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July 2012

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Gulf Coast Family Publications P.O. Box 3803, Seminole, FL 33775 Phone: (727) 612-0783 Fax: (727) 865-5135 Gulf Coast Family Newspaper is printed monthly, and is distributed throughout Pinellas, Hillsborough Counties. Gulf Coast Family is available in distribution racks in ALL CVS Stores, Chick-fil-a restaurants, Lifestyle Family Fitness Centers, Perkins Restaurants, Joto’s Pizzerias, Carmelita’s, After Hours Pediatrics, R-Clubs, and Cornerstone Banks. Gulf Coast Family Newspapers are also available in most St. Pete Pediatrics, Shapes, Regions Banks, and Bob Evans Restaurants in these counties, along with many other restaurants, shopping centers, churches, libraries, government offices, and over 200 day care centers and schools. For questions or comments, call (727) 612-0783 or email rbeck@gulfcoastfamily.org. Gulf Coast Family Publications encourages your input. To comment on one of our articles or to submit photos and articles for possible publication, simply email articles@gulfcoastfamily.org. Submission of your photos and letters constitutes permission to Gulf Coast Family Publications, publisher of the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper, to use them in all media. All submissions become the property of Gulf Coast Family Publications and will not be returned. We reserve the right to edit as necessary, and all submissions will be used at our discretion.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” 2 • July 2012 • Hillsborough

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JULY 2012

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The Heat is On: Your Child’s Sunscreen Should Be, Too

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Ultimate Apps

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July Fun Facts

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Parent to Parent by Jennifer Beck

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Focus on the Family

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Lifestyle Family Fitness

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July Family of the Month

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by Dr. Noel Alonso, MD, FAAP, After Hours Pediatrics

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Kids in the Kitchen Heart Gallery

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Ride Down Memory Lane

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Public Law 103-362 10 Watermelon Facts was unanimously passed in 1994 by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton to create a national observance for parents. Parents’ Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July and is focused on increasing awareness of parental responsibilities. It is an occasion to make a statement about what is important in our society. It is a chance to create a positive tradition based on a core axiom – that the role of parents is crucial in the nurturing and development of children, and thus requires investment, focus, and commitment.

1. Florida is the nation’s leading producer of watermelon 2. Watermelon production in the U.S. in 2011 totaled 4.0 billion pounds 3. Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae 4. Watermelon is 92% water 5. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens 6. The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1776 contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles 7. The largest watermelon on record weighed in at 268.8 pounds 8. Watermelon is usually ready to harvest in about 90 days 9. Women tend to eat more watermelon than men 10. Watermelon tastes best on July 4th

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Happy B-day NASA On July 29, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower signed his name to the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, more commonly known as NASA. Over the past 54 years the agency has had some very monumental scientific achievements which cannot be overlooked. It has given us dust busters, cochlear implants, ultrasonically welded swimsuits, Tang, and freeze-dried food - not to mention, it has taken man to the moon, given us the Hubble Telescope, helped build the International Space Station, and created the amazing shuttle program.

Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. But did you know that the Fourth of July was not declared a legal holiday until 1941, just 71 years ago. Today, the fourth is a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks and a reason to fly the American Flag with pride and honor.

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On July 2, 1962, Sam Walton opened the first Walmart Discount City store located in Rogers, Arkansas. Today, Walmart is one of the world’s largest corporations operating 10,185 stores in 27 countries, employing 2.2 million associates and serving more than 176 million customers a year. In his autobiography, Sam Walton said that his secret for success was to “give the customers what they want!”

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Patorent Parent

Over Memorial Day weekend, I went out of town, without my husband and kids, for my cousin’s wedding. When I got home, my now five-year-old daughter, Haylee, had some very solemn news to tell me: “Mommy, I was watching a movie, and I ‘sawed’ a light go up in the air (raising her finger over her head), and then it ‘banged’ (spreading her arms wide), and it was a FIREWORK!” “We’re you scared?” I responded (already knowing the answer). “Yes, I don’t like fireworks,” she answered (close to tears and shaking her head very violently). Now this is a child who, aside from being shy in public (but not at all shy at home), is not afraid of anything (except fireworks, obviously). She’s the one who broke her leg when she was barely two years old because she was jumping off of the top of a toy

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kitchen. Before she learned how to swim, she would put her face in the water without any hesitation. And although she’s fallen off at least half a dozen times (with bruises, cuts, and bloody noses to show for it), monkey bars are still her favorite piece of playground equipment. But despite all that, when our neighbors started setting off fireworks in their backyard, they scared my little trooper half to death. After further discussion, I learned that eight-year-old Hanna LOVED the fireworks show. She and my husband sat out on the balcony, cheering and clapping after each blast, while poor Haylee was covering her ears and hiding her face. Now, several weeks later, whenever Hanna talks about it, she still claps her hands and jumps up and down in excitement.

of her brothers love them too, although they would much rather set them off than watch someone else do so. We’ll have to work on the answer to that question. Maybe we’ll split up and let Haylee stay home, although that won’t help much if our neighbors set off their own fireworks again. Or maybe we’ll just make her tough it out if we drag her (kicking and screaming, I’m sure) to a fireworks show. But regardless of what we decide, I want to take this opportunity to wish each of you a Happy 4th of July. I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating our great country with your families. Until next time,

Jennifer

So what is a family to do on the 4th of July when one child is terrified of fireworks, and another is completely captivated by them? And Hanna’s actually not the only one who loves fireworks – both

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Kids Should Be Taught Discerning Music Taste with Jim Daly and Dr. Juli Slattery Q: My daughter listens to a lot of music, but we’re constantly fighting over what’s appropriate. I recently told her she can’t download songs tagged as “explicit” or buy CDs with a parental advisory logo. Is this an acceptable compromise? Jim: We’ve come a long way from the days when Elvis’ gyrating hips were a scandal. Unfortunately, relying on the “parental advisory” logo or downloading only “clean,” edited versions of songs is not a sufficient approach to shielding your daughter from offensive material. Why? Because the criteria for editing music is completely arbitrary and voluntary on the part of the artists and record labels. There’s no way of knowing whether an “edited” album will truly be sanitized to your standards. Bob Waliszewski, director of Focus on the Family’s Plugged In website, provides a stark example of this in his book, “Plugged In Parenting.”

Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two.

“It’s not uncommon for ‘censors’ to preserve a deeply objectionable theme while excluding something relatively minor,” he says. “Here’s an example from the ‘clean’ version of rapper DMX’s album ‘It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot’: ‘I’m coming in the house and I’m gunnin’ for your spouse/ Trying to send the (bleep) back to her maker/And if you got a daughter older than 15, I’ma (gonna) rape her.’” Bob notes that the word “b----” was bleeped, while the references to guns and child rape remained. He mentions another song in which the word “marijuana” is bleeped but “acid” is not. Again, there’s no consistency to how songs are edited, and even if certain words or phrases get axed, the harmful themes remain. Rather than relying on record companies to haphazardly bleep swear words, a more comprehensive approach would be to help your daughter learn to discern for herself which songs are worthy of her money and attention. For more on media discernment, start with our website at www.pluggedin. com, or track down a copy of Bob’s book. Q: I’m struggling with knowing if a guy is a “good guy” or not. My family says I’m too picky when it comes to dating. Can you tell me the qualities I should be looking for in a man?

“As you look for ‘husband material,’ remember to also work toward becoming a potential wife”

Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, co-host of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three.

Juli: There are two sides to this question. Marriage is a lifelong commitment, and you should consider very carefully the man you want to share your life with. On the other hand, many young men and women never commit to marriage because they are looking for the perfect “soul mate.” If you believe you’ve found the perfect guy, look again, because he doesn’t exist. The question you asked about what “qualities” to look for is right on. There are some qualities that are essential to building a strong marriage. Here’s my list: • A teachable spirit. You want to marry a man who is willing to grow. How does he respond to feedback? Is he defensive or does he want to learn? Is he honest about his struggles? • A shared faith. There are many things in marriage that can be solved by compromise. Faith is not one of them. Your faith and beliefs define how you

view morality, children, forgiveness and the purpose of life. • Integrity. Marriage is built on trust. You only want to marry a man who is trustworthy and who understands the value of honesty and keeping his word. • Kindness. Marriage is the most vulnerable relationship in the world. In the crucible of sharing life together, you want a man who cares about protecting and guarding your feelings. As a young man, he may not always be perfectly sensitive, but does he display a kind heart to you and to others? As you look for “husband material,” remember to also work toward becoming a potential wife. Cultivate your own teachable spirit, grow in your faith, and become a woman of integrity and kindness! Copyright 2012 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. This feature was reproduced with the permission of Focus on the Family. To submit future questions to Jim and Julie, visit FocusOnTheFamily.com

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July Family of the Month

Meet the Vasquez Family

Though they have lived in Seminole most of their lives, it was the cutting of a ribbon that led to the tying of a knot! When Tammy opened a new business, it was Mike, as president of the Seminole Chamber, who cut the ribbon on opening day. That’s how they met; but it was 3 years later when their paths crossed again and shortly afterward “tied the knot.” We are pleased to introduce the Vasquez family: our Family of the Month.

Soon after meeting Tammy again, Mike left his 20-year involvement in the corporate world to join Tammy in her love and care of animals. Together, they expanded Tammy’s mobile grooming service to include a store front as well as the mobile unit. A new name reflects the changes, and “Bark Life Pet Health Food Store and Grooming” was born. A short time later, Mike and

Tammy were married and, together with Mike’s son, became one happy family of three. Now, Tammy runs the store with the help of 4 groomers, and Mike runs the mobile unit. Even their son, Mikey (15) helps out with bathing of the animals. They have 3 dogs at home – Woody, a schnauzer; Tini, a wiener dog; and Cody, “our big goofy dog!” Tammy laughs. “They are truly our 4-legged kids!” The entire family enjoys working with other people’s pets too. “They may be wiggly and yippy, but they love us as much as we love them!” The Vasquezes enjoy every aspect of their work. “It is our desire to bring education and natural healthy food and treats to our area. We know people love their pets and want to give them the best; they just need access to it.” This happy family has truly been blessed. And all 3 express thankfulness for family, friends, home, church, work, and “the grace of God and new beginnings through Him – available for everyone.”

