Introduction to the Sewing Machine

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Ever wanted to make your own custom clothes, home decor, costumes or accessories? Join us in this basic sewing class and learn about sewing safety, basic sewing machine skills and stitching seams.

Conquer Your Clutter

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Address areas of your home organization in a relaxed and open environment to develop change in the continuation of this six-workshop series. For more details about each workshop visit ocls.info/back2basics. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pen and notebook.

Kim Russo – The Happy Medium

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Kim Russo (also known as “Kim The Happy Medium”), the host of LMN’s The Haunting Of … and the upcoming Psychic Intervention, has been able to see the world of spirits since the age of nine, often seeing random spirits in her bedroom or walking home with her from school. Not knowing what they wanted but destined to learn, Kim’s fears turned into comfort as she discovered her gift. Now she speaks to them more than she speaks to the living on some days as she continues to utilize her abilities to help and heal those in need. “Kim Russo, the best medium this side of the other side” (New York Post).

VIP add-on tickets are available and include a post-show meet-and-greet with Kim Russo. NO PERSONAL READINGS. Call the Ticket Sales Office at (813) 229-7827 for details.

Test Drive A Seat

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Need to see it and feel it to believe it? We’ve got you covered.

Our free Test Drive A Seat events are an opportunity to come inside Tampa’s home for premier performing arts performances and choose seats for the 2016-2017 Broadway season.

All seats that are still available for subscription will be marked with a checkered flag, so you can take them for a spin. You’ll find one that’s perfect for you.

Test Drive A Seat

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Need to see it and feel it to believe it? We’ve got you covered.

Our free Test Drive A Seat events are an opportunity to come inside Tampa’s home for premier performing arts performances and choose seats for the 2016-2017 Broadway season.

All seats that are still available for subscription will be marked with a checkered flag, so you can take them for a spin. You’ll find one that’s perfect for you.

We are also holding a Test Drive event on Aug. 20.

Fifty dead after mass shooting at Pulse

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UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. EST June 12: OneBlood, which had called for blood donations citing an urgent need after the shooting at Pulse, says they have enough for now but the supply will need to be replenished over the next few days.

Here’s there update: A tremendous response by blood donors in light of the tragic mass shooting in Orlando. We are asking donors to donate over the next several days to help replenish the blood supply. We are asking people please make an appointment online or call 1.888.9.DONATE (1.888.936.6283). Thank you!

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Conservative Sarasota County is home to New College, one of the most progressive, trans-inclusive schools in the nation

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SARASOTA -State and local governments prying into the personal lives of LGBTs is front page news, with a focus on where transgender people should be allowed to go to the bathroom.

This is an issue that baffles Raina Senae, a senior at New College in Sarasota and Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion in their Student Alliance.

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2016 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Parliament House

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From the carnival-like atmosphere of Sunday T-Dance bacchanalia and deep into the fuzzy navels back in the Bear Den, the Parliament house has been an excursion, a home, a habit, a place to find merriment day and night for more than four decades, and, despite a year of wildly varying expectations, it isn’t going anywhere. Whether functioning as a resort for visiting LGBT folks or as a venue for huge productions aimed at the local glee club, the compound rarely disappoints. Part of the reason for that, co-owner Susan Unger says, is that there aren’t any lines in the sand, not even in that sand which sits out back on Rock Lake.

“I think it’s the inclusiveness of everybody,” she says. “Doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight, bi or trans, you’re welcome here.”

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Conversion therapy finds new home in Israel

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IsraeliStarJerusalem (AP) – A leading American Jewish group promoting therapy it said could turn gays to heterosexuals was ordered shut by a New Jersey court, amid growing efforts in the U.S. to curb the generally discredited practice. But therapists with ties to the shuttered group say they have found a haven for their work in Israel.

Israel’s Health Ministry advises against so-called “gay conversion” or “reparative” therapy, calling it scientifically dubious and potentially dangerous, but no law limits it. In Israel, practitioners say their services are in demand, mostly by Orthodox Jewish men trying to reduce their same-sex attractions so they can marry women and raise a traditional family according to their conservative religious values.

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Viewpoint: Positive living, Ho Ho Homo Home for the Holidays

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GregStemmHeadshotIf we were a bunch of Pagan Romans marking their end of year holiday celebrations, we’d wish each other a “Happy Saturnalia”, get drunk, smoke a bunch of weed and have a huge orgy.

Since I can’t possibly imagine any of you celebrating like that (OK, well maybe one or two of you) we are left with the specter of shlepping our gay appareled buns to dreaded holiday family gatherings.

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Overheard in Orlando: Gym trap, Tyra and a bigger Fringe

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Local Orlando resident Nicholas Clayton is finding social media fame as his tale of getting stuck in a Clearwater gym has gone internet viral.

As he was unwinding at the sauna while listening to music on his headphones, Nicholas came out shortly after 5 p.m. to an empty gym, lights off, doors locked and not one L.A. Fitness employee to be found. The L.A. faux pas happened on August 22nd, and was covered by a local Tampa Bay news station after Nicholas posted the hysterical (yet scary) situation on YouTube. According to his Facebook page, Nicholas called his mother who laughed off the situation and was able to get assistance from another L.A. Fitness, one that happened to stay open past 5 p.m., which simply told him to exit and that he would be OK. Despite the inconvenience, Nicholas told a Tampa Bay ABC news team his biggest concern was he hasn’t heard from L.A. Fitness, and he was surprised employees didn’t check in to see if there was anyone else remaining in the gym.

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Advocates aim to protect LGBT foster kids

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Tallahassee – Florida’s Department of Children and Families is considering new regulations for group homes where foster kids live, and a Florida Bar workgroup is pushing for better protections for LGBT foster children.

The LGBTQ Child Welfare Workgroup, which receives support from the Florida Bar, sent a 16-page letter to the DCF outlining their recommendations. Robert Latham is the workgroup chair and is also the supervising attorney for the Children & Youth Law Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law.  

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