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Vol. 10 Issue 8

Dungy Diaries page 8

School Directory page 30

Focus on the Family page 38

Calendar of Events page 43

B a c k t o Sc hoo l: 1-2-3 - GO! p.24 Family Night Out p. 13

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Focus on the Family

5 Movie Night August We 6 This Recommend That You…

to Be a Better Dad 16 5byWays

7 Parent to Parent

18 Kids in the Kitchen 19 It’s Great to Create! Steps to Healthy Living 20 Little for the Whole Family

by Jennifer Beck

Diaries: What 8 Dungy Achievements Are You Most Proud Of?

by Tony Dungy,

Is It So Important 10 Why to Wear Retainers After Orthodontic Treatment? by Dr. Nick Reynolds

12 Reader Photos of the Month

14 Family Night Out Coupons

17 Heart Gallery

Back to School: 1-2-3-Go!

26 Getting In Gear: A Back to School Guide for Parents by Judy Adorno

Spotlight: Tiger Cubs 21 Species Expected this August by Disney’s Animal Kingdom

28 Prepping for Back to

Starters: Back to 35 Conversation School by

to School: Top Car Buying 36 Back Tips for Young Drivers


Tropical Garden 37 The by Jené VanButsel

to School 29 Back Health Tips

on the Family 38 Focus by Jim Daly

Gulf Coast 30 2017 Family School Guide

41 Building Community 42 August Fun Facts 43 August 2017 Events Gulf Coast Family 46 The Weekender

by Charles A. Welborn, MD

Great American Eclipse: 22 The What You Need to Know

After School 32 Planning Activities for Your Kids

24 Back to School: 1-2-3-Go!

34 8 Back to School Tips for a Great School Year by Dr. Kira Wilson

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Every Mile Mattered by Nichole Nordeman On July 28th, singer and songwriter Nichole Nordeman released her fifth full-length studio record, Every Mile Mattered. This new album is a collection of songs taking a reflective look at her life’s path to becoming the woman she is today. From the leading single “Every Mile Mattered,” to a vulnerable introspective track titled “Dear Me,” this album is all about the journey, the ups and downs of life, and not looking back with regret, but with gratitude.


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basics of those skills the year before. I’m sure we learned some new information related to science or social studies, but this many years later, I have no recollection of what that might have been.

Parent to Parent So, what did my class actually learn in first grade? We certainly got better at reading during the year, but we had already learned the sounds for each letter and the basics of how to put them together when we were in kindergarten. Similarly, we got a lot better at addition and subtraction, including working with double and triple digit numbers, but we had also touched on the

“ You NEVER, EVER, EVER look at the sun during a solar eclipse! ” There is one thing though that I, without a doubt, learned, internalized, and still remember to this day from first grade: “You NEVER, EVER, EVER look at the sun during a solar eclipse!” I can’t even begin to tell you how many times Miss White drilled that into our heads during the weeks leading up to the first solar eclipse I remember. This in addition to multiple children’s magazines that all had warnings about blindness and instructions for making pinhole projectors in order to watch safely. After all the hype, it’s a good thing that the sky was clear when the day of the eclipse arrived. In February in Michigan, that was certainly not a given! Our entire elementary school went out to the playground and huddled around a few of those homemade projectors to watch the moon cover about 80% of the sun.

About 15 years later, my younger sister remembers watching another eclipse through what she described as “several layers of 35mm film.” I’m not sure how accurate that is—it was probably something like the cardboard glasses that are available today. But if they made those back when I was in first grade, they were not readily available. Now, we can even buy inexpensive plastic eclipse glasses. I’ve ordered them for all my kids (and myself!), and this month, as long as the clouds cooperate, they will get to experience, here in Tampa Bay, an eclipse very similar to that one from first grade. Or, we may take a day off from school and drive the 600 miles or so to the path of totality. It’s not quite a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – after all, Tampa Bay will be in the path of totality for a solar eclipse in August 2045. But that’s a really long way off! Until next time,


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A year ago this August I had the honor of being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. One of my favorite parts of the experience was re-connecting with people who influenced me and reminiscing over the years of my career. I was recently asked, “What achievements are you most proud of in your career?” There are a number of achievements I enjoyed that make me proud. One of the first that most people mention of course is our trip to the Super Bowl. That was definitely an exciting time, however, there are two things I think about before that. These are the 2 achievements in my career that make me most proud.

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Why Is It So Important to Wear Retainers After Orthodontic Treatment? by Dr. Nick Reynolds, Northeast Orthodontics

“Really? My kid has to wear the retainer every night for the rest of their life? When I had braces, my orthodontist told me to wear it for just a couple years and then stop.” This is a very common comment we hear from curious parents when discussing the importance of wearing retainers after orthodontic treatment is completed. Where the misconception came from, we really aren’t quite sure. The evidence has been in the literature for decades about treatment relapse being predictable in both amount and timing. Nonetheless, the same surprised expression on parents’ faces are seen weekly when we deliver the news that we recommend night time wear, or as we call it, “nighttime for a lifetime” of the retainers after braces come off.

