By Sandra Meyer

BC_The_Learning_Experience_LOGO15951The Learning Experience Comes to Riverview

The Learning Experience Academy of Early Education held a ribbon cutting ceremony last month for its new location at 3705 S. U.S. Hwy. 301 in Riverview. The new center will give children the opportunity to receive an early start to their education and help them achieve their greatest capabilities. From top to bottom, the safe and secure center is purpose-built for children to learn, play and grow. It focuses on academic, social, creative and child-centered development to provide a well-rounded experience and ensure children become fully prepared students. The center is open Monday – Friday from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Call 626-6971 or visit


Adventures Archery Family Fun Nights and Fall Archery FestivalBC_adventuresArchery

Ferman Chevrolet Florida Archery Slam presents the Fall Archery Festival with a 3D Archery Tournament for all ages hosted by Adventures Archery. The festival takes place on Saturday, November 22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and includes an archery/hunting equipment swap meet, raffles, cook out and kid’s events. Lunch begins at 12 Noon and 3D sign up cut off is 3 p.m. Call or e-mail Dani with sponsorship, membership or registration questions at 664-8700 or

Adventures Archery also now offers Family Fun Night on Friday nights from 6–8 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for youth ages 8-16. Price includes pizza and soda. Call 664-8700 or e-mail to reserve a spot. Space is limited. Adventures Archery is located at 2210 S. U.S. 301, Ste. 200 in Tampa.

New Services Available at Florida Aesthetics and Medical Weight Loss

Florida Aesthetics and Medical Weight Loss reveals its newest services: Microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma/Stem Cell Therapy for anti-aging, scar treatment, skin rejuvenation, amongst many applications. Microneedling is a revolutionary means of delivering an ancient aesthetics treatment. Stem cell therapy uses the clients own blood to treat and help rebuild their body at the cellular level. Treatments include skin rejuvenation, scar treatments and hair regrowth amongst many others. Florida Aesthetics and Medical Weight loss is located at 1771 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon. Visit or call 345-4044.

BC_BSACBSAC New Development Director

The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) is excited to announce the addition of Eric Soncrant to its leadership team and to the BSAC family as its new director of development. Soncrant comes to BSAC with vast experience in the development field having worked as an assistant athletic director for the University of South Florida. His main responsibilities for BSAC will be to help secure resources both in kind and financial that will enhance its facilities, programs and staff which will in turn support its mission of positively impacting the experience of everyone who comes to BSAC, which is located at 405 Beverly Blvd. in Brandon. Visit or call 689-0908.

Affordable Health Care Act Seminars to Help Educate Tax Preparers

Iris Tax Pro Help will be holding seminars to educate tax preparers in the community about the Affordable Care Act to better serve their clients. The seminars will take place from Tuesday, October 28 through Thursday, October 30 at HCC Regent located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. To register or find out more information, visit or call 654-5200.

Brandon Regional Hospital to Host Shooting Clays Fundraising EventBRH - horizontal night shot New LOGO_JUL 2010

Brandon Regional Hospital will hold an American Hospital Association Shooting Clays fundraising event on Sunday, November 19 at FishHawk Sporting Clays located at13505 Hobson Simmons Rd. in Lithia. Registration is at 8 a.m. and a mandatory safety meeting is at 9 a.m. The cost is $75 per shooter or $300 for a team of four. There are $500 corporate sponsorships which include a team of four and recognition at the event. Registration includes 50 clays, two boxes of 12 gauge shotgun shells and lunch. To RSVP, call 571-5100 or e-mail All net proceeds for the event will go to the American Heart Association.

BC_SaraJamesSara James Salon Teams Up to Collect Food Items

Sara James Salon, located at 106 Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon, will begin collecting non-perishable foods items (boxed dinners, canned meats, etc.) for its community partners Emergency Help Care Organization, and dog or cat food for Lost Angels Animal Rescue. This will be an on-going effort to continuously support and strengthen the community. Call 684-3099.


AJ’s Fine Wines & Liquors Offers Free Weekly TastingsBC_AJs

Ajay Jambhekar, owner of AJ’s Fine Wines & Liquors, located in the Publix-anchored Shoppes at Lithia plaza in Valrico will host complimentary wine, beer and spirits tastings every Friday from 6-9 p.m. In addition AJ’s will welcome Jack Daniels in the store for a very special event on Tuesday, December 23 from 6–9 p.m. Stop in to pick up a gift and have a bottle of Jack engraved free courtesy of Gentleman Jack and the Jack Daniels Family. Visit the store at 3443 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico for full calendar of tastings. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 654-6488.

