kids and children

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 […]

Center Place Presents Eighth Annual Chalk Walk And Fourth Annual Indoor Outdoor Art Fest

Center Place Presents Eighth Annual Chalk Walk And Fourth Annual Indoor Outdoor Art Fest

  By Kathy L. Collins On Saturday, November 1, Center Place and the Brandon League of Fine Arts (BLFA) will present the Eighth Annual Chalk Walk & Art Fest and the Fourth Annual Indoor Outdoor Art Fest. This is a fantastic day of art for the whole family at Center Place of Brandon. Both events […]

Halloween Themed Annual Zach Tucker Memorial 5K Now Taking Registrations

Halloween Themed Annual Zach Tucker Memorial 5K Now Taking Registrations

  Staff Report It is time to start training for the fifth Annual “Make them Smile…Give them Hope” Zach Tucker Memorial 5K and Fun Run. The communities help is needed to raise funds for children battling cancer. The chip timed event is designed for competitive runners as well as those that would rather just take […]

Carnival History Lives On At Showmen’s Museum In Riverview

Carnival History Lives On At Showmen’s Museum In Riverview

  By Paula MacDonald Before televisions and computers became the focal point of American entertainment, there was the age of the traveling show; carnivals, circuses and other outdoor entertainment that came into town to delight locals with shows, rides and midway games. These spectacles brought a moment of escape to some of the country’s most […]