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Nicole Petrachi, 7, makes minature sculptures at the Morean.

Full STEAM ahead for Tampa Bay area summer camps

Parents looking for summer camps for kids out of necessity and/or, frankly, to maintain a modicum of sanity at home increasingly choose STEAM options in the Tampa Bay area. Quality choices abound and demonstrate proven benefits.

Microgroove in Seminole Heights will celebrate Record Store Day.

Local record stores celebrate return of vinyl's popularity

Spin that tune! Record stores in Tampa and St. Pete plan special celebrations in April to honor the return to vinyl records as a better option for music sound quality and selections. 

Nikiko Masumoto

5 ways to support artists in your community

Artists are in every community and their work is more relevant than ever. Yet if communities are going to realize the full potential of artists’ power to contribute to positive change, they need to sustain and support them. Creative Exchange offers tools and resources that can help. 

The Tampa Riverwalk hosts bronze sculptures. This one features the Mound Builders of Tampa Bay.

Tampa Riverwalk nears completion, connects downtown

The Tampa Riverwalk — long envisioned by local leaders as a connector of people and places throughout downtown — is nearing completion. By 2016, the Riverwalk will become a continuous 2.6-mile path from the Heights Riverfront Development near the North Boulevard Bridge south and east along the Hillsborough River to the Channel District and Port Tampa Bay.

Conceptual rendering of Straz Center renovation by Westlake Reed of Cleveland

Master plan envisions grand design for Straz Center on riverfront

The Tampa Riverwalk and the waterfront along the Hillsborough River would become an outdoor destination for displaying and enjoying the arts under a new master plan that guides expansion of the popular Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. 

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition co-founder Carlton Ward paddles the Rainbow River during a Trail Mixer.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition focuses on state's natural environment

A Tampa Bay trio embarks on a 70-day, 900+ mile expedition to raise awareness for the Florida Wildlife Corridor. The journey is being shared on the National Geographic website.

Minneapolis skyline

Why Minneapolis is the new capital of The North

Minnesota leaders believe that Minneapolis should be the first non-coastal city that knowledge workers and business leaders think of after Chicago. Here's a look at why, including strategic ideas that are replicable in Tampa Bay area cities.

The Sarasota Collection Home Store.

Creative energy reshapes Sarasota Design District

Community leaders in Sarasota’s Rosemary District and the coincident Sarasota Design District are eager to forge a pioneering identity in the city’s new urban redevelopment -- and they plan to do so with style. 

The Infiltrator author Robert Mazur

Infiltrator begins filming true crime story in Tampa, hiring extras

Tampa’s growing reputation as a destination for filmmaking will be on display in 2015 as shooting begins on the story of a former federal agent’s historic role in toppling Colombia’s infamous Medellin Cartel.

The Picasso Dali exhibit at The Salvador Dali Museum in St Pete.

Springtime in Tampa Bay means must-see art is in full bloom

The Tampa Bay region is alive with major “must-see” art exhibits this spring. From the grand masters and American classics to the cuttingest edge modern art, there really is something for everyone. You won’t want to miss out.

Peter Kageyama.

St. Pete author challenges cities to create more opportunities for love to grow

What do you love about where you live? Those are the places and things to do that author Peter Kageyama recommends cities recreate in order to build loyalty and morale. Read about  “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places.’’

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Video: Youth orchestra trains kids, teens, young adults

TMYO is a youth orchestra training program based in Tampa for people between the ages of 6-21. The program has 4 orchestras based on an individual’s experience and skill level. They also have a chamber music program and mentor children on their audition skills. Watch and listen. 

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Get out and play! Tampa nonprofit nudges us to get outdoors just for fun

Playing outside isn't just for kids. The Urban Conga is a Tampa nonprofit that promotes community activity and social interaction through physical play. The group is currently developing a documentary film all about the powers of play.

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Party time! 83 Degrees is turning 5!

Readers are invited to mingle, mix and make new connections as 83 Degrees Media celebrates 5 years of producing stories relevant to our lives. Join us November 14 at The Vault in downtown Tampa. 

Etsy Craft Entrepreneuship Workshop student Shannon VanAlsbury shares the contemporary style quilt she created.

Made in St. Pete: Etsy helps local crafters learn entrepreneurial skills

Tampa Bay area artisans learn what it takes to turn a hobby into a successful online business thanks to an innovative partnership between St. Petersburg and the popular online marketplace Etsy.
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