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Favorite Things, and we have gone to local businesses and asked them to give us ideas for a few of the top items available this holiday season. From now until midDecember, we will be collecting Our Favorite Things all throughout the communis g te Thin will ty and putting ri o v a F ird the k home e early b them togethtrecki tooze! This year, thFishHawk. ie W ri a h ri P ny rS er in one giant Last yeaeepstakes Grandom Pinch-a-Pen g fr Sw gift basket that will be given Holiday a Big Green Eg win out in a Sweepstakes for our readers. “We have had so many great For three years, Osprey items coming in and someone is Observer newspapers has been going to be very excited to partnering with local retailers to receive all of these great items publish the Holiday Favorite from the businesses in our comThings Sweepstakes and gift munity,” said Kerrie Hoening, guide, and this year promises to be one of the best yet! This year, Advertising Sales Manager. “We have such great success we've partnered with our friends over the last two seasons and at Pinch-a-Penny FishHawk to we are excited to share some of offer an early bird prize of a Big this year's treasures from our Green Egg Grill! We are so excited to have such a great prize for local small businesses with our readers.” our readers! Bridget Jenkins Wilson, owner The campaign is called, the of Cardinal Roofing and a memOsprey Observer, A Few of Our

ber of the Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber is also focused on encouraging local shopping this holiday season. “Anything we can do to keep our local businesses in the spotlight is great for our community,” she said. “And, this is a great opportunity for Osprey Observer readers to have a chance to win an amazing

holiday gift.” To enter, email Sweepstakes to contest@ospreyobserver.com or fill out the entry form and send in by mail, fax or email. Last year, more than 500 local residents entered the campaign and ONE lucky winner walked away with a prize package worth more than $2,000. Good luck and thank you for shopping local!

Holiday Coins From Corbin’s, Spa Gifts From DayDreams And A Little Shine From McAuley By Michelle Colesanti Corbin’s Stamp & Coin Is Your Source For Treasured Family Heirlooms If you are looking for the perfect gift, maybe for a family with a new baby or to celebrate a momentous occasion, a special coin may be the perfect keepsake. Start a new family tradition by commemorating the Christmas season each year. Gift Basket Item: Holiday coin Corbin’s Holiday collections Silver Coin are the perValue: fect way. Silver coins &29.95 are 1 troy oz. of .999 fine silver and are available for $29.95 in a gift box or as an ornament that can be displayed. The coins measure 39mm in diameter and have a reeded edge. There are nine varieties this year: Baby's First Christmas, Bells with Season's Greetings, Santa with Merry Christmas, Angel with A Christmas Wish, Puppies with We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Farm/Tractor with Merry Christmas,

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Journey To Tranquility At DayDreams Day Spa With all the stress the holidays bring, what better gift for someone (or yourself) than to escape for a few hours to DayDreams Day Spa & Bath Shop which can be made possible with a gift card to Night and Daydreams. Train Station With many different types of spa with a train packages to choose from including and snow. All massage therapy, body therapy, skin have the care therapy, nail and pedicure treatsame reverse: ments, waxings & brows, airbrush ‘Best Wishes tanning, maternity services, services For for men Peace and for And teens Joy This Holiday Season’ and and the date.The only ones with more, the date on the front are the there is Farm, the Train and Baby's someFirst Christmas. The coins thing come either in an Air-Tite for capsule with a gift box everyone. The shop in Gift Basket Item: Daydreams also offers spa prodor in an ornament holder. The ornament 65 Minute Serenity ucts which would also make holder does not fit great gifts. Pevonia Skin Care Stone Massage into the gift box. products are offered. Value: Corbin’s Coins is Gift certificates are available $115 located at 209 N. Kings at the Spa, located at 658 Ave. in Brandon and is Oakfield Dr. in Brandon or online at open Monday thru Friday from 9 www.daydreamsdayspa.com. A seca.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 ond DayDreams location is in Lakeland at 1463 Town Center Dr. a.m.-1 p.m. Call 651-3266.


