Out and About

Ability Tree teams up With BrawlUSA at the Summer Showdown

Ability Tree of Florida paired up with BrawlUSA again for a fun night of charity pro wrestling on Sunday, Aug , 2018. Summer Showdown, held at The Locomo on County Line Road in Spring Hill, was a fun affair that helped raise money for Ability Tree while providing entertainment for the whole family.

 

A large crowd with many children were able to enjoy the five matches that were held on the card, including two championship matches and the first ever BrawlUSA women’s match.

 

HCSO to conduct training for Civilian Response to Active Shooter

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office will be hosting an information session on Civilian Response to Active Shooter.  
Events in recent years have called attention to the need to be prepared for a wide range of emergencies. Communities across the country have reassessed their level of preparedness and established broader training and education programs. At the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, deputies have been training for years to respond to an active shooter incident, training that is routinely reinforced with exercises.

A pocket of tranquility

It’s a beautiful sunny day and I’m sitting under a shady palm, book in hand, a cold drink in the other. There’s a gentle breeze coming off the blue-green water, and the soft chirping of sea birds is the only noise disturbing my afternoon reverie. 

I could almost be on a tiny South Seas island, hours away from civilization but in reality, I’m on a tiny, tiny piece of Florida called Palm Island. 

Palm Island is located about 9 miles south of Englewood, Florida, off the coast from Cape Haze. Not really an accurate name as it is made up of 4 interconnected islands.

Jumping for Joy: The Double Dutch Club

When Vivian Kwarren began homeschooling her daughter Angela, (10) she became generally concerned about her social skills and that thought had brought her back to her hometown of Brooklyn in New York.

“I started thinking about me and when I grew up in New York. I used to jump Double Dutch everyday (coming) home from school. It used to be to a whole bunch of kids,” Kwarren said.

Wild Foraging

On Friday June 22, 2018, I had the opportunity to attend a guided Wild Foraging program.  This took place at Chinsegut Conservation Center, and was presented by Kristin Wood of Dade Battlefield Historic State Park.  The purpose of the program was to educate the attendees in the wild edible plants native to Florida, and found in your backyard.  

Touring on two wheels

I’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed several Segway tours throughout Europe. From Rome to Berlin to Stockholm and now, here at home, in Tampa and St.Petersburg. It’s a whole load of fun once you suss out your equilibrium!

After seeing a great deal for tickets on Groupon, I took my daughter and granddaughter on a Magic Carpet Glide Segway Tour in Tampa.

What is a Segway, you ask? It’s a two-wheeled, self-balancing motorized personal vehicle with an upright handlebar. There’s a generous platform for your feet  and, once powered on, the Segway balances automatically.