The Homes for the Holidays program eases the financial strain of furnishing a new home by supplying basic necessities, including furniture, appliances, and pantry items. Fully stocked pantries come complete with dry and frozen foods, meats, bakery items, produce, dairy items, paper products, and classic holiday dishes. By helping to allay the costs of basic necessities, the program helps increase parents' discretionary income for other expenses such as afterschool care and doctor's visits, and gives families a foundation of nutritious foods to help them establish healthful eating habits.
After years of active involvement with diving and emergency medicine—including jobs training first responders in scuba and public-safety diving—Mike Massaro founded Mutiny Sea Sports to expand his mentorship into recreational diving. Backed by a slew of their own certifications, Mike and his instructors introduce their students to the sport through comprehensive certification courses. The crew also offers continuation courses for advanced divers, including rescue diving and certifications up to Divemaster, which gives students the experience to lead their own diving trips and the authority to make schools of fish stop moving so everyone can see them a little better.
Produced by the Davis Islands Chamber of Commerce, the second annual Bluz & BBQ event sates senses with live music and barbecue from local vendors, contributing to the fundraising effort for the revitalization of the historic Roy Jenkins Pool, a Davis Islands landmark. Like any good roast-beef market, the currency at Bluz & BBQ comes in the form of Little Piggie Bucks, which are valid for a number of menu items including Yuengling drafts ($3), Cigar City Brewery drafts ($4), and barbecue plates ($6–$12). Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic blanket that doubles as a giant handkerchief to the event, ensuring comfort and cleanliness during six live blues performances from musicians such as Damon Fowler, a roots-rock virtuoso and Florida native.
Away from the amusement parks and tourist hotspots Florida is known for, its rivers wind along sandy beaches, wildlife habitats, and lush marshlands. Canoe Outpost's cabin rentals and fleet of kayaks and canoes allow access to these natural attractions, thanks to their steadfast crew which helps paddlers launch into the Little Manatee River. Opportunities to paddle, hike, and arm-wrestle fish pepper the rivers, whose calmer areas allow for cool, refreshing swims.
The instructors at Evolation Yoga help their students achieve greater health and centeredness with a unique blend of hot yoga and meditation. Rather than subscribing entirely to the tenets of Bikram yoga, they incorporate other yogic styles for a more fluid approach that’s accessible to all students. To achieve the best results, they lead classes in studios heated to keep the mug of tea balanced on each student’s head piping hot. They also organize regular workshops and events at each of the studio's eight locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Australia.
The Beach Beast Challenge invites runners of all fitness levels to dress in wacky costumes and journey across sun-soaked sands in search of personal glory and awards. Standing between them and the finish line are tall hurdles, scaling walls, and the constant fear of being swallowed by a kraken. Those who complete the course will be awarded finishers' medals and entry to the Beast Lounge for an after-race party to celebrate their accomplishment with music. Top racers also receive additional awards, as do those judged to have the best costumes.