Come aboard a train with the Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad

Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad are hosting their annual Christmas open house the next two weekends. These are miniature trains, but big enough to ride. Unlimited train rides through scenic Crews Lake Wilderness Park. They encourage you to bring your camera to take pictures with Santa Claus at the North Pole.

PDQ proceeds at Soleciety goes to charity on Giving Tuesday

PDQ is teaming up with Soleciety to do just that. PDQ will be selling their delicious chicken tenders meals at Soleciety in downtown Tampa with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. Soleciety is a retail store that specializes in vintage and rare, collectible sneakers

Tampa Bay Skating Academy Countryside Club takes the ice

The Tampa Bay Skating Academy Countryside Club is getting ready for a busy skating season. The team will be performing in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 at 11:45 a.m. They also have performances scheduled on their home ice here at Westfield Countryside

Shriners is putting the FEZ in its inaugural festival

Shriners from the Egypt Temple in Tampa are hosting their inaugural Feztival of Trees at Centro Asturiano in Ybor City. A little more than a dozen trees have been decorated, and are completely outfitted with presents. You can come enjoy the Christmas ambiance for an entry fee of $2 for ages 13 and up. Those under the age of 12 can get in for free. All proceeds go back to the Shriners. Organizers are hoping this grows into a wonderful annual event.

Inside ZooTampa's new animal care facility

Ten years in the making, ZooTampa's new campus is finally open. Charley Belcher got a peek at the four buildings, which include a conservation center, veterinary hospital, nutrition center, and animal care annex.

A glass art exhibit is created by local military veterans

Operation Art of Valor is an exhibit of beautiful blown glass all done by local military veterans. The exhibit runs through December 29. Since the program was launched in March 2018, more than 20 veterans have had the opportunity to learn about glassblowing and other techniques for making glass art. Some even use it as PTSD therapy.