GET OUT: Weekend Events Preview May 18-20

The weekend is almost here; it's time to start planning what to do with your days off.

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.

On Saturday, May 19 at 8 a.m., the East Bay High School Student Government Association will host the first 5K4Q Run & Fun Run at E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin, to raise funds for the continued care of the Bloomingdale Library rape survivor.

It has been nearly four years since the East Bay alumnus and former student government member was brutally attacked outside of the . The Bloomingdale Library survivor, as she has come to be known, continues to make improvements in her recovery, but the road to a complete return to health is a long and costly one for this young woman, now 22.

The 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. A 1-mile fun run will also be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Runners may register online by visiting the run website.

Registration fees are $25 for 5K runners, $20 for students (18 and under with school ID) and $10 for the fun run. Participants will receive T-shirts, and medals will be available for the top three finishers in age group categories.

For information, contact event organizers Kendall MacDonald or Kaley Bishop at 5K4QRUN@gmail.com or 813-364-GO5K (4655).


The Theatre Department will present "9 to 5, The Musical" at 7:30 p.m. May 18-19 and May 24-26 in the school auditorium, 11311 Boyette Rd.

Based on the 1980 movie, which became a Broadway musical in 2009, the comedy revolves around a friendship between three friends who conspire to take control of a company and get even with a sexist, egotistical boss.

Seniors Morgan Rodgers and Ashley Figlow and sophomores Shiloh Carne and Corey Farrell lead a cast of 36. Vocals are directed by Bev Sutherland.

General admission tickets are $10 for all performances. They can be purchased in advance at sharktheatre.com or at the door. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m.

For additional information, call (813) 671-5011, Ext. 259; or email daron.hawkins@sdhc.k12.fl.us.


AMVETS Post 44 is sponsoring its first Armed Forces Day Putt Putt Scramble on May 19 beginning at 9 a.m. The contest is open to all ages but is limited to the first 72 registered golfers.

The family-friendly event features food, fun and prizes. The $10 cost includes food and a raffle ticket. The scramble is at Ace Golf, 12910 Boyette Rd. in Riverview.

For information and to preregister, call Shawn Lash at 813-679-2313. The post meets at 318 Pauls Dr. in Brandon. Call 813-651-4444.

The Joshua Generation Musical Theater & Production Company is hosting a dinner theater fundraiser May 17-18 at the Journey Church at 1310 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for standard seating and $25 for premium seating. The cost for the show only is $10. Reservations are suggested, with remaining tickets available at the door.

The group is looking for a permanent home and rehearses now at the  in Brandon, 763 W. Lumsden Rd., in the Oak Park Plaza.

The annual Senior Prom for the area's senior citizens will take place Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. at the , 502 E. Sadie St., Brandon.

This year's theme is "Star Struck" and seniors will dine and dance to the music of the '40s, '50s and '60s with a guitarist providing entertainment. A king and queen also will be crowned.

The Trey Curry Foundation will present the fifth annual Vine to Wine fundraiser on Friday, May 18 at 6437 Watson Rd., Riverview, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The event will benefit A Kid's Place in Brandon, a facility for abused and neglected children. Tickets are $75.

The event will include gourmet food provided by Chef Dave West of The Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, wines provided by Premier Beverage and a silent auction.

For tickets, call 813-643-1833 or visit kidscharitytb.org/events.

If you are new to Indian Cuisine or would just like to taste some great Indian dishes, come on down to the 3623 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Valrico, on Saturday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free Indian cuisine cooking class.

Mradula Patel will demonstrate one vegetarian dish and one non-vegetarian dish. Patel is an expert on healthy cooking and will explain how to use different, readily available spices and other ingredients to make  healthy dishes.

RSVP by calling 813-653-1683 or email info@happytomatoproduce.com,




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