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FunFest 2013 goes glam at annual day for seniors

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Whoever says older folks can't have fun must not know residents of Sun City Center.

The Community Association is gearing up for its FunFest 2013, and about 7,000 people are expected to attend.

"This is the one event where all our clubs have the opportunity to get together and show off what they do," said Susan Muise, FunFest committee chairwoman. "We'll have lots of entertainment, food, a new car show and health fair."

"There's something for everyone," she said. "It's like a little country fair, except there are no rides.

"Some people come for the cars, some for the exhibits, some for the health fair and others for the food. Admission is free."

The festivities are open to the public and will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Association central campus at North Pebble Beach Boulevard and Cherry Hills Drive.

This year's theme, FunFest Goes Glam, was chosen to reflect a spirit of glamour, said Muise. So some of the activities will center on it, such as a photo-op station where visitors can have their picture taken with famous stars.

"Wear your bling and you'll fit right in," she said.

Organizers suggest everyone park at Community Hall at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. and take a free shuttle to the event.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., buses will make continuous loops throughout the day to move people back and forth.

The last bus departs the central campus at 3:30 p.m.

Entertainment will take place in a number of venues.

Jack Craig will emcee the program in the main tent, which will feature morning and afternoon performances by The Dukes; Bill (aka Elvis) Lindsey and Solid Gold.

Meanwhile, in the Florida Room, John Cortese will introduce the Line Dance Club, Country Cloggers, Solo Line Dance Club, Academy Ballroom Dance Club and two showings of Wonders of Nature.

And over at Rollins Theater, Mary Jane Tovey will host performances by the German American Club Singers, Performing Arts Club, Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, Swingers Square and singer/comedian John Foster.

Folks who feel like dancing can head over to the Let's Dance Tent and groove to the tunes of Music by Gari.

Also, there will be tai chi and other dance demonstrations; animals representing Elmira's Wildlife Refuge, Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort (CARE) and Southeastern School for Guide Dogs; and poolside entertainment by the Front Porch Pickers. The Swim Dancers will perform nearby in the lap pool.

About 30 health care professionals, including staffers from South Bay Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital South, will be on hand to perform screenings and offer information on healthier living in the Caper and Horizon rooms in the Atrium building. Free screenings for eyesight, cholesterol, blood pressure, skin cancer, balance and more will be offered.

Food will be prepared and sold by numerous clubs.

For more information, call (813) 633-3500.


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