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Have fun making these cute critters with just pipe cleaners, lollipops and googly eyes! These cute little spiders make great decorations as well as delicious treats. Items needed: • 1 lollipop • 4 short lengths of pipe cleaner • Googly eyes - ones with adhesive on back Directions: 1. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the lollipop stick. Bend each end slightly to make the spider’s legs. 2. Repeat three more times so that the spider has eight legs, four on each side. 3. Stick the googly eyes over the area where the legs meet. 4. Repeat with more lollipops to make spooky spiders for all your guests.

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Parent t n e r a P o t Then there was the time a few days ago when I took three of the kids to Target. When one of Haylee’s older siblings kept complaining after several warnings, I decided that we needed to leave. But as we were walking out of the store, Haylee had a meltdown that lasted all the way home, and came and went for the rest of the evening. In the five and a half years since my youngest child started walking, I’ve said many times that there is a very good reason why she is my youngest child. In fact, if she had been born first, she would probably have been an only child, because besides being sweet and adorable most of the time, Haylee also has a remarkable ability to be a HANDFUL! Take the time a few weeks ago when the contents of a bean bag that I had put on the top shelf of my closet because it had a hole in it ended up spread all over Haylee’s room. She wanted to make snow angels, and Daddy is really good at cleaning up the messes she makes, so why not toss tiny little foam balls all over the room? It was fun!

In the past few weeks since school started, it’s seemed like the busyness has been turned up a notch. Hardly a day goes by when there isn’t a huge mess of some sort to clean up. It probably hasn’t actually increased, but because Haylee behaves extremely well at school, the ratio of mischief to time at home has grown significantly. Finally there was today. My husband was trying to get the kids settled down after they finished their dinner. He found Haylee with our little dog, Pepper, tied into a wagon with a leash. Haylee had a pair of pliers in her hand, and she happily announced that Pepper was “ready for her surgery.”

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In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council designated October as Crime Prevention Month. Since then, businesses and organizations from all over the country have done their part to educate the public on the precautions they can take to stay safe. 1. If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help. 2. Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets. 3. Try to park in well-lighted areas with good visibility and close to walkways, stores, and people. 4. Always lock your car, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running. 5. If someone tries to rob you, give up your property— don’t give up your life. 6. If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.

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On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts comic strip featuring a meek, nervous, and insecure Charlie Brown debuted in seven newspapers. The Peanuts comic strip was written and illustrated by Charles Schulz and became arguably the most popular and influential comic strip in history. At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries.

Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday – beaten out only by Christmas. According the Census Bureau, over 80% of children in the U.S. and almost 70% of adults will take part in Halloween festivities this year. This month, check out our list of family friendly Halloween activities in the Tampa Bay area. These activities range from hayrides to haunted attractions, and are guaranteed to entertain the entire family.

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10 Ways to Enjoy the MLB Playoffs as a Family When the air becomes crisp and the colors begin to change, Autumn has unmistakably arrived. Along with it comes the Fall Classic and the Major League Baseball Playoffs. Football is already in full swing, but until the last pitch is thrown, and the next World Series Champion crowned, it is still baseball season. Few sports, or any competition, can match the high stakes drama that playoff baseball provides. Life or death rests with every at-bat, so it seems. Baseball will always be the great American pastime. We watch sports because of the joy they bring to us, and this is a wonderful opportunity for parents to sit with their children and enjoy the games as a family. Here are 10 ideas to help you do just that! 1  Throw a Party: Whether it’s a small get together with just family and friends, or a massive blowout the neighbors will not soon forget, a family-friendly house party is a great experience for your children. Lasting memories are always created. 2  Teach the Game: It is likely that not everyone in the family is well-schooled in the intricacies of major league baseball. “Dad, what in the world is a bunt?” “I thought hit and run was a crime?” Baseball 101 is in order before the first pitch. No need to make it complicated, but the game is much more fun with a basic understanding. 3  Sports and Charity: Major league sports are among the biggest supporters of important charities and nonprofit organizations in America. One possible way to teach a great lesson in giving is to start a fund for each time a team hits a home run. Choose a cause or organization in your community, and let each member of

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the family pledge what they are able to share. To instill this quality in our children ensures hope in the future. 4  Research History: Professional baseball has been played in America since the 1800s. The National League was founded in 1876 and the American League in 1901. The game is as much a part of America as any institution that could be named. Have fun with the kids by researching the great moments and players of the past.

ready for the exciting finish. Plan a fun time at your house during this moment as well. A family sing-a-long of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and some clowning around is all that is required to make a memory.

5  Teachable Moments: The game of baseball mirrors ordinary life in many ways. The mental aspect is every bit as important as the physical. Strategy, wisdom, instinct, and burning desire are just a few of the qualities constantly on display. These are teachable moments if we use them.

8  Baseball Food: Watching sports and eating go hand in hand. In baseball that means hot dogs, peanuts, and crackerjacks. If you can’t talk the wife into keeping it strictly traditional, it is quite ok if she provides healthier options as well, but with one simple rule: they have to be baseball themed. There are many sites online for great ideas for fun and healthy treats.

6  Get Outside and Play: A fun pre-game activity could be to have a casual family game of baseball outside before the first pitch. Purchase a wiffle ball and bat, and the whole family will be laughing and running around with big smiles. Your kids can pretend to be their favorite players, and watch out because they might just go yard on you.

9  Dress Up: Get in the spirit by wearing the jerseys and hats of your favorite team. It just feels more festive that way. A cheaper and very fun alternative is to buy your children blank t-shirts in the color of your favorite team, and allow them to design your own team apparel. The shirts and design materials can be found at any local craft store.

7  7th Inning Stretch: The intermission between the top and the bottom of the 7th inning in baseball is known as the “7th inning stretch.” At the stadium, traditional songs are played and fans stand up to stretch their legs and get

10  Bring the Stadium Home: Unless you are one very lucky family, you most likely will not be at the game in person. Bring the fun and pageantry of the stadium to your house by decorating. The whole family can get involved by making posters, decorations, championship banners, and anything the creative minds of your family can come up with. The key ingredients to any great stadium atmosphere are the positive joyful faces inside of it.

