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DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS ST. PETERSBURG Sundial Shoppes Florida Jean Co Locale Market Vinoy Hotel Hollander Hotel Holocaust Museum Morean Art Center Florida CraftArt Jim Duprey Salon Reno Surf Shop The 4 three nine BBT-Central Dwtn. Peaceful Warriors Wellness Center

GRAND CENTRAL DISTRICT Grand Central Stained Glass

TYRONE AREA Cody’s Road House Harold Seltzer


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Chamber Seabreeze Inn Gulfport Casino

Habana Café Library/City Hall Art Village


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Regions Bank Sterling Cleaners Patchingtons

Island Salon Subway Isla Yacht & CC


FEATURES COVER STORY 40 Past, Present & Future Ferries by Steve Traiman


FEATURE STORY 38 Sunscreen Film Festival by Steve Traiman 19 Middlegrounds Celebrates 10 Years by Nanette Wiser

20 Earth Day, Green Thumb Festival by Nanette Wiser


22 Mosquitoes or Tick problem? by Peter A. Roos

24 Skyway Marina District’s May Day Race 26 Making Life Insurance Simple by Patrick Williams

DEPARTMENTS PUBLISHERS LETTER........6 LETTERS .........................7 TIDBITS ....................8-15 KUDOS.........................10 INVESTING ...................22 CONSTRUCTION .........28 PROPERTY LAW .............30 REAL ESTATE ..............31 ART NEWS .............44-50 ARTS & LEISURE ...51-63 EVENTS .................52-60 CLASSIFIED ...........64-65 FISHING .......................67 ASTROLOGY ................68 PLAYING AROUND ......69 COVER DESIGN: Renee Roos ARTIST: Lori Bellinger PHOTO: Thanks to Ben Lee & Lance Peterson

27 Larry’s Donuts & Ice Cream by John Waterman


29 TradeWinds Proposes Sewer Deal by Peter A. Roos

ReMax Metro Marco’s Wong Lee’s T. V. Hardware

SOUTH PASADENA Palms Hospital Publix Winn Dixie

Spiro’s Deli Fountains Towers Regions Bank

PASS-A-GRILLE Merry Pier Paradise Grille Gennaro’s SeaCritters Suntan Art Center Bamboozle

The SeaHorse Paradiso Boutique The Wharf Hurley Realty Loews - Don CeSar Shaners Land-Sea Mkt

ST. PETE BEACH 5th/3rd Bank Lou’s Florist Pappy’s Mickie’s Ice Cream Baird Realty Nori Thai Sushi Riptides Lounge Resort Realty Library/City Hall Paradise Grille Dolphin Liquors Cafe Soleil New China

ReMax Preferred Agave Mexican Synovus Bank SPB Produce-Deli Coldwell Banker RE Vito & Michaels’ Nina’s Cafe Winn Dixie TBB Chamber Gulf to Bay Bait UPS Store Regions Bank Dolphin Beach Resort

COREY AREA DISTRICT Art Expo Paradise Gifts Frog Pond

Chill Restaurant Beach Theatre The Corey Keller Williams Realty

TREASURE ISLAND Publix Market The Sandpiper The Pearl TI & MB Chamber

Bilmar Hotel T.I. Hardware ReMax Metro Clock Tower Bus Stop

JOHN’S PASS VILLAGE Kilwin’s Ice Cream

Spice & Tea Exchange Chamber Kiosk

32 Madeira Bay Resort! Finally a Reality


34 Go Rays, What’s up @ Bat

Barefoot Bch Resort Post Office Recreation Center City Hall Library

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While the weather’s been especially mild here in Paradise this winter, the political climate has been downright heated. Our readers know we are apolitical, but we do fancy ourselves communicators for our communities. As such, we introduce candidates on occasion and somtimes report political outcomes, especially when it seems to mark a change in direction. Change seems to be in the wind a lot lately, at least since November. Madeira Beach is perhaps the biggest shocker. Three years ago Travis Paladino was re-elected as mayor with a startling 82% of the vote. Shane Crawford, the City Manager seemed to be almost universally popular. In a resounding reversal, anti-redevelopment forces seized control, replacing the mayor and both sitting commissioners who were running for re-election.


Peter Roos - Marketing Director Renee Roos - Creative Director __________________________________ SENIOR WRITERS/EDITORS Steve Traiman - Nanette Wiser - CONTRIBUTORING Jim Beggins • Tom Brodersen Esq. Tom Smith • Sarah Lyons Brian Puckett, JD, CPA, PFS, CFP™ __________________________________________

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In Treasure Island too, which always seems to have an anti-height mentality, commisioners in favor of a planned development district were replaced by contra-growth forces, causing long-time city manager Reid Silverboard to offer his resignation, effective May 8th. St. Pete Beach’s outcome was surprisingly non-controversial. Interim mayor Shechner turned her gavel over to Mayor Al Johnson to a round of applause. All commissioners remained seated so far. But enough about all that. With season in full swing and the awesome weather, markets, events and festivals have been everywhere. Lows in the 6o’s and highs in the 80’s are part of our definition of paradise. Enjoy life without air conditioning while you can. We bought our second Chevy Volt when the lease expired on the first one in September. Our 10 KW roof-mounted solar electric system has been providing all the power we need to run our home, our business and most of the power for the Volt, with which we deliver bulk copies of Paradise NEWS, with a monthly power bill averaging under $25. It is a technology we love to utilize and talk about. This is after all the Sunshine State. Thanks so much to all of you who tell us how much you enjoy reading Paradise NEWS. We never tire of hearing it.

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Corey Area Business Association Greater Gulfport Chamber of Commerce 2007“ Business of the Year Award” Recipient St. Petersburg Preservation St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce 2008 “ Small Business of the Year ” Award 2013 “Woman-Owned Business of the Year ” Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber

Letters Dear Renee & Peter: You have afforded me the very enjoyable opportunity to contribute to your outstanding publication as it has grown, but I feel that it's time to provide my column's space for your continued growth. In addition, I'm having some health issues since our loss of Charlie, one of which (a near-stroke) put me in the hospital, in addition to blood pressure problems. "Treasured Tales" has been a most rewarding experience! If there is ever any feature article I might be able to provide, I hope you will contact me. Kindest regards - Julian Fant.

HelloWe truly enjoy reading through the Paradise News. My Lisa took this beautiful sunset photo this past week

from our back yard in Belle Vista. The sunset, the Don, and McPherson Bayou all teamed up for a great "cellphone" shot. Hope you like it as much as we do. - Nick Pusta

The treasure of Treasure Island is the beach. All the people that own and live on the beach are here because of the beautiful sand and the recreation opportunities of the beach. We fear the condition of the beach is going to effect tourism and all the financial benefits to the community. The city only selectively rakes a small portion of the sand in front of a few hotels. The rest of us are stuck with sand burrs, weeds and ugly invasive growth. What can we do to get our beautiful beach back, like what it is in front of those few hotels. Treasure Sands Condominium, - Dennis & Dorothy Denton

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SPORTS FANS Go Rays! Check what’s new at the Trop, Rays’ compassionate community programs and our story on best sports bars for watching baseball. Rowdies Go Wild: Hoping for big wins against Toronto FCII April 1 and Ottawa Fury FC April 8… The Tampa Bay Rowdies bid to make the jump to Major League Soccer will be up 8

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PARADISE NEWS Win Free Tickets: We’re giving away two free Florida Symphony Orchestra tickets. Sign up for Paradise News weekly e-newsletter by April 30th and iyou'll be automatically entered to win two free tickets for their "The American Songbook" performance, May 13th - 8 pm at the Mahaffey Theater. The drawing is May 1 and the winner will be notified by email and tickets mailed to them. Stay In Touch: Bookmark our website Like us on Facebook ParadiseNews/. Follow us on for a May 2nd vote on the team’s plans to expand their home field; residents can weigh in on whether the city could negotiate up to a 25-year lease with the team.…The Tampa Bay Rowdies are extending their brand to the Tampa Bay United Soccer Club, a youth soccer group, as the team works to become the next expansion team for Major League Soccer.

KINDNESS NEWS Food Bank: Religious Community Services, Inc. (RCS) and RCS Food Bank invite all area bikers to “go all in to fight hunger” on Saturday, April 22, 2017 for the 1st Annual RCS Food Bank Poker Run. All proceeds will benefit the RCS Food Bank, the largest provider of emergency food in Pinellas County.

