Two family centers focus on parent-child play, support groups
The focus of the county's family support and resource center is on activities such as parent-child play and support groups.
There is a center at 201 14th Ave. SE in Ruskin and another at 1277 Kingsway Road in Brandon.
Events this month at the Ruskin center include an ice cream party at 1 p.m. Wednesday and CPR class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22.
The Brandon center features a hurricane preparedness program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, a kindergarten transition workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and back-to-school bash from 10 a.m. to noon July 19.
Programs are free. Call 641-5600 for more information about the Ruskin site or 740-4634 for details about the Brandon location.
Parents to gather to discuss planned cuts in after-school care
Local parents are mobilizing against proposed cuts in the county's after-school child care program.
County Administrator Pat Bean has suggested getting rid of summer programs, and parks officials have discussed cutting after-school offerings.
Commissioners, for their part, have pledged to keep the programs intact.
"Parents for Parks" meets at 6 p.m. tonight at Riverview Neighborhood Park, 7807 Capitano St., next to Riverview Elementary.
The group will discuss ways to get involved and other options.
Organizers say Hillsborough County parks director Mark Thornton will attend.
Church offers summer arts camps
Still looking for something to keep the kids busy during summer vacation? South Shore United Methodist church offers three arts camps for youngsters this month and in August.
The church's musical theater camp runs weekdays starting Monday through July 25 for children in first through eighth grades. Students will participate in a special all-music worship service at the end of the camp. Sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day and cost $75.
An art camp for kids in first through fifth grades runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 28 through Aug. 1. The cost is $50, and the emphasis is on drawing. Dance camp runs from Aug. 4 to 8, from 9:30 a.m. to noon each day. The program is for kids 4 to 7 years old and costs $75.
The church is at 435 Apollo Beach Blvd. Call 649-9462 for more information or log on to southshoreumc.com.