Brandon Press Releases

Local Stylist Makes the Cut
George Cokes, a stylist at Sport Clips, 819 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon, recently won a local Florida contest within the Southeast region based on stylists’ most creative cuts for a chance to participate nationally at the Sport Clips National Huddle conference for the title of The Look 2010 Winner on Tuesday, April 27.
For further information, call 571-0701.

Network Your Real Estate Needs
Realtors, builders and business owners who would like to network are invited to come and pitch their listings, buyers’ wants and needs and brokers opens at Big Belly’s, 109 W. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon, every Wednesday from 8:45-10 a.m. Vendors are welcome to come and share their services that complement the real estate industry. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be served. Raffles and giveaways occur every meeting.
Call Tim Ryan at 928-2862 for more information.

Democrat Club to Meet
The East Hillsborough County Democratic Club’s next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Giordano’s Restaurant, 11310 Causeway Blvd., Brandon.
For more information, visit

Speed Dating with a Touch of Comedy
Coconuts Comedy Club, 9331 Adamo Dr, Tampa, will have speed dating on Friday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. All singles over the age of 21 are welcome. The cost is just $10 and includes the comedy show to follow at 8:30 p.m.
For more information, visit

Newcomers Welcome
The Brandon Newcomers will host the following events:
On Friday, March 26, the annual Fun and Games will be held – bunko, bridge, dominoes and hand and foot (a card game). For further information, call 643-3281 or 727-0424.
The book club will meet on Thursday March 25, to discuss Sarah’s Key. For details and reservations, call 681-6933.
Gal’s Night Out will be on Thursday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m. For information or reservations, call 654-2029.
Let’s Eat Out will be at Jesse’s Restaurant, 524 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, on Saturday, March 27. For information or reservations, call 654-1298.

Pizza Hut Sells Shamrocks for MDA
Shamrock mobiles and lapel pins are available at all Pizza Hut locations, including the one at 729 W. Lumsden Rd., Brandon (684-8080), in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s quest to cure neuromuscular diseases until Wednesday, March 17.
For more information about MDA or the Shamrock program, call Nicholas Reaume at 903-2900.

Black Eyed Peas Come to Regency
On Tuesday, March 30, The Black Eyed Peas will rock the big screen as their concert performance from Los Angeles is transmitted live nationwide, including Regency 20,
2496 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon. Tickets are $18.
For more information, visit

Coast Guard Seeks Volunteers
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Brandon U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 74 meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at J.C. Handley Park, 3006 S. Kings Ave., Brandon. Membership is open to U.S. citizens age 17 and older. Flotilla also conducts a one-day boating safety program the third Saturday of each month at its building in the park, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Call 1-800-704-4216 or go to for details.

Bloomingdale Scholarship Deadline Approaching
High school seniors, who are residents of the Bloomingdale community, working on the Bloomingdale Homeowners Association Community Scholarship in honor of BJ Stelter must turn in their application by Thursday, April 1, to the BHA.
If you have any questions, please contact the Bloomingdale Homeowners Association at 681-2051.

Free Small Business Help
The Small Business Information Center will be offering the free class, How to Apply for a SBA Loan, on Tuesday, April 13, from 10 a.m.-12 Noon at The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, 330 Pauls Dr., Ste. 100, Brandon.
To register, call 914-4028, option 4.

2010 Bay Area Renaissance Festival Coming
The 32nd Annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival is coming to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 Fowler Ave. E., Tampa, through Sunday, March 28, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The cost for adults is $17.95, for children (5-12) is $9.95 and for seniors (65 and up) is $14.95.
For more information, visit or call 1-800-966-8215.


Learn the Catholic Faith
Nativity Catholic Church, 705 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, invites residents to an informal question and answer inquiry session on most Sunday mornings from 9-10 a.m. in the Adult Ed. Bldg.
For more information, call 689-9101.

Experience Holy Week
The Cluster of seven United Methodist Churches in the Brandon area invites all friends and neighbors to four special services for Holy Week and Easter:
On Thursday, April 1, at 7:30 pm, First UMC of Brandon, 121 N. Knights Ave., will observe Maundy Thursday. For more details, call 689-4161 or visit
The Family Life Center of St. Andrew’s UMC, 3315 Bryan Rd., will be open with a Prayer Labyrinth on Friday, April 2, at 3 p.m. through Saturday, April 3, at 3 p.m. At least three persons per hour will be praying in the Tent of Meeting with God around the clock—with a break from 7-9 p.m. for the service of darkness, known as Tenebrae.
On Friday, April 2, from 7-8 p.m., St. Andrew’s will host Tenebrae.
More information on the services is available at
The fourth annual gathering for the Community Easter Sunrise Service will be held again by the lake at Rotary Camp Florida, 1915 Camp Florida Rd., Brandon, from 6:30–7:15 a.m. on Sunday, April 4, hosted by the Tampa Bay Area Emmaus Community.

