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Thank you to my ancestors who came here in the 1600’s & 1700’s from Holland (Cospers), from Ireland (McCroskeys, Montgomerys, Houstons, Eagletons) and England (Hosford, Hawkins, Jepsons). They came here for religious freedom and separation of church & state and then fought during the revolutionary war for those reasons & others. Because of them I (who, ironically, was born in another country) enjoy all the wonderful freedoms we have in the USA . Unfortunately, these came at the expense of the Native Americans. So thank your god, whichever one you choose, that the explosions that we see tonight in the sky are only fireworks & not bombs & gunfire. Love you, fireworks & our country!!

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Memorial Day, a Federal Holiday, is observed today Monday, May 29th in the United States of America as a time for remembering and honoring the men and woman who have died while serving in one of the USA Armed Forces. It was originally called Decoration Day to honor those who had fallen during the Civil War. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.

Please take the time to remember them as you celebrate the weekend.   

(Veterans Day in November is to honor the service of people who have worn the uniforms of the armed forces.)

 

To all the mothers around the world, thank you for all you do! Sending you much love and many hugs. Enjoy your special day!

On Valentine’s Day,

You’ve given roses, flowers, balloons, candy & jewelry. Why not not give your sweetheart a diamond of a house for Valentine’s Day?

This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Shore Acres home in St Petersburg is all remodeled and ready for you to move in. I’ll even add a big red bow! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

https://www.trulia.com/property/3223754998-1766-Maryland-Ave-NE-Saint-Petersburg-FL-33703

 

Happy New Year!  ¡Feliz año nuevo! Frohes neues Jahr! Bonne année! Feliz Ano Novo!

Ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος! Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh! Godt nytt år! Manuia le tausaga fou!

Felice anno nuovo! 新年快乐!Xīnnián kuàilè!  明けましておめでとうございます!

Do you need some ideas on where to celebrate this New Year’s Eve? From First Night to rooftop parties to white sand celebrations, here are some of the many ways to ring in the NEW YEAR:

  First Night St. Petersburg’s 24th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration of the Arts. A family-friendly event featuring live music, entertainment, drama, dance, games, art, fireworks, musical petting zoo, a poetry celebration at Studio@620 and a New Year’s Salsa at Museum of Fine Arts.  The festivities begin at 4pm and run through midnight.  Day of tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children (6-12) and children 5 and under enjoy the events for free. http://www.firstnightstpete.com

New Year’s Eve Takes Flight at Loews Don CeSar, St Pete Beach
Have your “passport” & your imagination ready to return to the Golden Age of travel without leaving the white sands of St Pete Beach. “Experience the flavors of Havana, the revelry of New Orleans and immerse yourself in the glamour of Mumbai’s Bollywood”. Enjoy a premium open bar, action stations, hors d’oeuvres and decedant desserts throughout the entire 5th Floor of the classic 1920’s elegant Pink Hotel. Dance to the sounds of Blonde Ambition, playing top 40, pop, rock, country and cross-over Latin music hits along with our top dance DJs. Event runs from 9pm-1am. Tickets are $229 per person. Loews Don CeSar, 3400 Gulf Boulevard.

 

The Laser Comedy Show at Unscripted Theatre, St Pete
Before you ring in the New Year, see the show Chicago can’t stop talking about. Chris Fair brings his incredible improv talents to the Burg for the Laser Comedy Show, a glow in the dark etch-a-sketch show that illustrates an improvised story. Shows at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door OR two tickets from $25. Unscripted Theatre, 14 18th Street South.

The Witch’s New Year’s Eve Private Party, downtown St Pete
Join the Ale and the Witch as they close out 2016 with their traditional house party. Only 60 seats are sold and the ticket enables full access to all items at the bar. Event runs from 8pm-1am. Tickets are $66 and are available for purchase at The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Toast by the Coast New Year’s Eve Party at TradeWinds, St Pete Beach
TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach hosts their annual gala in the Grand Ballroom, featuring an open bar, an extensive hors d’oeuvres buffet, and dancing to live music from Motel Funk. From 9pm-1am. Click HERE for more details. TradeWinds, 5500 Gulf Boulevard.