Meet The Kids Mikey will be a sophomore at Osceola Fundamental High School this coming year. He enters this second year with an excellent GPA – almost all A’s! One of his favorite things to do is to play the drums, marching in the drum line in the marching band at school. He enjoys some sports, too – particularly water sports such as longboarding and skim boarding with friends. He also holds a Black Belt in Karate. Mikey demonstrates a very thankful spirit. He helps out at the family business and is very active in his church youth ministry at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. Between work, school, family, friends, and church, he keeps very busy! At 15, he now has his driving permit. “It’s exciting!” said Tammy, who loves being his mom. “Mikey is a great kid.”

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Family Favorites • Thing about the month of July: the 4th of course! The true meaning of it that is. • Thing to do in the Tampa Bay area: the beach… umm… the beach… and… oh yeah, the beach! • Summer traditions: Did I mention the beach? “We are water loving, sand digging, sun worshiping people!” • New summer tradition: Caribbean cruise “We took our first cruise this summer and loved it. We think this will be a new tradition.” • Memorable Experience: Swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman! “What an amazing experience!” • Sports teams: NY Giants (Mike) Indianapolis Colts (Tammy) “The Gators and the Rays, we do agree on!” • Foods: Pizza (Mike) Ice Cream (Tammy) Seafood (Mikey) • Books: All James Patterson Books (Mike) The Inconvenient Truth (Tammy) The Maze Runner (Mikey) • Movies: Braveheart (Mike) The original Godfather (Tammy) 10,000 BC (Mikey) • Songs: “How Great Is Our God”, “Feed the Machine”, “In your eyes”, and anything by the McMillans • Fast food restaurant: Here’s one they agree on: Chik-Fil-A! • Sit down restaurant: Conch Republic • Hobbies: Boating, fishing, and street festivals • Vacation spot: Cozumel, Mexico • Favorite local “vacation-type” activity: Busch Gardens – the rollercoasters and the animals • Favorite place you would like to go: Dominican Republic because “it looks so amazing whenever we see pictures!”

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in the kitchen If you are planning a BBQ for the Fourth of July (or even if you aren’t), celebrate the U.S.A. with these delicious, festive, kid friendly pretzel snacks! Chocolate covered pretzels are great but when you add some red, white and blue they are awesome.

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Baked French toast is a great way to enjoy a classic breakfast dish more easily. The best part is that with baked French Toast you can assemble the dish the night before and simply pop it in the oven the next morning. Then with the addition of some whipped crème, strawberries, and blueberries, you can start your 4th of July with a red, white, and blue breakfast!

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Do you have room in your heart and home for a waiting child?

Joey

“I want my ‘Forever Family’ to know that I’m funny and caring!” Date of Birth: December 15, 1997 Food-wise: Joey loves lasagna the best. Like many kids his age, he’s not crazy about broccoli or spinach. Television and movies: The TV shows he likes watching the most are NCIS and South Park. The Smurfs and Moneyball top his movie list. Other favorites: Color-wise, neon green is his choice; sharks are his favorite animal; gym is the class he enjoys most; and Eminem tops his list of Photo By: David Debalko Photography singers. What he wants most in a family: Joey would like to have young, active parents, and possibly one or more brothers. He also would like to live in Pennsylvania where he currently resides. In his spare time: He has fun playing basketball and video games. When he grows up: Joey would like to design video games for a living. Personality: Joey is described as “polite, kind-hearted, and fun-loving. He wants to be loved and accepted.”

Darius

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Awesome! Date of Birth: November 28, 1995 Favorite Food: Fried Chicken Favorite Colors: Black and Red Favorite Games to Play: Saints Row 3 & Call of Duty Black Ops Favorite Kind of Music: Rap Favorite Sports: Basketball and Football Darius is your typical outgoing teenage boy. He loves to play video games, listen to music and play sports. Darius is intelligent, charming and has shown leadership skills If he could describe himself in just one word, it would be “Awesome!” He wants his forever family to know that he is smart and funny.

Julie and Mike had been married for twenty-four years when she sent me the email for my book, 52 Ways to Wow Your Husband: Put a Smile on His Face. She described her most creative wow date for her guy, a real ride down memory lane: When I met my husband, he was a “wild at heart” twenty-four-year old whose primary source of transportation was a very fast motorcycle! Shortly after children arrived on the scene, we sold the bike and bought a used mini-truck, which was much more suited to carrying bicycles, golden retrievers, and other “kid stuff.” It must have been hard for him, but he never

complained. Our most creative date came just after we sent our youngest child off to kindergarten. On the morning of our anniversary I gave him a card with money I had secretly saved up and directions to our first destination—a motorcycle shop where I had arranged to rent a Harley-Davidson for the weekend. It was such a thrill to see the smile on his face as we climbed onto that bike. It took us back to the time when we fell in love! Our final stop was a little romantic cabin in the mountains where we celebrated—kid, dog, and truck free! I was blessed to be able to remind him

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Bill & Pam Farrel

Ride Down Memory Lane that I will never forget who he is or the many selfless sacrifices he makes for our family. What does your man need to remember about himself? Take him back to: • The stadium • The ranch • The racetrack • The wilderness • The ocean or lake Husbands can wow their wives this way too. What did your wife love when you first met her? I loved photography, but I gave up hopes for a

nice camera when we married in exchange for more practical and immediate needs—helping Bill garner his seminary degree. So the camera he gave me for a mid-life Christmas has much more meaning that Kodak™ ever estimated! This month ask yourself, “What does my mate need to remember about him or herself?” and then make a wow date of this truth and ride down memory lane. Take him back to where he loved to be when you first met him and let him enjoy some of his first loves. Take her back to the places she

enjoyed when you first started dating or that first year of marriage. Tell him/ her what you first saw attractive, what first caught your eye. Try this simple and thoughtful way to wow your spouse and you will be sure to put a smile on his or her face!

Bill and Pam Farrel are international speakers, authors of over 35 relationship books including best selling Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti. They are also mid-life specialists, Bill is the facilitator of www.midlife.com, Pam is founder of www.seasonedsisters.com and together they will host an upcoming PEAK Living conference for those in life’s second half. www.Love-wise.com

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With these words, a small group of very brave Americans declared to the world the birth of a new nation. A nation that was founded on the truth that all Men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. This brave proclamation, so eloquently crafted by the Continental Congress and Thomas Jefferson cost some of these brave men their lives, many their fortunes, but none their honor. Despite their failures and shortcomings, these remarkable men took a stand for liberty, faith, and freedom, and we are all better for it.

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Even if you don't want to visit the beach, you can still decorate your backyard with beach accessories and create a beach ambience. You can decorate the table with centerpieces of sea shells and sand, provide a big sandbox for younger guests to play in, and add the element of water in the form of several wading pools, one large pool, squirt guns or a sprinkler. To have a truly exciting July fourth party, you will need to have some outdoor recreation lined up; and nothing is better than some good old fashioned games to liven up the party. Here are some great games for you to play at any summertime party: Volleyball – This game is great for groups because it is simple to play, yet it requires teamwork to do well.

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Badminton - Of all the “netted” games, badminton is the least strenuous. That is not to say that it has to be laid back, as some games become quite competitive. It can be highly strenuous, or not at all strenuous, depending on who is playing.

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• Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned • Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby in case of a malfunction or fire

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PROTECT YOUR FAMILY as you celebrate the Fourth of July It is no secret that everyone associates fireworks with Independence Day celebrations. It is so easy to become enamored with the sights and sounds and consequently to be tempted to stop at one of the many roadside stands and buy a few to recreate your own show; however, it is important to remember that fireworks can be extremely dangerous causing serious burns and significant personal injuries. Each year over 8,000 people are injured using consumer fireworks. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, can reach temperatures of more than 1,000° F!

You can prevent firework-related injuries. I suggest that you leave the fireworks to the professionals and do not use consumer fireworks; however, if you choose to use consumer fireworks please follow the following fireworks safety tips: • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks • Read and follow all warnings and instructions • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves and other flammable materials

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Legal or not, fireworks are too risky for amateurs! The non-profit group National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges everyone to treat fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers, as suitable only for use by trained professionals. According to the NFPA, amateur fireworks use endangers not only the users but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures. The NFPA goes on to remind us that “pyrotechnic devices ranging from sparklers to aerial rockets cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year.”

Division Manager of Fire Analysis and Research. “When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast, far faster than any fire protection provisions can reliably respond.” “Fireworks are dangerous and unpredictable, especially in the hands of amateurs,” says Judy Comoletti, NFPA’s Division Manager of Public Education. “The few seconds of pleasure those fireworks may bring are not worth the risk of injury, permanent scarring, or even death.” We hope you will protect your family this summer and Fourth of July holiday by leaving fireworks to the professionals.

Some experts are even more resolute in their analysis. “Safe and sane fireworks don’t exist,” says Dr. John Hall, NFPA’s DISCLAIMER - Nothing in this informational public service article should be construed as giving legal advice and should not be acted upon without first consulting an attorney. Also, this article should not be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship.

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Independence Day Quiz On July Fourth we typically celebrate by spending time with loved ones, eating hamburgers and watermelon, and watching fireworks light up the night sky. This year, before you and your family head out, test your family’s knowledge of our Country with our Independence Day Quiz.

