Tickets On Sale Now for the JLMC 6th Annual American Girl Fashion Show®

6th Annual American Girl Fashion Show FlyerThe Junior League of Manatee County has announced their 6th Annual American Girl Fashion Show® will take place on March 1, 2014 at the Renaissance in Bradenton, FL. Join them in celebrating being a girl, both yesterday and today, through a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions. Guests will enjoy elegant refreshments and learn how clothing has changed over the years to reflect history, culture, and girls’ individual styles.

Time: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. showtimes
Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014 (Tickets go on sale Friday, November 15, 2013 and space is limited, so purchase tickets early; Click here for information on purchasing tickets, add-ons and souvenirs)
Location: Renaissance on 9th (Bradenton, FL)
Cost: General Admission: $30/person, Reserved Admission: $35/person, and VIP Admission: $40/person (All tickets include food and a beverage; A processing fee will be added to all tickets purchased online using PayPal) NOTE: Parties wishing to be seated together should order tickets as a group, or consider one of the VIP packages (All proceeds support the Junior League of Manatee County and their community projects benefiting the children of Manatee County); Purchase raffle tickets
Info: (941) 748-0101; Junior League of Manatee Website; Junior League of Manatee County’s American Girl Fashion Show Fundraiser Facebook Page; American Girl Fashion Show® Ticket Information
Distance: The Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton, FL is approximately 1 hour south of Downtown Tampa

What’s Doing?
Mom, bring your little American Girl (recommended for age 6+) for a one-of-a-kind American Girl Fashion Show® experience! Festivities will include:
— Showcase of historical and contemporary fashions by American Girl
— Pink carpet experience to purchase American Girl Fashion Show® items
— Raffle,
— Make-and-take treasures
— Door prizes
— Photo opportunities
— American Girl Fashion Show® goody bag for each child in attendance
— American Girl catalog for each adult in attendance
… and more!

Each of the shows will also includes light refreshments. Here’s what to expect:
— 10 a.m. show will be served with assorted pastries and fruit salad
— 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. shows will be served a gourmet wrap with chips, fruit or pasta salad and small dessert
Plus, water, coffee, tea and lmonade will be served at all of the shows.

Celebrity Hosts
The Junior League of Manatee County’s American Girl Fashion Show has been fortunate to have inspiring female role models serve as celebrity hosts for our event. Each show time will feature a celebrity host. JLMC chooses strong women in the community who have a passion for charity, service and helping children in need in the Manatee County community. Summer Smith from Bay News 9 will be hosting again this year.

Lil Angels Photography LogoPhotographs
Lil’ Angels Photography will graciously be providing a photo booth for all guests to create a special memento from the occasion. No appointment necessary. Order forms will be available day of show, and are also available in advance by clicking here.

Buy a raffle ticket from Junior League of Manatee County, and you could win one of the great prizes shown below. Raffle tickets will also be sold at the Fashion Show, and upon arrival at the Fashion Show, each guest will receive a door prize ticket as well. The Pink Carpet large raffle item tickets are $5 each and enter you into a drawing of prizes valued up to $200, including American Girl® dolls and accessories. Funds raised through the raffle ticket sales will benefit foster kids and other children in need in the Manatee County community.

Model Information
A casting call will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bradenton Farmer’s Market on Saturday, November 30, 2013. Download a Volunteer Fashion Show Model Information Sheet and complete the Volunteer Fashion Show Model Application Form. Model applications with a full-color photograph may also be submitted via e-mail to

Renaissance on 9th
1816 9th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205

1. American Girl Essay and Coloring Contest (Deadline February 10, 2014)

6th Annual American Girl Fashion Show logo image courtesy of the Junior League of Manatee
6th Annual American Girl Fashion Show flyer image courtesy of the Junior League of Manatee
Lil Angels logo courtesy of Lil Angels Photography

Thank you to Marcie Wakeman from the Junior League of Manatee County for contacting me about this event!

Get FREE Admission to MOSI Tampa on PwC Math Mondays

FREE StampTime: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Every Monday through Monday, December 9, 2013
Location: MOSI Tampa
Cost: FREE admission (NOTE: Please contact MOSI Tampa for details as other restrictions may apply, and separate fees apply for IMAX® films and Sky Trail® experiences.); Parking is FREE for MOSI members or $5/car for non-members
Info: (813) 987-6000; MOSI Tampa Website

What’s Doing?
the Tampa office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) sponsors PwC Math Mondays at MOSI Tampa. Each week, families can enjoy FREE admission to MOSI, as well as special activities that teach savings and investing, career exploration, and money management through interactive, hands-on Financial Literacy Learning Stations.

