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“Let’s Make Movies” Filmmaking Summer Camp at Tampa Theatre

March 30, 2009 By: Laura Category: children, News No Comments →

Courtesy of the Tampa Theater 

This summer the Tampa Theatre in conjunction with USF is presenting “Let’s Make Movies” filmmaking summer camp! Register now before the camps fill up! All experience levels welcome at all sessions. The campers will be broken down into groups based on their experience levels. Each group will have its own dedicated camp counselor to guide the filmmaking process. Each filmmaker will participate in the film making process as part of a production team – from creating storyboards and scripts to shooting. All campers will particpate in post production work. All materials will be provided. Each team will end the week with a completed 3-5 minute film. Every filmmaker will receive a DVD copy of her/his film at the Let’s Make Movies Film Festival which is held on a Saturday morning a few weeks after the last week of summer camp (date and details to come.) The DVD will be mailed to those who cannot attend the film festival.

Stop Motion Animation ($165 per session)
June 8-12 9am-noon (3rd to 5th grade)
1-4pm (6th to 8th grade)
July 6-10 9am-noon (3rd to 5th grade)
1-4pm (6th to 12th grade)
Stop motion makes static objects appear to move and it is used in popular shows and films such as Gumby, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Chicken Run, Corpse Bride, and all of the Wallace And Gromit films.

Live Action ($165 per session)
June 15-19 9am-noon (3rd to 5th grade)          
1-4pm (6th to 8th grade)
July 13-17 9am-noon (3rd to 5th grade)
1-4pm (6th to 12th grade)

Each day is well planned out:
Monday and Tuesday: Hand-on training sessions for various aspects of filmmaking (how to use the digitial camera and programs, lighting, sound, on-camera acting, storytelling, creating storyboards and scripts, editing, etc.)
Tuesday and Wednesday: Break out into production teams, create storyboard and scripts for your group film projects. Begin filming when ready.
Wednesday and Thursday: Continue filmming with group. Download footage from digital camera to iMac computers. Edit with iMovie or iStopMotion programs.
Friday: Complete editing. Screen the completed films for parents during the last hour of camp. (Morning session 11am-noon; Afternoon session 3-4pm)

A talented and enthusiastic team of professional educators from The Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) located in the College of Education, University of South Florida will be teaching your child. FCIT is funded by the Florida Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, to provide leadership, instructional materials, and support services to educational institutions with regard to the integration of technology into K-12 education.

GreenFest at Plant Park at University of Tampa 29 March

March 29, 2009 By: Laura Category: Communities, News 1 Comment →


The Friends of Plant Park are sponsoring GreenFest at Henry B. Plant Park this weekend. Started in 1997, GreenFest is an annual educational nature festival that provides the Tampa Bay area an opportunity to learn about the care and cultivation of local plants and flowers. If your new to Tampa, planning on a new garden or just trying to figure out how to improve your current garden, then stop by GreenFest to learn about gardening and see a wide range of plants and gardening supply vendors. There will be to the educational speakers to help learn about the native plant life and how to cope with the current rain conditions or lack thereof! You can also see gardening demonstrations to learn about innovative techniques. Plant Park is a beautiful and historic part of Tampa. Plant Park is located on the western bank of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa on the campus of the University of Tampa. This is a free event with a suggested donation of $3 for adults and children 12 and under are free. The proceeds from GreenFest are used to maintain and enhance historical Plant Park. Hours on Sunday are 10am to 4pm, rain or shine! There will be foods and beverages for sale. Here is the schedule for presentations for Sunday:
10:30 AM Bromeliads & Tillandsias – Gyula Nemeth – Bromeliad Valley Nursery
11:30 AM BuBerflies and More! – Anne Pidgeon – Colorfield Farms
12:30 PM Made in the Shade – Monica Moran Brandies – author, Florida Gardening Books
1:30 PM Plumeria: Care, CulCvaCon & Freeze Recovery – Alan Bunch – ExoCc Plumeria
2:30 PM Loving & Dividing Daylilies – Linda Sample – Bay Area Daylily Society
NOON Worm ComposCng – Harriet Gord-Noghani
1:00 PM Herbs for Use and Delight – LoreBa Clements
2:00 PM Secrets & Shortcuts of Master Gardeners – Virginia Overstreet
3:00 PM Rain Barrel Workshop – Lynn Barber, U of F, Hills. Co. Extension

