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So many things to do & so little time …this weekend in the St Pete, Florida area. Such a variety that something should tickle your fancy.

Friday, June 9th

Brucie Klay Dance Center: Happily Ever After at The Mahaffey
A show containing all types of dance starring children ages 3-18. Includes many well known stories such as ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Babes in Toyland’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’. 7pm. $21. The Mahaffey, 400 1st Street South.

Cocktails at the Chihuly Collection
View the new special exhibition at the Chihuly Collection – Solas: Light Informs Glass while enjoying cocktails, light eats and a talk by Chihuly Collection Executive Director Andy Schlauch. 6-8pm. $25 per person. Chihuly Collection, 720 Central Avenue.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland A’s at Tropicana Field (All Weekend)
The Rays face the Athletics this weekend in St. Pete. 7:10pm on Friday, 2:10pm on Saturday, 1:10pmon Sunday. On Friday, the Rays host their PRIDE Night! OneBlood will be on-site collecting blood donations from 4-9pm, and the Rays will salute Pulse Nightclub survivors with a recognition on the field, beginning at 6:30pm. Use code PRIDE5 at checkout for discount tickets. Special performances of the National Anthem and flag ceremony are also planned. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.

Ink Mania: See the wide range of artistic, often beautiful forms of self expression at the Ink Mania tattoo convention this weekend at St. Petersburg’s Coliseum. You can get inked by a number of award-winning tattoo artists from around the world, get a body piercing, attend seminars and enter a tattoo contest. There’s an art fusion wall and a graffiti contest, as well as a pin-up pageant. The family-friendly expo features specialty vendors, live entertainment and a DJ battle. There will be beer and food trucks. Proceeds help benefit children with autism. Admission is $25 for a single-day ticket, $48 for two days or $60 for three. It runs from 2-11 p.m. Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. 535 Fourth Ave. N.

Project: Art Lounge: St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts invited area brewing companies to create Florida-themed limited batch “liquid art” for a one-night-only exhibition and tasting party on Friday. The evening will also include a special Florida-themed beer in celebration of the upcoming “Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration,” crafted by 2016’s Best of Show winner and the St. Pete Homebrew Club. The taps will be open at 7 p.m. at 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $60, $45 for members in advance; $75 at door; $30 designated drivers. Includes beer tastings, glassware, food and the galleries.

Bone Fishing Slam and BBQ: A family friendly weekend of fishing, live music and barbecue with pig races each day is coming to Madeira Beach. “The Baddest BBQ on the Bone”, running in conjunction with the Bone Fishing Slam, will also have a boat showcase, marine and art vendors, a kids fishing rodeo, live concerts and a kids zone. Anglers of all ages and skill levels will compete in a multiple species, inshore and offshore fishing tournament with more than $25,000 in prizes up for grabs. Friday night will be one of the largest seawall fishing tournaments for kids in the state, and it’s free admission, free parking, free water ferry from parking lot to event site and even free fishing rods to the first 250 kids. The festival runs 5-11 p.m. today and Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday at the Madeira Beach recreation field at 200 Rex Place.

Saturday, June 10th

International Young Eagles Day Flight Rally at Albert Whitted Airport  AWESOME!!!
Come experience the thrill of flying with free flights for kids ages 8-17. You will have the chance to actually fly in an airplane and look at the world below you. You are invited to take to the skies and become a Young Eagle! 10am-1pm. Albert Whitted Airport, 451 8th Avenue Southeast.

Retro double-header: The Tampa Bay Rays will be in faux ’70s jerseys for a Turn Back the Clock event Saturday at the ballpark with ’70s music, “Hamburger Helper in a cone,” as well as TV dinners, fried Twinkies rolled in monster cereals, fried Kool-Aid and a Buzz Aldrin drink special. SAY WHAT?!?!??  For the 2:10 p.m. first game Saturday, the Rays will wear their retro uniforms, there will be a banner parade after the first game that fans are invited to join. One ticket gets admission to both games; prices start at $26.

Fringe Flea Market at Urban Deli and Drafts
Flea market under the stars during the St. Pete Art Walk in Grand Central District. Vendors include B + G Succulents; Soydles Candle Co.; Organic Beard Supply; Feathers, Fate & Steel Boutique; Crochet Diva; Nativa Accessories; Gems N Jewels By Delilah; Hahn’s Kettle Corn. 7-10pm. Urban Deli and Drafts, 2410 Central Avenue.