1. Who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence? A. George Washington B. Patrick Henry C. John Hancock D. Thomas Jefferson E. John Adams 2. Which of our Founding Fathers created the blueprint for our Fourth of July celebrations by suggesting that the day be celebrated with “bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other” by succeeding generations of Americans? A. George Washington B. John Adams C. Thomas Jefferson D. John Hancock E. Benjamin Franklin 3. About how many people were living in the colonies in July 1776? A. 1.5 million B. 2.5 million C. 5.5 million D. 12 million E. 15 million

6. What notable event occurred on July 4, 1848? A. Boston’s First Fireworks Display B. The State of New York Emancipates its slaves C. Construction begins on the Washington Monument D. Centennial celebrations are held in the United States E. The first public Fourth of July reception at the White House 7. Only one president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on the Fourth of July. Three presidents died on that date. Who were they? A. George Washington, Chester Arthur and James Monroe B. Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Richard M. Nixon C. Zachary Taylor, Ulysses Grant and Warren Harding D. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe E. Harry Truman, Franklin Pierce and John Tyler 8. Which of the following was not one of the thirteen original colonies? A. Georgia B. Virginia C. Vermont D. Massachusetts E. Rhode Island

9. Which of the following European powers did not fight on the side of the colonists in the Revolutionary War? 4. What American president said, “We dare not forget that we are A. Spain B. France C. The Netherlands the heirs of that first revolution”? D. Germany E. They all fought against England A. George Washington B. Abraham Lincoln C. John F. Kennedy D. Franklin Roosevelt E. George Bush 10. Which of the following did not sign the Declaration of Independence? 5. When Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled A. Samuel Adams B. Benjamin Franklin C. John Hancock Banner” in 1814, it immediately became popular with D. Caesar Rodney E. George Washington the public. When was it adopted as our national anthem? A. 1798 B. 1812 C. 1954 D. 1865 E. 1931 Bonus: What do the colors of the U.S. Flag represent?

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5. E - “The Star Spangled Banner” was named our national anthem on March 3, 1931, through an Act of Congress

6. C - In Washington, D.C. in 1848, the laying of the cornerstone of the Washington Monument takes place with the President James Madison, First Lady Dolly Madison and other VIPs in attendance.

7. D - Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth.

8. C - Vermont was not one of the thirteen original colonies. It joined the Union on March 4, 1791.

9. D – Spain, France and the Netherlands all fought against Great Britain in the Revolutionary War. Hessian soldiers from Germany fought with the British.

10. E - Though he led the Continental Army and became the first President of the United States, George Washington did not sign the Declaration of Independence.

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the time they finally reached the Safari of Fun, the boys were headed to David’s favorite attraction, ShieKra, where they experienced the 200-foot 90-degree plunge several times! Meanwhile, Haylee loved seeing all her favorite Sesame Street characters in the “A is for Africa” show, and both girls enjoyed the kid-friendly rides. Air Grover, a junior roller coaster was the favorite, but Zoe-patra & the Hippos of the Nile (a kid-sized water ride), Snuffy’s Elephant Romp, and Elmo’s three-story Treehouse Trek were also great fun. After Mom and Dad traded places so she could enjoy ShieKra, everyone headed to the Zambia Smokehouse where we filled up on delicious barbecue chicken, ribs, macaroni and cheese, and fries.

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The animal attractions at Busch Gardens are truly captivating. Hanna and Dad both loved watching the tigers, one of whom came right up to the glass on the display and entertained us for a long time. The Asian Elephants are also fascinating, and Mom and Dad were surprised to learn that the youngest elephant, Karnaudi, was born at Busch Gardens just eight days after their very first visit to the park, over 22 years ago. The big kids had a great time preparing a meal and feeding it to Darwin the Echidna in the Animal Care Center, and the little kids were thrilled to meet the Siberian Husky, Shivers – one of the stars of the Iceploration show. And when everyone was worn out, we took a relaxing ride on the

Serengeti Railway, which provides a great view of the large, free-roaming herds of zebra, giraffe, antelope, and more. Having obtained their second wind after a restful train ride, the boys decided they needed another roller coaster ride. So they headed to Montu, the inverted, twisting roller coaster that turned out to be Daniel’s favorite attraction of the day! And the little ones enjoyed visiting a few more animal exhibits, especially the cheetahs, lions, and hippos, before it was time to head home.

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What’s New at Busch Gardens Cheetah Hunt & Cheetah Run Experience a new breed of speed, with Florida’s first triple launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt. This new mega-attraction begins at Cheetah Run. Here at this crossroads of cultures, you’ll learn firsthand why the Cheetah has been celebrated for centuries. This ancient realm puts you just inches away from the world’s fastest land animals. Look into their eyes. See them run. It’s a new point-of-view guaranteed to get your heart racing. Next take a seat on Cheetah Hunt and join nature’s fastest and most agile predator

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Animal Attractions Serengeti Plain

This habitat features hundreds of exotic African animals that can be seen from the Serengeti Express Railway, Skyride, Serengeti Safari and various walkways. The 65-acre environment includes expansive berms, the largest of which is four acres; tiered and open landscapes covered with native and African grasses, scrub trees and shrubs; rock outcroppings and bluffs replicating natural formations; and naturalistic creek beds and mud banks.

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Four acres of fun filled with up-close animal interactions, a three story maze of rope bridges and nets for kids to climb, two signature rides and live entertainment. Come face-to-face with orangutans and test your strength in a tug of war with a Bengal tiger. It’s an unforgettable adventure and an extraordinary mix of discovery and fun in the only jungle in the world that plays with you.

Jambo Junction

The former Busch Gardens’ Nairobi Field Station now allows greater interaction between guests and the park’s animal ambassadors. The new area is called Jambo Junction, a name inspired by a Swahili greeting. At Jambo Junction, you can participate in animal feedings, lessons in husbandry and behavior training. Featured animals include Caribbean flamingos, lemurs, cuscuses, sloths and opossums.

Walkabout Way

Discover unique animals indigenous to the Land Down Under at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s new Walkabout Way, an immersive animal attraction opening June 1. Hand feed kangaroos and free-roaming wallabies in Kangaloom during scheduled feedings throughout the day. Laugh along with a kookaburra and other Australian birds in the freeflight aviary, Kookaburra’s Nest. Encounter unique animals up-close, from a tawny frogmouth to Australian parrots.

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Myombe Reserve

Enter the lush forest where gorillas and chimpanzees can be viewed in this naturalistic rainforest habitat. Tour the Great Ape Domain amid waterfalls and through shrouds of mist and fog to get an up-close look at these majestic primates.

Edge of Africa

This habitat offers an intense walking safari where guests can experience hippopotamus, lions, lemurs, meerkats, crocodiles and lappet-faced vultures in natural habitats themed around an abandoned African fishing village.

Soar over to our Bird Gardens area to check out almost 500 tropical birds from around the globe. You can enjoy the Wild Wings of Africa show, see our featherfilled aviary, and experience the powerful presence of bald and golden eagles in Eagle Canyon. After the show you can talk to conservation educators about how to attract birds to your own backyard.

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Using the same encouragement-based training philosophy our animal trainers use throughout our parks, a cast of unlikely characters – including dogs, cats, ducks and doves – comes together to create a side-splitting show with surprise twists that will have the whole family laughing.

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Summer is in full swing and kids will undoubtedly be spending more time outdoors for the next couple of months. This means wearing sunscreen is essential to protecting your child. When selecting an appropriate sunscreen, it is important to understand the differences between the types of ultraviolet radiation: UV-B light and UV-A light. Parents should purchase broad-spectrum products that will protect against both forms of ultraviolet light. UV-B light is the type of ultraviolet light that causes sunburns. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a measure of effectiveness against UV-B rays. In contrast, research over the last few years has suggested that UV-A light is the most likely culprit in the development of skin cancer. It also plays a role in the aging of skin. There is a star rating system that measures a product’s protection against UV-A light.

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July 2012 Events July 1 NATIONAL POSTAL WORKER DAY

July 1-31 MUMMIES OF THE WORLD AT MOSI The highly anticipated Mummies of the World exhibition is now on display at the Museum of Science & Industry. With its astounding collection of 150 specimens and objects, Mummies of the World is the largest exhibition of real human and animal mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. For information visit www.mosi.org.

July 1 AMERICAN ZOO DAY Visiting your local Zoo is a July 1-31 great American tradition. On AMF’S FREE BOWLING FOR KIDS July 1, the Lowry Park Zoo will honor guests with additional fun-filled family activities inspired by our mission “to connect people with the planet.” Families can play the scavenger hunt challenge for a chance to win great prizes and much more! For information visit www.LowryParkZoo.com.

July 1 HELIOS JAZZ ORCHESTRA PERFORMS LICENSE TO THRILL. 3 P.M. The 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra plays music from your favorite spy films and TV shows, such as James Bond, Mission Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Prisoner, Get Smart, Austin Powers and others. Palladium Theater, downtown St. Petersburg. $15. For more Information please call 727-341-7984 or visit www.spcollege.edu/spg/music. July 1 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS DETROIT TIGERS AT TROPICANA FIELD July 1-7 RED, WHITE & ZOO WEEK AT THE LOWRY PARK ZOO In honor of Independence Day, members of the military and up to three direct dependents are invited to visit Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for free on July 1-7. Free admission applies to active duty military, reservists or members of the Guard with a valid military I.D. and up to three direct dependents. Military member must accompany dependents. Free tickets must be the lesser value if more than three dependents in attendance.

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AMF’s Summer Unplugged is back! Register your kids, 15 and younger, in the program and you’ll be able to print free bowling vouchers for two games per day, all summer long. Set your summer free and spend it with family and friends at your local AMF Bowling Center. For information visit www.freebowling.amf.com. July 1-31 MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS SPOTLIGHTS STUDIO AND CONTEMPORARY ART GLASS IN MAJOR SUMMER EXHIBITION MFA’s summer exhibition Studio and Contemporary Glass on Florida’s West Coast features more than 100 works from approximately 17 collections, including the Museum’s own amazing collection. This spectacular exhibition runs through the entire summer. For information visit www.fine-arts.org. July 1-31 SPIES, TRAITORS, AND SABOTEURS EXHIBIT AT THE TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism, Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America provides unprecedented perspective into terror on American soil. The exhibition uncovers the forgotten stories of domestic terrorists and foreign agents, militant radicals, www.gulfcoastfamily.org


and saboteurs who have threatened America’s sense of security over the past 200 years. For information visit www.tampabayhistorycenter.org. July 1-31 SUMMER NIGHTS AT BUSCH GARDENS Stay for an explosive encore as Busch Gardens lights up the sky every night this summer! At Summer Nights, Cheetah Hunt after dark gives the graceful predator a new twist, and Kinetix returns for a rock-fueled blast of music and acrobatics every night on the Gwazi Park stage. There will be a special extended fireworks finale on July 2, 3 & 4. July 2, 3, 4 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS NEW YORK YANKEES AT TROPICANA FIELD July 3 $2 TARGET TUESDAYS AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM All admissions to the museum will be only $2, courtesy of Target. For information visit www.glazermuseum.org.

