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September 2019

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4 This September We Recommend That You… 5 Parent to Parent 6 Reader Photos of the Month 8 Kids in the Kitchen 9 Healthy Snacks For Kids That Don’t Taste Healthy 10 Dungy Diaries 11 Movie Night 13 Leave this World with Memories, Not Dreams! 14 When Is Your Vehicle Totaled? 17 Expecting Parents: What Your Pediatrician May Not Tell You 18 7 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wishes You Knew 20 All Pro Dad: September Basic Training 21 The Tropical Garden: Fall Planting 22 Keeping Grandparents Close 23 It’s Great to Create! Grandparents Day Crafts 24 2019 School Guide 26 Safety To and From School 27 4 Life Lessons from a Pencil 28 Education Spotlight 30 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 31 Heart Gallery 32 Sensible Tips for Helping Children with Homework 33 Back to School Advice for Our Pets 34 Building Community 35 30 Day Back to School Challenge 37 The 8 Secrets to Lasting Love 38 Focus on the Family: Remembering 9/11 41 Plugged In: When Social Media Bullying Turns Uglier 42 September Fun Facts 43 Celebrating 65 Years! 43 Heart Gallery Exhibit Opening 44 September 2019 Events 47 Weekender 2 • September 2019

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bond while making fun of my poor husband, who is a non-detail-oriented, big-picture guy living in a house full of nit-picking literalists who notice everything. His lack of attention to detail leads to his frequently using the wrong words for things, mispronouncing words, and getting details in stories wrong. And the kids love to point out every single mistake.

Parent to Parent With four kids that are fairly spread out in age and that all have very different personalities, conflict is pretty common in my house. Have you ever noticed though that kids seem to get along with one another much better when they are united against a parent?

Take tonight. We were at a restaurant waiting for our food, and my two girls were whining and kicking one another under the table until my husband started telling a story about something my oldest son had done, and these words came out of his mouth: “Two times yesterday. No, not yesterday. It was before yesterday. It was today.”

And by “against”, I don’t necessarily mean in a confrontational or bad way. For example, my kids frequently

Well, all the kids got a big kick out of that blooper. And the bickering magically stopped as Hanna and Haylee entertained one another until the food came with anecdotes of all of the verbal miscues Rodney has made in the past few days and weeks. “Dad always pronounces my teacher’s name wrong.” “He reminds me of Michael Scott from The Office.” “He was trying to sing

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Healthy Snacks For Kids That Don’t Taste Healthy Does it sometimes feel like getting your child to eat nutritious snacks is impossible? With the right foods and recipes, you can create healthy snacks for kids that are so tasty, your kids won’t even realize they’re eating something good for them. “Getting kids to eat healthy foods is all about rethinking the ingredients,” says Laura Fuentes, creator of kid-friendly recipe site MoMables and author of “The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.” The trick?

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by Tony Dungy Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll didn’t try to be all things to all people. He didn’t try to change who he was or alter his approach. Instead, he hired coaches with different personalities. I must admit that I didn’t notice this when I was playing for him in Pittsburgh, but it became apparent once I was on the Steelers’ staff for a while. He always looked for good football coaches who were also good people and who had different strengths that they brought to the team. For instance, he was more of a teacher than a motivator, so having coaches on the staff who were more emotional was im-

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that, and accumulated the debt to tell about it! We now believe that living debt-free is the best, most responsible way to live life, so I do everything I can to help people plan vacations that fit their budgets while giving them the memories they’re looking for! You do not have to break the bank to have a great vacation, and I’m here to help people do just that!

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When Is Your Vehicle Totaled? After a big car crash, one of the initial issues to be resolved is whether or not the insurance company will repair your vehicle or whether the vehicle is a total loss. The first thing to do to determine whether or not a vehicle is a total loss (“totaled”) is to calculate the actual cash value (ACV) of the vehicle at the time of the loss. The ACV is essentially what your vehicle is worth after deducting any depreciation. Typically, automobiles depreciate around 20% the first year and about 10% for years 2-5. After an accident, an insurance adjuster will inspect the vehicle and appraise the damage to the vehicle and how much it will cost to repair. The adjuster then determines the ACV of the vehicle, which can depend based on geographic location, wear and tear prior to the accident, mileage, etc. Finally, if the cost to repair the vehicle is 80% or greater than the ACV, the vehicle is typically deemed a total loss. Another method is to determine the salvage value of the vehicle (what the vehicle is worth for parts, metal, etc.), and then add that to the cost to repair, and if the total is greater than the ACV, then the vehicle is a total loss.

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If your vehicle is deemed a total loss, you will have two choices: (1) take a cash settlement for the ACV of the vehicle, or (2) keep the vehicle, though the amount you get is the ACV minus the salvage value of the vehicle. Of course, in most cases, people choose the cash settlement. For example, if the vehicle has an ACV of $10,000, the cost of repair is $15,000.00, and the salvage value is $500, it doesn’t make much sense to keep the vehicle, so people will usually take the $10,000 cash payment. However, sometimes in lower value vehicles with minor damage, the person might opt to keep the vehicle. For example, if the vehicle is only worth $1,000 and has $850 in damage with a $100 salvage value, the vehicle is technically a total loss though it might only need a new bumper and a few dents fixed, so a person might decide to keep the vehicle and instead of getting the $1000 ACV, they will get $900 after the $100 salvage value is deducted.

insurance for auto repairs or for a total loss vehicle. Another important consideration is whether or not you still owe money on your vehicle. Of course, any money you owe will be deducted from the payment to you. For example, if your ACV of a total loss vehicle is $10,000 and you still owe $7,500, the insurance company will pay you $2,500 and will pay the lender $7,500 to satisfy your loan. Occasionally, a person will owe more on their vehicle than the vehicle is worth. This is a product of depreciation and profit made by the dealer who sold you the vehicle. Car dealers don’t sell you vehicles at the ACV of course, or they wouldn’t ever make any profit. Accordingly, if the ACV of a vehicle you purchase is $10,000, you might

