Designer Bag Bingo & Wine Tasting, Bingo, and more…

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FRIENDS Designer Bag Bingo, Brunch And Wine Tasting

FRIENDS (Families, Respect, Inspire, Education, Networking, Down syndrome, Special requirements) celebrates moms with a bingo event with designer bags on Saturday May 28th. The event will take place at the Lucaya Lakes Clubhouse, located at 12116 Blue Pacific Dr. in Riverview from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Entrants will have the chance to win luxury handbags from top brands including Coach, Vera Bradley, Dooney & Bourke, Michael Kors and Kate Spade. Savor a delicious brunch with a choice of mimosa or Bloody Mary, and sample local wines.

Tickets are $40 in presale through Wednesday, May 18 or $50 at the door and can be purchased by calling 813-245-2782. For more information about the event or about FRIENDS, 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 usually takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

The next date is Tuesday, May 17 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 needy families in the community and religious groups like St. Vincent de Paul.

Florida Strawberry Festival reports record attendance

The 87th annual Florida Strawberry Festival ended in March with an outstanding attendance record. The 11-day event drew 543,129 visitors to take part in concerts, livestock shows, free entertainment, rides, food, arts and crafts vendors and more.

“We had a phenomenal run and we’re really grateful for that,” said Florida Strawberry Festival President Paul Davis. “We had great weather, great crowds and everyone seemed to be spending time with their families.”

The 2023 Florida Strawberry Festival will be held March 2-12. For more information, visit

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