July 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY July 4-7 THE MAHAFFEY THEATER HOSTS THE 2012 MISS FLORIDA PAGEANT The Miss Florida pageant is a part of the Miss America Organization (a not-for-profit organization) that provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of unique nationwide community based programs. Come cheer on the girls in this year’s pageant. For information visit www.themahaffey.com. July 6 NATIONAL FRIED CHICKEN DAY July 7 BREAKFAST WITH DALI Bring the family to the Dali Museum for a wonderful breakfast buffet, hands-on family activities, and a museum tour. One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. For more information visit www.thedali.org.

July 7 KIDS WORKSHOP AT HOME DEPOT The first Saturday of every month Home Depot offers a free Kids Workshop. If it’s your child’s first time at a Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, they will receive a free orange Home Depot apron to wear, keep and bring back each time they attend. Upon completing the project, they will receive an achievement pin to add to their apron and a certificate of completion. For information visit www.homedepot.com.

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July 13, 14, 15 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS BOSTON RED SOX AT TROPICANA FIELD

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July 13 COW APPRECIATION DAY AT CHICK-FIL-A Holy Cow! It’s time to break out your cow-spotted apparel and leave your wallet out to pasture. Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will celebrate Cow Appreciation Day by offering a FREE meal to any customer who visits one of the restaurants fully dressed as a cow. For those “too chicken” to wear full cow costumes, Chick-fil-A will award a complimentary entrée to customers partially dressed in cow attire. Check out CowAppreciationDay.com to find cow costume ideas! Photo contest for cow-dressed customers is on www.facebook.com/ChickfilA.

July 14 KIC BIRTHDAY BASH AT MOSI Celebrate the 7th Birthday of MOSI’s Kids In Charge with mummy themed activities and games! There will be a birthday cake so bring your sweet tooth! While you’re here, be sure to check out MOSI’s new Zip Line! • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

July 13 ST. PETE BLUES ALLSTARS A rockin’ night of music that features seven of St. Petersburg’s best blues musicians. The Allstars will perform Chicago blues, jump blues, and more. Palladium

July 15 NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY

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July 15 BLUE BELL ICE CREAM CELEBRATION AT MOSI Sample cool treats from BlueBell Ice Cream in honor of National Ice Cream Day. Watch to see who wins the ice cream eating competition! • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

July 21-22 16TH ANNUAL TROPICAL FRUIT TASTING AT JENE’S TROPICALS Tantalize your tastebuds with fresh tropical fruit from around the world! The fruit you’ll get to sample includes: Jakfruit, Canistel, Mamey Sapote, Longan and Lychee Nut, Durian, Velvet July 16, 17, 18, 19 Apple, Red Mexican Papayas, Spanish Lime, Ruby Guavas, TAMPA BAY RAYS VS CLEVELAND INDIANS AT a variety Mangoes, Manzana and Red Jamacian Bananas. TROPICANA FIELD Enjoy a taste of the tropics with exotic fruit-infused gourmet July 20 dishes and desserts. Hundreds of trees, vines, and bushes MOON DAY (FIRST LANDING ON THE MOON) for sale. Some fruit available for purchase. Raffle for 6’ July 20 mango tree. Event is FREE! Check the pages of Gulf Coast DARK KNIGHT RISES OPENS AT MOSI IMAX THEATER Family Newspaper for a coupon to use on your visit to Jene’s Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist Tropicals. leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police • 727-344-1668 • www.tropicalfruit.com • 6831 Central force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to Avenue, St. Petersburg

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July 21-22 COOL ART SHOW BREEZES INTO ST. PETERSBURG Get out of the heat at the 24 Annual Cool Art Show July 21-22, 2012 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum located at 535 4th Avenue North. Admission and parking are free, and the Coliseum’s food and beverage concessions will be open to the public. The Cool Art Show arrives in the midst of summer, oblivious to heat and storms. Approximately 80 outstanding artisans have been selected to exhibit a remarkable collection of visual and functional creations. For more information visit www.pava-artists.org or call 727-892-5202. July 22 NATIONAL PARENTS’ DAY July 22 LOWRY PARK ZOO $5 DAY ON NATIONAL “PARENT’S DAY” Visit your favorite animals at the Zoo and learn about endangered wildlife for just $5 admission per person. Free extra parking is available on $5 day only next to the Tampa Greyhound Track. Free shuttles will run continuously from that lot to the Zoo from 9 a.m.6 p.m. Please note: due to this special discount, Zoo rides are not included with admission on $5 Day. July 22 MARLY MUSIC CHAMBER SERIES: MARIA BACHMANN AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Listening to music in the Marly Room has been a tradition since 1975 and is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Before the concert and during intermission, you may want to browse through the Museum’s permanent collection in the original building or visit the Museum Store, Brunch at the MFA Café opens at 11 a.m. For information visit www.fine-arts.org. July 26 SUMMER JAZZ ON THE BEACH Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps will play from 7 to 9:30 P.M. at the Bilmar Beach Resort, Treasure Island Admission is only $7. For more Information call 727-522-6877. July 27 OPENING CEREMONY OF THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES

July 27 ST. JOSEPH’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL 2012 CHRISTMAS IN JULY DONATION DRIVE St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital treats thousands of Tampa Bay’s children every year. Whether they arrive by ambulance, are recovering from open-heart surgery, or undergoing cancer treatment, they receive the finest medical treatment, emotional support and loving care available. To help comfort and distract hospitalized kids, we are collecting new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations during our “Christmas in July” drive. Your gifts will provide entertainment, encouragement, and a monentary escape from illness for children throughout the year. For information visit www.sjbhealth.org.

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July 28 NATIONAL DANCE DAY July 28 SUPER WHY LIVE: YOU’VE GOT THE POWER AT THE STRAZ CENTER When they’re not busy being superheroes, the four friends live in Storybrook Village, an enchanted town hidden deep behind the bookshelves of the library. When Super Why and his friends leap into a book, an amazing two dimensional pop-up world comes to life complete with a multitude of illustrative styles – from cut-out collages and water-color painted designs to pen and ink etchings.

SUPER WHY! is produced by Out of the Blue and has a fresh, groundbreaking multimedia aesthetic – with a winning combination of two- and three-dimensional animation formats, adorable characters and immersive environments. For ticket information visit www.strazcenter.org. July 29 SUNSHINE SUNDAY AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Come and explore the museum with lights and sounds turned down, special programming and resources for children and families with special needs. Museum members are free and non-members pay

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Workout Burn Out? 3 Ways to Keep Pushing On One day you’re running like the wind with an “I’m - so - fit - no - one - is - stopping - me” attitude and two days later — exercising seems like the worst idea on the planet. Welcome to burn out. Yes, it’s common. No, it’s not the end of the world. And yes, you can push through it. Workout burn out can happen to you at any age, and any point in your fitness journey, especially when you’ve been on a “ramped up” workout schedule for days straight. It’s inevitable. The same concept applies if you eat a turkey sandwich every day for a month – you’re eventually going to get tired of it. So, when you’ve reached burn out status, try these three ways to get your workout mojo back.

many benefits to sleep, it repairs the body and refreshes the mind. Take the time to read that book you’ve been wanting to dive into for months or take a leisurely bike ride around the neighborhood. Remember, rest is just as important as staying active!

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Fitness is a good thing, but sometimes you need a break. It may be difficult, but think of your hiatus as a relaxing vacation. Use your normally scheduled workout time to try something new that you’ve always wanted to do and have fun! During this time, send your worries packing. If you eat a cookie or two, don’t sweat it.

3. If you must workout, keep it light

If you’re a true gym rat and just can’t resist getting your fit on, relieve your stress by taking a yoga class to refresh your mind, walking on the beach or going for a light swim. Afterwards, try to keep your schedule light and enjoy some “me” time. Swing by your favorite spot and grab a snack or sit and reflect at the park.

After your workout vacation, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to pick up your gym routine right where you left off. If you’re still struggling to get back in the groove – switch up your routine and try a class like cycling or kickboxing for a month. It will present a new challenge and give you a reason to keep pushing on to meet your fitness goals. Check out your gym’s fitness class schedule and try something new this week. You can do it!

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CANINE NUTRITION: What’s Really In My Dog’s Food? food) and/or euthanized animals as pet food ingredients. 1

Hi! I’m Tammy Vasquez (co-owner with my husband Mike) of Bark Life Pet Health Food Store & More. My family has worked in the pet industry for over 40 years, and I have been involved for over 20 – as a groomer and natural pet foods provider. For 10 years, I have been sharing truths about the industry with my clients. Please allow me to share some important information with you: Most “Big Box” stores would like you to think that all pet foods are alike; but this could not be further from the truth! The AAFCO does not allow for any reference to grade or quality of ingredients on pet food labels! That’s why, at first glance, they all appear similar. Regulations require them to look similar! Further, because most labels make the same claims (healthy, choice, premium, etc.), it might not seem sensible to pay $50 a bag for dog or cat food when you can purchase it for $0.34 cents a pound at a Big Box store. Here’s why it matters: 1 2

FDA Compliance Policy CPG 690.500 allows 4D animals (dead, dying, disabled, or diseased) to be processed as pet food ingredients. 2

Although it seems that all food (including pet food) should be protected by federal food safety law, you need to know that the FDA has provided the pet food industry with special provisions (known officially as Compliance Policies) – in order to avoid prosecution, should a pet food not abide by federal law. This is why you need to know where your pet’s food is sourced from. FDA Compliance Policy CPG Sec. 675.400 allows pet food to contain diseased animals (rejected for use in human

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FDA Compliance Policy CPG Sec. 675.100 allows rodent-, roach-, or birdexcreta-infested ingredients to be processed as pet food ingredients. 3 FDA Compliance Policy CPG Sec. 690.300 states that “Pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, which is in violation of 402(a) (5), will not ordinarily be actionable, if it is not otherwise in violation of the law. It will be considered fit for animal consumption.” 4

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When I asked my grandfather the secret to his 52 years of marriage, he replied, “We never go to sleep angry.” “That’s a great philosophy,” I noted. “Yes. And the longest we’ve been awake so far is five days.” The sign by the minister’s parking spot at our church cleverly kept parishioners moving:

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It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powel, with Tony Koltz

In his new book It Worked for Me, Colin Powell combines the insights he has gained serving in the top ranks of the military and in four presidential administrations with the lessons he’s learned from his immigrant-family upbringing in the Bronx, his training in the ROTC, and his growth as an Army officer. The result is a powerful portrait of a leader who is reflective, self-effacing, and grateful for the contributions of everyone he works with. Colin Powell’s It Worked for Me is bound to inspire, move, and surprise readers. Thoughtful and revealing, it is a brilliant and original blueprint for leadership.

