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Boat parade, boot camp, a leukemia fundraiser and more

Apollo beach

Enjoy evening while watching boat parade

The MiraBay Mariners Club will hold its annual lighted boat parade at 5 p.m. Saturday at the MiraBay community, 205 Manns Harbor Drive, Apollo Beach. Come watch the festive boats make their way around the MiraBay Lagoon. There will be music and food.

Brandon, Valrico

Give from your closet, get boot camp session

Lifestyle Family Fitness is holding a clothing drive called "Shed the Pounds, Donate the Clothes." Donations of gently-used clothes, which will go to Goodwill, can be dropped off through Wednesday at bay area Lifestyle locations, including two in eastern Hillsborough County: 623 Oakfield Drive, Brandon and 3236 Lithia-Pinecrest Road, Valrico. Free boot camp sessions will be given in exchange for donations.


Pawnshop to auction items on Saturday

Still have holiday shopping to do, but want an alternative to the mall? Four Aces Pawn Shop will offer several hundred items at an auction this weekend in Riverview. Items include: electronics, musical instruments, coins, cars, motorcycles, jewelry and machinery. The auction is at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Winthrop Barn Theater, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. For more information, call (813) 784-3926.


Fundraisers will help pay girl's medical bills

Two fundraisers are planned to help a 5-year-old girl who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. The public can drive through the Mira Lago development, between Shell Point Road and 19th Street in Ruskin, to view holiday decorations from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Santa Claus will be there Sunday, and volunteers will collect donations for Emma Lewis to go toward her medical bills. On Monday, Little Harbor will hold Snowflakes in the Sand. The event, from 5 to 9 p.m., will feature Santa, live music, ornament making for kids, a bake sale and cookie decorating. Admission is $5. Tickets are available through the Ruskin Chamber of Commerce and at the event. For information, call (813) 645-3808.


Kids can learn basics at babysitting course

The Ruskin Family Support & Resource Center will hold a Safe Sitter Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 29 at 201 14th Ave. SE., Ruskin. The free course is open to kids ages 11 to 13. It will teach babysitting skills. To register, call (813) 641-5600.


Get plants, hanging baskets from Armwood FFA students

Armwood High School FFA students continue their plant sale through Saturday at the school, 12000 E U.S. 92, Seffner. Sale items include Christmas cactus, poinsettias, indoor plants, outdoor plants and hanging baskets. Proceeds will support students' involvement at leadership conferences and conventions and with projects and awards. Sale hours are 7:10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The sale is in Room 246, next to the drivers education range. Enter off of Pine Street.

Sun city center

Boychoir presents free Christmas concert

The Florida Boychoir hosts a free Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center. The show will feature music from English and German cathedral traditions. There will also be a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 3714 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. For information, call toll-free, 1-877-671-7464 or go to

sun city center

Lions Club collecting glasses, hearing aids

Have old eyeglasses or hearing aids lying around? The Sun City Center Lions Club is collecting them for the needy. Glasses will go to people in Third World countries. Hearing aids will go to the Florida Lions Hearing Foundation, which will distribute them. The Lions Club has collection boxes at various Sun City Center and Ruskin locations, including the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, the Sun City Center Security Patrol, the Kings Point Clubhouse, Walmart, Publix, Winn-Dixie and Freedom Plaza. For information or other locations, call (813) 633-9925.


Bookmobile features e-books, digital media

The Digital Bookmobile, a 74-foot semitrailer truck that tours the country promoting downloadable media, will make a stop today in Valrico. The high-tech truck will be at Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Owned by OverDrive, a digital media distributor, the bookmobile offers readers a glimpse of downloading e-books, audio books, music and videos. For more information, call (813) 273-3652 or go to or


Brandon choral group to perform 'Messiah'

Dozens of local singers will take part in the Brandon Choral Society's performance of Handel's Messiah at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 5049 Bell Shoals Road, Valrico. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 with a canned-food donation. Kids get in free. Proceeds and food donations will benefit Metropolitan Ministries. The Brandon Choral Society, started in 2008, is made up of singers from eastern Hillsborough County.

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