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HOME TOUR Saturday, March 22, 2014

105 12th Ave Surprises await the visitors to this unique home. From the first viewing, it looks like a charming little bungalow with a picket fence and blue shutters. However, upon entering you will find that this home just goes on and on. Built in 1956 and remodeled in the 1990’s, it contains 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and a roomy second floor. Notice the Trompe L’Oeil painting on the wall, a New Orleans-style garden and fountain. Going up the stairs to the second floor notice a collection of tiles that are memorabilia from family and world travels of the prior owners. In the third bedroom, called the “project room”, there is a large collection of fishing charts and nautical charts, rods and reels ,and fishing mementos from Connecticut and Florida. Sponsor: Barbara & Michael Metzler - Paradiso; Florist: Lou’s Florist

2504 Sunset Way

Amazingly enough, this home, one of a kind, built by Jim Nelson in 1971, has had only two occupants. Jim designed and built this unique aqua and green home that you can easily identify by the large steel fishes facing the road. The wood construction is of cypress. Notice the odd angles in the design, which is a feature that diverts strong winds while other flat-roofed homes may not withstand our occasional major storms. You enter through a walkway flanked by a bromeliad and orchid collection. All plants in the walkway and back of the home are native to the area. The entrance via glass doors brings you to an airy staircase under which is a wine tasting alcove. Moving forward you can peek into the office on the right, lighted by windows on both sides that enable the owner to enjoy the flowers and plants outside. Notice the large frog that he keeps for company. You ascend the floating staircase to the second floor and the master suite with its vaulted ceiling that make this space open and airy. The large entryway into the master bedroom is being renovated into a library. This is a functional as well as a treasure of a home to enjoy. Sponsor: Millard Gamble, Island’s End Resort, Florist: Delma’s florist

2909 Sunset Way This lovely home was built in 1927, about the same time as the Don CeSar. The owners have changed it radically from the time they purchased it in 1983. Most of the architectural plans were designed and carried out by the owner. When the owners acquired the property it was a duplex apartment with a detached garage. The first phase of renovation was to replace and enlarge the existing garage, add an apartment above it and connect it to the main house. Five years later the owners demolished virtually the entire interior of the house and converted it back into a single family home. In doing so the exterior took on a Cape Cod-style with a new steeped roof, utilizing the existing aluminum siding. Renovation to the floors in the main living room required new wood, but the original Spanish tiles were salvaged and used for the entryway, kitchen, dining room and most of the baths. Note the rounded corners of walls. All of the interior molding and door trim is new and was created to match the new architectural style of the house. The bookshelves and cabinetry in the family room and living room were built by the owner. Sponsor: Barb & Jeff Munford - ATM Central, Florist: Delma’s Florist


1403 Pass-a-Grille Way

Built in 1925 this Mediterranean beauty sits facing the Intracoastal Waterway. While the house has a secluded feeling from the street, when you round the foyer you will see the spectacular view from the open plan and through the glass wall facing the widest point of the Bay. Two bedrooms and private baths, one with an original (non-working) fireplace, can be accessed through beautiful wooden arched doorways found throughout the home. As you ascend the staircase to a completely private second floor suite, notice the Xian, Chinese warrior statue in the alcove and the famous characters in the photos on the ‘bridge’ wall. Sponsor: Paul Skipper, Florist: Redman Steele

104 7th Avenue

Reminiscent of the “Prairie Style” homes so popular in the 30’s and 40’s, the black and white exterior of this restored two-story cottage welcomes visitors. The house was built in 1920 by John & Susan Weber. It was referred to by the locals and the owners as “Green Gables”. Renovated in March of 2011, the first order of the construction was to move the home five feet. The owners were determined to keep the feel of the old cottage in the nautical-themed kitchen. Floors and counters were finished in blue and white to copy the original colors of the kitchen. Upstairs there is a sitting room, two bedrooms and a retreat “A Man Cave”. Sponsor: Ronald F. Holehouse, Holehouse Insurance Agency, Inc. Florist: Carter’s

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RAIN or SHINE • FREE Parking & Shuttle Service ST PETE BEACH: Paradiso boutique....................................104 8th Ave., Pass-a-Grille • 727.363.8831 Nancy Markoe Fine American Crafts Gallery3112 Pass-a-Grille • 727.360.0729 Don Vista Cultural Arts Center - Office ........3300 Pass-a-Grille • 727.367.3818 Swim & Play ..................................4677 Gulf Blvd (Dolphin Village) • 727.367.1713 TropicAl’s ........................................4803 Gulf Blvd (Dolphin Village) • 727.367.7014 Paradise Gifts & Decor ..........................370 Corey Ave. (74th Ave) • 727.363.8501 Simply Perfect ..........................................339 Corey Ave. (74th Ave) • 727.360.4141 MADEIRA BEACH & SEMINOLE: Sign of the Dolphin ..............................12999 Park Blvd., Seminole • 727.393.1400 The Bronze Lady ..................12957 Village Blvd., John’s Pass Village • 727.398.5994 ....................................15015 Madeira Way, Downtown Madeira Beach • 727.363.4663 DOWNTOWN ST PETERSBURG: Smith & Associates Real Estate ....................330 Beach Drive NE • 727.342.3800 Cerulean Blu Swim & Resort Wear Boutique...................................................... ....................................................................400 Beach Drive, Suite 161 • 727.498.8984

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*Outside Racks & Inside Stacks

To Name Just A Few PASS-A-GRILLE



Merry Pier The SeaHorse Pasa-A-Taco* Paradise Grille* Paradiso Boutique Bamboozle Boutique The Wharf Shaners Land & Sea Market Sea Critters Gennaro’s Hurley Realty Nancy Markoe Gallery Suntan Art Center Loews - Don CeSar Resort





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MADEIRA BEACH - Re-Development by Steve Traiman Madeira Beach is getting hot! Will a $10.4 Million downtown project fans the fire P-A-G Woman’s Club HOME TOUR Tour Pass-a-Grille Charmers The area’s first and most popular Home Tour returns on Saturday, March 22 Pass-a-Grille Community Church Run for the Needy - Sunday, March 2 Music at SPC - Gibbs Deserves our Attention & Support Rebecca Penneys solo and Eight Hands Two Pianos in March LOCAL ELECTIONS - 2014 by Peter Roos When it comes to Barrier Island politics, St Pete Beach has enoufh drama for all. Bay Grasses Scotts Miracle Gro finances Salt Marsh Restoration with Tampa Bay Watch


Classic Car Show & Taste of Tierra Verde


New CrossBridge Church Growing


Of Alligators & Ice Cream


Pinellas Citizens University by Steve Traiman

DEPARTMENTS TIDBITS OF NEWS ..............9 -11 PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE ...........12 LETTERS ..............................13 ART NEWS .....................14-16 WEBSITES -JENNA LAINE..........26 PROPERTY LAW -TOM BRODERSEN....27 BOATING LOREN D. REUTER ....28 LIBRARY ..............................39 RECREATION .........................40 EVENTS CALENDAR ............42-49 ARTS & LEISURE ..............42-49 CLASSIFIED ADS ...............50-51 ASTROLOGY -SARAH LYONS ..52 STUFF TO DO .................55-59 PLAYING AROUND ................ 60 COVER DESIGN - Lorrie Bellinger ART DIRECTION - Renee Roos PHOTOS: James Tizzano

L-r Madeira Beach City Manager Shane Crawford and Mayor Travis Palladeno pose on Johns Pass Boardwalk with their new bridge behind them.

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DOLPHIN VILLAGE Dolphin Hairstylists Dolphin Liquors UPS Store Regions Bank Dolphin Beach Resort* New China Restaurant

COREY AREA DISTRICT Art Expo* Chill Paradise Gifts* Beach Theatre* Jackie’s Bistro & Jazz Bar* Frog Pond Restaurant* Keller Williams Realty*

TREASURE ISLAND Bilmar Hotel Lobby Sloppy Joes The Pearl* Walgreens T.I. Hardware ReMax Metro T.I. & Mad. Beach Chamber* Gator’s on the Pass T.I. Chamber Kiosk

JOHN’S PASS VILLAGE Friendly Fisherman Restaurant Chamber Kiosk Spice & Tea Exchange Kilwins Ice Cream

GULFPORT Gulfport Chamber of Commerce Habana Café Backfin Blue Restaurant Seabreeze Inn Gulfport Library & City Hall Gulfport Casino Mangia Gourmet

ISLA DEL SOL & BAYWAY ISLES Regions Bank Island Salon* Subway*

Isla Yacht & Country Club Sterling Dry Cleaners Patchingtons

TIERRA VERDE Billy’s Stone Crab Restaurant Island Grille & Raw Bar* Tierra Verde Hardware Phila Deli

ReMax Metro TD Bank Marco’s Wong Lee’s*

SOUTH PASADENA _______________ Palms of Pasadena Hospital

Spiro’s Deli

ST PETERSBURG Vinoy Hotel Morean Art Center Florida Craftsmen

Holocaust Museum Craftsman House Hotels & Restaurants

GRAND CENTRAL DISTRICT Grand Central Stained Glass Cigar Loft Ferg’s Sports Bar Beaks Bar & Grill

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Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber 5th/3rd Bank Agave Mexican / Pappy’s Synovus Bank SPB Produce-Deli Scoops Ice Cream Coldwell Banker Real Estate* Nori Thai Gulf to Bay Bait & Tackle St Pete Beach Library St Pete Beach City Hall Vito & Michaels’ Riptides Watering Hole Lou’s Florist St Pete Beach Realty Paradise Grille - Upham* Nina’s Cafe* Keller Williams Realty*


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Tidbits of News by Peter Roos

ST. PETERSBURG …A global women’s gallery with a charitable mission has opened in the Grand Central District. Necessories Gallery & Boutique, located at 2057 Central Avenue, specializes in clothing, jewelry, art and home decor. Each item in the store is handmade by a woman and for every purchase made, a percentage is donated to help women in the villages of Tibet, Istanbul, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal, as well as our local community. “Our mission is to empower women artisans,” says owner Dyan Lena Demidio. “By helping one another, we are ultimately helping keep families strong, and that’s truly what this store is about.” For more information, please contact Lauren Ruiz 727.828.7006 or

…Herb Snitzer’s career covers over fifty years of image-making. From 1957 when he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art, he moved to New York City where he quickly established himself as one of the top young photojournalists. He worked for Life, Look, The Saturday Evening Post, Fortune, Time and other national magazines as well as for The New York Times and Herald Tribune. He became Photography and Associate Editor of America’s Leading Jazz Magazine, Metronome, which enabled him to meet and photograph and become friends with many of the great jazz musicians of that era; Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Count Basie, etc. His photographic, social and political interests cover a wide spectrum of issues, which find their way into his visual work. Freedom, equality and justice are all expressed in his political images, yet he has also found the time to work with more personal and intimate expressions about life & living.

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More Tidbits His work is in the collections of many museums and private collectors; Museum of Modern Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Museum of African American History, and the collections of Elton John, Bill Cosby, Bill & Hillary Clinton to name a few. He moved to St. Petersburg, in 1992, establishing a studio at Salt Creek Artworks. January of 2014, he relocated to his new photographic gallery at 7214 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. Grand opening of his new studio is being held on March 22 - 5 to 9 pm. Call 727-692-7646. ... A remarkable Ming Ming Tea Shop with fresh teas direct from China has recently opened a tea room and cafe right next door to Herb’s studio at 7216 Central Avenue.



Beach Wear





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St. Pete Beach

“Sunset Capital” of Florida • 10 | PARADISE NEWS | MARCH 2014 |

…The St. Petersburg Women’s Chamber of Commerce is presenting Glitz and All That Jazz, a luncheon, fashion show and card party, at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club on March 27 beginning at 11 am with a social, and lunch served at Noon. Chico’s will host the fashion show, followed by the card party. Recipients of the funds raised will be The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, The Downtown Waterfront Parks Foundation and Bill Edwards Foundation. Reservations at $50 and valet parking. Contact Joan Jaicks, 459 Bayview Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33704. ST. PETE BEACH …In case you missed it, you can view the St. Pete Beach Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters through city’s website: /MedaPlayer.php?view_id=2& clip_id=1833 You can also watch all

archived bi-monthly St. Pete Beach Commission and citizen committee meetings on our City website at: watch-meetings.html …On March 29, the Veterans of South Pinellas (VSPC) will hold their 4th. Annual Salutes to the Military & First Responders Event. In last Commission Meeting we unanimously approved the necessary agreements to provide for appropriate roadblocks during the event. A Pancake Breakfast on the roof of the Hurricane from 8 am-noon will be followed by a kids fishing tournament at Merry Pier from noon-2 pm, plus, Competitive Car Show with at least 11 classes. In front of the Concession Stand on Gulf Way will be a stage with six different bands, a beer garden, the Fire Union BBQ and other food vendors. Sponsor vendors and a display of Military Vehicles and weapons will be on 9th Ave. On 10th Ave food vendors and the Museum will be involved with more children’s activities including the SPCA and the Paws for Patriots. A Military Enlistment ceremony will also occur during the event. … The City has received a Library Fundraising challenge of $10,000 from an anonymous patron. If the Library can raise $10,000 by March 15th, the donor will match it with a $10,000 contribution. Please show your support for the library expansion/renovation by helping us meet this 7-week challenge goal. Make a donation NOW that will double in value! Stop by or call SPB Library for details. (727) 363-9238 PINELLAS COUNTY …Tampa Bay Watch is seeking a Development Director, primarily responsible for develop-

ment and communication programs for Tampa Bay Watch, Inc. Development activities include : raising the profile of the Tampa Bay Watch organization within the community. Administrative requirements include coordination with the Board of Directors and Advisory Council, and management of the donor database. Email resume to resumes, or mail to: Tampa Bay Watch, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715. …In other news, Thanks to Outback Bowl football fans and a pledge from celebrated marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey, check for $2,564 was presented to Tampa Bay Watch, Inc. for its ongoing Honeymoon Island Oyster Reef Project in Tampa Bay. The funds will be applied towards a community-based construction project to install a series of seven new oyster reef systems (approximately 7,633 square feet and 24 tons) offshore Honeymoon Island in Pinellas County. OTHER NOTABLES …Our neighbor, Tom Becker, a farmer & Jazz pianist from Champaign, IL, is also a surprisingly astute foodie. He loves The Pearl in Treasure Island, Pasadena Steakhouse, PJ’s, and Nori Thai among his favorites, to give you an idea of his range. With all the Italian

places around, (I thought we had more than enough) I’d never been able to satisfy his taste for Illinois pizza. That problem has been solved. Ron Shapardo, owner of Shepardo’s Ristorante & Pizzaria at 4599 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, started working at his grandparents place, “Saputo’s” in Springfield, IL when he was 12 years old. Saputo’s is the fine dining spot in the Illinois state capitol, where you can find lobbyists wining and dining State Legislators. You might also run into visiting dignitaries or performers from the nearby convention center. When Tom’s large 16-inch sausage and onion pizza arrived at our table, he took one look and said “that’s it”. It was thin, hot, crispy and delicious, sliced into squares, not slices, “like we’ve always done it”, said Ron. Tom said he’s taking his house off the market and staying now that he has a Jazz piano gig at Chill on Sunday, Monday & Wednesday nights from - 6:30-9:30 and he can get Illinois pizza delivered to his St. Pete Beach home. Shapardo’s also delivers to the Bayway and Tierra Verde, and offers eat in and take away for dinner and lunch daily, except no lunch on Sundays. If it’s Illinois-style Italian you’re missing, call 727-851-9995.

Tampa Bay Watch’s Island Oyster Reef Project in Tampa Bay


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From the Publishers... In celebration of Paradise NEWS’ twentieth year in print, serving the barrier islands south of John’s Pass, and our recent “Business of the Year” award from the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, we are sharing this issue with neighbors to the north, as far as North Redington Beach. For many years, the John’s Pass Bridge was an obstacle, and it was easier to go to the mainland than to travel up and down the beach. All that changed with the opening of the four-lane elevated bridge, so almost all of the information in Paradise NEWS is applicable to all the recipients getting this issue. Paradise NEWS is published monthly from October to May and alternate months in the summer. Subscriptions are available for part or all of the year at $2 per copy. Readers can access the magazine and more on our website as well at: There, you can also subscribe to our weekly email that briefly provides you a reminder of our pick of the top five things to do this weekend. This issue contains our cover feature on the beginning of renaissance in Madeira Beach, and the groundbreaking for the City’s $10.4 million Municipal Complex. We took this opportunity to tell our readers about some of the fine services available without leaving the islands we have chosen for our home. Doing business with our neighbors keeps the money local where it can multiply and benefit our local economies. March is also our election issue. Our coverage is mostly about St. Pete Beach, as Treasure Island settled their election without opposition. It is also our Pass-a-Grille home tour issue (Saturday, March 22). For 17 of our 20 years, we have been strong supporters of the top fundraiser for one of the oldest charitable organizations on our barrier islands. We also helped the Gulfport Chamber with their Pink Flamingo home tour, and they named us their BUSINESS OF THE YEAR as well. We are not only home tour supporters. Paradise NEWS substantially discounts ads to all not-for-profit organizations, and to political candidates and we even give a lot of FREE promotion to events and activities when we feel it is warranted and of benefit to our readers. Year round and seasonal residents and visitors alike love our extensive listings of Art News, Arts & Leisure, Community Events and Stuff to Do. Monthly columns include: TidBits of News, a recap of recent changes in barrier island business; Art News, a collection of upcoming performing and creative art related events, plus columns on Websites, Foreclosure Law, Boating Safety, Recreation, Library, Astrology. Classifieds and Entertainment in every issue. We hope you enjoy this issue, and if it is your first, we invite you to subscribe. A form is provided inside this issue for that purpose.

Peter, Renee & All the Folks

who bring you the beaches’favorite publication.

