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COVID VACCINES!!!
Vaccine Distribution Talking Points Based on News Release Issued Dec. 31
Hillsborough County will begin vaccinating residents who are age 65 and older on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
Hillsborough County is in Phase I of the vaccine distribution plan as outlined and directed by the Governor of Florida. 
Phase I is categorized by limited supply of vaccine availability and is focused on long-term care facilities (residents and staff); frontline healthcare workers; and persons 65 years and over.
Limited availability is anticipated over the next several weeks.
While the supply of vaccines remains limited, Hillsborough County expects new from the state weekly, and vaccination appointments will be made available as those supplies arrive.
Appointments are mandatory for residents age 65 and older to get the first of two vaccine injections.
There will be no vaccines for residents without appointments, and there is no waitlist.
Appointments can be made online at HCCOVID19Shot.as.me beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4.
For residents without Internet access, appointments can be made by calling 888-755-2822.
The phone line will be open beginning Monday, Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
The County has four vaccine distribution sites that are strategically located to reach the most residents based on the sites’ geographic location, available resources, and population density of residents age 65 and older.
Residents can make an appointment for the vaccine site most convenient for them.
The sites are:
o University Mall (parking lot), 2200 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612
o Vance Vogel Sports Complex, 13012 Bullfrog Creek Road, Gibsonton, FL 33534
o Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, 2700 W. Risk St., Plant City, FL 33563
o Ed Radice Sports Complex, 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa, FL 33626
Details about access to the vaccine distribution sites will be available to residents upon appointment confirmation.
The Ed Radice Sports Complex and the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds sites will open Wednesday, Jan 6.
The University Mall and the Vance Vogel Sports Complex sites will open Thursday, Jan. 7.
In addition to these sites, Hillsborough County Emergency Management is coordinating with the state for mobile distribution of vaccines to group homes and independent living facilities that meet the state’s criteria.
The state also has made about 74,000 vaccines available for health care partners in Hillsborough County, including Tampa General Hospital, BayCare Health System, CVS, and Walgreens. 


NEW COVID WEBSITE DASHBOARD PROVIDED BY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY:
https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/stay-safe/covid-19-dashboard


SCC CA CAMPUS RE-OPENING 
The campus will re-open on Monday 1-4-2021 - The maintenance staff is once again back to full staff and the staff members infected have now received two negative COVID19 tests. No other staff members have shown signs of being infected with the virus. All employees of the SCCCA are required to wear masks when inside the campus buildings and to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing. Our request is that all of our members do the same to provide a safe environment for all. Many have asked when we will be able to get the COVID19 vaccine,  we have been in contact with CVS and Walgreens and at this point no vaccine dates have been announced 


SCC CA CAMPUS CAFE UPDATE
Information from the Atrium Cafe Operator: Out of an abundance of caution, CC's Grill will remain closed until February 2nd. At that time, we will re-open with new menu items and new hours;
Tuesday - Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please follow us on Facebook @ CC's Grill 


PLEA FROM SUN CITY CENTER EMERGENCY SQUAD!
Our Dispatchers take emergency calls from our residents who are having medical emergencies. They get the basic information- medical issue and patient address and get our ambulance crews out the door and on the road. They schedule our medical wheelchair vans to transport patients to dialysis and doctor appointments.  In 2020, many of our dispatchers stepped back from volunteering due to COVID-19  and concern for their health or their families health.  Please consider joining us next Wednesday January 13th at 6pm, to learn more about what our dispatchers do and how they serve our community. 


MON. JAN 11, 18, 25 - SOCIAL BALLROOM & LATIN DANCE LESSONS
4:00 PM Intermediate/Advanced – Bolero
5:00 PM Intermediate – West Coast Swing
6:00 PM Beginning – Bachata (Latin Rhythm Dance)
7:00 PM Beginning – Cha Cha
Location:  St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1015 East Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center. Contact:  Bernice DuBro (dancewithbernice@gmail.com) - Home - 813-634-3205  Cell:813-482-6784 - Cost:  $30/person for a 4-week month or $8/per lesson - Everyone welcome.  At this time you must come with a partner.  Pre Registration is requested because of limited attendance and social distancing. 


TUE. JAN 12 – Virtual – Excel for Beginners
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon  $5 Members   $10 Non-Members. This class starts with a definition of spreadsheets, workbooks, formulas and functions.  In-class activities include data entry, operators and operations, cell groupings, cell formats, and cell data manipulations. This is an interactive class and questions are encouraged. Your instructor is Sam Montana. The Computer Club Lab is open with limited activities.  Some classes will be held in the lab and some classes will be held as Virtual classes using GoToMeeting teleconferencing software.  Registered students will receive an email with instructions, the day before the class.  Sign up for classes can be done on-line.  Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point.  Tuition is payable upon registration.  For additional information email: Pauline Baker, Education Director at paulinebaker864@gmail.com


TUE. JAN 12 - VETERANS CORNER RADIO SHOW - HOST - BILL HODGES 
3:30 p.m.  WSCQ FM 96.3 SUN RADIO, SUN CITY CENTER FL. Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Brill, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Community Care, U.S. Veterans Administration, Washington DC.   What happens if you find yourself in a hospital far from a VA facility, or in need of specialized care that your VA Hospital does not offer? That is when the Office of Community Care steps in and helps with the cost. Listen in to see how you can take advantage of this program.   If you have no FM Radio or if you are out of our broadcast area, go to the station's web site on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (www.WSCQFM.com) and click on "LISTEN LIVE."


WED. JAN 13 - COVID-19 RAPID ANTIGEN TEST WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AT NO CHARGE
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon South Bay Hospital East Parking Lot. Participants will remain in their cars for the duration of the test. Results will beprovided within 15 minutes. This test determines if you currently have COVID-19. ***NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED COVID-19 RAPID ANTIGEN TEST. This opportunity is being offered by South Bay Hospital inpartnership with Sun City Center C.E.R.T., SCCEmergency Squad, HCSO, other community organizationsand the Florida Governor's Office. Please call 813-634-0496 with questions. 
We also hope to offer another testing event the last week of January. The date is still to be determined.
I know many have asked us about the COVID-19 Vaccination as well. South Bay Hospital operations are focused on the vaccination of healthcare workers and that continues under constraints made by limited vaccine resources. We are encouraging community members over the age of 65 and those with specific chronic conditions to reach out to Hillsborough County at 1-888-755-2822, or the website HCCOVID19SHOT.as.me, to schedule a time for a vaccination from the county. We understand that this system has crashed upon launch yesterday and the county is working hard to get it back up and running. Also, please keep your networks informed regarding scams that have popped up asking people to pay a small fee for a vaccine reservation.  There should be NO COST to register for a vaccination and the county is not using the Eventbrite platform for registrations. 


WED. JAN 13 - HLAA - Hearing & Cognition - What's the BUZZ all About?
5:30 p.m. Topic: Hearing & Cognition - What's the BUZZ all About? Speaker: Dr Noel Crosby, AuD Advanced Hearing Solutions. Discussions:
Link between hearing and cognition and why its important to understand
A new FDA approved cognition screener called 'cognivue'
Functional Hearing Assessments and why you should have one
How to improve your success with hearing aids and cognition
To register for this meeting contact Debbe Hagner at debbe.hagner@gmail.com or text her at 727-271-0770


WED. JAN 13 - PAYING IT FORWARD - SUN CITY CENTER EMERGENCY SQUAD
6:00 p.m. at our training center at 124 S. Pebble Beach. Please consider joining us for one of a significant event called Paying It Forward. Typically we think of this when someone buys something for the person coming after them.  However, with us you would be providing a valuable service to the community while you are able to help others. We have had a long history of this and now several of those who serve the community need help now and again themselves. There are 2 components that make the Emergency Squad function. One is money and this community has been very generous over the years. They have made sure we have been able to keep up with technology, providing the best care for our residents we can. The second is volunteers, this is a large community to serve. We are open 24/7 365 days a year. Most of the volunteers are retired, although we have a few younger ones. You can only ask people to work so many shifts, as they are retired like everyone else. Please consider volunteering with us.  We can always train you and make you a welcome part of our team.


WED. JAN 13 - THE COMPUTER CLUB MONTHLY MEETING
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The presentation this month will be “Stay Safe & Secure”.  In today’s “Online World,” Safety, Security and Privacy need to be taken seriously.  Using the right programs and apps can help keep you safe and secure as well as reduce your privacy exposure. Using free programs and apps whenever possible to accomplish this goal is an added bonus and this presentation includes information on many recommended free programs. Join presenter Bob Gostischa as he simplifies, clarifies, and demystifies your devices, (gadgets or technology), so you have a safe, secure and enjoyable Internet experience. The Computer Club Lab is open with limited activities.  Some classes will be held in the lab and some classes will be held as Virtual classes using GoToMeeting teleconferencing software.  Registered students will receive an email with instructions, the day before the class.  Sign up for classes can be done on-line.  Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point.  Tuition is payable upon registration.  For additional information email: Pauline Baker, Education Director at paulinebaker864@gmail.com 


THU. JAN 14 - HEALTHY LIVING FOR YOUR BRAIN AND BODY: TIPS FROM THE LATEST RESEARCH
1:00 p.m. Via webinar. The brain and the body are connected. Science provides insights into how lifestyle choices may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.  TGH has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide virtual education programs to enhance care and support for all affected by Alzheimer’s and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Technology requirements: Internet access, computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone with video, microphone and speaker capabilities.  To register for these programs, visit https://www.tgh.org/calendar 


THU. JAN 14 - VETERANS CORNER RADIO SHOW - HOST - BILL HODGES
3:30 p.m. WSCQ FM 96.3 SUN RADIO, SUN CITY CENTER FL. Guest: Congressman Vern Buchanan.  Congressman Vern Buchanan discusses with Bill the ever-increasing problem of training accidents claiming military lives. Congressman Buchanan’s amendment requires the Department of Defense to examine emergency response capabilities and services available at all U.S. bases around the world. They will be required to address the potential benefits and practicality to have properly functioning medical helicopters and fully stocked military ambulances.  If you have no FM Radio or if you are out of our broadcast area, go to the station's web site on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (www.WSCQFM.com) and click on "LISTEN LIVE."


SUN. JAN 17 - KEITH RASMUSSEN & JEFF JORDAN IN CONCERT AT UNITED                                                            METHODIST CHURCH OF SUN CITY CENTER
3:00 p.m. concert at The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, where we welcome its own Keith Rasmussen, church organist, and Jeff Jordan, Worship Arts Director to its campus. This will be the inaugural concert in the church’s brand new series, Organ Plus Artist Series of concerts. All such concerts will fall on the 3rd Sunday of each month, January through May, and will feature Keith Rasmussen playing organ, along with musical guests each month. In this inaugural concert, Keith will be featuring Rejoice, Ye Pure In Heart as well as other enjoyable organ pieces. Jeff ordan, for his part, will be including favorite hymns, God of Grace and God of Glory, Great is Thy Faithfulness, and Shall We Gather at the River, among others, on the piano. Rasmussen and Jordan each have resumes of musical excellence, and have been involved in local church and community music programs for many years. Keith Rasmussen and Jeff Jordan hope to provide enjoyable and inspirational music for all concert goers. A donation of only $5 is requested at the door on the day of the concert.  For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please contact Kevin Goodenow, Concert Series Coordinator, at 813-362-0956.  To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please visit our website at www.sccumc.com


MON. JAN 18 - CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUMANN TRAFFICKING AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - SOUTTSHORE (CAHT)
1:00 p.m. zoom meeting. Campaign Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence, known as CAHT, will have a special speaker for their January 18 general meeting.  January is National Human Trafficking month and CAHT has invited Dotti Groover-Skipper, a nationally known advocate in promoting anti-human trafficking programs.  She is one of Tampa Bay’s leaders in organizing and supporting various area anti-human trafficking nonprofits, and since 2014 she has been appointed to serve on the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking and recently appointed by Governor DeSantis to the Florida Drug Policy Advisory Council. Mrs. Groover-Skipper founded the HeartDance Foundation, which serves men, women and children engaged in the sex industry and exploited through labor or sex trafficking.  Mrs. Groover-Skipper’s  topic is The Grooming of Our Youth. This eye-opening presentation will enable those attending to understand the “pipeline process” of how our youth are lured, groomed, and sold, and what each of us can do to help prevent this activity as well as recognizing the signs and report any suspicious activity.  If you are interested in participating, please send an email to past president, Annie Garrison at anngarrison66@gmail.com. A link will also be posted on CAHT’s web page a week before the meeting:  www.sccblueheart.org. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information about CAHT or this meeting, call president Robbie Chaplin at 319-360-7025 or chaplinroberta@yahoo.com. 


MON. JAN 18, 25 - SOCIAL BALLROOM & LATIN DANCE LESSONS
4:00 PM Intermediate/Advanced – Bolero
5:00 PM Intermediate – West Coast Swing
6:00 PM Beginning – Bachata (Latin Rhythm Dance)
7:00 PM Beginning – Cha Cha
Location:  St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1015 East Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center. Contact:  Bernice DuBro (dancewithbernice@gmail.com) - Home - 813-634-3205  Cell:813-482-6784 - Cost:  $30/person for a 4-week month or $8/per lesson - Everyone welcome.  At this time you must come with a partner.  Pre Registration is requested because of limited attendance and social distancing. 


TUE. JAN 19, 2021 - ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP SPONSORED BY SUN TOWERS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Now in a zoom format hosted by Aging Care Advocates. Please gather on the phone to talk about your experiences, challenges, and victories. For more information and to register: 800-272-3900 - Katie Colwell Williams, MA, CMC, Director of Advocacy Services, Aging Care Advocates, Inc. Office (813) 246-4120


TUE. JAN 19 - VETERANS CORNER RADIO SHOW - HOST - BILL HODGES
3:30 p.m. WSCQ FM 96.3 SUN RADIO, SUN CITY CENTER FL. Guest: Robert “Goose” Gosline. My Healthy Vet Coordinator, James A Haley VA Hospital. If you are a VA patient and not yet using the My Healthy Vet program for contacting your doctor you are missing a bet. Robert “Goose” Gosline, shares with us how the program works and how you can sign up for a free VA account. That account will give you access to your medical team, your health visit records, your prescription orders and ordering. During the pandemic this program has been a God send to many of our veterans and it can be good for you.   Listen it to see how you can enroll and get started.  If you have no FM Radio or if you are out of our broadcast area, go to the station's web site on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (www.WSCQFM.com) and click on "LISTEN LIVE."


TUE. JAN 19 - HEALTHY LIFESTYLES MEETUP
7:00 p.m. via zoom - "Ending the Cardiovascular Disease Epidemic"  with Cleveland Clinic’s world renowned Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. To register and get link to attend on Zoom, click on link below. Donation from $20. Science now knows that heart disease can be reversed and prevented.  You don’t have to go to the Cleveland Clinic doctors to learn how.   You can just click on a Zoom presentation by one of the world’s foremost experts.  On January 19th, we can join an online presentation.    (if you’ve never done a zoom meeting, you will have to download the free Zoom app, and join in on your phone, pad or computer.) https://www.pbnsg.org/educational-lectures/ending-the-cardiovascular-disease-epidemic-with-caldwell-b-esselstyn-jr


WED. JAN 20– METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon, in the Heritage Room of the Atrium Building, the Metaphysical Society presents “Astrology – the Basics,” by member Vicky Sand, as she shares her insights for 2021.  Meeting is open to members only (no guests); a love offering is requested.  Members are welcome to bring their own coffee/tea to enjoy.  SCCCA ID and Masks are required on campus; once inside the room masks are optional.  For meeting info call:  Karen at 830 832-7402.  For membership info call:  Kay at 757 535-8210


WED. JAN 20 – Virtual – Backup Documents with FreeFileSync
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon   $5 Members   $10 Non-Members. This class will show you how to download, setup, and use FreeFileSync to creat an easy to use process to backup your Pictures, Documents, & Videos. Your instructor is Phil Sorrentino.  The Computer Club Lab is open with limited activities.  Some classes will be held in the lab and some classes will be held as Virtual classes using GoToMeeting teleconferencing software.  Registered students will receive an email with instructions, the day before the class.  Sign up for classes can be done on-line.  Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point.  Tuition is payable upon registration.  For additional information email: Pauline Baker, Education Director at paulinebaker864@gmail.com


THU. JAN 21 - VETERANS CORNER RADIO SHOW - HOST - BILL HODGES
3:30 p.m. WSCQ FM 96.3 SUN RADIO, SUN CITY CENTER FL. Guest: Congressman Greg Steube.  Congressman Greg Steube shares an insight into the operation of the Veterans Affairs Committee and what is planned in the future for our veterans.  If you have no FM Radio or if you are out of our broadcast area, go to the station's web site on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (www.WSCQFM.com) and click on "LISTEN LIVE."


