Press Releases

Serenity Meadows Announces Memorial Day Service
Serenity Meadows will be having its annual Memorial Day service on Monday, May 31, at 9 a.m. at the Memorial Gardens, 6919 Providence Rd., Riverview. Music will be provided by Burns Middle School’s chamber orchestra, and the guest speaker is Rear Admiral Joseph H. Miller.
For more information, call 677-9494.

ABWC Adds $6,500 to Scholarship Fund
Recent fundraising efforts by the Apollo Beach Woman’s Club have added more than $6,500 to the club’s scholarship fund, which presents awards to graduating Apollo Beach high school students attending a Florida state college or university in fall 2010, through its annual fashion show coordinated by Karen Benedict and Super Bowl party coordinated by members Marlene Hall and Seel Lundy. Recipients for this year’s scholarships will be announced at the Sunday, May 23. ABWC monthly membership meetings are held the second Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Summerfield Crossing Golf Club, 13050 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview.
For more information, visit

Free Diabetes Screenings Offered
Free diabetes screenings will be offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, at Sweetbay Pharmacy, 10665 Big Bend Rd., Riverview.
For more information, call 800-713-3301 (No appointment necessary).

Genealogy Classes Scheduled
Professional genealogist Sharon Tate Moody will teach a series of genealogy classes at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, on Thursday afternoons, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12 and September 2, at 2 p.m.
For more information, call 273-3652.

Volunteers Needed at Mary & Martha House
The Mary & Martha House is seeking volunteers for its thrift store, administrative office, both located at 1009 SW 1st St. in Ruskin, and boutique, Second Hand Rose, located at 100 E. Shellpoint Rd.
For more information, call 645-7874.

Bridal Show Coming
Cross Creek Ranch, 12950 E. Wheeler Rd., Dover, is hosting a bridal show on Sunday, June 6, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The show will feature Cross Creek Ranch’s experienced team of designers, caterers, florists, DJs, photographers, hair stylists and make-up artists. Come to the bridal show and enjoy great food, drinks, wedding cake, carriage rides, music, a photography display and tour of Cross Creek Ranch and The French Country Inn Bed & Breakfast.
The event is free, but reservations are recommended. For more information, call 651-0934.

Ballet Company Hosts Garage Sale
The Brandon Ballet is hosting a garage sale on Saturday, June 5, from 7 a.m.-12 Noon at 3040 Colonial Ridge Dr. in the Colonial Oaks subdivision in Brandon. Residents are welcome to donate gently used items to the garage sale by dropping them off at The Dance Center, 161 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon.
For more information, call 684-4282.

AMVETS Welcome Troops Home
AMVETS Post 44, of Brandon, is hosting “Our Heroes are Back in Town,” a welcome home party for troops returning home from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Saturday, June 5, from 2-6 p.m. Festivities will take place at O’Brien’s Irish Pub, 701 W. Lumsden Rd., Brandon. There will be live music, food, guest speakers, veteran support groups, games and more at the free event.
Any organization that is interested in participating in this event cam call 690-2693.

MOMS Club Welcomes New Members
MOMS Club of Valrico, a nonprofit organization providing support to stay-at-home moms and their children, offers a monthly calendar filled with park days, holiday parties, field trips, Moms Night Out, Family Day Out, weekly playgroups and other activities.  Contact Valrico MOMS Club Membership VP Diane Gregory at or 661-0860 for more information.

Chai Group Recognizes New Officers
Brandon Chai Group of Hadassah invites members to attend its Annual Installation of Officers at a brunch on Sunday, May 23, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the home of Janice Perelman in Brandon. Brunch will include juice, bagels, lox and cream cheese, fruit, quiche and coffee. The cost is $7 per person.
Reservations can be made by calling 571-2029 by Sunday, May 16

Register for VPK at BSAC
The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, 405 Beverly Blvd., Brandon, is currently taking registrations for fall 2010 for its Early Childhood/Voluntary Kindergarten program. VPK is held each weekday from 9 a.m.-12 Noon. Early drop-off, lunch and longer and full-day options are available. On Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., a summer camp orientation and registration open house will be held.
For more information, please call Kim Dearth at 689-0908.

Music Showcase and Customers Give Back
Because our soldiers are honored on Memorial Day, Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Dr.,
Brandon, is dedicating the month of May to helping our local veterans. Music Showcase is collecting letters and care packages to be given to veterans through the James A. Haley VA Hospital. Customers are rewarded for their donation. Music Showcase gives $0.25 coupon for each item dropped off that customers can use in the store.
For more information, call 685-5998.

Resource Center Offers Free Activities
The Brandon Family Support & Resource Center, 1277 Kingsway Rd., is offering the following free activities: Safe Summer on Tuesday, May 18, at 6 p.m., which helps kids gear up for the summer with St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Advocacy Center and a fun-filled safety program that includes a bike/scooter rodeo with a helmet fitting and water safety tips. Free helmets will be provided while supplies last; Florida Blood Services and the Family Support & Resource Center are partnering to reach out to the Brandon community on Tuesday, May 25, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information, visit or call 740-4634.