April 28th Kindness Day: International Pay It Forward Day now has a Tampa Bay presence, thanks to local small business owner, Denise Seaman, and her team at Home Care Now. For the first time in our local history, several neighboring cities will band together to sign proclamations for this special holiday based on the kindness of strangers. Multiple Mayors are making official proclamations and inspiring their families, friends and neighbors to get involved. Armed with Pay it Forward bracelets, her team is spreading the word throughout Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties and engaging others to do the same specifically for senior citizens they encounter. When a good deed is acknowledged, the bracelet is given to the recipient to ‘pay it forward’ to someone else and keep the chain of good deeds going. No Hungry Families: The Kind Mouse, whose mission is to “assist families in transition and their chronically hungry children,” now operates out of a multi-roomed location in St. Petersburg. Labeled bins of canned food, cereal, oatmeal and boxed food like macaroni

and cheese are neatly organized on shelves from floor to ceiling, and there are plans to start a garden this spring to supply fresh vegetables. BIZ NEWS Fin Financials: Shark-related dives in Florida generated more than $221 million in direct revenue and fueled over 3,700 jobs last year, according to a report released Tuesday by Oceana, the international ocean conservation organization Jobs Downturn? The Florida Chamber of Commerce forecasts that Florida will create 190,000 new jobs in 2017, down from the 244,400 jobs created last year. Job creation in Florida peaked in April 2016. AROUND THE BEACHES Fort De Soto Park was featured as one of the United States’ 10 Best Pet Friendly Beaches. Market Time: The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market (Wed. 9 am – 2pm). Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market (9 am – 1 pm) run weekly through May 2017. Treasure Island Friday Morning Market: Through April 9, am – 2 pm. TI Community Center Park, 104th Ave. and Park Place. CLEARWATER/ CLEARWATER BEACH You Dine, We Donate: The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach’s Ocean Hai restaurant will be supporting local non-profit organizations with its new You Dine, We Donate program giving all net proceeds from food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases by diners seated at Table #31 to a different local charity selected each month. Guests who wish to participate in Ocean Hai’s You Dine, We Donate program may book a reservation at Ocean Hai’s Table #31. The program will support the following charities in 2017: April: Autism Awareness Month – Tampa Bay Chapter; May: Troop Rewards; · June: Pinellas Co. Lifeguards;

July: Clwtr Marine Aquarium; August: Pinellas Co. Schools; Sept.: Eckerd Kids; Oct.: Hooked on Hope; Nov.: Clearwater for Youth; Dec.: Arts for Life. INDIAN SHORES/INDIAN ROCKS BEACH IRB Election Results: Nearly 1,900 people voted in the March 14 Indian Rocks Beach municipal election and they chose incumbent Phil Hanna and civic leader Phil Wrobel to represent them on the City Commission and were sworn in (March). Indian Shores/ Duke Energy Work: Lane closures on the east side of Gulf Blvd. should be expected as Duke Energy will be installing underground cable and conduit from the intersection at Park Blvd. and Gulf Dr. to the Mini-Substation approximately 2,500 feet south of that intersection. MADEIRA BEACH Fly Me To The Moon: Engel & Völkers has expanded its service portfolio to include the brokerage of business aircraft and private jets worldwide. The new division, Engel & Völkers Aviation, will specialize in aircraft sales and charter and will serve as the company’s fourth business division, joining Engel & Völkers residential real estate, Engel & Völkers commercial real estate and Engel & Völkers Yachting. PINELLAS COUNTY A Man For All Seasons: Thanks to Pinellas Commissioner John Morroni who announced he will not seek re-election in 2018 after 25 years of service. Penny for Pinellas Online Survey: Citizens, tell us officials your priorities for the Penny for Pinellas 1-percent sales tax through the Pinellas County pg 11 | APRIL 2017


50th Anniversary

Live Dixieland Jazz The Bilmar Beach Resort celebrated the 50th Anniversary of live Dixieland Jazz on March 8 with a Mardi Gras-themed celebration in the Crystal Sands Ballroom. Back in 1967, the original owner Russ Baltz started the tradition of Dixieland Jazz on the beaches of Treasure Island. Through two changes in ownership, the hotel has kept the tradition alive What’s amazing is the loyal following of music fans who flock to their shows. The Dixieland Jazz Band plays the Bilmar Beach Resort every Wednesday 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.


Clyde Smith, the Bilmar Beach Resort General Manager, expects a lot of regulars. “In attendance were Mrs. Jackie Reis from St. Petersburg. She attended the very first show in 1967 with her husband Andy. The Reis family (round photo) has been guests at the Bilmar since 1965 and still bring 4 generations of family to the Bilmar on Treasure Island every July 4th Holiday Weekend,” says Smith.

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The Bilmar Beach Resort is the heart of Treasure Beach Island and a perfect home away from home for the local festivals, Friday farmer’s market and catching up with friends with a Gulf view at Sloppy Joe’s and Bilmar Beach Café.

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Celtics Youth Basketball Team – Madeira Beach Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge, located at 14020 Marguerite Dr in Madeira Beach, recently sponsored a Madeira Beach Recreation youth basketball team. The team, called the Celtics, won the league championship. Gulf Beach Lodge is dedicated to supporting the community and its youth programs in order to assist in building a positive outlet for our young people. The Lodge encourages other organizations and businesses to take part in supporting our children and their sports teams throughout the year.

L to R: Lee J Harrer & Emma Gregory The Florida Bibliophile Society (FBS) awarded its first Lee J. Harrer Student Book Collecting Contest award this February to Eckerd College freshman Emma Gregory. She received the $500 prize in a ceremony where she got to meet Harrer, a founder of the FBS in 1983. Gregory had submitted an essay about her love for collecting books about sea creatures and short story anthologies to the committee. Students at all the colleges in the Tampa Bay area were eligible to win. Gregory's mother and sister, who attended the February ceremony, were certain about what she would spend her loot on: "More books”. - Photo courtesy of Eckerd College.


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Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291, chartered in 1950, has been an active force on the Gulf Beaches for 67 years. Members included bankers, contractors, teachers, Congressmen, soldiers, pharmacists, police, firefighters, and a myriad of men from all walks of life. Open to men ages 18 & up, offers an opportunity to be proactive in the community. Be a part of a three hundred years fraternity. Some notable Freemasons were George Washington (& 15 other US Presidents), Ben Franklin, Henry Ford, Red Skelton and General Douglas MacArthur. Interested in more information about Freemasonry? Visit or contact Secretary

Tidbits online survey through April 16. openpinellas In Pinellas County We Trust: Nine out of 10 Pinellas County residents say they have trust and confidence in their local government, a number which far surpasses the national average (71%) for trust in government. This and other insights are the result of Pinellas County government’s 2017 Citizen Values Survey, which was recently conducted as part of the County’s ongoing efforts to engage the public and obtain feedback to guide future services. “Our residents continue to recommend Pinellas County as a place to live, work, raise children and retire, and that speaks volumes about the things we are doing to serve the public every day,” said Pinellas County Administrator Mark S. Woodard. Pinellas Citizen University (PCU) Starts April 13: Pinellas County residents can experience an up-close and behind-thescenes look at the first-class services provided by their county government at PCU. Registration is now open for the 6-week course scheduled for Weds./Thurs. evenings from April 13 through May 17, with a bonus Saturday class on May 20. Classes usually meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Upon completion,

each graduate receives a diploma signed by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and a class picture to commemorate the event. FYI: 727- 464-4600.; Animal Welfare Report Released: Pinellas County Animal Services, SPCA Tampa Bay, Humane Society of Pinellas, Pet Pal Animal Shelter and Friends of Strays will release the 2017 Pinellas County Animal Report this week, which provides trends related to Pinellas County’s pets. The organizations provided an update on an initiative put in place last year that aims to reunite more lost pets with their owners. Water System Maintenance in April: The method of water treatment for Pinellas County and its wholesale customers will be temporarily modified thru April 24. The first of two short-term changes from chloramine to chlorine disinfection in 2017 is a routine maintenance measure designed to optimize water quality and will benefit Pinellas County Utilities water customers, as well as customers in the cities of Clearwater, Pinellas Park and Safety Harbor. Watering Restrictions Begin April 1: Seasonal reclaimed watering restrictions in place between April 1 and June 30 during traditional dry season as

well as year-round conservation measures allowing irrigation using potable, well, lake or pond water two days per week on assigned days based on house address. South County reclaimed watering restrictions apply to Pinellas County Utilitiessupplied reclaimed water customers located south of Ulmerton Road and are based on house numbers. water-restrict.htm. • Addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) water Tue., Thur. & or Saturday • Addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) water on Wed., Fri. & or Sun. • Addresses with mixed or no addresses, such as common areas associated with a residential subdivision may water on Wed., Fri.& or Sunday • Irrigation prohibited between 10 am - 4 pm daily & on Monday Stormwater Developer Guidance: In a continuous effort to practice superior environmental stewardship and foster continual economic growth and vitality, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners approved the Pinellas County Stormwater Manual. The ordinance goes in effect on April 1; the manual provides guidance for designing sites and infrastructure using newly adopted criteria and best management practices (BMPs) for water quality and flood protection. Pinellas County is offering a workshop May 3,