For those of you wondering what exactly a retainer is and what it does, I will digress and fill you in! The point of braces is to take your teeth from the natural position your body wants them in, to a position of a perfect bite and a handsome or beautiful smile. Once braces come off, we like to describe the teeth as being in “wet cement”. The bone and gum tissue around each and every tooth is immature. If left alone, your body will immediately fight to put the teeth back into the “natural” position they were before you ever had braces. The reality is, you have natural orthodontic forces in your mouth twenty-four hours a day. Your teeth’s position are a result of cheek pressure, tongue pressure and chewing forces. Braces did a great job overpowering those forces and putting the teeth in their perfect position,

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Our office has a protocol of requesting you wear your retainers full time (twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week) for the first month after the braces come off, and then we will taper the number of hours down to nighttime only wear (approximately eight to ten hours) by month three. We find that starting full time and tapering down the number of hours increases the chance of the patient’s compliance with following the protocol long term and minimizes the pressure and soreness of wearing the retainers much quicker. Additionally, we also offer a bonded wire retainer behind the lower front teeth, if requested. We are very proud of our treatments, and want you to maintain that healthy and wonderful smile forever. After all, our completed cases are our best advertisement. We want you to walk around town with a huge smile on your face, and tell everyone it was our office that made your smile perfect!

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Dr. Nick Reynolds “Since as long as I can remember, it’s been my goal to pursue a career in which I can work with my hands, help someone everyday, be artistic, strive for perfection, and provide for my community. Orthodontics is the perfect marriage of all those things. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else! My goal at Northeast Orthodontics is to provide the children and adults of St. Petersburg with handsome and beautiful smiles while providing first class service, state of the art care, and a friendly atmosphere.”

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5 Ways to Be a Better Dad Five men I know named Bob, Cedric, Andre, Steve, and Quentin have very different lives, but they have one thing in common. They know what it means to be a good dad. However, their approaches and best practices are different. When I asked each of them to tell me what they thought made them good fathers they discussed what they thought was the most important. Each of them listed something different. Five guys, five solid ideas. We all have to find our own way, yes, but take a moment to think through the following pointers from Bob, Cedric, Steve, Andre, and Quentin. See what those five things are. Here are 5 ways to be a better dad. 1. Spend one-on-one time. Bob has four children. They range in age from 7 to 16. “There are a lot of key factors in parenting,” Bob said. “But I’ve got to say, hands down, the most important tool in my belt is quality oneon-one time. It’s not easy, logistically, but I’ve made the commitment to do it

and I think it pays off.” Bob’s “signature move” is breakfast. Each child has their own day and they’re all well known at his favorite local venue. Be like Bob and literally “be there” for your kids on a regular basis. “I found something that worked for us,” Bob said. “But the point is the individual time together. We have some really deep conversations and there’s no competition for my attention because they all know their morning is coming soon.” 2. Share a passion Cedric’s “thing” is Boy Scouts with his twin sons. He’s moved through the ranks with them and right now they’re finishing up Life. “Someone needs to find a way to get me an Eagle too,” he laughed. “If anyone’s earned it by now it’s me!” Cedric and his boys can’t get enough of camping, learning badge skills, and hanging out with the other Scouts. Maybe you’ll end up jogging with your kids, learning to cook to-

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This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar recipe makes a nice afternoon treat, especially after a long day at school. We love it because it's quick (bars are a great treat when you don't have time to bake multiple sheets of cookies), calls for ingredients one almost always has in their pantry, and of course it’s delicious.

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1. In a greased 9-inch square microwave-safe dish, combine oats, brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. 2. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, turning halfway through. 3. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and microwave at 30% power for 4 to 5 minutes until chips are soft. Spread chocolate evenly over top. 4. Refrigerate 20 minutes before cutting.

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Little Steps to Healthy Living— for the Whole Family by Amy Alexander

Living a healthy lifestyle starts with one decision and builds little by little over time until you reach your family goals. Here are some simple steps to guide you down the road to better health – when you’re at home or out and about.

Little Steps When Eating Out

• Before heading to the restaurant, choose your entrée and look up the nutritional information – this helps control calorie intake.

•U  se smaller plates and bowls. If you’re still hungry, go back for seconds.

•P  lay with your kids. Hopscotch, jump rope, Wii — anything that gets you and them moving.

•E  at early. This eliminates the “before dinner snack” and helps you digest your food easier.

•G  o for a family walk before or after dinner. Take the dog too! This could become a great activity for all of you.

• Take a cooking class. Many of these classes can show you fun and flavorful ways to cook healthier.

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• Park further away and take the stairs. Every extra step burns a couple of extra calories. • Take a 10 minute walk on your lunch break – walk the mall and get some shopping in too!

• Try a group fitness class like cycling, yoga, Zumba or Pilates. Remember, little steps add up to big results!

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• Split a meal with someone. Most entrees at restaurants are big enough for two people. • Skip the appetizers and bread. Instead, go for a side salad to hold you over before your meal arrives. Hint: for fewer calories, ask for dressing on the side and leave off the bacon and cheese. • Drinks count! Order low calorie beverages like unsweetened tea or go with water; it’s always the best option.

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• Find low calorie recipes. Many cookbooks and recipe sites list the nutritional information for their recipes, including calorie count. • Go lean. Choose lower fat options such as leaner cuts of meat, low fat cheese and vegetarian dishes. • Use cooking spray instead of greasing your pans with butter.