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New Year’s Eve Havana Nights at The Canopy
Join The Canopy for the hottest New Year’s Eve party in the Burg. Enjoy two floors of open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet, live band in the grand ballroom, DJ on the rooftop and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $182.65 in advance, $195 at the door if available. The Canopy at The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive Northeast.

Swingin’ in the New Year at the St. Pete Coliseum
All-ages welcome to dance to the music of Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88’s Band. Balloon drop, party favors, noisemakers, chocolates, prize giveaways, cash bar. PLUS a vintage fashion photo shoot and contest, so dress accordingly! Doors open at 7:30pm, with a swing dance lesson from 8-9pm. The party continues until 1am. Tickets are $30. St. Pete Coliseum, 535 4th Avenue North.

Taste of Bavaria Party at Hofbrauhaus, St Pete
Welcome in 2017 with a taste of Bavaria featuring live German music a balloon drop and a champagne toast. Order all three of the special courses & receive a free bottle of champagne with two Hofbrauhaus flutes, midnight balloon drop and champagne toast. Click HERE to make your reservation or call 727.898.3333. Hofbrauhaus, 123 4th Street South.

DAYA at Jannus Live, downtown St Pete
High-energy dance party for anyone 18+, Oh and it’s “All You Can Responsibly Drink” for the 21 and older crowd. Music by DJ T-Quest, DJ Knex, and  DAYA. Gates open at 8pm. $20 for 18+, $30 for 21+. Click here to purchase. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.

Gatsby Gala at Mastry’s Brewing, St Pete Beach
Mastry’s Brewing Co on St. Pete Beach hosts a 1920’s-style evening featuring a new Berliner beer release called “Bubbly,” tapas, photo booth, and DJ. Free entry from 7pm-1am. Parking on-site is limited; additional parking can be found at the community center one block behind the brewery. Mastry’s Brewing, 7701 Blind Pass Road.

Marchand’s New Year’s Eve Party at The Vinoy, downtown St Pete 

Special hors d’ oeuvres from 8-8:30pm. Food stations will be open from 8:45-10pm. Food options include: seafood raw bar, beef tenderloin, herb crusted lamb, butter champagne poached lobster. The dessert at 11pm, featuring dark chocolate chambord truffles, black forest cupcakes, bourbon old fashioned bon bons, drunken cherry tartlets, passion fruit custard, broken vanilla macaroons and more. Click HERE for a full menu. $150 per person. Black tie optional. Call 727.824.8072 for reservations. The Vinoy, 501 5th Avenue North.

The 360 Rooftop Lounge at Kimpton Hotel Zamora, St Pete Beach
Unrivaled views of St. Pete Beach & the fireworks. Includes an open well bar, decadent desserts and a champagne buffet. Food and drink specials start at 4pm. The Boogie Nights rooftop celebration featuring music by The Hunks of Funk begins at 9pm. $175 all inclusive, in advance online. $250 at the door. 360 Rooftop at Kimpton Hotel Zamora, 3701 Gulf Boulevard.

****Don’t drink and drive! Use SPRides downtown or Florida Free Rides at 727.512.4765. Or use Uber and Lyft & local cab companies. Help keep everyone safer.

Happy New Year!  ¡Feliz año nuevo! Frohes neues Jahr! Bonne année! Feliz Ano Novo!

Ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος! Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh! Godt nytt år! Manuia le tausaga fou!

Felice anno nuovo! 新年快乐!Xīnnián kuàilè!  明けましておめでとうございます!

Record 103 Million Americans Traveling This Holiday, Most Seeking Warmer Weather

 
According to AAA, more than 103 million Americans–the most on record–are expected to travel for the year-end holidays. This represents a 1.5 percent increase, or 1.5 million more people traveling, compared with last year. This comes despite one fewer travel day this holiday season. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Friday, December 23 to Monday, January 2, 2017.

