Cultural center plans showcase, market
Attend a reception to celebrate America from 5 to 7 p.m. July 11 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, as the center showcases paintings, photography, drawings, printmaking, sculptures and ceramics. Admission is free. On July 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can attend an outdoor market at the center that features fresh food, handmade crafts and live music. Admission is free. For more information, visit tampabaymarkets.com.
Parade, run events slated for July 4
A 5-kilometer run, a 1-mile fun run and family walk and the Lutz Community Parade are featured during the July 4 festivities next Friday. The theme this year is "Saluting Lutz Volunteer Fire Department.'' A cake decorating contest and auction and flag-raising ceremony are planned, along with the inauguration of the new Lutz Guv'na.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. and runs east on Lutz Lake Fern Road, beginning at Crooked Lane and finishing at the train depot. For general parade information, call Phyllis Hoedt at (813) 949-1937.
Greg Shepherd to talk at Rotary meeting
Greg Shepherd of RTS Missions, based in Lutz, will be the guest speaker at the Lutz Rotary Club meeting at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. The public is invited; you do not have to be a member to attend. A continental breakfast costs $10.
RTS Missions has become one of the most trusted and respected organizations helping in Haiti. For more information about the meeting, call Doug Andrews at (813) 857-7089.
Women's club installs new members
GFWC Lutz-Land O'Lakes Woman's Club recently installed two new members, Pat Bush and Georgia Ecton, at the service organization's annual spring luncheon. The club was pleased to have the GFWC Florida president, Carole Weaver, as a guest. The club's past president, Cheryl Benton, was named to high GFWC Florida state office and will serve as the state corresponding secretary for a two-year term. Weaver and Benton joined club president Kay Taylor in welcoming Bush and Ecton to the club. Visit gfwclutzlandolakeswomansclub.org for more information.
Open house at Connerton Court
Connerton Court Assisted & Memory Care Community, 14712 N 42nd St., is holding an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. today to give seniors and their families the opportunity to meet medical professionals and learn about the services they provide, many of which are available to seniors at little to no cost.
Connerton Court is an assisted living and secure memory care community that has a licensed nurse on staff, visiting physicians, round-the-clock assistance with daily living activities, rehabilitation services, health and wellness programs, medication management, weekly housekeeping and laundry service and an all-day dining program.
Wildflowers to bloom at Tampa parks
The city of Tampa is testing a new wildflower project at three parks throughout the city, and residents will enjoy blooms over the summer.
Currently, partridge pea, mistflower and flower tickseed are planted at Rowlett Park; black-eyed Susan, lanceleaf coreopsis and little blue stem slender bush clover are at the New Tampa Overpass; and black-eyed Susan, flower tickseed and lanceleaf coreopsis will grow at Gadsden Park.
City and Vlass Temple Terrace look to settle
The city and the developer of the stalled Downtown Temple Terrace project, who could not settle their case outside of court, are apparently hoping to settle their case in court. The former partners, who have accused each other of breach of contract on the project to build the $150 million office, retail, residential and cultural center, are scheduled to go before a court mediator in late July.
Essentially, the city charges that Vlass Temple Terrace has failed to start construction of a cultural arts building in a timely fashion. Temple Terrace wants Vlass to return the undeveloped property that the city turned over to the company. Vlass refuses to do so, charging that the city failed to exercise reasonable discretion to alter plans that the company says are not viable in a struggling economy.
Fourth of July fest features parade, more
Temple Terrace will celebrate Independence Day with a Fourth of July parade, food, music and fireworks. USF president Judy Genshaft will serve as parade grand marshal, leading a procession of bands, floats, civic organizations and other celebrants along the shady streets of Temple Terrace. The parade will start at 10 a.m. at Whiteway Drive and Gillette Avenue.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a cookout, music and face-painting at the Bulluck Legal Center, 306 Bullard Parkway.
Evening festivities start at 7 o'clock on the first fairway of the Temple Terrace golf course, between Belle Terre and Woodmont avenues.
The fireworks will start at 9:15 and can be seen from the first fairway of the golf course. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed, but personal fireworks of any kind are prohibited on the golf course. Parking is available near Bullard Parkway and 56th Street and on residential streets. (Be sure to abide by "No Parking" signs.) For more information, call the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce at (813) 989-7004.