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7. If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit uncharacteristic behavior such as hissing, fascination for blood, glowing eyes, increasing hairiness, and so on, get away from them as fast as possible. Did you hear about the cannibal who was expelled from school? He was buttering up his teacher. What goes “Ha-ha-ha . . . THUD!”? A monster laughing his head off How can you tell when a vampire has been in a bakery? All the jelly has been sucked out of the jelly doughnuts. What did the mother ghost say to the baby ghost? “Don't spook until you're spooken to.” What do you do with a green monster? Wait until it ripens. What do you get when you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its radius? Pumpkin pi. What game do ghost like to play? Peek-a-Boo. Pinellas • October 2013 • 11

Halloween can be so much more than just one night of trick-or-treating. This October take your little ladybugs and monsters to these local attractions and add an extra dose of magic to their October.

ZooBoo at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Get ready to get spooked with the return of the frightfully fun ZooBoo, Tampa’s largest family Halloween event. It’s a ghoulish good time for all during the 17-night celebration. Meander through the monstrous marshes of the new “Tangled Terror” trail or return to unearth “Pharaoh’s Tomb of Revenge.” Little boys and ghouls can shake, rattle and roll for free on the Roarin’ Roller-Ghoster (family roller coaster) and discover dazzling displays of seasonal lights.

Fall Fun SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

Dive in and explore an underwater “fantasea” at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. Lifetime memories are created as children can trick-or-treat, dance with fanciful sea creatures, and create seathemed arts and crafts. Back and better than ever this year, this ultimate family-friendly event returns this year with added trick-or-treat stations and even more colorful characters.

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This spooky, kooky event also features trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, build your own LEGO model activities, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in Halloween Spooktacular takes place every weekend the world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids cosin October: 6-7, 13-14, 19-21 and 26-28. tume contest with brick-tastic prizes!

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

Armed Forces Museum’s Halloween Spooktacular October 26, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bring the entire family for this Spooktacular event and join the Armed Forces History Museum for an afternoon of fun, which will include scavenger hunts, food, games, arts and crafts, a costume contest and much more. You just don’t know what you’ll find as you tour the museum. Round out your afternoon of fun with a ride on our Motion Simulator Theater. Might we recommend a ride through the “Haunted Castle”?

Boo Bash at Bright House Field October 31, 5 – 8:30 p.m. Clearwater Fire & Rescue is participating in this year’s Boo Bash at Bright House Field. Firefighters will hand out candy to little ghosts and goblins while parents get important fire prevention information. The event is free and open to the public. There will also be a haunted house, hayrides and inflatable games.

City of Largo Spooktacular October 26, 12 – 6 p.m. Plan on a good time at this year’s Halloween Spooktacular event held at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. This widely popular, family-friendly event includes fun and games for kids 14 and under. Enjoy games, music, concessions and much more. Bounce houses, ropes course, a petting zoo and strolling entertainment are just a few of the activities that make this a great event for the whole family.

Glazer Children’s Museum Halloween Spree October 31, 4 – 8 p.m.

Get your little goblins ready for trick-or-treating inside the Museum! Dress to impress for the costume contests and parades. Monsters, ghosts, and ghouls of all kinds can wiggle, wobble, and work it to the music of 12 year-old DJ Jake Dela Cruz between visits to all of the museums trick or treat stations filled with games, prizes, and candy. Don’t miss your chance to also meet WEDU’s Sid the Science Kid, vote for your favorite pumpkin carving, and make your own monster in our Art Lab.

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Join the Florida Aquarium on the only day they let wild animals, ghosts and princesses roam the aquarium- Guppyween! Trick-or-treat tank-to-tank among over 20,000 sea creatures, making for the perfect family-friendly Halloween event. Entertainment and treats will be provided, so come dressed in your best costume!

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Halloween is traditionally a time for kids to roam neighborhoods and gather treats. However, the new trend of trunkor-treating has brought families and neighbors together in one safe place. This October churches and schools from all around the area will be hosting their own Trunk or Treat events. “Our kids can’t wait for Trunk or Treat,” commented principal Cynthia Yevich of Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. “Our kids and parents look forward to this safe event all year long. Each year our families go all out with their decorations and they do with a great spirit of fun and fellowship.”

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Picture this: a huge parking lot with the back ends of vans and trucks decorated in a variety of fun themes, complete with games and treats. Maybe in one section of the lot there is an inflatable bounce house and in another section there is a puppet show. From babies on up to grandpas and grandmas, there is something for everyone. What a fun way to spend the evening as a family!

In many communities, churches sponsor the fun events and families plan their own themes for their vehicles. Sometimes elementary schools, sororities, and large neighborhoods sponsor them as well. The best part of Trunk-or-Treating is that the parking lot is roped off, freeing kids to skip or stroll from place to place.


Truck beds or trunks can be transformed into scarecrow fields, pumpkin patches, blanketed gardens, mortuaries, or other scenic ideas. Choose a unified theme and go with it. Here are some great theme ideas to get you started:

Pirate Ship

Aye, mateys! Chart yer course for this ship, which features buried treasure in a sandbox and “fishing” off the side of the boat for candy. Be ready for some swashbuckling fun!

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So you want to hold your own trunkor-treating event? Consider what you would like to offer, from carnival-like attractions to down-home cooking. Some communities enjoy hotdogs and popcorn; others warm bowls of chili and delicious apple cider. You could bob for apples, offer hayrides, or paint faces. Then of course there is always the main event—the vehicles.

Plenty of beach balls, umbrellas, and colorful towels will set the mood for this space. Kids can do the limbo to get a treat.

Noah’s Ark

Children can pose behind cut-outs of tigers, elephants, or giraffes. Enjoy some laughs with a game of Pin the Tail on the Zebra.

Winnie the Pooh

Oh, bother! Wander the Hundred Acre Woods with Tigger, Eeyore, and Roo to find yummy surprises.


Decorate the outside of the vehicle and display all your souvenirs.


Team displays, like the Bucs and Rays, are quite popular.

Monster Mouth

Decorating the vehicle up like a monster or shark is quite easy and fun.


All the stores are already selling merchandise. Why not join in on the fun?

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Protect Your Family by Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr.

