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Plant City Christmas parade organizers will try again tonight at 6

Brandon, Plant City

Burgin, Glorioso to meet constituents

Two state lawmakers, Reps. Rachel Burgin and Rich Glorioso, will participate next week in Meet Your Legislator, hosted by the Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA. Burgin, R-District 56, will be at Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive, on Monday. Glorioso, R-District 62, will be at Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W McLendon St., Plant City, on Tuesday. Both meetings are from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Jingle Bell Cross Country race Saturday

The FishHawk Road Runners will hold the Jingle Bell Cross Country 5K and a 1-mile kids' run at 8 a.m. Saturday in Lithia. Registration for the 3.1-mile race is $12 through today at Hit the Trails running store, 13433 Boyette Road, Riverview. The cost is $15 Saturday morning at the race, which takes place behind FishHawk Fellowship Church, 15326 FishHawk Blvd. Proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Santa Claus might appear. For information, call (813) 681-6141.

Plant City

Tickets on sale for festival concerts

Tickets are on sale for the Florida Strawberry Festival's 2010 concert lineup, which includes country notables Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Sara Evans, Tracy Lawrence, Billy Currington, Julianne Hough and Aaron Tippin. Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd and comedian Bill Engvall also will perform. The festival celebrates its 75th year March 4 through March 14. Tickets are $10 to $30 and are available at flstrawberry, by calling (813) 754-1996 or at the ticket office, 2209 W Oak Ave., in Plant City.


Spaghetti dinner fundraiser is today

In an effort to raise money for local scholarships, the Rotary Club of SouthShore will have a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Plaza Club, 3932 Upper Creek Drive, Sun City Center. Food will be available for dining in or carry-out. Tickets are $5 and can be bought at the door or by calling (813) 447-9015.


Buy a tree decoration to honor a pet

Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort, a no-kill animal shelter also known as CARE, is holding a holiday fundraiser. As part of Tree of Lights for the Animals, donations of $5 or $10 can be made to have a bulb or personalized ornament placed on a tree to honor a pet. For more information, call the Ruskin-based organization at (813) 645-2273.

South Shore

Donate toys, more to help needy kids

South Shore Cares needs donations for its Good Samaritan Mission Gift Give-a-Way, in which 2,000 local kids will take home presents Dec. 19. The group is a division of Keller Williams Realty South Shore. Items needed include new toys, board games, balls, dolls, toy cars and trucks, electronics, cologne, perfume, watches, jewelry, gift cards, clothing, and shoes. Keller Williams has drop-off spots at 109 Harbor Village Lane, Apollo Beach, and 1649 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center. For more information, call (813) 601-3783.

Sun City Center

Kings Point Chorus concert is tonight

Celebrators of Christmas and Hanukkah can come together at 7:30 tonight for the 32nd annual Kings Point Chorus holiday concert. Songs from the Christian and Jewish faiths will be performed at the Kings Point Clubhouse, 1900 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center. Tickets are $5. Residents of Kings Point or Sun City Center must show their badges. Nonresidents should call (813) 633-1753.

Sun City Center

Band, singers team up for concert

The South Shore Concert Band and the German American Singers are teaming up for a Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at Sun City Center's Community Hall, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd. The show will include traditional and contemporary music. Tickets are $5 and can be bought from members of both groups or by calling (813) 633-0446.


Effort helps American Cancer Society

FitnessFun Spot is raising money Saturday for the American Cancer Society. Everyone who donates $5 at the fitness studio, 4381 Lynx Paw Trail, Valrico, will get a $15 FitnessFun Spot gift certificate. The fundraiser is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call (813) 661-7768.

Plant city

Christmas parade organizers will try again tonight at 6

After officials postponed the 26th annual Plant City Christmas Parade last Friday because of inclement weather, organizers will give it another shot tonight at 6. The parade starts at Collins and Alsobrook streets, before heading north on Collins and east on Reynolds Street to the courthouse on Michigan Avenue. Santa Claus has made unique arrivals in past years, by way of helicopter, motorcycle and Hummer.

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