By PHYLLIS HODGES
Put some pep in your step on March 16 by making your way to the Sun City Center Community Association (CA) Central Campus on N. Pebble Beach Boulevard for five hours of fun (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) packed into the 2019 FunFest. The festivities begin with a welcome by CA President Sam Sudman and FunFest Chairman Dave Birkett at the gazebo. The opening ceremony also includes a flag raising by the American Legion and the national anthem by Salvina Tannenholz.
Don’t miss the insert in the March 13 SCC Observer that will detail times and locations of FunFest participants.
Want to avoid a parking hassle? Consider parking at the CA’s South Campus, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Boulevard. Three buses (handicapped equipped) from Aston Gardens will be running continuously from 8:45 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m. Golf cart parking will be available in the area just north of North Course Lane. Attendants from the SCC Security Patrol will be there directing.
This annual event is a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about SCC clubs and community groups by visiting the club rooms and displays of merchandise and talent, and don’t miss sampling the delectable food choices a dozen clubs will be offering as fundraisers for their organizations. Representatives from local and nearby businesses will also be present with displays about their products.
Also, numerous healthcare providers in the Health Fair held in and around the Atrium building will be bringing information and, in some cases, free services ranging from DNA cancer testing to balance assessments. Participating this year offering services are: Baycare (St. Joseph’s), Vein Center at Erasers, Bayside Medical, Watson Clinic, Registered Nurses Club, Gannon University, The Eye Associates and OneBlood. On hand dispensing information will be Samaritan Services, Yoga Club, Men’s Club Lifeline/Health Division, Pharma Genomics, LifeLink Foundation, Qi Gong Club, Florida Medical Hearing Centers, Humana Insurance and Tampa Bay Family Physicians.
Entertainment will be nonstop with performances by dance/exercise clubs and choral/theatrical groups. Local groups scheduled (as of press time) in the Florida Room, Dance Studio and swimming pool areas include Swim Dancers, Front Porch Pickers, SCC Cloggers, Solo Line Dance Club, Tai Chi, Non-Impact Aerobics (NIA), Jazzmatazz, Latin Fitness Dance Club, Women’s Chorus and Par for the Chorus. In the Rollins Theatre you will find the German American Club Singers, Gals and Guys Productions and Men’s Chorus.
The lineup of professional entertainers in the Main Tent (beside the CA Arts and Crafts Building on Cherry Hills Drive) features Bill Lindsay (aka Elvis Presley), Kevin Brooks, 3 Dom and The Dukes. Wonders of Nature, a popular wildlife show, will again delight visitors in the Florida Room.
FunFest has become a CA tradition dating back two decades. The first one was held in 1990 as an exhibition of community spirit while providing CA clubs a venue to raise funds for their groups. Birkett said the committee is anticipating drawing several thousand guests again this year.