Here's the wheel deal today. You can roll for a weekly guided ride for both slow and fast riders. The trek ends at a bar or restaurant for socializing after the ride. Lights required. Helmets strongly suggested. Meet at the City Bike shop before 7 p.m., when the ride is scheduled to leave. For a closer look at our route, see this readout from a Garmin on-board GPS unit readout. For something quieter, ride the Flatwoods Loop. 5:45 p.m. is meet time; 6 p.m. ride. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet in the parking lot of the Morris Bridge Road entrance. There are 18-and-older riders; three loops around Flatwoods 18-23 miles per hour (first loop warm-up, 18-19 mph; second loop, 20-21 mph, and third loop, 22-23 mph). Bring a change of clothes to meet after at The Club House at 56th Street and Fowler Avenue for dinner. E-mail KTGreene2001@Aol.com, to be sure the ride is taking place. For more rides, visit 5skaggs.com/GroupRides_Tampa-StPete.htm. Free admission.
Despite Florida's summertime heat, bugs, storms and more, Willow LaMonte, a folk herablist and longtime organic gardener, will host this workshop on how to continue growing your favorite fruits and vegetables. Attendees must RSVP to Elizabeth Murray through the contacts provided. Suggested: $15-$25
We're told that Hulk Hogan, who went to the University of South Florida for two years before beginning his career in professional wrestling, will get in the ring at his alma mater with Magnus and others in his gang during a stop on Impact's international tour. Hogan has been instrumental in making the Tampa Bay area a popular place for professional wrestlers to live and train. In recent years, the Tampa-made-good celeb nee Terry Bollea joined Impact Wrestling as one of its business partners in 2009 and he made his debut in January 2010. TNA Knockouts Christy Hemme & SoCal Val host the floor section VIP area that includes buffet and beverage service. (Text provided by Chris Girandola.)
Attend a live literary event where where writers and well-known local personalities share experiences and works through storytelling, fiction and other longer forms of writing. No poetry! Come read your finest prose or simply enjoy the work of talented local wordsmiths. Doors at 7 p.m. Event starts at 8 p.m. Featured readers and storytellers this month: Jeff Strand, author (jeffstrand.wordpress.com) and Beth Adele Long, author/actress. Hosted by CL contributor Tiffany Razzano.
Three brothers (Moyses, Max and Alex) make up Brazilian outfit Krisiun, which serves earsplitting doses of crunchy-shredded guitar, heavy-hammering drums and enough guttural-toned, speaking-in-tongues-style barks and bellows to make any death metal devotee happy. Also with The Hackish, Arbitration, Contorted and Prophecy Z14
In Central Florida we can grow food 12 months a year. What can thrive in our summertime of extreme heat, sandy soil, bugs, plant diseases and severe storms? Lots! Popular heat lovers include eggplant and okra, and tropicals that provide fast-growing nourishment in high humidity. These perennials and self-seeding annuals include edible hibiscus varieties, spinach-like greens and purples, tomato relatives like tomatillo and wonderberry, tropical fruits and legumes (pigeon peas/grandules), Seminole pumpkin, and Florida natives. Learn how to grow and propagate these trouble-free foods with inexpensive, natural methods. Suggested love offering: $15-25
Wendy Dingwall will be on hand to discuss her research of Celtic legends and lore, read an excerpt from her latest mystery and to autograph books. Free
Kick-off your summer with a FREE workshop sponsored by WEDU and Glazer Children’s Museum! Explore online and hands-on resources to enhance your Pre-Kindergarten – 4th grade core curriculum lessons both in and out of the classroom. Spots are limited, so reserve your seat now! Open to all teachers and soon-to-be teachers. Free
Safety Harbor Writers and Poets Library Group: Thursday, May 23 from 6:00-7:00 pm. This monthly gathering of writers is meant to be a platform for those in search of forming or joining a writers' group, connecting to others with similar writing goals, and as a mentor group for writers in need of constructive tips and ideas on how to make their current or future group successful. Bring something to share (optional) and if time permits, we will discuss the strengths and also how your work may improve.
Tumble & Drift Designs presents a Wedding Trunk Show with Coastal Cowgirl Flair! Savvy brides can check out custom designs or buy cash & carry treasures on the spot! Learn about DIY wedding decor projects and make a take-home craft at Roadside's Craft Lounge. Sample goodies from up-and-coming bakery star Sugar Me Sweet and see new wedding-themed jewelry and gifts from Roadside's most popular consignment artisans! Champagne cocktails for sipping, too! Free
Chef Virginia Willis closes out the season of chefs on May 22 and 23. Chef Virginia was recently a contestant on Food Network’s Chopped. She is the author of three cookbooks and was recently named by the Chicago Tribune as one of "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know." Brandon Foundation and Rolling Pin have partnered together to bring eight Celebrity and Top Chefs this Spring to join the quest of making Tampa Bay area a Culinary Destination. Brandon Foundation and its charities will receive 15% of the proceeds from each seat sold. 80.00
SHOW . DINNER . DANCING . FUNdraiser Thurs., May 23 6:30 p.m. show in Ferguson Hall 8 p.m. dinner in Ruth Silbiger Lobby of Carol Morsani Hall and dancing under the Maestro’s tent Mark your calendars for the Patel Conservatory's third annual Spotlight Awards! Terrific performances by Conservatory students will be followed by dinner and dancing. Proceeds from the evening will support the Center’s educational mission and help maintain these programs of excellence. Support the Patel Conservatory by attending this red carpet event! To find out how you can participate, please contact Sharon McDonald at 813.222.1037. Tickets start at $20