Artistic program, Seeds Of Hope donation and more…

Compiled by Jenny Bennett

Kings Point donates check to Mary & Martha House

In January, Kings Point management teams, on behalf of Kings Point residents, clubs, sponsors and volunteers, were pleased to present a check for $17,525 to Mary & Martha House. The money was raised at events held throughout the 2021 holiday season. Representatives from Mary & Martha House, including Bill Chini, General Manager; Stacy Richey, shelter manager; and Leticia Feregrino, Administrative Assistant, were on hand to receive the donation and expressed their gratitude to everyone who helped make the event such a success.

Monthly artists’ evening to showcase local talent

Center Place calls on all artists, musicians, poets and actors to come showcase their talent to the community at a monthly Artist Night on the first Friday of each month from 7-10 p.m. There is no admission for this event, but your work will need to be viewed by the Executive Director of Center Place before attendance is approved.

Center Place is located at 619 Vonderburg Dr., Ste. B to Brandon. Call 685-8888 for more information. You must be 21 or older to attend.

A local veteran accepts the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of his great-uncle

The president signed a bill in June 2014 awarding members of Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as the Borinqueneers, the Congressional Gold Medal. The medal is one of the highest honors bestowed by the United States and recognizes the contributions and extraordinary heroism of the men of the 65th Infantry Regiment. Local veteran Anthony Torres proudly accepted the award for his great-uncle, Carlos Figuera, in recognition of his service during World War II.

Kappa Delta Phi Talking Pint Bingo

Kappa Delta Phi is hosting a bingo night at Talking Pint Bar & Bistro on Tuesday, February 22 starting at 7 p.m. Join them for an evening of fun and prizes. Bingo cards are $15, and food and drinks are available for purchase from the menu. Arrive early to reserve a table for you and your friends; there will be no reservations.

The Talking Pint Bar & Bistro is located at 13418 Boyette Rd. in Riverview.

Hess Orthodontics Girl Scout Cookie Buy Event

Hess Orthodontics is thrilled to announce its first ever Girl Scout Cookie Buying Event. Individual Scouts and entire Troops are invited to drop by Saturday, February 19 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to sell their cookies. Hess Orthodontics will purchase up to five boxes per Scout and will also host fun activities where Scouts can earn a fun dental patch and enjoy Kona Ice.

Hess Orthodontics is located at 16307 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia. If you plan to bring a troop, please call Hess Orthodontics at 645-4377, so he can make sure there are enough treats for everyone.

Valentine’s Day Flower Workshop

Do you have a lover you want to impress? This workshop, taught by local flower expert Jo Donohue, will demonstrate and help you create a beautiful bouquet just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The workshop will be held at Kerby’s Nursery, located at 2311 S. Parsons Ave. in Seffner, Saturday February 12 at 10 a.m. To register for the event, visit

Bingo returns to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church

St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, located at 10118 St. Stephen Cir. at Riverview is pleased to announce the return of bingo to its Family Life Center. The event takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

The next date is January 25 and will start at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and a kiosk will be available for refreshments. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, and proceeds from the evening will support families in the community in need and religious groups like St. Vincent de Paul.

Meeting of the Republican Club of Alafia

The Alafia Republican Club meets the third Monday of each month at the O’Brien’s Irish Pub, located at 701 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. Speakers for the Monday, Feb. 21, meeting are Mike Owens, candidate for Hillsborough County Commissioner, and Jeff Lukens, member of the Republican Club of Hillsborough County Election Integrity. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. and guest speakers at 7 p.m.

FishHawk Ranch Blood Drive

OneBlood is holding a blood drive at the Osprey Club, located at 5721 Osprey Ridge Dr. in Lithia, on Saturday, February 12 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Blood and platelet donations are needed; all donors will receive a OneBlood long-sleeve t-shirt and a $20 e-gift card.

Online appointments are encouraged and can be booked at, and be sure to use code #29058. Please note that in order to donate, you cannot take any product containing aspirin for two full calendar days in advance.

Dora W. Clawson