“A man once told the Buddha, ‘I want happiness’. The Buddha said remove the ‘I’ that’s ego, now remove the ‘want’ that’s desire, now all you are left with is, Happiness”




FEATURE WRITERS Steve Traiman Sarah Meitz

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Tom Brodersen Esq. ................ Loren D. Reuter ..........US Coast Guard- Officer, Flotilla 72 Sarah Lyons, Astrology Jenna Laine Kaeley Dawson ............................On-Line Networking Vickie Kolb ............Events, Arts & Leisure Coordinator Steve Traiman ..............................................Proofreader Lorrie Bellinger ..................................Graphic Designer

PHOTOGRAPHY Spencer Lucas Jim Tizzano Bob Schlesinger

DISTRIBUTION Bobby Smith ..............................................727.363.6888

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Letters About a week ago on AOL Computer news, there was an article that caught my eye. It mentioned that “IF” you had a charge of $ 9.84 on your credit card bill, then your card has been compromised and if not reported at once to your credit card fraud department - well, sometime in the future, you may once again see a charge for that amount - $9.84, and then perhaps, since you did not notice that particular charge and/or forgot if you made it or not - you could then have a large purchase placed onto your card from those who have all of your information. Now - I saw on my Visa(I only carry the Marriott Visa Premier and my American Express Card) a month ago a charge of $9.84 and called Visa to have the charge removed because I could not remember making such a charge. Then on my Visa Bill, received today - there were 2 charges of $9.84 - and I remembered the AOL News Alert. I contacted the Visa Fraud Department, reported about the AOL article and that I had indeed charges of $9.84!!! They blocked the charging company, however, they also recommended that I receive a “New Card”, because even though blocked, they could use another avenue on behalf of charging my card. Since this made sense, I will receive a new card on Monday. The $9.84 charge on my Visa Bill shows the following: 011-43114329 and the charge of $9.84 I’m sure that you check your credit card bill-invoice itemized list of charges, as I do, but wanted to pass this information on to you. It might save you some grief and charges. - Wayne MacDowell, St Pete Beach Hello Renee, Congratulations on your growing market! You & Pete do things right! Thank you for a lovely ad. With best regards, James Assenheimer & Joy Hyland

Wow Peter!!! I just saw the magazine! I can’t believe you wrote such a wonderful article and posted my photo. What an awesome thing you did for me and hopefully the Sirata! It’s been incredible to have received so much support since starting this business. I hope to see you soon... stop by the sandbox! Always, - Lynne Poklikuha – “My Sandbox” Thank you so much! You are awesome. :) ARTpool loves you big time. XO Marina Williams – ARTpool Gallery It was nice meeting you both last night-thanks for coming! If you send me your media kit I will send it and/or your proposal on to our advertising agency for consideration. - Harold J Seltzer Harold Seltzer’s Steakhouse Peter and Renee, Either your magazine is becoming the “must news magazine” or I am living in a cave. Guys, you have done it, mastered the monthly “must read” around town. This month’s cover takes it out of the park. Inviting red color background with the livid blue letters of the magazine is a site to behold for anyone. I usually do not write such complimentary letteres. Honestly, you two deserve it and more. Congratulations to you and your staff. – Carol Ehrenkranz, founder of Rent A Hand, Inc. Hi Peter and Renee, You may remember me from the beach (Pass-a-Grille) … I hope you are both well. Your magazine has surely outlived many others as a quality publication so I am happy your hard work pays off. Take care - Natalia Rutherford (formerly Lehtovirta) Executive Assistant, The Edwards Group

BEACH CLEAN-UPs SATURDAY MARCH 8 – Treasure Island Sunset Beach 9-noon SATURDAY MARCH 15 Tierra Verde - Tampa Baywatch 9-noon St Pete Beach - Upham Bch 9-noon PARADISE NEWS

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rt News Arts are Alive in St. Petersburg:

Two acclaimed exhibits opened on the same day at two different museums in downtown. WARHOL AT THE DALI: Until - April 27, 2014 “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.” explores how Andy Warhol learned from Dalí’s public visibility and was equally attuned to the images derived from mass culture.Warhol and Dalí lived in New York City at the same time and the exhibit showcases more than 100 works, including paintings, screen prints, photographs, and a selection of Warhol films and screen tests featuring the likenesses of Salvador Dalí, of course, and other artists. NEW MEXICO AND THE ARTS OF ENCHANTMENT at the MFA: Until - May 11, 2014 - New Mexico, with its rich Native American traditions and desert landscape, has inspired some of the greatest art our country has produced. This compelling exhibition of nearly 100 works ranges from pre-Hispanic pottery to twentyfirst century paintings and sculpture. Developed by Tom and Mary James, The Raymond James Financial Collection is one of the largest private art collections in Florida, with some of the best examples being shown to the public for the first time. They encompass vibrant, large-scale paintings and sculpture, and exquisite pieces of contemporary Native American jewelry from Mrs. James’ private collection. _________________________________ ... Artwork from Pinellas County Schools students has been selected for the 2014 Word and Image Exhibition High School Exhibition to be held at St. Petersburg’s Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., until March 30. This annual exhibition combines art and writing into one work of art and

Red Cloud Indian Arts this year’s theme was “I Can See the Rhythm.” ________________________________ … Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, a Multi-Media Extravaganza by Tony Sands, will be held Sunday, March 23, 2 pm at Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. South, in Gulfport. Tickets are available now for $20 at the Gulfport Casino and Gulfport Beach Bazaar box office. For info, call box office at (727) 381-8548, or visit … The Impacs perform at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, on Fri., March 28 from 6-10pm!. Get tickets at, or in advance at the Gulfport Casino for $15 and $20 at the door. _______________________________ … Red Cloud Indian Arts just celebrated their 27th year in business with Navajo Silversmith Artie Yellowhorse, and Micaceous Clay Potter Marc Millovich. The tradition continues…the Navajo beauty way, simplicity of the design of elegant jewelry. Red Cloud Indian Arts is located at 208 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. For info, call (727) 821-5824, or visit _________________________________ … The Florida Orchestra has announced the programming for its 2014-2015 Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Raymond James Pops, Coffee Concerts, Rock Concerts, and three Special Concerts, including Ocean Voyagers, Pixar in Concert, and Singin’ in the Rain, which subscribers can purchase before single tickets go on sale in August. Premium package subscriptions feature benefits including premium seating and free flexible ticket exchanges. To order your 2014-2015 subscription, call the TFO Ticket Center at (727) 892-3337 or by email at ________________________________


… The First Annual Kids ONLY Cupcake Contest will be held at the Morean Arts Center on Central Ave. on Saturday, March 15 from noon-3 pm. Aspiring bakers, ages 7-15, are invited to compete in a city-wide search for St. Petersburg’s Best Cupcake as part of the Summer Camp kickoff weekend. A $10 entry fee allows each participant to enter one submission. There will be free admission for the public and $1 per vote collected to help support the Morean Arts Center’s mission of Connecting People with Art. For info, call (727) 822-7872 or visit _________________________________ … Art in Bloom 2014, sponsored by The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society and the MFA, is a grand spring tradition and presents some of the most imaginative floral designs in the area. The exhibition opens to the public at the MFA on Saturday, March 8 at 10 am, and continues through Tuesday, March 11. Chris Giftos, the guest artist for the Art in Bloom Luncheon on Friday, March 7, will create a floral masterpiece for the MFA’s Great Hall. The MFA is located at 255 Beach Drive N.E. For info, call (727) 896-2667 or visit ________________________________ … The Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, will be featuring three new fantastic exhibitions. Opening Saturday, March 8, these shows will feature six artists, both local and national, to continue the tradition of focusing on Tampa Bay’s abundant local talent while exposing visitors to art and artists outside this region. A strong narrative thread ties these artists and their work together seamlessly. All three shows will be on view starting March 8 to April 27. Opening Night Reception is FREE and open to the public from 5-8 pm. Contact Amanda Cooper, , (727) 822-7872 ext. 2112. _________________________________ Art News cont’d on pg 16

Pass-a-Grille Church Youth Run For the Needy Each year senior high youth at Pass-A-Grille Community Church spend much of their summers helping the needy, This is a real hands-on, helping, good news program. In 2012, the group sent50 local youth to the slums of Costa Rica. They fed children in a relief center, and dug up rocks to build the foundation for a church. Caleb was on that trip and says, “we got to experience a different culture from home. These people didnʼt have anything.” There were times when the work was very difficult. “You could say it was a little intimidating being in a different country; When asked about future mission he says, “I would love to go back, the feeling you get from helping others is like no other.” Joshua, a sophomore in high school, spoke about his most recent and favorite mission trip to Hollywood, CA.: a place, he points out, that has the highest population of homeless youth under 30. Josh says it was an eye opening and humbling experience. “The program allowed us to work directly with the homeless and hear a multitude of stories; it was incredible to learn that they were just like us. Many with a good education, but had a wrong turn.I consider it part of my summer schedule rather than taking time out of it. I just wish I had more time to do more work.” Jeanne Haemmelmann is Associate of Youth and Young Adults at Pass A Grille Community Church. Haemmelmann, who has been working with youth for over 20 years, says, “during these increasingly tough economic times, community service becomes a cornerstone for our youth. We need to be proud of our youth; they are sacrificing their time and developing awareness to the

issues that affect our communities and learning how crucial it is to make a positive impact. “This year, 45 of tour groupʼs youth will travel to Pocahontas, VA, to rebuild and repair homes for a community in desperate need. But the group’s work doesn’t stop with travel missions, they also reach out to our local community on a regular basis. This year they made and distributed blankets to the homeless of St. Pete, fed the residents of Pinellas Hope tent city, and bagged lunches for countless other groups.” The group depends on their families and the Church for their funding, but they also reach out to the community. Their 3rd annual beach run, called Make a Splash is being held on Sunday, March 2nd. The event is designed to raise funds to send these inspirational youths on their next mission. Beginning at 7:30 am with their annual 5K run, this year event organizers added a 1K family fun run to follow at 8 am. While registration happens online or in front of Pass-A-Grille Community Church on race day, the races happen across the street on the beach, at 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach, Continuing into the afternoon, at Hurley Park, or-anizers have carnival-themed activities from cupcake decorating and face painting, to a bounce house and balloon animals. Be sure to come out and run to support this incredible program and bring your family along to join in the fun. Other children’s activities are offered at small fees. TO REGISTER, VISIT: gister.aspx?fid=F02V2J7 LIKE US ON FACEBOOK:

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rt News … The South Pasadena Community Band presents “A Star-studded Concert” featuring several soloists with the band as well as a couple of ensembles on Wednesday, March 12. The free concert will take place in the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place and 106th Ave. at 7:30 pm. (727) 398-9639. _______________________ … Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, recently launched two new sales channels for customers. Mahaffey-goers now can purchase tickets to all shows, anytime and anywhere, on two newly created apps. One is a free, downloadable app, My Mahaffey, available for both iPhone and Android devices. The other option is a social ticketing app available exclusively through Facebook on a computer or tablet. Both sales channels were developed in conjunction with Tessitura Network. Customers can also purchase tickets, get more info, at and charge by phone, (727) 893-7832. _______________________ … Join the launch of Office Concerts! St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and the St. Petersburg Chamber are participating in the Listening Room Festival 2014 from April 1-7. Your company can sponsor a 30-minute concert for your employees and/or customers in your business. Only 50 businesses will be selected from Pinellas County. Visit www.listeningroom

… “Scapes” is an onlinejuried international art competition with cash and prizes. Competition is open to artists 18 or older working in any painting medium. Work must be paintings in any medium and expressed from representational to nonrepresentational images. Info, visit ______________________ … The 2014 International Art Program for Children with Disabilities encourages children with disabilities to create a portrait that illustrates themselves in their neighborhood. A selection of artwork from the online entries will be chosen for a live exhibition in Washington, DC. Parents or educators of children with a disability, ages 5–18, are welcome to submit. Deadline is July 1. For info, _______________________ … Submit your work to the Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition! More than $25,000 will be awarded to winning submissions by artists, art professionals and art lovers in a wide variety of settings. Winners will be featured in the December 2014 issue. Deadline - April 1. Visit _______________________ … Saxifrage Press is an online literary resource that accepts unsolicited submissions year round. Send 3-5 poems (or up to 10 pages) to Send 1-2 short fiction pieces or a single longer piece to For info, ubmission-guidelines/.


… The Mutual of America Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014 Community Partnership Award. It recognizes outstanding contributions made by non-profit organizations in partnership with public, private, and other social sector organizations. The national award-winning partnership will receive $25,000 and a documentary video. Deadline is April 1. Visit m. _______________________ ... French-American Jazz Exchange invites applications for collaborative projects. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to projects jointly conceived by French and American professional jazz artists that encourage intercultural dialogue. Deadline is May 30. Visit ________________________ … Chamber Music America invites applications for Classical Commissioning Program. The program supports works scored for two to ten musicians performing one per part and composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music. Deadline is April 4. Visit ________________________ … If you like working with people and love to be surrounded by beautiful artwork, consider volunteering at Florida Craftsmen. There are opportunities to work in the gift shop on a weekly basis, help sporadically with mailers or be a part of the volunteer crew for events. If you have questions visit /volunteer/. … Creative Movement Company needs volunteers for various events & activities in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. For more info, contact Jennifer Rosoff at (727) 265-1229 or email ________________________ … There are volunteer opportunities at the Morean Art Center and Glass Studio & Hot Shop. To learn about the current volunteer needs please email, or (727) 8227872 x2123. To learn about the current volunteer needs at the Chihuly Collection, please email IIrina.Moldovan @, or (727) 896-4527 x2427. To learn about the current volunteer needs at the Morean Center for Clay, email Valerie.Scott.Knaust@, or (727) 821-7162. PN Morean Art Center

Music at SPC “Gibbs” CAMPUS MUSIC CENTER Deserves Our Support by Peter Roos The campus at 5th Avenue and 66th Street North has come a long way since I attended as a freshman at St. Petersburg Junior College. I worked at a brand new McDonalds Restaurant, 17 blocks north of the campus. The workers were all male. The sign outside between the “golden arches” changed while I was there, from 5 to 6 million served. Almost 45 years have sped by since then. My ‘Alma Mater’ Junior College has become a four-year institution, with multiple campuses throughout Pinellas. Specialties at the “Gibbs” Campus includes a planetarium; the West St. Petersburg Community Library; a fabulous art, music and performing arts program; and SPC’s only Music Center. I had the opportunity to experience the perfect acoustics of this cozy venue late in February for a Jazz performance by a Latin Jazz quartet and sextet Via Cal, as part of the Young St. Petersburg Jazz Festival. It was a sextet tribute to Latin Jazz great Cal Tjader, led by Frankie Pineiro with Richard Drexler, Hector Mayoral, John Jenkins, Joe Porter & Cole Hazlitt, with a number of excellent jazz standards for quartet thrown in. The music and performance was world class. The price of entry was $10. The room was 75 percent empty. I think the biggest problem was insufficient promotion. If you want to find out for yourself and you enjoy really good classical piano, you have a great chance to see and hear an awesome concert by Rebecca Penneys Friday, March 7, 7:30 to 9 pm, for $10. Steinway Artist Rebecca Penneys is a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral soloist, educator and adjudicator. For six decades she has been hailed as a pianist of prodigious talent. Rebecca has played throughout the US, East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Canada. She is a popular guest artist, keynote speaker and pedagogue nationally and internationally. Her current and former students include prize winners in international competitions, and hold important teaching posts on every continent. Combining a busy concert schedule with seminars and master classes worldwide, she teaches international students at Eastman School of Music and at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival that had a very successful inaugural season in 2013. Rebecca divides her time between New York and Florida. She is Professor of Piano at Eastman since 1980 and is Artist-inResidence at St. Petersburg College. In New York she continues as founder-pianist in 1998 of the Salon Chamber Music Series, a five-concert series ,and she is also founder and artistic director in 2009 of a very popular young artist series called Eastman Piano Series at the Summit.

Tickets are also only $10 for this incredible performance on March 28th at the same location: Two-Piano Eight-Hand Extravaganza - “What Pianos & Pianists Do For Fun” wth Pianists Eunmi Ko, Rebecca Penneys, Omri Shimron & Johnandew Slominski NOT TO BE MISSED! Piano friends and former Penneys’ students join forces for this light-hearted concert in a program of original and arranged fun music for 2-Pianos, 8-Hands. The Extravaganza is fast becoming an annual tradition in St Pete. Audiences love it because of its festive, informal and humorous nature. All have busy schedules as performers and educators; all hold academic teaching posts and all four pianists will be teaching at the 2nd annual Rebecca Penneys Piano festival at USF, Tampa, from July 16 - Augist 1. For more details visit or call 727-341-7984. To build a presence in her new home state of choice, she created the ‘Rebecca Penneys’ Tuition-Free Piano Festival at USF, which had a great first season in summer 2013. She is excited to welcome 92-year-old American-born piano icon Abbey Simon, Legacy Artist for 2014, one of the last living giants of the keyboard. Patrons, sponsors and memberships are being sought to help defray expenses such as the expense of bringing him to USF for the Festival. Small investments can pay off big for the future of music, with such talents involved. Rebecca Penneys Piano Friends of Piano, a non-profit 501c3 and the Rebecca Penneys Tuition-Free Piano Festival are the sequels to her long leadership of the Chautauqua Piano Festival & Competition. The University of South Florida in Tampa hosts the festival in its new all-Steinway facility. The festival is entirely donor-supported and many events are free and open to the public. Her latest CD recorded in 2011 is a solo bicentennial tribute to Chopin and Schumann. Rebecca has more than a dozen current CDs on Fleur De Son Classics and Centaur Records. Visit & to donate, or mail donations to: Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival & Friends of Piano; P.O. Box 66054, St Pete Beach, FL 33736. PARADISE NEWS

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by Peter A. Roos

It’s Election Time Again. Many of you have already mailed a ballot to vote for the replacement of C. W. “Bill” Young, our longest serving national representative in Washington. If you live in St. Pete Beach, South Pasadena or Gulfport, you may have already voted for a new mayor, or commissioner for your district. Treasure Island did not have an election this year as we mentioned last month, as both Alan Bildz and Tom Ramsberger were reelected unopposed. If you are undecided or a procrastinator, you have until 6:59 pm on March 11 to make up your mind. St. Pete Beach is living up to it’s reputation as the political center of the barrier islands, as three contested races come down to the wire. It is not our job to tell you who to vote for. We do not even believe in media endorsing candidates for public office. It is our job simply to see that you have all the information you need to make an informed choices. We can also sometimes help when a candidate’s memory seems inaccurate about issues they supported, or didn’t. In this case, it appears everyone ran a pretty clean campaign. There were some flyers that surfaced from a prior election leveling outlandish charges at Mayor McFarlin. His opponent, Maria Lowe, appeared before the City Commission to apologize and attest to a complete lack of knowledge about how that could have occurred, when she learned that some copies of that flyer somehow got onto her computer and were attached to emails she had sent out in connection with her campaign. She had promised to run a clean campaign and appeared honestly aghast that even an appearance of impropriety had occurred. Her timing was unfortunate, as she had missed the audience comments portion of the meeting. All reports indicate that she made up for that misstep at the mayoral debate, sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Considering her relative newcomer status as a 19-month resident of St. Pete Beach, Lowe was well prepared. She has run a very active campaign, including a series of “cookie conversations”in parks all over town, ad in living rooms and condominium club houses. It is difficult to unseat an incumbent mayor who appears to have filled the position well, but I believe Maria Lowe has done the best job a newcomer can. Both the Pinellas Realtors Organization and the SPB Firefighters support her. Steve McFarlin is a 50-year resident of St. Pete Beach who has presided over the City Commission through some challenging times. The results of the balloting in the mayor’s race at this point are anyone’s guess.


