T.A.S.C.O. Free After-School Technology Programs PLUS! A Valentine’s Day Dance for Teens

Laptop on a pile of booksWhat’s the Freebie?
T.A.S.C.O. Center for Teen Technology (Teen Arts, Sports & Cultural Opportunities) offers FREE after-school technology programs for teens in grades 6 through 12. Programs include:
— Digital photography
— Graphic arts
— Videography
— Audio
— Computers

These courses are designed to introduce teens to different media techniques and then progress to hands-on learning experiences. Participants use digital cameras, camcorders and computers. Although no tests are given, teens receive handouts to refer back to, and the practical application of what they learned is applied throughout the course. A “Family and Friends Night” is held at the close of each program to recognize and showcase the class accomplishments.

Call (727) 892-5877 for information on the Teen Technology Center programs.

A Little About T.A.S.C.O.
T.A.S.C.O. is operated by the City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department, and offers a variety of positive youth development programs for teens in grades 6-12. The range of activities offered by T.A.S.C.O. includes athletic, educational and entertainment programs, as well as special events and dances.

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HeartT.A.S.C.O. Teen Valentine’s Day Dance
7 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: J.W. Cate Recreation Center at Northwest Park
Cost: $10/person includes dinner
Info: (727) 892-5060; Website

What’s Doing?
T.A.S.C.O. is hosting their annual semi-formal to formal Valentine’s Day party for teens in grades 6-9. The event will include dancing to tunes spun by a DJ, live entertainment, a Wii competition, photo booth, games and a best-dressed competition.

J.W. Cate Recreation Center at Northwest Park
5801 22nd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

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Celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day with FREE Yogurt!

Yogurtland is celebrating National Yogurt Day with FREE yogurt!Time: 4-7 p.m.
Date: Monday, February 6, 2012
Location: Yogurtland
Cost: FREE
Info: Contact numbers for individual locations are posted below.

What’s the Freebie?
Yogurtland is celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day on February 6 with FREE frozen yogurt at more than 160 Yogurtland stores across the country. Be sure to bring family and friends to help them celebrate from 4-7 p.m., as customers will receive a 5-oz. cup of frozen yogurt for FREE!

Yogurtland (Tampa)
14379 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
(727) 525-1796

Yogurtland (Largo)
10500 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
(727) 525-1796

Yogurtland (St. Petersburg)
4946 Fourth Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
(727) 525-1796

Valentine’s Chocolate Bar Making Party

Valentine's Chocolate Bar Making Party at City Street SweetsTime: 12-8 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Location: City Street Sweets
Cost: FREE to attend and FREE scoop of ice cream for everyone; $10.95/chocolate bar
Info: (813) 251-6764; Website

What’s Doing?
Each month City Street Sweets offers a new opportunity to visit their shop and make a custom chocolate bar. What a great way to say “I Love You” or “You’re Super Sweet” to someone special on Valentine’s Day!

Young children will need assistance from a parent or caregiver, but all ages can have fun building their own custom creation. Choose milk, dark or white chocolate for your bar, and then select items to add in. Children can fill the mold with the items they choose, and then tap the mold to spread distribute the chocolate. There will even be special toppings to choose from for Valentine’s Day.

Even Better! City Street Sweets is giving everyone a FREE scoop of ice cream. YUM!

City Street Sweets
Hyde Park Village
1605 Snow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

Looking for Valentine’s Day events kids can enjoy, too? Look no further. We’ve got a page full of them!

FREE Computer Training and Computer for Teens

** CORRECTION: The certification the kids will receive is called “IC3” **

Typing on a computer keyboardWhat’s the Freebie?
Computer Mentors Group Inc. is currently accepting applications for admission into their FREE youth computer training program. Computer Mentors Group, Inc. is a non-profit service organization comprised of computer professionals and others interested in the future job opportunities of disadvantaged youths. They are dedicated to encouraging and guiding youth toward careers in the computer industry.

Who is eligible?
Kids age 14-18 living within Hillsborough County who would like to earn their own FREE computer as they learn computer technology are invited to apply for this program.

How the Program Works:
There is a one-time $20 registration fee. Each student will be offered a computer training course in computer hardware and software, whereby they can gain a desktop computer of their own. After completing the initial 3-month course and earning an IC3 Certification, the students may continue into our Advanced Youth Program where students will earn incentives while providing a service-based project to community non-profits. Even Better! All students who continue past the first three months successfully will be engaged in service-learning projects until high-school graduation as they perform projects for Tampa Bay non-profits!

When Do Classes Meet? Classes meet from 6-8 p.m. one night per week and are held at the Computer Mentors Group Training Lab. Enrollment is open, and kids can start any time.

Upcoming Orientation Dates:
— January 25, 2012: 5:40 p.m.
– February 1, 2012: 5:40 p.m.

For more details, or to participate in an upcoming workshop, please call (813) 236-1191 between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. According to Ralph Smith, Executive Director & Founder of Computer Mentors Group, they don’t exclude anyone and will continue accept new applicants until they reach capacity (60). At that point they will start a waiting list.