FRI. JAN 22 - POPULAR NASHVILLE DUO DAVE & DAPHNE COMING TO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN SUN CITY CENTER
3:00 and 7:00 p.m. at The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, welcomes Dave & Daphne,  one of Nashville’s most popular acts, to its campus. Dave Salyer toured the world with Barbara Mandrell, who said of him, “Dave is the best guitarist I’ve ever had”. Roy Clark, of Hee-Haw fame called Salyer one of the most talented guitarists on the planet. T He famously said, “I can’t believe this guy; if I could get my hands on him, I’d kill him!” Salyer credits his uncles, Bluegrass legends and Grand Ole Opry members, Jim & Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys for his love of music and his talent. As for Daphne Anderson, she was born and raised in Albany, Georgia, and performed in churches, talent contests and beauty pageants. She has toured with some of the best Southern Gospel groups of all time, including the Bill Gaither Group, The Florida Boys, The Cathedrals, Rex Nelon, The Hinsons and others. She was honored as The Southern Gospel Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year. She has been described as a cross between Shania Twain and Patsy Cline. This is a concert you don’t want to miss if you love great music and talented, personable performers. A donation of only $10 is requested at the door on the day or night of the concert.  For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please contact Kevin Goodenow, Concert Series Coordinator, at 813-362-0956.  To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please visit our website at www.sccumc.com


SAT. JAN 23 - JIMMY GISWOLD BAND: FAST FINGERS ROCKING BLUES AT THE FIREHOUSE!
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Cultural Center, Event type: Center Stage. Jimmy Griswold is a New England native now living in Florida, where he can regularly be found playing guitar at venues of all sizes. Jimmy properly pays homage to any artist he covers, whether it be the warm tones of T-bone Walker & B.B. King, or the screaming sounds of Roy Buchanan, Jeff Beck and Steve Ray Vaughan, all the while staying true to his highly original style. Jimmy projects unparalleled energy and feeling into his guitar playing. “Jimmy plays with the ease and style of a guy who’s spent a lot of nights in front of a crowd. He segues from jump soul to blues on the album, showing a lot of good influences, including Duanne Allman and Roy Buchanan. His tribute to Buchanan, “Blues for Roy“, is a treat. You might think Roy was back. Griswold is also an excellent song writer.” -  Milton Ross, Reviewer - Book your tickets now! Limited Seats. Call in for tickets: 813-645-7651 or book online below. Become a FCC Member and SAVE! 
Ticket Prices: $23 Members $28 Future Members All Reservations are in Advance: No ‘Day of Show’ pricing as we have to reserve seating to allow for social distancing. Call for tickets: 813-645-7651


MON. JAN 25 - SOCIAL BALLROOM & LATIN DANCE LESSONS
4:00 PM Intermediate/Advanced – Bolero
5:00 PM Intermediate – West Coast Swing
6:00 PM Beginning – Bachata (Latin Rhythm Dance)
7:00 PM Beginning – Cha Cha
Location:  St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1015 East Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center. Contact:  Bernice DuBro (dancewithbernice@gmail.com) - Home - 813-634-3205  Cell:813-482-6784 - Cost:  $30/person for a 4-week month or $8/per lesson - Everyone welcome.  At this time you must come with a partner.  Pre Registration is requested because of limited attendance and social distancing. 


TUE. JAN 26 - AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS - Presented by Priya Reddy, MD, FACR at The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center
9:30 a.m. in the LEC at the United Methodist Church.   Dr. Priya Reddy of Southwest Florida Rheumatology has accepted our invitation to present on several issues of debilitating autoimmune conditions such as arthritis, gout, lupus and tendonitis.  Dr. Reddy has stated “I have a passion for patient advocacy, patient education as well as to the continued advancement of my profession in rheumatology.” Please call the Church office at 813-634-2539 to register.  The Church will follow CDC guidelines including limited seating, temperature screening, mask requirement, hand sanitizing and social distancing.  Dr. Priya Reddy is a practicing rheumatologist at AARA-Southwest Florida Rheumatology.       Dr. Reddy completed a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and prior to that, completed her Internal Medicine training at the University of Illinois - Chicago at Michael Reese Hospital where she was a Chief Resident and Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine.  Before opening Southwest Florida Rheumatology in 2010, she worked as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of South Florida and continues to teach and train Internal Medicine residents as Faculty and Curriculum Coordinator for Brandon Regional Hospital Residency Program- USF.  To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please visit our website at www.sccumc.com. Save the date and your questions and join us! 


TUE. JAN 26 - VETERANS CORNER RADIO SHOW - HOST - BILL HODGES
3:30 p.m. WSCQ FM 96.3 SUN RADIO, SUN CITY CENTER FL. Guest: Thomas Hines, Assistant Chief for Health Administration, James A Haley VA Hospital.  Would it surprise you to learn that not all veterans get VA medical coverage? Thomas Hines is an expert working at the VA who knows what it takes to get coverage. It can depend on years of service, where you served, how you served, when you were deployed, how much money you make as a family, and 100 other variables. The takeaway from this interview is that you, if you are a veteran, should not disqualify yourself by not trying for coverage. The VA staff is ready and willing to discuss your current condition and evaluate your eligibility for coverage. Thomas points out that the rules are changing constantly and just recently with the passage of the “Blue Water” bill in congress, many sailors are now eligible that a year ago were not. So listen in and learn how you can apply. If you have no FM Radio or if you are out of our broadcast area, go to the station's web site on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (www.WSCQFM.com) and click on "LISTEN LIVE."


TUE.  JAN 26 – SCC POLISH HERITAGE CLUB
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., in the Sandpiper Room, 945-E North Course Lane, Main SCC Campus, the SCC Polish Heritage Club is holding their bi-annual election membership meeting.  Tonight is for Members Only due to the virus, but the Club welcomes Sun City Center CA residents interested in learning about the traditional Polish Cultural events that the Club offers and are welcome to join tonight.  Voting on the proposed 2021-2023 Club Bylaws, will be held tonight as well.  Admission is free.  Annual Dues are $5.00 per person.  Join us for fun, fellowship, and to welcome our new Board!  Members, due to the virus, no refreshments can be served tonight.   However, you are welcome to bring your own refreshment/beverage.  Please adhere to social distancing and bring/wear your mask.  In addition to our 50/50 raffle, some of the recently donated antique Polish household items, wares, and dolls are being offered to the highest bidder tonight!  For info, call:  Holli at 443 745-5015 or George at 813 541-1690.


THU. JAN 28 - VETERANS CORNER RADIO SHOW - HOST - BILL HODGES
3:30 p.m. WSCQ FM 96.3 SUN RADIO, SUN CITY CENTER FL. Guest: Veterans Aid and Attendance (Part 1)  With Sarah Bursey, Assistant Director for Pension and Fiduciary Service in the VBA and Cleveland Karren, Director for Policy and Procedures for Compensation Service.  A discussion of VA Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance with Sarah Bursey, Pension and Fiduciary and Cleveland Karren, Compensation Services. VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits provide monthly payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension for qualified Veterans and survivors. If you need help with daily activities, or you’re housebound, find out if you qualify.  If you have no FM Radio or if you are out of our broadcast area, go to the station's web site on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (www.WSCQFM.com) and click on "LISTEN LIVE"


FRI. JAN 29 - COUNTRY & GOSPEL GREAT, CHRIS GOLDEN COMING TO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN SUN CITY CENTER
7:00 p.m. concert at The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd West, wherre we welcome Chris Golden, one of Country & Gospel Music’s best known “sons”. Chris Golden has played many roles in “Christian Country” music for a long time. He has been a booking agent, promoter, publicist, producer, photographer, engineer, sound man and others. But make no mistake about it, he is a musician through and through. How good is he? Consider this- Golden has played with three of the most successful and longest running country bands going: the Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama and Restless Heart. And he has mastered many instruments…piano, acoustic guitar, mandolin, electric guitar, drums, harmonica and bass guitar. Not impressed? How about this: in 2017, he was given the opportunity to perform for every living U.S. president, and was able to meet 5 of them. Yes, he has sung at Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry. He is a Country Gospel Artist Vocalist of the Year and a Crossover Artist of the year Award winner. Get the idea? You won’t want to miss this concert. A donation of only $10 is requested at the door on the night of the concert. Bring your mask. For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please contact Kevin Goodenow, Concert Series Coordinator, at 813-362-0956.  To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please visit our website at www.sccumc.com 


SAT. JAN 30 - THE VICTORIA GINTY BAND - NEW GROUP! AT THE FIREHOUSE!
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL. Event type: Center Stage. Come out and see Victoria Ginty, and her new band! Victoria has a rich history as an award-winning recording artist and singer-songwriter. She lives locally in Apollo Beach, so she and her band will be able to perform at Center Stage: Music at the Firehouse. The line-up includes: Victoria Ginty guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and vocals, Steve Arvey international known Chicago bluesman on guitar, Bill Kennedy formerly of Sarasota Slim Band on bass, Oren Plous on keys (full time job= eye doctor/surgeon) Brent “Spoons” Winner on drums, Several members of the band will share vocals with Victoria. Brent, Steve and Oren have played together in the past. This should be a great show! Book your tickets now!  LIMITED SEATS REMAIN. Call in for tickets: 813-645-7651. Become a FCC Member and SAVE! Ticket Prices: $23 Members, $28 Future Members. All Reservations are in Advance: No ‘Day of Show’ pricing as we have to reserve seating to allow for social distancing. Call for tickets: 813-645-7651


MON. FEB 1, 8, 15, 22 - SOCIAL BALLROOM & LATIN DANCE LESSONS 
4:00 PM Silver – Foxtrot (must have had Advanced Bronze Foxtrot)
5:00 PM Intermediate 2 – East Coast Swing
6:00 PM Intermediate 1 – Cha Cha
7:00 PM Beginning – Waltz
Location: St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1015 East Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center. Bernice DuBro(dancewithbernice@gmail.com) Home - 813-634-3205 - Cell: 813-482-6784 - Cost: $30 per person for 4 weeks or $8 per lesson - All are invited to attend (no extra fees required)


WED. FEB 3 - MANAGING HEARING IN THE WORKPLACE - HEARING LOSS ASSOC. OF AMERICA (HLAA)
5:30 p.m. If your hearing loss is causing you complications in either getting a job or performing your current job, this session can help. If you have hearing loss and had success in the work force, whether retired or still working, join us for this discussion to mentor others. She will lead a informative and interactive conversation on topics including:
- how to self-disclose hearing loss to your colleagues, supervisors, and HR
- what job accommodations you may need
- technology options for workplace
- how to self-advocate for your needs
- what ADA and Vocational Rehab offers for you
 Contact debbe.hagner@gmail.com for a meeting link. PLEASE help spread the word!


THU. FEB 11 - UNDERSTANDING ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA - ALZHEIMER’S IS NOT NORMAL AGING
1:00 p.m. via webinar. Join us to learn about Alzheimer's disease including: the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research, and treatments available to address some symptoms. Connect with a local Alzheimer's Association representative and learn about the Association's resources available to you. TGH has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide virtual education programs to enhance care and support for all affected by Alzheimer’s and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Technology requirements: Internet access, computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone with video, microphone and speaker capabilities.  To register for these programs, visit https://www.tgh.org/calendar


TUE. FEB 23 – POLISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE SCC CLUB
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., in the Sandpiper Room, 945-E of the Atrium Building, our Polish-American Heritage SCC Club is holding a membership and social meeting.  The Club offers a warm, fun, and inviting fellowship and welcomes Sun City Center CA residents interested in learning about the traditional Polish cultural events that the Club holds.  Meeting is open to members and SCCCA residents are welcome to join the Club tonight.  Annual Dues are $5.00 per person.  Unfortunately, due to the virus, refreshments cannot be served.  However, you are welcome to bring your own.  Admission is free.  Please adhere to social distancing and bring/wear your mask.  In addition to our 50/50 raffle, recently donated antique Polish household items, wares, and dolls are being offered to the highest bidder tonight!  For info, call:  George at 813 541-1690 or Wanda at 847 890-1943. 


THU. MAR 11 - 10 WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER'S - EARLY DETECTION HAS ITS BENEFITS
1:00 p.m. via webinar. Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to look for in yourself and others. The program also covers typical age-related changes, how to approach someone about memory concerns, the importance of early detection, and the benefits of diagnosis.  TGH has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide virtual education programs to enhance care and support for all affected by Alzheimer’s and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Technology requirements: Internet access, computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone with video, microphone and speaker capabilities.  To register for these programs, visit https://www.tgh.org/calendar


COVID-19 UPDATES:


NONPROFIT SAFETY NET FUNDS STILL AVAILABLE FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AFFECTED BY COVID
There is still money available to help mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic.  The "Nonprofit Safety Net Program - Phase 2" is a partnership with Hillsborough County and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.  
Read more about it: https:cftampabay.org/safetynet


NEW COVID WEBSITE DASHBOARD PROVIDED BY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY:
https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/stay-safe/covid-19-dashboard


COVID TESTING LOCAITONS LATEST UPDATE


Free COVID-19 Antibody Testing Offered in Hillsborough 
COVID-19 coronavirus Update
Hillsborough County drive-thru test sites
Hours - Appointments required.
The call center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Locations
Ruskin: Manatee Village (912 Manatee Village Dr, Ruskin, FL 33570) (Wed/Thurs) 5:30 to 8:30pm (Sat) 10 to 12am
Suncoast Community Health Centers, 313 S. Lakewood Drive, Brandon
Wimauma Opportunity Center, 5128 SR 674
University of South Florida Health Therapy Building, 3515 E Fletcher Avenue
Requirements
You must make an appointment in advance either online at www.hcflgov.net/covidtesting or call the county’s main information line at (813) 272-5900. Anyone who wants to get tested can get a test. The test is free. No doctor’s referral is needed, and insurance is not required.
Hillsborough County state-operated drive-thru test sites - Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Days vary based on site.


NEW COVID CARE SITE OPEN
Hillsborough County Creates New COVID-19 Care Site with BayCare. To ensure hospital beds remain available to serve the community during the pandemic, Hillsborough County has created a new alternative care site for patients who are recovering from a COVID-19 hospital stay. The County is partnering with BayCare to launch the innovative project. Hillsborough County Emergency Management refitted a boutique hotel to serve as an alternate care site for COVID-19 patients who are eligible for discharge from a hospital but need support as they recover and may not be able to return home immediately. This unique service provides patients with 24/7 post-acute care and support from doctors and nurses for a few days before going home. Hillsborough County refitted The West Wing Hotel, 2501 East Fowler Avenue in Tampa, to accommodate the specific needs of a medical facility. The additions include a new generator, a large canopy to provide additional shelter for patients arriving at the facility, and convenience items in the patients’ rooms. Patients who meet the medical criteria will be discharged from the hospital and checked into the new COVID-19 care site for additional care. During their stay, each patient will be quarantined, closely monitored, and will receive supportive care for at least three days, including meals, ongoing vital checks, medications, and oxygen. This new COVID-19 care site is part of a continuous effort by Hillsborough County and BayCare to provide effective and high-quality care to patients and the community amid the challenges posed by the pandemic. The hotel will be professionally cleaned and refitted to accommodate hotel guests once the need has passed. For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the county, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. For general County information, call (813) 272-5900, the County’s main information line.
 