Laura Simpson Named Main Street Bartow, Inc. Executive Director

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO Laura Simpson, along with members of the Chamber’s executive committee, announced recently to the Board of Directors and staff that Simpson has resigned her position within the organization. Effective Friday, October 31, Simpson will step down as president and CEO to assume her new role as Main Street Bartow, Inc.’s executive director. The Chamber’s executive committee has begun transition planning, both for the long term and on an interim basis, and is searching for Simpson’s replacement. For information or to be considered for the open position, call 689-1221 or e-mail

Seffner Chamber Business Expo at Brandon YMCA

The Seffner Chamber Business Expo will be held Tuesday, October 28 from 4–8 p.m. at the Brandon YMCA at 3097 S. Kingsway Ave. to benefit the Brandon YMCA. There will be games, food and a costume parade. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 654-3100.

Music Showcase Raising Funds for Breast Cancer Patient

Music Showcase is now accepting nominations for its Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser. The winner will receive proceeds from monies raised during October fundraisers. Nominees must be local breast cancer patients currently undergoing treatment. Nomination forms are located at musicshowcaseon or in the store at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. During the October, Music Showcase will sell pink ribbons, cupcakes, baked goods and popcorn for $1. Gift cards or donations of money or services like for items like lawn maintenance or cleaning are also accepted. An additional fundraiser is a 70-80’s dance party on Saturday, November 1 from 7–10 p.m. for a $10 donation for advance admission and a $15 donation at the door.

For more information, call 685-5998 or e-mail deb

Dynavistics  Headquarters to be in BrandonBC_Dynavistics

Only seven years since its formation, Dynavistics selected Brandon as its permanent home. With the assistance and support of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, it held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate this occasion last month. The new location at 1721 S. Kings Ave. will allow for Dynavistics to serve more clients across the globe, expand its product offering, and give back to its community through volunteering and charity support. Visit

BC_AnthonyNataleBrandon/Valrico Resident/Bartender Goes Pink

Anthony Natale, a bartender at Poblano’s Mexican Grill & Bar has dyed his hair and beard pink and is donating 10 percent of his tips for the month of October to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The restaurant is located at 795 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. Visit for hours and menu options or call 689-0200.



Delaney Creek Announces Seventh Annual Health Fair

Delaney Creek’s Seventh Annual Health Fair is Wednesday, October 29 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Set up time begins at 8 a.m. with a $25 table fee to be used toward door prizes. Help support the American Cancer Society by purchasing lunch for $3 which includes a hotdog, chips and a drink. Reservations can be made by calling 655-8858. Delaney Creek is located at 320 S. Lakewood Dr. in Brandon.

Modeling 101 Offered at Florida Academy of Performing Arts

Motivational Speaker and former model Renee Woods will instruct students on runway walking, posing for the camera, beauty tips, public speaking, health, and empowering themselves to be the best they can be. Classes will be for ages 12 and up for eight weeks beginning Saturday, October 25 from 1–2 p.m. with a runway show on Friday, December 19. Classes will be held at the Florida Academy of Performing Arts located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Call 490-2787 or visit

A Royal Experience Comes to the Tampa Bay Area

Organizers of The Royal Princess Ball will be hosting the inaugural experience to celebrate young princesses for who they are and to let them know their true worth in this world through the eyes of God. On Sunday, December 7 princesses ages 5 – 12 and their accompanying adults are invited to a royal experience. Princesses will adorn their favorite gown, with their accompanying adults in evening attire. Seating is limited so RSVP by Saturday, November 1.                                                                                                                 The ball takes place from 5–8 p.m. at

The Event Factory located at 7565 W. Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa. Tickets are $35 each. Visit theroyal or e-mail

Ladies Night: One Thousand Gifts

A  girlfriends gathering, One Thousand Gifts, will take place on Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at Bell shoals Baptist Church in the Special Events Center. This evening will teach guests how to enter the presence of God and experience a deep and lasting joy, and live a life that is truly alive. Tickets are $10 and include dinner along with childcare for children 0-12 years of age (advanced reservations required).

Tickets can be purchased at bell /1000gifts or at the Welcome Center on Sundays (cash or check only).  Bell Shoals Baptist Church is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon.

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