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Briefs: YMCA health, Center place culture


YMCA promotes kids' health

The YMCA is promoting kids' health with several events throughout the county on April 12.

Members of the community can stop by Brandon area YMCAs for family activities, games, and information about swimming and summer youth programs.

The first 250 families at each location will receive a free copy of the Healthy Family Home Kit, a new resource developed by the YMCA of the USA to help families incorporate healthy habits into their lives.

Healthy Kids Day events will be held at these times and locations:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brandon Family YMCA, 3097 S Kingsway Road, Seffner. Call 685-5402.

9 to 11 a.m., Campo Family YMCA, 3414 Culbreath Road, Valrico. 684-1371.

10 a.m. to noon, YMCA Camp Cristina, 9840 Balm Riverview Road, Riverview. 677-8400.

9 to 11 a.m., FishHawk Ranch YMCA Express, 16144 Churchview Road, Lithia. 651-4200.

Center Place provides the culture

Let the kids experience some culture that doesn't come from TV during a performance of African folktales at 11:45 a.m. April 23 at Center Place.

There will be puppets, storytelling and audience participation as preschoolers watch the great Baobab tree spread its limbs, giving food and shelter to all the animals.

The performance uses colorful puppets, a large-sized Baobab tree with shadow puppets, and African music.

Cost is $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Also this month at Center Place, Stage Door Productions presents dinner theater with The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Performances are April 18, 19, 25 and 26. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance.

Center Place is at 619 Vonderburg Drive. Call 685-8888 for information.


Post office customers should go to Brandon

A roof leak has forced the Mango Post Office to temporarily move its operations to Brandon. About 1,000 post office box customers will be affected, a U.S. Postal Service spokesman said. No mail was damaged.

Those who use the Mango Post Office at 11507 E Martin Luther King Blvd. should go to the Brandon Post Office at 1315 Oakfield Drive to pick up their mail.


Republican club has new slate of officers

The South Shore Republican Club has elected new officers. They are Jessica Rolewicz, treasurer; Betty Jean "BJ" Wegman, vice president; John Evon, president; and Karen McClelland, secretary. The group's meetings are held the first Thursday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Beef O'Brady's, 13326 Lincoln Road, Riverview. New members are welcome. For more information, contact Wegman at 677-2286.


Monthlong painting classes are offered

Kerry Vosler is offering several monthlong painting classes. "The Impressionist Landscape" will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays starting this Monday; "Drawing the Portrait" meets from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays starting Monday. "Painting the Portrait in Landscape" runs from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays starting Tuesday; and "Painting the Portrait" runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Tuesday. All classes take place at the Beaux Arts Gallery at Winthrop, 11252 Winthrop Main St. (the Times Building), Riverview. Classes cost $75 plus shared model fees, if applicable. Call 685-1177.


Furious pedaling

to help Campo Y

The Campo Family YMCA cranks up its second annual Twilight Ride from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 18.

The ride benefits the Building Strong Kids annual giving campaign. Cyclists will pedal poolside on the Y's stationary bikes, led by YMCA indoor cycling instructors and accompanied by energetic tunes.

Riders will donate $20 for each 30 minutes and $30 for each hour they ride, and will have a chance to win great raffle items from local businesses.

Teams or individuals can ride all four hours for a donation of $100.

The goal is to raise $5,000.

To get more information or register for the event, call the Campo Family YMCA at 684-1371.


Benefit golf tourney set at Walden Lake

Golfers are invited to tee up for South Florida Baptist Hospital's Annual Children's Golf Classic April 18 at Walden Lake Golf and Country Club.

The event begins with check-in and lunch at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner and an awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.

The fee is $125 per person. Individuals or foursomes are welcome.

Corporate sponsors are also needed.

Registration deadline is April 11. Call Jack Vasconcellos at 757-1286 to get more information or to register.


Pet festival offers fun Saturday at dog park

Grab the pooch and head to the third annual Ruskin Pet Fest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Dr. Ott's Off-Leash Dog Park near College Avenue.

The fest will feature a pet fashion contest, a dog-owner look-alike contest, silly pet tricks and entertainment.

Proceeds from the free event benefit CARE, a no-kill animal shelter in Ruskin.

For more information and directions, visit

Briefs: YMCA health, Center place culture 04/03/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:23am]
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