Avalon Park Sun Wesley Chapel June 2021 Edition

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JUNE 2021


Fourth of July in Avalon Park Bike Parade, Apple Pie Bake-Off, Porch Decorating Contest

Start your summer off with a bang at the Avalon Park Fourth of July Festival on Sunday, July 4th, 5-9 pm. This annual patriotic community festival celebrating our great country will feature a wet/dry bounce park, community performances, an apple pie bake-off, bike parade and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Blvd. Participants are encouraged to register online. Prizes will be awarded for Most Patriotic and Best Group.


Want to showcase your baking skills? Join the Apple Pie Bake-off for a chance to win awesome prizes. Pre-register online here. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place.


Get the whole family together to decorate bikes, strollers and wagons and head to the Amenity Center stage at 5:30 pm for the Annual Bike Parade around River Glen

As always there are opportunities for the community participate with a community performance by filling out the Performance Request, set up a Vendors Booth or even showcase your business with a sponsorship.







Avalon Park residents are also encouraged to showcase their patriotic spirit all month by participating in the Porch Decorating Contest.

For more information on this and other Avalon Park Events visit AvalonParkWesleyChapel.com or call 813-783-1515.


Coffee Hour with BEAT

walked through the just in time to enjoy airport without see- the summer months. ing one other person. The airports in the US are starting to be full again, with We are blessed to live in Florida, where planes packed to the last seat with busieven during the ness and personal Pandemic, family travelers. The theme barbecues, going to the beach and many parks and other Flormore outdoor activ- ida attractions are getting busier by the ities were possible. Never bet against And while following day. It is also great There is no quesAmerica. the rules and recom- to get back to the tion that the past mendations outlined gym and see friends year has been filled Several times in reand neighbors at locent history I have AMERICA HAS ALWAYS cal stores and restauheard quite a few rants. All of these people from other AND CONTINUES TO are great for Floridparts of the globe say HAVE THE ABILITY ians, great for the that they have been TO COME BACK economy, and great convinced that after for America. FROM ADVERSITY BY a period of political divide and pandemic CHANGING COURSE AND While we were able that the ‘American THEN BEING ABLE TO to celebrate the 4th Dream’ is no longer PROSPER AGAIN. of July together with achievable. fireworks last year, I am happy to say that with hardships from by the CDC and However, it is my we will be able to government, Avaour health to the belief that Amerieconomy and every- lon Park Group was celebrate with even ca has always and more activity this 4th fortunate to be able thing in between. continues to have of July as a country to keep our busiWhile travelling to the ability to come ness activities in full and as a communiback from adversity Europe last year, I swing. In fact, many ty! As we continwas on flights that by changing course ue to overcome the and then being able were more than 90% at APG have exempty. On a few of pressed that we nev- challenges presented to prosper again. those flights, with a er worked as hard as by Covid-19, we can One does not have start getting back we have during the capacity well over to be a historian to past year of the pan- in the community. I see how many times 300 passengers, I remain proud to live demic. Now, with was amongst just a the United States much of the popula- in this free and great has came back from handful of regular country. tion vaccinated, we travelers. At one disaster. I imagine are starting to see a point I arrived in England felt that America had lost all Zurich, Switzerland shift back to normal- Have a great summer! power after the civil where all the stores, cy for much of the war. And again, after restaurants and offic- rest of the country the great depression es were closed, and I and the world. And in the 1930’s, others talked about the end of United States economic power. And yet again after the global financial crisis in 2008 the end of the US capitalist system was declared. All of those predictions were wrong.

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June Update from Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore I hope you all had a great May and are looking forward to a great summer with your families now that school is out. As always, I appreciate the Avalon Park Sun for giving me the opportunity to keep you updated on all the amazing things happening in Pasco County. Vaccine rollout is continuing with all Floridians of age now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Please check out the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County’s website at pasco. floridahealth.gov for all the latest information. I’m thrilled to let you know

that Pasco County provided over $21 million dollars in personal assistance, business assistance, and aid to non-profits through CARES Act program in 2020. This included help with mortgage, rent and utility assistance for those hurt financially, PPE reimbursement grants, and more. County staff, Pasco EDC and non-profit agencies worked hard to verify requests for assistance to make sure claims were going to those who genuinely needed help from the financial impact of COVID-19.

