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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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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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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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Celebrate Independence Day JULY 2-3 THRESHERS BASEBALL STADIUM FIREWORKS – INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Fireworks after the game. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. Fireworks after the game. 601 Old Coachman Rd., Clearwater. Tickets available at or 727-467-4457 FOR OUR FREEDOM AT PINELLAS PARK WESLEYAN CHURCH The musical production “For Our Freedom” will be presented at Wesleyan Church, 4400 70th Ave. N., Pinellas Park on Sunday July 1 at 6 pm and Monday July 2 at 7 pm. The show will include special lighting effects, brilliant fireworks and beautiful visuals and the concert will feature “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “The National Anthem,” “God Bless the USA,” and much more. For information call 727-526-3674.

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION - LARGO CENTRAL PARK Get ready to party and enjoy a deejay, activities and food starting at 6 p.m.! Fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. Take time to visit Largo’s Community Event Friends who have helped to support this event financially. Community Event Friends will be on display in the park on the night of the event. 101 Central Park Drive. For information call 587-6775 or visit FOURTH OF JULY PARADE The route will be directly down Main Street in Safety Harbor from 2nd Ave N to 9th Ave. S. Step-Off is scheduled for 10 a.m. Festivities to follow at The American Legion Post 238 at 900 Main St. Please join us to show your support for our country, our veterans and those citizens currently serving in our United States Armed Forces.

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FIREWORKS AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Join us at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg’s premier front row seats for the best Fourth of July Celebration in town! - 6:00 pm Celebrate in style with a gourmet barbeque, champagne toast, live entertainment by Motel Funk, iced tea/ soft drinks, an air-conditioned waterfront view of the city’s fireworks celebration in the glass Conservatory overlooking the bay. Seating at 6 p.m. Only 150 seats are available. Call 727.896.2667, ext. 258 or 727.822.1032 for reservations. Hosted by the MFA Cafe. See for menu items. FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & FIREWORKS Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club golf course Parade begins at10 a.m. 4th of July Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Entertainment will be provided. Temple Terrace Chamber Office: 813-989-7004 or visit CLEARWATER CELEBRATES AMERICA Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater • 4 p.m.–10 p.m. • (727) 562-4700 Celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, food and concerts in beautiful Coachman Park. The party begins at 4pm and music featuring the Mostly Pops Orchestra and The Wilsons begins at 7:30pm. End your fun-filled night with an exclusive music synchronized fireworks display overlooking the waterfront area at 9:30 p.m. Give yourself and the kids some traditional Fourth of July fun during Clearwater Celebrates America. Children’s activities will run 5-9pm and include games, face painting, and a mascot parade. This event is free and brought to you by the City of Clearwater and Bright House Networks and admission is free. KENNETH CITY’S ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE The town of Kenneth City will host its annual Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday, July 4th beginning at 11 am. The parade route will start at 62nd Street N and 54th Ave N. Families are encouraged to follow the parade to the Community Hall for more festivities. For information visit

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4TH OF JULY EXTRAVAGANZA AT THE PIER It’s that time of year, again, when the skies light up with fireworks and fun takes over The Pier in every corner for an entire day! Beginning at noon with “Bus Stop”, classic rock band, on The Pier’s Courtyard stage until 3:00 p.m. then “Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band” take to the stage with country tunes - old and new - from 4:007:00 p.m. “Baby Grand in the Sand” will perform between band breaks from 3:004:00 p.m. and from 7:00-8:00 p.m. and then “soulRcoaster” tops off the evening with pop rock from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Of course, at 9 p.m. there will be FIREWORKS presented by the City of St. Petersburg! Festivities will include music, entertainers, characters, dancing and more. ALL events and activities are FREE, except for the face painters, who will charge a nominal fee based on design and complexity. For information call 821-6443 or visit 800 Second Avenue N.E., St. Petersburg JULY 4TH CELEBRATION AT FLORIDA AQUARIUM See dazzling displays in the sky and sea this July 4th at The Florida Aquarium! Get in for only $15 after 5:00p.m. and watch the fireworks over the channel. Fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. and the Aquarium will extend its hours to 9:30 p.m. There will be fun, family-friendly entertainment, all-American themed dinner options and patriotic goodies available to purchase for the kids. Bring the whole family to soak up the fun and have a blast! Tickets can also be purchased at The Florida Aquarium’s ticket booth on July 4th starting at 5:00pm. For information call 813-273-4000 or visit TREASURE ISLAND’S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Celebrate our Independence with a day of live music, food, family games and fireworks on the beach behind the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island. The event is free and will take place between noon and 9pm. Paid parking will be available.

