8th Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest

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Tampa Bay Veg Fest is back for the 8th year running!

 

Tampa Bay Veg Fest is an annual event that welcomes the Tampa community and beyond to celebrate all things healthy, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable. Featuring nationally renowned speakers, 100 veg-friendly vendors/exhibitors, animal rescue groups, vegan food, raw/cooking demonstrations, humane education, live music & entertainment, yoga classes, film screenings, a scavenger hunt appropriate for adults and kids, and activities for children and families, Veg Fest offers a diverse experience for all to learn about living a healthy, compassionate, and eco-friendly lifestyle. Tampa Bay Veg Fest is free to attend, and the speakers, demonstrations, music, and children’s activities are likewise free of charge. Vegan food samples will be available at the event, as will many opportunities to learn about vegan food, ideas, and lifestyle.

 

This Veg Fest won the Juror’s Choice Award in 2016 from Tampa’s Urban Excellence Awards, and has been named one of the 10 must-attend vegan festivals in the U.S. by One Green Planet. Approximately 12,000 people are expected to attend the event throughout the day.

 

Tampa Bay Veg Fest is November 4 from 10AM to 5PM and is  located at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in the Channelside district of downtown Tampa. Learn more at www.tampabayvegfest.org!

Biscuits, Bloodys, and Blues

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The Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural Biscuits, Bloodys and the Blues event launches August 27, 2017!

Beat the heat with your reserved table for 10 inside the beautiful (air conditioned) Magnolia Building. You’ll sample – and vote for – the best biscuits and bloodys around, plus more delicious brunch food so you’ll leave full!

So far, 12  bloodys and nine biscuit recipes are signed up… Check out who’s competing:

  • FRESCOS
  • GRILLSMITH
  • Cob&Pen
  • Square1
  • Fish City Grill
  • Mason’s
  • Popeyes

Most restaurants will be showcasing new recipes and bringing savory and sweet items for you to try.

A rockin’ blues crew will be jamming on stage and calling up some ISO musicians to join in!

  • Live Blues
  • Biscuit & Bloody samples
  • Expanded brunch options
  • Casual attire encouraged

Table sales are now underway! Tables of 10 are $500 and include a table-top mimosa station!

Purchase a table below or call (863) 688-3743.

Come OUT and show off your colors for 4th of July weekend!

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Get your sparklers ready, Central Florida and Tampa Bay have a variety events to kick off 4th of July weekend!

Whether it’s a day with the family, or a night at the club make sure to check out some of your local parks, museums and night clubs so you don’t miss out on the fun!

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Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

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Dr. Phillips Center presents Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

Public On-Sale: 2 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Show date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Show times: 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $35.00
Walt Disney Theater

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science is the follow-up to the smash Edible Inevitable tour. Fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger-and-better, potentially dangerous, food demonstrations.

Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans alike have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game while we’re at it. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first few rows…just in case things get messy…again.

Issue 24.06: Love Bites

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Many big restaurant chains give dirty money to right-wing reactionary causes, we show you the places to eat hate-free, Liberal grous push for equal pay act, Polk County investigates school bus driver, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Bradenton Riverwalk to hold Third Annual Manatee Pride

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Bradenton, Fla. – For those looking for a free, family-friendly event to celebrate the LGBT community, Manatee Pride is the place.

The third annual Manatee Pride will take place on Saturday, March 19, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Bradenton Riverwalk. Guests can take a stroll by the water, watch daredevils at the skate park, and see children at the playground and splash pad all while enjoying fun food and live entertainment.

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Lesbian settles lawsuit after being fired from job at Kansas City church

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Kansas City, Mo. (AP) – A former Kansas City church worker who said she was fired after her same-sex marriage was publicized settled her lawsuit with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The amount awarded to Colleen Simon, a former food pantry coordinator, was not released after her lawsuit was settled, The Kansas City Star reported. Simon was seeking unpaid wages, fringe benefits, compensation for emotional distress and punitive damages.

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Equality Florida shines at Tampa Gala

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Equality Florida came out in style for the 10th Annual Tampa Gala at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre Feb. 20.

After a tour around the food stations provided by Puff ‘n Stuff catering and hitting the  open bars, guests began to settle in as the live band played through the evening.

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Anti-gay Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act voted down

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Nashville (AP) – A bill seeking to block the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling in Tennessee is defeated in the state House over concerns about nullifying federal rulings.

The Civil Justice Subcommittee voted 4-1 against the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act sponsored by Republican Rep. Mark Pody of Lebanon, who argued that the ruling should not supersede an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

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Tennessee representative says anti-gay bill worth $8.5 billion loss

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Nashville (AP) – The Tennessee lawmaker whose bill would bar the state from following the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling says he is undeterred by a projected loss of $8.5 billion in federal funds if the proposal becomes law.

State Rep. Mark Pody said at a state Capitol rally Jan. 21 that the proposal he has dubbed the “Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act” is worth any cost – and the Republican from the Nashville suburb of Lebanon disputed the estimated loss of federal funds.

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Diamond Awards set to launch a huge year for the TBGLCC

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Tampa – Get your formal attire to the cleaners because the Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce are honoring the community once again at the second annual Diamond Awards at the Tampa Garden Club Jan. 16.

“It’s a celebration of the continued diversity in the Tampa Bay area, or the growing diversity as we call it,” says Ashley Brundage, TBGLCC President and nominee for Business Person of the Year. “This is where we will celebrate the best in business and the best in the community.”

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Orlando Pride clears debt, awards grants

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Orlando – We can officially close the books on Come Out With Pride 2015.

The treasury report was finalized last week and Michael Thomas, COWP’s finance director, says the event made $90,000 total, with $70,000 going to pay off debt created by the 2014 Orlando Pride event. Of the remaining $20,000, $15,000 will be used as seed money to pay deposits and other expenses ahead of COWP 2016. The final $5,000 will be distributed in grants via the Pride Gives Back program.

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