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McAuley Fine Jewelry Is A Gem In The Community This season, design something uniquely ‘you’ to surprise your special someone. McAuley Fine Jewelry will help you plan your custom-made piece of jewelry. Jewelry repairs are also done on premises as well as repairs and restoration of old watches. McCauley Fine Jewelry is located on Oakfield Drive, in the Atlantic Village Plaza, Kings Ave. & Oakfield Dr. It is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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A Few Of Your Favorite Things Can Be Found At Music Showcase Music is the international lanGift Basket guage that is understood and Item: enjoyed by all. Ukelele and $20 Share your love Gift Certificate of music by Total Value: offering voice or $50 instrument lessons to your favorite student. Instrument rentals start at $10 (if you don’t want to make a purchase). If you sign up online, the instrument will be delivered to your school. All of your music needs can be found at Music Showcase, which offers competitive pricing on sheet music and Rolling Pin books. There Cooking Classes is an in-house & Norma Fleming repair shop, Themed Gift and private Basket and group lesTotal Value: sons are $300 offered.

Is your child interested in musical theatre, acting, or maybe photography? Sign them up at the Florida Academy of Performing Arts at Music Showcase. Music Showcase is located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 685-5998 or visit www.MusicShowcaseOnline.com and www.FAOPA.org.

Great Gift Ideas and Classes Help Make Rolling Pin A Great Stop For Holiday Gift Needs If you are stuck coming up with creative gift ideas, make a visit to Rolling Pin to find something for every chef in your life. Rolling Pin offers cooking classes for all types of meals. Stop by and browse the gourmet retail store’s extensive collection of classic and unique kitchenware. You will find everything from barware, bakeware, aprons, towels and mitts, coffees and teas, cookware, electrics, gadgets,

gifts for entertaining, knives and cutting boards, outdoor cooking and more. Enjoy shopping in the specialty food and wine departments. There are many great reasons to attend Rolling Pin’s cooking classes, whether you enjoy cooking or just eating, from great date nights to learning about new foods, this is a great gift idea anyone would be excited to receive. It is also Brandon’s only Platinum Dealer for the Big Green Egg, the ultimate cooking experience. Rolling Pin Emporium is open for private events too. Gift cards are also available. Rolling Pin is located at 2080 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. Call 6532418 or visit http://rollingpinonline.com/ for more information.

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also open you to a new world. At Nothing Bundt Cakes, you get real eggs, butter and cream cheese in every cake. Not only do these cakes look great, they taste even better. These are great holiday gifts to take to all of your holiday events. It is located at 11238 Sullivan Street in Winthrop Town Centre. Everything you need to make your party complete is available. The hardest part is choosing from the 10 delicious varieties, including a ‘featured’ flavor. Hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.,

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Mainstream Boutique You can visit Mainstream Boutique, a retail clothing store, in Winthrop to get some great ideas on gifts as well as attire for the holiday season. Everything in the store is new. It carries clothing, jewelry, accessories and shoes. You can purchase head to toe. Enjoy new arrivals weekly. The exclusive brand of jeans called Mac and Me is available. They are the best jeans for all body types. It feels like you are wearing your pajamas. They fit in all the right places. Once a woman purchases one, they are back for more. Another popular brand in stock is Liverpool. All jewelry is handmade and

made in the USA. Some of the jewelry is made locally and are one-of-akind pieces. Other services offered are One on One Style sessions, Ladies Night Out and shopping for a cause. Mainstream Boutique is located in Winthrop at 11231 Sullivan St. in Riverview. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon-4 p.m. Call 643-0090.

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One Lucky Winner Will Receive Big Green Egg From FishHawk Pinch A Penny Do you enjoy cooking and barbequing? If so, it is time for a new tradition and Pinch a Penny, through the Osprey Observer’s holiday sweepstakes, is offering one lucky reader the opportunity to win a Big Green Egg, which will be the ‘early bird’ holiday prize. That means that you need to get your entries in to the Osprey Observer early as the drawing will be held in mid-December. What is the Big Green Egg? It is a complete outdoor cooking system (the only outdoor cooker you will ever need). It blends ancient traditions and modern technology. It is strong and durable and provides better heat insulation than any other outdoor cooker on the market. The Big Green Egg stands alone as the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market. You can make everything from pizza to ribs, or holiday dinner and desserts. Whatever you choose, it

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will exceed all your expectations for culinary perfection. The drawing will be for a MiniMax style Big Green Egg. The value on this popular backyard addition is $800. It is an invaluable culinary tool for restaurant chefs, and the one that will be given away is designed with the height of a Mini yet all the volume capabilities of a Small. It has 133 sq. in. of cooking area. The MiniMax comes with an easy to grip carrier, so it is perfect as a tableside cooker at your outdoor party or a traveling EGG for motor homes or tailgating. The MiniMax will come complete with the stand. Since pool season never really ends in Florida, it is also a great time to consider pool items or gift certificates for pool service as holiday gifts. Stop by to get some great ideas. The FishHawk Pinch-A-Penny located at 16715 FishHawk Blvd. in the Winn Dixie Plaza in Lithia. Call 6553700.