IMPORTANT - HOW TO PROTCT YOURSELF & OTHERS (Info from CDC) now how it spreads
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
EVERYONE SHOULD
Wash your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
AVOID CLOSE CONTACT
Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.
Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
Do not gather in groups.
Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE WITH A CLOTH FACE COVER WHEN AROUND OTHERS
You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
COVER COUGHS AND SNEEZES
If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
CLEAN AND DISINFECT
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectantsexternal icon will work.
MONITOR YOUR HEALTH
Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
Especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.


FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY:
13 THINGS YOU CAN DO ONLINE:
A list of County business you can conduct online:
As the community moves towards preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, residents are encouraged to conduct business online whenever possible. When it comes to handling business with Hillsborough County, there are several things you can do online, including  paying certain bills and registering to vote.
Here are some examples of County-related business you can do online:
1. Change your address
2. Pay Traffic Tickets
3. Pay Medical Examiner fees
4. Look up your Permit Status
5. Pay Library Fines & Fees
6. Pay your Water Bill
7. Purchase a Conservation Pass and Boat Launch Pass
8. Get your Drivers License Renewed
9. Renew Auto Tags & Car Registration
10. Register to Vote
11. Pay your Property Taxes
12. File a Homestead Exemption
13. Request to Stop or Transfer Water Service
Get Connected. Stay Alert.
For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the region, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates.


SOUTH BAY HOSPITAL UPDATED VISITOR POLICY
South Bay Hospital is pleased to announce beginning September 3rd we have opened in-patient visitation daily from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. We are allowing one visitor at a time for each patient, with some restrictions, including patients under care for COVID-19.  Visitors should check-in at our main entrance lobby and will be asked to leave an ID at check-in while visiting in the hospital. For our full visitation policy, please see our website at: https://southbayhospital.com/covid-19/visitor-policy.dot


GENERAL UPDATES


FRONT PORCH PICKERS 
The Front Porch Pickers performances Wednesday afternoons 2-4 p.m. have been temporarily suspended.  When it is considered safer regarding the Covid-19 challenge performances will resume.  FPP’r musicians and audience members all look forward to the time when we are again enjoying Wednesday afternoons and live music.”  David Lickfeldt, President


CONNNECT TO INFORMATION WITH YOUR COMPUTER ON ZOOM!
The Apple Users Group and the Computer Club will be happy to help you get CA members devices ready for a ZOOM meeting.  The contact person will be able to answer your questions and assist you with your sign in and usage of ZOOM on your devices. Apple User Group, Ed Blecher  sccmacclub@mac.com  -  Computer Club, Bob Dealmeida  Help@scccomputerclub.org 


MASKS - FREE! (LIPS ARE VISIBLE IN THESE CLEAR MASKS)
The Hearing Loss Association is offering free clear masks available starting Monday, July 27th at the  Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce located at 1651 Sun City Center Plaza. Please call 813-634-5111 to check for availability and/or an appointment to pick up a mask. If you have questions regarding the hard of hearing masks please contact the Chapter Leader, Eloise at 414-807-4373.


SCC RIDE IS BACK IN SERVICE
Samaritan Services and SCC Ride have started transporting services again. Residents are required to wear face coverings and have their temperature taken before being allowed in the vehicle. Please contact 813-634-9283 with any questions


THE SUN CITY MEN'S CHORUS has announced an important concert schedule adjustment for the balance of 2020. Because of the current restrictions brought on by and fighting Covid-19, this year's Christmas performances have been cancelled. 
This Musically gifted group men have corporately decided to look forward to a robust early 2021 Spring Season.  The Men's Chorus is under the leadership of President Tom Hinkebein who announced the vote of the Chorus Board of Directors was unanimous, indicating after much consideration the regretful but important choice was best for the audience and chorus members.
The Chorus also announces with sadness and sends condolences to the family and friends of former conductor  Lynn Hirschfeld who passed away in June 2020.  Lynn was indeed a skillful and likeable showman to audiences for many years.
The current conductor of the Sun City Men's Chorus, Kevin Goodenow brings excellence to the podium with inspiration and musicianship.  Even though there will be no main Chorus Christmas Concert and other singing Holiday venues on the calendar for this year, the singers say that you can count on the Sun City Center Men's Chorus to be ready to sing as "Brothers in Song" when healing comes to our State and Nation.


RESOURCES FOOD:


IF YOU ARE NOT IN NEED OF FOOD BUT ARE ABLE TO CONTRIUTE TO OTHERS NOT SO FORTUNATE, PLEASE REACH OUT TO THESE ORGANIZATIONS:


FINDING FOOD FUNDS LOW? Here’s Where to Find Help
Food Assistance for Seniors – Hillsborough County residents age 60 and older can apply for food assistance through Hillsborough County Aging Services. There is no income requirement to participate in the federally-funded program. For more information on receiving meals and to apply, call (813) 272-5250.


SILVER PLATTER PROGRAM FOR SENIORS ENROLLED IN HOME-DELIVERED MEALS PROGRAM
Hillsborough County’s Department of Aging Services has partnered with local restaurants and food trucks to offer a food delivery program to the homes of seniors enrolled in its home-delivered meals program.  One to two nights a week, the County’s Silver Platter program provides restaurant-quality meals delivered to the homes of Aging Services’ clients.  Silver Platter was recently initiated with a focus on assisting Aging Services’ seniors who live alone and in areas that are scarcely populated with restaurants.  It provides additional nutrition to seniors who are sheltering in place to avoid potential exposure to COVID-19 coronavirus. The County’s staff dietician works with the chef at each restaurant and food truck to ensure the menu items that are provided to Aging Services’ clients meet the state’s dietary guidelines. This service also offers a safety check by a delivery driver who practices social distancing when delivering each meal. The County started with 160 clients who live in the Ruskin and Wimauma area, but has since expanded Silver Platter to reach more clients throughout the County. Along with serving hot dinners to seniors, Silver Platter is designed to employ local restaurants and food trucks that have struggled during the economic challenge the nation has faced as a result of the pandemic. The program was initiated and supported by state agencies, including the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Aging Services uses funding from the Families First Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support Silver Platter.  Aging Services is working locally with Senior Connection Center (the region’s Area Agency on Aging), Tampa Bay Food Trucks, and several local restaurants to make Silver Platter a success in Hillsborough County.  Call Aging Services for info: (813) 272-5250


RESOURCES FOR PETS:


ARE YOU READY FOR A NEW COMPANION?
Kittie Corral offers a MEET AND GREET at your convenience!  Rather than going to a pet store, we will come to YOUR home with a kittie or two of your choice!!!  All it takes is a phone call and we will do the rest!  From Devon Rex mixes to Lilac Seal Point Siamese, and everything in between, we are sure that we have a kittie that is just right for you!  Take a look at our website page for all the kitties who are available for adoption!   https://kittiecorral.org/pets-for-adoption/   Our adoption fees have been reduced through the end of the year and all medical expenses have been paid for already!  Have a PAWSOME day and we look forward to hearing from you!! Angelite Bragg, Founder & President, Kittie Corral 813-634-5873 or 813-731-6303


HAVING A PLAN FOR YOUR PET
Have a plan when rehoming your pet is necessary…
“He was my friend and my companion, and giving him up was very difficult for me”  
It is very difficult when life changes cause people to move into facilities that will not allow pets.  Feline Folks is sensitive to this.  We try to help but that is not the best option. The pet owner MUST plan for the unexpected.  As veterinary Dr. Jones says, have a plan, it will be a real source of comfort.  
Some options include: Consider adoption by friend or family, Talk to a veterinarian, Allow for a smooth transition by helping the pet get settled in the new home by building trust and becoming familiar with the new environment. 
Rehomed pets aren’t gone forever.  The new owner might be able to periodically visit the original owner with the pet. Talk to the facility where you will be moving.  Debbie Caneen of Sun Towers states that it is possible they will accept your pet. It is recommended that every pet owner have a plan.  Like a will, it is good to periodically revisit the plan.
Feline Folks is a 501©3, totally not for profit operating on donations and through the kindness of volunteers.  During these challenging times Feline Folks is still feeding, neutering, vaccinating and fostering many cats.  We operate from the kindness of your donation.  Please consider donating by sending a check to P.O. Box 6294, SCC, FL 33571-6294
Contact us at Info@FelineFolks.us  Feline Folks is a not-for-profit all volunteer job that feeds and cares for the community cats.  For information email info@felinefolks.us  -  You can also visit our Facebook site - "Feline Folks of Sun City Center"


VETERINARY SERVICES DURING CORONAVIRUS THREAT:
As the reduction in community services starts to affect our daily lives, GMFC (Global Military Family Coalition, Inc.) thought it would be helpful to provide you information and resources on health-related topics that might be concerning you or your families. Families come in all shapes and sizes and many of you have furry, feathered, or scaled members that you consider parts of your family. 
1. Your pet is likely enjoying all the additional time you’re spending at home! Are you worried about how COVID-19 may affect them? The CDC has no evidence that your pets can carry or spread the disease but check out these CDC pages that should answer all your questions:
a. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/animals.html or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#COVID19animals
2. Even if you’re in in a “stay at home” status, veterinary services are still available across the country. Most vet clinics are asking clients to stay in their vehicles while their animals are examined or treated, and many request that you postpone elective procedures such as spays, neuters, and dental cleanings to conserve PPE (gowns, masks, gloves) for the human hospitals. Call your veterinarian if your animal is sick, needs emergency assistance, prescription refills, or your animal is due for vaccines.
a. DoD Veterinary Treatment Facilities are open but are prioritizing services to ensure the health of military working dogs to maintain readiness. Care to privately owned animals will be prioritized based on availability and need. It is recommended that you call first.
3. Lastly, if you’re lonely, this is a great time to adopt or foster a pet. Many animal shelters are full and less traffic means more vulnerable animals so ask your local shelter if you’re interested in temporary foster or adoption. Please only do so if you can continue to care for your new addition once your life returns to normal.
a. https://humanesocietytampa.org/fostering/ 813.774.4346
b. www.animalluvrs.org
If there are topics you would GMFC like us to present, or if you have any feedback at all, please feel free to post them on our Facebook page or send them to info@globalmilitaryfamilycoalition.ngo
Jean Bennett Stratis, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Global Military Family Coalition, Inc.


RESOURCES - STRESS, ANXIETY AND HEALTH NEEDS:


211 TAMPA BAY CARES 
We're a Lifeline Connection To Anyone In Need.  Improving Lives Through The Power Of Information And Hope. Our goal is to have a community that is connected and informed regarding critical health & human service information for those who need help & those who are willing to volunteer or donate their time to local community agencies. Services include:
211 (Information And Referral Services)
Adult Emergency Financial Assistance Program (AEFAP)
Family Services Initiative (FSI)
Florida Veterans Support Line (My FL Vet)
Healthy Transitions
Help Me Grow (HMG)
Homeless Helpline
Pinellas Rapid Rehousing Collaborative
Resource Database Curation
Ride United
Sexual Assault Services Hotline
Suicide Prevention
2-1-1 Is Here 24/7 For You - Call 211 From Any Phone Or Text Your Zip Code To 898211


24 HOUR HELP LINE OFFERED BY CIGNA
Cigna is also providing free resources for all customers, clients and communities to support them during these times of high stress and anxiety. The company has opened a 24-hour toll-free help line (1-866-912-1687) to connect people directly with qualified clinicians who can provide support and guidance. Additionally, the company will offer a webinar to the general public raising awareness about tools and techniques for stress management and building resiliency, along with the ability to join telephonic mindfulness sessions. More Information can be found at www.cigna.com.  "Anxiety is understandably high as we are learning more about the spread of this disease," said Douglas Nemecek, M.D., Cigna's chief medical officer for behavioral health. "Aligned to our focus on whole-person health, we are expanding behavioral support and resources for everyone – whether they are Cigna customers or not – to help everyone stay resilient during this critical time. 


CHEW ON THIS - TALKING OVER LUNCH ABOUT OUR NEW NORMAL
"Chew On This" is a series of free workshops facilitated by BayCare Behavioral Health's Community Health Activation Team. Mental health has never been more important than now amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19. Topics change weekly but all provide a chance to talk, share, and learn strategies to improve wellness.
Registration is required for these free events: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chew-on-this-talking-over-lunch-about-our-new-normal-tickets-107712216138   #virtualsupport #chewonthis #mentalheathsupport #mentalhealth


FEELING STRESSED DURING THIS TIME OF ISOLATION? WANT SOMEONE TO TALK TO?
It’s common to feel stressed or anxious during these challenging times. Many people are experiencing increased levels of stress, fear and anxiety. The need for social distancing makes it harder to access our normal social supports. Being in contact with people who can relate to your experiences is comforting. Centerstone’s CareLine can help you learn about coping skills, find resources, and feel supported. If you or someone you know needs to talk, the team at Centerstone is available to help. 24/7 CareLine - 941-782-4300 #CstoneNeverQuits


MARY PETRO FOOD AND MEDICINE FUND
The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund assists full- time residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point with food and medicine/medical needs. To qualify for assistance, clients must have an income less than $20,000 per year for singles and less than $25,000 for couples.  The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund Office is located at the Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd W, and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Applications are available at the Mary Petro Office and the United Methodist Church Office. For questions please call 813-634-8306. 


MENTAL HEALTH TIPS FROM OUR VA
Mental health is taking a beating during this time of Coronavirus isolation. Listen in to learn what you can do to prevent an explosion. Troy Howell. MD, heads up the Suicide Prevention efforts in the Psychiatric Dept of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. Dr. Howell works every day to stop suicides in our veteran population. I asked him to concentrate on the mental health effects of living with the Corona Virus not only on our vets but also on their families. Even with all of the resources being directed toward the pandemic, the psychiatric department at Haley has risen to meet the problem and you will find the ideas he presents very interesting and useful in this time of stress. Here is a link to this program just click on the link and listen in. https://www.buzzsprout.com/952243/4457765


SENIOR MENTAL HEALTH INPATIENT THERAPY
Serenity Place is the only inpatient, voluntary, acute care, and geriatric, behavioral health program in the Sarasota area. It serves patients 50 and older who need acute mental health treatment in a safe, compassionate and tranquil environment. Our 16-room behavioral health center is in a dedicated wing of the hospital to ensure confidentiality and privacy. 
Treatments offered
Our senior behavioral health treatment programs are customized for each patient and include:
Individual therapy, Group therapy, Educational groups, Loss management and relapse prevention, Group activities (such as music, dance, reminiscence and yoga), Outpatient treatment program, 
Transitions provides a safe, therapeutic, environment that encourages and promotes recovery. We offer psychotherapy and psychoeducation in partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient settings for those 18 years of age and older.
Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
PHP is designed to provide psychiatric and mental health care through active treatment . It is for patients who need a highly structured, intensive treatment approach, but do not require 24-hour supervision and care.
Our group therapy:
Meets in four groups each day with an emphasis on mental health and coping
Focuses on a variety of subjects designed to aid patients in understanding and managing their symptoms in a more effective way.
Patients receive ongoing monitoring and treatment from a psychiatrist, registered nurse and licensed therapist.
PHP is held five days a week, Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
IOP is designed to provide a higher level of outpatient mental health treatment. In our IOP:
Group members participate in three groups each day with an emphasis on mental health and coping. The groups focus on a variety of different subjects, such as coping skills, assertiveness skills, goal setting, and establishing supports. IOP is a three day per week program offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.


TELEHEALTH AT BRANDON MENTAL HEALTH 
Now offering Telehealth to new and existing clients! Brandon Mental Health provides an essential service and is continuing office appointments with recommended precautions to protect our patients and their health from the COVID-19 virus. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or feel you might be contagious, please stay at home and call us at 813-315-8648 to reschedule. For office appointments, we will maintain the recommended social distance during all interactions. Please wait in your car and your therapist will text or call you when they are ready for you to come to their office. https://brandonmentalhealth.com/


TELEHEALTH: CALL GRACEPOINT
Adult Crisis: 813-272-2958
Children's Crisis: 813-272-2882
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay: 813-264-9955


TELEBEHAVIORAL HEALTH - Welcome to the 21st Century
Telebehavioral health, or telehealth, is the latest innovative platform in mental health services. Thera-link, one of the top telehealth providers, is the venue that the Marriage and Family Training Center utilizes to meet the needs of its clients. This platform is HIPAA compliant, confidential, and safe. The Marriage and Family Training Center's founder, William R. Cruz, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Cruz provides individual, couple, family and group counseling. For more information and to book an appointment, go to www.mftcfl.com.


