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A few weeks ago, after attending a Pinellas International Council event, I stopped in at the Train Station. I have loved this building since moving to St Pete 11 years ago and am so happy that it is being used for such great things.

I absolutely love this quote from Keep St Pete Lit’s website, “Do you read? Do you write? Do you live in or around St. Petersburg? Well then, welcome to Keep St. Pete Lit, where we celebrate and promote the area’s literary community. Whether you’re a writer, a reader or just love the arts, we want you to help us Keep St. Pete Lit. Read and Write on, my friend!” I come from a family of writers, avid book readers, former book reps and bookstore managers. My biggest moving expense is always books & records!

Keep St. Pete Lit wants to instill a love of reading, writing and storytelling in all  generations in the Sunshine City but now has special programs for the younger generations. Keep St. Pete wants to help children find their creative gifts with a new week-long summer camp.

The organizers behind the camp want to ensure that this opportunity is open to all children and families interested. So Keep St. Pete Lit is offering two Creative Writing Summer Camp tuition-free for low income families at the Morean Center for Clay.

They’re accepting 15 students each week ages 9-12. To help cover the cost of teacher’s salaries, supplies and rent, KSPL launched an online fundraising campaign. So far, they’ve raised $745 of a total $3,000 goal. A $100 donation sponsors one child.

The first camp runs from July 17-21, the second runs from July 24-28 at the Morean Center for Clay (420 22nd Street South). The creative writing workshop sessions begin at 9:30am and end at 12:30pm each day. To learn more visit  http://keepstpetelit.org/

Starting off on Friday, March 31st 7-9pm -2157 !st Ave S, St Petersburg, FLORIDA

Funky Film and Flea Market at Black Crow Coffee Roasting
Shop at Black Crow Coffee Roasting & watch a class B movie. The Night BoHo Market will have booths set up for local vendors including St. Pete Ferments, 9 Lamps, Anchor Skate Supply, Black Moth Candle Company, Bluebird Books & more.  The B-movie classic is Jesse James and Frankenstein’s Daughter. Urban Brew & BBQ will be serving food.

Saturday, April 1st

Tampa Bay Rays Kids Pep Rally at Tropicana Field 10am-1pm
Attend the Kids Pep Rally, presented by Sagicor Life Insurance Company. Free gift for all kids 14 and under. Family oriented entertainers & games, plus kids get to run the bases at Tropicana. Hot cool is that?!?!

Tiny Home Festival at St. Pete Eco Village  10am-6pm 302 15th St N
Learn about the Tiny Home & see some tiny homes. Learn from experts who have studied & made the transition to tiny living. For me-my tiny home is going to have to be on or near the water for it to work.

St. Pete Indie Market in the EDGE District 11am-4pm. 1133 Baum Avenue North.
Local vendors in the Burg gather on Baum Avenue between 10th & 11th Streets N outside of Green Bench Brewing.  Fine art, skateboards, cards, candles, vintage items, furniture, & much more.

Orchid Lei Making Class at Museum of Fine Arts 11am-noon 255 Beach Dr NE
Leis are associated with the graciousness of Hawaii. The MFA, in honor of Art in Bloom, invites you to make your very own orchid lei. Classes are limited to 30 individuals, ages 7 and older. All supplies included. $20 for MFA members, $30 for non-members. Must register in advance.

Feast with the Beasts at Lowry Park Zoo Saturday & Sunday 4-9pm, 1101 West Sligh Ave, 
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is hosting its brand-new food, spirits & wine fundraising festival, Feast with the Beasts! Unlimited sips & bites from restaurants in Tampa among the dinosaurs & live entertainment. Help save animals.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Toronto FC II 7:30pm Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st St SE
“Pack the stadium and help show support our local soccer squad as they make the push to join Major League Soccer!” so sayth the Rowdies
Sunday, April 2nd Opening Day for Baseball 
The Rays regular season begins this Sunday at Tropicana Field against the New York Yankees. Support your team!

There is always a special kind of excitement in the weeks leading up to the race. Our city’s streets are turned into a 1.8 mile racetrack along the waterfront. The track has 14 turns and goes past the Dali Museum, Mahaffey Theatre, around Pioneer Park, along the waterfront past the St Petersburg Harbor & Marina and onto the runways of Albert Whitted Airport. The races include Verizon IndyCar Series, Pirelli World Challenge, Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks, Indy Lights & Pro Mazda. It has been fun to walk down the middle of the downtown city streets with partial track walls closing in on both streets. I have lived here for 11 years now & I still find all of this so cool.

