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13 // Gasparilla Family Traditions Three families share their family ties with Tampa’s beloved annual celebration 16 // New Beginnings Six easy things you can do to organize your home this weekend, and family goal setting for 2019! 18 // A Family Business A Tampa family launches a company that offers an environmentally safe alternative to plastic straws 21 // Dance Your Way into 2019 Let your child find their passion for dance with Frank Rey dance studio in Tampa! 22 // New Year, New You! Five ways your library can help you get off to a great start in 2019 24 // Hello, Me Time! The importance of making time for yourself. You deserve it, momma! 49 // Attitude of Gratitude: Our friends at Corbett Prep show us ways you can teach your child the art of thankfulness 55 // Growing a Legacy How one local family practices environmental stewardship

Gasparilla Children’s Parade

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63 // Safety First: Important steps every family needs to take to keep your family safe from pregnancy to the preschool years 65 // Shop Your Closet: Michelle Bremer of Runway Translator shows you how to find treasures in your own closet! 75 // Find Your Fit in 2019: The YMCA of Tampa Bay offers up 5 tips to help your family stick with healthy New Year’s resolutions in the new year



Ye Mystic Krewe's Jeramiah Bustin with his two swashbuckling Callan, 7 and Caleb, 5. Cover images by Darlene Barlows Photography




From the Guest Editor GUEST EDITOR Shamus Warren CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND EDITORIAL MANAGER Laura Byrne ASSOCIATE EDITOR Anu Varma Panchal EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Sarah Stoulil CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Shamus Warren Anu Varma Panchal Tara Payor, Ph.D. Laura Byrne Amy Hammond Kalleen Marquise, MLIS Ellie Hirsch Michelle Bremer Courtney Cairns Pastor Katelyn Schur Kim Graham, R.N. Lisa Mayrose Lalita Llerena Kate White CALENDAR Sarah Stoulil Katelyn Schur INTERN Katelyn Schur ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Ralf Gonzalez Craig Collins LAYOUT & DESIGN Nicole Barolo of Page Four Creative CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Darlene Barlows Photography Theresa NeSmith Photography Pezz Photo Brittany Anderson Photography BOOKKEEPING Employee of the Month, LLC

THE BEST MEDICINE to cure the post-holiday


blues for the whole family awaits you on Bayshore Boulevard. I was truly humbled when asked to be the guest editor for this month’s edition of Tampa Bay Parenting magazine. As a Tampa native, I’ve seen and done a lot of things around our great town, but this is a first! The Warrens have been in Tampa for quite a while. My son is a 5th generation Tampa native. Our family was involved in founding the Tampa Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the Merrymakers Club and the University Club. For many years, we have been actively involved in Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, The Salvation Army and the Tampa Yacht & Country Club. I am currently the director of development of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation headquartered here in Tampa, and live steps from Hillsborough Bay with my wife Lauren, son Whit, and daughter Wesleigh. We love Tampa and her rich history and tradition.

January is my favorite month for family fun, but unless you are willing to pay through the nose for a trip to Wally World in the ‘ol Family Truckster, family-friendly events are getting harder to find. Fear not, fellow citizens! The best medicine to cure the post-holiday blues for the whole family awaits you on Bayshore Boulevard on Saturday, Jan. 19. Believe it or not, the Gasparilla Children’s Parade has become the largest kid’s parade in the country. Coupled with the fireworks extravaganza that evening, you’ve got hours and hours of entertainment that won’t break the bank. After the kids have had their fill of pillaging and plundering, maroon them at grandma and grandpa’s house so that you and your consort can walk the plank at the 115th anniversary of the Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of Pirates on Saturday, Jan. 26. Come party with the pirates and remember, dead men tell no tales!


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ANU VARMA PANCHAL Anu Varma Panchal has written and edited for area publications for nearly 20 years. She’s ac­t ive on her

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and travel, and spends

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JANUARY 19 MAY 12, 2019 The Pigeon comes to Tampa!: A Mo Willems Exhibit is co-organized by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

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tips, hacks and Elevate Your Closet in 2019

We LOVE Rent the Runway’s Unlimited program. For a flat fee of $159 per month, you get four items on rotation that you can wear and send back as many times as you want! 2-day shipping and dry cleaning are included for free. You’re able to wear labels and styles that may otherwise be out of your budget while remaining on trend all at the same time. RTR has clothing, formal dresses, jewelry, purses and coats, and we think it’s worth every penny.


BABY-PROOF BOOKS Do you have a collection of gnawed-on board books? So do we. This is why we love books by Indestructibles! They are chew proof, rip proof, non-toxic and washable. They make great baby shower gifts and easily fit into a diaper bag. $5.95 each.


Jenny Dean, a reporter at WTSP-10News and mother of two shared this game-changing cleaning tip: Use an old dryer sheet to clean hard water stains and grime from surfaces in your home. We tested this hack and it totally works! Even the natural based dryer sheets are abrasive enough to remove the grime!

LAUNDRY HACK Diana Blinkhorn, the blogger behind and @mrsblinks on Instagram, shared this stain-fighting hack: Combine baking soda and blue Dawn dish soap on top of stain and then add enough hydrogen peroxide to saturate mixture into a paste. Use brush to scrub in, let sit for a few hours, scrub again and put in the washing machine! Buh-bye stain!

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MOSI has just reopened the Whitney A. Lang Center For Learning! The space features a new space mural called “New Arrivals” painted by MOSI staff members Mike Knapp and Rob Hendershot. MOSI is also bringing back the Diplodocus dino skeleton in mid-January which was cast from real fossills.

The Koala Photo Encounter Presented by the Yob Family Foundation is a brand new Signature Experience that debuts in January. Families will have the chance to get upclose to an adorable koala for a koala-ty photo! Each guest receives a photo and kids must be accompanied by an adult. JANUARY 2019


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Left: Jen Iavarone and Brian Agliano Right: Brian Agliano with his daughter at school.

By Tara Payor, Ph.D.

For many, January is about resolutions. For Tampa, January is about resolving to showcase tradition. Gasparilla brings bountiful beads, but the memories made with loved ones are the most precious treasures. The parade, dating back to 1904, was started by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla—now several hundred members strong. Krewe members share why membership is meaningful and how their children carry on traditions.


A first-generation krewe man, Jeramiah’s Gasparilla memories date back to his childhood, when he remembers walking to the children’s parade with his family and sitting on a blanket in the median. “It felt like Christmas,” he recalls. His mom, a former parade participant, dressed her kids like pirates and bought them plastic swords from street vendors. A YMKG member since 2010, Bustin enjoys sharing the magic of Gasparilla with locals, tourists and transplants. He’s introduced Tampa to corporations, helped Visit Tampa Bay with community outreach efforts, and participated in numerous local parades. “We are ambassadors for Tampa,” he says. Bustin treasures his experiences with YMKG’s Ye Gaspar’s Grenadiers. Throughout the year, the group visits All Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and Tampa General to lift pediatric patients’ spirits: “We give patients beads if their immune systems are capable. We take coloring books and cannon balls, too.” This year, Bustin will share Gasparilla’s nostalgia and magic with his sons—Callan (7) and Caleb (5). They’ve played in his pirate gear for years and look forward to riding on YMKG’s float during the children’s parade. The boys’ membership in YMKG is years away, but Bustin hopes they eventually experience the camaraderie and support the organization’s given him. “I’ve made friends I wouldn’t have otherwise met. We look out for each other.”


Agliano is a Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla legacy. “My dad was a krewe member,” Agliano says. “I remember attending YMKG parties as a 13-year-old. I’m proud I joined and am carrying on traditions.” A YMKG member for 12 years, Agliano recounts Gasparilla as a favorite family day during his childhood. Now a father and uncle, he loves sharing the pirate’s life with his daughter and two nephews. On children’s parade day, Agliano and his dad take the kids to Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club for breakfast and pirate makeovers. This year marks Bella’s third

parade with Agliano. Now that she’s 8, he’s especially excited: “She’s strong enough to throw beads to spectators now. It’s a blast seeing her and my nephews excited about throwing beads and then receiving beads when we attend tent parties.” Agliano enjoys wearing pirate garb and visiting Bella’s school to invade classrooms, hand out beads and read pirate stories. “When younger, she was confused about why daddy’s voice was coming out of a pirate,” he laughs. For Brian, YMKG is quintessential Tampa: “It’s great bringing so much life into our city on parade day. It’s always been my favorite day of the year.”




Iavarone is proud to share her passion for Gasparilla with son Declan.


For Iavarone, Gasparilla’s been lifelong and yearround. She’s passing the traditions to her children, Declan (7) and Malin (3), who will ride the KQAR float for the third and first time, respectively. “Growing up, parade days meant looking for my uncle and best friends’ dads—all pirates,” Iavarone reminisces. “Now, my favorite memory is riding the KQAR float with my son while pregnant with Malin. She’s my legacy for the krewe and is ecstatic about her costume. A former costume designer, Iavarone designs krewe members’ costumes and hosts an annual hat making party. “Gasparilla lasts all year for us, from designing to walking,” she says. Co-owner of Malio’s and Remedy, she hosts enviable parade after-parties. 2019 marks an inaugural block party. Community engagement is part of their pirate lifestyle, and the family has participated in toy drives and wrapping parties. Iavarone is proud to be KQAR’s hype girl. “I carry a tambourine and make people dance for beads. The smiles I get from kids and older people are amazing.”

Jen Iavarone in action, hyping up the crowds with her tambourine.

Find out more about the Gasparilla Children's Parade and read more stories online at LEARN MORE Open the Krewe's virtual treasure chest


VISIT to learn more about Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. JANUARY 2019

BROWSE to read more on the Krewe of Queen Anne's Revenge

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new beginnings JANUARY BRINGS


6 quick things you can do THIS WEEKEND to simplify!



Take inventory of what you have in your home. Donate, recycle or trash items you don’t use anymore. Get comfortable with letting go of those unused items despite who gave them to you. Remember: It’s just stuff. Our professional organizer had a great tip to keep a ‘Donate’ box in the house so you can constantly take inventory of what you don’t really use anymore. When it fills up, donate it and start again. JANUARY 2019

By Laura Byrne

I never thought we’d have to do it, but we did. We hired a certified professional organizer. I sounds crazy, I know, but it was life changing. Like many busy parents, I thought I could get our home in order on my own, but between our busy schedule and my lack of will power, it wasn’t getting done. A friend recommended we hire Susan Layden, a Tampa based Certified Professional Organizer and with her help—it happened! The changes we’ve made in our home have helped simplify our daily routines, which is why I wanted to share some of the top tips I learned with you!


Seriously. Before the organizer came into our home, I would stack our family’s clothing items like shirts and shorts on top of one another. She pointed out that this routine makes things hard to find. Truth. On her advice, we now we roll each item and place in the drawer so each clothing item can be clearly seen. I didn’t believe it at first, but this method actually takes up the same amount of space, if not less.


This was a big tip that we learned as we worked with the professional organizer. While we attempted to keep like items together before we hired her, we didn’t always stick with this principle. Now we put things away with purpose, especially our children’s toys. It keeps toy sets together and not scattered throughout the house. Use labels to remind yourself and others about where things ‘live’ in your home.

goal setting, grit and the importance of staying charged By Tara Payor, Ph.D.


They don’t have to be fancy, but it helps group items together for easy access. We keep medicines and vitamins in their own separate bins so we can easily pull them out of the cabinet and grab what we need and lock away to keep curious kids out. I keep bins in our pantry for our kids’ snacks and school lunch items to make the lunch packing routine a bit easier. I even use them in the fridge to keep like items together. Again—they don’t have to be fancy. I opted for clear bins, but we also use cardboard boxes and baskets in our pantry. Turn tables also transformed our spice cabinet and pantry so everything is easy to find and access! Who knew?


