students for a period of eight months, who can provide room and board and the meals to the scholars; also with whom the students can best gain proficiency in English as a second language, learn more about the American culture and the local community. The host families also have the opportunity to learn about another cultural background, participating in social and recreational CASS activities; receiving a monthly stipend of $200 for hosting a scholar; gaining new friends from the U.S. and other countries; and gain the satisfaction of helping international students, among other benefits.
If you know anyone that may be interested in hosting a student, please call Mery Young at 259-6593 or 924-5825 or e-mail at

Resource Center’s Upcoming Events
The Brandon Family Support & Resource Center, located at 1277 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon, will host the upcoming events: Kids Hour, every Tuesday, from 5-6 p.m. Join children ages 5-12 for fun and games of all types. Snacks will be provided; Teen Movie Night on Saturday, September 27, from 3-6 p.m. A movie, refreshments, prizes and plenty of fun will be available.
Call to sign-up for any of the events at 740-4634.

Golf School Offers Classes
Ace Golf / Pebble Creek Golf Club is now offering Junior Golf School with year-round Saturday group classes containing three levels: beginner, advanced and intermediate. Instructor Tom Egan, PGA professional, will be accepting a maximum of 10 students, with a minimum of four per class, ages 7-17. Classes include range balls and run 45 minutes per week at 820 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon. Prices range from $69-$125, depending on level chosen, as do times.
Call 651-4653 for more information.

Dance Classes Held in Brandon
Teaching the Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Cha Cha, Rumba and even Samba and Mambo, dance instructor Donna Garzone offers low-cost dance instruction to beginners on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Brandon Community Center, located at 502 E. Sadie St. in Brandon, for $25 per month and on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club located at 213 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon for $20 per month. She also holds dance parties once a month for the students.
For more information, call 340-9433, 671-3009 or e-mail

Chess at Center Place
Every Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. chess lessons for beginner players will be offered at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Classes are open to all ages for only $5 per session.
For more information, call Coach Taylor at 727-8852.

Victorian Tea Room Hosts High Tea
Don’t miss this chance to join Tracie L. Arnold of Past and Present Creations and Jewelry Designer Jill Bailey for Afternoon Tea and High Fashion on Sunday, September 28, from 1-4 p.m. at the Victorian Grace Tea Room located at 616 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. Travel back in time for a very feminine and fun event as you view the timeless pieces of jewelry and fashion of that era. Victorian and Edwardian attire is welcomed and encouraged but not necessary. After, enjoy the Afternoon Tea, served on a beautifully presented three tiered tray with mouth watering scones, finger sandw

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