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District 1 in St. Pete Beach runs south from the Blind Pass Bridge through the Corey Business District. Many condos are included, mostly at the north end of the city, on the east side of Blind Pass Road and along the intercoastal waterway. There’s Captiva Cay, and St. Pete Beach Yacht and Tennis Club, where both Candidates live. Commissioner and 28-year resident Lorraine Huhn has served on the Board of her Condominium and Master Association. She was best known as founder of and spokesperson for SOLV, the pro-redevelopment political action committee that led the city in a battle to affirm the city’s revised comprehensive plan. She has become an involved and respected member of the commission in her two years on the job. Lorraine is opposed by Dr. Terri Finnerty, former ‘first lady’ of St. Pete Beach, whose husband started his political career in this seat, winning almost 60 percent of the vote against incumbent Deborah Martohue in 2006. Terri is endorsed by the Pinellas Realtors and the St. Pete Beach Firefighters. “Preserving our way of life while moving forward” is her campaign slogan. Terri has undergraduate degrees from Montclair (NJ) University and a Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. In addition to her work as VP of Support our Troops, her Facebook page lists membership in the Pass-a-Grille Woman’s Club and Organizer of a volunteer team to staff All Children's Hospital, Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament as her local activities. District 3 in St. Pete Beach runs south from Dolphin Village shopping center through Belle Vista to the Don CeSar. Commissioner Marvin Shavlan resigned shortly before the end of his term when his home sold in 10 days, and he moved up the beach. Ex-commissioner & ex-mayor Ward Frizolowski was unanimously selected to fill out his term. Meanwhile, two political newcomers are vying for his seat. James Anderson, a retired firefighter, is endorsed by his comrades in the St. Pete Beach department. The Pinellas Board of Realtors chose to endorse his opponent, Greg Premer. Anderson’s campaign mailer names his first campaign priority as”prevent unfair taxes and assessments on the citizens of St. Pete Beach.” Ironically, his lawsuit against the city, one of several suits argued by maverick attorney Ken Weiss, has, in essence, inflicted just such a tax of almost a half million dollars on the taxpayers here. Premer, married and father of three, is a six-year member of the city’s recreation advisory board, a 22-year resident who has traded presidency and VP of the Belle Vista Civic Association with Ward Frizilowski for 12 years. Premer, an account executive in the scoreboard business that sells scoreboards to towns and cities around Florida. I’ve seen the good and the bad and can tell the difference.” he said. PN



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Websites aren’t just words and pictures comprising print advertisements on a computer screen – they’re interactive portals of information. They come to life with every click of a mouse, assisting people with every unique inquiry while helping site owners communicate their message properly. There are so many great capabilities of websites, yet few people harness those capabilities as valuable tools for their businesses. These tools can help you attract new site visitors, maintain communication with site visitors, inform them and help them simplify their lives. They can also provide a means to successfully running your business. E-commerce We’ve discussed e-commerce on here previously, but an e-commerce website allows you to sell goods and services online. If you have a brickand-mortar store, an e-commerce platform can help ensure your inventory is always accurate. Video streaming When it comes to maintaining communication and informing your site’s visitors, videos can be a valuable tool. You can stream live, which is great for city council meetings, press conferences, TV newscasts, concerts, large events, awards ceremonies, sporting events and teaching seminars. You can also make those videos available on-demand. Real estate listings You can showcase listings for real estate, providing 3D virtual tours of properties while updating them in real time from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Hotels/vacation rentals For vacation rentals and hotels, you can offer an online booking engine so guests can book right away, whenever it’s convenient for them, without having to pick up the phone. You can also partner with sites like Google to allow customers to book with you immediately while searching, rather than having to go directly to your site.

Scheduling/booking engines Speaking of online booking engines, a similar tool would be patient scheduling for doctor’s offices and dental clinics. Patients can schedule appointments directly online and those appointments can be synchronized with in-office scheduling services. In this case, it’s all about convenience and not everyone is in a position to pick up the phone during office hours. Online quotes Are you an insurance company or broker? You can have your customers fill out an online form and it can instantly auto-generate a quote, a timesaving exercise for both you and for the customer. These work great for life insurance policies, auto insurance, employee benefits and more. Restaurant menus If you operate a restaurant, you absolutely have to have your menu online. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. Call-ahead seating and online reservations are big. People lead fast-paced lives and simply don’t have time to wait around, not when they can have it quicker elsewhere. Educational courses More and more people are opting for online education because it’s convenient and flexible. A website can easily become an online classroom with scheduled lesson plans, coursework, quizzes and timed tests, all in password protected areas. Students and teachers can communicate through the site as well. Company-wide communication & collaboration A website can facilitate company-wide communication, disseminating important notices and allowing employees to collaborate on projects via of a private network of computers called an intranet. These networks are secured with a firewall so there are no intruders. Bottom line: There are hundreds of thousands of things you can do to help your business grow on the web. Explore these possibilities to stay on the cutting-edge of web technology and to see if any of these options are right for you. The web of today is very different than the web from yesterday and it is nothing compared to what it will be tomorrow

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Life is Complicated. So is the world of foreclosures. For those of you who have followed this column for very long (I’ve been writing it for FOUR YEARS this month!), you know that I maintain several core beliefs: 1. The too-big-to-fail Wall Street Banks created the real estate bubble, made many billions of dollars off it, and, in doing so, crashed the economy; 2. We (the taxpayers) bailed them out, believing that they would then do the right thing. They did not; 3. The Banks totally abandoned the basics of their own business, moving mortgages around like poker chips, without bothering to document the sales, and as a result: 4. They (frequently) cannot win a foreclosure without misleading the courts in some fundamental way. Over time, the politicians have done what they can to “fix” the problem for their patrons, the reckless Bankers, so proving your case against them has become more difficult, but (in many cases), it can still be done. There is a rule in the Florida courts that requires lawsuits to

be dismissed if a year goes by without record activity by the plaintiff to move it forward. We are seeing some cases where the banks have, in effect “painted themselves into a corner,” by some strikingly poor lawyering. They just can’t figure out how to win, so they let the case languish. When they run afoul of the one-year rule, the Courts go ahead and dismiss it. You may think that it would now be over for the Bank, but life is more complicated than that. The judgment dismissing the case prevents the same exact cause of action from being sued on again. However, case law permits a new action to be filed, based on a new default, that is, the failure to make a payment that occurred after the dismissal. This can be excellent news for the homeowner, because, in some cases, the five-year statute of limitations may have passed, which would mean that the Bank can’t re-file. In most cases, however, that won’t apply, but still, a range of payments will in effect “go away,” and the bank’s second attempt will have to be for a significantly smaller amount. That, my friends, is a... principal reduction!

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BOATING by Loren D. Reuter


BOATING SKILLS & SEAMANSHIP THE COURSE that can Perhaps you remember taking driver education classes in high school, and having a parent or older friend teach you how to operate a vehicle safely on the roads, what to do in an emergency, and even how to park a car properly. That training provided us with critical training and skills needed to become even a marginally safe driver, and to pass our driving skills test with the Department of Motor Vehicles. In Florida, anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass an approved boater safety course and have in his/her possession photographic identification and a boating safety education identification card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Over 80% of boaters involved in fatal accidents have no training in boat handling and safety. Any person who has access to a boat can get behind the wheel and drive, and there is no legal requirement that the boat operator have any type of training or boater education. However, the training you need is available at a minimal cost (you pay for the book, which you keep for reference) from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA). USCGA “Boating Skills and Seamanship” courses are offered at various locations in the Tampa Bay area. The classes are taught by certified US Coast Guard Auxiliary Trainers at various locations around the Tampa Bay area. When you have completed the course, you will be awarded a formal Certificate of Accomplishment showing that you have successfully completed the course. Many insurance companies provide discounts to boat owners who have completed the course, and will provide you with the requirements of the State for possessing a boating safety identification card. The subject areas of the “Boating Skills and Seamanship” course, that 28 | PARADISE NEWS | MARCH 2014 |

SAVE YOUR LIFE are discussed in detail during the classes, include the following: - Information to help you determine what boat best suits your needs - Equipment for your boat – required and recommended - How to safely trailer your boat - Handling your boat on the water - Waterway highway signs - Rules of the nautical road - General boating safety - Introduction to Navigation - Powering your boat properly - Lines and Knots for your boat - Weather and boating - Radio communication There is a lot to learn about boating and boating safety and there are few better places to begin than with this approved Coast Guard course. Upon completion of the Course, you won’t have all the answers, but you will have learned a tremendous amount and will almost certainly be a more informed and safer boater. New boaters will find this an excellent way to learn the basics of boating and boating safety, and experienced boaters can use it to hone their skills or as a good refresher course. Again, many insurance companies will provide you with a discount on your boat insurance if you have successfully completed the course. For information on the closest course offered in your area, simply email or call 727-898-1324. If you enjoy spending time on the water in a boat, taking the course might save your life one day, and if it doesn’t, it is still worth your time to learn or receive some updated information. Loren D. Reuter serves as the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Staff Officer for Public Affairs, Flotilla 7-2, St. Petersburg, Florida

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A ‘NEW’ Madeira Beach …is in the Works !

Story by STEVE TRAIMAN Images courtesy of Wannemacher Jensen Architects & Jim Tizzano The City of Madeira Beach is redeveloping. It is short of rebirth, but could be called the beginning of Renaissance. Led by a new Walgreens, Chase Bank, Marriott hotel, and a Publix on the mainland, and a rebuilding of the City’s beach access at Archibald Park, a $10.4 million Municipal Complex “downtown” is breaking ground Friday, March 7, at Noon, with the public invited. A 10-month construction schedule predicts completion in January, 2015.


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he beautiful new Walgreens is open, with one of the chain’s first Clinics. A greatly expanded, 46,000square-foot Publix is rising in place of the chain’s oldest operating store at the corner of Duhme Road, with a Pharmacy and Liquor Store. Meanwhile the three-year-old elevated Publix in neighboring Treasure Island is enjoying a spike in business from loyal Publix shoppers willing to island hop. More than $1 million in improvements are being made to Archibald Park, including a complete Snack Shack makeover and takeover by a new concessionaire, United Park Services, with a grand reopening planned in the near future. A 90-room Courtyard Marriott will open later this spring on American Legion Drive, north of McDonalds. The March 11 Municipal Election will have the Municipal Complex in focus. Mayor Travis Palladeno seeks a second three-year term. He is opposed

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New Recreation Center by Victor Cucaro, owner of a local acupuncture service. District 2 Commissioner Nancy Hodges is opposed by William Wrigh and District 1 Commissioner Terry Lister was reelected, unopposed. Palladeno and Hodges are both proud of the Commission’s decision to fund the complex; Wright is not opposed but feels officials must be frugal to ensure solvency in the future. Cucaro told the Tampa Bay Times, “The project is a waste that I would try to downsize if elected. With a very shaky economy, it is really a bad idea to put ourselves into a multimillion-dollar project that we don’t need.” The Municipal Complex provides something for every resident. Situated directly on the waterfront, the new complex offers a new vision of integration and social dynamics. The proposed program and master plan is the result of careful analysis,


a multitude of stakeholder meetings with the architect, Wannemacher Jensen Architects, and a strong vision for the City’s future led by City Manager Shane Crawford. Beach, leisure, sports and civic programs rarely coexist in such close proximity. This unique relationship is a great opportunity to create a complex that will attract and serve all generations.

Architect Design Notes Jason Jensen, principal and project architect, told Paradise News, “Hennessy Construction was selected with a separate RFQ request for Qualification than the design team. To date we’ve done 20 projects with Hennessy. Both of our companies have a long history of successful projects in Tampa Bay and specifically Pinellas County. “The 5,100-square-foot Recreation

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New City Hall Complex at Night Center is located between the Intracoastal and the new multipurpose ‘event lawn’ and park, so it can host activities such as the crowning of the King of the Beach Tournament, movies at the park and musical events. The new sports fields are designed to attract softball, baseball and soccer tournaments. Small courts are surrounded by park and playground areas that further expand the city’s recreation opportunities. Finally, a walking-friendly waterfront park will invite residents to picnic or walk down the waterfront. “The new City Hall and 8,500square-foot Fire Station anchor the site and become a city square, a gateway into the park. A boardwalk-like experience with a large covered terrace along the Intracoastal echo Madeira

Beach history at Johns Pass. For the Commission chamber, a unique semi-transparent oval space will become an iconic point of reference for the City and a lantern within the park. A large multipurpose room can house everything from card games to wedding receptions. A new City Hall Fitness Center will support the Fire Department, city staff, and the public. It’s a very unique City Hall and municipal complex design that not only supports city business but has amenities that will improve residents’ quality of life. “The existing City Hall will remain in place until the new building is suitable for occupancy. It will then be demolished for a new parking area. The major site issue was soil that had a low bearing capacity that necessitated

a system of piles to be used to support the building, increasing the construction budget. To avoid future flooding, FEMA also requires the new building to be approximately seven feet above the existing building. The design team ensured that the building was easily accessible and that the space below the building could be used to access the water.”

City Management Background “When we first started looking at just a City Hall project,” Mayor Palladeno recalled for Paradise News, “based on FEMA regulations and city codes we could not fix the existing building. Over the past few years we held several public meetings that led to moving forward with an


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expanded project to include a new Fire Station & Recreation Center with ballfields designed to attract local and outside tournaments. We did not want to burn our entire healthy reserve on the project, so with bond interest rates very low, we set up a bonding debt services cap of about $300,000 a year.” Finance Director Vincent Tenaglia explained, “The City received $4.485 million from the bond issue and provided $5.9 million in cash from reserves for the project. The City Commission approved the project in the amount of $10,305,308. The original budgeted expenditure increased from $9.9 million to $10.385 million due to poor soil conditions. The $485,000 difference was not drawn from reserves. It was available in the current budget based on budget savings related to the cost of issuing the bonds, and issuing more bonds than originally planned, as a result of favorable market timing.” Mayor Palladeno added, “As the City’s representative on the County Tourism Development Council (TDC), I’m looking forward to using our newly expanded sports facilities. With the new Marriott and other property expansions, we’re creating more bed tax dollars for the County and the more we contribute, the more bed tax dollars we can get back for our City infrastructure projects. Another bonus is Duke Energy’s installation of the City’s first underground utility lines

for the Archibald Park area. “Overall size of the new City Hall is slightly smaller, with about 14,200 square feet, but use of space will be more efficient. The new modernized Fire Station is very important and we’ll be able to create more drained space for a picnic area and small dog park. The Recreation Center at the east end includes a catering kitchen and banquet area, plus an event field for oncerts and more. There were not enough regulation-size fields in the County to attract and keep these important sports events and dollars. Our new regulation ballfields are more Little Leaguefriendly and we’ll be able to host lacrosse, soccer, baseball and softball tournaments. Kevin Smith of the Pinellas County Sports Commission guaranteed Madeira Beach up to 41 events a year.” [A deal is already set for a six-team NCAA Division I women’s softball tournament next February.] City Manager Shane Crawford, who will closely supervise the entire complex construction project, told Paradise News, “The Board had grown tired of ‘kicking the can down the road,’ and their positive action on the Municipal Complex bond issue is the story of a stagnant city becoming alive again. The complex will provide facilities and amenities our citizens have wanted for a long time. “We were painted into a corner by FEMA regulations that made it impossible to

repair the existing City Hall.Couple that with a lack of leadership at City Hall and Board of Commissioner members that were very apprehensive about tackling some high price tag projects, the problem just grew worse and worse. However, good leadership spurs good policy development and this current Board has done an excellent job in accepting their role as policy creators and allowing staff and I to carry out that policy. Although the price tag matches the magnitude of the project, I strongly believe the decision to move forward with the Municipal Complex project was a correct one that will pay many dividends in the future.” Summing up, Mayor Palladeno emphasized, “The City of Madeira Beach has a progressive, vibrant vision that is sure to attract new visitors and residents for years to come. What we’re doing now will insure the City’s future for the next 60 years and more.” [Editor’s Note: Thanks to Mayor Travis Palladeno, Jason Jensen, Vincent Tenaglia and Shane Crawford for the excellent comments & Municipal Complex renderings.] [Steve Traiman is President of Creative Copy by Steve Traiman in St. Pete Beach, offering freelance business writing services. He can be reached via email at]

Madeira Beach has always had a close connection with the sea... It was settled by fishermen and the sea supplied the livelihood of many of the town’s inhabitants. Fishing is still big, recreationally, for both residents and visitors and the Madeira Beach Marina at 503 150th Ave. (off the causeway) is predictably a busy spot. Saturday, March 15, come visit Madeira Beach for their annual city wide garage/yard sale event. The Municipal Marina is hosting the Old Salts Marine Garage Sale from 7 am - 1 pm One of the top fishing events also takes place in March, the Great American Grunt Hunt. It starts with a captain’s party Thursday, March 20, with a $30 preregistration fee that goes up to $40 onsite the following day. The weigh in and fish fry take place on Saturday, March 22, at 4 pm, with french fries & slaw included for $7. Register online at or call the Marina at 727-399-2631 for more information.

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Madeira Beach …is a multifaceted city. Home of John’s Pass, Pinellas County’s top tourist destination, the economy is heavily dependent on seasonal residents and tourists. It is also, however, a real city, with year-round residents that run the gamut from young families to retirees.

The religious needs of Madeira Beach have been faithfully served by the Church by the Sea at 495 137th Avenue Circlee since the end of the end of World War II. A second church, the CrossBridge Church, started November 3, 2012 and now has two Sunday services and a Wednesday evening service at 7 pm. The prior home of Mr. Joe’s Bar and the Jungle Island Bar, very popular nightspots that closed in 2005, the site at 50 153rd Avenue, now has a new crowd. Pastor Rick Cowley and an army of volunteers, working under the watchful eye of Jim Enguita Construction Co., finished the church in record time. Pastor Cowley said that it would not have been possible without the almost daily donations of paint, construction materials, kitchen equipment and professional services. “We were so blessed to have so many people come into our lives that wanted to help and actually do the things that would have taken us weeks if not months to accomplish,” said Pastor Rick. As of February 2, CrossBridge Church meets on Sunday for Contemporary Worship at 8:30 am and 10:30am. A Nursery, with all new rooms, is available for both services, and a Children’s Ministry is available during the later service. A state-of-the art Worship Center and a new kitchen area provide a relaxed

area for coffee and fellowship prior to the two morning services. Pastor Rick and the church family are becoming a vital part of the beach community by participating in, and volunteering for, as many events as possible as a way to give back. In the last year, they have volunteered for Madeira Beach’s sea oat planting and beach clean up, along with the Old Salt King of the Beach, Mad Beach Food Fest and the City of Madeira Beach’s 4th of July Celebration . Pastor Rick serves as Chaplain of the Madeira Beach Fire Department. On March 7, they are honored to be part of the City of Madeira Beach’s Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Municipal Complex and to have the leadership and friendship of our city leaders. For additional information about CrossBridge Church, stop by at 50 153rd Avenue, across from the beach or call the office at 727-397-8614. Look for them on Facebook and you can go to the website, for more information about bible studies, senior ministry activities and online messages. Email Pastor Rick Cowley at He looks forward to meeting you personally at one of the new services.