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Holiday Fun With Lights, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, A Christmas Story & Snow Celebrate The Holidays On Tampa’s Pirate Taxi

A Tampa tradition returns select nights November 30 - December 30. Hop on the Pirate Water Taxi for Tampa’s most unique holiday celebration on this 45 minute trip. View festive decorations, lighted bridges and other surprises along the Hillsborough River. River of Lights features a whimsical narration, Christmas Carolers, hot chocolate and a holiday cookie for all. There is no better way to experience the Holidays in Tampa. For info, visit www.piratewatertaxi.com/events/river-oflights-2018.

Celebrate The SEAson At The Florida Aquarium

This year, celebrate the holiday SEAson at The Florida Aquarium. The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience® - November 15-January 11 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Guests can feel the snow and smell the hot cocoa with the amazing 4-D effects. The 13-minute show is a family-friendly, modern classic and will be shown multiple times an hour. It is included in general admission. Saturdays With Santa - Santa will be at the Aquarium for photos starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving and each Saturday in December from 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Santa’s elves will join him and dive in the Aquarium’s Coral Reef habitat during its regularly scheduled dive presentations. Breakfast With Santa - Meet Santa

and his animal friends when you attend The Florida Aquarium’s Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 9 from 8-9:30 a.m. Begin your visit to the Aquarium with a wonderful buffet breakfast. Since Santa’s elves are pretty busy this time of year, Aquarium staff will be on hand, accompanied by some special animal guests for everyone to meet. Guests have the opportunity to purchase photos with Santa that morning. For info call 273-4030. Snow Days At The Florida Aquarium- Enjoy a real snow play area for kids starting December 26-31 from 12 Noon- 5 p.m. The Aquarium will be open during regular business hours (9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Visit flaquarium.org or call 273-4000.

Christmas In The Wild Celebrates The Season With More Lights And Jolly Surprises

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as ZooTampa at Lowry Park transforms into a world of holiday cheer for Christmas in the Wild! Families will experience a merry and memorable evening. From the stunning sights of thousands of twinkling lights, delectable seasonal holiday treats and refreshments, to the wonder and enchantment of wildlife at night. Enjoy carolers dressed in Dickens era costumes and story time with Mrs. Claus. Guests will be mesmerized by a 50-ft. ani-

mated Christmas tree complete with 12,000 dancing lights, 2,000 ornaments and an 8-ft star. The popular ‘A Present for Hazel’, a holiday themed animal show, returns featuring famous animal ambassadors. Visiting Santa in his workshop is included with the event. Other holiday themed areas include Holiday Hoedown, Polar Paradise and Candy Cane Lane. Christmas in the Wild takes place select nights: November 2324 and 30, December 1, 7-8, 14-16, 2023 and 26-30. For info, visit zootampa.org.

Celebrate Your Holidays The LEGOLAND® Way

This jolly time of year features a combination of seasonal shows, special treats, twinkling lights and more during Christmas Bricktacular and Kids’ New Year’s Party. These events are included in general admission – no extra ticket required! Don’t miss the Christmas Tree spectacular with dancing lights and songs on a 30-ft. tall LEGO® Christmas tree. Deck the halls with elves during a new Holly Jolly Jubilee live show. Ring in the New Year from December 26-31. Kids’ New Year’s Party features an amazing nightly fireworks show, dance parties, special building activities and more. On December 31, enjoy a brick drop at a kidfriendly hour.

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Build unforgettable memories. Enjoy hands-on building and capture precious memories at one-of-a-kind photo ops, including a giant LEGO® wreath, life-size LEGO snowmen and a sleigh with reindeer made out of thousands of bricks. For info, visit www.legoland.com/florida/planning-your-visit/specialevents/holidays-at-legoland.

The Magic Of Chistmas At Gaylord Palms Resort

The magic of Christmas comes to Gaylord Palms Resort, from Friday, November 16 through Sunday, January 6, 2019. Bring your family and enjoy ICE! This all new theme features the beloved classic holiday movie A Christmas Story™. Watch this hilarious family tale come to life through interactive ice sculptures and displays, such as The Old Man’s Major Award and the ultimate triple dog dare at the school’s flagpole. Everything is handcarved from two million pounds of ice. While there, you can also enjoy: Elf on the Shelf Character Breakfast, Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Scavenger Hunt, Snow Tubing, Santa's Snow Throw, Cirque Dreams UnWrapped, a free live stage show, Gingerbread Decorating Corner, Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions, Dreams of Christmas Light Show, Photos with Santa, Christmas Tree Trail and more. For info, visit www.marriott.com/hotelinfo/mcogp-gaylord-palms-resort-and-convention-center/christmas-at-gaylordpalms/csyr9pd/home-page.mi.

