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NEW!  STRAWBERRY POKÉBALL FOOD TRUCK CRAWL:  Come join the fun as we join with the Main Street Food Truck Rally on Friday night, September 30, 3016 at McCall Park in downtown Plant City to host the Strawberry PokéBall Food Truck CrawlThere will be a Pokémon trainer competition from 5-9 pm as Lure Modules will be set to draw Trainers and Pokémon alike.  Prizes will be awarded for Strongest Trainer, Pokémon Master and Gym Leader.  See the web site for official rules and times of the competition.  There will also be other Pokémon games and activities for the youngest trainers as well, so bring the whole family!  Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-up registration will be accepted starting at 4:30 pm.  Click this link to review the event web site and obtain a registration form.  This is a kickoff event for our new Planteen Pokémon Club mentioned below.  Contact Recreation Supervisor Maggie Morona at the Planteen at mmorona@plantcitygov.com or 813-659-4256 to get more information on the Strawberry PokéBall Food Truck Crawl and the Planteen Pokémon Club activities!

NEW!  PLANTEEN POKÉMON CLUB:  Want to develop your Pokémon skills and play in a safe group environment?  Then our new Planteen Pokémon Club is the place for you!  The class meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Planteen Recreation Center, 301 Dort Street.  All ages are welcome to attend.  The fee is a nominal $2 per week to cover the cost of prizes and Wi-Fi.  Contact Recreation Supervisor Maggie Morona at the Planteen at mmorona@plantcitygov.com or 813-659-4256 to get more information on the Strawberry PokéBall Food Truck Crawl and the Planteen Pokémon Club activities!

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NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK COMPETITION:  Mark your calendar to compete in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition on Saturday, September 24 from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex, 2402 East Cherry Street.  Winners will be announced at 11:00 am.  Competition is FREE and open to all youths ages 6-15 (as of 12/31/2016).  Boys and girls compete separately.  Participants must wear tennis/sneaker style shoes – no cleats or bare feet!  Our winners advance to the Sectional Competition in Tampa in October.  In the past, many of our Sectional participants have won and advanced to the Team Finals.  Register on site prior to competing or download the registration form at the link above and bring to the event.  Players in our youth flag football program should compete after their 8:30 am game or before their 9:45/11:00 game.  Special thanks to the Optimist Club of Plant City for their sponsorship and assistance with this event!

GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITS RECREATION PROGRAMS:  The 22nd Annual Plant City Optimist Club / Plant City Recreation & Parks Department Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 24 at Diamond Hill Golf Club, 13115 Sydney Road, Dover FL 33562 (813-689-7219).  Registration begins at 11:00 am and the four-person scramble format shotgun start will be at 1:00 pm.  Funds raised by the Plant City Optimist Club benefit youth programs offered by the Recreation & Parks Department and the club.  The $75 per player entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls, meal and awards.  Prizes for contests such as a putting contest, two long drive holes and two closest to the pin holes will be awarded as well as great door prizes distributed to those with wining raffle tickets purchased at the event.  Hole sponsors, raffle/door prize sponsors and tournament sponsors are being solicited.  Registration forms are available now at the above event link as well as from any Plant City Optimist Club member, the Plant City Optimist Club web site, from the front desk at the Recreation & Parks Department administrative office, 1904 South Park Road (813-659-4255).  For further details, please contact Walt Arnold (walt34@gmail.com or 813-752-1602) or Jeb Hicks (jebmar80@verizon.net or 813-727-1204).  (This Plant City Optimist Club event is an independent program and is not administered by the City of Plant City Recreation & Parks Department.)

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TENNIS CENTER CLASSES:  The Plant City Tennis Center offers several youth programs during the school year:
  • Lessons – unless noted differently, normally register early-mid month for the lessons which start the first week of the following month.
    • Youth Beginner Lessons – ages 8-16 – six classes over three weeks costs only $50 per person.  Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. 
    • Tots Beginner Lessons – ages 4-7 – six classes over three weeks costs only $25 per person.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm. 
    • Team Tennis for Intermediate/Advanced Juniors – $80 per person per month – twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. 
For more info on these programs and other Plant City Tennis Center offerings, contact Tennis Professional C. Shane Johnson at sjohnson@plantcitygov.com or call the Plant City Tennis Center at 813-707-7485 or 813-707-7486.
SCHOOL FLYER DISTRIBUTION CHANGE:  The Hillsborough County School District has changed their policy on handing out activity flyers to the students.  We are no longer able to hand out paper flyers through the school system.  The schools will now only post the flyers electronically on Peachjar and the schools will have one hard copy at the front desk for reference.  According to the Peachjar website:  Peachjar is the leader in digital flyer management systems used by U.S. school districts, some of the most demanding customers in the world. Our cloud-based platform makes it easy for school districts to deploy and manage their digital flyer approval and delivery system, delivering flyers right to parents' smartphones or e-mail. School districts streamline their flyer operations, save significantly on touch labor and increase the effectiveness of the flyers reaching their intended audience, the parents.  In order to receive our flyers through the school system, parents must receive them through Peachjar.  Each student’s parent/guardian that has provided the school system an e-mail address is registered – contact your school with questions and to provide an e-mail address to receive future school flyers.  We apologize for the potential inconvenience of not receiving the paper flyer from your school, but this is our only way to get the flyers to the students’ parents.  Please spread the word to your friends and forward this newsletter to them so that they get our information.  We encourage everyone to either follow us on social media or provide an e-mail address to us so we can send information to them.
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Watch the video below, presented by the National Recreation & Parks Association.