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Manatee County invites public to 12th annual Tour of Lights

Manatee County invites public to 12th annual Tour of Lights

Manatee County, Florida -- Manatee County Area Transit’s popular Tour of Lights returns Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21.

Mad Science classes at the Aquatic Club!

Mad Science classes at the Aquatic Club!

Lithia, FL -- Get your kids involved this winter break with "Mad Science."  

Children ages 5-12 years are welcome to attend. Classes will be held December 27, 30 & January 2,3, & 4 at the Aquatic Club at 1:00 pm. 

Spaces are lmited.  Call 655-6643 or head to tampabay.madscience.org for more information.

Theatre Arts and Dance Alliance presents "The Nutcracker"

Theatre Arts and Dance Alliance presents "The Nutcracker"

Lithia, FL -- Tickets are now on sale for the Theatre Arts and Dance Alliance's (TADA) "The Nutcracker."  

Theatre Arts and Dance Alliance in collaboration with Tampa Bay Dance Theatre will feature 75 aspiring dancers and actors, including three professional ballet dancers.  

Two matinee performances will be held on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th at Howard W. Blake High School at 3:00pm.  

Winter Dreams, A Holiday Ice Spectacular set to open in December

Winter Dreams, A Holiday Ice Spectacular set to open in December

Ellenton, Florida -- Get into the holiday spirit with the Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club and it's 2013 Holiday Ice Show! Ellenton Ice and the Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club present: Winter Dreams, A Holiday Ice Spectacular! 

The shows are December 7th at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and December 8th at 1:30 p.m. They feature beginning, adult and competitive skaters, the National and International Pair competitors. 

Volunteers make children's playground dream a reality

Volunteers make children's playground dream a reality

Bradenton, Florida -- Thousands of children in Bradenton literally are having their dreams turn into reality thanks to a day of hard work by Foresters, Visible Men Academy and non-profit KaBoom!

More than 200 volunteers built a brand new, 2,520 square-foot play space in less than seven hours from the children's drawings. It includes a Slither Slide, a Solar Climber and swings. The new playground will serve 22,500 children and their families in the community for years to come.

Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out

Lithia, Florida -- It's another Girls Night Out at FishHawk Ranch. It will be held Friday, November 1st at the Osprey Club.  

The night begins with a discussion on confidence centering on the message that internal beauty is more important than external  beauty.  

Girls will be put into groups with other girls their age and rotate through activity stations, such as jewelry making, crafts, Wii Just Danec, and Make-up/hair.  

Two sessions are being offered.

11th Annual Halloween Safe Kids Night to be held at Manatee County Fairgrounds

11th Annual Halloween Safe Kids Night to be held at Manatee County Fairgrounds

Palmetto, Fl. - To make sure children have a safe, fun Halloween, the 11th annual Halloween Safe Kids Night kicks off at the Manatee County Fairgrounds.

The FREE event is held to give children and families a safe place to trick or treat instead of potentially unsafe neighborhoods. Many in the area do not have adequate lighting or sidewalks for trick-or-treaters.