It’s also important to note that if you go through your own insurance company for this, any deductible will apply, so your deductible will be deducted from any payment to you. However, if you use the at-fault vehicle’s insurance, there is no deductible of course. Typically, it is preferable to use the at-fault

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actually pay $12,500 for that vehicle. If you borrow most of that and only put down $500 toward the vehicle, you then owe $12,000 for a vehicle with an ACV of $10,000. That $2,000 gap between the value of the vehicle and the amount you owe is why gap insurance is essential. If you drive off the lot after purchasing a vehicle and a crash causes a total loss, you suddenly owe $12,000 for a vehicle with an ACV of only $10,000, so you will owe $2,000 for a vehicle you no longer have. The auto insurance company is only responsible for the ACV, so that’s why you should purchase gap insurance to protect against this possibility. Typically, if you didn’t put much money down, you might owe more money on your loan than what the vehicle is worth for 6-12 months, so having gap insurance for that period is essential. This process works might seem tedious, but understanding it will hopefully allow you to make an informed decision when dealing with the insurance company after a crash.

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Expecting Parents: What Your Pediatrician May Not Tell You Expecting a child can feel overwhelming: There’s a lot to learn in the months before your baby arrives. Your obstetrician and pediatrician are excellent resources for caring for your baby and keeping them healthy, but they may not tell you how to keep your child safe in your home. Parents and caregivers often think preventable tragedies won’t happen to their family, but sadly, accidents can happen to even the most attentive parents and caregivers. In 2018, 33 children in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties died from unsafe sleep, accidental drowning or abusive head trauma (also known as shaken baby syndrome). These deaths are 100 percent preventable. Learn and share these life-saving tips for safe sleep, water safety and safe stress relief.

Safe sleep The safest way for infants to sleep is Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib. Your infant’s crib mattress should be firm and fit snugly inside the crib’s frame, and a fitted sheet should fit tightly around the mattress. Crib bumpers, stuffed animals, toys, sleep positioners, pillows and blankets increase the risk for suffocation and should remain outside of the crib.

Safe stress relief Surprisingly, parents are most often responsible for causing injury or death from shaking a baby. As stress levels rise, parents and caregivers may shake their baby out of frustration, causing permanent injury or death. The parent or caregiver does not mean to cause abusive head trauma, but they lack the knowledge or skills to cope with a stressful situation. Shaking an infant or young child – even once – can be fatal. Crying is normal for babies – it’s how they communicate. A baby may cry because they are hungry, need a diaper change, are teething, are too hot or too cold, or because they’re simply overtired. Prepare for and prevent situations that might cause your child to cry, and attempt to soothe your baby. Know that it’s okay to take a time out. If a crying child becomes frustrating, leave the child safely on their back in the crib and step out of the room to regroup. Stepping away reduces the chance of stress leading to a dangerous situation.

Check on the child every few minutes to ensure they’re still safe. Make time for yourself by getting a trusted caregiver to watch your baby. Make sure your caregiver also understands it’s ok to put the baby down safely for a few moments if they need a break.

Water safety The best protection against an accidental drowning is supervision. Children can drown in as little as 20 seconds, and without splashing or calling out for help. Designate a “water watcher” who pays close attention while children are near water.

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Install door alarms that alert you when your child goes outside your home. Most children who drown in a nearby pond or pool were last seen inside the house, and caregivers thought the children were napping or playing inside. Add pool and yard fences with selfclosing gates and locks, which can keep a crawling or walking child from reaching the water. Check pool fences for tears and damage – like a small tear that a child could fit through – that need to be repaired.

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lives to teaching and who want what’s best for your child. If you could sneak into the teachers’ lounge and eavesdrop during recess, this is what you would hear them say…

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I’m not a teacher, but I’ve spent my entire life surrounded by them on all sides: both of my parents, both siblings, and their wives, plus a countless list of friends, aunts, uncles and cousins. Education is our family thing (and I’m the oddball for choosing a different career path). What all this exposure to veteran teachers gives me, however, is a unique insider/outsider perspective. Sometimes we lose focus on the fact that the education of our children should be a partnership–a team pursuit wherein parents and teachers are all in for the goal of equipping and nurturing your child to be all God made him to be. When things get tough or a child is struggling, the parent-teacher relationship can become tense. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Our educational system isn’t perfect, but there are countless men and women who have devoted their

Let’s face it: Education isn’t an easy or especially lucrative career choice. With today’s pressure to meet standardized testing benchmarks while also caring for the social and emotional needs of kids from diverse circumstances, it’s uphill all the way. So why do they do it? With rare exception, it’s because they really do care. They worry about your kids when they lie down at night. They find themselves pondering in the grocery store line how to help a kid who’s “stuck” academically to have a breakthrough. So when you’re frustrated with your child’s teacher for whatever reason, understand that the problem is likely not a lack of concern on their part. Communicate about your concerns, but approach them as a teammate, not as the opposition.

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I posed this question to a fantastic preschool teacher who taught my oldest back in the day. She said, “I can tell almost immediately when 4K children are placed in my classroom which ones have been read to a great deal since infancy. They’re better students.” Interestingly, I received the same feedback from a high school English teacher. If, despite your best efforts, your child doesn’t love to read alone, keep reading aloud to them throughout childhood.

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4. Even honest kids get things wrong sometimes. One seasoned teacher put it to me this way: “I tell my parents that if they’ll believe only about half of what their child says about me, I’ll extend the same courtesy to them.” It’s true; kids get facts mixed up, misunderstand things, and relay information incorrectly sometimes. Rather than getting upset with your teacher too quickly, a phone call or email to ask a few questions might be the better course. After all, your teacher is dismissing a fair number of outlandish and unflattering reports about what mom and dad say/do. If you only knew…

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September Basic Training: Show Affection to Your Kids Our kids need our affection. It’s a crucial piece that can have a great impact on them. Studies show that, when shown affection, kids have higher selfesteem, better communication with their parents, and fewer psychological and behavioral problems. But showing affection is not something that comes natural for some men. So, how do we meet this need of our kids when it’s something that is not always natural and, for some, uncomfortable? Do we leave this up to Mom?