After Hours Improv with BAIT in St. Pete 31 March

March 28, 2009 By: Laura Category: Communities, Events 1 Comment →


The Bay Area Improv Theatre (BAIT) in St. Petersburg, a premier long-form improvisation troupe, will be performing on Tuesday 31 March starting at 8pm.  Their performance is cutting edge.  You never know what to expect, but it is always funny, exciting and a great crowd pleaser. Improv theatre is based on a single word suggested from the audience.  The suggest word  will be the basis for their scenes as dialogue, setting, and plot is created.   Modern improvisational comedy normally falls into two categories: shortform and longform.  Shortform improv consists of short scenes usually constructed from a predetermined game, structure, or idea and driven by an audience suggestion.  The improv comedy television series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”  is a wonderful example of shortform.  Longform improv performers create shows in which scenes are often interrelated by story, characters, or themes. Longform shows may take the form of an existing type of theatre, for example a full-length play or Broadway-style musical.   There will be an open bar with food and drink available for purchase.  Admission is pay-what-you-can at the door.  BAIT performs at the American Stage Theater at 211 Third St. S. St. Petersburg just 2 blocks south of BayWalk and near the St. Pete waterfront.  American Stage Theater has been a part of the Tampa Bay area theater scene since 1977.  The theatre offers School Tours, classes and summer camp for children. St. Petersburg the fourth largest city in the state of Florida.  St. Petersburg is the second largest city in the Tampa Bay Area after the city of Tampa. St. Pete as it is called is located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It is connected to the mainland to the north, connected with the city of Tampa to the east by causeways and bridges across Tampa Bay, and to Bradenton in the south by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (Interstate 275), which traverses the mouth of the bay.

Max and Ruby at TBPAC 29 March

March 27, 2009 By: Laura Category: children, Events No Comments →

 Photo courtesy of TBPAC

The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center will present a live version of the animated series and book series of Max and Ruby on 29 March. Showtimes are 1pm and 3pm with ticket prices starting at $9.50. The storyline of this show has who Ruby puting on a show for her grandma and recruiting her Bunny Scout friends. Max and Ruby is based on the children’s books by Rosemary Wells. Max is a determined three-year-old bunny, and his big sister, Ruby, is a smart, goal-oriented seven-year-old. The show offers an empowering message for children by showing Max and Ruby playing together and resolving their differences in ways that are respectful and supportive. TBPAC is located on the eastern bank of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa and easily accessible from I-275, I-4 or the Crosstown Expressway. Parking is available at several nearby lots or at the William F. Poe parking structure next to the German Library for about $4. If you can find a spot on the road on the north side of TBPAC, you can park at a metered spot. Metered spots are free during the weekends in Tampa.

34th Annual International Folk Fair 27-29 March

March 26, 2009 By: Laura Category: Communities, News 2 Comments →


The 34th Annual International Folk Fair will be open from 27-29 March at the Vinoy Waterfront Park in St. Petersburg. Presented by St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, Inc. (SPIFFS), this year’s fair follows the theme “Wonders of the World”. Member organizations will setup villages that will provide a look at their native land. Each organization will have costumed villagers with demonstration of native craftsmanship and ethnic food specialties for sale. If you are planning a visit overseas, this is a great way to find out about the country you will visit. Members will be on hand to answer any questions. Folk dancing and music will be performed throughout the weekend. Highlights on Friday include Colin Grant- Adams, Scottish Balladeer, and the Russian Folk Group Barynya, starring Misha Smirnov, the Russian judge from the TV program “Superstars of Dance”. Also on Friday night, there will be Country music with Jodell Country Band and Line Dancing with Arline. Saturday offers a wide range of entertainment, and will also showcase a spectacular program of Chinese Dancers and Acrobats. On Saturday at 3pm there is a Grand Opening Ceremonies with the Parade of Nations where the members of many ethnic groups will march around the park, led by colorful bands, pipers & drummers. See the German Schuplattlers Dancers, the Italian Tarantella Dancers, the Polish Gorale Ensemble, and many other ethnic groups on Saturday, including the African Urban Ballet Dundu-dole, exotic Asian dancers and musicians, and dancers from the South Seas Islands. Sunday is Hispanic Day at Folk Fair, with Latin bands and performers taking center stage.

Water Restrictions in Hillsborough County

March 26, 2009 By: Laura Category: News No Comments →

swimming pool 

Due to the drought which has be afflicting Florida for a number of years, there are water restrictions in place in Hillsborough County which are effective until 30 Jun 09.  The rainy season starts on 1 Jun and hopefully the rains will come.  Although there are some differences in the water policy depending if you live in Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City or unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County, every locale limits watering established lawns and landscaping to one day a week.  The Hillsborough County Water Department website will have the specific day that you can water your lawn depending on the last number of your address.  All irrigation must be accomplished prior to 8:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. Any one zone of a property may only be watered once during the allowable day, not both in the morning and again in the evening. If you are establishing a new lawn, then you are allowed more frequent watering the first 30 days.  If you are establishing new landscaping, then you are allowed more frequent watering the first 60 days.  Make sure you know the rules and regulations on watering, otherwise you can pay a hefty fine.  Violating these restrictions could result in a fine of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and so on, leading up to $500 for the 5th and succeeding violations.  If you are fortunate to have access to reclaimed water, then there are no restrictions on the use reclaimed water, but you are requested to not unnecessarily use it.  Car washing is restricted to one day a week.

