Nativity School Welcomes Runners
Nativity Catholic School will host its inaugural 5K Run/One Mile Walk on Saturday, November 15, in conjunction with its annual Novemberfest festival. The run/walk route will take participants on a scenic jaunt through many neighborhoods surrounding the school and church grounds located on the corner of S.R. 60 and Bryan Rd. All participants will receive a race T-shirt, and awards will be presented to the top finishers.
The registration fee is $20. The check-in on race day begins at 7 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m.

Women of Destiny Welcome
Onething Prayer Center, located at 777 W. Lumsden Rd. in the Oak Park Plaza in Brandon, will be hosting Women of Destiny, a program for prospective Christian leaders, speakers and writers which will be held on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. This practical application workshop will provide opportunities for women to learn the skills needed to pursue their destiny. A $10 registration fee is required and there will be a total of nine monthly workshops with a fee of $10 per class. Each class will include live call-ins from the National Leadership Team of Proverbs 31 Ministries. All materials are included, and participants receive a certificate upon completion of the course.
You can register and view the 2008-2009 workshop curriculums by going to and clicking on “Ministries.” If you have specific questions, contact Ann Marie Peterson at 500-9411.

St. Stephen Holds Picnic
St. Stephen Catholic Church will hold a parish picnic on November 9 from 12:30-3 p.m. on its school property located at 10424 Saint Stephen Cir. in Riverview. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, call 689-4900.

High Rollers Welcome
Congregation Beth Shalom and The JCC of Brandon are proud to present “High Rollers – An evening of Luck” to be held at The Barn on Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview on November 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person. Your ticket includes admission, chips to play at the casino tables, the silent auction, food and the cash bar. There will also be a Texas Hold’Em Tournament with a fantastic grand prize. Tickets for this are $100 per person and include a complimentary cigar from Cigar Outpost.
Please call the JCC preschool to purchase tickets at 643-0522. For further information or questions, please contact Sarah Meyers at or call 681-6547.

Pecans for Sale
The ladies of Brandon’s First United Methodist Church are selling fresh pecans again this year, and selling them at last year’s prices. Five-pound boxes of shelled halves or pieces will be sold for $32. Specialty item prices vary according to package size. Plan to pick-up your order at the church on Saturday, November 15, or Monday, November 17. The church is located one block north of S.R. 60 on Knights Ave., between Parsons Ave. and Kings Ave.
Call Melissa at 757-0734 to place your order or e-mail bjbrooks@

Craft and Bake Sale Announced
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, located at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico, will host its First Annual Christmas Whistle Stop Craft Show and Bake Sale on Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring homemade crafts, baked goods, jewelry, quilts, candles, etc. It will highlight local vendors, a silent auction and entertainment.
For more information, call 689-3130 or visit

CAI’s Upcoming Events
Concerned Action, IncHRIST announces the following events:
Orientation on our thought-action process, repressed anger, grace, forgiveness and choosing a happier life: first and third Monday of each month from 7-9:30 p.m. at CAI’s office located at 3813 Ravenna Dr. in Valrico and the third Friday of each month from 12:30-4 p.m. at Lighthouse Gospel Mission, located at 7211 S. 78th St. in Riverview.
Rope Swings, Canoeing and Family Fun: Saturday, November 15, at 9 a.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. on November 16.
Sunday Services: 3:30-4:15 p.m., November 23, at one of four assisted living facilities in Brandon.
I Am Hope Café: Free hot meal, help and referral assistance to the homeless, needy in our community every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 6-7 p.m. at Mango Baptist Church and every Saturday, from 9-10 a.m. at two locations: Mango Baptist located at 11619 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Brandon Church of the Nazarene located at 114 N. Kingsway Rd.
Share and Prayer Group: Journey through the Bible covers one book of the Bible at a time every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at CAI’s Office.
For more information, call 689-9552.

Divorce Care at FishHawk Fellowship
Join FishHawk Fellowship for this weekly seminar and support group to help people find healing from the pain of separation or divorce. The seminar takes place on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., in Room 216, at 15326 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia. The facilitators of the group are Scott and Rita Stephens and Barbara Davidson.
For details and registration, contact Barbara at 655-7431 or by e-mail at or go to
Registration forms are available at Nativity Catholic School or online at For more information, e-mail

Bloomingdale Orchestra Hosts Dinner
The Bloomingdale High School Orchestra announces its Second Annual Dinner and Variety Show on Thursday, November 13, from 6-8 p.m. at Bloomingdale High School, located at 1700 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Enjoy a catered meal and entertainment by the school’s talented students. The Variety Show includes drama, singing and much more. The cost is $12 per person or $45 for a table of four for tickets purchased by November 6. Tickets will be available at the door for $7 for the Variety Show portion of the program.
For additional information or to purchase tickets, please contact Lisa Curcio at or at 689-9319.

