GET OUT: Weekend Events Preview Sept. 7-9

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 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: The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, 405 Beverly Blvd., Brandon, will host its first Dash & Splash aquathon Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 a.m.

WHY GO: Come out and enjoy a day of fun competition with your family and friends. This is a unique event with a relaxed atmosphere that is suitable for all levels of athletes. All participants will receive a medal and T-shirt. Immediately following the competition, the aquatic center will host a post-race pool party including family activities and food.

Registration for the adult's 1-mile run, 1/4-mile swim and 2-mile run is $35 in advance aqnd $45 on race day.

Kids ages 11-14 can compete in a 1-mile run and 200-yard swim for $30 in advance and $40 on race day.

Kids ages 7-10 can compete in a half-mile run and 100-yard swim for $30 in advance and $40 on race day.

Visit www.mybsac.org for information.

WHERE/WHEN: Park Square Cellar & Bistro, 16132 Churchview Dr., Lithia, will host its seventh annual Fall Wine Fest Saturday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Cellar Bistro patio and breezeway.

WHY GO: The admission of $25 includes wine tastings, light hors d'oeuvres and a tasting glass for both days. Admission is waived for Cellar Club members. The event will feature more than 100 wines from around the world along with appetizers prepared by Chef Louis Zanghi. Park Square Cellar also will offer a 15 percent discount on six bottles of wine.


WHERE/WHEN: Lee Roy Selmon's will open its new restaurant at 11310 Causeway Blvd., Brandon, with a fundraiser to benefit A Kid's Place in Brandon Saturday, Sept. 8 from 6 to 10 p.m.

WHY GO: Tickets for the grand opening are $50 and proceeds will go to A Kid's Place, a foster home for neglected and abused children. As part of the Saturday night event, Lee Roy Selmon’s will honor several local sports legends who encompass some of the qualities that Lee Roy Selmon embodied with the unveiling of a signature mural at the restaurant. The mural, which will prominently feature Selmon, also includes former Tampa Bay Lightning captain and Stanley Cup winner Dave Andreychuk; former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Super Bowl champion, nine-time All-Pro linebacker Derrick Brooks; former Buccaneer head coach and Super Bowl-winning head coach with the Indianapolis Colts, Tony Dungy; and Tampa native and World Series champion Fred McGriff. The mural also recognizes two Brandon legends: Brandon High School wrestling coach Russ Cozart and Olympic swimming medalist Maritza Correia.


WHERE/WHEN: Riverview author Kat Heckenbach will be at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, Saturday, Sept. 8 at 3:30 p.m.

WHY GO: Heckenbach will talk about her young adult fantasy series, which includes "Finding Angel" and Seeking Unseen." She also will discuss the steps to writing a successful novel.

WHERE/WHEN: Children ages 2-10 can attend a free workshop on the second Saturday of every month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Music Showcase at 402 Oakfield Drive in Brandon.

WHY GO: This fun and interactive free workshop allows children to hear and see band and orchestral instruments like the flute, trumpet, tuba or violin as well as try them out themselves. Kids will also make an instrument that they get to take home along with a goody bag.


WHERE/WHEN: Root for your favorite high school football team Friday night at games throughout the county.

WHY GO: The Bloomingdale Bulls will take on Strawberry Crest Sept. 7. The Durant Cougars will go up against Alonso High School Sept. 7. And the Newsome Wolves will face Jefferson High School Sept. 7.

WHERE/WHEN: Stop in and shop, crop or just find out what new and exciting products Creative Memories has to offer Saturday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. at The Alley at South Shore, 10221 Big Bend Rd., Riverview.

WHY GO: If you are a scrapbooker, bring your supplies and hang out with fellow scrapbookers. The cost to crop is $5. Proceeds from the purchase of special products will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation.

WHERE/WHEN: Park Square Pizza, 16132 Churchview Dr., Lithia, will kick off its Fall Music Fest Saturday,, Sept. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m.

WHY GO: Saturday's free concert will feature the top 40s cover band, Push Play.






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