We LOVE The Home Edit, but it’s not reality for most families. (You should still totally follow their Instagram account for ideas and inspiration! @thehomeedit) The goal is to help simplify your routine. Start small. We started our home organization in our kitchen since that’s where we spend a lot of our time and where we needed the most help. The kids’ rooms were next.


This can be hard. Working with an organizer has helped me think twice before purchasing something I likely don’t need. And hey, it saves money, so it’s a win-win!

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an. 1 means new beginnings. It also means revising approaches to what we already have in progress. Whether they are kindergarteners or seniors, kids of all ages benefit from conversations focused on goals, grit and the importance of keeping our internal batteries charged.



Winter break offers kids a chance to recharge by engaging in both personally fulfilling activities and needed downtime. As back-to-school day approaches, it’s a good time to teach kids the utility of checklists. Checklists are powerful tools; some of the most detail-oriented professionals, like pilots and surgeons, utilize them. For listing feasible goals and to-do items alike, checklists scaffold focused undertakings. Feasible goals, like learning 10 new sight words biweekly or bringing an SAT score up by “x” points, support success and demolish anxiety. Reasonable to-do lists serve as essential reminders and undergird needed feelings of accomplishment as items are crossed off.


A phrase I’ve come to appreciate and pass on to both my students and children is “embrace the shake.” It’s at those points of tension, when muscles are shaking, that development occurs. When we commit to working through the shake—even in our brain—we develop grit. Kids get tired. They may hit the metaphorical wall. Engage them in conversations about the drawbacks of taking the path of least resistance, using personal examples. Also, let kids in on the fact that our motivation also wanes. It helps humanize us and gives them useful insight to the power of mind over matter. We can share ready-to-use strategies that help us “embrace the shake” and break through “the wall.”


Accountability partners are as useful for 4-year-olds as they are for 40-year-olds. When we tell a trusted person that we feel tempted to give up, we protect ourselves from the dangers of becoming silos. It’s imperative kids learn that successes, great and small, are propelled by support from and collaboration with others. We should show children how the adage, “it takes a village,” plays out in our lives and contributes to the family unit’s success. While I’m a big proponent of students learning to hold themselves accountable, I also reinforce how essential partnerships are in reminding us that we can conquer to-do lists, break through walls, and succeed.


Despite how small some successes may seem to our adult selves, it’s important we honor them for our children. Be it a good grade on a spelling test or finishing a series of books, invite kids into conversations about how good it feels to persist and succeed. From displaying the fruits of their labor on the fridge to treating them to froyo, these celebrations are pleasing to pre-schoolers and adolescents. Through intentional thoughts, habits and actions, let’s teach our kids that we are all works in progress—a beautiful thing, 24/7.

GET GOING ON THOSE GOALS 1 Young children benefit from magnet boards depicting their to-do’s

2 Dry-erase boards in a shared family location of the home support accountability

3 Utilize technology such as reminder apps, sticky note apps and shared calendars


one straw at a time

THE STORY BEHIND TURTLE BUDDY tep into smoothie icon Xtreme Juice on South Dale Mabry, and you’ll notice something new: The straws have Earthfriendly swagger. Smoothies require sippers, but owners Karrie and Chris Mueller no longer cringe at the thought of all that plastic. The founders of Turtle Buddy are spreading alternative straws throughout the Bay Area and the nation. “When that video showing turtles choking on plastic just about broke the Internet, we really felt a desire to act,” Chris says. “Obviously, the smoothie industry is going to need straws, but we knew there had to be a better choice.” The challenge was finding a straw sturdy enough to withstand the thickest smoothie but still biodegrade. Paper didn’t pass the durability test, but PLA straws proved a worthy alternative. PLA is chemically compostable and structurally similar to classic plastic. Unlike conventional straws, which take up to 500 years to break down, PLA is made of cornstarch. It’s also chemically compostable. Patrons of Xtreme Juice now sip concoctions like Mango Madness and Cherry Mountain through Turtle Buddy PLA sippers, and the movement is spreading. Turtle Buddy offers PLA and bamboo straws to other establishments through, and that means custom wrappers, branded product and, we can only guess, plenty of happy turtles. As an overall goal, Turtle Buddy is committed to the cleanup of the Pacific garbage patch, a massive floating mess located between California and Hawaii. “We donate to a variety of organizations that remove trash from our beaches and oceans,” Chris says. “As a company, we pledge to help with general trash collection as well.” Turtle Buddy collects 100 pounds of trash each week. And the merchandise available on the website comes with a perk: For each item sold, the company will properly dispose of a five pound bucket of trash. Even the detritus on the side of the road can end up in our oceans, the Muellers say; every bit makes a difference. Their plan is to tackle the issue one straw at a time. For more information about Turtle Buddy straws and to learn about the organization, visit Keep up with Turtle Buddy successes on Instagram at turtlebuddystraws and on Facebook at


1 Recycle when possible. Conventional plastic straws 2 3 4 5


are made of petroleum and cannot be recycled. Select straw alternatives that biodegrade. Teach children to dispose of trash in the correct manner. Find a local beach cleanup - make it a family effort! See who in your family can generate the least amount of trash. JANUARY 2019,




Image by Brittany Elise Photography

Luke Mueller cleans up plastic garbage from the Bay.


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or most of us, January is the time for resolutions, new beginnings and setting new goals. Dance classes are a great way to encourage creativity while promoting physical activity in children of all ages. There are a multitude of benefits to be gained by children who dance such as encouraging creativity and self-expression to boosting confidence and self-esteem. At our new stateof-the-art studio in northwest Hillsborough County, On The Edge at Frank Rey Dance supports and nurtures the love and joy of dance by offering a variety of classes and programs for children and adults. Our pre-dance program is designed for children age 2 -5. With a focus on learning the foundation of dance in a lively and fun environment, we offer 45-minute combination classes in ballet/ jazz and tap/ acrobatics. Our pre-dance teachers are experienced and skilled in early childhood dance education. Our recreational classes are for dancers age 5-18 wishing to participate in a fun and encouraging environment. Dancers can take as many classes as they want each week in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, lyrical, and contemporary. Especially popular is our Teen Beginner classes in ballet, jazz and contemporary where older beginners can enjoy and thrive with other dancers their age. For the more serious dancers wishing to take their training to new heights, On the Edge offers a pre-professional track. These dancers are required to take a prescribed number of classes/ hours per week as well as participate on our Showdancer competition team. Our pre-professional curriculum prepares dancers for college dance programs, professional dance teams and careers in commercial dance and Broadway. At On The Edge, our classes are not limited to children and teens. January is a great time for adults-experienced or beginner- to make lifestyle changes by adding dance to their weekly routine. If you want to reduce stress, burn calories, prevent memory loss and make new friends, then come down and make that lifestyle change while having fun. Dances classes are a great way to encourage physical activity and boost personal creativity at any age. On The Edge at Frank Rey Dance is located just west of Dale Mabry on Gunn Highway in the Plantation Town Center. Drop in and check out our new facility equipped with state of the art sound systems, closed circuit T.Vs and spacious studios with fully sprung marley and hardwood floors. Call to schedule a complimentary trial class today at 813-9339321. Mention Tampa Bay Parenting and get $10 of the registration fee. Experience the magic of dance!







LEARN SOMETHING NEW IN 2019 start with dance





By Kalleen Marquise, MLIS


find your 2019 at the library


nother year has come and gone, and hopefully, you and your family had a year full of health and happiness. Even if 2018 did not go your way, the New Year is a great opportunity to reflect on the previous year and plan for the months ahead. There is room for improvement in all of our lives and setting goals for 2019 is a great way to start the year off in the right direction.


Could your cake decorating skills use a boost? Been musing over starting that blog? Daydreaming about learning to speak French? Whatever skill you want to learn, the library is a great place to start. Whether it be an inspirational book, an in-person class or a self-paced online course, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries offer a variety of educational opportunities to turn you from an average Joe (or Jane!) to a knowledgeable pro.


Stop wanderlusting over dreamy social media travel photos and make 2019 the year where you finally cross destinations off your bucket list. Never had a passport? No problem! Easily apply for a passport at the Port Tampa City Library or the Bloomingdale Regional Library by calling 813-273-3652 for an appointment. Once the paperwork is out of the way, kick back and plan your trip with the library’s travel guides and magazines.

SET A READING GOAL Whatever you are looking to achieve in the new year, be sure to check out first to get you started the right direction!

According to Yale researchers, people who read an average of 30 minutes a day live longer than nonreaders. Reading has been shown to support healthy brain function, improve empathy and increase emotional intelligence. If you would like to make reading a goal this year, consider a reading challenge. encourages readers to set a target goal and share their progress with peers. If you need in-person encouragement, many Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries host book clubs.


Want to start your own business but not sure where to begin? Hillsborough County’s Entrepreneurial Collaborative Center (ECC) in Ybor City is a welcoming environment for budding entrepreneurs. The facility is a one stop shop with easy access to business service providers, resources, mentorship and specialty training. Knowledgeable staff can help you create a free business plan to launch a new business, grow an already established business or scale a growing business.



Feeling guilty from holiday indulgences and want to tackle health and fitness goals in the New Year? Consider sampling free fitness classes before investing in an expensive gym membership. Many Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries offer free yoga, tai chi and Zumba programs. Our numerous self-help books, DVDs and magazines can give you that extra motivation to accomplish your wellness goals.

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lways great to hear from “Me Time”, isn’t it? A bit of a tease because we know it exists but it just never seems to work out. We know we need it but how do we achieve it? What does “it” even mean? Everyone is going to have a different definition of what “Me Time” means to them. Is it exercise? Perhaps it’s getting our nails done. Maybe it’s figuring out how to get some years back, how to be healthier and sleep better. For some, it will be locking ourselves in the pantry for a deep breath, quiet and the stash of chocolate chip cookies no one has discovered yet. They all sound blissful, don’t they? There is no denying the lack of time, however it’s important and vital to make the time. Why? Creating “Me Time” and modifying our behaviors will create changes in our relationships with our kids, spouses, family and friends. Yes, “Me Time” will make us all better parents, wives, daughters and besties. A happy parent is a more patient parent. Our head will no longer be spinning out of control, and that means creating productivity in our lives. Imagine that? Finding the time we think we don’t have will actually make the time we do have more productive. Boom. Living in Tampa makes it easy to find “Me Time” solutions that are affordable, quick and effective—and in some cases, unusual! Something as simple as polished nails can make a mom feel pretty, confident and put together. VIP service with a cocktail at Tampa Nails? Even better! It’s okay to be the weirdo riding down Bayshore Boulevard singing loud and proud. Therapy, exercise class and outdoors time, all in one. Normal is overrated anyway. Whatever your definition of “Me Time” is, find it. Your life will change. The relationships will change. It’s not realistic to expect “Me Time” every day, but to start, strive for what is realistic with your schedule. Form a relationship with your “Me Time” and learn your how, when and why. Soon that jam packed schedule won’t seem as stressful. Soon the dog who ate your sunglasses, again, won’t make you as angry. Soon the time it takes for your kids to get out of the house in the morning won’t leave you pulling your hair out. Okay, the last one may be a stretch, but it’s about progress, not perfection, right?

ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL PARISH DAY SCHOOL Located in Hyde Park and near Downtown Tampa, St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School is a co-ed, independent school with a rich 68-year tradition of exceptional academic achievement. Founded in 1951, St. John’s is Tampa’s oldest Episcopal school. St. John’s prepares each of its students for lifelong intellectual and spiritual growth by providing a superior educational experience within a nurturing Christian environment. We exist not merely to educate, but to demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God. Total enrollment is 525 with a 9:1 ratio and an average class size of 20. Grades K4 - 8 are offered and tuition ranges from $12,900 - $13,400. Amenities include financial aid, uniforms, and after school programming. Athletics: Although St. John’s has a no-cut philosophy for our sports teams, we still are regularly champs! Boys and girls sports include cross country, track and field, tennis for grades 5-8. Grades 6-8 are able to play soccer, basketball, boys baseball, girls softball and volleyball. Innovation: 3D printing, coding, video productions, graphic design and more.

