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Meet a few chalk artists sketching images, portraits on urban sidewalks everywhere

Local art festivals often feature a special display by chalk artists or street painters who attract admirers young and old to see amazing creations flowing over cracks and concrete blemishes. 

Streetcar Live powered by Gasparilla Music Festival brought the Ries Brothers to the TECO Line "stage".

Gasparilla Music Festival expands influence year-round

The Gasparilla Music Festival takes place for one weekend in March in downtown Tampa, but its foundation’s ongoing, long-term commitment is to music exposure, education and enjoyment throughout the Tampa Bay region.

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Tampa skateboarders get ready to try new Bro Bowl on edge of downtown Tampa

The new Perry Harvey Sr. Park on the northern edge of downtown Tampa is a tribute to Tampa’s Civil Rights movement and historic Central Avenue business district and includes upgraded features: a reinvented Bro Bowl, a history walk with monuments, water features, green lawns and a community center for kids. 

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Computer Mentors

Computer Mentors works to make I.T. happen. The nonprofit works to empower youth with the technology, tools and talent they need to be successful in the 21st century workforce. Instructors and mentors provide training in coding, software development, app development and video production.

Derenz Thomas, 10, creates a guitar sculpture during Amanda Fleischbein's art class at Academy Prep Center of Tampa.

Making doodads: Creative sculpture competition engages serious thought, learning

Local kids and teens are gaining a hands-on experience in critical thinking and problem solving through a unique sculpture competition open to all Hillsborough County students.

Downtown Tampa bike lane.

Vision Zero: Sharing the road safely for everyone in Tampa Bay

No more deaths of bicyclists trying to share busy local roads with trucks and cars. That's the goal for Vision Zero, a national initiative being adopted in Tampa and Hillsborough County.  

Big Brother John Fontana and spends time with little brother Isaiah Hopkins at Bricks 4 Kids in Tampa.

For Good: Young professionals find community, greater good through volunteerism

Volunteering your time and talent to local nonprofits can result in transformational change for those helped -- as well as for you as the helper. Meet four thriving young professionals who give of themselves to make the Tampa Bay region a better place.

Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridian.

The gift of experiences: The present of your presence

Gift giving has never been easier -- gift cards are almost universally acceptable, and consumables are always well-received. For this guide to holiday presents, however, 83 Degrees highlights something more local, more hands-on, and perhaps more meaningful: The gift of experiences. The present of your presence.

Cleanse Apothecary in Seminole Heights.

Made in Tampa Bay: The 83 Degrees guide to shopping local

In this special ‘handmade holiday gift guide,’ 83 Degrees turns an eye toward what’s unique, what’s original and what’s locally crafted by makers in the Tampa Bay area. Candles, confectionaries and ceramics are just a few of the handmade items available in shops and markets located in Tampa or St. Petersburg this holiday season.

African Mahogany mortar & pestles and handcarved bowls.

For Good: African fair-trade marketplace benefits Lutz couple's mission

Fair Trade Marketplace and Festival in north Tampa benefits One City Ministries, a nonprofit organization that's building the Light Village in Uganda as a self-sustaining model community, including a school, church, orphanage and tilapia farm.

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Making sense of early intervention: A guide for Tampa Bay area families

Sometimes an experienced grandma or grandpa is key to noticing a child's delay in development. Sometimes it takes a close friend or neighbor to ask uncomfortable questions. Or maybe, as a young parent, you just sense something's not right with your child's progress. What to do? Early intervention may be the answer.  

The Florida Orchestra opens the 2015 season at The Straz.

Turnaround story: Florida Orchestra changes up concerts, music

Music as a healing mechanism. Music in the park. Music enjoyed by Classical Kids. The Florida Orchestra undergoes a transformation in performances and venues that is expanding the audience and growing its endowment.

Academy Prep Center of Tampa Head of School Lincoln Tamayo samples a dish made by students.

For Good: Academy Prep transforms lives of kids at risk

What is the path to success for students considered at risk for dropping out of school? Academy Prep gets it right, achieving outstanding academic successes where others are failing. 

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For Good: Pig Jig fires up barbecue smokers for a needy cause

Tampa’s Pig Jig started out in 2011 as a backyard barbecue for a friend who suffered from a rare kidney disease. Today it’s a major fundraising event in downtown Tampa that benefits NephCure Kidney International.

Information stands dot the pathway at Brooker Creek Preserve.

Time to get out and play! Find outdoor activities in the Tampa Bay Area

Fall in Tampa Bay is the time of year when local events, parks and other outdoor activities lure locals out of summertime hibernation spent in air-conditioned homes and offices.
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