By Kathy Collins

The Ruskin Woman’s Club will present its 3rd Annual Trinkets, Baubles & Bling- A Pre-Holiday Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will be held at the historic Ruskin Woman’s Club located at 503 S. Hwy. 41 in Ruskin.

This event gives women with home-based businesses a venue to share their craft, skills, business, art or services an opportunity to share these with people looking for unique and one of a kind items.

There will be approximately 40 vendors. A small sampling of those who will participate include Carol Pasco of The Stone Center, Dee Hood with MixItUp Jewelry, and Connie West with her much sought after Whispering Prayer bracelets. The youngest vendor, Ana Rosenberg of Apollo Beach, is only 10-years-old, selling her artwork.

Debbie Bonebrake, treasurer of the club and co-chair (along with Linnea Srymanski) of the Bling said, “The 3rd Annual Shopping Extravaganza is a place to shop for yourself, a girlfriend, sister or co-worker. It offers services and products created by local artisans.”

Bonebrake added, “Many of these business owners are stay-at-home moms. This venue gives them exposure to more perspective buyers than they can reach through home parties and networking on their own. All of these products and services come together in one location. For me, it has always been my jumping off point for Christmas shopping. It is women supporting other women.”

All funds raised at this event benefit college scholarships for local students. This year the Ruskin Woman’s Club gave $1,000 scholarships to 11 students. The club also supports the Ruskin Cemetery Preservation Fund, the Ruskin and SouthShore Libraries, Hospice, Canine Companions, Mary & Martha House and the Ruskin Historical Trust.

The Ruskin Woman’s Club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. It meets the first Wednesday of the month at 12 Noon from September to May. For more information, contact the club’s President, Judi Brogden at 633-2496 or Debbie Bonebrake at 892-7235.Visit www.gfwcruskinwomansclub.org.