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Tiger Cubs Expected this August What better way to celebrate World Tiger day this past July 29th, than with the recent announcement by Walt Disney World that Sohni, a Sumatran tiger at the Maharajah Jungle Trek located in Asia at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is expecting her first litter of cubs in just a couple weeks. Disney shared this exciting news in the following announcement: “Disney is involved in efforts to save critically endangered Sumatran tigers. To date, the Disney Conservation Fund has provided nearly $2.5 million to protect tigers and their habitats. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Sumatran tigers Sohni and Malosi have been actively breeding, and we are delighted to announce that Sohni is pregnant and expecting cubs sometime in August.” Sohni and Malosi were introduced to Maharajah Jungle Trek after

a recent renovation. The previous tigers were relocated to make room for a breeding pair, as this is common for zoological facilities. It allowed Disney to be a part of a Sumatran tiger breeding program. Needless to say, it didn’t take long for these critically endangered Sumatran tigers to start breeding. It is not clear when the cubs will make their appearance at Maharajah Jungle Trek, but it will likely be a month or so after they are born, so that mom and cubs can bond. One thing is certain, Sohni has gotten excellent care during her pregnancy. The animal care staff and veterinarians make sure each animal receives the best care available. These tigers eat better steaks than you can find at your favorite

steakhouse! And their vet staff is sure to give them the best care. These cubs will be an awesome addition to the Disney’s Animal Kingdom family. And this news is not only very exciting news for the animal care and veterinary staff, but for the world because any Sumatran tiger birth is a win for the species. The Sumatran tiger is critically endangered with only about 400 individuals left on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. That is why each birth is so important. Zoological facilities are working together to save this species from the brink of extinction as well

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as hundreds more. Deforestation and poaching are the greatest treats to these magnificent animals. There are a few simple things that you can do on a daily basis to help save amazing animals and all of the other animals that need our protection in the wild. You can take those blue bins seriously and become an avid recycler, try to use reusable bags and water bottles and bags when you’re on the go, conserve energy, carpool, find ways to volunteer or donate to spurt wildlife research, education, and conservation. Education is keep in spreading a message of conservation to protect animals such as the Sumatran tiger.

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The last time totality occurred anywhere in the 48 states was on February 26, 1979, nearly 40 years ago.

Everyone in the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii) will see some part of the Sun eclipsed by the moon on August 21, 2017. It takes just 90 minutes for the moon’s shadow to cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.

The average speed of the moon’s shadow as it crosses the United States is nearly 1,700 miles per hour. This is three times faster than a supersonic jet plane.

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To see the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse you must be inside the narrow path of the moon’s dark shadow, the “umbra.” This path of totality will cross parts of 12 states. Whether you’re planning on going to an eclipse viewing party or just sitting out on a blanket in your backyard, you may want to plan ahead on how you’ll actually be viewing the celestial event. It isn’t safe to look at the sun with the naked eye. Its surface is so bright that if you stare at any portion of it, no matter how small, it produces enough light to permanently damage your retina.

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The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.

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Back to School:

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Working together as a couple to conquer back-to-school stress by Dr. Greg Smalley, Focus on the Family

Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these tips from some amazing educators, doctors, and other parents!

Recently my wife, Erin, and I were in a kindergarten orientation meeting for parents. This was our fourth such orientation, but it is also represented our last – which was especially hard for Erin. The principal asked if anyone had an example of how he or she reads with the kids at home. I said, “I read with my kids all the time – I turn on the closed captioning when we’re watching TV.”

Another challenge for couples is deciding how to divide responsibilities. Although one spouse may not have time to participate in all the back-to-school activities, it doesn’t mean that he or she cannot be a part of this changing season in family life. If all the preparation falls solely on one spouse’s shoulders, the other spouse can offer support in other practical ways.

You could hear crickets chirping. The awkwardness finally ended as Erin gave me that half-smile that meant I was in big trouble.

It’s best to discuss these responsibilities as teammates. Make a list of all the tasks needed to get your kids back in school. Then discuss how to divide them. If some of the chores start to create a tug-of-war, make it your goal to out-serve your spouse. I made the decision to get up an hour earlier so I can unload the dishwasher and cook breakfast for the kids. I may hate unloading the dishes, but I know that Erin likes to leave the house with a clean sink and an empty dishwasher. This is one way I can serve my wife.

The stress and anxiety of preparing kids to o back to school can create unique challenges for couples. Increased conflict is common during this time of transition. The best way to deescalate some of this tension is to recognize what is going on for you emotionally. Talk to your spouse and try putting into words how you’re feeling – “I’m overwhelmed trying to gather all of the back-to-school supplies,” or “I’m worried that our daughter won’t make any friends at her new school.” When you express how you’re feeling, it can calm you down.

It’s possible for your marriage to thrive during the back-to-school season when you take time to care for each other and pursue unity.

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Getting In Gear: A Back to School Guide for Parents

By Judy Adorno, Director, St. Petersburg Sylvan Learning Center

help ensure that he is not overtired or overly anxious about schoolwork. If you’re feeling apprehensive about the upcoming start of school — frazzled mornings, preparing lunches, negotiating school attire and regulating “screen” time — take solace in the fact that you play a critical part in getting your children motivated and excited to tackle the new school year.

Develop A Family Event Calendar. One of the most helpful tools for getting organized is a family calendar. Keep track of school schedules and events, volunteer work, after-school activities as well as designated study and family time. Effective time management is the key to avoiding stress and disorganization.

Depending on your child’s age, your role will vary but here are some helpful ideas to ease kids of all ages back into learning mode:

• Depending on your children’s ages, your calendar can be on construction paper with large squares to write in all necessary information, or it can be produced on a white board so that it is easy to revise.

