The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will perform holiday concerts in December.

Donations For Shoe Purchases For Needy Children Sought

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon and Payless Shoes in Westfield Brandon Mall are partnering together, supplying
shoes to needy children who attend the Brandon area ‘Terrific Kids’ schools. School counselors and social workers provide the sizes needed, Kiwanis makes the purchase and takes the shoes to the schools. Over the years, more than 300 pairs of shoes have been given to school children locally.

If you wish to support this pro-gram by making a tax-deductible donation, you can mail a check to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 581, Brandon, fL 33509.

Country Christmas Luncheon

Celebrate Christmas with Brandon Christian Women’s Connection. The December luncheon ‘A Country Christmas’ with carols and country dancing is on Monday December 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in the Special Event Center, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon.

This is a nondenominational event and all ladies are warmly welcomed. The cost is $15. First time guests pay $10. Please make a reservation by Friday, November 31 with Lillie at 740-0098.

Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory Presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory will present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever starting November 29 through December 2 in the Straz Center for the Performing Art’s TECO Theater.

Based on the best-selling young adult classic novel by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a powerful story of misunderstanding, faith and redemption, presented with warmth and hilarity. In this staged production, Patel Conservatory students in grades 2-12 take on the roles of the awful Herdman children, who lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear and hit younger children.

The play follows the Herdmans as they take over the church’s annual Christmas pageant, and present their interpretation of the greatest story ever told, that the wise men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating. Chaos, shock and hilarity ensue, and the result is a heartwarm-ing version of the Christmas story.

Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.; a sensory friendly performance
will be held on December 1 at 2 p.m. Regularly priced tickets
start at $15 and may be purchased by calling 229-7827 or 800-955-1045, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or at Handling fees will apply.More information about the Patel Conservatory is available by calling 222-1040 and at

The accredited Patel Conservatory offers summer camps and classes in dance, music and theater for students of all ages and experience levels. Each year, the Patel Conservatory and the Straz Center’s arts education pro-grams enrich the lives of more than 70,000 students in our classrooms, on our stages and through the community.

Eastern Hillsborough Community Band Christmas Celebration Concert

Join the Eastern Hillsborough Community Band as it brings holiday cheer by performing some of your favorite Christmas melodies.

The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band (EHCB) has brought musical joy to the Hillsborough County and Tampa Bay area since 2009. Currently with 70 members, the EHCB mission is to foster the love of music, improve musician-ship and entertain and inspire the audience. With a wide range of ages, backgrounds and talent, this band is unique and exciting to watch!

Christmas concerts will take place on Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m. at Strawberry Ridge, located at 3419 S.R. 60 in Valrico and on Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m. at New Hope UMC, located at 120 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon.
For more information, call 569-1771 or visit

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Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.