4801 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33617

Rubber stamp with word FREE image courtesy of Stuart Miles /

CrossPointe Arts Academy for Kidz

CrossPointe Arts Academy for Kids FlyerTime: 6:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesdays
Location: CrossPointe Church
Cost: FREE admission and parking
Info: (813) 949-7727; CrossPointe Church Website (This is currently the third scrolling banner on the homepage)

What’s Doing?
While at CrossPointe Church’s Trunk-or-Treat event this year, they had this flyer at the Pick-a-Duck game. Bring your child age K-5th grade to participate and discover his/her own talents. This weekly activity will be led by Mrs. Edythe, CrossPointe Church Children’s Director and part-time preschool music teacher.

Even Better! Those who join now will have the opportunity to be in CrossPointe Church’s Christmas musical, Finding the Christmas Star.

CrossPointe Church
919 Debuel Road
Lutz, FL 33549

Star sky background image courtesy of Rawich /
Arts Academy for Kidz flyer image courtesy of CrossPointe Church

Fire Prevention Block Party & Teen Chili Challenge

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Location: Lake Vista Park & Center
Cost: FREE admission
Info: Call (727) 767-6923 or e-mail; All Children’s Hospital Website

What’s Doing?
St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue’s annual Fire Prevention Block Party will feature kid-friendly activities, including:
— Fire truck display
— Bayflight landing
— K-9 demonstration
— Face painting
… and more!

Teen Chili Cook-off
The Teen Chili Cook-Off Challenge is presented by Kohl’s Cooks for Kids and All Children’s Hospital. Cheer on local teens as they chop, season, and simmer their way to to chili fame. The challenge begins at 11 a.m.

Lake Vista Park & Center
1401 62nd Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

1. Largo Mall Halloween Carnival
2. 19th Annual Halloween Spooktacular Event at Largo Central Park
3. FREE In-store Children’s Events at Barnes & Noble Stores: October 2013

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Family-friendly Events at Stained Market Place: Family Art & Comic Books

Art From the Heart
11 a.m.
Date: Every Saturday beginning Sept. 21, 2013
Location: Stained Market Place
Cost: $5 cash supplies fee to participate (Registration is required; To register, please e-mail the names of the participants to
Info: (813) 501-3238; Stained Market Place Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Art from the Heart is an all-ages activity where families can participate together to learn about and make a different art/craft each week.

Stained Market Place
2106 East 15th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605


Comic Book Fridays
6 p.m.
Date: Fridays
Location: Stained Market Place
Cost: $5 cover fee (cash only)
Info: (813) 501-3238; Stained Market Place Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Comic book fans of all ages are invited to read, talk about and trade comic books.

Stained Market Place
2106 East 15th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605


Colorful Heart Of The Painting Brush image courtesy of Nirots /

Thank you to Maria from Stained Market Place for sending this event information!

PeeWee Wednesdays at MOSI Tampa

mosi-peewee-wednesdaysTime: 10:30-11 a.m.
Date: Wednesdays
Location: MOSI (Grand Lobby)
Cost: FREE; Parking is FREE for MOSI members and IMAX-only patron, or $5/car for non-members
Info: MOSI Tampa Website (Scroll through the calendar on the left-hand side of the page)

What’s Doing?
Every Wednesday, children age 4 and younger will be treated to a fun and educational science activity or demonstration in the lobby.

Even Better! Kids eat FREE at the MOSI Café on Wednesdays. Receive one FREE kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal.

4801 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33617

Atomic atom image courtesy of digitalart /
PeeWee Wednesdays flyer image courtesy of MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry)

FREE Books and Art for Kids!

Little Girl Reading a BookTime: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Location: NEW Community Learning Center
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Info: (813) 601-8218; Community Learning Center Website

What’s Doing?
The Center will hold a FREE Books for Kids event, where hundreds of gently used books are distributed to local children in order to encourage them to read. These books are donated by families and organizations. Bring the kids to pick out some books (each child may take home up to five gently-used books) and enjoy a snack, arts and crafts, and play time. A children’s book author will also be reading to the kids.