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Madeira Beach is home to a variety of commercial enterprises, both new and long standing, that help to define the community. One example of a local institution is the Madeira Center for Natural Medicine at 420 130th Ave. on the Tom Stuart Causeway. Dr. Len E. Bauduin has offered acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, and nutritional counseling in that location since 1997. His training includes two B.S. degrees in biology, a Doctorate of Chiropractic and certification in applied kinesiology, physiotherapy, and acupuncture. He received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the National University of Health Sciences. He has also completed extensive coursework in nutrition and Chinese Medicine at the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. “We attempt to facilitate healing by removing various stressors from the body, thereby allowing the body to do what nature intended. In order to accomplish this we must first uncover the cause of a person’s condition” says Len. For an appointment, call: 727-393-3552.

Last year Dr. Len and his son Aeden started Purple Frog Outfitters, a firm that supplies kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles and more to residents and visitors to the beaches of south Pinellas. Seeing many patients with injuries from weekend sports activities, Dr. Len is organizing a paddleboard class on Thursday afternoons in Bicentennial Park as soon as the water warms to 70 degrees, probably late March or early April to help enthusiasts strengthen their core muscles to help prevent such injuries. Call the Madeira Center for Natural Medicine to enroll at 727-393-3552. They plan to expand Purple Frog Outfitters to Jupiter, FL when Aeden starts school there in the fall.

In the same commercial center, facing Tom Stuart Causeway, Dr. Laurie Zakresky has been building a shop misnamed “Divine Books” into a veritable New Age spiritual boutique. There are some books there, but the emphasis is definitely on Spiritual Items, Psychic, Reiki, Shaman, Qigong Treatments, Gifts and so much more! Meditation Classes, held Wednesdays 6 to 7pm in the shop, at 206 – 150th Avenue, are by donation ($5 suggested). Dr. Zakresky, who arrived in September 2013 from Alberta, Canada is a doctor of Qigong with a Master Teacher’s degree in Reiku (Usui and Mayan) and a Master’s degree in Shamanism. She is also certified to provide numerology reports. She practices all her “energy work” strictly for donations. Psychic Fairs are planned and coming soon! Visit or stop by her shop during open hours, Monday-Tuesday 9 am-4:30 pm, Wednesday 10 am-7:30 pm, Thursday-Frisay 8 am-4 pm. There is plentiful parking in the back. Call for moe information at 727 800-9902.

Hidden Away on the second floor of the Madeira Bay Resort, one of the city’s newest, just north of John’s Pass, is Oceans West Salon & Spa. It offers massages, manicures, pedicures, hair services and a variety of facial treatments. Oxygen Facials are the most popular. Debra A. Gosnell-Sabroso, Spa Director & Esthetician, graduated from Von Lee International School of Aesthetics in Baltimore. She owned the first skin care salon in Frederick, MD, for eight years, serving clients from Washington, to Virginia and Maryland. Relocating to Madeira Beach in 1994, she worked for years at the Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa in St. Pete Beach. Dustin Willis and Jeff Artabasy are Redken Certified color specialists, offering the latest in style and color. Dustin moved to Madeira Beach from Texas, and comes from a salon and spa on Clearwater Beach. Jeff has worked many years at a salon in Tampa and is also a talented musician in the area. Oceans West massage therapists are licensed with the State of Florida, and offer a variety of massage treatments. Enjoy a Swedish or Deep Tissue massage by their expert Massage Therapists. Tuesday & Wednesday from 10 am -4 pm $60 for a Swedish or $70 for a Deep Tissue massage. Visit their website at or call (727) 391-4772.

,John’s Pass is a sprawling waterfront collection of restaurants, eclectic shops, and water-based activities. There’s a large Casino Boat called the TradeWinds that sails twice most days. The most popular deep sea fishing boats and fishing charters are still operated by Mark Hubbard, whose father, Wilson, founded John’s Pass. These days it brags two national chain restaurants that actually bring visitors to the pass, Hooters, and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. The Pier Aquarium from downtown St. Petersburg was expected to open here this year. When they were not able to get the financing together and they lost their leas,e another attraction in John’s Pass saw opportunity in the loss. As soon as the plans changed, Bob Barrett’s Alligator Attraction started to expand. PARADISE NEWS

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JOHNS PASS by Peter Roos


Of Alligators & Ice Cream

fter our incredible beaches, the top tourist destination in Pinellas County is John’s Pass Village. Its eclectic shops, waterfront attractions and restaurants offer something for everyone. You can ride anything from a paddleboard to a personal watercraft, from a deep-sea fishing charter to a casino cruise. There are at least a dozen places you can eat a great meal, and there’s even a place you can kiss a real live alligator! In spite of the fact that it is hidden away on the second floor, over the John’s Pass Trading Company, Mayor Travis Palladeno and ‘Papa across from the Gator’ Bob Barrett “Wrestle Chompers” main parking lot, The Alligator Attraction is so popular with visiting children that it just expanded to add even more live aquatic creatures, offering interactive experiences that families won’t easily forget. The low price tag of $3 per child, $4 per adult, or group rate of $15 for 5 people helps, since many visitors are still reeling from the cost of visiting Orlando. The four foot “swimmers” were featured on “Good Morning America”, “The Today Show”, and “Fox and Friends”. Their eight foot gator, “Chompers”, was on Animal Planet’s “Tanked” show where the Gator Boys visited and wrestled him. “When the Pier Aquarium deal at John’s Pass fell through, we saw it as an opportunity to expand our attraction and bring even more animals for visitors to enjoy,” said owner Bob Barrett (aka Papa Gator). “We also have a koi fish pond. It took me a month to train the fish to eat from a baby bottle, but now our guests can opt to feed them as it is a unique experience they won’t get anywhere else. We have other reptiles and fish, including a 105-pound. rescued African spur thigh tortoise named Rudolph who seems to love being touched by the children, anywhere but on his head”. The latest additions are the stingrays. Small Cortez stingrays are being acclimated to their own “touch tank”. The Alligator Attraction offers special tours and deals for birthday parties, church and school groups, and summer camps. Guests have the option to feed gators from the ”Golden Gator Bridge”,


hold a small alligator, and take as many photographs as they wish. There is also a gift shop to purchase souvenirs of your experience. If you “Like” them on their Facebook page, they will also print your photos and hang them in the attraction. The Alligator Attraction recently celebrated its expansion with an open house featuring food from Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, which has one of many Florida locations in John’s Pass; wine from Vino Florida; and a visit from Madeira Beach Mayor Travis Palladeno, who got up close and personal with Chompers. Owner Bob Barrett says, “Any mayor willing to wrestle an alligator to increase the city’s tax base has my vote.” In addition to expanding the Attraction, Bob also celebrated the opening of John’s Pass Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor, the Pass’s first ice cream shop featuring indoor seating. They celebrated their opening at the same time that the Attraction expanded, with the Mayor cutting the ribbon. The Spice and Tea Exchange, the ice cream shop’s next door neighbor, one of John’s Pass’s most popular shops, provided door prizes. Attendees also enjoyed samples of some of the Parlor’s 31 delicious flavors of Blue Bell ice cream, which include most of my favorite flavors. Special February flavors were “I Love Chocolate” and “Chocolate Covered Cherries”. Single scoops are just $3.75 and double scoops are only $5.15, plus sales tax. They also sell “retro candy” and snack items, as well as both fountain and bottled drinks. In addition, they serve floats, shakes, and multiple flavors of shaved ice. The Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor is easy to spot, with adults and children taking photos using the wooden, child-size ice cream truck that is out front as a prop. It’s hard to imagine a future trip to John’s Pass without a Blue Bell ice cream cone. It’s my bet that The Alligator Attraction and the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor are also going to be the most popular stops for preteen birthday celebrations and grandparents looking for a fun time with their grandkids. PN

Pinellas Citizen University Story by STEVE TRAIMAN

Photos from Pinellas County Communication Department

It’s one of the best kept secrets, but unraveling the mysteries of how Pinellas County works, Pinellas Citizen University (PCU) since 2002 has allowed nearly 500 residents a chance to go behind the scenes and see how the many County services really tick! Offered one or twice a year, this year’s PCU Spring Semester starts April 3, and the 35 available seats were literally filled long before the March 7 cutoff. The program meets 10 Thursday nights, usually from 6:30 to 9:30. Students must be at least 18, with tuition $35 that includes a class shirt, all course materials, graduation ceremony and diploma signed by all County Commissioners. Since its conception in 2002 with the full blessings of the County Commission, the program has been facilitated by Pinellas County Communication staff members. Specialist Len Ciecieznski has been a facilitator of the program since 2004, and while he’s on medical leave, this year Video Specialist Libby Bolling is lead facilitator, assisted by Public Information Specialist Irena Milasinovic. Milasinovic told Paradise News, “PCU is one of the most exciting things to happen in Pinellas County. Never before have we offered our citizens such a detailed and interactive behind-the-scenes look at county government. The program was designed to provide you with meaningful hands-on experiences and dialogue with your government. It just hasn’t been ‘seeing’ that’s made this class the great adventure that it was – ‘it was the doing’! “We have always believed that handson participation is the best way to show the services the county provides. It has been our hope that PCU would provide our citizens with a better understanding of how government works and how the decisions your Board of County Commissioners makes affect your lives every day.

“During this remarkable 10-week course, participants go behind-the-scenes of many Pinellas County operations and talk to the experts as the class explores a wide range of county functions. Students meet and talk with county officials and elected county leaders. Through exciting field trips and hands-on exercises, PCU participants learn first-hand how Pinellas County provides services to nearly one million county residents.” As the course brochure notes,“Imagine trying to plan a hurricane evacuation in the face of an approaching storm; Listen in on the drama of real 9-1-1 calls; Tour the South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility and find out how to they make reclaimed water out of wastewater; Get the behind-thescenes look at Supervisor of Elections; Tour the Pinellas County Jail; Sit in the Grand Jury Room and talk to those leaders within our criminal court system.” This current Spring Semester includes Government 101: Overview of PCU and tour of County Assembly Room; First Response: EMS/Sunstar; Public Works: Equipment display and Public Works building; Justice Served: Pinellas County Sheriff, State Attorney, Circuit Court Judge, Public Defender; The Utility Package: South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility; Solid Waste Overview: Special Saturday Tour of Solid Waste Facility; Supervisor of Elections; Growng and ProtectingOur Environmrnt:: Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater Overview, Consumer Services, Economic Development, Sports Commission; Leave the Driving to PSTA: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority; Get out of Jail FREE:

Overview & Tour of Pinellas County Jail Facilities; Public Safety Complex, Emergency Management, Emergency Communications/9-1-1; Graduation Ceremony& Class Picture. Response to the program has been excellent from many participants. As examples, Beverley Shipley, a graduate of the very first PCU session in 2002, remarked, “This isn’t a class to sit still and have someone lecture you. This is a ‘wear your jeans, running shoes, and roll up your sleeves’ class where students get involved.” Ronnie Hull, a graduate from the 2005 class, noted, “Excellent program! PCU provides outstanding experience through interactive classes taught by county staff members, intensive leadership skills explained through decision-making processes and various functions. It is well worth the time and a bargain opportunity.” Residents interested in the PCU Fall Semester should mark the date of Thursday, September 18, tentative start of the program. More information, check the website at frequently, starting in August, to sign up before the registration cutoff! [Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Irena Milasinovic, Pinellas County Public Information Video Specialist, for excellent background and PCU photos.] [Steve Traiman is President of Creative Copy by Steve Traiman in St. Pete Beach, offering freelance business writing services. He can be reached via


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TOURISM INDUSTRY Just a few highlights from the Tourist Development Council.

December Makes It Official: Pinellas Becomes High-Impact Tourism County A continued trend of record-setting Tourist Development Tax capped a best-ever calendar year and sent Pinellas County past the $30-million mark, making the news of becoming a high-impact tourism county official. A year-over-year increase of 17.4% for December put the month over $2 million for the first time, as well. The large year-over-year increase puts FY13-14 collections more than 13% ahead of last year’s record-setting numbers already a quarter into it, totaling more than $6 million. All signs from January point to continued increases as the high tourism season began in February and continues through March and April.

New York, Chicago & Toronto Focus of Winter Push: OJ Campaign Thrives The first-ever national partnership with Florida’s Natural Orange Juice has seen record consumer participation with more than 300,000 people visiting and more than 150,000 entering to win a week-long getaway in the first month. Running simultaneously,Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s recently launched campaign was covered in The New York Times and has seen more than 26,000 entries, so far. In all, the campaign will garner more than 570 million impressions across three markets—-New York, Chicago and Toronto. The two campaigns end and May 31 and April 15 respectively. Website Traffic Up 76% in December; YouTube Views Hit 1 Million saw massive increases in December traffic with a 76% increase year-over-year, which contributed to another record-setting year of traffic. In all, more than 1.8 million people visited the site in 2013, up 24 % from the previous year.

Help Restore McKay Bay Volunteers needed to help build an oyster shell bar

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to build an oyster shell bar to restore McKay Bay on Thursday, March 6 & Saturday, March 8 from 9 am - noon. McKay Bay is an ecologically-important estuary located in the heart of a heavily industrialized area in Tampa that has provided habitat to over 200 bird species and historically supported healthy fisheries. The project involves shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags via boat and placing oyster shell bags on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars. It is pretty physical labor with oyster shell bags weighing around 30 pounds each. The goal is to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of the shoreline and improve water quality through natural biological filtration. Meeting location: Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St., Tampa, 33605. Tampa Bay Watch: visit, or call 727-867-8166.

VSPC’s aggressive social media efforts are paying off, too, as its YouTube account recently passed the 1-million view mark. Latin American Visitation Up 30%, Efforts Continue VSPC’s first new department in two decades, Latin America Director Ana Fernandez has been busy showcasing St. Pete/Clearwater to the diverse, 500million-person market. In addition to building relationships with corporate partners, travel agents (including home-based ones) and tour operators, Fernandez is also organizing a series of trade and consumer FAMs starting this month. This effort coincides with increases in Latin America visitation, which increased by 30% in December, with 96,000 total. Please note that our next regular TDC meeting will be at 9 am on March 19. Meanwhile, all of our regular monthly reports are on file and posted online at David Downing Deputy Director Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Gulf Beaches RELAY FOR LIFE The Gulf Beaches Relay for Life Team will be holding a Kick Off Party, Thursday, March 6 for their American Cancer Society RELAY FOR LIFE event in May. The Party is an opportunity for potential and existing Relay Teams to join forces and kick off the upcoming May 3rd & 4th Relay for Life event.

Society Relay For Life event is a great place to take action and make noise. The Relay For Life movement and campus events that offer an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individual’s features community can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer”.

The party will be held at the Bilmar Resort at 10650 Gulf Boulevard on Treasure Island at 6:00 pm. All are welcome to join in the fun, share ideas on team themes and brainstorm fundraising strategies.

For additional information, please contact: Linda Bray, Publicity Chair/ Tampa Bay Beaches Ambassador Team, Director of Marketing; Waterfront Realty/, 18131 Gulf Blvd, Suite AA, Redington Shores, Call 727-6016115, or email

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ADULT PROGRAMS Monet: presented by Ray Kulla Director, Eckerd College, ASPEC Wednesday, April 23, 12 noon City Commissioner Jim Parent Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 pm Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm Discussion of local issues

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Tuesdays, 10:30am March 18, book: A Beautiful Mind March 25, film: [same title] April 15, book: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers April 22, film: [same title]

GULF BEACHES LIBRARY 200 Municipal Dr., Madeira Beach Contact person: Travis Ann Sherman Contact phone: 391-2828 SPECIAL EVENTS: Food for Thought Tickets: Our annual fundraiser serves up tastes from some of the best restaurants on the beaches, and it’s scheduled later this year, Saturday, April 5, so our loyal supporters won’t freeze to death! Tickets are $20 in advance, for sale here in the library, & $30 at the door. We’re ready to sign up volunteers too! AARP TAX HELP: The AARP will help file taxes, from 10:00 to 1:30 every Tuesday and Thursday through April 15. COMPUTER CLASSES: All classes at 1:00 pm. If you are bringing a laptop, please set it up before the class begins. E-mail Class: Wednesday, March 12 And April 9. Open Forum: Monday, March 17 and April 21. Internet Class: Wednesday, March 19 and April 16. Facebook: Monday, March 24 and April 28. International Film Movement: First Tuesdays @ 4:00. March 4, Broken. April 1, Barbara. World of Humor Film: Last Tuesdays @ 4:00.

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March 25, April 29. Winter Film Series: Every Wednesday @ 2:30 pm through April 23. Investment Club: Thursdays, 2:30 pm. Join a group of experienced investors in an exchange of ideas about the current market and investment opportunities. Scrabble: Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00. Learn some new two letter words. Writer’s Group: Mondays, 10:00 am - 12 o’clock. We welcome all writers. Bring a few pages of your work in progress to be critiqued by the group. BOOK GROUPS: Chatterbooks: Tuesdays @ 10:30. March 18, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. April 15, Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: Baby & Me Storytime: (Baby - 2 yrs) Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Short stories, puppets, songs and fingerplays followed by some baby play & good times. Wild Things Storytime & Art Class: (Ages 2-4) Fridays, 10:30 am. Stories, puppets, songs, fingerplays, followed by an art/craft class at 11:00 am. Happy Hour Library Time: (Ages 3-7) Fridays, 4:30 – 5:30. Read to our adorable pet therapy dogs, hear a new book, play Dolch sight word Bingo or Legos.