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Enjoy Christmas Every Day At Busch Gardens Christmas Town™ Staff Report Experience the joy and wonder of the holiday season every day at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s Christmas Town™. New this year, guests can enjoy millions of twinkling lights, Christmas shows and Sing-A-Long Train and of course visits with Santa and Rudolph®. It will take place every day of the season starting Saturday, November 17 and continuing through Monday, December 31. Christmas Town features extended hours on weekends and additional select dates with even more new experiences, including an all-new holiday show, indulgent culinary treats, visits to Rudolph’s® Winter Wonderland, nighttime experiences on Florida’s best thrill rides and so much more. Christmas Town is included with any daily admission or annual pass, and is open until 10 p.m. on select dates. There is so much to experience and see during Christmas Town. New this year at Dragon Fire Grill is the holiday spectacular ‘Christmas Is...’ featuring contemporary music that celebrates seasonal traditions. The new show joins a festive line-up of returning favorite shows including Christmas on Ice, Elmo’s Christmas Wish, the Holiday Hills Band, Carol of the Bells light show and the Christmas Town Sing-A-Long Train. The new Brunch with Santa is a Christmas-themed dining experience that’s perfect for the entire family. Adults can enjoy unlimited mimosas or ‘build your own Bloody Mary’ upgrades, and



everyone can delight in a menu bursting with delicious holiday delicacies. No Christmas celebration is complete without a visit from St. Nick and guests will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa as part of their experience. Brunch with Santa is available at the Serengeti Overlook Restaurant on select dates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come early with the whole family and make Christmas Town the unforgettable backdrop for your holiday card! Santa will be awaiting your visit at Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®. Additional



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Greeted by friendly snowmen, guests will be immersed in festive fun along the Gwazi pathway, including merry merchandise and tasty holiday treats. In this enchanting realm, little ones can even take a ride on the fan-favorite Jingle Bell Express miniature train. Indulge in winter whiskey and wine tastings while completing your holiday shopping with unique gifts from artisans around the world at the Artisan Market at Xcursions and around the park. For a gift that gives all year, shoppers can select a new Busch Gardens Annual Pass with benefits to enjoy exciting events, worldclass coasters, and up-close animal encounters. From Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, guests can select the pass with perks they want most – all with no down payment. For a limited-time, Busch Gardens Annual Passes start as low as $9.99 per month for Florida residents. In 2019, Pass Members can look forward to unique benefits, the park’s 60th anniversary celebration and exclusive ride time for the spring opening of Tigris, Florida’s tallest launch coaster. For complete event information, including dates, times and packages, visit ChristmasTown.com. Be the first to know about events, special deals and future announcements by following Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s blog and social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Insta gram.

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Where To See The Lights, Wonderland Of Lights, Christmas Lane & More To help you enjoy some simple quality time with friends and family while getting into the holiday spirit, check out some area light displays that everyone can enjoy.

Barrington Oaks - Christmas Lights Display

Barrington Oaks neighborhood opens up to guests in the spirit of the holiday to share varied light displays throughout its community. Gates open starting Friday, December 7 from 6–11 p.m. nightly, with extended hours Christmas Eve and Christmas day till 12:30 a.m. Please make a right hand turn as you enter the neighborhood, located off Lumsden Rd. just east of John Moore Rd.

Wonderland of Lights & Santa’s Village At Hillsborough County Fairgrounds

North Pole Productions presents Wonderland of Lights & Santa’s Village at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds. This holiday theme park will be open Thanksgiving night (November 22) through Saturday, December 29. Drive through a mile of dazzling lights and holiday displays, and then stop by the Christmas Village where you can visit circus attractions, a wolf exhibit, amusement rides, camel rides, and even photos with Santa. New this year, you can take a journey through the light display or just make a visit to the Village for a small admission fee. A variety of items such

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as Homemade Mini Donuts, Strawberry Shortcake with Mini Donuts, Sausage Sandwiches, Pizza, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Hot Chocolate, Funnel Cakes, Pulled Pork & Brisket Sandwiches will be available. Vehicles cost $25. Season passes are available for $40. The Fairgrounds are located at 215 Sydney Washer Rd. in Dover. For tickets and information, visit www.thewonderlandoflights.com.

Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7 and 8 p.m. Christmas Lane is a non-profit organization. Volunteers work more than 1,800 hours setting up. Hours are Thursday through Sunday from 6-10 p.m. each night. Tickets are $5 for adults. Children ages 4 to 12 are $3. Children 3 and under are free. Purchase your tickets at the event. Parking is free. Visit ChristmasLane.com or on Facebook at Christmas Lane.

Christmas Lane Returns To The Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds

People near and far visit the Oakdale Light Display in St. Petersburg. It was ranked in the top three nationally by NBC’s Today show, presented first in HGTV’s All Out Christmas Special and featured in People Magazine. Each year the light display is different adorning about one-half million lights. Enjoy the walk-ways, fountains, computerized light show, animated dolls and a snowman about three stories high. The most popular item is the large HOscale model railroad running 18 trains at one time. The kids love the double bubble machines and games. The event is free and fun for everyone. Visit the display from Friday, November 23 through Thursday, January

Christmas Lane returns to the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds on Friday, November 23and will take place until December 24 inside and around the Charlie Grimes Family Agriculture Center, 2508 W. Oak Ave. in Plant City. Celebrate 35 years of extraordinary displays featuring over 1.5 million lights adorning over 200 Christmas trees accompanying its larger-thanlife decorations and using more than 180,000 watts of power. Santa will be there each night. Concessions (hamburgers, fries, popcorn and more) and a Christmas Lane gift shop available. Living Nativities will be held

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3, 2019 from 6-10 p.m. at 2719 Oakdale St. St. in St. Petersburg. Visit ChristmasDisplay.org.

Enjoy Walking Trail At Nights of Shimmering Lights

Nights of Shimmering Lights has joined with Sun-Kissed Acres to bring a ¼-mile walking trail through shimming lights dancing to music. Walk at your own pace and stop as often as you like. Enjoy Winterland full of penguins, bears, old man winter and other favorite scenes. Don’t miss the Nativity scene in the religious area. See Santa and reindeer in the Toyland area. Rest on one of the many benches conveniently placed along the trail or take selfies at one of the photo stops. Get in the holiday mood with seasonal music and themed areas. This is an unpaved walking trail and ground can be uneven in places so wear appropriate footwear and use caution. It is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs at this time. It is open Thursday to Sunday starting November 24 through December 24. It will be closed on rainy days. The cost is $6 per person; ages 3 and under free. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Enjoy light concessions, photo spots. For info, visit www.TheSunKissedAcres.com.

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Yes Florida Residents, Even You Can Enjoy Outdoor Ice Skating

By Kathy L. Collins

The muchday snack at the Café anticipated yearly at Winter Village which tradition of outfeatures Kahwa Coffee door ice skating Roasting, Mise has returned to Waterfront Bar and downtown Whatever Pops and Tampa. The grilled cheese. Winter Village This is a fun holifeatures Winter day activity for the Village Shops, whole family. Chrissy the Winter Village Nieves, a resident of Express, and Winthrop in Riverview more. The Winter said, “We are so excitIce skating, holiday shopping and more available at the Winter Village in Curtis Village and ice ed to go back this year. Hixon Park in downtown Tampa now skating take place Our son, Nolan, just through Saturday, January 5, 2019. in Curtis Hixon turned two so we know Park which is situated along the he will get a huge kick out of the giant Hillsborough River at 600 N. Ashley Dr. in tree, all the decorations and watching the downtown Tampa. ice skaters. Hopefully next year he will be The temporary ice skating rink and able to skate.” Winter Village will be up through You do not need to own skates. Rent Saturday, January 5, 2019. The Winter skates and get 90 minutes on the ice for Village Shops are made up of 10 bou$14. Group rates are available. You can tiques featuring local merchants and purrent the rink for a private party by contactveyors. The pop-up holiday shopping ing Rachel Radawec at rradawec@tamexperience allows shoppers to get an pasdowntown.com or call 221-3686. assortment of holiday decorations and The rink will be open Monday gifts. through Thursday from 4-9 p.m. On Back this year is the Winter Village Friday the hours are 4-10 p.m. On Express. You can hop on a holiday Saturday, come out anytime between 10 themed streetcar in either Ybor City a.m.-10 p.m. and on Sunday from 12-9 (Service begins at 3:55 p.m. and ends at p.m. During school breaks, the rink is 7:55 p.m.) or at the Whiting Station (seropen 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through vice begins at 3:25 p.m. and ends at 7:25 Saturday and 12-9 p.m. on Sunday. The p.m.) Roundtrip tickets are $5. You can rink will be open on Christmas Eve from enjoy treats, music and activities on the 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Christmas Day non-stop ride. The Holiday themed from 4-10 p.m. Streetcar will run on select Sundays now Hours vary for the Winter Village through Sunday, December 23. Shops. Visit You can also treat yourself to a holiwww.wintervillagetampa.com.