Halloween Safety

At the end of the month, children everywhere will be hollering “TRICK or TREAT!” In preparation, both kids and their parents will be looking for that perfect costume to wear while collecting and looking forward to their favorite treats. As parents and caregivers anticipate this holiday, we would like to remind you to keep safety in mind so that no child is haunted by Halloween-related injuries. Many of the hidden dangers associated with costumes, treats and decorations can be easily prevented. Each year the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that the most serious Halloween-related injuries involve burns from flammable costumes and decorations, including ignition from open flames, such as candles and Jack O’ Lanterns. Other incidents have involved lacerations from

carving pumpkins and injuries resulting from trips/falls while walking, particularly after dark. A CPSC spokesman said, “Our major concern is still the use of home-made costumes that are not flame resistant.” Parents making their children’s costumes should use inherently flame-resistant fabrics, such as nylon and polyester. Costumes should fit well and not drag on the ground to guard against trips and falls.

• Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of soft, flexible materials.

• When purchasing costumes, masks, beards and wigs, look for flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon or polyester, or look for the label “Flame Resistant.”


• Avoid costumes made with flimsy materials, big, baggy sleeves, or billowing skirts that may come into contact with candles and other fire sources.

• Do not allow young children to have any items that are small enough to present a choking hazard or that have small parts that could separate and present a choking hazard.

• For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car’s headlights. Bags or sacks also should be light-colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle and sporting goods stores. • Children should carry flashlights to see and be seen. • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Oversized high heels are not a good idea. • If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely, provides adequate ventilation, and has eye holes large enough to allow full vision.

• Warn children not to eat any treats until an adult has examined them for evidence of tampering.


• Always supervise pumpkin carvings to avoid lacerations. • Keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters. • Use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory, such as UL. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. We hope that you observe these safety tips and protect your family.

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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Katie Katie Yale was a bright, kind, compassionate spirit. Just 15 years old, she passed away after a tragic Labor Day accident while out enjoying one of her favorite activities— spending time with her family on the water. Though the shocking loss has rippled sadness throughout the community, the example Katie left behind now stands as a powerful testimony to her memory and to the God she loved and served.


Katie may have just been a sophomore in high school, but her life was a full one. She was a special kind of teenager. Quick to smile and comfortable in her own skin, she appreciated school and church, and liked hanging out with her parents (Doug and Karen) and sisters (Beth, 8th grade and Amanda, 1st). At a young age Katie had dedicated her life to living for Jesus Christ, and she represented that calling well. It doesn’t take long for anyone who knew her to mention Katie’s commitment to God and the many ways she sought to honor Him. She loved everything about church and it played a dynamic role in her life; she rarely missed a Sunday. She was an active part of the ministry at Park Street Baptist Church and had a great relationship with her youth pastor and his wife. She sang on the worship band and eagerly attended youth group activities, retreats and service outings. Katie was always striving to grow deeper in her

“I was in the youth group band with Katie so I remember her always singing. Also, whenever there were games--whether it be all guys, coed, or whatever--she’d be the first one to volunteer and run out there to play. I loved being around her and laughing with her. She was a good example for all of us to follow.” Hannah Caneel, youth group and school friend

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walk with God, “we need to die to ourselves so that we can live for Him,” she wrote on her facebook page in July. Her school home also held a special place in Katie’s heart. She had been a student at Keswick Christian School from the time she was in Pre-K3, and thrived being on campus there. She played softball, soccer and volleyball and loved singing in the choir. The camaraderie at Keswick was so fun to her that she often asked her parents if she could stay long after her own sports practice was over, just to be out at the football field or in the gymnasium watching other KCS teams compete. Spanish was by far her favorite subject, and she joked that she’d be happy to sit in Spanish class all day if she could. She was a good student, enthusiastic about learning and well-liked by classmates and teachers alike. Any student in her class is quick to recount that Katie was one of those rare young people who was genuinely friends with everyone. She laughed at herself easily, giving others permission to laugh with her, and to even joke her about her tendency to be clumsy—a quirky trait she too found hilarious.

There will always be a hole where Katie’s up-beat, sweet presence once was and her family and community grieve that loss deeply. There were two prayer vigils held (one the night of her accident, the other the evening of her passing) as hundreds from her community gathered to offer intercessory prayers on behalf of the Yale family, surrounding them with love and support, and lifting them up to the Lord in their hour of greatest sorrow. On Sept 7th, Katie was remembered in a fitting Memorial Service that celebrated her life by highlighting lessons that can be learned from her facebook updates. Along with silly stories and funny family moments there

“My favorite thing about Katie was that she would always find ways to make things that weren’t typically fun (like doing homework, or volunteering), fun. We’d find ways to talk about school or friends and she’d always make it a good time, even while we were doing something that usually wasn’t.” Daniel Coleman, friend from school Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

atie Yale was the kind of student every youth stor wants in their youth ministry. If you visited e of our services Katie was sure to introduce rself. If you were a regular, you knew you uld have a conversation with her at some point ring the night. Katie loved people and she loved owing people how much God loves them. It was honor getting to be her youth pastor and I can’t it to see her again one day in heaven.”

nathan Jeffers, youth pastor were statuses like, “Off to camp! I’m praying God will work in me this week. I’m excited!” and “havin (sic) an awesome time working with the youth camp at our church…it’s been really fun getting to spend time with [the kids],” where her love for God and heart to serve others was clearly on display. In every tribute given, loved ones explained with confidence that they know Katie is now at home in Heaven, since as a young girl she had accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. And in a powerful moment, Katie’s father spoke — recounting how quickly Katie’s accident had happened, and how comforting it was for him to know that he would see her again someday since she had settled her relationship with the Lord long ago.

He mentioned how people often believe that they have plenty of time to make their life right with God, so they put it off. He reminded everyone that once Katie’s accident happened, she didn’t have that kind of time. He encouraged them to be like her and to make that crucial decision before it is too late, for we never know what a new day will bring.

“One of my favorite memories of Katie is one time when I was at her house. We were jumping on her trampoline, and Katie could be pretty clumsy. So, when she went to throw her phone down in the grass, it landed in the pool instead. And Katie, clothes on and everything, just jumps in after it. When she came up, the first thing she said was ‘I need rice to dry out my phone!’ And I was like, really? That’s all you’re worried about right now?!”