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RECREATION TREASURE ISLAND 120 108th Ave., Treasure Island (727) 547-4575 X 237 Rec. Dir.Cathy Hayduke, Treasure Island Comm. Center, Gulf Blvd. at 106th Avenue. LET’S “GLOW” GOLFING Golfers are invited to glow golfing Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd, Treasure Island on March 12th. Registration & food available 6-6:30pm. Golf scramble begins approx.6:45pm. Golfers may sign up as a single, twosome or foursome. Hot dogs, chips and soft drinks will be provided free of charge. Prizes will be awarded for the winners of the golf scramble. $25 per player or $80 per foursome! Pre-registration and payment at time of registration is required. Call (727)360-6062 register. CLASSES ANYTHING GOES ART Wednesdays 9:30am-12noon Comm. Center Garden Rm., Fred Wilder (727)360-8300 DRAWING & PAINTING CLASS Mondays 9:30am-2:30pm City Hall Aud. Fred Wilder (727)360-8300 GATORS & a Few Snowbirds Bluegrass Music (listen or play) Tuesday & Friday 1-4pm, Treasure Island Park, Bob Kuhl (727)669-3620 JAZZERCISE Mondays, Wed’s & Fri, 5:30-6:30pm Community Center Ginger Hancock (727)289-6795 JAZZ DANCE - Adult Contemporary Thur’s - 7:45-8:45pm. Comm. Ctr. Garden Rm, Gulf Blvd & 106th Ave. No experience/dance shoes needed. Loren Yancey (813) 900-3434 PORTRAIT WORKSHOP Fridays 10am-12:30pm City Hall Aud. Pete Garino (727)345-4150 PAINTING WORKSHOP Thursdays 1pm to 3:30pm Garden Room Fred Wilder (727)360-8390 TAE KWON DO & TAI CHI Tue’s - 5:00 - 6:00pm - Comm. Ctr, Learn martial arts, self-defense - develop confidence & discipline. Adults & children, 5 yrs. old & older. Tae Ju Jung (727) 510-5122. WORD SMITTEN 3rd Thursday of month 7-9pm, Comm. Center Garden Room Kate Sullivan (727)409-0500 YOGA IN TI Wed’s 6:30-7:45pm,Thur’s 8-9am, Comm. Ctr Garden Rm. Cheri McNally (727)460-8935 ZUMBA CLASS Wednesdays 6:45-7:45pm City Hall $6/ - $25/5 classes Sue McRee (727)459-0257. ZARA FITNESS Mondays 8 - 9am TI Comm. Ctr, Offers whole body workout including weights & belly dancing qualified personal trainer & Zumba instructor . Zara Newham (727)723-5800

• March 10, - Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N, Pinellas Park, for our monthly . general meeting and potluck lunch. Bring a dish to share and $2 or no dish and $5. After lunch, the “Puzzle Lady” will entertain us with tips and tricks for solving Sudoku and other puzzles. Lois Jolley PR Chair for Senior Solos of Pinellas County (a non-profit Social Group) 727-544-8947 ________________________________________ ST. PETE B EA C H 727.363.9245 • St Pete Beach Community Center 7701 Boca Ciega Drive,St. Pete Beach, 33706 Jennifer McMahon, CPR,P Rec. Director

ZUMBA FITNESS Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30am T. I. Comm. Ctr., Trained in all aspects of Zumba Zumba Basic 1 & 2, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold Toning, Zumba in the Circuit & Zumba-tomic(kids). On-going classes $5/per class. Terri Grittani (727)545-4071. YOGA RESTORATIVE Relax Restore Revive Fridays 5:30 - 6:30pm T. I. Comm. Ctr. Garden Rm., Internal massage . brings peace - body and mind & revitalizes . energy. Lucy Favaloro (516)417-1952. _______________________________________ CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG Azalea Recreation Center 1600 72nd St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-893-7150 AGELESS GRACE EXERCISE PROGRAM Ageless Grace adult exercise program is now offered at Azalea Recreation Center, on Tuesday from 10-10:50 a.m. beginning March 4. This program utilizes 21 tools while in a seated position to stimulate memory, creativity, imagination, analytic, strategic and kinesthetic learning. The tools activate the body’s core, internal organs, respiratory, endocrine and digestive systems. Exercise while seated increases stability, range of motion and physical abilities in all ages. Great program for those with weight and joint issues, diabetes and physical limitations. Those with knee or hip replacements require doctor permission. Cost is $15 per month and requires a $15 annual ADVANTAGE card. More information call 727-893-7150 or to find out more about Parks and Recreation activities, see our website at ________________________________________ PINELLAS COUNTY SENIOR SOLOS OF PINELLAS COUNTY All singles age 55 and up to join their activities. • March 5th - lunch - Appleby’s Neighborhood Grill, 4700 4th St N, St Petersburg.


“MUSIC IN THE AFTERNOON”! March 9, 2-4pm. The St. Pete Beach Community Center, is hosting this FREE event and open to everyone. A casual afternoon featuring light refreshments and plenty of dancing and socializing to the classic music of “The Rhythm Kings.” Interested in attending call The Community Center 727-363-9245. LATIN BALLROOM DANCE Don’t leave the dancing to the stars, come out and learn the wonderful form of ballroom dancing with a Latin flare. The St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr, offers Latin Ballroom Dance class on Mondays from 5:30-6:30p from February 24th through March 17. Cost: $40. For more information visit us at or call 727-363-9245. AQUATIC FITNESS CLASS Specialized aquatic fitness class is designed for those who are movement impaired. Suggested participants are those with Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, or other neuromuscular issues and the class will concentrate on range of motion, balance issues and muscle strengthening. Classes are offered at The City of St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am - 12:15pm. Cost is only $5 SPB Res. $6 Non-Residents. Join anytime. More information or call (727) 363-9264. BECOME A LIFEGUARD Session II dates: March 15,16,22,23; Session III dates: March 24-28. Participants must be 15 years or older and must complete a pre-test in order to continue in the class. (treading water for 2 minutes using legs only, swimming 300 yards without stopping and swim 20 yards, surface dive and retrieve a 10 pound brick from bottom, resurface and swim back to the starting point and exit pool) Cost: $160 Res./ $180 Non-Res. Check out or call (727) 363-9245. ________________________________________

Beach Goes Pops, now in its 24th year, is very proud to offer yet another exciting year of outstanding music, food and fellowship April 4 & 5. The Beach Goes Pops weekend is the result of the combined efforts of the City of St. Pete Beach, the Pass-A-Grille Community & Vina Del Mar Island Assoc. as well as the 150 plus volunteers who coordinate and help to produce two nights of FREE CONCERTS on beautiful & historic Pass-A-Grille Beach in St. Pete Beach, Florida. We especially appreciate and thank the city of ST. PETE BEACH and our presenting sponsor, BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS. Welcome our Guest of Honor and Master of Ceremonies, MR. JACK HARRIS, a local icon and Radio Personality from 970 WFLA, NEWS 970 on Saturday evening. A d d i t i o n al even t de t a ils on we bs it e :

THINGS TO KNOW • Bring your blankets and beach chairs. • Food vendors & beverages (soft drinks, water, beer & wine) available. • Food & beverage booths open at 4:00 pm on both days. • Additional parking & shuttle service - 4:00 - 10:00 pm Fri., (10:30 pm Sat) County Beach Park across from Dolphin Village Shopping Center 4600 Gulf Blvd. • “Art in the Park” is back again with local artists selling arts and crafts from 12:00 pm Saturday until twilight. • FUN, FREE family friendly afternoon & evening at the beach - great musical entertainment highlighted by the “Pops” concert Late Night Brass! MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT Friday, April 4th 2014, • Tailspin, NEW this year - a very strong local following, play 5 - 7:30 pm. • InCrisis featuring Suzette Jennings starts 8 pm until 10:30 pm. Saturday, April 5th, 2014 • C-Note - entertains during dinner - 5:00 - 7:00 pm. • Late Night Brass - a special musical program, returns for a second year, 7:30 pm until 10:00 pm.

30 + STAGE SIDE TABLES Sold in advance for Saturday’s catered dinner by Orange Blossom Catering. Tables & seats are sold directly in front of the stage for Saturday evening performance, including fabulous four-course gourmet dinner catered by Chouinard’s Cuisine with unlimited beer, wine & champagne.

In addition to the great music, we have the following restaurants: Gennaro’s, Island Grille & Raw Bar, Paradise Sweets, Smoking J’s BBQ, Saffron’s, Paradise Grille and St Pete Beach Greek Produce & Deli and others. Come join us for an another unforgettable Beach Goes Pops weekend with your family, friends and neighbors—and enjoy the great food, music and sunsets of Pass-A-Grille in this spectacular and unique beach setting. INFORMATION REGARDING TABLE SALES for Saturday’s catered dinner extravaganza by Orange Blossom Catering or sponsorship opportunities contact Lois Lane at 909-380-1297 or For any other questions, contact David Zavac at 727-278-1884 or . Check out event details on website

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March Events Through March 9 – The Florida Strawberry Festival 10 am – 10 pm. $10 adult , $4 child. Discount tickets available at PUBLIX. Entertainment, education, exhibits and parades. For complete schedule Through April 6 – Bay Area Renaissance Festival 10 am. Varied ticket prices. Adjacent to MOSI, 801 E. Fowler Ave. Tampa. Saturday, March 1 – ZOOZoom 5k 7 am. $30 /$35. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 West Sligh Ave, Tampa. Registration includes zoo admission, t-shirt and post walk refreshments. Saturday, March 1 – Pancakes at Pass A Grille Community Church 8 – 11 am. $5 per person. Pass-a-Grille Community Church at 107 16th Ave, St. Pete Beach. Saturday, March 1 – Isle of Palms Community Yard Sale 8 am – 3 pm. Free to browse, $5 to participate. Isle of Palms Community, Treasure Island. Food Court set up at 7th Street. (727) 367-1301. Saturday, March 1 – Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon 8:30 am – 12 noon. Vinoy Park at 701 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg. Vendors, local talent, fundraiser. Saturday, March 1 – Island Festival 9 am – 2 pm. Free. Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, 115 10th Ave. Pass-a-Grille and adjacent park. Vendors, car show, food cooked on site. Museum fundraiser . Saturday, March 1 – Tampa Bay Lightnings Watch Party 2 pm puck drops. $10 parking. Guy Harvey Outpost, St. Pete Beach. Thunderbug and the Lightning Cheerleaders will be present. No coolers, chairs and fans encouraged. Saturday, March 1 - St. John Vianney Catholic School 2014 Auction 6 – 10 pm. $40 per person. St. John Vianney Catholic School, 500 84th Ave, St. Pete Beach. 80's themed event with music, food and auctions. Tickets & info (727) 360-1113. Saturday, Mar. 1 & Sunday, Mar. 2 – Gasparilla Festival of the Arts 9 am . Free. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 Ashley Drive, Tampa. Artists,

entertainment, hands on activities. Sunday, March 2 – Make a Splash 5K / 1K Family Fun Run - 7:30am 5K start - 8am Family Run 1K. $25 5K; $10 Fun Run. The Race starts on the Beach at 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach then continues into the afternoon at Hurley Park. The event raises funds for the Senior High Youth mission program at PAG Community Church. (727) 366-0887. Monday, March 3 “Making Jewelry From Your Old Broken Beads” 10 am . $4.50. Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Dr. S, St. Petersburg. (72) 381-8920. Tuesday, March 4 – Mardi Gras in Dunedin 5 – 11 pm. Main Street, Dunedin. Parade with over 50 floats, music, entertainment. Family friendly. Tuesday, March 4 – Ageless Grace Exercise Program Tuesdays 10 – 10:50 am. The cost is $15 per month and requires a $15 annual ADVANTAGE card. Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N. This program utilizes 21 tools while in a seated position to stimulate memory, creativity, imagination, analytic, strategic and kinesthetic learning. Wednesday, March 5 – Senior Solos 12 noon. Appleby’s Neighborhood Grill, 4700 4th St N, St Petersburg. Call (727) 544-8947 for more information or to RSVP. Thursday, March 6 – War Stories and Free Beer at the Armed Forces Museum 7 – 9 pm. $10. Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N, Largo. Friday, March 7 – The Political and Economic Outlook for Argentina, Brazil and Chile 11 am. Palmer Room, Lewis House. Eckerd College. Friday, March 7 – Gulfport's Fine Arts First Friday 6 – 10 pm. Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Vendors, artists, entertainment food. Friday, March 7 – Get Downtown's First Friday 5:30 – 10 pm. Central Ave. between 2nd and 3rd St. South in downtown St. Petersburg. Entertainment, street party. Benefits the Breakfast Optimists Club.


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LIVE THEATRE AMERICAN STAGE 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg, 727.823.7529 MARCH 1 – Vagina Monologues 2 – Hawk & Wayne’s “It’s A Living” 7 – 9 – Songbook Series – Music of Fred Astaire 19 – April 13 0 Around the World in 80 Days 24 - Playreading Series- Money Maker A SIMPLE THEATER NEW The Biniger Theater, Eckerd College 4200 54th Avenue S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711 MARCH 8 – Auditions by Appointment 29 – Wonder of the World CAPITOL THEATER NEW 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater MARCH 1 – Bob Newhart 6 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 7 – Don McLean 8 & 9 – Gino Vannelli 10 – Michael Bolton 13 – Boney James 14 – Joan Rivers 15 – Aaron Neville 16 – Bronyx Wanderers 17 - Irish Tenors 20 – Jim Brickman 21 – Marc Cohn 22 - Al Stewart 25 – Psychedelic Furs 28 – Blast Friday with Firefall 29 – Jay Leno 30 – Van Cliburn – Gold Medalist 30 – Night Ranger CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATER 5501 27th Ave S (26th Ave. S.) 727.418.3733 Leisure_Services/Theater/Hickman_ Theater.htm MARCH Through 9 – Visiting Mr. Green 23 – Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra EIGHT O’CLOCK THEATRE 105 Central Park Drive, Largo 727.587.6793, MARCH 2 & 3 – Auditions for “Grease” Through 16 – Thoroughly Modern Millie FREEFALL THEATRE COMPANY 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727.498.5205 MARCH 15 – 30 – American Monkey


GLENRIDGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER NEW WEBSITE 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota, 941.552.5325 MARCH 1 – Duquesne University Tamburitzans 5 – The Songs of Jahnny Mercer 7 – Ring Sarasota 15 – Jim Cullum Jazz Band 22 – Jazz Juvenocracy 27 – April 2 – Quartet GULFPORT COMMUNITY PLAYERS MARCH Through 9 – Visiting Mr. Green GULFPORT COMMUNITY THEATER 5501 27th Ave S, Gulfport Gulfport Community Players at Catherine Hickman Theatre 727.322.0316 LARGO CULTURAL CENTER 105 Central Park Dr, Largo, FL 33779 (727) 587-6793 MARCH Through 16 – Thoroughly Modern Millie 5 – Les Paul and Mary Ford Tribute 10 – The New Odyessy 17 – Claddagh – Celtic Dance 20 – John Denver Tribute 22 – Hank and My Honky Tonk Heros 28 – Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel M.A.D. THEATRE OF TAMPA (Music Acting Dance Theatre of Tampa) 813.386.6173 MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION AMPHITHEATER NEW NAME At Florida State Fairgrounds 4802 US Hwy 301 N, Tampa, 813.740.2446 NEW WEBSITE STAGE THEATER NEW & CONSERVATORY 11650 131st Street N, Largo – Country Day World School 813- 817 – 2585 MARCH 1 & 2 – Shipwrecked April 3 – 27 – The Rainmaker RUTH ECKERD HALL 1111 N. McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, 727.791.7400 Spring season of classes for Hoffman Institute begin March 14 – Register now. MARCH 1 – Giselle 2 – Mitzi Gaynor 4 – Frankie Valli 5 – TFO – Salute to Broadway 5 – Emblem 3 6 – Dublin’s Irish Cabaraet 7 – Peking Acrobats 9 - Chazz Palminteri 9 – When Irish Eyes Are

15 – DooWoop XIV 16 – Not So Newlywed Game 16 – TFO – Korngold’s Violin Concerto 17 – 106 Years of Broadway 18 – Dare to Dream 21 – George Thorogood 22 – Vince Gill 23 – Bartok’s Piano Concerto 25 – Moody Blues 26 – Annual Dinner 27 – The Diamonds 28 – Scotty McCreery 30 – Clearwater Chorus ST. PETERSBURG CITY THEATRE Theatre is located just off I-275 at 4025 31st. St. South, St. Petersburg, 33712. Box Office:Tickets / Information 727-866-1973. MARCH 7 – 23 – Agnes of God STAGE THEATER NEW & CONSERVATORY 11650 131st Street N, Largo – Country Day World School 813- 817 – 2585 STRAZ CENTER 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, 813.229. STAR MARCH Through 2 – Erth’s Dinosaurs Zoo Live Through April 13 – Disenchanted 1 – Alton Brown 5 – 30 – Crimes of the Heart 7 – TFO – When Irish Eyes Are Smiling 8 – Opera Gala 8 – Jazz Girls Rock 9 - Sunday Movie – Night at the Opera 10 – Amy Speace 14 – 16 – Bizet’s Carmen 18 – 23 – Evita 21 – TFO Bartok’s Piano Concerto 22 – Voca People 22 – Katie Adams – Under the Sea 23 – Pink Martini Dinner 30 – South African Wine Dinner THE COLISEUM 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 727.892.5715 Tea Dance - 1st & 3rd Wed. @ month. $7/dance, $10 dance instruction March 7 – 9 – Sunshine City Antiques Show 14 – 16 – 33rd Annual Antiquarian Book Fair 20 – Clothes for Kids Fundraiser 22 – Gluten Free for Life Expo 28 – Senior Fun Fest 30 – Eight over Eighty Awards Banquet PATEL CONSERVATORY Dance / Theater / Music / Adult Classes MARCH Through 8 – Joust – A Medieval Musical TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 813.301.6500 MARCH 1 & 2 – Disney Pirate & Princess Adventure 20 - Miley Cyrus 22 – Professional Bull Riders THE MAHAFFEY THEATER 400 1st St. So, Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg, 727.892.5767 Now NO Surcharges, Now NO Surcharges MARCH 1 – Todd Oliver and Friends 2 – Collective Soul 6 – TFO – A Salute to Broadway 7 - 1964 – The Tribute 8 – TFO – When Irish Eyes are Smiling 9 – Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherman 14- The Hit Men 14,15 – TFO – Korngold’s Violin Concerto 16 - Aziz Ansari 22 – TFO – Bartok’s Piano Concerto #1 28 – A Gala Night with David Garrett THE PALLADIUM 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, 727.822.3590 MARCH 1 – TFO accompanies Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush Film 2 – SHOUT, St. Pete Shout! 6 – Wind Symphony Comm. Concert 7 – City Rock Fest 8 – Sweet Dreams, A Patsy Cline Tribute 9 – The Vogues 14 – The Hit Men 15 – Suzanne Westenhoefer 19 – Palladium Chamber Players 20 – It Was A Very Good Year 21 – Battlefield Band 23 – Jazz Songbirds 26 – Red Green, Comedy 28 – David Garret – SOLD OUT VAN WEZEL 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941.953.3368 MARCH 2 -Alton Brown 4 & 5 - Chicago the Musical 7 – Jerry Seinfeld 10 – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons 12 – Peking Acroboats 13 – Aaron Neville 14 – The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields 15 – Joan Rivers 16 – A Night at the Opera 16 – Bill Cosby 17 & 18 – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 19 – Irish Tenors 21 – Vince Gill and Amy Grant 23 – Ladysmith Black Mambazo 24 – The Moody Blue 25 – Patti LuPone 26 – Where the Action is Tour 27 – Indigo Girls & Symphony Orchestra 30 - The Midtown Men 31 – Mark Russell VENUE THEATRE 9125 US Hwy 19 N, Hudson’s Furniture Plaza Mainlands Blvd, Pinellas Park. (727) 822-6194 • Venue Theatre is a non profit 501(c)(3) Corporation, founded in 1992 to serve actors, writers & artists of Tampa Bay. MARCH 7 – 23 – Wally’s Cafe WEST COAST PLAYERS 21905 US 19 N. Clearwater, 727.437.2363, MARCH 7 – 23 – Boeing, Boeing

