NEW PORT RICHEY
Bike ride will raise funds for museum exhibit
Investigation Station, a nonprofit children's museum that brings exhibits to schools, child care centers and community events, hopes to create a permanent outdoor exhibit — a model of our solar system. To raise funds for this project, the museum is planning a family bicycle ride/run Nov. 27, sponsored by San Francis Veterinary Hospital and the St. Petersburg Times at Starkey Wilderness Park. Preregistration is requested to guarantee T-shirt sizes and reserve dinners. On-site registration will open at noon and the ride will start at 2 p.m. Cyclists will bike down the trail that leads from Shelter 5 in the park to the Suncoast Trail and then back. Participants should register by Nov. 19. Registration is a donation of $20 per person or $50 per family, up to five participants. To participate in the ride but not the dinner, registration is $15 per person and $50 per family, up to five participants. For more information, call (727) 459-7331 or visit investigationstation.net.
Holiday light show kicks off Nov. 20
The Shops at Wiregrass will kick off its Symphony in Lights from 5-9 p.m. Saturday. The display features more than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to the holiday music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Shows will be nightly on the hour from 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 31. The show requires 48,000 feet of cable, 2,000 watts of sound, 10 tons of holiday décor, and new this year — snow! The light show's opening will be conducted by Santa. Volunteers will also be selling blinking star pins on the weekends through Dec. 24 as part of the Light Up The Night program to support a different local charity each week. The proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children, as well as the Kids Wish Network, during the Kick-Off Celebration. Photos with Santa will also be available beginning Nov. 21.
Simon malls taking food donations
This holiday season, people can make canned food donations at Simon malls as part of "What Can You Do?" a statewide canned food drive in collaboration with the Florida Association of Food Banks. Local shoppers can donate at Gulf View Square from Nov. 20 through Dec. 14. The first 250 people who donate five or more cans at one time will receive a special coupon from Pollo Tropical. Simon will kick off this food drive with "The Perfect Side Dish" holiday recipe contest on Nov. 20. At-home and professional chefs will be invited to showcase their favorite holiday side dish recipes with canned ingredients. Five finalists per region will each receive a $25 American Express Simon gift card and a $50 gift certificate from Pollo Tropical. The winning chef per region will receive a $100 American Express Simon gift card, a $100 gift certificate from Pollo Tropical and bragging rights.
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