8:30 am – 4 pm @ Magnolia Room of Pinellas County Extension (12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo). PINELLAS PARK Pepper Fest April 8-9: Turn up the heat with music, sauce tasting, jalapeno-eating contest and more. England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st St.; Arts Fans: Art Walk is the 4th Saturday of every month at Pinellas Park Arts Village, 5600 Park Blvd. ST.PETE BEACH Happy 60th Bday: The year-long celebration continues May 6 with a salute to veterans 70’s style @Horan Park 11 am – 5 pm in partnership with the Veterans of South Pinellas. On July 9, enjoy a champagne brunch at the Don Cesar Hotel and Oct. 6, you can rock your way through the 90’s at the kick-off concert for the Friday night October concert series in Horan Park 7- 9 pm. On Dec. 1, the birthday culminates with the annual tree lighting/ boat parade viewing party in Horan Park 6-8 pm. FYI: Jennifer @ 727.363.9274; Register For Summer Camp: Sign up at St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, for full and half day summer camps for kids who have completed K-6th grades, from | APRIL 2017


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L to R: Jeff Derf, Cindy Pierro, Chelse Rosenkranz, Cherie Reasner, Dave Reasner, Nancy Reeves, Marc Wood, Cathy Rosenkranz, Steve Rosenkranz, Cindy Rosenkranz, Rick Rosenkranz, Scott Brown & Rebecca Brown

Tidbits swimming to specialty camps (robotics, archery). FYI:; 727-363-9245. Pass-a-Grille Merchants thrive In Spite of Road Construction Please continue to keep the Boutiques, Gift Shops, Churches, thrift shops and restaurants of Pass-a-Grille in mind as construction of Pass-a-Grille Way continues. They will need support of all us locals over the off-season to continue to thrive. When the road is finally finished, it will be Paradise again. Upham Beach Rock Groin Installation Begins This Spring: The project will remove the yellow bags from the 5 locations cur- rently on the beach and replace them with 4 new rock T-Groins. The project will be managed by Pinellas County and the awarded contractor has indicated that they intend to begin work on June 1st and complete work ahead of schedule as early as the end of November 2017. The rock 12

is being barged in and will be delivered from the beach side and not over the roads. Don CeSar Price Tag Revealed: A massive hotel real estate investment trust paid more than $200 million to acquire the Don CeSar St. Pete Beach and its sister property. A corporate entity tied to Bethesda, Marylandbased Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HST) paid $214 million for the 277-room Don CeSar and the 70-room Beach House Suites by Don CeSar, according to a late February regulatory filing. ST. PETERSBURG: DOWNTOWN Dining & Drinking: Il Ritorno doubling its downtown space… The Galley is the newest hip hang-out, nautical décor and yummy chow…Need a work space downtown? Check out The Station House where you can conduct a meeting, event and be an innovator…City Bistro took over Central Perks Café…Flute (bubbly, caviar) will open this spring on Beach Dr… Both the NY Times and Orlando Magazine featured downtown

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St. Pete, praising its vibrant arts & live/work/play neighborhoods. Are You A Journalist? The Poynter Institute invites Tampa Bay high school students for a week-long prestigious summer program June 12-16. Application deadline May5; New @ Vinoy: Paul's Landing, the new restaurant under construction at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is slated for completion late 2017. The 200-seat restaurant, which is part of a multi-phase renovation underway at the Vinoy, will be built on the property's esplanade — the upper deck above the pool area — which overlooks the marina & St. Petersburg skyline. The restaurant will take up about half of the esplanade space; the other half will remain event space. The Longest Table Benefits WUSF Public Media April 6: This glorious al fresco food feast located on Bayshore Drive NE from the Museum of Fine Arts to the Vinoy starts at 5:30. Ticket

prices depend on the restaurant you choose with options ranging from Mattison’s to 400 Beach. FYI Tickets: 800-661-0823 Sponsorships: New Business District: Businesses surrounding Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg have come together to create an official business district to better brand the area and attract economic activity & development. The 15-block area extends from Sixth Avenue North to Baum Avenue in between Central Avenue and First Avenue North and from Fifth Street to Second Street anchored by the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement when it opens. St. Petersburg Preservation Guided Walking Tours, 727-463-4612. ST. PETERSBURG April 28, 8-10 am-Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s Future of the Region Awards

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Breakfast: This program highlights projects and programs that exemplify regionalism, and recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions that benefit the regional community. FYI:; 727-570-5151 x10 Hilton Carillon Park Hotel, 950 Lake Carillon Dr. May 2nd Special Election: The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections mailed 67,222 ballots March 28 to domestic voters residing in the City of St. Petersburg for the May 2 St. Petersburg Special Election


Referendum. To request a mail ballot, visit, call 727-464-VOTE (8683) or email The deadline to request a ballot to be mailed is 5 pm @April 26. EDC Appoints New Vice-Chair: The Board of Directors of the St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC) appointed David R. Punzak, Shareholder with Carlton Fields, as the organization’s Vice Chair. Following his term as Vice Chair, Punzak will assume the position of Chairman in 2018.

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SOUTH PASADENA Spring News: Gigi Esposito and David Magenheimer were sworn in to serve on the Commission. Free outdoor concert by the South Pasadena Comm. Band May 18 7:30 pm @ Galatea Garden Band Shell 7015 Sunset Drive South. For more news,

opening a second location in Maximo Marina. The Getaway will be opening in the 4,000 square foot building on the south side of the marina that once housed a MarineMax sales office. It will include a large patio as well as a waterfront, dockside bar. While plans are still in flux, the seating capacity should be between 250 and 300.

SKYWAY MARINA DISTRICT People-Safe Roads: A committee aimed at making roads friendly for pedestrians and cyclists adds mobility transit planning in Tampa Bay lacks. The committee was given the green light to spend up to $1 million to widen sidewalks in the Skyway Marina District.

TAMPA BAY / TIA UPDATE TIA was named Best Airport in North America in the 15 million to 25 million passengers per year category, as part of the Airport Service Quality awards conducted by Airports Council International, the international trade group representing airports…Tech On The Go, Potbelly Sandwich shop and "The Eatery" launched featuring Buddy Brew Coffee, Bella's Italian Cafe, Fitlife Foods, Yogurtology, Square 1 Burgers and Liquid Provisions… Richard Gonzmart will debut his brands (Columbia, Ulele, Café Con Leche,

The Getaway x 2: The Skyway Marina District team has accomplished the unimaginable a $2.2M waterfront restaurant to the list of accomplishments that has taken place this year. The Getaway restaurant, that is located up on Gandy will be

