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

Nutrition for Cancer Prevention and Treatment Class Coming

On Wednesday, July 14, Brandon Regional Hospital will hold a free class on nutrition for cancer prevention and treatment. The class will be held within the Oakfield Medical Plaza, directly across the street from Brandon Regional, at 260 S. Main Ave., Suite 260 (Classroom B), in Brandon.

To register for this free class, call 653-1065.

FishHawk Concert Series Continues

FishHawk Ranch, by Newland Communities, is giving the community an opportunity to aid Feeding America Tampa Bay, a local food bank dedicated to ending hunger in our community, through its summer concert series at Park Square, 16144 Churchview Dr., Lithia. Residents are invited to bring a non-perishable food item to the Mosaic tent located in Park Square during the next performance on Friday, July 2, at 7 p.m. Wiley Fox will provide some high energy country music as everyone learns how to line dance. The line-up for every Friday in July is as follows: July 9, Crystal Blue; July 16, Bus Stop; July 23, The GoDaddies; and July 30 – Yesterdayze.

For additional information, please visit or call 654-6360.

Democrats Meet

The East Hillsborough County Democratic Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at Giordano’s Restaurant, 11310 Causeway Blvd., Brandon. The next meeting is on Tuesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Reserve your spot by e-mailing

Nominations Sought For Treasures of Tampa Bay Awards

Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful, Inc. is looking for nominations for its Treasures of Tampa Bay Awards Luncheon & Silent Auction. All Hillsborough County residents are eligible to apply for the individuals, groups and businesses categories. Nomination forms must be received by Friday, July 9. Recipients will be announced at the awards luncheon on Friday, August 6, at the Rusty Pelican, 2425 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa.

To receive a nomination form or to donate an item for the silent auction, please call 960-5121 or visit

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.

VBS Held at Grace UMC

Children will honor heroes during vacation Bible school at Grace Community United Methodist Church at FishHawk, 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Lithia, held from Monday-Friday, July 19-July 23, from 9 a.m.-12 Noon. VBS is for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. A donation of $20 is suggested, but not required. The week will end with a family night of performances on Friday, July 23. The children will also honor area heroes during the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services on Sunday, July 25; those heroes include police, firefighters and military personnel.

For more information, visit or call 661-8858. To register, stop by the church or visit

Camp Hosted for Baseball & Softball Academy

The Rookies Baseball and Softball Academy will host summer camps at Hawk Park in FishHawk from Tuesday-Thursday, July 13-15, for ages 7-12. The cost is $125.

For more information, call 857-2847 or visit

Scouts Team with Sidekicks for Self Defense Class

The Fossil Valley Girl Scouts and Sidekicks Family Martial Arts Center, 16633 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia, are partnering to offer Girl Scout members in ninth-12th grade an intensive all-day self-defense workshop on Saturday, August 14, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The cost is $25, plus a new stuffed animal. Those who are not members can take the class for an additional $12.

To register, call 654-8678 or e-mail

Know the Rules for Watering Lawn Treatments

Do you use a lawn company to fertilize your yard or spray it for weeds and bugs? If it’s been awhile since the last time you hired out this service, you might not be aware that the window of time has narrowed for watering in chemical treatments applied by a professional company. The old rule was 48 hours. The new rule is that professionally-applied treatments can be watered in according to manufacturer’s instructions within 24 hours following application, before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. A dated chemical advisory marker must be clearly posted in the yard. If you live in unincorporated Hillsborough County, violating the restrictions means a fine of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and so on, leading up to $500 for the fifth and succeeding violations.

For complete information, visit or call 275-7094 or the Water Conservation Team at 272-5977, ext. 43991.

Commission Approves Updated Disaster Mitigation Strategy

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners approved a five-year update of its Local Mitigation Strategy. The Plan is a document that identifies local vulnerability to natural hazards, such as flooding and wildfires; assesses risks for all of Hillsborough County, including Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City; serves as a floodplain management plan; and details government projects to mitigate or reduce those vulnerabilities.

For more information, visit or call 276-8245.

Water Quality Report on Its Way to Customers

Hillsborough County’s annual water quality report for analyses performed in 2009 is now available. The report is chock-full of interesting information about where the drinking water supplied to county water customers comes from, what’s in it and how safe it is.

Copies of the 2009 reports may be viewed online at; mailed upon request by calling 272-5977, ext. 43248, or picked up from the Brandon Support Operations Complex, 332 N. Falkenburg Rd., and many public libraries later this month.

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