Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Plant City Entertainment hosted the community theater troupe's 27th Annual Applause Awards, with "Don't Tell Mother" and "The Red Velvet Cake War" highly recognized. Also given, the President's Award and the Brad Behan Friend of the Theater Award.
Another event in the community theater awards season took place Sept. 29 with the 27th Annual Applause Awards Banquet in Plant City, with thespian Tyler Hollis serving as the master of ceremonies. The awards given were based on the Plant City Entertainment compny's community 2011-12 season. The event was held at the Plant City Entertainment Theater at 101 North Thomas Street in Plant City. Taking home the top number of awards, with four, was The Red Velvet Cake War, followed closely by Don't Tell Mother, which received three Applause Awards. (See chart below.) The event featured as well a sneak preview of the troupe's upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Domin Pazo and starring Oliver Sprague in the title role. …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Brandon breast cancer survivor Linn Lustig was first in line for the full-body paint event hosted by Faces of Courage, as suggested by Valrico body-painting artist Lorrin Wagner. The event was noted at a cancer retreat at Rotary's Camp Florida in Brando
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
It was a suggestion that would send most women running for the nearest door. However, when Peggie Sherry, founder of Faces of Courage introduced the wild idea of having breast cancer survivors photographed in full body paint for a hardcover book, women lined up to volunteer. "I was the first in line," said Linn Lustig of Brandon, a breast cancer and lymphoma survivor. "I'm an old hippy. I used to do a lot of face-painting. So this was right up my alley." Dr. Howard Kahen is a New Port Richey radiologist. "The painting helps them feel beautiful," said Kahen, president of the board of directors of Faces of Courage. "It's a way to honor these women who have been through so much. And, in turn, what they are doing inspires us. It's rewarding …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The Brandon Idol contest, first launched as a fundraiser for the honorary mayor of Brandon charity race, returned Sept. 29 to crown the event's 12th annual top adult singer.
The ongoing popularity of the Brandon Idol contest was apparent Sept. 29 at the Brandon Elks Lodge, where packed crowds witnessed both the Brandon Idol Teen contest in the afternoon and the adult contest at night. Among the attendees, and organizers, was George Sorensen, executive director of the Brandon Family YMCA, the event’s benefiting charity for the past two years. Extra sweet this year was the judges’ call to give the first-place award to Marc Williams, 27, who said he read about the contest online and spent his childhood at the Brandon YMCA. Prizes were awarded as well to Danny Arroyo, who placed third; to Britt Lobato, who placed second; and to Kevin Selbe, who received the People’s Choice Award, which is determined by how …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Village Players concludes its two-weekend run of "Risque: The 5th Rendezvous" at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico.
The fifth installment in the "Risque" run had its closing night performance Sept. 22 at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico. There, director Teala Longoria, also known as "Missy Knight," bid a farewell to her latest cast of venue performers. "A journey of so many trails developed in this random variety show that was born in 2006, all of them exciting and pushing the envelope in several ways," Longoria said, in the program notes for her latest show, Risque: The Fifth Rendezvous. Longoria said at the onset she had expected to do a series of five reviews, "and here we are." "Once [a] part of it, you're always family to us," she said. Indeed, this year's program features cast shots of each of the previous four shows: As the name suggests, "…
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Rain couldn't dampen the spirits at the first-ever "Dash 'N Splash Aquathon" at the Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center. Winners were rewarded and all results have been posted. Center officials say the "aquathon" will be an annual event.
A strong showing was reported at the Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center for the first-ever Dash 'N Splash Aquathon, which promises to be an annual event, according to center officials. Despite the rain, the race was on Sept. 9 for children, families, athletes and amateurs, who arrived at 7 a.m. to compete and "support a good time and a great cause," according to a BSAC report on the event. The event was run by Sue Gagain and Emily Zawlocki and race director Deb Peters. Result highlights and links are noted below. The Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center, run by Executive Director Chuck Burgess, is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Its purpose "is to impact lives daily through superior educational and athletic programming that enhances …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Music Showcase of Brandon hosted the Fifth Annual International Piano Guild Award Ceremony, at which 37 students performed.