The increase in holiday travel this year is being driven by additional consumer spending, a result of improvements in the labor market and rising wages. Additionally, low gas prices and increased consumer optimism will prompt more Americans than ever to set out on road trips, take to the skies, or board trains, buses and cruise ships to celebrate the holidays.

“It’s the season for holiday travel, and this year more Americans will travel to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year than ever before,” said AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney. “Rising incomes and continued low gas prices should make for a joyous holiday travel season.”

Most travelers will drive this holiday season

The vast majority of travelers–93.6 million people–will take a holiday road trip, an increase of 1.5 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase by 2.5 percent, with more than 6 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will decrease slightly, to 3.5 million travelers.

New Year’s gas prices second-cheapest in nearly a decade

AAA estimates U.S. drivers have saved more than $27 billion at the gas pumps so far this year compared to the same period last year. Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.23, 23 cents more than the average price on New Year’s Day 2016 ($2.00). Most U.S. drivers will pay the second-cheapest New Year’s Day gas prices since 2009, when the national average was $1.62.

Holiday airfares, hotel rates and car rental prices mixed

According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, holiday airfares are projected to average $204 for a roundtrip flight along the top 40 domestic routes. Rates for AAA Two and Three Diamond Rated lodgings are expected to increase 7 percent, with travelers spending an average of $128 and $160 per night, respectively. Daily car rental rates will average $66, slightly lower than last year’s holiday travel season.

Warm-weather destinations top the list of most popular holiday destinations

With the exception of New York City–an-ever popular holiday destination–warm-weather locales in Florida, Nevada and California top the list of most popular destinations for this holiday season travel.

WPJ News | AAA 2016 Year end Travel Forecast

Vacation News » Miami Edition | By Michael Gerrity | December 23, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Shopapalooza Part II
Skip the mall & the crowds. Support the local shops & businesses. Launch the holiday shopping season!  LocalShops1’s biggest event of the year brings together locally owned shops, restaurants, art galleries, service providers, and community organizations offering great shopping discounts!  Prizes and surprises during the 7th annual LocalShops1 community festival, featuring more than 130 local businesses, artists, food trucks and nonprofits! Estimated attendance is 5,000+ shoppers each day. 10am-7pm. South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Drive Northeast., St Petersburg,Florida

Around the World at Great Explorations Children’s Museum
A journey around the world-explore flags, foods, fun and friends from all over the globe! Make global granola, learn Chinese calligraphy, practice origami and more! 10am-2pm. Great Explorations, 1925 4th Street North, St Pete

Classes at Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue:
Happy Snowmen
Nothing jollier than a happy snowman, except 3 happy snowmen. Come paint this cheery trio at Pinot’s Palette! Noon-2pm. $35 per painter. Jolly Christmas Lights
The Holidays come but once a year! Share it with someone special while decorating your own Christmas tree with twinkling lights. 6-8pm. $35 per painter.

St. Pete Preservation Walking Tour – Historic Kenwood
Come along on the St. Pete Preservation tour of Historic Kenwood. Volunteer guide and Kenwood resident Richard Ahlfeld will lead this tour, telling the stories of Kenwood’s founding in the early 1900’s as St. Petersburg’s first “suburb” neighborhood for year-round residents. He’ll also point out out the design details of Craftsman, Tudor, four-square, prairie, colonial, and other architectural styles that earned this neighborhood a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Runs from 10am-noon. Free to SPP members or Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association, $10 for non-members. Begins at Craftsman House, 2955 Central Avenue.

