Thursday, May 16, 2013
A public workshop was held on Wednesday night at the Seminole Garden Center, 5800 N. Central Avenue.
Seminole Heights residents heard preliminary plans from City of Tampa officials on Wednesday about the addition of a dog park at Henry and Ola Park, which could become a reality if an estimated $39,821 can be raised for the project. The bulk of the funds - which would cover items such as fencing, fountains and park signage - would have to be raised on the grassroots level by local residents and business owners. "This is something we thought might be feasible at the Henry and Ola site," said Heather Wolf-Erickson, manager with the city's parks and recreation department. "(It's) definitely not set in stone." About two dozen residents gathered at the Seminole Garden Center, 5800 Central Avenue, for a public workshop to find out what steps …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The restaurant at 5910 N. Florida Avenue is projected to open toward the end of 2013.
For the past few years, Seminole Heights foodies and craft beer fans have been privy to a culinary resurgence in the heart of the neighborhood. Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, The Independent and Reservations Gourmet-to-Go have helped put Seminole Heights on the map with homegrown dishes that showcase a Florida flair. Continuing that momentum, Red Star Rock Bar and The Rooster and The Till, are set to open their doors this year. The latest eatery to join the list is Fodder and Shine, a restaurant with The Refinery owners Michelle and Greg Baker at the helm. Fodder and Shine is scheduled to open in late 2013 at 5910 N. Florida Avenue, boasting a 2,000 square foot kitchen that will create items like smoked fish and homemade charcuterie, …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The City of Tampa's Parks & Recreation department is spearheading the workshop.
Seminole Heights residents looking for a place to walk their furry friends are one step closer to a local dog park becoming a reality. The City of Tampa's Parks & Recreation department is hosting a public workshop at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at the Seminole Garden Center, 5800 N. Central Avenue, to discuss a proposal for a park at Henry and Ola Park, according to officials in the department. Members of the Seminole Heights community have been outspoken about efforts to bring a dog park to the neighborhood, and created a Facebook page to post photos of the park and updates. We recently talked to Mauricio Rosas, a Seminole Heights resident who is spearheading the dog park movement. What do you think about the idea of a dog park at Henry …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Murals and artwork could change the look of many local businesses such as Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe and Reservations Gourmet-to-Go.
In an effort to integrate public art into the Seminole Heights landscape, the Seminole Heights Urban Art Partners are organizing a colorful movement in the historic central Tampa community. Urban Art Attack, a plan created by community members and business owners, hopes to revamp the architectural feel of Seminole Heights using aesthetic incentives like wall art on structures around town. According to the Urban Art Attack website, projects in the works include wall or yard art at local haunts like Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Southern Brewing & Winemaking and Reservations Gourmet-to-Go. The deadline for art submissions is May 14. We recently talked to Sherry Genovar-Simons, president of the Southeast Seminole Heights Civic Association …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Check out a video with owner Kendra Bailey talking about what attendees can expect.
Once a year, customers at Health Mutt in Seminole Heights are honored with a day geared toward them. This year, Customer Appreciation Day will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at the store, 6116 N. Central Avenue. During the event, customers can expect a 15 percent off discount on items, goodie bags for the first 50 customers, raffle prizes and vendors who will talk pet nutrition and give away samples, said owner Kendra Bailey. "We are letting people know to bring their furry friends with them so they can taste test the food samples," Bailey said. Proceeds from the event will go toward Dogma Pet Rescue and the Golden Retriever Rescue Mid-Florida. Bailey said the event, held once a year, is to celebrate customers who have …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The tour showcases the landscapes and entertaining areas in backyard gardens that aren't visible from the street. While the tour is sold out, tour check-in is at the picnic pavilion at Rivercrest Park, 4802 N. River Boulevard, where maps will be provided
If there's one thing residents of Seminole Heights and beyond love, it's a beautiful garden. That's evident in the sold out status of the inaugural "Secret Gardens of South Seminole Heights Tour" that kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. The free tour, sponsored by the South Seminole Heights Civic Association, was funded by a neighborhood mini-grant from Hillsborough County and donations from local businesses, said Nanette O'Hara, tour chairperson. "We're stunned at the response and the enthusiasm," said O'Hara, adding that about 275 people had registered for the tour. "People in Seminole Heights attend events in Seminole Heights, but we were surprised to hear from people from other parts of the county." The idea came about after O'…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The business is slated to open in May, according to Family Dollar officials.
Next month, Family Dollar is scheduled to open another location in Seminole Heights. The building, which is about 7,500 square feet, is located at 5100 N. Florida Avenue. Construction began at the site in August of last year, is nearing completion for the North Carolina-based chain's opening. Now that the building is up, we want to hear your opinions on its exterior. Do you think the building fits into the aesthetics of Seminole Heights? Does it remind you of other local Family Dollar stores? Tell us in the comments.
Friday, April 19, 2013
The Paint Your Heart Out organization has painted 2,400 homes since it began, and will paint 90 homes on Saturday, April 20.
Once a year for the last 25, volunteers with Paint Your Heart Out have put smiles on homeowners' faces by providing a fresh coat of paint on houses in need of a little TLC throughout Hillsborough County. This year, the nonprofit organization will hold its event on April 20. On that day, teams of 12-25 people will each be assigned a home in Hillsborough County that needs to be painted. The work is done for free for deserving homeowners, many of them elderly or disabled. Since the organization was founded, 2,400 homes have been painted. PYHOT started in 1988, and services many low-income, elderly Tampa residents, according to a news release from the City of Tampa. Since 1988, over 57,000 people have volunteered to make it a success, …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The applications are due on Thursday, April 25.
Thursday, April 18
Ever wanted to serve on a citizen board or council? You've still got a week to get your application in for the voluntary positions. Those appointed serve without compensation, and must be registered voters in Hillsborough County. Applicants can apply to more than one board, but may only serve on one at a time. A code of conduct must also be signed in order to serve. An application is available in the reception area on the second floor of the county center, 601 E. Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa, at www.hillsboroughcounty.org or by calling 813-272-5826. Check out the list of available boards and councils below: For more information, call Luann Finley, Director of Board Services, at 813-272-5826.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The event will be held on April 21, and includes food, music and games.
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Tuesday, April 9
This just in from Kitty Wallace: Tampa Heights Community Garden invites you to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 21 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. There will be food, music, games, earth-friendly vendors, educational displays and garden tours. The garden is located in historic Tampa Heights at 605 East Frances Avenue, three blocks south of Columbus Drive and two blocks east of Central Avenue. This event is sponsored by The Tampa Garden Club, Nvirotect Pest Control Services Inc., Joe Haskins Bike Shop, EDJ Operational Marketing, Independent Air Conditioning and Rarity Ventures. For more information please see our website, www.tampaheightscommunitygarden.org.