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The lobby of Mary  Lee's House is warm and inviting for families.

For Good: Mary Lee's House in Tampa provides one-stop-shop of services for children in need

Florida’s child advocacy professionals count on Mary Lee’s House in Tampa to take in, treat and protect neglected and abused kids who end up in state custody. The success of the 7-year-old nonprofit emanates from its Founder, Mary Lee Farrior, one of the newest inductees into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

Hannah Edmonds (left) and Lauren Wonick-Cook work on designing a pen.

Tampa Bay area grows next generation of STEM experts

Schools and colleges around the Tampa Bay region are busy grooming tomorrow's leaders in science, technology, engineering and math. We take a closer look at three local educational programs focused on engineering studies and research.

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Franklin Street Better Block Party in Tampa celebrates potential

North Franklin Street between Interstate 275 and Palm Avenue is the newest corridor in Tampa Heights to attract investments led by new developments like Ulele restaurant, Water Works Park and The Heights, a village planned along Tampa's riverfront.

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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. 

Kerstin Kenty holds her son Mathew's hand on the day his adoption is finalized.

For Good: Portrait gallery changes hearts, minds, lives

A Tampa Bay area chapter of Heart Gallery, a national nonprofit adoption service, transforms lives by using portraits and support groups to help foster kids find parents and transition into permanent homes.

MISRED Outfitters in St Pete.

Visit Tampa Bay area local shops for unique holiday gifts

Finding the perfect gifts to gladden the hearts of friends and family may require a little extra special hunting through local shops that feature one-of-a-kind or unusual fare. 83 Degrees Media writers and editors suggest a few favorite places.

Phuong Cotey and Virginia Barnett are founders of Gr8Code.

Gr8Code fills skills gap by teaching computer programming, coding to children, adults

A $5.4 million investment by venture capitalists supports the teaching of programming and coding skills by startup Gr8Code, another sign of strength in the Tampa Bay area’s growing tech community.

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Where's Tango? Florida Aquarium immerses kids in mystery of missing turtle

The $2 million Carol J. and Barney Barnett Learning Center combines high-end technology with creative design to help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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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.

Shawn Webber, 7, enjoys the ride around the arena at Quantum Leap Farm.

For Good: Local visionary takes leap with equine therapy

Quantum Leap Farm north of Tampa isn’t just for horsing around; it’s about changing the lives of those with physical and mental disabilities, including military veterans returning from the trauma of war.

Drew and Nickolas Graham play at Water Works Park. - Julie Branaman

Splish! splash! Kids movin' and a groovin' in Tampa Bay area parks

Move over swimming pools. Make room for splash pads, the latest water craze to pop up in parks and public spaces in the Tampa Bay region. Cities and parents are gravitating toward new water parks as more cost efficient, lots of fun and safer for kids.

Doug Fyvolent. - Julie Branaman

Hyperponic farm merges agriculture with technology, innovation and philanthropy

A new high-tech, sustainable urban farm in south St. Petersburg will soon be part of the Tampa Bay region’s growing urban agriculture community. A portion of the harvest will go to feed the needy.

(R-L) Artists Liz Simth, Sylvia Shanahan, June Harben with Colin Bissett. - Julie Branaman

'Pianos In Pinellas' Prepare For Crescendo In Clearwater

Whatever the limits of your piano playing expertise —- perhaps somewhere between “Chopsticks’’ and Brahm’s “Concerto No. 1’’ — you won’t want to miss the rollout of a cool new art project getting ready to take to the streets of Clearwater.

Pong in the Park is happening at Lykes Gaslight Square Park thanks to Urban Conga. - Julie Branaman

Awesome Tampa Bay: Ping Pong In The Park

Visitors to Lykes Gaslight Park in downtown Tampa can now play Ping Pong in the Park any day of the week on a table provided by The Urban Conga. Bring your own paddles and balls or rent them nearby. 

Scotty Schrier is Founder of DiaperDad. - Julie Branaman

Agent Of (Diaper) Change: Riverview Dad Speaks Up For Men Everywhere

Scotty Schrier of Riverview is gaining national media attention for demanding equal access for dads to diaper-changing tables in public places. It all started with a dirty diaper in a suburban restaurant near Tampa. 
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