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This cute garden apron is a lot of fun and quite inexpensive to make. With a simple white apron, a couple of paint brushes and some acrylic paint from Michaels and of course your children’s imprints you can make this keepsake which any grandparent would love to have. You don’t need to be an artist to do this craft, just some patience to make sure the kids put their footprints and hand prints in the right locations. Use your children’s tootsies to make the butterflies and their hands for the flowers.

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Give children an opportunity to show their appreciation and love for their grandparents, and likewise give grandparents an opportunity to show their love and caring for their grandchildren. Create a memory – an enjoyable, memorable experience for children and their grandparents. Spend an afternoon painting, go fishing, enjoy a special dinner, visit the park, or go to a museum. Honor them and give them validation in their role of grandparent. Grandparents like to know that they are making a difference in the lives of younger generations.

The idea of personalized pot holders is definitely not a new one, although it does make a great gift. Grandparent love these and they love putting them up in the kitchen for all to see! Dish towels also make great gifts.

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If you ride the bus: • Walk to and from the bus— • Wait for the driver to tell you • Never get off the bus at a don’t run, push or shove it’s OK to cross different stop • Stand back from the curb • Cross at least 10 feet in front of • Tell the driver where your while you wait for the bus the bus stop is, and stay on the bus • Never crawl under a school bus until you get there

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By car: If you or another adult drives your children to school, remember that all children under age 13 should ride in the back seat of the vehicle. In addition, every child on every ride must use a car seat, booster seat or safety belt that is appropriate for her or his weight and height. You can call our Safe Kids Coalition at 1-800-756-SAFE for more information about child passenger safety.

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Four Schools Receive National Recognition for Exemplary Work to Involve Families

Curlew Creek Elementary, Seminole Middle, Dunedin High and Richard O. Jacobson Technical High School were named 20192021 National PTA Schools of Excellence for building strong family-school partnerships that enrich educational experiences and the overall well-being of students. “When families and schools work together, students do better in school and schools improve,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. National PTA’s School of Excellence program supports and celebrates schools and PTAs that make a year-long commitment to improving family-school partnerships. Throughout the year, the schools and PTAs collect feedback from their school communities and create and implement plans to make a difference for every child. Through the School of Excellence program, PTAs and families become key partners in decisionmaking and school improvement efforts.

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Pinellas Teacher is Elected to Serve on the Board of a National Math Education Organization Seminole Middle School math teacher Jennifer Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Outzs was elected to the Board of Directors of the Seminole Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2015. Outzs is an active member of the council National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. and a member of the California Mathematics The National Council of Teachers of Council, Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics, which advocates for high-quality Mathematics, TODOS:Mathematics for ALL, mathematics teaching and learning for all and Women and Mathematics Education. students, is the world’s largest mathematics more about the National education organization. The Board of Directors Learn sets the direction, establishes policy, and Council of Teachers of Mathematics at oversees the activities of the Council. Newly elected board members will remain in their positions for three years. “Jennifer is committed to effective teaching of high-quality mathematics programs,” said NCTM President Robert Berry in a media release. “She is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for our teachers. She will serve NCTM’s Board of Directors and the mathematics education community well.” Outzs, who has been teaching for three decades, has received a host of honors, including the Southwest Ohio Teacher of the Year, Ohio

City of Seminole Collects and Donates School Supplies for Six District Schools The city of Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters along with Vice Mayor Trish Springer recently hosted a school supply drive for schools in the city. They created a flyer and promoted the event through all the city organizations and businesses

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Childhood Cancer

Awareness Month Gold Ribbon Heroes: Why Gold Ribbon Heroes Matter For many children diagnosed with childhood cancer, the prognosis now is significantly better than it was only 40 years ago; in fact, more than 80% of children with cancer will now survive five years and even longer, as compared Gold Ribbon Heroes LRto a fiveyear survival rate of only 58% in the mid-1970s. Yet for the children who are struggling to be one of those 80%, the road is always difficult, often painful, and never straight and narrow. Luckily, these children don’t have to travel the road to survival by themselves. For as strong and as courageous as these children are, they are surrounding by loving, dedicated individuals who every day find the strength, wisdom, and commitment to help cancer’s youngest warriors on their journey, wherever it may lead. These individuals play a critical role in making the lives of children and families impacted by this terrible disease just a little bit easier.

Through the American Childhood Cancer Organization’s Gold Ribbon Hero Program, the ACCO seeks to celebrate as many of these important individuals as it can, to show the world just how important they are in helping and supporting cancer’s youngest and strongest warriors. Anyone can be a Gold Ribbons Hero. A Gold Ribbon Hero may be the child who astounds us with strength and perseverance, a parent who continues to show courage and bravery even when their heart is breaking, a medical practitioner who cares so deeply about each and every patient, or a researcher who continues to persevere in the ongoing search for the next miracle cure. These individuals are an inspiration and a positive example for everyone in the childhood cancer community and beyond.

How Can You Help Raise Awareness This September? Families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the United States observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately ¼ of them will not survive the disease. A diagnosis turns the lives of the entire family upside down. The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and — importantly — to help raise funds for research and family support.

