Cute and cuddly were everywhere Saturday at Pet-A-Palooza, held at Raymond James Stadium. Pet challenges included Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel and a dog diving dock. More than 30 animal rescue organizations were also in attendance. Temperatures crept toward 90 degrees, leaving many of the four-legged attendees panting as their owners sought shade.
Dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds journeyed with their owners to Spa Beach at the Pier in St. Petersburg Saturday. The Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge took over the park as hundreds of people and their furry canine companions attended what was billed as an Olympic-style competition. Events included an agility course for both large and small dogs, weave pole racing, Jack Russell Terrier racing, and two separate diving events.
How many 25-year-olds would love a five-day birthday party featuring more than 35 bands, 15 locations, great food and drinks, and tons of friends and family?
That's how Creative Loafing celebrated its 25th year.
Starting last Wednesday, events throughout the Bay area celebrated the history of the paper and its local connections to the arts, politics, architecture, music and lots more. It was attended by current and former staff members, hundreds of friends made over the years, artists, art critics and aficionados, politicians, pundits and partiers.
St. Patrick's Day weekend brought a lot of events to the Tampa Bay area. There was a celebration going on in Curtis Hixon Park, a national criterium bike race in downtown Tampa, and a parade in Ybor city.
At 11 a.m. Mayor Bob Buckhorn blew an air horn signaling the start of the second annual greening of the river. The mayor said he got the idea from Chicago but proclaims that Tampa's river is the greenest.
There are more St. Patrick's Day happenings — including the Cigar City Criterium race and the Rough Riders Ybor City parade.
The old broom factory at 3606 E. Fourth Ave. is not too hard to find but even show director Kelly Stevens understands why some people might hesitate to venture to this dark part of Ybor City.
Go! Especially if you like good music, edgy nude art, and a cool party atmosphere.
Stevens and crew has again transformed this old dusty space into a well lit and art-rich venue. It is a lot of work for a three-day show. Exhibits include sculptures, paintings, photograph and live performance art.
The 2013 Florida Strawberry Festival began Thursday and runs for 11 days. The event takes place in Plant City, the winter strawberry capital of the world according to the city's website. The Florida Strawberries Growers Association says the sweet fruit is available from December through April every year and is grown on approximately 8000 acres around Florida.
Photographers and filmmakers, today's your last chance to enter Creative Loafing's annual photo & video contest, CL Visions. Win $300, a show at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts or a screening at the Gasparilla International Film Festival. The deadline to enter is today, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. at cltampa.com/visions.
In keeping with CL's 25th birthday festivities, both contests invite you to do what we’ve been doing for 25 years: Go local.
Focus on the faces and places, the telling details or the big pictures in the Tampa Bay area. Local colors, flavors, heroes, legends. Local artists, shops, scandals, headlines. Local lights, lingo, flora, fauna.
Or none of the above: Just take a picture or make a video that says what “local” means to you.
But do it soon: You've only got a few hours left to win money, prestige and the official recognition that you are the Bay area's Cartier-Bresson — or the Tampa Bay Tarantino.
And this is also your last day to vote for your favorite photos or videos. Voting opened on Feb. 20 and continues through the end of the day today, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. Both the judges' and the readers' winners receive cash prizes and recognition from CL, as well as being part of either the museum exhibition or the film festival. Vote at cltampa.com/visions — just look for the "Vote" tab just above the CL Visions logo on the Photo Contest page and the Video Contest page.