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NYNE Productions Offers A Trio Of Victorian Carolers For Your Next Holiday Event

By Kathy L. Collins

One of the sampling of music very best things that has something about the holifor everyone. We try days is the to customize the music. Whether playlist as best as we you like traditioncan for the cusal songs or new tomer.” ones, they The Carolers always evoke come from the feelings of nosCommunity Chorus talgia. Christmas which is made up of Carolers are a anyone who likes to great way to sing. The Community hear these songs Surprise and entertain your guests with a trio Chorus will begin to of Victorian Christmas Carolers at your next meet regularly in as they were private party from NYNE Productions. The meant to be singers will regale your guests with favorite January to rehearse. Christmas songs and make you the host of They are seeking heard. NYNE the year. Productions (Not new members, espeYour Normal Entertainment) offers you cially male singers. the unique opportunity to fire a trio of This is the fourth year that Victorian Christmas Carolers to come to Scarbrough has been offering Victorian your home, business or other venue, Carolers. NYNE started as Soaring resplendent in period costumes, and sing Sounds. Over the years, they grew their at your next private party. offerings from just classical music and For just $175, a trio will sing stanbecame NYNE Productions. dards such as Hark The Herald Angel, Scarbrough said, “We will go anyLet It Snow and The 12 Days of where, at any time of the day and sing. Christmas or children’s favorites such as We have sung at private parties at the Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Florida Aquarium, Dillard’s at both the Bells or Frosty the Snowman. They can Westfield Mall in Brandon and at the also sing traditional Hanukkah songs International Plaza in Tampa, and at the such as Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah and I Wyndham Grand on Clearwater Beach.” Have a Little Dreidel. The Carolers will NYNE Productions is growing. “We sing for 30 minutes. The cost is $75 for have just announced our 2019 Theatre an additional 30 minutes. Season which has some amazing shows. Joe Scarbrough with NYNE We want NYNE Productions to be the Productions said, “The Carolers are a source for live entertainment in the area.” perfect addition to any event. We have If you would like to have book the done huge events and house parties.” Victorian Carolers for your next private Scarbrough added, “We offer a good party, please call 356-8067.

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Celebrate World Traditions During Epcot International Festival Of The Holidays

Staff Report

Holiday traditions from around the world come to life at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, featuring the new Holiday Cookie Stroll and new food and beverage at Holiday Kitchens. Through December 30, Epcot brims with holiday magic, as guests will be able to sample international seasonal delicacies, delight in live entertainment, and enjoy festive decor. Here are some of the festivities guests will enjoy: Holiday Cookie Stroll – Guests can enjoy World Showcase and purchase delicious cookies from cookie stroll locations. As they indulge in these sweet treats, they may collect stamps for each cookie. Guests who get five stamps will be rewarded with a complimentary ‘completer’ cookie and a cold glass of milk. The Holiday Cookie Stroll can be completed at guests’ leisure, with the ability to bring the passport back until December 30. Tastes At Holiday Kitchens – Guests will savor some of the most delectable holiday dishes from across the globe at 12 specialty kitchens set around World Showcase. New items this year include black forest roulade with cherry whipped cream at the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen in the Germany pavilion and sofrito-marinated beef with sweet plantains and olives at the Feast of the Three Kings Holiday Kitchen. A brand-new kitchen this year, L’Chaim!, will feature traditional Jewish dishes such as pastrami on rye, chicken and matzo ball soup, egg cream and more.

