Dog Obedience Classes Offered

Dog Obedience classes (an eight-week course) will begin the week of July 12 at the Brandon Recreation Center, 510 E. Sadie St. Basic classes are held on Mondays or Tuesdays. Sub-novice classes are on Wednesdays or Thursdays. All classes are 7-8 p.m. The registration fee is $80.

For information and pre-registration, call 689-0731 or e-mail

Refresher Course Held for Drivers

The AARP Driver Safety Class, a six-hour refresher course for drivers over the age of 50, is being offered at Davis Park Senior Center, 612 N. Parsons Ave., Brandon, on Tuesday, July 13, from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register by calling 629-3365; H2U Brandon Community Hospital, 119 Oakfield Dr., Room 228, Brandon, from Monday-Tuesday, July 26 – 27, from 12:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Register by calling 684-3316.

Nutrition for Cancer Prevention and Treatment Class

On Wednesday, July 14, Brandon Regional Hospital will hold a free class on nutrition for cancer prevention and treatment. The class will be held at 260 S. Main Ave., Classroom B. To register for this free class, call 653-1065.

College Provides Low-Cost Treatments for Father’s Day

Florida Career College (FCC) is offering dads special deals on treatments in time for Father’s Day, available at the Clinical Skin Care Clinic, 2662 S. Falkenburg Rd., Brandon, offering 20 percent discounts on treatments.

Please call 877-250-6772 for hours of operation and to make an appointment.

St. Andrew’s Tells the Wondrous Story

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 3315 Bryan Rd., Brandon, will host “Swing the Wondrous Story” on Sunday, July 4, during the 8:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services. The concert will feature the St. Andrew’s Choral Department, accompanied by special guests The Jazz Legacy Big Band.

For more information, call 689-6849.

Vendors Needed for Craft Fair

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 604 N. Valrico Rd., Valrico, is seeking vendors for its annual Whistle Stop Craft Fair which will be held on the church grounds on Saturday, October 16. There are inside and outside spots available.

Please contact Pat Magnant at 727-365-2300 or call the church at 689-3130 for an application.

Justice Grant Funds Released to County

The Bureau of Justice Assistance has allocated Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 local Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds to Hillsborough County in the amount of $424,011, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has allocated $588,732, for use beginning Friday, October 1.  The allocations will be used to continue current criminal justice programs and include technology enhancements and crime prevention operations.

For more information, contact Darlene Lewis at, or call 276-2549.

Summer Reading Programs at Your Library

Pick up a game card from your local library and start keeping track of how many hours you read this summer. As you read your way around the bases, bring your game card back to the library to receive prizes from the Rays. If you make it all the way to home plate, you can receive a free ticket to a Tampa Bay Rays game.

Summer programs offer opportunities for kids in grades kindergarten-fifth to explore the world of water and water fun through stories, songs and games while learning about oceans, rivers and lakes and the creatures that live in them. Programs this summer will feature a variety of professional performers – from magicians to musicians to dancers.

Adults can join the fun this summer by registering online at to participate and be automatically entered into a drawing to win prizes generously donated by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Chipotle Mexican Grill and the Tampa Bay Rays. Additionally, the library has teamed up with Southwest Florida Water Management District to present a series of programs in conjunction with the theme Water Your Mind, READ. Information about the adult summer reading program, as well as book recommendations, can be found at

For more information about this and other FREE programs @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit

Hillsborough County Budget Blog Question

Hillsborough County has added a new blog question focusing on shifting service delivery to private and non-profit providers to spark discussion on developing the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget: “The Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2011 was presented to the Board of County Commissioners in June. What do you think of the proposed budget?”

County residents can join the discussion at and also comment on past questions and read other responses. For more information, call 272-5314.

County’s Proposed Budget Presented To Commissioners

Acting Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill presented Hillsborough County’s Fiscal Year 2011 Recommended Budget (FY 11) to the Board of County Commissioners. This recommended budget represents an update to an already planned budget for the period October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011. There are two budget workshops and three budget public hearings scheduled. The budget workshops will be held on Thursday, July 15, at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday, July 28, (Budget Reconciliation) at 9 a.m. The budget public hearings are Thursday, July 15, at 6 p.m.,

Wednesday, September 15, at 6 p.m. and Thursday, September 23, at 6 p.m. Public hearings provide a formal public forum for citizens to express their viewpoints on any aspect of the county budget.

Residents can follow Hillsborough County’s budget process and participate in the discussion by logging on to

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