'Lunch bus' will feed body, mind this summer
Gulfside Elementary School is expanding its summer assistance to needy children in its community. In addition to offering free meals on its Lunch Bus and in the cafeteria, the school will provide more access to books. The Lunch Bus, which will make daily stops at Holiday Lakes Estates and Westin Oaks Apartments, will also act as a bookmobile, allowing kids to check out books for summer reading. Gulfside launched the Lunch Bus last summer after noting that few children came to the school cafeteria to eat meals. The move into library services aims to keep children from suffering the summer slide of academic skills that could come if they don't read during the lengthy vacation. The summer Lunch Bus will serve meals weekdays today through Aug. 2, from 11 to 11:15 a.m. at Holiday Lakes Estates and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Westin Oaks Apartments by the pool. The school at 2329 Anclote Blvd. also will have free breakfast at 9 a.m. and lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
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Ex-Gulf wrestler has pro fight debut
Ladarious Jackson, a two-time state high school wrestling champion at Gulf High School, will make his professional mixed martial arts debut Friday at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. Jackson, 21, will fight Nick Smith, 28, of Wilmington, N.C., in the welterweight division (170 pounds) at the Xtreme Fighting Championships. They are scheduled to square off in the fifth of 12 fights. The first is set for 7 p.m. AXS TV will televise the event nationally beginning at 9 p.m., but Jackson's fight, a preliminary, likely will not be shown. Jackson won all six of his amateur fights.
Crist to address Democrats' lunch
Former Gov. Charlie Crist will address the Democratic Executive Committee of Pasco County during a luncheon scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 22 at Jasmine Lakes Civic Center, 7137 Jasmine Blvd. Other speakers include vice chairs Alison Morano and Alan Clendenin of the Florida Democratic Party and state Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando. Cost is $25 per person for a buffet lunch. For payment information, call (727) 364-5666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations must be made by June 15.