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Seniors: Sign up for some boot-stompin’ fun at the Lightfoot Center


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— No matter what your age or ailment, it’s never too late to be empowered to live your life to its fullest.

That’s the theory behind those who are planning the Hee Haw Hoedown from 1 to 4 p.m. June 10 at the Omar K. Lightfoot Recreation Center, 10901 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace.

If your age bracket defines you as a “senior,” this event is meant for you.

Participants are urged to scrounge up an old straw hat, hunt down a pair of boots and head on over for an action- packed afternoon of boot-scootin’ line dancing, food and entertainment by Rockin’ Elvis Jeremy Ewbank, the fiddling Crabgrass Cowboys duo and singer Kathy McGuire, a Temple Terrace resident who frequently volunteers her time to support area initiatives.

The City of Temple Terrace in partnership with YES! of America United is hosting the happening, which also will include representatives from area social service agencies including Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay and the Florida Department of Aging.

In addition, there will be spokespeople from YES!, an organization focused on empowering people with disabilities.

“We provide ample opportunities for people with disabilities to be purposefully engaged by getting out of the house and becoming involved in their communities,” said Becki Forsell, founder of YES!

YES! board member Chatequa Pinkston, a woman born with cerebral palsy and other infirmities who went on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science at the University of South Florida, will have four books she’s authored for perusing and for sale.

She describes them as testimonies of how she was empowered to lead a purposeful and fulfilling life, despite the challenges she faced.

“The YES! organization is the premier advocate in this area for those living with disabilities of all ages and walks of life,” said McGuire, noting that the artists who will be performing are committed to giving their time and talent to benefit the nonprofit organization’s mission.

Temple Terrace Recreation Leader Kelly Ahern, who heads up the city’s programs for seniors, encourages older folks in the area to attend.

“It’s a good event because it provides seniors with entertainment and information at the same time,” she said.

Reservations are required because of limited space, Ahern said. RSVP to Melinda Wheatley at wheatlym@hillsborough county.org or (813) 744-5310.

Joyce McKenzie can be reached at joycecmckenzie@gmail.com.

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