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The mix

A fun collection of news, notes and opinions for SouthShore & Brandon, compiled by Caitlin Johnston.

The gauge

Totally random and unscientific poll

Q: What's your favorite park in the SouthShore and Brandon area?

1 Alafia State Park

Incredible mountain biking trails, some of the finest horseback riding trails and an awesome campground.

2 Boyette Scrub Preserve

Look no further if you are in search of beautiful hiking and biking trails.


This park, complete with a beach, has a huge picnic area and is ideal for camping and fishing.

4 Sydney Dover Trails

A beautiful park full of activities such as geocaching, horseback riding, biking and fishing.

5 Paul Sanders PARK

This county park is ideal for families, with its tree-canopied playground and picnic tables.

* Answers aggregated from Facebook and Twitter responses

Best bet

Rock out to Celtic jams at the Rathkeltair concert in the Brandon O'Brien's Irish Pub parking lot Saturday. The band, which plays Celtic-inspired rock 'n' roll, will perform from 4 to 11 p.m. as part of a fundraiser for the athletes and dancers of the New World Celts. Admission is $10.

Did you know?

Seffner will be featured in an upcoming episode of Property Virgins on HGTV. Property Virgins takes viewers inside the world of house hunting through the eyes of first-time buyers. A spokeswoman for HGTV identified the couple as Ryan and Jennifer of Tampa with a budget of $250,000. "Ryan has his hands full with Jennifer," spokeswoman Jade Williams said. "Jennifer is a tennis instructor and admits she's high energy."

Locals in the limelight

Antonio "Tony" Dowels, the promising student athlete at Riverview High who was paralyzed in a 2007 car accident, has won a custom wheelchair-accessible van through a contest sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Dowels will enroll in law school at St. Thomas University in the fall, and he plans to drive to Miami in the new van he won through the online contest. More than 1,200 entrants lobbied for online votes, and a panel of judges selected four winners from the top 10.

Tweet of the week

@USouthFlorida: "Bulls out for summer!" Congratulations to our #CaptionThis winner, Karen Clayton! University of South Florida

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Around town

Fancy yourself a card shark? Poker players have the opportunity to win a seat in the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Summer Poker Open Championship by entering an online contest via Players may enter between now and Tuesday. The tournament features a $1 million guaranteed championship, scheduled for Thursday through June 18.

The mix 06/04/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 4:08pm]
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