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Festival focuses on seniors

Seniors will have the chance to find out about services such as financial planning, adult congregate living and help organizations during the fifth annual Senior Life Festival today at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The event, sponsored by the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging, will bring more than 200 exhibitors to the Special Events Pavilion.

"It's really just to tune people into aging and to get rid of some of the stereotypes," said festival coordinator Judith Siegler. "The show is very upbeat."

Chef Elliott Steele from University Community Hospital will give a cooking demonstration and answer questions. St. Joseph's Hospital will offer free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.

Visitors will be able to make a craft and take it home at the "make it and take it" booth sponsored by Frank's Nursery and Crafts.

Entertainment will be provided by the Entertainment Review, Show Steppers, Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Florida Folk Musicians, Sun City Center Swingers, White Rainbow and the Red Hot Mama.

Beauty Control will give free makeovers and a fashion show. St. Joseph's Morning Movers will be giving fitness demonstrations throughout the day. There also will be children's activities.

Great Getaway Tours will have a raffle to give away a pair of round-trip airline tickets, cruises and free passes to local attractions.

Tickets for the Senior Life Festival are $4. Admission is $1 with a coupon available at Eckerd Drugs. This includes admission to the Brandon Balloon Festival, which will be from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

Early birds may join the Brandon Rotary Club for its Pancake Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. at the Special Events Pavilion. Tickets are $3.75 for adults and $2.75 for children under 12. This does not include festival admission.

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