Deadline for Key Citizen Award is 3 p.m. Monday
The deadline to nominate someone for the 2008 Key Citizen Award is 3 p.m. Monday, and nominations should go to the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, 330 Pauls Drive, Suite 100. The winner will be chosen based on his or her contribution to progress in Brandon for a minimum of five years. The award will be presented Jan. 23 at the chamber's annual dinner at the Embassy Suites Hotel on the campus of the University of South Florida. Call 689-1221 or go to www.brandonchamber.com.
Pizza parlor raising money for rape victim
East Coast Pizza will have a fundraiser Monday night for the Bloomingdale Library rape victim. The restaurant is having a pasta night at the Riverview Moose Lodge, 9000 Honeywell Road. Dinner is $5 and includes baked ziti, meatballs, salad and garlic rolls. Beer and meals to go will be available. A disk jockey will be on hand, and Santa Claus will visit. T-shirts and bracelets also will be sold to raise money for the attack victim.
Want a Christmas tree? Do homework
Do a little research before you buy a Christmas tree. That's the advice from Hillsborough County Extension Service officials, who say you should start by looking for a tree lot that keeps its stock out of the sun. Ask the seller for a tree that was recently delivered, and run your hand through a branch to make sure most of the needles stay intact.
At home, cut an inch off the trunk to allow for water absorption and use tap water instead of water with additives.
New church will have Christmas Eve service
A new nondenominational church has opened in Riverview. South County Christian Fellowship is holding Sunday services at 10 a.m. at the clubhouse of SouthPointe, 10520 Southern Pointe Blvd. The new church will have a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. with candlelight, seasonal music and communion. For church information, call 758-3406 or go to www.scchristianfellowship.com.
Shoppes of Southbay offering holiday stroll
The Shoppes of Southbay is holding an inaugural South Shore Holiday Stroll from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to help stock local food pantries. Businesses in the shopping center at the southeast corner of Big Bend Road and U.S. 301 will stamp families' cards as they walk from one end to the other. Santa will be at the event, as will the Buccaneer cheerleaders, Lightning Girls, the East Bay High School Jazz Band and the Krewe of the South Shore Marauders. Participants are asked to bring a canned food item.
Groups team up for clothing giveaway
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Hispanic Advisory Council and the Youth Environmental Services Division of Associated Marine Institutes are teaming up today for a clothing giveaway at 11:30 a.m. The clothes will go to at-risk youths and will be distributed at the Youth Environmental Services building, 4337 Saffold Road. For information, call 801-6739.