J.T. Winborn carries his daughter, Liina, a Sunlake High School athlete, off the track after she finished in first place of the girls 1600-meter run. The athlete collapsed at the end of the race, having used up all of her energy. Her father picked her up and tended to her to keep her in top form for her other events. For more coverage of the 2019 Sunshine Athletic Conference East Track Championships, check out our Sports section.
Saint Leo University’s new acrobatics and tumbling program hosted its first cheerleading, acrobatics and tumbling clinic for girls ages 9 to 18 on March 23, at the Marion Bowman Activities Center, 33701 State Road 54 in St. Leo. The clinic was geared to all skill levels and focused on acrobatic, tumbling and cheerleading set skills and the proper techniques used in the sport.
The Florida Native Plant Society, Nature Coast Chapter, had its biannual native plant sale on March 23 at the Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. Jonnie Spitller, chapter president, said a Florida native plant by definition is a plant that was recorded at the time when Ponce De Leon explored Florida. She said native plants are important to the state’s environment and create habitat for wildlife.
Customers at the plant sale could purchase plants grown in local native plant nurseries, which were accompanied by a plant profile to help them understand where to place in the yard and how to care for them. Chapter members and master gardeners also were there to answer gardening questions. Sale proceeds support the Florida Native Plant Society’s mission of preservation, conservation, and restoration of Florida’s native plants and the natural communities that support them.
The Beach House at Wiregrass Ranch, 30070 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, hosted its inaugural ‘Strut Your Mutt’ Doggie Fashion show on March 16. All breeds were welcome to take part and free refreshments were offered after the show. Vendors sold goods and the event benefited the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Florida Blue Foundation, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, and YMCA of the Suncoast joined forces to offer no-cost swim lessons to thousands of Tampa Bay area children, ages 3 through 12. Children were taught basic swimming skills and they practiced safety habits. The goal was to provide these lessons to 5,500 kids at more than 30 YMCA locations around Tampa Bay. The free four-day program will be offered again by the YMCA, May 28 through May 31 and Aug. 5 through Aug. 8.