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MAY 2017 CLASSES in Hillsborough

The Arts Council of Hillsborough County invites you to BE CREATIVE! There’s plenty of classes and workshops happening throughout Hillsborough County next month! We hope you’ll check out our list, try out a class and, most of all, find a way to BE CREATIVE!

Simply click through the titles to get specific dates and times.

Adult / Child Jewelry Making Workshop
Dan Balk Jewelry Studio at The Greenhaus

Adult Art Classes
Kokol Arts Studio & Gallery

Advanced Watercolor Techniques with Ruth Nienhaus
Life Enrichment Center

Beginning and Intermediate Crochet with Susan Lord
Life Enrichment Center

Children’s, Middle School, and Teen Art Classes
Kokol Arts Studio & Gallery

Couples Jewelry Making Class
Dan Balk Jewelry Studio at The Greenhaus

Creative Writing with John Chaplick
Life Enrichment Center

Drawing and Painting Summer Camps
Vanessa’s Art Studio

Drawing Summer Art Camps
Vanessa’s Art Studio

Drawing with Janice Shindle
Life Enrichment Center

May, June Art Classes at JCC
Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center

Modern Mixed Media Techniques
Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center

Painting for the Beginner
Carrollwood Cultural Center
May 02, 2017

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April 20 – April 26 Events

April 20 – April 26

Arts and Cultural Events in Hillsborough County
Please check with venues for changes in schedules.


Spring Dance Concert
HCC Ybor Mainstage Theatre
Apr 20, 2017 – Apr 22, 2017


10th Annual Aficionados Taste of Ybor
Historic Ybor
Apr 22, 2017

12th Annual Tampa Caribbean Carnival 2017
Florida State Fairgrounds
Apr 22, 2017

Indian Classical Dance and World Fusion Music
Sickles High School Auditorium
Apr 23, 2017


Flicks And Food Trucks
The Grand Central at Kennedy
Apr 20, 2017 – Mar 15, 2018

Pete’s Dragon
Tampa Theatre
Apr 23, 2017


43rd Annual HCC Juried Student Art Exhbition
Ybor Art Gallery
Apr 05, 2017 – Apr 26, 2017

Closing Reception, Blake H.S. Senior Show
Gallery 501 at Blake High School
Apr 21, 2017

Donne Bitner: Inner Visions, Paintings, and Monotypes
Clayton Galleries
Mar 17, 2017 – May 27, 2017

Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr & Mary Mirabal: Color Chemistry
Red Door No. 5 Gallery
Apr 07, 2017 – May 12, 2017

Mark Joseph Oliver: Not Here But There
Gallery 221, HCC Dale Mabry
Mar 20, 2017 – Apr 27, 2017


Florida History Group Tours
Florida State Fairgrounds
Mar 14, 2017 – May 12, 2017


37th Annual Storytelling Festival
Robert W. Saunders Library
Apr 22, 2017


Antiquities Circle: Professor Michael Koortbojian
Tampa Museum of Art
Apr 25, 2017

Art Talk: Crazy Quilts with Susan Lord
Life Enrichment Center
Apr 26, 2017

Kennedy Artist in Residence: Stephanie Syjuco
USF Fine Arts Hall Lecture Room
Apr 20, 2017

Copyright and the Appropriation of Art
Tampa Museum of Art
Apr 20, 2017 – Apr 21, 2017


Alex Katz: Black and White
Tampa Museum of Art
Feb 23, 2017 – May 29, 2017

Art Spot
Tampa Museum of Art
Feb 04, 2017 – Apr 29, 2017

By the Yard: Cirkut Camera Photography
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Jan 27, 2017 – Dec 17, 2017

Every Disaster Made Us Wish For More: 2017 MFA Exhibit
USF Contemporary Art Museum
Mar 31, 2017 – May 06, 2017

Menus: The Epicurean Experience
Henry B. Plant Museum
Mar 17, 2017 – Dec 23, 2017

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present
Tampa Museum of Art
Feb 04, 2017 – Apr 30, 2017


Grateful Dead Nite with Uncle John’s Band
Skipper’s Smokehouse
Mar 15, 2017 – Mar 07, 2018

Holey Miss Moley and Ajeva
Skipper’s Smokehouse
Apr 22, 2017

Jim Burge Jazz Festival
Carrollwood Cultural Center
Apr 22, 2017 – Apr 23, 2017

Latin Nights
Maestro’s at the Straz
Jan 19, 2017 – Sep 14, 2017

Live Music Friday and Saturday
Maloney’s Local Irish Pub
Mar 24, 2017 – Feb 24, 2018

