Theater puts out the call for directors
Any director wishing to supervise a show at Carrollwood Cultural Center can attend a "Director's Choice'' open house at 7 p.m. May 28 at the center, 4537 Lowell Road. At the event, organized by MAS Community Theatre, the center's resident theater company, directors will be asked to bring a show of their choice and select the month they would like to run the show. Once shows have been selected, the center will unveil the theater schedule at a cast party for actors, who can review the list of shows and audition dates.
For more information, go to carrollwoodcenter.org or call (813) 269-1310.
Countywide groups seek applicants
The Hillsborough County Commission is seeking applicants for various boards, committees and councils. Applications are due Thursday . Commissioners will make the appointments in June or July. Applicants must be registered voters in Hillsborough County. These are voluntary positions and members serve without compensation. Applicants may apply to more than one board but may only serve on one board at a time. All applicants must submit a completed questionnaire and a Standards of Conduct form. The forms are available in the commissioners reception area on the second floor of County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa; by calling the Boards and Councils coordinator at (813) 272-5826; or on the county's website at hillsboroughcounty.org.
For more information, contact Luann Finley, director of board services, at (813) 272-5826.
Community meeting scheduled for May 22
Residents of northwest Hillsborough County who belong to volunteer community emergency response teams and those who are interested in taking part can get expert information at 6:30 p.m. May 22 at Keystone Civic Center, 17928 Gunn Highway. Representatives of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office citizen patrol and neighborhood watch groups will be on hand to answer questions, along with medical reserve corps volunteers and Preston Cook of Hillsborough's Office of Emergency Management. A workshop on retrofitting your home to withstand high winds and other hazards will be offered.
Sen. Joyner among Hall of Fame inductees
State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, Nancy Ford and Eleanor McWilliams Chamberlain were inducted into the Hillsborough County Women's Hall of Fame this week in a ceremony at the Tampa Convention Center.
Joyner was the first black female attorney in Hillsborough County, the first black female Florida state representative and state senator elected from Hillsborough County, and the first black female elected Florida Senate Democratic Leader. She has advocated for women's and human rights, criminal and civil justice reform, and consumer protection.
Ford and Chamberlain were inducted posthumously. Ford was one of Hillsborough County's first female bank executives and the "founding mother'' of the Athena Society, an organization formed to improve and promote the status of women in business and to support passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Chamberlain was one of Florida's first advocates for women's rights and suffrage who also worked for "mothers' pensions," an early form of Social Security for widows seeking help to support children.
For more information, call (813) 276-2640 or visit hillsborough county.org/cosw.
Job fair scheduled for downtown Tampa
Looking for a new job? Attend the Tampa Bay Job & Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. Meet representatives of more than 50 local companies who have immediate employment needs, from entry-level positions to skilled trade, health care jobs and even top managerial positions. This is a special event designed to help put you face to face with companies that have open positions that they are looking to fill immediately.
History Center to let moms in for free
The Tampa Bay History Center will celebrate Mother's Day with free admission for moms with one paid adult admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. In addition to buy-one-get-one-free admission, the center will offer free arts and crafts for kids in the Lykes Atrium.
Moms and families are encouraged to visit the museum and dine at the waterfront Columbia Cafe. The cafe features indoor and outdoor seating along the Tampa Riverwalk.
The History Center is at 801 Old Water St. in the Channel District. Call (813) 228-0097 or visit tampabayhistorycenter.org for more information.
Money set aside for Telecom Parkway
Lawmakers have set aside $600,000 to build an extension of Telecom Parkway, from Telecom Park to Morris Bridge Road, opening an easy access to the business park off Fletcher Avenue for residents on the east side of Temple Terrace and providing a more direct route for emergency vehicles, said city spokesman Michael Dunn.
The allocation awaits the signature of Gov. Rick Scott.
Take a city biking tour with Mayor Chillura
Bicycle enthusiasts are invited to take a morning jaunt through Temple Terrace on May 16 as the city hosts its first "Bike with the Mayor" day. Mayor Frank Chillura will lead riders on a leisurely 2-mile ride along the winding streets of Temple Terrace, starting and ending at the Family Recreation Complex, 6610 Whiteway Drive. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. with sign-in and light snacks, courtesy of the Temple Terrace Rotary Club, followed by the ride at around 8 a.m. There is no fee to ride along. Just bring your bike and join the fun. You'll pedal alongside the mayor and others on shady Riverhills Drive and through other scenic areas. This event is co-sponsored by the city of Temple Terrace and Tampa Bay Cycle. Be sure to arrive early. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., participating riders will receive free T-shirts, helmets and bicycle lights (with free installation), while supplies last, courtesy of Tampa Bay Cycle (funded by the Florida Department of Transportation). No advance registration required. For more information about the event, contact Michael Dunn at (813) 506-6406 or [email protected] For more information about Tampa Bay Cycle, contact Julie Bond at (813) 974-9799 or [email protected]
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