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Ringling Playspace Invites Children, Families To Step Outdoors

Children flock to a new outdoor playspace under the Banyan Trees at the stately Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. The space is possible following a private donation aimed at creating a place where kids (and their parents) can take a break to re-energize while touring exhibits.

Anchored Style Sails From Seminole To Chicago

Entrepreneur Laura Sitkberg isn't one to sit still for long as she sets sail with her Anchored Style clothing line, designed for college students and young professionals.

The Art Of Living In Downtown St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg's re-emergence as a destination for tourists and urban dwellers of all ages is illustrated by the life and times of Barbara Lewis, a Baby Boomer professional now calling a cozy downtown condo home.

Tampa-based Software Startup Expands Into St. Pete

VIPSoftware, a Tampa Bay startup, evolves to find its niche in Florida's growing property and casualty insurance industry. Founder James Makris moved to Florida from Canada.

Tampa Hackerspace Fosters Creation, Innovation & Collaboration

So you have a great idea but don't know how to make it or take it to market? Tampa Hackerspace encourages maker activities designed to nurture innovations and creations through collaborations and communications that might not otherwise take place.

Fresh Greens, Anyone? Urban Gardens Sustain Communities

Urban gardens sponsored by community groups, churches and neighborhoods have caught on like wildfire in St. Petersburg as local residents pursue the idea of sustainable agriculture, small urban farms and healthier eating.

Innovative Sarasota Preschool Aims To Prepare Kids For Life

The Learning Cottage uses Fusion Early Learning principles to create a preschool environment of fun that nurtures creative learning about basic life skills, the arts, traditional academics and respecting other people.

Bettering The 'Hood Attracts Future Tampa Leaders

About 65 community-oriented residents are attending the City of Tampa's inaugural Neighborhood University, an innovative 12-week course envisioned by Mayor Bob Buckhorn as a hands-on experience designed to empower neighborhoods and mentor the next generation of leaders.

Creative Genius Blossoms At The Hermitage Artist Retreat

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey is the latest visiting artist to stay at The Hermitage Artist Retreat near Englewood, in southern Sarasota County. The Hermitage attracts artists from around the globe to compete for the coveted Greenfield Prize.

CoderDojo: Teaching Next Gen Techies To Write Code

CoderDojo, a free programming class for children ages 5-17, is described on its website as an "open-source, volunteer-led movement.'' The group was founded in Dublin, Ireland, in early 2011 and spread to Tampa in May 2013, settling into two Hillsborough County locations with two more in the works.

Crosstown Connector ReDirects Tampa's Urban Traffic

1,000 runners in a 5K race will get a sneak peek from atop the new I-4/Crosstown Connector on December 28 before the $425 million road and bridge project opens to traffic. The Connector is designed to divert truck traffic off local streets in downtown Tampa and Ybor City.

Graduate Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay Community Colleges Target Baby Boomers

Tampa Bay area community colleges create special programs to attract baby boomers looking to reinvent themselves or change careers. 

Fantasy Of Flight Kicks Off New Year In Tampa Bay

Santa and his elves are not the only ones working around the clock to prepare for a fantastic flight this holiday season. While the jolly fellow and his merry team of elves tinker away at the North Pole to prepare the famous flying sleigh for its annual whirl around the globe, a team of aviation specialists at Lakeland's Fantasy of Flight is hard at work preparing for another flight of historic proportions.

Happy Holidays From The 83 Degrees Media Team

As we bid adieu to 2013 and get ready to welcome 2014, 83 Degrees Media wishes you and yours a peaceful respite around a bountiful table. Looking forward to next year and beyond. Happy Holidays!

Early Learning Initiative Takes New Approach In Preschool Education

A pilot preschool program being tested in Pinellas County aims to reinvent pre-K curriculum and culture to improve academic performance among children living in low-income families.
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