SCC Expo: The Greater Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce's annual fall business expo proved its popularity again Thursday, drawing year-round residents, newcomers and "sunbirds" who have returned for the winter.
The expo, now in its 30th year, featured 98 local chamber-member companies and various nonprofits from Sun City Center and the surrounding SouthShore communities.
The turnout thrilled chamber executive director Dana Dittmar, but didn't surprise, since the variety of products and services offered by the exhibitors is a community crowd-pleaser.
Among the new attractions at the free expo: complimentary on-the-spot medical screenings conducted by several Tampa Bay area health care companies.
Nonprofits exhibited for free, and organizations like Critter Mama Rescue took full advantage of that. The new Sun City Center home-based charity, run by SCC resident Robin Roberts, rescues a small group of abandoned, neglected and unwanted cats and dogs less than 35 pounds.
Newcomers to the expo, like former Long Island, N.Y., resident, Ed Burki, who just made Sun City Center his permanent home, enjoyed meeting the different vendors. Burki is pleased with everything the community has to offer, including the added bonus of good weather.
"I don't have to shovel humidity in February," he said smiling.
Multi-chamber coffee: St. Joseph's Hospital South will host a special multi-chamber coffee from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in its new physician's office building, 6901 Simmons Loop Road. Refreshments will be provided and there will be door prizes. Tours of the new facility will also be available. For information, call Judy Martin at (813) 757-5088.
Kathryn Moschella, Times correspondent