Sunday, April 15, 2012
Spots are limited so sign up now for Hillsborough County's Teenage Battle of the Bands. The 2012 competition is held annually in October, at the Hillsborough County Fair, sponsored by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
News Report It’s not too early to get your band pre-qualified for the Teenage Battle of the Bands held annually in October during the Hillsborough County Fair. Dates for the 2012 Hillsborough County Fair are Oct. 1-14. Hillsborough County’s Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is looking for bands to participate in a competition that provides free studio time to the top two winners. Band members must be between 13 and 20 years of age, but only one band member, if any, can be age 20. The bands are judged on guitars, drums, vocals, showmanship and originality. The entry fee is $50. Culprit was last year’s Teenage Battle of the Bands winner. Previous winners include Styx of Fire (2010), Rising Down (2009) and Envy (2008). Only a …
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Five FishHawk Ranch girls are determined to perform good works in their community and are helping A Kid's Place, Life Care of Brandon and local Alzheimer's patients, among others.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
They've spent hours making 80 heart-shaped cards and tissue paper flowers to distribute to Alzheimer's patients at Superior Residences of Brandon. Now they're collecting diapers for area charity Blessed Bottoms, which donates the diapers to A Kid's Place, Life Care of Brandon and a food bank based at Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Lithia. The five girls, age 10 and 11, who make up the FishHawk Area Service Team (FAST) are performing these works of charity not for community service hours or scholarship requirements, but simply for the love of helping, as Bloomingdale Patch reports. Read more about these Bevis Elementary School students' charity projects and how you can help in D'Ann White's story on Bloomingdale Patch.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
The junior production of "Raise the Roof" took to the stage March 9 with more than 20 acts at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico. The show returned March 10 with mostly older student and adult performers.
“Raise the Roof” returns tonight, March 10, with a variety show featuring mostly adult performers. Last night was one for the kids, though, aptly titled: “Raise the Roof, Junior Edition.” “I just love coming back here and seeing all my friends and I love to sing,” said Julia Harbort, 12, a student at Burns Middle School, whose two song selections were among the more than 20 featured acts for the night’s performance. From “Tangled,” Harbort sang, “When Will My Life Begin” and “Mother Knows Best," her choices made because she loves the Disney movie and because her mother knows best. “Even when she’s wrong, she’s right,” Harbort said. “She’s always right.” Virginia Stacy reprised her role as “Annie,” singing on the James McCabe Theater …
Friday, February 17, 2012
The right fielder will visit the North Brandon Little League complex in Seffner at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 to present a $10,000 check from his Sweet Swingin' Baseball Camp.
Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Matt Joyce will present a $10,000 check to the North Brandon Little League at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, according to TBO.com's Rays Report blog. Joyce, a graduate of Colson Elementary, Burnett Middle School and Armwood High and a former North Brandon Little Leaguer himself, helped raise the money through his Sweet Swingin' Baseball Camp, held there last month. He'll also throw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday night at the little league complex, 2915 N. Kingsway Ave., Seffner, with a special announcement to follow, Rays Report's Roger Mooney writes. The $10,000 donation represents the largest single sum North Brandon Little League has ever receieved, vice president Rob Turkett previously told TBO.com, with …
The Brandon Area Youth Soccer League (BAYLS) is now part of what has reportedly become one of the largest soccer clubs in the southeastern United States, the VSI West Florida Flames.
There's a new league in town, comprised of both the West Florida Premier Soccer Club and the Brandon Area Youth Soccer League. With today's announced merger, the two clubs — WFPSC and BAYSL — will operate as the VSI West Florida Flames. Serving nearly 5,000 youth, adult and special needs players, the new group has become "one of the largest soccer clubs in the southeastern United Sates," according to a league report. "Combining our resources will allow us to deliver increased opportunities to the entire region," said Randy V. Belli, Brandon's girls director of coaching, in a prepared release. 'This is truly a win-win, not only for players, but all fans of the beautiful game." The two organizations, now as one, reportedly will hold tryouts …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Emergency Care Help Organization in Brandon needs its shelves restocked, and the Boy Scouts food drive is a step in that direction.
How deep is the need in Brandon? Dire is a good word for it, which is why donations for the Boy Scout Food Drive on Feb. 18 are sorely needed. Last year’s numbers are in for the Emergency Care Help Organization on Parsons Avenue, and they’re testament to the struggles so many people are facing in the Greater Brandon area during this years-long economic downturn. In 2011, ECHO helped 10,779 individuals, including 5,103 children. Indeed, children represented 47 percent of the need addressed by the emergency care organization, which provides food, clothes and small household furnishings to people facing extraordinary circumstances. A person is eligible for aid up to four times in one lifetime. Moreover, ECHO distributed 263,279 pounds of food…
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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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 …
Saturday, February 11, 2012
This reader's report concerns the Energy Elites from TechPlayzone, with eighth-graders from Greater Brandon middle schools, advance to state competition in Melbourne, having earned top honors at a Tampa tournament.
The following report was submitted by Desh Bagley, owner of TechPlayzone in Riverview. ______________ As Florida State legislators discuss how to encourage more students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, the STEAM Alliance of Tampa has partnered to show students how exciting science, technology, engineering, art, and math can be. The alliance recently learned about the Energy Elites, a FIRST LEGO League team of eighth-graders filled with future scientists and inventors. This group of young men demonstrate exactly what the alliance knows to be true: When students are motivated, the sky is the limit. The FIRST LEGO League competition season began with 430 teams in Florida seeking solutions to food …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The Authors' Museum at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy in Brandon returns for a second year with a focus on events such as the Holocaust and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Attendees are asked to bring new or slightly used shoes for the homeless.
The Authors’ Museum at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy returns for a second year, an opportunity to showcase writing as a passion, with students presenting their work as performers, teachers and exhibitors to classmates, teachers, parents and the general public. This year's event is scheduled for Feb. 17, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the school in Brandon, at 2102 Bell Shoals Road. This year's theme, "A Light in the Darkness," had students studying children soldiers and refugees and events such as the Holocaust and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “Not to be critical of FCAT and (other standardized tests), but until you motivate someone to write from the heart, until you touch someone, you cannot get them to write,” said teacher and museum curator …
The Brandon Ballet, founded by Alice Holden Bock, announces its spring production of "Cinderella" and a three-week summer intensive program for serious ballet students.
The Brandon Ballet returns to the stage with "Cinderella," a full-length, classical ballet scored by Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev and billed as a "comical, yet grand and beautiful ballet sure to entertain and inspire your entire family." Founded by Alice Holden Bock, the Brandon Ballet is in residence at the Dance Center in Brandon, at 161 East Bloomingdale Ave. The venue for the ballet is Spoto High School in Riverview, at 8538 Eagle Palm Drive, with curtain set for April 21 at 7:30 p.m. “Cinderella,” as expectd, tells the tale of a charming princess who, while locked away in her evil stepmother's lair, dreams of finding her Prince Charming. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for children up to age 18 and $20 for seniors ages 55 and …