Join us for our Admissions Open House! January 31, 2019 9:00 a.m. Registration 9:30-11:00 a.m. Tours Located in historic Hyde Park, St. John’s is a not-for-profit, Episcopal K(4)-8 Independent School with a rich 68-year tradition of academic excellence. Submit an inquiry or apply today: Director of Admissions: Cindy Fenlon 813-600-4348




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ACADEMY AT THE LAKES 2331 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes, 34639 813-909-7919; Academy at the Lakes is a PreK3 - 12 independent school located in North Tampa. Alongside challenging academics, competitive championship sports teams, and distinguished arts and science programs, Academy students celebrate love of learning and the joy in the journey, all within a culture that teaches empathy and virtue.   enrollment: 450

class size: 14

grades: PreK3-12

tuition range: $11,580-$23,710

ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES 3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, 33629 813-839-5371; The Academy of the Holy Names empowers students to be authentic individuals who engage in independent thought, are inspired by creativity, and lead culturally aware, spiritually rich lives. Our innovative approach to curriculum integrates technology, encourages artistic expression, and actively engages students in exploration and inquiry. enrollment: 955

class size: varies

grades: PreK4-8 coed, tuition range: $12,150 to $19,160 9-12 girls

ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, 33710 727-384-5500; Admiral Farragut Academy is a co-ed private school with boarding for grades 8-12. Farragut is an experience, a journey, and a launch point for life. The students represent 32 countries and 17 U.S. states. Signature programs include aviation, marine science, scuba, sailing, engineering, NJROTC, and leadership. Summer camps also offered. enrollment: 500

class size: 18

grades: PreK-12

tuition range: $12,400 to $23,300

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BERKELEY PREPARATORY SCHOOL 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa, 33615 813-885-1673; Berkeley presents a safe, nurturing environment featuring inspiring teaching, engaged parents and alumni, and outstanding resources. We offer a broad curricular and extracurricular program enjoyed by an exceptional and diverse community of learners. We develop and expect strong character, promote innovation and growth, and desire excellence in all that we do. enrollment: 1,380

class size: 20

grades: PreK3-12

tuition range: $17,760 to $25,640

BISHOP LARKIN CATHOLIC SCHOOL 8408 Monarch Drive, Port Richey, FL 34668 727-862-6981; Our school has been serving families for over 28 years and is a Christ-centered learning environment that fosters spiritual and academic growth. We are an accredited school and our nurturing faculty and staff work together with our parents and parish communities to provide our students with strong academics and other excellent programs. enrollment: 250

class size: 20-30

grades: PreK3-8

tuition range: $6,000 to $8,000

BRANDON ACADEMY 801 Limona Road, Brandon, 33510 813-689-1952; Brandon Academy is a nationally recognized, college preparatory Blue Ribbon school, the only one in Eastern Hillsborough County fully accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC). Our motto, A Community of Respect, is apparent in our students and faculty inside and beyond the classroom. enrollment: 270

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ACADEMY AT THE LAKES Academy at the Lakes is a PreK3 – 12th Grade private independent school celebrating the love of learning and the joy in the journey. Academy prepares students for college and life through a balance of strong academics, competitive athletics, and a multitude of fine arts opportunities all within a warm, welcoming community. Students at Academy learn and grow in a culture that teaches empathy and virtue, then brings those ideas to life through action. It’s not about high-stakes testing and homework, it’s about endowing children with the skills that will lead to a great life. Academy students are not only prepared for the future, they enjoy every step along the way. At Academy, your child is known and accepted. You Matter Here™. The best way to learn more about Academy is to see us in action. Contact Admissions today to schedule a tour: | 813-909-7919

NEW YEAR, NEW POSSIBILITIES. At Academy at the Lakes, your child is known and accepted. You Matter HereTM

Get ready for the 2019 – 2020 school year by applying now for PreK3 – Grade 12!

Deadline for applications is February 1st. Enroll Today! The best choice might be north – 2331 Collier Pkwy, Land O’ Lakes, FL

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION CALVARY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL 110 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, 33759 727-449-2247; Calvary offers an advanced college preparatory education in an environment where students are taught a Christian worldview with the Word of God being integrated into each subject. Calvary also offers many extra-curricular activities for your child including athletics, fine arts, SGA, clubs, and more. Open house on Oct. 18 from 5-8 p.m. enrollment: 602

class size: 14

grades: 9-12

tuition range: $13,000+fees

CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 6101 North Habana Ave., Tampa, 33614 813-872-6744; Cambridge Christian is a college preparatory, Christian outreach school serving students 3 months through twelfth grade. Kingdom Education teaches a Biblical worldview, partnering with parents and the local church in the education of their children. This partnership provides a strong foundation for life and college from a nationally accredited school. enrollment: 630 class size: 17 grades: 3 mo.-12 tuition range: $8,000-$16,000 CANTERBURY SCHOOL OF FLORIDA Hough campus (Prek3-4) 1200 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg, 33704 Knowlton campus (5-12) 990 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33702 27-525-1419; Canterbury School is a private, co-ed, college preparatory school on 2 campuses in St. Petersburg serving 3-year-olds through Grade 12. Founded in 1968, Canterbury School of Florida educates and nurtures the whole child in mind, body, and spirit in preparation for college and a life as a responsible steward of our world. enrollment: 430 class size: 15 grades: PreK3-12 tuition range: $3,300-$20,525

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CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL Bearss Avenue Campus 1515 West Bearss Ave., Tampa, 33613  Early Childhood Campus 12606 Casey Road, Tampa, 33618 Bearss 813-920-2288, ECC 813-963-2388; Carrollwood Day School is the only International Baccalaureate® World School in Tampa Bay that offers the Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, and Diploma Program. We strive to enrich the mind, strengthen the character, and inspire the hearts of our students with our motto of “Education with Character.” enrollment: 1,090

class size: 12

grades: PreK2-12

tuition range: varies

CENTER ACADEMY 6710 86th Ave. N., Pinellas Park, 33782 727-541-5716; Founded in 1968 and AdvancED accredited, Center Academy provides a small, safe setting to help students to focus, organize and learn. We work with students in grades 4-12 with ADHD and learning differences and accept McKay, Gardiner and Tax Credit Scholarships. Dual enrolment and summer programs are available. enrollment: 90

class size: 18

grades: 4-12

tuition range: $12,680-$15,180

CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATES Multiple Locations 954-414-5767; Tuition-Free, SACS Accredited public charter schools offer Cambridge Advanced Studies and a STEAM enriched curriculum. There are currently eight locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties serving students in grades K-12, with two new schools opening August 2019. Visit for a complete listing of our schools.

COMMUNITY MONTESSORI Toddler & Primary campus, 4930 Webb Road, Tampa, 33615; 813-886-2050 Elementary & Middle campus, 8411 Civic Road, Tampa, 33615; 813-886-3969 Community Montessori School provides a prepared environment that responds to the developmental needs of child and cultivates the unique potential of each individual by adhering to Montessori’s principles. CMS is a warm, secure community with a high expectation for the quality of thought, work, and mastery of content and skill. enrollment: 133 class size: 25 grades: I8 mo.-9 tuition range: $6,530-$9,995

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BERKELEY PREPARATORY SCHOOL Nationally recognized for our exceptional education, Berkeley Preparatory School is equally distinguished by our close-knit community. Here, in a uniquely positive learning environment, students of every talent are • welcomed and celebrated. Surrounded by opportunity, encouraged by one another, Berkeley students feel • empowered to pursue their passions and reach their full potential. Founded in 1960, Berkeley is a Pre-K - Grade • 12 co-educational independent, Episcopal day school• • located in Tampa, • Florida on a beautiful 86-acre campus. On any given day at Berkeley, • there is an energy in the air that is palpable. Students and faculty alike are • in constant motion. Opportunities abound to get involved • • through literally hundreds of extracurricular clubs and • • activities, to give back through purposeful community • • service, and explore interests through libraries, learning, • spirituality, athletics, and travel. One hundred percent • of every senior class is accepted in at least one college • • From there, our alumni are or university of their choice. • • more by making a positive difference in the world. Learn visiting • • • • • • •


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EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION CORBETT PREPARATORY SCHOOL OF IDS 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa, 33618 813-961-3087; Founded 50 years ago, Corbett Prep serves 500-plus students. An International Baccalaureate curriculum, research-based teaching strategies, gifted-endorsed teachers, visual and performing arts, team sports for grades 1-8, and experiential, hands-on learning produce confident, creative, innovative thinkers with character ready to contribute to the world in a meaningful, positive way. enrollment: 515

class size: varies

grades: PreK3-8

tuition range: $12,000-$16,370

CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN 1317 Milwaukee Ave. Dunedin, 34698 727-733-1438; We believe that every child has value and purpose. Our job is to help students discover their potential through academic, physical, social, and spiritual development. Our mission is to provide quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for the children of our community. enrollment: 80

class size: 10-15

grades: PreK-8

tuition range: $6,300-$6,870

ELITE SCHOLAR ACADEMY 3626 Henderson Blvd., Tampa 33609 813-382-6106; Elite Scholar Academy is a boutique learning center in South Tampa offering an exclusive private educational experience for a limited number of K4-12 Scholars, who will be individually guided to reach their full academic potential in a true private setting, while taught how to learn and think critically. enrollment: 10-40

class size: 1-8

grades: PreK4-12

tuition range: $6,700-$38,000

THE FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF TAMPA BAY 2100 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33702 727-800-2159; The French American School of Tampa Bay (FASTB) provides a multicultural educational experience through French Immersion from Pre-K through Grade 5. No prior French language instruction is required to begin in this authentic environment, where French becomes the language of instruction and interaction in everything we do – we learn and play, en français! Children learn the language naturally and by Grade 5, can read, write and speak in French and English. We invite you to explore the gift of language and its lifelong benefits for your child – please contact us to arrange a visit and tour of our school. Merci! enrollment: 100 class size: 15 grades: PreK-5 tuition range: $6,500-$13,500 FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 905 West Terrace Drive, Plant City, 33563 813-473-2090; The premiere accredited private Christian school in the Plant City area that provides a loving, Christ centered excellent academic environment. We specialize in a well-rounded education that inspires, teaches, and ministers to our students through higher learning, extracurricular activities, and family focused offerings. Come see why FCA is the best in education. enrollment: 120

class size: 15

grades: PreK-12

tuition range: varies

GUARDIAN ANGELS 2270 Evans Road, Clearwater, 33763 727-799-6724; As the only accredited STREAM school in Tampa Bay, Guardian Angels Catholic School students experience an integration of religion and the arts into science, technology, engineering, and math. This provides opportunities for creative expression and the infusion of the timeless truths of our faith in a rigorous academic environment. enrollment: 225

class size: 17

grades: PreK-8

tuition range: varies

HILLEL ACADEMY 2020 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33612 813-963-2242; Hillel Academy, the area’s only accredited Jewish day school, is an institution for high school and collegiate preparedness through critical, collaborative and creative thinking while also developing a personal Jewish identity in an atmosphere of “chesed” (kindness). enrollment: 150

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class size: 15

grades: PreK4-8


tuition range: $8,400-$16,900



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CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL CHARACTER EDUCATION IS JUST AS, IF NOT MORE, IMPORTANT This might sound funny coming from an independent school, but, at Carrollwood Day School, teaching our kids core values is the cornerstone of our environment. Our IB Curriculum, from the Primary Years all the way through the Diploma Programme, ensures our students are academically prepared for life after K-12. Character education curriculum isn’t a requirement for educational facilities; it is a choice. In our current culture, it is so important to nurture and promote the ethical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of our children. This is a continuous

learning process for our youngest students in the toddler classes, all the way through our graduating seniors. At CDS, we emphasize teaching, training, and providing direct experience of the life skills that will enable our students, and faculty, to cope with the demands and challenges of everyday life during their tenure at CDS and after. Character education is the stepping-stone for building individual good character, which in turn builds good societies. At CDS, it’s more than just an idea, it’s our motto.