NOTE: This is the first event to be held at the NEW Community Learning Center. A ribbon cutting will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Community Learning Center
1411 North Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755

1. Dunedin Fire Department 100th Anniversary Celebration and Fund Raiser
2. Join the Music Mash with Chick-fil-A at Westfield Countryside
3. Splish, Splash, Splat: Water Carnival at the Pool
4. 6 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online: FREE Growing Up Online eBook Download and “The Lorax” Blu-ray Combo Pack GIVEAWAY (ends 9/18/13)

Family reading image: David Castillo Dominici /
Little girl reading a book image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici /

Thank you to Kristen Harper, Director of Development, for providing this event information!

FREE Sign Language Classes for Kids and Adults

What’s the Freebie?
The Deaf Literacy Center offers a variety of American Sign Language (ASL) classes for children and adults through the Pinellas Public Libraries. Fall 2013 ASL courses begin as soon as September 5. Check the Fall 2013 American Sign Language Courses schedule to see which classes are being offered at local library branches in Pinellas County.

NOTE: Registration is required for these classes. Please contact the library branch directly for more information and to register.

The Deaf Literacy Center has four library locations:
— Safety Harbor Public Library
— Palm Harbor Public Library
— Pinellas Park Public Library
— St. Petersburg South Branch Library

Hand set image courtesy of Iamnee /

Thank you to WDTB reader Jaimie R. for passing along this information!

Special Glow Wars Playtimes at Pump It Up Westchase

Time: 6-8:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sun.)
Date: Friday, August 30, 2013 & Sunday, September 1, 2013
Location: Pump It Up-Westchase
Cost: $8/child (Includes open jump time and one glow necklace per paying child) or $12.95/child (Includes open jump time and one glow necklace and Glow Gun per paying child; glow guns can be used at any future Glow Wars event)
Info: Call (813) 854-2222 to reserve your spot; Pump It Up-Westchase Calendar; Pump It Up-Westchase Glow Wars Playtime Details

What’s Doing?
Pump It Up has combined their glow playtime with these new glow-in-the-dark pong ball guns. So, everyone will be blasting away in their laser lit arena while bouncing, sliding and navigating the obstacle courses.

Even Better! Beginning August 30, Pump it Up-Westchase will be scheduling this Glow Wars Playtime from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Friday night. (NOTE: The regular Friday night time is different from the time set for August 30, 2013.)

Don’t worry, though. Your child can enjoy traditional bouncing and sliding in Arena A.

NOTE: Children must be 34″ tall to play on the inflatables. A signed waiver and socks are always required to play at Pump It Up.

Pump It Up of Westchase
12878 Commodity Place
Tampa, FL 33626

1. Swaptember 2013 Begins for Zoo, Aquarium & MOSI Members
2. Where Can You Find Music With Mar.?

Glow image courtesy of PIUM, LLC

Music With Mar.

Music with Mar. LogoTime: Varies by event
Date: Varies
Location: See schedule below
Cost: FREE
Info: Follow Music With Mar. on Facebook

What’s Doing?
Does your child love Music With Mar.? Here’s where you can join in the fun:
— Chick-fil-A of Oldsmar Family Fun Night (5:30-7:30 p.m.) — Join Music With Mar. on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
— Chick-fil-A of Clearwater Family Fun Night (6-7:30 p.m.) — Catch Music With Mar. on the 1st Tuesday of each month.
— Clearwater Countryside Library (4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2013) — Join Music With Mar. on October 10 for an October-themed event.
Cuban Breezes 10 year Anniversary (October 12, 2013) — Music With Mar. will be at Cuban Breezes to help celebrate their 10th anniversary on October 12. Miss Karen will most likely likely perform in the afternoon from 5-7 p.m., but contact the restaurant closer to the event to confirm. Cuban Breezes will have a tent and specials throughout the day. (I’m told that if you go to eat, you’ve got to try their “white dip.”)

Chick-fil-A of Oldsmar
3740 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677
(813) 925-0117

Chick-fil-A of Clearwater
2516 Gulf to Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 723-1992

Clearwater Countryside Library
2741 State Road 580
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 562-4970

Cuban Breezes
in County Line Plaza
13980 Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL 33635
(813) 814-9939

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono /
Image courtesy of Music with Mar.

Thank you to Karen Gliddon (Miss Karen) from Music With Mar. for sending this information!

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