Help Your Child Discover His/Her Learning Style. Because each child is special, with different learning styles and academic needs, it is important to personalize the learning process. People learn in at least eight different ways, according to the Multiple Intelligences Theory: visually, verbally, physically, mathematically, musically, naturalistically, through group activity or through quiet thinking time. Think about how your child learns best and talk about her learning strengths and needs. Check in with her teachers early in the year and discuss how, together, you can provide the best support.

take advantage of the tax-free time frame. Be sure to include your child. She can feel excited and in control by choosing her favorite colors and designs. Be a Cheerleader. Encourage your child to share any concerns he has about returning to school. Reinforce positive feelings by talking with your child about learning and achievement. Support his academic interests and encourage him to get involved in extracurricular activities at school. Set goals together and have frequent progress checks and rewards. Notice and celebrate successes (big or small) once school starts. Plan now to celebrate the first report card!

• If it is color-coded by family member, you can clearly see who has an activity scheduled and when the event occurs. • Place the calendar in a central location so, whenever questions arise or plans change, you will know instantly whether it fits within your family plans. Purchase School Supplies In Advance. Avoid the last-minute rush by purchasing supplies in advance  —  and don’t forget to

Get Back In The Routine. Ease the transition from lazy summer days to the structure of the school year by re-establishing routines for reading and homework, bedtime and mealtime. Talk with your child about the importance of structure and how routines

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Prepping for Back to School by by Charles Charles A. A. Welborn, Welborn, MD, MD, MPH, MPH, FAAP, FAAP, FACEP FACEP Medical Medical Director, Director, After After Hours Hours Pediatrics Pediatrics Urgent Urgent Care Care

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Preparing your child to head back to school is not simple. There are clothes to buy, supplies to stock and, of course, the annual health assessment that most schools require. This annual exam is important as it may be the only time your school-aged child will see a health care provider in the entire year. It is the time to look in the ears and check the heart, as well as an opportunity to assess your child’s immunization status (and get that flu vaccine), examine the spine for scoliosis, assess any behavioral problems, or check for the many issues that a child-maturing body and mind can experience. This exam is especially important for homeschooled students who may not be required to have a health assessment.

Most children use backpacks nowadays. Not only ensuring the proper size and fit, but also teaching your child the correct way to wear a backpack will prevent many back and shoulder strains. For example, if your child uses a lightweight, canvas backpack, he should never carry more than 20% of his body weight – and should always use two wide, padded shoulder straps and a waist belt to help distribute the weight more evenly across the body.

Chronic Conditions If your child has a chronic condition, such as asthma or diabetes, it is important to inform the teachers and school

health officials of the condition, even if the illness is well controlled. Provide a list of any medications your child takes, even if they are taken only at home. Notify the school of any allergies or physical restrictions. Equally important is to understand what health services are available in the school. Is there a nurse or an advanced practice nurse at the school? What type of equipment is available to assess your child’s condition if he becomes ill? What tasks is the nurse or other staff allowed to perform, e.g. take vital signs or administer medications? Are you allowed to keep medication for your child in the health office? Knowing the roles and abilities of your child’s school health office will help you plan ahead if your child needs medical attention.

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It is not uncommon for ‘little’ epidemics of minor illness to sweep through schools. These may include conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep throat, stomach viruses, etc. While some of this is inevitable, the occurrences can be lessened in two ways. The first: if your child is obviously ill, do not send him to school as you will only help spread his illness to the other students. The second: it is the school’s responsibility to send home any sick child in order to limit the spread of the illness.

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Back to School Health Tips

When the kids are in school, health should be one of your top priorities. Of course, learning is important, but lots of children in one place mean lots of germs. Following these tips will help your kids stay healthy and will make school health a top priority for your family.

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Finally, get your child into a healthy routine of exercise and sleep. If the physical exercise at school is limited, your child will need play/exercise time after school. Sleep is vitally important; most children need 8 to 10 hours of sleep to function optimally. If they don’t get the required amount, they simply will not be alert in class, have difficulty paying attention, and perhaps experience more behavioral problems.

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Teach Your Kids to Wash Their Hands Washing hands is the best way to stay healthy both in school and out. Stock up on Tissues Be prepared for all those sniffles and sneezes that are bound to come while your kids are in school. Update Their Vaccines Vaccines help protect not only your child but also the other kids around them from lots of really serious illnesses. Get Your Hand Sanitizer Ready When their hands aren’t visibly soiled and soap and water just isn’t available, instant hand sanitizer works great. Pack Healthy Lunches Teaching healthy habits at home and making sure you either pack healthy lunches or teach your kids which foods to buy in the cafeteria, will go a long way to improving your child’s health at school. Encourage Physical Activity Research has shown that physical activity is just as important to your child’s health and development as mental activity. Keep Them Home When They Are Sick Keeping your child home will help him recover faster and will also prevent the illness from spreading to the rest of his classmates.


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Indian Rocks Christian School

12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo

Keswick Christian School

10101 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg

Lakeside Schristian School

1897 Sunset Point Rd, Clearwater

Learning Adventures Preschool

4401 38th Ave N, St. Petersburg

LiFT Academy

13400 Park Blvd, Seminole

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11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo



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2045 Palmetto St., Clearwater 1601 Curlew Rd., Palm Harbor 7100 142nd Ave. N., Largo 10888 126th Ave., Seminole 3901 Park St. N., St. Petersburg 2795 Keystone Rd, Tarpon Springs 8812 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey

Promiseland Preschool

1900 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg

Rainbow Preschool

13400 Park Blvd, Seminole

Rosie’s Play School

4500 38th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Rosie’s Play School

501 39th St. N., St. Petersburg

Rosie’s Play School

2869 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Sacred Heart Interparochial School