Avery Franz, friend from school Katie’s parents have set up a memorial fund asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations be given to the Katie Yale Scholarship Katie’s spot empty. The team then set Fund at Keswick Christian School help- the volleyball to her vacant position aling other students desiring to attend lowing it to drop, bouncing off into sithere. Since Katie was an avid reader, lence — signifying that they will never Keswick plans on commemorating her be the same without her. with an engraved bench on campus, and there have been numerous other tributes While Katie is no longer with us on this to her as well. Perhaps the most poi- earth, she will always be remembered. gnant was performed by her volleyball For though Katie was young, her life team just three days after her passing; was filled with purpose. People of all each team member got into position on the KCS volleyball court, leaving

“Whenever I asked for a volunteer in class Katie’s hand would shoot up in the air and she would sigh with disappointment if I chose someone else. She wanted to read, sing, translate and learn anything new. My only real difficulty was getting her to stop participating! Her enthusiasm made teaching fun.” Mrs. Newberry, Spanish teacher

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ages have come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ because of her testimony, and still others have rededicated their life to serving Him more authentically because of her influence. Katie was a precious young lady and will always be missed, but through her death’s far-reaching impact, her life continues to live on.

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Healthy Halloween Treats Kids Will Love by Leanne Ely

Trick or treat? Candy may be the norm when the kids come to your door on Halloween, but it’s definitely a trick. Candy’s trick will demote your health and your energy and keep you wanting more and more. It’s the sugar, it’s addicting as heroin! The notion of candy being a treat for Halloween instills this idea that we allow and even encourage our children to keep eating and eating until their gigantic garbage bag filled with sweets has been consumed. You might want to give out pencils this year instead of the dreaded candy. You can buy fun pencils fairly inexpensively at dollar stores and give one out per bag. Another idea is to give out stickers–same deal, just cut sheets of them up and give each child two. What kid doesn’t love stickers? And if you happen to have some kids over to the house, let the kids make a few Halloween treats this year. Go out to a grocery store and buy some good dark chocolate, a few pretzels, raisins, craisins, and raw nuts of your choice and let the kids go crazy covering everything with chocolate. Lastly, make some homemade pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie. Opt for whole wheat pastry flour and make your own crust. Who says pumpkin needs to stay in its shell? Enjoy!

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P• ½umpkin Bread cup honey • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (100% pumpkin; not pumpkin pie filling) • ¼ cup safflower oil • 1 teaspoon vanilla • 2 eggs

• 1½ cups whole wheat pastry flour • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans • 2 teaspoons baking powder • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon • ¼ teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-inch or 9-inch loaf pan. In large bowl, blend honey, pumpkin, oil, vanilla and eggs. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack before slicing. Makes one 12-slice loaf. Per slice serving: 116 calories, 5g fat, 2g protein, 16g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 16mg cholesterol and 69mg sodium. Leanne Ely, a.k.a Dinner Diva, is the author of the best-selling “Saving Dinner” and “Saving Dinner the Low Carb Way” (Ballantine). What’s for dinner? Go to www. and find the solution! Copyright 2013; Leanne Ely Used by permission in this publication.

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Where do you turn when life feels like it is spiraling down? How do you get back up after you have been knocked down more times than you can count? Is there any hope left? Of course there is and it is in abundance if you are willing to open your heart and point yourself directly towards our Lord. Many people run away from God when things go wrong. They stop praying and going to church because they believe that God doesn’t care about them anymore. They use as rationale for this the things that they perceive to be wrong in their lives. Here is a helpful hint. You should always run towards God not away from Him when times are tough. God and only God can get you through the valley and back up to the top of the mountain. There is no better example of this than Pastor Tim Kelley of Grace Connection Church in St. Petersburg and WTIS AM 1110. This is a man who has survived and thrived through adversity and continues to proudly and boldly serve from the pulpit, the classroom and the airwaves. His unshakeable faith has emboldened him through the loss

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of a daughter, the ups and down of leading a large church and anything else that life can throw at him. Is he unflappable? Hardly, but who amongst us is? He is resilient and filled with the Holy Spirit. He is a pillar of our faith based community and he is far too humble to tell you that, so WTIS AM 1110 will tell you instead. He is one of the main reasons for the spiritual revival we are seeing here in the Tampa Bay area. We are one body in Christ. We are so very proud to be broadcasting Pastor Tim Kelley’s Daily Grace Devotions for 22 years now. You can hear him speak directly to you as an intercessor of our Lord every weekday morning at 7:39 during AM Inspiration on WTIS AM 1110. He is one of

the very best at delivering a sermon. He is a willing vessel. He is capable of strengthening and nurturing anyone who listens to him as he powerfully extols the endless virtues of Jesus Christ. He is a true man of God, a great role model and an emulator of our Lord and Savior. We are truly blessed to have him on our station and in this community. He is a perfect example of what we strive for as a radio station. Our goal is to inspire and empower you, to give you hope and enhance your faith. We want to be a galvanizing presence that uplifts everyone. That is why we are so pleased to offer you on a daily basis amazing national show hosts like Charles Stanley, Joyce Meyer, J. Vernon McGee, Mike Huckabee and Dave Ramsey and outstanding local hosts like Jim Brangenberg, Derryck McLulan, Charles Boxsley, Chris Cambas and Tim Kelley.

