Drive-Through Nativity: Cornerstone Baptist Church, 818 N Parsons Ave., brings together live animals, vivid scenery, music and more than 125 volunteers to give folks a trip back to Bethlehem with its drive-through nativity. The weekend holiday event wraps up today with a presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information about Cornerstone and the event, go to cornerstonebrandon.org.
Gift of Hope: Brandon's Gift of Hope Tent, a partnership of local churches and ECHO, the Emergency Care Help Organization, is working to reach out to more than 600 families in the Greater Brandon area by providing them with toys for their children to enjoy at Christmas. To help, drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the tent, 216 N Parsons Ave. Visit brandongiftofhope.com.
Art classes: Carol Karow, a Ringling College of Art and Design graduate, will teach beginner charcoal drawing and oil painting classes starting in January at the Brandon Recreation Center at 510 E Sadie St. The one-hour charcoal class will take place on Mondays at 10 a.m. and cost $5 per class. Students must bring their own charcoal supplies. The oil painting class will be held Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and cost $7 per class. Students will need to bring their own painting supplies. Classes start the week of Jan. 10. For more information, call (813) 681-7324 or (813) 744-5617.
Christmas Lane: Grab some hot chocolate — or a cold soda — and stroll through a winter wonderland at Christmas Lane. The light display at 2091 Wooten Road is open nightly, from 6 to 10, through Dec. 28, weather permitting. It includes musical entertainment and Santa visits from today through Dec. 23. Entrance is free but donations are accepted. For more information, go to christmaslane.org.
Nights of Shimmering Lights: Head to the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds and bask in the glow of nearly a million holiday lights. Visitors take a 30- to 40-minute drive through the Nights of Shimmering Lights, which features more than 850 creations. There are 11 themed areas with many animated elements. End the night with Santa photos, outdoor holiday movies and sweet treats. The fairgrounds are at 215 Sydney Washer Road. Gates open at dark and close at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The display is open nightly through Dec. 30. Cost is $20 per vehicle. Go to nosl-tb.com for more information.
Holiday concert: First Baptist of Plant City, 503 N Palmer St., presents its Christmas choir extravaganza, "The Light of Christmas," today. at 6:30 p.m. Several hundred choir members and others will perform. Tickets are free at the door or at the church office ahead of performances. For more information, call (813) 752-4104.
Al Anon meetings: A group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Hull House, 201 N Thomas St. For more information, visit tampabayalanon.org.
Drawing supports training center: MacDonald Training Center holds its inaugural "Holiday Wishes" chance drawing. Patrons can purchase one ticket for $10 or three tickets for $25. The drawing will be Wednesday and winners will be notified by email. The first prize is original artwork by training center artist Omoro S. Ralls; second place is four opening night tickets to Mary Poppins at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 26. Go to macdonaldcenter.org/donate.html for more information.
Ballet lecture series: Brandon Ballet presents the second part of its seasonal lecture series, "The Art of Pas de Deux," on Wednesday at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road. The special presentation will be guided by artistic director Octavio Martin, alongside Brandon Ballet professional dancers. Pas de deux is the French phrase for step of two. Learn about the exquisite and intricate partnering work between two dancers, which can include challenging lifts, turns and tricks.
Yappy Hour: Bring your dog to Yappy Hour from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 27 at Joia Martini Bar, 10475 Gibsonton Drive. Proceeds will benefit Wheaten Terrier Rescue. Enjoy free pizza and martini samples, listen to live music and pamper your pup with complimentary treats. For more information, call (813) 677-7171.
CARE'S Tree of Lights: Donors can honor past or present pets by having a bulb or personalized ornament placed on the Tree of Lights at the Critter Adoption & Rescue Effort Shelter at 1528 27th St. SE. For information, call (813) 645-2273 or go to careshelter.org.
Christmas cards for sale: Children of the Redland Christians Migrants Association have once again designed Christmas cards for the public to purchase this holiday season. Every dollar raised helps prepare children in Florida's low-income farm communities to embrace school and seize its opportunities. Order RCMA Christmas cards online at rcma.org/holidaycards or by calling Judy Brill toll-free at 1-800-282-6540. Her email address is [email protected] Anyone ordering 100 cards or more can choose an exclusive or specialized design by emailing Sonia Tighe at [email protected] or call her at (813) 975-8377.
Celebration: Bring your drums and rattles to Camp Bayou on Dec. 21 to help celebrate the start of a new era. Sponsored by the Unity Community of Joy, the event, which takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., will feature song and prayers as well as an ancient ceremony honoring Mother Earth. Refreshments will be served. Camp Bayou is at 4202 24th St. SE in Ruskin. For more information, call (813) 298-7745.
SUN CITY CENTER
Christmas Cantata: Unity Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., presents its Christmas Cantata at 10 a.m. today and Christmas Comes Alive! The Living Nativity at 10 a.m. Dec. 23. For more information, call (813) 642-9020.
Apartment 14G: This musical comedy debuts at the Rollins Theater in Sun City Center on Jan. 10. Tickets are available at the Sun City Center kiosk Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or by calling (813) 642-0606. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10-12 and 17-19 with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Jan. 12 and 19.