7951 46th Way N, Pinellas Park

Shady Creek Preschool

2095 Belleair Rd, Clearwater

Shorecrest Prep

5101 1st St NE, St. Petersburg

Skycrest Christian School

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by Dr. Kira Wilson

I love the start of a new school year. As an educator, August is the New Year that affords a fresh beginning. It is a time to reevaluate, try out new materials, read new books, meet new students and parents, and make improvements to ideas and plans that are mediocre or stale. Prior to school, I consider a theme for the year and revisit our mission and vision as a ministry. In addition to shopping for school supplies and clothing, the new school year is also a time for parents to consider what changes they want to make in the family routine and prioritizing of activities. While many welcome the structure and accountability after a long summer, some are not as eager for the added responsibilities. Before the onslaught of classes and meetings, step back and look at the big picture rather than the tasks that are soon to be imposed by a new schedule. Consider this checklist for preparing the family for the start of school.


Plan a Family Pow-Wow, Meeting of the Minds, Family Summit—whatever name you want to give it. Create excitement and anticipation for this special family meeting. Let everyone contribute. Gather your children together to discuss your goals and their goals for the year. What new challenges might they face? How will the added workload

and responsibilities at school effect new privileges? What do your children hope to get from the year? What do they hope to learn? How do they hope to grow spiritually? How will they choose their friends? How can they be a friend? What will help them become an excellent student? Pray for the school, the teachers, and students. Take notes and video your children reading the notes at the end of meeting so you can revisit your goals each quarter to assess progress. Then you can celebrate successes and provide encouragement where needed.

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Set expectations for academics and behavior (Col. 3:23). Instill confidence (Ps. 121:2). Encourage and guide your children toward making wise choices in their relationships (1 Cor. 15:33). Prepare a comfortable space with few distractions, where your children can do their school work. Maintain a regular bedtime routine, to include reading, prayer, and time for bed.

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Limit the use of television and electronic devices. Turn devices off an hour before the bedtime routine. Add a family reading time to your evening routine.

School begins in just a few weeks but there is plenty of time to prepare for a great school year. Use this checklist as a catalyst for setting goals for the coming year. Read more at Happy School Year! Dr. Kira Wilson is the Director of Covenant Academy in Pinellas County and the founder of Life and Learning (, an education blog for parents. With more than 30 years in Christian education, her passion is to encourage and equip teachers and parents to develop in children a love for learning and a genuine relationship with God. She cherishes family time with her husband, children, and two grandchildren.

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Some kids are talkers, and some kids are listeners. The key is to know what kinds of questions give the quieter child a chance to speak up. As you enter this busy season of more limited family time, it’s even more important to make every conversation count. Not sure how to start? This Back to School Talk provides conversation starters that helps big talkers and great listeners each share and contribute. What are you most looking forward to on the first day of school? Who have been your three favorite teachers or adults at school? Name five things you don’t ever want to have for lunch. What class subject would you love to have seven days a week? Do you think we can be on time to school ten days in a row? Who would you like to have in your class? What two things did you like most about last school year? What are your four favorite school lunches? Name three new things you learned last year. Should school be eight hours long each day? Longer? Shorter? Why? Give mom and dad ten hugs—right now! What will be great about being in your new grade? August 2017 • 35

Back-to-School: Top Car Buying Tips for Young Drivers During back-to-school season, students are often on the hunt for what may be their first car. There are many factors to consider beyond budget, and experts say this can be a difficult process to navigate. “With hundreds of makes and models to choose from, young car buyers can find it challenging to select the best match for their new lifestyles,” says Brian Moody, executive editor at Autotrader. There may likely be conflicting priorities between the student who will be driving the car and the parents who may be funding the purchase. To help families select cars for young drivers, as well as prepare them for safe travels, the experts at Autotrader are sharing tips and insights. • Consider new vs. used vs. hand-me-down: New cars don’t typically require much maintenance, which can make them good choices for young people, who should

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be focused foremost on their driving. Plus, new cars have all the latest safety features. However, new cars can mean depreciation, as they lose value at a much faster rate than used cars. While a used car will likely be cheaper, it may come with more maintenance costs. Lastly, parents may consider simply giving their current vehicle to their child, assuming the car is in good driving condition. • Prioritize Safety: The latest safety features are particularly important for those with less experience behind the wheel. Before selecting a vehicle, consider reviewing crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at • Rethink Value: Value doesn’t necessarily mean buying the least expensive car. Remember to take into consideration fuel economy, resale value and practicality. Is this a vehicle that will spend more time in the shop than on the road? Also consider which services will come with

the purchase. Some new cars, for example, come with free scheduled maintenance for a specific number of miles. You can also narrow down your options based on which cars are most affordable to insure. • Technology: Young drivers today are likely going to be keen on selections with in-car technology. Voice-activated Bluetooth, hands-free calling and music streaming are just a few features that may appeal to your young driver.

Whatever way you acquire your vehicle, it’s important to remember that regular maintenance will extend the life of your car. Frequently wash your car to keep the paint and finish in good condition. Check tire pressure, inspect wiper blades, the engine, belts, hoses and coolant, and check alignment and suspension. While knowing how to perform these routine tasks is an invaluable skill, you may prefer taking your car to a professional. Find a trusted mechanic near your home or campus. That way, you’ll know who to call should you have an issue down the line. Use this back-to-school season as an opportunity to become a savvier car shopper, a safer driver and a more responsible car owner. © StatePoint.

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Q: Our 14-year-old son wants to start playing football. My husband is all-in, but I’m reluctant due to the injury risk. Do you have any advice?