Goody Goody)…Also opening are Bavaro’s (Italian), Louis Pappas Fresh Grek and FitLife Foods. TIERRA VERDE April 15 - Car Show: Tierra Verde Business Partnership (TVBP) & Premium Productions rolls out its Sixth Annual Classic Car & Truck Show and Taste of Tierra Verde 11 am – 3 pm. Oo and aah over the 125 classic vehicles, enjoy food and music by DJ Tommy Tunes, fun kids’ activities. Downtown Tierra Verde parking lot, 1110 Pinellas Bayway South OLLI @Eckerd College Summer Line-Up: Folks 50+ can enjoy more than 40 inspiring classes starting in May. For the first time, OLLI will be presenting in early May the highly popular 2017 TED talks held a week before in Vancouver, BC and presented in a cinema experience in Miller Hall on the Eckerd campus in St. Petersburg. Among the many OLLI Summer Term’s classes offered are “The History of Spring Training,” “Broadway Today,” “Prehistoric Astronomical Structures,” “Gone with the Wind: The Man Behind The Film,” “Carol King & Her Tapestry of Song,” “BBC Planet Earth II Film Doc.,” “Wild Florida,” “The Birth of Rock ‘N Roll,” “Current Issues in Constitutional Law,” “Civil Rights Hero Harry T. Moore” and “Florida’s Deadliest Storms.” OLLI summer activities include two theatre productions at the Francis Wilson Theater in Clearwater & three presentations from the British National Theatre in London. Eckerd College’s Presidential Events Series: In recent years, zoos and aquariums have been subjected to heated criticism. However, zoos play a vital role in education, conservation and animal welfare. “The Role of the Modern Zoo” is the speaker

topic April 9 @ 1 pm in the Triton Room when Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Executive Director Tony Vecchio discusses the role of the modern zoo, then a panel of local animal caretakers, researchers, conservationists, behaviorists and others will continue the discussion. Tierra Verde Residents Celebrate 32 Years for Top It Off Imprints and Embroidery: Established in 1985, the company is a locally owned and operated provider of custom screen-printed T-shirts and embroidered apparel and locals Laura and Gary Eaton are co-owners, purchased the business in 2013. FYI: TREASURE ISLAND Treasure Island/Maderia Beach (TIMB) Chamber of Commerce Host Health Expo May 18: Health-related businesses are invited to participate in a Health Expo May 18, @ Treasure Island Community Center, 154 – 106th Ave. The Health Expo is scheduled from 1 pm till 4 pm. Attendees can enjoy health tips and live entertainment. TIMB Chamber at 727-360-4121.

New Source Security Adds Key Partnerships to Better Serve Client Needs in Security, Safety, & Liability Risks: Bill Phillips, CEO and Managing Consultant, has confirmed new national affiliations for expanded executive and personal protection, and enhanced pre-employment and background screening and checks. He emphasizes, “As our client base has grown and their risk and exposures have changed, we have expanded our capabilities to meet their current and future needs. Through our affiliation with The World Protection Group (WPG), we can now provide our individual & business clients with the quality event and travel protection services they require. CEO Kent Moyer and his staff have a stellar reputation, which is why we chose them.” For highest reliability and accuracy, New Source Security also is now connecting its clients to the services of RSI, a fullyaccredited background service firm. FYI: www.newsource wphillips@newsourcesecurity. com (847) 420-0348. PN

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Jelly Beans, Eggs & Easter Oh My!

By Nanette Wiser Baskets and bonnets in hand, celebrate Easter on April 16th weekend. There’s Easter Egg hunts, posing with the Easter Bunny and Easter brunches to enjoy with family and friends. (For events, be sure to check ahead to see if you need a reservation or if there is a fee. For brunch, make reservations now.)

Sweet Stuff & Bunny Photos Candy: You can fill your Easter baskets with hand-crafted candies from William Dean, Kilwin’s, Meyer’s House of Sweets, The Candy Kitchen, Zeno’s Boardwalk Sweet Shop. Bunny Photos: Through April 15th, you can get an Easter activity sheet and photo with the bunny at International Plaza with purchase. Every spring, our lovable Bunny pops up at the Tyrone Mall in Dillard’s Court through April 15.

Egg Hunts April 15th Underwater Egg Hunt and Spring Festival 10 am –noon St. Pete Beach Aquatic Complex & Horan Park 16

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Egg Hunt, Easter Bunny & Bonnet Contest 10 am Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave., T.I. Easter Egg Hunt 8 am – 10 am Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. You can hunt for eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, and cuddle adorable animals.

April 16th Giant Easter Egg Hunt 11 am – 2 pm Coachman Park, Downtown Clearwater. Easter Dance Party 6 -10 pm Gulfport Casino Ballroom 5500 Shore Blvd. S. Lesson at 6 pm, semi-formal attire. Special dance presentations, cash bar, snacks.

Easter Buffet & Brunches Many of the local hotels offer holiday buffets, so call your favorite one. Be sure to check our Breakfast of Champions article in this issue for other ideas. Call ahead for hours, price and reservation. Some of our favorite Easter celebrations can be found at Tradewinds Island Resort, Middlegrounds, the Don Cesar,

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Sirata Hotel, Majestic Ballroom 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach; 855-318-9004 Sup on shrimp, crab claws, oysters and clams, lobster bisque, delectable salads and soups, then move on to make your own omelet, fresh waffles with strawberries, herb seared check with Portobello mushroom sauce, roasted baby veggies, whipped potatoes and the ham and prime rib carving station but ave room for dessert, especially those scintillating petit fours.

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House 400 Beach Dr NE downtown St. Pete; 727-896-2400 Start with fresh fruit, cheese, salads, deviled eggs, roasted veggies, or the dessert room (there’s Peeps!), then graze the bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, cheese blintz, sliced ham, rice, salmon, peel & eat shrimp, herbed crusted leg of lamb and roasted garlic top round beef while enjoying some of the best cocktails and wines/craft beers DTSP.

DoubleTree Beach Resort By Hilton 17120 Gulf Blvd. , N. Redington Beach; 727-369-7180 Shrimp, mussels, prime rib, bone-in ham, fruit, cheese, made-to-order omelets, blackened salmon, oven-roasted pork loin, marinated beef tips,

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Breakfast of Champions By Nanette Wiser The Annex: The Westphals’ newest venture is a casual, walk up cafe serving breakfast, waffles, home-made muffins, desserts, Cubans, milk shakes, coffee, hot dogs and soft-serve ice cream the family will enjoy plus art and gifts, 8 am – 8 pm. 400 Beach Dr. DTSP; 727-896-4400

April is the month for visiting friends and family, so why not get them out and about early with a breakfast rendezvous? After a few days entertaining, it’s eggs-actly what you need in the morning, from fresh brewed java to homebaked muffins. In addition to those listed here, we also like Jessie’s (Pinellas Park), First Watch, Skidder’s, Café Europa, The Village Inn, Mama’s Kitchen, Maggie Mae’s, Sea Salt Sunday brunch, Skyway Jack’s, The Metro Diner, The Mill, Birch & Vine, Noble Crust, The Wooden Rooster and Better Byrd. (Check Yelp for the location nearest you; hours and menu items may change.) Stay tuned for a tour of our favorite coffeehouses to cool off and kick back coming this summer, a breakfast alternative that can last all day.


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Banyan Café: Kahwa coffee, amazing latte and chai tea and a laid-back San Francisco vibe. The hickory smoked bacon or spinach burrito, vanilla bean Belgian waffle and smoke salmon benedict wow me every time. 689-D Dr Martin Luther King Jr St N., St. Pete; 727-896-6100 701 Central Ave., DTSP; 727-896-6600 Ciccio Cali: Best of show include the San Fran pretzel sweet cream cheese French toast, border wrap, Tex Mex egg bowls and piggies in a bowl, best consumed with a mango mimosa. Weekend brunch 10 am-3 pm. 190 37th Ave N., St. Petersburg; 727-898-8226 Chill’s Restaurant & Bar: This is a PN favorite hangout, thanks to the gourmet muffins, shrimp and grits, light-as-afeather crepes, bananas foster waffle and my ultimate, the Sedona scramble (lightly scrambled eggs, onions, mushrooms, Angus shaved steak, and topped off with an amazing smoky chipotle hollandaise sauce, over roasted potatoes. There’s also a Sunday brunch that stretches lazily into the afternoon, thanks to the ultimate Bloody Mary, crab Benedict or ham and brie crepe that beckons me every weekend. Corey Ave at 74th Ave., St Pete Beach 727 - 360-2445

Don Cesar Hotel, The Sea Porch: In addition to an amazing Easter Brunch both here and in The King Charles Room, breakfast with a view of the Gulf is always a treat here, especially for the Sunday champagne brunch from 11 am – 3 pm. Daily breakfast features malted waffles, Cuban bread French toast, banana nut muffins, skillet cornbread and a Gulf Coast breakfast skillet with shrimp and poblano hash. 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach; 727-360-1881 Frog Pond: With a second location in St. Pete Beach, it’s been a family favorite forever from the banana Foster Belgian waffle to the ginormous omelets served with an army of fresh fruit. 16909 Gulf Blvd., N. Redington Beach; 727- 392-4117 7390 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach; 727-363-7205 Harvey's 4th St. Grill: This Florida-style bar and grill serves up Sunday Brunch and Saturday breakfast. Much of the décor came from several historic St. Pete hotels, including the Vinoy, the Soreno, and the Albermarle. All of Harvey’s food is fresh, made from scratch. We love the poached eggs with tenderloin filet, Swiss broccoli quiche, corned beef hash, waffles and omelettes. 3121 4th St N., St. Petersburg; 727-821-6516 Hollander Hotel’s The Tap Room: On Saturday & Sunday, the big breakfast is $12 all you can eat but Sunday is Funday at the pool 1-5 pm with music and events. This artsy casual and friendly eatery has amazing craft beers, beer cocktails, a delectable to go dessert counter and some of the best food downtown. Breakfast daily tantalizes, from the Boston Cream French Toast to the Greek and veggie omelettes.

