Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

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Downtown

Walk benefits strays in crowded shelters

The 17th annual Strides for Strays runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Perry Harvey, Sr. Park, 1201 N Orange St. This dog walk fundraiser shows support for ending pet overpopulation through spay/neuter programs, TNVR and pet rescue. This Family and Dog friendly event includes live music, food, vendors, contests, activities for children and dogs and more. The event benefits the Animal Coalition of Tampa. Registration is $30.

Attendees investigate strange occurences

Late-Night, Lights-Off Paranormal Investigation runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday (Oct. 21) at the Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. In 1965, projectionist Foster "Fink" Finley died after 35 years of service to his beloved Tampa Theatre and strange occurrences have been reported in and around the projection booth ever since. Tampa Theatre partners with experts from Genesis Paranormal Services and GhostStop to bring attendees an evening of lights-off investigation into the building's most common supernatural claims. Tickets are $60 for general admission and $50 for Tampa Theatre Members at the box office, or online at TampaTheatre.org.

Hillsborough County

County seeks diversity council applicants

Hillsborough County seeks applications for the Diversity Advisory Council and applications are due Oct. 26. The Council was created to facilitate communication between Hillsborough County government and diverse populations, and to address matters related to diversity that affect County government and its citizens. Six positions are vacant. Five terms are for two years ending August 31, 2019, and one term is for one year ending August 31, 2018. Positions are specified as individuals from the following categories: At-Large; Far East Asian; Indian Asian; Native American; and Caribbean (two positions). For more information, call (813) 272-5826.

University of Tampa

Plant Museum gives haunting experience

An Eerie Evening runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Henry Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Learn about a haunting double suicide that took place in the Tampa Bay Hotel. Victorian mourning and funeral customs come to life as eerie entities roam the halls. Period lighting and candles set the stage for true stories of death, homesick soldiers and poisons. Admission is $20 for Museum Members and $25 for non-members. Space is limited. This event is intended for visitors ages 16 and above. For more information visit www.plantmuseum.com or call (813) 258-7302.

Ybor City

Pub crawl embraces Oktoberfest spirit

The Oktoberfest Pub Crawl runs from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 21) throughout Ybor City. Attendees join the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce for a trip to ten bars for free four-ounce Oktoberfest beer at each beer boots and costume contests. Tickets include free das boot with lanyard, four ounce poursat each location, food and drink specials at each participating bar. Tickets are $25 for pre-sale and $35 at the door.

The Lectern comes to HCC Mainstage

The Lectern: rule by rule by rule: Dance Theatre piece starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 20) and Saturday (Oct. 21) at Hillsborough Community College Mainstage Theatre, 1411 E 11th. A riot of rules, the piece overturns everyday protocols, manners and laws and exposes them for their freedoms and limitations. Attendees enjoy the mixed-up rules of catwalks, dining, debating, tattooing, eulogizing, graduating and law clerking.

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