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North Tampa events: honoring veterans, vision screening for kids and more

World War II honorees: The Republican Party of Florida and Honor Flight of West Central Florida will honor Tampa Bay's "greatest generation" June 18 at the Blaise Alfano Center, 11606 N McKinley Drive, Tampa.

The program, which begins at 2 p.m., will honor World War II veterans.

Those veterans are encouraged to register with Honor Flight for a free trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built on the National Mall in their honor. Veterans' applications for the flights can be printed at honorflightwcf.org. Guardian applications to escort the veterans are also available.

The inaugural flight of 25 local veterans flew to Washington on May 3. The next flight on June 28 will take 70 veterans from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Only the veterans fly free; guardians pay a $400 fee to help defray the costs. For more information, call Lt. Col. Dick Koch at (727) 480-7112 or (727) 522-5676.

Free vision screening: Prevent Blindness Florida will provide free vision screenings for children and youth, ages 4 to 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. June 23 at the North Tampa Family Support & Resource Center, 1401-A E Fowler Ave. To those who qualify, assistance will be provided for glasses and exams.

Kids can pick up goody bags, coupons and more during a safety presentation from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. the same day. They'll hear about hand washing, water safety, bike and pedestrian safety and take part in a physical activity obstacle course. For more information, call (813) 558-1877.

Environmental summer camp: The Tampa Audubon Society is registering children in grades 3 through 6 for its first summer environmental camp.

The camp convenes at the Audubon Resource Center at Lettuce Lake Park, and participants will hike through woods and over boardwalks, do bird-watching and search for other wildlife. They also will create works of art.

The instructor is Diana Kyle, a former Pinellas County Parks director and certified science teacher. Camps, which are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., are weeklong and cost $20 per day. Week 1 is June 13-17; Week 2 is July 5-8; Week 3 is July 25-29.

Registration is limited. To attend, participants must have a letter of recommendation from an adult other than their parents. For more information and a registration form, e-mail Kyle at fortkyle@aol.com.

Art lecture: Artist Peter Stilton will give a lecture, "An Artist's Personal Journey through Traditional Techniques into Combined Media and Surreal Whimsy,'' at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa.

The free lecture and workshop will include personal and historic discussion of art as well as color theory and hands-on exercises designed to educate, engage and inspire.

North Tampa events: honoring veterans, vision screening for kids and more 06/09/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 4:30am]
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