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Events Calendar Friday, March 7 & Saturday, March 8 – Red Cloud American Indian Art Celebrates 27 Years Friday, 6–9pm. Saturday 10 am–5 pm. FREE. 208 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9 – Safety Harbor Seafood Festival Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor. Entertainment, kids zone, arts and crafts vendors. Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9 – Tampa Bay Boat Show Friday,Saturday 10 am – 6 pm. Sunday 10 am – 5 pm. FREE. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9 – Seminole POW WOW Admission Free. Wristbands for carnival rides. Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. Seminole. Saturday, March 8 – Treasure Islette's 8th Annual Fashion Show 11am – 3pm. $20 includes lunch. Treasure Island Community Center at 1Park Place and 106th Ave, Treasure Island. Silent auctions, raffles, fashion show and fun. Must pre-register by calling (727) 367-1301 or (727) 369-9181. Saturday, March 8 – Sunset Beach Clean Up 9 am – 12 noon. Free. Sunset Beach Pavilion, 8000 West Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island. Community gathers to keep our beaches clean. Email to volunteer. Saturday, March 8 – Sunset Beach Community Yard Sale 8 am – 2 pm. Sunset Beach, Treasure Island. Saturday, March 8 – Gulfport City Wide Garage Sale Dawn to dusk. Maps available at The Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S (enter on 27th Ave. S.) to pick up your map. Saturday, March 8 Indian Rocks Beach Green Fest 10 am. FREE. Coti Community Christian School, 206 23rd Ave, Indian Rocks Beach. Eco-friendly festival, live music, raffles, vendors. (727) 667-0019. Saturday, March 8 – Meet Andy Warhol's Nephew 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. $5. FREE

to members and with museum admission. Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg. Meet the award winning author and nephew of famed artist. Saturday, March 8 – Warhol Yourself Portraits 3 – 9 pm. $15 per portrait. Hands on activity at Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. Saturday, March 8 – Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner Gala 5 pm. $75. St. Pete Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. Benefit to support the LYNX Educational Foundation. The LYNX is a topsail Schooner offering hands on education to the history of the War of 1812. Food, entertainment, silent auctions. Saturday, March 8 – Second Saturday Gallery Walk & Warehouse Arts District Trolley 5 – 9 pm. FREE. Various galleries throughout city. Saturday, March 8 – Opening Night Party “Storytellers” Exhibition 5 – 8 pm. FREE. Morean Center, 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. Narrative works you can get lost in. Saturday, March 8 – 4th Annual Craft Beer Fest 12 noon. Free admission, charge for beer. Edgewater Park, Dunedin. Saturday, March 8 – Mad Hatter's Masquerade Ball 8 pm – 12 midnight. Avante-garde fashion and body art show. All guests must wear hat or mask. Exhibit space available to artists. For tickets and exhibition info Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 – Sailing 101 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. $75. St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 2nd Ave SE, St. Petersburg. Sunday, March 9 – Music in The Afternoon 2 – 4 pm. Free. St. Pete Beach Comm. Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr. Dance to the music of the Rhythm Kings. Light refreshments. (727) 363-9245 to reserve. Sunday March 9 through Saturday, March 15 – St. Petersburg International Baseball $10. Al Lang Field. Schedule of games on website –


Arts & Leisure MUSEUMS ARMED FORCES MILITARY 2050 34th Way N., Largo 727-539-8371 MARCH 6 – War Stories and Free Beer 9 – Build a Model 15 – 2nd Annual Classic Car Show DALI MUSEUM One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, 727.823.3767 Experience all of Dali’s art works, over 2,000 pieces! Saturdays Dali & Beyond Film Series Sundays - Yoga + Dali Dillydally w/ Dali daily The Royal Inheritance: Dali Works from Spanish National Collection Visit website - ongoing lectures/activities Note Special Hours for March The Museum will close early on Thurs, March 27 at 5:30pm. The Museum will be closed March 28 - March 30, 2014. March 24-April 2: Special traffic and parking accommodations MARCH Through – April 27 – Warhol: Art, Fame, Mortality 6 – Opera at Dali 8 – Uncle Andy’s Nephew FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM 55 5th Street So, St. Petersburg 727.820.0100 Mon-Sun; last entry 3:30pm Permanent Exhibitions – History, Heritage and Hope, Kaddish in Wood MARCH Through – March 26, 2014 – Holocaust Images – Sculptures by D.K. Lubarsky Through March 16 – Reflections of a Survivor Through - April 27 – Fire in My Heart GULF BEACHES HISTORICAL MUSEUM 115 10th Avenue, St Pete Beach 727 552-1610 Thu-Fri-Sat 10am - 4pm. Sunday 1-4pm. FREE • Only museum dedicated to the preservation of the history of the local barrier island. Preserving island history for tomorrow’s generation! MARCH 1 – Island Fest 8 – Friends of GBHM - Dinner 22 – PAG Women’s Club Home Tour JOHN & MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota 941.359.5700 Mondays FREE admissions all day Thursdays - Ringling by the Bay ($10) Joseph’s Coat Skyscape - Thur & Fri pm New Interactive Galleries for Families Ongoing -Paolo Veronese Exhibit MARCH Through March 5, 2014 – Picturing Ceylon Through March 5, 2014 – Icons of Style Through March 4,2014 Wild West 2 – Ringling in Bloom Brunch 6 – Ringling Underground 13 - Courtyard Swing 20 – Ringling by the Bay – Venturas

28 – Wine Walk to Ca’ d’Zan MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 255 Beach Drive. NE, St. Petersburg 727.894.4638 Ongoing – Sitter and Subject in Nineteenth Century Society 3rd Saturday of month Make & Take Thursday Evenings adm. $10 after 5pm MARCH Through March 5 – Mixing Metaphors Through March 2 – Recent Acquisitions Though May 11 – New Mexico and the Arts of Enchantment 8- 11 – Art in Bloom 10 – Sweet Tea – A Confection 14 – Collector’s Circle 20 – Porch Parties 21 – Mornings with the Maestro ST. PETERSBURG MUSEUM OF HISTORY 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, 727.894.1052 3rd Saturday, 2pm-5pm Museum grounds; Free! Artifacts Study Lab, Learning Center & Lab, Archives, Many Collections! Permanent Exhibitions: VISION: Challenge, Change, & Continuity The World’s First Commercial Airline • Piering into Past, Pondering Future • On the Homefront, St. Petersbur Goes to War 1941-1945 • Legendary Landscapes by Highwaymen MARCH 13 – Happy Hour with Historian – Jim Schnur – Spring Training 18 – July 13 – Photographic Tribute to an American Soldier TAMPA BAY AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd, Pinellas Park 579.8226,, Features a unique collection of vintage cars and vehicles that demonstrate creativity, imagination and engineering Cousteau Society Artifacts on exhibit TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER 801 Old Water St, Tampa 813.228.0097 MARCH Through 12 – JFK in Tampa Through 16, 2014 – Charting the Land of Flowers – 500 Years of Florida Maps Through April 27 – Suited for Space 5 – Sangria & Stories 10 – Spring Break Camp 12 – Florida Conversations – Suited for Space 29 – The Great Caper TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 813.259.1720 Fridays – Art on The House – 4 to 8pm. Visit the gallery free of charge. Donations welcome. Second Friday Global Lens Series, International screenings MARCH Through 19 – Fragile Waters / Master Works from Albright Knox Gallery / Sea of Tranquility exhibitions Through May 18 – Graphic StudioUncommon Practce at USF USF CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 3821 USF Holly Dr., Tampa, FL 33620 Tel (813) 974-4133 - Info (813) 974-2849 M-F 10 am – 5pm / Sat – 1 – 5 pm Free.

MARCH Through – March 8 – CAM25 – Social Engagement – Marking 25 years USF CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM Institute for Research in Art 4202 E. Fowler Ave, CAM101, Tampa USF GRAPHIC STUDIO NEW LISTING 3702 Spectrum Blvd., Suite 100 Tampa, (813) 974-3503 Free admission Monday - Friday (holidays excepted) 10 am - 5 pm

ART GALLERIES ANTIQUE GALLERIES OF ST. PETE. 450 34th St. N, St. Petersburg 727.321.3331, Through April 13 – Special Exhibition – Circus Memorabilia ART LOFTS Florida Craftsmen Galleries (2nd floor) 10 5th St. N., St. Petersburg 727.504.8788 Second Saturday Gallery Walk ARTPOOL 2030 Central Ave., St Petersburg 727.324.3878 MARCH 8 – Mad Hatters Masquerade Ball 22,23 – Crafty Fest CRAFTSMAN HOUSE Gallery-Cafe-Pottery Studio, 2955 Central Ave, St Petersburg 727.323.2787 Nominated 2013 Independent Small Business of the Year 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk MARCH 1 – Claudia Schmidt 9 – Tom Paxton 15 – Chuck Brodsky CREATIVE CLAY CULTURAL ARTS CENTER 1114 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, 727.825.0515 / 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk MARCH 8 – Second Saturday Artwalk 25 – Volunteer Orientation DOMAIN HOME ACCESSORIES AND GALLERY 3129 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport 33707 Open daily. Visit website for hours & information on featured artists. Artist reception monthly to meet artists. Local & Florida artisans featured. Ecclectic, artistic, creative. DUNCAN MCCLELLAN GALLERY 2342 Emerson Ave. S. St. Petersburg, 813.760.6600 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk MARCH 8 – Gallery Walk DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER 1143 Michigan Blvd. - Dunedin, FL

34698 727.298.DFAC - FLORIDA CRAFTSMEN GALLERY 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg (727) 821-7391 MARCH Through March 1 – Earthworks 14 – Fabulous Photos of Your Work 15 – Passion, Strike, Flame, Heat Gala GULF COAST ARTISTS ALLIANCE 514 Skinner Blvd. Dunedin 727.738.8010 MICHELE TUEGEL CONTEMPORARY 320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, T. 727-823-1100 NANCY MARKOE GALLERY (Fine American Crafts Gallery) 3112 Pass-a-Grille Way, Pass-a-Grille Beach (So. St. Pete Beach) 727.360.0729 Show room for 250+ Fine American Crafts People; Niche winner STUDIO 620 620 1st Ave. S., St Petersburg 727.895.6620 MARCH 1 & 2 – A Question of Words 4 – Madeline Warren 6 – An Intimate Collaboration 7 – Juried Art Show 10 – Radio Theater Project LIVE 11 – Wordier than Thou 15 – Romantic Expressions 19 – Laura Sheperd 21 – Cormac McCarthy 30 – Project Unseakable VINCENT WILLIAM GALLERY 329 Corey Ave. St. Pete Beach, 727.363.1334, Art, stained glass, jewelry, pottery & stained glass. Custom work welcomed

Call NOW For St. Patricks Day RSVP March 17 - 19

GABRIELA VALENCIA STUDIO NEW & ART GALLERY 427 75th Ave, St Pete Beach, (727) 560-7498 / Specializes in Coastal & Florida Art Open House 4th Saturday @ month. MARCH 22 - Open House

GARDENS FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS 12520 Ulmerton Road Largo, 33774 727-582-2100 FREE Open daily 7am - 6pm (dusk) Friendly dogs welcome on leash. Garden Tour Dates Available: Tours start 9am & last 2.5 to 3 hours Pinellas Co. Extension & Horticulture info – 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday Closed weekends & County Holidays Free Admission! MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941.366.5731 Calendar Through March 20 - 11th Annual Watercolor Classes Exhibit and Sale Through March 27 – Tropical Splendor PARADISE NEWS

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Events Calendar Tuesday, March 11 “Cooking with Fresh Herbs” 1 pm. A silent plant auction as well. The Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive South. (727) 381-8920. Tuesday, March 11 “Renew/Reuse/Recycle! Wine Bottle Planters” 7 pm. Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive South. (727) 381-8920. Wednesday, March 12 – Glow Golfing 6 pm. $25 player / $80 foursome. Treasure Island Golf & Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd, Treasure Island. Prizes, food, pre-registration & payment required. (727) 360 – 6062. Wednesday, March 12 – A Star Studded Concert by South Pasadena Community Band 7:30 pm. FREE. Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place and 106th Ave, Treasure Island. Thursday, March 13 “Growing in the Shade” 10 am. The Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive South. (727) 381-8920. Thursday, March 13 – UnchARTed Random Acts of Culture 6 – 8 pm. $10. Museum of Fine Arts, Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. Virginia Capitol Brass. Thursday, March 13 – Happy Hour with the Historian 6 – 8 pm. $10 suggested donation. St. Pete Museum of History, 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg. Jim Schnur talking on Celebrating a Century of Spring Training in St. Petersburg. Thursday, March 13 through Sunday, March 16 – Greatest Show on Surf Thursday 3-10pm, Friday & Saturday 12noon – 10pm, Sunday 12noon – 8pm. FREE admission - $20 All Day Ride Wristbands. Carnival rides, entertainment, vendors. Treasure Island Community Center and Park, Gulf Blvd. And 106th Ave. Paid parking. Proceeds benefit local charities. Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16 – Antiquarian Book Fair Various times and speakers. $6/ $10 weekend. The Coliseum, St. Petersburg.

Saturday, March 15 – Madeira Beach Community and Old Salt Marina Yard Sale 8 am – 1 pm. Madeira Beach Community Yard Sale throughout community and the Madeira Beach Marina at 503 150th Ave, Madeira Beach. Saturday, March 15 – St. Pete Beach Upham Beach Clean Up 9 – 11 am. FREE. Meeting at concession stand on Upham Beach. Semi-annual event. Saturday, March 15 – Country in The Park 10 am. England Brothers Bandshell, 5010 81st Ave N, Pinellas Park. Car show, pony rides, exhibits, live music, arts & crafts vendors, tree and plant sale. (727) 541-0895 Saturday, March 15 – Orchid Auction 2014 Preview 9 am, bidding 10 am. Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd, Seminole. Annual event held by Florida West Coast Orchid Society. Saturday, March 15 – Chiseler's Market 9 am – 3 pm. Free. Plant Hall, University of Tampa, Kennedy Blvd. Tampa. Large fund raising flea market. Saturday, March 15 – 2nd Annual Classic Car Show at Armed Forces Museum 11 am – 2 pm. $15 inc’s admission to museum. Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N, Largo. Saturday, March 15 1st Annual Kids Only Cupcake Contest 12 noon – 3 pm. Ages 7 – 15 years. $10 fee/participants. FREE for Audience. Ballots - $1 each. Morean Arts Ctr, 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. Saturday, March 15 – Gulfport Third Saturday Artwalk 6 – 10 pm. Free to stroll. Vendors, entertainment. Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Saturday, March 15 – Indian Shores St. Patrick's Day Street Fest 11am. FREE. Indian Shores Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd. Indian Shores. Irish food, vendors & music. (727) 474-7777. Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 – St. Patrick's Day Arts & Craft Festival 10 am – 5 pm. FREE. 15004 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach. Street festival


Arts & Leisure SUNKEN GARDENS 1825 Fourth St N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 Purchase a commemorative brick at Historic Sunken Gardens; @ brick, $100; to purchase: Awaken Yoga: “Yoga & Meditation” with Vandana: Mon-Thur; 10am - 11:30am $45/mth or $12/@ Daily Yoga with Yoga Village classes at 10:30am, Sunday 12:30 pm Hoop Dancing: •Tuesday 10am -11am, $80/8 sessions or $15/class and • Wed. 9am - 10am, $10/class Hot Hula Thursdays 10am. $10/class Horticultural Workshops - Saturday

AQUARIUMS/ZOOS CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater 727.441.1790 Featuring Dolphins, River Otters, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Stingrays and more. animal interactions and behind the scenes tours. Home of Winter Star of Dolphin Tale. Also, Hope! FLORIDA AQUARIUM 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa 813.273.4000 Galleries: Wetlands, Bays-Beaches, Coral Reef, Ocean Commotion Exhibits: Aquariumania! Splash in the Water, Dragons Down Under, Activities: Cell Phone Audio Guide, Explore Shore, Penguin Promenade, Behind the Scenes Tour, Dive with the Sharks, Eco-tour Photos, Swim w/Fishes, Wild Dolphin Ecotour, NEW Stingray Beach GIRAFFE RANCH 38650 Mickler Rd., Dade City 813.482.3400 Giraffe Ranch - Dade City, Florida experience the lives of giraffe and other species from around the world. A licensed working ranch. Specializes exotic species /domestic cattle-horses. Expert guides / designed 4-wheel drive vehicles. Conservation efforts. Tours are by Reservation Only LOWRY PARK ZOO 1101 West Sligh Ave., Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) 813.935.8552 events line 813-935-8552, ext. 276 MARCH 1 – May 31 – Sea Lion Splash 1 – ZooZoom 5K MOTE AQUARIUM 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, 941.388.4441 Science, Education, Aquarium; touch tank, 1200-gallon tropical fish tank & informational displays on sharks, sea turtles, & shells. Tuesdays and Thursdays – Mommy and Me Saturdays – Kayak Paddle tour MARCH Through September 14 – Survivors – Beautiful and Extreme Adaptions 1 – Sunrise Kayak Paddle

7 – Home School Day 8 – Morning Paddle 12 – Home School Day 16 – Full Moon Kayak Paddle 29 - 5th Annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival’s 29 – Tuna Trot Run for the Reef

ART CENTERS & CLASSES SUNTAN ART CENTER 3300 Pass-a-Grille Way, St Pete Bch 727.367.3818 Celebrating 50 TH ANNIVERSARY Shows & Markets / 100 Artisits Show Classes Art & Exercise The Sunday Market