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ing to be moments when you get knocked down so hard that you can’t imagine how you could ever get back up again. There is hope left and you can find it be tuning in to good men and women of God like Pastor Tim Kelley on WTIS AM 1110, Your Christian Inspiration Station for 37 years and counting. Thank you Pastor Kelley for 22 awesome years on WTIS and we are hoping for at least 22 more years! God is good, all the time! Grace Connection Church is located at 635 64th St. S in St. Petersburg. H2O - Humor 2 Outreach is coming to Grace Connection Church - Saturday October 12th at 7 PM for a Christian Comedy Show that will entertain and evangelize while raising funds and awareness for Grace Connection Church! Come on out and join us, tickets are only 10 dollars in advance and 15 dollars at the door for six headlining comedians!

with Jim Daly Q: My wife doesn’t communicate well with me. I work long hours, and when I get home I want her to fill me in on what is going on in the family. I try to make time so we can talk about any issues, but she always just tells me everything is fine and then later I find out things that I never knew about. How can I improve our communication with each other? Greg: In many cases it’s the other way around – the wife wants a deeper connection, while the husband is uncommunicative. But in either case, the frustrations are very real. To encourage more meaningful communication, ask your wife if she’d be willing to try the “TenMinute Plan.” Three times a week, you’ll spend four minutes reading a recommended marriage book together. After that, take four additional Dr. Greg Smalley serves as the vice president of Family Ministries at Focus on the Family. In addition to serving as a media spokesperson for Focus on the Family, Smalley also co-hosts “Everyday Relationships,” a nationally syndicated live call-in show.

minutes to have a positive discussion about what you’ve read (no criticism allowed). Then, finish with a two-minute prayer. In addition to trying the Ten-Minute Plan, keep the following in mind: • Communicate your need for conversation in a clear, respectful and honest way. Don’t assume your wife knows what you’re thinking. • Be sure to take notice when your wife does make an effort to talk with you. Reinforce this behavior by expressing your appreciation with sincerity and kindness. • Look for opportunities to turn routine activities – shopping, cooking or yard work, for example – into times of meaningful conversation. • Maintain a sense of humor about the unexpected challenges that may arise during the course of your conversations. Be patient and persistent. • By employing these ideas, you’ll create an environment where it becomes comfortable to talk. This, in turn, can easily lead to a desire for more interaction and even more minutes together.

Meaningful Communication Is the Key Jim Daly is president of Q: We’re only two months into the school Focus on the Family, host year and already we’re drowning in extra- of the Focus on the Family curricular activities. How much is too much? radio program, and a Can you suggest any practical guidelines? husband and father of two.

Jim: I understand and share your concern. That’s because kids need lots of time, space and leisure to develop their creativity and imagination. Stress from excessive organized activity can be a deadly enemy of a happy and healthy childhood. While every family is different, I’d suggest that in general, elementary- and secondary school-age kids shouldn’t take on more than one extracurricular activity per school term. The definition of an “extracurricular activity” isn’t set in stone. In evaluating each commitment, it might be helpful to ask some basic questions about the time involved. How many evenings per week is your child spending away from home? If the number is too high, you might consider making some cuts. If this seems like an impossible proposition, I’d challenge you to ask yourself some hard questions about the motives behind the busyness. Is it really about your child and his best interests? Or is the push to achieve driven by issues of your own? We’re all susceptible to negative

motives such as parental pride, insecurity or desires to compensate for our own unrealized achievements. But if allowed to run rampant, they can end up seriously damaging your child’s self-image and the dynamics of your family interactions. On the positive side, I’d encourage you to strive for the correct balance for your family. A certain amount of “stretching” can be a good thing, but you must always consider each individual member’s unique needs and capabilities. There are some telltale signs that will let you know if your kids are being pushed beyond their limits – depression, for example, or irritability, emotional withdrawal and physical symptoms such as stomach pain. If you see any of these red flags, don’t delay in making the needed adjustments. Copyright 2013 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 Daly, visit



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Individualized Learning Plans… Measurable Results

We all know that math plays a crucial role in developing critical thinking skills needed for success in all walks of life. But when children lack the understanding of fundamental concepts, each new year of school only continues the pattern of frustration. Parents may feel unable to help with homework due to their own math anxieties or the well-founded perception that “they just don’t teach math like they used to.”

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It’s October again and that means report cards will be coming home soon. If you have concerns about how your child is performing in math, or feel that your child is not being challenged enough in the classroom, we have great news for you -- Pinellas County’s first Mathnasium Learning Center is opening in St. Petersburg this October. Open Monday through Thursday after school until 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Mathnasium of St. Petersburg will provide a safe and supportive environment for students to develop math skills and build self-confidence.

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There are almost 400 Mathnasium Learning Centers located throughout the United States and abroad -- including three in the Tampa Bay area -- but the St. Petersburg center is the first to open in Pinellas County. The concept behind Mathnasium is simple: for a single monthly fee, students may attend the center as often as they would like. Tutors work one on one with students using the “teach and move on” technique that allows them to guide several students at one time. This gives students the individualized attention they need, while allowing students to develop independent problem solving skills. “At Mathnasium, we believe that children don’t really hate math…they hate being confused, frustrated, and intimidated by math.” says Mathnasium of St. Petersburg Owner and Center Director Erin Nobles. “Mathnasium balances the right method, the right curriculum and the right instruction to make math accessible and enjoyable for students... all for a fraction of what parents would pay for private tutoring!”

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But when students are able to grasp the connections between numbers, fear and anxiety fade away. As math problems become solvable, math becomes engaging – even fun. The mission of Mathnasium of St. Petersburg is to help students develop a true understanding of mathematics through the time-tested and award-winning Mathnasium Method.™ The Mathnasium Method™ begins with a verbal and written student assessment. Next, a trained Mathnasium instructor tailors a unique learning plan that addresses areas of strength and weakness and shows parents – clearly – what their child will be learning in the center. From there, most students come to the center twice a week for about an hour per session. Students work on their customized learning plan, plus have the opportunity to review their current homework with their tutor. Unlike other learning centers, Mathnasium never assigns additional homework to students. Independent studies have found that students who attend Mathnasium increase their performance on standards-based tests after as few as 20 sessions.1 Mathnasium of St. Petersburg is located at 3451 4th St. North, next door to Little Caesar’s Pizza. Enrollment is strictly limited and admission will be granted as space remains available. Call or stop by the center to learn more or go to for more details.

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Local learning expert Jan Haskins believes too many children are trying to memorize their way through school, but she doesn’t blame local schools. Haskins, one of the owners of the new GradePower Learning center in Largo says, “Given budget restraints, it’s unrealistic to think any school system can give every child all the education he or she needs to develop as a successful adult.” “Think of it this way. If my child showed an aptitude for music, I’d enroll her in music lessons. I wouldn’t expect the school system to fully develop his/her music potential. It’s the same with all of my child’s other academic and cognitive (learning) skills. These really should be developed with the help of a supplemental educator like GradePower Learning.” “The real purpose of educating our children is to give them the skills they’ll need to become successful adults. At the core of GradePower Learning programs is an underlying philosophy to teach students how to learn. This gives students a sense of control over their own minds and builds true self-esteem. It’s important to note that most other commercial tutoring programs use a behavior modification process or mastery through repetition. These aren’t necessarily skills that will lead to long-term success.” “Kids who do well in school feel confident and enjoy learning. By helping children learn how to learn more effectively and improving their academic skills, we can help them rediscover their natural love of learning and show them they are truly capable of achievement.” Haskins concludes, “Supplemental education programs, such as those offered by GradePower Learning enrich the entire education process. They’ve become an integral part of many families’ education experience and will continue to be.”