TELE-THERAPY
Edmond Dubreuil LCSW, from the Community Mental Wellness Center, Sun City Center. I would like to inform you due to the Corona Virus I now offer tele-conferencing sessions from the safety  of your home. This service is approved by your insurance provider. If you need support during these trying time please contact me and we can set up an appointment. If you are interested please call or text my at 813-777-9777 or email me at edubreuil @tampabay.rr.com.   


WEST COAST FLORIDA MENTAL WELLNESS COALITION
Like the Crisis Center, a new alliance of local agencies that helps people with mental health issues and addictions is seeing an uptick in inquiries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit West Central Florida Mental Wellness Coalition is comprised of almost 30 hospitals, government and law enforcement agencies, health-care groups, schools, businesses, and others with interests in mental health in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties. It formed in 2019 so members with mental health expertise in specific areas could get a collective, big-picture view.  The Coalition is braced for a surge of inquiries, especially as people assess their circumstances as a result of the coronavirus. “Coming out the other side will be the big challenge,” says Carrie Zeisse, the Coalition’s president and CEO.  Email the Coalition at info@wcf-mwc.org.


SAFETY AND SCAMS TO BE AWARE OF:


REMINDER, DUE TO AN INCREASED NUMBER OF THEFTS, SCC residents are asked to keep their garage doors secured, to lock their car and house doors and make sure personal items are out of sight.


AVOIDING CORONAVIRUS SCAMS FROM THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU:
https://www.bbb.org/council/coronavirus/


SCAMS AGAINST VETERANS - There have been reports of individuals fraudulently posing as VA employees and who are contacting patients in an attempt to collect medical supplies and equipment, particularly items used for personal protection like rubber gloves and masks.  
VA would NEVER contact patients and ask them to return supplies and equipment after issuance of such items. If you or a Veteran you know are being targeted by this type of fraudulent activity, please contact the VA Office of the Inspector General.  You can submit a complaint 24/7 by visiting www.va.gov/oig/hotline. You can also report concerns via telephone by calling 1-800-488-8244, on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m


HCSO Community Resource Officer Deputy Jeff Merry who continues to be watching over the safety of our Sun City Center residents.  He has asked that the following scams be communicated with your staff, clients & patients:
1. Phone calls about the stimulus checks in an attempt to get the victim's bank account information.  It begins by saying they are the Treasury and they need to direct deposit the money.  
2. There are people going door to door claiming to be with Homeland Security and offering at-home testing.  This is a Medicare scam and the cons charge Medicare thousands of dollars for non existing Medicare services.  


SOMETHING TO DO WHILE SAFER-AT-HOME:


FROM THE FIREHOUSE CULTURAL CENTER: Until We Can Be Together
Write your experiences, your feelings to purge your COVID stress. Please send your poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction to our new on-line Creative Writing Project - The Covid-19 Pandemic. 
We believe writing helps us cope with stress, improves our mental and our physical health, and benefits both the reader and the writer through  sharing of thoughts--fearful and funny.   The on-going crisis we are currently experiencing will pass, but for now we hope you will use this outlet to get your creative juices flowing. 
So here are a few ground rules: 
1.  Submit your work to:  info@firehouseculturalcenter.org
2.  There are no word limits, but the topic must be Covid-19 related.
3.  Editing will be limited, but gratuitously colorful language will of necessity be deleted. 
The prompt to get you started is:  How I Feel about Covid-19. Editor: Ann Mohin is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, poet & playwright.  Her play, The Farm She Was, was adapted from her New York Times Notable Book &  produced at The Palace Theater in Hamilton, NY. In Washington D.C. was a publishing editor for ten years. Who divides her time between upstate New York & Florida.


VETERANS INFO AND RESOURCES:


TRANSPORTATION FOR VETERANS
Veterans Ride Free to Appointments During COVID-19
The Florida Veterans Foundation today announced its partnership with Uber to create the ‘Veterans Ride Program’ for Florida Veterans who may have limited transportation options when trying to keep essential medical appointments during coronavirus. The program will be overseen by the Foundation who has partnered with The VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) which includes all VA facilities around the state of Florida.  “This is a profound gesture on the part of Uber to recognize the importance of helping transportation disadvantaged Veterans getting to and from their appointments especially during these difficult times,” said Lew Wilson, President, Florida Veterans Foundation.  Visit www.HelpFLVets.org for a map of participating Florida VA facilities only. Veterans interested in participating in the program can contact their local VA facility in Florida to receive an Uber code.  Each trip is limited to a $25 value and the supply of free rides is limited to the first one thousand trips. The free ride codes will be issued to Veterans on a case by case basis by each local VA facility after a brief evaluation.  For Veterans who do not have an Uber app, they may dial 1-833-USE-UBER, where the rider will be paired with a live team member that confirms the trip request, provides an upfront price quote (which would be free up to $25 using the free code), and uses the same marketplace technology powering the Uber app to help find a ride. To use this feature, one will need an SMS or text-based mobile phone to receive important messages about the ETA, the driver’s license plate details, and the driver’s name. Riders continue to receive messages before and during the trip, and once it concludes, will receive a trip receipt. There is no extra charge for using this service, though carrier message and data rates may apply.
 
VETERANS UPDATE FOR SOHI/Riverview Clinic patients
From George Denby Section Chief SOHI Clinic in an update to Bill Hodges:
So far, SOHI is still open for appointments, but no one under 18 can enter the building and patients can only have one escort with them
Many of our services have stopped right now, -NO Audiology, NO Podiatry, NO Pulmonary unless scheduled or CPAP issue, NO Prosthetics, 
We have sent all of our Volunteer staff home until further notice. There are many more updates and they are changing by the minute.
God speed and be careful,
George L. Denby, Jr
Section Chief (HAS)
South Hillsborough (SOHI) VA Clinic


NO PLACE TO GO? HOW ABOUT A RADIO SHOW?
INSTRUCTIONS: HOW TO LISTEN TO VETERANS CORNER RADIO SHOW: HOW TO LISTEN TO A PODCAST – VETERANS CORNER RADIO PROGRAMS.
WHEN USING AN ANDRIOD PHONE OR TABLET(ANYTHING OTHER THAN IPHONE)
1. Go to the Google Play Store in your Apps, Type in to the search bar (small magnifying glass) Google Podcasts. When it comes up click on it and then install.
2. Once Google Podcasts is open on the search bar, search for Veterans Corner Radio.
3. When Veterans Corner Radio comes up in the search click on it.
4. Once it is on your screen click on the subscribe button and it will notify you of any new shows.
5. While there click on one of the shows and start listening.
WHEN USING AN IPHONE OR APPLE  TABLET
1. Apple products come preloaded with the podcast button. It is purple and looks like a bullseye and is in your apps.
2. Click on the button and a search page will appear. 
3. Type in Veterans Corner Radio and it will bring the podcast back to you. Click on the Veterans Corner Radio logo.
4. Once it is on your screen click on the subscribe button and it will notify you of any new shows.
5. While there click on one of the shows and start listening. (Send comments to Bill@billhodges.com)


TICKETS, CLASSES AND VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES 


CLASSSES:


CLASSES - CRT Offers customized individual training for the following software:  Windows 10, Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Publisher, and QuickBooks.  Classes are $20 for an hour of instruction.  Call CRT at 645-4278 to setup a time to meet with our trainer or email the trainer at suzane_qualls@crtservicesinc.com.


CLASSES - COMPUTER CLUB
12:30 - 5:00 p.m. — Tuition is payable upon registration. Sign up for your choice of class in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday. For additional information send email to: Mary Boyes, Education Director: mbinscc@gmail.com


AARP SAFE DRIVER CLASSES!
MONTHS OF JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2021
CONTACT: www.AARP.ORG/DRIVE - Available to AARP members and non-members alike, AARP offers a variety of Safe Driver programs. Our Smart Driver  course may even result in auto insurance discounts once courses are successfully completed.  If you are anticipating the purchase of a new car, or have purchased an automobile in the past several years, you will undoubtedly benefit from a brief orientation to vehicle safety features and how they are used.  Simply access aarp.org/quicklearnings and review the 2-4 minute videos that cover new technology found in today’s automobiles. OR, you can check aarp.org/drive for the AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE offered on-line at a nominal charge.  Many insurance companies extend discounts for those successfully completing the program, which can be taken at your own pace over a period of time to meet your schedule.  Lastly, at the same website you will find AARP virtual courses covering a variety of driver safety related topics, each designed to make you a better informed consumer, and a safer driver.  Many of our on-line offerings are provided at no charge.  AARP anticipates restarting its live classroom based Driver Safety Courses in the spring, so check this newsletter for further details.  In the meantime, drive safely AND happy motoring!


TICKETS - EVENTS 


FREE MUSIC LECTURE SERIES 2019 - 2020 AT THE FIREHOUSE!
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL 33570Firehouse Cultural Center. Event type: Lectures. Music lovers of all levels, explore the fascinating inner workings of the musical world. Music from cultures around the world to popular 20th Century music genres. Eight Lectures. Instructor: Dr. Lauren Murray - Tuition: FREE
Register in advance. Space is limited! Eight lectures, monthly on 2nd Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


FYI 
WEB SITES and EMAILS
Art Club's web site: www.artclubofscc.org
Bill and Phyllis Hodges – what’s happening in our community videos: http://www.hodgesvideos.com/
Camp Bayou Buzzzzz: http://campbayou.org/
ClubLink - Golf , Clubhouse & Recreation Memberships: http://www.clublink.ca or call 813-633-1015 x115
Community Association’s Monthly Newspaper online: http://www.suncitycenter.org/
Compare Hospitals: http://hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/GFWC SCC Woman’s Club: http://www.sccwomansclub.org/
Elks Club 813.645.2089
John Bowker’s web site: http://www.mysuncitycenter.org/
Kings Point Chorus: http://www.kpchorus.org
Kings Point Monthly Newspaper online: http://www.newsofkingspoint.com/ 
Minibus Travel club Events.  For Schedule, Sold Out, or Cancelled: http://www.sccminibus.org/
Project Lifesaver Call 211 
RADIO STATION FM 96.3 - Sun City Center's own radio show live online! http://wscqfm.com and click on Listen Live! Old Time Radio Classics featuring old radio programs from the 30s to the 60s.
Recycling Hillsborough County: www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Recycling 
SCC FREE Ads and Events online: http://www.suncitycenteradsandevents.com/ or Email: sccfreeads@tampabay.rr.com to submit all items for Ads and Events
SCC Campaign against Human Trafficking  www.SCCBlueHeart.Org
Seniors vs. Crime Project of Attorney General in SCC. Report scams, etc. Call 813.634.8666
South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging: http://www.mentalhealthandaging.org/ Resource Guide: https://issuu.com/timescreative/docs/southshore_com_resource?e=10555583/42988429 
SouthShore Library: http://www.southshorefriends.com/ 
Sun City Center Charitable Foundation: www.charitablefoundationscc.org 
Sun City Center’s Facebook page of events: Friends of Sun City Center https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Sun-City-Center-Florida-207242151604/ 
Sun City Center Emergency Squad: http://sccems.com 
Sun City Center Hearing Loss Association Chapter: www.hla-scc.com
Sun City Center's Men's Club: http://www.sccmensclub.org
Sun Towers Retirement Community: www.suntowersretirement.com or call 813-634-3347
The Hope Fund’s website: www.the-hope-fund.org.
The Irish Connection Club: www.sccirishconnection.com
United Community Church College, SCC Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/4LIFELEARNING?ref=hl
VA HOSPTIAL FREE VAN TRIPS: Call 642-0302
Veterans of America are collecting hygiene items for our veterans and household furniture to be used in setting up apartments for homeless veterans. I will pick up the items if you wish. Need used cars in reasonable good condition to give to needy qualified veterans. Please call Mary McColgon 813 603 4448 ex 2
Veterans Legal Service Assistance: For Vets who cannot afford legal services, contact Haley VA Legal Services Clinic at 813-318-7010 
CMSgt (USAF Ret) Milton Bell’s Links for Military\Retirees\Veterans website at www.hostmtb.org
Military retirees may join the TRICARE For Life mailing list at http://www.hostmtb.org/tfl.html
Military retirees\veterans may join the Retiree-Veterans mailing list at http://www.hostmtb.org/retvet.html
Military retiree\veterans events schedule at http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html


EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES


JANITORIAL - MAINTENANCE SERVICES AT THE FIREHOUSE CULTURAL CENTER
Hours will vary 15 – 20hr per week with some weekend coverage.
Duties:
Responsibilities for Janitor/Handyman, Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming them, Clean walls, windows, glass and mirrors Service, clean and supply restrooms, Clean employee kitchen, including cleaning out refrigerators as indicated, Remove waste and empty clean trash & recycling cans, Clean and dust furniture and fixtures, Replenish cleaning and maintenance supplies, Organize janitorial storage areas and keep them clean and orderly, Notify supervisors about unsafe conditions or concerning the need for repairs and/or maintenance of equipment and the building, Set up/ tear down pre-post events and classes.
Minimum Qualifications
Janitorial experience: 1 year (Preferred), Ability to observe safety and security procedures and to comply with policies, Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs., Ability to read and interpret written information; ability to write clear statements; ability to communicate orally, Must be able to do physical work and operate power equipment normally found in janitorial operations, Attention to detail, Ability to follow schedules and keep commitments, Ability to follow directions from a supervisor, Ability to demonstrate professionalism, Maintenance duties and responsibilities, Clean facilities regularly. Regularly perform maintenance jobs and light repairs. Regularly perform various landscaping tasks. Fill gaps and provide painting services. 
Interested persons should respond to: Chrisfcc@gmail.com - No phone calls, please.


NEED SOME EXTRA INCOME? LOVE ANIMALS? COME WORK WITH US IN THE SUN CITY CENTER AREA.
This is a part time position that can provide some extra income for someone that loves animals.  Hours are mornings and afternoons.  Great opportunity to have fun and put some extra income in your pocket. Email allaboutpaws1234@gmail.com - 813-634-6215.


ASSISTED LIVING CAREGIVERS, HOME HEALTH AIDS, LPN's, DIETARY SERVICES, FLOOR TECH, HOUSEKEEPERS
Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center offers open positions for:
Assisted Living Caregivers and Home Health Aides, LPNs- Days/ Nights, Dietary Servers, Full Time Floor Tech and Housekeeper. Please apply at the front desk if you enjoy working with seniors and are committed to providing great customer service. Please apply at the front desk if you enjoy working with seniors and are committed to providing great customer service.