Rock School Blowout at TBPAC 28 March

March 25, 2009 By: Laura Category: children, Concerts, Events No Comments →

 Photo courtesy of TBPAC

The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center will present a free outdoor show “Rock School Blowout” on Saturday at 1pm. This an end of class presentation of the Rock School course taught at Patel Conservatory. These Rock School students remind us why we were born to be wild! Multiple bands perform both classic and new rock and roll tunes and show off their growing rock roots. The Rock School course has a 4:1 student teacher ratio, permitting personalized training. The Rock School gives each student the opportunity to reach their greatest potential as ensemble musicians. Students are categorized according to instrument, musical tastes and age. Then they are placed into a band. A team of professionally trained instructors guided students through weekly band sessions with the goal of performing for an audience at the end-of-session in the Rock School Blowout. No formal music training or experience is needed for participation. Blankets and stadium seats are permitted for this outdoor event, but chairs with legs are not. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. TBPAC is located on the eastern bank of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa and easily accessible from I-275, I-4 or the Crosstown Expressway. Parking is available at several nearby lots or at the William F. Poe parking structure next to the German Library for about $4. If you can find a spot on the road on the north side of TBPAC, you can park at a metered spot. Metered spots are free during the weekends in Tam

Jobs at MacDill AFB!

March 24, 2009 By: Laura Category: News No Comments →


If you’re looking for a job right now or a teenager thinking ahead and looking for a summer job, then look to MacDill AFB for employment opportunities. There are Non-appropriated Funds jobs that are hiring right now and there will be summer job opportunities also posted on this website. One big need right now is lifeguards! There are two swimming pools on MacDill AFB. One pool is adjacent to the Bayshore Club and one is near the Base library. Most of the jobs are not full-time, but it is a great place to start looking. Anyone who is a U.S. citizen or resident can apply. Applications can be downloaded from the NAF Human Resources website. Applications can be hand delivered by current ID card holders, mailed, faxed to 828-5450 or e-mailed to There are hiring preferences for Military Spouse Preference (MSP), Transition Hiring Preference (THP) and Veteran applicants. The Human Resources Office will determine eligibility. Proof/Verification must be submitted with your application for preference consideration. Applications are kept on file for 90 days. After 90 days, they become inactive. If you wish to reapply for the same position at a later date, you may do so by submitting a new application. To update and/or extend your application beyond the 90 days, you must contact the Human Resources Office prior to the 90-day expiration. It is your responsibility to make copies of your application, forms, diploma, orders, etc. Please ensure your phone number and addresses are accurate and kept up to date, this information is used to contact you. Incomplete or unqualified applications will be returned to the applicant.

Tampa Comic Book Convention 22 March

March 22, 2009 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →


The Tampa Comic Book Convention takes place in Largo this Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the Minnreg Building, 6340 126 Ave.  This will be the ultimate place to be on Sunday if you are a comic book collector.  There will be 85 tables of comics, videos, toys, action figures, anime, Star Wars memorabilia, artwork, trading cards and more. Wear a costume you’re your favorite character and enter the costume contest. Meet Herb Trimpe (Wolverine artist), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Gambit artist), Dick Giordano (Batman artist), Amanda Stevens (Web model) and more! There will be convention cash giveaways!  Parking is free.  The will be a snack bar in case you get hungry.  Admission for adults is $5 and 12 and younger are free.

Military Discounts for Disney Cruise Lines end 22 March!

March 21, 2009 By: Laura Category: News No Comments →

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney 

If you’re thinking of taking a cruise, here is an offer from Disney that will require a quick decision. The catch is that you need to make your reservation by 22 Mar 09. Disney Cruise Lines is offering military discounts for active and retired members of the military. This offer is also good for the FBI, CIA, Secret Service and NASA (Kennedy Space Center and Houston). You can book up to 3 staterooms can be booked on one ID. Discounts are good from 3, 4 and 7 night cruises. Three night cruises run from $399-$499 per person. Four night cruises cost $549 per person. Seven night cruises run from $599-$999 per person. The ports of call on the 3 and 4 day Disney cruises are Nassau in the Bahamas and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. If this is your first cruise, then a 3 or 4 night cruise is great selection to make sure that you’ll like cruising. Since it’s Disney, this is a family oriented cruise. You’ll find kid, teen, family, and adult activities and first-rate amenities. Children and teens have their own exciting supervised activities and spaces. There’s even a nursery for infants to toddlers. There is a teenager only club and they enjoy their own excursions and activities. Adults can visit the spa and fitness center, or lounge by the adults-only quiet pool. There is an intimate music lounge and an elegant restaurant Palo. Prices are all inclusive so everything on the ship including food is included in the price. Dinner is served at three different restaurants and early seating is available for families with young children. Alcohol is not included in the price and must be bought separately. Watch a Broadway-quality musicals or an intimate lounge shows, family movies and talent nights, a thrilling on-deck pirate party and dazzling fireworks. On a 7 night cruise, you’ll visit three destinations. The first stop is  St. Maarten, anisland that is divided between the French and Dutch. You’ll also visit the island of St. Thomas (part of the U.S. Virgin Islands), with excursions to St. John. Finally, you’ll stop on Disney’s private island paradise at Castaway Cay. Don’t forget that you will need a U.S. passport!