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SWEETWATER NEWSLETTER Many thanks to Fran Gagliano for providing our neighborhood with a new, much needed, American flag for the front entrance. Thank you Fran! A big thank you to Mike & Marie for hosting the St. Patrick's Party it was a huge success (as it always is). Please do not forget our May 3, 2019, Cinco de Mayo party that will be held at the Hyer's home at 4129 Saltwater Blvd. Party begins at 6:30 p.m. Remember to bring you favorite libation and a snack to share. Anyone who would like to host a neighborhood party please contact Marie McElroy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 813-885-6152. PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF LEAVING YOUR VEHICLE(S) UNLOCKED. PLEASE LOCK AND SET YOUR ALARM SYSTEM EACH TIME YOU PARK YOUR VEHICLE. The 2nd Annual Upper Tampa Bay Golf Tournament is being planned for Friday November 8, 2019, with a Shotgun start commencing at 11:00 AM. Mark your calendars! We made just shy of $10,000 last year for golf course improvements. Our neighborhood facebook page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/SCPOwnersAssociation please let Donna Lentz know if you have something newsworthy to share with the neighborhood. Next SCPO Association Board meeting is scheduled for 4/22/2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the library media room. It's Termite Season. How to Fight Back. Swarms of the destructive insects are most noticeable in springtime You might see them in the evenings, moving beneath street lights and porch lamps like speckled clouds. Or spot signs of them around your house: brown lines weaving up outdoor walls, sawdust-like droppings at the back of a dresser drawer, or tiny insects flying in front of a TV screen. Here's what you need to know, and to look for: Drywood termites swarm in evenings, generally from April through July. They like anything made of wood or wood byproducts - attics, floors, furniture, books - and live in colonies. Look for the insects' wings, mounds of tiny fecal pellets, or wooden surfaces that have developed blisters, indicating the substance beneath them is hollow. Subterranean termites are the most destructive. You're likely to encounter them from December through May. These termites crave moisture, and infest wood from underground. To move upward, they build mud tubes to protect themselves from dry air and predators. Look for the tubes, and tap wood to see if it's hollow beneath the surface. Free Guided Tours Awash in Wetlands Wisdom County offers four hikes during American Wetlands Month May is American Wetlands Month. Explore these unique natural environments at Hillsborough County Conservation Parks throughout the month, and learn why they are important. Each of four hikes winds through a different wetland, led by a guide with the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County. The areas are habitat for plants, fish, reptiles, and mammals. Wetlands also deter flooding, filter drinking water, and provide recreational opportunities. Saturday, May 25 - Upper Tampa Bay Conservation Park. Most of the guided walks begin at 9 a.m., but it's wise to check beforehand (see contact information below). For more information, email the EPC's Kim Tapley or call (813) 627-2600, extension 1359. HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? The following plants will set your garden "aflutter" with butterflies: Firebush: A hearty Florida native with tubular red flowers from late spring until early winter. Monarch and zebra longwing butterflies love it. Blue porterweed: A host plant for some butterflies, this evergreen groundcover also attracts insect pollinators with its bright-blue flowers. Beach sunflower: Another favorite of many butterflies, this showy, drought-resistant groundcover blooms throughout the year. Pentas: An upright perennial with star-shaped flowers that are extremely popular with butterflies. Native milkweed: The many varieties are known for attracting butterflies and bees. It's a larval host to monarch and queen butterflies. Passionflower: Some butterfly gardeners plant two vines. In sunny areas, they lure gulf fritillary butterflies. In shade, they invite zebra longwings. Until next time!