It Is Time for FunFest
March 17 CA Central Campus
By Diane M. Loeffler
For a fun day filled with lots to see, do and learn, come to Sun City Center’s Central Campus on Saturday, March 17. Rain or shine, FunFest will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Come to enjoy the food, music, entertainment by professionals and local people, club demonstrations, vendors, raffles, new cars and golf carts on display, a health fair, clubs with items for sale, a live radio broadcast, and even more food.
When you arrive, you will notice that there is quite a bit going on outdoors, but FunFest activities will also be taking place indoors, so make sure to visit the Rollins Theater, rooms in the Atrium, club spaces, the indoor pools and the Arts and Crafts building.
Everyone is welcome to attend, you do not need to be a CA member. However, unless your pet is a licensed service dog, leave your furry friend at home.
Golf carts will park in the same area as last year, on the lawn behind the temporary Community Association modulars. There will be people on hand to help you find a parking spot. Bicycles and tricycles should park away from the venue area. For the safety of everyone, please do not bring your bicycle into any areas where FunFest activities are happening.
Park your car at the Community Hall Building parking lot at 1910 South Pebble Beach Boulevard. This is a large parking lot with an adjacent area for overflow parking. Buses that are equipped for handicapped individuals will be picking up all passengers at Community Hall throughout the day, dropping them off by the new CA Building and making the return trip all day. In order to be sure you aren’t unknowingly impeding the travel of buses and emergency vehicles, don’t park anywhere in the vicinity of the Central Campus. Note: there will be no parking at the Arts and Crafts building.
Finding Places and People
When you arrive at FunFest, you will see several Information Booths. They can provide you with maps and direct you to the activities that interest you. You will also see CA employees and individuals wearing FunFest Badges around their necks. These people are all there to help you find where you are going. They are also ready and willing to help you locate any people who may have wandered away on their own.
Bring your appetite to FunFest. Among the planned menu items are chili, potato salad, sloppy joes, sloppy joe style hotdogs, pork chops, BBQ chicken sandwiches, chips, pretzels, baked goods, donuts, strawberry shortcake, breakfast, water, coffee, soda, lemonade, ice tea, as well as apple and cherry pie with ice cream. Other items may be available as well. Keep in mind that sometimes menu choices are changed or a food item runs out, so be open to a couple of options.
Opening remarks, the flag raising, the pledge and the official welcome will all take place at the gazebo starting at 9. From 10:30 to 1, Sun Radio will be broadcasting from the gazebo. Tables for clubs and vendors will be set up near the gazebo as well as other areas on the Central Campus.
Go to the Florida Room to see the Southeastern Guide Dogs at 9, the Women’s Chorus at 10, The Academy of Ballroom Dancing at 11 and The Wonders of Nature at 12:30.
The Dance Studio will feature a Tai Chi demonstration at 9, a Jazzmatazz performance at 11, the Latin Fitness Dance Club at 12:15, and Flexercise / Aerobics at 1 p.m.
Inside the Rollins Theater The Gals and Guys will perform at 10, The Men’s Chorus at 11:15, and Par for the Chorus at 12 noon.
Entertainment at the Main Tent will include the Dukes at 9:15 and 12:15, Elvis at 10:15 and 1:15 p.m., and Kevin Brooks at 11:20.
The Front Porch Pickers will perform near the outside pool at 10:45 and 12 and Swim Dancers at 11:30 in the lap pool.
The Health Fair
Be sure to stop by the Caper and Horizon Room. As senior citizens, you can take advantage of a number of services at no cost. Registered nurses will be on hand for blood pressure screenings. The National Alliance for Mental Illness will be available for you as will professionals in the areas of skin cancer and vein problems. You will also be able to talk to health-related vendors.
The parking lot to the north of the Atrium will have the Eye Mobile, a bus where you can have a free eye screening, and the One Blood bus where you can donate blood. The Tampa VA bus will not be here this year since they are helping in Puerto Rico.
Whether you are in the mood to be entertained, interested in health-related matters, hope to buy the lucky raffle tickets, want to eat or just want to mix and mingle, FunFest is the place to be on March 17.