Hillsborough County will begin providing free cloth face coverings at 10 libraries throughout the county on July 9.
To minimize contact, residents should call or text the library when arriving; signs with the phone number will be prominently posted at each site. Staff will bring the masks curbside. No appointments are needed.
Each resident can receive two of the reusable face coverings and can request face coverings for immediate family members not present.
Masks are available at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday:
- Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico.
- C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library, 2607 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa
- Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa
- Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa
- Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd., Tampa
- North Tampa Branch Library, 8916 North Boulevard, Tampa
- New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa
- SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin
- Town ‘N’ Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive, Suite 120, Tampa
- Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N. Kingsway Road, Seffner
To further protect the public against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Hillsborough County’s Emergency Policy Group (EPG) has enacted an order requiring that face coverings be worn inside businesses that are open to the public, with certain exceptions. The order applies to all people, including customers and employees, inside Hillsborough County businesses and nonprofit organizations that are open to the public when social distancing cannot be maintained. The City of Tampa has a separate order in effect.
The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer curbside pickup of a journal kit on July 13 at 10 a.m., to July 18 at 5 p.m. The kit includes a loose-leaf watercolor paper-bound journal with rubber bands and a drawing pencil. Pages can be rearranged. The craft will include weekly creative prompts and artistic references to get ideas flowing. Registration is required to reserve a kit. Pickup is at the back of the library building. Visit PascoLibraries.evanced.info/signup/calendar.
Pasco Libraries will offer a virtual seminar entitled “Discover Your Story with Genealogy” on July 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, through Zoom. The guest speaker will be Drew Smith from the University of South Florida. For registration, visit PascoLibraries.evanced.info/signup/calendar.
Pasco County Schools, in partnership with Pasco Sheriff’s Office and the Bread of Life Worship Center, will host a Farm Share event on July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Pasco High School, 36850 State Road 52 in Dade City. Food is first-come, first-served. For questions, call Pasco County Schools at (813) 794-2000 or (352) 524-2000. To learn more about Farm Share, visit FarmShare.org.
Pasco County Libraries will present a video tutorial on how to make a simple do-it-yourself mermaid sugar scrub with a few simple ingredients on July 15 at 3 p.m., for grades eight to 12. To watch the video, visit @RegencyParkLibrary on Facebook and Instagram.
Pasco County Libraries will offer an underwater story time with a mermaid, through Zoom, on July 15 from 10 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. A mermaid will read a book, followed by a question-and-answer session. To register for this Zoom meeting, call (727) 861-3020.
The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will have a Summer Reading Club curbside pickup on July 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and on July 18 at 2 p.m. This week’s theme is Shark Week. The kit will include activities and crafts. Supplies are limited to 50 families. No library card is required. Call (813) 929-1214
The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer “Truffles for 1,” a live, virtual event for teens on July 15 at 3 p.m. Participants can learn to prepare a chocolate candy. Kits will be made available. Register online at PascoLibraries.evanced.info/signup/calendar.
Westfield Citrus Park, 8021 Citrus Park Town Center in Tampa, will host a Full Inclusion Back-to-School Bash on July 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event focuses on families with both neuro-diverse and neuro-typical children. There will be a “Quiet Hour” when the ‘doors’ open an hour prior to the event for children on the spectrum or with sensory disorders. Both vendors and guests are asked to wear masks, but a DIY mask-making station will be provided. There also will be a touchless photo booth with characters, and plexiglass partitions on tables. Families must register in advance for a child to receive a backpack. Some vendors will offer school supplies and take-home activities. Admission and all school supplies (while supplies last) are free. For information and to register, call (727) 674-1464.
Darby Harvest Country Market, 31116 Darby Road in Dade City, will host a Vintage Farm Girl Market on July 25 from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. There will be about 20 vendors selling handcrafted, repurposed and unique treasures in vintage, farmhouse, farm and garden, and junk and unique styles. Guests also can sip lemonade, and get up close and personal with a mini cow or other farm critters.
The fourth annual “Junkin’ in July” will take place on July 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 12202 Main St., in San Antonio. There will be about 20 vendors under roof, shops on vintage row taking part, and 30 to 40 vendors outdoors. There will be everything from antiques to shabby chic, hand-mades, furniture, signs, art, repurposed stuff, old doors, windows, and more. For updates and information, visit Facebook.com/thebloominghouse or Facebook.com/twoolehens.
Premium Car Shows will host the 2020 Series Open Car & Truck Show on July 26 at The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel, rain or shine. Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon. Judging starts at 12:15 and awards will be presented at 4 p.m. As a Wiregrass safety rule, no cars can leave the premises until after the awards ceremony is over. The event also will include music and vendors, and food and drink will be available for purchase. Preregistration is $20, and $25 on the day of the show. For information and to register, visit PremiumCarShows.com.
The UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will offer kids a chance to explore bugs and gardening through a self-guided, interactive online summer camp from July 27 through Aug. 17. Kids can work at their own pace with on-demand instructional videos and activities designed for ages 8 to 13. Topics include insects, hydroponics, re-rooting, seeding and growing plants. The cost for the camp is $40 per person and includes access to instructional videos and activity kits with the necessary supples. Parents can pick up supply kits July 22 through July 24 at Hudson Branch Library, the Pasco Extension Office in Dade City, or Heritage Park Community Garden in Land O’ Lakes. Parents must choose a time and date to pick up kits. No refunds will be granted once tickets are purchased. Preregistration is required by July 20. Visit bit.ly/38BPaJp.
