The Complete Holiday Happenings List

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Hanukkah Tot Shabbat Families are invited to join Rabbi Arthur Baseman for a telling of the story of HanuKkah, finding the "hidden oil," a lighting of the children's menorah, a Chanukah sing-a-long and snacks. To make reservations, call 727-531-5829. 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30, Temple B'nai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater.

Hanukkah Gift Fair Congregation Beth Am's "Judaica by Sisterhood" presents its annual gift fair and bake sale of Hanukkah gifts and kosher foods. All purchases are tax-free; credit cards accepted only for purchases over $25. Sun., Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-noon, Beth Am, 2030 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. 813-968-8511.

Tampa Jewish Community Center Annual Hanukkah Party Children's activities include "pin the flame on the menorah," a water pistol menorah "shootout," cookie decorating with Hanukkah designs, card making, a sing-along and much more. Adults enjoy a latke recipe exchange, hot dogs and various relaxing activities. For more info or to make reservations, call 813-264-9000 or go to Sun., Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 adults/children under 2 and younger enter for free. Tampa JCC Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive (Veterans Expressway and Gunn Highway), Tampa.

City Hall Hanukkah Extravaganza A celebration of the beginning of Hanukkah with the lighting of a giant menorah, live music and entertainment, hot latkes and more. Hosted by Chabad of Tampa Bay and Brandon Tues., Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m. Downtown Tampa City Hall Plaza, Franklin Street and Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, 813-963-2317.

Hanukkah Concert Hosted by the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg. Tues., Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m. Free admission. 6151 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-344-4900.

Menorah Lighting Ceremony and Concert on Main Street Join Chabad of Bradenton for its fourth annual festival, which includes a drawing, face painting, doughnuts, music, hot latkes, balloons and more. Tues., Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, 941-758-2799.

Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop Featuring an abundance of Hanukkah gift items. Through Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sat. Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, 813-876-2377.

Hanukkah Family Dinner Join Rabbi Arthur Baseman for a shabbat meal (including latkes) and a celebration of the fourth night of Hanukkah with a lighting of the menorah; families are encouraged to bring their own menorah to "light up the room." A special Hanukkah and Shabbat service (open to all) follows. Fri., Dec. 7, 6 p.m. $18.50 adults/$8 children, Temple Bnai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, 727-531-5829.

Menorah Madness A short service is followed by a pot luck dinner and live music by the Pittard family. Attendees are encouraged to bring a menorah and candles to light, and a dish to share. Fri., Dec. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Congregation B'nai Emmunah, 3374 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. For more information, call 727-726-8626.

A Celebration of Hanukkah Traditions & Music Joy Katzen-Guthrie's program fuses theater with history and storytelling. Wed., Dec. 12, 2 p.m. Free admission. Regency Oaks, 2720 Regency Oaks Blvd., Clearwater.


RCS Food Bank The Religious Community Services Food Bank — which serves 4,000 clients each month and has approximately 60 distribution sub-sites throughout Pinellas County — seeks volunteers to help with office work, sorting food, delivering and picking up supplies, interviewing clients and more during the holiday season. Donations of baby food, cereal, formula, juices, after school snacks, boxed and canned food items, powdered milk, and plastic and paper grocery bags are also needed. To volunteer or make a donation, call 727-443-4031.

Metropolitan Ministries MetMin feeds thousands of homeless and poverty-stricken locals each month and you can lend a hand by volunteering at the holiday center, where donations are received, sorted and distributed. For more information, call 813-209-1000. Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Center is located on the 2100 block of N. Florida Avenue in Tampa, and is open through Dec. 24.


Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-898-2100,

Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-822-3590,

Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 727-791-7400,

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, downtown Tampa, 813-229-7827,

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