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Mango Elementary will benefit from Brandon Blast at Westfield Brandon

The fireworks display is the culmination of the annual Brandon Blast Fourth of July celebration.

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The fireworks display is the culmination of the annual Brandon Blast Fourth of July celebration.

BRANDON — The 10th annual Brandon Blast will showcase over-the-top fireworks, yummy food and plenty of entertainment for youngsters. But, this summer's Brandon Blast will also benefit some area students.

Proceeds from the Fourth of July activities at Westfield Brandon mall will support children at Mango Elementary School in Seffner. The mall plans to help the school throughout the 2013-14 school year, said Dawn Arvidson, Westfield Brandon's marketing director.

During Brandon Blast, every fee paid for a bounce house, face painting or video game will be channeled to Mango Elementary School at 4220 State Road 579.

"The proceeds from these paid events will go back to our adopted school," Arvidson said.

Westfield Brandon selected Mango Elementary based on its needs and its application. The school wants money to help build a fitness trail, improve vocabulary performance and to outfit students with new shoes.

Arvidson said the mall views itself as a community partner and is thrilled to step up and help an area school. Mall officials loved the school's plans for the money.

The mall will also help Mango Elementary after Brandon Blast. Arvidson said there are plans to provide back-to-school supplies for Mango's students.

"We want to be part of giving back to our community," she said.

Brandon Blast hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July Fourth. The evening's activities will center around the mall's restaurant courtyard and nearby parking lot. In addition to bounce houses, face painting, mobile video gaming unit, live music, a magician and food vendors, the mall's anticipated fireworks display will be unveiled at 9 p.m.

Other highlights of Brandon Blast are the mall's inclusion of several not-for-profits, such as the America Legion and Florida Blood Services. In addition, i9 Sports will set up an information booth and Busch Gardens will showcase its animals and characters.

Arvidson said families look forward to the Brandon Blast and all it brings to the area. She said they are happy to provide a fun-filled evening, with free and fee activities, for the community.

"We are the community center," she noted.

Monica Bennett can be reached at

Fourth of July celebrations

Apollo Beach

Newland Communities' Concerts for a Cause: The summer series continues on Thursday with Stormbringer, a Florida band for more than 22 years, playing classic-concert rock. The show starts at 6 p.m. at the Landing at Waterset, 7012 Sail View Lane, Apollo Beach. The concerts are free and open to the public. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items to benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay. For more information, visit or call toll-free 1-888-503-0483.


Bell Shoals Baptist Church: The church at 2102 Bell Shoals Road will host Celebrate America, a free indoor concert and family fun fest, beginning with live music at 5:30 p.m. today. A festival featuring 14 food trucks, games and sweet treats will follow at 7 p.m. For more information, call (813) 689-4229 ext. 708.

Community Roundtable Fourth of July Parade: One of Brandon's biggest annual events begins Thursday at 10 a.m. at the corner of Parsons Avenue and Lumsden Road. The parade route will go north on Parsons then west on Robertson Street. Look for bands, floats, krewes and plenty of entries offering beads and candy. For information, go to

Brandon Blast: The 10th annual event is Thursday at Westfield Brandon from 5-9 p.m. and concludes with fireworks shortly after 9 p.m.

Plant City

City Recreaton & Parks Celebration: The family-themed celebration starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at Plant City Stadium, 1810 E Park Road. Admission is free, but parking is $5 per car. The parking lot gates open at 5:45 p.m. Among the activities are face painting, corn hole bean bag toss, tug-o-war and volleyball. The Double Barrel Band and Highway 41 South are scheduled to perform leading up to the National Anthem at 9 p.m. The fireworks are set to go off at 9:15. The event is organized by the city's Recreation & Parks Department.


Gun safety: Bullet Free Sky will hold an awareness and fundraising event. "What Goes Up, Must Come Down." about the dangers of celebratory gunfire at the Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave NE, on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. The event is free. There will be food, live music, raffles, kids' activities and a gun safety presentation. Proceeds benefit the Bullet Free Sky Awareness Campaign. For information visit or call (813) 645-7651.

Sun City Center

Sun City Center Celebrations: The events begin Thursday with an open-to-the-public $5 pancake breakfast at the SCC Community Hall, 1910 Pebble Beach South, from 7 a.m. to noon. Starting at 4:30 and continuing to dusk at the Community Association Campus, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd., barbecue fare will be served including hot dogs, brats, chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, potato chips and ice cream. Tito and Debi, a popular local duo, will perform during the dinner. In the evening, an impressive fireworks display takes place just north of the Community Association Campus at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. This is the third annual SCC display. For information, call (813) 633-1523.

Mango Elementary will benefit from Brandon Blast at Westfield Brandon 06/29/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 3:28pm]
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