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In Ice Age: Continental Drift, which opens July 13th, our favourite prehistoric pals, Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the sabre-tooth tiger, and Sid the sloth are back for another epic, ice-fuelled adventure. Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences – a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home. This movie is sure to be a hit with the entire family.

Following her highly successful album, The Lost Get Found, Britt Nicole’s new release is another sure hit. The first single on the new album, “All This Time,” is Britt’s salvation story in song form and is already making a big splash on radio. Britt says of the single, “It is a reminder that whatever we face in life, we don’t have to face it alone because Jesus promised to never leave us or forsake us.” Britt Nicole burst onto the Christian music scene with her debut release Say It four years ago; and since then she has consistently been at the top of the Christian Album Charts.

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This section is for all you tech savvy readers with smart phones. Each month Gulf Coast Family will spotlight three new apps we found helpful, amusing, or entertaining. Whether you’re looking to load up a new smart phone or simply expand your collection, here’s our three favorite apps for July.

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Public Law 103-362 10 Watermelon Facts was unanimously passed in 1994 by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton to create a national observance for parents. Parents’ Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July and is focused on increasing awareness of parental responsibilities. It is an occasion to make a statement about what is important in our society. It is a chance to create a positive tradition based on a core axiom – that the role of parents is crucial in the nurturing and development of children, and thus requires investment, focus, and commitment.

1. Florida is the nation’s leading producer of watermelon 2. Watermelon production in the U.S. in 2011 totaled 4.0 billion pounds 3. Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae 4. Watermelon is 92% water 5. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens 6. The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1776 contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles 7. The largest watermelon on record weighed in at 268.8 pounds 8. Watermelon is usually ready to harvest in about 90 days 9. Women tend to eat more watermelon than men 10. Watermelon tastes best on July 4th

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Happy B-day NASA On July 29, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower signed his name to the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, more commonly known as NASA. Over the past 54 years the agency has had some very monumental scientific achievements which cannot be overlooked. It has given us dust busters, cochlear implants, ultrasonically welded swimsuits, Tang, and freeze-dried food - not to mention, it has taken man to the moon, given us the Hubble Telescope, helped build the International Space Station, and created the amazing shuttle program.

Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. But did you know that the Fourth of July was not declared a legal holiday until 1941, just 71 years ago. Today, the fourth is a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks and a reason to fly the American Flag with pride and honor.

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On July 2, 1962, Sam Walton opened the first Walmart Discount City store located in Rogers, Arkansas. Today, Walmart is one of the world’s largest corporations operating 10,185 stores in 27 countries, employing 2.2 million associates and serving more than 176 million customers a year. In his autobiography, Sam Walton said that his secret for success was to “give the customers what they want!”

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Patorent Parent

Over Memorial Day weekend, I went out of town, without my husband and kids, for my cousin’s wedding. When I got home, my now five-year-old daughter, Haylee, had some very solemn news to tell me: “Mommy, I was watching a movie, and I ‘sawed’ a light go up in the air (raising her finger over her head), and then it ‘banged’ (spreading her arms wide), and it was a FIREWORK!” “We’re you scared?” I responded (already knowing the answer). “Yes, I don’t like fireworks,” she answered (close to tears and shaking her head very violently). Now this is a child who, aside from being shy in public (but not at all shy at home), is not afraid of anything (except fireworks, obviously). She’s the one who broke her leg when she was barely two years old because she was jumping off of the top of a toy

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kitchen. Before she learned how to swim, she would put her face in the water without any hesitation. And although she’s fallen off at least half a dozen times (with bruises, cuts, and bloody noses to show for it), monkey bars are still her favorite piece of playground equipment. But despite all that, when our neighbors started setting off fireworks in their backyard, they scared my little trooper half to death. After further discussion, I learned that eight-year-old Hanna LOVED the fireworks show. She and my husband sat out on the balcony, cheering and clapping after each blast, while poor Haylee was covering her ears and hiding her face. Now, several weeks later, whenever Hanna talks about it, she still claps her hands and jumps up and down in excitement.

of her brothers love them too, although they would much rather set them off than watch someone else do so. We’ll have to work on the answer to that question. Maybe we’ll split up and let Haylee stay home, although that won’t help much if our neighbors set off their own fireworks again. Or maybe we’ll just make her tough it out if we drag her (kicking and screaming, I’m sure) to a fireworks show. But regardless of what we decide, I want to take this opportunity to wish each of you a Happy 4th of July. I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating our great country with your families. Until next time,

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Kids Should Be Taught Discerning Music Taste with Jim Daly and Dr. Juli Slattery Q: My daughter listens to a lot of music, but we’re constantly fighting over what’s appropriate. I recently told her she can’t download songs tagged as “explicit” or buy CDs with a parental advisory logo. Is this an acceptable compromise? Jim: We’ve come a long way from the days when Elvis’ gyrating hips were a scandal. Unfortunately, relying on the “parental advisory” logo or downloading only “clean,” edited versions of songs is not a sufficient approach to shielding your daughter from offensive material. Why? Because the criteria for editing music is completely arbitrary and voluntary on the part of the artists and record labels. There’s no way of knowing whether an “edited” album will truly be sanitized to your standards. Bob Waliszewski, director of Focus on the Family’s Plugged In website, provides a stark example of this in his book, “Plugged In Parenting.”

Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two.

“It’s not uncommon for ‘censors’ to preserve a deeply objectionable theme while excluding something relatively minor,” he says. “Here’s an example from the ‘clean’ version of rapper DMX’s album ‘It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot’: ‘I’m coming in the house and I’m gunnin’ for your spouse/ Trying to send the (bleep) back to her maker/And if you got a daughter older than 15, I’ma (gonna) rape her.’” Bob notes that the word “b----” was bleeped, while the references to guns and child rape remained. He mentions another song in which the word “marijuana” is bleeped but “acid” is not. Again, there’s no consistency to how songs are edited, and even if certain words or phrases get axed, the harmful themes remain. Rather than relying on record companies to haphazardly bleep swear words, a more comprehensive approach would be to help your daughter learn to discern for herself which songs are worthy of her money and attention. For more on media discernment, start with our website at www.pluggedin. com, or track down a copy of Bob’s book. Q: I’m struggling with knowing if a guy is a “good guy” or not. My family says I’m too picky when it comes to dating. Can you tell me the qualities I should be looking for in a man?

“As you look for ‘husband material,’ remember to also work toward becoming a potential wife”

Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, co-host of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three.

Juli: There are two sides to this question. Marriage is a lifelong commitment, and you should consider very carefully the man you want to share your life with. On the other hand, many young men and women never commit to marriage because they are looking for the perfect “soul mate.” If you believe you’ve found the perfect guy, look again, because he doesn’t exist. The question you asked about what “qualities” to look for is right on. There are some qualities that are essential to building a strong marriage. Here’s my list: • A teachable spirit. You want to marry a man who is willing to grow. How does he respond to feedback? Is he defensive or does he want to learn? Is he honest about his struggles? • A shared faith. There are many things in marriage that can be solved by compromise. Faith is not one of them. Your faith and beliefs define how you

view morality, children, forgiveness and the purpose of life. • Integrity. Marriage is built on trust. You only want to marry a man who is trustworthy and who understands the value of honesty and keeping his word. • Kindness. Marriage is the most vulnerable relationship in the world. In the crucible of sharing life together, you want a man who cares about protecting and guarding your feelings. As a young man, he may not always be perfectly sensitive, but does he display a kind heart to you and to others? As you look for “husband material,” remember to also work toward becoming a potential wife. Cultivate your own teachable spirit, grow in your faith, and become a woman of integrity and kindness! Copyright 2012 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. This feature was reproduced with the permission of Focus on the Family. To submit future questions to Jim and Julie, visit FocusOnTheFamily.com

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July Family of the Month

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Though they have lived in Seminole most of their lives, it was the cutting of a ribbon that led to the tying of a knot! When Tammy opened a new business, it was Mike, as president of the Seminole Chamber, who cut the ribbon on opening day. That’s how they met; but it was 3 years later when their paths crossed again and shortly afterward “tied the knot.” We are pleased to introduce the Vasquez family: our Family of the Month.

Soon after meeting Tammy again, Mike left his 20-year involvement in the corporate world to join Tammy in her love and care of animals. Together, they expanded Tammy’s mobile grooming service to include a store front as well as the mobile unit. A new name reflects the changes, and “Bark Life Pet Health Food Store and Grooming” was born. A short time later, Mike and

Tammy were married and, together with Mike’s son, became one happy family of three. Now, Tammy runs the store with the help of 4 groomers, and Mike runs the mobile unit. Even their son, Mikey (15) helps out with bathing of the animals. They have 3 dogs at home – Woody, a schnauzer; Tini, a wiener dog; and Cody, “our big goofy dog!” Tammy laughs. “They are truly our 4-legged kids!” The entire family enjoys working with other people’s pets too. “They may be wiggly and yippy, but they love us as much as we love them!” The Vasquezes enjoy every aspect of their work. “It is our desire to bring education and natural healthy food and treats to our area. We know people love their pets and want to give them the best; they just need access to it.” This happy family has truly been blessed. And all 3 express thankfulness for family, friends, home, church, work, and “the grace of God and new beginnings through Him – available for everyone.”

