Thursday, December 27, 2012
There’s no shortage of photos at the holidays, nor places to post them. Here’s one more, featuring shots that give testament to personal, family, town and neighborhood celebrations as 2012 winds to an end and 2013 gets set to launch.
Have a shot to share that gives testament to the Greater Brandon area's celebratory mood as the old year gives way to the new? That gives testament to the community's sense of wonder and heart for giving? That looks back to the year that was and looks forward to new beginnings? That documents a time and place that means the world to you as the winter holidays folded together? We'll start the ball rolling with photos that we shot out in the community, as a town and its people celebrated traditions, new and old, and holidays rich with meaning. To post your own photos, use the "Upload Photos and Videos" link above.
Monday, December 24, 2012
The "Festival of Trees" at the Westfield Brandon shopping mall features Christmas trees decorated on behalf of charities. Cast your last-minute votes today, Dec. 24.
The Westfield Brandon shopping mall officially kicked off its "Festival of Trees" on Sunday, Nov. 18, and since then it's been up to you — the shopper — to help determine the mall's favorite decorated tree. In return, the Greater Brandon area charity associated with the winning tree will receive the proceeds from an associated raffle. Trees decorated by the charities are located throughout the mall and Dec. 24 is the deadline to vote, at the mall or on Westfield Brandon's Facebook page. According to mall officials, the participating charities include: To benefit the winning charity, Westfield Brandon sold raffle tickets for a chance to win a professionally decorated tree. The tickets were available thorugh Dec. 16. According to the …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The 2012 Tampa Bay Area U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Toy Run is scheduled to start in Tampa and end in Brandon on Nov. 25.
Uncle Mike's Smokehouse Grill at Brandon Harley is the scheduled end point for a motorcycle run Nov. 25 in support of the Marine Toys for Tots 2012 campaign in the Tampa Bay area. The Marine Corps League Detachment 1226 of Riverview, with the aid of riders from 10 motorcyle groups (see list below), will begin the run at the Toys for Tots warehouse at 4479 West Gandy Blvd. in Tampa. Rider registration is from 9:30 to 11 a.m., with a scheduled departure of 11:30 a.m., escorted by riders from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The toy run ends at Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill at Brandon Harley Davidson, at 9841 East Adamo Drive. To participate, a rider must make a $10 donation and bring a new, unwrapped toy. In return, the rider will…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Plant City Community Choir is set to perform two shows of its reportedly largest holiday show ever. Both stagings of "Christmas by Candlelight" will be at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Plant City.
Promising to "re-tell the Christmas story in a way that Plant City has never heard it," the Plant City Community Choir is planning to put 150 singers and musicians on stage Dec. 8 for its reportedly largest-ever "Christmas by Candlelight" production. Likewise, the group is expecting such a large crowd at its venue, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Plant City, that it is staging two shows this year instead of one. According to the choir's Facebook announcement: This year's conductors: Tickets can be purchased online. Or call: 813-444-TUNE. This year, two types of tickets are available: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Plant City is at 1107 Charlie Griffin Road. The Plant City Community Choir rehearses Monday nights, 7 to 9:30…
Monday, November 19, 2012
The "Festival of Trees" at the Westfield Brandon shopping mall features Christmas trees decorated on behalf of charities. Vote on Facebook for your favorite tree and proceeds from a raffle will be given to that charity.
The Westfield Brandon shopping mall officially kicked off its "Festival of Trees" on Sunday, Nov. 18, and now its up to you — the shopper — to cast your vote for favorite decorated tree. In return, the Greater Brandon area charity associated with the winning tree will receive the associated raffle proceeds. Trees decorated by the charities are located throughout the mall and voting will take place on Westfield Brandon's Facebook page through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. According to mall officials, the participating charities include: To benefit the winning charity, Westfield Brandon will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a professionally decorated tree, which will be on display at the Santa set — between Dick's Sporting Goods and…
Monday, October 15, 2012
The first offering in the Brandon Ballet's lecture series, featuring artistic director Octavio Martin, and excerpt performances from "The Nutcracker," is set to take place Oct. 17 at The Regent in Riverview.
The year's end approaches, which means another performance of The Nutcracker is coming from the Brandon Ballet company, in residence at The Dance Center on Bloomingdale Avenue. This year the company is offering as well a lecture series featuring Octavio Martin, the company's newly named artistic director, along with excerpt performances from the holiday classic. The lecture series, and accompanying look at the company's professional dancers, kicks off Oct. 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at The Regent in Greater Brandon, at 6437 Watson Road in Riverview. The aim is to teach audience members about the story of The Nutcracker and its costumes, choreography and music. Professional ballet dancers will be available for a question-and answer-…