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HILLSDALE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 6201 Ehrlich Road, Tampa, 33625 813.884.8250; Hillsdale Christian Academy and Preschool is a private Christian school conveniently located at the Ehrlich Road exit off of the Veteran’s Expressway. We offer a strong, Christ-centered academic program from PreK-2 through 5th grade. enrollment: 170

class size: 15

grades: PreK2-5

tuition range: $4,500-$7,300

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL 2913 John Moore Road, Brandon, 33511 813-685-1978; Proven track record, small class sizes, challenging curriculum, Response to Intervention (RTI), advanced classes, band, chorus, Spanish, art, full PE Program, educational field trips, hot lunch program, before and after school care, competitive athletic teams. We are accredited by the NLSA which is recognized by the Florida Department of Education. We accept Step Up For Students, McKay Scholarships and School Readiness. enrollment: 220 class size: 20-24 grades: PreK4-8 tuition range: $6,000-$8,000 LAND O’ LAKES CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 5105 School Road, Land O’ Lakes, 34638 813-995-9040; A Christ-honoring atmosphere for preschool through high school, LOLCS trains students to develop and grow spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. We offer a fully accredited, balanced program that emphasizes spiritual life, challenging academics for college preparation, and opportunities for students to explore their interests and talents in fine arts and athletics. enrollment: 307

class size: 20

grades: PreK3-12

tuition range: $1,900-$6,720

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LEARNING GATE COMMUNITY SCHOOL 16215 Hanna Road, Lutz, FL 33549 207 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz, 33548 813-948-4190;  Learning Gate Community School is a tuition free, A-rated, Hillsborough County public charter school  in Lutz, Florida. Our mission is to promote academic excellence, community service and environmental responsibility through family and community partnerships. LGCS serves Kindergarten through 8th grades. Nature is our best teacher. enrollment: 800

class size: 18-22

grades: K-8

tuition range: free

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LEE ACADEMY FOR GIFTED EDUCATION 3001 Lee Academy Court, Tampa, 33614 813-931-3316; Lee Academy offers a unique experience for advanced, motivated learners Pre-K through 12th grade. Set on four acres of lakefront property, Lee Academy offers a flexible program that encourages reflective and creative thinking, problem solving, critical evaluation, and opportunity to pursue special interests. Call to schedule a personal tour. enrollment: 80

class size: 8-10

grades: PreK4-12

tuition range: $11,200-$12,750

MIRACLES SCHOOL 15830 Greenglen Lane, Shady Hills, 34610 727-858-5909; Miracles Schools believes that every student deserves the opportunity to learn in the capacity that best meets their needs. We strive to achieve excellence to ensure that every student will achieve their maximum potential in school and in life. class size: individual instruction

grades: K-12

tuition range: $7,500-$25,000

NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 7777 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33709 727-541-7593; Northside Christian School is a Christ-Centered School of Excellence focusing on the wellrounded child. Students in Preschool through 12th grade are exposed to award winning fine arts, competitive athletic programs, and blue ribbon academics. Northside provides a safe, nurturing environment on 28 acres in northwest St. Petersburg. enrollment: 702

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HILLSDALE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY The mission of Hillsdale Christian Academy is to assist the family and church by providing a Christcentered education with a Biblical worldview, and encouraging a relationship with Jesus Christ. Hillsdale Christian Academy seeks out rigorous, dynamic curriculum in all subject areas, giving each student a solid foundation to build on. Certified teachers challenge, inspire, and mentor each student to allow them to succeed and thrive in the daily classroom. Music, Spanish, Art, Physical Education, and Computer classes are integrated into a weekly schedule for all grade levels. HCA openly enrolls students from Pre-K2 through 5th grades. Some families automatically close the door to a private, Christian education for their child because of tuition costs. HCA is not only a VPK provider but also accepts Step-Up Scholarships as well, making tuition costs affordable for many families. Hillsdale Christian Academy students are prepared spiritually and academically to excel through the life skills they are taught. Discover the difference a Christian school can make in the life of your child when they are challenged to develop their talents and abilities in a Christian environment.

Open House: January 31, 2018 | 6:30-8 p.m.

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6201 Ehrlich Rd, 33625 | 813.884.8250 | | PreK2 - 5th Grades JANUARY 2019


EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION NORTH TAMPA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 5585 E. County Line Road, Wesley Chapel, 33544 813-991-0801; North Tampa Christian Academy is Wesley Chapel’s newest fully-accredited Christian school. Our 23-acre state-of-the-art campus and dedicated teaching staff provide a safe, relevant, and engaging educational experience. A variety of enrichment activities enhance our rigorous academic STEAM program. Come see what our school has to offer your family. enrollment: 310

class size: 20

grades: PreK2-12

tuition range: $11,900-$15,900

ODESSA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 19521 Michigan Ave., Odessa, 33556 813-792-1825; We believe superior learning starts with authentic experiences, cultivated through high expectations for every learner, engaging teaching methods, and regular field learning/ educational travel. Our mission is to cultivate world changers - young people of strong Christian character with active and creative minds who are committed to Biblical social justice. enrollment: 75

class size: varies

grades: K-12

tuition range: $9,500-$10,000

OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN SCHOOL 301 58th St.S. St. Petersburg, 33707 727-344-1026; Our Savior Lutheran is a nationally accredited, private Christian school, located in St. Petersburg.  Since 1982, dedicated staff has provided one-to-one attention in a safe and loving academic setting.  Small class sizes create a learning environment that is designed to help your child grow intellectually, academically, individually and spiritually. enrollment: 220

class size: varies

grades: PreK2-8

tuition range: varies

PALM HARBOR MONTESSORI 2355 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor, 34683 727-786-1854; Our mission is to nurture the potential of the whole child and cultivate the growth of a diverse, international community. We provide a respectful and peaceful Montessori environment that promotes academic excellence. Our child-centric Montessori approach provides students with an individualized education that fosters spontaneous learning opportunities. enrollment: 215

class size: 22

grades: Infant-8

tuition range: $6,300-$15,000

PEPIN ACADEMIES Tampa Campus, 3916 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 33610 813-236-1755; Pepin Academies are not-for-profit, tuition-free, public charter schools that serve students with specific learning and learning related disabilities. We educate students in 3rd-12th grade, and also offer a transitional job training program for students aged 18 to 22. Pepin Academies are considered ESE Center schools. enrollment: 1,100

class size: varies

grades: 3-12

tuition range: free

SAFETY HARBOR MONTESSORI 2669 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, 33761 727-724-1767; Safety Harbor Montessori Academy's primary goal is to help students reach their full potential in all aspects of their development, in a loving, respectful atmosphere. We have programs for ages 2 through 14, and we are fortunate to enroll students of many religions and backgrounds from all over the world. enrollment: 160

class size: 20

grades: PreK4-8

tuition range: $9,100-$16,500

SEFFNER CHRISTIAN 11605 E. U.S. Highway 92, Seffner, 33584 813-626-0001; Seffner Christian Academy offers a well-rounded educational program within a relational, caring atmosphere. The preschool through 12th grade program nurtures the child the whole child through a biblical worldview, challenging academics, engaging fine arts, integrated technology, and competitive athletics. Call today to schedule a tour! enrollment: 726

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LEE ACADEMY FOR GIFTED EDUCATION Founded in 1983, Lee Academy is an internationally recognized school that challenges, supports and inspires gifted and advanced learners from PreK through high school. Set in 4 acres of lakefront property, Lee Academy offers a flexible program that encourages reflective and creative thinking, problem solving, critical evaluation, and opportunity to pursue special interests. The program incorporates the latest research and best practices in gifted education, individualized curriculum, small class sizes and free acceleration. The personal attention provided allows students to actualize their potential. Program features include numerous field trips, foreign exchanges, college counseling and a dual enrollment program with area universities. Lee Academy offers a unique experience for advanced, motivated learners, integrating specialists into the earliest stages of the lower school curriculum, and allowing the teachers to retain a continuing relationship with each student over several years. Lee’s unmatched, collaborative faculty have a passion for their work and maintain an environment that encourages that passion in their students. Teachers also work with each student in areas beyond academics, nurturing qualities such as teamwork, compassion, respect and leadership through counseling, community service and group dynamics classes. Each student is guided toward social goals that complement their academic accomplishments. The school’s lakefront campus on the south side of Carrollwood provides an ideal setting for the mutually respectful, cooperative community formed by students, families and faculty. The welltreed property provides a non-institutionalized setting that accentuates the educational program. Several large wooden decks, an outdoor theater, lakeside gazebo, organic garden, athletic fields and outdoor art studio and kiln provide a more informal location for classes such as art, science, theater, recreation and literature. It also affords a wonderful environment for exploration by our early childhood classes. Lee Academy challenges students in a nurturing, caring environment where it’s safe to be “smart.” 38 JANUARY 2019

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SHORECREST PREPARATORY 5101 1st St., NE, St. Petersburg, 33703 727-522-2111; Founded in 1923, Shorecrest is a coed, nonsectarian, PreK3-12 independent school in St. Petersburg, FL. In a safe, student-centered environment, Shorecrest educates a diverse community of students to become lifelong learners in the pursuit of personal and academic excellence, physical well-being, creative achievement and the development of a commitment to social responsibility. enrollment: 990

class size: 15

grades: PreK3-12

tuition range: $8,900-$23,600

SKYCREST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, 33765 727-797-1186; Skycrest graduates enter high school with outstanding academic preparation, leadership skills, and confidence in their ability to succeed. With newly integrated technology, an extensive list of extracurricular activities, and a small student/teacher ratio, a Skycrest education is available at amazingly competitive rates. Open House date on Nov. 29. enrollment: 450

class size: 22

grades: PreK-8

tuition range: $9,900+fees

SPORTS, LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT ACADEMY (SLAM) TAMPA 7116 Gunn Highway, Tampa, 33625 813-920-8802;  The mission of SLAM is to prepare students for postsecondary studies and careers through an educational program emphasizing sports leadership and management career preparation. The charter school will offer students opportunities in career exploration and internships through the following career academics: sports medicine, digital media and sports television production, sports marketing, entertainment, and management. enrollment: 550

class size: <25

grades: 6-11

tuition range: free

ST. CECELIA INTERPAROCHIAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL 1350 Court St., Clearwater, 33756 727-461-1200; St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School (SCS) offers an academically challenging and globally minded interdisciplinary education to children in PreK-3 through 8th grade. Through our International Baccalaureate programmes, we provide the tools, develop character and teach skills that prepare our students to thrive in high school, college and beyond. enrollment: 470

class size: 20-25

grades: PreK3-8

tuition range: $6,879 - $8,813

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SUNCOAST WALDORF SCHOOL 1857 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, 34683 727-786-8311; The Suncoast Waldorf School has provided a balanced preschool-5th grade curriculum for 20 years. We understand that academics represent one aspect of a child's healthy development, so we complement our movement-infused lessons with time outdoors, instruction in practical skills like knitting and gardening, and an emphasis on the social-emotional development of each child. enrollment: 100

class size: 10-15

grades: PreK-5

tuition range: $3,575 - $11,600

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ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL Primary School 1002 S. Rome Ave., Tampa, 33606 813-849-6200; St. John’s is a co-ed, nonprofit Episcopal school with a 67-year tradition of preparing students for lifelong intellectual and spiritual growth in a Christian environment. Love of learning is enhanced by a commitment to spiritual and ethical values, advanced technology and the development of strong character. Open house is Oct. 23 from 9 -11 a.m. enrollment: 505

class size: 17

grades: PreK4-8

tuition range: $12,900-$14,930

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ST. MARY'S EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL 2101 S. Hubert Ave., Tampa, 33629 813-258-5508; St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School provides challenging academics, performing and visual arts, competitive athletics, technology, public speaking, foreign language, global studies, community service, religious education, and more. St. Mary’s highly-qualified PreK-8 faculty inspires students to achieve their best, developing well-rounded individuals ready for the challenges ahead. enrollment: 445