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Isaiah is the sweet, quiet type, but once he gets to know you, he opens up. Isaiah is happiest when he’s watching television, especially his favorite show, SpongeBob SquarePants. But he also like watching The Flash, and wishes he had super speed just like him. For fun, Isaiah enjoys playing outside, especially when he gets to play football. In school, Isaiah’s favorite subject is math. There’s nothing Isaiah doesn’t like to eat, but his favorite food is pepperoni pizza. Isaiah’s other favorites include the color orange, dogs, and the rapper Drake. Being a good person is what Isaiah likes most about himself. If he could change the world, he would make everyone nice just like him. Isaiah’s ideal forever family includes a mom and dad. Having siblings is also OK.

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Sensible Tips for Helping Children with Homework


One of the biggest lessons for parents of school-age children is learning how to handle homework, and how best to help their children meet academic challenges. Sometimes, parents think helping their child complete homework, or even doing their child’s homework for him, will help him achieve better grades in school. Often, it’s just the opposite, creating a situation where children have not learned the concepts they are later tested on in the classroom.


Instead, parents should create a homework environment that is conducive to their child efficiently tackling school tasks. At Sylvan Learning we recommend the following tips to help parents develop a homework plan for back-to-school success:

Help your child set attainable goals for each class and help her identify what will need to be done to reach each goal. For example, to get an A in American History she will need to turn in all her homework, participate in class, etc. Because each child is special, with different learning styles and academic needs, it’s important to personalize the learning process. Children 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. If you help your child work within his style, he will work more effectively.


Set up an area in your home for studying, complete with a dictionary, paper and pens. Make sure the area is free from potential distractions and that study tools are at your

child’s fingertips to keep him focused on homework.


Develop a color-coded file for each of your child’s classes. Make separate tabs for homework assignments, exams and projects, so your child can refer back to class materials when studying for comprehensive tests.


For big projects or exams, get a large calendar for your child’s desk area and help him set short timelines to ensure projects and studying aren’t left until the last minute. Celebrate with your child when each milestone is met. By working with your child to develop a plan to efficiently complete homework tasks, you will find higher grades, fewer homework headaches and a more confident child as a result. For more educational resources for children in grades pre-K through 12, please visit or call 1-800-31-SUCCESS.

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BACK TO SCHOOL ADVICE FOR OUR PETS The summer is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. We spend much time preparing our children and ourselves, yet this transition also affects our pets.

The freedom and attention received during summer vacation abruptly ends at the first day of school. Without warning, schedules shift – the coming and going, eating, exercising, and freedom may be limited while you spend time on your lessons. Their human playmates of summer suddenly have new interests and friends. All of this can create a lot of anxiety in our pets. This stress adds insecurity and affects our pets in many ways. It can cause behavior problems such as chewing, soiling in the house, barking with dogs or clawing furniture with cats.

and can be deadly. Crating or sectioning off a safe pet area is always the best solution to this when you’re not home to supervise. You wouldn’t leave a toddler with free run, without supervision; and you shouldn’t with your 4-legged children either. It is important that you make them as comfortable as possible. Provide a bed, pillow, or blanket; and even when tempted, don’t leave them with a chewy. That is for when they are under supervision. Get an interactive but safe toy to leave with them, which will keep them safe and occupied. Most importantly, NEVER send them to their crate/room as a punishment! This is to be their “safe” zone; and a

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treat to get them in their “house”(as we call it) will associate good things, not bad, with their space. When you associate it with punishment they will never think of it as their “safe” place. Emotionally, pets can also suffer from depression. What can we do to help these important members of our family? If possible, make changes and adjustments slowly, over a period of time. Dogs are creatures of habit. Part of the reason dogs get so stressed when the kids go back to school is that it causes major changes in their routines. You can ease a pet’s stress during this time by quickly establishing a new routine.

These problems can be troubling to us, but more serious health problems can also occur with your pet. The distressed pet may experience vomiting, diarrhea, skin issues, or eating problems. Eating problems may range from not eating at all to eating things they shouldn’t, such as dirt, plants, socks, toys, etc. This can lead to emergency medical problems as these objects can easily get caught in the intestinal tract

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While you're scheduling carpools and after-school activities, you should also schedule regular times for your dog's feeding time, walks, and time with you. For pets that become overly stressed when being left alone during storms or travel, etc., there are several holistic remedies commonly used. Call or stop by Bark Life for more information. And finally, give your pet the most love and attention you can. Certified Pet Sitters are another great way to relieve the mid-day blues your pets can have when you get too busy. I have very good references as well as PSI (pet sitters international). Please make sure your sitter is bonded, insured, and properly trained. Like choosing a pet groomer, compatibility is everything! Reassurance through regular walks, exercise, playtime, and grooming will help your 4-leggeded kids make a much smoother "Back to School" transition. Have a blessed start to the new school year, everyone, and remember to “Smile! God is watching!”

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What are the Greater Works? In John 14:12, Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father. Oswald Chambers comments about this verse in his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest. He states, “The Greater Work is the work of intercessory prayer.” He goes on to explain that Jesus was able to “Go to the Father” and begin His ministry as Intercessor because He, Jesus, finished the work God called Him to do (John 17:4,19:30).


Now, we as believers, have the privilege and responsibility of “Going to the Father” or interceding, in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Name! This is one of the Greater Works the believer in Christ can perform.


Besides the Lord securing this eternal reality and becoming our Intercessor, (John 17, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25), He also became our Advocate. “If any man sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1

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“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins; and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25 Lastly, because Christ went to the Father, He was also able to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Comforter, (parakletos) in the original Greek language means “called along one’s side”. i.e. as our Helper, Divine Counselor, Encourager. These are some of the meanings and ministries relating to this word “Comforter.”

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Child of God! What a great opportunity!! We all have this Great Commission and Great Commandment to join Christ in a Greater Work because “He first loved us.”(1 John 4:19) and finished His work! In closing, we now have the blessing to participate in the Greater Works of: 1. Loving one another in John 13:34, 35. 2. Interceding for one another in 1 Timothy 2:1. 3. Comforting one another in 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11, & 2 Cor. 1:4. 4. Forgiving one another in Ephesians 4:32, Matt. 6:14. As we do this, “Let us come boldly to the throne of grace; to receive mercy, and find grace to help in time of need,” (Hebrews 4:12)......for our needs as well as the needs of others.