People come from all over the world to see this race. Some watch from the track stands, others watch from their boats, and some watch from their condos balconies. Of course, it will also be shown on national TV. I will go into the grounds on Friday where one can see the cars up close & sometimes even meet the drivers before or after their practice & qualifying runs.  On Sunday, I will be on the top floor of my parents’ condo building watching with great glee as the race speeds past the building on 2 sides with 2 hairpin turns. Yes, it IS noisy but oh, so awesome!

You can purchase tickets & get more info at  http://gpstpete.com/  in advance or at the gate.

 

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  • Sunday, January 8th, 2017
    10:00am to 5:00pm
Where:

271 Main Street in Dunedin, FL     Cost:Free Admission

Along Dunedin’s Main Street, some of the nation’s most talented artists are showcasing various mediums including sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. You will have the opportunity to meet with the artists, commission a work of art, and learn what inspires the artists’ work.

Dunedin, one of the oldest towns on the West Coast of Florida, has almost four miles of picturesque waterfront, a relaxed lifestyle, and activities for all likes and ages, making Dunedin a truly delightful place to live or visit.

The Tall Ship Lynx, a modern interpretation of an 1812 American privateer, is scheduled to sail into St. Pete on Wednesday morning where it has found a permanent winter home.

The 110-foot ship is expected to come under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge with full sails sometime around 10 a.m. It will then head into the Vinoy Basin/North Yacht Basin, do a four-gun salute and make her way to Harborage Marina where she will berth until the seasonal dock is finalized right next to the ferry. They plan is to begin opening the boat up to the public for tours, sailing trips, and corporate events this weekend.

Lynx – America’s Privateer Trailer HD    https://youtu.be/LNWdRGAAjfM

The idea of offering the Lynx a permanent berth first came up during then-Mayor Bill Foster’s administration. But the idea never seemed to gel until recently, said Greg Holden, chair of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. More recently, with the support of Council member Ed Montanari, Mayor Rick Kriseman, local businesses and others, the dream looks as if it might become reality.

“This is one of those five-year, overnight successes,” Holden said.

It’s an “amazing” opportunity for the city, he said. Having a tall ship in port is a draw for businesses and tourists. It’s also an attraction to help more people get out onto the water and to learn a bit of history.

The Lynx, he said, would harken back to the days of the Bounty, which was a reconstruction of the 1787 Royal Navy sailing ship HMS Bounty. The Bounty summered in New England and wintered in St. Pete, operating out of the Pier.

“There’s been an overwhelming amount of support” for having the Lynx use St. Petersburg as a permanent winter home, said Don Peacock, executive director of the Lynx Education Foundation. “We’re looking at this as a long-term program.”

The Lynx was built as a hands-on educational tool to teach American history. When she was in St. Petersburg last winter, Peacock said the crew worked with recreational centers in south St. Petersburg and with Admiral Farragut Academy. Kids from both sailed on the ship for a day while they learned how to sail her the way she was sailed in 1812 when the original Lynx went to sea.

“It’s all done by hand,” Peacock said.

Peacock said the Lynx would like to expand its outreach to more schools and recreational centers this year.

The Lynx and its educational programs are run by a non-partisan, nonprofit organization. The funding comes from donations and from the fees that corporations and members of the public pay to go on sails or to rent the Lynx for events.

The Lynx is an interpretation of an 1812 vessel of the same name that was one of the first privateers to take to the seas after the start of the War of 1812. A privateer was used to prey on British merchant vessels. Although the Lynx was designed like a privateer, she was outfitted for trade so she could help keep supply lines open for the Americans during the war. She was captured about a year into the war and saw service as a Royal Navy vessel called the Mosquidobit. In the late 1990s, the modern Lynx was built to the plans of the original.

http://tallshiplynx.com/history/     and Anne Lindberg at  http://saintpetersblog.com/tall-ship-lynx-dock-st-pete-permanently/

 

VETERANS DAY AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM  Friday, November 11, 2016

Florida Aquarium, 701 CHANNELSIDE DRIVE, TAMPA

All Veterans, active duty or drilling reservist or National Guard members and dependents get one free ticket to the aquarium. Additional guests (up to 4 people) get $15 general admission.$24.95, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Prices may be less if you buy them online at the aquarium’s site.

