Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

Tampa events: Florida wildlife; library show; tree lighting

Nature study: Learn more about Florida's rarest animals, panthers and bears, at 10 a.m. and noon Saturday and Sunday during a park ranger educational program at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave. (meet inside the visitor center). Cost is $5 per child and one adult plus $2 per vehicle (up to eight people) park entry fee. Cash only. For more information or to register, call Lettuce Lake Park at (813) 987-6204.

Town 'N Country history: Patrons of the Town 'N Country Regional Public Library are encouraged to bring their library memories, photographs and memorabilia for the Library History Roadshow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the library, 7606 Paula Drive, Suite 120. Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries will begin celebrating their 100th anniversaries in 2014. To prepare, the libraries have joined with the Tampa Bay History Center, the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, and other community partners to present the Library History Roadshow. The program will make stops at library branches throughout Hillsborough County through 2013 to gather and document the communities' library memories, photographs and memorabilia. Staff and volunteers work onsite at each roadshow to digitally scan photos and other printed items that residents bring, and immediately return the originals to their owners. For additional information, and to see photographs and videos of library memories and treasures, visit thplhistoryroadshow.blogspot.com, or call the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System at (813) 273-3652.

Dance concert: Attend a big band dance and concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. The Sounds of Swing, a big band formed in 2010 by local musician Jim Burge, will have a special guest who wears red, says "ho ho ho,'' and plays a mean sax. Ticket holders will receive a free dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $14 for nonmembers, $11 for members and $13 for those 65 and older. Day-of-show tickets are $16 for nonmembers, $13 for members and $15 for those over 65. The Carrollwood Cultural Center is teaming up with Time for Wine to offer a preshow wine tasting package before this event. The wine tasting will start at 6:30 p.m. The package cost is $19 for members and $22 for nonmembers and includes admission for one to the tasting and performance. The wine package is available for purchase until Nov. 26. For more information, call (813) 269-1310.

Tree lighting: Attend the annual lighting of the Christmas Trees from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Shimberg Gardens, 7606 Paula Drive. The gardens are next to the Town 'N Country Commons. This free event, hosted by the Town 'N Country Garden Circle and the county's Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, will feature choruses from Bay Crest and Davis elementary schools, a bounce house, slide, face painting and hair spraying. Santa will be there to hear children's requests for Christmas. Free food and beverages will be available while supplies last. For additional information about the tree lighting, call Fran Gamester at (813) 884-3462.

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