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Aviation Legends Come to Life at Fantasy of Flight

August 29, 2009

fantasy-of-flight1Fantasy of Flight Brings Aviation Legends to Life with Real Imagination: Heroes of Flight Aug. 29-30

Attraction Offering $8 Off Admission Throughout August with School Supply Donation in Celebration of New Historically-Based Show

Fantasy of Flight, Central Florida’s premier aviation-themed attraction, will unveil an engaging, historically based theater presentation Sat., Aug. 29 and Sun., Aug. 30, just in time to ignite children’s imaginations as they begin a new school year.
In honor of the new “edutainment” show and to further support children and education for the new school year, Fantasy of Flight is partnering with the Polk County Kiwanis Clubs in the “Stuff The Bus” program, offering $8 off each full-priced admission throughout the month of August with the donation of an approved school supply to benefit the Polk Education Foundation.

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The Florida Aquarium Voted Best Tourist Spot in Tampa

August 18, 2009

fl-aquarium-1Tampa, Fla. (August 17, 2008) –, which reported 1.8 million unique users in June, unveiled The Florida Aquarium as the winner of “Best Tampa Tourist Spot” in Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks Awards on Monday, August 17. Fan voting took place between May 5 and July 15, 2009 as people voted for their favorite family-friendly businesses in Tampa from a handful of nominated tourist destinations.

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Spady Living Heritage Day

August 17, 2009

delray-beachThe traditional ways of southern life come back to Delray Beach at the Spady Living Heritage Day on August 22, 2009.

After the success of last year’s festival, held on historic NW Fifth Avenue, this year’s festival will welcome back several popular entertainers, cooks and storytellers. The Spady Museum, located at 170 NW 5th Avenue, will be in the center of the action. The event is from noon to 10 p.m.; admission is free.

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Great Back-to-School Story

August 14, 2009

fossile-1JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —  Just in time for back to school, the Museum of Science & History is hosting an Educators’ Open House.  From 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, teachers who present a school identification card will be granted free admission to the Museum.

The open house will showcase the Museum’s educational offerings to students.  One of the programs MOSH will present is “Energize Me.” This physical science program, new for the 2009-10 school year, was developed to meet the needs of the recently changed science standards.  MOSH works closely with officials from Duval County Public Schools to ensure all programs adhere to Sunshine State Standards.  Teachers will also be treated to a show in the Planetarium. “The Sky Tonight,” which can be adapted for first through twelfth graders, explores the current night sky.

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Things To Do in Imaginarium Hands-On-Museum and Aquarium

August 14, 2009

New 3-D Film SOS Planet

sos-panet-1SOS Planet is a call for action!

Explore the consequences of 3 critically important environmental conditions - GLOBAL WARMING, OCEAN HABITAT DEPLETION and DESTRUCTION, and DEFORESTATION.

This highly animated 3-D film shows an incredible glimpse into our diverse world to remind us that our planet is the shared home of many interconnected species and that by ensuring its health and diversity, we ensure our future!

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Florida Artificial Tire Reef Cleanup Team Receives Coastal America Award And Recognition From President Obama

August 14, 2009

reef-1~Partnership works to protect Florida’s coral reefs ~

BROWARD COUNTY—The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is part of an innovative partnership of agencies recognized by The White House for working together to protect and enhance the third largest coral reef system in the world – an underground garden of vibrant hard and soft corals including elkhorn, staghorn and sea fans.

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Things to do in St. Petersburg

August 12, 2009

Tuesday - August 11

celebrity1Celebrity Critter of the Week - Coralline Algae
The Pier Aquarium, 800 2nd Ave. N.E. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Learn about and explore the habitat of a new and exciting “critter” each week. 727-895-7437 or

Walk On the Wild Side Evening Fitness Walk

walkBoyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Join Holly Harriman, a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. in a 45 minute walk designed for the working professional to work on the stiffness that comes from sitting or standing too long. Walk includes warmup and cool down. Cost: $4.00 each day. 727-893-7326 or

Wednesday - August 12

Jungle Boogie


Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. 11:15 a.m. For ages 3 to 5, from crafts to walks in the preserve, your child will learn about Florida’s natural ecosystems, animals, and plants. 727-893-7326 or

Florida Style Gardening Series: Landscape Maintenance

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Learn eco-friendly landscaping from experts from Pinellas County Extension. Cost $10. 727-893-7326 or

Thursday - August 13

Yoga with Haris in the Gardens

Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N. Thurs. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Relax, unwind and breathe in a beautiful botanical experience. 727-551-3100 or

Friday - August 14

Nate Najar orangeJazz at the MFA: Nate Najar


Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. N.E. 6 p.m. Summer Jazz series invites you to enjoy music from some of the most eclectic bands in the bay area. 727-896-2667 or

Saturday - August 15
Super Saturdays

Museum of Fine Arts, 244 Beach Dr. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day starts with Discovery Hour from 11 a.m. to noon, World of Imagination Storytelling 12:30 to 1 p.m., MFA: Hands-On! 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and Encore from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Each of the programs correlates to theme for the day relating to the Museum’s permanent collection. 727-896-2667 or

