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'Arts and Crafts Under the Palms' to Benefit Local Charities

The Tampa Palms Women's Club will hold its 22nd annual Arts and Crafts Under the Palms event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 20-21).

For more than two decades, the Arts and Crafts Under the Palms event has been held annually by the Tampa Palms Women’s Club.

It is the organization’s main charity fundraiser, bringing in $4,000 for local do-gooders in 2010.

“For many years it was held in front of the Publix in Tampa Palms,” said Stella Hardman, co-chair of the event. “Last year, we moved to the BJ’s parking lot.”

For 2012, the arts and crafts show will remain at the Market Square at Tampa Palms shopping plaza, which is west of I-75 off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Some 50 vendors are expected to set up shop for the two-day event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 20-21).

The women’s club requires that all vendors display their own original artwork — no proxy vendors, no commercial reproductions. Represented will be works of pottery, crocheted items, hand-carved woods, homemade healing creams, homemade toiletries and, of course, jewelry.

“Jewelry is the big craft right now,” Hardman said.

There is even an artist who sells Nativity scenes carved from Styrofoam, Hardman added.

Entrance to the show is free for the public. Funds are raised through rental space fees and will benefit small, local charities including Kids for Canines and another group that furnishes bicycles to deserving people — largely in the University Community area, Hardman said — so they can get to work.

“It’s a fun day,” Hardman said of the two-day event. “Most of our stuff (from the vendors) is very unique.”

For more information, call (813) 977-2261 or email tampapalmswomensclub@yahoo.com.

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