On May 4th, the Pasco County Commission approved a temporary moratorium for new multifamily re-zonings in a portion of my district. I am not against apartments in general, but I believe there is an oversaturation in a corridor along State Road

56 between 41 and Bruce B. Downs. This will give County staff the time to research the number of apartments we already have along with entitlements that could be built today without ever coming before the Board. I want to thank my fellow Commissioners for supporting this unanimously at the final hearing in May. We also had a special visitor to a County Commission meeting in May, the Vince Lombardi Trophy! I was happy to sponsor a resolution recognizing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for winning Super Bowl LV. Bucs COO Brian Ford brought by the Lombardi trophy to receive the resolution. On May 6th, Experience Florida’s Sports Coast and the Pasco Economic Development Council held for their first joint awards banquet, Team Up for a Stronger Economy. The event sold out in-person with a virtual option available as well. I was honored to present the inaugural Tourist Development Council’s Chairman Choice Award to Congressman Gus Bilirakis for his great work and support of tourism and travel industry. Pictured are Pasco EDC CEO Bill Cronin, Experience Florida’s Sports Coast Director Adam Thomas, Congressman Bilirakis, and myself. Looking ahead to June, Pasco

County will host an exciting first-time event! The Tampa Bay Pro Combine Presented by Florida’s Sports Coast will give college basketball players an opportunity to earn an NBA draft slot or other professional contracts. This event was created after the traditional Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Virginia was cancelled again this year. It will bring scouts, media, players and their families to spend money in our community. I am looking forward to seeing this event grow in future years and give Pasco County another signature event! As always, information changes fast. Please check out Pasco County’s website at MyPasco.net for all the latest information. Remember, we will continue to get through this by working together! About: Commissioner Mike Moore represents District 2 on the Pasco County Commission. He lives in Wesley Chapel with his wife and three children.


Pasco Extension 4-H Program Hosts Day Summer Camps Expand your child’s horizons with a variety of activities this summer! Join UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension 4-H for our Summer Day Camps June 8 to July 28, 2021. The program is designed to explore the environment, wildlife, engineering, art, science and more!

WHAT: 4-H Summer Day Camps Children ages 5 to 18 WHEN: June 8 – July 28, 2021 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. WHERE: Various locations Pasco County HOW: Register at: bit.ly/4HSummerDayCamps

Summer Day Camp activities include: Horse Back Riding, Fishing, Cooking, Gardening. The cost for each camp runs from $15 to $40 per person. Spots are limited so register today at: bit. ly/4HSummerDayCamps. Per UF/IFAS policy, the use of face coverings is optional but highly recommended at all Extension events. For more information, please contact Shayla at 352518-0156 or sreighter@mypasco.net. The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service assists Pasco County residents by developing and delivering practical, educational programs in en- ture; 4-H and youth development; and family vironmental horticulture; sustainable agricul- and consumer sciences. For more information, visit: bit.ly/2I7gTs5 or call us at 352-518-0156.

Pinecrest Academy Wesley Chapel Update

Mrs. Piccarelli’s Kindergarten class giving their wheat grass a haircut. They proudly planted them as a seed and have been enjoying watching it grow. Great job Panthers!

