A Kitten Place, garage sale, 5K and more

Phil Waldren presents a check for $50,000 to United Food Bank of Plant City.

Compiled by Jenny Bennett

A Kitten Place Rescue looking for suppliers and sponsors for a 5 km race

Local Cat and Kitten Rescue A Kitten Place is hosting its annual Black Cat Halloween Run on Sunday, October 30 in Twin Lakes and is seeking vendors and corporate sponsors for the event. Last year, the 5 km race had more than 175 participants.

If you are interested and would like more information or to register for the event, please email [email protected]

Bloomingdale’s Garage Sale

The Bloomingdale’s Neighborhood Community Garage Sale takes place on Saturday, September 12 starting at 8 a.m. This annual sale includes homes in the Bloomingdale East and West neighborhoods. A wide variety of items are usually available, including kitchen utensils, books, furniture, clothing, toys, games, and furnishings.

Addresses will be posted on the Bloomingdale Neighborhood Association website at www.bloomingdale.life.com. To have your home listed, email [email protected] or call 813-681-2051.

St. Stephen’s Catholic Church Announces XLT Worship and Workshop Events

XLT stands for ‘Exalt’ and is designed for participants to spend time in the presence of the Lord. The Blessed Sacrament, which Catholics know to be the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord, is placed in a monstrance for adoration. There is time for self-reflection, community prayer and contemporary Christian music. Along with the Blessed Sacrament expounded, XLT Praise and Worship is one of the most powerful forms of prayer outside of Holy Mass.

XLT Praise and Worship will be held the second Friday of every month from 7-8pm at St. Stephen’s Chapel, located at 10118 St. Stephen Cir. at Riverview. For more information, visit his website at www.ststephencatholic.org.

Strawberry Ball donates $50,000 to food bank

The Florida Strawberry Festival presented proceeds from its annual Strawberry Ball to the United Food Bank in Plant City.

“This year’s Strawberry Ball was a huge success,” said Phil Waldron, chairman of the Florida Strawberry Festival board of directors. “Everyone enjoyed the food, the dancing, the theme, the entertainment and of course the camaraderie.”

The event raised a total of $50,000 for the nearby food bank.

Cruise Planners presents a holistically harmonized event

Cruise Planners of Valrico presents a women-only event, Holistically Harmonized Retreat. The event will take place Friday through Sunday, October 7-9, at a central Florida mansion.

It is intended to help participants rejuvenate, rejuvenate their minds and balance their bodies. It will also help teach different self-care methods. The services included in the weekend are facials, massages, yoga classes, cooking classes and self-care classes. All food and beverages and a goody bag are also included.

For more information, visit his website at https://cpofvalrico.square.site/holistically-harmonized.

Your next stop is the Cure 5K run

Your next stop is the Cure 5K race in Lithia which will take place on Saturday October 1st. You can either run the easy 5K course from Park Square in Lithia or sign up for the new virtual option, which is especially useful for encouraging family and friends who don’t live locally to sign up. All funds raised go directly to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Visit https://runsignup.com/race/fl/lithia/yournextstepisthecure for more information and to register for the event. If you would like to sponsor or donate to the event, please email [email protected]

Free shows for Pelican players

The Pelican Players Community Theater is proud to present two free shows on September 15th. Join them to see The Twilight Zone – To Serve Man, directed by Ron Deitsch, and Father Knows Best – The Housekeeper, directed by Leslie Stull. Doors open at 6 p.m. and curtain time is at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

The Kings Point Veterans Theater North is located at 1900 Clubhouse Dr. in downtown Sun, feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks and mugs. Visit www.pelicanplayersscc.org for more information.

Plant City Community Choir looking for singers

The Plant City Community Choir will begin rehearsals Monday, August 15 at First United Methodist Church, located at 303 N. Evers St. in Plant City, in preparation for their fall concert.

Rehearsals are every Monday night from 7-9:30 p.m., and he would like new members to join. It has members of all ages who sing songs of all genres, and most importantly, they have fun. If you like to sing, go see what it’s all about.

Additional information can be found on its website at www.pccchorale.org, by emailing [email protected] or by calling 813-965-7213.

Up And Away Florida donates to Flight To Honor

Up Up and Away Florida Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has proudly presented the Polk County Veterans Council with a donation for their upcoming Flight to Honor Mission #8. The Up Up and Away Florida Hot Air Balloon Festival held last May was a three-day event that included hot air balloons, bands, attractions and vendors.

For more information about Up Up and Away Florida, visit their website at www.upupandawayflorida.com.

PR Funding Center concession stand goes cashless

The PR Fundraising Center in Lakeland has gone cashless at its concession stands. All payments at concession stands will be by credit card, debit card and mobile payment only, including Apple Pay. By going cashless, the site will help prevent losses due to human error or theft, promote security, and improve the visitor experience, as cashless transactions reduce wait times.

Cash payments will still be accepted at the RP Funding box office for all other transactions.

ECHO Thrift named one of the best of the best in Tampa Bay

The ECHO Thrift store, located at 424 W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon, received a silver award in the Best of the Best People’s Choice Awards presented by the Tampa Bay Times.

Last year he received a bronze medal, and he couldn’t be prouder of his amazing staff and volunteers who propelled him to silver. Every dollar earned from thrift store sales goes directly back to its mission to provide immediate and long-term solutions to our neighbors in need.

Additional information is available on its website at www.echofl.org.

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