Nueva Cantina: From the Bloody Mary/Maria bar to the bottomless mimosas, Sunday at this Southeast downtown St. Pete regional Mexican restaurant is oh so unique. The Egg Benedicto is a jalapeno cheddar biscuit topped with ham, poached eggs, Tabernero Hollandaise, served with Cantina Potatoes. The tableside guacamole, Eggs Ranchero bowl, corned beef and chorizo hash with eggs and Chilaquiles rate a wow as the does the apple pie with cheddar and bacon for dessert. 1625 4th St. South DTSP; 727-851-9579 Stella’s: Fun people watching and yummy dishes make for a good start of the day, especially when dining on ham stack and eggs, quiche, lox and bagel, shrimp and grits or traditional biscuits and gravy. 3119 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport; 727-498-8950 Sweet Sage Café: An adorable gift store and pet-friendly garden patio dotted with kitschy found objects enchant diners and there’s a breakfast brunch bar as well as delectable smoothies, mimosas and breakfast delights. Crepes, a Southern chicken biscuit, quiche, apple crisp French toast, eggs Benedict (California, salmon), scramblers and jumbo muffins will not leave you hungry. 16725 Gulf Blvd., N. Redington Beach; 727- 391-0453 Trip’s Diner: Southern familystyle farm fresh dishes entice, especially the corn bread, eggs benny, country-fried steak and eggs, a breakfast Cuban, white cheese grits, a pancake as big as a hubcap 10555 Park Blvd., Seminole 727- 623-0907 2339 Dr Martin Luther King Jr St. N., St. Petersburg; 727 - 498-8980 PN

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A decade ago, Treasure Island’s beloved By Nanette Wiser Robbie’s Pancake House transformed into A decade ago, Treasure Island’s beloved Middle Grounds Grill, aHouse culinary haven forinto Robbie’s Pancake transformed seafood andGrounds steak lovers. Middle Grill, a Superb culinary food, havenservice for and cocktails coupled anSuperb elegant, boutique seafood and steak with lovers. food, service wineand list cocktails and craftcoupled beers, brings andboutique with anlocals elegant, wineflocking list andtocraft brings locals and visitors thisbeers, superb restaurant. visitors flocking to this superb restaurant.

PN caught up with Dan Coover, who proudly said PNGrounds caught upiswith Coover, who Middle still Dan a family affair. Hisproudly dad, said Middle Grounds is still a family affair.Coover, His dad, brother Scott and sister-in-law Wendy Wendy Coover, evenbrother Scott’sScott son, and littlesister-in-law Scott, are all involved in even Scott’salthough son, littleDad Scott, are all in the restaurant, heads outinvolved to the restaurant, although heads out to Montana in spring just after Dad the bi-annual Montana in spring just after the bi-annual May classic car show at the restaurant. May classic car show at the restaurant.

What’s the secret to their success? “We getget What’s the secret to their success? “We the freshest fish fish possible every dayday and deliver the freshest possible every and deliver a dining experience that is like no other, a dining experience that is like no other, especially withwith the the aquarium thatthat makes you especially aquarium makes you feel like dining under thethe sea,” says Dan. feel you’re like you’re dining under sea,” says Dan. “We “We alsoalso offeroffer wet-aged steaks, upscale wet-aged steaks, upscale entrees, delicious sauces andand unique seasonal entrees, delicious sauces unique seasonal dishes a casual, comfortable atmosphere dishes in a in casual, comfortable atmosphere without the fancy white tablecloths.” without the fancy white tablecloths.” You be cantreated be treated a VIP a tuxedo flipYou can likelike a VIP in aintuxedo or or flipa local hotspot, nightly flops.flops. It’s aIt’s local hotspot, withwith nightly livelive seven nights a week during season (includmusicmusic seven nights a week during season (including April), full bar where also dine, ing April), a fulla bar where youyou cancan also dine,

magnificent martinis, a tempting kids menu, daily happy hour (4:30-7), $12.95 bird magnificent martinis, a tempting kidsearly menu, specials (4:30-5:30) and ½$12.95 price wine daily happy hour (4:30-7), earlybottles bird on Wednesday. There’s valet andbottles a private specials (4:30-5:30) and ½parking price wine on banquet roomThere’s (seats valet 48) for receptions parties. Wednesday. parking and a &private banquet room (seats 48) for receptions & parties.

Earlier this year, Middle Grounds refurnished the Earlier year, Middle refurnished the patio withthisnew tables andGrounds chairs making it more new experience tables and chairs it more ofpatio a hipwith lounge wheremaking you can drink of aeat hipas lounge you can Day, drink and well. experience For Easter where and Mother’s andrestaurant eat as well. For Easter andand Mother’s Day, the opens at 3 p.m. serves the the restaurant opens at 3holiday p.m. and serves the regular menu with a few favorites, regular menufor withEaster. a few holiday favorites, such as lamb such as lamb for Easter.

Seafood rules here. The best fresh fish from here Seafood rules here. The best fresh fish from here and daily.Hogfish Hogfish andaround aroundthe theworld world is is delivered delivered daily. it itsells out quickly. One of the most popular dishes sells out quickly. One of the most popular dishes isisa athree local, black blackgrouper, grouper, threenut-crusted, nut-crusted, fresh fresh local, served blanc. servedwith withmango mango beurre beurre blanc. On big hits hitsare arethe the Onthe theapps appsand and salad salad side, big Key Mediterraneanoctopus octopus KeyWest Westchowder, chowder, grilled grilled Mediterranean salad, spread,tangy tangy salad,fresh freshsmoked smoked mahi mahi fish spread, gingercalamari, calamari,coconut coconut almond-crusted almond-crusted shrimp, ginger shrimp, artichokegouda goudadip dip on on toast points artichoke pointsand andPrince Prince Edwardisland islandmussels mussels hand-selected hand-selected for Edward for presentationand and delivered delivered live presentation live on on ice. ice. Formeat meatlovers, lovers, order order the the 18 For 18 oz oz bone-in bone-incowboy cowboy steaktopped toppedwith with gunpowder gunpowder onion steak onionrings, rings,New New

Zealand lamb shank, stuffed veal scaloppini or herb-crusted pork tenderloin. Dan,or“All of Zealand lamb shank, stuffed veal Says scaloppini our steaks pork are certified angus herb-crusted tenderloin. Saysbeef, Dan,wet “Allaged of unlike Bern’s”. Get your steak Oscar style with our steaks are certified angus beef, wet aged crabmeat, and hollandaise sauce or unlike Bern’s”.asparagus Get your steak Oscar style with served with a lobster crabmeat, asparagus andtail. hollandaise sauce or served with a lobster tail. Save room for desserts and after-dinner drinks, Save room forthe desserts and cheesecake after-dinner drinks, especially deep-fried rolled in especially the deep-fried cheesecake rolledand in Rice Krispies, the chocolate lava cake Rice Krispies, the stack chocolate and tangy key lime with lava tuilecake cookies. tangy key lime stack with tuile cookies.

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GARDEN GAB: Earth Day, Green Thumb Festival & More If you missed MFA’s glorious Art In Bloom exhibition through April 3rd, don’t give up hope. You can still enjoy all of spring’s garden bounty at these events and festivals. One of the newest Facebook crazes in Paradise (and elsewhere) is rockers, artists who create whimsical art on rocks and leave them for others to delightfully find.