Fall Festival Announced at Cimino
Cimino Elementary School of Valrico, located at 4329 Culbreath Rd., will host a Fall Festival for the community on Friday, November 7, from 4-8 p.m. Events include games, bounce houses, entertainment, a used book sale and a silent auction. There will be a variety of foods available including cotton candy, hotdogs, pizza, snow cones and dinner from Chick-fil-A or Moe’s. Businesses may set up display tables for a $25 fee. Wristbands may be purchased at a savings prior to the event in the school office and entitle participants to unlimited games, including bounce castles.
For additional information, contact Gwen Porter at 740-4450 or

Randall Students Gather for Prayer
Randall Middle School recently celebrated the national See You At The Pole in September, praying for a science teacher who was recently hospitalized and underwent brain surgery, their teachers, their fellow students, their country and its leaders, the upcoming election and for boldness and courage to reach out to their friends. See You at the Pole (SYATP) is an annual gathering of Christian students of all ages at a flagpole in front of their local school for prayer, scripture-reading and hymn-singing, during an early morning hour preceding the start of the school day. The American SYATP events occur on every fourth Wednesday of September. This annual gathering began in Burleson, Texas in 1990 as a response to a Disciple Now weekend with a handful of Christian students. In 2005, over two million students in the U.S. participated, as well as students in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Scotland and South Africa.
For more information, visit

Pinecrest Holds Fall Festival
Pinecrest Elementary, located at 7950 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia, announces its annual Fall Festival to take place on Friday, November 14, from 6-9 p.m. There will be lots of fun things for the kids to enjoy as well as lots of food. Families with more than one child can expect to pay $10 for the first and second child and $5 for each additional child. Children ages 4 and under are free.
For more information, call 744-8164.

Newsome Names First Idol Contestant
Newsome Chorus recently held its first Newsome Idol contest, hosted by Newsome’s own Tim Alvarez. Local judges in the music field held the initial auditions, narrowing the contestants down to 12 finalists. After performing in September, the audience voted for their favorites. The following week, the 12 finalists returned to perform one last time and to hear the results of the voting. A tie for sixth place left the audience with seven finalists: Alyssa Dessoye, Derrick Ferrell, Megan Greer, Stephanie Kent, Krista Ramsey, Sara Villa and Tyler Waring. The finalists performed for the judges and audience, and the judges once again gave their critique. The audience votes were counted, and performing Catherine McPhee’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Dessoye was named the first-ever Newsome Idol.
Visit for information about upcoming Newsome Chorus events.

Fall Festivities Planned at Academy
Seffner Christian Academy, located at 11605 U.S. Hwy. 92 E. in Seffner, will hold its Fifth Annual Fall Festival and Silent Auction with inflatables, games, food, vendor booths, a silent auction featuring themed Christmas trees, gift baskets, music, a chili cook-off and sports memorabilia on Friday, November 7, from 5-8 p.m., and Saturday, November 8, with the auction from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and festival from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
For more information, call 763-5380 or e-mail or visit

Mommy & Me Classes Available
Mommy & Me classes are available at The Dance Center, located at 161 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon, for mommies and 2-year-olds (Must be 2 by September 1, 2008). It is a fun class that will introduce your child to listening, memorization, musicality, and coordination. Classes include dancing, music and singing on Tuesdays from 10:30–11:15 a.m. and Wednesdays from 10:30–11:15 a.m. or 12:30–1:15 p.m.
For more information, call 684-4282 or e-mail

Music Showcase In Search of Vendors
Music Showcase will hold its annual Christmas Festival in Brandon this year on December 13 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and has room for vendors to purchase a booth and sell items or give information about their business. The price of booth rental is only $35 which includes a table and two chairs. There will be live entertainment throughout the day, a rock-climbing wall, a bounce house, food, student recitals and even a visit from Santa and the Chick-fil-A cow.
All those interested in participating should contact Wendi Pruitt at 685-5998.

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