 

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Ribfest St Pete 2016-November 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2016

Three day charity fundraiser helps a variety of youth oriented causes.  Ribfest features the best BBQ ribbers in the world, national touring bands playing classic & southern rock & country hits including Huey Lewis and the News, The Doobie Brothers and Chris Young,Millennials, Greg Billings Band . On Saturday & Sunday there are fun activities for kids – in the Family Fun Zone Hosted by Great Explorations Children’s Museum. Gates open at 11am daily. Vinoy Park,  701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, Florida  for more info:  http://ribfest.org/

DUNEDIN WINE AND ART WALK-Friday, November 11, 2016 5:30pm

Pioneer Park-MAIN ST AND DOUGLAS AVE, Dunedin, Florida

Celebrate the second Friday of the month with art exhibits, wine tastings, food samples, live entertainment and a drawing. $10 wristbands to get discounts and be eligible for prize drawing (valued at $150 or more).  http://2ndFridayDunedin.com/

AN EVENING WITH DAN RATHER-Friday, November 11, 2016 6:00pm

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 FIRST ST. S, St Petersburg, FL

One of America’s best known journalists shares his insights on the current state of the media. $100.

Great Explorations Children’s Museum Friday, November 11, 2016 6:00pm

CARCASS AND DEAFHEAVEN  Friday, November 11, 2016 7:00pm

State Theatre, 687 CENTRAL AVE., St Pete, The late ’80s Liverpool metal band co-headline a tour with the San Francisco rockers along with opener, Inter Arma. $26-$27.

ST. PETE SWING SUMMIT-Friday, November 11, 2016 7:00pm

Hip Expression Studio, 2033 54TH AVE N, St. Petersburg

Three rooms of dancing with a different style of music in each room. Includes a drop in beginner Lindy Hop lesson and a progressive intermediate Lindy Hop lesson. $10.

TARTUFFE-Friday, November 11, 2016 8:00pm

American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third. N, St Petersburg

Moliere’s classic tale follows a wealthy businessman who entrusts his fortune to a con man posing as a political leader. $39-$49.

DUNEDIN WINES THE BLUES FESTIVAL -Saturday, November 12, 2016 1:00pm

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Dunedin is such a delightful little town and has so much going for it. Dunedin has beautiful beaches, parks, a marina that allows daily as well as long term rentals, many street fairs & festivals throughout the year, Honeymoon Island state park, water sports to baseball, loves dogs and definitely supports the arts. You can celebrate your Celtic heritage even if it’s not in your DNA. Here are just a few things to do in Dunedin this weekend. Enjoy!!

For more info go to: http://visitdunedinfl.com/

FALL HARVEST: RECEPTION

Saturday, October 22, 2016 1:00pm

The Plainsmen Gallery, 2141 MAIN ST., DUNEDIN, Florida

An exhibition of western, wildlife and Florida art by local and national artists, including members of the Cowboy Artists of America. Watch artist Terry Smith’s painting demonstration, enter to win a limited edition print, and enjoy champagne and light appetizers. Free.

CRAFT BEER AND CRAB FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00pm and Sunday, October 23 12pm

Edgewater Park, 51 MAIN ST., DUNEDIN

Bring chairs and blankets to the waterfront park for Olde Bay Cafe’s family festival highlighting local seafood, craft beers and crab dishes with live music by the Caroline Kole. Benefits Helping People Help Themselves.. Free (food/drink additional).

DUNEDIN HALLOWEEN HAPPENING

Saturday, October 22, 2016 5:30pm

Highlander Park, 1920 PINEHURST ROAD, DUNEDIN

The haunted fun includes “Boo in the Zoo” trick-or-treat house for preschoolers, carnival games, bounce houses, DJ music, haunted hayride, arts and crafts and age appropriate costume contests. $10 wristband; $5 hayride.

SPIES AND BLACK TIES

Saturday, October 22, 2016 7:00pm

Conmy Center, 750 SAN SALVADOR DRIVE, DUNEDIN

Dress as your favorite spy or villain for a night of food and entertainment. Benefits Religious Community Services to assist the hungry, homeless and domestic violence survivors. $125.

FOOD AS ART WORKSHOP

Sunday, October 23, 2016 2:00pm

Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 MICHIGAN BLVD., DUNEDIN

Casual class explores a variety of food topics. $45, $35 members.

 

Art, music, sports, museums & beaches… there’s so much to do! What are you up to this weekend? Gorgeous sunny day-get out there & enjoy it!!