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LEARNING GATE COMMUNITY SCHOOL Learning Gate Community School is a tuition free, A-rated, public charter school of choice in Lutz, Florida. Our mission is to promote academic excellence, community service and environmental responsibility through family and community partnerships. We serve kindergarten through 8th grade. Learning Gate received its charter from the county in the year 2000. Learning Gate students are located on two sites: K-6th grades reside at the Hanna Road Campus in Lutz, and 7th-8th grade students are located at our Lutz Lake Fern Campus also in Lutz. Our Motto “Nature is our Best Teacher” personifies the natural spirit of the school. The program is built around the environment as an integrating context model for learning. This model focuses not only on learning about the environment, but is about using a school’s surroundings and community as a framework which students can construct their own learning. Guided by teachers and administrators using proven educational practices, they employ the environment as their comprehensive focus for learning in all areas: thinking and problem-solving skills, basic life skills, and understanding of the personal relationship to one’s community and natural surroundings. Learning Gate Community School offers numerous tours and open house events throughout the year.

TUITION-FREE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL K - 8TH Grade A Rated School Project Based Learning AdvancED Accredited Academic Excellence

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Engaging, Holistic, Authentic We offer the highest quality Montessori education experience which develops well-rounded students, with a focus on independence, courtesy and respect. • Individualized academic program, addressing specific needs and goals. • More than 33 years of experience providing high quality, authentic Montessori education. • Five spacious acres of beautiful, secure indoor and outdoor environments with a pool. • Incredibly engaged parent and volunteer community. We can’t wait to show you what makes our school special. Schedule your tour today!

Palm Harbor Montessori Academy 2355 Nebraska Avenue Palm Harbor, FL 34683

727-786-1854 Serving Students Ages 12 months - 15 years.


Admiral Farragut Academy was one of 17 aviation focused schools and organizations around the country awarded with a grant by American Airlines because of its dedication to training the next generation of aviators. The $5,000 grant to Farragut will enhance the Lower School Aviation experience and give its younger students the opportunity to train in the aviation classroom and then log flight time in an actual aircraft. Right now, the Aviation Program only serves students 9th-12th grade. 42 JANUARY 2019

The goal of the Aviation Program has always been to educate our students on the incredible number of career options in the field of Aviation. By exposing the Lower School students to Aviation early in their academic journey, we hope to foster a love of learning that will carry through to our Upper School program and beyond. This grant represents a unique opportunity for our students to get first-hand experience at the controls of an aircraft in flight and to apply math and science concepts in a dynamic learning environment.

WESTLAKE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Westlake Christian School, a K-8 private, Christian school, is located in Palm Harbor. Westlake is accredited by the Florida Kindergarten Council, the Florida Council of Independent Schools, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancED. Westlake is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. Westlake was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Westlakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liberal arts environment, including its integration of faith and learning mission, ensures well-developed graduates who enter high school programs in the area at the top of their classes. Students at Westlake enjoy exposure to curricula and experiences representative of high-performing schools both locally and nationally. The faculty, staff, and administration hold degrees in their fields and subject areas. All administrators have earned advanced degrees; 50 percent of the faculty have earned graduate degrees. In the fall of 2019, Westlakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th year anniversary year, the school will open a new, state-of-the-art facility housing additional classrooms and revolutionary spaces. Westlake serves nearly 400 students from Northern Pinellas County, Southern Pasco County, Trinity, Westchase, and the surrounding communities.

Open House: January 17, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



EDUCATION DIRECTORY | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION ST. PETERSBURG CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2021 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33702 727-522-3000; St. Petersburg Christian School has served the community of St. Petersburg, FL since 1971. We offer Lower Division grades K-4 and Upper Division grades 5 -8. The SPCS family is filled with dedicated faculty and staff, supportive alumni and current families to provide the best possible education. Activities include volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, golf, bowling, flag football, baseball, softball, track, coding, STEAM, makers space, visual art, band, musical theater, National Junior Honor Society, student government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, WSPCS News and yearbook. enrollment: 375 class size: varies grades: K-8 tuition range: $8,000-$11,000

TAMPA PINNACLE ACADEMY 207 Como St., Tampa, FL 33606 813-374-4006; Tampa Pinnacle Academy empowers students with learning differences to become independent and successful learners in a nurturing, yet structured environment. Pinnacle offers small class sizes, where multi-sensory and brain-based instruction compliments the blended therapeutic approach to each child’s learning experience. Our students feel understood, confident and motivated to learn. enrollment: 30

class size: 8-10

grades: K-8

tuition range: $17,200-$20,200

TAMPA PREPARATORY 727 West Cass St., Tampa, 33606 813-251-8481; Tampa Prep is a co-ed college preparatory school for grades 6-12 in downtown Tampa. We are known for our active learning environments and innovative faculty. As a place to think, create, be yourself, aspire to excellence and go beyond, our students grow academically and personally within our halls. enrollment: 693

class size: 15

grades: 6-12

tuition range: $22,915-$23,745

THE VANGUARD SCHOOL 22000 Hwy 27, Lake Wales, 33859 863-676-6091; The Vanguard School is an international co-educational boarding and day school for students in grades 6-12, and specializes in educating students who experience academic learning challenges. Through small class sizes and an individualized approach to learning, Vanguard strives to ensure that each child aspires to higher educational opportunities and independence. enrollment: 111

class size: 6-10

grades: 6-12

tuition range: $25,500-$49,000

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WESTLAKE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1551 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor, 34683 727-781-3808; Westlake Christian School, a National Blue Ribbon School, is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancED. The mission of Westlake is to guide and inspire students to develop their God-given potential, while fostering a lifelong love of learning in a nurturing Christ centered environment. enrollment: 400

class size: 18

grades: K-8

tuition range: $8,830-$8,510

WEB OF WISDOM 5238 Mile Stretch Dr., Holiday, 34690 727-389-4750; WOW, where learning meets adventure and education isn’t limited to the classroom. We offer college preparatory academics (AP/Dual Enrollment) in conjunction with extraordinary extracurriculars. These include snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, climbing, camping, athletics (K-12), computer programming, automotive repair, music and photography. We are the education that you’re looking for, with the experiences that your child will remember forever. enrollment: 75 class size: 11-19 grades: K-12 tuition range: $7,500-$10,000


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IN PuRSuIT OF ACADEMIC ExCELLENCE! Sports Leadership and Management Academy (SLAM) Tampa prepares students in grades 6-12 for postsecondary studies and careers through programs emphasizing sports leadership and management career preparation. SLAM! Tampa offers secondary students opportunities in career exploration and internships through career academies in the sports leadership and management arena: • Sports Medicine • Digital Media and Sports Television Production • Sports Marketing, Entertainment and Management • Visual and Performing Arts

SPORTS LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT 7116 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL 33625

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BUILDING A LOVE OF LEARNING THROUGH STEAM On a sunny Saturday in January, 2018, more than 1,000 people converged on the campus of Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg to participate in a variety of familyfriendly activities, all centered on the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math - or STEAM. The event - St. Pete STEAMfest - will open its gates for the fourth annual event on Jan. 26, 2019. Shorecrest, a preschool-12th grade independent school in St. Pete, has sponsored and hosted the event since its inception in 2016. “STEAM subjects and projects are a part of what we do every day at Shorecrest,” says Dr. Anna Baralt, Shorecrest Director of Educational Technology and STEAMfest Committee Chair. “We launched STEAMfest as an outlet for sharing this kind of engaging, experiential learning with the greater community.” The community has embraced STEAMfest, drawing families from all over the Tampa Bay Area, as well as community partners from other educational organizations. STEAMfest 2018 welcomed exhibitions from Busch Gardens, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, The Dali Museum, Great Explorations, Mathnasium, PVC ROV, Tampa Bay Rowdies, The Wonder Studio, Create 3D, and iD Tech Camps - to name a few. Children excitedly engaged in each learning activity, breaking only to get snacks from one of the many food trucks on site. St. Petersburg dad Matt Gowens brought his 4-year-old son to STEAMfest for the second consecutive year. About the event he says, “I work in technology and it’s fun to be able to take a step back from being so in the weeds and so in the details and see that kids are actually putting these things to practical uses and doing the things that you do in your job."

The outdoor festival featured 35 booths including robotics demonstrations, arts and crafts, design and engineering challenges, mad scientist games, and coding apps. The 2018 STEAMfest also had a dedicated area for younger children 3-6 years-old, which was led by faculty of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, the 3, 4, and 5-yearold program at Shorecrest, and educators from The Wonder Studio, a popular, local, play-based, multi-sensory program for toddlers and their caregivers. STEAMfest 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at Shorecrest Preparatory School. To learn more or to register visit


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any New Year’s resolutions focus on what we want to change in our lives. But if your goal for 2019 is more happiness, you might want to start thinking about what you already have. Gratitude is a simple concept with powerful benefits. Your first gratitude break might leave you feeling a little calmer. Turn that into a habit, and you’ll start to see increased health and happiness. Your stress levels lower, your physical health improves and you build better friendships and relationships. As a parent, it’s a valuable routine to pass on to your kids, too. Young children can learn to appreciate others and look outside themselves. Older students may find a gratitude practice helps them manage school stress better, in the same way it helps adults cope with work. Hofstra professor Jeffrey Froh, a psychologist, studied gratitude in schools and found that middle school students who focused on the good in their lives were more optimistic and felt better about life and school than other students.



Gratitude is about giving thanks or feeling gratefulness. Harvard Medical School links it to what you already have, calling gratitude a “thankful appreciation” for what you have received. When you express gratitude, you’re acknowledging the goodness that has come your way in tangible and intangible forms. To make the experience more meaningful, think about why you feel appreciative. Corbett Prep teachers prompt students to go beyond their initial responses and include reasons for their gratitude. Instead of saying they have gratitude for their parents, for example, students are taught to say why. “I have gratitude for my family because they spend time with me,” one kindergartner wrote. “I have gratitude for my family and friends,” another shared, “because they make me happy.”

of what you value to compile in a digital photo album. Receiving gratitude is important, too. Corbett Prep teachers taught a lesson on showing and receiving gratitude as part of a new wellbeing curriculum that the nonprofit Contentment Foundation is rolling out to schools internationally. Learning how to accept thanks and compliments strengthens social connections and compassion. In the lesson, students take turns sharing – verbally or through pictures or thank you notes – what they appreciate about other students. Teachers coach the gratitude recipients to respond with a nods or a “thank you” instead of downplaying the nice comments others give. Practicing this is fun because everyone has a chance to demonstrate and feel appreciated. Like any New Year’s resolution, your new gratitude habit may feel awkward and clumsy at first. It’s similar to exercise – taking time to make an effort is as important as what you do. Once you establish it as a habit, your gratitude muscle grows. The process becomes easier, more natural and more enjoyable. You’ll feel gratitude that you started as you begin to look around you with a more positive mindset.



