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School supply giveaways, summer camps and more

Stuff the Bus kickoff: The Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon holds its annual Stuff the Bus event on Aug. 17 at Kmart, 1602 W Brandon Blvd. For more information, go to

FANG goes back to school at Campo YMCA: The FishHawk Area Networking Group holds its annual Back to School Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. today at a new location, the Campo Family YMCA, 3414 Culbreath Road, Valrico. The festival will continue to benefit local children who need school supplies. The event also will feature more than 100 business vendors, samples from restaurants, music, demonstrations, giveaways and door prizes. Entertainment will be provided by the Theatre Arts & Dance Alliance, Music Showcase and Sidekicks Martial Arts. The event is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times/Brandon Times, Kids "R" Kids Valrico/Circa FishHawk, CruisePlanners-Sherry Leybovich, Tutoring Club of Valrico and the Osprey Observer.

Visit or call Nan Hager at (813) 657-2418 for more information.

Backpack drive: The Emergency Care Help Organization and Camp Cristina YMCA of Riverview are partnering to collect backpacks, school supplies and clothing (gently used or new) for elementary, preteen and teen students. Donations can be delivered to ECHO in Brandon (507 N Parsons Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. any day before Wednesday. Backpacks and supplies will be given out from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Camp Cristina. Recipients must preregister at ECHO. For information, call ECHO at (813) 685-0935.

Plant City back-to-school event: The Network of East Hillsborough Neighborhoods holds a back-to-school event from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 18. Students will be able to receive screenings for memory, blood sugar, cholesterol, vision, glucose, blood pressure and more. The event also will include special presentations, guest speakers, free health screenings for adults and children, and a giveaway of backpacks, school supplies and gift cards. For more information, call (813) 752-8700.

Zoo camps: Registration is open for some camps in the final weeks of the Zoo School program at the Lowry Park Zoo.

The following camps are open to children who have completed grades 2 and 3:

• Record Breakers (Monday-Friday). Explores which animals set records, including the fastest, oldest, biggest and smallest in the world.

• Remarkable Relatives: (Monday-Friday). Children will learn about which unexpected animals are related to each other.

• Animal Armors (Monday-Friday). Explores the ways animals such as armadillos, turtles, spiders and crabs protect themselves.

• Jurassic Journey (Aug. 13-17). Children will learn about what the world was like for dinosaurs.

For children who have completed grades 4-5:

• Zoo Tycoon (Monday-Friday). Children will work in teams to design their own zoo.

• Shutterbugs (Monday-Friday) The zoo will supply a camera for children to take pictures of wildlife around the zoo and create a portfolio.

• Wild about the Arts (Aug. 13-17). Activities include arts and crafts, writing and performing plays inspired by the zoo.

For children who have completed grades 6-8:

• Conservation Camp (Monday-Friday). Children will learn about sustainable energy, recycling and protecting animal species. Activities will include a waterway cleanup, recycled crafts and a pollution experiment.

Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $170 per week for annual zoo pass holders, $190 per week for non-zoo pass holders. The Shutterbug camp cost is $185 per week for annual zoo pass holders, $205 per week for non-zoo pass holders.

Register online at

Skateboard camp: Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, will hold a skate camp from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13-17. Skaters will learn safety and how to care for their boards and participate in games, challenges and open skating. The camp is open to skaters of all experience levels, from elementary age to teens. Skaters must have their own skateboards and safety gear. The cost is $190 for members, $200 for nonmembers. Register online at Call (813) 621-6793.

Football date change: All high school football games originally scheduled for Aug. 31 will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1. Local law enforcement officers were possibly unable to serve as off-duty security because of assignments related to the Republican National Convention Aug. 27-30 in Tampa.

School supply giveaways, summer camps and more 08/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 4, 2012 4:30am]
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