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GET OUT: Weekend Events Preview Sept. 14-16

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: Celebrating the end of summer, the merchants of Plaza Bella are joining forces with Sandals Resorts to host A Taste of the Caribbean at Plaza Bella Friday, Sept. 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

WHY GO: Residents are invited to visit Plaza Bella at the corner of Bell Shoals Road and Bloomingdale Avenue to enjoy Caribbean-style foods, listen to music from the islands and try island drinks provided by El Dorado Rum. 

Those who make a donation to A Kid's Place, a home for abused and neglected children in Brandon, can roll dice for a chance to win a Sandals or Beaches vacation.

The event also will include raffles and specials from the businesses at Plaza Bella including , , , , , and .

WHERE/WHEN: Super Science Saturday will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

WHY GO: The library turns into a science lab in this interactive, hands-on science learning event. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will engage in the magic of magnets by creating a magnetic field they can see, making magnets float in the air and creating their very own compass.
Participants must register in person after 3 p.m. There is a limit of 30 participants.

WHERE/WHEN: Kicking off its winter season, the South Shore Symphony Orchestra will present a tribute to Mendelssohn Sunday, Sept. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Regent, 6437 Watson Rd., Riverview.

WHY GO: The volunteer orchestra will perform "Overture to L'italiana in Algeri," "Violin Concerto," featuring soloist Shawn Snider, "Overture to La Cenerentola" and "Symphony No. 4." Tickets are $20.

WHERE/WHEN: The Newsome Varsity Basketball Team will host its ninth annual golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 15 starting at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at Bloomingdale Golfers Club, 4113 Great Golfers Place, Valrico.

WHY GO: The cost is $85 per person or $340 per foursome and includes breakfast and lunch, goody bags, door prizes, a silent auction and prizes for winning teams. Members of the varsity basketball team will serve as caddies. To register, call Danny Curry at 813-951-1778 or email dannyc@currycontrols.com.

WHERE/WHEN: On Saturday, Sept. 15, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church's Women’s Ministries Team will host a simulcast with Beth Moore, live from Reading, Pa., starting at 8 a.m. at the church, 3314 Bryan Rd., Brandon. 

WHY GO: Beth Moore’s Living Proof live events explores the Bible and how it applies to real life, helping participants to strengthen their own relationships with God. The doors at St. Andrew’s will open at 8 a.m. for check-in and a continental breakfast will be served. The day’s events will conclude by 4:30 p.m. The registration fee of $20 includes a continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and a listening guide. Register by contacting Angia Snyder at angia.snyder@saumc.net or 813-689-6849, ext. 204.

WHERE/WHEN: Chabad of Brandon will host a Rosh Hashanah dinner to welcome in the new year Sunday, Sept. 16 at Chabad of Brandon's center, 3005 Waylon Ln., Valrico.

WHY GO: Services will take place at 7:15 p.m. followed by a three-course dinner at 8:15 p.m. prepared by Tzippy Rubashkin, wife of Rabbi Mendel Rubashkin.

WHERE/WHEN: Blanton will host a Pizza Crawl beginning at Joia's Fabulous Pizza and Martini Bar, 10475 Gibsonton Dr., Riverview, Sept. 14 starting at 5:30 p.m.

WHY GO: Participants will visit local pizza restaurants, ending with a vote to name Riverview's best pizza at The Alley, 10221 Big Bend Rd., Riverview. There will be door prizes, dessert and entertainment. Admission is $16. Call Blanton at 813-210 1788.

WHERE/WHEN: Mary Boyd, a candidate for honorary mayor Riverview, will host a The Barn Dance at the Winthrop Barn Theatre, 11349 W. Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview, Friday, Sept. 14 starting at 7 p.m.

WHY GO: The event will include dinner, live music, dancing, a car show, raffles and prizes. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children and are available at C1 Bank in Riverview. Call 813-672-0999.

WHERE/WHEN: Molly Blanton, a candidate for honorary mayor of Riverview, will host a Sunset Wine Tasting at The Preserve at Alafia, 10110 Gibsonton Dr., Riverview, Saturday, Sept. 15 starting at 6:25 p.m.

WHY GO: All proceeds will go to the Boy Scouts of America and the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce. The cost is $16. Call Blanton at 813-210-1788.

WHERE/WHEN: Actor Kirk Cameron will be the featured speaker at the Love Worth Fighting For conference Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 216 N. Parsons Ave., Brandon.

WHY GO: Warren Barfield will be the event's musical guest. The conference is aimed at building stronger relationships. Tickets range from $20 to $35.

For tickets, visit www.feedyourfaith.org.

WHERE/WHEN: The drama department at Durant High School, 4748 Cougar Path, Plant City, will stage the musical comedy, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," Friday, Sept. 14, and Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

WHY GO: The production contains music from the '50s and '60s. Tickets are $8. To reserve tickets, call Ed Mason at 813-757-9075, ext. 291, or email edward.mason@sdhc.k12.fl.us.

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