A conference where bromeliads are the stars

There’s an extravaganza set for this coming weekend aimed at celebrating bromeliads — plants that can be grown indoors or out, and often feature long-lasting flower displays, colorful foliage, or both. People who are seriously into bromeliads may want to register to attend the conference, but others may want to simply check out two bromeliad plant sales that are being held as part of the … [Read more...]

LEGO + creativity = The Art of The Brick

While children often use LEGO bricks to build ferries, cars and people, artist Nathan Sawaya uses the tiny, colorful plastic pieces to recreate artistic masterpieces and create whimsical pieces of art. His touring exhibit, called The Art of The Brick, is on display in downtown Tampa, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., until Sept. 4. The exhibit, which has been billed by CNN … [Read more...]

Ybor City Saturday Market offers crafts, food and fun

Variety adds spice to the Ybor City Saturday Market. Every Saturday, vendors fill their tables with goodies to eat and crafts to carry home. Some — like Dave DeAngelis — show how they make the items they sell. He turns pine needles into decorative baskets. “In 40 years, I’ve never made the same thing twice,” said DeAngelis, who has been coming to the Ybor market since it opened nearly … [Read more...]

Using the power of music to help others

Emma Skantze was a 9-year-old student at Turner Elementary School when she decided she wanted to get involved to help others. After brainstorming with her mom, she came up with the idea of organizing a concert. The first event featured her and some of her friends. But now, as she prepares for the seventh annual Helping Hands benefit, she’s working out all of the details for having two … [Read more...]

Passover begins April 10

The holiday of Pesach, or Passover, is an eight-day festival celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. This year, it runs from April 10 to April 18. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Following the rituals of Passover allows the Jewish community to relive and experience the freedom of their … [Read more...]

Check out information, and fun, at local libraries

A new year always offers a fresh chance to become more disciplined, learn new things, explore new hobbies and have more fun. All that, and more, awaits visitors to local libraries. Besides a vast collection of books, CDs, DVDs and digital offerings, libraries host scores of events every month. So, depending on your interests or your needs, you can often find just what you’re seeking … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights coincides with the Christmas week this year. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins on the evening of Dec. 24, and ends on the evening of Jan. 1. The eight-day celebration commemorates the “miracle” of the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C., when Israel was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who massacred thousands of … [Read more...]

Marine Corps League Detachment forms in Land O’ Lakes

A new Marine Corps League Detachment has formed in Land O’ Lakes. The Marine Forever Detachment No. 1440 has received its official charter, and the organization now meets on the third Monday of the month, at 7 p.m. at the Beef O’ Brady’s in the Village Lakes Shopping Center, 21539 Village Lakes Shopping Center Drive in Land O’ Lakes. The formal presentation of the detachment’s official … [Read more...]

Having fun, and learning, at the library

There’s more than just books to check out It won’t be long before school bells ring in a new year, but before they do, there’s still ample opportunity to have fun at local libraries during summer break. There also are plenty of ways — besides books — to learn at local libraries. For instance, people who wanted to learn more about the work that police officers do had a chance to do … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel: No. 1 job market

Wesley Chapel is at the top of the list for “best job market” in Florida, according to a report from WalletHub on 2016’s Best & Worst Florida Cities for Finding a Job. The Washington D.C.-based financial website ranked 130 cities in the state in three categories: job market, socio-economic environment and overall. While Wesley Chapel came in first, Lutz and Land O’ Lakes ranked 16 and … [Read more...]