Candlelight Processional – The story of Christmas is powerfully told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a full choir and a 50piece orchestra in a performance that inspires joy and holiday spirit. New narrators this year include Helen Hunt, Alfonso Ribeiro, Bart Millard and voice of Moana, Auli’i Cravalho. Returning favorites include Neil Patrick Harris,

Whoopi Goldberg and voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson. This elegant showcase is performed three times nightly. Candlelight Processional Dining Packages – Guests can add more magic to their holiday celebrations with a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner followed by reserved seating at a performance of the Candlelight Processional. Dining options

include some of the tastiest restaurants in Epcot and the adjacent Disney’s BoardWalk Resort and Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. To reserve Candlelight Dining Packages, guests can call (407) WDW-DINE. Storytellers and Holiday Entertainment – Costumed performers will bring the traditions of their home countries to Epcot with holiday stories and music told around World Showcase, along with a variety of other international festive entertainment. Chip ’n Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree – Guests will join these playful chipmunks on their quest to collect ornaments for their Christmas tree. Guests may purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations and then travel World Showcase hunting for ornaments. A surprise is in store for those who complete the hunt! IllumiNations: Reflections Of Earth – This nighttime spectacular of fireworks, special effects, flame torches and more includes a special holiday finale through December 30. This will be the final holiday season for IllumiNations, as the show is currently scheduled to conclude at the end of summer 2019, with new thrills on World Showcase Lagoon set to debut immediately afterward. Meet Santa And Mrs. Claus – Guests can pose for a photo and share their holiday wishes while visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The American Adventure.

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Charity Needs Bikes Donated For Santa’s Visit To Panhandle Area

By Amanda Boston

Pat Simmons (center with scissors) is pictured at the Valrico/FishHawk ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the nonprofit Bikes For Christ.

Bikes For Christ puts bicycles and Bibles into the hands of those less fortunate. Founded in 2016 by local resident Patrick (Pat) Simmons, the nonprofit serves the homeless, veterans, seniors and underprivileged children. Pairing his passions for cycling and helping others, Simmons said, "I want to do this the rest of my life, providing transportation for those in need and sharing the Gospel." The recipients are striving to better their situation, and bikes provide a mode of transportation to employment, doctor appointments and more. Along with every bicycle distributed, a Bible or some other scriptural text is given to remind them that God loves and cares for them. Bikes For Christ accepts bicycles from the counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk and Pasco and then redistributes them through several different agencies. The organization also welcomes monetary donations, as the majority of donated bikes require maintenance, and parts are needed for repairs. With Christmas rapidly approaching,

the focus is predominately on providing bicycles for underprivileged children. This holiday season will be a bit busier for Simmons as he will also be delivering bikes to children living in the Panhandle’s Bay County in midDecember. For 38 years, Officer Mike Jones, also known as ‘Salvage Santa,’ has been repairing and gifting bikes to less fortunate children in Bay County. Unfortunately, Salvage Santa’s house and workshop were devastated after Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle on October 10. After learning about Jones’ plight, Simmons decided to collect and deliver bikes to Bay County to ensure that Salvage Santa’s Christmas mission continues. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for Bikes For Christ on November 8 at the Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of Commerce. "I was extremely happy with the turn out we had for the ribbon cutting,” said Simmons. “Not only were people excited about the overall work that we do, but business owners really stepped up to offer their locations as drop off points for our holiday drive for bikes both here for the work we do in our area and to take to the Panhandle for the Salvage Santa project." Bikes For Christ is always accepting roadworthy bikes and monetary donations. If you would like to donate, please visit www.Bikes4Christ.com/donations or call 533-9177.

Brandon Ballet Will Present The 25th Annual Production Of The Nutcracker This December By Kathy L. Collins

The tumes and Brandon Ballet cast while will kick off the also being holiday season surprised by with a presentanew addition of its 25th tions,” said annual producLyndsey tion of Ladewig, Tchaikovsky’s President of holiday classic, the Brandon The Nutcracker. Ballet. There will be The leadthree performing roles are ances at The highly talented dancers of the Brandon Ballet being perwill perform The Nutcracker this December. Riverview High formed by School located at 11311 Boyette Rd. in Brandon Ballet full time professional Riverview. On Saturday, December 8 a artists and guest artists. The role of performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. the Sugar Plum Fairy will be perOn Sunday, December 9 performancformed by Sarah Parry of Valrico and es will be held at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Courtney Moody of Ellenton. They will The Nutcracker tells the story of a be partnered with Brandon Ballet prolittle girl named Clara who is given the fessional artist, Julio Concepcion and gift of a wooden toy nutcracker by her returning guest artist, Anton LaMon. Uncle Drosselmeyer. The magic hap“I am proud to work with profespens when the toy soldier comes to sional artists who also lead very rich life and takes Clara on a magical jourlives with pursuits in their future occuney through an enchanted winter won- pational areas while also having a derland where she encounters dancing strong commitment to growing their snowflakes, an elegant Snow Queen professional ballet career,” said and the majestic Sugar Plum Fairy. Doricha Sales, Artistic Director. “As this marks the 25th anniverThe role of Clara is being persary of Brandon Ballet’s The formed by Mia Olivares, a 12-year-old Nutcracker, we are proud to utilize who trains five days a week with The many original parts of this non-profit Dance Center in Brandon. The role of organization’s production while adding Fritz is being performed by child guest updates to reflect this season’s entire artist, Jeloni Parks of Hudson. Parks, company. As our company has grown age 11, trains with Competitive Edge substantially from last season, audiDance Company in St. Petersburg. ences will enjoy seeing familiar To get tickets, please visit favorites throughout the sets, coswww.tututix.com/brandonballet.

