Monday, November 20, 2017
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BRANDON

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

Deputy Dan DeWitt Benefit: O'Brien's Irish Pub, 701 W Lumsden Road, will host a benefit for Deputy Dan DeWitt from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. today. Patrons can take advantage of a $7.99 fish fry special from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scream Machine will provide live entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. and a raffle will be held at 9 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to the foundation of DeWitt, a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy who is battling cancer.

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 Sunday through Dec. 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 this Sunday, 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: 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.

RIVERVIEW

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.

RUSKIN

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.

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 calling her at (813) 975-8377.

VALRICO

Benefit poker tournament: Operation Kidney holds a poker tournament at Buckhorn Springs Golf and Country Club, 2721 S Miller Road, to benefit Devon Cooley Carver at 6:30 tonight. Carver is a 34-year-old local wife and mother who suffers from renal failure and is on dialysis 12 hours a day awaiting to be matched with a live kidney donor. Tournament cost is $100; 50 seats are available. Call (813) 335-9633 for information.

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