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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. 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. 14 • July 2012 • Pinellas

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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. Horseshoes - The great thing about horseshoes is the fact that you can play it regardless of your age. Just make sure you have plenty of space so no one gets hurt. Flag Football - For the young guns in the family, flag football is always a fun addition to a party. It is a great game for playing on the beach, and it is fun from the first snap. Some other fun ideas you can try are a sand castle building contest, a beach scavenger hunt, a game of Frisbee, a game of hide and go seek or even a round of limbo. In the end, no matter what games you choose, with a little planning and creativity, you can host the perfect Fourth of July beach bash that might just become a beloved annual tradition!

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Our Trip to Busch Gardens With Orlando just a few miles up the road, it can be easy to forget that we have a spectacular amusement park right here in Tampa Bay. With amazing rides and shows and stunning animal habitats, Busch Gardens is great fun for the entire family. At the start of our day, Dad and the big kids, David (15) and Daniel (11), headed to the wooden roller coaster, Gwazi, to get warmed up, while Mom and the little ones, Hanna (8) and Haylee (5), headed straight for the Sesame Street Safari of Fun. There was plenty to distract the girls on the way, so they ended up visiting the Bird Gardens, the kangaroos in Walkabout Way, and a few gift shops first. So by

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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Busch Gardens truly has something for kids (and adults) of all ages – teenagers like David love the thrill rides, elementary kids like Hanna and preschoolers like Haylee love the animals, the shows, and the gentler rides, and tweens like Daniel love absolutely EVERYTHING!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure park, offering 335 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic adventures around the world. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country’s premier zoos with more than 2,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.

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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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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.


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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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.”


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.


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.


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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Shows & Other Attractions

Sesame Street presents

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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ly African adventure filled with kid-size rides, cool water fun and plenty of memorable adventures. Dip and dive through the desert on the Air Grover junior coaster. Climb and play in Elmo’s Tree House. Splash and refresh in Bert and Ernie’s fun-filled water play area. Watch your Sesame Street friends in African-inspired shows – and share a hug or a meal with these lovable characters.

Serengeti Express Train See the beauty of the

Serengeti Plains as you make a round-trip journey from our Nairobi train station on the Serengeti Express Train.


The award-winning Kinetix show returns to Summer Nights with nightly performances of its rock-fueled blast of music and acrobatics. Kinetix’s energizing performances include live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world, followed by an incredible fireworks display!

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Joto’s Pizza and the Rachel M. Thrower Memorial

Joto’s Pizza, a family-owned restaurant, has been serving Pinellas County families since 1974. Fred & Carol Zinda named the restaurant after their two daughters, Jodi and Tori. A longtime supporter of youth sports and other community involvements, Joto’s is a proud supporter of The Gulf Coast Family Magazine’s Top Team. “We find it is so important to recognize the winning team for their hard work and efforts,” Fred told us. Joto’s is also a major contributor to All Children’s Hospital. “It is our favorite charity,” said Fred. And for good reason!

In May of 1999, Fred and Carol’s granddaughter was born to Brent & Tori Thrower. Little Rachel lived for only 5 days. The care and support they received from the doctors and nurses at All Children’s Hospital was overwhelming. Money was raised in Rachel’s memory, and “it wasn’t hard to decide where it should go – who it should benefit: All Children’s Hospital, of course!” Then in 2003, Jodi (Tori’s sister) and her husband Steve Whitcomb found a way to raise even more support for the hospital. They started Dough for the Kids Golf Classic – a golf tournament for charity. This year’s 9th Annual Golf Classic raised $31,779 for All Children’s Hospital. Jodi and Tori, along with other family members and friends, also volunteered at the June 3rd ACH telethon, answering phones and presenting a check to the hospital. Since Rachel’s passing in 1999, the Joto’s Pizza families have raised, in her memory, over $280,000 for

All Children’s. The Dough for the Kids Golf Classic is held each year at Seminole Lake Country Club, and a silent auction and dinner take place at the Joto’s on Belcher Road. With support from an amazing group of friends, family, and business vendors, the event keeps growing bigger and better! Gulf Coast Family and Joto’s Pizza wish to thank all who support Joto’s Pizza and the Rachel M. Thrower Memorial. See you next year at the 10th Annual Dough for the Kids Golf Classic!