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REMEMBERING 9/11 The memory of 9/11 has had an undeniable impact on our nation and on our families. How much more profound has the impact been on the victims who survived the tragedy and on the families of those who died? The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, is indelibly etched in the memories of Americans everywhere. We quickly recall where we were when we first heard that the World Trade Center had been hit. And our next thoughts usually take us to our loved ones and how desperately we wanted to hold them, to reassure them, to cling to them as the world around us seemed so uncertain. The events of what would soon be known as 9/11 traumatized everyone who lived through them, even those who watched the terror on TV from thousands of miles away. All most two decades later, the memory of 9/11 has had an undeniable impact on our nation and on our families. As a nation, we’ve seen lives destroyed by enemies we knew nothing about, and our innocence and sense of security have been shattered. As individuals and families, we have come to realize just how fleeting and fragile our own lives are, and this new perspective has inspired us to reflect on what really matters.


of those who died? Focus on the Family caught up with three families who now testify to having seen God amid their suffering. They’ve wrestled with the big questions of faith, they’ve faced the reality of evil and the power of forgiveness, and they’ve emerged with a deep appreciation for family and a fervent love for God.

The McGuinness Family Jennifer McGuinness depended on her dad’s faith to nurture her own. “We always believed in God, but my dad did most of the digging,” Jennifer says. But when she was 16, her father, American Airlines co-pilot Tom McGuinness, became a casualty of the 9/11 terrorist attacks when his hijacked plane flew into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

In that instant, 16-year-old Jennifer and her 14-year-old brother, Tommy, lost their father and spiritual leader. And their mother, Cheryl McGuinness, lost her husband of 18 years. Jennifer If the events of that day could so deeply move us, and Tommy had to embrace what their dad had how much more profound has the impact been on the taught them about trusting God and letting Him victims who survived the tragedy and on the families lead them. “We had to put what we had learned

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growing up into practice if we were ever going to survive this,” Jennifer says. Jennifer had to choose not to allow the horrible acts of 9/11 to destroy her life, dreams and love for God. Watching her mom inspired Jennifer. “My mom has chosen to not let the challenges in her life harden her heart.”

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Jennifer recalls how God’s grace came in many different forms. “It wasn’t just one thing that helped me and my brother to thrive, but a lot of things: great friends, youth group, knowing who to talk to, staying involved in activities. We tried to fill up our lives with people and activities that would help us to grow up successfully.”

When American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell, who had been standing about 20 yards from the point of impact, was surrounded by destruction. As the flames engulfed Brian’s body, he thought of his wife, Mel, and their 12-year-old son, Matt, and wondered if he would ever see them again. This could be the day I die, he realized.

Years later, Jennifer describes her family’s story The days following 9/11 were an immense chal- as one of hope, perseverance and deep abiding lenge for Cheryl. The stress of single parenting, joy. They trust God every day and take responsicombined with the grief of being a widow, seemed bility for their faith. unbearable. “In the beginning, there were some Cheryl acknowledges, “Letdays when all I could bring myself to pray was, ‘God help me; please ting go of the past and pressing through the present help me,’” Cheryl says. She had to take every decision, every thought takes an incredible amount of strength and perseverand every problem to God‚ every ance. God is our rock — we day. “Many days, I didn’t think I know that now more deeply would live to see another season … than ever before.” but [God] was my partner. I didn’t carry it alone.” God brought people and circumstances into her family’s life. They helped the family heal.

Searing pain, operations (more than 30) and therapy became a way of life as Brian recovered from second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body. Through it all, Mel cared for him, moving into the hospital and staying with him day and night for three months, reading the Bible and praying with him. She was torn between her duties as a wife and mother because she had to shield young Matt from Brian’s open wounds. Close family friends watched and home- schooled Matt, so he was in good hands, but at times Mel felt overwhelmed with guilt.

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primary caregiver for about a year. Even today, his disability makes it hard for him to reach the back of his neck to fix his collar. Mel fixes it for him and jokes that he’s her life-sized Ken doll.

to the World Trade Center and arrived just after the towers collapsed. Jerry hurried in to help, working with others in a frantic search for survivors. But as the soot and dust began to settle, it became clear that their rescue efforts would include the agonizing and exhausting work of searching for bodies.

Since 9/11, Brian talks about the tragedy and his recovery For months, Jerry worked on the reas part of God’s sovereigncovery and cleanup effort as rescuers ty. Brian and Mel believe dug through piles of burning debris. He that he survived the fire so also maintained a Firefighters for Christ he could tell others about God’s love. “Nothing (FFC) prayer ministry at Ground Zero. has touched me or my family that hasn’t been sifted through God’s hands,” Brian says. “You Sadly, Jerry lost 29 friends on that one day. Jerry and his wife, Diane, were profoundly shaken have to treasure each day as a gift.” by the tragedy that took the lives of so many of Mel says the trauma of 9/11 taught her to never their friends. They’re quick to admit that after take her husband for granted. “We never walk out 9/11 there were many days when they thought the door without saying goodbye,” she says. “You the grief would never end. never really realize what a gift your spouse is.” “After 9/11, the first place I went was to God’s Brian retired from the Army in 2004 and served Word to find some comfort,” Diane says. “As a in the Texas Senate. Brian and Mel founded Face firefighter’s wife, my heart was broken to hear the Fire, a nonprofit organization that helps burn that so many firefighter husbands had died.” A victims, their families and medical facilities that few weeks after the attacks, Diane hosted a tea specialize in their care. for 9/11 wives and widows. About 100 attended, and more than 80 committed their lives to Christ. Though Brian still struggles with anger toward the terrorists, he prays that some day he’ll be The Sillcocks were already well-acquainted with able to forgive them. So far, his strong faith and suffering. Four years prior to 9/11, they lost their supportive family have helped him work through 12-day-old baby girl, Hannah, to a hospitalthe suffering he’s endured. acquired infection. Facing that loss, Jerry and Diane leaned on each other and grieved deeply together. This gave them the compassion and fervor to help others who lost loved ones on 9/11. Hannah’s death was a wake-up call, Jerry Sept. 11, 2001, was Lt. Jerry Sillcocks’ day off said, making faith in God their focus “every day, from the New York City Fire Department. But every hour, every minute.” when he heard the news of the attacks, he rushed