JCC Registering Now for Summer Camp
The Jewish Community Center Preschool Brandon, 706 Bryan Rd., Brandon, is currently enrolling students for the 2010 summer camp session and the 2010-11 school year. With more than 30 years of experience in the Tampa Bay area, the JCC Preschool offers a variety of part-time and full-time programs for children ages 1 to 4. The school also offers morning, afternoon and full-day VPK. Discounts on registration/deposit fees are also available.
Call 643-0522 or e-mail Cheryl Matthews at for more information.

Business Instills Motivation in Youth
Motivated Steps is increasing its role in empowering children by offering one-on-one in-home or library-based tutoring and mentoring services for ages 7-18 and an exclusive camp known as Girls Empowerment which will run from Monday, July 12-Friday, July 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Best Western Hotel and Conference Center, 9331 E. Adamo Dr., Tampa.
If you are interested, e-mail or call 325-6779.

Kids R Kids Holds Open Registration
Located at 13151 Kings Lake Dr., Gibsonton, Kids R Kids SouthShore’s program will start immediately following the last day of school Thursday, June 10, and summer camp will end Friday, August 20. Camp hours are 6 a.m.–6:30 p.m. The cost is $135 per week.
For more information, call 672-0400 or visit

Resource Center Offers Free Activities
The Ruskin Family Support & Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE, Ruskin, offers the following classes for free: Spanish computer classes, a six-week computer course that teaches participants basic computer skills, will run every Wednesday from 6–8 p.m. and Coffee & Careers provides assistance in a job search every Thursday from 9 a.m.–12 Noon.
Call 870-4747 to register.

Silvermans to Sing at Last BCWC Meeting
The Silvermans will be the feature program for the Thursday, May 20, meeting of the
Brandon Christian Woman’s Connection. This nondenominational group will hold its last luncheon, until September, at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Special Event Center of Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd., Brandon. The Silvermans will also be performing a full concert at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 5. This will be their second concert for the Christian Woman’s Connection as their fundraiser for the year. The luncheon price is $12. Reservations are to be honored and must be in by Thursday, May 13.
For reservations and information, call 293-0095 or 740-0098

Resurrection Hosts Women’s Makeover
Resurrection Catholic Church, 6819 Krycul Ave., Riverview, will host a “Women’s Makeover” with the Big CEO from Friday-Saturday, June 4-6. Women will be able to experience the Lord in a special way as they leave the world behind and go the Bethany Center in Lutz for this transforming weekend. Director of Evangelization from the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas, Martha Fernandez-Sardina, will be the guest speaker.
For cost and additional information, call 677-2175 or visit

Food Pantry Opens
The food pantry at Boyette Springs Church of God, 12114 Boyette Rd., Riverview, is open every Thursday from 12 Noon-2 p.m. It is also a USDA provider. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
If you have any questions, please call 671-0086.

Holocaust Course to Premiere In Brandon
Beyond Never Again, a six-part course about the Holocaust, will premiere in more than 300 locations worldwide, including Brandon. Created by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), the world’s largest network of adult education, Beyond Never Again has won support from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem and more than 100 centers and institutes devoted to studying the Holocaust around the world.
The course will be given Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center, 3005 Waylon Ln., Valrico. It is expected to draw more than 20 local students to its dynamic text-based and audio-visual classes.
For further information, please contact Rabbi Rubashkin at or call 657-9393.

FUMC Announces Evening Worship Service
First United Methodist Church of Brandon, 121 N. Knights Ave., will host an evening of singing, prayer and praise, featuring its full choir, orchestra and praise team, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 23.
Call the church at 689-4161 for more details or visit

Bingo at St. Stephen
St. Stephen Catholic Church will host bingo on May 27 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the church multipurpose room, 5049 Bell Shoals Rd. The cost to play is $15 for 20 games with a possible jackpot of $250. Additional packs are available for $10 and players have a chance to participate in a drawing and a 50/50 game. The highlight jackpot number is 58. A dinner special is available beginning at 5:30 p.m. for $4. In addition, hot dogs, chips, nachos, drinks and desserts are served.

Announcements for Horizon Christian
Horizon Christian Church, 1720 S. St. Cloud Ave., Valrico, will host the following free events: Vacation Bible School from Monday, June 28- Thursday, July 1, from 9 a.m.-12 Noon. There will be crafts, games, snacks, singing, Bible lessons and much more. Family Fun Night will be held on Friday, July 2. For more information, contact Jill Steen, Children’s Ministry director, at or 689-1457; Horizon Early Learning Preschool’s “Wild for Summer” summer camp, serving children 6 weeks through 4 years old, is now open for registration. Call 654-1868 or e-mail for more information; and Sunday Services from 9-10:30 a.m., with nursery care available. Jr. Worship, Children’s Sunday School, youth, teens and adult Bible classes are available both services.
For more information, call 689-1457.

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