Music in the Museum
Henry B. Plant Museum
Jun 16, 2016 – May 18, 2017

Nafapalooza Benefit
Skipper’s Smokehouse
Apr 23, 2017

Popa Chubby
Skipper’s Smokehouse
Apr 25, 2017

Psych Chillers
Skipper’s Smokehouse
Apr 12, 2017 – May 31, 2017

Singin’ and Swingin’: A Century of Ella
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 21, 2017

USF Choral Concert
USF Concert Hall
Apr 21, 2017

USF Concert Bands
Concert Hall
Apr 26, 2017

USF Symphonic Band: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous
USF Concert Hall
Apr 25, 2017

USF Symphony Orchestra
USF Music Concert Hall
Apr 23, 2017

USF Wind Ensemble: A Glorious Day
USF Concert Hall
Apr 20, 2017

Red Light Cafe Live, Local Music
Tre Amici at The Bunker
May 26, 2016 – May 01, 2018

Yeoman’s Saturday LIVE
Yeoman’s Cask & Lion Downtown
Aug 27, 2016 – Aug 26, 2017


Felicitous Coffee & Tea Open Mic Night
Felicitous Coffee & Tea
Mar 08, 2017 – Oct 01, 2018

Straight UP Poetry The National Poetry Month Edition!
Ybor City Jazz House
Apr 25, 2017

Yeoman’s Open Mic Night
Yeoman’s Cask & Lion Downtown
Feb 28, 2017 – Aug 28, 2018


Dedication Ceremony Honors Teresa Winston
Gallery 501 at Blake High School
Apr 21, 2017


All My Sons
Carrollwood Players Theatre
Apr 21, 2017 – May 06, 2017

Falling by Deanna Jent
Powerstories Theatre
Apr 20, 2017 – May 07, 2017

The Azure Sky in Oz
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 21, 2017 – Apr 30, 2017

The Mountain Top By Katori Hall
The Heather
Apr 07, 2017 – Apr 22, 2017

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel
Henry B. Plant Museum
Sep 03, 2016 – May 28, 2017


Art Around Town Exhibit
Gallery at 1914 Plant City High School Community Center
Aug 25, 2016 – Aug 26, 2017

Beth Kokol: Indigo Blue
Public Art Gallery
Mar 02, 2017 – Apr 30, 2017

Landscape, Seascape and Cityscape Exhibit
Old Hyde Park Art Center
Apr 04, 2017 – Apr 28, 2017

Willy Rivera & Tim Gibbons: Fools for Art
Bamboozle Cafe
Apr 01, 2017 – May 06, 2017


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HCC Ybor City Campus President’s Community Forum – Thursday, March 30th

Dear HCC and Ybor City Campus Community Partners and Friends:

Thank you for your past support of Hillsborough Community College, the Ybor City Campus, and me in our efforts to better the lives of thousands of students and their families each year. Your guidance and attention have been invaluable.

With that, I invite you to attend our next Ybor City Campus Community Forum on Thursday, March 30th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Ybor Room. Refreshments will be provided. The Ybor Room is in the Ybor Building at the corner of 14th Street and 9th Avenue. Parking is available in the HCC lots and the Student Garage at Palm Avenue and Nuccio Boulevard.

We will have updates on our SACS Accreditation visit, enrollment, our legislative initiatives, and new programs. There will be ample time for questions and answers as well as a tour of the Campus where you will get to meet some of our instructors and students.

As a partner and friend of HCC and the Ybor City Campus, you are invited to participate in the Community Forum and are recognized as a member of my Campus President’s Community Advisory Council. The Council is designed to enhance open dialogue between the campus administration and the community-at-large and will focus on how the campus can support the community and how the community can support the campus.

Please RSVP to my assistant, Bridget Harris, by Friday, March 24th. She can be reached at 813-253-7754 or Everyone is welcome, so if you have colleagues or friends who would benefit from attending, please invite them as well.

I hope to see you on March 30th.

Thank you for your support of HCC and the Ybor City Campus.


Dr. Shawn H. Robinson

Campus President, Ybor City

Hillsborough Community College

Ofc: 813-253-7755

Fax: 813-253-7610


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mad theatre of tampa, inc. Announcing 2017-2018 Season

Press Contact
Justin Batten, Marketing & PR Chair
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TAMPA, FLmad Theatre of Tampa’s 2017-18 season lineup at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts has been announced.

