Teen volunteers help out at St. Joseph's
As the daughter of a security guard at St. Joseph's Hospital-North, Ginelle Bonnelly is familiar with the campus, but she is seeing the facility in a new light this summer as she escorts patients and families, assists in the administration office and goes behind the scenes in the imaging and surgery departments.
Ginelle is a junior at Gaither High and one of 161 summer "Volunteens'' at St. Joseph's. The Volunteen program is open to students ages 15 to 18 who maintain a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0. The teens must also commit to volunteering at least one four-hour shift per week, eight out of 10 weeks of summer. Because many students need volunteer service hours to graduate and apply for scholarships, the program fills up quickly.
To learn more about the program or to speak with a Volunteen, call (813) 554-8216.
Hillel enrolling students for 2014-15
Hillel Academy, which has been reaccredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools, is accepting applications for students entering transitional kindergarten through the eighth grade for the 2014-15 school year. The first day of school is Aug. 19.
Hillel Academy, 2020 W Fletcher Ave., underwent a renovation to its physical plant and infrastructure from 2010 through 2012 in order to accommodate additional students. The day school facility was designed to enhance project-based learning and small-group teaching. All grade levels take advantage of both traditional classrooms and the open spaces throughout the campus.
For more information, call (813) 963-2242.
MOSI picks Ovations as new food vendor
The Museum of Science & Industry has selected Tampa-based Ovations Food Services, a nationally recognized food and beverage service provider, to manage the museum's day-to-day food and beverage operations.
Ovations will begin a complete remodeling of MOSI's food and beverage operations. The newly named Everything's Fresh Market is scheduled to open in mid August. Ovations is creating a cart program that will work as a temporary solution to serve fresh food to MOSI guests while the area is under construction.
The Everything's Fresh Market menu will include salads, wraps and a "Yogurt Cave" with six yogurt flavors and a toppings bar.
North Tampa library hosts music program
Listen and participate as guitarist Christine VanHorn leads this interactive musical experience, "Books We Love to Sing for Youngsters,'' bringing classic children's books and songs to life at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the North Tampa Branch Library, 8916 N Boulevard.
Genshaft will lead Fourth of July parade
USF president Judy Genshaft will serve as grand marshal of the Temple Terrace Fourth of July parade, leading a procession of bands, floats, civic organizations and more along the shady streets of Temple Terrace. The parade will start at 10 a.m. at Whiteway Drive and Gillette Avenue and will head south on Gillette, west on Druid Hills, then south on Ridgedale Road to the Ridgedale Sports Complex near Temple Terrace Elementary School.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a cookout, music and face painting at the Bulluck Legal Center, 306 Bullard Parkway.
Evening festivities start at 7 o'clock on the first fairway of the Temple Terrace golf course, between Belle Terre and Woodmont avenues.
The fireworks will start at 9:15 and can be seen from the first fairway of the golf course. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed, but personal fireworks of any kind are prohibited on the golf course. Parking is available near Bullard Parkway and 56th Street and on residential streets. (Be sure to abide by "No Parking" signs.) For more information, call the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce at (813) 989-7004.
Temple Terrace City Hall and other government offices will be closed today in recognition of the Independence Day holiday.