By Nanette Wiser EARTH DAY April 22nd is Mother Nature’s special birthday and Pinellas celebrates all things green with a flourish.

Submit artwork to: UF/IFAS Exension Pinellas County Earth Day Mail Art Contest Attention: Trevor Ackerman 12520 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33774

April 20 5:30- 8:30 pm - Movie Night At The Museum - A Plastic Ocean: Join Chart 411, St Pete Earth Day, St Petersburg Museum of History (where the film will be screened), Suncoast Sierra Club and Suncoast Surfrider Foundation for an evening of enlightenment & entertainment. Tasty food, cash bar, and a second chance to see the award winning film and enjoy cocktails and light food.

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April 22 10 am – 10 pm St. Petersburg Earth Day Celebration Enjoy a day filled with interactive exhibits, good food, great music, shopping vendors, and the chance to learn how to do your part to create a more sustainable planet. In the evening, The Concert For The Earth, Earth Day After Party features some of the best music on earth! Williams Park, 330 2nd Ave. N. DTSP Get Creative: The UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County is currently accepting entries for the 2017 Earth Day Mail Art competition. Entries in each category will be judged by age groups (12 and under, 13-18, and 18 and over). Prizes include a guided hike of Weedon Island Preserve, gardening-themed prize packs, energy saving kits, a tour of the Pinellas County Solid Waste Facility and more. To qualify, entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 5. All artwork must be original and must not contain reproduction of existing artwork or images. Artists must include their name, email address, phone number, age and category that the artwork should be judged in. Winners will be contacted by phone or email by Friday, April 21. Contest judges are looking for distinctive handmade entries based on the following themes: • #ToEarthWithLove: creative art about giving back to Earth by recycling, composting and conserving water · • #LoveTampaBay: art pieces that express love for Tampa Bay’s waters and wildlife • #PlasticAware: visualize how plastics impact the environment, people and/or communities 20

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April 22-23 9 am – 4 pm Green Thumb Festival: Plants, kids stuff, free stuff, music, food court and a soil and water clinic is fun for the whole family and best of all, it’s free! There are environmental and horticultural exhibits and vendors - with every kind of plant imaginable; a recycling rally; children’s tree climbing, a garden wagon parade, free mulch, a plant auction, free butterfly plants, more than 1,000 trees for sale for $5 and Ask An Arborist helps solve every problem. Walter Fuller Recreation Center 7891 26th Ave. N The Flower Show: As part of the two day Green Thumb Festival, The Garden Club of St. Petersburg offers a standard flower show in the Walter Fuller Recreation Center. Garden club members display their creativity through juried floral designs and crafts interpreting gardens from around the world. Exhibits are designed interpreting a new theme each year. Orchids, African violets, bromeliads and cacti are just a few of the over 200 plants on view.

These judged horticulture exhibits share the passion for gardening through plants. Garden members grow these plants for at least three months prior to the show. While this is a juried show, the public is invited to vote for their own best of show in both the horticulture and floral design category. April 30 10 am – 4pm FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDEN’S FOUNDATION - Their 2nd annual “Tour of Private & Public Gardens” starts with FBG and tours six different private home gardens. Purchase a wristband and pick up your map at the FBG Gift Shop. GARDEN CLUB OF ST. PETERSBURG 500 Sunset Drive South, St. Petersburg 727-381-8920 • May 1, 10:00 am - Creative Crafts: Cost of materials: members $3.50; guests $4.50 and you take what you craft. • May 6, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, The 1ST ANNUAL GARDEN WALK presented by the Garden Club of St. Petersburg will start at 500 Sunset Drive South. Tickets are $20.00 each. Enjoy vendors and refreshments and tour diverse and creative gardens. • May 9, 7:00 pm, “African Violets,” speaker Phyllis King. Presented by the Night Bloomers Circle. Cost is $5.00 for guests. • May 13, 9:30 - 11:30 am, “Flower Power: Wild flowers of Florida. Why are they so important to our landscape?” This event is for Junior Gardner’s and will be held at Pioneer Park, 1st Avenue South, St Petersburg. Registration is for 7-12 year olds and must be completed in advance at • May 13, 12:00 noon, “Plant Auction,” with auctioneers Ashley Graham and H. Alton Lee. FLOWER POWER, BUTTERFLIES & MORE Whether you’re at the nursery contemplating snapdragons vs. begonias or walking the Florida Botanical Gardens, April and May bloom with flower exhibits and shows. We recently discovered Orchid Friends (727-420-4001) and already have the MFA Art In Bloom show on our 2018 calendar. April 8 10 am -4 pm, April 9 10 am – 3pm USF Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Festival: Speakers and workshops and all the plants you need to jumpstart your garden. 12210 USF Pine Dr. Tampa May 6, 10 am – 2pm - Day Lily Flower Show: The Bay Area Daylily Society will be hosting our at a new location due to construction on Gandy Boulevard. Free admission. Wilcox Nursery 12501 Indian Rocks Road Largo Boyd Hill Wildflower Walk: On Saturdays, you can take a guided stroll through the preserve and see Florida wildflowers. 1101 Country Club Wasy, DTSP Butterfly Gardens: MOSI Bioworks Butterfly Garden in Tampa, the Florida Botanical Gardens and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens all host flowering arbors for fluttering butterflies. Leavin’ An Impression: Anna Orr and Marty Bosy Newton make ceramic imprints of exquisite leaves they handpaint and turn into centerpieces, garden art and bird baths. They will be at the Green Thumb Festival, or you can email them at PN | APRIL 2017


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The popular Kids Dash for Cash will also be back and will feature fun kids’ activities such as make-and-take race bibs, an inflatable, treats and a chance to win cash! Kids who participate in the Kids Dash will receive goody bags, a t-shirt, and plenty of pride. Entry is free with an adult race entry, but all must pre-register to be guaranteed an entry. Dash distances will vary based on age up to a 1-mile run around Ceridian. Last year, this race contributed $5,000, to 5 schools near the Skyway Marina District via the Pinellas Education Foundation. The race also gave back to the District to support improvement projects. They hope to continue growing this event and to give even more money back to support our kids and our community this year. This race is possible through wonderful local sponsors; many of them within the Skyway Marina District including Ceridian, the title sponsor and host, and Paradise NEWS our advertising and marketing sponsor. To register as a race participant or to volunteer, please visit or for more info visit the Skyway Marina District on Facebook.

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TradeWinds Island Resorts Offers to Help Pay For SPB Sewer Repairs by Peter Roos TradeWinds Resort executives want to build the proposed "Sugar Sands at TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach" on the former site of the Coral Reef Hotel. Sugar Sands would be the city's first major redevelopment project in over a decade. The twelve (12) story building will include a 217 room hotel, an 811 space, ten-story parking garage, office space and IT room, five story commercial space, which will eventually house a Blue Green Sales Center, Reservations office, HR office, Spa and Fitness Center. Included in the scope are a pool with hot tub, pool bar, towel distribution building with restrooms, site work, paving, drainage and underground utilities. Total construction cost is estimated at $60,000,000. Construction plans have been circulated and bids have been obtained. Major draw back to the project is St. Pete Beach’s continuing sewer system problems. TradeWinds spokesperson Tim Bogott is excited about the project, and has presented

an offer to the city for what appears to be a no lose opportunity to solve at least half of the expensive infrastructure problems and allow the loan to be paid back from new sewer connections instead of residents getting a huge tax increase. The city commission is expected to hear a presentation of the plan at its April 11 commission meeting. When asked about the proposal, newly elected mayor Al Johnson said that he had spoken to state representative Kathleen Peters about the plan and about other potential funding sources. “She said that the legislators love to hear about public-private partnerships being used to solve such problems. The city’s chances for help from the state would be greatly improved by embracing such an offer. For the TradeWinds it is more a matter of economics than philanthropy. The sooner they build, the sooner they can rent out the rooms and sell shares in the newly built building. They need the parking for guests,

employees and future construction plans. The TradeWinds has done a remarkable job of making people think they are having a luxury vacation in the patchwork of ‘60’s motels that are cobbled together on the resort’s 30 beachfront acres. Imaging what they will do with a fancy new building! "If new redevelopment is not allowed to occur, then as older properties reach the end of their economic life, they will be forced to convert to residential condominiums,'' Bogott has been quoted as saying." resulting in a loss of tourism and significantly eroding the county's tax base.” St. Pete Beach’s new mayor is also hopeful that the county commission will agree to the city’s application for the CRA (Community Redevelopment Area) for Corey, Gulf Blvd. and Blind Pass that was denied when first applied for. That plan would allow the city to retain a larger share of tax increases from new development for infrastructure costs. PN | APRIL 2017