Horticulture Workshop: Creating a Circle of Succulents

Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N. 11:30 a.m. 727-551-3100 or

Weedon Saturday Matinée - Water’s Journey: The Hidden Rivers of Florida
1800 Weedon Island Drive NE, 2-3:30 p.m.

weedonWhere does our water come from?  An award-winning, extraordinary documentary follows a team of daring divers as they explore the connecting paths of the Floridan aquifer during the fascinating 1-hour journey.  Participants can pick up a handy tip sheet of practical ways individuals can help protect Florida’s precious water supply.  Pre-registration is appreciated for this free program.  Recommended for adults - suitable for children 10 and up. BYOP-Bring your own popcorn! 727-453-6500 or

Family Flicks! Movies on the Waterfront: Gooby

The Pier, 800 2nd Ave. N.E. Waterside Courtyard. Movies begin at dusk. Fun for the whole family. Bring your blanket and pillow. Jammies allowed!  Third Saturday monthly. 727-821-6443 or or

Obama: A Perspective in Photographs Exhibit, Opening reception

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. S. 6 to 8 p.m. Opening reception for the  “Obama: A Perspective in Photographs” exhibit. See behind the scenes photos from the White House, as well as well-publicized magazine covers provided by Associated Press photographers. The exhibit runs through October. 727-323-1104 or

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays

torontoTropicana Field.  Sat. 7:08 p.m. 1-800-FAN-RAYS or Stay after the game for the Summer Concert Series featuring the B-52’s.The B-52’s took their name from the Southern slang for the mile-high bouffant wigs sported by singers Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson. The five-piece group are known for such hits as Rock Lobster, Love Shack and Roam. In 2008 the band returned with a new album for the first time in 16 years

Sunday - August 16

Yoga & Dali

yoga2Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 3rd St. S. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Find your balance in a 90 minute transcendental experience blending vinyasa yoga with the sounds of sitars, wooden flutes, percussion, acoustic guitars and other exotic instruments in the surrealistic atmosphere of the Dali Museum. Yoga instructor Laura Tillinghast has practiced various yoga styles for 8 years, while Jim Beckwith is lauded as one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters in the Southeast. To make reservations,including class and admission to the museum, contact Bethany Mead at 727-823-3767, ext 3024 or Please use the back parking lot entrance.

Yoga with Haris in the Gardens

Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N., Sun. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Relax, unwind and breathe in a beautiful botanical experience. 727-551-3100 or

Palm Boot Mask Workshop

Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Island Drive NE, 1 to 3 p.m. In almost every culture masks have been created and worn for protection, as disguises or as a means of transforming or expressing oneself spiritually.     Participants receive a palm boot to decorate with paint and natural materials.  Program fee: $10 for materials.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Recommended ages: 10 and up. No art experience is necessary. 727-453-6500 or

Week of August 17

August 18 & 20
Yoga with Haris in the Gardens

Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N. Tues. and Thurs. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Relax, unwind and breathe in a beautiful botanical experience. 727-551-3100 or

August 18
Night Hike - Gators, Spiders and Frogs..Oh, My!

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, 8 p.m. Star gazing, spider sniffing, alligator spotting, disappearing heads, and art in the dark. Come join in on the fun. Space is limited to 15 people. Paid registration is required to guarantee a space. Cost: $3.00 Adults, $1.50 children. 727-893-7326 or

Aug. 21 & 22

“Neighborhood Restoration and Strategies for Success.” African American Mental Health Training & Forum

St. Petersburg College Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday’s symposium is open to professionals working in the area of mental health, substance abuse, health care & social services and features an overview on mental health issues impacting Florida’s African American youth in the juvenile justice system, workshops and presenters. Registration is $35;CEU credits are available. Saturday’s community forum, which is free and open to the public will be held at the Childs Park YMCA, 691 43rd St. S, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg Weed & Seed program & the African American Mental Health Initiative. Contact Janis Ford (727) 892-5087 or Teketa Marshall (727)892-5088 or

Aug. 22
Florida Housing Help Workshop

Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Avenue S., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Facing foreclosure? The State of Florida wants to help save your home.  Mortgage lenders, HUD-certified counselors, and local housing authorities will be on hand to talk about your situation and legal advice and credit information will be available. Sponsored by the Department of Financial Services and the Financial Action Team (FACT). 1-877-693-5236 or

Aug. 22
Friday Night Wine & Music Series

BayWalk, 151 2nd Ave. N. 5 to 8 p.m. “Wine down” the summer evenings with musical entertainment and some bubbly. Third Friday monthly. 727-824-8888 or

Aug. 19 to 20

The Studio@620, 620 1st Ave. S. Wed. and Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. and Midnight. Canteen parachutes you into a remote army canteen - a safe haven away from the stress of combat to socialize to old favorites and new hits arranged in the style of the American big band.  Go AWOL for the night and be entertained by monster vocalists and a swingin’ 5 piece band. 727-895-6620 or

