GET OUT: Weekend Events Preview Oct. 5-7

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 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: St. Stephen Catholic Church, 5049 Bell Shoals Rd., Valrico, will host its annual Blessing of Pets Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. in front of the church.

WHY GO: There will be a short prayer service followed by a blessing for each pet.


WHERE/WHEN: Dog Fest is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 5925 Village Center Dr., in Circa FishHawk off Boyette Road in Lithia.

WHY GO: In addition to vendor displays, Dog Fest will include music, food, drinks, contests, demonstrations, samples and raffle prizes. Prizes will be given for the best doggie costume, cutest puppy and owner/dog look-alikes. There is a $5 entry fee for each contest. There also will be pet blessings, a training demonstration and Rescue Row for those seeking a companion.


WHERE/WHEN: For the fifth year, Center Place, in collaboration with the Community Roundtable, will host its Holiday Cards for the Troops card-making event Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Dr., Brandon.

WHY GO: Residents age 16 and up will create decorated cards that are blank inside to send to deployed service members. The service members will be able to write a message to loved ones in the card. Donations to participate will be accepted at the door to help with the cost of supplies and postage. The event also will include a raffle.


WHERE/WHEN: The Emergency Care Help Organization will crown the model who raises the most money for ECHO at ECHO’s 10th annual Kids Helping Kids Fashion Show set for Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. at HCC’s Brandon campus auditorium.

WHY GO: Children ages 5 to 18 are invited to participate. Each model must raise a minimum of $100 to participate. Fashions will be provided by Kohl’s. Visit www.echofl.org to register.


WHERE/WHEN: Friends of Protecting Animals With Sterlization of Hillsborough County will have a garage sale Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6 starting at 8 a.m. at 2511 Regal River Rd., Valrico, off Lithia-Pinecrest Road south of Bloomingdale Avenue.

WHY GO: Antiques, furniture, primitives, country, shabby chic, collectibles, holiday items, sewing items, crafts, new children's toys, household goods, U of F Gator collectibles, many brand new items and stocking stuffers will be available. The sale will provide veterinary care and medical supplies for PAWS' foster animals.



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