Plus: The Girl Scouts get into an abroad state of mind; Ball of Yarn gets involved; new art collection coming the library and more.
BY THE OBSERVER STAFF
Tia McDonald: Growing up giving
In its weekly newsletter, the city recognized Tia McDonald for 10 years of local volunteerism.
A frequent participant in Florida beauty pageants, McDonald began volunteering with the Shining S.T.A.R.S. Pageant and Fashion Show, for residents with special needs, when she was 10 years old.
Today, as a college freshman, McDonald continues to support the pageant by collecting donations toward the purchase of crowns and gift bags for each participant, as well as searching for new talent. She also emcees the show.
Girl Scouts think abroad
The Girl Scouts hosted its annual Thinking Day March 9, at the Nova Community Center, with 18 local Scouts researching different countries and sharing what they learned.
They visited France, South Korea, China and Italy in their presentations, and sampled food from each place. They also got down and boogied after their trips, sharing dances from their respective regions.
Ball of Yarn gets involved, donates
Every Thursday, the Ball of Yarn, at 156 W. Granada Blvd., hosts a free Stitch Night, 5-8 p.m., as an event for local stitchers to visit, chat, drink coffee and work on their latest yarn projects.
But that’s not the only outreach work led by the store’s owners, Pauline Orlowski and Sandi VanEpps.
The two also have an annual charity knitting schedule. January through March, they make prayer shawls; April through June, it’s chemotherapy hats; July through September, baby booties and October through December, miscellaneous baby items.
Yarn donations for First United Methodist Church’s Warm Spirits and Knitting for the Children in Cold Countries program can also be dropped off at the store.