With nearly 30 years of glass industry experience, professional artist Kathleen leads students of all levels in creating works of art. Her classes?which are kept small to allow for individualized attention?teach the basics of stained glass, fused glass, and mosaics, as well as creating jewelry items such as beads and pendants. Kathleen can also be commissioned to create custom pieces, such as church windows and stained glass doors.
Café Kiln offers a variety of ways to cultivate creativity. Paint and glaze a blank piece of pottery, fuse glass, tile your own mosaic, or nurse a tender hunk of clay into form. The all-inclusive art emporium doesn't charge a studio fee, and all supplies (glaze, tools, instruction, paints) are included. Start by selecting your piece of pottery or mosaic shape. Consult stencils and stamps for design direction if you're stumped on the design—with more than 100 colors to choose from, Café Kiln rivals the Crayola Big Box with its wardrobe of hues. Mosaic creations will be ready for you to take home that day. Allow a week for pottery pieces to be fired and glazed.
Up to six family members are covered by the membership, and each person can save as much as $30 on fine-art classes, attend gallery openings for free, exhibit their own art in an annual members' show, and receive a permit to use the word "mimesis." Each trip to the center is potentially different, as the exhibitions rotate constantly. The current exhibition, Wondrous, runs through December 23, and showcases an assortment of handcrafted bobbles and an immersive holiday setting. After perusing artful works, bust out the $10 certificate and head to the café for consumable masterpieces, or visit the gift shop to pick up a keepsake to commemorate the visit.
Staffed by a corps of chimp-loving volunteers working alongside veterinarians, the nonprofit Suncoast Primate Sanctuary provides a safe haven for more than 100 rescued animals. Chimpanzees and monkeys swing freely in their enclosures, living out their days after being moved from other environments, including zoos, sanctuaries, and research centers, or retiring from the film industry as animal actors and studio executives. During public hours, children and adults can wander among the menagerie to feed the monkeys and meet other critters such as orangutans, macaws, lemurs, and alligators.
Pet Safari is a one-stop shop for animal lovers. In addition to matching patrons with new companions in the form of puppies, birds, reptiles, exotic rodents, and kittens, the haven helps humans to stock up on essential pet sundries and accessories, from the American-made Grandma Mae's natural dog food to translators that deduce the family cat's exact level of disdain for humanity.
The store also runs as an educational endeavor with its Adventure Outpost, which educates the public on exotic rainforest creatures such as white-tufted marmosets and agouti pacas.:m]]
Born and raised in the coastal town of Dunedin, Captain Jared Simonetti spent years exploring the surrounding gulf and bay, eventually becoming a licensed and insured charter captain at the age of 19. He now welcomes passengers aboard his 1974 Proline 20-foot flat-back boat and takes small groups on sightseeing and fishing charters. Whether visitors are looking to enjoy the Florida sunset, spot local wildlife, or reel in fresh catches of snapper, trout, tarpon, and red fish, the year-round excursions provide an opportunity to see the Tampa Bay area in a new way.