CERTIFIED PHARMACY TECHNICIAN NEEDED
No experience/ will train, Part time/full time, $10.50 - $12.50 per hour. Send resume to  Suncity@superiorcarepharmacy.net or contact pharmacy at (813) 511-2999


CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED: HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 
The Crossing Guard Program is seeking energetic and reliable candidates for a rewarding opportunity to serve the children of Hillsborough County. This program is a part-time, split shift position which offers Florida Retirement System benefits. If you are looking for part-time employment with a highly respected law enforcement agency and a predictable schedule, this is the opportunity.Information 
Shifts: 2 Shifts per day - 6:50 a.m to 8:05 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. Days: Monday through Friday No holidays or weekends. Pay: $11.86 per hour 10 hours per week 20 hours per paycheck Uniform: You wear your own white shirt with black pants and black shoes. Equipment: We provide the safety vest, stop paddle, raincoat and whistle. Training: You will be trained for 3 days by a certified trainer. There is a 1 day mandatory yearly training. Minimum Qualifications:
Must be in good physical condition,  No criminal history,  Possess a Florida driver license or identification card,  Ability to communicate instructions in English,  Submit to drug screening and fingerprinting.  Applications available online - www.hcso.tampa.fl.us - Click on “Careers” Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office - Attention: Crossing Guard Program PO Box 3371 Tampa, Fl 33601
Phone: (813) 247-8141 or (813) 247-8195, Fax: (813) 242-1813 “Protecting Crossing Guard Office: (813) 247-8141


DOG WALKER - PET CAREGIVER NEEDED WITH "ALL ABOUT PAWS"
Must love animals and have experence with caring for dogs and cats. Have reliable transportation and be able to work early mornings (7:30 am).  This is apart time position.  If you enjoy working with animals and live in the Sun City Center area please respond to allaboutpaws1234@gmail.com


FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Florida Nursing MOA - 850-488-0595 - Fl nursing.gov. Volunteer Health Services Exemption, Volunteer needs to work with those below national poverty level (Beth El farm workers earn $3.00 per hour) Renewal fee waived. May have to take CEU’s in HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence, Medical Errors, Provide documentation 


HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WASTE AND LANDFILL LOCATIONS Part time positions
Located at Hillsborough County Gibsonton and Lithia waste and landfill locations.  These position are ideal for folks looking for part-time work.  Our employee runs a window at the Scale house. When a vehicle pulls up to make a dump, our person will greet them, provide instructions and print out a ticket showing the weight of their vehicle.  The work schedule varies from 4-8 hours per shift during the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Some weeks may be as little as 1 shift and other weeks as much as 3-4 shifts.  The pay is $10.00 per hour.  If you think this opportunity may benefit your residents, please share and have them call me at 813-221-1222 or email me. Adam A. Mainzer, SHRM-CP, ASA-CSP & TSC  Adam Mainzer <adam@techstafftb.com>


SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED
Kelly Educational Staffing offers Opportunities that make the grade. Kelly Educational Staffing® is looking for talented individuals to fill substitute teacher positions. Previous experience is preferred, along with a desire to make a difference in a child’s life.  These flexible positions can be full time or an excellent source of part-time supplemental income. 
Positions available: Substitute teachers. Perks include:  Flexible schedule, Weekly pay, Optional group-rate insurance, Service bonus plan.  Requirements: Professional references, 60 college credits, For more information about Kelly Educational Staffing, please contact your local Kelly® office today: Phone: 813.518.5999 Email: 20JM@kellyservices.com Visit hcsd.appone.com to start the registration process today!


SUN CITY CENTER CONNECTS


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNTIES:


AARP SMART DRIVER CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS: SEEKING VOLUNTEERS - RESPONSIBILITIES: Actively organize, promote and conduct AARP Smart Driver classrooms. Conduct at least 3 classroom courses annually . Experience teaching, facilitating and public speaking. Training provided for more info go to www.aarp.org/volunteernow


ARTREACH TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN:  ARTREACH is a program for Middle School students (those at highest risk of being trafficked) to learn about all forms of human trafficking; then collaborate to create artistic messages to teach others.  Volunteers are needed to work together with students for five 2-hour sessions, discussing what they learned and how to express it in art, writings, or skits for students to share with their peers.  Art will be displayed at school and in public places.  Call June Wallace 813-419-4053.


CAMP BAYOU: Love the outdoors? Love interacting with kids? Love spreading knowledge and skills to others? Then you might just love volunteering at Camp Bayou! Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is currently seeking additional instructors for our K-12 Nature Programs. Training provided. Volunteers are mainly needed Thursday and Friday, from 10 to noon, throughout the year. Call 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com for more information. A volunteer form can be downloaded from www.campbayou.org.


C.A.R.E.S. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ~ C.A.R.E. our local animal rescue in Ruskin is looking for volunteers and donations. C.A.R.E. is a no-kill, volunteer run, animal shelter for neglected, abused and unwanted cats and dogs in Ruskin. Volunteers are always needed at the shelter - the hours are (mornings) 7:00 am - 11:30 am or (afternoons) 11:30 am - 3:30 pm and any combination of hours in-between. Our "animal volunteers" perform a multitude of tasks throughout their day to help with finding all of our animals a forever home. Volunteers are needed seven days per week rain or shine all year long. If you have any availability, please email us at careshelter@aol.com  or call 813-645-2273


DAV TRANSPORTATION Volunteers are needed to assist us with the operation of our van that transports local Veterans to and from the James Haley VA Medical Center.  We need volunteers with basic telephone and computer skills to receive and process requests for rides from Veterans in the Sun City Center/Ruskin area.  The work would be carried out in your home using our telephone but your computer.  Dispatchers complete basic Excel forms and place them in the van for use by our drivers.    For more detailed information, please contact Stu Swayze, Transportation Coordinator, DAV, Chapter 110, Sun City Center. Tel: 813-642-0302. 


ECHO - The Emergency Care Help Organization in Riverview seeks volunteers to improve services to South County families in need of assistance. They are in need of volunteers to assist in providing food, clothing, and other supplies to families that have experienced a sudden life-altering event. If you have 3 or 5 hours, or an entire day or two that you might enjoy helping, please call (813)685-0935


FELINE FOLKS is a 501©3, totally not for profit operating on donations and through the kindness of volunteers.  Currently there is a need for help feeding the community cats.  Contact us at Info@FelineFolks.us or better yet, stop by the Meow Mixer.


FIREHOUSE CULTURAL CENTER: Have time & talent to spare? Volunteers needed at Firehouse Cultural Center! Donate your time & talent for Events or Office Support. Call the Firehouse Cultural Center and ask for Frances 813-645-7651 


HEARING AIDS TO DONATE: Do you have hearing aids that no longer work? DON'T THROW THEM OUT! Lyle Watson, along with the Sun City Center Men's Club is helping under privileged children and adults receive recycled hearing aids. If you have good batteries and old hearing aids that are working or not, please drrop them off into a Sertoma Florida Speech and Hearing Foundation canister stationed at several locations around Sun City Center. Canisters are blue and white with the picture of a little girl. 
Recepticals are at several locations near you: Sun Towers Retirement Community (mail room), SCC Chamber of Commerce, Southshore United Church of Christ, Boggs Jewelry, SCC Funerral Home, Reedmer Lutheran Church, Aston Gardens, Aston Gardens North, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Freedom Plaza, Karen's Style/Roy's Barber, Sun City Center Library, Eye Associates. If you have questions or would like to host a receptical at your place of business, please call Lyle at 813-633-9096. 


MANATEE VIEWING CENTER: The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. The Florida Aquarium is recruiting volunteers to assist guests at the Cownose Cove touch pool at the Manatee Viewing Center. These volunteers will receive excellent training about customer service, as well as the natural history of the animals who live in the habitat. We host information sessions about our Cownose Cove Volunteer Program at the main Aquarium. For more information, please contact Rebecca Hughes, rhughes@flaquarium.org, 813-367-4075.


MARY & MARTHA HOUSE: Calling all year-round and seasonal residents. Looking for a place to volunteer your skills and talents?  Come help us out right here in Ruskin at Mary and Martha House. We are especially looking for volunteers with Event Planning experience to help the agency with its fund-raising efforts.   If you have experience with non-profit organizations as a Team Leader, Fund-raiser or Event Planner please consider joining our volunteers.  Mary & Martha House provides emergency and transitional housing and support services to homeless women, victims of domestic violence and their dependent children and serves all of  Hillsborough County. We encourage and help them to realize that their life is not over, it has just begun. The need is great and we cannot do this without the help of the community.  Please consider donating your time to help support our mission. For more information on volunteering call 645-7874 or visit our website at www.marymarthahouse.org.


MARY PETRO FUND provides financial assistance and referral information to many of our low income senior residents in Sun City Center who need assistance with purchasing food and medicine or have other related quality of life needs.  We are located at United Methodist Church and meet in room #12. If you can spare four hours per month we would love to have your help.  We are open every Tuesday and Thursday between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and our team of two volunteers meet, greet and assist your neighbors in need.  You can set your own schedule.  Why not visit us and see how we help others?  Please call 813-634-8306 for more information.


MENTORING - Campaign Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence, known as CAHT, has a volunteer mentoring program headed by CAHT board member, Deborah Petrocelli.  The program partners with other organizations in the area, such as schools, churches, food pantries and youth organizations offering tutoring, life- skill coaching, counseling and plain old “we care about you” messages and services.  Some of our mentor volunteers have developed close relationships with their students, helping them as they advance through the school systems, career planning, and supporting their families’ struggles with the financial changes caused by the COVID19 epidemic.  Bonnie Doll, CAHT volunteer and board member, and Lennard High School graduate Larissa Saldano, are one of the successful mentoring teams. They have developed a rewarding relationship where Larissa knows she can reach out to Bonnie at any time, even enjoying a lunch out. “Larissa is also one of this year’s CAHT scholarship winners, which will help her continue her dream of becoming a nurse,” states Bonnie Doll.  This year CAHT awarded 7 scholarships to aspiring graduates.  If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Debbie Petrocelli at 813-922-4580.  CAHT is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Sun City Center. Our mission is to prevent the spread of human trafficking and domestic violence in the south shore area through funding, prevention/education programs for all ages, mentoring, and a safe shelter program that removes individuals or families out of harm’s way.  For more information contact  President Annie Garrison at 813-938-5660 or anngarrison66@gmail.com


NEARLY NEW SHOP IN SUN CITY CENTER: Volunteers are needed at the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza. This time of year with Sno-Birds leaving and vacations more frequent the Nearly New Shop becomes understaffed. Needed are willing workers who can put in 3 hours or more a week helping with the necessary chores and duties that make the Nearly New a successful endeavor. Interested parties can call 813-642-9099. The shop is located in the rear of the Sun City Center Plaza behind the Bon Worth store. The Nearly New Shop is a project of the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council and raises funds through the sale of donated goods. Prior to Covid-19. hours for the shop: Confirm open hours for sales from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon on Saturdays during the summer months. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for donations.   


OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Reaching Out to Long-Term Care Residents - Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has advocate positions available in the Hillsborough and Manatee areas. Volunteers visit with residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult-family care homes to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. Training and certification are provided and volunteers participate in council meetings, administrative assessments and complaint resolution in facilities. If you would like to become an ombudsman and make a difference in your community, visit ombudsman.myflorida.com, search for us on Facebook or call 1-888-831-0404.


OUR LADY'S PANTRY:  Can you help feed our neighbors? By sharing your time? “It requires a considerable effort to run Our Lady's Pantry," says Anita Bullaro, co-director of Our Lady’s Pantry, along with her husband Tom. "We could never do this work without our many helpers. Volunteers come when they can, and leave whenever they wish. No formal commitment is required. If you would like some more information about helping out, just stop in some Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday morning.” You can find us immediately south of Sun City Center Blvd., on U.S. Highway 301, in Wimauma. We are in back of the classroom building on the far right-hand corner of the Mission Center. We welcome donations of unexpired, non-perishable, nutritious food. Kindly bring your donations to the Pantry whenever it is open. "Every little bit helps," says Anita. We purchase most of our food for $.18 a pound at Feeding America, a regional food bank in Tampa Bay. Feeding America, however, supports more than 100 other food pantries in Central Florida. Sometimes there's not enough food to go around. On those occasions, we must purchase food at current market prices, considerably draining our resources. If you can help, kindly send a check to Our Lady’s Pantry — Food, c/o Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission, 16650 U.S. Highway South; Wimauma, Fl. 33598. Thank you for your help. 


SHINE Program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is currently recruiting volunteers to help Medicare beneficiaries in all five counties of our Planning and Service area. SHINE is a free, unbiased Medicare and health insurance, counseling, and assistance program whose specially trained volunteers assist seniors in making informed health care decisions.
As a SHINE volunteer, you serve your community by performing at least one of the following functions – provide Medicare and health insurance information, counseling, and assistance, deliver educational presentations or speeches, distribute educational and promotional materials in your community, provide training and leadership to other volunteers, or assist with general program support.  
The Senior Connection Center supports its volunteers through a network of paid staff and volunteer local coordinators. The Department of Elder Affairs provides training and technical assistance.  Volunteers also receive local mentoring and support from the Senior Connection Center.  We also have opportunities in the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Task Force. SMP’s mission is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report suspected health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. Volunteer Basic Training is currently being offered virtually through ZOOM in early 2021 and throughout the year.  
The rewards for volunteer service are plentiful. Since the Program’s inception in 1992, SHINE volunteers have helped Florida elders and their caregivers save millions of dollars, and they have brought peace of mind to those who needed guidance in understanding and accessing health insurance options. To inquire about volunteer opportunities or to request SHINE services in your community, contact the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) or visit us online at www.floridashine.org.


SOUTH BAY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY VOLUNTEERS - The South Bay Genealogical Society is going on summer hiatus and will not meet for its regular meetings until September.  SBGS will still have our volunteers to assist anyone with their genealogy during the summer and for the rest of the year on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am until noon at the SouthShore Regional Library in the Genealogy Center.    


SOUTH BAY HOSPITAL SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers Needed at South Bay Hospital - Sun City Center, Florida - South Bay Hospital is seeking volunteers for several highly visible patient experience positions throughout the hospital. If you have the desire to help others, the ability to provide exceptional service and can offer courteous communication skills, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. Volunteers are needed on weekdays and hours are flexible. Customer experience is a plus. Patient experience training, background screening and orientation will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering at South Bay Hospital, please call 813-634-0187. For more information about South Bay Hospital, please call 813-634-0496 or visit SouthBayHospital.com. 


SOUTH SHORE COALITION FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND AGING: Seeking volunteers to contribute to several initiatives: Memory Screenings, creation of "Wraparound for Seniors" and gathering of data for our annual Community Resource guide. Want to stay behind the scenes and assist? A bit of clerical skill is all we need. Interested? Please call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990 or email us at office@mentalhealthandaging.org


SUN CITY CENTER EMERGENCY SQUAD: Opportunity! Receive the reward of helping your neighbor with as little as 5 hours per week. Need something rewarding to occupy your time? Visit the Sun City Center Emergency Squad today. Learn about the different ways you can contribute! Medical background is not a requirement. Like to cook? Enjoy puttering around the house with projects? Knowledgeable about vehicle maintenance? Want to wash an Emergency Vehicle or greet new faces as a Receptionist? Have computer knowledge that you would like to share? These are all opportunities for you to contribute to “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”.  For more info, call 813-633-1411 today and ask for Robin Watt.


SUN CITY CENTER WOMAN'S CLUB: The Sun City Center Woman's Club, Inc. meets the 3rd Thursday from September thru May at Sun City Center Community Hall, 1009 South Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center.  The social hour starts at 11:00 a.m. with a meeting, catered lunch and program to follow. The Sun City Center Woman's Club, Inc. offers many opportunities for volunteering in our community alongside other caring ladies.  If you live in Sun City Center or Kings Point, please join the Sun City Center Woman's Club, Inc. to have fun and help us do good things for our community and surrounding areas.  Contact Membership Chair Linda Raymond at sumrluv21@aol.com or call 813-331-3108 for more information.


RUSKIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SEEKING VOLUNTEER TUTORS - URGENTLY NEEDED - Ruskin Elementary School needs volunteers who are willing to spend an hour or more each week helping young children develop reading and/or math skills.  Prior teaching experience is not necessary.   If you are interested in volunteering and want more information, contact either: Maureen Long 813-767-5416 - melongieee@gmail.com. Barbara Silver 301-509-8032 - codie0408@msn.com 


VOLUNTEER MATCH TO BE CONNECTED WITH OPPORTUNITIES: Not sure what to do? Get notifications of opportunities. For email updates with new opportunities to connect near you, visit: https://www.volunteermatch.org/ and select your areas of interest. It's easy! Have an opening for participants? Post your opening! 


