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.
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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.
Dancers at the Summer Sock Hop at the Lutz Senior Center are living proof that age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel. About 90 people turned out for the dance, on Aug. 25, at the senior center, 112 First Ave., N.W., in Lutz. The senior center is open to people age 50 and older, and in addition to hosting special events each quarter, the center offers an array of classes and other programs, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Dancers wearing intricate costumes moved with precision during a compelling performance from the famous Kuchipudi Ballet, ‘Kalyana Srinivasam,’ on Aug. 25 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. This was the first time the ballet was performed in the Tampa Bay area. The free event featured detailed choreography, storytelling, singing, music, and the classical Indian dance form known as Kuchipudi.
Residents at Beach House at Wiregrass Assisted Living & Memory Care, at 30070 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, now have ‘Bark Park,’ a fenced area outdoors, where they can take their favorite four-legged companions. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves at Bark Park’s grand opening ‘Pawty.’ The facility is pet-friendly. Staff members there believe in the value of pet therapy and frequently bring in their dogs for visits, which the residents seem to enjoy.
A new academic year has begun and the students at Sanders Memorial School, a STEAM Magnet School, at 5126 School Road in Land O’ Lakes, seemed eager to get back to learning. Kids streamed out of buses and up the sidewalks, as they made their way to start the 2018-2019 school year.
My Salon Suite, at 20707 Center Oak Dr., in Tampa, partnered with Dr. Bou Pediatrics and Young Chef’s Academy to give kids a chance to get their hair cut, just in time to head back to school. Those donating school supplies could get free haircuts. The event also featured face painting, frozen treats and a bouncy house. The donations collected will benefit Metropolitan Ministries and Quail Hollow Elementary. My Salon Suite franchise owner Heather Tomasello plans to make this an annual community event.
Jaime’s Adult Day Care, at 18950 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz, gives seniors who have memory impairments a place where they can make new friends and have fun with a variety of activities. In addition to their Expressive Arts program, the center provides numerous weekly activities, such as live musical acts, exercise programs, games to stimulate the mind, therapeutic endeavors, and more. The center has been recognized for the quality of its Expressive Arts program.
The popularity of the Broadway musical hit “Hamilton: An American Musical” displayed itself at a local event aimed at bringing together “Hamilfans” of all ages. Hundreds turned up at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library on July 28 to watch or participate in “Hamiltunes.” The officially sanctioned sing- and rap-along gives singers a chance to supply their vocals to accompany the musical’s instrumental soundtrack. Besides the sing-along, there were craft tables where people could make Alexander Hamilton-inspired crafts. Those attending also could attempt ‘escaping’ from a Hamilton-themed escape room. The fasted group to solve riddles and discover clues won a prize. The library is at 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Tampa.
Kids are accustomed to hearing the expression, ‘Don’t Touch,’ but at ‘Touch-A-Truck – Saturday in the Square,’ they were encouraged to climb into or onto a variety of vehicles that provide public services and emergency help. Children checked out the controls of an excavator, sat in the driver’s seat of a police car and waved from the interior of a school bus, among other things, on a recent morning in downtown Zephyrhills. The free event was hosted by Main Street Zephyrhills. A portion of Fifth Avenue was closed to traffic to give families and children to get close to the vehicles, and have a chance to meet the people who operate them.