Meet The Kids Mikey will be a sophomore at Osceola Fundamental High School this coming year. He enters this second year with an excellent GPA – almost all A’s! One of his favorite things to do is to play the drums, marching in the drum line in the marching band at school. He enjoys some sports, too – particularly water sports such as longboarding and skim boarding with friends. He also holds a Black Belt in Karate. Mikey demonstrates a very thankful spirit. He helps out at the family business and is very active in his church youth ministry at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. Between work, school, family, friends, and church, he keeps very busy! At 15, he now has his driving permit. “It’s exciting!” said Tammy, who loves being his mom. “Mikey is a great kid.”

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“I want my ‘Forever Family’ to know that I’m funny and caring!” Date of Birth: December 15, 1997 Food-wise: Joey loves lasagna the best. Like many kids his age, he’s not crazy about broccoli or spinach. Television and movies: The TV shows he likes watching the most are NCIS and South Park. The Smurfs and Moneyball top his movie list. Other favorites: Color-wise, neon green is his choice; sharks are his favorite animal; gym is the class he enjoys most; and Eminem tops his list of Photo By: David Debalko Photography singers. What he wants most in a family: Joey would like to have young, active parents, and possibly one or more brothers. He also would like to live in Pennsylvania where he currently resides. In his spare time: He has fun playing basketball and video games. When he grows up: Joey would like to design video games for a living. Personality: Joey is described as “polite, kind-hearted, and fun-loving. He wants to be loved and accepted.”

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Julie and Mike had been married for twenty-four years when she sent me the email for my book, 52 Ways to Wow Your Husband: Put a Smile on His Face. She described her most creative wow date for her guy, a real ride down memory lane: When I met my husband, he was a “wild at heart” twenty-four-year old whose primary source of transportation was a very fast motorcycle! Shortly after children arrived on the scene, we sold the bike and bought a used mini-truck, which was much more suited to carrying bicycles, golden retrievers, and other “kid stuff.” It must have been hard for him, but he never

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Fourth of July Beach Party The Fourth of July is not only an ideal time for families to celebrate our nation's freedom, but it also provides a great opportunity for families to have fun in the hot summer weather. A Fourth of July beach party is a fun idea that your family and friends will love, especially since we have so many great beaches right here in Pinellas County.

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Even if you don't want to visit the beach, you can still decorate your backyard with beach accessories and create a beach ambience. You can decorate the table with centerpieces of sea shells and sand, provide a big sandbox for younger guests to play in, and add the element of water in the form of several wading pools, one large pool, squirt guns or a sprinkler. To have a truly exciting July fourth party, you will need to have some outdoor recreation lined up; and nothing is better than some good old fashioned games to liven up the party. Here are some great games for you to play at any summertime party: Volleyball – This game is great for groups because it is simple to play, yet it requires teamwork to do well.

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• Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned • Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby in case of a malfunction or fire

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PROTECT YOUR FAMILY as you celebrate the Fourth of July It is no secret that everyone associates fireworks with Independence Day celebrations. It is so easy to become enamored with the sights and sounds and consequently to be tempted to stop at one of the many roadside stands and buy a few to recreate your own show; however, it is important to remember that fireworks can be extremely dangerous causing serious burns and significant personal injuries. Each year over 8,000 people are injured using consumer fireworks. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, can reach temperatures of more than 1,000° F!

You can prevent firework-related injuries. I suggest that you leave the fireworks to the professionals and do not use consumer fireworks; however, if you choose to use consumer fireworks please follow the following fireworks safety tips: • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks • Read and follow all warnings and instructions • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves and other flammable materials

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Legal or not, fireworks are too risky for amateurs! The non-profit group National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges everyone to treat fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers, as suitable only for use by trained professionals. According to the NFPA, amateur fireworks use endangers not only the users but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures. The NFPA goes on to remind us that “pyrotechnic devices ranging from sparklers to aerial rockets cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year.”

Division Manager of Fire Analysis and Research. “When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast, far faster than any fire protection provisions can reliably respond.” “Fireworks are dangerous and unpredictable, especially in the hands of amateurs,” says Judy Comoletti, NFPA’s Division Manager of Public Education. “The few seconds of pleasure those fireworks may bring are not worth the risk of injury, permanent scarring, or even death.” We hope you will protect your family this summer and Fourth of July holiday by leaving fireworks to the professionals.

Some experts are even more resolute in their analysis. “Safe and sane fireworks don’t exist,” says Dr. John Hall, NFPA’s DISCLAIMER - Nothing in this informational public service article should be construed as giving legal advice and should not be acted upon without first consulting an attorney. Also, this article should not be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship.

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Independence Day Quiz On July Fourth we typically celebrate by spending time with loved ones, eating hamburgers and watermelon, and watching fireworks light up the night sky. This year, before you and your family head out, test your family’s knowledge of our Country with our Independence Day Quiz.

1. Who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence? A. George Washington B. Patrick Henry C. John Hancock D. Thomas Jefferson E. John Adams 2. Which of our Founding Fathers created the blueprint for our Fourth of July celebrations by suggesting that the day be celebrated with “bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other” by succeeding generations of Americans? A. George Washington B. John Adams C. Thomas Jefferson D. John Hancock E. Benjamin Franklin 3. About how many people were living in the colonies in July 1776? A. 1.5 million B. 2.5 million C. 5.5 million D. 12 million E. 15 million

6. What notable event occurred on July 4, 1848? A. Boston’s First Fireworks Display B. The State of New York Emancipates its slaves C. Construction begins on the Washington Monument D. Centennial celebrations are held in the United States E. The first public Fourth of July reception at the White House 7. Only one president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on the Fourth of July. Three presidents died on that date. Who were they? A. George Washington, Chester Arthur and James Monroe B. Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Richard M. Nixon C. Zachary Taylor, Ulysses Grant and Warren Harding D. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe E. Harry Truman, Franklin Pierce and John Tyler 8. Which of the following was not one of the thirteen original colonies? A. Georgia B. Virginia C. Vermont D. Massachusetts E. Rhode Island

9. Which of the following European powers did not fight on the side of the colonists in the Revolutionary War? 4. What American president said, “We dare not forget that we are A. Spain B. France C. The Netherlands the heirs of that first revolution”? D. Germany E. They all fought against England A. George Washington B. Abraham Lincoln C. John F. Kennedy D. Franklin Roosevelt E. George Bush 10. Which of the following did not sign the Declaration of Independence? 5. When Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled A. Samuel Adams B. Benjamin Franklin C. John Hancock Banner” in 1814, it immediately became popular with D. Caesar Rodney E. George Washington the public. When was it adopted as our national anthem? A. 1798 B. 1812 C. 1954 D. 1865 E. 1931 Bonus: What do the colors of the U.S. Flag represent?

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7. D - Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth.

8. C - Vermont was not one of the thirteen original colonies. It joined the Union on March 4, 1791.

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the time they finally reached the Safari of Fun, the boys were headed to David’s favorite attraction, ShieKra, where they experienced the 200-foot 90-degree plunge several times! Meanwhile, Haylee loved seeing all her favorite Sesame Street characters in the “A is for Africa” show, and both girls enjoyed the kid-friendly rides. Air Grover, a junior roller coaster was the favorite, but Zoe-patra & the Hippos of the Nile (a kid-sized water ride), Snuffy’s Elephant Romp, and Elmo’s three-story Treehouse Trek were also great fun. After Mom and Dad traded places so she could enjoy ShieKra, everyone headed to the Zambia Smokehouse where we filled up on delicious barbecue chicken, ribs, macaroni and cheese, and fries.

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What’s New at Busch Gardens Cheetah Hunt & Cheetah Run Experience a new breed of speed, with Florida’s first triple launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt. This new mega-attraction begins at Cheetah Run. Here at this crossroads of cultures, you’ll learn firsthand why the Cheetah has been celebrated for centuries. This ancient realm puts you just inches away from the world’s fastest land animals. Look into their eyes. See them run. It’s a new point-of-view guaranteed to get your heart racing. Next take a seat on Cheetah Hunt and join nature’s fastest and most agile predator

as it races across the Serengeti. This one-of-a-kind launch coaster climbs high above the African landscape, then race down along the ground and through a rocky gorge. With another burst of acceleration, you’ll leap over awestruck bystanders and head for home. It’s a 4,429’ sprint that will take your breath away.

Animal Care Center

Busch Gardens welcomes guests to closely observe and even take part in the animal care experience in the new Animal Care Center. From nutrition to treatments, X-rays to surgeries, much of Busch Gardens’ animal care is now conducted in guest view in this new state-of-the-art facility.

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Rides Iceploration

This February, Busch Gardens debuted its biggest ice show ever. Iceploration combines world-class skaters, larger-than-life puppets, amazing costumes, original music and even animal stars to tell the story of tech-savvy pre-teen Austin and his grandfather – and oldworld adventurer – who encourages him to put down the smartphone and “explore the world.”

SheiKra

North America’s first dive coaster sends riders through a breathtaking three-minute journey 200 feet up, then 90 degrees straight down — and that’s just the beginning. “Floorless” cars give riders an unobstructed view of the 70 mph rush, and SheiKra was the first dive coaster to incorporate an Immelmann loop (a simultaneous loop and roll), a second, 138-foot vertical drop into an underground tunnel and a water feature finale, all packed into a half-mile of steel track.

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After the blood-curdling thrill of an initial 135 foot drop, you will plunge from 110 feet into a diving loop, feel a full 3 seconds of absolute weightlessness while spiraling 360 degrees, and tear through one of the world’s largest vertical loops.

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Feel the ultimate rush on one of the tallest and longest inverted roller coasters in the world! Experience the thrill of an inverse diving loop and a 60-foot vertical loop while you endure speeds of more than 60 miles per hour and a G-force of 3.85.

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Launch out of a 35-foot mountain crater up above a towering waterfall for a thrilling view of Jungala’s village below.