Works in Lego at Studio@620   YES!!!!
The Studio@620 presents a unique exhibition of artwork created with LEGO blocks from local artist Jay Hoff. Works are inspired by everything from Star Wars to your neighbor’s dog… that is to say something for everyone! Opening reception begins at 5pm. Free and open to the public. Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Rochester Rhinos at Al Lang Stadium
Bring #MLS2STPETE by packing the stadium. Join us this Saturday, June 10, to celebrate Pride Night at Al Lang Stadium!
The Rowdies host the Rochester Rhinos, presented by USAmeriBank, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. With the Green & Gold in second place in the USL East, the players need your support now more than ever to fight for first place! Come watch 90 minutes of nonstop soccer action! Tickets start at just $11 for kids, students and members of the military. Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st Street Southeast, St Pete

Third Eye Blind: The band’s self-titled debut has aged so well that it’s spawned a 20-year anniversary reissue and tour, during which they’ll play it front to back in full. Their show with Silversun Pickups hits Clearwater’s Coachman Park at 7 p.m. Saturday. $25.25 and up. (727) 791-7400.

Sunday, June 11th

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing with Alix, Zach & with musical guests DUO VIDA for a Flow Down in the great outdoors. These talented beauties will create an atmosphere that invites transformation. Begins at 11am. $10 in advance/$5 BE members (yearly or monthly unlimited)/$15 at the door. Green Bench, 1133 Baum Avenue North.

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop with Anthony Paglino at St. Pete Eco-Village
Learn how to build and install an internet connected rainwater harvesting system for your home garden from Anthony Paglino, creator of 1-5pm. St. Pete Eco-Village, 302 15th Street North.



Hope that you have a fantastic weekend, whatever you choose to do!
If you are thinking of remodeling or updating your house or yard, this is a great event to attend for ideas and to see the newest products.
Tampa Bay Home Show (All Weekend)
Home improvement experts will be at the Tampa Bay Home Show this weekend.  Exhibits, giveaways, door prizes, seminars, and  the latest trends in home remodeling: from kitchen and baths to flooring, to windows and home protection. Friday and Saturday from 10am-6pm, Sunday from 10am-5pm. Free admission and parking. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive. St Petersburg, Florida
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Pub Crawl and Pokemon GO Day @ Jannus Live. (Not sure I feel about this-could be interesting.)
Pokemon GO has quickly become an international sensation. This Saturday, players from all over Tampa Bay will gather downtown for a huge Pokemon Pub Crawl. The festivities begin at Jannus Live at 2pm and will move to designated zones beginning at 3pm. This event is 21+ and is free to attend. Check with Jannus Live for details, 200 1st Avenue N.

Girls Rock Camp at The Local 662. (This is cool.)
The campers from the very first Girls Rock Camp St. Pete will be performing LIVE in front of an audience of friends, family, supporters and fans! 2-6pm. $10 for adults, $5 for kids 13 and under (cash only at the door). The Local 662, 662 Central Avenue. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Chef’s Summer Tasting Menu at Stillwaters Tavern (next to our office-238 Beach Dr. NE. Great smells come drifting from the there. Oh, yum.)
Enjoy the new Chefs Tasting Menu at Stillwaters Tavern with 3 courses for just $19.99 Starter: House or Caesar Salad; Main: Grilled 5 oz Tavern Steak, Fish of the day, or Char Siu Chicken Ramen; Dessert: Brioche Bread Pudding, Almond Tart with Citrus Curd and Pears, or Summer Berries with Ice Cream. Available 4-7pm. Call 727-350-1019 for reservations. Stillwaters Tavern, 224 Beach Drive Northeast.

The Florida Bjorkestra: The Music of Bjork and Kate Bush, with Jamie Perlow and Whitney James at Palladium Theater. (This is something new and different to attend.
 Fifteen piece ensemble of local luminaries known as The Florida Björkestra bring the sound, arrangements and quirky harmony of Icelandic artist Björk delivering chamber-pop renditions of songs such as Human Behaviour, Army of Me, Hyperballad and I’ve Seen It All. The orchestra features strings, horns and chorale backed by bass, drums, guitar and piano. Vocalist Jamie Perlow fronts the group. 6pm. $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

According to the 2016 Remodeling magazine Cost vs Value survey, the average return on home improvement projects was 6.7% higher than the previous year. This may vary a bit,  of course, depending on where you live. Where home prices are higher and  job growth is strong, the payback  is much higher.