August 29

Family Maya Day
Weedon Island, 1800 Weedon Island Drive NE,
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join archaeologists for an exploration of ancient Maya culture.  Learn how experts decipher Maya hieroglyphic writing, calculate your birthday in the Maya calendar, and decode the meaning of images carved in stone and painted on ceramics.  Children (and the young at heart!) are invited to paint their own Maya designs and to master the art of making friendship bracelets, woven placemats, and kites. This event is free! Recommended for families. 727-453-6500 or

FISH-ful Saturday Celebrates The Year of the Fish

The Pier Aquarium, 800 2nd Ave. N.E. Noon to 2 p.m. 727-895-7437 or
Every 1st & 3rd Saturday. Free to attend.
August 15 - Fish in the Hot Seat
September 5 - Fascinating Fish of Tampa Bay
September 19 - Fish Protectors
October 3 - Find a Fish!
October 17 - Fish through Time
November 7 - Serving Up Science
November 21 - Exploring Estuaries
December 5 - Science from the Sea
December 19 - Once Upon A Tide

S’REAL Friday Happy Hour

Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 3rd St. S. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy our summer exhibits, hear a variety of jazz styles in a cafe setting, view unusual silent films, and enjoy our complementary snacks and cash bar. Admission half-price ($8.50) after 5 p.m. 727-823-3767 or

October 24

Festival of Reading

University of South Florida, St.Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave S. See over 45 nationally recognized authors during this celebration of literacy including book signings, panel discussions, a book market and family activities. Past authors attending the festival include Dennis Lehane, The Given Day, Mystic River; Michael Connelly, Dragons, The Scarecrow; and Arianna Huffington. Sponsored by the St. Pete Times. 727-893-8523 or

Sept. 11 to 13

St. Petersburg Opera presents: Into The Woods

Janet Root Theater, Shorecrest Preparatory School, 5101 1st St. N.E. Fri. to Sun 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m.  The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them further to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, tied together by a more original story involving a Baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family. It also includes references to several other well-known tales. 727-823-2040 or

Progress Energy Florida’s Levy Nuclear Plant

August 12, 2009

nuclear~First nuclear units approved in Florida in 33 years~

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, serving as the Siting Board, today unanimously approved Progress Energy Florida’s site request for construction of a nuclear facility on a 3,105-acre location in Levy County. The Levy Nuclear Plant is the first nuclear facility approved in Florida since 1976.

“Today’s decision proves that Florida is on the right path toward achieving energy diversity and independence,” said Governor Crist. “I applaud Progress Energy Florida for its commitment to producing alternative energy options, creating jobs and protecting our environment for future generations.”

A need for the facility, which will consist of two 1,100 megawatt nuclear powered units, was determined by the Florida Public Service Commission last August. On December 18, 2008, Progress Energy announced it would discontinue coal use at its existing coal-fired units known as Crystal River 1 and 2 with Levy Nuclear Units 1 and 2. The Siting Board’s approval of the Levy Nuclear Plant includes a requirement for the coal-fired units to be discontinued by December 31, 2020, assuming timely licensing and construction.

“Today’s approval by the Siting Board is a significant step in the process to construct and operate the facility,” said DEP Secretary Michael W. Sole. “We are pleased that Florida companies are seeing the value of a clean and diverse energy future and are investing in energy technologies to help preserve and protect our state’s valuable natural resources.”

Federal approvals and permits required prior to construction include National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Progress Energy has already received the PSD permit and all others are currently under review.

“This is an important milestone for the proposed Levy plant,” said Vincent M. Dolan, Progress Energy Florida’s president and chief executive officer. “Carbon-free nuclear power is a strategic asset in our statewide effort to become energy-independent, to reduce our reliance on more volatile-priced fossil fuels, and to provide a balanced approach to meet the challenges of growth and climate change.”

Prior to the Governor and Cabinet’s issuing site certifications, DEP’s Siting Office reviews applications for power plants, transmission lines, and natural gas pipelines as well as coordinates certification of those facilities. The Siting Office recently launched a redesigned Web site providing streamlined access to locate and monitor site certification applications in one simple location. For more information about DEP’s Siting Office or to view the redesigned Web site, visit

Nuclear power plants produce electricity through a heat-generating process know as fission, in which neutrons split uranium atoms to produce large amount of energy. These facilities produce minimal carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to climate change. In the United States, more than 100 nuclear reactors supply roughly 20 percent of the nation’s electricity. To learn more about nuclear power plants, visit

Events at Miami Seaquarium

August 12, 2009

Summer Camp Held Over!

summercamp-1It’s not too late to give your kids a great summer camp experience. Miami Seaquarium has extended our camp program through Friday, August 21st!

Only at Camp Seaquarium, children learn in a hands-on way how to help save these threatened Florida natives. Camp Seaquarium offers students from kindergarten to high school alternative camp themes with green initiatives and the opportunity to help save our planet by participating in beach clean-ups. Click here to view our special offer

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Brownfields Program Annual Report

August 11, 2009


–Report highlights economic revitalization of brownfield areas–

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released the Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Program 2008 Annual Report.  Submitted each year to the Governor, President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, the report describes DEP’s progress and level of activity in implementing the Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Act established in 1997.  The report documents the Program’s continued success in revitalizing brownfield areas despite current economic challenges.

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