What’s Happening

12/12/2018 – Solar-powered bugs

The Arthenia L. Joyner University Area Community Library, 13619 N. 22nd St., in Tampa, will host a presentation on “Solar-Powered Bugs” on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m., for ages 8 and older. Participants can learn about photovoltaic cells and build a solar-powered bug. The event is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required. Call (813) 273-3652.

12/15/2018 – Pancakes, PJs & Putt-Putt

Family Friendly Tampa Bay and MOSI will sponsor “Pancakes, PJs & Putt-Putt” on Dec. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The event will include a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, golf activities, photos with special holiday characters, giveaways and more. Guests should dress in their favorite pajamas. The cost is $10 for adults, age 13 and older; $8 for ages 4 to 12; and free for kids age 3 and older. For tickets, visit bit.ly/Pancakebreakfast, or call (813) 331-5579.

Celebration of Lights

A “Celebration of Lights” will take place Nov. 30 through Dec. 23 at The Concourse in Shady Hills. Guests can drive through The Concourse and Safety Town, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Safety Town will host vendors and Santa Claus, and there will be train rides available for $4 per person, open Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $10 per car. For information, email moc.l1544670424iamg@1544670424sthgi1544670424lfono1544670424itarb1544670424elec1544670424.

Christmas Lane

Christmas Lane, in the Charlie Grimes Ag Building at Plant City’s Florida Strawberry Festival grounds, will be open Nov. 23 to Dec. 24, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will feature Christmas displays, food, carnival rides, a Kidzone, letters to Santa, face painting, ornaments, live entertainment, and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos every night. The event is wheelchair accessible. No pets. Only service animals will be allowed in, and must be wearing their service items. Parking is free. Tickets are $5 plus tax for ages 13 and older; $3 plus tax for ages 4 to 12; and free for ages 3 and younger. Rides are a separate cost. For information, visit ChristmasLane.com.

Donate toys for kids

The Main Ingredient, 1903 Collier Parkway in Lutz, will be a drop-off location for collecting toys for kids. CACTUS (Community Action Council Targeting Unified Success) has partnered with Friends of Joshua House Foundation, the Children’s Home Network, and Miracles Outreach to collect toys for these charitable organizations. For information, call CACTUS at (813) 948-7018 or email moc.l1544670424iamg@1544670424yvirj1544670424r1544670424.

Holiday gifts

The Community of Christ Church, 7334 16th St., in Zephyrhills, will host a holiday sale with scarves, wreaths, ornaments and baked goods, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For information, email moc.l1544670424iamg@15446704242591l1544670424lewod1544670424cmnwa1544670424d1544670424.

Luminaries of Love

The Benedictine Sisters of Florida invite community members to honor a loved one this holiday season, by placing the name on a luminary and display all the dedicated luminaries around the Blessed Mother in San Antonio’s City Park on Christmas Eve. If you live locally, you can take your luminary home on Christmas Day. The cost is $5 and will go toward the needs in the community and provide gifts to the elderly at Heritage Park Rehabilitation Center. To order, call (352) 588-8443, or go online to BenedictineSistersOfFl.org, and click on the “Donate Now” button.

Movies Under the Stars

Tampa Premium Outlets, in Lutz, will host Christmas Movies Under the Stars, at the Under Armour entrance. Upcoming movies are “Home Alone” on Nov. 24, “Elf” on Dec. 1, “Shrek the Halls” on Dec. 8 and “Jingle All The Way” on Dec. 15. Guests should bring camping chairs and/or blankets. There also will be retailer gift card giveaways and movie treats starting at 5 p.m. All movies will begin at 5:30 p.m., and are provided by Acme On The Go Mobile Media.

Old Lutz Christmas

The 22nd annual “Christmas at the Old Lutz School,” 18819 U.S. 41, will be Dec. 6, Dec. 8, Dec. 11, Dec. 13, Dec. 15, Dec. 16, Dec. 18, Dec. 20, Dec. 21, Dec. 22 and Dec. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The historic schoolrooms will be decorated with trees, trains and Christmas displays. The Lutz Museum also will be decorated. There will be live entertainment on several nights. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For information, email moc.l1544670424oohcs1544670424ztuld1544670424lo@of1544670424ni1544670424.

Photo hot spot

Santa will visit the Holiday Photo Hot Spot at Tampa Premium Outlets in Lutz on Nov. 24, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Families can visit the spot at the Christmas tree on Lagoon Court and take holiday photos.

Tax prep

The United Way of Pasco County Prosperity Campaign is looking for volunteers to help provide free tax return preparation service. Volunteers will get full, comprehensive IRS training and become certified to prepare basic returns. No tax experience is necessary. The program also needs greeters, site volunteer schedulers, and technology/computer setup assistance at various sites. For information, visit UnitedWayPasco.org, and click on the Volunteer tab.

Winter Village

Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive in Tampa, will open a Winter Village from Nov. 16 to Jan. 5. There will be an ice rink; village shops with apparel, handmade toys, jewelry, dog accessories and more; and the Winter Village Express – trolley cars with treats, music and activities. For information and a schedule of events, visit WinterVillageTampa.com.

Winter’s Wonderland

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium presents “Winter’s Wonderland” now through Jan. 6. There will be lights and decorations, holiday-themed habitats, a Kids’ Fun Zone to learn about penguins and polar bears, Santa and his elves, and more. The event will be closed Christmas Day. For information, visit SeeWinter.com.