Fall events at Camp Bayou

Fall events at Camp Bayou

The weather may not reflect it but fall is right around the corner, with its shorter days and profusion of wildflowers in shades of purple and gold! Check out several events coming soon to Camp Bayou:

  • Sept 21: International Coastal Cleanup, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Register with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful-
  • September 28: National Public Lands Day, 9 a.m. to noon. More info
  • October 5: Observe the Moon night paddle, 7 to 9 p.m. Paddle the Little Manatee River by the light of the moon. No flashlights! Reserve your canoe or kayak for $25 each or bring your own for a $5 donation. Call to reserve your spot, 813-641-8545.
  • October 12: Moths and Bats and Owls, Oh my! 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a trail walk while we look for creatures of the night, then gather ’round the campfire for some conversation and s’mores. Your $5 donation helps pay for supplies. Call to reserve your spot- 813-641-8545.

Cart tours have returned! Stop in any Saturday morning and ask for a ride along the trails.

Third Saturday canoe day tours continue this year. Check the online calendar for days and times. Paddlers should arrive at Camp Bayou by 8:45am. Canoes or kayaks are available for rental for just $25 each or bring your own canoe or kayak for a small donation of $5 each. Register for all paddle trips by calling the office at 813-641-8545. 

For those who are interested in helping with registered groups, Camp Bayou is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who love the outdoors and want to pass along that passion to others through hands-on activities, walks and canoe tours. Contact Becki at 813-641-8545 , email campbayou@gmail.com or fill out the form on the website- campbayou.org. We are mainly looking for folks to help teach school groups K-6 but there are other opportunities as well.

Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is open for day use only, open to the general public. The Center is open from Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography, and trail walks. General admission is still free.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a public- private partnership between Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (B.O.L.D.), and Hillsborough County Conservation & Environmental Lands Management. Camp Bayou is located three miles south of SR-674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. Call 813-641-8545.

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The August 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The August 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

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Waste Management Meeting — Important Change

Waste Management Meeting — Important Change

Your Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations is reaching out to SCC neighborhood residents to join the kick-off for residential solid waste customers in the unincorporated areas. Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management is hosting a meeting...

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Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

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Independence Day Breakfast

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The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue…

Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the bicycle club; get the latest on proposed changes to Hillsborough County solid waste disposal; discover something new and amazing at the Dali Museum; meet some vital behind-the-scenes Emergency Squad volunteers; check out the winners of the summer photo club contest; meet an incredibly creative painter; get to know SCC’s new veterinarian; travel to a galaxy far, far away just down the interstate in Orlando; and meet some neighbors with a Family Connection to SCC.

Then be sure to…

Check out the SCC Bulletin, Kings Point, Community News, Dance, Military News, Faith & Service, Arts, Sports, Travel, and South County Events sections to help you plan your month. And travel with your friends and neighbors who took The News around the world.

Read the September 2019 Issue of The News

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Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

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The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

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Independence Day Breakfast

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The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

FREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.

Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00am

Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL

 

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that “beat the heat.” Through the use of intensely frigid imagery, writers will get a short respite from August in Florida. Led by Poet John Davis Jr. This workshop is for teens and adults.

Davis is a seventh-generation Floridian whose poetry has been published in dozens of literary venues internationally. His poems have been repeatedly nominated for the Pushcart Prize and other laurels, and his books, Middle Class American Proverb (Negative Capability Press, 2014) and Hard Inheritance (Five Oaks Press, 2016) have also been critically acclaimed. He teaches English, Literature, and Creative Writing for colleges in the Tampa Bay Area, and resides in Riverview.

Learn more. 

Fall events at Camp Bayou

Fall events at Camp Bayou

The weather may not reflect it but fall is right around the corner, with its shorter days and profusion of wildflowers in shades of purple and gold! Check out several events coming soon to Camp Bayou: Sept 21: International Coastal Cleanup, 8:30 to 11 a.m....

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

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A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

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The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

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The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

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Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

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Christmas in July Community Event a Success

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Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

By Diane M. Loeffler

 

SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome volunteers who served 1,248 people.”

If you were there, you had the opportunity to enjoy a great breakfast, see displays from the History Society, meet new people, and enjoy patriotic music. Dozens of people commented on the patriotic songs played loud enough to hear yet quiet enough not to interfere with conversations. Organ and Keyboard Club President, Barbara Sue Carline says, “It was our pleasure playing patriotic music for the CA Breakfast. We loved every note.”

Mark your 2020 calendars for next year’s Fourth of July Breakfast. You will be glad you did.

Fall events at Camp Bayou

Fall events at Camp Bayou

The weather may not reflect it but fall is right around the corner, with its shorter days and profusion of wildflowers in shades of purple and gold! Check out several events coming soon to Camp Bayou: Sept 21: International Coastal Cleanup, 8:30 to 11 a.m....

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

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Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate an early Christmas enjoying games, crafts, and reading activities, as well as receiving gifts of food, clothing, shoes, and school backpacks filled with supplies. Campaign Against Human Trafficking (CAHT) participated by reading a classic story and passing out chapter books. Students from Lennard and East Bay High Schools’ Key Clubs were guides, moving children from one activity to another. The Kiwanis Club and United Methodist Church were the key organizers, and the Sun City Center Interfaith Council provided funding for this special Christmas giving experience.

 

In the photo: CAHT volunteers, l to r: Betty Mitchell, Ann Fenimore, Robbie Chaplin, and Annie Garrison

Fall events at Camp Bayou

Fall events at Camp Bayou

The weather may not reflect it but fall is right around the corner, with its shorter days and profusion of wildflowers in shades of purple and gold! Check out several events coming soon to Camp Bayou: Sept 21: International Coastal Cleanup, 8:30 to 11 a.m....

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What's That? By Paula Lickfeldt   You may have noticed little "book boxes" taking up residence around Sun City Center. What are they?  Where did they come from? Let’s find out! Todd Bol decided he wanted to honor his mother, who had been a...

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What’s That?

By Paula Lickfeldt

 

You may have noticed little “book boxes” taking up residence around Sun City Center. What are they?  Where did they come from? Let’s find out!

Todd Bol decided he wanted to honor his mother, who had been a librarian and an avid reader, by making as many books as possible, available to the public, free of charge. He started the “Little Free Libraries.”  At the time he passed away, at age 62, there were 70,000 worldwide.

About five years ago, Andrea Peterson saw one and thought that might be a nice thing for SCC. Sometime later, her neighbor Ann Fenimore saw one and told Andrea that they should put one up. The two women decided it was time for SCC to have some “Little Free Libraries.”

They spoke with their neighbor Richard Kelley, he was able to get plans, and he built one for each of the gals.  The Book Nooks are standing proudly in front of Andrea’s house and Ann’s house on Fordham Street.  Several others have “popped” up around SCC.

Books are inside the Nook.  You may borrow a book and return it or keep it.  You may drop off books for others to read. Just put the donated books in the box.  The number of books and their titles change quickly.  Andrea says it is “unbelievable” how much activity there is around the book nooks.

If you would be interested in having a book nook in front of your house, you can talk to someone at the Sawdust Engineers.  I have been told that they have plans and, for a donation to the club, someone will make one for you.

What a wonderful way for people to pass books around for others to read.  Good job Andrea and Ann!

 

In the photo: Ann Fenimore and Andrea Peterson

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What's That? By Paula Lickfeldt   You may have noticed little "book boxes" taking up residence around Sun City Center. What are they?  Where did they come from? Let’s find out! Todd Bol decided he wanted to honor his mother, who had been a...

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...