Jim: I think a common misperception is that “manliness” equates to brute power and strength. But when it comes to being a good father and husband, I’d suggest something else. How about “sacrifice”?

Jim: I personally love football, but I also know firsthand how rough it can be — my playing days ended with a broken collarbone in high school. Football is a great sport that teaches kids many good qualities, including teamwork, and helps them get in shape. But parents and children need to be aware of the risks associated with such a rough contact sport. According to the journal Pediatrics, football accounts for about 22 percent of all concussions among 8- to 19-yearolds. In fact, the study’s researchers found that 27 percent of football players ages 12 through 17 have had a least one concussion. Other research has identified a serious condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.), which can develop after repeated concussions and trauma. On a broader scale that encompasses all sports, studies by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons show that young people are facing more serious injuries than ever before — torn ligaments, dislocated shoulders, neck and knee injuries and strained muscles and joints — all from high school athletics. I’m certainly not slamming youth sports. But as parents, we may need to help our kids find a balance between athletics and other less physically demanding activities. If your children are involved in high-impact sports yearround, you might encourage them to take a season off to pursue other interests and allow their bodies to heal. Even

though they’re young and energetic, teens need time to rest and recuperate, just like the rest of us. If and when our kids get hurt, we shouldn’t push them back out on the field too soon. Playing when you’re injured isn’t tough — it’s negligent. Along those lines, make sure that coaches and trainers are properly qualified to assess injuries (especially concussions), and are fully committed to placing player safety above any other outcome. If the coach’s perspective is “win at all costs,” your child will be better off playing elsewhere or trying a different activity.

“Sacrifice” is considered a weakness by a lot of guys. That’s too bad, because when you look at healthy families you generally see a common trait: sacrificial men. These are the guys who go to their kids’ soccer games even if they’d rather stay home and watch football. They’re patient with their kids when a bike gets left in the rain for the umpteenth time. Men who sacrifice develop stronger, more loving family relationships. It’s a paradox, really. We’re at our strongest when we lay down our lives, even in small ways, for our wives and children. It can be hard to do, and we don’t always do it well. But that’s why it’s called “sacrifice.” As fathers, we have to challenge ourselves to sacrifice for our families. We should not only tell them we love them,

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but show them that they’re the most important people in the world to us. It could be leaving work early for a special dinner with our wives. Or maybe it’s staying patient and lovingly correcting your children when they’re careless and scratch your car. Sacrifice will lead you to make significant choices. But being a dad is a significant experience. For help with your fathering, visit

RAISING TWINS CAN BE A REAL ADVENTURE Q: Is there anything special we need to know about raising twins? We just became the proud parents of two precious children, and we’d like to get our family off to a good start. Danny Huerta, Vice President, Parenting and Youth: Apart from the fact that it’s twice the work (and twice the fun!), raising twins doesn’t differ significantly from the rearing of other children. Generally speaking, it’s based on the same foundational principles of love, limits and close parental involvement. However, there are some special considerations to keep in mind, particularly if you’ve been blessed with identical twins (my father-in-law is an identical twin).

can also tend to obscure the individual identities of the children involved. There’s nothing wrong with highlighting the similarities between your twins — for example, by dressing them in identical clothes when they’re small. But you should also be looking for ways to appreciate and emphasize their differences. Make a point of allowing both kids to be themselves. As much as possible, love and discipline each one individually, according to his or her own temperament and personality. Dozens of detailed studies, involving over 14,000 pairs of twins, have emphasized that each child is unique and needs a different parenting response. As your kids grow older, check in with them from time to time to see how they’re doing. Ask questions like, “How does it feel to be a twin in this family? What can we do to strengthen our relationship?” In short, do everything you can to ensure that the uniqueness of each child isn’t overlooked.

In the meantime, don’t neglect your own needs as parents and as a couple. Invest time and effort in building and maintaining a strong support system. Don’t be afraid to request help from parents, relatives and friends. Plan regular date nights, and work to keep your marriage healthy and strong. Raising twins is a big job, and it can be exhausting at times — but completely worth it!

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN YOUR COMMUNITY Q: How can I get involved with the effort to protect and rescue the innocent victims of exploitation? Recently I heard about human trafficking and sexual slavery right here in our own community! Jim: It’s true that human trafficking, sexual slavery and various types of bondage are going on all around us. Most of us go about our business blissfully ignorant of the suffering and tragedy that could be taking place under our very noses. If you see someone you suspect might be a victim of trafficking, watch for evidence that he or she is being controlled. Signs include inability to move or leave a job, fear or depression, lack of identification or marks of physical abuse. If you have an opportunity to speak with such an

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SINGLE ADULT CONSIDERS WHETHER TO ADOPT AN ORPHAN Q: I’m a single adult who is deeply concerned about the plight of orphans in this country and around the world, and I’d like to do my part by adopting a child who needs a home. What is your advice? Jim: I applaud your selfless attitude and your willingness to welcome a needy child into your home; the need for more adoptive parents is huge. That said, Focus on the Family remains committed to the ideal that the two-parent home — founded on a loving marriage relationship between one man and one woman — is the optimum environment for every child. This is our Creator’s design for the family, and we’re convinced that it’s the best arrangement for all concerned. Studies overwhelmingly demonstrate that children do best in all measurable ways when they’re in stable homes with a mother and a father. That’s why — and as most single moms and dads would be the first to confirm — single-parenting is a stiff challenge even under the most favorable circumstances. So I would counsel anyone who is considering this option to proceed with great care. Furthermore, moms and dads are innately different. Academic research has demonstrated the importance of a father’s protective influence, especially for boys. Mothers

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137,026 SETS August 10, 2017 of twins were born in the U.S. last year according to the National Vital Statistics Report which was released this past January. The annual Twins Days Festival takes place on the first full weekend of August each year in Twinsburg, Ohio and its attendees range in age from newborns to nonagenarians. So if you have a twin, whether you are identical or fraternal, young or old, grab your camera and have a blast doubling up at this year’s festival.

