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Feature Story Hillsborough County teenager Elaine Feaster has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for her literacy advocacy efforts.

Girl Scout's service project brings literacy advocacy to the forefront

Hillsborough County teenager Elaine Feaster did not let a dyslexia diagnosis curb her academic success. Now she champions the cause of literacy.

Masthead images: Ybor City walking tour

Participants walk through Ybor City, Tampa’s only National Historic Landmark District, during a walking tour organized by Tampa Bay History Center.

For Good Maya Rabaut, age 5, colors a sign that reads, “Children should have flowers in their hair, not on their graves.”

Wear Orange: A call to end gun violence

In the aftermath of the Buffalo and Uvalde mass shootings, the annual Wear Orange event in Tampa calls for action to prevent gun violence.

Development News The Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency has launched a placemaking grant program to help artists and other creatives who have ideas to transform public spaces downtown.

Clearwater CRA launches placemaking grant program to activate, beautify downtown spaces

The Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency has launched a placemaking grant program to help creative ideas to beautify and activate downtown become reality. 

Feature Story Tampa History Museum curator and author Rodney Kite-Howell takes participants on a guided tour of what remains of Dobyville in West Hyde Park neighborhood in Tampa.

Dobyville legacy lives on in family

Descendants of Richard C. Doby and former students of Dobyville Elementary share their memories of the historic Black neighborhood and the school that bore his name.

Feature Story American Stage's fresh, fun approach to theater included a "Pets in the Park" event in April.

Shaping the local theater scene: Avery Anderson at American Stage

American Stage's upcoming 2022-23 season includes several productions about life in contemporary American society. 

Masthead images: Nesting season in Florida

Springtime in Florida means nesting season for hundreds of species of birds who migrate through the state before heading north for summer.

Buzz Transportation expert Janette Sadik-Khan speaks at the Tampa Theatre Tuesday.

Transportation expert Janette Sadik-Khan speaks Tuesday at Tampa Theatre

Transportation expert and author Janette Sadik-Khan, the former transportation commissioner for New York City, speaks at the Tampa Theatre Tuesday evening.

Buzz Brightline receives a $15.9 million federal grant for planning on future Orlando to Tampa route.

Brightline receives $15.9 million federal grant for Orlando to Tampa route

Brightline receives a $15.9 million federal grant to go toward engineering and environmental studies for future Orlando to Tampa route.

Feature Story “Behind the Mask” by Joart L'eau Kabeya, 2021, part of the "ArtOut: Queering the Pandemic" online exhibition.

June Arts Roundup: Pride Month celebrations, book art, making art from trash and more

A busy June in Tampa Bay includes Pride Month exhibits, books as art, transforming trash to art, a retrospective on artist Suzanne Camp Crosby and more.

Buzz Clearwater starts Pride Month with a Pride flag raising and mural painting Wednesday, June 1.

Clearwater starts Pride Month with Pride flag-raising, community mural painting event

Clearwater marks the beginning of Pride Month with its first Pride flag raising and a mural painting Wednesday morning.

Buzz A rendering of the 31-story Arts and Entertainment Residences.

Construction starts on Arts and Entertainment Residences apartment tower in downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa's boom continues with the start of construction of Arts and Entertainment Residences, a 31-story luxury apartment tower across from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

For Good Tampa City Ballet's modern presentation of Carmen raises awareness about domestic violence against women.

Tampa City Ballet presentation of "Carmen" calls attention to domestic violence against women

The Tampa City Ballet presentation of  "Carmen 2022,"  running June 4th and 5th at the Straz Center, is a collaboration with artists from several disciplines.

Feature Story Tampa Repertory Theatre Producing Artistic Director Emilia Sargent.Emilia Sargent

Shaping the local theater scene: Emilia Sargent at Tampa Repertory Theatre

Emilia Sargent at the Tampa Repertory Theatre is focusing the company on community engagement and inclusive storytelling. 

Feature Story Volunteers with South Tampa Fellowship prepare meals for Afghan refugees who have settled in Tampa Bay.

Local charities need help serving Afghan refugees

Local charities are working hard to help Afghan refugees resettle in the Tampa Bay area, but they need more volunteers.

Feature Story A view of a model showing what the Residences by Ritz Carlton should look like at completion some time in 2024. The road in front depicts Bayshore Boulevard looking south.

Bayshore luxury condos: Part of Tampa real estate boom

The red hot luxury condo market along Bayshore is part of the ongoing boom in Tampa's upscale real estate market. 

Masthead images: Carry the Load, Memorial Day

The annual Carry the Load march to honor the true meaning of Memorial Day took place along Bayshore Boulevard on May 21.

Development News The World Within sound installation is a public art project that brings the natural sounds of The Everglades to Gaslight Alley in downtown Clearwater.

The World Within brings the sounds of the Everglades to downtown Clearwater

The Clearwater Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) brought "The World Within" to Gaslight Alley as a companion piece to legendary landscape photographer Clyde Butcher's exhibit of Everglades photography at the downtown library. 

Feature Story Jobsite Theater hopes a return home to the Shimberg Playhouse and a new presentation of "The Resistible Rise of Artuto Ui" signal a return toward normalcy after two seasons disrupted by COVID.

Shaping the local theater scene: David Jenkins at Jobsite

The Jobsite Theater production of Bertolt Brecht's "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" runs through June 5 at the Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Feature Story Nonprofit ReDefiners World Languages is making language learning accessible to more children in Tampa Bay.

ReDefiners: Expanding access to language learning

Chantelle Daniels formed ReDefiners World Languages to create equity in educational opportunities for language learning.