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Celebrate The New Year And Ring In 2019 All Over Tampa Bay New Year’s Eve is time for reflection and revelry, but in the end, everyone wants to have fun ringing in the New Year. This year say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 by experiencing some of the great events happening in Tampa Bay. This is just a sampling of what you can do this New Year’s Eve. Take the children to the Kid’s New Year’s Eve 12 Noon Balloon Drop at the Armature Works from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This family friendly, free event will be held in the courtyard and will feature Spheres Bubbles, a magic show and a balloon drop countdown. For more information, please visit https://tinyurl.com/y83u4kpy Adults can enjoy the New Year’s Eve 2019 Gala at the Armature Works in The Gathering. You can dance to a live band and a DJ, enjoy Top Shelf open bar, a wide selection of late night hors d’oeuvres as well as a champagne bar. Enjoy a midnight toast as you watch fireworks. The cost to attend is $165 per person. The gala is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, please visit www.AWNYE.com. The Armature Works is located at 1910 N. Ola Ave. in Tampa. Busch Gardens is a great place to ring in the New Year with music, fireworks and thrilling rides. The park will be open until 1 a.m. Admission to the New Year’s Eve celebration is

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There are lots of options for residents to choose from to ring in the New Year! You can select an elegant gala at the Armature Works, thrilling rides at Busch Gardens or an Austin Powers themed night at the Tampa Theatre. The choice is yours!

included with the paid admission. Busch Gardens is located at10165 McKinley Dr. in Tampa. For more information, please visit www.buschgardens.com. If you want to be out on the water in Tampa Bay, there are several options. Pirate Water Taxi is offering a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise The one-hour cruise includes champagne and party favors. You will also get prime viewing of the downtown Tampa fireworks display. The cruise time is 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and the cruise departs from the Tampa Convention Center (home dock stop #7). The cost is $49.95 plus tax for adults and $39.95 plus tax for children 4 to 12 years old. You also get a boarding photo. For more information, please visit www.piratewatertaxi.com. Adults can enjoy dinner and dancing on either a two-hour ($149.95 plus

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fees and taxes) or a three-hour ($199.95 plus fees and taxes) cruise. Both feature dinner, party favors and a midnight fireworks show. Check out the Tampa VIP New Year’s Eve Cruise on Yacht Star Ship. For more information, please visit www.yachtstarship.com. The Tampa Theatre will hold its 3rd Annual NYE Wrap Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jill Witecki with the Tampa Theatre said, “Join Dr. Evil and Mr. Bigglesworth for heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, live music and dancing.” You can watch the ball drop live on the big screen at midnight. There is an open beer and wine bar and a cash bar featuring Austin Powers themed cocktails. The cost to attend is $99 for general admission and $89 for Tampa Theatre members. For more information, please visit www.http://tampatheatre.org/annualevent/nye-wrap-party/. The Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium in Brandon is hosting a No

Jacket Required New Year’s Eve Celebration at 6 p.m. Chef Dave will prepare gourmet dishes before your eyes as you sip wine throughout the evening. The cost is $110 per person and wine and champagne are included. The Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium is located at 2080 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. For more information, please visit www.rollinpinonline.com or call 653-2418. Top Golf, located at 10690 Palm Ave. in Tampa, is holding a party featuring live entertainment, a chefinspired menu and a midnight celebration. You will also get party favors to help ring in the New Year. You can enjoy unlimited game play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and enjoy a midnight fireworks display. To reserve a bay for up to six guests, the cost is $225 excluding food and beverages. You can upgrade to VIP status for $450. Bays are limited, so you are encouraged to reserve early by visiting www.topgolf.com.

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