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Rays opening day on April 2 is one of the spring’s most anticipated events for everyone, and especially since they challenge the Yankees at home. New turf at the Trop, dozens of concerts and fan giveaways (bobbleheads, bat pack, shades, Chris Archer emoji pillows) delight baseball fans. Trop Delights In addition to kicking off your game day with a stop at Ferg’s for a drink and a snack, the Trop offers some yummy chow and craft beers as well. You can count on seeing some of our favorites including the Everglades Brewhouse (located near Gate 1 in Center Field Street, Pipo’s Cuban sandwiches, Ricky P’s shrimp and catfish Po’ Boys, Pili’s smoked bacon stuffed potatos, Taco bus and local craft beers (Big Storm, 3 Daughters, Green Bench, Jai Alai and Cycle Fixie). Giving Back To Our Community But the Rays bring more than just a baseball game to the mix. They support our children’s dreams. Wannabe Rays can sign up for kids summer camp starting June 9 to develop budding baseball skills and just have fun (

They support breast cancer awareness. Currently, the Rays are encouraging folks to enter Major League Baseball’s 2017 Honorary Bat Girl Contest ( Here, fans 18 and older can share stories of how they, or their loved ones, are supporting the cause to raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer in “Going to Bat Against Cancer” by submitting entries through Wednesday, April 12. Supporters of contest participants have the opportunity to vote online for these inspirational stories. Winners will receive pink MLB merchandise and be recognized on the field prior to the Rays 1:10 pm game against the New York Yankees on Sunday, May 21.

They support those who serve. Rays raise money for non-profits and give away tickets to first responders, military and teachers on Salute to Service Monday (two tickets to six Monday home games plus more;

On Mother’s Day, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Players also will wear

Other Rays weekday specials during the 2017 season include: Tuesday—For all Tuesday home games, tickets for kids 14 and under are $2 with the

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specially-designed uniforms that incorporate pink into the Clubs’ regular logos. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards also will be pink. Games will feature a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball. Many MLB players also will use pink bats, and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo.

purchase of a full price adult ticket. $2 Kayem Hot Dogs are also available for Tuesday home games. Wednesday—For all Wednesday home games, fans may purchase half-priced Lower Corner and Upper Level tickets exclusively through the Ballpark App as well as special app-only promotions. (Download the Ballpark App from the App Store or Google Play.) Thursday—For all Thursday home games, Press Level tickets for fans 60 years of age and older are only $15 thanks to Duke Energy. Friday—Thanks to 7-Eleven, fans may purchase Upper Level tickets for only $7.11 at Friday home games by visiting a participating local 7-Eleven store and picking up the Rays Friday night discount coupon starting March 15. FYI: 2017 Season Tickets or by calling 888-FAN-RAYS.

Play Ball, Let’s Eat By Nanette Wiser Baseball season is in full swing. Plan to come hungry and stay late. One thing is for sure; you won’t go hungry. Whether you nosh at The Trop or grab something to eat at Ferg’s before or after the game, DSTP and the Rays deliver on winning games (we hope!) & delicious diversions. Here’s what’s new and where to hang out. The Trop’s New Chef Executive Chef Marcelo Miranda is now in charge of all food operations at Tropicana Field, from the suites to the seats. A graduate of the esteemed Culinary Institute of America, he was formerly the executive chef for Turner Field, executive chef at the Kansas City Speedway, culinary director for the WinStar World Casino and he regularly performs volunteer work for local food networks. New Eats New to the lineup is the Urban Dugout, a food stand operated by Urban Restaurant Group. Their St. Petersburg restaurants — Urban Brew and BBQ, Urban Comfort, Urban Deli and Drafts and Urban Creamery—serve up fresh goodies prepared from scratch. The stand will feature a selection of favorites including their famous crispy fried chicken sandwich, chicken and waffles, homemade mac and cheese and delicious BBQ plates. Fish Shack offers Florida seafood favorites, including delicious crispy fried fish sandwiches, fried seafood baskets and garlic crab fries. The Wine Cellar serves premium wines by the glass or full bottle carafe for fans to share in their seats. Enjoy a classic Cuban, Cuban burger or vegetarian Cuban (fresh grilled veggies and mozzarella cheese). The Burger Up! Satand features a behemoth burger (locally sourced beef patty) between two buttery grilled cheese sandwiches. My favorite offered during day games is the Brunch Bloody Mary, a skewer of sausage, egg, chicken and waffles, bacon and donuts served in a keepsake mason jar.

What’s Back? Taco Bus, Pipo’s and Evan Longoria’s Ducky’s restaurant all return this season, as well. For the second year, Rays and Green Bench Brewing—St. Petersburg’s first craft microbrewery—have partnered to create a beer just for the Trop: 4-Seam American Lager (4.8% ABV) will make its debut for the 2017 season. Craft Beers @ The Brewhouse: With 38 taps, the Brewhouse offers more variety than anywhere in the ballpark. From wheat beers and blonde ales to IPAs and a sour grapefruit Gose, the Everglades Brewhouse is the best spot to sample beer from St. Petersburg and beyond. Sports Bars We Love Don’t want to deal with crowds? Why not catch the game at some of our favorite sports bars. At the beaches, The Guy Harvey Outpost serves up a Rays Watch parties where you can watch the Rays on a big screen TV right on the beach May 14, July 30, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24. Rumfish Grill is a cool place to chill over tasty appetizers such as firecracker shrimp & Korean BBQ beef skewer.

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April 27-30 • St. Petersburg STORY by STEVE TRAIMAN Photos courtesy of Sunscreen Film Festival

he Sunscreen Film Festival, launched in 2006, has grown from its first festival in a local art gallery with 600 attendees. It is organized and presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society Inc. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity is dedicated to education, economic development, informing the public about the art of visual storytelling, enhancing opportunities for local filmmakers to develop their craft and art, and increasing the public’s awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset. Founder Tony Armer, who is also the Pinellas County Film Commissioner, provided some relevant details: “With the Pinellas County Film Commission as the headline sponsor, the festival now is an internationally-recognized event with an annual attendance of over 10,000 in St. Petersburg and Los Angeles. In 2013 the festival expanded to Los Angeles and now holds the Florida version in the spring and the Los Angeles version in the fall each year.”

This year’s event downtown has Opening Night Film Screenings Thursday (27) at The Palladium, followed by dual screenings Friday through Sunday (28-30) at the AMC Theaters Sundial and American Stage. Film Workshops are Friday-Sunday at American Stage. Festival Executive Director Ryan Tarrant told Paradise News, “Among accepted films for the 2017 Festival are 16 excellent submissions by local Pinellas County filmmaker/directors. Included are Tiny Bacteria, Victoria Jorgensen; The Newest Member, Andi Matheny; You Are Not Alone, Cam Simon; Oklahoma Sun, Andrew Andrade; T’s Up: Branding Team Tampa, Travis Bell; BTS, Christian Schwier; Ava’s Blood, Kira Howe; Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas Video, Daniel O'Ryan; Ransom, Stefanie Davis; It’s Not About Sex, Anjani Pandey; All consuming films short, Jeremy Jones, Logan James, Chuck Ardezzone; One Step From Alpha, Hector Luis Soto Vazquez; Bedsheets & Cigarettes, Alan Mehanna; 812 Knavish Way, Eric Stalnaker; The Deposition, Carrie Drazek; Phone, David Scott Leatherwood; Eat Speak St. Pete, David Vega. Special events include: Opening Night Reception at The Palladium; Filmmaker Party (28); Outdoor Movie on the Museum of Fine Arts Lawn with special guest appearance (28); Women In Film Brunch at the Chihuly Exhibit (29); Awards Ceremony & Party (29), 7 to 9 pm; followed by 38

