Playground dedication: Mayor Bob Buckhorn will celebrate completion of a new playground at 10:30 a.m. today at Cypress Point Park, 5620 W Cypress St. With parking and restrooms as well as the new playground, Cypress Point Park anchors the Tampa side of the Courtney Campbell Trail. The playground complements other new amenities and improvements made along the trail. Additional comfort/rest stations with shade and weather structures, drinking fountains, benches, bike racks, trash receptacles, security cameras and new landscaping will be installed. The 3,330-square-foot play area contains six features for children ages 2-12. The playground features rope climbers, a see-saw, and individual spinners. Rubber surfacing is strategically placed for universal access to the equipment while the remainder of the play area is engineered wood mulch. In addition to the playground at Cypress Point Park, the city of Tampa has also repaired the seawall and installed a new restroom and concession building at Ben T. Davis Beach.
Name a park: The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Department will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. to solicit name proposals for the park at 18050 Kinnan St. The current name of the park is New Tampa Little League Park, and it is commonly referred to as Kinnan Fields. For more information contact Parks, Recreation and Conservation director Jack Carlisle at (813) 272-6573.
Recycling rally: Materials accepted are CRT and LCD monitors and televisions; computer cables, mice and keyboards; gaming consoles; telephones and answering machines; stereo and audio equipment; paper shredders; alarm clocks; printers; cameras; remote controls; earphones; small electronic appliances; microwave ovens; vacuum cleaners; and electronic toys without batteries. Hard drives will not be wiped; batteries should be removed before drop off. Materials such as hazardous waste (batteries, inks/toners, mercury bulbs); units containing fluid (motors and pumps); refrigerators and freezers; medical waste; and radioactive material such as X-ray equipment will not be accepted. Participants will be randomly selected to receive Energy/Water "Go Green" Kits that include energy-saving items. Discarded items will be handled under Verizon's zero-landfill objective, which means materials will be reused or recycled so that they do not end up in a landfill. 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Verizon's Telecom Park facility, 7701 E Telecom Parkway, Temple Terrace. For more information, call (813) 978-6786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternate reality: Harry Turtledove, a writer who has been hailed as the master of the "alternate history" genre, will speak and read from his work at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in the TECO Room of the College of Education on the University of South Florida campus. At 2 p.m. Feb. 19 in room 3705 of the Marshall Student Center, Turtledove will join USF faculty for an interdisciplinary discussion of alternate history. In alternate history, sometimes known as "alternative reality," writers explore what might have happened if historical events had unfolded differently, allowing authors to play with notions of truth, reality and imagination. The panel will include Michael Decker (history), Brogan Sullivan (English) and USF's nationally-known author Rick Wilber (mass communication), who in 2013 won the most prestigious award for the genre — the Sidewise Award for Best Short-Form Alternate History — for his story titled Something Real. Both events are free. For more information and parking details, contact Liz Kicak by phone at (813) 974-3657 or email (email@example.com), or visit the Humanities Institute website at humanities-institute.usf.edu.