Photos of the Week
Latin Festival offers fun for children and adults, alike
Avalon Park West’s Latin Festival featured dancing to Salsa music, food trucks, bouncy houses, vendors and children’s activities on Sept. 29 at the Wesley Chapel community.
‘Whodunit’ raises money to nurture business women
There was a ‘Murder in Margaritaville,’ and women at this gathering were trying to unravel who did it during the annual fundraiser for Women-N-Charge at the Groves Golf & Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O’ Lakes. About 160 women attended the lunch, presented by the networking group for professional women. Lucas Magazine was the main sponsor. Funds raised from the event support grants awarded to three local business women, to use in their business or advance their careers. In addition to the lunch, the group also had a dinner program, with a ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise’ theme, which also sold out. About 150 people, including couples, attended the dinner.
For more information about the nonprofit group Women-N-Charge, visit their website at Women-n-charge.com.
Perfecting the art of curling
Olympic competitions aren’t the only place where athletes hit the ice to test their curling skills. They also can do it at Florida Hospital Center Ice, at 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., in Wesley Chapel.
Those wanting to pick up the sport can take ‘Learn to Curl’ classes at the Center Ice venue. Equipment is provided for the four-week sessions held on Wednesday mornings throughout the year. There are also lessons available after league play on Saturday evenings. Curling is fun for people of all ages and ability levels, according to John Drysdale, who teaches people how to curl.
To find out more, call Drysdale at (813) 618-9889. Curling also is a popular sport here. The Tampa Bay Curling Club, founded in 2017 by Bernie Skerkowski, is the largest curling club in the Southeast and currently boasts more than 140 active members. To find out more about the club, call Bernie Skerkowski at (813) 758-2279.
Benefit supports Future Farmers of America, 4H, high school scholarships
About 100 people turned out to the Boots and Roots Bash, at Al’s Famous Pizza, 11929 Curley St., in San Antonio, despite the stormy weather during the early part of the evening, said R.J. Huss, president of The Boots and Roots Foundation.The fundraiser was hosted by the nonprofit foundation, as well as Al’s Famous Pizza and Charlie’s St. Joe Market. Tickets were $25 for all you can eat pizza, non-alcoholic beverages, kiddie land attractions and the chance to win an all-weather Bluetooth speaker. Tickets also were sold for chances to win a variety of gift baskets and prizes donated by local businesses. The event benefits the local Future Farmers of America, 4H and high school scholarships.
Clinic offer kids a chance to learn tennis techniques
The youth tennis clinics at the Land O’ Lakes Recreational Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, give players a chance to work on the basics and improve their skills.
The clinics are being taught by Karen Turman, a United States Pro Tennis Association instructor. The instructor also coaches tennis at Land O’ Lakes High School and has been the recreation complex’s instructor for the past 20 years. For more information, contact Turman at (813) 468-1047.
Delivering an expression of appreciation
When terrorists attacked the United States on the morning of Sept. 11, first responders rushed to the scenes of the attack, with many first responders losing their lives in the quest to save others. The Land O’ Lakes Rotary Club marked the anniversary of those terrorist attacks this year by delivering breakfast to first responders at a fire station in Lutz and to a fire station in Land O’ Lakes. This was the second year in a row that the service club showed its appreciation for first responders by presenting a breakfast on Sept. 11, and it intends to expand its efforts by including additional fire stations in the future.
A memorial to honor the victims of 9/11
A 9/11 Memorial Service was held at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills, on the morning of Sept. 11 honored the memory of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The event included local elected leaders and dignitaries, as well as the Zephyrhills High School JROTC Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Curtain Detachment 1124, based in Zephyrhills. About 100 people gathered at the event.
This group stitches together a bit of camaraderie
Members of the Knitting Plus More group come together on Tuesday afternoons at the Hugh Embry Library in Dade City to work on their personal projects, chit chat, discuss ideas and share useful information. Occasionally, they work on projects together, such as making hats for infants in the hospital. There is no cost to join and people of all skill levels — even those with no experience —are welcome.
Hundreds battle it out, using color as their weapon of choice
Usually, kids aren’t encouraged to throw paint at each other, but that’s the whole point of the annual Color War at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz. Hundreds of kids turned out and their enthusiasm for the activity was obvious.