Curb appeal is number one. Buyers generally make up their minds about a place within the first 30 seconds. They may not even go into the house if it looks drab, in need of repairs or paint and has overgrown landscaping. So it makes sense that the number 1 return on improvement is to spruce up or replace the front door and entry. I have received several emails in this last month regarding which are the “in” colors for painting the front door this year. All, of course, have different ideas but generally bright, clean & inviting. By replacing or upgrading the front door you should see about 91% return. Not bad. Also make sure that your address numbers are visible from the street. Then add a colorful planter too.

The rest of the improvements  & their returns are:

Get new siding, which yields about 75%, replace the roof at 72%, build a deck about 75%, refresh the kitchen gives you 83%, renovate bathrooms will give you about 66% (new bathroom will add even more), family room-68%, remodel the basement for 70% if you live where basements are present-not too many here in Florida.

But surprisingly, the REAL number one upgrade is something that you can’t even see-insulating the attic.


I have been compiling this list of home improvements and the general percentage that is recouped when you sell your home. Of course, the percentage rates will vary slightly depending on your location and your market.

Percentage of your investment that is recouped at resale:

150% for  Remodeled Kitchen
A kitchen update can reward a seller with a sizable payback. Just remember though; splurging on fancy finishing materials or sophisticated equipment may cut into your profit. Keep it simple and don’t update over what is common in your neighborhood.

100% for Revitalized Lawn and Garden
A beautiful green lawn and a modest but colorful flowerbed will entice potential buyers. The few hundred dollars invested may yield several thousands in profit.

100% for Fireplace
Especially if it is energy efficient, such as a gas-powered model, a fireplace holds the promise of cozy family gatherings around the warmth of the hearth. Location will  make a difference too-Florida & California will not yield as much.

90% for Second Bathroom
All it takes is a simple 5×9 foot extra bathroom to make mornings more civilized for most families. But don’t count on a return on extras like a heat lamp, sauna or whirlpool tub.

80% for Room Addition
For the most attractive return of your investment dollars later on, the added room should be today’s most popular rooms-family room or a third bedroom.

80% for Remodeled Bathroom
A master bathroom is on many buyer’s list, so invest here. If you own only one bathroom, install two sinks or a double vanity to handle the morning crowd.

70% for Expanded Master Suite
To keep costs down, try to find extra space to create this wish list item by combining existing rooms and spaces. Heavy structural work entailed by adding square feet diminishes your return.

70% for Deck
Outdoor living space is a desirable asset no matter where the locale. No maintenance decking material leaves lots more leisure time, too.

50% for Exterior Paint
Sprucing up tired siding, trim, etc., can take years off the look of an older house, which helps curb appeal and may help your home sell quicker.

50% for Finished Attic
You can expect to recoup more of your investment if you make sure the renovation does not detract from the aesthetics of your home. It is especially attractive as an extra bedroom in a small house or office but it must be well insulated.

40% for Finished Basement
If you live in an area where there basements, his is a great way to gain added living space without building a costly addition. If the basement has an access door to the outdoors, the project becomes more valuable. Unfortunately, in Florida & California, you don’t find too many basements!

40% for Heating and Cooling Systems
Replace it only if your old system is dysfunctional. Depending upon a buyer’s priorities, a new energy efficient furnace/AC may or may not be a selling advantage.

35% for New Windows and Doors
Buyers appreciate changes that improve the look of a house, so attractive new French doors, for example, may be a plus. Energy efficient units are an ecological boom, but may be a resale bust.

30% for Garage
Don’t go overboard to blend it into your home’s architectural style. Its desirability increases if you live in a part of the country with a harsh climate.

0% for Swimming Pool
Unless you live where the sun always shines, such as Florida, this luxury item can detract from your resale profit.




