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GET OUT: Weekend Events Preview March 30 to April 1

A puppy parade, a Relay for Life event, a teen talent show and an Easter drama are all in store for this weekend.

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.

WHERE/WHEN: invites residents to learn more about the life of Jesus Christ in a dramatic presentation March 30-31 and April 6-7 at the church, 1720 S. St. Cloud Ave., Valrico. Doors open for the free event, "Walk the Way of the Cross," at 7 p.m. and close at 10:30 p.m. each night. Tours run approximately every 10 minutes and each tour takes about 45 minute

WHY GO: Those attending will be witnesses to Jesus and his disciples in this dramatic re-creation of the final days Jesus spent on the Earth. Attendees will view His triumphal entry, watch as Jesus celebrates the Last Supper with his disciples, feel the torment as Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemene, be a part of the crowd as Jesus makes His way to Calvary where he is crucified and rejoice with the disciples as Jesus is resurrected. For addition information, visit the "Walk the Way of the Cross" website.

WHERE/WHEN: "Go Wild" is the theme of the s annual Spring Fling. The event will take place Friday, March 30, from 2 to 9 p.m. on the academy grounds, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd., Brandon.

WHY GO: The event will feature food, outdoor games and activities. A live auction will take place Friday, March 30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. including one-of-a-kind art pieces made by students at the academy. All games and activities at the Spring Fling are by ticket sales. Tickets are $1 each. For information, call Sue Potteiger at 813-689-9183, ext. 254.

WHERE/WHEN: , 15326 FishHawk Blvd., Lithia, will host its annual Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHY GO: The family event is free and will feature food and drink, more than 10,000 Easter eggs to hunt, a bungee jump, an inflatable rock climb and slide, a bounce house, crafts, face painting, games, balloon animals, prize drawings, pony rides, a petting farm, family pictures and hay rides. For information, call 813-655-7431 or visit www.fishhawkfc.org.

WHERE/WHEN: Artist Scott King will present King's All-New Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, March 31 at of Brandon, 115 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, from noon to dark.

WHY GO: There will be nearly two dozen artists and craftspeople from throughout Tampa Bay exhibiting their works including miniature artist Ruth Soucek and costume designer Carlton Jones. In addition, acoustic guitarists will perform and Egypt Temple clowns will be on hand. There is no registration fee to exhibit. Visit artbyscottking.com for more information.

WHERE/WHEN: The , 1906 Bloomingdale Avenue, will host a Teen Talent Show Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m.

WHY GO: Prizes include $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. Prizes will be give in both middle school and high school divisions. There is a limit of 20 acts permitted. The winners from each library branch will compete in the grand finale Saturday, April 9 at the John F. Germany Library in Tampa.

WHERE/WHEN: The Brandon Coin Club Inc, a nonprofit organization, will host a Coin and Currency Show March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brandon Elks Lodge 2383, 800 Centennial Lodge Dr., Brandon.

WHY GO: There will be 30 dealers and 45 tables. Admission is free. There will be free coin grab bags for all children under 12. In addition, the club will offer free appraisals of coins. The ICG Grading Service will be in attendance, offering free verbal opinions and slabbing for $9. For more information, contact Mark Palermo at 813-361-0740 or brandoncoinclub@tampabay.rr.com.

WAGAPALOOZA

WHERE/WHEN: Plaza Bella on Bloomingdale Avenue and Bell Shoals Road will present its annual Wagapalooza, a celebration of four-legged friends, Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHY GO: All well-behaved leashed dogs are invited for pet contests for a $5 donation and a pooch parade. There will be vendors and rescue groups on site and all proceeds will go to animal rescue groups.

WHERE/WHEN: The Bill Carey Unit of the Boys & Girls Club in Brandon will host the second Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FishHawk Sporting Clays, 13505 Hobson Simmons Rd. in Lithia. Registration begins at 8 a.m. There will be a safety briefing at 9 a.m. and the shoot starts at 9:30 a.m. The shoot will end at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and a raffle drawing.

WHY GO: The event will raise funds to supplement the club's operational costs. The event will include a barbecue lunch catered by of Brandon. In addition, there will be raffles for a shotgun, sports memorabilia and other gift items. Tickets are $10 each or five for $40. The cost to participate is $400 for a four-man team or $125 for an individual. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/brandonclays.

WALK FOR RECOVERY

WHERE/WHEN: Freddy's Foundation will host its second annual 5K Walk for Recovery Saturday, March 31 starting at 9:30 a.m. at the northwest corner of Lithia-Pinecrest Road and Bloomingdale Avenue in Valrico.

WHY GO: Freddy's Foundation Inc. is a Valrico-based nonprofit established the aid the recovery of people struggling with addictions through fundraising and donations. All money raised during the walk will go to nonprofit residential treatment facilities in Florida. The registration fee is $25. Visit the foundation's website.

RELAY FOR LIFE

WHERE/WHEN: Relay for Life of FishHawk will take place Saturday, March 31, starting at noon and will run until Sunday, April 1 at 6 a.m. at 16550 FishHawk Blvd., Lithia.

The Riverview Relay for Life will take place Saturday, March 31, starting at 2 p.m. and will run until Sunday, April 1 at 8 a.m. at , 11311 Boyette Rd., Riveview.

WHY GO: Hundreds of walkers are expected for this year's Riverview and FishHawk Relays for Life in the hopes of raising $150,000 for the American Cancer Society. The relay will start with a survivor's lap around the track and then continue throughout the day with team members taking turns walking the track. Teams will have food and drinks available for sale throughout the event. At 9 p.m., there will be a luminaria ceremony for those touched by cancer at each of the relays.

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