Halloween events aim to include those with sensory differences

The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), The Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa at Lowry Park are collaborating to raise awareness for autism in the Tampa Bay community through “Day of Discovery” Halloween events. The events will provide special-needs families with unique programming, special animal encounters, enrichment and hands-on activities. Each venue makes unique modifications regarding … [Read more...]

Connected City vote on Pasco’s agenda

A final decision on an ambitious technology-driven community in eastern Pasco County – known as Connected City – is at hand. The Pasco County Commission will have a final public hearing on the project on Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m., in Dade City. The first public hearing on Jan. 24 offered a review of the project and an opportunity for public comment. Pasco County and Metro Development Group … [Read more...]

Preparations underway for EcoFest 2016

An effort that began seven years ago on the Hanna Road campus of Learning Gate Community School, in Lutz, has morphed into an event expected to draw thousands to Tampa’s Lowry Park on April 23 in a festival that pays homage to protecting Mother Earth. EcoFest is an annual event aimed at raising awareness about the principles of sustainability — ecology, equity and economy. Learning Gate … [Read more...]

Human trafficking often unseen problem

Edie Rhea said she was just 10, when her mother’s boyfriend began sexually abusing her and selling her to strangers for sex. Others may have never suspected what was going on, because Rhea said she lived in a four-bedroom, two-bath house in a nice neighborhood. She also went to school, like other kids, she said. Even though there were opportunities to tell someone else, Rhea said she was too … [Read more...]

Want to go to Ren Fest for free? Keep reading.

It's time to party like it's 1399. When you think of a Renaissance Festival, you might think of jousting, medieval-style costumes, arrows, swords and people eating turkey legs. And guess what? That's exactly what you'll find at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival, 11315 N. 46th St. Now in its 38th year, the festival sits in an area near the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa that has … [Read more...]

On The Cheap Fun on Father’s Day

Mother's Day is such a special event, we almost forget about that other day the following month. But Father's Day is just as important, and a great holiday for people who like to do things on the cheap. After all, who was better at pinching pennies when you were growing up than dear old dad? So, if you can celebrate Father's Day and save some money at the same, you'll earn his admiration and … [Read more...]

Treat mom, save money this weekend

Mother's Day is an opportunity to spend quality time with your mom, grandmother, spouse or anyone who best fits that "mother" role. It's a day to do something special. But it's not a time to be irresponsible with your finances. Sure, you could spend a bunch of money on expensive flowers and take her to a fancy lunch. But what message would you be sending? That you're not watching your money? … [Read more...]

Area events honor veterans on special day

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and those who have put on the uniform to serve this country have a full day ahead of them. Saint Leo University and Two Men and a Truck will deliver items to veterans in local shelters throughout the day Tuesday. The donations will be from a collection drive the school hosted last month including items such as soap, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, … [Read more...]

MOSI to host digital classroom symposium

The Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa will host a digital classroom initiative symposium Nov. 13 beginning at 8 a.m. It will bring together education professional and high-technology specialists who will discuss adapting technology for enhanced learning and student achievement advancements. The symposium is being put together by state Sen. John Legg, and will cover an array of topics … [Read more...]

MOSI wins national award from Noyce Foundation

The Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa has been selected as one of just seven museums in the country to receive the Bright Lights Community Engagement Award from the Noyce Foundation. The award recognizes science centers, children's museums and natural history museums that have done what it considers to be an outstanding job of engaging with their local communities, especially in areas … [Read more...]