1. Poolside lounge. If you have a pool (lucky you!) why not steer away from the usual plastic deck furniture in favor of something sleeker and more chic? A sea grass daybed, linen-backed deck chairs and a Moroccan tea table create a light, airy feel in this poolside space. Unwind under the shade of an oversize umbrella with a tall glass of something on ice and your favorite trashy novel. No pool? This look would work equally well on a backyard deck— I would surround
the seating area with big pots of fragrant plants, like lavender.

eclectic porch

Houzz/Sarah Natsumi Moore

2. Patio hangout. Who says only kids get to have fun on swings? Juice up your patio with a colorful indoor-outdoor hanging chair and a few big potted plants with interesting foliage, and swing your worries away.

traditional deck

Houzz/Hunter Design

3. Secret reading nook. If what you love most is to escape with a good book, a tucked-away reading nook is what you need. In a corner of this garden, a cushioned bench gets extra privacy from hanging vintage shutters and vines trailing down from overhead.

farmhouse porch

Houzz/Moontower Design Build

4. Napworthy porch. A covered porch is the perfect place for napping — the fresh air and gentle breeze soothe, but the roof is there to protect you if a sudden shower springs up while you snooze. Any daybed makes a fine napping spot, but I think the rocking motion of a hanging bed is especially restful.

eclectic deck

Houzz/Vuong Interior Design

5. Backyard hideaway. Make a simple pergola in the backyard feel like an exotic getaway by stringing up white curtains all around and placing a cushy outdoor sofa or daybed underneath. The curtains not only create privacy but can also be adjusted to block the sun on a hot day.

contemporary landscape

B. Jane Gardens

6. Classic hammock. If you have nice, big trees in your backyard, why not put them to good use? String up a hammock and let the relaxation commence. Come home from work, kick off your shoes, grab something to drink and make a beeline to the backyard. No trees? You can also find hammocks that come with their own stands.

mediterranean patio

Houzz/Esther Hershcovich

7. Private dining area. Whether you want to dine al fresco or just bring a glass of wine outdoors on a pleasant weekend, having a welcoming table for two is essential. Find a place blocked from the wind — a corner of the garden would be ideal — and make it feel even more private by surrounding it in lush plantings. Keep a stash of fresh tablecloths indoors and carry one out with you when you want to hang out at your table — it’s the quickest and easiest way to keep your table looking fresh.

tropical porch

Houzz/Ashley Camper Photography

8. Tropical retreat. Deep, dark tropical and reclaimed wood furniture, moody lighting and a hammock converge on this porch to make an irresistible hideaway. Whether your idea of R&R involves pouring cocktails and playing cards with friends, or enjoying a little peace and quiet solo, a setup like this will have you covered. On a deck that gets a lot of sun, curtains or blinds can make the space much more comfortable. For a tropical look, try hanging simple (and inexpensive) bamboo blinds.

modern deck1

Houzz/Churreria Photography
9. Rooftop refuge.
 A chill-out zone like this one is essential for city dwellers. Even if your space is small (and the budget is limited), you can pull together a cute retreat with a café table for sitting and a blanket-covered futon and burlap pillows for lounging.

modern landscape


10. Simplicity. Sometimes all you need is a place to get away. Tuck a pair of chairs (butterfly chairs are always stylish) and a small table into a hidden area of your garden — perhaps even in a side yard. Surround the seating area with native grasses that will rustle in the breeze, and hang a wind chime for gentle sounds that help release stress.

This article originally appeared at Houzz. Copyright 2014. Follow Houzz on Twitter.


Make a great first-impression and rev up the marketability of your home with eye-catching plantings that hide foundation walls. These ideas come from

Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Height: 3-5 ft.
Spread: 3-5 ft.
Zones: 5-9
Best for: Front-and-center locations where hydrangea’s thick foliage and large, loopy blooms do a great job of hiding plain-Jane foundation walls. In neutral soil expect ball-shaped, pink and lavender blossoms; in slightly acidic soil, they’ll bloom deep blue.

Tip: Keep plants at least two feet from your siding to prevent moisture problems and give them room to spread.

Credit: Kathryn Zbrzezny

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Metal edging around grass in yard

Metal edging around grass in yard
Rigid metal edging creates a crisp barrier between grass and flower beds. Image: Jonica Designs

Ramp up your curb appeal with cool landscaping projects you can easily pull off in a weekend.

Project #1: Install Rigid Flower Bed Edging

The setup: A crisp edge where the lawn meets the flower beds looks great and eases mowing. Opt for rigid edging — the flexible plastic stuff looks amateurish from day one.

Use a charged garden hose to lay out a smooth curve.

Tip: A “charged” garden hose full of water makes for a smoother, kink-free curve; charge up by turning on the spigot but leaving the sprayer off.

With the hose as your guide, use a lawn edger or spade to cut away excess sod and make an incision for the edging. Tap in the edging with a rubber mallet and add the stakes. Trim the edging with a hacksaw, using a speed square to mark for cuts.