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June 2021 Virtual Events


8:00 AM • ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages* 10:00 AM • Story Strong: A Family Wellness Program 10:00 AM • Virtual Storytime with Ms. Bea 12:30 PM • Virtual Yarn for More*


10:15 AM • Virtual Live Storytime with Ms. Shaina and Ms. Laura 4:30 PM • Mobile Makerspace at Crews Lake Park: Music and Audio Mixing


8:30 AM • ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages* 6:00 PM • Yarn for a Cause*


Sat June 5

10:00 AM • Saturday Sidewalk Story 1:00 PM • Starkey Ranch TLC: Adult Programming Interest Meeting

10:00 AM • Tails and Tales Summer Storytime Series 2:00 PM • Virtual Farm Yard Pig Stud Earrings 5:00 PM • Zoom Reads Mystery Book Club: Blindsighted*

10:00 AM • Tails and Tales Summer Storytime Series 2:00 PM • Starkey Ranch TLC: Teen Programming Interest Meeting* 5:00 PM • Zoom Reads 4th Tuesday Book Club: Searching for Sylvie Lee*

Tue June 8

Wed June 9

10:15 AM • Virtual Live Storytime with Ms. Shaina and Ms. Laura - Old Hugh Embry had a Farm 2:00 PM • English Conversation Class* 3:00 PM • ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages*

Thu June 10

10:00 AM • Cow Patty Cookies 10:00 AM • Summer Reading Craft Videos - Heart Pig Craft 10:00 AM • Virtual Summer Reading Storytime - On The Farm 4:00 PM • Zoom Drawing Lesson: Farm Friends

Sat June 5

10:00 AM • English Conversation Class*

10:00 AM • Saturday Sidewalk Story

Tue June 1

10:00 AM • Storytime @ the Park* 10:00 AM • Tails and Tales Summer Storytime Series 6:00 PM • Virtual Mystery Book Club: Death on the Nile*

FEATURED EVENTS 10:00 AM • Storytime @ the Park* 6:00 PM • Online Book Club* 10:15 AM • Virtual Live Storytime with Ms. Shaina and Ms. Laura - Summer Warm-Up 2:00 PM • BeJeweled*

Fri June 4 10:00 AM • Virtual First Chapter

Tue June 15

Wed June 16

Wed June 2

Sat June 19

10:00 AM • Saturday Sidewalk Story 2:00 PM • Planet Lego

10:15 AM • Virtual Live Storytime with Ms. Shaina and Ms. Laura- Something’s Fishy! 2:00 PM • Tiara Club Online Project

Thu June 17

10:00 AM • Summer Reading Craft Videos - Deep Sea Fish 10:00 AM • Virtual Summer Reading Storytime - Under the Sea 6:00 PM • Virtual Live: Graphic Novel Book Club*

Tue June 22

Wed June 23

10:15 AM • Virtual Live Storytime with Ms. Shaina and Ms. Laura- Pet-A-Palooza 2:00 PM • English Conversation Class* 3:00 PM • ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages*

Thu June 24

10:00 AM • Dog Biscuits 10:00 AM • Summer Reading Craft Videos - Heart Dog Craft 10:00 AM • Virtual Summer Reading Storytime - Pets 6:00 PM • Sustainability Reading Club-Summer Series

Sat June 26

10:00 AM • Saturday Sidewalk Story 11:00 AM • Zoom Pet Party!*

Mon June 28

6:00 PM • Starkey Ranch TLC: Children’s Programming Interest Meeting*

Tue June 29

10:00 AM • Storytime @ the Park* 10:00 AM • Tails and Tales Summer Storytime Series

Wed June 30

10:15 AM • Virtual Live Storytime with Ms. Shaina and Ms. Laura- “Meow”sterpiece Theater 2:00 PM • English Conversation Class* 3:00 PM • ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages*


