.rr.com or go to www.fangconnect.com.
Legislative lunch date
The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Congressional Update luncheon at noon Aug. 20 at Embassy Suites -Tampa/Brandon, 10220 Palm River Road, Tampa. The chamber invited U.S. Reps. Adam Putnam and Gus Bilirakis to provide an update from the committees they serve on and discuss general issues in Washington. The group holds the annual event to help locals learn how federal policy affects business, education, health care, quality of life and other issues. There will be a question-and-answer session. Registration is $23 or $18 for chamber members. Corporate tables to seat eight people are $210 or $170 for chamber members. For information or to register, contact Crystal Colegrove at (813) 689-1221 or
chamber.com or go to www.brandonchamber
Artist takes it on the road
Brandon resident Lannie Battistini is getting ready to take his latest Latin Jazz CD album, "Hands In Motion," on the road. Battistini, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, released the CD in March. He will launch a promotional tour this year to include such cities as New York; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Sacramento, Calif.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Denver; Dallas; Tampa; Orlando; Miami; and San Juan. A pianist who played on a Grammy-winning album in 1999 with Latin pop singer Olga Tanon, Battistini composes arranges and records CDs for independent artists. He has produced jazz, salsa, gospel, pop and other music genres. He also produces commercial jingles for radio and television. For information, call (813) 500-0866 or go to www.myspace.com/
There's a new dog in town
FETCH! Pet Care is targeting the Tampa Bay area as part of its nationwide expansion blitz. The franchise provides professionally trained, bonded and insured pet sitters for any kind of pet, from dogs and cats to hamsters, birds, fish, iguanas and more. Caregivers can be hired for temporary or ongoing daily services. Franchisees use the company's software-based telephone dispatch system to track assignments, deliver electronic order confirmations and send automated sitter assignment reminders. The business can be run from home and requires an initial franchise fee of $12,000 which includes training, national marketing and support. For information, call (866) 338-2463.