Times reporter talks Florida book
Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman will discuss his new book Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. Pittman's works also include The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid, Manatee Insanity and co-writer of Paving Paradise. For more information, call (813) 228-0097 or visit tampabayhistorycenter.org.
Public meeting focuses on land parcel
Hillsborough County will hold a public information meeting to gather input on the purchase of an undeveloped parcel in downtown Tampa at 6 p.m. Thursday at the first floor of the Hillsborough County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. The 1.23-acre parcel, which is currently an unpaved parking lot, is south of the City of Tampa's Twiggs Street parking garage and adjacent to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. The $2.3 million purchase, which will be funded by Capital Improvement Program funds, is intended to support future growth of court facilities. Staff from Real Estate and Facilities Services will be present to answer questions and hear comments. For more information, call (813) 272-5275.
Commission, HCSO set community workshop
The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, United Way Suncoast, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, and the School District of Hillsborough County will sponsor the first of eight upcoming Community-Law Enforcement Workshops (CLEW) on Oct. 17 and 18 at Clair-Mel Elementary School, 1025 S 78th St. in Tampa. The workshop theme is "Community and Law Enforcement working together toward greater intercultural understanding." Attendees must pre-register by contacting Commissioner Les Miller's office. The deadline to pre-register is Tuesday. Priority will be given to persons who live within the 33619 zip code. Call (813) 272-5720 or email WilliamsLA@hillsboroughcounty.org or JenkinsAD@hillsboroughcounty.org.
Meeting discusses Tampa's disability plan
The City of Tampa is seeking input on its Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, 1106 W Platt St. For more information, visit tampagov.net.
Auditions being held for original musical
Auditions are being held for the original musical Twelve from 2 to 5 p.m. today at PowerStories Theatre, 2105 W Kennedy Blvd. The play follows Betty, a single mother working as a waitress to provide for her two young daughters in 1950s San Diego, who one day serves a sailor named Harold and soon finds their lives connected. The auditions are looking for men and women in their 20s and 40s and children and teens who look or act 6-17 to fill the play's 16 characters, with several characters playing more than one role. Auditioners should bring a headshot and prepare a short dramatic monologue, with adults asked to prepare 18 bars of a song to sing and children either 18 bars or a short song. For more information or to schedule an audition time, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event highlights children in need
All 4 Kids will host a community event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Harley-Davidson of Tampa, 6920 N Dale Mabry Highway. The event, meant to build community awareness and support for the more than 3,500 children currently in "out of home" care in Hillsborough County, will feature the opportunity to meet agencies and nonprofits that work with them. There will also be a volunteer matching pavilion, kids pavilion, food, music, costume contest, trunk or treat, tattoos, face painting, games and more. For more information, visit facebook.com/events/1240416355989053.
Community workshop to be held at library
Camelot Florida will host a Five Star CommUNITY Workshop starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at West Tampa Branch Library, 2312 W Union St. The free workshop event invites local residents, neighborhood organizations and business owners to participate in developing new plans, projects and programs that will increase quality of life and standard of living. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m., with the workshop running from 6 to 8 p.m. Space is limited, so RSVPs are requested. For more information or to RSVP, call (813) 784-4669 or email email@example.com.
Gillespie Ensemble salutes jazz great
Saxophonist and singer Valerie Gillespie, a longtime favorite with bay area jazz audiences, will perform at 3:30 p.m. today in the HCC/Ybor City Mainstage Theatre. Presented by the Tampa Jazz Club and the HCC Visual & Performing Arts Series, the concert will honor alto saxophone great Lou Donaldson. Tickets are $20 and $15 club members or in advance, $10 students with ID and complimentary to HCC students. Tickets also available at the door (cash or check only) or online at tampajazzclub.com. The ensemble features pianist Jody Marsh, bassist Billy Pillucere and drummer Dave Randolph.
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