The Florida Retail Federation predicts that holiday shopping sales were up compared to the same time last year, State lawmakers will be back at work again this week hoping to discuss issues surrounding commuter rail serving central Florida, and Hillsborough County Code Inspectors will be on the scene where a toddler died after falling into a underground septic tank in Valrico.
African American Oral History Project
Once nearly abandoned in a garage, almost one hundred interviews with prominent members of Tampa’s African American community have now found a home at the University of South Florida. This week’s University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to the new “Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project” and shows you how one man’s dream is helping students and the community. Also: USF’s Library is now home to the “Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project.” This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM talks to the community activist about the collection of almost one hundred interviews with Tampa residents dating back to the early 20th century.
Bayside String Quartet, Players from The Florida Orchestra, Playing classical and Christmas music.
Dr Scott Behler, Pianist, Van Cliburn competition competitor, Playing with the quartet and solo.
George Aldrich, as Jack Frost, Strolling with guitar and singing Christmas music
Art show and travel show.
Some seating provided, bring your folding chairs.
State Senators will be holding a special session to discuss commuter and high speed rail, Florida Realtors have released numbers showing existing home sales and new home sales are on the rise for the 14th month in a row, state officials warn against fraudulent charities operating during the holiday season, Tampa International Airport not as busy this year for Thanksgiving travel, and space shuttle Atlantis lands.
Listening to Our Past
Meet a man who joined the circus as a teen, another who was part of Tampa’s first day of integrated dining in the 1960s, and a woman whose family went to meetings and picnics in Ybor City supporting the Spanish Republic during that country’s civil war. This week on Florida Matters, we’re marking the StoryCorps National Day of Listening by visiting with the past through excerpts of oral histories from the Bay area. Plus, we’ll talk about why these recordings -- and the ones you make with your family -- matter.