Computer Mentors Group Training Lab
2802 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Suite F
Tampa, FL 33610

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Keyboard: Image: PANPOTE / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

City Street Sweets Chocolate Pirate Shipwreck Party

City Street Sweets Chocolate Pirate Shipwreck PartyTime: 12-8 p.m.
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Location: City Street Sweets
Cost: FREE Caramel Apple CraZapple; $10.95/person to make your own custom chocolate bar
Info: (813) 251-6764; Website

What’s Doing?
Dress like a pirate or wear your pirate beads to receive a FREE Caramel Apple CraZapple at City Street Sweets during their Chocolate Pirate Shipwreck Party! Aarrrgh!

Guests also have the opportunity to create their very own chocolate bar, with special pirate toppings to choose from this time. We took our little ones to make custom candy bars for their Dads this past Father’s Day, and they both had a lot of fun choosing their ingredients and taping the chocolate tray to spread out the chocolate. (Small children will need a parent to assist.)

City Street Sweets
Hyde Park Village
1605 Snow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

MarineMax of Clearwater: A Day of FREE Seminars

BoatTime: Seminars: Each 45-minute seminar will occur on the hour between 1-3 p.m.; Open Forum: 4-5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012
Location: MarineMax of Clearwater (Boating Gear Center)
Cost: FREE and open to the public, but you must register for this event (classes are limited)
Info: (727) 536-2628; Website

What’s Doing?
MarineMax of Clearwater is offering FREE seminars, giveaways, a vendor expo, and special deals at their Boating Gear Center. Each seminar will be conducted in different groups at 1-1:45 p.m., 2-2:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m., with an open forum from 4-5 p.m., where guests can speak to vendors and ask questions of the seminar leaders.

Even Better! Kids of all ages can enjoy a special showing of the movie Dolphin Tale and a special surprise from the Clearwater Aquarium!

Seminar topics include:
— Knot Tying
— Intro to Boating
— Cooking On Board Your Boat (Cooking demonstrations and tips by nautical cooking expert Mary Maskal.)
— Electronics Seminar
— Preventive Maintenance
Click here to read more about these seminars.

MarineMax of Clearwater
18025 U.S. Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33764

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Yacht illustration: Image: Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

CherryBerry New Tampa Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

CherryBerry YogurtTime: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Location: CherryBerry New Tampa
Cost: FREE to attend; FREE 10 oz. serving of yogurt per guest
Info: (813) 374-0131; Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
CherryBerry New Tampa just opened it’s doors a few weeks ago, and they want you to attend their official ribbon cutting and Grand Opening on Thursday January 19. CherryBerry is excited to be a part of the Tampa community, and to show their appreciation, they are giving everyone who walks through their doors between 5 – 7 p.m. a FREE 10 oz. serving of yogurt! Bring the whole family out to enjoy some CherryBerry yogurt and help welcome them into the community!

CherryBerry New Tampa
18091 Highwoods Preserve Parkway
Tampa, FL 33647

Healthy&Fit For Life: A Parent/Child Nutrition and Physical Fitness Program

Healthy & Fit for Life Winter Session 2012 FlyerTime: 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Date: Wednesdays for 4 weeks: January 18, January 25, February 1 & February 8 (NOTE: This program requires a 4-week commitment); Parking is FREE
Location: University Area Development Corporation
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: Call (813) 287-5032 to register; Website

What’s the Freebie?
Tampa General Hospital and More Health is offering this FREE 4-week program designed for children ages 7-15 and their parent or caregiver. The program focuses on the importance of making nutritious food choices and getting regular physical activity. Even Better! A light meal is served at the beginning of each class.

NOTE: If you miss the Winter session that begins Wednesday, January 18, 2012, be sure to catch the Spring session that begins Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

University Area Development Corporation
14013 North 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33613

FREE Tree Talk & FREE Potted Native Tree Seedlings

TreesTime: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2012
Location: Riverhills Park
Cost: FREE; You do not have to be a Temple Terrace resident to attend
Info: Contact the Temple Terrace Parks and Recreation Division at (813) 506-6600; Website

What’s the Freebie?
Trees are an important part of Temple Terrace’s heritage. In 2008, the community was named a
Tree City USA. Temple Terrace is celebrating Florida Arbor Day 2012 with a talk on proper tree care, new City regulations related to trees, and the importance of native trees. There will also be an opportunity for guests to ask questions.

As part of the program, the City will be giving away FREE potted native tree seedlings and distributing FREE copies of the Temple Terrace Tree Guide. The brochures provide information on the identification and care of native trees, and tips for choosing the right tree.

Temple Terrace Code Compliance Director Joe Gross will also explain the City’s new Adopt-a-Tree Program, whereby the City provides FREE trees — oaks, sabal palms, slash pines and bald cypress — for homeowners to plant in their yards. Requirements and restrictions will apply. The trees will be offered during Code Compliance’s monthly neighborhood sweeps. For more information, call (813) 506-6680.

Even Better! Hey, you’re in a park! Enjoy some fun family time before and after the talk by heading to the playground, taking a family bike ride, or enjoying an al fresco lunch.

Riverhills Park
329 South Riverhills Drive
Tampa, FL 33617

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Man watering: Image: digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sandwich Giveaway

Time: 3-6 p.m.
Date: Monday, January 16, 2012
Location: Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza
Cost: One FREE Chicken Sandwich per guest, no substitutions
Info: (813) 286-0534; Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza wants to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday with you, your family, and friends! Join them on Monday from 3-6 p.m. to enjoy FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches and some time together as a family!

Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza
WestShore Plaza Mall
241 West Shore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609

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