Thursday, October 4, 2012
A large turnout showed up for the fundraiser banquet on behalf of the 2013 Seffner Relay For Life. Community theater actors performed "A History of Broadway" for an event that a cancer survivor helped organize.
A dinner theater performance and buffet dinner fundraiser was held at The Regent in Riverview on Oct. 3 to benefit the 2013 Seffner Relay For Life at Armwood High School. There, Andrea Bearry, the chair of next year's overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, said she has high hopes the Seffner Relay For Life will meet its goal of signing on 50 teams and raising $75,000. Last year's Greater Seffner Relay For Life raised more than $50,000, which is a remarkable feat for a Relay that at one time had almost closed, because of the great effort it took to raise what in comparison were low funds compared to other Tampa Bay area Relay events. But Seffner now is a force to be reckoned with, given last year's draw at the first time …
Community theater veterans under the direction of Domin Pazo, organized by Stagedoor Performing Art’s Josie Costa, performed “A History of Broadway” for diners at the Seffner Relay For Life banquet on Oct. 3.
Actors young and old said they volunteered to sing Broadway tunes at the Oct. 3 fundraiser for the 2013 Seffner Relay For Life because of a personal drive to fight for a cure. Ethan Richardson, a student at Mulrennan Middle School, was among them, as he talked backstage seated next to his uncle, community theater veteran Allen Richardson. "I really have a heart for that [raising money for cancer research] because I've had family die from cancer," he said. "I want them to find a cure for cancer. Everybody does." Count among them Domin Pazo, who directed "A History of Broadway," presented at the Seffner Relay For Life fundraiser. "We're all very busy, I'm right in the middle of directing a show in Plant City," he said. So frankly, he added…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Brandon Ballet is participating in this year's National Dance Day grassroots celebration. Children ages 8 to 18 are asked to learn one or both dances created by the Dizzy Feet Foundation, and then join to perform July 28 at The Regent.
The Brandon Ballet, at The Regent in Riverview on July 28, will be hosting children ages 8 to 18 for this year's National Dance Day, a grassroots movement created by Nigel Lythgoe, founder of the Dizzy Feet Foundation and executive producer and co-creator of the reality television show So You Think You Can Dance. "We want everyone to be involved with dance as much as possible," said Alice Holden Bock, artistic director of the Brandon Ballet, in residence at The Dance Center in Brandon. "We've never done the National Dance Day before and we're real excited about doing it. We'll have lights and music and it will be a fun time." The Dizzy Feet Foundation has created two routines for the event: an "Everybody Dance" routine from Zumba Fitness…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission warns about the rising threat of alligator encounters given the rising temperatures of summer. Safety tips offered for dealing with nuisance alligators, such as the one spotted at HCC at The Regent.
With the weather heating up, alligators are becoming more active, increasing the chance of alligator sightings and encounters, such as the nuisance alligator that surprised students at the satellite location of the Brandon campus of Hillsborough Community College in April. Jonathan Hickman was the first one to keep watch over the 5-foot alligator that wandered up to the entrance doors for the satellite location of the Brandon campus of Hillsborough Community College. Hickman, a student at HCC at The Regent, and also a Veterans Affairs police officer, said he was approached by another student as he was entering the building, who asked: “Hey, what’s that by the door?” “I said, ‘It’s a bike rack,’ ” Hickman said. “And she said, ‘No, what’s …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Homelessness is on the rise and the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County is asking for citizens' help in crafting a 10-year plan for preventing and ending life on the streets. Step up the plate at a June 2 meeting at HCC at The Regent.
The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County in June will be hosting a series of public meetings to discuss a new 10-year plan to end homelessness. Brandonites interested in joining their Tampa Bay neighbors in developing an updated strategy for ending life on the street are invited to attend one of three public “charrettes.” For concerned county residents, the prevalence of homelessness is unsettling at best; for many of those whose lives have tumbled out of control, life on the streets is a stark reality. The Homeless Coalition reports that the county “is facing increasing numbers of homeless and people at risk of homelessness and fewer resources to address those needs.” Coalition officials said at the charrettes they hope to hear …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
It's big, it's green, it's an RV set to be filled with food drive collections for Feeding America Tampa Bay. Donate locally at Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center, Center Place, HCC at The Regent, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, Uncle Mike's Smokehouse Grill.