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The most important message from 9/11 is that “life is a vapor,” Jerry says. Firefighters know that any day could be their last, but the same is true for everyone, no matter their occupation. “The most important thing you can do,” Jerry says, “is share the Gospel with people and spend quality time with the Lord and your family.”

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Jerry often reflects on the fact that he could have lost his life on 9/11. It makes him realize how precious time is with his wife and two children, Matthew and Elizabeth, and he understands the importance of leaving a lasting impression on their lives. Jerry is committed to attending recitals and games with his kids, and each night before bed, the family reads Scripture and prays together.

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When Social Media Bullying Turns Uglier by Bob Waliszewski,

When I was in elementary school, I was frightened terribly by a boy named Winfred. Winfred was a huge (I thought) fifth-grade bully. Somehow I had crossed him and as a result, he had threatened several times to beat me up. I worked hard to take different routes home from school (hiding a lot along the way) so Winfred wouldn’t find me. And fortunately, he never did—though I had some close calls. That was how bullying worked when I was young. I’m just glad Winfred didn’t have social media. Today, as we know, bullying has gone high tech…and become a lot more anonymous. Late last year, a 13-year-old girl from Southern California hanged herself, leaving a note saying she just

couldn’t take any more of the hate from her classmates. About 2.5 million people have viewed the interview with her parents on YouTube, an account that states—almost unbelievably—that the social media bullying continued even after her death. And then there’s the mixed-bag story of Jeremiah Thomas, a 16-year-old Christian athlete dying from cancer. I’ve watched a couple of Thomas’

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videos on YouTube, including one in which Jeremiah shares how excited he was about a girl who came to Christ when she came to visit him in his hospital room.

has “a racist, homophobic, misogynis­ tic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic [sic], hateful” agenda, and another as saying “He’s garbage and is suffering as he deserves.”

But for some reason I just can’t begin to understand, Jeremiah has been pelted with hateful messages from people who say they’re glad that he’s dying. Why would anyone do that? As it turns out, Jeremiah Thomas boldly decided to use his remaining days to stand up for the life of the preborn and speak and write about it, too. According to The Daily Signal, that led to responses such as these:

These comments are beyond vile… and so sad! What’s more, I’m sure that Jeremiah was stung by them. Who wouldn’t be?

“Cancer is giving your mom a late term abortion. LMAO [laughing my a-- off],” one message said. “Jeremiah… You aren’t dead yet? God do your job!” taunted another. “Good Riddance,” another posted to Jeremiah’s prayer group page on Facebook, following with a one-star review. Jeremiah’s mother, Kendra Thomas, quoted one person as saying Jeremiah

But you sure wouldn’t be able to tell when watching him share his faith and concern for the unborn on video. He rises above the hate, finding great joy in leaving a “legacy wish” to make abortion illegal in the state of Texas. And interestingly, he has an ally in the state’s governor. You can check out his conversation from his hospital bed with Gov. Gregg Abbott online. Without question, bullying and its modern iterations on social media are wrong, wrong, wrong. But it’s nice to see a young man turn the other cheek, ignore his hate-filled critics and focus on the right things. I hope none of us have to deal with such vitriol and contempt, but if we do, we have a great example in Jeremiah Thomas on what it looks like to handle our enemies.


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is the number of grandparents whose grandchildren currently live with them according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Grandparents Day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Here are six grand ideas to help you celebrate. 1. Call your grandparents and wish them a “Happy Grandparent’s Day!” 2. Get them a nice card. Be sure to fill it up with memories you have shared, and maybe a few cute pictures of you. 3. Spend time with them on their special day! 4. Take a special trip to the museum and ask your grandparents to share. Let them tell you about what it was like when they were kids, even if you have heard the story a million times. 5. Spend an afternoon painting or out fishing. 6. Go out for a special dinner and then pull out the photo albums. Have fun looking through old pictures together.

Celebrating 454 years

The City of St. Augustine is the nation’s oldest permanently occupied European settlement. On Sept. 8. 1565, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles came ashore and named a stretch of land near the inlet in honor of Augustine, a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. In recent years the exact location has been pinpointed by archaeologists from the University of Florida as being where the present-day Mission of Nombre de Dios and the Fountain of Youth stand. So this September, take some time to discover more about the nation’s oldest city.

On September 16, 1620

102 men, women, and children set sail from Plymouth, England on the Mayflower. Their destination was the New World, where they could have religious freedom, and continue using their native language, culture, and customs. They were some of the first immigrants and helped to pave the way for millions more to follow who were in search of freedom. We commemorate these brave, early settlers every year on Mayflower Day, the 16th of September.

September 21, 2019

In celebration of National Museum Day, over a dozen local museums are joining with hundreds of other museums across the nation to offer free admission. The promotion, spearheaded by the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D. C., is held to promote museum visits among those who might not ordinarily tour museums. To find out more visit

September 17

Constitution and Citizenship Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. The Constitution stands as the final authority in United States law. September 17 is also a day for learning about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.

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The iconic Sunshine Skyway bridge is a testament to humankind’s architectural prowess and mother nature’s sheer beauty. Officially known as the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge (named after the former Florida governor), the Skyway was dedicated and opened on September 6th, Labor Day Weekend, in 1954. The Skyway bridge which connected Pinellas County to Manatee County, now serves over 50,000 vehicles per day!

