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Events around the bay area

Donations sought: The Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay will be at the Tampa Downtown Market collecting food items from their grocery list. Six items net you a free tote bag. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tampa Downtown Market, N Franklin Street between Kennedy Boulevard and Madison Street, Tampa. The grocery list is attampadowntownmarket.com.

Holiday in the Park: Take a trip on a hayride through a greeting card-lined lane, visit the nature center and take a look at the miniature holiday village, Friday and Saturday at Upper Tampa Bay Park. 6 to 9 p.m., 8001 Double Branch Road, Tampa, free. Call (813) 855-1765.

Volunteers needed: Metropolitan Ministries needs volunteers to staff its Holiday Center. Children must be at least 12 to volunteer without an adult. Call Jeremy Rodney at (813) 209-1237 or go tometromin.org/Volunteer.aspx.

Send submissions for Around Town to Joshua Neiderer at St. Petersburg Times, 1000 N Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602-3700; e-mail tampa@sptimes.com. Deadline is one week before publication.

Events around the bay area 12/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:03pm]
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  1. DOT shows alternatives to former Tampa Bay Express toll lanes

    Transportation

    TAMPA — State transportation officials are evaluating at least a half-dozen alternatives to the controversial Tampa Bay interstate plan that they will workshop with the community for the next 18 months.

    Florida Department of Transportation consultant Brad Flom explains potential alternatives to adding toll lanes to Interstate 275 during a meeting Wednesday at DOT's Tampa office. Flom presented seven diagrams, all of which swapped toll lanes for transit, such as light rail or express bus, in the I-275 corridor from downtown Tampa to Bearss Ave. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON | Times]
  2. Florida Orchestra and Tampa Bay Master Chorale scrap search for a joint conductor

    Stage

    TAMPA — After a yearlong effort, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and the Florida Orchestra have abandoned their search for a conductor capable of leading both groups.

    Doreen Rao conducts a concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra in December 2010. Photo by Enid Bloch.
  3. New in theaters July 4 weekend: 'Despicable Me 3,' 'Baby Driver,' 'The House,' 'The Beguiled'

    Movies

    OPENING Thursday:

    DESPICABLE ME 3

    One of Hollywood's most successful animation franchises isn't about "me" anymore; it's about them.

    Gru (Steve Carell) squares off against Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) in Despicable Me 3.
  4. Uhurus cancel Baker protest

    Blogs

    Jesse Nevel's campaign had planned to stage an anti-Rick Baker protest outside the St. Petersburg Yacht Club this evening while Baker held a fundraiser inside.

    Now, that's not happening.

    Jesse Nevel's Uhuru-affiliated campaign postpones protest
  5. Claim: State pressured CFO, used secret recordings to shut down Universal Health Care

    Banking

    ST. PETERSBURG — The founder of St. Petersburg's Universal Health Care alleges that Florida regulators conspired with the company's chief financial officer to drive the once high-flying Medicare insurer out of business.

    Federal agents raided the headquarters of Universal Health Care in 2013, ordering employees to leave the building. The insolvent St. Petersburg Medicare insurer was then in the process of being liquidated by state regulators.
[DIRK SHADD   |   Times file photo]