June 7 - June 12 - All Day • Teen Take and Make SRC Kits: Faux Chicken Legs June 7 - June 12 - All Day • Adult Take and Make SRC Kits: Rabbit Wreath June 7 - June 12 - All Day • SRC Storytime Take and Make Kit - Old Hugh Embry Had a Farm June 14 - June 19 - All Day • Teen Take and Make SRC Kits: Something’s Fishy Breakout Bags June 14 - June 19 - All Day • Adult Take and Make SRC Kits: Octopi Keychains June 21 - June 26 - All Day • Storytime SRC Take and Make Kits: Pet-a-Palooza June 21 - June 26 - All Day • Teen Take and Make SRC Kits: Critter Candles June 21 - June 26 - All Day • Adult Take and Make SRC Kits: Critter Candles June 28 - July 3 - All Day • Storytime SRC Take and Make Kits: Meow-sterpiece Theater June 28 - July 3 - All Day • Teen Take and Make SRC Kits: Shrinky Dinks June 28 - July 3 - All Day • Adult Take and Make SRC Kits: Meow-sterpiece Theater

*Registration required. See the online event calendar for more information. All events subject to cancellation or change. Some events may require registration. Please call the library for questions.

New River Library 813-788-6375 www.pascolibraries.org

Scan here to view the online event calendar!

Check out our website for more exciting news! Get involved, even from home!

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Summer Camps!

Summer is just around the corner! And now is the perfect time to explore the variety of fun, entertaining, and educational activities available in the Wesley Chapel and surrounding communities that will keep you and your kids busy this summer.

COOL KIDS CAMP Get Ready For A Summer Of Making Memories Camp Dates: June 13–July 31, 2021

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Summer Camps!

SUMMER AND WEEKEND CAMPS are open to campers age 6-17 who have varying disabilities and special needs. We will also be offering sessions for young adults ages 18 – 30. With that in mind, Camp Idlewild focuses on providing fun activities that will foster independence, meet individual needs and promote personal growth in a fun and supportive environment.





Florida Day Trips for the Summer

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about things to do in Florida are the theme parks, but did you know there are many other enjoyable destinations that can be reached all within a day’s time? Here is a list of 5 of these places, and why they’re worth checking out!

1. The Salvador Dalí Museum in Tampa Nested in St. Petersburg, the Dalí museum is a wonderful place to visit for art lovers and others alike. This museum has the largest collection of Dalí’s work (outside of Europe!) as well as beautiful gardens and special exhibits. You are guaranteed to see something breathtaking at this museum! 2. The Beaches in Seaside

Perhaps best known for being the shooting location of the 1998 film The Truman Show, Seaside, located in Destin, is an incredible display of New Urbanism and dazzling beaches. From its quaint local shops and restaurants to clear, blue water, Seaside feels like a little utopia, perfect for relaxing and soaking up the Florida sun.

filled with crisp, cool water. Enjoy taking a dip in the spring, a jungle cruise tour to discover the native wildlife, or staying at the historic lodge located within the park. It’s less than 20 miles south of Tallahassee, so a trip to Florida’s capital city can be added to your itinerary!

close by for golfing aficionados. 5. Everglades National Park in Miami

Aside from the theme parks, the Everglades is perhaps the most wellknown Floridian destination, but have you ever been? Take an airboat ride and explore the na4. St. Augustine tion’s third largest national park and all of the Consider visiting St. Au- native and endangered 3. Wakulla Springs near gustine, the country’s species and wildlife withTallahassee oldest city! Take a guided in. And because it’s in tour to see all the greatest South Florida, the city of Another film location— landmarks, such as the Miami is worth checking The Creature from the Castillo de San Marcos out too, from its art disBlack Lagoon—is Wakul- and the famed Fountain tricts to the zoo! la Springs near Tallahas- of Youth. There are also see. Wakulla is one of the premium outlets to get By: Raven Halle biggest and deepest nat- your shopping fix, and ural springs in Florida, the World Golf Village is

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Staying Healthy During the Summer for Seniors

