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YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUES:  The PCRPD/Optimist Youth Basketball Program is currently registering players for its 48th season of play.  All area youths in six age groups (co-ed 8-9, boys 10-11, girls 10-12, boys 12-13, girls 13-15 and boys 14-16) are eligible to participate – age is determined as of 3/1/17 (birth certificate required).  Around 400 youths participated on 39 teams last season, playing games at the Plant City Family YMCA gym or at the Marshall and Tomlin Middle School gyms.  The season is played from early January through the end of February, with games mostly on Saturdays for the 8-9 year olds and weeknights for the older age groups.  The registration fee of $35 covers all expenses, including jersey and supplemental accident insurance.  Registrations will be accepted through Wednesday, November 16 at 4:30 pm by mail or at the Recreation & Parks Department administrative office, 1904 South Park Road (813-659-4255).  We will also be looking for a few coaches for all age groups!  A registration form and more info are both available at the PCRPD web site, www.plantcitygov.com – search “youth basketball league”, e-mail us at recinfo@plantcitygov.com or call us at 813-659-4255.

NEW!  SECOND ANNUAL MOTHER SON BOWLING BASH:  Attention all Mothers!!!  Want to spend some quality time with just you and your son?  Make a special day with your little man and come take part in our Second Annual Mother Son Bowling Bash!  The event will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 11:00 am at Plant City Family Bowl, 2250 US Highway 92 E.  Designed for boys ages 5 and up with their Mother or Mother figure (Grandmother, Aunt, etc.), this fun event will feature 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, drink, prizes, and a keepsake photo!  Cost is $25 per couple and $7 for each additional person.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND IS NOW UNDERWAY!  Register early as there is very limited space available for this popular event.  Limit for this event is 65 people.  Registration form is available at the event link above.  Please pre-register now at the Planteen Recreation Center (301 Dort St).  Registration deadline is Friday, November 11 (please note that registration could be full by the time the registration deadline arrives). For more information, please contact Recreation Supervisor Maggie Morona at 813-659-4256 or mmorona@plantcitygov.comWANT TO BE A SPONSOR?  Contact Maggie and she will give you the details!
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PLANTEEN RECREATION CENTER:   NEW ON THE PLANTEEN ROSTER OF ACTIVITES:  Adult Painting Class, Club 52 - Adult Playing Card Club, Pint Size Picasso children’s art class, Walking With Friends, Holiday Craft Class – Grades 3-4-5, Toddler Craft Class, Adult Coloring Club, Personal Fitness and the Planteen Pokémon Club!  
In addition to the new items listed above, various other programs are offered at the Planteen Recreation Center, 301 Dort Street, including Baton Twirling, Belly Dance, Country Line Dancing, Ladies Bible Study, Senior Aerobics, Tae Kwon Do
, Yoga For Beginners and more.  "Ask a Friend to Share their Talents" - That's right, they can earn some extra money by becoming an instructor or setting up a program at the Planteen!  Contact Recreation Supervisor Maggie Morona at the Planteen at mmorona@plantcitygov.com or 813-659-4256 to get information about the activities at the center!

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR RECREATION CENTER:  Various youth and adult programs highlight the offerings at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center, 1601 East Dr. MLK Blvd.  Offerings during October and November include:  Glory Days for Senior Citizens (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays – 9:00 am to 12:00pm), MLK Afterschool Program (Monday through Friday – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm), Christmas in the Park – Pre-Registration (weekdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – event is December 17), Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Pre-registration (pre-register online at www.feedourchildren.org for a free turkey – event is November 15), Halloween Costume Party (kids only - October 31 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm), Computer & Tablet Classes – Pre-registration (Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm) and Video Game Tournaments every third Sunday of the each month.  Recreation Supervisor Lillie Brown (lbrown@plantcitygov.com) and Center Coordinator JaVae Ingraham (jingraham@plantcitygov.com) continue to provide the same services at the center that have helped youngsters and adults for over 50 years.  Give Lillie or JaVae a call at 813-757-9195 to get information on the schedule of activities at the center! 
MLK Rec Center
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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NEW!  MONTHLY PLANT CITY MAIN STREET FOOD TRUCK RALLY – THEME:  PUMPKIN FALL FESTIVAL AND GIRLS NIGHT OUT:  What a blast several thousand folks had at the September Food Truck Rally!  Come out to McCall Park in downtown Plant City on Friday night, October 28 from 5-9 pm for the Plant City Main Street Food Truck Rally!  This is the second of monthly food truck rallies on the last Friday evening of every month (except December).  There are 12 food trucks scheduled to participate on October 28, including Nico's Arepas Grill, Papa Rons Cajun, Taste Buddz,  In The Middle, Boom Boom Box, Revolution Ice Cream, Fritan’Go, Yo Yo Juice, Herring’s Catch, Tamale Co., Vanchettas and Treehouse Truck.  October theme is a Pumpkin Fall Festival with Carved Pumpkin Contest, Costume Contest and also a Girl’s Night Out with special sale by downtown merchants.  A donation station will also be set up by The Spring of Tampa Bay program for abused adults and their children.  For notice on all the Plant City Main Street happenings, “Like” them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/plantcitymainstreet/   (This Plant City Main Street event is an independent program and is not administered by the City of Plant City Recreation & Parks Department.)

NEW!  OTHER OCTOBER/NOVEMBER COMMUNITY EVENTS – click the link for more info: 

  • Fit-Family-Fun Walk Event – Plant City Family YMCA – Friday October 21 – 6:00 pm – Free event open to the community. 
  • Fall Plant Fest – Plant City Community Garden – Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Open to the community.
  • Plant City Christmas Parade BBQ – Jarett-Scott Ford parking lot – Friday, October 28 – 10:30 am to 6:00 pm – fundraiser to support the annual Christmas Parade.
  • Plant City Housing Fair – St Mary’s Community church – Saturday, October 29 – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm – Resources and information about housing and social services available locally.
  • Community Trunk or Treat – Plant City Family YMCA – Saturday, October 29 – 5:00 to 7:00 pm – Free event open to the community.
  • 39th Annual Pioneer Heritage Day – 1914 Plant City High School Community Center – Saturday, November 12 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm – Entertainment, hayrides, food, bake sale, face painting, bounce house, crafts, vendors.
  • 6th Annual Empty Bowls Project – Union Station Depot – Saturday, November 12 – 11:00 am to 1:30 pm – United Food Bank of Plant City fundraiser.

Papa Ron's Cajun
Rollin Zoinks
Sawadee Thai
Whatever Pops (cart only
(These community events are independent programs and are not administered by the City of Plant City Recreation & Parks Department.)

Watch the video below, presented by the National Recreation & Parks Association.