Easter celebrations, cruise of the month, spring bazaar and more

Written by Jenny Bennett

The US Coast Guard offers online safe boating lessons

The United States Coast Guard Assistant restarts the Safe Boat Class every Thursday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Four weeks.

The course fulfills the legal requirements for persons born after January 1, 1988 who must complete an approved boat safety class in order to operate a boat independently. Students can register and enter the course at any time.

Additional information can be found and you can enroll in the class by contacting Rich Strehl at [email protected] or calling 813-299-8236.

The Lighthouse Remnant Thrift Store will be collecting donations

It’s spring cleaning time, and the Lighthouse Remnant Thrift Store is here to help. Call him at 813-374-6919 and he will come and collect your donations. Not only are you clearing your own clutter, but you are also giving back to the community. All proceeds from the store go to the Lighthouse Gospel Mission and the mission to help the hungry, hurt, and addicted community. The Lighthouse Remnant Thrift Store is located at 7211 S. 78th Street in Riverview. Visit her website at www.lighthousegospelmission.org/remnant to learn more.

Easter celebrations at South Hills Church

Join the South Hills Church family as they celebrate Easter. There will be service for Good Friday April 15th at 7pm Saturday, Saturday April 16th will see Easter celebration with egg hunt, bounce house, ice cream and popcorn between 11am and 1pm

Easter mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on April 17. All of these activities will take place at the South Hills Church located at a price of 5,505 SAR 674 in Wimaoma.

Classic Chevy is the cruiser of the month

The shiny black 1957 Chevrolet owned and restored by Brandon’s Gene Rodriguez is this month’s Roamin’ Oldies Car Club Cruiser.

Rodriguez wanted a Chevy 57 and found it 18 years ago in a Texas barn. It took Rodriguez and his friends about a year to restore the Bel Air hardtop, which is now equipped with a 455-horsepower 383 Stroker engine paired with a new automatic transmission, a 9-inch Ford rear assembly and other performance improvements.

Roamin’ Oldies Car Club hosts a 1-4 p.m. cruise on the first Sunday of every month, with rain due the following Sunday, at Mirabai Village Shopping Center off US 41 at Apollo Beach.

Southern Bay Genealogical Society Meeting

On Tuesday, April 19, the Genealogical Society of South Bay will meet at the United Methodist Church at the Life Enrichment Center, located at 1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. In Sun City Centre.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. with an optional roundtable discussion, followed by a lunch session at 12 p.m. and then a presentation by guest speaker, Debbie Smith, at 1 p.m. Smith will talk about “making sense of the census” focusing on the content and information provided by the census in different years. It will include tips for analyzing data from early censuses and ideas for the newly released 1950 census.

The cost is $15 per person for the meal and presentation. For reservations and meal selections, call Dianna Loudermilk at 864-607-1330.

Drag Queen Bingo to raise funds for autism

The Alliance of Experienced Autism is hosting a Bingo Drag Queen event to raise funds for its programs for families with children and adults with autism.

The event will take place at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, located at 619 Vonderburg Dr., Ste. B in Brandon, Thursday, April 28, 6:30-9 p.m. Event tickets are $40 and include 10 games of bingo, hors d’oeuvres, solid wine or seltzer, and a Freya performance.

Tickets can be purchased at www.ea-all.org. Contact Tanya Hines if you have any questions or sponsorship opportunities at [email protected] or 813-324-5352.

Creative Junk Cure Classes

Creative Junk Therapy is a nonprofit creative reuse center located at 727 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. Its mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness and society through reuse. Materials are collected from local businesses and residents and then distributed to teachers, artists, makers, and students through a variety of opportunities.

The center includes a thrift store, art gallery, classroom space and a “make and eat” space. Upcoming classes include mosaic stepping stone making, fiber arts, and a botanical party.

Visit www.creativejunktherapy.org for more details on classes and how to register.

March to Spring Bazaar

Kittie Corral, a local non-profit animal rescue organization, sponsors the Spring Bazaar. Lake Wimauma Convention Center, located at 5408 SR 674 in Wimauma, will host “March to Spring Bazaar” on April 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a free family event for all ages. There will be over 100 local, family owned and operated vendors including animal rescues, food and drink, arts and crafts, games and sweepstakes. Come support local businesses and local charities Kittie Corral.

To learn more about the Kittie Corral, visit www.kittiecorral.org.

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