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Animal Attractions Serengeti Plain

This habitat features hundreds of exotic African animals that can be seen from the Serengeti Express Railway, Skyride, Serengeti Safari and various walkways. The 65-acre environment includes expansive berms, the largest of which is four acres; tiered and open landscapes covered with native and African grasses, scrub trees and shrubs; rock outcroppings and bluffs replicating natural formations; and naturalistic creek beds and mud banks.

Jungala

Four acres of fun filled with up-close animal interactions, a three story maze of rope bridges and nets for kids to climb, two signature rides and live entertainment. Come face-to-face with orangutans and test your strength in a tug of war with a Bengal tiger. It’s an unforgettable adventure and an extraordinary mix of discovery and fun in the only jungle in the world that plays with you.

Jambo Junction

The former Busch Gardens’ Nairobi Field Station now allows greater interaction between guests and the park’s animal ambassadors. The new area is called Jambo Junction, a name inspired by a Swahili greeting. At Jambo Junction, you can participate in animal feedings, lessons in husbandry and behavior training. Featured animals include Caribbean flamingos, lemurs, cuscuses, sloths and opossums.

Walkabout Way

Discover unique animals indigenous to the Land Down Under at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s new Walkabout Way, an immersive animal attraction opening June 1. Hand feed kangaroos and free-roaming wallabies in Kangaloom during scheduled feedings throughout the day. Laugh along with a kookaburra and other Australian birds in the freeflight aviary, Kookaburra’s Nest. Encounter unique animals up-close, from a tawny frogmouth to Australian parrots.

Bird Gardens

Myombe Reserve

Enter the lush forest where gorillas and chimpanzees can be viewed in this naturalistic rainforest habitat. Tour the Great Ape Domain amid waterfalls and through shrouds of mist and fog to get an up-close look at these majestic primates.

Edge of Africa

This habitat offers an intense walking safari where guests can experience hippopotamus, lions, lemurs, meerkats, crocodiles and lappet-faced vultures in natural habitats themed around an abandoned African fishing village.

Soar over to our Bird Gardens area to check out almost 500 tropical birds from around the globe. You can enjoy the Wild Wings of Africa show, see our featherfilled aviary, and experience the powerful presence of bald and golden eagles in Eagle Canyon. After the show you can talk to conservation educators about how to attract birds to your own backyard.

Lory Landing

The domed habitat showcases a variety of brilliantly colored birds including several species of parrots, including lorikeets, as well as hornbills and pheasants in both free flight and observational environments.

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Lights, Camera, Imagination! Elmo, Cookie Mon- Sesame Street Safari of Fun A family-friendster, Big Bird and other lovable Sesame Street characters try to save the Sesame Street Film Festival. Their adventures are brought to life with zany 4-D gags and special effects like wind, water and jump-out-of-your-seat surprises. Showing daily in Timbuktu’s 4-D Theater.

Critter Castaways

Using the same encouragement-based training philosophy our animal trainers use throughout our parks, a cast of unlikely characters – including dogs, cats, ducks and doves – comes together to create a side-splitting show with surprise twists that will have the whole family laughing.

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Kinetix

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July 2012 Events July 1 NATIONAL POSTAL WORKER DAY

July 1-31 MUMMIES OF THE WORLD AT MOSI The highly anticipated Mummies of the World exhibition is now on display at the Museum of Science & Industry. With its astounding collection of 150 specimens and objects, Mummies of the World is the largest exhibition of real human and animal mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. For information visit www.mosi.org.

July 1 AMERICAN ZOO DAY Visiting your local Zoo is a July 1-31 great American tradition. On AMF’S FREE BOWLING FOR KIDS July 1, the Lowry Park Zoo will honor guests with additional fun-filled family activities inspired by our mission “to connect people with the planet.” Families can play the scavenger hunt challenge for a chance to win great prizes and much more! For information visit www.LowryParkZoo.com.

July 1 HELIOS JAZZ ORCHESTRA PERFORMS LICENSE TO THRILL. 3 P.M. The 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra plays music from your favorite spy films and TV shows, such as James Bond, Mission Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Prisoner, Get Smart, Austin Powers and others. Palladium Theater, downtown St. Petersburg. $15. For more Information please call 727-341-7984 or visit www.spcollege.edu/spg/music. July 1 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS DETROIT TIGERS AT TROPICANA FIELD July 1-7 RED, WHITE & ZOO WEEK AT THE LOWRY PARK ZOO In honor of Independence Day, members of the military and up to three direct dependents are invited to visit Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for free on July 1-7. Free admission applies to active duty military, reservists or members of the Guard with a valid military I.D. and up to three direct dependents. Military member must accompany dependents. Free tickets must be the lesser value if more than three dependents in attendance.

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AMF’s Summer Unplugged is back! Register your kids, 15 and younger, in the program and you’ll be able to print free bowling vouchers for two games per day, all summer long. Set your summer free and spend it with family and friends at your local AMF Bowling Center. For information visit www.freebowling.amf.com. July 1-31 MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS SPOTLIGHTS STUDIO AND CONTEMPORARY ART GLASS IN MAJOR SUMMER EXHIBITION MFA’s summer exhibition Studio and Contemporary Glass on Florida’s West Coast features more than 100 works from approximately 17 collections, including the Museum’s own amazing collection. This spectacular exhibition runs through the entire summer. For information visit www.fine-arts.org. July 1-31 SPIES, TRAITORS, AND SABOTEURS EXHIBIT AT THE TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism, Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America provides unprecedented perspective into terror on American soil. The exhibition uncovers the forgotten stories of domestic terrorists and foreign agents, militant radicals, www.gulfcoastfamily.org


and saboteurs who have threatened America’s sense of security over the past 200 years. For information visit www.tampabayhistorycenter.org. July 1-31 SUMMER NIGHTS AT BUSCH GARDENS Stay for an explosive encore as Busch Gardens lights up the sky every night this summer! At Summer Nights, Cheetah Hunt after dark gives the graceful predator a new twist, and Kinetix returns for a rock-fueled blast of music and acrobatics every night on the Gwazi Park stage. There will be a special extended fireworks finale on July 2, 3 & 4. July 2, 3, 4 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS NEW YORK YANKEES AT TROPICANA FIELD July 3 $2 TARGET TUESDAYS AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM All admissions to the museum will be only $2, courtesy of Target. For information visit www.glazermuseum.org.

July 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY July 4-7 THE MAHAFFEY THEATER HOSTS THE 2012 MISS FLORIDA PAGEANT The Miss Florida pageant is a part of the Miss America Organization (a not-for-profit organization) that provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of unique nationwide community based programs. Come cheer on the girls in this year’s pageant. For information visit www.themahaffey.com. July 6 NATIONAL FRIED CHICKEN DAY July 7 BREAKFAST WITH DALI Bring the family to the Dali Museum for a wonderful breakfast buffet, hands-on family activities, and a museum tour. One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. For more information visit www.thedali.org.

July 7 KIDS WORKSHOP AT HOME DEPOT The first Saturday of every month Home Depot offers a free Kids Workshop. If it’s your child’s first time at a Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, they will receive a free orange Home Depot apron to wear, keep and bring back each time they attend. Upon completing the project, they will receive an achievement pin to add to their apron and a certificate of completion. For information visit www.homedepot.com.

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July 13, 14, 15 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS BOSTON RED SOX AT TROPICANA FIELD

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July 13 COW APPRECIATION DAY AT CHICK-FIL-A Holy Cow! It’s time to break out your cow-spotted apparel and leave your wallet out to pasture. Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will celebrate Cow Appreciation Day by offering a FREE meal to any customer who visits one of the restaurants fully dressed as a cow. For those “too chicken” to wear full cow costumes, Chick-fil-A will award a complimentary entrée to customers partially dressed in cow attire. Check out CowAppreciationDay.com to find cow costume ideas! Photo contest for cow-dressed customers is on www.facebook.com/ChickfilA.

July 14 KIC BIRTHDAY BASH AT MOSI Celebrate the 7th Birthday of MOSI’s Kids In Charge with mummy themed activities and games! There will be a birthday cake so bring your sweet tooth! While you’re here, be sure to check out MOSI’s new Zip Line! • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

July 13 ST. PETE BLUES ALLSTARS A rockin’ night of music that features seven of St. Petersburg’s best blues musicians. The Allstars will perform Chicago blues, jump blues, and more. Palladium

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July 15 BLUE BELL ICE CREAM CELEBRATION AT MOSI Sample cool treats from BlueBell Ice Cream in honor of National Ice Cream Day. Watch to see who wins the ice cream eating competition! • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

July 21-22 16TH ANNUAL TROPICAL FRUIT TASTING AT JENE’S TROPICALS Tantalize your tastebuds with fresh tropical fruit from around the world! The fruit you’ll get to sample includes: Jakfruit, Canistel, Mamey Sapote, Longan and Lychee Nut, Durian, Velvet July 16, 17, 18, 19 Apple, Red Mexican Papayas, Spanish Lime, Ruby Guavas, TAMPA BAY RAYS VS CLEVELAND INDIANS AT a variety Mangoes, Manzana and Red Jamacian Bananas. TROPICANA FIELD Enjoy a taste of the tropics with exotic fruit-infused gourmet July 20 dishes and desserts. Hundreds of trees, vines, and bushes MOON DAY (FIRST LANDING ON THE MOON) for sale. Some fruit available for purchase. Raffle for 6’ July 20 mango tree. Event is FREE! Check the pages of Gulf Coast DARK KNIGHT RISES OPENS AT MOSI IMAX THEATER Family Newspaper for a coupon to use on your visit to Jene’s Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist Tropicals. leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police • 727-344-1668 • www.tropicalfruit.com • 6831 Central force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to Avenue, St. Petersburg

