If downtown Tampa seems a little fuller this week, it's because a big convention is in town. PennWell Corp., a 100-year-old media company that specializes in trade publications for various technical industries, is holding its Renewable Energy World Conference & Exhibition North American at the Tampa Convention Center. Approximately 4,000 delegates are scheduled to attend. The conference will feature discussions and presentations during technical sessions related to technology, markets, business strategies and policy covering the wind, solar, biomass, hydro, geothermal, ocean/tidal/wave, bio-power, bio-fuels and hydrogen energy sectors.
If all that seems a bit much, then let the Mardi Gras festivities begin. Most people already know about Dunedin's big event. But a new one is starting in Ybor on Seventh Avenue between Bernini's and the Green Iguana. There'll be a big Creole buffet, drinks for sale and a second line band. Let the good times roll!
And don't let the name fool you; competition will be fierce for the United States Lawn Bowling Association Men's Tournaments. They'll be going on all week through Saturday in Clearwater. Be sure to leave your vuvuzelas at home, though.
For the science-minded among you, consider attending a talk by journalist and author Rebecca Skloot. In addition to writing columns and essays for the New York Times and Discover, she's written a best-selling book called The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It's the story of an African-American woman whose cells – taken without her knowledge in 1951 – became one of the most important tools in medicine. Skloot is speaking at USF's Marshall Student Center at 7 p.m.
Today's big deal is one that could change your life (at least for lunch): Eat healthy at Tampa's Grassroot Organic Restaurant for only $10, a 50 percent savings.