Well, it's time again for one of the biggest charitable events of the year in Plant City -- the golf classic sponsored by O'Brien's Irish Pub (the Plant City O'Brien's, obviously, for those of you who don't know there are O'Brien's Irish pubs in Tampa and Brandon). The classic is in its sixth year, so naturally, it's called the Sixth Annual O'Brien's Plant City Golf Classic. It takes place on June 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and it'll be at the Walden Lake Golf and Country Club. This is a great opportunity to get out there, play some golf, and enjoy good company - and it's all for a good cause. This year, the beneficiary of the Plant City's community's philanthropic effort is the United Food Bank & Services of Plant City, a good group whose mission is to eradicate hunger in East Hillsborough County, and help folks become self-reliant.
If you are interested, you should sign up now, as the tournament is limited to 36 paid teams. Go to: O'Brien's Plant City Golf Classic
Golf, Range Balls, Lunch, Beverages, Goody Bags, an O’Brien’s Golf Shirt, Award Ceremony & Buffet @ O’Brien’s Plant City.
Listen up young golfers. There's a really cool juniors' golf camp at the resplendent Silverado Golf & Country Club in Zephyrhills later this month. It begins June 25th and runs through June 29. There might be a second camp, but that's not assured, so if you're interested in improving your game, we advise you sign up as soon as possible. The camp begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon. Kids from 8 years old to 15 can participate. It costs $150 per young golfer, and, to guarantee your spot, you need to pay in advance. The camp is limited to 24 players. The price of the camp covers golf instruction, lunch, and, on the last day of camp, a 20-foot ice cream sundae. That's not one 20-foot ice cream sundae for everyone. Everyone's got to share. To sign up, best call the Pro Shop at (813) 788-1225.
Everyone knows GattiTown Clearwater is a good place for kids to let loose and have some fun, but the folks there also want to do their part in helping kids be safe. To that end, the business is teaming up with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office for a special safety day this Saturday, as part of the sheriff’s office’s "Live Safe" program. There will be two educational safety presentations at GattiTown, one at 11 a.m. and another at 12:30 p.m. Typically, deputies tell parents and children to be on the look-out for certain behaviors, so the children can remain safe. But they manage to mix in some fun, too. For instance, the kids will leave their fingerprints on a card and have their photos taken. Then, cards with the child’s name, fingerprint and portrait will be given to the parents. This is all free. There's something else that's free, too – the kids' buffet. To get that, an adult has to pay the adult price to eat at the buffet. It’s a killer deal.
With Memorial Day fast approaching, we thought we’d give some props to Maid To Order, which has just expanded its philanthropic non-profit venture to include veterans. (Memorial Day, as you remember, is a time to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers.) Now, Maid To Order, a house-cleaning business, has long helped breast cancer patients, through its non-profit “Love Thy Neighbor,” by cleaning the women’s homes for free. “Love Thy Neighbor” also accepts donations of services from other businesses, in case the breast cancer patient needs some help with some other problem, like, say, a leaking faucet or a dirty carpet. This month, the folks who run Maid to Order have decided to expand “Love Thy Neighbor” to include veterans undergoing medical treatment. (We realize they can’t offer this service to able-bodied veterans, too, since such a move would drive the family-owned business into bankruptcy). If you are a business or a person who wants to help either breast cancer patients or recuperating veterans, there are a couple of ways to reach out. You can contact Maid To Order at (727) 384-6243 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can make a donation at the Love Thy Neighbor website
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Are you feeling bad about the way you look? Are you feeling depressed or low-energy? Many people think they know what to do and never incorporate it into their lifestyle. Are you making a good faith effort with diet and exercise, but you’re not getting the results you want? You need help with some professional advice. On the morning of May 19, in Tarpon Springs, two professionals will be at PMR Elite Fitness & Massage in Tarpon Springs to help you. Connie Russo, the owner of PMR, is a licensed massage therapist and a certified personal and group fitness instructor. The other professional is Gloria Constantas, who is a licensed hypnotherapist and a counselor. The pair are giving a free seminar that begins at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until 10 a.m. Connie and Gloria will talk about the benefits of exercise, strength training, aerobics, good nutrition, as well as other things. In short, they’ll tell you how to reshape your body – and your lifestyle. Connie will inspire you as she instructs you how to stretch and perform certain exercises. If you go, be sure to wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes, and bring a towel and water bottle.Remember. This is a free event. There will be door prizes, and specials on training sessions, massages and foot detoxification.
