Wednesday, July 17, 2013

19th Annual - Children's Health Fair

2-1-1 TBC staff will be out this weekend Sat., 7/20 at the 19th Annual - Highlight on Health Children's Health Fair located at Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater (North of the Railroad Crossing) from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (this is an indoor event, held in the gym).

They will be offering Free: Shots – Immunizations, School Physicals, Sports Cardiovascular Screening, Dental Exams, Vision Screening, Spine – Scoliosis Exams, Community Organizations, Safety Information & 2-1-1 Information.

Be sure to stop by & say hello!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Learning Skills Camp & Summer Bridge Project

According to the National Summer Learning Association, low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement skills over the summer months. In order to help reduce this gap, 2-1-1 TBC partnered with the Juvenile Welfare Board and Pinellas County School Board by screening school age children, with low reading skill levels and/or those already participating in free and reduced lunch, for free Educational Summer Programs. 

2-1-1 TBC screened children for the Summer Bridge Program offered through Pinellas County Schools, City of St. Petersburg Recreation Centers or Coordinated Child Care.   

2-1-1 TBC also screened children entering kindergarten for the Summer Learning Skills Camp helping to increase their school readiness skills.

Between May & June 2-1-1 TBC screened over 500 children for these free and educational programs!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Back to School Events & Fairs

WHAT:    19th Annual - Highlight on Health Children's Health Fair

DATE:    Saturday, July 20th

TIME:     9:00 am - 2:00 pm

WHERE:  Long Center    1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater (North of the Railroad Crossing)
(This is an indoor event, held in the gym.)

They will be offering Free: Shots – Immunizations, School Physicals, Sports Cardiovascular Screening, Dental Exams, Vision Screening, Spine – Scoliosis Exams, Community Organizations, Safety Information & 2-1-1 Information.

WHAT:    17th Annual Back to School Care Fair

DATE:     Saturday, August 3rd

TIME:      8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m (each agency needs to be represented until the last family goes through (1:00 p.m.). Agency Set-Up: 6:00 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.

WHERE: Enoch Davis Recreation Center: 1111 18th Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705 (indoor event)

In an effort to accommodate all participants, all agencies are being asked to drop off all equipment/table displays at Enoch Davis Rec Center prior to 6:30am, drive to Tropicana Field to park for free, and ride the provided Trolley (free of charge) back to Enoch Davis Rec Center. Parking is limited in and around the Rec Center and streets will be closed for event activities.

We will receive a table and 2 chairs. Agency representatives are responsible for providing their own breakfast and lunch, and must stay until the last family goes through (1:00pm). Tables must be cleared at the end of the day, leaving no agency materials.

Children in the company of legal guardians can receive FREE physicals, immunizations, vision screening, dental screening, meet with local agencies and receive a backpack with school supplies.

IMPORTANT: Care Fair strongly discourages agency representatives from bringing their own children. If an agency representative and their child(ren) would like to participate in Care Fair services, they ask that table coverage be coordinated through the agency so that the table is manned at all times. Additionally, arrangements should be made such that the agency representative's child(ren) will be picked up after receiving their backpack.

WHAT:  End of Summer Dayze Back to School Event

DATE:  Saturday, August 10th

TIME:  10:00am-2:00pm

WHERE: Ridgecrest YMCA, 1801 119th Street North, Largo, FL (indoor event)

Free Health Screenings, Immunizations, Backpacks, and School Supplies


WHAT:  13th Annual Back-to-School Health & Safety Fair

DATE:   Saturday, August 10th

TIME:    9:00am - 1:00pm

WHERE:  Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Avenue, Largo, FL (outside event)

Free school physicals, dental check-ups, school supplies and information from 30 community agencies.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Summer BreakSpot Program

Thank you City of Pinellas Park for helping to spread the word about the Summer BreakSpot Program.  Free food for kids and teens through August.  For a location near you Call 2-1-1.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Around Tampa Bay - Fourth of July Celebration's

Fourth of July Celebration's

Gulfport’s Fourth of July Celebration

Time: 8 a.m.
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Location: Gulfport
Cost: FREE; Arts and crafts and food available for purchase after 4 p.m.
Info: (727) 893-1118; City of Gulfport, FL Website

The celebration kicks-off with an early morning kids fishing derby. Festivities continue throughout the day with a sand sculpting contest, children’s activities and car show (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). A late afternoon arts and crafts show and live music lead up to the grand parade followed by a fireworks finale at 9 p.m.
Schedule of Events:
— 8 a.m.: Marina’s Fishing Derby — Kids will cast off from the sea wall adjacent to the Recreation Center Field.
— 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: 2nd Funky Fourth Car Show (along Shore Boulevard from 54th Avenue South to Beach)
— 11:30 a.m.: Gulfport Recreation Sand Sculpture Contest (on Gulfport Beach)
— 12-6 p.m.: KIDZONE! (on Gulfport Beach)
— 4-10 p.m.: Arts and crafts vendors and food (Downtown Waterfront District)
— 5-9 p.m.: Live Music (Outdoor Casino Event Stage)
— 6 p.m.: Parade on Beach Boulevard
— 7 p.m.: Mayor and Council Members Welcome (Outdoor Casino Event Stage)
— 9 p.m.: Fireworks Finale

