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"Negro Day" in Tampa? MLK Day stirs memories of segregated past

"Negro Day" in Tampa? MLK Day stirs memories of segregated past

Tampa, FL -- "Negro Day," off-limits neighborhoods, separate restrooms, schools, and seating areas... all were realities in the Tampa Bay of the past that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked tirelessly to change.


Monday's parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will end at Middleton High School, what was for years one of only two Tampa high schools black students were allowed to attend.


If you were black, you went to Middleton or Blake High School, and -- like thousands of other people in our community -- segregation and degradation were part of your daily life.

MOSI's Festival of Chocolate runs till tomorrow

MOSI's Festival of Chocolate runs till tomorrow

Tampa, FL -- MOSI is hosting Tampa's first-ever Festival of Chocolate from Saturday, Jan. 15 until Monday, Jan. 17. 

The Festival of Chocolate is Florida's largest all-chocolate themed event featuring the area's best chocolate and confection companies selling tastes and treats of everything chocolate from truffles, cakes and cupcakes to cookies, brownies and ice creams. 

For the littlest chocoholics, Kids-4-Chocolate is the perfect place for kids to create edible masterpieces and compete in chocolate competitions. Adults can watch interactive demos by award winning pastry chefs, try their luck at Brownie Bingo and help judge the best chocolate creation in Tampa! 

Entrance into The Festival of Chocolate is complementary with your MOSI admission.

TECO's Manatee Center celebrates 25 years

TECO's Manatee Center celebrates 25 years

Apollo Beach, Florida -- The Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary with two days of fun for the public.

Marking 25 years as a refuge for the endangered manatee, the nature-watching destination and environmental education center has been visited by more than three million people.

TECO is hoping to draw a few more for the celebration, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16.

The celebration will include activities for visitors of all ages, including arts and crafts tables, children's games, Radio Disney, giveaways, appearances by local professional sports mascots and more.

5th Annual Fishhawk Chili Cookoff 2011 kicks off next weekend

5th Annual Fishhawk Chili Cookoff 2011 kicks off next weekend

Lithia, Florida - The 5th Annual FishHawk Ranch Chili Cook Off is a week away. Whether you like it hot, mild or meatless, the Chili Cook off is the place to be.  The cook off is going to be held Saturday, January 22, at Fishhawk's Park Square.

You can still register to enter your Chili recipe. There is a $15 fee to register. In the past people have registered as late as the morning of the event.

If you just want to taste the chili it's a $5 fee. For $5 you get a spoon, cup and vote to determine your favorite chili. The event is open to the public, you don't have to live in Fishhawk to attend.

10 News and Chili's bring MLK blood drive to Lithia

10 News and Chili's bring MLK blood drive to Lithia

Lithia, Florida -- January is the month of highest blood usage by patients in Tampa Bay. In addition to the existing need for blood, there is currently a critical need for more minority donors on the National Marrow Donor Program's 'Be The Match' Registry.

Therefore, Ten News has teamed up with Chili's restaurants to sponsor Ten News Martin Luther King Day Blood & Marrow Donor Registry Drive, on Monday, January 17, 2011. 

All lifesaving donors will receive a commemorative  Martin Luther King Jr. T-shirt, a Chili's FREE $5 Be Our Guest Coupon and a wellness checkup, including a cholesterol screening.  In addition, all blood donors will receive information on joining  the National Marrow Donor Program's 'Be The Match' Registry!

A bloodmobile will be at the Ten News studios, located at 11450 Gandy Blvd. in Saint Petersburg. 

Kids Pizza Bingo

Kids Pizza Bingo

Riverview, FL -- Hurry up and register today to join your friends for some pizza, bingo, fun, and prizes!

Located at City Hall Activity Rooms for Grades 2-5

The first event is Friday, Jan. 14 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $6 resident      $9 non-resident

Pre-registration is required the day before each event.

For more info.

Monsters in West Tampa

Monsters in West Tampa

Tampa, FL -- Now that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' season is over, monsters are taking over Raymond James Stadium.


The stadium will host the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Jan. 22 and Feb. 5.


Both shows feature Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction, El Toro Loco and Grinder.


Tickets start at $15.