On Wednesday, September 11th at 3:00 pm, Great Explorations Children’s Museum will be hosting a ribbon-cutting for their newest exhibit, Forever Home, a collaboration with Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco, a program of Gulf Coast JFCS. The current Skyway bridge, which replaced the original, older bridge with the same name in 1987, has a total length of 21,877 feet (4.1 miles) and height of 431 feet and provides some magnificent views of Tampa Bay on a clear day! However, even though the bridge clearance is a whopping 193 feet, the Sunshine Skyway bridge is currently not tall enough to allow the new mega cruise ships to enter Tampa Bay. That being said, the bridge’s height, expansive views of the surrounding bay and modern design have earned it the number 3 spot on the Travel Channel’s list of top bridges in the world. This September don’t miss the chance to be impressed by this architectural wonder and the amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico it provides!

The Forever Home exhibit has an interactive television and several other interactive sections focused on adoption. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with Heart Gallery for this interactive exhibit,” said Great Explorations CEO, Angeline Howell. “Because of their generosity, we’re able to offer a fun learning experience to our guests that will also provide the opportunity for families to talk about adoption.”

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September 1 - 30 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL It’s almost time to figure out your MustEats for the 2019 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, which will run from September1– November 23rd! Your EPCOT admission is all that’s needed to participate in this popular event! The Festival will play host to seminars, tasting events, and sumptuous meals overseen by top Disney Chefs as well as renowned guest Chefs. September 1 - 30 STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE OPENING

Opening the weekend of September 1st you can explore an all-new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios - Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Discover your own Star Wars™ story and live your adventure in a galaxy far, far away, whilst exploring a remote outpost and flying the Millennium Falcon. September 1, 2- 3, 5-8, 20-23 & 24-25 RAYS GAMES AT THE TROP Baseball season is in full swing and here is your chance to cheer on your hometown Tampa Bay Rays! Dig out your baseball gloves and those cowbells and come out to the Trop this June and cheer on your Rays as they face off with the Indians, Orioles, Blue Jays, Red Sox’s and Yankees!

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September 1 - 2 A FEAST FOR THE EYES AT THE MFA A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection features 40 superb Old Master paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries by major Italian, Spanish, German, and Netherlandish artists. This is only the second time this collection has been shown publicly. The Museum of Fine Arts is honored and thrilled to be able to share these extraordinary works of art with their visitors. September 3 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. September 4, 11, 18 & 25 GCM’S WORLDWIDE WEDNESDAY: PERU Travel the globe with GCM during Worldwide Wednesday! Pack your bags for an adventure in our Global Cafe exhibit with special programming on a different country each month. Learn about a different culture through activities, story time, and endless fun! September’s Worldwide Wednesdays will be all about Peru!

sweets and delightful treats—all while Magic Kingdom park thrills and chills you with special fireworks, eerie entertainment and Disney Characters that go bump in the night. Best of all: since this event is “notso-scary,” children of every age can enjoy the fun! September 7 TRAIN WEEKEND AT LARGO CENTRAL PARK Hop on for a ride around beautiful Largo Central Park on the parks miniature railroad on the first full weekend of the month from 10am-4pm. The accurately modeled scale locomotives pull you and your family along a mile long loop through great scenery, the spooky tunnel and our waterfall pond. Fun for all ages!

September 8, 15, 22 & 29 SING-A-LONG SUNDAYS AT THE TAMPA THEATRE We all LOVE sing-alongs. There’s something hypnotic about following that bouncing ball, and you’ve proven it time and time again, selling out show after show of your favorite movie musicals. So the Tampa Theatre is going to reward you with… MORE SING-ALONGS! This month come sing along with these great films: The Sound of Music, Grease, The Greatest Showman, and Mary Poppins. September 8

September 7, 14, 21 & 28 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. September 8 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS HOME GAME AND TIM MCGRAW CONCERT

GREAT CONNECTIONS AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS Connect with your family, with other families and with resources in the community. For this event, Great Explorations Children’s Museum will open early for children with special needs and their families to enjoy Great Connections, a sensory-friendly event. Great Explorations will close to the public, offer discounted admission and provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break.

September 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27 & 29

Cheer on your home town Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they open their 2019/20 season at home this September against the San Francisco 49ers. As teams all across the league prepare to celebrate 100 years of NFL football, the Bucs want to usher in this historic season in unprecedented fashion, with a free pre-game concert with country music superstar Tim McGraw. The full concert begins at 2:00 p.m. Ticketed fans will be allowed to enter the stadium beginning at 12:30 p.m.

MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY Get your favorite costume ready and make your plans to live it up—collecting candies, Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

September 10 EXCLUSIVE MFA COLLECTORS CIRCLE TOUR: LONDON AND GREECE Join the Museum of Fine Arts for one amazing odyssey through Greece starting in London or meeting the group in Athens, Greece. You will enjoy exclusive access to historical landmarks and monuments, with the wonderful advantage of traveling with the MFA”s Sr. Curator of Early Western Art, Dr. Michael Bennett. He will accompany us on our entire trip to provide insights and fascinating onsite perspectives throughout our journey.

September 10 TODDLER TUESDAYS AT ZOO TAMPA Tuesdays are for the toddlers! Once a month, Zoo Members can bring their little ones to the Zoo and enjoy story time, arts & crafts, an animal mingle and a complimentary snack! This month’s Toddler Tuesday is all about Peppa the Pig! Zoo Tampa is excited to partner with Ruth Eckerd Hall this Toddler Tuesday to read Peppa Pig Goes to the Zoo! Stick around at the end of Toddler Tuesday for an exclusive animal mingle inspired by the stories. September 10 OPERA LIVE! A POP-UP PERFORMANCE FEATURING OPERA TAMPA Opera Tampa’s 25th anniversary season kicks-off with a pop-up at Armature Works’ hip indoor pavilion, The Gathering. Join the Opera Tampa Singers for an hour-long free concert. Guests are welcome to bring in food and drink from any of the 15 food and drink vendors located in Heights Public Market.

