State Representative Helen Gordon Davis founded The Centre 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 in the renovated Ward-Taliaferro House, a turn-of-the-century home with neoclassical architecture and a warm environment.
Since its founding, The Centre 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.
After years of active involvement with diving and emergency medicine—including jobs training first responders in scuba and public-safety diving—Mike Massaro founded Mutiny Sea Sports to expand his mentorship into recreational diving. Backed by a slew of their own certifications, Mike and his instructors introduce their students to the sport through comprehensive certification courses. The crew also offers continuation courses for advanced divers, including rescue diving and certifications up to Divemaster, which gives students the experience to lead their own diving trips and the authority to make schools of fish stop moving so everyone can see them a little better.
The Fanboy Expo, like stepping through the screen of a blockbuster superhero movie, brings comic and movie fans face-to-face with their favorite characters, actors, and artists. For two days, costumed attendees hob-nob with the Highlander, talk shop with Jerry "The King" Lawler , or chat with Lorenzo Lamas about his much publicized transition from starring in Renegade to opening his petting zoo, Lorenzo Lamas' Llamas. In addition to meeting celebrities from silver and small screen sci-fi and fantasy hits, comic book fans can also pick their favorite artist and creator's brain, snagging an autograph in the process. Should they find themselves in need of a new action figure or collectable t-shirt, fans can make their way to a number of merchandise and memorabilia dealer booths throughout the event space.
Produced by the Davis Islands Chamber of Commerce, the second annual Bluz & BBQ event sates senses with live music and barbecue from local vendors, contributing to the fundraising effort for the revitalization of the historic Roy Jenkins Pool, a Davis Islands landmark. Like any good roast-beef market, the currency at Bluz & BBQ comes in the form of Little Piggie Bucks, which are valid for a number of menu items including Yuengling drafts ($3), Cigar City Brewery drafts ($4), and barbecue plates ($6–$12). Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic blanket that doubles as a giant handkerchief to the event, ensuring comfort and cleanliness during six live blues performances from musicians such as Damon Fowler, a roots-rock virtuoso and Florida native.
Whether wielding a high-powered DSLR or craftily snapping shots with a smartphone, the student-tourists of InFocus Tampa Photo Tours learn how to make the most of their cameras while visiting iconic locales around the city. Groups trek across Tampa on foot, listening to guides share historical facts about sites including the Tampa Theatre, Plant Hall, and the Riverwalk. Along the way, the guide-instructor will touch on such shot-snapping topics as depth of field and the Rules of Thirds, which states that the subject of a picture should be evenly chopped into three pieces for maximum effect. Students can try out their new knowledge as they walk; eye-catching architecture, public artwork, and verdant greenery becomes the subject and backdrop of memorable photos.