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Hillsborough County hosts 31st annual Dixie Games

Hillsborough County hosts 31st annual Dixie Games

Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation will host the 31st Annual Dixie Games May 13-15. The Dixie Games are a three-day competition for athletes with physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, visual impairments, amputations, and spinal cord injuries. The Dixie Games allow athletes to showcase their abilities in a variety of sports including track, field, swimming, archery, table tennis, and weightlifting.

More than 100 competitors from across the southeastern United States and several foreign countries are expected. Hillsborough County Parks Staff anticipates this will be the largest Dixie Games in history. Athletes will range from first timers to world class paralympians with junior athletes being 6-22 years of age. Athletes will compete according to their age, gender, and level of ability for each sport.

Competitions will be held at three locations throughout Hillsborough County:

County’s 'Operation Clean Sweep' cleans up neighborhoods

County’s 'Operation Clean Sweep' cleans up neighborhoods

Hillsborough County, Florida -- During Operation Clean Sweep in the Lucy Dell community, County officials took steps to reduce crime, blight and help create a safer environment for families.

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement issued 175 notices including overgrowth, inoperable or junked cars, trash and debris, damaged roofs and open storage. Two abandoned homes were condemned, boarded up and scheduled for demolition. One notice was issued for operating an auto repair business on a residential property. In addition, the teams picked up more than 300 cubic yards of trash, debris and junk. 

Operation Clean Sweep began early Wednesday (May 4) morning. The two-day campaign proved so successful, the clean up was extended through Friday (May 6) afternoon.

Photos: Cinco de Mayo at Westchase Town Center

Photos: Cinco de Mayo at Westchase Town Center

From World of Beer to Tijuana Flats, and even Maloney’s and Zen all got in the Cinco de Mayo spirit in the Westchase Town Center yesterday, May 5.

Specials on Corona and food along with live music kept the party going all day and night.

METROMIX PHOTO GALLERY: Flashed! Cinco de Mayo at Westchase Town Center

The Ultimate Tampa Bay Scavenger Challenge

The Ultimate Tampa Bay Scavenger Challenge

Ye Mystic Krewe of the Nautilus presents The 5th annual Quest For Hope, ‘The Ultimate Tampa Bay Scavenger Challenge’ benefiting The 1Voice Foundation, Saturday, May 14, 2011.
 
Teams sign by 5:30 p.m. at Gaspar’s Grotto in Ybor City and at 6 p.m. the SCVNGR mobile application will start the teams on their adventure.  At 10:00 p.m., the application shuts down and all teams meet back at Gaspar’s Grotto for an awards ceremony dinner and entertainment.  The cost is $500.00 per 5 person team with proceeds going to The 1Voice Foundation for use in the “Club Nautilus” program at the Florida Aquarium.  Through this annual event, The Krewe of the Nautilus has raised more than $30,000.00 in funds for pediatric oncology patients and their families.

Volunteers will construct new oyster shell reef on Green Key

Volunteers will construct new oyster shell reef on Green Key

Riverview, FL -- Tampa Bay Watch and Audubon of Florida will create a new oyster shell reef habitat along the shoreline of Green Key on the mornings of May 6 and 7.

Green Key is a small island located south of the mouth of the Alafia River and Bullfrog Creek in southeastern Hillsborough Bay.

Approximately 40 volunteers have been recruited to assist with the project on each day.

Half of the group will begin to shovel oyster shell at 9:15 a.m. while the second group will travel by boat to Green Key to assist in laying the oyster shell bar. The project will wrap up around 12:30 p.m.

Dottie Berger MacKinnon wins good government award

Tampa, Florida -- Hillsborough County Commissioners will present their 2011 Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Award to former County Commissioner and child advocate Dottie Berger MacKinnon.

The award will be presented on Wednesday, May 4 in a 9 a.m. ceremony in the County Commission Boardroom, 2nd floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa.

Dottie Berger MacKinnon has championed countless causes through the years that have helped the neediest of residents.

As a child advocate, she started several homes for abused and abandoned children, including the Joshua House, A Kid's Place, and Kid's Charity.

Help Tampa celebrate Make May Moffitt Month

Help Tampa celebrate Make May Moffitt Month

Tampa, FL -- The SunTrust Bank building in downtown Tampa will light up blue May 1 - 5 in celebration of Make May Moffitt Month.

Make May Moffitt Month is a monthlong endeavor to raise cancer awareness and funds for cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center.

In May, Moffitt will partner with businesses and individuals throughout the Tampa Bay area to offer promotions and cancer education.

“We are honored to participate with Moffitt during this week,” Terri-lynn Mitchell, the district manager of Property Management at Stiles Management said in a release.  Stiles Management also lit the building to honor Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and to recognize ovarian cancer research efforts at Moffitt.

Local Tampa restaurants are also participating in Make May Moffitt Month.