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Top holiday events, parades, parties this weekend

Top holiday events, parades, parties this weekend

ParadesApollo Beach Lighted Boat ParadeThe Tampa Sailing Squadron hosts this event and the party afterward with a chili cook off. Good viewing available from the clubhouse and docks. Free. Tampa Sailing Squadron, 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd., Ruskin. (813...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/08/17
Donít wait: Toys for Tots needs your donations now

Donít wait: Toys for Tots needs your donations now

TAMPA ó Herb Donica has a message for those wanting to donate to Toys for Tots: donít wait until Christmas Eve.The annual toy donation drive, guided by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, typically distributes its toys well before the day before Christma...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/07/17
Adopt a coral reef and other nontraditional gift ideas

Adopt a coral reef and other nontraditional gift ideas

Is there someone on your holiday gift list who seemingly has everything? You may want to think outside the box ó literally. There are plenty of ways to give and to help a good cause receive.Below are a few ideas. Check individual websites for holiday...
Published: 12/05/17
How to get $25 tickets to ĎBook of Mormoní at the Straz Center

How to get $25 tickets to ĎBook of Mormoní at the Straz Center

The Book of Mormonís producers have made lower-priced tickets possible for a few lucky fans.To win a $25 ticket (thatís less than half of the starting price for seats), itís safest to show up two and a half hours before curtain. One lottery entry per...
Published: 12/05/17
Hereís what you need to know about holiday shipping deadlines

Hereís what you need to know about holiday shipping deadlines

Itís only just the start of December ó youíve got plenty of time to get those presents in the mail before Christmas, right? Be careful. Time races during the holidays, but delivery deadlines for the major shipping services donít waver. Hereís what yo...
Published: 12/05/17
This Disney food is delicious: 5 holiday treats only available in December

This Disney food is delicious: 5 holiday treats only available in December

One thing Walt Disney World has mastered in recent years is driving the public into a frenzy for over the top food. Itís often offered for a limited time or, like the creamy Dole Whip, at a limited number of food stands. This week, the chefs at Walt ...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17
10 gifts for $10 or less on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg

10 gifts for $10 or less on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg

You can soon be done with your holiday shopping after less than an hour on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. Here are 10 great gifts for $10 or under for the teachers, neighbors, friends, frenemies, kids, baby sitters, coworkers, clients, co...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17
Whatís on stage this week: Florida Orchestra happy hour concerts are back, Book of Mormon lottery

Whatís on stage this week: Florida Orchestra happy hour concerts are back, Book of Mormon lottery

BACK ON TAP: HAPPY HOUR CONCERTSWith an opening year on the books, it looks like Happy Hour Concerts are here to stay. The Florida Orchestra figured last year it was time to create a user-friendly atmosphere geared to 9-to-5 commuters who could use t...
Published: 12/01/17
Updated: 12/06/17
Fun and profound Hanukkah celebrations around the Tampa Bay area

Fun and profound Hanukkah celebrations around the Tampa Bay area

Itís time to observe the Festival of Lights, starting at sunset Tuesday and ending Dec. 20. e_SBlt Many congregations seem to be having a great time, because Hanukkah celebrations this year are hilarious. Thereís a menorah made of fidget spinners...
Published: 11/30/17
Updated: 12/08/17
Five offbeat movie choices to get you away from the multiplex this week

Five offbeat movie choices to get you away from the multiplex this week

Hollywood is backloading December, waiting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to bring moviegoers back to multiplexes. After no major releases last week, only James Francoís The Disaster Artist is making any new impression at box offices this weekend. (Cli...
Published: 11/30/17
Updated: 12/06/17