Beach Boulevard
Gulfport, FL 33707

Madeira Beach Fourth of July Fest
Time: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bands will start at 1:30 p.m. and continue until the fireworks at 9 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2013 (In case of inclement weather, the Rain Date for fireworks will be Friday, July 5 at 9 p.m.)
Location: Archibald Beach Access
Cost: FREE; Food and beverages available for purchase beginning at 11 a.m. (NOTE TO PARENTS: Alcoholic beverages will be sold during this event); Parking: There will be a $10 fee to park all day with a FREE shuttle running back and forth between the ballfields and the beach access all day
Info: Madeira Beach Website

Spend the July 4th holiday at the beach with friends and family. There will be live music all day as well as a kids’ area featuring Aqua Bubbles (climb into these floating bubbles), a slide, hula hoop contests and more. End the day with the largest display of fireworks on the beach because this year Madeira Beach has doubled their fireworks show!
Archibald Park
15100 Gulf Boulevard
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

Red, White & Zoo Holiday Weekend
Time: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2013-Sunday, July 7, 2013
Location: Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Cost: FREE for annual pass holders, or included with regular admission
Info: (813) 935-8552; Lowry Park Zoo Website

In honor of Independence Day, active duty and retired military personnel and up to three direct dependents are invited to visit the Zoo for FREE. You will need to show a Department of Defense photo ID at the Zoo’s ticket counter. Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their service member, but an adult with a valid military I.D. must accompany minors. Please contact Lowry Park Zoo for details and restrictions.
All-American Teddy Bear Picnic
On Saturday, July 6 (11 a.m.) families are invited back to the Zoo for a special Teddy Bear Picnic. Children are encouraged to bring their teddy bear and enjoy special activities, keeper talks, music and fun with the Radio Disney AM1380 Road Crew.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
1101 West Slight Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

Safety Harbor Celebrates the Fourth of July
4th of July Parade
10 a.m.
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Location: Main Street
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 723-2822; City of Safety Harbor Website

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 238 will present the annual 4th of July Parade featuring cars, floats, bands and more.
Main Street
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Location: Safety Harbor City Marina
Cost: FREE; Food and beverages available for purchase
Info: (727) 724-1572; City of Safety Harbor Website

The Celebration will begin at 5 p.m. with live entertainment and a family play area. Afterward, the sky will light up at Safety Harbor’s annual July 4th celebratory fireworks display.
Safety Harbor City Marina
110 Veterans Memorial Lane
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Tarpon Springs Independence Day Patriotic Picnic in the Park

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Location: Craig Park
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 942-5628; City of Tarpon Springs Web page; Tarpon Springs Recreation Division Web Page

Bring family and friends for a patriotic-themed family day with lots of activities, including:
— Hot dog eating contest
— Outrigger rides
— Seed spitting contest
— Sack races
— Water slide
— Live music
… and more!
There will also be FREE hotdogs and chips (while supplies last), or bring your own family picnic to enjoy in the park.
Fireworks will be set off from Sunset Beach at dusk. The best viewing will be from Howard Park Beach. (NOTE: The Sunset Beach boat ramp will be closed all day on July 4th, and Sunset Beach will close to the public at 1 p.m. for preparation of the fireworks display.)
Craig Park
5 Beekman Way
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

 “It’s a Freedom Thing” 4th of July Celebration
on Treasure Island Beach

Time: 12-9 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Location: Sloppy Joe’s (NOTE TO PARENTS: This event will include a beer truck)
Cost: FREE; Food, beverages and more available for purchase from vendors
Info: (727) 367-1600; Treasure Island, FL Visitor & Tourist Information

Treasure Island Beach’s 4th of July celebration will fill the street in front of Sloppy Joe’s with children’s activities, entertainment, music and more. Stay for the fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Festivities include:
— Arts and crafts vendors
— Activities for children
— Music by “Horses Wild” (begins at 5 p.m.)
— Tribute to our Troops (A special song written by Michael Halo, “It’s a Freedom Thing” will lead into the fireworks display)
— Fireworks (9 p.m.)

Sloppy Joe’s
10650 Gulf Boulevard
Treasure Island, FL 33706

Clearwater Celebrates America

Gates open at 4 p.m.; Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Location: Coachman Park
Cost: FREE; Food and beverages available for purchase
Info: City of Clearwater Website

The City will hold its annual Independence Day celebration featuring a patriotic concert, children’s activities and play area, vendors, and of course — fireworks.
Coachman Park
301 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Largo’s 4th of July Celebration
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Date: July 4, 2013
Location: Largo Central Park
Cost: FREE; Food and beverages will be available for purchase; Parking: On-site parking will be available for $5/vehicle, or park and walk from Largo Middle School and Largo High School
Info: (727) 586-7415; City of Largo Website

There will be entertainment and activities for all ages, followed by a spectacular fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.
Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

Fourth of July in Downtown St. Petersburg
Time: 9 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Location: Spa Beach at the Pier
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 893-7465; E-mail

The fireworks will go off on Spa Beach. The only difference from years past is that you won’t be able to watch them from the Pier building. The Pier approach, however will be available as a viewing area. The fireworks will go off at 9 p.m. and can be seen from most of the city’s waterfront parks.
Spa Beach at the Pier
615 Second Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701