The mad Theatre of Tampa Broadway musical series includes Green Day’s American Idiot, It Shoulda Been You and Disaster!

Season tickets will be offered for the first time in mad Theatre of Tampa history, including an opportunity to add tickets to your season subscription for the eagerly anticipated Tony Award-winning, Stephen Sondheim classic, Company – A Musical Comedy, June 15 through July 2, 2017.

Green Day’s American Idiot, Fall 2017, is a sung-through adaptation of Green Day’s rock opera, American Idiot.  With a book by Billy Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, this Tony Award-winning musical is sure to light up the Jaeb stage and harkens back to mad Theatre of Tampa’s sold-out production of RENT in 2015.

It Shoulda Been You, Winter 2018, is a musical comedy with music by Barbara Anselmi and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and involves a wedding which brings together the families that are comically and hilariously different.

Disaster!, Summer 2018, is a musical comedy created by Seth Rudetsky and written by Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick.  Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos, and the unforgettable songs of the 70’s like Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours, Knock on Wood, I Am Woman, Hot Stuff and Don’t Cry Out Loud take center stage in this homage to classic disaster films.

mad Theatre of Tampa, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our volunteer-based Board of Directors welcomes newcomers in all areas of performance. Our goal is to produce shows that make you laugh and think, while honoring diversity in our shows by inviting the culturally expanding community to celebrate their talent on the stage or to be a member of the audience. As a non-equity theatre company, our performers volunteer countless hours rehearsing and preparing our productions. Recent successes include Avenue Q, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Rocky Horror Show, RENT, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Next to Normal, [title of show], Cabaret and Spring Awakening.

PO Box 8417, Tampa, FL 33674 | Administration: 813.386.6173|


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View of St. Augustine S.E. Station, and overhead supports for cable. View looking southwest from Riberia St., November 26. 1926.

On Your next trip to St. Augustine. Don’t miss…..

The St. Augustine Distillery’s Historic Ice Plant Building

Finding a place big enough to house a distillery and convenient enough to allow folks to visit and learn what we were creating, was no small task. The Historic Florida Power & Light Ice Plant was the one building that had everything we needed. St. Augustine Distillery is located inside of Florida’s oldest ice manufacturing plant. Our building was completed in 1917, and served as the model for FP&L ice plants across the State of Florida. Portions of our south wall actually date back to 1905! Ice manufacturing was essential to local fishing and shrimping industries, as well as agriculture, prior to modern refrigeration. All produce and seafood shipped by rail was cooled by ice made in our building. At one time, this facility produced 125 tons of ice in one day! The Ice Plant is a contributing building to the Lincolnville Neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places and was the first of its kind to make commercial block ice in Florida over 100 years ago……

During renovations to our facility, we uncovered steel beams and the bridge crane that moved the enormous ice blocks back and forth. As we learned more about the role of ice production and distilling in North Florida, we discovered an era when distilling was about crafting quality spirits rather than corporate efficiency. This is a legacy that we honor throughout our building and in producing our small-batch craft spirits such as vodka, gin, rum, and bourbon whiskey. In 2017, we will be celebrating the centennial of our building with events, specialty releases, and more. Stay tuned for more information!

Until your next trip to the Distillery . . .

have our spirits delivered!

Purchase Our Spirits Online



FOR MORE INFO CALL 904-825-4962

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From Visit Tampa Bay


Gasparilla: What to Know
January 28
Gasparilla Pirate Invasion
Tampa Bay’s destination-wide annual Gasparilla celebration kicks off at 11:30am at the Tampa Convention Center with a full-on pirate invasion. Approximately 350,000 locals and visitors will line the streets of Bayshore as the José Gaspar and its krewe take on Tampa Bay. You’ve got to be there when the entire city of Tampa unloads untold Gasparilla treasures for all to plunder.
Check Out the Schedule
March 2-9
Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF)
The Gasparilla International Film Festival is a celebration of independent film held annually in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Festival has created a unique film showcase that will have a lasting and cultural impact on the Tampa Bay Community – and the film community at large.
Learn More About Gasparilla
March 4 + 5
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
Every year, downtown Tampa transforms into one giant outdoor museum when hundreds of artists gather for the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Imagine some of the world’s preeminent artists, hand-selected from over 1,000 submissions, all in one place.
March 11 + 12
Gasparilla Music Fest (GMF)
With two full days of music across four stages, the 2017 festival will be the biggest yet. The lineup also features many of Tampa’s best eateries including The Refinery, Malio’s Steakhouse, Ella’s Folk Art Cafe (the chicken and waffle cone, it really happened) and more. The festival is kid-friendly with children’s activities offered early each day.
Get Your Tickets Now!
Saturdays and Sundays, March 4 – April 30
Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s third annual Food & Wine festival is back this spring for an extended nine weeks of chart-topping artists and culinary masterpieces!

