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“Rock” The Y At Annual Corks And Forks Event

Get ready to “rock” the Y at the 2011 Corks and Fork: Rock of Ages set for Saturday, November 12, from 7-10 p.m. poolside at the Campo Y, located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico. Corks and Forks 2011 will be a fun filled extravaganza of food, beverages, entertainment and auction items. Throughout the evening,(…)

Residents Ready For 10,000-sq.-ft. Bloomingdale Library Expansion

During its scheduled fall membership meeting held last month, Bloomingdale Friends of the Library representatives, along with area residents and avid library goers got an update of the library’s expansion project, now slated for completion in 2013. The 25 people in attendance welcomed project manager and Principal Architect with Long & Associates, Paul Portal, who(…)

Lithia Man Saves Area History With Backyard ‘Cracker’ Town

  Did you miss out on the Florida State Fair’s Cracker Country display this year? No Worries! Simply drive down the road to Allen’s Cracker House, off of Lithia Pinecrest Rd in Lithia. After a year of constructing and renovating this project, which brings to life the time of his childhood, Billy Wayne Allen, born(…)

Pumpkin Festival Just Around The Corner

The pumpkins are coming! Newland Communities’ annual Pumpkin Festival is just around the corner, being held on Saturday, October 15, from 3-8 p.m. The gourd gala will be held in the same location as last year – 15800 Starling Crossing Dr. – in FishHawk Ranch’s newest neighborhood Starling on the North Side of FishHawk Blvd.,(…)

Dos And Don’ts To Keep In Mind On Halloween Night

Although these are uncertain times, some of the best childhood memories are made during the Halloween season, from showing off costumes during school parades to neighborhood haunted houses. Creating safe boundaries with the following dos and don’t, will allow Halloween and all its traditions to remain an unforgettable part of growing up. Setting off on(…)

DogFest Event To Benefit Child With Epilepsy

Animal lovers know that dogs can act as some of the best friends a person could ask for, providing constant and unconditional love. For Andrew Smith, a five-year-old boy from Seffner, a dog provides not only friendship but also as an alarm. Andrew suffers from epilepsy and a specially trained dog would help alert his(…)

Tough Enough To Wear Pink Pageant Benefits Breast Cancer Research

Pageants with a Purpose is truly a pageant series unlike those that can be found on television. “My pageants are not about putting on a lot of makeup, fake hair and tanning on the little ones. Each age group needs to be represented as the age that they are,” said Vicky McShane, the pageant series(…)

Fourth Annual “Plaza Bella Goes Pink” Raises Funds For A Cure For Breast Cancer

Plaza Bella will host the fourth Annual “Plaza Bella Goes Pink” on Saturday, October 22. To the delight of many, attendees can participate in either the “Diva Strut” which runs from Plaza Bella to the Bloomingdale Library and back, or the 5k Challenge which runs from Plaza Bella to Nature’s Way and back. The Green(…)

Three New Store Fronts For Active Community Plaza

One local plaza is experiencing a growth spurt, adding a trio of new businesses. And just in time for its annual breast cancer walk on Saturday, October 22. Joining the ranks of The Green Boutique, Sweetie’s Delights, Robeks, Orange Home Accessories, the Velvet Rope, Island Oasis, Salon Essence, Peacocks Plume and more, The Original Leena’s(…)

Local Food Pantry Notices Spike In Number Of Hungry Families

The Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area ranked in the top 25 areas with the highest rates of food hardship for 2010 in a recent study by the Food Research and Action Center. Of those 25 areas, four are scattered throughout the state of Florida, making it one of the top ranked states for food hardship in the(…)