New park: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will celebrate the grand opening of New Tampa Nature Park at 10 a.m. Monday. The 122-acre park has parking for 22 cars and two buses; an elevated "nature walk" boardwalk that crosses wetland habitat; a shorter elevated "marsh walk", picnic areas, a rock and rope playground climber, and a zip line play element. The park also connects to Hillsborough County's Flatwoods Park trail system, giving residents access to miles of paths. The park, which cost $927,469, is at 17001 Dona Michelle Drive. To view a map of the new park, visit tampagov.net.
Adult dance: Forever Moving, the Tampa Bay area's first and only modern dance company for adults, will hold workshops from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday and Dec. 7 at Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard, Tampa. Adults with or without dance experience are invited to enjoy creative exploration and modern dance instruction, along with an introduction to choreographic tools and methods. Professional choreographer Susan Taylor Lennon, dance professor at the University of Tampa, will lead the classes.
Cost for the workshops is $10 per class for nonmembers, $7 for members. To register for the class or for more information, call (813) 932-0241 or visit lectampa.org.
Arts and crafts: See some 200 arts and crafts vendors, paintings by local artists, Christmas ornaments, house plants and homemade crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Arts & Crafts Festival at Lake Park, 17302 N Dale Mabry Highway, in Lutz.
The festival is free; the park entry fee is $2 per vehicle up to eight people. For more information, contact Lake Park at (813) 264-3806.
Free dentistry: Teams from several dental clinics will provide free services, including cleanings, extractions and fillings, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at Dental Designs of Florida, 16680 N Mabry Highway.
The doctors and teams of Dental Designs of Florida, Armenia Family Dental Care, the Dentist Place and the Dentist Place for Kids will be improving the oral health of residents as part of Free Dentistry Day; a day dedicated to providing dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance.
Appointments will be accepted first-come, first-served on the day of the event. For more information, visit freedentistryday.org.