Ruskin soldier dies in Afghanistan
On Aug. 21, the Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, died Aug. 20 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy.
He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.
A Peaceful Harbor Day Spa announces new location
After six years at 1312 Apollo Beach Blvd., A Peaceful Harbor Day Spa and Salon has moved to the former HealthPoint Medical Center building at 901 Apollo Beach Blvd. The new facility will allow the spa to offer expanded services to include a full-service hair salon, manicures and spa pedicures, therapeutic massage and a full range of cosmetic services by licensed and experienced estheticians led by owner Kathie McPhee, who has more than 30 years of experience in the field.
For information, call A Peaceful Harbor Day Spa at (813) 645-3303.
Sign up to participate
Riverview First United Methodist Church is seeking crafters and vendors for its upcoming Harvest Festival, which will take place on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public will be invited to learn more about local companies, purchase handcrafted items, enjoy lunch from a variety of food trucks and receive information about community services. Vendor space range from $25 to $35. To register, visit www.riverviewflumc.org/harvestfestival.html.
Art exhibit set
An Art Instructors Exhibit Opening Reception Sept. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. It will include light refreshments and the work of the library’s talented art instructors. The John Crawford Art Studio at SouthShore Regional Library provides free art classes for children, teens and adults. All materials are provided. Call Laurie Burhop at (813) 273-3652.
Pet Resource Center offers back-to-school specials
The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center invites the community to another First Saturday Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa.
The family-friendly event series aims to save lives and boost community engagement. It will include back-to-school pet adoption specials, food trucks and expert lessons on pet care and training, courtesy of the Hillsborough County Community College Vet Tech Club.
Exhibitors include a pet portrait artist, and kids can win prizes for creating a portrait of a favorite shelter pet.
The resource center offers a wide variety of adoptable pets. Adoption fees includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, county license tag, microchip and free chip registration. Kennels marked “now can go” showcase many fully vetted animals that are ready to leave for forever homes the same day for $20.
Because the Pet Resource Center is often the first place to receive the community’s lost and surrendered animals, the shelter hopes to be the first place adopters consider when selecting a new furry, family member. The facility is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for adoptions, lost pet searches and county pet license tags.
For more information, contact Hillsborough County’s Pet Resource Center at (813) 744-5660 or visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets.
Salvation Army recruiting volunteers for Christmas program
The Salvation Army plans to help Hillsborough County low-income families with meal and toy assistance this Christmas season and needs volunteers to help process applications at two application sites during September and October.
Last year the nonprofit organization provided Christmas assistance to more than 1,850 families in Hillsborough County, thanks to generous donors who provided toys for 6,000 kids through the Angel Tree program and an anonymous donor who provided Publix gift cards for holiday meals.
Volunteers must be 21 or older, should be comfortable using computers and will need to attend a 1-hour software training. Bilingual volunteers are especially appreciated. Training sessions will be held at 10 a.m. today and Sept. 24 at 1100 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa. Contact Laura Ferrell at (813-) 226-0055, ext. 372, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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