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Journaling is a popular way to get into the gratitude habit because it works. Studies show that people who keep gratitude journals exercise more regularly, make more progress toward their goals and are more optimistic, according to Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at University of California, Davis, who has done extensive research on gratitude. Shawn Achor, bestselling author of “The Happiness Advantage,” says in a TED Talk that listing what you have gratitude for daily can actually rewire your brain so you start to see the world through a more positive lens, which leads to increased success personally and professionally. Finding three new things each day for 21 days helps the brain establish a new pattern to seek out positivity over negativity, Achor says. Families might also find success in jotting down short notes for a gratitude jar throughout the year, saving them to read together on New Year’s Eve. Or try a different approach for visual learners and take photos




The Suncoast Waldorf School is the flagship Waldorf School in the state of Florida, celebrating 20 years of providing a balanced education for children from preschool to 5th grade. Our 3-acre campus shaded by live oaks allows for rigorous outdoor play, nature observation, and social opportunities between age groups. Dedicated faculty create aesthetic learning environments designed to minimize distractions. Art, music, and foreign languages (German and Spanish) compliment core curriculum subjects that are introduced through vivid storytelling and hands-on experiences, creating a multifaceted learning experience that instills a sense of wonder, reverence, and respect for others and the world.


Did you know that outdoor physical activity helps your child succeed in school? The outdoors offer an open and ever-changing environment that provides children ample opportunity to connect with nature, take healthy risks, and enjoy freedom of movement. Being engaged with the natural world increases interest in learning, being free to take risks develops future innovators; and physical activity improves cognition. Come and see our balanced Pre-K - Grade 5 curriculum in action. Schedule a tour today.

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For young children immersed in a second language, becoming bilingual is virtually effortless. We Don’t Teach French, We Teach IN French. Explore the Gift of Language for Your Child Please Join Us at an Upcoming Open House: January 15 10am to Noon & February 7 6pm to 8pm

Now accepting applications | Pre-K through Grade 5 2100 62nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33702 | 727-800-2159 | 50 JANUARY 2019

ST. MARY'S EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL At St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School, your child will experience challenging academics, exciting performing and visual arts, competitive athletics, enrichment classes, advanced technology, public speaking, foreign language, community service, religious education, and more. St. Mary’s is an independent, co-educational PreKindergarten through 8th grade school providing intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth. St. Mary’s highlyqualified faculty inspires students to achieve their best, developing well-rounded individuals ready for the challenges ahead. Specific characterdevelopment goals include integrity, self-discipline, self-motivation, good citizenship, friendliness, and a love of learning. Visit or call 813-258-5508. SMEDS_HalfPage_ads_2018.qxp_Layout 1 5/30/18 1:25 PM Page 1

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Safety Safety Harbor Harbor Montessori Montessori Academy Academy

An An Education Education as as unique unique as as your your child. child. EarlyChildhood EarlyChildhood -- 8th 8th grade grade 2669 2669 N. N. McMullen McMullen Booth Booth Road Road Clearwater, Clearwater, FL FL 33761 33761 (727)724-1767 (727)724-1767 Individual Individual tours tours available available by by appointment appointment


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An international, co-educational boarding and day school for students in grades 6-12. Vanguard has been breaking down barriers and celebrating strengths in children who learn differently and experience academic learning challenges since 1966. • • • • •

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teve Johnson, fourthgeneration citrus grower and cattle rancher, began his involvement in agriculture as soon as he could walk. “Growing up working with my dad and grand-dad meant putting in long hours, but it also meant spending a lot of time each with my family,” Johnson says. Johnson owns and operates Johnson Harvesting, Inc., and Treeair Cattle Co., in Hardee and Manatee Counties. He grows several varieties of citrus spanning more than 600 acres. Treeair Cattle Co., started out as a hobby for Johnson and his father, but together, they have grown their herd to more than 800 beef cattle. Johnson’s children and his wife, Andrea, help manage the office and enjoy spending time with Dad at work. “I love that I have the opportunity

to take my children to work with me on any given day. I also feel confident that I can pass down to my children—who will be the fifth generation of Johnsons in agriculture—a set of thriving businesses that complement each other. And that I know my children are excited about,” Johnson says. In 2016, Johnson was awarded a This Farm CARES designation by Florida Farm Bureau Federation for his long- term commitment to protecting natural resources. By implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs), he is able to improve water quality and water conservation throughout each of his properties. BMPs are practical, costeffective actions that agricultural producers take to conserve water and reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, animal waste and other impurities that impact our water resources. “Environmental stewardship is very important to what I do every single day,” Johnson says. “My land will not return anything to me if I do not take care of it. I use BMPs to improve water quality and reduce water use, just as my dad and his father did before me.” Through the successful implementation of BMPs, Florida’s farmers and ranchers show a sincere commitment to the protection and preservation of natural resources for generations to come. Since 2001, nearly 800 farm families have been awarded a This Farm CARES designation. CARES is an acronym which stands for County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship and is a Florida Farm Bureau Federation program that publicly recognizes farmers and ranchers who voluntarily implement BMPs on their farms. To learn more about Johnson’s environmental stewardship story, check out a video about his operation on and also on the This Farm CARES Facebook page. Sponsored by the Mosaic Company.



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BIANCA PIZZA is made with fresh mozzarella, ricotta, parm, béchamel, pistachios and pesto. By Katelyn Schur for


Looking for the perfect casual date night with an Italian influence? Noble Crust is a delightful choice for great Italian style cooking with Southern ingredients. Located in St. Pete, Carrollwood and Wesley Chapel, Noble Crust offers a rustic, industrially worn atmosphere with warm notes of brick, wood and low lights. The executive chef of the St. Pete location is a Pinellas County native who spent years working and studying alongside notable chefs in New York City. Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating, as well as a full bar with an open kitchen, to experience the culinary arts like never before.


The menu changes with the seasons, providing the perfect comforting meal to match the seasonal vibes. There are multiple drink options, starters and samplers, brunch, featured items, salad, soups, pizza, and of course, dessert.


Start your meal with a delicious sampling of ricotta gnochi or avocado toast. The Southern Benny Plate is a southern take on the classic eggs benedict with poached eggs, country fried ham, fried green tomatoes and brown butter hollandaise stacked high on a savory buttermilk biscuit. Or check out the fan favorite, chicken and waffles. Noble Crust offers a selection of a la carte options under their “A ‘Lil Sumpin” menu section, all under $5 with your choice of biscuits and gravy, eggs, grits, bacon or chicken sausage.


Noble Crust’s dinner menu is sure to delight with recent additions including Skillet Garlic Knots and crispy fresh calamari. Enjoy the current featured item, southern fried chicken with Tabasco honey and black pepper gravy, served with a watermelon salad with your choice of macaroni and cheese or roasted garlic whipped potatoes. If classic Italian is what you’re looking for, try Noble Crust’s spaghetti and meatballs or chicken Marsala. Guests can also choose from nine different pizzas, each with a unique flavor and toppings.

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NOBLE CRUST'S SIGNATURE DISH is Southern fried chicken with Tabasco honey and black pepper gravy, served with choice of mac 'n cheese or garlic whipped potatoes.

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By Kim Graham, R.N.

This flu season has already seen the flu make its way into just about every state, and numbers are increasing. In addition to the flu shot, Centra Care physicians want to share these tips to safeguard your family this season: 

Hand Washing Drying hands is just as important as proper handwashing technique. According to the CDC, wet hands are more likely to spread germs than dry ones.

Sleep Maintain a routine to help your body and health stay in tune. Not getting enough sleep may compromise your immune system.

Exercise Whether you’re a solo runner or stay active as a family, regular exercise boosts your immune system and fights off sickness.

Cover Up Keep your coughs and sneezes to yourself by using a tissue or the upper part of your arm.

Stay Home Anytime you or a little one are feeling ill, stay home. It’s also best to avoid those you know are sick.

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saftey tips from pregnancy through preschool By Lisa Mayrose, Florida Department of Children and Families

Whether you’re expecting or have a newborn at home, there are three very important safety rules to remember from the time you’re pregnant until your child is in preschool (or even older). These safety tips will help prevent drowning, suffocation from unsafe sleep, and abusive head trauma.



Until your baby can lift their head, it’s essential to follow the ABCs of safe sleep Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib. Bring a pack ‘n play when traveling or if your baby will be sleeping at someone else’s house. Never place a baby on a couch, blow-up mattress or adult bed – even if it is for a few minutes. Your baby may be getting plenty of sleep, but you likely won’t feel well-rested. This stage of parenting can be exhausting and stressful. A quick way to de-stress when your baby won’t stop crying is to place them safely in their crib and go into another room for a few minutes. De-stressing is important. Use coping mechanisms to keep from shaking your baby out of frustration. Even one shake can be fatal or cause permanent brain damage.


From infancy to the toddler stage, continue to use safe stress relief outlets and be aware of the constant threat of drowning. It becomes a concern as soon as your baby is able to crawl. Watch your child while at the pool and beach, but remember there are hidden drowning hazards everywhere. Children can drown in as little as one inch of water and in 20 seconds, so be sure that they’re unable to get to pet water bowls, toilets and bathtubs. Always shut and lock back doors that lead to pools, canals, lakes and retention ponds, and invest in a pool fence. There is no substitute for supervision so ensure that you, or someone you know, is watching your child at all times. While these tips are essential to remember and use every day, keep in mind that every baby’s development is unique and should be considered regarding the time frame of these tips.



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Pregnancy is an exciting time and wellmeaning friends and family will likely give you gifts. Although they are well-intended, cute teddy bears, soft blankets and decorative crib bumpers should never be used in the crib. Infants can easily suffocate from these items in their crib since they can’t lift their head if their mouth or nose becomes covered. All your baby will need is a fitted sheet. Always remember the ABCs of safe sleep during naptime or bedtime – Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib. Pregnancy is also a good time to think about the placement of your baby’s crib. Parents may initially consider co-sleeping for extra bonding, but infants are 40 times more likely to die in adult beds than in their own crib. Studies show that babies bond just as well in a crib in your room or in a bassinet placed next to your bed.


LEARN TO SHOP YOUR OWN STUFF LIKE THE PROS By Michelle Bremer of Runway Translator and Ellie Hirsch of The Mommy Master

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I’m a huge advocate of shopping for sport, but as a fashion stylist, I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s not always necessary. Often, I’ll find a treasure trove of stylish options right there in my client’s own closet! Sometimes it just takes the fresh perspective of a trained eye to create new ensembles out of pieces you’ve had all along. I love to shop my client’s closets and show them how to make good use out of what they already have, and they tend to appreciate saving money as well. We create looks based on specific occasions or on their typical lifestyle activities, and then take photos on their phones. This way, my clients can scroll through the looks and select an outfit without having to think about it.

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When you find an ensemble that works, take a photo and save it in your phone. Create albums like 'Work Looks' and 'Evening Looks'.

As a self-coined bargain shopper master, I love the feeling of getting an amazing deal and seeing my treasures hanging in my closet. What happens next is more of a shopper disaster as I can never quite figure out how to incorporate these fabulous new steals into my wardrobe. When Michelle raids my closet, she creates looks that are fun, effortless and trendy. It’s as if we go shopping in my own closet. My once stale clothing has a new lease on life and my new duds fit in perfectly. As a busy Mompreneur, time is not on my side, so thank you to Michelle for creating looks for me to easily reference when I have an event or meeting to attend, date night with hubby or am casually running around town.