Music Showcase of Brandon recently hosted the Fifth Annual International Piano Guild Award Ceremony, at which Lisa Pearce, chairman of the guild, and teachers Jean Hackley, Angela Ellis and Ralph Franza held a recital involving 37 guild piano students. According to a news release on the event, the students were part of a closed juried event in June and part of the awards ceremony Aug. 25. "Students have to memorize and play scales and songs, sometimes as many as 10 each," the report notes. Three students from the central Florida area — Sarah Berrie, Tess Lowke and Sameer Naik — reportedly were standouts at this year's event. ______________ About the International Piano Guild ______________
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Place your silent auction bids for hand-painted tiles and boxes through September at the Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association in Brandon. Proceeds benefit the arts. The tiles and boxes were created by members of the Brandon League of Fine Arts.
The Brandon League of Fine Arts and the folks from the Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association presented on Sept. 1 a dual event, featuring the center's annual Chalk Walk and the league's annual Artfest Fundraiser. Featured at the event, in additional to the handcrafted pieces of local artists, were the chalk-drawn masterpieces of artists young and old, who also were invited to visit with vendors who had on display materials with which to craft take-home pieces. On display at the 2nd Annual Artfest Fundraiser were hand-painted tiles and trinket boxes that were up for bid for a silent auction. Bids will be accepted through September at Center Place, where the pieces are on display. Lisa Rodriguez, the marketing director for Center …
Monday, August 6, 2012
The 10th annual Back-To-School Festival at the Campo Family YMCA in the Greater Brandon community of Valrico drew a strong crowd for vendors treats and showcases. The event is sponsored by FANG, the FishHawk Area Networking Group.
Supporting children from low-income families with school supplies and backpacks was the mission behind the grand networking event held Aug. 5 at the Campo Family YMCA in the Greater Brandon community of Valrico. There, the FishHawk Area Networking Group, or FANG, hosted its 10th Annual Back-To-School Festival, featuring a strong crowd of attendees visiting with vendor booths and watching dance and judo peformances. This gallery of photos gives testament to the day's events. Backpacks and school supplies will be distributed to registered families at the YMCA's Camp Christina on Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in an event sponsored by both the Y and the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) of Brandon.
Ed Maley talked about his passion for teaching judo before his students gave a demonstration of the martial arts at the 10th Annual Back-To-School Festival at the Campo Family YMCA, hosted by FANG.
Edwin "Ed" Maley has been teaching judo in the Greater Brandon area and beyond for 64 years. "I took it up in Strategic Air Command, I was in the service for 12 years," he said. "I had my own business for 40 years on MacDill Avenue, the Florida School of Judo." Today, Maley is teaching in South Tampa and at the Campo Family YMCA and the Brandon Recreation Center, where his students come in all sizes and ages. "I've taught more than 60,000 women, men and chidren and I've been in the Black Belt Hall of Fame five times," he said Aug. 5, at the 10th Annual Back-To-School Festival at the Campo Family Y, an event hosted by the FishHawk Area Networking Group (FANG). Why such a strong, lifelong commitment to judo? "It was in me," Maley said. "I…
Monday, July 30, 2012
The Hillsborough County Republican Party and the Alafia Republican Club report in Facebook posts and pictures the sign-waving event for conservatives, outside the Brandon Boulevard entrance to Westfield Brandon on July 26.
The Hillsborough County Republican Party reported on Facebook what it called a strong showing July 26 outside the Brandon Boulevard entrance to the Westfield Brandon shopping mall, where conservative Republicans met to wave signs. "Over 50 people showed up!" the post reads, crediting the Alafia Republican CLub for a series of photos that accompanied the news. As noted in a Brandon Patch preview of the event, the party's aim was for Greater Brandon conservatives to "get in the game to defeat Obama." Credit for organizing the event was given to Kelly Clem-Rickon and Jeff Lukens. Republican candidates with conservative platforms were encouraged to attend. "We want to generate some excitement for the conservatives running for office at all …