GET OUT: Weekend Events Preview March 8-9

With a variety of entertainment venues and restaurants in the area, there's no reason to spend the weekend at home. We've put together a list of fun things to do in the Brandon area.

It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend.

Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities to hit.

Empty Bowls Event

ECHO will host its first Empty Bowls event Saturday, March 9.

For $15, attendees will be able to sample soups from a variety of local restaurants to raise funds for the Brandon Emergency Care Help Organization, a nonprofit that provides food and clothing to residents facing emergency needs.

In keeping with the theme of the event, the soup will be accompanied by bread and water.

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Winthrop Pole Barn, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview. The first 200 people attending will receive a hand-crafted clay bowl created by local elementary students.


The Valrico Rotary Club will host its second annual Pig-a-Palooza March 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rotary's Camp Florida, 1915 Camp Florida Rd., Brandon.

The cost is $25 for adults and includes pulled and sliced pork, chicken, sausage, baked beans, cole slaw, taters and bread. Tickets for military and first-responders are $20 and tickets for children age 13 to 18 are $5. Children under 12 eat free with the donation of a nonperishable food item.

In addition to the food, the event will include music, beer, a bouncy house and games.

St. Puppy's Day

O'Brien's Irish Pub, 701 W. Lumsden Rd., Brandon, will host its seventh annual St. Puppy's Day celebration Saturday, March 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. Residents are invited to dress their dogs in Gaelic green for a puppy parade and show for all ages.

'Godspell' on Stage

The Valrico Village Players will present the musical "Godspell" along with a fish fry provided by Willie's Fish Camp Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the James McCabe Theater, 506 5th St., Valrico. The cost is $27 in advance and $30 at the door and proceeds will go to the upkeep of the historic theater.

The theater troupe will continue its production of the musical based on the Scriptures of Matthew March 9 at 8 p.m. Regular admission is $12. Students, seniors and military pay $10.

Library Book and Bake Sale

The Friends of the 78th Street Community Library, 7625 Palm River Rd., Tampa, will host a book and bake sale Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m. Large bags of books will cost $3 and small bags $1.50.

Trivia Night

Uncle Mike's Smokehouse Grill, 9847 E. Adamo Dr., Tampa, hosts a Trivia Night each Sunday at 6 p.m.


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