*All Suntan Art Center classes held at Don Vista Arts Center; Suntan SUNDAY MARKET 10a -3pm Sunday market at Don Vista bldg. presented by Suntan Art Center *Sunday Market, Vendor signup website Saturday ART MART in Pass-a-Grille, Receptions - 2nd Saturday 4pm – 6pm BEACH ART CENTER 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. Indian Rocks Beach. 727.596.4331 Check website for full list of classes. MARCH Through 10 – Members only Show Through 14 – All in The Game – Instructor/Student 8 – Annual Membership Meeting 22 – 4th Annual Bluegrass Festival 27 – Beach Feast CREATIVE CLAY CULTURAL ARTS CENTER 1124 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, 727.825.0515 / 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk DON VISTA ARTS CENTER Suntan Sunday Market 10a -3pm Sunday market at Don Vista bldg. presented by Suntan Art Center *Sunday Market, Vendor signup website Saturday Art Mart in Pass-a-Grille, Receptions - 2nd Saturday 4pm – 6pm DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin 727.298.DFAC - MARCH Through – March 9 – 39th Annual Miniature Art Society of Florida Exhibition 13 – Coffee and Conversation GABRIELA VALENCIA STUDIO & GALLERY 427 75th Ave., St. Pete Beach, Clay hand building, copper enameling, found metal sculpture, glassblowing, glass fusing, lamp work, lost wax jewelry design, metalsmithing Tues &Thurs – Paperweights Tuesdays open during Gulfport Fresh INDUSTRIAL ARTS CENTER 5437 29th Ave. So., just off Beach Boulevard. 727-623-4920 Clay hand building, copper enameling, found metal sculpture, glassblowing, glass fusing, lamp work, lost wax jewelry design, metalsmithing Tues &Thurs – Paperweights

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success” – Henry Ford KAPFER GLASS STUDIO 409 Corey Avenue St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 727 656-9190 / MOREAN ARTS CENTER 719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg 727.822.7872 Glass Studio & Hot Shop, Chihuly Collection & the Morean Arts Center for Clay at the Train Station Saturdays the Morean Family Art Studio, FREE, 10am – 4 pm 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk 5-8pm MARCH Through 30 – Word and Image Art – High School 8 – Do-it-yourself Warhol Portraits 8 – Opening Reception – “Storytellers” 8 – April 27 – Storyteller Exhibit 15 – Kids ONLY Cupcake Contest 24 – 28 – Spring Break Camp SOCIETY OF ACRYLIC PAINTERS Membership info / exhibit entry: TREASURE ISLAND ART GUILD Painting Workshops held weekly Wednesdays - 9:30am-noon 'Anything Goes' Open studio for all mediums Garden Room T.I. Comm. Center Thursday - 9:30am - noon 'Painting with the Vets' artist assistance available with focus -T.I. City Hall Auditorium Friday - 9:30am - noon 'Portrait Workshop' - Live model

T.I. City Hall Auditorium MARCH 8 – Monthly Meeting and Awards ZEN GLASS STUDIO 600 27th St. South St. Petersburg (727) 323-3141 Mon – Fri 10-7 • Saturdays 10-5 Offers glassblowing classes & workshops for families, friends, first timers & professionals. Schedule most popular workshop, “Make your Own Wineglass” call (727)323-3141 St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District. 3rd Saturday Art Walk Tour, 6-10pm .

HANDS-ON MUSEUMS GREAT EXPLORATIONS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 1925 4th St N, St. Petersburg 727.821.8992 Where education and fun come alive! Early Explorations Preschool now Enrolling! Ages 2-5. Wednesday & Friday, 11-11:30amTerrific Tots Program. Birthday Parties and Special Events Hands-On Exhibits: Publix: My First Market, Great Beginnings, Beth’s Beach, Be a Great Pet Vet, I Can Construct, Fit4AllKidsVille, and more! BellaBrava Pizza Kitchen – NEW Exhibit MARCH 7 – Suesstatic Celebration 12, 15 – Summer Camp and preschool registration

MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) 4801 E Fowler Ave #100, Tampa 813.987.6315 Kids in Charge! - largest children’s science center in the nation Disasterville featuring WeatherQuest 10,000 square foot exhibition on the science behind tornados, hurricanes, & wildfires High Wire Bike - Guests can harness themselves onto a bicycle along a 98 foot-long steel cable, suspended 30 feet above ground Sky Trail Rope Course BioWorks Butterfly Garden - view multiple kinds free-flying butterflies. The Amazing You - Learn about the human body in all its complexity, from DNA to organs Gaze skyward - Saunders Planetarium IMAX Dome Theatre- dome shaped screen -10,500 sq ft visual imagery PeeWee Wednesdays Myths Buster Exhibition Open though May 8 HERITAGE VILLAGE 11909 125th St N, Largo 727.582.2123 Closed Mon’s, Tue’s & holidays. KIDS WELCOMED! -hands on, Free Visit Pinellas County’s 21-acre living history museum featuring 28 historic structures in a native pine & palmetto landscape, closed Mondays, Heritage Village New exhibit Boathouse display historic sail boats Exhibitions: Pinellas Passport: Your


Ticket through Time, Collections Corner, Christopher Still Prints: Clues to Florida’s History and Natural Beauty: Pieces of the Past (POPs), Quick and Easy: Gadgets for Home SACRED LANDS 1700 Park St.N., St. Petersburg. 727 347-0354 Every Sunday – Tours of Anderson / Narvaez Mounds Chanting to the Open Heart MARCH 21 – Music and a Meal

OPERA FLORIDA OPERA FESTIVAL Florida Opera Festival Artistic Director – Daniel Lipton Visit OPERATAMPA.ORG Straz Center for the Performing Arts 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, Florida 33602 MARCH Through 5 -Open Auditions for “Carmen” 8 – Opera Gala 9 – Movie Night – A Night a the Opera 14 & 16 – Bizel’s Carmen FLORIDA SUNCOAST OPERA GUILD ST. PETERSBURG OPERA COMPANY 727.823.2040; visit website for performance locations Season tickets - main stage productions on sale, begin - $127.32 each. Season ticket holders save 15% off

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Events Calendar

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Sunday, March 16 – Picnic in Plant Park 12 noon. FREE. Plant Park, University of Tampa. Victorian lawn games, entertainment, boat rides. Pack a basket and enjoy family fun day. Thursday, March 20 Sunken Garden’s Day Trip to Gainesville 7:15 am - 6 pm. $55 includes round trip transportation, admission to Butterfly Rainforest and museums, refreshments and drivers tip. Must register by March 12. Departing from Sunken Gardens, 4 th Street St. Petersburg. Florida Museum of History and Harn Museum of Art. Call (727)551-3102 for reservations. Friday, March 21 – Fabulous Fridays 6 – 9 pm. $5. St. Pete Beach Rec Center. Pizza and games for the kids, night off for the parents. Friday, March 21 – Music and a Meal 7 pm. $10. Food is ala carte from vendors. Sacred Lands, 1620 Park Street, St. Petersburg. The music features Roy Schneider, a two time finalist in Kerrville Folk Festival's Grassy Hill New Folk Competition. 367-3592. Saturday, March 22 – Race for the Cupcake 8 am race start, arrive early. $20. Meet adjacent to Hurley Park at 16th Avenue and Gulf Way, Pass-A-Grille. Saturday, March 22 – Pass-A-Grille Home Tour 1 – 5 pm. $20. Pass-a-Grille Woman's Club at 2201 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach. Tour the homes, learn the history of the island. Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23 – Crafty Fest 11 am – 5 pm. FREE. Independent artisans. ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Avenue, St Petersburg Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23 – Safety Harbor Chalk Festival 10 am. FREE. Main Street, Safety Harbor. Watch as artists from around the world compete. Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23 – Ikebana Rocks! 9 am. $2 admission, $25 class. Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Blvd. and 106th Ave. Exhibit of over 100 floral arrangements, incorporating rocks. Classes offered throughout event. (727) 729-9445.

Sunday, March 23 – Tribute to Frank SinatraA Multimedia Extravaganza 2 pm. $20. Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave S, Gulfport.

Monday, March 24 – Emerging Masters Playreading Series 7 pm. Pay what you can. American Stage Theater, 163 3rd Street N St. Petersburg. “Money Maker”. Thursday, March 27 – Grand Prix Parade 7:30 pm. Central and 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Floats, race cars, beads and fireworks. Friday, March 28 – The Impacs at Gulfport Casino 6 – 10 pm. $15 advance / $20 door. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Friday, March 28 – Spring Fourth Friday Concert Series 7 – 9 pm. FREE. Horan Park next to SPB Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. Fun, family fun and the Mad Beach Band presented by 7 -11 Conv. Stores. Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30 – Firestone Grand Prix Various times. $30+. Downtown St. Petersburg. Complete schedule Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 – Greenfest at Plant Park 9 am – 4 pm. FREE. Plant Park, University of Tampa. Gardening education, plant related vendors and food vendors. Saturday, March 29 – Veterans Day Salute to Veterans & First Responders Concert Street Fair 8am to 3pm. Concerts 1:30pm to 10pm. Gulf Way, Pass-aGrille in front of Hurricane Restaurant. Pancake breakfast at Hurricane from 8 – 11am $10 adult, $5 child, Veterans and First Responders Free. Monday, March 31 – Tampa Bay Rays Home Opener 4:10 pm. Tickets vary. Tropicana Field,1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Play Toronto Blue Jays. PN


Arts & Leisure MARCH 21, 22 – Seven Most Unwise Moments in Opera SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941)359-0099 ext.101 MARCH 4 – 23 – The Flying Dutchman 8 – 22 – Verdi’s Jerusalem

ORCHESTRAS FLORIDA ORCHESTRA 727.662.7286 See venues for dates – Mahaffey Theater, Ruth Eckerd Hall & The David Straz Performing Arts Center MARCH 1 - Charlie Chapman Film & Concert The Palladium TAMPA BAY SYMPHONY NEW (727) 827-8087 / APRIL 27 & 29 - Dvoák - Carnival Overture

FOLK WMNF 88.5 Communtiy Radio 1210 E. MLK Blvd., Tampa, FL 33603 MARCH 6 – Webb Wilder House Concert – Safety Harbor MAY 8 – 33rd Annual Tropical Heatwave – Cuban Club SKIPPER’S SMOKEHOUSE SERIES Skipper’s Smokehouse 910 Skipper Road Tampa, FL 33613 813.971.0666 Full schedule online MARCH 2 – WMNF - Beau Soleil avec Michael Doucet 15 – WMNF – Karib-B-Yan Kruse Festival 14 – Damon Fowler 18 – The Dweeb 21 – Eric Lindell 22 – Florida SKA Festival 25 – Rolling Stones Tribute 27 – Grateful Dead Tribute



THE HANGAR Restaurant & Flight Lounge 540 First St SE, St. Petersburg First Monday of each month – Jazz Jam

ACADEMY OF BALLET ARTS 2914 First Avenue North St. Petersburg, 727.327.4401 MARCH 15 – Auditions for Summer Intensive

CLEARWATER JAZZ HOLIDAY ST.PETERSBURG JAZZ FESTIVAL Various locations in St. Petersburg 2014 scheduled for March 18 – 23 18 - License To Thrill -Spy Music with Helios Jazz Orchestra 19 - LaRue Nickelson Quartet 20 - O Som Do Jazz 21 – Viva Cal 22 - Antonio Adolfo Quartet 23 - Post Festival Jam Party SUNCOAST DIXIELAND JAZZ SOCIETY (727) 596-7142 MARCH All concerts at Banquet Masters 8100 Park Blvd Pinellas Park 6 – Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps 9 – Mardi Gras Dinner with Barbary Coast Jazz Band 20 – Booby Tess and the Dixie Chaps

SARASOTA BALLET 5555 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota 941.359.0099 Tickets 941.351.0099 x 101 MARCH Through March 3 - Graziano, Ashton & DeMille

DANCING GULFPORT CASINO 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport, 727.893.1070 More information on Casino events or rental availability 727-893-1070 BALLROOM DANCES: Tuesday BALLROOM LESSON $7 with Carol Baker 12pm-1pm Intermediate Lesson 1pm-2pm Beginner Lesson 2pm-3pm Ballroom Dancing Tuesday ARGENTINE TANGO $7 6:30pm-7pm ‘First Timers’ class 7pm-8pm Begin Argentine Tango

w/ Kathleen & Steve 8-10:30pm Argentine Tango Dance, Wednesday SWING $7 6pm-7pm Bonus Dance lesson 7pm - 8pm Beginner East Coast Swing Dance Lesson 8pm-11pm Dancing & Live Music Thursday SALSA SOCIAL $7 6:30pm - 8pm Salsa Lessons with Carol Rivera -Beg, Inter & Adv. 8pm-10pm General Salsa Dancing, Sunday BAND /BALLROOM $7 6pm-7pm Ballroom Dance lessons 7 - 10pm Live Band & Dance. Social & Ballroom Dance Mario Deleon’s / Ellis Hale’s Band THE COLISEUM 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 727.892.5715 Tea Dance - 1st & 3rd Wed. @ month. $7/dance, $10 dance instruction ST PETERSBURG NEW POLISH AMERICAN SOCIETY 1343 Beach Dr SE; St Petersburg, 33707 972-741-3749 Sunday Dinner & Dancing: 2 – 3:30 PM - Dinner - $7 727-360-0584 - dinner reservations 3 – 6 PM - Dancing - $5 (Members) $7 (Non Members) Live Bands Mar – 9 – Polka Generation Mar – 16 – Sounds of The South Mar – 23 – Nu Soundz Mar – 30 – Northern Sounds Wednesday Tea Dances 2nd, 4th & 5th Wed of month 11:30 -12:30 PM- Dance instruction w Carol Baker 1:00 -3:30 PM – Dance to Bobby Tess & The Pleasures $7/dance, $10 w dance instruction

DOWNTOWNS GULFPORT Gulfport Fresh Market - Beach Blvd. Every Tuesday 9am – 2pm Laura Garrison (727) 278-4285 or Free Clothing Swap (2nd Tuesday @ month) 9am - 1pm, Peninsula Inn, 2937 Beach Blvd. So Gulfport’s First Friday Art Walk Fine Arts Fridays with live art demonstrations, vendors and entertainment. Begins at 6pm. Gulfport’s Third Saturday Art Walk Streets lined with vendors, entertainment and roving street performers. Begins at 6pm. MARCH 7 – First Friday ArtWalk 8 – City Wide Garage Sale 8 – Lion’s Club Shrimp Boil 15 – Third Saturday ArtWalk 22 – Nautical Flea Market 28 – The Impacts Concert - Casino 29 – Milonga La Playa – Casino - Tango


ST. PETERSBURG THURSDAYS • Hot Hula - Sunken Gardens - 10 am • Yoga at Boyd Hill - Boyd Hill Nature Preserve - 4:30 pm • 1st Monday Jazz Jam - The Hangar 8 pm FRIDAYS • St. Pete Shuffle - Mirror Lake Shuffle board Courts - 7 to 11 pm SATURDAYS • Saturdays@ The Morean - Morean Arts Center - 10 am to 5 pm • Dilly, Dally with Dali - The Dali 1st FRIDAYS - Get Downtown Music Series, 727.393.3597 Street block party featuring live music / dancing / food & drink vendors! 5:30pm - 10pm Central Ave between 2nd/3rd Street nd 2 MONDAYS • Art Bites - Museum of Fine Arts - 1 pm 4th FRIDAYS • Grand Central PM Stroll Shops. Night spots & businesses stay open late, entertainment & specials, more on the 4th Friday monthly - Grand Central District, 1st Ave N to 1st Ave S & 19th St to 31st St. 5 - 9pm, 727.328.7086 2nd Saturday • Artwalk & Trolley walk in the Warehouse Art District Take the trolley to explore the Art’s Hot Spots 727.323.ARTS, October to April • St. Petersburg Preservation Walking Tours - October to April - 10 am October to July • First & Third Weds.-Tea Dances Coliseum

Show on Surf Treasure Island Thursday, March 13 through Sunday, March 16, 2014. Gulf Beaches Rotary Club in partnership with City of Treasure Island and The Edward’s Family Foundation will be hosting the Greatest Show on Surf, Treasure Island Spring Carnival

Treasure Island Community Center & Park located at Gulf Boulevard & 106th Avenue from This 4 day, fun-filled event will provide a collection of carnival rides provided by Arnold Amusements, live entertainment provided by The Edwards Family Foundation, and some awesome food and craft vendors.

ADMISSION FREE The proceeds from the event will benefit local charities and other non-profit organizations. Hours Thursday 3-10pm • Friday & Saturday noon – 10pm



Thursday March 13th 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM CHINA GROVE (Doobie Bros. Tribute) 7:10 PM – 8:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (Santana Tribute)

Friday March 14th 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM SOUND PARLOR 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM LOUNGE CAT 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM COME BACK ALICE

Saturday March 15th 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CORNFUSED 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM BETTY FOX BAND 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM TOM GRIBBIN & THE SALTWATER BAND

Sunday March 16th

TOURS ST. PETERSBURG DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS (October to April) St. Petersburg Preservation Walking Tours Central Ave & 2nd St, St. Petersburg 727.824.7802 National Register listed downtown St. Petersburg Historic Walking Tours Discover downtown’s rich legacy, 10am-12pm • FREE for members. $5 suggested donation for non-Members MARCH 1 – Original Downtown Tour 7 – Downtown Lunch Time Tour 8 – Waterfront Tour 15 - Bahama Shores 22 – Westward Ho to Historic Kenwood 29 - Allendale PN

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3:00 PM – 4:00 PM SUPER STARS 4:30 pm – 5:30 PM APPLE BUTTER EXPRESS 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM HIP ABDUCTION

EVENT PARKING available for $15 at TI GULF FRONT PARK located at 10400 Gulf Boulevard; ALLIED SPECIALTY INSURANCE (Friday evening, Saturday & Sunday only) 10451 Gulf Boulevard; EMPTY LOT ACROSS from the RALLY GAS STATION, 10800 Gulf Boulevard.

RIDE-ALL-DAY WRISTBANDS $20 per day. Purchased wristbands in advance - $17 Treasure Island Recreation Department inside City Hall 120 108th Avenue.

Treasure Island Recreation Dept. (727)547-4575, ext 237 for more detailed information.

