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Tampa briefs: Study pegs value of city's 7.8-million trees


Arts council to hold workshop on grants

The Arts Council of Hillsborough County will host a Cultural Development Grant Workshop on Wednesday to review the guidelines and related forms to the 2008-09 grants application.

The application deadline is Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Arts Council offices.

All forms are available on the grants page of the Arts Council's Web site at

The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon on the 10th floor of the St. Petersburg Times building, 1000 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

For more information, call the Arts Council at 276-8250.


Trolley's green, purple rides are now 25 cents

Riding the trolley in Tampa just got cheaper.

Earlier this week, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority reduced the prices on its In-Town trolley system's purple and green lines to 25 cents. Both lines serve the downtown area.

The purple line runs Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. The green line runs Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 254-4278 for more information.

Call 254-9904.


Want new ideas for having fun with kids?

Bring your little ones to the Parents as Teachers program "Let's Get Physical."

The event is part of the Child Abuse Council's promotion of physical wellness and will provide fresh and creative ways to have fun with your children. The program is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W Platt St., Tampa. For more information, call 356-1293, ext 210.


Stormwater work will close Euclid Avenue

Euclid Avenue will be closed beginning June 23, but local traffic access will stay open for residents.

The detour will include routes along MacDill Avenue, El Prado Boulevard and Himes Avenue.

Work is planned to replace about 375 feet of concrete pipe with a new stormwater system.

The project is expected to be completed at the end of August.

For information, call David Vaughn at 274-8568 or send an e-mail to david.vaughn@tampa


Study pegs value of city's 7.8-million trees

The city of Tampa has 7.8-million trees. What are they worth?

The city paid $100,000 to find out and will present findings from a study that revealed the benefits, current condition and value of Tampa's urban forest in a half-day seminar Thursday.

It will be the first step in forming a city strategy to manage trees and woodlands in a manner that supports economic and environmental sustainability.

The Mayor's Symposium on Community Trees and the Urban Forest will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St.


Workshops planned on

water pipeline project

The city will hold two public workshops next week to discuss a new water project, a $55-million, 12-mile pipeline that will deliver drinking water from northeast Tampa to South Tampa.

The first meeting will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 1301 N Boulevard.

The second will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, Conference Center A, 821 S Dale Mabry Highway.

For information about the project, visit


Senior center offers new fitness classes

Residents age 50 and older can join two new fitness classes at the Barksdale Senior Citizen Center.

The Basic Beginner Line Dance is held on Tuesdays, while Stretch and Tone Exercise is on Mondays and Thursdays.

All classes are from 11:15 a.m. to noon and there is a one-time joining fee of $4 for the summer. The center is at 1801 N Lincoln Ave. For information, call 348-1180.


Camps offer to help kids' fitness, esteem

Teaming up to keep kids fit, Body By Design and Fit By McKay are offering children's fitness and empowerment camps.

The fitness camp will include competitive drills, games and cardiovascular activities, while the empowerment camp will focus on boosting self-esteem and coping with life's challenges.

Prices run $125 per week for the fitness camp, $85 per week for the empowerment camp and $165 for both. Registration is open.

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