Buccaneers Field in North Greenwood unveiled
Today at 4 p.m., representatives of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Clearwater for Youth and the city will cut the ribbon to open Tampa Bay Buccaneers Field in North Greenwood.
The new field, which will be used for youth sports, was built with the aid of a $100,000 grant from the Buccaneers through the National Football League's Grassroots Program, which has built or renovated fields around the country for 15 years.
Among those attending the ribbon cutting today will be Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer, quarterback Josh Freeman, cornerback Leonard Johnson, and offensive linemen Davin Joseph, Ted Larsen, Donald Penn and Jeremy Zuttah. The Buccaneers cheerleaders and mascot also will be present.
The field is adjacent to 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Playwright to lead 'Twilight' workshop
The East Branch Library, 2251 Drew St., will host a workshop led by local playwright Ellen Henderson for fans of the Twilight Saga series by Stephenie Meyer.
The workshop, at 4 p.m. Thursday, will float ideas to create a play that will be a spinoff of Meyer's book Breaking Dawn, which revolves around a newly born vampire, Bella, and her vampire husband, Edward Cullen.
In Meyer's book, the couple bear a daughter, Renesmee. The new play, titled Renesmee, the Teen Years, will explore Renesmee's life and elements of the series. The workshop, geared toward teens and tweens, is free and open to the public. Henderson is best known at the Clearwater Countryside and East library branches where her one-act play, The Regatta, has been produced. For more information, call (727) 562-4970 or visit myclearwater.com/cpl.
Fine Art Center's lease on agenda
The Dunedin City Commission on Thursday will consider a staff recommendation that the city extend the Dunedin Fine Art Center's lease of its city-owned building another 15 years to 2038.
City Manager Rob DiSpirito says the new term would help the art center qualify for a state grant to fund a new wing and a construction loan.
That's because the grant requires that any expansion it funds operate at least 10 years, while banks typically require that loans be tied to leases of at least 20 years. DFAC's current lease expires on Aug. 31, 2023 — only nine years away from the new wing's expected completion date of summer 2014.
The upcoming decision follows a controversial 4-1 vote in February, in which commissioners agreed to chip in $500,000 toward the DFAC's effort to raise $1 million by July and, thus, qualify for the rare $500,000, 2-to-1 matching grant through the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
Mayor Dave Eggers cast the lone dissenting vote against the donation, saying the city had more urgent or delayed expenses to consider.
Writing contest celebrates Florida
The Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N, is holding an all-ages writing contest celebrating the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon's arrival in Florida. Through short works of fiction, the contest explores the Sunshine State's unique history, wildlife, culture and people. Entries for the contest are being accepted through Aug, 15. For submission guidelines, visit safetyharborlibrary.com, select "Programs" and click on the image of Viva Florida 500. For more information, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.
A mosquito warning and some tips
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is urging residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes because of the potential that the bugs can spread disease. The department has these recommendations:
• Avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes feed.
• Wear clothing that covers most of the skin.
• Use mosquito repellents that list DEET as an ingredient. Check the label to see if it is safe for children. Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are other repellent options.
• Rid your home and yard of standing water where mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter-inch. Check lawn furniture, containers and bromeliads in the garden.