WIMAUMA SENIOR CENTER NEEDS: Bi-lingual English-Creole volunteer. We are looking for volunteer that will come 2x a week to help translate for one of our new clients. For more information and eligibility requirements please email brewingtona@HCFLGOV.net  or apply online at: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1583617405 


RESIDENT COMMUNITY RESOURCES (All About People)


EXPERIENCING DRUG SIDE EFFECTS? VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PILOT SURVEY ON ADVERSE DRUG REACTION (ADR) SCREENING FROM SAFEST DRUG
Thousands die and millions are injured every year because of a medication. So, we act on medication injuries & deaths as an urgent, solvable public health issue.
Safest Drug is a non-profit organization with a mission to prevent and alleviate medication illness, disability and death in the United States. Learn more about our work and support actions to end medication harms. https://safestdrug.org
Are you on 5 or more medications and Suspect an Adverse Drug Reaction or have a new sign or symptom after taking a new Medication in the last 6-12 months?
Participation Involves:
General information questionnaire
Weekly Phone calls
Weekly Screenings for a period of one month
You May Qualify if you:
Are 18 or older and
Taking 5 or more medications
Suspect an ADR or would like to be screened for an ADR
Started a new medication in the last 6-12 months
Potential Benefits:
Identify an ADR
Learn how to recognise early signs and symptoms of an ADR
Prevent a new ADR and improve health outcomes. For More Information: Please contact Marina Entin at marina@safestdrug.org - We strive for Medication use without harm at www.safestdrug.org


AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION FROM SUN CITY CENTER: DRIVERS TO AIRPORT AND NEARBY COMMUNITY - Below list is not an endorsement of any driver - your due diligence in confirming insurance coverage is required
Driver Bernard Katz, 410-693-0683. Town car, able to handle chairs, light personal scooters that fold; at no additional charge. Resident of Kings Point available almost any time except Friday nights. Grocery pickup, local transport etc. Also to medical facilities including waiting for outpatient surgery
Vinny's Transportation (813) 500-7007
Bill Kay 954-881-5559
Execucar Reservations: (800) 410-4444
Kings Point limo serves the greater area. Bill Swift card says” Serving all of Florida” 813-634-1357 - cell is 813-817-7696. Veteran owned and AAA Recommended
Rhonda Menendez, anytime or holidays, Cell 813-624-2513 - Rhonda33569@verizob.net
Red Bus Phone: (727) 743-9020   Facebook: @Redbuspickup  Website: redbuspickup.com
Dan Strickman (919)- 345-9435 


BAYCARE: WHAT'S NEW?
BayCare Laboratories offers Lab2Door, a convenience that brings lab services to you. Your lab tests can be drawn in the comfort of your own home or office by our highly trained team of certified phlebotomists who’ll then deliver your tests to one of our local labs. This service is ideal for: People with limited transportation options, People who use wheelchairs or walkers, Those with limited free time, Adults caring for someone who requires lab services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit BayCareLabs.org. 


CAMP BAYOU: Camp Bayou has started a video series so folks can get a glimpse of all Camp Bayou has to offer... with plenty of space to maintain social distancing. Check out the Camp Bayou YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/campbayou


CATE FOUNDATION - Conquering Addiction Through Education. A NEW DAY BRINGS NEW STRENGTHS AND NEW THOUGHTS
We are CATE. We know that recovery is complicated. We share our strength to encourage confidence and elevate expectations of a rewarding life. Community connections build trust. Our judgment-free space provides a safe place to socialize and/or explore our services. We educate by providing paths to educational opportunities, classes, and information to those in recovery and the community. You are not alone. We offer self-care meetings for those in recovery and their loved ones, as well as referrals for special services and job-placement assistance. CONTACT US (813) 773-7175, 5942 Frond Way, Apollo Beach FL 33572 - www.2CATE.org - Twitter: @2CATEorg - Facebook: CATE Foundation 


CENTER 4LIFELEARNING (Formerly Community Church College)
Open for Business. We are now in our new office at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Web Blvd. West, Sun City Center. Our new and updated website is ready for exploring. www.4lifelearning.org  The work has begun on our Fall Semester and planning is under way for our trips. We have already booked some of our most popular venues and many are still in the planning stage. See the below trips on our website at https://4lifelearning.org/trips. 
* Mount Dora Craft Fair 
* 50 Years of Rock and Roll 
* 112 Years of Broadway
Trips may be purchased on the website with a credit card. Order forms can be printed from the forms page by clicking “Trip Order Form” https://4lifelearning.org/forms and just mail it in with your check. Please use the above 2 methods, when possible Our office hours are not consistent at this time. Please refrain from going to the church office. If you need to pick up an order form, they will be available in the Narthex on a table to the left.  Remember the best way to be notified of School activities is to be part of our email database.  Be the first to get updates. Tell your family and friends to go to  http://www.4lifelearning.org/contact and provide an email address or subscribe at the bottom of this page. Your email address is for the sole purpose of the school and will not be shared with any organization including our church.  Share with Friends and Family.  


COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE ONLINE: Need resources in South Shore? Visit The South Shore Coalition For Mental Health and Aging's Community Resource Guide at: http://www.magazinevolume.com/33102OP/page_1.html


CONTRACTOR LICENSING?
Permit Reports: https://webapps.hillsboroughcounty.org/pgm/resources/onlineservices/permits/
Contractor Licensing - Hillsborough County: https://webapps.hillsboroughcounty.org/pgm/resources/onlineservices/contractors/
Contractor Licensing: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp
Proof of Coverage: https://apps8.fldfs.com/proofofcoverage/Search.aspx


COOKING OIL RECYCLING! HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS ASKING FOR YOUR HELP! PLEASE 
Cooking Oil Recycling Effort (C.O.R.E)
Fats, oils, and grease are a serious problem for home plumbing and Hillsborough County’s wastewater collection system. Here are few simple suggestions to help protect your neighborhood from sewage spills. Don’t flush grease or cooking oil down the sink even if you are following it with hot water or soap. Don’t put greasy foods down the garbage disposal or drain. Before washing, wipe of pots, pans, and dishes with paper towels and throw the towels in the garbage. Put your used cooking oil and grease in a sturdy container with a secured lid and recycle it at one of the Cooking Oil Recycle Effort (C.O.R.E) collection locations below: Cooking Oil Recycle Station Location near us: Southshore Regional Service Center, 410 30th Street S.E., Ruskin 


DAV - THE SUN CITY CENTER DAV VAN OPERATIONS RESUME
Please continue to schedule early morning appointments at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center and/or Clinics and schedule a ride by contacting the DISPATCHER at 813-642-0302. ALL riders must bring and wear a mask and comply with the social distancing standards set by the VA by following the instructions of the Van Driver. Due to social distancing requirements, the Van will only be able to transport 3 passengers per trip so request a ride as soon as your appointment is confirmed.”


ELA NON-PROFIT THRIFT STORE officially opened at 14920 Balm Wimauma Road.  Hours of Operation:  Thursday and Friday 10 am to 2 pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.  Proceeds go to pay for reading tutoring for students who are reading below grade level.  Donations accepted daily and can be left at the front of the thrift store.  Come by and check out all the inventory: clothes, household items, small furniture, toys, jewelry, shoes, hats, belts and much more.  For questions, call 813-833-2436.


EMERGENCY SQUAD OF SUN CITY CENTER MONTHLY UPDATE
Would you like to know what’s happening at the Squad? If so, be sure to sign up to receive their new monthly publication spearheaded by Robin Watt. Please email Robin to be added to the list of recipients at PR@scc-ems.us 


EMERGENCY SQUAD! HOW TO SUPPORT THE SQUAD!
SUN CITY CENTER EMERGENCY SQUAD MEMBERS RECIPE BOOK! Sun City Center Emergency Squad 300 Recipe Cookbook. Recipes submitted by Squad Members ON SALE NOW!!! Come by the Squad at 720 Ray Watson Drive. Get Free Blood Pressure Readings or even borrow a wheelchair at no cost - BUY one or more Cookbooks!!!! $10 each or 6 books for $50 Suggested Donation.  Great Wedding Shower Gift or Christmas Present! 


FOOD DELIVERY
EVERY TUESDAY FOOD DELIVERY FOR FAMILIES IN NEED - The American Ideals Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) entity, located at 1501 La Jolla Avenue (SouthShore United Church of Christ building) is partnering with Feeding Tampa Bay, also a 501(c)(3) organization to provide prepared meals to Sun City Center and neighboring communities.  Beginning Tuesday, April 21, and continuing every Tuesday thereafter (unless noted), prepared food will be delivered to this location and be available for distribution.  Pre-registration is necessary.  Call: (813) 770-4842 to reserve the number of meals you need.  You will be contacted with the time your meals will be ready.  The (AIF) is helping to bring a little bit of hope while observing social distancing.  For more information about this local organization, please see:  https://www.aif501c3.org/the-flash.


FOOD AND MEDICINE ASSISTANCE - MARY PETRO FOOD AND MEDICINE FUND
The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund assists full- time residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point with food and medicine/medical needs. To qualify for assistance, clients must have an income less than $20,000 per year for singles and less than $25,000 for couples.  The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund Office is located at the Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd W, and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Applications are available at the Mary Petro Office and the United Methodist Church Office. For questions please call 813-634-8306. 


FRIENDS OF THE CENTER 4LIFELEARNING
The Center 4LifeLearning (formerly Community Church College) has cancelled the 2020 Fall semester classes.  We want to ensure safety for all who support the Center and attend our classes and trips.  We plan to begin the Spring Semester classes around mid-January 2021.    The catalog for the Spring Semester will be available the beginning December and can be picked up at the United Methodist Church and various popular locales around town. Trips will be offered when firm dates can be safely scheduled and include Myakka State Park followed by lunch at Linger Lodge; Windsor Rose Tea Room and shopping in Mount Dora; dinner at the Columbia Restaurant and entertainment by the Flamenco Dancers and many other exciting choices.  Participants are transported by luxury bus coach to each event and all venues are providing the Center with a copy of their sanitizing procedures. We are always looking for new instructors.  Most classes run 6 weeks for 1 ½ hours.  Instructors may choose the number of weeks they would like to teach. The most requested classes are for subjects such as Apple iPhones and iPads, Languages, Travel, Health, Fitness, etc., however, we are open to all suggestions.  If you would like to share your expertise or have questions, please contact the Center at 813-634-8607 or via email at ctr4lifelearning@gmail.com.  The Center 4LifeLearning is located in the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd, West. 


GOLF CART ALLOWED ROADWAYS: Golf carts are to never to drive on SR 674 or 301 except to cross over to the other side.  Designated Crossing allowed at Kings Blvd/Valley Forge, Winn Dixie/Plaza, N/S Pebble Beach Blvd., El Rancho Dr./Stonham Dr., and crossover 301 to Walmart off E. Del Webb. Golf carts should use the same roadway and lanes used by other motorized vehicles.  Sensors in the roadway will be activated by the weight of the cart and driver and cause the traffic signal to change.


HONOR FLIGHT: First Hand Account by Sun City Center Resident, Bob Black: http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/veterans/Sun-City-Center-veteran-finds-honor-in-remembrance_168539486 


LAMPLIGHTERS: The SCC Lamplighters goal is to make Sun City Center a safer and brighter place to live. If your street lamp at the foot of your driveway is burned out, they will come and replace it!  There is no charge for their labor; if the homeowner can pay for a replacement bulb, they will ask you to do so, but if you cannot pay for it, they will supply it at no cost. How wonderful it would be to look down a street in Sun City Center and see those quiet lights at every driveway.  Sound good?  Call 813-505-5927 and they will make an appointment to come to your home to replace the bulb.  


LIFELINE - The Men’s Club of Sun City Center provides Philips Lifeline Personal Emergency Response System as a community service to residents of greater Sun City Center.  Our equipment is purchased from Philips, the leader in medical alert systems.  The subscriber pays a small monthly fee — the Men’s Club trained volunteers provide free installation and service calls. Subscribers wear a waterproof “Personal Help Button” either on a neck cord or on a wristband.  When the button is pushed or AutoAlert signal sent, help is summoned immediately.  The may also receive service by pressing the button. GoSafe is the newest system available and can be used anywhere in the country where AT&T cell service is available.  This system uses 6 different technologies to locate the subscriber, has built in fall detection, is waterproof and the wearer can talk with the Philips Response Associate using the GoSafe button. For more information, call the Men’s Club Lifeline office at (813) 633-7091, email us at mclifeline@live.com  or drop us a line at 1002 Cherry Hills Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573.


NEARLY NEW STORE OPEN!
Nearly New Store has RE-OPENED! Come Shop!  The Nearly New Store in the Sun City Center Plaza (Behind Bon Worth Store) is now open on Saturdays thru August from 8 am to Noon, and By Appointment ((813) 642-9099) as a Personal Shopping Experience (suggested donation of $5.00) on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays for 30-minute periods from 10 am to 1 pm (limit 4 people in the store during one time period).  Newly New has implemented FL and CDC Guideline practices, including cleaning procedures and directional signs and dividers to limit and control the flow of foot traffic on Saturdays.  Our volunteers are wearing face masks and gloves, and hand sanitizer is readily available.  We ask that you wear a face mask to shop and that children remain home.  Small denominations of dollar bills ($20 dollar bills, tens and ones) are welcome in order to quickly complete a transaction.  Donations are accepted Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm.  Cash donations are especially welcome during this special time as the Interfaith Social Action Council of Sun City Center continues to use Nearly New proceeds for 2020 college scholarships and grants for education, health or human services projects.  Thank you for shopping, donating, and supporting Interfaith and its Nearly New Store.  1515A Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL 33573 – (813) 642-9099


THE OLDIES BUT GOODIES DANCE CLUB
The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club has been advised that the Community Hall will not be open for any further OBG dances this year because of COVID 19 virus precautions. The club will carry over all paid 2020 subscriptions into 2021 and will resume dances as soon as it is allowed. Any questions contact Joanne at 813-728-1147 or email  jjlatenite@aol.com  You may also check out our website : sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com or join us on Face Book Https://facebook.com/OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub.


PARKINSON'S DISEASE INFORMATION OFFERED BY THE MEN'S CLUB OF SUN CITY CENTER
If you have been diagnosed or are uncertain of symptoms possibly relating to Parkinson's Disease, please visit this link for very useful information: www.sccmensclub.org/july_2019.pdf 


PICKLEBALL - easy to play, quick to learn, and lots of fun for all ages. Sun City Center Pickleball Club welcomes everyone interested in playing. Courts are located behind the Community Hall in the Sun City Center Sports Complex off of South Pebble Beach Blvd. Those interested in learning can check the court bulletin boards for who to contact about lessons. You must be a current member of the Community Association to play on the courts. However, becoming a member in the SCC Pickleball Club provides you with full benefits including many fun-filled social events, lively tournament play, and members-only court time. Learn more about SCC Pickleball Club through our website SCC Pickleball Club Home Page


RADIO STATION - LOCAL SOUTHSHORE: Have You Heard? SouthShore has its own radio station! WPHX 101.9 "The Phoenix" The Firehouse Cultural Center is excited to announce a brand new project that promises to bring an innovative sound to SouthShore-WPHX 101.9 FM radio! We’ve completed installation of our antennae that broadcasts a signal throughout the community, and can even be heard as far as the Skyway Bridge. WPHX is in the formative stages of becoming one of the only local, listener-supported radio stations in the country that is connected to a cultural center. The Phoenix will provide a variety of arts, music, education and information programming to connect our community. We need your input and ideas! You can also follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wphx1019 or sign up to receive station updates at www.wphx1019.org. Tune in to 101.9 FM and hear the sounds of SouthShore! Firehouse Cultural Center | 813-645-7651 info@firehouseculturalcenter.org | www.firehouseculturalcenter.org 


SCAMS - INFO FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT REGARDING SCAMS!
Community Resource Deputy Jeffery Merry, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office: As you know, the residents of Sun City Center are continually victimized by scammers. These fraudsters prey on our residents just because of their age. Con artists seek out seniors for a variety of reasons, number one being their access to money in their retirement accounts. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Romance Scams accounted for more monetary losses than any other scam in 2018. And the losses are expected to be higher in 2019, with over triple the number of cases since 2016. For those victims over 70, the median loss was over $10,000.00. These scammers find their victims on social media sites, such as FaceBook, Instagram, Plenty of Fish, Meet me.com, just to name a few. They build trust and create the illusion of an actual relationship by chatting several times a day and crafting their stories and answers based on information obtained from the victim themselves. Then comes the request for money. The scammers often say they: Work on an oil rig, Are in the military, Are a doctor with an international organization, They ask for money to: Pay for a plane ticket or other travel expenses. Pay for surgery or other medical expenses. Pay customs fees to retrieve something. Pay off gambling debts. Pay for a visa or other official travel documents. The scammers will ask for the money to be loaded onto gift cards, deposited into mysterious bank accounts, and purchase bitcoin. NEVER send money or gifts to someone you have not met in person. If you suspect a romance scam: Get a second opinion, Stop all payment methods, Stop all communication with the personuBlock all communication methods with the person, Report the person to the social media site, Report to the Federal Trade Commission. Report to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. 


