Bradenton church bringing in 25 tons of snow

EAST MANATEE -- Bayside Community Church, 15800 State Road 64 E., will be hosting “Family Christmas Spectacular,” a free event for the community Dec. 21-24.

Twenty-five tons of ice will be brought in to provide snow for two sledding hills. The event will also provide pony rides, a petting zoo, kids train rides, a special Christmas service, and more.

Event goers are encouraged to bring a canned donation for The Food Bank of Manatee. Time: 6 p.m. nightly Dec. 21-23, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 24. Information: