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Besides celebrating Valentine’s Day, make sure this month and in March, that you support Girl Scouts and buy lots of Girl Scout cookies. Thin Mints are my favorite. Speaking of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would give you a little cheat sheet for all the “love “ cards you will be sending out. Use one of these short endearments! Even if the sun refused to shine Even if romance ran out of rhyme You would still have my heart Till the end of time I Love You Hearts and flowers... Poetry... Love songs... Ribbons and bows... Yeah, I’d rather have the chocolate, too! Mom, Valentine’s Day and every day…’re the heart of our family! Happy Valentine’s Day to my first husband. That’s just to keep you on your toes! I’m glad I married you. And I bet the kids are, too! This Valentine’s Day I thought we would have some good clean fun. Meet me in the tub.

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Pebble Creek HOA Board Meeting Monday, March 11th 6:30pm at Community Center

Clubview HOA Annual Meeting Monday, February 4th, 7pm at Community Center

e L e t t e r f r o m t h President of Pebble Creek HOA By Dan Logan

Pebble Creek. By that Pluris has raised their water rates in I’m sure by now, everyone is aware January meeting. d of directors will have already had their the time you get this newsletter, the boar a chance to at the board meeting. Hopefully you had Obviously, these rate hikes were a topic tes. icipa part er eown ningful changes unless every hom attend the meeting. We can’t make mea y unit comm the sent emails about this topic. If you call Many homeowners have called and t the wan ils. If you calls as we can. We will not return ema center or UPI, we will answer as many A public hearing e sure you come to our board meetings. latest information on the rate hikes, mak er to attend! eown hom ess their concerns. We need every will be held soon for homeowners to expr tes! unity bulletin board for important upda Keep an eye on our website and comm Board”. Any section to the newsletter called “Ask the Finally, last month we added a new Please submit we will do our best to get you an answer. homeowner can submit a question, and are coming in tions ques y center or to Angela at UPI. The your questions to Tina at the communit per month. tion them answered. We will answer one ques quickly, and we are doing our best to get on by the odor coming from the Pluris water stati Question: There is a pretty nasty I do? basketball and tennis courts. What can companies seek rate e number is 888-758-7471. As utility Answer: Call Pluris. Their phon ce for the rate. If you ments is that they provide excellent servi hikes from the county, one of their argu ess for rate hikes. data can become part of the review proc document a service or a quality issue, that s in over 2 years. ary, there had been no “smell” complaint When I spoke to the Pluris CEO in Janu

Daisy Scouts meet at Pebble Creek Community Center, every Wednesday from 5 to 6pm Leader Amanda Yoke Girl Scouts meet the 3rd Friday of every month 4:30 to 6:30pm at Community Center - Leader Heather Casey 4

pchoa Board Meeting Monday, March 11th 6:30pm at Community Center Clubview hoa Meeting Monday, February 4th 7:00pm at Community Center

Pebble Creek Community Center & Pool

18715 Bent Tree Lane Phone: 813973.8064 Fax: 813.973.1966 Winter Pool Hours 10am to 6pm Tuesday - Sunday Pool is closed every Monday March for maintenance Emergency Pebble Creek Ladies Luncheon Fire/Sheriff/Ambulance 911 Wednesday, March 27th Sheriff Non-Emergency at Mulligan's Pub 247.8200 Arrive @ 11:30 - lunch starts at Hillsborough County 12 noon. All lunch items $10 Sheriff Website or less (at your expense) RSVP to Marilyn D'Angelo Animal Control by March 25th @ 744.5660 813-991-0487 Code Enforcement 274.6600 Utilities2013 PEBBLE CREEK NEWS /Pluris FEBRUARY 888.758.7471

C A L E N D A R February

Pebble Creek Homeowners Association Managed by University Properties, Inc (UPI) For appointments and correspondence contact: Anglea Hester 7001 Temple Terrace Highway Temple Terrace, FL 33637 Office phone: 813.980.1000 Fax: 813.980.2233 Email: PCHOA website Approved meeting minutes posted

[ News ] Welcoming Committee News

Dotie Paredes, Chairperson

The Welcoming Committee tries to visit every new resident in our community. If you are a new resident and you have not received our welcome packet, you may call the Community Center at 973-8064 to request that a greeter visit you. Please support these businesses that have contributed to the Welcome Basket and tell them that you read about them in the Pebble Creek News. AAA Travel & Insurance Agency 20315 Bruce B. Downs 813-929-3430

Bob Heires, Century 21 Shaw Realty Group 19651 Bruce B. Downs 813-767-4049

AAP Fitness 10335 Cross Creek Blvd. Suite A 813-907-6227

la Pink Boutique 18035 Highlands Preserve 813-972-2862

Avon Lee Ann Plungis 813-732-2778 Baker’s Gallery 19651 Bruce B. Downs 813-973-9966 Benefit Wellness Concepts, LLC Terri Khalil 19046 Bruce B. Downs #157 813-765-7703 BJ’s Wholesale Club 6290 Commerce Palms 813-313-1404

Las Palmas Café Pebble Creek Collection 19651 Bruce B. Downs 813-907-1333 Let’s Talk Coffee Organo Gold – Organic Celia Wadley 813-831-1064 Jennifer Lindner Century 21 Shaw Realty Group 19651 Bruce B. Downs 813-758-7463

Bruster’s Ice Cream 20303 Bruce B. Downs 813-907-7458

Longaberger Baskets Leora Wilson 813-907-5990 leorawilson

Chase Bank 19001 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. 813.973.7675

Marco’s Pizza 20305 Bruce. B. Downs 813-907-6400

Great Florida Insurance 10353 Cross Creek Blvd. Ste. C 813-994-1143 Sallie Turko –agent/owner

Mary Kay Dounia Benkabbou 813-340-3337

Dr. Michael Green General Dentistry 2244 Green Hedges Way Suite 102, Wesley Chapel 813-973-1440

Mary Kay Christine Sykes 813-991-5123

Oakley’s Grille 17631 Bruce B. Downs 813-523-5075

Shapes for Women 28240 Golden Maple Loop 813-973-7354

Party Scene Pebble Creek Collection 813-994-6868

Sign Art Group Chrys Hanes – owner 813-237-0202

Pebble Creek Golf Club and Mulligans Irish Pub 10550 Regents Park Dr. 813-973-3870 Pilot Bank 17635 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. 813.349.4553 Promotional Solutions Trena Reynolds 813-948-2997 Dianne Prosser Independent Broker United Healthcare 163222 Heathrow Dr. 813-632-9399 Quest Enterprises, Inc. Remodeling and Repairs Rex Albritton 813-458-3453 Quest Marital Arts John Giancarlo Chief Instructor 150490 Bruce B. Downs 813-971-5545

Regions Bank 1333 Bruce B. Downs Wesley Chapel 813-991-6487 Kristina Licata Business Development Sam’s Club 27727 State Rd. 56 813-929-7057 Thirty-One Gifts Jessica White 813-412-3887 jwhitetampa Tupperware Terri Khalil 813-765-7703 Wells Fargo Bank 8902 Regents Park Dr. 813-272-1389 White Dove Jewelry Patricia Cihinci 813-431-5708

Shamrock Painting Michael Reynolds 813-505-7839

2013 Pebble Creek HOA Board of Directors: Dan Logan - President (overseeing Deed Restrictions)

Bob Gilmore - Treasurer (Community Center)

John Moors - 1st Vice President (overseeing Architectural Committee, Safety & Security)

Leora Wilson - Secretary (Welcoming Committee, Website & Newsletter)

Sandy Gold - 2nd Vice President (Maintenance) PEBBLE CREEK NEWS / FEBRUARY 2013


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Jack Sparrow Jack Sparrow is a 4-year old pug that loves treats, getting into mischief, and attention! Jack spends his day playing with his big sister, Precious, and will not go outside without her leading the way. When he is not playing or snacking, he spends his time trying to find crumbs that his teen roommates have left behind. He is a pure pleasure to have in our home; however, if he is naughty, we have discovered that he does not like Christmas carols! v

Pebble Creek Tree Trimming Project The HOA will pay to have a lift in the community for 1 month from March 4th - April 4th. Call by March 22nd to reserve your date. Contact Earthscapes - 813-659-2088 Pay directly to Earthscapes on day of service.

Treasurer Report

For the month of November we were unfavorable to budget by ($30K). This was due to reclassifying the work at the South Entrance from our Reserve account to our 2012 Operating account ($7K), additional mulch work done for the Holidays ($5K), and Community Center expenses for Christmas

($15K). Through eleven months of FY12 we are unfavorable to budget by ($25K). Reserve News – In November we increased our reserves by $11K. 2013 Assessment – Your 2013 annual assessment payment is due in January. If you did not receive your coupon then please contact Angela Hester 813-9801000. v

Street Lights If you live near a street light & it is out, please get the # off the pole or the closest address to the pole. Report to Teco or call Tina @ the Community Center 813-973-8064.

Calling All Volunteers! Are you interested in volunteering in our community? Maybe you’ve thought about it but weren’t sure where you could help out or what was involved. Our Community needs you! Call the community center for more details at 813.973.8064



A Letter to Angela Hester, Community Association Manager

February House of the Month 9619 Cypress Brook (Pebble Creek)

A Request from a Resident of Pebble Creek: I live in the Pebble Creek subdivision and I walk daily throughout the neighborhood and am pleased to see the American flags flying. However, some of the flags are in desperate need of replacement as they are torn, shredded, wrapped around the flagpoles, etc. If a flag is in bad shape, please replace it . Most Boy Scout troops and/ or the American Legion will take the flags so that they may be "retired honorably." Thank you. Sincerely, Mary Lou Rucker

Hi Angela, I have a comment that I hope you can address. The subject is falling leaves. In the past, I had an issue with Greenscapes and their blowing the leaves into the street and eventually ending up in my yard. This practice has been corrected, thank you. My only issue today is homeowners and/or landscapers doing the same. The leaves are blown into the street and usually end up in the storm drains, clogging them when it does rain. (I actually witnessed my next door neighbor's landscaper blowing all their leaves and all the leaves that are in the cul-de-sac onto the common area.) I had to park my cars in the cul-de-sac the other day to allow repairmen access to my driveway and noticed how messy the gutters were with leaves. Now I know that they are purposely blown into the gutter. I believe we are all responsible for the leaves in our yards and need to bag or mulch them, not to share them with the street, common areas or ponds. I put out 4 - 8 bags of leaves a week that end up in my yard. I will not share my leaves with neighboring areas. Could something be mentioned about this in the next newsletter? With the leaves coming down at this time of year, we all need to be more responsible for our own mess, not blow it somewhere else for someone to have to pick up. Thank you and best wishes, A Concerned Resident

LANDSCAPE COMMITTEE We have the start of a program for community awareness that will focus on sprucing up our common areas. Suggestions and ideas for improvement are needed. We need input on the type of landscaping you believe is suitable for our community and in particular your immediate area. Spring, and the optimum planting season will soon be here. We need to get our plans finalized. Please help by giving us your thoughts! Call Tina to volunteer! Visit the Pebble Creek Homeowners Association Website for...

• Meeting Dates • News • Documents • Register Onilne FREE! Complete access to all homeowner information! PEBBLE CREEK NEWS / FEBRUARY 2013


[ News ] T h e

T e n n i s

C o r n e r

by Lori Miles

Just in Time for a Valentine’s Day Tennis Match

3 Things You Need for Great Doubles Playing with a partner makes the individual game of tennis into a team effort and so much more fun. The game can be even more fun when you and your partner win! There are certain stokes that can make winning doubles more likely. A spin serve,

Not a Big Serve but a Good Spin Serve The biggest problem with the big fast serve is this: It reduces the time you have to get ready for the return. Players on the receiving end of your serve also get the chance to block or tee off at the ball, using the pace

returner as much pace to work with, and if it's a good slice or kick, it will force them to move. If it's good enough, then a weak return is always the result of a player forced to move their feet when off balance and will bring your partner in to play -- more often than not, to poach. It also opens up more gaps on the court for you to exploit (as your opponents have to move to get the ball).

Not Topspin Groundstrokes – Use Slice Stay away from hitting high looping shots from the back

ball in less time (no rotation needed). You can also play it while moving forward (again no rotation needed), so getting to the net quicker becomes easier. And you can get the ball down low to the feet of the opposition much easier, making things much more difficult for your opponent.

Not an Overhead Smash But a Variable Overhead This the same principle as not needing a hard, flat serve. The returners of the smash often don't move much and use the pace you give them to give you an even higher, deeper ball to smash again. When you are faced with a lob and your opponents are at the baseline waiting for your smash, what you need is a sliced or angled overhead landing around the service line.Not only is that nearly impossible to pick up from behind the baseline, it also means that if they do go for it they are on the move (control is then difficult) and they also leave massive gaps on the court.

you've given them and often without having to move their feet. They retain their court position and are ready to play another shot if they need to. A good spin serve does everything a hard flat serve can't. It gives you more time to get in to the net or ready for the next shot (hopefully a volley). It doesn't give the 8

of the court. Shots traveling high and deep to the back of the court with topspin become a nice easy volley either for the opposite net player, who can poach it, or for the oncoming volleyer.

The Pebble Creek tennis program is open to all residents. All lessons are taught by a USPTA certified professional. Contact Lori Miles at 727-2240 or PCTennis4Kids@msn. com for more information. The Current Tennis Lesson Schedule is: Monday 5 – 8:30pm Tuesday 5:00 – 8:30pm Wednesday 7 – 8pm Thursday 6 – 8:30pm Saturday 9 – 10am

Hopefully, these shots will help you in your next doubles game! v

With a slice, you can play without rotating your upper body, which does several great things for you. It means you can deal with a fast oncoming PEBBLE CREEK NEWS / FEBRUARY 2013

Big Thank You to PEBBLE CREEK

Attention Homeowners -

The Moose Lodge, Chapter 1254 would like to send out a special "THANK YOU" to Pebble Creek HOA & Residents. The Moose Lodge arranged a special Children's Christmas Party to a group of less fortunate children. New unwrapped toys were donated & without these donations the party would have not been such a success. Santa came, cookies were made, and toys/stockings were given out. It was a joy to see all those sweet children with such big smiles! Thank you also to Leora Wilson (Secretary of PCHOA) for arranging ALL of this.

The PCHOA is aware of the interim rate increase Pluris is trying to implement for water & wastewater, effective Jan. 8th 2013. All Pluris customers are encouraged to attend pubic hearing early 2013. A notice of public hearing dates, times and location will be mailed to all customers. For all questions or concerns, please call Pluris Utility customer service @ (888)758-7471. If you are not able to resolve your issues with Pluris, contact the Florida Public Service Commission - Please contact with ALL complaints & issues regarding Pluris phone - 1.800.342.3552 email - or through website


- Pebble Creek Staff

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Board Meetings 3/18, 5/20, 7/15, 9/15, and 11/18 at 7:00pm Any community member may attend any monthly meeting. If you would like to speak at a meeting please contact the Board at least 7 days in advance.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? The following streets are in the Pebble Creek Village Homeowners Association: • Aintree Court Cypresswood Circle

2013 Pebble Creek

Village Board of Directors

Hello Neighbors,

January brought us together for TWO meetings to take care of our HOA business needs. Very little changed in our by-laws, we simply needed the proxies to confirm the existence of our HOA for the state. Thanks to all who either voted using their proxy, or in person. I would also like to thank

Katie Rowe, Marion Broderick, Fran Chmura, Peggy, Stan and Jane for their help in labeling, stamping, collating and stuffing the envelopes that were mailed out to all 309 homes in our HOA. Stan amde several trips to the central post office for supplies and mailings. THANKS Stan!

Just a reminder, dues are payable semi-annually. As our budget reflects, there is are expenses monthly and those are paid with our dues. Please remit as soon as you can!

• Hogans Bend • Masters Court Pebble Creek Drive • Putters Place • Regents Park Drive Saint James • Court Sturbridge Court • Tournament Trail • Woodcutter Court

If you need to report a violation in Pebble Creek Village, call one of the board members listed in the Pebble Creek Village section of the newsletter. All other streets belong to the Pebble Creek Homeowners Association.

If you need to report a violation in Pebble Creek Homeowners Association, call Universal Properties (your management company) at 813-980-1000. There are available Monday thru Thursday. v

Stan Chmura President 18316 Sturbridge Ct. 813.973.0541 Tom Micheletti Vice President


9201 Pebble Creek Dr. 813.345.8659 Jane Spencer Secretary/Newsletter 9232 Pebble Creek Dr. 813.907.1042

Respectfully, Jane M. Spencer Secretary Jeff Thomson / Betty Ann Houghton Architectural / Deed Restrictions 9232 Pebble Creek Dr. 813.527.6318 9

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Pebble Creek Golf and Country Club Registration for Spring 2013 Little League Baseball and Softball is now open! PEBBLE CREEK NEWS / FEBRUARY 2013

His heart stopped on June 6, 2012. And that’s where his

story begins.

It was a regular Thursday afternoon when Chuck felt his first symptoms — intense nausea, chest pain and profuse cold sweats. Sensing it was a heart attack, he asked his son to call 9-1-1. Chuck was rushed straight to the Florida Hospital Tampa ER. Their expert medical team never once gave up on Chuck. Not after he flatlined. Not after they tried four times to revive him. Not even after his

heart stopped for a full five minutes. At the Florida Hospital Pepin Heart

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New Tampa Chamber Calendar of Events New and exciting website! The second Tuesday of February the 12th at Hunter’s Green 11:30– Our guest speaker will be AttorneyEric Seidel. We are looking for a $50.00 sponsor for this event. The second Tuesday of March the 12th at Hunter’s Green 11:30 - Our guest speaker will be Bill McCausland –Director of USF Alumni. We are looking for a $50.00 sponsor for this event. The second Tuesday of April the 9th at Hunter’s Green 11:30 – Our guest speaker will be Councilman Mike Suarez – City of Tampa District 1 At Large. We are looking for a $50.00 sponsor for this event. And finally the 20th Annual “Taste of New Tampa” will be March 24th from noon till 6 P.M. at Primrose School of Tampa Palms at 5307 Primrose Lake Circle Tampa, Fl. 33647. Current members may obtain a booth

at the discount fee of $200.00. Restaurant members are FREE and will receive ½ of their $1.00 tickets they collect back to offset the food cost. Admission will be $5.00 presale and $10.00 at the gate plus $1.00 per “Taste” ticket. We are seeking sponsors for this event from major sponsor of 10K for the primary position on all marketing on everything we print for example the goodie bags, the wristbands, bring your cars, banners and newspapers, YOU get all we can offer. We have the opportunity for two 3K sponsors for the “Battle of the Bands” with banners along side of a very impressive professional stage. The chamber is still talking to headliner acts to perform from 4:30 to 6pm. The other levels of sponsorship range from $2500 down to just $500, and has many marketing advantages and

placement in the event. I would really like to truly thank all of new and reoccurring members for such great support of the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Chase Bank Truly Nolan Pest Control Pamela Jo Hatley PA The Little Greek Firehouse Subs Holly Wilson – Life Coach TB Lightning Healing Arts Center PROTential Sports The “Links” at Pebble Creek Fleetistics 800 DRY ME OUT The Shops at Wiregrass Wingate by Wyndham Hoter Coast to Coast Realty 3 Dimensions Recycling St Petersburg Concessions Lipo Light Imaging RE/MAX – First In Real Estate Koizi Endless Hibachi Grill

We are planning some fun evening events for 2013 and welcome your ideas. One thought is a “Progressive Plaza” where in 2 hours we visit 3 businesses located in the same plaza for drinksappetizers the deserts. Please let us know if you are interested. We also welcome any other ideas! For all questions and registrations for any event please call our Executive assistant Jayne Baker at 813-293-2464 or Regina Ramalheira 2012-2013 President, at 813-245-8893. You may also inquire online. ** If you are a current member and never received a New Tampa Chamber of Commerce plaque or are a current member with a plaque dated years prior call Regina at 813-245-8893. Online registrations are important to provide the best Chamber experiences! Please go to our Taste of New Tampa website for all forms and information, http:// v

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County Commissioners Unanimously Choose Automated 2-1-1 Garbage Collection Option Calling the bid process a “home run” for County garbage customers, Hillsborough County Commissioners voted unanimously in January, during a special workshop, to select a new service option that will bring automation to the way residential garbage and recyclables are collected from more than 250,000 households. Known as “2-1-1 Automated Service,” County residential garbage customers will continue to receive twice-weekly garbage collection, onceweekly recyclables collection, and once-weekly yard waste collection. But beginning this October, they will be bringing garbage and recyclables to the curb in wheeled carts provided

by the County for emptying by specially-equipped trucks. The current residential solid waste collection contracts, which have been in place for nearly 17 years, expire Sept. 30. Bids were sought last fall on four possible service options, including the current manual collection of garbage and recyclables. When the bids were tallied, all of the options meant lower costs for the County, and ultimately customers. The 2-1-1 Automated Service option is projected to save the County more than $7.5 million annually, a 22 percent reduction than if the current contracts had been renewed. Besides lower costs, the new

contract will enhance the financial integrity of the County’s solid waste system, County Administrator Mike Merrill told Commissioners during the workshop this afternoon. “This contract will allow us to get to a place we’ve never been before,” he said. Commissioners awarded contracts to private haulers for residential collection in each of five newly-defined districts during a regular Board meeting on Jan. 24th. Commercial customers will still be able to negotiate directly with any of the private haulers for collection. Commissioners expressed concern about job loss

when the automated option is implemented. Commissioner Al Higginbotham said he would be bringing back an agenda item to discuss what the County might be able to do to help. Commissioners made their decision following an extensive campaign to gather public input into how customers felt about the service options. v


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Previously scheduled on February 15th, 2013 was the Speech Contest for local High School students which has now been moved to March 1st. Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel’s 2nd Annual Spelling Bee for Adults

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The room will be BUZZING with laughter! Prizes will be given for Top Team, Best Costume/Theme, Most Spirited, and more! Thursday, March 21st Pebble Creek Golf & Country Club 10550 Regents Park Dr. Tampa, FL Doors open at 5:45pm Bee starts PROMPTLY at 6:30pm Entry Fee: $100 per 4-Person Team ($25 per person) For Team Information Contact: Shantelle Johanessen at 813-361-2008. For Sponsorship Information Contact: Erin Meyer at 727-656-7573. Spectator Admission: $10.00 Includes one drink ticket and appetizer buffet. DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR WALLET TO BRIBE THE JUDGES! v

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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Boy Scout Troop 180 can look back on a very busy and successful final quarter of 2012. Scouts were involved in a number of service activities including sorting food for the needy at Feeding America at St. Mark’s Church, assisting Cub Scouts with Halloweenrelated activities at a weekend camp, and participating in the Veterans Day Parade at James A. Haley V.A. Hospital with other scout troops. The Troop also congratulates three boys for recently earning scouting’s highest honor, Eagle Scout rank: Nicholas Guggemos, Ethan Walther, and Caleb Scott.