Purge ill-fitting, unwanted items first. Work only with the pieces that serve you now! Based on your lifestyle, prioritize which looks need to be created (work vs. date night, etc.) Pull one piece (a skirt or a pant) and begin pairing complimentary tops, shoes, and accessories. Create a variety of head-to-toe looks around that item. JANUARY 2019



play all day at the Children's Gasparilla Parade

By Anu Varma Panchal

alling all pint-size pirates and diminutive buccaneers: Your day has come. And lucky you, because only in Tampa Bay do we have an entire afternoon set aside for the tiniest of our sea-faring folk to strut their stuff up and down Bayshore Boulevard. The Children’s Gasparilla is Saturday, Jan. 19. Whether you’re new in town or a seasoned buccaneer who keeps her dagger sharpened and his seafaring legs braced, this day might be the most fun one of the calendar year till Halloween and Christmas swing back around. In addition to the actual parade, which features dozens of floats rolling down Bayshore Boulevard throwing beads, there’s a bicycle rodeo, a preschooler’s stroll, an “air invasion” and SOCOM jump, and to cap it all off, a magnificent fireworks display over the bay. This year, the parade is sponsored by Chick-fil-A for the first time. “We are excited about the new partnership with Chickfil-A this year!” says Maiken Stefany, vice president of Events and Development at Eventfest. “They’ve come on board as our Presenting Sponsor for the Children’s Gasparilla and there’s going to be a lot of fun and great activations taking place with them!”

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At the 2019 Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll presented by ZooTampa at Lowry Park, a 14-year tradition that was started in 2005, kids 5 and under can strut their stuff down a halfmile parade route from Howard to Rome Avenue. Any little ones who don’t yet have their land legs can parade in or on a decorated scooter, stroller, bicycle or tricycle. Grand-pirates and others can get the best view of the parade from the Howard Avenue bleachers.



• The stroll will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 19. Schedule naps accordingly. • Pirate attire is mandatory. Think menacing, but overlaid with a dash of adorable. • Pirates must be accompanied by a landlubber/ adult.Rules are rules, and those old seadogs have their uses, such as carrying snacks. • No motorized vehicles are allowed. Don’t be the son of a biscuit eater who rolls up on an electric scooter and is turned away. JANUARY 2019

• No walkups on the day of will be allowed. The privateers over at the Eventfest office must receive your application by Jan. 5 or you’ll have to drown your sorrows on the sidelines with a bunch of spectating scallywags.

So dust off those feathered hats. Polish those boot buckles. Put the final touches of frippery and feathers and beads on that wagon. Because when you roll down that road with the kind of swagger your parents can only dream of imitating, you’ll want to be seen on the sweetest ship on the sea.

CAN'T MAKE IT, BUT WANT TO WATCH? The parade is broadcast live on FOX 13 and streamed live on

PARADE DAY IS January 19 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. along Tampa's BAYSHORE BOULEVARD



Ships are all very well, but sometimes, a pirate needs his or her wheels. Come check if your skills are up to par by participating in the popular Bicycle Rodeo on Bayshore Boulevard between Rome Avenue and Dakota Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The clinic is a basic skills course and general education of bike safety for kids ages 4-17,” explains Tampa Police Officer David DiMarco. “Our target audience is typically 6-14 years of age. Every kid participating will receive a free helmet that was donated from FDOT while supplies last.” The event will be staffed with volunteers from Hillsborough County BPAC, St. Joseph’s Hospital Safe Routes to School, and Bike/Walk/ Tampa Bay.

This is the main event, and each year, the crowds have only gotten bigger! So come early and find a good spot. The Children’s Gasparilla Parade will begin at Bay to Bay and Bayshore Boulevard, proceed north along Bayshore Boulevard and end at Edison Avenue. Past parades have seen more than 100 units roll past, with marching bands, dance units and numerous school, community and neighborhood organizations. The highlight, of course, are the krewes and their elaborate floats. This is where kids 6 and above can participate. Train your eyes on the skies for two incredible shows put on by the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Parachute Team as they perform a “Gasparilla Air Invasion,” landing on Bayshore Boulevard just before the start of the children’s parade. They’ll perform again at night just before the day’s grand finale—the Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza Fireworks show—which will be launched just off Bayshore Boulevard. The ideal spot to watch the fireworks from is near Show Center at Howard and Bayshore, as this is where you’ll best hear the music to which the fireworks are timed. You won’t be allowed to park in the neighborhoods around the parade route, but there’s plenty of parking available in lots and garages around town that charge a one-time fee. A shuttle will operate continuously from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., picking up at Fort Brooke Garage at the corner of Franklin and Whiting Streets and dropping off at Bayshore Boulevard and the Crosstown Expressway. Adults pay $10 to ride the shuttle; children accompanied by an adult ride free. You can come early and snag a spot for your blankets and picnic on the grassy median, or you can reserve seats. These are $40 in advance (plus tax) for bleacher seats; $50 for reserved chair seats; and $135 for adults and $85 for children for private seating and a catered lunch. All these are available on a first come, first served basis, and prices will go up on the day of the event. For more information, to reserve seats or stock up on pirate gear, visit





Vendors open at 11 a.m. between Bay to Bay and Edison. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bicycle Rodeo Along Bayshore Boulevard between Rome and Dakota Avenue 1:30-2:45 p.m. Preschooler's Stroll From Howard Avenue ending at Rome Avenue 2:45-3:15 p.m. Gasparilla Air Invasion and SOCOM Day Jump 3:30-6 p.m. Children’s Parade 6:15-6:30 p.m. Gasparilla Air Invasion and SOCOM Night Jump 7-7:30 p.m.


The 102nd Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla happens on Jan. 26. Learn more about this year's expanded event at

DON'T FORGET THAT PIRATE SWAG Check out South Tampa Trading Co. for all the gear to dress up your littlest scalywags.

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his month, Tampa once again falls under the black flag of José Gaspar and his motley band of marauders. Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla has been a huge part of my family for generations, and every year the anticipation leading up to the Gasparilla festivities makes me feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting along Bayshore in my mom or grandmother’s lap waiting for my dad to come along the parade route with his pirate brethren. Back then, there was only one Krewe, and shell casings and coins were about the only things thrown to the crowd. My, how times have changed! My father has been a huge influence in my life. He always told me that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. After nearly 20 years in the financial services industry (with my father as my mentor and business partner), I eventually found a calling in the non-profit world. For the past 2½ years I have served as the Director of Development for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, headquartered here in Tampa. The mission of the NPCF is to fund research focusing on less-toxic, more targeted treatment, therapies and cures for children with cancer. With two young children of my own, the cause and mission of the Foundation hit close to home quickly. The importance of funding research for pediatric cancer is incredibly vital, and the efforts of our team inspire me to the point where I go home every evening feeling better than when I arrived in the morning – and hug my wife and children a little tighter. This new career has reinforced within me how important family is, and how fortunate the Warren family has been to have the common bond of piracy to bind us together. My grandfather was a Royal Page, a member of the Royal Court, the Captain and King. My father was also a Page, Courtier, Lieutenant, Captain and King. My grandmother was a Queen. I


have been a Page, Courtier and Lieutenant. My brother is now a second-year pirate. My son will be a Royal Page this year too as he begins on his journey of piracy. One of the proudest moments of my life was when I was able to stand along the rail of the José Gasparilla II as a “buck” pirate with my dad 20 years ago. He has been in the Krewe for over 50 years, and I truly savor every moment and memory with him. The only thing that topped that memory for me was when my little brother Cody joined the Krewe last year and the three of us were able to sail into the heart of downtown Tampa together to demand the key to the city. I can’t wait to be able to include my son in that tradition as well. Over the years, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla has struggled at times to live up to José Gaspar’s reputation as a “Gentleman Pirate.” The Krewe has worked very hard to change this misconception. Since day one, we have always been about family, tradition and community. Among other things, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla has assisted the efforts of the Salvation Army for many years by adopting a Red Kettle site to raise funds for the needy. We visit kids in area hospitals to bring a little Gasparilla cheer to those who are unable to attend the parade. Our Community Foundation provides $40,000 in scholarships for high school seniors every year. The Krewe has also begun to work with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation to allow kids battling cancer to become a “pirate for a day” aboard the Jose Gasparilla II. Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla actually has a dedicated committee of pirates that operate year-round doing good things in the name of piracy. Gaspar’s Grenadiers, as they are known, took part in 46 events in 2018 in an effort to promote tourism and philanthropy in and around our great town. Yeah, it feels good to be a pirate. Everyone knows that pirates love maps, and as the signature event for the City of Tampa approaches yet again, I’d say Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s invasion and parade of pirates has put Tampa squarely under the “X” that marks the spot where you will find quite the treasure.








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Based on $104.99 adult, single-day admission ticket price to Busch Gardens. Service fees and taxes not included. Offer begins 1/2/19 and ends 3/31/2019. Valid for visits through 12/31/19 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and through the 2019 season at Adventure Island. Blockout dates apply. See website for blockout dates. Fun Card does not include admission to select special events (including Howl-O-Scream®), parking or discounts on food and merchandise. Only valid for residents of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico. Non-transferable and non-refundable. JANUARY 2019and 69 Not valid with other discounts or special offers. Other restrictions apply. Subject to change without prior notice. Adventure Island is a seasonal park. Please visit for park hours. © 2019 SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.

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JANUARY TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING GAMES  Jan. 8 and 17, 7:30 p.m.  The Lightning are back! Don’t miss two games during the month of January and the chance to cheer on the home team. Jan. 8, the Lightning face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets and on Jan 17, they will fight the Toronto Maple Leafs.

OUTBACK BOWL  Jan. 1, noon  Watch Mississippi State vs. Iowa take the field at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Parking lots open at 8 a.m., gates at 10:30 a.m. and kickoff follows at noon. ROCK THE PARK AT CURTIS HIXON PARK  Jan. 3, 6:30 p.m.  Head over to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for a FREE monthly downtown concert that showcases talents of all genres. MUTINY AT THE MUSEUM  Jan. 3-31  Join the Glazer Children’s Museum throughout January as a pirate takeover delivers a month full of fun programs and pirate-themed décor in honor of Gasparilla. SOMETHING ROTTEN!  Jan. 5, 8 p.m.  Head over to Ruth Eckerd Hall for a chance to catch “Something Rotten!” Set in 1595, this comedic tale follows the lives of Nick and Nigel Bottom, a pair of brothers yearning for their big play-write-hit. With the words of a soothsayer on the mind, the pair decides to write the world’s very first musical. You won’t want to miss this! FRESH MARKET AT HYDE PARK  Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy fresh pro-

duce, crafts and live music. The event will be hosted by Tampa Bay Markets, Inc. and Hyde Park Village. MIMOSAS & MASTERPIECES: BRUNCH AT THE DALI  Jan. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Hosted by Café Gala, this event is an artistic twist on Sunday Fundays with meals prepared by Chef Chuck Bandel whipping up seasonal items so that each weekly menu differs. Order at the counter and sit inside or outside while you enjoy your delicious meal. It's free to visit the cafe, but purchase a ticket to view galleries. CHILDREN’S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FREE TUESDAY  Jan. 8, Noon to 6 p.m.  Enjoy free admission to Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa as part of its partnership with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and its mission to promote the well-being of children and families. DILLYDALLY WITH DALI  Jan. 5, Noon to 2:30 p.m.  Discover the creative world of Salvador Dali through games, puzzles, and arts and crafts activities that educate and encourage family interaction under the direction of The Dali’s Family Programs Coordinator. Parents are encouraged to stay and join in the fun.

OTHELLO BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE  Jan. 9 through Feb. 3, various times  Get your tickets for one of Shakespeare’s great works at the Straz’s Shimberg Playhouse. Othello follows backstabbing politicians, two-faced friendships, treachery, love and cultural complications—a truly relevant story, even in today’s society. HEIGHTS NIGHT MARKET  Jan. 9, 6 - 9 p.m.  Head to 7th Avenue in front of Armature Works every second Wednesday of the month for the Heights Night Market event. Enjoy rotating vendors of artisanal artists and makers of food, jewelry, art, woodwork, gifts and more. This free event is perfect for a night out with the whole family. Enjoy live music,and take the opportunity to sell your own crafts as a vendor or artist.

