By Kathy L. Collins

The Firehouse Cultural Center (Firehouse) in Ruskin has been undergoing a transformation from firehouse to cultural center. Renovations are expected to be completed this spring.

2013 will bring a variety of events, exhibitions and classes including a Teen Photo Class set to run from January 28 through March 4. The six-week class will feature Professional Photographer and Instructor, James Reiman. Classes will be held Monday afternoons from 3 to 5:45 p.m.

Dolores Coe, Programming Coordinator for the Firehouse Cultural Center said, “This is a terrific opportunity for young people interested in photography to learn from a very accomplished young photographer.”

No experience is necessary. The fee for attendance is $45 for Firehouse members and $55 for non-members. You can register at or call 645-7651. This course instruction is sponsored by the Tampa Museum of Art.

In February, the Firehouse Cultural Center will present two performances of Kuumba Dancers and Drummers in Journey to Africa on February 7 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The performances are for children in grades K to 5.  Senior groups are also welcome. Admission to the show is $5.

On February 21 at 10:30 a.m., the Firehouse Cultural Center will host Creative Arts Theatre in their production of Why Frog and Snake Never Play Together. This fun event for young children four and up is sponsored by the Ruskin Community Library and the Friends of the Library. The show is free. For more information, contact Julie Troupe at 671-7639.

Finally, a Youth Theatre Group is forming at the Firehouse under the direction of Sacia Mullins, a USF senior in the Honors College. The group will write and produce an original one-act play and create a video documentary of their experience. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings through April. For more information, please contact Mullins at 598-0905 or

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