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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!

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

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Savings Made Sweet By Heather Brickell

Summer Savings Wow! Can you believe it’s that time of the year again! The kiddos are out of school and we are looking for inexpensive ideas to entertain them. I don’t have to tell you that the price of gas is at an all-time high; therefore, many of us may opt to stay closer to home for vacation this year. Living in Central Florida definitely has its perks to lots of variety when it comes to things to do. Here are some fun and frugal things for you and the family to take advantage of: • Take a day trip to Orlando to visit Downtown Disney – Downtown Disney is FREE to the public and is filled with everything Disney! You can stroll from store to store and eat in Disney-inspired restaurants without paying the price of admission to Disney World! Don’t forget to visit the Lego Store (Drew’s favorite) and the Ghiradelli Chocolate store for a FREE piece of yummy chocolate! You could even take a FREE boat ride to several of the Disney Resorts and have lunch or dinner at one of their many cafes without breaking the bank. • Purchase a monthly Family Plan to Busch Gardens– If money is tight and you really can’t afford to pay full price for the entire family to visit Busch Gardens, opt for their monthly pay plan. My family and I have actually done this several times and I must say that it is definitely worth it! You hardly miss that small amount of money that is deducted each month from your checking account each month, and the pass allows you to visit Busch Gardens pretty much whenever you want. (some restrictions apply) • Take advantage of local museums– Be on the lookout for coupons and money-saving offers to MOSI, Clearwater Aquarium, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo and much more!

• Be sure to check out Daily Deal sites like Groupon, Eversave and Mamapedia for discount tickets to local events and restaurants – For example, I recently noticed a deal on a site for Putt Putt golf and Ice Cream at a couple of local establishments. The deal was almost half off the regular price, so that makes for one sweet deal! • Kids Bowl Free is another fun and frugal way to keep the kiddos entertained this Summer – Children can receive 2 FREE games of bowling every day during the summer. Go to www. to see age requirements, locations and details of this offer. • Check your local library for story times and other fun activities for the kids – Drew is actually reading quite well now, so I am excited to take him to the library this summer to pick out his own books to read to mommy! • Check out Summer Reading Programs at local Book Stores – Did you know that store like Barnes & Noble offer FREE summer reading programs for kids? Children will read 8 books and record them in a downloadable reading journal. After they have completed the eighth book they can turn in their reading journal for a FREE book! Check out for more details. Having fun with your children during the summer doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Have a great summer!

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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.

Firecracker Pretzels • 1 cup white chocolate chips • Shortening or vegetable oil (if needed)

• 1 12-ounce package pretzel rods • Red and blue sprinkles

1. Place chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. If chocolate is too thick, add a small amount of shortening or vegetable oil. 2. Dip each pretzel rod into the chocolate, coating about 2 to 3 inches. Roll in sprinkles to cover the tip. 3. Place on waxed paper until chocolate hardens.

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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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1. Place strawberries and blueberries in separate bowls. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon sugar and place in refrigerator. 2. In a shallow dish, thoroughly combine eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. 3. Dip each slice of bread in the egg mixture and arrange on a greased baking sheet. 4. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Flip slices over and bake an additional 10 minutes. 5. Allow to cool slightly. Arrange toast slices on plates and decorate with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream.

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Destination: Dinner

Their land, appropriately called Pappas Ranch, became home to food-lovers and avid hunters and an annual Game Dinner, which showcased their culinary offerings for family and friends. From there, the love of great food naturally led to the development of several restaurants, including Pappas Ranch in Clearwater, open for just over a year.

