Capitol Building Florida Legislature: Mid-Session Update
The big stories in this year’s annual session of the Florida Legislature have not turned out to be the ones most observers expected. Lawmakers have passed major education changes and signed a gaming deal with the Seminole Tribe. But the biggest job is still in the works: finishing the state’s budget by negotiating the differences in the House and Senate versions. We’ll find out how those discussions are going -- and what else lawmakers’ will get done in the final weeks.

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Elementary Schools Art Show

The Polk Museum of Art will display the best artwork of students in grades three, four and five. The “Free to be Me: Third To Fifth Grade Elementary Exhibition” art show is from Tuesday, April 20 to Sunday, May 16 during regular museum hours. Standard museum admission fees apply. The Polk Museum of Art is located at 800 East Palmetto Street, Lakeland. Information: (863) 647-4727.

Da Vinci & Drinks after Dark* Lecture Series

Join MOSI for a lecture series exploring the genius that was DaVinci, topics will include religion, invention and an exploration into the mind of DaVinci. Lectures include admission to MOSI's Special Exhibition, DaVinci- The Genius and cash bar.

Decoding Da Vinci with Rabbi Richard J. Birnholz

Stargazing

MOSI and WEDU invite you to an Astronomy Day celebration which includes a screening of the acclaimed PBS Documentary “400 Years of the Telescope”, a special planetarium show ”Two Pieces of Glass”, and a MOSI Starwatch party to gaze at Saturn and other deep sky wonders through powerful telescopes.

Parkinson’s disease Charity Fun Walk: Encourages Tampa Bay to support Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Parkinson’s Fun Walk

Tampa, FL--- Walk, jog, or run your way through the Fun Walk to support Parkinson’s disease awareness month. This is the easiest way to show your support for Parkinson’s disease, while enjoying the fresh air and fun outdoors. This is sure to be a fun and interactive day for everyone of all ages.

An Evening of Jazz

An Evening of Jazz, 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, 2010, Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, FL 727-531-7704. Join jazz performers Catherine Costa, vocals, Norman Thalheimer, piano, and C. Barry Skeete, percussion, for a relaxing evening of jazz standards, piano instrumentals, improvisation and a suprise or two. An evening that will leave you mellow and smiling.

Historic Spanish Point Field Trip

EXPERIENCE history by stepping inside “A Window to the Past,” an archaeology exhibition about the gulf coast region’s earliest people. This is the only place in the United States where you can be surrounded by a 15 foot high prehistoric shell mound called a midden. View a recreated dwelling from 1,000 years ago. See artifacts from the past.

Earth Day Art and Nature Festival at Nature's Classroom

Nature’s Classroom is celebrating Earth day by hosting an open house event on Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will feature nature art displays and sales, live music, children’s activities, live animal handling, food, and a variety of environmentally focused exhibits. Visitors may tour the new animal compound and native plant garden.

Celestial Music heard on NPR

SolarBeat planets spinning around the sun making music
SolarBeat planets spinning around the sun making music

From the design house "Whitevinyl" in Britain, comes a music box called Solar Beat. It shows the orbits of the eight planets plus Pluto and the asteroid called Ceres; that's ten heavenly bodies circling the sun.

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