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Ridgecrest celebrates community members


Ridgecrest celebrates community members

Community members will be honored during the "What's Right with Ridgecrest,'' banquet on Feb. 8. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Ridgecrest Area Youth Development Initiative's after-school tutoring program.

Honorees include Daisy Beal, the co-founder of Friends of Ridgecrest and coordinator of Ridgecrest's Juneteenth celebration; Gwen Feazell, co-founder of Bridging the Achieving Gap; Vic Wickman, a volunteer swim instructor at the Ridgecrest YMCA; and Wanda McCawthan, a community activist and GRAYDI board member. Eleven-year-old Amna Soliman will also receive an award for her work helping other students at the GRAYDI Computer and Learning Center.

The event, including dinner, begins at 4 p.m. and will be at the Ridgecrest YMCA, 1801 119th St. N. There will be an opportunity to make donations at the end of the program. The event is free, but registration is required. Call GRAYDI, 595-1684.

Show off underwater skills at Scuba Olympics

The city of Largo Aquatics Division will host the "Scuba Olympics" at noon on Saturday, at the Southwest Pool Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. The event is sponsored by the Professional Association of Dive Operators.

The competition is designed for teams of two people who are both certified in junior or advanced open water scuba. Proceeds from the event will support a new Special Olympic swim team program at Southwest Pool this summer.

Fully suited participants will be timed while executing a variety of skills including a buddy safety tow, three-legged race, underwater bicycle race and a balloon lift from 17 feet of water. There will also be a professional obstacle course for instructors and master divers. For information, go online to

Park goes to the dogs for Woofstock 2009

Everything will be about peace, love and happy pups at Woofstock 2009 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The groovy celebration at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, will include dog training classes, contests, musical entertainment and animal-related merchandise on display. For information on the event or to become a vendor, call Mandy Petersen, (727) 518-3021.

Ridgecrest celebrates community members 01/31/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 31, 2009 3:31am]
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