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LIFE of Tampa welcomes everyone, of all races, ethnicities, religions, family compositions, sexual orientations, learning styles, lifestyles, abilities and disabilities, and asks only that rules of civility, kindness and compassion be honored by all, for all.

This homepage and our online discussion group serve as an announcement and resource list for a variety of activities and events.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mommy and Me Skate Day, Weds starting Sept. 2 at United Skates of America

Starting September 2 and repeating every Wednesday from 9:00-11:30am we have a Mommy and Me Skate. It's only $3.50 and that includes admission and regular skate rental. The children can bring their strollers, ride-on toys, push toys, etc.

It's amazing exercise, inexpensive and a great, fun way to find new ways to teach and bond with your kids! Hopefully it will also be a great place to meet other mothers. September 2 will be the first time we are trying the event but we have great expectations for the session!

Heather Langille
Event Coordinator
United Skates of America
813-876-5826
www.UnitedSkates.com/Tampa
www.facebook.com/UnitedSkatesTampa
www.unitedskatestpa.blogspot.com

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center Upcoming Events August & September 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
Center Hours:
Wednesday 9:00am - 8:30pm
Thursday - Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Closed Monday, Tuesday and Holidays
www.pinellascounty.org/environment
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All programs are free unless otherwise noted.
Please call (727) 453-6800 for information and reservations

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AUGUST 2009

Don’t miss out on these programs coming up this month!

Movie Night – The Ecological Footprint: Accounting for a Small Planet
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Humans are a very successful species on the planet. Our growing economy is placing an unprecedented demand on the planet’s limited resources. The ecological footprint is a resource accounting tool that measures human demand on the Earth. This 30-minute film explores the current global situation and demonstrates ways governments, communities and businesses are working to live sustainably. Join us after the program to participate in a discussion and receive tips about reducing your personal footprint on Earth’s natural resources. Admission: Free. Recommended for adults.

Book Time at Brooker Creek - The Lady and the Spider
Thursday, August 27, 2009 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. Twice each month children are treated to a variety of stories that connect them to their environment. This week features The Lady and the Spider by Faith McNulty. A spider makes a home in a head of lettuce. We follow her daily routine until the unsuspecting gardener harvests the lettuce in this charming tale about the value of all living things. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Admission: Free. Spaces are limited, so register early! Recommended ages: 3-5.

What’s in a Frog’s Song
Saturday, August 29, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Ever wonder about those frogs singing in your neighborhood? Join us for an entertaining, multi-sensory presentation to discover common frogs and what they can tell us about the environment. Fun activities help you learn tricks for recognizing and remembering their voices. Pre-registration is required for this program. Admission: Free. Best for families with children age 8 and up.

“The Florida Environment in Pastels”
The Pastel Society of Tampa Bay
Formed in 2006, the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay promotes an appreciation of pastel painting through demonstrations, shows and workshops in the Tampa Bay Area. This exhibition highlights the wildlife and local environments of west-central Florida. Visitors may enjoy this free exhibit during normal Center hours through August 30, 2009. Learn more about this organization by visiting: http://pastelsocietytampabay.blogspot.com.

SEPTEMBER 2009

Start off the school year with fun educational programs!

Guided Hikes
Saturdays, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division
Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Join us for this 0.75-mile walk as we look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike. Admission: Free. All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.

Printing with Everyday Objects Workshop
Saturday, September 5, 2009 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bonnie Bowman, Art Cloth Alliance, Tampa, FL
Participants learn numerous techniques used by surface design artists to print fabric, while they create beautiful one of a kind greeting cards, a tote bag, T-shirt and several swatches of art cloth. No previous art training or skills are necessary to turn out stunning projects in this class. Teachers, recreational professionals, therapists, anyone who works with children, the elderly, or people with special needs will find many of the skills presented in this workshop useful and easily adaptable to educational or therapeutic settings. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: $70.00 ($50 course fee + $20 materials fee). Best for adults.

Meet the Artists: Art Cloth Alliance
Sunday, September 6, 2009 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Art Cloth Alliance, Tampa, FL
The Art Cloth Alliance is a group of 13 Tampa Bay fiber and surface design artists who use their creativity to depict Florida’s unique environment and natural history on cloth. Art cloth is created by using various methods including hand-dyeing fabric with ancient dye techniques, stenciling, screen printing, and stamping. The result of this layering process captures the essence of the Brooker Creek Preserve. Join us to meet the artists and discuss their work. Pre-registration is not required for this open reception. Visitors can enjoy this free exhibit during normal Center hours through October 31, 2009. To learn more about this organization visit: www.beyondperfection.net Admission: Free. Best for adults – suitable for children 12 and older.

Movie Night at Brooker Creek: A Sense of Wonder
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
When pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962 the backlash from her critics forced her into the role of controversial public figure. Using many of Ms. Carson’s own words, Kaiulani Lee embodies the biologist/ecologist/writer’s love for the natural world and her fight to defend it in this documentary-style film produced by Sense of Wonder Productions LLC. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Best for adults.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: In a Nutshell
Thursday, September 10, 2009 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. Twice each month children are treated to a variety of stories that connect them to their environment. This week features In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony. This beautifully illustrated tale introduces children to an acorn in the woods and follows its life cycle as it grows into a tree in a suburban yard. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Spaces are limited so register early! Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

Trash to Treasure Swap Meet
Saturday, September 12, 2009 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Environmental Lands Division and Pinellas County Utilities Staff
Here is your opportunity to pick up new treasures for free. Get green and frugal at the same time by turning your trash into treasures at this swap meet. Drop off or take home the following items: books, videos, DVDs, music CDs, board games, artwork and kitchen household items less than 24” by 24”. All items must be in very good or excellent condition and family-friendly. Each household should bring no more than 12 items. More than two million tons of waste is generated each year in Pinellas County. We can reduce that amount by reusing and recycling. Please call (727) 453-6800 for more detailed information about this event. Admission: Free. Recommended for all ages.

Open Classroom: Discovering Nature with Your Child
Sunday, September 13, 2009 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, September 27, 2009 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Who lives in that skin? What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore? Whose tracks are those? Stop by our classroom anytime between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm to participate in a variety of self-guided nature games and activities that answer these questions and many more. Pre-registration is not required for this open activity. Admission: Free. All ages welcome.

Night Movie at Brooker Creek: Living Things We Love to Hate
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
The slippery slug, the supple snake, and the darting bat make many of us squirm, shudder, and recoil in revulsion. These are some of the organisms addressed in Living Things We Love to Hate, a light-hearted film produced by Rainshadow Media. No matter how often they are present in our lives, some of us never get over our fear of them. Yet every organism plays a vital role in its own ecosystem. Is it true we fear what we don’t understand? This movie is designed to replace those fears with ecological understanding. Join us for fun, up-close and scientific exploration of the roots of our cultural attitudes. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Best for adults and children over 8 years old.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: The Very Busy Spider
Thursday, September 24, 2009 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. Twice each month children are treated to a variety of stories that connect them to their environment. This week presents The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. Join us for this delightful tale of a busy little spider as she weaves her web. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Spaces are limited so register early! Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

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Call (727) 453-6800 for registration and information