As one of North America’s leading supplemental educators, GradePower Learning has offered programs for children age three to grade 12 that reinforce academic skills such as math, reading and writing, and teach children how to learn more effectively since 1984. For more information, or to book a noobligation visit, please contact Jan Haskins at 727595-1538 or The GradePower Learning Center is located at 12931 Walsingham Road in the Walsingham Commons Plaza. Pre-K to Grade 12





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Omega-3’s An Essential Nutrient for Health! by Dr. Frank Averill, MD at St. Francis Sleep, Allergy and Lung Institute, (727) 447-3000 Why is omega-3 so important? What are omega-3 fatty acids? Is it okay for children to use it regularly? How does one acquire omega-3? To begin, let’s talk about what omega-3s are. Omega-3s are specific fats that are called “essential fatty acids”. Unfortunately, the body does not make these essential fatty acids. The only way to obtain them is by the food we eat. There are several types of omega-3 fatty acids. Two crucial ones are EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) which are primarily found in certain fish, making seafood a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Why is it so important to maintain a healthy level of essential fatty acids? EPA and DHA are known to be important for cardiovascular health, cancer avoidance, treating rheumatoid arthritis and supporting healthy skin. Other benefits have been noted in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children, eating disorders such as anorexia, depression, dementia and more. Omega-3 consumption has been found to be essential and beneficial for all stages of life. Omega-3’s are recommended for most people, if you have certain conditions, like a condition for which you are taking a blood thinner, you should speak to your doctor before taking supplements, including omega-3. According to recent research at Harvard Medical School, adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy

may lower the risk of childhood obesity by 32 percent. Several studies have found that increasing the intake of omega-3 can improve the composition of our body by reducing body weight and fat. Numerous studies have shown omega-3’s benefits for heart health, dementia prevention, improvement inflammation and pain problems, as well as other area of health and wellness. It is important to obtain these vital fats via pure sources. Eating fish, such as salmon, is one way to increase your omega-3 intake. But not all fish are good omega-3 sources, tilapia for instance contains more omega-6 than omega-3, omega-6 should be avoided because it increases inflammation. In addition, many species of large predatory fish, such as tuna, are contaminated with methyl mercury, lead or other contaminants. So, what’s the solution? I recommend adding omega-3 to your diet by using fish oil supplements. But you must be careful. Not all omega-3 supplements are made the same. Some fish oils by major brands were even pulled off of pharmacy shelves because they contained toxins. The FDA does not regulate supplements so caution and careful selection must be made when choosing the omega-3 or other supplements that you take. I recommend that patients use supplements that were made in a pharmaceutical laboratory and have been listed in the Physician Desk Reference for pharmaceutical grade supplements. Pay close attention to the percentage of actual omega-3 concentration in the supplements you buy. Most supplements from supermarkets or vitamin stores have only a small percentage of omega-3 and large quantities of harmful fats and cholesterol fillers. Some have unpleasant fishy smell and taste. As a

physician, I have seen great results with the WINOmeg3complex™ which is more than 85% pure omega-3 fatty acids, compared with other products on the market which are only 30-35% concentrated. Also, WINOmeg3complex has no fishy smell or taste. And for those who can’t swallow pills, WINOmeg3complex is manufactured as a soft gel cap, so you can pierce the gel cap with a sterilized pin and squeeze the oil into a liquid or pudding. Doing this will not compromise the effectiveness of WINOmeg3complex. I believe in these supplements so strongly that I take them myself and make them available at our offices and via our website . If you have questions regarding if omega-3 would be good for you and your family, simply call 727-447-3000 to make an appointment with me or ask to speak to the RN that runs the St Francis Wellness and Weight Loss Program. Our staff at St Francis is here to help you. Frank Averill, MD, is board certified in Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Internal Medicine and Critical Care. He trained at the Cleveland Clinic and completed his fellowships, including a fellowship in Allergy and Asthma, at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Averill has been practicing in Pinellas County for over 25 years. He takes care of patients at St. Francis Sleep, Allergy and Lung Institute in Clearwater and can be reached at 727-447-3000. Listen to “Dr. Averill Answers” every Thursday night at 5:00pm on Inspiration Radio 1110 am

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A dental implant is a natural-looking artificial tooth placed in the mouth to counter tooth loss. Whether due to a sports-related injury, tooth decay, excessive wear and tear or periodontal disease, a dental implant can replace a single tooth or several teeth. Dental implants are considered a very conservative form of treatment. This is because they preserve existing teeth in the mouth. Most importantly, dental implants help maintain bone structure, which is vital to the health of every tooth in your mouth. All-on-4 teeth in a day have truly revolutionized dental implants. Early in the 2000s, researchers associated with one of the world’s best known providers of dental restorations and a European implant dentist discovered a way to strategically place four dental implants to support same-day dentures. All-onfour dental implants can be used to replace all of the teeth along an upper or lower arch, and with All-on-4 teeth in just a day you no longer need not spend months wearing temporary replacements while your dental implants heal. NuSmile Dental offers this amazing same-day dentures option to patients right here in the Tampa area.

Who is a candidate for All-on-4?

Because the All-on-4 dental implants are placed at an angle to provide optimal support, they work well for patients who have lost all of their upper or lower teeth and have experienced deteriorating bone since. Those who are generally candidates for All-on-Four include:

The All-on-Four Process The All-on-4 same-day dentures still rely on titanium dental implants for support. The entire All-on-Four same-day dentures process can be completed in fewer trips to the dental office. In just two visits – an initial consultation, exam, and impressions visit and a surgical placement visit – you can have your smile completely transformed. Your sameday dentures are crafted for you between the initial visit and the All-on-4 placement visit, allowing them to be fitted, adjusted, and placed during the same day as your surgery. Instead of having dental implants placed and requiring temporaries to be worn between surgery and placement, All-on-Four teeth in a day mean you never have to go without a sturdy smile. For patients who are unable or uninterested in traditional dental implants, consider All-on-Four teeth in a day from NuSmile Dental. For more information or to schedule your appointment, call 727-483-7999.