Everyone enjoys some fun in the sun during the summer, including seniors. However, during the summertime, the sun and heat can be potentially dangerous to a senior’s health. While this does not mean that you or your senior loved one should completely avoid going outside during the summer months, you should take precautions during this particular time of the year if you plan on frequenting the outdoors. Here are some ways seniors can stay healthy and enjoy the outdoors while avoiding the summer heat. Pay Careful Attention to the Weather In many places, the weather can vary dramatically during the summer. For instance, summers in Florida are known for their fickle weather patterns: one minute it is sunny and hot, and the next it is thundering and

recommendation is to drink at least eight glasses of water or other hydrating beverages each day in other to avoid heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you have difficulty drinking that many glasses of water in one day, at least cut back on caffeine drinks which can dehydrate the body.

lightning. Therefore, if you are heading outdoors for some fresh air this summer, check the weather first. Dress Appropriately While a temperature in the 80s may be fine for a stroll outdoors, you’ll want to dress appropriately. Avoid darker colored clothing as it can attract and absorb heat. Instead, wear light weight clothing that is light in color to help reflect UV-rays. You can also invest in dry-fit clothes with moisture wicking properties so you

don’t get soaked in sweat. While the right clothes can protect you to a degree, if the temperature outside is pushing 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you may want to opt for an indoor activity instead. Also, pay special attention to heat advisory warnings. Drink Lots of Water Regardless of your age or what the weather looks like, you should always stay hydrated; however, this advice is especially important for seniors venturing outdoors during the summer. A common

Invest in a Good Sunscreen Wearing sunblock is another piece of advice that applies to everyone during the summer. If you are not already wearing sunscreen every day, invest in a good one and start wearing it every time you go outside. Most dermatologists recommend wearing a minimum of SPF 30 to shield your skin. By taking this small step and adding it to your morning routine, you can protect yourself from the risk of sunburn and skin cancer.


Wellness with Jen: Summer Lovin When kids get bored, they get crazy and to be quite frank, they can really get on your nerves, am I right??! It can be tempting to plop them in front of the TV or hand them an iPad or video game controller. While I am not trying to suggest that your kiddos can absolutely, without a doubt, NEVER watch TV or use technology, the speech therapist in me does feel the need to remind the world to put the technology down, especially for the littles. Not only is it not great for their brain development, but it is so important to be present with your kiddos and enjoy life with them to the fullest. On a side note, though, I do get that there are some moments in life when you just need 5 seconds, especially in the world’s current situation. In those moments, take the time you need. I like to work in pockets of time. During the summer months, it can be hard to keep the kiddos busy and entertained. Here are some fun ideas for being present with your kiddos during the summer while making lasting memories and keeping everyone sane <3 LEMONADE STAND! Don’t worry, we are not about to hype the kids up on lemonade full of processed ingredients. You have to be a label reader when advocating for your children’s health... and your own for that matter. Many store bought processed lemonades contain high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin “natural flavors” - this is a great cover up for adding a bunch of crap and labeling it “natural” :-O Who would have thought?? So here is a perfect lemonade recipe for your lemonade stand: 14 cups water 1 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup demerara sugar 8 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality Essential Oil 1 Drop Lavender Vitality Essential Oil optional drop of Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil - some people find this to be too strong for their tastes. I love it! Adult Beverage addition to the lemonade stand, if you so choose ;-) Mojitos!

2 shots rum 1 shot agave syrup ½ squeezed lime sprig of mint splash of soda water 1 ½ cups ice 2 drops Spearmint Vitality Essential Oil 4 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil By adding Young Living vitality essential oils into your foods and drinks, you are adding support to your immune system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, and more! PAINT! Paint paper, paint rocks, paint the driveway, put on some old clothes and get messy. BUG HUNTING! Read a book about bugs and go out for a walk to see what you can find. I recently saw a cute little bug collection activity in the under $5 section at Target. PLAY DOUGH! I hate the smell of store bought play dough, ick! There are some really simple DIY play dough recipes out there, and you can add essential oils to make it smell great and benefit your little ones at the same time. Here’s the simplest recipe: 1 cup water 1 cup salt 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 3 cups flour 2 tablespoons cornstarch Mix water, salt, oil, food coloring (if you choose) and essential oils (if you choose) in a bowl. Gradually add flour and cornstarch until the mixture reaches the consistency of bread dough. PLAY! My fav oils to add are Young Living Lavender, Seedlings Calm, Gentle Baby, Peace & Calming, Cedarwood, or any kind of citrus oils. When summer comes to an end, it can be sad for both the kiddos and the Mommies and Daddies. Even though there are crazy times during summer when you might be counting down the minutes until school returns, there are many more moments that make you think “I wish that these moments could last forever”. Make the memories last by collecting mementos of your summer activities. Pictures, sea shells,

