The 11th annual "Gary Nix Bash on The Blue" features a fishing tournament, pre-tournament party with dinner and auction, an awards ceremony and an awards picnic.
The event will be Nov. 8 and 9 at the Tampa Harbour Yacht Club, 5200 W. Tyson Ave.
It was founded by South Tampa resident Paddy Moses, her family and her friends in memory of Moses' grandson, Gary Nix, who died at age 16 following a bicycle accident.
The event has raised more than $500,000, plus scholarships at University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community College, Moses said.
She added: "During the 11 years, the Bash has provided money to the Boys & Girls Clubs and Kids Charity to give more opportunities for children from disadvantaged homes."
Attendees may participate in just the Bash on the Blue Party, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8, or they may attend the party and enter the Nov. 9 fishing tournament, which includes prizes.
The party will have a live auction. Among the auction items: Use of a four-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Aspen, Colo., for one week; an airboat ride with Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee; a stay at Key West; and a ride for four people on a high-speed boat built for governmental coastal interception.
Tickets to the bash are $40; participation in the catch-and-release fishing tournament begins at $300 a person, with a boat provided. Teams also may enter with their own boat or with a boat provided.
For information, see www.kidscharitytb.org or call (813) 843-1833.
Opera featured at Musicale
Warren Jaworski, associate professor of voice at the University of South Florida, and some of his students will present "Hour of Opera" when the Friday Morning Musicale meets.
The meeting will be Friday at the Musicale Building, 809 Horatio St. It starts at 10 a.m. with a musical study course by President Cecilia Laude and a program by Bill Pray called "How to Put New Life in Your Old Club."
The program is at 11 a.m. Students performing include Sarah Coit and Courtney Elvira, mezzo sopranos; John Short, bass; Ricky Marenda, tenor; and Sandy Feliciano, Abby Colburn and Vanessa Rodriguez, sopranos.
A buffet lunch follows with hostesses Carolyn Nicholson and Bubba Nicholson. The program is free but the lunch is $7; reservations are required by calling (813) 258-4752.
Holiday markets have gifts for the season
Two traditional holiday shopping events are coming up during the next week. Each offers a chance to get holiday décor items and unique gifts. They are:
The event, with free admission, includes vendors with plants, jewelry, garden art and specialty items. The club is at 2629 Bayshore Blvd.
The event, with no admission charge, features new merchandise including ornaments, serving pieces, jewelry and fragrances in the store. Exhibitors on the veranda will have books, jewelry, needlepoint and glass art. The store will have complimentary samplings of tea and coffee during the day, and wine and cheese beginning at 5 p.m. Discounts in the store will be offered.
The museum is on the grounds of the University of Tampa.
Garden clubs plan programs
South Tampa garden groups have programs planned. They are open to members and guests. They include:
Award-winning grower Jay Sespico will talk about lighting and its effect on African violets. For information, call (813) 681-1910
The program is "Repotting Orchids," a workshop by Phil Elting. For information, contact Lesley Dobbins at (813) 677-8684.
Master Gardener Eileen Hart will make a presentation on begonias. Anna Maria DiCarlo, Cora Harless, Ann Dunn and Susan Barksdale are the hostesses. For information, call Karen Ghent at (813) 837-9105.
Michael Jones will present the program, "Sit by Your Pond and Have a Little Cheese." He is the owner of Pondscapes, which creates ponds and water features for gardens; and Cheese Please, a gourmet cheese shop. For information, call (813) 251-3123.
Emily Levy will present a program on holiday decorating. Hostesses are Liz Griffin, Dot Jackson, Nancy Simms and Mary Ann Chastain.
Fundraisers fill the calendar
The first weekend in November is one of the busiest on the fall social calendar. Events vary with fashion shows, food tastings and dinners honoring local citizens.
This weekend's activities include:
Tickets are $35 and available by calling (813) 928-5378.
The black-tie optional event benefiting Tampa Catholic High School includes dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Monsignor Laurence Higgins will be inducted into the Order of the Crusader Templar as part of the event.
Tickets are $125 each with tables and sponsorships available. For information, see www.tampacatholic.org/crossandshield.