"The Freak," "King Kahn," and "King Kong Kahn." The 31-year-old bodybuilder, who was born in Pakistan, divides his time between the United Kingdom and the United States. He suffered some injuries some time ago, but he's working his way back to the stage. In the process, he has made a series of motivational videos for Nutrex Research, a company that makes and markets an array of supplements, including the popular Hemo-Rage shots.
He is currently on a nationwide tour on behalf of Nutrex, and has two stops in Tampa on March 31. He is expected to stop in at DNC Supplements, at 4115 Gunn Highway, Tampa, at 10 a.m. for a few hours. Then, at 3 p.m., he'll stop in at Southern Muscle, 2056 Badlands Drive, in Brandon, for a couple of hours.If you are an aspiring or professional bodybuilder, you should probably try to make it to one of his appearances.
The videos he's made in concert with Nutrex appear on the Nutrex Research web site, and separately on YouTube. You should watch them if you're trying to motivate yourself to get off the couch and work out.You should also watch them if you want some sort of insight as to why The Freak works out. Sure, it's to achieve your personal best. But Kahn also says it's a kind of meditation for him, a way to deal with stress and anger. Kahn will sign autographs at the appearances, and there will be free T-shirts and swag bags.
The competition is called the Clearwater Super Natural Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Championships (we know, it’s a mouthful), and it is sponsored by, of all organizations, Alaska Bodybuilding Fitness & Figure.
Why, might you ask, is an organization based in Alaska sponsoring a body-building competition in Florida, not to mention Clearwater? Well, this is the answer. Derek Snelson, who is the chief executive officer of ABFF, and who will act as master-of-ceremonies Saturday, has a daughter, Dana Ailor, who’s a nutritionist at Cypress Health Care, in Clearwater. She’s running the show, and he’s helping her.
This isn’t all about nepotism, however. ABFF is emerging as a nation-wide body-building contest force, one that has also run competitions in the states of Washington and Idaho, as well as Alaska. Saturday’s is ABFF’s first venture in Florida.
The contest is a drug-free one, which means contestants are subject to random drug tests, and have to have been drug-free for three years. You wouldn’t expect a nutritionist to get involved in anything but a natural event, would you?
The official deadline for entering the contest was Feb. 18. Folks can still compete as walk-ins. They just have to pay a $70 registration fee, as opposed to a $50 registration fee.
Pre-judging at the high school, which, by the way, is located at 3000 State Road 580, is at 10 a.m., with final judging at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for pre-judging and $20 for final judging.
DNC Supplements is one of only two Tampa Bay area businesses with tickets to pre-sell. It’s located at 4115 Gunn Highway in Tampa. The other business is I’ll Pump You Up, at 505 Howard Court, Suite 200, Clearwater.
Even if you are not a bodybuilder, the contest should be an interesting one. The different competitions include: one for men 176 pounds and under; one for men 176 pounds and over; one for men over 60; a teenage fitness group for females ages 10 to 19; a women’s figure contest for women 50 and older; and, of course, a bikini contest.
Dana tells us that as of Tuesday afternoon, there were 40 registered contestants. One was flying in from Connecticut, another from Alaska, and the rest are from Florida, she said.
We weren’t too familiar with bodybuilding contests before we found out DNC was pre-selling these tickets. We didn’t know, for instance, that contestants sometimes get artificially tanned for the event. (Okay, you can call us dumb now). As a matter of fact, Hot Spot of Sarasota, a tanning salon, will be on deck Friday evening at the host hotel, Baymount Inn and Suites at 265089 U.S. 19 N., in Clearwater, and at the high school Saturday, for the contestants.
Interesting tidbit: So as not to foul the sheets at the Baymount with those Friday night spray-on tans, contestants have to bring their own.