SENIORS VS CRIMES - HAVE YOU BEEN SCAMMED? HAVE FAULTY HOME REPAIRS? BEEN TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF?
If so, contact Seniors VS Crimes at 813-634-8666. Seniors VS Crimes is a special project of the Florida Attorney General’s Office. 940-D Cherry Hills Drive. (Pelican Room - former Photo Club Room) in the Old Town Hall Building. SENIORS vs CRIME is an advocate organization supported by the Florida Attorney General to protect seniors. They work closely work with our Resource Deputy and the HCSO and provide a tremendous service to our community.There is NO COST to use this service. Staffed by volunteers. Call for more information or to make an appointment.


SHINE MEDICARE COUNSELING
Free, unbiased help IS available! Turning 65 and getting ready for Medicare? Be prepared! Being uninformed of your Medicare benefits and options can result in delays in your coverage, financial penalties, and higher health care costs. To learn more, speak with a local Medicare counselor provided to you by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE Program. The SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program provides free, unbiased, and personalized Medicare counseling assistance. For more information, contact the Florida Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337, or visit www.floridashine.org.


SOUTH BAY HOSPITAL CENTER FOR BREAST HEALTH OFFERING EXTENDED HOURS!
MAMMOGRAMS WEEKENDS & EVENINGS
The South Bay Hospital Center for Breast Health is expanding its schedule for providing mammograms to include:
     8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
     8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month
     8 a.m. - Noon on the 4th Saturday of every month
You must have a physician’s prescription, and then call 866-463-7002 to schedule a mammogram.  The Center for Breast Health is at the South Bay Hospital, 4016 Sun City Center Blvd.  


SOUTH SHORE COALITION FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND AGING CREATING SUPPORT NETWORK FOR GROUP LEADERS in the South Shore Area. If you run a support group and would like to be listed at no cost under the support group section in our annual community resource guide, please send your information to Office@MentalHealthAndAging.org. In your email, please include the information you would like listed in the resource guide (example: Name of Organization, meeting day and time, email, phone number, location and brief description of the support group).


ST. VINCENT DE PAUL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM For Those in Need of Financial Assistance
Did you know that the St. Vincent de Paul Society offers assistance to those in our community who have fallen on difficult times? Every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are on hand to help those who are in need of financial assistance. All information is kept confidential. For more information, please call (813) 385-6110. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is located at 702 Valley Forge Boulevard in Sun City Center. For more information on our parish community, please visit: www.popcc.org


SUN CITY CENTER LIONS CLUB 
Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 South Pebble Beach Boulevard.  Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m.  For more information please contact President Gloria Rodzielowicz - 419-4187 or the McGovern's - 633-4202.
The Lions get questions as to where someone may drop off used eyeglasses.  Here is an up-to-date list of where used eyeglasses may be dropped off in the Sun City Center area.  Eyeglasses are sorted, cleaned, refurbished, and distributed to those in need, after a proper eye exam.
Angel's Attic -- 1424 East College Avenue, Ruskin, FL
Aston Gardens at Sun City Center -- 2421 Emerald Lakes Drive, Sun City Center
Aston Gardens at Courtyards -- 1311 Aston Gardens Court, Sun City Center
Boggs Jewelers -- 4852 Sun City Center Boulevard (King's Crossing Shopping Center), Sun City Center
Coastal Eye Institute -- 1515 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center
Elks Lodge -- 1630 South US Highway 41, Ruskin
Eye Associates of SCC -- 3884 Sun City Center Boulevard (next to Burger King, Sun City Center
Freedom Plaza -- 813 Freedom Plaza Circle, Sun City Center
Kauffman Eye Institute - Just Specs -- 4002 Sun City Center Boulevard, Suite 103, Sun City Center
Optimart -- 3830 Sun City Center Boulevard, #E1, Sun City Center
Plaza Barber Shop -- 908 North Pebble Beach Boulevard, Sun City Center
Publix, 4854 Sun City Center Boulevard, Sun City Center
Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Drive, Sun City Center
Sam's Club, 10385 Big Bend Road, Riverview, FL
SCC Cataract & Eye Center, 1701 Rickenbacker Drive, #102, Sun City Center 
SCC Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center
SCC Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center
SCC Library, 916 North Pebble Beach Boulevard, Sun City Center
SCC Security Patrol, 1225 North Pebble Beach Boulevard, Sun City Center
Sunhill Optical, 1647 Sun City Center Plaza, Suite 103, Sun City Center
Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center
Walmart, 4928 Route 674, Wimauma, FL
Winn-Dixie, 4445 Sun City Center Boulevard, Sun City Center


SUN CITY CENTER WOMAN'S CLUB NEW MEMBERS
Looking for a fun club that loves to support projects in our community and surrounding areas? The Sun City Woman's Club, Inc. meets on the third Thursday from Sept. thru May at the SCC Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd.  We have a social hour, meeting, catered lunch and program. Some of our activities are Arts and Crafts, Conservation, Education, International Outreach, Public Issues, Meals on Wheels, Book Club, Bonco, and Birthday Lunches. For more information, email Linda Raymond Membership Chair at sumrluv21@aol.com or call 813-331-3108  


THINK BEFORE YOU FLUSH! 
IMPORTANT REQUEST FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY Environmental Service Division, Public Utilities
An overflowing toilet can ruin your home in an instant!
Don't flush: Maxi pads & tampons/applicators, Cotton Swabs & hair, Dental floss & whitening strips, Kitty litter & condoms, Baby & Cleaning wipes, Bandages & OTC medications. FLUSHABLE WIPES CLOG PIPES! "Flushable" wipes are NOT flushable. They are THE #1 cause of sewer backups in your system. Questions? Email: Gotgrease@HCFLGOV.net and to learn more, visit www.HCFLGOV.net


VA CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM - Caring for those who care
Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of Veterans, and caring for a wounded, ill, or injured Veteran is not easy work. Without family caregivers, many of these Veterans could not remain close to family and in their communities.  VA knows that family caregivers who care for Veterans in their own homes have been putting Veterans first since the founding of our nation. That’s why VA’s Caregiver Support Program provides training and education to enhance the caregiver’s role. The program focus is to improve the care-giver’s understanding of the impact their work has on the health and well-being of the Veteran they care for and their families as well as how their work affects them, too.  Caregivers who participate in VA’s Caregiver Support Program tell us that the program has helped them feel more confident in their role, that it has made them even more proficient in supporting the Veteran they care for in treatment and rehabilitation.  To learn more about the VA Caregiver Support Program, visit the Caregiver Website or call the Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274. You can also contact your local Caregiver Support Coordinator located at every VA medi-cal center across the United States. 


VA CLAIMS DECISIONS FAST!
Since you last filed a VA disability claim, VA has improved the claim process by launching the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) Program.
When you file a DRC, you can get a decision on your claim in 30 days or less by working with an accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO). Your VSO will help you gather and submit all relevant and required evidence so your claim is ready for VA to make a decision when you submit it.
You can now file a DRC for the following claim types: Direct Service Connection Claims, Presumptive Service Connection Claims, Secondary Service Connection Claims, Increased Disability Claims, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Claims, Pre-Discharge Claims. Don’t miss out on this important opportunity to get a faster claim decision. Learn more about the DRC Program, including eligibility requirements, what medical evidence you need to submit, and how to find an accredited VSO at https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/drc.asp. If you are a military veteran, dependent, or survivor and want to know more about the wide range of benefits and programs that are available to you, Hillsborough County Consumer & Veterans Services can help and there is never a fee. For information, go to HCFLGov.net/Veterans, or call (813) 635-8316. Disabled Veterans can reach our local DAV at 633-0346.


VETERANS, DISABLED AMERICAN DAV CHAPTER 110 has two main services or programs.  
One is to provide no cost transportation to ambulatory veterans who have medical appointments at the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa.  Transportation is provided up to five days a week depending upon the veterans’ needs.  The other service is to provide veterans or their spouses/families with information on services and benefits that they may be eligible for.  That service includes the filing or assistance with filing the various VA claim forms, as well as helping them navigate the VA system.  The Chapter Service Officers are available from 10AM to 2PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  To make an appointment, call 813-331-3871.  Walk-ins are welcome.  We are located at 1002 Cherry Hills Drive.  If you need a ride to the James A. Haley VA Hospital, please call 813-642-0302 a week before you need a ride to ensure a seat on the van.  The van starts its pick-up service about 6:45AM and usually returns to Sun City Center between 11:30-12:30.  When scheduling your appointments at the hospital let your scheduler know that you are riding the DAV van and they will try to schedule your appointment so that you may avail yourself of the van service. DAV van (drivers and dispatchers) and Chapter Service Officers staff are all volunteers with no charges to the veterans.  Monetary donations and volunteer help are always welcome and greatly appreciated.  Everything received goes 100% to support the two DAV programs mentioned above in Sun City Center.  


VETERANS WITH HEPATITIS C
Please pass on this important information about hepatitis C with Veterans you interface with on a daily basis. We have the latest treatment options available for Veterans that essentially cure the disease. Your help with sharing this information would be greatly appreciated. For additional information, please contact me. To read a Bay Pines Veteran's success story with hepatitis treatment, visit: https://www.baypines.va.gov/BAYPINES/features/20161012.asp - JASON W. DANGEL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER (00PA), U.S. ARMY VETERAN
BAY PINES VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM (516) (O) (727) 398-6661, EXT. 15031 | (M) (727) 798-1531 | (F) (727) 398-9442 WWW.BAYPINES.VA.GOV | WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/VABAYPINES | WWW.TWITTER.COM/VABAYPINES


VETERAN MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
For up to date information regarding Veteran's issues, be sure to read this month's MOAA newsletter written by award winning Capt. Frank Kepley, USN (Ret) https://moaafl.org/chapters/SCCMOAA/documents/Newsletters/Jan2021.pdf


YELLOW DOT PROGRAM!
Hillsborough County’s Yellow Dot program gives you a voice if you are seriously injured in a vehicle or experience a medical emergency while driving. You may be disoriented, in shock, or unconscious and cannot communicate when help arrives. A round Yellow Dot sticker on the driver’s side of the rear window alerts rescue personnel that vital personal and medical information is on a form in the glove compartment. The Form identifies who you are, your current medications, medical history and any conditions that affect your ability to communicate. This information is confidential in nature and helps rescue personnel in determining your treatment. The information you provide can help save your life. The sticker is placed on the driver’s side of the rear window and the filled-out form, with your attached photo, is placed in the glove compartment. More information and instructions are available on-line at www.HCFLGov.net and enter “Yellow Dot” in the Search Box. Presently, Yellow Dot stickers and forms are not available at County Fire Rescue Stations. You can send an email to HCFRPublicRelations@HillsboroughCounty.org  and Fire Rescue Headquarters will mail these materials to you.  You can also call Ferris Garrett (813-841-0532) for information and he has Yellow Dot Stickers & Information Cards available. If you are interested email him at:  garrett4@tampabay.rr.com with your name and mailing address and Yellow Dot materials will be mailed you. In the Email, please note if you have another vehicle and if there is a second driver or a frequent passenger in your vehicle(s), for example, a Spouse, other relative, or friend.  Your yellow Dot materials will include a second Sticker and/or additional Information Card(s) to be filled out by another driver or passenger, to be stored in the glove compartment with your Card.  These same guidelines would also apply if you send your email request to Fire Rescue Hq.


YMCA SUMMARY OF NEW VA Program
The YMCA and the VA have partnered to make programs accessible to Veterans. Veterans referred by their health coach at the James a Haley Veterans Hospital are eligible to attend the Y for 12 weeks. The purpose is for them to attend the “program” on their referral sheet a minimum of two times per week. The program options include, but are not limited to: Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Y Weight, Water Aerobics. Though the agreement is for them to come twice per week only for their program, we welcome our Veterans to come to the Y unlimited times during their 12 weeks. They MUST scan in each visit. According to the VA rules, they are only eligible for additional referrals to the program if they come at least 19 times during their 12 weeks. We track this by their gate swipes. For more info, contact James A Haley VA at 813-558-3969 and ask for Whole Health Program or visit Look Inside Whole Health for Life.


FURRY COMPANION COMMUNITY RESOURCES (All About Pets)


ARE YOU READY FOR A NEW COMPANION?
Kittie Corral offers a MEET AND GREET at your convenience!  Rather than going to a pet store, we will come to YOUR home with a kittie or two of your choice!!!  All it takes is a phone call and we will do the rest!  From Devon Rex mixes to Lilac Seal Point Siamese, and everything in between, we are sure that we have a kittie that is just right for you!  Take a look at our website page for all the kitties who are available for adoption!   https://kittiecorral.org/pets-for-adoption/   Our adoption fees have been reduced through the end of the year and all medical expenses have been paid for already!  Have a PAWSOME day and we look forward to hearing from you!! Angelite Bragg, Founder & President, Kittie Corral 813-634-5873 or 813-731-6303


C.A.R.E.S  MESSAGE:
FUR-EVER HOMES NEEDED – if you are thinking of adding a fur member to your family, please consider adopting one of the precious dogs/cats from CARE. The shelter is open Tues – Sat from 10am – 3pm. Thank you for your support. The shelter is located minutes from our community at 1528 27th St. S.E.., Ruskin, FL 33570. (813) 645-2273 - 3/30/17


C.A.R.E.S. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ~ C.A.R.E. our local animal rescue in Ruskin is looking for volunteers and donations. C.A.R.E. is a no-kill, volunteer run, animal shelter for neglected, abused and unwanted cats and dogs in Ruskin. Volunteers are always needed at the shelter - the hours are (mornings) 7:00 am - 11:30 am or (afternoons) 11:30 am - 3:30 pm and any combination of hours in-between. Our "animal volunteers" perform a multitude of tasks throughout their day to help with finding all of our animals a forever home. Volunteers are needed seven days per week rain or shine all year long. If you have any availability, please email us at careshelter@aol.com  or call 813-645-2273


CAT DEPOT MESSAGE:
Prepare a plan for your cat’s future
The best way to assure that your wishes regarding the future care of your pets are fulfilled is to draw up a formal written arrangement, such as a will, trust or bequest, that specifically states the individual care needed for each animal. Seek out the advice and help of a professional who can assist in the preparation of legal documents.  Cat Depot is committed to assist cat owners with a plan that will honor their cats for life.
For more information about the Lifetime Care Program, please email Claudia Harden, Director of Communications (claudiah@catdepot.org), or call (941) 366-2404.