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July 21-22 COOL ART SHOW BREEZES INTO ST. PETERSBURG Get out of the heat at the 24 Annual Cool Art Show July 21-22, 2012 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum located at 535 4th Avenue North. Admission and parking are free, and the Coliseum’s food and beverage concessions will be open to the public. The Cool Art Show arrives in the midst of summer, oblivious to heat and storms. Approximately 80 outstanding artisans have been selected to exhibit a remarkable collection of visual and functional creations. For more information visit www.pava-artists.org or call 727-892-5202. July 22 NATIONAL PARENTS’ DAY July 22 LOWRY PARK ZOO $5 DAY ON NATIONAL “PARENT’S DAY” Visit your favorite animals at the Zoo and learn about endangered wildlife for just $5 admission per person. Free extra parking is available on $5 day only next to the Tampa Greyhound Track. Free shuttles will run continuously from that lot to the Zoo from 9 a.m.6 p.m. Please note: due to this special discount, Zoo rides are not included with admission on $5 Day. July 22 MARLY MUSIC CHAMBER SERIES: MARIA BACHMANN AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Listening to music in the Marly Room has been a tradition since 1975 and is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Before the concert and during intermission, you may want to browse through the Museum’s permanent collection in the original building or visit the Museum Store, Brunch at the MFA Café opens at 11 a.m. For information visit www.fine-arts.org. July 26 SUMMER JAZZ ON THE BEACH Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps will play from 7 to 9:30 P.M. at the Bilmar Beach Resort, Treasure Island Admission is only $7. For more Information call 727-522-6877. July 27 OPENING CEREMONY OF THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES

July 27 ST. JOSEPH’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL 2012 CHRISTMAS IN JULY DONATION DRIVE St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital treats thousands of Tampa Bay’s children every year. Whether they arrive by ambulance, are recovering from open-heart surgery, or undergoing cancer treatment, they receive the finest medical treatment, emotional support and loving care available. To help comfort and distract hospitalized kids, we are collecting new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations during our “Christmas in July” drive. Your gifts will provide entertainment, encouragement, and a monentary escape from illness for children throughout the year. For information visit www.sjbhealth.org.

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July 28 NATIONAL DANCE DAY July 28 SUPER WHY LIVE: YOU’VE GOT THE POWER AT THE STRAZ CENTER When they’re not busy being superheroes, the four friends live in Storybrook Village, an enchanted town hidden deep behind the bookshelves of the library. When Super Why and his friends leap into a book, an amazing two dimensional pop-up world comes to life complete with a multitude of illustrative styles – from cut-out collages and water-color painted designs to pen and ink etchings.

SUPER WHY! is produced by Out of the Blue and has a fresh, groundbreaking multimedia aesthetic – with a winning combination of two- and three-dimensional animation formats, adorable characters and immersive environments. For ticket information visit www.strazcenter.org. July 29 SUNSHINE SUNDAY AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Come and explore the museum with lights and sounds turned down, special programming and resources for children and families with special needs. Museum members are free and non-members pay

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Workout Burn Out? 3 Ways to Keep Pushing On One day you’re running like the wind with an “I’m - so - fit - no - one - is - stopping - me” attitude and two days later — exercising seems like the worst idea on the planet. Welcome to burn out. Yes, it’s common. No, it’s not the end of the world. And yes, you can push through it. Workout burn out can happen to you at any age, and any point in your fitness journey, especially when you’ve been on a “ramped up” workout schedule for days straight. It’s inevitable. The same concept applies if you eat a turkey sandwich every day for a month – you’re eventually going to get tired of it. So, when you’ve reached burn out status, try these three ways to get your workout mojo back.

many benefits to sleep, it repairs the body and refreshes the mind. Take the time to read that book you’ve been wanting to dive into for months or take a leisurely bike ride around the neighborhood. Remember, rest is just as important as staying active!

1. Take 3 to 4 days off

Fitness is a good thing, but sometimes you need a break. It may be difficult, but think of your hiatus as a relaxing vacation. Use your normally scheduled workout time to try something new that you’ve always wanted to do and have fun! During this time, send your worries packing. If you eat a cookie or two, don’t sweat it.

3. If you must workout, keep it light

If you’re a true gym rat and just can’t resist getting your fit on, relieve your stress by taking a yoga class to refresh your mind, walking on the beach or going for a light swim. Afterwards, try to keep your schedule light and enjoy some “me” time. Swing by your favorite spot and grab a snack or sit and reflect at the park.

After your workout vacation, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to pick up your gym routine right where you left off. If you’re still struggling to get back in the groove – switch up your routine and try a class like cycling or kickboxing for a month. It will present a new challenge and give you a reason to keep pushing on to meet your fitness goals. Check out your gym’s fitness class schedule and try something new this week. You can do it!

2. Slow down

Going, going, going takes its toll. Slow down and catch up on sleep. There are so

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CANINE NUTRITION: What’s Really In My Dog’s Food? food) and/or euthanized animals as pet food ingredients. 1

Hi! I’m Tammy Vasquez (co-owner with my husband Mike) of Bark Life Pet Health Food Store & More. My family has worked in the pet industry for over 40 years, and I have been involved for over 20 – as a groomer and natural pet foods provider. For 10 years, I have been sharing truths about the industry with my clients. Please allow me to share some important information with you: Most “Big Box” stores would like you to think that all pet foods are alike; but this could not be further from the truth! The AAFCO does not allow for any reference to grade or quality of ingredients on pet food labels! That’s why, at first glance, they all appear similar. Regulations require them to look similar! Further, because most labels make the same claims (healthy, choice, premium, etc.), it might not seem sensible to pay $50 a bag for dog or cat food when you can purchase it for $0.34 cents a pound at a Big Box store. Here’s why it matters: 1 2

FDA Compliance Policy CPG 690.500 allows 4D animals (dead, dying, disabled, or diseased) to be processed as pet food ingredients. 2

Although it seems that all food (including pet food) should be protected by federal food safety law, you need to know that the FDA has provided the pet food industry with special provisions (known officially as Compliance Policies) – in order to avoid prosecution, should a pet food not abide by federal law. This is why you need to know where your pet’s food is sourced from. FDA Compliance Policy CPG Sec. 675.400 allows pet food to contain diseased animals (rejected for use in human

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FDA Compliance Policy CPG Sec. 675.100 allows rodent-, roach-, or birdexcreta-infested ingredients to be processed as pet food ingredients. 3 FDA Compliance Policy CPG Sec. 690.300 states that “Pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, which is in violation of 402(a) (5), will not ordinarily be actionable, if it is not otherwise in violation of the law. It will be considered fit for animal consumption.” 4

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I do want you to be aware, of course, that there are pet food manufacturers that would never consider sourcing meat ingredients from diseased or euthanized animals; some even source from USDA choice meats, free range, etc. (Orijen, Acana, Great Life, and Earthborn, for example). Many pet parents consider their pets to be “family”. Ask yourself, “Would I feed my family meat from a diseased animal?” Of course not! Consider your reasons, and let common sense apply. Food meant to sustain quality life is worth the price. Questions? Email me: barklife@hotmail.com

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• you can attend any function wearing shorts and a tank top. • you break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m. before work. • you notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance. • the birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground. • the trees are whistling for the dogs. • you eat hot chilies to cool your mouth off. • you learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron. • you discover that in July, it takes only 2 fingers to drive your car. • hot water now comes out of both taps. • it’s noon in July, kids are on summer vacation, and not one person is out on the streets. • your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, “What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?”

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A: Three men in a house with dirty dishes in the sink, laundry that needs to be folded, and kids that need a bath.

My mom had a lead foot, so I was not surprised when a state trooper pulled us over as we were driving through the panhandle. Hoping to get off with a warning, Mom tried to appear shocked when he walked up to the car. “I have never been stopped like this before,” she said to the officer. “What do they usually do, ma’am,” he asked, “shoot the tires out?” When a lonely frog consults a fortune-teller, he’s told not to worry. “You are going to meet a beautiful young girl,” she says, “and she will want to know everything about you.”

When I asked my grandfather the secret to his 52 years of marriage, he replied, “We never go to sleep angry.” “That’s a great philosophy,” I noted. “Yes. And the longest we’ve been awake so far is five days.” The sign by the minister’s parking spot at our church cleverly kept parishioners moving:

“That’s great!” says the excited frog. “when will I meet her?” “Next semester,” says the psychic, “in biology class.”

“You Park, You Preach.”

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This July we recommend that you… READ IT

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powel, with Tony Koltz

In his new book It Worked for Me, Colin Powell combines the insights he has gained serving in the top ranks of the military and in four presidential administrations with the lessons he’s learned from his immigrant-family upbringing in the Bronx, his training in the ROTC, and his growth as an Army officer. The result is a powerful portrait of a leader who is reflective, self-effacing, and grateful for the contributions of everyone he works with. Colin Powell’s It Worked for Me is bound to inspire, move, and surprise readers. Thoughtful and revealing, it is a brilliant and original blueprint for leadership.

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Ice Age: Continental Drift Opening Friday, July 13

Gold by Britt Nicole

In Ice Age: Continental Drift, which opens July 13th, our favourite prehistoric pals, Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the sabre-tooth tiger, and Sid the sloth are back for another epic, ice-fuelled adventure. Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences – a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home. This movie is sure to be a hit with the entire family.

Following her highly successful album, The Lost Get Found, Britt Nicole’s new release is another sure hit. The first single on the new album, “All This Time,” is Britt’s salvation story in song form and is already making a big splash on radio. Britt says of the single, “It is a reminder that whatever we face in life, we don’t have to face it alone because Jesus promised to never leave us or forsake us.” Britt Nicole burst onto the Christian music scene with her debut release Say It four years ago; and since then she has consistently been at the top of the Christian Album Charts.

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SEE IT Olympics

July 25 – August 12 This July, thanks to NBC, you and your family can watch all 302 events from all 32 sports streamed live on NBCOlympics.com, beginning with early-round women’s soccer on July 25. From signature venues such as the Olympic Stadium and Wimbledon, to star athletes including Michael Phelps and Jordyn Wieber, the XXX Olympiad is sure to be a must see this summer. Go USA!

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Gulf Coast Family is excited to present its annual After School Directory. We encourage families to search out extracurricular activities for their children that will enable them to discover new talents, help develop character, and make new friends. If you are looking for just the right After School Enrichment program for your children, you won’t want to miss next month’s issue of Gulf Coast Family!

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