The All About Women Expo has been rescheduled for Aug. 9 from noon to 5 p.m., at Westfield Citrus Park mall, for women of all ages and backgrounds. There will be free beauty treatments, a mother-daughter look-alike contest, raffles prizes, and more than 50 business vendors. A VIP experience is being offered and will include crafts stations, drink and food samples, photo booths, and a free cosmetic bag (makeup not included). To register, visit conta.cc/39JaZWU.
- Breakfast in bed: Whip up some pancakes or French toast for breakfast in bed. Even better, have breakfast for dinner!
- Mixology Night: Test your mixing skills and make crazy cocktails for a chance to try a drink you’d never try at a restaurant or bar.
- Play the Newlywed Game: Ask your partner questions that you’re curious about, such as “Does he know your favorite color” and “Does she know your favorite junk food.” This is a fun way to learn more about each other.
- Plan your dream vacation: Even when there’s nothing on the horizon, “take a trip” by talking about it. Where is your dream destination and what would you do there?
- Take personality quizzes: Personality assessments hone into different characteristics. Compare yours against your partner’s to see how you can better work together.
- Wine and cheese tasting: Make yourself a charcuterie plate and try a few different types of wine.
The Florida Aquarium as of July 2 has extended its summer hours. Guests can now visit until 9 p.m., on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The same experiences will be provided, including all galleries, and animal encounters and intermittent costumed character appearances in the Mosaic Ballroom. The Splash Pad will close at 8:30 p.m. Online tickets must be reserved prior to visiting the aquarium. For information, visit FlAquarium.org.
Emotional ABCs: bit.ly/39TYhFf (social-emotional learning resources and programs)
Emotional Health Activities: bit.ly/3a1EfZE (30 activities to download and use, for parents and students)
GoNoodle.com: Movement and mindfulness videos
Mindfulness and relaxation apps for kids with anxiety: bit.ly/3a1DSOK (15 apps for overcoming stress and anxiety)
Mindfulness Resources for Teens: bit.ly/3b6ibNg (techniques to develop skills to be present and aware every day)
ZenHabits.net: Daily meditation and breathing exercises
Pasco County Libraries is now offering free digital access to The Wall Street Journal, a resource for business news and information on financial markets worldwide. To access this new e-content resource, visit bit.ly/PascoLibrariesWSJ and enter your library card number. For information about Pasco County Libraries, including the library catalog, e-content, programs, events and links to all library branches, visit PascoLibraries.org.
“The Parking Lot Social” will take place starting on July 16, and continue July 17, July 18 and July 19, at Raymond James Stadium, 4291 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. This event modernizes the traditional drive-in experience through a supersized, multisensory attraction. There also will be a “Social Kids” event on July 18 and July 19, which will include a Parents vs. Kids theme, and “Midnight Movies” on July 17 and July 18. The Parking Lot Social will include Car-A-Oke, a Headphone Disco DJ Battle, Boom Boom Bingo, Themed Trivia, Parking LOL and Midnight Movies. Tickets start at $29. For information, tickets and a complete schedule, visit TheParkingLotSocial.com.
The Florida Aquarium will present “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” now through the end of August. This is the first time the Reef at Risk exhibit will be displayed in Florida, with the artwork designed to fit specific upstairs areas in The Florida Aquarium.
The exhibit educates about the negative, devastating effects of plastic pollution, and aims to spark positive changes in consumer habits. The art installation is built entirely from plastics found in oceans and waterways around the world. Since its launch in 2010, Washed Ashore has collected nearly 26 tons of garbage from more than 300 miles of Pacific coastline.
There are 18 sculptures, including a 12-foot shark, a 16-foot parrotfish and a 20-foot coral reef.
The exhibit is included in the general admission aquarium ticket.
Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation and the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative have launched a virtual recreation program that includes many of the activities offered through traditional programming, such as art lessons, scavenger hunts, dance exercises and reading games. Also featured are videos, live events and stories. To see what is offered, visit HCFLgov.net/virtualrec
Pasco County Libraries offers systemwide virtual programs. Tune in every weekday for a new virtual activity video, including comedy store theater shows, crafts, recipes, author interviews, guest performers, games, and more.
These digital services are geared toward kindergarten through seventh grade. Activities are free. No library card is required. All locations are included.
To view the videos, visit PascoLibraries.org/events/supersized-virtual-stories/, and use the password ‘library.’
Each upcoming Page Turner Adventure is all day:
• July 13: Underwater Comedy Show with Melvin the Mantis Shrimp & Agatha the Axolotl
• July 14: Younger Kids’ Craft Day: Play the trivia game show “Get Soaked,” Sandpaper Craft, Paper Towel Tube Rain sticks and Bubble Art
• July 15: Author Day: “Thunder Boomer” by Shutta Crum and “Ocean Commotion” by Janeen Mason
• July 16: Older Kids’ Craft Day: Hydro-Dripping
• July 17: Guest Performer Day with Burl the Bubble Guy
The 2020 Tampa Bay Community Water Wise Awards is looking for entries for its water-efficient landscape contest. If your landscape combines Florida-friendly plants, elements with attractive design and minimal maintenance, and uses efficient irrigation techniques that reduces water use, you can enter. Winners receive a custom garden stone, recognition by local elected officials, and neighborhood bragging rights. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 31. For information, visit Awards.tampabaywaterwise.org.