Shop the Blocks – Grand Central District
Shop small in the Grand Central District when you visit our collection of vintage and specialty shops, bars, breweries and studios. Wear a local t-shirt and get 10% off at participating shops! From 11am-6pm. Grand Central District – Central Avenue from 16th Street to 31st Street, St Pete


Snow, Santa and Holiday Carolers at Sundial St. Pete
The courtyard at Sundial St. Pete will transform into a Winter Wonderland this Saturday. Santa will make his debut appearance at Sundial Saturday night to take photos with families and kids. Snow will cover the courtyard and magical holiday lights will illuminate downtown. 5-8pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Free Show: Dead Dove with J. Klein at Green Bench Brewing
Dead Dove is the story of love and danger in a violent wasteland created by massive solar flares that eliminate electical current, and turn humans into survivors, or savages. The rock album included is written by Dead Dove the band, and chronicles this amazing struggle against post-apocolyptic Savages, the duty of the 3 main characters Justin, Evan, and Scotter to bring Earth’s electric grids back online, and to save the world from destruction. Concert from 8-11pm. Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Avenue North.

‘Tis the Season at Sundial – Santa Visits the Courtyard
The snow will be falling this season on to the Sundial courtyard! It’s time to finish your wish list and tell Santa in-person all of the toys and goodies that you would like to see under the tree. Santa will be appearing Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 27 through December 24 in the courtyard. He’ll be in the courtyard from 1-5pm on Sunday. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

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

I think that is a wonderful event. I can only imagine what Halloween must be like for children with hearing impairments. Thank you so much for having the love, care and idea to put this together for these wonderful children. Happy Halloween to all children!
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University throws Halloween party for children with hearing impairments. (KTRK)

Monday, October 31, 2016 05:07AM   http://abc13.com/society/halloween-for-hearing-impaired-kids/1581539/

A university in California threw a Halloween bash expressly for children with hearing impairments.

The Halloween Harvest Carnival had all the typical carnival events Saturday, including prizes, crafts and face-painting.

Hearing-impaired and deaf kids dressed up and went trick-or-treating at the party.

To make it easier for these children to participate in the events, all of the volunteers had studied American Sign Language, and the entertainment was focused on the visual.

“Most carnivals, deaf and hard of hearing do not have access to be able to communicate directly with the people that are running the booth,” said Bobbi Long of William Jessup University, told KTXL.

She said the idea of the carnival was to provide a space for hearing-impaired kids at Halloween that was geared toward their learning styles and abilities.

The father of two hearing-impaired children, Sean Kyles Jensen says his family often struggles to find events for their kids. He was enthusiastic about the university’s carnival.

“It’s something that really helps us not only get to know the community but also understand our own boys, and it allows our boys to express themselves,” Kyles Jensen said.

The party was the first of its kind organized by William Jessup University, but organizers say they hope to continue the event in future years.

So many great things to enjoy this Fourth of July weekend in St Petersburg, Florida:

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Winesmith Sample wines from Spain to France, plus Sonoma, from around the world. $14. 1620 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Grand Central District

Vans Warped Tour 2016 at Vinoy Park Assuming We Survive, Sleeping with Sirens, The Maine, and more bands perform today. Doors open at 11am. Tickets start at $37. 701 Bay Shore Drive NE

First Friday-FREE event on Central Avenue. Live music, drinks, local vendors booths and more. Begins at 5pm. between Second and Third Streets on Central Avenue. Proceeds from beer and wine sales benefit area organizations. Live music by the Tempests.

Up the Ante Concert Series at Fubar Performances by Mosquito Teeth, Blonk, Teacher Teacher, &Yogurt Smoothness. 9pm. Tickets start at $5. 658 Central Ave

Jannus Live Performance by In This Moment, Hell Yeah, Shaman’s Harvest, &Sunflower Dead. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets $30.75. 200 1st Ave N

Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field (All Weekend)  Click HERE for tickets and game times. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.

