Lots of back-to-school events to ease into the year

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Only a few weeks remain before kids are back in the thick of homework, dress codes, reading, writing and 'rithmetic. Luckily there are a number of events coming up to help families ease into the new school year.

Back to School Fair: It's only $5 to visit the Glazer Children's Museum on Saturday, where they will help you prepare for the school year with tips on health, wellness and safety, along with games, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artists, informative speakers, karaoke and workshops. The first 150 kids get a free goodie bag filled with school supplies. It starts at 9 a.m. at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

Skate Bash: This all-ages contest at the Skatepark of Tampa on Saturday will have divisions from 8 and under to 16 and up, with free barbecue for contestants. Open practice at 8 a.m.; 8 and under starts at 10:30 a.m. Registry is $25 in advance, $30 day of. Register online at skateparkoftampa.com/events. 4215 E Columbus Drive.

Skating Party: The SpinNations Skating Center in Port Richey will have a Back to School Skating Party on Sunday and Aug. 18, both starting at 2 p.m. with free admission and free raffles of backpacks filled with school supplies. Bring your own skates or rent skates for $3 at 8345 Congress St., Port Richey.

Teen Clothing Swap: Teens ages 13 to 18 can update their wardrobe with "new to you" fashions at this clothing and accessory swap starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor.

Back to Basics in the Kitchen School Lunch Prep: This month's wellness workshop at the Highland Recreation Complex in Largo will teach participants how to shop for and prepare a variety of foods for homemade meals, with samples to taste and take home. Pre-registration is required at (727) 518-3016. $8 for residents; $10 with a non resident recreation card; $13 for a guest. It starts at 9 a.m. Saturday

Student health fair: Free physicals, sports participation exams, immunizations and hearing and vision screenings. Meet the Pinellas Park medical community as you view health exhibits and emergency vehicles. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at St. Petersburg College Caruth Education Center, 7200 66th St. N, Pinellas Park.

Mentor Recruitment Fair: To recruit 500 mentors or tutors for Pinellas County students, this fair will be a "one-stop" event where prospective volunteers can register, learn more about different schools and programs, go through the background screening process and attend the mandatory mentor training workshop. There will be food, entertainment and a "Stuff the Bus" with school supplies at the fair. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd.

Costume party: Goin' Postal and Hut No. 8 host this party from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Zephyr Park, 4941 Fourth St., Zephyrhills. All ages are welcome and supplies will be provided at no cost. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Guests should park in the nearby municipal lots next to Alice Hall Community Center, Waterplay and Plum Street. There will be no parking available on-site during the events. Snow cones and pizza will be available for $1 each. (813) 782-1500 ext. 104.

Pool Party: A water bash with DJ music, games, a picnic dinner, backpack raffles, safety tips, after-school program information and literacy promotion. $2. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 16 at Highlander Pool, 1937 Ed Eckert Drive, Dunedin. (727) 298-3266.

Riverview bash: St. Stephen Catholic Church in Riverview is holding a Back to School Bash on Aug. 18 starting at 10:45 a.m. There will be inflatable slides, a bounce house, photos with the Mustang Mascot, a DJ, games, prizes, raffles and food. Incoming families can participate in the uniform exchange, which is a way to purchase previously loved uniforms at a steep discount. 10424 Saint Stephen Circle, Riverview. Free.

Supply crafts: Stop by the Play2Go Toyshop at the Glazer Children's Museum on Aug. 19-31 and pick up a free school bag or pencil case and then decorate it in the Art Lab. Included with museum admission, which is $15 for adults, $9.50 for children at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

Back to School Bash: Get together, listen to music and have fun. Picnic food will be sold and you'll find a give-away at Hope Presbyterian Church. Free. 6 p.m. Aug. 10. 1698 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.

Back in the Groove: It will be Getting Back in the School Groove Day on Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill. Starting at 10 a.m., you can get free haircuts, backpacks, health screenings, food, games and face painting. Free at 9344 Spring Hill Drive.

Fun Night: Students in the Disston Heights and Lealman area can prepare for the year with school supplies, character building events, drawings for bicycle helmets and other activities on Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and there will be school supplies, games, food and prizes at St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg; gracetograce.org.

For Zip Code 33616: On Saturday, the Back to School 33616 Celebration at Kwane Doster Park will have free school supplies, food, games, prizes and more. The park is at 7506 S Morton St., Tampa. Price: Free.

Free haircuts: The first 40 Hernando County Head Start students age 3 to 7 will get free haircuts and child manicures at Anew Dawn Salon in Spring Hill from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17. Call the salon at (352) 610-4340 for information. It's located at 11219 Spring Hill Drive. Bring proof of Head Start registration.

Lots of back-to-school events to ease into the year 08/06/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 7:27pm]

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