GET OUT: Weekend Events Preview Jan. 25-27

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-Riverview area.

It’s Friday, 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.


WHERE/WHEN: Help celebrate the opening of Cork & Olive at 1026 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, in Plaza Bella, Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.

WHY GO: Residents are invited to sample Cork & Olive's large collection of fine wines and enjoy the music of Tri-Versity, a six-piece jazz combo. Come back Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. for Sammy Salsa Night at Cork & Olive.


WHERE/WHEN: A High Tea charity fundraiser benefiting OperationKidney will be held Jan. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Tea Cup Room, 1107 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Brandon.

WHY GO: The cost is $30 per person and includes soup, salad, sandwiches and dessert. OperationKidney was founded by FishHawk Ranch resident Devon Carver, a 34-year-old mother who has renal failure. All proceeds will be used to offset the cost of transportation and medical cost associated with a living kidney donation. Call 813-654-6543 for reservations.


WHERE/WHEN: There will be a country gospel music concert at The Farm, 7818 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Lithia, Jan. 25, featuring Rocky Morris, president of the International Cowboy Church Alliance Network.

WHY GO: Residents can find out more about ICCAN at 5 p.m. The music will begin at 6 p.m. with food available at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission but a donation box will be available. There are 350 seats but residents are invited to bring their own chairs. Call 813-967-3046 for more information or visit  www.TheFarmUSA.com.


WHERE/WHEN: The Showcase Players will present "Parade" Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at the McCabe Theatre, 506 5th St., Valrico.

WHY GO: The musical dramatizes the 1913 trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank, who was accused and convicted of raping and murdering a 13-year-old employee, Mary Phagan.Tickets are available online at www.faopa.org.

WHERE/WHEN: Grace United Methodist Church at FishHawk, 5708 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Lithia, will host a giant yard sale and silent auction Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHY GO: The silent auction will feature more than 50 items including passes to Disney World and Sea World, weekend getaways, autographed sports memorabilia, birthday party packages and baskets with gift certificates from local restaurants and stores. Proceeds will benefit the church's mission trip to Nicaragua this summer.


WHERE/WHEN: Bloomingdale Pet Supply, 3110 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Valrico, will host a low-cost shot clinic for pets Saturday, Jan. 26 from 3 to 4 p.m.

WHY GO: No appointment is needed. Heartguard, Comfortis and Trifexis will be available for purchase. Call 813-662-9296.


WHERE/WHEN: The Central Florida Dance Alliance Foundation is having a fundraiser at Menchie's, 6046 Winthrop Town Centre Ave., Riverview, Saturday Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

WHY GO: This is to benefit the foundation's scholarship fund and to help the students with expenses for competition and convention fees. Please remember to bring the attached flier so the foundation will receive a percentage of sales.


WHERE/WHEN: Animal lovers will have a chance to meet the authors of a new book while helping a local animal charity when Robek's Fruit Smoothies & Healthy Eats, 1044 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, hosts a book signing Saturday, Jan. 26 from 3 to 6 p.m.

WHY GO: Four veterinarians, all classmates at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, have collaborated on An Animal Life: The Beginning, a novel inspired by their real-life experiences in veterinary school. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the CARE Shelter in Ruskin.

Have we missed something? Let us know in the "comments" section below.


JDP January 25, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Going to Parade to support local business, local theater and mostly to support our talented local students!


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