Friday, August 31, 2012
Here's our Patch Picks.
It's Labor Day weekend and there are a multitude of ways to bid farewell to the summer. Here's a few of our suggestions for things to do this Labor Day weekend: 1. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg, will host a free Labor Day Sandbar Concert. Bring chairs, coolers and even the dog on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. and wade in the water while you listen to live music from a barge anchored off Weedon Island. This year's floating Labor Day party features blues and Southern rock by the Cross Creek Blues Band and Hal Hammer Jr. 2. Artists and art lovers of all ages can head to Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Dr., Brandon, Saturday, Sept. 1 for the annual "For the Love of Arts" Chalk Walk and "Celebration of the Arts" art show…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, the Happy Tomato Produce Market is now offering recycled yard art for sale.
You can get more than fresh fruits and locally grown vegetables at the Happy Tomato Produce Market. Now, you also can pick up a piece of artwork at the produce stand at 3623 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Valrico. Owners Ron and Tiffini Masessa have begun carrying a line of unique colorful sculptures and wind chimes created by Temple Terrace artist and welder Jeffrey DeBlasio using recycled tools, utensils and other metal pieces. Prices for a set of whimsical wind chimes range from $20 up while DeBlasio's sculptures, suitable for outdoors, range from $29 to $99. In addition to the artwork, the Masessas offer local honey, local honey, Whatever Pops all-natural popsicles made in South Tampa, fresh pasta made in Clearwater, local fresh, boiled peanuts…
Monday, May 28, 2012
Two Bloomingdale East residents are providing fresh, local produce for their neighbors.
Friday, May 25, 2012
The Happy Tomato Produce Market caters to customers from Bloomingdale, River Hills, Twin Lakes and surrounding neighborhoods.
With the emphasis today on eating natural foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, the Happy Tomato Produce Market at 3623 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Valrico, is attracting enthusiasts from nearby Bloomingdale and as far away as FishHawk Ranch. Bloomingdale East residents Ron and Tiffini Masessa decided to open the new produce stand March 1 after watching the property sit vacant for months. "There was a produce market here before that failed," said Ron Masessa. "But it was such a great location and this area needed a produce market. So we decided to give it a try." Longtime proponents of healthy foods, the Masessas wanted their stand to be clean, quaint and specialize in produce grown by local farmers. "The grocery store can be expensive, …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The weekend is almost here; it's time to start planning what to do with your days off.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- D'Ann White
Thursday, May 17, 2012
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. 5K4Q RUN & FUN RUN 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 Bloomingdale Regional Library. The Bloomingdale Library survivor, as she has come to be known, …