kids and children

Novemberfest Adds New Thrill Rides, Turkey Trot Color Run/Walk

Novemberfest Adds New Thrill Rides, Turkey Trot Color Run/Walk

By Michelle Colesanti Since 1969, Nativity Catholic Church has provided the Brandon community with a great way to spend time with family and friends in a local and family-friendly environment. Now celebrating 45 years, Novemberfest promises to continue this tradition with five days and nights of thrilling rides and entertainment. Belle City Amusements will supply […]

New Life Village Offers Second Chance For Children In Foster Care

New Life Village Offers Second Chance For Children In Foster Care

  By Libby Hopkins There is an African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This statement is the foundation that created New Life Village in Tampa. The mission of the organization is to provide homes for children in foster care. Homes where they are wanted, and that will provide them […]

Kidz Korner

Kidz Korner

  By Kelly Legg This month’s lesson is about the Lord’s Prayer! Communication is important in all our relationships, so it should be no surprise that prayer is one of the most important parts of our relationship with God.  You’d think talking to God would be harder or more complicated than it is, but God […]

Valrico Rams Youth Football And Cheerleading Build Season On Decade-Long Success

Valrico Rams Youth Football And Cheerleading Build Season On Decade-Long Success

  By Tamas Mondovics In its second year as a member of the Pop Warner Little Scholars program, the Valrico Rams Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization celebrates a decade of community service, competition and success. The Rams proudly practice and host their games at 707 S. Miller Rd. in Valrico. Midway through the 2014 fall […]

New School In Seffner Serving Students With Disabilities

New School In Seffner Serving Students With Disabilities

  By Libby Hopkins There is a brand new school in the community making a difference in the lives of its students. Impact Academy in Seffner opened its doors this past March and it services children with varying disabilities. “We have an amazing curriculum and a big focus on functional living skills development,” said the […]

Guardian ad Litem Program Offering Voice For Abused, Neglected Children Seeking Support

Guardian ad Litem Program Offering Voice For Abused, Neglected Children Seeking Support

  By Libby Hopkins Marilyn Garcia of Brandon has been raising her voice for more than 89,000 children who are in the foster care system. She is a volunteer recruiter for the Guardian ad Litem Program in Tampa. A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is appointed by the court to advocate for a child. Most of […]

Local Community Comes Together To Bring Dream Horse To Special Girl

Local Community Comes Together To Bring Dream Horse To Special Girl

  By Nicole Heubusch Lex is a 7-year-old girl in Oklahoma who has Cerebral Palsy. She loves horses and loves getting mail, so her mother, Wathena Sievert, came up with the idea of seeing if artists could draw pictures of horses for Lex. Sievert messaged artist Travis Barker who not only drew Lex a picture, […]

Bell Shoals Students Visit Mission, Learn Impact Of Giving

Bell Shoals Students Visit Mission, Learn Impact Of Giving

  By Paula MacDonald At the beginning of each school year, Bell Shoals Baptist Academy teacher Esther Flores welcomes students and families, and provides them with details of their first field trip, which she believes is their most important expedition of the year, delivering food for families in need at the Good Samaritan Mission in […]

Riverview’s Annual Trick Or Treat Street Promises Safe Family Fun

Riverview’s Annual Trick Or Treat Street Promises Safe Family Fun

  By Sharon Still Trick or Treat Street has been a Riverview tradition for 26 years. Children of all ages, pets and adults don their best costumes and enjoy the festivities and safe trick or treating at Riverview High School on Saturday, October 25 from 4-8 p.m. The event, presented by the Greater Riverview Chamber […]

Local Au Pair Services Offers Flexibility, Freedom To Families

Local Au Pair Services Offers Flexibility, Freedom To Families

  By Kathy L. Collins Parents with young children have many decisions to make; one of the most difficult deals with childcare. One option that is often overlooked due to many misconceptions and misunderstandings is the Cultural Au Pair Program. Francine DiGiorgio, a Personal Au Pair Consultant, explained what an Au Pair offers. “The literal […]