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  1. YMCA offers swim lessons during spring break


    To continue to help prevent childhood drowning, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is offering Safety Around Water lessons between March 13 and 16 to coincide with Hillsborough County Public Schools' spring break.

    Two Safety Around Water classes in session at the Central City Family YMCA.
  2. Power of prayer fuels program for aging nuns


    When Sister Mary Rinaldi visited Tampa in 1991 seeking funding to build a Salesian Sisters' retirement facility, one man's words inspired her to try a new type of fundraising.

  3. Prodigy program's state funding on the chopping block


    UNIVERSITY AREA — Each day after school, 11-year-old Jose (last name withheld on request) goes to the University Area Community Center to participate in the free Prodigy Cultural Arts Program for ages 7 to 17.

    Rory Flaherty teaches an elementary school guitar class as part of Prodigy at the University Area Community Center.
  4. Hooper: All of the festival's music acts deserve a good audience


    Florida Strawberry Festival general manager Paul Davis had long held Patti LaBelle on his wish list of headline entertainment.

    Dennis Lee and his band will be performing daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Publix Showcase Tent.
  5. AT&T, Lowry Park Zoo partners with Van Buren Middle School STEM program


    Jovani Encarnacion, 14, wants to be a zoologist but he's not waiting until college to start studying.

    Lowry Park Zoo instructor Emily Ducey listens as club member Selvin Antunez, 12, makes a point during a recent meeting of the zoo’s Teens 4 Tampa Bay STEM club at Van Buren Middle School.
  6. 15th annual Historic Hyde Park home tour

    Human Interest

    HYDE PARK — Pull back the curtains on some of south Tampa's most distinguished architecture at the 15th annual Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Home Tour. Visitors will be welcomed Saturday (March 4) at seven homes and two outdoor backyard spaces between Richardson Place and South Fremont Avenue.

    The Thomas residence on south Fremont Avenue, circa 1923, is one of nine stops open for visitors on the 15th annual Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Home Tour on Saturday, March 4.
  7. Buckhorn should follow charter and require finance chief to live in Tampa


    Whether you love him or hate him, and there are plenty of folks in each camp, Bob Buckhorn deserves a lot of the credit for Tampa's renaissance. Our city is booming and thriving, so much so that we continue to garner national attention. People are feeling good about living and working in Tampa. On top of that, he's a …

  8. USF puts TV behind it and strengthens a treasured radio resource


    There can be no joy in the loss of WUSF-TV, the public television station sold off by the University of South Florida for its space on the broadcast spectrum and scheduled to go off the air by the end of the year. It's a place on the dial where shows like Nova reveal the wonders of the universe, Father …

  9. Turner, retired Tampa Electric VP and 'luckiest guy ever,' dead at 90


    TAMPA — Each week for half a century, you could find Heywood Axtell Turner Jr. holding court at the Columbia Restaurant with the Ybor City Rotary Club, eventually as its president.

    Heywood Axtell Turner Jr. 
  10. Celebrations call for bundt cake specialities


    When a new bakery on Dale Mabry Highway opens in the spring, friends and families can celebrate with chocolate chocolate chip, red velvet, lemon and white chocolate raspberry cakes, the top flavors featured at Nothing Bundt Cakes.

    Nothing Bundt Cakes is all about celebrations at their new South Tampa location. Photo courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes.
  11. New Seminole Heights business expands your what-to-wear options


    Pacing back and forth between the closet and the bureau until all the discarded clothes cover the bedroom floor in a tornado of colors is not a fun beginning to a night out.

    Valhalla opened in Seminole Heights on Feb. 18, offering shoppers a "limitless closet". Photo courtesy of Valhalla.
  12. Cost rising to create 'quiet zone' in downtown Tampa for train horns

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The cost of creating a "quiet zone" for train horns in downtown Tampa started at $2.7 million, but now has risen to more like $3.17 million.

    A CSX train leaves downtown Tampa along the tracks under the William F. Poe Parking Garage. The sound of train horns warning motorists has become a bigger problem as the number of people living in downtown Tampa has grown in recent years. [Times file, 2015]
  13. March column: Cohen faces challenge in plan to slow traffic on Bayshore


    City Council member Harry Cohen has had a few hot potatoes on his plate recently, and he may be about to get another — proposed changes that would make Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly but less efficient as a commuter thoroughfare.

    City plans call for making Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, in part by reducing the speed limit to 35 mph. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  14. Bar review: Hotel Bar in Tampa offers famous cocktails

    Bars & Spirits

    Cocktail culture has seen a revival so thorough and so ubiquitous that it seems impossible to add anything to the conversation.

    Hotel Bar in Tampa serves classic cocktails from hotel bars. Here’s the Moonwalk, said to be the first drink taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin upon returning to Earth.
  15. Hooper: Bethune portrayal underscores importance of Black History Month


    She stepped up to the stage after the dynamic speaker shared her thoughts on education, on race, on creating one of Florida's most prestigious historically black colleges.

    Evelyn Bethune, the granddaughter of legendary educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune, poses with Ersula Odom and Ashley Robertson, curator/director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation. Odom portrays Mary McLeod Bethune and received an endorsement from both Bethune and Robertson after a recent performance in Daytona Beach.