sand, flowers,... and make a summer memories scrapbook or shadow box. Fill an empty bottle with sand and sea shells from your beach trip. Make a necklace or bracelet out of the sea shells or flowers that you collected over the summer. I know it is easy to feel like you don’t have the time for any of this, especially if you are like me and don’t get the summer months off from work with your kids, but do your best to make some summer memories, even if it is just a walk in the evening time after daycare/summer camp and work. Slather on the bug repellent (I’ve got a great natural recipe if you need one!), head out for a walk, collect some amazing colors from nature or just point out everything great in nature that you see and draw of picture of everything that you remember when you return home. Pack a picnic and head to the park for a picnic dinner. Whatever it might be, do what you can to make some amazing summer memories. I found this really great website, www.familyeducation.com with many great ideas for family activities and so much more! *I have done extensive research on products and companies and choose to recommend Young Living products whole heatedly. Young Living has a Seed to Seal promise that guarantees from the time that the seed is selected and planted to the time that the product arrives on your doorstep, no harmful ingredients will come in contact with that product at any step along the way. Young Living goes as far as testing their soil and using their own essential oils to protect against pest in lieu of using harmful pesticides. Young Living performs their own testing in addition to third party testing to guarantee that you receive the most effective and most beneficial products.

Follow me on social media or shoot me a message if you have any questions or concerns. Happy Summer, everyone! Jen Cosby jcdiamondwellness@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/yljennifercosby https://www.facebook.com/groups/ oilshowyouthewayed/ https://www.instagram.com/jen_cosby/


valon pplauds Kyla Booker

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CONGRATULATIONS to Kyla Booker for being applauded by Avalon Park Wesley Chapel. Booker is a senior at Cypress Creek High School (CCHS) and has made a tremendous impact during her time there. For example, Booker was class president her freshman, sophomore and junior year. “For me it was about building leadership skills and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone,” says Booker. “I wanted to find a way to interact with my classmates and create relationships, while also serving my school and community.” According to Booker, being class president for those three years allowed her to become a better listener and articulate broader viewpoints. “I believe these skills are the foundation to great leadership,” says Booker. Currently, Booker is a member of the National Honors Society and the Chickfil-A Leadership Academy. She has always had a passion for serving the community, and wanted her extracurricular activities to reflect that passion. “I come from a family of mentors and volunteers, so community service and volunteering are very important to me,” says Booker. Through her involvement in the local leadership organization, Booker is able to give back to her community by pro-

viding necessities for area students who are in the foster care system. Booker is also an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar and is graduating in the top 10% of her class, which also happens to be the inaugural graduating class at CCHS. “It is surreal that in less than a month, I will be graduating from the place where it all started. I feel like my class got to truly set the tone of the school. I loved being a part of this community and I am proud to be a Coyote,” says Booker. One person in particular Booker would like to thank for the support throughout the years is her AP literature and language teacher, Cassie Adley. “Mrs. Adley has pushed me to explore new opportunities, challenge myself and grow both academically and personally,” says Booker. When Adley first met Booker during Booker’s freshman year of English, Adley knew right away Booker was a star student. “Kyla is truly one of a kind. She is intelligent, personable and motivated. She is a student who does not give up,” says Adley, “I am so proud of the grace Kyla lives by and I know she will be successful in her future endeavors.” After graduating from CCHS, Booker plans to attend Florida State University in the Fall. She will be majoring in biomedical engineering.






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