Arts and Entertainment

Plant City Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum Open For Tours, Field Trips

Plant City Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum Open For Tours, Field Trips

By Kathy L. Collins Railroad enthusiasts can now see authentic railroad memorabilia at the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum housed at Union Station Depot in historic downtown Plant City. The museum, which was founded in late 2013, is the perfect venue for a school or day care field trip. Students from the First Baptist Church(…)

VSA Florida Offers Summer Art, Musical Theater Programs For Special Needs Students

VSA Florida Offers Summer Art, Musical Theater Programs For Special Needs Students

By Libby Hopkins Art and music do so many things for a person. The two mediums have the ability to heal, calm and teach many things. VSA Florida and Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association have teamed up to offer summer art and musical theater programs for special needs students in the Brandon community(…)

Fireworks Set To Fill Sky On July Fourth In Plant City

Fireworks Set To Fill Sky On July Fourth In Plant City

 Staff Report Plant City’s July 4th Celebration is back. Coordinated by the City of Plant City Recreation & Parks Department, the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Strawberry Festival, the skies above Plant City will again fill with fireworks this July 4th.  Admission to the event is free, but parking is $5(…)

New Library Program Allows Interaction Between Entrepreneurs, Consumers

New Library Program Allows Interaction Between Entrepreneurs, Consumers

 By Alexandra Booth Now featured at the Bloomingdale Regional Library is the AlligatorZone. No, it has nothing to do with sharp teeth and scaly skin. This new program hopes to help entrepreneurs receive feedback on new products and ideas. Similar to the television show Shark Tank, AlligatorZone wants to help “avoid the metaphorical alligators that(…)

WQYK’s Dave McKay Makes Friends At Reflections Hair Gallery And Spa

WQYK’s Dave McKay Makes Friends At Reflections Hair Gallery And Spa

  By Marie Gilmore Radio station 99.5 WQYK DJ and Host Dave McKay came to Reflections Hair Gallery and Spa Inc. located on S.R. 60 E. in Valrico recently for a haircut and to meet some new friends. McKay was invited by owner/master stylist Koryn Kleist and her son Rylee, who met McKay at a(…)

SouthShore Regional Library Offers Summer Art Classes

SouthShore Regional Library Offers Summer Art Classes

  By Kathy L. Collins This summer, the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin has a great line up of art classes and workshops which are free and open to the public. The classes and workshops are taught and led by the area’s most talented professional artists. There will be classes for children, teens and adults.(…)

Apollo Beach Elementary School’s Margit Redlawsk Awarded Art Teacher Of The Year

Apollo Beach Elementary School’s Margit Redlawsk Awarded Art Teacher Of The Year

  By Kathy L. Collins Margit Redlawsk has been named Elementary Art Teacher of the Year by the Hillsborough Art Education Association. Redlawsk is an art teacher at Apollo Beach Elementary School. Redlawsk is one of 144 elementary art teachers in Hillsborough County. Redlawsk has been an art educator for 20 years. For the last(…)

Pepin Academies Gala Success With $200,000 In Funds Raised

Pepin Academies Gala Success With $200,000 In Funds Raised

  By Brock Mikosky On Thursday, May 22, the Pepin Academies held its annual fundraising gala.  The event, which was held at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre in Tampa, welcomed its nearly 500 guests with a ten foot sculpture of a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey player.  This sculpture was a gift commissioned by businessman and philanthropist Tom(…)

Visions Of Hope To Host Red Carpet Fashion Show Fundraiser

Visions Of Hope To Host Red Carpet Fashion Show Fundraiser

  By Alexandra Booth Big things are happening for Lorianne De Loreto. Her organization Visions of Hope International, which helps men and women who are domestic violence survivors, is making plans for a new fundraiser. Breaking Free: Silent No More is a fashion show that will take place on July 11 at Club Renaissance in(…)

Center Place’s Second Annual Children’s Art Show Seeks Young Artists

Center Place’s Second Annual Children’s Art Show Seeks Young Artists

  By Kathy L. Collins Children ages 4-14 are encouraged to enter artwork in Center Place’s Second Annual Children’s Art Show. The show is called Little Monsters Create. Children may enter artwork using a variety of media including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, clay and wood. The show will be on display in the Mook(…)