Staff Report

first-batch-of-10-24-contributionsSpirit FM 90.5’s Second Annual 10-24 Project

10-24 is the sheriff’s office code for “send help”. To show our support of our community’s law enforcement officers, Spirit FM asks you and your family to write a card or note of encouragement to these brave men and women. Get it to Spirit FM by October 24 and it will be distributed to the local agencies. On October 24, law enforcement will be prayed for at 24 minutes after the hour.

Living Well Christian Daycare Grand Opening

A new child care facility, Living Well Christian Daycare, opened in September. Hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Its belief is that if you teach children how they should live they will remember it always. Set in a Christian setting, there are small classrooms, qualified teachers and a director with a degree in early education. It is located at 232 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Theresa Patterson at 315-8125. Visit

Southern Company Chorus Seeks Women Singers

If you are a woman that loves to sing, Southern Company Chorus is an all woman a cappella barbershop group that is seeking additional singers. It meets Mondays from 6:45-9:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall in Bell Shoals Church of Christ. Everyone is welcome to a practice on Monday night to listen and even join in. Visit For more info, email or call Denise Padgett at 260-3983.

St. Stephen Men’s Club Golf Scramble

It is time for the 24th Annual St Stephen Men’s Club Golf Scramble to be held at the Summerfield Crossing Golf Club on Saturday, October 29. Sign-ins at 1130 a.m. with tee time at 1 p.m. The fee is $75 pre-paid per golfer teams of four players for $300, and includes a round of golf, range balls, a gift pack, a hot lunch, beverages and dinner. An additional package for $25 includes “four Mulligans, 15 raffle tickets, (1) One putt, (1) Putting contest entry, and (1) sand trap throw.

A signup form is available that can be emailed to you for each team. Please make checks be made payable to “St Stephen Men’s Club”.

Proceeds support St Stephen Catholic School graduating seniors and local charities.
Please contact Ed Veronick, Men’s Club representative, at or for call 850-305-9745.

Kaliedoscope Concert By Plant City Community Chorale

Plant City Community Chorale is proud to present its first concert of the 2016-17 Season on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm. to be held at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 604 N Valrico Rd. in Valrico. The music will change as do the images and colors in a kaliedoscope. Experience the Spanish flamenco dance beat of Danza!, then be lulled by Braham’s lullaby Wiegenlied and Eric Whitacre’s Seal Lullaby,  and clap to the rousing gospel piece Take Me to the Water. Meet renowned director, Claudia Liliana Bolaño, and experience an evening of music sure to delight everyone.

United Methodist Women 46th Annual Pecan Sale

Pecans are available to order from Saturday, October 1 to Tuesday, November 1.  A five lb. box of mammoth halves or pieces cost $45. A one lb. bag of mammoth halves is $10. Also available are specialty items as follows:  chocolate amaretto pecans for $18; praline pecans for $16, and an assortment including praline, chocolate amaretto, and roasted salted pecans.

To order, call Mary Baker at 643-4493, email, or visit to order and pay by credit card. Checks payable to UMW can be mailed to P. O. Box 546, Lithia, FL 33547. Only pre-paid pecans are “reserved.”  Others will be sold on a first come-first served basis.

Pick up is at New Hope United Methodist Church (formerly First United Methodist Church), 121 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon in the Social Hall.  Pickup times are Saturday, November 12, and Monday, November 14, from 8 a.m. -6 p.m.

This annual fundraiser benefits local missions such as ECHO, Mary and Martha House, A Kid’s Place, and Brandon Life Care, and others.

For more information, contact Barbara Brooks at 689-7016 or

5K Road Race And One Mile Family Color Run

Fellowship of Christian Athletes East Hillsborough Area will hold a 5K Road Race and a one mile Family Color Run on Saturday, October 22 at 9 a.m. at FishHawk Trails, 17616 Old Oak Way in Lithia.

Register online at If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Dee Franks at

Join The Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Tampa Walk to End Alzheimer’s is based at Amalie Arena and organized by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s association. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 5.alzheimers-walk

Join the FPCB Team at Find the team by name: First Presbyterian Church of Brandon. Choose to register or to donate if you are unable to walk. Registration is free. All who wish to join the team to raise awareness and support are welcome. Experienced walkers are eager to provide encouragement and companionship. The FPCB team is always one of the largest teams of walkers. Many walk in support of family members with dementia.

This is the third year that FPCBrandon has participated in the Tampa Walk, raising nearly $5000 for research and support, placing third in the “Friends and Family” category in 2015.
For more information, contact Judy Smolk, Coordinator of the Walk for FPCB at 643-9586 or

The Palms VIPs Vision Group Meeting

The next meeting of The Palms VIPs Vision group will be held on October 4 at 1 p.m. at 207 New Hope Rd. This group is for vIsually impaired people can no longer drive. This offers the community opportunities to serve. Drivers are needed to take people to the meeting, or when their support system is unavailable to have an alternative driver on a short term basis.

The meetings offer fellowship, encouragement, speakers, learning about resources, and coping skills. Caregivers, families, drivers are encouraged to attend. Recently two blind men who still work full time jobs inspired members with their story’s. For more information, please call Maren Funderburk at 685-8407.

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