September 13 AMY GRANT LIVE AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE Celebrating 40 years as a touring singersongwriter, multi-GRAMMY Award winning, platinum selling Contemporary Christian artist Amy Grant returns to the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre. Grant is a trailblazer and one of the most successful crossover artists in the history of Contemporary Christian Music. She has also made her mark as an author, television host, and inspirational speaker. You won’t want to miss the “Queen of Christian Pop” in the intimate setting that you can only get at the Capitol Theatre. September 14 & 21 TAMPA BAY ROWDIES SOCCER Kick it at Al Lang Stadium and cheer on the Tampa Bay Rowdies! Experience the electrifying home games with stands packed with fans cheering the team on with age old songs and chants, top notch concessions, and an outdoor stadium situated right on the waterfront of downtown St. Pete. Gates open 60 minutes prior to kickoff. This September take a trip downtown and cheer on the Rowdies as they take on the Atlanta United and Bethlehem Steel F.C. September 17, 20 & 28 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HOME GAMES


ZooTampa has joined forces with IRONKIDS- affiliated with the acclaimed IRONMAN series of global athletic eventsto bring young athletes a fun and unique opportunity to share in the excitement of competition while enjoying up-close interactions with some of the Zoo’s iconic animals. Each child will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher’s medal and racing bib. September 21 SKYWATCH AT MOSI Join MOSI’s space experts and enjoy an evening of space exploration through MOSI’s telescopes. SkyWatch stargazing events are located in the parking lot by the new MOSI entrance. Event begins at 8pm and is weather dependent.

September 21, 22, 28 & 29 SEAWORLD’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular®. During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” including trick-ortreating, whimsical sea creatures, and more in this family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular runs weekends, September 21 - October 27 and is included in park admission. September 26 PHIL COLLINS STILL NOT DEAD YET, LIVE! Performed by one of the world’s most acclaimed hitmakers with over 100 million record sales and an unstoppable catalogue of Number 1 albums, Phil Collins Still Not Dead Yet, Live! follows his highly successful 2018 outing which included multiple sold out dates. The tour will once again feature Phil Collins accompanied by longtime guitarist Daryl Stuermer, keyboardist Brad Cole, bassist Leland Sklar, percussionist Richie Garcia), 4-piece horns, stellar backup vocalists and Phil’s son, Nicolas.

September 12 WEDDING TASTING AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM The Aquarium invites you and your fiance to attend The Florida Aquarium’s annual wedding tasting experience. Get a full view of our unique venue and taste some of our most popular wedding menu items to help prepare for your big day! September 12 & 26 LAUNCH DIRECTOR TOUR OF SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS NASA’s Space Shuttle Program is rich with 30 years of innovative technology and advances in space exploration. The Launch Director Tour of Space Shuttle Atlantis® with Mike Leinbach gets you up close to this incredible period in NASA’s history. See space shuttle Atlantis with her last launch director, Mike Leinbach, and learn about the risks and rewards of the Space Shuttle Program from an insider.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have become one of the NHL’s must-see franchises. Without a doubt, the Lightning are one of the best experiences in sports, and a visit to Amalie Arena makes it easy to see why. This September make plans to come out and “Be the Thunder” as the Bolts take on the Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators and the Florida Panthers.

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September 27 THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA - OPENING NIGHT AT THE STRAZ Michael Francis conducts a melting pot of music that reflects Tampa Bay, with Cuban pianist Aldo Lopez-Gavilan on Grieg’s instantly identifiable Piano Concerto, Ravel’s Bolero, Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Mason Bates’ Mothership and Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3. Join us for a pre-concert conversation one hour before the performance. September 27, 28 & 29 CLEARWATER OFFSHORE NATIONALS Clearwater brings the best of Offshore Powerboat Racing’s teams and fans to their city and beaches for a weekend of entertainment. For the past decade fans on the beach and offshore have witnessed great offshore racing. Clearwater organizers continue to expand the event to make it the best ever. Race day sees 50,000 people and

over 2,500 boats lining the beaches of the 2.5-mile-long race course with fireworks, parties, parades and much more. September 28 LIVING HISTORY SATURDAYS AT THE TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER Each month, a living historian will tell stories, show artifacts and give a short presentation on a different Florida-related theme. This September come experience A Pirate’s Life: Tales from Florida Waters. Discover what life at sea was like for an 18th century

privateer, listen to a young couple navigating changing social attitudes during the 1960s, or hear about the home front in 1940s Tampa during WWII. Free with admission. September 28 & 29 GCM’S BIRTHDAY BASH Celebrate the Glazer Children’s Museum’s birthday with free admission, cake, and plenty of birthday surprises all weekend long. Enjoy Free Admission on Saturday from 10am-6pm and Free Admission on Sunday from 1-6pm #gcmturns9 September 29 CONSERVATION CONNECTIONS AT BUSCH GARDENS The Conservation Connection speakers series is just one way Busch Gardens Tampa Bay brings awareness to the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund was created to raise

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Celebrating 40 years as a touring singer-songwriter, multi-GRAMMY® Award winning, platinum selling artist Amy Grant returns to the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.


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Tampa Bay Fashion Week will epitomize the fashion scene in The Bay Area with an annual event that celebrates Tampa Bay’s unique style. Whether it’s high-fashion, Custom-Fitted clothing or Ready-to-Wear, no one does it like Tampa Bay!


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

Tampa Theatre’s September Sing-Along Sundays – The Greatest Showman

Come add your lovely voice to the fantastic songs onscreen with Sing-Along The Greatest Showman, the most successful sing-along in Tampa Theatre history!


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