Specs and cost: Steel — $1.25 per lineal foot; aluminum — $2.25 plf; rigid plastic or fiberglass — $1.65 plf.

Tools: Garden hose, flour or powdered chalk, lawn edger or spade, shovel, speed square, hacksaw, rubber mallet, hammer.

Time: 1 day to edge a typical yard.

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St Pete and the Tampa Bay area aren’t just for old folks! There are so many things to do here this weekend for young, old and in between.

Friday, July 27 at 8:45 a.m.   Bucs Training Camp 2012

    One Buc Place One Buccaneer Place, Tampa FL 33607  The public is invited to a series of free Bucs practices, with autograph sessions, free parking, a merchandise tent, discounted concessions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders. Free  call 813) 870-2700 for more info & other dates.

Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m.   Sunken Gardens Docent Tours

    Sunken Gardens 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg   Trained docents lead tours of Sunken Gardens. (only minutes from my house-pretty cool place to see what the area looked like before people took over)

Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m.   Celebrate the Olympics

    Glazer Children’s Museum  110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa   celebrates the opening of the 30th Olympic Summer Games and includes lessons about sports using relays, challenges and games.

Friday, July 27 at 1 p.m.   Old-Time Adventures in Florida

  • Heritage Village  11909 125th St., Largo    Children will learn how early homesteaders, fishermen and sailors lived and worked through songs, games, a take-home toy-making project and other hands-on activities. Teen volunteer docent lead two-hour program. $3.

Friday, July 27 at 5:30 p.m.   Fourth Friday Food Truck Festival

    Corey Avenue Area 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach   Street festival brings a lineup of food trucks with arying cuisines and an array of menu choices, accompanied by music and local merchants open late. Barbecue specialists including Smokin J’s, the Hogfather, Just Smokin’, Old City Grille, McCall’s and Mr. I Got ‘Em.

Friday, July 27 at 6 p.m.   Marvels of the Mediterranean

    Pasadena Liquors & Fine Wines  1100 Pasadena Ave. S, Suite 1, South Pasadena  Wines from Palm Bay International Wines & Spirits paired with light hors d ‘oeuvres from Da Sesto Italiano Ristorante.

Friday, July 27 at 5:30 p.m.   Art in the PARC

      Synovus Bank  333 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg  This event features more than 1,000 pieces of artwork and jewelry created by PARC artists with developmental disabilities with food, refreshments and music. benefits PARC. Free.

Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m.    Dive-In Movies: Featuring ‘Jaws’

        St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach  Bring your floats and chairs every Friday for the fun. Get there early so you can float and swim before the film starts. This week features an 18-and-older-only screening of



Friday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.  Summer Jazz Series: With the Denise Moore Trio

    Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg  Some of the Tampa Bay area’s best jazz musicians will perform Fridays during the fifth season of this music series. Music takes place in the museum’s glass conservatory, and the MFA Cafe will be open for dinner and a beer and wine cash bar.  $10, $5 members, includes museum admission

Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.   Sugarland

    1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre  4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa FL   Singer/songwriter Jennifer Nettles and instrumentalist Kristian Bush make up the platinum-selling country duo.  $30.25-$65.

Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m.   Travis Porter

    Jannus Live 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg FL    The  rap group at Jannus Live. $25.

Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.   Ben Vereen

        University of South Florida Theater 1  4202 E Fowler Ave. Tampa  Tony winning Broadway performer Ben Vereen-

Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Roots,


The Muppet Show

      .  He performs in a concert at USF’s Theatre I to benefit the Broadway Theatre Project. $65.50.

Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m.    Magic Fridays

        Push Ultra Lounge 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg   The Florida Chippendales,the group that inspired the movie

Magic Mike,

      are bringing a women’s-only beefcake show to Push every week as part of Magic Fridays. $5.

Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m.   The Foreigner

    American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg     Larry Shue’s classic play, set in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia, shows what can happen when a group of devious characters deal with a (very shy) stranger whom they think knows no English. Through Aug. 19.$29-$47, $10 student rush 30 minutes before show.

Saturday, July 28 at 9 a.m.   Florida-Friendly garden and free rain barrels

    Campbell Park and Community Center  601 14th St. S, St. Petersburg   Help plant a Florida-Friendly garden (bring gloves and small spade) or listen to talk on Florida Friendly principles at others, and then build your own rain barrel to take home. Limited number of rain barrels. Email or call for more information. Free on first come, first seated basis.