Fourth of July Weekend at The Ale and The Witch hosts 4 concerts in 3 days. Special Cigar City taps will be flowing each day. TC Carr, Ari and the Alibis, AB+ Positive and others. The Witch’s BBQ Den will serve $1 beer boiled hot dogs.  2nd Avenue NE

South Pacific at Palladium Theater (Friday and Sunday)  St. Pete Opera presents the musical adaption of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Tales of the South Pacific. 7:30pm on Friday, Sunday at 2pm. Tickets start at $22. 253 5th Avenue North.

A Tale of Two Cities at American Stage Theatre (All Weekend) An aspiring drag queen named Jerry opens his door and finds a baby left on his doorstep. “He’s a straight baby, but we can co-exist. I know it can be done.” Jerry proceeds to tell the baby a Grimm’s fairy tale, but when this fails to stop the baby’s crying, he performs the entire narrative of Dickens’ classic of the French revolution, playing all the characters in only 90 minutes! Mark Chambers, the actor who played Jerry on our stage twenty years ago, will reprise his role. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. 163 3rd Street North. 

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Flamingos Forever at Sunken Gardens Learn all about Flamingos, up close visit with the new flock of Flamingos. Why do flamingos stand on one leg? How far they can fly? Games and crafts. 10am-noon. Free with admission to the garden. All ages welcomes. 1825 4th Street North.

Dali Museum 9:30am  Families with children ages 6 to 12 can privately explore the galleries before the museum opens. Reservations required and regular admission applies. 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE)

Make and Take Saturday  Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive NE. Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the museum’s collection. For ages five and older, with families encouraged to participate and no registration required. Supplies are provided. Included with museum admission

Brocante Market Brews and BBQ Block Party (Saturday and Sunday)  BBQ Block Party on Saturday. There will be food, drinks, games and more. The market runs from 9am-7pm on Saturday, 9am-5pm on Sunday. 2200 2nd Ave South. 

Block Party at 3 Daughters Brewing  Across the street from the Brocante Market. Live music, beer and BBQ. 11am-5pm.  222 22nd Street South. 

St. Pete Indie Market at Morean Center for Clay   Best local makers and artists in Tampa Bay get together. Enjoy the Urban Restaurant Group food court and pop up bar by The Bends. 11am-4pm. 420 22nd St South. 

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Jacksonville Armada FC and Post Match Concert with Flo Rida and fireworks at Al Lang Stadium. Game starts at 7:30pm. 230 1st St South.

Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Alternative rock/metal band with Shaman’s Harvest and Sunflower Dead. $24.50.

Sunday, July 3th, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays: vs. Tigers  Tropicana Field  Family Fun Day and kids get to run the bases at a post game DJ Kitty dance party with mascot appearances.

Big Bang Boogie Swing Dance Event at Museum of Fine Arts
The MFA opens its doors to the Big Bang Boogie event featuring live music and dancing with the Juke Joint Kings. Doors open at 7 pm, group swing dance lessons are from 7-7:30 pm, and dancing is from 7:30-11:30 pm. $15. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Monday, Fourth of July, 2016

Great Explorations Children’s Museum 1925 Fourth St. N. Children can celebrate Independence Day with patriotic games, crafts, a dance party and activities including a “red, white and blue” relay, underwater fireworks and flag creations. Included with admission. $10, $9 seniors, one and younger free.

Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Live music by the Hummingbirds and a buffet dinner including smoked chicken, grilled salmon, a slider bar and “All American” hot dogs. $46, $23 ages 11 and younger.

Fireworks in St Petersburg This year’s “Fireworks Across the Bay” is set to go off at 9pm. Can be seen from most of the city’s waterfront parks. Weather conditions may change the start time for fireworks up to 30 minutes or delay them up to one hour.

Fireworks in St. Pete Beach Gulf Boulevard and 68th Street. Start around 9pm from Upham Beach. For safety reasons, some of beach will be closed beginning at 6pm.

Happy Birthday America

This is where flags are hung, fireworks are viewed and celebrations unfold.

This is home.

Wishing you and yours a safe, fun and memorable Fourth of July Weekend!

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Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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