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Stroke education and support group meets

The Tampa General Hospital educational support group provides stroke survivors, caregivers and all interested individuals with information about stroke awareness, recovery and prevention. The group also discusses community offerings for people with disabilities. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Tampa Genera Hospital Rehabilitation Center, Second floor, R200, 1 Tampa General Circle. Call (813) 844-7641 for more information.

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Museum hosts drop-in art program

Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Art Spot at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, offers a drop-in art program. Come and let your children explore their creativity by making an art project at the museum's Golding-Scher classroom. The art projects are self-guided and gallery-related monthly themes offer a different art activity each week. No registration required. Adults: $10; seniors, Florida educators: $7.50; active military (plus guest): $7.50/each; students: $5; children 6 and under: free. Call (813) 274-8130 for more information.

Patel Conservatory hosts open houses

The Patel Conservatory opens its doors from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 .am. to 1 p.m. on June 7. Tour the 45,000 square-foot conservatory, meet faculty and staff and learn about classes, summer camps and programs in dance, music and theater for students of all ages.

Summer camp and class registration is available online at and by calling (813) 222-1002. The conservatory is at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place.


Travelers vaccination program cut

The Florida Department of Health will no longer offer vaccinations for travel. The end of the International Travel Vaccination Program is part of a department streamline to focus efforts and resources on core public health issues affecting the community.


Nature Programs for kids and adults

Join a Park Ranger for hourlong programs at 10 a.m. and noon Saturday and Sunday at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave. Meet inside the visitor center to learn about Florida and the cotton plant. Park entry is $2 per vehicle with eight or fewer people and the program cost is $5 per child or adult unaccompanied by a child. Parents and guardians are free. To register, email date and time of program, names and ages of those attending to:, walk up participants are welcome. Groups are asked to preregister.

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New community garden in the works

Now's the time to meet with others gardeners to prepare beds at 407 W Violet St. on Saturdays. The group is preparing to plant a new garden, pending approval by the city. Visit the seminoleheights or find them on Facebook under Seminole HeightsCommunityGardens.


St. Joseph's offers teen talk for boys

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is sponsoring a class today from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for teen boys that addresses puberty's physical and emotional changes for 10- to 14-year-olds, and conception, sexuality and abstinence for older teens. The event will be held at the Medical Office Building, Fourth Floor Room CR1, 13030 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The cost is $30.

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Poetry slam showcase at USF today

Visit the University of South Florida-Gibbons Alumni Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., today to experience a live poetry slam showcase, 7 Years of Heard Em Say in Tampa Bay. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. A live DJ, food and a slam scrimmage against Team Rock-IT (Orlando) hosted by 2014 First Wave Scholarship recipient Nia Scott (University of Wisconsin at Madison) are a sampling of the day's events. Tickets: $10 for students; $20 for adults with all proceeds generated from this event being used to help send local area teens to the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia this July. For more information, visit


Explore Sweetwater Community Farm

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm is open for tours from 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 8 for those who want to learn how the farm operates, what it means to be a community farm or about volunteer opportunities. Holistic health educator Joel Chudnow will lead the tour. Bring a drink and wear close-toed shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. Supervised children and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the fire pit at the farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave.


Library hosts Super Science Monday

Parents and caregivers seeking free activities for children ages 5 to 12 on school early release day can visit the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, at 3 p.m. Monday.

Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library, this interactive, hands-on afternoon experiment plans to turn the library into a science lab. The special science workshop will feature High Touch High Tech and present experiments about mini meteorology.

Tampa neighborhood news calendar 05/28/14 [Last modified: Monday, June 2, 2014 11:49am]
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  1. Warehouse burns on Tampa's east side


    TAMPA — Hillsborough County emergency crews are at the scene of a two-alarm fire at a warehouse near 56th Street and East Hillsborough Avenue.

    Hillsborough County firefighters battle a blaze Thursday night at a warehouse on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue]
  2. 'Dream big' drives Lightning's Conacher brothers

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    BRANDON — Two words: Dream big.

    Cory Conacher includes them every time he signs an autograph for a young hockey fan.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cory Conacher (89) on the ice during Lightning training camp in Brandon Friday morning (09/15/17).
  3. Irma roughs up endangered snail kites, birds that help us gauge the Everglades' health


    Hurricane Irma was as rough on some wildlife as it was on the humans. Audubon of Florida reported Thursday that the storm destroyed all 44 nests around Lake Okeechobee built by the endangered Everglades snail kite, a bird considered crucial to the River of Grass ecosystem.

    Hurricane Irma destroyed 44 snail kite nests, capping off a poor mating season for the endangered species, which is seen as an important barometer of the health of the Florida Everglades. Their off-center beaks allow them to probe inside the spiral shells of the native apple snails. But the snails' population has dropped as the Everglades has changed. [MAC STONE | Audubon of Florida]
  4. New center opens in Tampa to help those with missing, damaged limbs


    TAMPA — Justin Lansford, his service dog Gabe by his side, smiled broadly Thursday as he imagined the future of a sprawling, resource center for people who need artificial limbs and those interested in helping them.

    Justin Lansford, 27, lost his left leg above the knee in Afghanistan. He was one of dozens of people attending the opening of the Veterans International Institute of Orthotics & Prosthetics in Tampa on Thursday. [HOWARD ALTMAN   |   Staff]
  5. Still worried about family, Tampa Bay Puerto Ricans ramp up relief effort


    TAMPA — Brenda Irizarry is worried.

    Brenda Irizarry of Tampa, while agonizing over the status of family in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, is helping lead an effort to collect and send supplies to the island. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times