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A few weeks ago in the heart of school track season, we were hungry for a late-night post-meet dinner with the Hungry grandparents. When the first restaurant nearby was booked solid with a wait time, we decided to visit a

“new” restaurant. Boy, did we make a great decision! We discovered Pappas Ranch, and enjoyed a delicious steakhouse dinner with our table being served pulled pork, ribs, fish tacos (yes, we know already, a Hungry family staple!), and for the Hungry teen athletes, Hangover Burgers topped with grilled mushrooms and onions, melted cheddar, “Bad Dude” sauce, and crispy fried onion strings. Very shortly we connected with management and told them we just had to feature this family-owned treasure in our monthly column. After such a pronouncement, they graciously invited

us to join them for their new Sunday brunch! Well, let’s be clear that this brunch was every bit worth going to the early church service. The spread we enjoyed was really beyond imagining. Pappas Ranch opened as the dream of the Pappas family, who originated in Greece and relocated in Tarpon Springs.

As the restaurant grew, the idea of a Sunday brunch was born, and it’s Luke Pappas’ vision to have a weekly feastgathering of local residents who will enjoy everything from a prime rib carving station to custom-made omelets, gorgeous salads to rich desserts. The all-you-can-eat buffet features fresh fruit and French toast, steamed shrimp and Eggs Benedict, fried fish and bread pudding. They offer Sunday drink spe-

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cials for bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosas. As if this all wasn’t enough, they sweeten the pot with a community-building offer to give cash back for local church members who eat at Pappas Ranch on Sundays (fill your tummy and raise funds or a community outreach - what could be better?). The pricing is reasonable, but if you choose to forego the buffet, kids eat free from the regular menu on Sundays during the 9-3 brunch hour!

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Dining out is an experience most of us have incorporated into our lives on a regular basis, and we are blessed to have some of the finest family restaurants around. Each month the “Hungry Family” will be loading up and traveling throughout Pinellas on their Destination Dinner Road Trip to search out and find the best family restaurants on the peninsula. So if you have a restaurant you would like us to visit, simply email us your recommendation to and we will see if we can add your restaurant as a future destination.






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Ellen Gallo, The Pet Professor, is on a mission to reach out to every child in Pinellas County. She and her dog, Sophie, visit elementary schools and summer camps in an effort to make kids aware of the basics of responsible pet ownership. The Pet Professor Program is a branch of the Pinellas Animal Foundation. The PAF partners with local veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and other nonprofit organizations to promote the human/animal bond. Ellen has always had a love for animals. It was in 2002 though, while participating in the Great American Teach In for her son’s class, that Ellen discovered her love for teaching school-aged children about animals. Becoming the

Ellen received the Beacon of Hope Award in October 2011

Pet Professor allows opportunity for fulfilling that passion. She has visited over 25 classrooms and spoken to over 2000 kids since beginning the program in 2009. Her goal is to become a fixture in the Pinellas County schools and the premier elementary educator of pet safety and responsibility. Ellen’s Pet Professor materials are tailored to the particular age group she is working with, focusing mostly on pre-K through 5th grade, and special needs groups. She covers the five basic needs of companion animals: food, water, shelter, exercise, and love. Animal safety and bite prevention are also discussed with young children. More advanced concepts, such as population control and basic healthcare, are discussed with older children.

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The Pet Professor has an ambassador: a Harlequin Great Dane named Sophie. Sophie has been raised by Ellen for eight years now, ever since Ellen rescued the 6-week-old puppy. This faithful companion accompanies Ellen to all of her engagements. Sophie’s quiet and calm nature overshadows her impressive size; so children of all ages are naturally drawn to her. Sophie’s kind and gentle spirit is most notable in her interactions with special needs children. In addition to visiting classrooms, Ellen and Sophie are available for outreach and community events throughout Pinellas County. Ellen, a native of Florida, has been married for 23 years and has two

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teenage children, three dogs, and two cats—and, of course, Sophie! Besides working full-time at East Bay Animal Hospital and developing her Pet Professor responsibilities, she also operates her own pet-sitting business. To contact Ellen please call 727-3477387 or email

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First Babirusa Born At Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Now On Exhibit First Litter at Tampa Zoo Arrived in May TAMPA, Fla. (June 7, 2012) – A tiny babirusa piglet, weighing about one pound at birth, is now on exhibit with his mother “Myrtle” in the Zoo’s Asian Gardens habitat area. The Zoo’s first babirusa litter arrived May 13 overnight (Mother’s Day). A second piglet born in the same litter did not survive. The babirusa birth is the first for the Zoo, and a significant conservation milestone for the species with fewer than 50 animals in the managed population. The Zoo’s babirusas are members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Wild Pig, Peccary & Hippo Taxon Advisory Group, designed to support the conservation of select wildlife species at risk of extinction.

