Press Releases-Riverview
Collins Elementary Promotes Peace
Pinwheels for Peace was a success with over 600 pinwheels having been made by Collins Elementary’s EELP program and kindergarten through fourth grades. Students placed the pinwheels throughout the school grounds in September and had many of the classes walk through and enjoy them.
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FFA Members to Attend Fair
The FFA members at Eisenhower Middle School attended the Florida State Fair educational seminars to learn about this year’s Champion Youth Competition that is held as part of the agriscience youth events held at the state fair. The school was represented by students in four different specie categories: rabbit, poultry, swine and goat. Those in attendance were: (rabbit) Rachel Garcia, Hannah Sheppard, Josh Vogel, Danielle Regier, Hannah Yates, Kimberly Reyes, Nathan Jolley (poultry) Rachel Mitchell, Cody Gyory, Charles Gyory, (swine) Linda Sanchez and (goat) Nick Bishop. These students will be sharing their new knowledge with other members that intend to show at the fair.

Camp Cristina Needs Volunteers
The Campo Family YMCA is looking for a few good people to help with the Camp Cristina Work Day on Saturday, October 18, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It needs volunteers to clear trails; clear stage/teambuilding area; clear around the maintenance shed; etc. Lunch will be served from 12 Noon-1 p.m.
To volunteer for this project, please contact Sandy Acevedo at 684-1371, ext. 212, or email

School Holds Casino and Auction
Apollo Beach Elementary School PTA’s “Casino & Auction Holiday Affair” is on Friday, December 5, from 6-10 p.m. at the SouthShore Falls Clubhouse in Apollo Beach. There will be an auction, casino, dancing, hor d’oeuvres and a cash bar with tickets costing $35.
For information and tickets, email

Dance Classes Offered at Panther Trace
Jennifer Thomas, who is Florida Dance Masters certified, is offering recreational dance classes at the Panther Trace Community Clubhouse, located at 12515 Bramfield Dr. in Riverview, this fall. Those age 4 to adult are invited to join the fun. Jazz is offered on Mondays from 6-7 p.m. for ages 6-10. Hip Hop is offered on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. for ages 6-10 and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. for ages 11 and up. Adult Jazz/Hip Hop is on Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. Those ages 4-6 can enjoy a combination class on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m.
For more information or to register, visit or call 671-8899.

Essay Competition Announced for Students
The Ruskin Memorial VFW Post 6287 is conducting its “Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition.” High school students have the opportunity to compete in the annual audio essay competition and win thousands of dollars in scholarships, a trip to Washington, D.C., as well as dozens of other awards. The deadline for entries, to be submitted to the Ruskin Memorial VFW Post 6287, located at 5120 U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, Florida 33572, is November 1.
Interested students, parents and teachers should contact Shirley May at 645-3410 or by email at or visit for more information or to obtain an entry form.

Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver’s Program
The University of South Florida Suncoast Alzheimer’s and Gerontology Center is sponsoring a free community program, “Alzheimer’s Disease: What Caregivers Need to Know,” on October 16, at Aston Gardens, 1311 Aston Gardens Ct. (off Del Webb Blvd) Sun City Center. The program is designed for individuals caring for a family member or friend with Alzheimer’s disease. It will be held from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and lunch will be provided. There is no charge but advanced registration is requested to reserve a seat.
For more information or to register, please call Eileen Poiley at 974-4355 or toll free in Florida at (800) 633-4563.

High Rollers Welcome
Congregation Beth Shalom and The JCC of Brandon are proud to present “High Rollers – An evening of Luck” to be held at The Barn on Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview on November 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person. Your ticket includes admission, chips to play at the casino tables, the silent auction, food and the cash bar. There will also be a Texas Hold’Em Tournament with a fantastic grand prize. Tickets for this are $100 per person and include a complimentary cigar from Cigar Outpost.
Please call the JCC preschool to purchase tickets at 643-0522. For further information or questions, please contact Sarah Meyers at or call 681-6547.

Crafters Wanted
Riverview United Methodist Church, located at 8002 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview, will be hosting its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, November 25, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Space is available for crafters and antique dealers.
To reserve a booth, please contact Kimberly Blaisdell at 458-3584. For more information about the festival, please contact Linda Bauer at 677-0868.

Upcoming Events at Nazerene
The Church of Nazerene, located at 9622 Mathog Dr. in Riverview, is having a Trunk or Treat on October 31 at 6:30 p.m., a Youth Fireside Get Together with free hot dogs, chips and drinks on October 25 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. and its 25th Anniversary Potluck Dinner after the 10:30 a.m. church service on October 26, starting at 11:30 a.m. Come bring your favorite dish and spend time with members.
For more information, call 677-2519.

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