FELINE FOLKS MESSAGE TO HAVE A PLAN!
Have a plan when rehoming your pet is necessary…“He was my friend and my companion, and giving him up was very difficult for me”  
It is very difficult when life changes cause people to move into facilities that will not allow pets.  Feline Folks is sensitive to this.  We try to help but that is not the best option. The pet owner MUST plan for the unexpected.  As veterinary Dr. Jones says, have a plan, it will be a real source of comfort.  Some options include:  Consider adoption by friend or family, Talk to a veterinarian, Allow for a smooth transition by helping the pet get settled in the new home by building trust and becoming familiar with the new environment.  Rehomed pets aren’t gone forever.  The new owner might be able to periodically visit the original owner with the pet. It is recommended that every pet owner have a plan.  Like a will, it is good to periodically revisit the plan. 
Feline Folks is a 501©3, totally not for profit operating on donations and through the kindness of volunteers.  Currently there is a need for help feeding the community cats.  Contact us at Info@FelineFolks.us or better yet, stop by the Meow Mixer or information table.  Feline Folks is a not-for-profit all volunteer job that feeds and cares for the community cats.  For information email info@felinefolks.us  You can also visit our Facebook site - "Feline Folks of Sun City Center"


FELINE FOLKS MESSAGE:
Feline Folks is a group of caring volunteers having taken on the charge of the community cats of Kings Point, the Towers and other locations around Sun City Center. Daily, the group feeds the cats, assures they are spayed/neutered, and receive proper medical treatments. These efforts requires volunteers to: Feeders, training, food and support are provided free of charge. Transporters to drive the cats to Tampa for medical care. To learn more about this, contact info@felinefolks.us, visit our web site www.felinefolks.us.  1/25/18


FELINE FOLKS MESSAGE:
TO THE PERSON LEAVING LARGE AMOUNTS OF DRY CAT FOOD:
Feline Folks feed all the cats daily 365 days a year even in rain, shine or freezing weather.  
We feed at 5:00 a.m. Watch each cat eat and NEVER leave food. 
We know you are doing this for kindness to these lovely creatures but you are promoting the following problems:
     1. Attracting raccoons and other wild animals. 
     2. Attracting birds and their poop which is unhealthy and unsightly. 
     3. Attracting ants and other insects. 
     4. Leaving soggy food for feline folks to clean up to avoid the above and so residents don’t feel we are doing this. 
We are happy to have you join us or donate food. Lots to do including (or not) feeding the cats.  Feline Folks is a 501(c)3, is totally not for profit operating on donations and through the kindness of volunteers.  Currently there is a need for help feeding the community cats.  Contact us at info@felinefolks.us or better yet, stop by the Meow Mixer on March 5 in the Kings Point Culinary Room in the 2020 building.  You can also visit our Facebook site - "feline Folks of Sun City Center" 


HAVING A PLAN FOR YOUR PET
Have a plan when rehoming your pet is necessary…
“He was my friend and my companion, and giving him up was very difficult for me”  
It is very difficult when life changes cause people to move into facilities that will not allow pets.  Feline Folks is sensitive to this.  We try to help but that is not the best option. The pet owner MUST plan for the unexpected.  As veterinary Dr. Jones says, have a plan, it will be a real source of comfort.  
Some options include: Consider adoption by friend or family, Talk to a veterinarian, Allow for a smooth transition by helping the pet get settled in the new home by building trust and becoming familiar with the new environment. 
Rehomed pets aren’t gone forever.  The new owner might be able to periodically visit the original owner with the pet. Talk to the facility where you will be moving.  Debbie Caneen of Sun Towers states that it is possible they will accept your pet. It is recommended that every pet owner have a plan.  Like a will, it is good to periodically revisit the plan.
Feline Folks is a 501©3, totally not for profit operating on donations and through the kindness of volunteers.  During these challenging times Feline Folks is still feeding, neutering, vaccinating and fostering many cats.  We operate from the kindness of your donation.  Please consider donating by sending a check to P.O. Box 6294, SCC, FL 33571-6294
Contact us at Info@FelineFolks.us  Feline Folks is a not-for-profit all volunteer job that feeds and cares for the community cats.  For information email info@felinefolks.us  -  You can also visit our Facebook site - "Feline Folks of Sun City Center"


REAL ESTATE FOR SALE OR RENT OR WANT TO RENT


INSTRUCTIONS for Submitting For Sale Ads: Ads MUST contain a price. Maximum 6 lines. Please include entire content of ad when requesting removal. Place ads or remove by email to: sccfreeads@tampabay.rr.com 


SELL YOUR HOME WITHOUT Sales Fees:
Your FSBO Home For Sale by Owner Services AT ABSOLUTELY NO CHARGE We offer the following Assistance to our FSBO Clients: Home Value Analysis, Open House Flyer, Listing the Home in Local FSBO Sites, Preparation of Purchase Agreement, Inspection Coordination, Mortgage (if needed) for Buyers, Closing, All other documentation required, Gary Cipriani, Sales Executive, Tampa Bay Southshore Office, P.O. Box 5979, Sun City Center, FL 33573. (813) 521-1629 garcipriani@nationstitle.com or pickleballcip@gmail.com - www.nationstitle.com.  All we ask is that you select Nations Title Company as the Title Company 


SELL YOUR HOME DISCOUNTED FEES:
SELLING YOUR SCC OR KINGS POINT HOME? 1% flat fee MLS listing with FULL REALTOR SERVICE! (including Realtor.com) 1% Selling Fee! Save $$$I don't get paid unless your home sells. BUYING A SCC HOME? Call me, and 50% of my commission will be paid to you directly at closing! 18 years of Experience - Full details on website - Sun City Center Specialist - Denise Anderson - Realtor & SCC resident - call/text 941.284.4612 - hrhdenise@hotmail.com - www.iloveSCC.com - Charles Rutenberg Realty


FOR SALE ADS AND FREE ITEMS


AUTOS AND ACCESSORIES


WHEELCHAIR VAN FOR SALE IN APOLLO BEACH:  2007 Chrysler Town & Country Touring V6 Braun Entervan Handicap Mobility Van.  Side entry power wheelchair ramp with EZ Lock latch system and q-straint system installed.  Low Mileage, < 46.000. Engine, transmission, brakes, tires in great shape. Inside clean, garage kept, good condition.  Please contact Rene Kenyon with inquiries 813-376-8963.  Asking Price:  $18,000 OBO.


SNOW TIRE CHAINS
4 Brand New Peerless Tire Emergency Strap Chains for 2 wheels for Snow Ice Car Truck in 2 set Packages Heavy Duty Straps and Chains. Both chain sets sell for $100 total - selling both sets for $25     Fred     317-409-6543


MORE ITEMS TO BUY & SELL


ALTERATIONS - Alterations For Busy Schedules
Pick up and deliver. Contact Kings Point Resident: Maria Dalonas at 915-328-0871 or email mdalonas83@icloud.com


ASSORTED ITEMS:
3 wheel bike; needs paint, 3 tires;  $75.00
Plumbing parts  5 pieces  @ $1.00 each
used portable dish washer    $15.00
Tall Pantry 4 shelf                $15.00
Ken Anderson   -  Call 813.997.8000


CELL PHONE
Unlocked Cellphone - Samsung Galaxy S III SGH-I747 - 16GB - (AT&T) Smartphone + Battery, Battery charger and USB Cable, in Original Samsung SGH-I747 WITH PROTECTIVE SLEEVE, good operating condition, used very little. Phone is set up for new owner on any Phone carrier and has a sheet of paper from AT&T as backup for unlocking codes for phone included. Has SD slot for up to 64GB SD card.  $65 firm, ask for Fred    317-409-6543


DINING TABLE & 6 CHAIRS CHIPPENDALE STYLE CHERRY DINING TABLE & 6 CHAIRS : Beautiful Cherry finish Table with carved ends, legs. From Ashley Industries. Table is 72" long with one 18" Leaf insert. Two Armchairs and Four side chairs with cushioned and protected seats. Lightly used and in Excellent condition.  $  515 OBO. Call/Text 765-438-7046 or 813-634-3610 (home). Leave Message


DINING ROOM TABLE & 4 MATCHING CAPTAINS CHAIRS. Antique white finish, vintage style leaf and grape design. Heavy metal frame, beveled glass top. Suitable for Florida Room, screen room or patio.$375. 352-459-8582. Leave message and will call back 


ELECTRIC SCOOTER
Barely used Red 2019 Golden Companion GC-240 electric scooter; style, performance and easy disassembly. Features include adjustable LED headlight; control panel with back-lit display; wraparound tiller for easy steering; 2 rear-view mirrors; front and rear baskets. Comes with owners manual and battery charger. Pick up only. Located in SSC. Asking $1100.00. Call 315-916-7851 for info. Serious only.  


EVENT FLYERS CREATED FOR YOUR EVENT For SCC Clubs and Associations event flyers
To all Club and Association heads, I am offering SCC clubs and Associations who need event flyers designed, created and printed, for posting on bulletin boards. I work from home, have many years experience and offer reasonable prices.  Contact:  Salvina,  Event Grafic Designer,   syloettecreation@aol.com, 813-633-5924. SYLOETTE CREATIONS


FOOD DELIVERY!
NEW DELIVERY SERVICE TO SUN CITY CENTER RESIDENTS! A SIMPLER PLACE FARM & MARKET NOW DELIVERS!
Interested in healthy farm to table food options? Farm Boxes can be delivered to your door. Make your produce shopping safe, easy and fun wtih our farm boxes! Fresh, Organic, Local Produce. Contactless pick up and delivery. Customizable and other add ons available! Order here: https://shop.asimplerplace.farm/


HEADBOARD - HEIRLOOM ROSEWOOD HAND CARVED HEADBOARD FROM INDIA. : California King Headboard with New adjustable Bedrails with rollers. The set can be adjusted for a Std King size. Beautiful intricately carved rosewood and in very good condition. Rosewood, next to Teak, is very dense and rot/termite resistant.   $450. Call/Text 765-438-7046 or 813-634-3610 ( home). Leave Message. 


HEADBOARD - King size headboard with bed frame. $200.00  813-633-6574 (scc) Beautiful sculpted light walnut finish in excellent condition.  Steel frame includes all hardware. Knock down frame has rollers and hinged connectors for easy moving and cleaning. 


KNEE SCOOTER - Heavy Duty Aluminum Knee Scooter 400lb. limit - TLC Turning Leg Carry -  4 wheels plus wheel brake system totally adjustable and foldable very sturdy original cost over $500   -   sell for $70   Fred   317-409-6543


LADDER - Aluminum Combination, 17 ft. fully extended Like New $55.00 (813) 944-8848


LAPTOP COMPUTER
GATEWAY LAPTOP NE71B AMD E1-1200 500GB HD 4GB Win10 v20H2 latest Windows version, WIFI Ready, good battery 17.3 inch Display Screen. Excellent Condition   $185  Fred 317-409-6543


PIANO - KIMBALL UPRIGHT PIANO (dark walnut finish) with bench... $450 (phone:  813-633-8916)


OUTDOOR PATIO FURNITURE: Umbrella table, 40" x 66" rectangle with framed, obscure glass top. 4 matching chairs, Hunter green and white. All of durable, high quality cast aluminum. $300.00.  813-633-1297 


PRINTER - HP LASERJET PRINTER - HP LaserJet 1020 Workgroup Laser DUPLEX Printer-prints on both sides of paper in very good condition includes printer cable plus another BRAND NEW Cartridge  - selling for $95 317-409-6543


RECIPE BOOKS !ON SALE NOW! SUN CITY CENTER EMERGENCY SQUAD MEMBERS 
Sun City Center Emergency Squad 300 Recipe Cookbook. Recipes submitted by Squad Members ON SALE NOW!!! Come by the Squad at 720 Ray Watson Drive. Get Free Blood Pressure Readings or even borrow a wheelchair at no cost - BUY one or more Cookbooks!!!! $10 each or 6 books for $50 Suggested Donation.  Great Wedding Shower Gift or Christmas Present! 


STITCHERY KITS; Lots of new x-stitch kits, hundreds of unused patterns, new Aida cloth. NEEDLEPOINT KITS of quality prints. Crafter retiring must sell. 813-634-2576. 


TENNIS RACKETS - Wilson Stylist,Tony Trabert, with Rack, Wilson Tournament, Billie Jean King. $75.00 or best offer - Rose@813-633-1540


TV - Samsung 65” Smart TV 3D - Excellent condition & Pic. Top of the line model. Reduced to $250 - 4 pairs 3D glasses included - 816-694-1357


WALKER - New Oasisspace Rollator Walker for sale. Light weight, folds easily. 10” wheels, compact delight. With seat, soft carryall bag and storage bag. Blue. $50 firm. Call Pat at 862-812-9009


WANTED - LOST - FOUND


AARP SEEKING VOLUNTEERS - RESPONSIBILITIES: Actively organize, promote and conduct AARP Smart Driver classrooms. Conduct at least 3 classroom courses annually . Experience teaching, facilitating and public speaking. Training provided for more info go to www.aarp.org/volunteernow


BOULDERS FOR LANDSCAPING. Any kind any color. Max. size 3'x3'x3'. I will remove and haul them away and not leave a mess.  Please call Dean Menier in Sun City Center  239-910-7486


BREAKAWAY RESPITE MINSTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 
Do you have a heart for individuals with memory issues? Do you want to have some fun? Do you like to talk and play games? Breakaway is for you! Breakaway Respite Ministry is planning to re-open in January, 2021. This ministry provides a place of hope, love, and fellowship for individuals with memory issues including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and dementia which provides their caregivers time for self-care.  Our plan is to open three days a week with safety being our first concern. We will be requiring masks be worn and we will practice social distancing.  We will require that volunteers and participants attend training before we re-open to review our new policies and procedures for the program. We will have the program from 1:00-4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Volunteers would be needed from approximately 12:00-5:00 each of those days. The extra time will be used to prepare the room and disinfect afterwards. Training will take place two different days, January 6th or 7th for volunteers. These training sessions are required due to the new information we must share. This will include all current and new volunteers. Please contact Becky Layton at the church 813-634-2539 ext. 236, cell 859-391-0216 or breakawaymin@sccumc.com to schedule your training time. Breakaway thanks you.  [The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center]  1210 Del Webb Blvd West, Sun City Center, FL 33573 | 813-634-2539] www.sccumc.com


CLIP POSTAGE STAMPS from your mail. Make a Difference!
This includes:
Cancelled postmarked stamps, Printed stamps, Non-Profit stamps, Any stamps! Who for? They are sent to the ALLIANCE STAMP MINISTRY to be sold overseas. They have been collecting stamps for over 30 years and have raised over a million dollars!!!! Why? To support scholarship and educational programs in South America. What to do? Just cut off the part of the envelope with the stamp or just provide the whole envelope. Do not trim the stamp any closer than an inch if you trim them. When they prepare the stamps for sale, they will trim and process as needed. 
Please give/send them to:
Beverly Gaussiran
811 Freedom Plaza Circle, #306
Sun City Center, FL 33573
407 339-1907


DOG WALKER - PET CAREGIVER NEEDED WITH "ALL ABOUT PAWS"
Must love animals and have experence with caring for dogs and cats. Have reliable transportation and be able to work early mornings (7:30 am).  This is apart time position.  If you enjoy working with animals and live in the Sun City Center area please respond to allaboutpaws1234@gmail.com


GOLD, SILVER, COINS & STAMPS. Paying 60%. David Kramer 813-837-5986 Resident of SCC


GOLF CART - Wanted:  Anyone have an extra golf cart they'd like to rent out for the months of January through March?  If so, please call Sandy at 920-410-7967.  References on my character can be provided if you'd like!


RELIABLE VEHICLE FOR SUN CITY CENTER RESIDENT - Seeking affordable, dependable vehicle. This female resident must have SUV or Van type vehicle for work requirements. To connect, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990


SELL ME YOUR CAR - Fast Fair Friendly, I come To You - Same Day, Trusted Over 25 Years - Sell Car Boat, RV Hassle Free Call 813-586-0950 Today


SMALL WORLD MUSICAL WALL CLOCK WANTED. Call Jim (813) 634-6387


SURFLINK 2 or Paradigm accessories wanted to make my Starkey muse 2400 hearing aids work with my tv and phone. The Audibel brand uses the same parts. The parts need to be 900 mghz. (All surf link and paradigm products are). Please let me know what you have. Thanks for helping out! Email or call Dean Menier, Sun City Center Resident 239 910 7486 - thedeanmenier@gmail.com


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Sun City Center Meals on Wheels Needs Volunteers
How can you make a difference to your neighbors in Sun City Center? SCC Meals on Wheels is an important community service which provides meals to those that need them. During the COVID 19 pandemic it is especially crucial since so many residents are not able to leave their homes.  In some cases this is the only meal they have daily. Meals on Wheels was started in 1973 by GFWC SCC Woman’s Club.  It eventually became the joint responsibility of 3 organizations with Woman’s Club handling the volunteers and delivery, Samaritan Services providing information, taking orders and collecting money, and South Bay Hospital preparing the meals and packaging for distribution.  If you want to order meals, please call Samaritan Services at  813-634-9283 and they will help you get started.  Every month a different local church or organization volunteers to deliver the meals daily.   The group that delivered each March has been unable to continue, and it is open for a club, church or organization to join the list of people that give of their time to make sure that meals are provided to local residents. This is such a rewarding opportunity and needed service for all of us in giving back to the community. Please ask your organization or group to volunteer to help, contact Virginia Kimball at vk480912@aol.com or 636-248-1887 or Susan Royal at royalsusan2@gmail.com or 813-404-4794 for more information. 


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