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Getting Kids to Wear Their Eyeglasses by Dr. Douglas Johnson, Optometric Physician, Family Eye Care Specialist If a child develops a vision condition requiring the use of eyeglasses, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism; it can sometimes be difficult to convince them of the importance of actually wearing their glasses. We want our children to wear their eyeglasses to help them to reach their maximum academic and athletic potential. Most kids, on the other hand, mainly want to look cool.

It isn’t nearly as difficult as it used to be. When I was a kid, (adults love to say things like that… “When I was your age…blah blah blah…”) Anyway, when I was a kid there seemed to be only two choices: boys had black glasses and girls had pink glasses. Now there are hundreds of choices of different styles and colors from which to choose. Many times, however, it can be difficult to convince a child to wear their glasses on a regular basis for a

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variety of reasons. It can be inconvenient for an active child, who finds that their glasses interfere with sports. The lenses might fog up when going out from an air-conditioned classroom into the hot, humid Florida air. Most commonly, however, the difficulties come from a child being self-conscious about wearing glasses; either because they are teased by other kids, or the imagined feeling that they are looked at as being different, or unattractive. All of these difficulties can be addressed when you bring your child to an eyecare professional trained to provide quality eyewear for children. An important way to make sure that your child maintains a good self-esteem and wears the eyeglasses that have been prescribed for them is to not only allow them, but encourage them to take an active part in picking out the style and color of the eyeglasses to be worn. Since children are often greatly influenced by their peers, it can be very helpful to allow a friend or two to accompany your child and offer opinions about what looks cool. In our office, we also have the technology to send photos of your child wearing various styles to their friends via email or facebook. Another way to help a child be more comfortable wearing eyeglasses is the recent introduction of small decorations specifically made to fit on the temples of eyeglasses. There are a wide variety of these, which come in the form of sports team logos for boys, and a variety of “charms” for girls. This will allow your child to personalize their eyewear and express their individuality. For example, a young lady can attach a charm to match the color of her outfit one day, and then change it to a miniature volleyball, or whatever sport in which she plays on the next day. Contact lenses are an option for many kids who find it inconvenient to wear glasses, or are just self-conscious about wearing them. There is no specific age limit to wear contact lenses. Kids who are motivated, and have proven to their parents that they are mature and responsible enough to care for their lenses can be very successful contact lens candidates. We almost always prescribe the safe and convenient single-use disposable contacts for teens and pre-teens.

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October 2013 Events

October 2 The Peanuts Comic Strip was first published in 1950 October 2 Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians in MLB’s American League Wild Card Game October 4 The first satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched into space by the Soviet Union on this date in 1957.

October 1 National Homemade Cookies Day October 1 - 31 Clergy Appreciation Month

Clergy Appreciation Month is a special time each October that congregations set aside to honor pastors and their families for their hard work, commitment and sacrificial dedication.

October 4 - 10 Space Week at MOSI

Blast off for a week of exciting space activities as we celebrate World Space Week 2013. Travel to

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the moon and experience life on a lunar colony in Mission: Moonbase. Immerse yourself in the night sky and travel through the universe in The Saunders Planetarium. Watch the sun through our solar scopes, and visit MOSI’s Coleman Science Works Theatre throughout the week for amazing science demonstrations from our entertaining Inter Actors. For information visit October 5 World Teacher Day October 5-31 Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice at the Glazer Children’s Museum

Travel back in time to unfamiliar landscapes, meet touchable dinosaurs, and investigate what they left behind for us to find today. For more information, please call 813.443.FUN1 (3861) or visit October 5 15th Annual Komen Florida Suncoast Race for the Cure

Participate in the 15th Annual Susan G. Komen Florida Suncoast Race for the Cure and show everyone whose life you are running for. This year’s Race for the Cure will be held at the Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Petersburg. For information on how your family can get involved visit

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financial aid workshop. There is no cost for the visit, lunch, or workshops, however registration is required. For information visit October 11, 8 p.m. Kellie Pickler in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall

October 5 Tampa Bay’s Dancing With the Stars

On Saturday, October 5 Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay will once again present another successful Tampa Bay’s Dancing with the Stars, an interactive Ballroom Dance Competition. The event will be held at the stunning Pepin’s Hospitality Centre and will feature epicurean delights, phenomenal auction items and remarkable entertainment by Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Tampa Bay. This exciting and innovative black-tie affair capitalizes on the current popularity of ballroom dancing, reality based television and the overwhelming success of previous years. For information visit

Known for her restless small-town dream to reach for the stars of the music world, Kellie was first recognized as one of the six finalists in the fifth season of the popular reality TV show American Idol, where it was evident to all she was a star. For information visit . October 12 Farmer’s Day October 12 Dade City’s 2013 Scarecrow Festival

Come to downtown Dade City for an old-fashioned

Don’t miss an exciting opportunity for juniors or seniors who are Florida residents or homeschooled students to visit the campus of Clearwater Christian College on October 10 and 11 for C.C.C.’s Florida Resident and Home School College Days. Tour the campus, visit classes, enjoy a meal, and attend a

October 15 Tampa Bay Lightning vs Los Angeles Kings at the Tampa Bay Times Forum

Every Child Is A Star Professional instruction in


Over the past two and a half decades, Sarah Brightman has distinguished herself as the world’s biggest selling soprano of all time with global sales reaching over 30 million units. She has received more than 180 gold and platinum awards in over 40 countries. For ticket information visit

October 10, 11 Come and C Days at Clearwater Christian College

October 14 Columbus Day

Classes for Boys & Girls ages 2-adult

October 6 Sarah Brightman in Concert at Tampa Bay Times Forum

October 10 Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum

October 13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium


Bring your family to a fun filled day on the farm. Events include Mac & Cheese Tasting, Farm Tours, Cow Train Rides, 5-Acre “Farm Fun” Play Area, Calf Scramble Hourly, Corn Hole Contest Hourly, Face Painting, Hayrides, 5 Acre Maze, Pony Rides and much more. For information call 941-322-2802 or visit

