Recycling rally: Verizon will host a Recycling Rally in Temple Terrace Feb. 13 to help residents clear out unwanted electronics and other household items for recycling. The rally takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Verizon's Telecom Park facility, 7701 E Telecom Parkway. This recycling project is free and open to the public. Verizon employees will collect materials at the front entrance. Participants will be randomly selected to receive Energy/Water "Go Green" Kits that include useful energy-saving items. Discarded items will be reused or recycled so that they do not end up in a landfill. Recycled items can include glass, plastics and aluminum cans; laptop and desktop computers; CRT (cathode ray tube) and LCD (liquid crystal display) 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 (such as coffee makers, toasters, toaster ovens and can openers); microwave ovens; vacuum cleaners; and electronic toys without batteries. Hard drives will not be wiped, and batteries should be removed from all items before drop off.
Items that will not be accepted include hazardous waste (such as batteries, inks/toners, mercury bulbs); units containing fluid (such as motors and pumps containing fluid); refrigerators and freezers; medical waste; and radioactive material such as X-ray equipment. For more information, call (813) 978-6786 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sock hop: Take your dancing feet to the "Valentine's Day Sock Hop'' at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, where you'll dance to the beat of one of Tampa's original rock 'n' roll groups, the Impacs, now celebrating their 53rd anniversary. For nonmembers, tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Purchase tickets at the box office, online at carrollwoodcenter.org, or by calling (813) 269-1310 or (813) 922-8167.
Author lecture: Agricultural writer Barry Estabrook and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers will present a program entitled "Tomatoland: Modern Day Slavery in Florida" as part of the University of Tampa Department of English and Writing's Scholars' Symposia. The program is at 5 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Grand Salon in Plant Hall on the UT campus. Estabrook is the author of Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. Published in 2011, it is described by the author as being "about how industrial agriculture has ruined the tomato in all ways — gastronomic, environmental and in terms of labor abuse." Estabrook is a former writer for Gourmet magazine. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of corporate social responsibility, community organizing and sustainable food. The program is free and open to the public. A book signing and question and answer session will follow the program. For more information, contact Kacy Tillman, assistant professor of English, at email@example.com.