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August 1-5, 12, 19, 26 ELECTRIC OCEAN AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO When the sun goes down the night comes to life at SeaWorld’s all-new Electric Ocean. Guests explore exotic worlds of light and music filled with glowing sea creatures, DJ entertainment, and a spectacular display of fireworks. With the return of celebrated shows Sea Lion Tonite and Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night, summer nights at SeaWorld have never been brighter. August 1 - 6 BUSCH GARDENS SUMMER NIGHTS Party louder and play later at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay during the reimagined Summer Nights event, featuring park-wide party zones, summer cuisine, thrill rides in the dark and an all-new summer ice show at the Moroccan Palace, Turn It Up! The event lasts through August 6 and is open until 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. August 1 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. For information on events in your area call 800-648-3688.

August 2 CHILDREN’S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FREE TUESDAY The Glazer Children’s Museum proudly presents a Free Admission Tuesday program held on the first Tuesday of every month, between 12-7pm. Join us and great partners like WEDU PBS for free, family fun. August 3 - 5 ISLAND NIGHTS AT ADVENTURE ISLAND Celebrate the summer during Island Nights! The sunset celebration occurs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at Adventure Island® from now to August 5. When the sun goes down, Adventure Island heats up! Join us during Island Nights for tropical vibes that will make your summer unforgettable. August 4 - 6 PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS SHOWSTOPPERS: ONCE UPON A DREAM Showstoppers celebrates the most celebrated classic and contemporary songs from Disney films and musical songbook. Students in grades 9-college perform in this musical celebration.

Belleair Montessori Academy… Where a Child Loves to Learn! Experience Florida Hospital IMAX Dome Theatre at MOSI one last time before it closes. There are currently four amazing movies showing at the theatre: Robots, Wild Africa, A Beautiful Planet and Great White Shark.

• Family owned for over 60 years • Located in the beautiful town of Belleair • Open 7am – 6pm / year round program • Part-time and full time programs • Ages 1 – 4 • Summer learning program • Free VPK • Child care scholarships accepted from Pinellas ELC

August 1-13 POP ART STUDIO AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM From comic books to soup cans, kids experiment with Pop Art techniques and contribute to a collaborative selfportrait gallery wall! Pop Art Studio is open now through August 13 AND IS included with GCM admission and free for members. August 1-13 CARDBOARD SPACE ADVENTURES AT MOSI Ready to explore the galaxy? Quick, jump into MOSI’s cardboard spaceship! Construction has begun on an enormous, one-of-a-kind experience, Cardboard Space Adventures, at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa. Guests will help create a huge outpost in outer space, full of hands-on creativity, engineering, and art—all constructed entirely from cardboard.

Why choose a Montessori school?

• Multi-age groupings that foster peer learning • Teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle • Students learn through sensory-motor and practical life activities

Four primary Montessori goals:

• Awaken the child’s spirit and imagination • Encourage independence • Develop kindness and self discipline • To help the child learn how to observe, question and explore ideas independently Cathie Hernandez, Director Patti Andre, Assistant Director

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August 5 TAMPA BAY ROWDIES VS. HARRISBURG CITY ISLANDERS Rowdies fans! Here’s your chance to cheer on our Tampa Bay Rowdies and enjoy fun filled evening at Al Lang Stadium in St. Pete. August 5 BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH EVENT On Aug 5th 2017 Hillsborough County public schools will be hosting their 12th year event at Leto High School that will allow students to get free physicals and vaccines, backpacks filled with school supplies, Music, face -painting much more. We are also looking for vendors. The event is free and a free table for vendors that have free information and items for our families. August 5, 12, 19, 26 DILLYDALLY WITH DALI Children can discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles and arts + crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction. Dillydally with Dali takes place under the direction of the museum’s Family Programs Coordinator in the 1st floor Education Classroom. August 5 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. MILWAUKEE BREWERS The first 15,000 fans will receive a Marvel Iron Man Bobblehead - while supplies last.

August 5 & 19 MFA MAKE & TAKE SATURDAYS Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the collection and special exhibitions. Supplies are included. FREE with Museum admission. No registration necessary Recommended for ages five and older, but entire families are encouraged to participate

August 6 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. MILWAUKEE BREWERS Kids 14 and under will receive Rays Swim Goggles - while supplies last. August 6 NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY Friendship Day is a day to nurture relationships, new and old. It’s a really easy and fun day to celebrate.

