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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. 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 …

  7. 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 …

  8. Lutz school house to come alive at annul flea market


    LUTZ — Antiques, collectibles, furniture, plants and more will fill the Old Lutz School House when the Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club has its annual flea market Friday (March 3) and Saturday (March 4).

    Lois Cohen of the Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club prepares holiday and craft items for the group’s annual flea market at the Old Lutz School House.
  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. Centra Care expands to Citrus Park location


    In late January, Florida Hospital Centra Care opened up its fifth location in the Tampa Bay area.

    Florida Hospital's Centra Care at Citrus Park includes a unique feature: a stations that offers free coffee, tea, water and reading material for waiting patients. Photo by Danielle Hauser