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

ByJames I. Robertson

Apr 8, 2022

Compiled by Jenny Bennett

US Coast Guard offers online boating safety courses

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary restarts its boating safety class every Thursday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The course is “Boat America, a course in responsible boating”, and the cost is 40 $, which includes a printed study guide and runs for four weeks.

The course meets the legal requirements for people born after January 1, 1988 who must complete an approved boater’s safety class in order to operate a boat independently. Students can register and access the course at any time.

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

Lighthouse Remnant Thrift Store will collect donations

It’s that time of year for spring cleaning, and the Lighthouse Remnant Thrift Store is here to help. Call him at 813-374-6919 and he will pick up your donations. Not only are you cleaning up your clutter, but you’re also giving back to the community. All proceeds from the store go to the Lighthouse Gospel Mission and the mission to help the suffering, hungry and dependent in the community. The Lighthouse Remnant Thrift Store is located at 7211 S. 78th St. in Riverview. Visit his website at www.lighthousegospelmission.org/remnant to learn more.

South Hills Church Easter Celebrations

Join the South Hills Church family as they celebrate Easter. There will be a service for Good Friday on April 15 at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16 will see an Easter celebration with an egg hunt, bouncy house, ice cream and popcorn between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Easter Sunday service will be at 10:30 a.m. on April 17. All of these activities will take place at South Hills Church, located at 5505 SR 674 in Wimauma.

Classic Chevy is cruiser of the month

A sparkling black 1957 Chevy owned and restored by Gene Rodriguez of Brandon is the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club Cruiser of the Month.

Rodriguez wanted a ’57 Chevy and found this one 18 years ago in a barn in Texas. 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 mated to a new automatic transmission, a 9-inch Ford rear assembly and other performance improvements.

The Roamin’ Oldies Car Club hosts a cruise from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, with a rain date the following Sunday, at the MiraBay Village mall off US 41 in Apollo Beach.

South Bay Genealogy Society Meeting

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

An optional roundtable will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a sit-down lunch at noon, followed by a presentation by guest speaker, Debbie Smyth, at 1 p.m. Smyth will talk about “making sense of the census” and focus on the content and information provided by the census in different years. It will include advice for analyzing data from the first censuses and ideas for the new census of 1950.

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 Fundraiser for Autism

Experienced Autism Alliance is hosting a drag queen bingo event to raise money for the programs it offers 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 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets to the event are $40 and include 10 bingo games, bites, wine or seltzer, and a performance by Freya.

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

Junk Creative Therapy Course

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

The center contains a thrift store, art gallery, classroom space, and a make-and-go space. Upcoming classes include mosaic stepping stone making, fiber arts and a plant festival.

Visit www.creativejunktherapy.org for course details and how to register.

Walk to the Spring Bazaar

Kittie Corral, a local non-profit animal shelter, sponsors a spring bazaar. The Lake Wimauma Convention Center, located at 5408 SR 674 in Wimauma, is hosting the ‘March into Spring Bazaar’ on April 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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

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