Now three weeks old, the male newborn nurses routinely and is well-bonded with mom. The pair is on exhibit for limited hours as the piglet grows and gains strength. The Zoo has two additional babirusas – father “Toomey” and an older female named “Rosie.” “With just 20 viable breeding pairs of this endangered species in the managed population, each birth is extremely important in our efforts to sustain its viability,” noted Dr. Larry Killmar, VP and director of animal science and conservation. “We are proud to be one of just 14 AZA institutions to have the opportunity to participate in this program.”

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success in an environment less threatening than standard medical settings. The programs at Island Dolphin Care are specialized for children age 3 and over with a wide range of disabilities. The programs have been in existence since 1997. Island Dolphin Care employees experienced instructors who have experience working with children with developmental disorders, critical and terminal illness, and rare disorders such as: Angelman Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Sanfilipo Syndrome, Luekodystrophy, Tay-Sachs disease, chromosome deletions, mitochondrial disorders, Apert Syndrome, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The facility also participates in the “Make a Wish” foundation (www. and helps “grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.” Joe spent about an hour with us, showing us around… the classrooms, the outdoor facility, and the water area where the dolphins swim and work with children and instructors. We also watched a couple of adults swimming with the sea lions next door at the Dolphins Plus facility. The facilities at Island Dolphin Care were neat and clean. The students were in “class” at the time of our visit, so it was very quiet.

for families willing to make the trip to the Florida Keys and go that extra mile for their loved one. I would recommend the 5-day program over the other options. “The relationship developed throughout the 5 days with the dolphins can provide increased self-esteem, increased attention, increased commitment to and trust of others, and increased motivation to continue attempting new tasks.” All of these positive experiences can have a huge impact on the child’s response and progress in current therapies and those in the future.

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you can see why the average length of the career of an NFL player is about 3-4 years. There was a top NFL rookie a few years ago who entered the league and for the last year or two was a great recruit for his team and then spent most of the next two years on the bench unable to compete because of nagging injuries and severe cramping. We discussed his eating habits and it was mostly sugary cereals and junk food and then a steak for dinner! We decided to break him down biochemically to try to understand why his body was falling apart. Firstly, he had low WBC’s (white blood cells), this could be genetic, or it can also be the sign of a poor immune system. As we continued to check, we discovered that he was not consuming nearly enough protein in his diet that he should have been. Protein makes up a very large percent of your immune system. We also found he had low levels of Vitamin D3 which also keeps the WBC’s down, which means your immune system does not function at 100 percent. As

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we checked further, he suffered from a lot of sprains, bone and tendon injuries. If you are low in protein your bones are not supple and more brittle. He didn’t need more calcium he needed more protein. Bones are about 40% protein. He had low levels of Vitamin D3, and as you work out you use up Vitamin D3. We like our patients to have levels of 70-100 micro-grams in the blood. He had so called normal levels of Sodium Chloride (Salt), but they were at the low end of normal. We find many athletes work something a higher amount of so Sodium Chloride in their blood. Just being in the so called normal range usually isn’t enough for the average athlete. To make a long story shorter, once we raised his protein, added Vitamin D, Salt, Potassium, and Magnesium (of which 90-95% of Americans are deficient in) he returned to his team and became an all Pro Bowl Player.