Uncork the flavor of wines, craft brews and more on Saturdays & Sundays March 4 through April 30. The Festival area is open from noon to 9 p.m. and headlining concerts start at 7 p.m.

Learn More About the Festival
Gasparilla Children’s Extravaganza
One Parade in the Books
In case you missed it last weekend, the Gasparilla Children’s Parade kicked off the season spectacularly. The parade marched through Bayshore with thousands of families lining the streets to catch beads and enjoy the floats and music. The night ended with an amazing fireworks display that could be seen throughout the city.

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TAMPA PRIDE 2017 is less than 10 weeks away. So Now is the time to Get Involved with your Business, Company, Organization, Social Group or just Yourself! 

Our 2017 theme is ” COMMUNITY SUPER HEROES.” This has been a 1 heck of a crazy year in our community. So ‘ Community Super Heroes’ explains it all!
TAMPA PRIDE 2017 Takes place Saturday, March 25, 2017 in GaYBOR District in historic Ybor City. This Family Friendly daytime event starting with the Tampa Bay’s RAINBOW Pride Marching Band at 9:45 am opening Vendor Market Festival at 10 am until 5pm.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Local Leaders, Community Speakers will start the daylong Festivities.
Great Celebrity Concert in HCC Ybor Parking lot staged area at 3:30pm.
‘Special Tribute to Community Super Heroes Celebration’ is set for Noon on 7th Ave in front of Centro Ybor. Honoring 100′ of Key West historical 8 color Rainbow Flag, First Responders Present and to Honor Orlando’s Pulse Night Club Victims with Tampa Bay’s Rainbow PRIDE Marching Band and more.
TAMPA PRIDE 2017 PROUD DIVERSITY PARADE Kicks off on America’s Designated 7th Ave Main Street starting at 1:00 pm with over 160 Parade Entries travelling to 20th Street and then North to Palm Ave.
TAMPA PRIDE GRAND MARSHAL GALA     February 22 at Brew Bus

TAMPA  PRIDE 2017 Grand Marshals are former County Commissioner Kevin Beckner and Local Entertainer Joey Brooks.
* TAMPA PRIDE 2017  ” Community Recognized LGBTA Leaders Award “ winners are former Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman and former Ybor City Development Corp Manager Vince Pardo.
* TAMPA PRIDE 2017 Recognized Grand Couple are Hotspots Media publisher Peter Clark and 30 year partner, Cleto Beuren
The Crowning of MISS TAMPA PRIDE 2017 PAGEANT is Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Honey Pot, 7pm held by  2016 Miss Tampa Pride Alexis Mateo.
TAMPA PRIDE 2017 Vendor Market Festival on 8th Ave, TRIBUTE To Our Community Super Heroes, TAMPA PRIDE’s PROUD DIVERSITY PARADE, Local Talent on HCC Stage, Celebrity Concert and More Fun for Everyone. Saturday March 25, 9:45 am – 5:30 pm. Then let the GaYBOR District games begin until 3am!
TASTE of TAMPA PRIDE BRUNCH 2017 at Seminole Heights Wine Bar, Sunday March 9th.
TAMPA PRIDE 2017 Cruise to Mexico, March 27 – April 1st, AAA Travel and Carnival Cruise Lines.
Over 35,000 attendees have come to celebrate and enjoy TAMPA PRIDE in our growing 2 year history. We are Proud to say we are the First Pride in the United States of the Spring 2017!
From the Northeast Colleges Spring Breakers in the Northeast to our
Ft Lauderdale / Miami friends, this is a memorable visiting Celebration.
We welcome everyone to come out and enjoy all the festivities happening in the GaYBOR District in historic Ybor City.
On behalf of the TAMPA PRIDE Board and Directors, we will see you March 25, 2017 in historic Ybor City!