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Senior center to host beach bash

By MICHELLE JONES, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 28, 2002

The Zephyrhills Senior Center will hold a beach party from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 15 at the center, 4645 Airport Road in Zephyrhills. Seniors are asked to bring a beach chair, a shovel and a bucket, a beach towel, a beach ball and big sunglasses. Beach Boys music will be played, and participants are invited to share photos of the cutest senior at the beach, the most romantic beach, the funniest beach scene, the best beach and a Florida beach postcard. The CARES senior center is also looking for the craziest beachgoer, and the winner will receive a prize. For information, call (813) 788-0471.

Rural development sub-office to reopen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will reopen its sub-office at Zephyrhills City Hall, 5335 Eighth St., Zephyrhills, on Aug. 6. A rural development staff member will be in the sub-office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The staffer will assist customers with loans and will provide loan applications to the public. The staffer will also be available to visit with lenders, Realtors, contractors or brokers who are interested in the program.

Event will offer look at legislative session goals

Florida House of Representatives Speaker-designate Johnnie Byrd (R-Plant City) and Speaker pro tempore Sandra Murman (R-Tampa) will have a reception in honor of state Rep. Ken Littlefield (R-Zephyrhills) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Scotland Yards Golf and Country Club off U.S. 301 between Zephyrhills and Dade City. Refreshments will be served and the upcoming legislative session objectives will be outlined.

Pilates fitness class promotes holistic exercise

The East Pasco Family YMCA will offer a Pilates class at 4 p.m. Mondays, beginning Aug. 12. Based on Joseph Pilate's philosophy that the body and mind must work together to achieve overall fitness, the class will focus on abdominal strength and flexibility. The class will be free to all YMCA members. For information, call (813) 780-9622.

Local quadriplegic takes gold at wheelchair games

Tammy Jones, a disabled Air Force veteran from Zephyrhills, competed in the 22nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games held recently in Cleveland. With about 500 athletes from 44 states, Puerto Rico and Great Britain, this is the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world. Jones, 34, is a quadriplegic and is receiving care at the VA medical facility in Tampa. She competed in the following events: field-club, slalom, powerchair 220 and air guns. She won gold in the power slalom and gold in the powerchair 220 and a bronze in the field event for club toss.

Stargazers offered clear spot for meteor watching

There will be a Perseid Meteor Watch at the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve from 2 to 4 a.m. Aug. 11. People are invited to camp out from 7 p.m. Aug. 10 to 8 a.m. Aug. 11 at the preserve near Dade City, which covers more than 1,300 acres of natural Florida. The event is sponsored by the Lowry Park Zoo and will cost $15 for the watch or $30 for camping for zoo and MOSI members. Non-members will be charged $20 and $35 respectively.

Participants will be free of streetlight interference to watch the meteors streak across the sky. They will look through the lens of MOSI's telescope and explore the night for nocturnal animals. There will be a campfire with s'mores for those who spend the night with their tents. For information or to register, call Becky Brown, Green Swamp specialist, at (813) 935-8552.

-- Send items for the Health Notes column to the Pasco Times, 24038 State Road 54, Lutz, FL 33559 or fax them to (813) 909-4611. Please submit items at least 10 days prior to the event. If you have questions, call Michelle Jones at (813) 909-4612 or toll-free 1-800-333-7505, ext. 4612.

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