GET OUT: Weekend Events Preview June 17-19
With a variety of entertainment venues and restaurants in the area, there's no reason to spend the weekend at home. We've put together a list of fun things to do in the Bloomingdale area.
It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend.
Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities to hit and new bars/restaurants/shops to explore.
WHAT/WHEN: To get the word out on the dangers of texting while driving and other reckless driving habits, Bloomingdale Girl Scout Liz Hinckley is hosting a Drive Safe 5K June 18 at Alderman's Ford Park off County Road 39 in Lithia.
WHY GO: At the race, she will ask participants to sign a pledge to drive safely. Each person signing the pledge will receive a beaded bracelet made by Hinckley that spells out messages such as "No Texting" and "Drive Safely." There will be T-shirts for the first 100 race participants. Hinckley also plans to have free post-race refreshments available and a craft table for kids.
In addition to the 5K race, which begins at 8 a.m., Hinckley is organizing a kid's fun run at 9 a.m. The cost to participate is $15 for adults and $10 for children.
Registration forms are available at www.drivesafe5k.weebly.com.
WHERE/WHEN: Barbara Schwabe, candidate for honorary mayor of Brandon, continues her fundraising campaign on Friday, June 17, hosting a Wines & Designs event at Center Place starting at 6:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Guests will create a hand-painted wine glass or beer stein while enjoying wine and dinner. All supplies are included. The cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple.
WHERE/WHEN: Cami Gibertini, the other candidate for honorary mayor of Brandon, also is planning a fundraiser this weekend. On Saturday, June 18, supporters are invited to Cami’s Combat Challenge at the Campo Y from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
WHY GO: For $20, including a T-shirt and snack, participants will take a body combat class.
WHERE/WHEN: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75 provides free, no-obligation vessel safety inspections for recreational boaters at E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin on the first and third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Williams Park in Gibsonton the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
WHO GO: These inspections take about 15 minutes and can help save your life in case of a boating emergency.
WHERE/WHEN: Bishop Wayne will perform at Park Square Cellar, 13132 Churchview Drive, Lithia, Friday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
WHY GO: Enjoy live reggae music while enjoying one of Park Square Cellar's signature cocktails or bottle of wine and a cheese platter or appetizer of grapes rolled in brie and pistachio or citrus-smoke salmon.