Friday, July 27 at 9:30 a.m.   Summer Nights at Busch Gardens

    Busch Gardens 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa   Busch Gardens celebrates the arrival of summer with extended hours, a new Latin-infused show, fireworks, DJ dancing and special shows. Park hours are 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays.  For a complete schedule, visit the site. Included with regular daily admission.

Saturday, July 28 at 3 p.m.   Antiwarpt Music Festival

      State Theatre  687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg  Nearly 100 bands and DJs will perform in 10 different venues throughout St. Pete at this third annual Antiwarpt includes a who’s who of Tampa Bay’s best bands, in addition to its biggest headliner to date: The Mountain Goats, who packed out Crowbar earlier this year. Also on the bill are Adriane Younge, SUNBEARS!; and Two Cow Garage. But as usual, it’s the Florida artists who are the stars of the show: Tallhart; Have Gun, Will Travel; The Groves; Sleepy Vikings; The Semis; Set and Setting; Kaleigh Baker;  Alexander and the Grapes; Palantine; Poetry N’ Lotion; Car Bomb Driver; Lauris Vidal; Andy Matchett and the Minks; a reunion performance by Mouse Fire; Roadkill Ghost Choir; Auto!Automatic!!; Greenland is Melting; Dukes of Hillsborough; Sounduo and many more perform at State Theatre, Local 662, Morean Arts Center, Fubar, Cafe Bohemia, Emerald Lounge, Sake Bomb, Star Booty, Ramblin’ Rosies and Octave. $25 advance, $30 at the door.

Saturday, July 28 at noon   Historic River Cruise

    Yacht StarShip  603 Channelside Drive, Tampa   Enjoy a family-friendly buffet brunch as you cruise along Hillsborough River to see historic sights including draw bridges, Curtis Hixon Park, the Museum of Art, University of Tampa and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. $34.95, $19.95 children.

Saturday, July 28 at 2 p.m.   National Dance Day Celebration

    The Long Center  1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater   Celebrate National Dance Day with Fabio Barros, Zumba Convention presenter of the Brazilian Carnival workshop and Mo Diakite, presenter of The African Workout workshop, together for first time in Tampa Bay. Fabio will bring his Brazilian flavor and Mo his African heritage to make this event unique and fun. Advance tickets $20; $25 at the door.

Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m.   Once Upon a Mattress

        Carrollwood Cultural Center 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa  Musical adaptation of

The Princess and The Pea

Advance: $12, $8 members. Day of: $14, $10 members. (Oh my, we did this play when I was in high school)

Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.   Kiss and Motley Crue

    1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa  Two of the most notorious rock ‘n’ roll groups are teaming up for a summer megatour that features the groups’ biggest hits. $36-$157

Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m.   International Film Festival

        Studio@ 620  620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg  —   Tampa Bay International Film Festival presents an ongoing monthly series of internationally acclaimed films harvested from the Global Film Initiative catalog. This portion features Granaz Moussavi’s film

My Tehran For Sale

      , filmed in Farsi and English with English subtitles. In the film, a terminally ill actress wearily relates her desperate quest for political asylum through a series of interviews with an unsympathetic government official. It boldly registers the trials of a modern woman struggling to flourish in Iran’s contemporary political climate. $8, $5 students with I.D.

Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.   Tampa Bay Rowdies: vs. FC Edmonton

    Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field  180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg  Soccer or football, whichever you prefer to call it

Sunday, July 29 at 11:30 a.m.   Vans Warped Tour

    Vinoy Park 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg  Daylong mashup of punk, hardcore, reggae-rock, and more at this long-running annual festival. Bands performing at this year’s event include headliners New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, We The Kings, Breathe Carolina, All Time Low, Streetlight Manifesto, Mayday Parade, Senses Fail, Bayside, Miss May I, Yellowcard, Pierce the Veil, Four Year Strong and rapper Machine Gun Kelly, Of Mice and Men, Falling In Reverse, Sleeping With Sirens, Transit, blessthefall, Motionless In White, Man Overboard, Memphis May Fire, Chelsea Grin, Every Time I Die, I Fight Dragons, iwrestledabearonce, Polar Bear Club, Sick of Sarah, the Constellations and Title Fight. $40.

Sunday, July 29 at noon   Yoga + Dali

    Dali Museum  One Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg  The vinyasa/ashtanga-based classes are held in the Community Room or Avant-Garden with relaxing views of the waterfront. Bring a mat and a towel. $15, $10 members.

