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Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Birthday! 83 Degrees

Wow! Three years and counting. 83 Degrees Media, launched in November 2009, continues to be thankful for your encouragement, support and sharing of our stories.

Moving To St. Petersburg: A Haven For Artists

For the third year in a row, St. Petersburg was named America’s No. 1 arts destination in the country for mid-size cities by AmericanStyle magazine. Usually it's museums like the Dali, Museum of Fine Arts and the Morean Arts Center's Chihuly Collection that get all the attention. But emerging areas like the Central Arts District and the Warehouse Arts Districts are the newest hot spots for artists and those who love art.

Kathleen Flinn: Sharpen Your Knife, Cook Fearless

Anna Maria Island snowbird Kathleen Flinn pursued her dream of earning a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. After wrestling with her purpose post-graduation, she's found her niche -- imparting the skills she's acquired to hesitant and fearful home cooks in her latest book "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School."

Tracking The Tegu: Tampa Bay's Everglades Connection

Scientists like Michelle McEachern, a 2010 graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, are hot on the trail of tegu, creepy, four-foot long giant lizards from South America. The exotic invader has the same potential to wreak havoc on Florida's sensitive Everglades' ecosystem as the Burmese python.

Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Coffee Scene

Need a caffiene fix? Looking for free wifi? Want to meet your peeps? Check out the coffee shops of downtown Tampa --  places where people gather from early morning till after dark to share ideas and perspectives, discover new artists, find opportunities to collaborate and generally meetup with others to build relationships.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Images Show Natural Beauty

Phenomenal images from the Florida Wildlife Corridor Exhibition are on display at Selby Gardens in Sarasota through November. Follow along as Photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. captures Florida's trail scene, which is also being made into a documentary for public TV.

Graduate Tampa Bay: Colleges, Employers Team Up To Offer On-Site Degrees

Hillsborough Community College is among Tampa Bay area colleges and universities offering on-site degree programs at companies like Tampa Electric as a convenient way to help employees further their education and increase local college degree attainment.

ArtHouse3: Creative's Dream Becomes Visual Reality, Tampa

A keen interest in Florida art grows from hobby into career for Katherine Gibson, a Polk County native who now lives in downtown Tampa and travels frequently around Florida to find visual gems she can share with others.

Designing For Disaster: The AbleNook Story, Tampa

University of South Florida alumni and architect Sean Verdecia is almost done with his first masterpiece. After years of planning and prototypes, his "multiuse portable dwelling,'' AbleNook, is planned for mass production in 2013. The journey from idea to reality has transformed the project from a local university assignment to a highly anticipated, fully functioning living module in the global marketplace.

"Not Your Average Speakers'' Engage On Innovation, Tampa

The I-4 Corridor stretching from Tampa to Orlando is already seen from afar as a hotbed for designing and developing new technology. So what will it take to nurture startups and retain the talent already here while attracting others to help shape Florida's economy as well as the nation's? Join the conversation as 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' talk innovation.

Bar/Code Camp Attracts Florida Entrepreneurs

At Bar/Code Camp 2012, about 850 people gather at the USF College of Business in Tampa to share ideas, make connections, consider collaborations and talk about what more is needed to nurture a vibrant yet fledgling startup community in the Tampa Bay region.

Toasting Tampa: Women Find Power In Harmony

The Toast of Tampa, an internationally recognized women’s chorus group, celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a Standing Room Only Show on Oct. 20th at the Straz. Members of the group, from ages 8 to 80, cherish time singing together and the lasting relationships they build along the way.

New Bradenton Riverwalk Revives City's Sense Of Place

About 50 miles south of The Tampa Riverwalk, a new mile-and-a-half ribbon of fun, frivolity and fancy gives residents and visitors alike good reason to carve out a day (or two) to experience the emerging scene in downtown Bradenton and along the mouth of the Manatee River. The Bradenton Riverwalk defines what "placemaking'' is all about.

Tampa Bay Trains, Nurtures Emerging Opera Stars

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville might be the music narrative for Florida, but opera has a passionate following in the greater Tampa Bay region. Professional opera companies in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Tarpon Springs draw many ardent local fans. People with a talent and passion for this dramatic art form can find numerous opportunities to study at local colleges and train and perform at local venues.

Local Actor Brings Titanic Exhibition To Life, St. Pete

Since St. Petersburg businessman Bill Edwards took over The Mahaffey in 2011, the downtown St. Pete arts center has kicked up its image big time. Now the theater hopes to reach an even wider audience with its new exhibition of Titanic artifacts. Local actor Lowell Lytle brings the exhibition to life in his realistic portrayal of Capt. Edward J. Smith.
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