August 6, 12, 20, 26 SUMMER CLASSICS MOVIE SERIES AT THE TAMPA THEATRE Relive cinematic classics at the Tampa Theatre. This month you can see classics like The Wizard of Oz, Grease, Casablanca and more. August 8 - 13 MOTOWN THE MUSICAL AT THE STRAZ It began as one man’s story … became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. August 10 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR PINELLAS AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. and August 10 MARKETPLACE AMBASSADOR INITIATIVE LUNCHEON This event is designed to equip Christian business and professional people to better live out their calling as an Ambassador for Christ in their sphere of influence. Fellowship 11:00-11:30 am. Lunch, Speaker: PGA Pro Wally Armstrong, and table discussion 11:30-1:00pm. August 12 QUACK TO SCHOOL - KIWANIS INCREDIBLE DUCK RACE Watch thousands of rubber ducks race down the Hillsborough River! Adopt a duck for the race at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s Visitor Services desk then drift into the Museum for a duck-themed day of play! $5.00 Admission

August 12 GREAT CONNECTIONS AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS Great Connections is a monthly program just for children with special needs and their families. The second Sunday of the month, Great Explorations will close to the general public from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., will modify lights and sounds, and will provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break.

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August 12 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. CLEVELAND INDIANS The first 15,000 fans will receive a Mystery Retro Replica Jersey - while supplies last.

August 19 MONSTER JAM AT AMALIE ARENA Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ is a points-based format that showcases the best lineup of Monster Jam vehicles that deliver what fans want to see most…more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action! August 20 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. SEATTLE MARINERS Kids 14 and under will receive Rays Win Alarm Clock - while supplies last.

August 13 & 27 AVANT-GARDENERS AT THE DALI Come explore The Dali Museum’s AvantGarden and learn how Dali was inspired by nature. Little Avant-Gardeners (12 and under) will take a focused tour of our garden, exploring new themes each week followed by an art activity in our classroom. We recommend wearing comfortable play clothes-you might get a little messy! August 13 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. CLEVELAND INDIANS Kids 14 and under will receive Rays Retro Socks while supplies last. August 14 V-J DAY On August 14, 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. August 14 TAMPA BAY STORM HOME POSTSEASON GAME The Storm open up the Arena Football League postseason on Monday, Aug. 14 at AMALIE Arena. August 19 TAMPA BAY ROWDIES VS. OTTAWA FURY FC Rowdies fans! Here’s your chance to cheer on our Tampa Bay Rowdies and enjoy fun filled evening at Al Lang Stadium in St. Pete. August 19 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. SEATTLE MARINERS The first 15,000 fans will receive a Rays Tote Bag - while supplies last. August 19 PAINTING ON THE WILD SIDE AT BUSCH GARDENS

August 25 & 29 MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY If you are looking for a way to celebrate Halloween Disney Style, Mickey’s Not-SoScary Halloween Party is the event for you. Adults and children can Trick-or-Treat their way through the Magic Kingdom while experiencing Halloween magic at every turn. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. August 26 NATIONAL DOG DAY National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. August 26 GCM’S SCIENCE TASTIC DAY: KITCHEN SCIENCE Explore the science of cooking as children get a chance to get hands on in the kitchen.

August 29 ED SHEERAN LIVE IN CONCERT Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar Ed Sheeran will be making a stop at Tampa’s Amalie Arena for a concert. August 31 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be held from August 31-November 13, 2017. Your Epcot admission is all that’s needed to participate in this popular event!

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Celebrate wildlife during a one-of-a-kind instructed canvas painting session. The special experience will take place inside the state-of-the art Tiger Lodge, overlooking Busch Gardens’ magnificent tigers on their habitat and will include the following activities: Meet and Greet with a special animal ambassador, Tiger talk led by one of Busch Gardens’ tiger experts paired with an observational tiger enrichment and 45-minute instructed canvas painting session. August 21 EXPERIENCE THE SOLAR ECLIPSE AT MOSI On August 21st, MOSI will engage eclipse enthusiasts with a range of STEM activities including a space talk, viewing of the eclipse through telescopes fitted with solar filters and eclipse viewer building. MOSI educators will be on hand to answer questions and ensure a safe viewing experience. Even if cloudy skies prevent firsthand viewing of the eclipse, MOSI will air a live-stream video of the event from NASA. To advertise, call 727-612-0783

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Cardboard Space Adventures MOSI August 1 – 13 Ready to explore the galaxy? Quick, jump into MOSI’s cardboard spaceship! Guests will help create a huge outpost in outer space—all constructed entirely from cardboard.

Elvis: Live in Concert Ruth Eckerd Hall

Witness the King himself Elvis Presley as you’ve never seen him before; on screen with a live orchestra on stage.




Tampa Bay Rays vs. Clevland Indians Tropicana Field The Tampa Bay Rays host the Clevland Indians at Tropicana Field.

GO RAYS! The first 15,000 fans get a Free Retro Jersey!


Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Ottawa Fury FC Al Lang Stadium


Buccaneers vs Clevland Browns

Dress up for this “not-so-scary” occasion where all kinds of candies and sweets are just waiting for you to find. Select Nights August – October

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

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Cheer on the Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Pete.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Magic Kingdom



Motown the Musical at the Straz Straz Center

The Art of the Brick Downtown Tampa, August 1 – Sept. 4 The Art of the Brick is the first art exhibition to focus exclusively on the use of LEGO® bricks as an art medium and artist Nathan Sawaya has taken it to new heights. Presented by the Vinik Family Foundation


Dinos Alive Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Get up-close and personal with varying species of dinosaurs that move, roar and interact with you! Take pictures, learn fun facts about how they lived and how we can help save present-day species of wildlife from extinction.


Gecko Fest

Each year, Gulfport, Florida celebrates the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, dedicated to the town’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile. The festival has grown to become one of Tampa Bay’s most anticipated events of the year. Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper


Labor Day Weekend celebration Busch Gardens Busch Gardens Tampa Bay keeps the summer excitement going Labor Day weekend with a fireworks celebration and a 10 p.m. closing.

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