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by Joy and Jerry Lancaster President George Herbert Walker Bush was recently interviewed in Kennebunkport, Maine, by his own granddaughter, Jenna Bush Hager, a reporter for The Today Show. He remembered fishing trips and picnics as a boy – as well as important events of his adult years. Love of family was evident throughout the video report – at times through tears for both grandfather and granddaughter. Jenna shared her heart in these closing remarks: “Today on his 88th [birthday], I feel abundant love and gratitude. Grateful that I got this chance to spend an hour with him, and grateful that I’ve had 30 wonderful years with him.” I asked some of my own friends to share stories of special times they remember with their grandparents. As we grow older, these memories become even more meaningful. Here are some of their fond memories:

• Hershey’s chocolate syrup in a can and RC cola in the Frigidaire • Getting chased out of the barn with a switch. “We had found out Grandpa had a still in the back room!” • Sitting on a metal glider, eating homemade ice cream – hand cranked • Getting up with Grandma and Grandpa for a “party” after parents had gone to bed • Going fishing with Grandpa – but mostly just sitting in the boat, watching him • Fresh eggs with apple sausage – and riding Grandpa’s faithful horse, Betty • Having no indoor plumbing • Walking to the country store, with change in my pocket, to pick out penny candy • Homemade feasts with collard greens • Grandma burning almost everything she cooked (although, she did al-

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ways save the grease in a can to use it again) . . . “Now, I wonder: maybe that’s it – everything just tasted burnt!” • Playing lawn darts (outlawed in the • Helping pick strawberries, and eating the biggest and sweetest ones 1970’s – considered “deadly misalong the way. siles”) • Riding all the way to Alabama in a • Sitting on the front porch, eating watermelon and spitting out the seeds; car with no air conditioningR,“and and afterward, just sitting – singing my little brother standing on the hymns with Grandma and listening front seat most of the way, his arm to stories of long ago. “Those stories around Dad’s neck.” have kept my family history alive.” • Building boats out of plywood and then sailing them in the drainage ditch. • Watching Red Skelton with GrandWhat deposits are you making ma. “When he signed off with ‘Good into your grandchildren’s memnight and God bless!’ she always anory banks? They will store them swered him.” there and share those memories • Seeing Grandpa kneeling, saying his with their own children some prayers in Swedish. “His house alday. Remember: Tomorrow’s ways smelled dusty and musty, but he had the coolest stuff!” memories are made today!

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Although this abandonment and rejection may have caused you to lose your expectation of love, happiness, and a fulfilled future, you should not think that you are the only one. This is the condition of all who are brokenhearted: “I looked for sympathy, but there was none; for comforters, but I found none” (Psalm 69:20). Simply put, the aching heart If you were blessed to grow up in a home turns itself off. full of acceptance and love, your heart was probably carefully spun with tools of My life taught me a truth that I hope you tenderness and consistency, and the ves- will let sink into the deepest part of your sel of your life has been shaped sturdy heart: Your life is not a clay pot that, once and strong—strong enough that it should fired in the kiln, can never be made right. be able to hold all that life will bring you. The Master Potter, who breathes life into For those of us who have not been as for- clay, makes it beautiful again. tunate, our jars have been forever altered by the tools of abandonment and rejec- You were not in control of the life or the tion that frustrated hands carved into the choices you made in your earliest years, core of our being. The finished product and God knows that. Rather, you innois damaged goods—lives streaked by cently and unknowingly accepted a lie insecurity and fear, malformed and mis- cultivated by those closest to you and shaped without a secure base to stand on. mirrored that image. But you are older

now, and by God’s grace, you don’t have Psalm 34:18 says that God is “close to to keep mirroring that first glimpse of the the brokenhearted and saves those who world as you knew it. are crushed in spirit.” You may not subscribe to the Bible as a source of truth, If your experiences resembled mine, as I do, but if your story begins with a you probably grew up believing that you broken heart, like mine did, and you can couldn’t trust anyone, including God—if find a foothold in “Faith”, then it is nice you’re like I was, you also grew to ac- to know that our past does not have to cept a standard far below your hopes and be our future. My story is living proof… dreams. These beginnings do not have to be your ending. Don’t let your origin in dysfunction, turmoil, and chaos be your emotional death sentence. There is no need to spend your life punishing yourself in the belief that your parents’ hatred for each other was somehow your fault, or that something was wrong with you. Debra Evans has helped a world-wide audience experience God’s gifts of mercy, healing, This is just one example of a falsehood that can affect all of your life choices un- grace, and truth, through frequent appearances on radio, television, social media’s, and in til you begin your quest for wholeness. churches worldwide. She and her husband, Rick, have established Living In Faith (