The Patch RV will be in Brandon on May 8 to collect food donations collected at five Greater Brandon locations as part of the Give-A-Ton Food Drive involving Patch sites throughout the South Florida region. In the more immediate Tampa Bay area, there are sister Patch sites for Bloomingdale-Riverview, Carrollwood-Northdale, New Tampa, Seminole Heights, South Tampa-Hyde Park, Temple Terrace and Westchase. Also participating, Patch sites for Bradenton, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Land O' Lakes, Largo, New Port Richey, Old Northeast-Downtown St. Pete, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Beaches and Sarasota. To achieve the Patch goal of collecting 2,000 pounds or more of nonperishable food items, donations in Brandon are being accepted during regular …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A nuisance alligator trap was set for a 5-foot alligator that made its way to the entrance doors of the college classrooms at HCC at The Regent, the satellite location for the Brandon campus of Hillsborough Community College.
Jonathan Hickman was the first one to keep watch over the 5-foot alligator that wandered up to the entrance doors for the satellite location of the Brandon campus of Hillsborough Community College. Hickman, a student at HCC at The Regent, and also a Veterans Affairs police officer, said he was approached by another student as he was entering the building, who asked: “Hey, what’s that by the door?” “I said, ‘It’s a bike rack,’ ” Hickman said. “And she said, ‘No, what’s behind it.’ And that’s when I noticed it was an alligator.” Indeed, it was. “He did spin around pretty quickly when he saw me,” Hickman said. “This is not his first rodeo.” Hickman kept watch until Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Davis arrived on the scene…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Vivid colors mark the work of Apollo Beach artist Cindy Conti, an "artist du juor" on display in the community room at The Regent.
Cindy Conti remembers when she first took to the field of art. She was a 5-year-old, asked to create a three-dimensional western town, for which her teacher told her parents she had exceptional talent. "She wanted me to go away to a boarding school, for art, but my parents said, 'No," Conti recalled. That didn't dampen her passion for art, and for that she has her grandmother — also an artist — to thank. As Conti put it: "I've been painting all my life." Brandon Patch met up with Conti, an artist from Apollo Beach, in the community room of The Regent, in the Greater Brandon community of Riverview. The reception for her monthly exhibit was held at HCC at The Regent, March 6, at 6437 Watson Road. ______________ Brandon Patch: You said this…
New hourly rates have been instituted at The Regent, with aims to make the facility "more accessible to community organizations."
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
News Report The Regent in Greater Brandon has restructured hourly rental pricing, thus making its spaces more affordable, according to Kristen Kerr, executive director of the community center and events venue. "This will hopefully make us more accessible to community organizations," she said. "We are very excited about the promising opportunities that this presents for those in our community, for nonprofits and private functions alike." The new hourly rates are effective immediately from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hourly rates are for the actual event time. Set-up and break-down times are determined at the discretion of Regent staff. For one event suite with the …
Monday, February 13, 2012
The Second Annual Soaring Eagle Dinner is set for Feb. 23 at The Regent. Brandon Rotarian Dick Eatman will receive the Soaring Eagle Distinguished Citizen Award and USF Bulls coach Skip Holtz is set to speak.
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- D'Ann White
Monday, February 13, 2012
University of South Florida Bulls football coach Skip Holtz will headline an annual dinner to raise funds for area Boy Scouts. The Greater Brandon Area Friends of Scouting Committee, in conjunction with the Gulf Ridge Council Timucua District Boy Scouts of America, will host the second annual Soaring Eagle Dinner Thursday, Feb. 23 at The Regent, 6427 Watson Rd., Riverview. Each year at the dinner, the committee presents the Soaring Eagle Distinguished Citizen award to someone who has made a significant impact on the Boy Scouts in the area. This year's award will go to longtime Brandon resident Dick Eatman. An active member of the Rotary Club of Brandon, he is retired as president of Bank of Tampa. As a former Scoutmaster, Eatman was …