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also welcome parents to share their time and talents as leaders. Even if your time is limited,

you’ll find the Scouting program rewarding. Our Troop is sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church in Tampa Palms which is where we meet most Sunday evenings, unless we are camping. If you’d like to visit us or have questions about our Troop, please send me an e-mail message at: SenseiDave@, Dave Bryant, ScoutmasterBSA Troop 180. v

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Library System Seeks Artwork With 'Local Flavor' To celebrate the 500th year of the founding of Florida, the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library System is seeking

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in search of the Fountain of Youth. To celebrate Viva Florida 500, Tampa-Hillsborough

County Public Libraries is inviting Florida artists to apply to have their artwork displayed in a library community room for ongoing exhibits

throughout the year. Works with local flavor and those of general appeal are considered good candidates for the display. Interested artists should: • Include a cover letter including brief biographical information, a list of recent exhibitions or shows, and other interesting information about the artist or artwork. • Submit at least three, but not more than five, examples of the kind and style of artwork they intend to exhibit. • Submit materials by mail with digital images on a CD to: John F. Germany Public Library, Attn: Stacey Jurewicz, 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa FL 33602, or via email to: programming@ • Note exact size of artwork in the submission. • Submit applications between Jan. 15 and March 31.

Exhibition guidelines: • The artwork will be displayed at specific branch libraries for a period of two months with no fee to the artist. • The artist must bring artwork ready to hang on designated wall space at a mutually agreed upon date and time. • An art reception will be held during the exhibition and the artist may present a brief summary about their artwork. • Control over the exhibition, its publicity (including exhibit photos), placement of artwork and exhibition duration rests entirely with Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries. For information, contact Stacey Jurewicz, Library Services, 813-273-3652. v

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Tagalongs, or Samoas – the wait is over! Through March 16th, thousands of Girl Scouts will take orders for your favorite Girl Scout Cookie varieties,

on girls’ skill development. For those collectors out there, this is the last year to purchase what are now referred to as “classic packaging.” The new packaging

IT’S GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME 2,138,172 That’s the number of packages Girls of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida sold in 2012 with over $1.3 million worth of proceeds going to their troops! Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) announced Monday, Jan. 7 marked the start of the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program throughout

its eight-county jurisdiction of Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties. Through the Cookie Program, girls build five essential life skills: goal setting, money management, decision making, people skills and business ethics. Empower girls to become future leaders by supporting the Girl Scout Cookie program. Whichever your favorite Girl Scout Cookie – Thin Mints,

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Girl Scouts in west central Florida will deliver thousands of cookies beginning Feb. 15th. New this year, Girl Scout cookie packaging has been completely redesigned to showcase more about the impact of the cookie program

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Reunites with Alumni during National Mentoring Month As the nation celebrates National Mentoring Month, it is important to let all mentoringminded people know how much they matter. Across the

nation, Big Brothers Big Sisters is reconnecting with alumni Bigs, Littles, donors and family, staff and board members. The reunion effort is an extension of Start Something®, a national initiative Big Brothers

Big Sisters unveiled two years ago in partnership with the Ad Council. The effort invites all adults – not just volunteers -- to support quality mentoring to change the odds for children facing adversity. The 2013 nationwide search

and reunite effort extends Start Something to hundreds of thousands of people who have an affinity with Big Brothers Big Sisters, but have not been asked to stay or become re-engaged with the organization. Our hope is that by bringing our alumni together and showing them how much we appreciate them, we will open avenues for people who are already invested in our work to “Start Something [Again]” to help kids succeed in school and life. Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 2,000 youth in Hillsborough, Polk and Pasco County. Most of them are children of single, low-income or incarcerated parents or sons and daughters of military personnel.

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