BCC Announces Upcoming Services
Brandon Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 910 Bryan Rd., Brandon, will hold a Maundy Thursday service during Holy Week on Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. An Easter sunrise service will be celebrated on the campus of the church at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 4, followed by breakfast in the fellowship hall and an Easter egg hunt. The regular service of worship will be held on Easter at 10:45 a.m. in the sanctuary. For additional information, please call 689-4021.

FUMC Provides Family Worship Service
First United Methodist Church of Brandon, 121 N. Knights Ave., will present the once-a-month “God, Family & You” Family Worship Service on Sunday, March 28, beginning at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Call 689-4161 for more details or visit

Ladies Invited to Come and Sing
The South Shore Sound Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, invites all ladies who love to sing and have a good time to come join in, meeting each Monday at the Bell Shoals Church of Christ, 2908 Bell Shoals Rd., Brandon, at 7 p.m.
For further information, go to or call 1-866-730-7464.

ESL Classes Begin at Bell Shoals
Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd., Brandon, is now accepting students interested in learning English as a Second Language. All teachers are certified and classes are available for all levels of learning, including a conversation class and the possibility of a citizenship class. Classes meet on the second floor of the C building in room 202 on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m.; conversation classes run from 6-8 p.m. Childcare is available for children more than 6 weeks of age.
Call 689-4229 for more information.


Immanuel Lutheran School Announces Spring Fling
Immanuel Lutheran School will hold its 14th Annual Spring Fling Dinner & Auction at The Latam at the Centro Restaurant and Bar, 1913 Nebraska Ave., Tampa, on Saturday, March 27, from 5:30-10:30 p.m. and will include a live auction, a silent auction and a “ticket drop” auction. The school is welcoming donations for the auction and sponsors. Individual tickets are available at the school office, 2913 John Moore Rd., Brandon.
For details, e-mail Lisa Pusateri at

Free Events at Resource Center
The Brandon Family Support & Resource Center, 1277 Kingsway Rd., Brandon, offers the following free program: Coffee & Careers/Goal Planning on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. This program provides assistance in job search, practice for interviews, resumes/cover letters and job applications. Registration is required.
Call 740-4634 for more information.

BSAC Registering for Fall
The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, 405 Beverly Blvd., Brandon, is currently taking registrations for fall 2010 for its Early Childhood/Voluntary Kindergarten program. VPK is held each weekday from 9 a.m.-12 Noon. Early drop off, Lunch & Longer and Full-Day options are available.
For more information, please call Kim Dearth at 689-0908.

Music Showcase Unveils New Programs
Children from 4 years old-adult can sign up now for a wide variety of programs through the Florida Academy of Performing Arts at Music Showcase. Actors can participate in the upcoming musical performances of Cinderella, Into the Woods Junior and Civil War. Classes focus on coaching in acting and singing and set, prop, and costume design with performances at the end of the sessions. Also offered is the Academy’s Rock Band, Rock Orchestra, beginning group guitar, group violin classes, one-on-one instruction in any instrument or voice and the Mini-Musicians class.
For more information, call Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Dr., Brandon, at 490-ARTS (2787) or visit

County Updates

Teens Needed to Join Anti-Bullying Subcommittee
Hillsborough County’s new Anti-bullying Youth Advisory Subcommittee is recruiting members to work with the county’s Anti-Bullying Advisory Committee (ABAC), which was formed last August as part of the Board of County Commissioners’ Bully Busters initiative.
Anyone interested in applying for the Youth Subcommittee should call Callie Lackey, Children’s Services, at 264-3807, ext. 120, or Carol Michel, Criminal Justice, at 276-2033.

County Wants Your Input Regarding Services
Hillsborough County has added a new blog question to get online feedback on the county services residents think should be reduced. There is also a Matrix of Services that easily outlines the county services currently offered. All public comments, no matter through which form, will be sent to county management and budget staff and County Commissioners for consideration in developing the recommended budget.
The blog link is To find out details on the FY 11 budget, go to and click the megaphone graphic to go straight to all things budget. Residents will even be able to watch the budget hearings and workshops live or prior meetings on demand.

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