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Inspiration as Far as the Eyes Can See You’ve heard of a win-win-win scenario. These days, they appear less often than Haley’s Comet, but recently I witnessed perpetual miracles. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, right here in the middle of downtown Tampa. Lynne Miller and Roger Schulman from our wonderful morning show, Coffee and Company accompanied me on a field trip to Inside the Box Café. This is a gourmet sandwich and salad shop run by Metropolitan Ministries on Tampa Street. So, where do I get these three winning scenarios? Hang on a minute, I’ll explain. First, the workers are all former homeless people who received culinary training and a second chance. Secondly, you can go there and get an awesome sandwich and a salad for seven dollars. And now for the big finish, for each meal purchased, they buy a meal for a hungry person. They have only been open for three months and already over 11,000 meals have been donated. We had so much fun with the great people there; we stuffed our bellies and felt pretty good doing it. When is the last time that lunch was uplifting? Immersed in ministry life both on and off the air, I find myself surrounded by power-

ful people. Selflessness reigns supreme all around me. I am constantly in awe of someone or some ministry that gives til it hurts and then some. The need is overwhelming. The fear and frustration could run rampant. But they don’t, only because of the great people of this community who consistently rise up to the challenge and help each other in the midst of dire consequences. We have never had it so rough and we have never had it so good, all at the same time. I aspire to the theory that this economic downturn is an opportunity of sorts. It is a series of galvanizing tests that are making people love more and act selfish less. The pain we all feel makes us far more understanding of the other person’s plight. Countless people inspire me every day with their generous spirit and their outpouring of love. I am forever transformed simply by being in your presence. I am so very proud of us. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by love. I am also certain that we will get through this, together, just like we always have. Every day on WTIS AM 1110, we tell the stories of the people who are making a positive impact on this community. Tune in and prepare to be inspired and uplifted. We are one. We are love personified and we cannot be broken! Can a brother get an amen? The Gulf Coast Family Newspaper Segment airs every Tuesday night at 6 PM on O’Shea Can You See on WTIS AM 1110. To strike up a conversation with us on the air, please call the radio station, toll free at 1-855-265-2929.

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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.’”

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.

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.

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:

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.

• 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?

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?

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• 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

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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

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D. 1865

E. 1931

Bonus: What do the colors of the U.S. Flag represent?

Independence Day Quiz Answers: 1. C - John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. Legend has it that he made his name large and clear to make sure that King George III of England could read it without his spectacles.

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

2. B – John Adams

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

3. B – About 2.5 million people populated the 13 colonies when America declared its independence. Today, the U.S. population is estimated to be over 306.5 million.

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

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

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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.

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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. Bonus: Red stands for courage, white for truth and blue for justice

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

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: “You Park, You Preach.”

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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

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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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

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

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 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 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 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,

and saboteurs who have threatened America’s sense of security over the past 200 years. For information visit 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

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 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

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

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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 to find cow costume ideas! Photo contest for cow-dressed customers is on

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, July 20, 21, 22 be sure to check out MOSI’s new Zip Line! • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. TAMPA BAY RAYS VS SEATTLE MARINERS AT July 15 TROPICANA FIELD NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY July 21-22

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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.

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 Apple, Red Mexican July 16, 17, 18, 19 Papayas, Spanish Lime, Ruby Guavas, a variety Mangoes, TAMPA BAY RAYS VS CLEVELAND INDIANS AT Manzana and Red Jamacian Bananas. Enjoy a taste of the TROPICANA FIELD tropics with exotic fruit-infused gourmet dishes and desserts. July 20 Hundreds of trees, vines, and bushes for sale. Some fruit MOON DAY (FIRST LANDING ON THE MOON) available for purchase. Raffle for 6’ mango tree. Event is July 20 FREE! Check the pages of Gulf Coast Family Newspaper for DARK KNIGHT RISES OPENS AT MOSI IMAX THEATER a coupon to use on your visit to Jene’s Tropicals. Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist • 727-344-1668 • • 6831 Central leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police Avenue, St. Petersburg force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes. For


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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 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 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

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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

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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.



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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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, 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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Congratulations Northside Christian School Class of 2012!


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