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by Sarah Lyons 727.347.4737 • stargazer5@TampaBay.rr.Com March 2014 Astrology Article March begins with an eventful first week in the cosmos with many planetary changes taking place. We begin with a New Moon cycle in sensitive, psychic Pisces on the 1st. Just hours later, action planet Mars stations retrograde in relationship sign Libra. We slow down in our interactions with others and begin to look a little deeper into personal bonds. Matters that went unnoticed previously, are subtlty felt on an intuitive level. On the 2nd, business planet Saturn retrogrades in financial sign Scorpio. A lot of rethinking in this department will go on for several months; as we see many corporate changes take place due to the economy. Love and money planet Venus enters innovative Aquarius on the 5th; so expect the unpredictable and have a little fun! Humanitarian concerns will get attention for the next few weeks, and we want everyone to feel cared for. Lucky planet Jupiter stations direct on the 6th in Cancer; giving natives of this sign a few more months to make the most of the opportunities presented to them by his benevolent blessings. The Full Crow Moon in Virgo on the 16th is the last full moon of winter. It lets us know to finish winter duties; the time is approaching to get ready for spring! And then of course, the Vernal Equinox occurs as the Sun enters Aries on the 20th and we celebrate the new season’s arrival! Mercury now direct, has been gaining momentum and enters Pisces again on the 17th. Those long stalled projects should be getting back on track, with a lot of creative ideas to bring them to fruition. The second New Moon occurs this month in Aries on the 30th. This is a dynamic cycle initiating many types of change that will be felt in several areas of our lives; and in the world on various levels, including weather, political and humanitarian fronts. 52 | PARADISE NEWS | MARCH 2014 |

PISCES: Your new year has begun bringing with it many creative, intuitive and lucky opportunities! Take time to recharge and reconnect to yourself and personal desires. Later, partners take the spotlight; revitalize intimate contact. Review resources.

works wonders. Be clear with words. Frustration over money is likely. You take the spotlight midmonth. New financial plans get a lucky start; others help. Workplace is pleasant; duties enjoyed.

ARIES: Rest and rejuvenate; let go of the no longer useful. Dream and create future plans. Spotlight falls on health and wellness concerns; workplace issues surface, too. Your new year starts with spring! It is time to plan and prepare for the changes coming!

LIBRA: New cycle starts in the workplace and career. Wellness routines get a fresh start; exercise tension away. Enjoy love and fun times. Spotlight takes you into your private world; create; meditate. Partnerships offer new direction, status at month’s end.

TAURUS: Social life dominates your calendar; enjoy friends and events. You are favored by superiors. Let go of bad habits affecting health. Address workplace issues. Full moon spotlight falls on children, romance and fun! Then, explore your inner world.

SCORPIO: Children and fun times are first on your list! Duties still weigh you down. Don’t let inner tension affect health; sleep. Friends are in the spotlight; social time fun! Home and family is pleasant as well. New work plans may include travel; education.

GEMINI: Career gets new energy influx; creative ideas can add to income opportunity. Look at health issues. Focus energy in children; love. Home front and family take center stage later. Financial matters come up along with future hopes and goals; make changes.

SAGITTARIUS: Family and home life is the new focus this month. Enjoy conversing and quiet times. Friends and future plans may be frustrating. Full moon spotlight is on career. New creative projects are tied in with resources; income. Dream the future now.

CANCER: Travel, legal and education areas all get a new energy cycle; be creative in anything you start. Resources are gained. Repair home and family matters. Love and children bring karmic conditions. Later, new career paths may open with more freedom. LEO: New, innovative ideas flood your area of resources. New paths into security and deep insight begin now. Partners are pleasing. Home and family need care and attention. Income highlighted. Drive defensively. Breakthroughs happen in health & workplace. VIRGO: Fresh start in partnerships both biz and marriage; compassion

CAPRICORN: Creative ideas are off to a new start. You are restless; mind and body. Career is frustrating. Future plans need restructure. Full moon shines on the road less traveled. Home, family and partner take center stage as month closes. Income increases. AQUARIUS: You are everyone’s favorite this month! New, various opportunities abound for income. Full moon shines on your resources; finances. Career needs a makeover. As the month ends, new ideas come for work; possibly involving travel; solitude.

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If stories about your power utility taking advantage get you upset, maybe it is time to take some action! about “howling” hen the wind blows!”

By Peter A. Roos

I admitted to Lizette that we had the same problem before her company repaired our doors! - Hot in summer, cold in winter, with high energy bills. I asked “Why does this happen to sliding glass doors?” Lizette described it this way, “Sliding glass doors work as a system, kind of like your spinal column. One thing out of whack affects everything else.

There are numerous ways to start turning the table on the power companies. More efficient appliances can play a part: air conditioning, pool pumps and water heaters in particular. Plasma screens and older refrigerators can be energy eaters. Lighting, too, plays a role, especially the lights you use most often. Sealing leaky ducts and ensuring proper attic ventilation is also very important. We will deal with all of these in upcoming issues. After those are done, solar power on your roof can be a great investment. I know that first hand. Since we live in a moderate climate, the largest portion of most of our power bills come from trying to control temperature and humidity. This issue, we look at weather proofing, one of the lowest cost things we can do to make a serious impact on our bills. If I were a renter, this is something I would do anyway, if I planned to stay there a year or more. After all, I’m paying the power bill. Perhaps the landlord would even share in the effort. It never hurts to ask. By far the biggest place where most of our homes let in the heat and cold from outdoors are the windows and doors that give us our beautiful views of the outdoors. Replacement with new ones is very expensive, even more so here in storm-prone Florida, as regulations now require most of our readers to use impact-resistant models.

but we’d heard that they since have been trying to reseal the doors they repair to original specifications or better. We asked Beacon Windows owner Lizette LaForge how her business has progressed since then.

Several years ago we wrote about Beacon Windows, the local company that repaired all the sliding glass doors at the Alden Resort, saving them nearly 1 million dollars over the cost of replacement and bringing new life to their doors. At that time, they were most concerned with the way the doors opened, closed and locked,

Lizette said, “Fantastic”. “We specialize in top quality refurbishment of sliding glass doors. Our goal is to provide superlative service and take a comprehensive approach using quality stainless parts, addressing track and weather stripping issues, thus avoiding the need to replace the doors. Lately we have been working on a lot of projects where clients complained

“Here’s a simple test anyone can try. Bring the door nearly to a locking position, but leave a crack of light. Step straight back and examine the crack. If the crack is crooked, your door is out of alignment. Misalignment stresses the screws surrounding the glass panels leading to glass/metal separation and air loss due to misaligned weather stripping. “We look carefully at the weather stripping, which is typically worn, brittle or non-existent. An old toothbrush with worn bristles might look OK in your toothbrush holder, but how’s it doing for your teeth? That’s the whole point. A quality, comprehensive approach gives our clients options over replacement, which is not only expensive, but comes with another whole set of serious issues. Over the last 18 months we have received many calls from property managers at very fancy places on the beach with Hurricane Impact Doors. In one location we were asked to fix over 100 doors. “These doors are NEW, generally five to seven years old! Imagine our surprise as building after building started contacting us. We found the newer impact doors are so HEAVY they crush the rollers and track, leading to aggressive damage in a short period of time. It’s such a problem we created an educational video entitled: “Common Issues with Hurricane Resistant Sliding Glass Doors”


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“Currently we are working on two more hotels that have IMPACT doors with destroyed wheels and tracks. Important to note: Impact doors cost a lot to replace initially with expensive maintenance required regularly every 5-7 years due to the excessive weight of the doors. We’ve fixed hundreds of impact doors in the past 18 months. Complete refurbishment of sliding glass doors costs only 5 - 10% of replacement cost. We give our client’s a TOP QUALITY alternative to replacement.“

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much energy and money was saved. “We can now even approximate how fast our work has paid for itself and starts putting money in your pocket, month after month” Sam said.

l-r Lizette LaForge of Beacon Windows and Sam Radowick of Building Insight discuss the results of their work with Envoy Point Condo owner, Myrna Irwin.

If you have had another company work on your sliders and the repair did not last, or you still had “howling” when the wind blew, don’t give up on your old doors. Call Lizette at 727-641-8106 for a “second opinion” before you decide to “bite the bullet” and replace them.

With buildings using around 40% of our energy and the average American spending 90% of their time indoors, it just makes sense to improve that performance and air quality. Many ailments, respiratory and allergy issues are directly tied to our indoor environment. Building durability improves by reduced infiltration of gasses, acidic pollutants and moisture, lowering maintenance costs and associated costs such as insurance and workman’s comp claims.

The Next Step in Weatherization Lizette told me about a new partnership she had forged with a weatherization expert. She sais, “I recently met a man who noticed my vehicle signage and asked me specifically how we repair sliding glass doors. “Launching into a discussion about quality refurbishment, and dwelling on weather stripping, I was completely unaware that he teaches Building Weatherization at a local college. Most door repair companies typically throw in rollers but ignore the weather stripping. He was delighted to find a company that actually ‘gets it’ regarding weatherization.” “His name is Sam Radowick, and he is the Weatherization Professor. His expertise perfectly dovetails with our conversation about efficiency. Sam owns Building Insight, a building performance company focused on helping to solve complex challenges regarding the health, safety, durability, and energy-efficiency of the structures where we live, work and play. Let me give you an example of a recent project we worked on together. Our client lives in a high-rise St. Pete Beach condo, facing the Gulf. We were called in to refurbish the doors and windows. I hired Sam’s company, Building Insight, to perform a “Blower Door” test, to detects air leaks and show where moisture, dust, pollen, mold, and other pollutants enter the living space. No guessing needed with infrared camera

No matter how you slice it, efficiency and better indoor air quality result. Sam uses gas analysis testers, moisture, pressure, air flow and many other types of gauges to give buildings a real physical, documented in a clear report giving you the good, the bad and the ugly. No more replacing expensive sliding glass doors when a quality refurbish is all that is needed. Sam says that most homes only need some simple work using inexpensive materials to greatly improve what is known in the industry as “Building Performance”.

Sam Radowick of Building Insight performs a “Blower Door Test” to locate leaks in a St. Pete Beach Condo.

technology that VISUALLY and NUMERICALLY shows a homeowner where money is lost.” Sam said, “Doors and windows account for the lion’s share of leaks, but leaks around recessed lighting cans and switch plates can run a close second.” Check out the “Weather or NOT” video on Youtube at: I asked Sam if he could tell clients how much money the work will save them? He said he could. Testing before and after weatherproofing work, is done, he can compare data and calculate from your utility bill how


Then there’s LED lighting, reduced water usage and more, with the main focus of the industry being health and safety. The energy efficiency and building durability are fantastic side benefits since all the operating costs are saved, recovered or eliminated and generally pay for the work done in quite short order. It’s “Health Care” that puts money in your pocket. Building Insight gives your home an unbiased physical and at Beacon Windows we apply the proper “medication” to the sliding glass doors to get them into tip top shape. You can reach Lizette at

727-641-8106 or on the web at: or See her educational videos at /user/sliderrepair You can reach Sam at 727-204-2736 or

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2nd Tuesday @ month, Oct- May. Next luncheon March 11, 2014 Dolphin Beach Resort, 4900 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. Social hour 11:30 - lunch 12:15. Program - Fashion Show by Christopher & Banks. Reservations necessary, 397-4146 or 399-1272. necessary, 397-4146

or 399-1272 MOWW - Military Order of World Wars

Clearwater Chap. 1st Tue. monthly, Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane, Belleair. Social 11:30AM followed lunch & program. Military Officers that are retired, active duty or former officers and spouses or widows invited. RSVP, LTC George Smith, 727-785-5578. NATIONAL ACTIVE & RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES (NARFE) Ch. # 1140 - 4th Wed. monthly Spouses & guests welcome. narfe.orgchapter1140 PASS-A-GRILLE SHUFFLE BOARD (Jan - April ) Tues / Thurs / Sat, 10am –12 Pass-a-Grille Park 9 & 10th Ave. Member $20/yr. Open to Public RETIRED EDUCATORS PASADENA WOMEN & MEN CLUB Every Monday. 12:30pm - Bridge 1 Sunset Dr., S, St Petersburg Periodic Social Events 727.360.0288 - Robert Since 1923 RETIRED OFFICERS WIVES CLUB OF ST. PETERSBURG 2nd Tuesday (Oct - May) monthly Social 11:30am, Lunch/ Program 12:15pm, RSVP - 812-4868. ROTARY CLUB OF THE GULFBEACHES - Tuesdays, 12pm, The Club at Treasure Island 400 Treasure Island Causeway Guests welcome. Bill England, 727.347.0386 RUTGERS CLUB TAMPA BAY 1st Thursday monthly - 11:45 AM, Hibachi Grill, 7610 49th Street N., Park Plaza, Pinellas Park (727)344-1944 56 | PARADISE NEWS | MARCH 2014 |

SENIOR SOLOS Senior Solos - Pinellas Park invites all singles ages 55+ to join them. Contact Pat Carta 727-520-8797 SOUTH PINELLAS RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION(SPCREA) meets 11 am - 2nd Thur. @ month October through May. Meeting - Teppanyaki Grill & Supreme Buffet - 391 34th St. N St. Petersburg. (The buffet cost is $6.99.) Meetings open to all who worked in the field of education whether here in Florida or elsewhere, inc. teachers, support personnel and administrators. March meeting - collecting for the Free Clinic and Clothes for Kids. Join us - March 13th. Topic of meeting is Travel is Fun. Email - Joyce Walters at

ST. PETE ROAD RUNNERS Member: Road Runners Club of America. Open to all walkers, joggers, non-competitive runners, biathletes, triathletes - competitve runners. Monthly meets w/ guest speakers, coaching, group runs, newsletters, Group run schedule at ST. PETERSBURG REPUBLICAN 2nd Wed., 7pm, All invited, No charge St. Petersburg Comm. Church, 4501 30th Ave N St. Petersburg. Monthly speaker & Q & A session. Call Gail Hebert, 727-526-2492 or Gus Pries ST. PETERSBURG SHUFFLE BOARD Fridays - 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N., 7 - 11pm. A hip twist on an old game. FREE. 727-822-2083 SWISS CLUB 11:45 AM, 2nd Saturday monthly, The Club At Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island, 727-344-1944 THE HEART OF PINELLAS DECORATIVE ARTISTS (HPDA) 2nd Saturday (No meeting Dec) Anyone interested in the decorative arts can join. Over 100 members! Local affiliate of the international group, Society of Decorative Painters. or email TOASTMASTERS ST PETERSBURG CLUB #2284 Boost presentation skills confidence! World’s premiere public speaking organization help! Tuesdays, 6:15-8:30 p.m. Hope Lutheran Fellowship Hall 1801 62nd Ave N. St Petersburg


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GARDEN-NATURE-FLORIAL COMMUNITY GARDENS Get back to nature, boost your mood & self-esteem & get some exercise with a garden plot. Three locations. Learn more at FLORIDA WEST COAST ORCHID SOCIETY 2nd Thurs, 7:30pm, Educational class, Cooperative Extension (Botanical Gardens). 12175 125th St N, Largo. Visitors welcome. FREE. 727.460.4606 GARDEN CLUB St. Petersburg’s Jungle Circle

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GULF BEACHES HISTORICAL MUSEUM Experiencing the museum that continues a tradition of being an “all volunteer operated” organization. Interest in island history required. 115 10th Ave, St. Pete Beach, Pass-a-Grille, 727.552.1610 or email STATE OF FLORIDA GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM Sixth Judicial Circuit of FL 14250 49th St. N., Suite 4000, Clearwater, 727.464.6528 Donna Rasmussen, Program Dir. Maria Costa - Community Outreach Coord. ST. PETERSBURG FREE CLINIC New volunteer orientation is the 2nd Tuesday monthly - 10AM & 3rd Tuesday monthly - 3:30PM. Volunteer opportunities available in six programs. Contact Angel Schumaker, Dir. of Volunteers and Special Events, angel.schumaker@stpeters 821-1200 X 114. 863 3rd Ave. No., St Petersburg




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YOGA / SPIRITUAL / ETC. NEW CHIGONG Ancient Chinese system of exercise & movement done in meditation. Class consists of easy breathing & movement. Men & women/any age. Thurs., 10am, Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd, SPB. 727.367.3818 Michelle Maier, inst. “DIVINE BOOKS” A New Age spiritual boutique. Spiritual Items, Psychic, Reiki, Shaman, Qigong Treatments, Gifts & so much more! Meditation Classes, Wed’s 6–7pm, donation ($5 sugg) by Dr. Laurie Zakresky 206 – 150th Ave., Madeira Beach 727 800-9902. DRUM CIRCLE 4th Friday monthly - Gulfport beach West side near the Rec. Center. Winter 7 pm / Summer 7:30pm. Women-led drumming circles are empowering & healing. Dena Lebowitz. 727.289.3380 FOOD ADDICTS ANONYMOUS Can’t stop eating? Meets every Tuesday 5:30 - 6:30pm, 140 Corey Ave., St Pete Beach. GULFPORT YOGA 2914 1/2 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport Gentle, Restorative, Hot Yoga, Power Flow, Meditation, Yoga Nidra Daily classes, schedule online


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HOOP DANCING Tues. 10-11am, Wed. 9-10am Yoga Village - Sunken Gardens 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, Contact: Abby 813.777-7720 Hoop dancing is a form of story telling dance with anywhere from one to 30 hoops as props. Create static and dynamic shapes, or formations, representing various animals, symbols & storytelling. INSPIRE YOGA AT THE DALI Sundays at The Dali, One Dali Blvd., 12:15 - 1:30pm, Find your surreal center as you practice vinyasa/ashtanga poses. 727.823.3767 MADEIRA CENTER FOR NATURAL MEDICINE 420 130th Ave. (Tom Stuart Cswy) Madeira Bch. Dr. Len E. Bauduin offers acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, & nutritional counseling in that location since 1997. Training includes 2 B.S. degrees in biology, a Doctorate of Chiropractic & certification in applied kinesiology, physiotherapy, and acupuncture. Appointment, call: 727-393-3552. THE LONGHOUSE 2309 49th Street S, Gulfport 727.322.5766 Yoga Immersion ALL levels ! PERFECT CIRCLE YOGA & FITNESS 595 Corey Ave., St Pete Beach. Bikram, hot yoga, boot camp, hot & beach power pilates. Yoga- Chris 504-2327, Pilates - Lisa 709-0714 YOGA - JEANNE SALVO, RYT 500 Yoga Style: Kripalu Yoga, Pass-a-Grille Beach Comm Church, 107 16th Ave.,St. Pete Beach Oct to April 2014 • Mon. 6:30pm - Candlelight Yoga • Wed. & Friday 8am - Gentle & Restorative Yoga 9:30am - Moderate/Challenging Drop-in’s Welcome, supplies provided $10/class or $100 / 12-class pack Phone/Text 727.224.7631




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Paradise News March 2014 Issue  

Our March 2014 Issue of Paradise News covers Madeira Beach's Redevelopment, the Pass-a-Grille Home Tour, How to Reduce Your Power Bill, Tamp...

Paradise News March 2014 Issue  

Our March 2014 Issue of Paradise News covers Madeira Beach's Redevelopment, the Pass-a-Grille Home Tour, How to Reduce Your Power Bill, Tamp...