Arts Alive: Free Museum Day in the Burg
St Petersburg celebrates the arts. Visit 9 museums for free between 10 & 3 today. Participating museums include:
Creative Clay, 1114 Central Avenue
Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Avenue South
Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue
Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th Street South
Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Avenue
Morean Arts Center for Clay, 420 22nd Street South
Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast
St. Pete Museum of History, 335 2nd Avenue Northeast
The Dali (Pinellas Country residents only), 1 Dali Boulevard

For more information:http://events.stpete.org/events/1894  Park in downtown garages and ride the St. Petersburg Trolley Downtown Looper or Central Ave. Trolley routes to most locations. www.stpetetrolley.com

Central Avenue Solstice – Eight Mile Long Street Festival
The 2nd Annual Central Avenue Solstice is an all-day free celebration along Central Avenue featuring arts, music and more. The event begins on the far east end of Central Avenue and moves west to the Gulf of Mexico as the sun sets. The solstice festival starts in South Straub Park and ends in the West Central Village Sunset park for a free screening of the film Big, presented by St. Petersburg Preservation. The yoga session in South Straub Park from 7-9am. After, restaurants along Central Avenue will feature $5 Sunny Side Up Breakfast specials from 8-11am, and $7 High Noon Lunch specials from 12-2pm, loads of art, four stages of live music, more food, and more drink, along the entire route of Central Avenue. For more information: www.centralavenuesolstice.com

TBBCA Chalk Walk Festival
A celebration of Live Art as 10 talented, commissioned chalk artists bring amazing drawings to life. TBBCA Chalk Walk is a free, family-friendly, accessible community event enjoyed by people of all ages and levels of art appreciation.Presented in partnership with the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. Runs from 10am-5pm. South Straub Park, 250 Beach Drive Northeast.

Keep St. Pete Lit Presents: City-Wide Read and Write In at South Straub Park
Keep Saint Petersburg Local, Keep St. Pete Lit, and Saint Petersburg Public Library System present a program of the Read Local St. Pete Initiative with a City-Wide Read and Write-In at South Straub Park. Bring your picnic blankets, favorite books, or notepads. Relax in the grass and allow your imagination to bask in the sunshine and fresh air. They will have a special area for writers with writing prompts to get your imaginations brewing. Runs from noon-5pm. South Straub Park, 250 Bayshore Drive Southeast.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red

September 24 – 6:10 pm

September 25 – 1:10 pm

Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL  www.raysbaseball.com

The Many Faces of Casa Masquerade Benefit

September 24 – The Many Faces of Casa Masquerade

St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL starts at 6:30 pm
A fundraiser benefiting CASA in memory of Stacey J. Plummer, who lost her life to domestic violence on September 24, 2006.
Tickets or sponsorships available. Individual tickets $150 pp, $300 per couple. Ticket includes gourmet dinner, entertainment, one drink ticket per person, free valet parking. www.casa-stpete.org/events
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Bourbon, Beer and Bluegrass at The Vinoy (Friday and Saturday)
The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club, in partnership with Bluegrass bands Wood & Wire, Highway 41 South and Town Mountain present a special “Beer, Bourbon and Bluegrass” event. This special concert series takes place on the weekends of September 23-24, September 30-October 1,October 7-8. This weekend, Wood & Wire will perform live from 6pm to midnight both Friday andSaturday. the dinner and concert series includes five dining stations, a full bar and bourbon and beer flights/tastings. Tickets are $64 each. The Vinoy, 501 5th Avenue Northeast.

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.

SATURDAY, June 25
Pride 5K Run – 8:30am
Gulfport

Central Ave. Block Party – 5pm*
Grand Central District

The Glamstands – 7pm*
Bandit Coffee Co.

LGBT Pride Parade – Sunset*
Grand Central District

Flamingo’s After Party – Midnight
Flamingo Resort

SUNDAY, June 26
Street Festival – 11am*
Grand Central District

Pool Party – 6pm
Flamingo Resort

Lady Gaga’s Touring DJ
State Theatre – 8pm

Every year the St Pete Pride Volunteers, Board of Directors, Designers and Businesses come together to create a resource for the community. The 2016 St Pete Pride Guide is more than just your listing of events for Pride Weekend 2016, keep it handy all year long for a listing of LGBT friendly businesses in the Tampa Bay region. https://www.stpetepride.com/en

The purpose of St Pete Pride is to promote unity, visibility, self-esteem and a positive image of and among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Tampa Bay and throughout the State of Florida by way of cultural and educational programs and activities.

Tampa Bay area residents with plans to head out to St. Pete’s Pride Weekend festivities will find a number of roads shut down for the celebration.

According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, roads along Saturday’s parade route will close at 2 p.m. June 25. They’re expected to reopen around 11 p.m.

The route for the parade, which starts at 8 p.m., begins at the now closed George’s Alibi Bar on the corner of 3rd Avenue North and 31st Street. The parade then heads east along 30th Street and turns south to Central Avenue. It then heads east to 22nd Street.

The agency notes that First Avenues north and south will be open to east-west traffic, but side streets leading to Central Avenue will be closed.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

(727) 804-6566
AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com

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