Businesses Provide Back-to School Health Series

The Compounding Shop of Riverview and Arbonne International are partnering to bring residents the free Family Health Series Back-to-School Health Notes on Tuesday, August 3, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Brandon Jr. Woman’s Club, 129 N. Moon Ave., Brandon. Information will be provided in regard to kids’ sports, nutrition, skincare, immunity and more. To learn more, call 500-2581.

Dog Obedience Classes Offered

Dog Obedience classes (an eight-week course) will begin the week of July 19 at the Brandon Recreation Center, 510 E. Sadie St. Basic classes are held on Mondays or Tuesdays. Sub-novice classes are on Wednesdays or Thursdays. All classes are 7-8 p.m. The registration fee is $80.

For information and pre-registration, call 689-0731 or e-mail

Senior Living Puts Call Out to Crafters

Senior Living Guide has a goal of donating 500 new lap blankets to seniors in wheelchairs this December. Residents with a crafty side are invited to make a blanket, sponsor a blanket or donate toward the cause. All blankets need to be completed and delivered/ picked up by Monday, November 15.

For more information, e-mail, visit or call 1-888-604-8433.

Refresher Course Held for Drivers

The AARP Driver Safety Class, a six-hour refresher course for drivers over the age of 50, is being offered at Riverview Branch Library, 10509 Riverview Dr., Riverview, on Friday, July 16, from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. To register call 677-1115; Sun City Center’s Caper Room, 945-A North Course Ln., Sun City Center, on Monday and Tuesday, July 19 and 20, from 12:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. To register call Encore Bank at 634-8001.

Coffee Chat on One’s Hospital Stay to be Held

South Bay Hospital has teamed up with Sun Towers to provide a coffee chat on what patients can expect from their nursing staff, including the day to day routine of a nurse, what to expect if you are in the hospital and ways to take charge of your care. The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 22, from 10-11 a.m. in Sun Towers’ main dining room, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr., Sun City Center.

To reserve your spot, call 634-3347.

Animal Shelter Offers Specials

The CARE no-kill animal shelter, 1528 27th St. SE, Ruskin, is having adoption and extra hour specials during the months of July and August. Many playful kittens are available for half-price adoption fees during these months, and the shelter is opening every Sunday during July and August between 12 Noon-3 p.m. for pet introductions. Normal operating hours remain Monday-Saturday between 10 am and 3 pm. All kitten adoption prices include spaying or neutering, current vaccinations, a 5-lb. bag of food, a free litter scoop and a free initial office visit at the Boyette Animal Hospital in Riverview.

Call 645-2273 for more information.

Free Check-up at Sweetbay

Free diabetes screenings will be offered from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, July 17, at Sweetbay Pharmacy, 5570 N. U.S. Hwy. 41, Apollo Beach.

For more information, call 1-800-713-3301.

VBS Explores the High Seas

St. John The Divine Episcopal Church is offering two separate vacation Bible school programs. From Monday-Friday, August 2-6, High Seas Expedition for young children 4-10 years old will be held at the Ruskin Campus, 705 9th St., S.E., from 5:45-8:45 p.m. A program for youth entering the sixth grade and higher will be held at the Sun City Center Campus, 1015 E. Del Webb Blvd., from 6-8:30 p.m. Both programs begin with dinner and feature Bible learning, crafts, music, games and a mission project. There is no charge to attend.  Please call 645-1521 for information or to register.

Kids Welcome to Saddle Up for VBS

Saddle Ridge Ranch VBS at Simmons Loop Baptist Church, 6610 Simmons Loop, Riverview, runs from Sunday-Friday, July 25-30, from 6-9 p.m. There are classes for 2 year-olds to adults. Saddle Ridge Ranch is a place where kids can ask questions and discover the answers found in God’s word. During their evenings at the ranch, kids will experience crafts, missions, music, recreation and snacks. They will visit “Worship Rally Valley” and learn in the “Bible study bunkhouse.” The “Buckaroo bucks” that the children earn each night can be exchanged for valuable items.

For more information, please call 677-9310. Register for VBS any time at

Camp’s Summer Issue a Buzz

The summer 2010 issue of the Camp Bayou Buzzzzz! is now available online at . It can also be accessed from the “News” link at the top of the page on

For more information, e-mail

Girls Softball Team Hosts Charity Golf Tournament

Tampa HeatWave Girls Fast Pitch Softball will host a golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, July 17, with registration starting at 7 a.m. and a shotgun scramble at 8 a.m. at WedgeWood Golf and Country Club, 401 Carpenters Way, Lakeland.

For more information, call 376-6785.

Meet with Commissioner Beckner

Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, District 6, Countywide, is hosting office hours from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. on Friday, July 30, at Ruskin Branch Library, One Dickman Dr., S.E., Ruskin

To learn more, go to

Boat Ramp Expansion Planned at E.G. Simmons Park

An expansion project will soon double the boat ramp launching capacity at Hillsborough County’s E.G. Simmons Park which provides access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This park improvement will provide a new 40-foot ramp and two floating docks that will increase safety and decrease the time needed for water enthusiasts to launch and load watercraft. The Capital Improvement Project (CIP) is joint-funded with a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The cost of the project is $476,500. Construction will begin this month and is scheduled to be completed in October 2010. Boat launch fees at County ramps are $5 a day or $100 for a yearly pass. Passes are available at the Park Office located at 15502 Morris Bridge Rd. or by downloading an application from the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Website at

Section 8 Wait List Registration to Close Temporarily

Hillsborough County’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program will be suspending its online wait list registration to evaluate and assess the current list of applications received since the online registration was implementation last January. The online registration system will be reinstated at a later date.

Citizens interested in more information on the program’s eligibility criteria and/or applying for the wait list by the closing date may visit\hss\section8 or call 903-3400, ext. 218.

Charter Review Board Wants Public Comment

The 2010-2011 Hillsborough County Charter Review Board is holding a public hearing to receive public comment on two proposed changes to the Hillsborough County Home Rule Charter: eliminate the position and functions of the County Internal Performance Auditor; repeal the provision that enumerates the veto powers of an elected county mayor. This public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Boardroom of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa on Tuesday, July 13.

The Resolution to eliminate the IPA position can be reviewed at Direct access to the Charter Review Board is available by visiting

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