Sunday, July 29 at 7 p.m.   Yes in concert

    Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater  Yes performs with openers Procol Harum.$45, $65, $85, $110.
    (Your Move, Roundabout)

Just some interesting little tidbits that I have heard or read about lately:

These are the from National Association of Realtors:

84% of all residential real estate sales begin on the Internet; 74% of Internet Buyers find their agent through a search engine

One in Four Foreign Buyers Buy in Florida

primary sources of business-referrals, repeat clients & their website

The Top 10 “Must-Have” features that homebuyers want in a house

1. Large kitchen   2. Energy efficiency which includes appliances, insulation & windows   3. Home office   4. Main floor master bedroom suite   5.

Outdoor living room   6. Ceiling fans   7. Master suite soaker tubs   8. Stone & brick exteriors (depends on where they live)   9. Community landscaping with walking paths & playgrounds   10. Two or three car garage

from Good Housekeeping Magazine’s What is your Energy-Efficiency IQ?  Heating your home typically uses 31% of your energy, AC uses 12%; leaving your computer in sleep mode uses very little electricity & no waiting for rebooting so no need to shut down for lunch breaks, using a coffee maker daily costs about $35/year if you leave it on for an hour to keep coffee warm-okay, interesting

The trend in gardening this year is going back to its 1980’s roots so to speak: integrating fruits & vegetables into general landscape giving beauty & food; including succulents & bromeliads which are easy to maintain but look exotic with their bright colors; adding colorful plants to each side of your driveway & not just to your entrance sidewalk; using semi-porous paths (stone or brick instead of concrete) which allow for better draining & therefore better for the surrounding plants & trees; and lastly, adding natural ec-friendly wood seating & dining spaces which are made of bamboo or eucalyptus.

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon  Published: 2011  HouseLogic NAR

Labor Day through Halloween is your window for preparing lawns for a lush spring.

“I’m already thinking about next year,” says John Dillon, who takes care of New York City’s Central Park, which features 200 acres of lawn in the middle of Manhattan. “The grass I grow this fall is what will be there next spring.”

Fall lawn care is no walk in the park. It’s hard work, and Dillon guides you through the four basic steps.

1. Aeration

Aeration gives your lawn a breather in autumn and provides room for new grass to spread without competition from spring weeds. Aeration tools pull up plugs of grass and soil, breaking up compacted turf. That allows water, oxygen, and nutrients to reach roots, and gives seeds room to sprout.

If kids frequently play on your lawn, plan to aerate twice a year — fall and spring. If your lawn is just for show, then aerate once a year — and maybe even once every other year.

A hand-aerating tool ($20), which looks like a pitchfork with hollow tines, is labor-intensive and meant for unplugging small sections of grass. Gas-powered aerating machines (rental, $20/hour) are about the size of a big lawn mower, and are good for working entire lawns. Bring some muscle when you pick up your rental: Aerating machines are heavy and can be hard to lift into your truck or SUV.

Depending on the size of your property, professional aeration costs about $150.

2. Seeding

Fall, when the soil temperature is about 55 degrees, is the best time to seed your lawn because turf roots grow vigorously in fall and winter. If you want a lush lawn, don’t cheap out on the seed.

Bags of inexpensive seed ($35 for 15 pounds) often contain hollow husks, weed seed, and annual rye grass seed, which grows until the first frost then drops dead. Splurge on the good stuff ($55 for 15 pounds of Kentucky Bluegrass seed), which resists drought, disease, and insects.

Water your new seed every day for 10 to 20 days until it germinates.

3. Fertilizing

A late fall fertilization — before the first frost — helps your grass survive a harsh winter and encourages it to grow green and lush in spring. Make your last fertilization of the year count by choosing a product high (10% to 15%) in phosphorous, which is critical for root growth, Dillon says.

Note: Some states are banning phosphorous-rich fertilizers, which are harmful to the watershed. In those places, look for nitrogen-rich fertilizers, which promote shoot and root growth. Check with your local extension service to see what regulations apply in your area.

4. Mulching

Instead of raking leaves, run over them a couple of times with your mower to grind them into mulch. The shredded leaves protect grass from winter wind and desiccation. An added bonus — shredded leaves decompose into yummy organic matter to feed grass roots.

A mulching blade ($10) that attaches to your mower will grind the leaves even finer.

By:  Lisa Kaplan Gordon  Published: 2011  HouseLogic NAR

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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