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Aid for veterans topic of public hearing Tuesday
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will host a hearing at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to examine the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to provide recreational therapy to the nation's wounded warriors. The public is invited to the hearing at City Hall, 5919 Main St. "When our heroes return home from the battlefront, we must use every resource available to help them lead normal and productive lives," said Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor. "This hearing will allow us to examine one of the many new avenues to accomplish this vitally important goal." Veterans, VA health care professionals and providers of recreational services will testify. U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Pensacola, and U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, who are also members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee's Health Subcommittee, will be in attendance.
Summer art camp begins June 21
Applications are available for Dade City's first Summer Art Camp, a five-week event offered by the Dade City Center for the Arts. The camp is open to 8- to 14-year-olds and will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21 to July 23. The activities will include drawing, painting, visual storytelling, illustration, 3D expression, mixed media collage, jewelry making and pottery. Students may participate in selected weekly sessions or the full five weeks. "Our camp instructors are very excited and enthusiastic about launching this camp," said HiBrow Art Gallery director Camille Hernandez, who is also a city commissioner. "The young people in our community will have an alternative outlet to stimulate their minds while fostering skills that may prove helpful in other areas of their lives." The camp will be limited to 15 students per class, so early enrollment is encouraged. For an application form, detailed class descriptions and fee information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Boaters can enter in beach parade
The Bayonet Point Yacht Club is hosting the first-ever Hudson Beach Boat Parade 1 p.m. June 26 in the Hudson Beach channel. Boats will be decorated with a "Stars and Stripes" theme, and prizes will be awarded to the best decorated boat. All boaters are welcome to participate with a $10 entry fee. Proceeds from boat entrants will benefit HPH Hospice and are non-refundable. Spectators are invited to cheer for their favorite boat and join in the festivities at Ollie Oysters, the Inn on the Gulf, Sam's Beach Bar or on Hudson Beach. For information and entry forms, visit bpyc.info or suncoastairboats.com/parade.
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