Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

Neighborhood events

BRANDON

Center Place Holiday Revue: Center Place presents Santa's Holiday Revue at 7 p.m. Friday at 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B. Tickets are $6 for members and $7 for nonmembers. For more information, call (813) 685-8888.

Grief during the holidays: Understanding Your Grief: Touchstones for Hope and Healing presents "Understanding Your Grief" at 7 p.m. Monday at the Embassy Suites, 10220 Palm River Road. The evening of hope and healing will allow participants to quietly reflect on their losses and honor their own unique grief journey. Presenter Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt is a noted author, educator and grief counselor.

DOVER

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 Dec. 16-23. Entrance is free but donations are accepted. For 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 Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 16, then nightly through Dec. 30. Cost is $20 per vehicle. Go to nosl-tb.com.

LITHIA

Tree lighting: FishHawk Ranch's Park Square, 16132 Churchview Drive, will be the site of a tree lighting from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The event will include a DJ spinning holiday tunes and the raffle of a giant stocking. Call (813) 681-2000 for more information.

PLANT CITY

Al Anon meetings: An group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Hull House, 201 N Thomas St. For more information, visit tampabayalanon.org.

Cooking demo at the library: Rowena Mateo-Sjovall of Saraplicious Kitchen presents a cooking demonstration on easy holiday appetizers from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W McLendon St. Samples will be provided. This program is limited to the first 20 adults who show up. Call (813) 757-9215 for information.

Library programs: A class on e-books and e-readers will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday. A computer webinar on the Hottest Tech Toys for the Holiday Season will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call (813) 757-9215.

RIVERVIEW

Grieving through the holidays: To help those dealing with a loss manage the holiday season, LifePath Hospice will offer a seminar, Grieving Through the Holidays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, 6919 Providence Road. At the seminar, bereavement professionals will offer helpful tips. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, call (813) 357-5609.

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.

RUSKIN

Toys for Tots: The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce holds a Toys for Tots/U.S. Marine Corps Reserve event today at the Ruskin VFW Post 6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. It features food, music and Santa and requires only one new unwrapped toy for admittance.

Holidays for Hope: The Mira Lago Clubhouse, 1601 Bonita Bluff Drive, will be the site of a special holiday event from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. It will feature inflatable rides, crafts, raffles, face painting, balloon artists, food, entertainment and a visit from Santa. A winner will be crowned in the Annual Community Decorating Contest, and retail vendors will be on hand to enhance the event. It also will serve as a dropoff point for the Wimauma Family Health Center's Toy Drive. Admission is free. Proceeds from the raffle and vendor donations will go toward the medical expenses of resident Amy Durden, a wife and mother of two who is battling breast cancer.

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.

Democratic Club: The South Shore Democratic Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way. All Democrats and independents are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

VALRICO

Miracle on 34th Street: The Village Players continue their presentation of Miracle on 34th Street with a special matinee performance at 3 p.m. today. The show concludes with performances Friday and Saturday. The performance this weekend also serves as a dropoff point for cookies and "Christmas letters" that will be shipped overseas to military personnel. To get more information or to arrange for dropoff of goods, call (813) 653-0539.

HILLSBOROUGH

Build a bear for Toys for Tots: Give the gift of a teddy bear to a local child this holiday season by donating a toy to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Visit any Build-A-Bear Workshop today to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or purchase a furry friend to donate to the toy drive at the store. Throughout the weekend, volunteer members of the U.S. Marine Corps will be on hand at stores at select times to collect the toys. The toys will be distributed to children in need. For more information, visit buildabear.com.

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