MONSTER JAM  Jan. 12, 7 p.m.  Monster Jammers can expect to see Brodozer, Earthshaker, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger and so much more! The gates open at 5 p.m. An extended option (accompanied by a same-day ticket) offers a Pit Party that begins at 2:30 p.m. and gives Pit Party-goers access to Monster Jam trucks and drivers for autographs and more. YOGA IN THE WILD   Jan. 12, 8:30- 10 a.m.  Every month, yoga practices are held in new, exciting locations within the zoo chosen for maximum animal viewings as well as different enriching practices. All skill levels welcome. Sessions taught by instructors from Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation. Once you’ve found your yogi bliss, hang out at the Zoo afterwards for a wild day! WINTER JAM 2019  Jan. 12, 7 p.m.  This year’s lineup at Amalie Arena is unbeatable with Grammy nominated former “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Rend Collective, Ledger, NewSong, and Hollyn. Come early to the PreJam Party with another stellar slate sure to be an amazing start to the already incredible main lineup.

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA’S HAPPY HOUR CONCERTS-AMERICAN JAZZ  Jan. 9, 6:30 -7:30 p.m.  Enjoy The Florida Orchestra like never before with a re-energized Happy Hour series in a new venue (Armature Works) for an awesome, casual concert experience. Free Wednesday concerts, with January’s concert theme being American Jazz. Arrive early for numerous food and beverage options. 2019 TAMPA BAY BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL  Jan. 10-20, various times  Celebrate Black Heritage influences and contributions at this year’s family-friendly festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. For the full schedule and music lineup, visit



WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?  Jan. 12, 8 p.m.  Join Drew Carey, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray for a hilarious live showing of Whose Line Is It Anyway at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The show will be completely improvised for 90 minutes of games, scenes and songs. Bring your silly side; the audience may have the chance to join the cast onstage! SCOUTS WORKSHOP-JUNIORS  Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Enjoy art and robotics in this STEAM-focused camp at Glazer Children’s Museum! Learn all about robotics as you create original works of art. Once the workshop ends, enjoy the rest of the day at the museum. SKYWATCH  Jan. 12, 7 -10 p.m.  Head over to MOSI for an evening of space exploration fun, perfect for the space experts. Take a peek through MOSI’s telescopes and observe the moon, Mars, Pleiades and the Orion Nebula. This event is open to all ages, weather permitting, and does not require any ticket or purchase for entry. LES MISERABLES  Jan. 15-17, various times  Dream no more! Les Mis is coming to the Straz. Don’t miss this epic, Tony-winning musical. The touring show has been reimagined from the scenery to the staging with homage to the paintings of Victor Hugo, the author of the novel. Envelope your senses in the tragic story of a broken France during the revolution. Join the 70 million global fans and enjoy the powerful score as well as timeless songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own”and “One Day More.” HUNDRED DAYS  Jan.15 through March 24, various times  Head over to the Straz for “Hundred Days,” an uncensored, true story about embracing life and its uncertainty with risks and leaps just as you would if you only had 100 days left. Enjoy folk-punk music alongside the creators and stars of the show, Abigail and Shaun Bengson, and think about the big question: How do we make the most of the time that we have? HAVANA NIGHTS TAMPA  Jan. 18, 6 p.m.  Enjoy Cuban cocktails, food, entertainment, cigars and Cuban culture. More than 15 stations will offer specialty cocktails, while 10 food stations will serve empanadas, croquettes, black beans and rice, cubans and pork sandwiches. Live Latin music and entertainment all included in regular admissions


tickets. Advanced tickets are $45.

tion and more right before your eyes.

CHILDREN’S GASPARILLA EXTRAVAGANZA AND PARADE  Jan. 19, 11 a.m.  Kick off Gasparilla with your kids at an alcohol-free event starting at 11 a.m. Enjoy activities along Bayshore Boulevard, a Bicycle Safety Rodeo with the Tampa Police Department, a Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll by ZooTampa, and the Children’s Parade starting at 3:30 p.m. followed by Piratechnic Fireworks show after dark from 7-7:30 p.m.

NUCLEAR SCIENCE MERIT BADGE WORKSHOP  Jan. 20, 2 -6 p.m.  Visit MOSI to learn all about nuclear reactors and how they work as well as how we create and use nuclear energy. Those in attendance will have the chance to build tools that measure and track radiation.

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT  Jan. 19, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Don’t miss out on this Tony Award Winner. Join in on the search for the Holy Grail and laugh along with the outrageous cast as they famously rip on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. ST. PETE BEER AND BACON FESTIVAL  Jan. 19, noon to 8 p.m.  Make your way over to Vinoy Park for the tastiest festival around this New Year. Enjoy over 100 craft beers, cocktails, spirits and wines to accompany more than 60 bacon dishes served by over 15 different food vendors. Some of the proceeds raised will go to Pet Pal Animal Shelter, to help stray animals get the medical attention 22ND ANNUAL TREASURE ISLAND SPORT KITE COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL   Jan. 19-20, various times  Make your way to Treasure Island Beach by the Thunderbird Beach Resort for the 22nd Annual Treasure Island Sport Kite Competition and Festival. Enjoy amazing kite flyers performing to music at this two-day event. Spend time with family and the community with a chance to learn how to fly stunt kites. Novice classes will also be offered. TREVOR NOAH  Jan. 20, 8 p.m.  Come out the Yuengling Center and laugh along with Trevor Noah, host of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including South Africa’s music, television and film awards, as well as two seasons of his own late night show: “Tonight with Trevor Noah.” MASTERS OF ILLUSION  Jan. 20, 7 p.m.  Your chance to experience the hit CW television series and America’s largest touring magic show live at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Enjoy modern illusions, decep- JANUARY 2019

13TH ANNUAL TASTE OF SAFETY HARBOR  Jan. 21, 5:30- 8:30 p.m.  The Safety Harbor Resort & Spa hosts the 13th Annual Taste of Safety Harbor. Enjoy samplings from The Chamber’s food and beverage partners, a silent auction, live music, People’s Choice Awards sponsored by The Threshers, and a raffle that Benefits Sheriff’s Youth Ranch. STAR WARS LIVE IN CONCERT: EMPIRE STRIKES BACK  Jan. 26, 8 p.m.  Join Ruth Eckerd Hall for the very first performance of “Star Wars Live in Concert: Empire Strikes Back.” This show will experience the full-length film on the big screen accompanied by The Florida Orchestra performing the music of John Williams. GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST  Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, an expanded Pirate Fest will feature stages along the Riverwalk in Tampa with live entertainment before and after the parade in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, The Sail Pavilion and Ferg’s Tampa. An Invasion Brunch at the Convention Center provides the best views featuring a full buffet brunch and cash bar. Then, enjoy the victory parade on Bayshore Boulevard and South Ashley Drive at 2 p.m. WE SHALL OVERCOME: A CELEBRATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.  Jan. 31, 8 p.m.  Enjoy this thrillingly emotional tribute inspired by Dr. King, produced by Damien Sneed, as he showcases repertoire from the African-American musical traditions. Enjoy works by Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis and more, plus traditional gospel, jazz, modern gospel and Broadway showtunes.

THE PIGEON COMES TO TAMPA! A MO WILLEMS EXHIBIT AT GLAZER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. Spend the day with characters from children's book author Mo Willems including the Pigeon, Gerald Elephant and Piggie. Special exhibit runs Jan. 19 to May 12.

SPECIAL NEEDS EVENTS SENSORY SENSITIVE SUNDAYS  Jan. 6, 9 -11 a.m.  Stop in to your local Chuck E. Cheese two hours before regular operating hours for a morning of sensory- friendly fun in a safe environment with reduced lighting and noise, food, games and fun for everyone. Trained staff members will be on site. SENSORY FRIENDLY SATURDAYS   Jan. 5 & 19, 9-10 a.m.  Jump on over to Altitude Trampoline Park in Tampa on the first and third Saturday of every month for Sensory Friendly Saturdays. Children with sensory needs such as autism are invited to jump in a safe, sensory-friendly environment with low music and no crowded parties. One accompanying parent to a sensory-friendly child jumps for free. All others can jump for a lowered cost of $11.95 per person. SENSORY SKATE  Jan. 12, 9-10:30 a.m.  Head over to Skate World Lakeland for an hour and a half of sensory friendly roller skating. Games will be played on and off skates, and kids will have opportunities for finger painting, coloring, hula hooping and more. No loud music of flashing lights. Admission and skates are $5. SUNSHINE SUNDAY  Jan. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Join Glazer Children’s Museum for a limited-engagement event for children with special needs and their caregivers. Enjoy the museum with lowered lights and sounds to cater especially to those with sensory needs as well as sensory adapted tools, special programs and community resources. Admission is $5, with free admittance for members.




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aking resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution can be easy, sticking to them is much harder. Changing behaviors is a tough task even for the most dedicated and motivated people. Remember any change takes time, and the type of resolution you make plays is a huge factor in your success. While there is no “right way” to keep a resolution, the YMCAs of Tampa Bay are encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by considering these five suggestions.,,,,


Start small

Break big resolutions into small, achievable goals. “Getting healthy” is too broad. Reframe that big resolution into smaller, more manageable goals. Instead of cutting chocolate out of your diet for good, vow to only have it a few times a week.

one step at a time

Trying to change too many habits at once can easily lead to frustration. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, make a new month resolution. Focus on that one change for the month and add another (small) change when the new month rolls around.

you gotta have faith

Don’t get discouraged by setbacks. Even though you may experience some missteps, that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Bad habits aren’t created in a week, so you can’t change them in a week either.

keep an attitude

Think about what you’re gaining from a resolution rather than what you’re missing. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable. For example, you may want to limit your screen time. That can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering or family time.

talk it out

It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner or friend working toward similar goals. Team up with someone to set your 2019 goals and help each other establish a game plan dedicated to achieving them. Set specific check-ins to help each other out of slumps and to cheer each other during the high points.

Many of you may want to join a gym to help keep your resolutions. It’s important to find a facility where you feel comfortable, but also keeps you motivated. Before committing to a membership, take a tour of your local YMCA. Your facility should not be just a gym, but an environment that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity. This New Year, join a cause that benefits yourself as well as your community. Log on to and let one of 26 locations across five Tampa Bay Area counties help you take the best care of yourself! If you’re traveling, Nationwide Membership gives you access to YMCA facilities across the country. This way, you can use the Y as often as you’d like, making it easier to achieve your health and wellness goals. JANUARY 2019


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By Kate White, Glazer Children's Museum

The Glazer Children’s Museum is bringing The Pigeon Comes to Tampa! A Mo Willems Exhibit, Jan. 19-May 12. This interactive traveling exhibit brings to life the beloved children’s books by author and illustrator Mo Willems. It is goofy and adorable, complete with a hotdog slinger, a Naked Mole Rat fashion show, Knuffle Bunny’s Laundromat, and even the Pigeon’s bus! There are tons of reasons you should visit this exhibit and still more reasons to love Mo Willems. Even as an adult, I laugh out loud reading the antics of best friends Elephant and Piggie. My kids love the Pigeon’s sense of adventure and silly sarcasm, and they giggle every time Wilbur the Naked Mole Rat gets dressed. But these books are more than just fun bedtime stories, they teach key skills for social and emotional wellness. The illustrations are simple yet full of expression that helps tell the story without causing distraction. Unlike typical narrative-style children’s books, these stories are told through the character’s dialogue and inner monologue. Without a narrator to explain the nuances of what’s happening, kids must interpret nonverbal cues like facial expressions and mannerisms to understand the characters’ actions and emotions. Can you imagine if everyone had these skills? Mo Willems is helping us raise emotionally intelligent kids who will hopefully grow up to create a more empathetic world.

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