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State Representative Helen Gordon Davis founded The Centre for Women in 1977 to help women attain self-sufficiency through a variety of services, including professional and family counseling, job placement, and substance-abuse treatment. She based The Centre for Women in the renovated Ward-Taliaferro House, a turn-of-the-century home with neoclassical architecture and a warm environment.

Since its founding, The Centre for Women has gradually added additional programs to assist other demographics, such as providing home repairs for senior citizens and offering arts and literacy enrichment to girls. Today, its programs empower, educate, and inspire more than 3,000 women and families every year.

211 North Tampa Street
Tampa,
FL
US

When you think about things to do in Tampa, outdoor ice-skating is usually not usually the first thing that comes to mind. But you can experience this quintessential winter activity at Tampa’s Downtown on Ice, the city’s only outdoor ice rink. Here, skaters can practice ice-hockey moves, figure-skating leaps, and carving the alphabet in cursive. The rink is part of Friends of Tampa Recreation, an organization that leads several activities, such as youth arts and crafts programs, sports leagues, and field trips for seniors.

400 N Ashley Dr
Tampa,
FL
US

The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Inc. (LEITR) is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the recovery, evaluation, and distribution of eye tissue for transplantation, research and education. LEITR’s Eye Bank is one of the largest in the world. Since its inception, it has brought the “Gift of Sig

1410 North 21st Street
Tampa,
FL
US

A member of a previously undiscovered species known as skateasaurus stakes its territory, tracing figure eights along the rink's hardwood floor. Dressed in blue-and-white shorts and a red trucker hat, the plush, green-and-yellow dinosaur?otherwise known as Skato?eschews eating children, and instead prompts them to shake it all about in rounds of Hokey Pokey. This fun ambiance extends to the rest of United Skates of America's roller rink, surrounded by lime-green walls and manned by a smiling staff.

5121 N Armenia Ave
Tampa,
FL
US

Licensed massage therapist Heidi Garrett soothes bodies and minds with customized massage techniques and alternative therapies such as reiki, crystal therapy, and chakra balancing. Heidi incorporates techniques from Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, myofascial release, and reflexology to accommodate each session to her clients' unique needs and wellness plans. Long, flowing strokes alternate with firm taps as Heidi focuses on pressure points to reduce stress and help heal muscles pulled while shot-putting SUVs out of stolen parking spaces.

4511 N Himes Ave
Tampa,
FL
US