Melissa Cancel will present the life of World War II concentration camp survivor Corrie ten Boom. For information call 727-726-1153 or visit

October 12 Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins at the Tampa Bay Times Forum

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October 5 Dakin Dairy 5th Annual Farm Festival

October 8, 7 p.m. Clearwater Christian College presents Performing Faith: The Life of Corrie ten Boom

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October 17, 21 The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe at Ruth Eckered Hall

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October 17 Tampa Bay Lightning vs Minnesota Wild at the Tampa Bay Times Forum October 17 - 20 Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Now in its 33 year, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a worldclass gathering of some of the greatest talents and greatest fans of jazz. The event takes full advantage of its home in Clearwater, Florida, offering music and art against the back drop of warm breezes, brilliant sunsets and one of the world’s greatest beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. For information visit October 17-19 The Odyssey performed by the Patel Conservatory Theater

This dramatic adaptation of Homer’s myth begins with a modern young woman who is struggling to understand Robert Fitzgerald’s translation of The Odyssey. A classical muse appears, and the young woman becomes the goddess Athena - a tireless advocate for Odysseus in his struggle to get home. With her trademark irreverent and witty twist on classic works, Mary Zimmerman brings to life the story of Odysseus’s ten-year journey, depicting his encounters with characters such as Circe, the Cyclops, Poseidon, Calypso, the Sirens and others. For ticket information visit

October 18 Pumpkin Toss at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Watch the animals have some Halloween fun with their own pumpkin party, a seasonal treat for the animals and guests at the Zoo. See which animals stomp, chomp, kick, play and pounce on special seasonal treats! The pumpkin toss is part of the animal enrichment program at the Zoo and is included free-ofcharge with Zoo admission. For information visit October 19 Sweetest Day October 19 Thomas Edison demonstrated the electric light successfully on this date in 1879. October 19 Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins at the Tampa Bay Times Forum October 19 Michael Feinstein in concert at the Straz Center

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Awardnominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards and will be performing live at the Straz. For ticket information visit October 19 83rd Annual Fish Broil & Mullet Festival at Pass-A Grille Stop by Hurley

Park on Oct. 19 from 3 - 8 p.m. for a traditional broiled fish dinner cooked right on bed springs -

just like they did in the Depression era. There will be entertainment, a crafter expo, food vendors, a Kid’s Zone, silent auction and much, much more. Event admission is free; fish dinner is $8. For more information, visit October 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium October 24 Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks at the Tampa Bay Times Forum October 26 Make a Difference Day October 26 Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres at the Tampa Bay Times Forum October 26 Freckleface Strawberry at the Straz Center

Don’t miss this fun and delightful Kid Time performance of Freckleface Strawberry the Musical. For ticket information visit October 27 - November Dakin Dairy Farm Fall Corn Maze

The Dakin Dairy Maze will keep you puzzled for half an hour or half a day - it’s up to you. Come out for the day and be “aMAZED” by the Dakin Dairy Farm Tours and other attractions. Relax under the farm’s oak hammocks, roast your own hot dogs or marshmallows over the campfire and maybe even milk your own cow. For information on the Corn Maze or the dairy farm, call 941-322-2802 or visit October 31 Halloween October 31 Pathways Community Church’s annual Fall Festival

This year’s Fall Festival is filled with lots of games and fun activities for children of all ages. Plus musical entertainment, food and much more. For more information visit



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November 1, 2 Sesame Street Live: “Can’t Stop Singing” at USF Sun Dome

Mark your calendar for a musical event like no othermonsters making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live “Can’t Stop Singing” at USF Sun Dome. For information visit

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Kids and parents love our Parents’ Mornings Out and Kids’ Nights Out! Parents Morning Out: For crawling infants to 3-year-olds. Parents, run errands or do chores while your children enjoy playtime in a loving, nurturing Christian environment, which includes playtime, crafts, stories, music and outside time on our playground dedicated to only the very young. Snacks are provided, too. Monday−Friday, 9 AM−Noon. Kids’ Night Out: For children ages 2−10. A fun night out for the kids, while Mom and Dad get their own night out! Age-appropriate games, toys and activities along with a pizza dinner and a movie. By reservation only. First Fridays and second/third Saturdays of most months. Learn more! Contact Brandy O’Neill ( or ext. 102).

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This October we recommend that you… READ IT

Still Foolin’ ’Em by Billy Crystal Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he’s not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal’s hilarious and heartfelt reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

See IT Free Birds

Thanksgiving is no time to be grateful — if you are a turkey that is! After being pardoned by the President of the United States, Reggie the Turkey lives a comfortable life at Camp David enjoying pizza and television. On the other hand, Jake is the president of the Turkeys Liberation Front. After an initial rivalry and Jake kidnapping Reggie, they team up and hijack a time machine in a government lab and travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving to prevent turkeys from becoming the traditional holiday meal.

HEAR IT Love in Portofino by Andrea Bocelli Available October 22

This brand new CD compilation highlights Andrea’s breathtaking performance in Portofino, Italy last year and includes the already quintessential songs from Bocelli’s January 2013 release Passione. Listen as Andrea delivers a performance of a lifetime from the beautiful surroundings of the Pizzetta in Portofino. Playing to an intimate crowd at sunset the legendary tenor sings the most famous love songs in the world accompanied by 16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster and a 40 piece orchestra. This is an unmissable feast of emotion, gorgeous settings and unforgettable songs.

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Freckleface Strawberry at the Straz Center October 26, 2 p.m.

Freckleface Strawberry was just like every other girl – except she had bright red hair and something worse…FRECKLES! Now in Freckleface Strawberry, based on the beloved New York Times Best Selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, you and your family can step inside the book’s pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to love the skin they’re in. And what a story you’ll see! For ticket information visit


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Why do Christian moms

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“My daughter grew socially, emotionally, academically, and spiritually. She truly experienced the love of God at Keswick.”

“If you are looking for a great place to send your children with teachers that care and encourage your children, look no further. It is truly a family atmosphere.”

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