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Sun City Chamber event to help crash victim

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Chamber to host community event

The Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Family FUN Fest and FUNdraiser for Scott Clark, a local small business owner who recently suffered a life-changing motorcycle accident. Proceeds from the event will help defer mounting medical bills and support his wife and two small children during his recuperation.

It will take place at the chamber, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Bring along your children and grandkids. There will be food, music by DJ Gary, silent auction, prizes and raffles; a scavenger hunt; face painting; bouncy house; corn-hole toss; and more. Burgers, hot dogs, sides and beverages will be $1 each.

To donate an raffle or auction item or make a donation, stop by the chamber or call (813) 634-5111.

Kids invited to reel in a big one at summer fishing camp

Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation & Conservation will host two-week summer fishing camps from June 17 through Aug. 9 at E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. N.W., Ruskin. The camp offers children the knowledge, skills and practice they need to reel in any fish and enjoy a rewarding lifelong pursuit.

Designed for kids ages 8 to 15 with little or no fishing experience, the camp's only requirement is an interest in fishing and love of outdoor experiences. Campers will put their skills to work through daily practice, competitions and lots of fishing. Hands-on activities will include casting, filleting, fly fishing - casting, tying a fly and fishing - how to take care of fishing tackle and gear, knot tying, making monofilament recycling containers and throwing a cast net.

Fishing discussions will include angling ethics, conservation, fishing reports, handling a fish properly and de-hooking, limits and seasons, local species, rules and guidelines and the use of circle hooks.

Additional camp activities will include canoeing and kayaking, camping skills, hiking and swimming. All sessions will include field trips and for an additional fee of $25 campers can participate in a 5-hour deep sea fishing trip with Hubbard's Marina. Fishing stats will be kept, and awards and prizes will be given out at the end-of-camp party and fish fry.

Camp sessions will be taught by local professional fishing captains and organizations, including the Coastal Conservation Association, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Suncoast Fly Fishing Club. Camp partners include the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, Fish Florida and the Guy Harvey Foundation.

The cost is $120 per two-week session, which is held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online registration is under way at www.hillsboroughcounty.org/summercamps.

For additional information on these summer camps, visit the website or call (813) 635-3500.

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