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This year’s confirmed celebrity list includes Dylan McDermott who will be at the festival for Opening Night’s feature film Blind, and Sugar, which is in the Spotlight category. Retrospective Screenings will include Daphne Zuniga, on hand honoring the 30th Anniversary of Mel Brooks’ classic Spaceballs. Robert Davi will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and Joe Pantoliano will be honored with a Legacy Award. Tarrant provided this additional festival history: “In May 2006, the inaugural festival was held at Studio@620 in downtown St. Petersburg, screening 35 short and feature films over two days and hosting two world premieres. That event had a standing-room-only attendance of more than 600 film lovers and filmmakers, some traveling from as far as New York City and Los Angeles. “Due to overwhelming popularity, the festival expanded in 2007 and 2008 to include the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club. With this added new venue, the festival drew more than 100 short and feature films on multiple screens, and celebrity guests included actors John Travolta & Kelly Preston. “In 2009, the venue moved to the Muvico (now AMC) Baywalk 20, where the celebrity roster grew to include actors Patrick Wilson, Michael Rooker, Bill Cobbs, and Jeffrey Donovan. More than 70 short and feature films were screened, including the Southeastern premiere of Passengers, starring Anne Hathaway and Patrick Wilson. “That year, MovieMaker magazine voted Sunscreen one of the ‘25 Coolest Film Fests’ in the country. In 2013-2014, Sunscreen was one of only 23 film fests nationwide to be sponsored and acknowledged by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.” Awards are given for Best Short Film, Student Film, Feature Film, Documentary, Director, Florida Film, Latin Film, Latin Documentary, International Film, Webisode, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. Founder Tony Armer told Paradise News, “Programming Director Joe Restaino has done an amazing job selecting and recruiting films, resulting in one of the best array of submissions ever. Add in some great celebrities, workshops and parties, and we’re looking forward to one of our best ever Sunscreen Film Festivals here in St. Petersburg.” More information on the 2017 Sunscreen Film Festival, check the website at or contact Ryan Tarrant at: [Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Tony Armer, Ryan Tarrant and Harry Chittenden at the Sunscreen Film Festival for their excellent information and 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 email at ]

Sunscreen Summer Film Camp STORY by STEVE TRAIMAN Photo courtesy of Sunscreen Film Festival Lucky young filmmakers, actors and directors have the chance to attend the three-week 10th annual Sunscreen Summer Film Camp, July 10-18 at Studio620, 620 First Ave. S, in St. Petersburg. Camp Director Harry Chittenden told Paradise News, “Kids ages 12 to 18 can participate, with some exceptions based on prior experience and interest level after an evaluation by the Sunscreen Film Festival staff. Movie-making is a collaborative effort in which each member of the production team relies on everyone else so your child’s camping decision should be grounded in a genuine desire to learn the art movie-making. “Week One is a five-day intensive on writing and producing movies. “Weeks Two & Three focus on making movies, as campers will work to produce the scripts developed during Week One. The completed films will be shown on the last day of camp, July 28th and shown at the Sunscreen Film Festival in 2018 Instructors this year are Eugenie Bondurant and Curtis Graham. Actor, model and acting teacher Bondurant lives in St. Petersburg and is married to Paul Wilborn, Palladium Theater executive director. She recently played Tigris in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2; teaches acting on the faculty of the Patel Institute in Tampa; and is well-known as an OnCamera and Meisner acting coach; founder of The Radio Theater Project. Teaching Directing and Cinematography, Graham is an Award-Winning feature film director and cinematographer. His film Oloibiri recently won the Nigerian Academy Award for Best Film and with hundreds of commercials for clients around the world, has created a diverse body of work as Director/Cinematographer. For this year’s Camp session, campers who have family equipment, like a camcorder, and want to learn to use it more effectively, are encouraged to bring it. Otherwise, Sunscreen will provide the equipment. Campers are required to provide their own meals and snacks. Studio620 is in downtown St. Petersburg where lots of restaurants are within walking distance. Fees: Week 1-3, Full Summer Camp, $725 + $10 fee; Weeks 2 &3 Shooting & Editing the Movies, $525 + $10 fee; Week 1 Acting with Eugenie Bondurant, $225 + $5.50 fee; Week 1 Directing with Curtis Graham, $225 + $5.50 fee. For any Camp questions, Email Harry Chittenden at or call him at 727-420-0566. Student production from a recent camp. Bob Devin Jones (L) - Ema Quinlan in the Loop. | APRIL 2017




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MANATEE steamer from St. Petersburg to Bradenton to Pass-a-Grille

dd the revived Clearwater Ferry, the St. Pete Beach Island Ferry and the Tampa Pirate Taxi Service, and water transportation is definitely on the rise for the Tampa Bay area. In his 1999 book Pass-a-Grill Vignettes: Times Past, Tales Remembered, late historian Frank T. Hurley Jr. recalled “everybody’s Favorite Line,” the steamship company that operated four steamer ferries from 1901 to late 1924 when the Gandy Bridge opened. The flagship Favorite could carry 1,000 passengers or 750 with cargo aboard. The usual schedule was two boats daily out of Tampa, with stopovers at the old wooden pier at Second Avenue North in St. Petersburg, then onto Bradenton with a stop at Pass-a-Grille at the old Eighth Avenue or Tenth Avenue docks. Visitors had about three hours to enjoy the great beaches and local restaurants, with a round-trip of about 11 hours to and from Tampa. Fare was 75 cents for adults, 40 cents for children! In Hurley’s earlier 1977 book, Surf Sand & Post Card Sunsets, he provided a brief history of the original Merry Pier, which was the Eighth Avenue ferry dock. It was named after Captain Joseph E. Merry who opened his original bait and tool store, the first in Pass-a-Grille— at the end of the dock, in 1902. He also rented boats for excursions, adding food a year later. The current Merry Pier still sells bait and is the station for daily trips to Shell Key today. Another early service was the Bee Line Ferry. Before the first Sunshine Skyway bridge was built in 1954, it was a 69-mile trip from Manatee to Pinellas County. You drove up 41 through Tampa and across the bay on either the Gandy Bridge on the south or the Courtney Campbell Bridge on the north through Oldsmar.

The former steamer WILMINGTON, which made daily trips from Wilmington, NC, to the Carolina beaches from the early 1900’s to the 1930’s, became the PINELLAS, a Tampa Bay ferry that went between Bradenton, Tampa and St. Petersburg as the Bee Line Ferry. The ferry shortened the trip from Manatee to Pinellas County to just 22 miles, and it crossed Tampa Bay in one hour. The ferry stopped running in the early fifties after the first Sunshine Skyway Bridge opened to automobile traffic, and became a popular fishing excursion boat.

Other Local Ferry Notes Other local Tampa Bay area Ferry service projects have had varying degrees of success. Capt. Mark Hubbard of Hubbard's Marina at John’s Pass Village launched the MADEIRA BEACH FERRY AND WATER TAXI at last October’s John’s Pass Seafood Festival. The trips have run Friday through Sunday to nine designated locations including John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk, Jungle Prada Park and Gator’s Café and Saloon on Treasure Island, with more stops to be added as demand increases. Full weekday service began for the recent March “spring break” from 10 am to 10 pm Monday-Friday. One-way tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children and free under age 3, with an all-day pass for $20. “Based on our ferry traffic the past five months, business for the future only looks good,” Hubbard told Paradise News.“We’re banking on the public’s acceptance that 'waterboard' transportation is here now. I like how the Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties are finally getting on board with their support of the water transit idea.” The first ferry service in 2000 between the mainland and Clearwater Beach—to ease the serious traffic and parking problems -- did not entice enough passengers, so the City-sponsored service was discontinued. In February 2015, Tropics Boat Tours launched a privatelyfunded CLEARWATER FERRY service. At that time, co-owner Trisha Rodriguez noted that it was geared toward employees of beach businesses who had little or no parking available. | APRIL 2017


Cross Bay Ferry Update

Ferry Pinellas became an Excursion Boat

Starting with the 42-passenger Maddie’s Crossing, the service has added the 21-passenger Hailey’s Crossing for longer trips like the Caladesi Island Excursions, and the 98-passenger Monica’s Crossing for busy event days and weekend service. There’s direct service from downtown Clearwater to Clearwater Beach, and alternate service from downtown with stops at Island Estates and North Beach en route to Clearwater Beach. Current fares are $4 one-way for adults; $3 for business employees, seniors and military; $2 for kids 4-12; with kids under 3, free. There are also monthly, seasonal (March 15August 15) passes, with discounts for beach business employees. For current schedule:

ISLAND FERRY was launched in June 2013 to provide service from Pass-a-Grille Marina to the downtown St. Petersburg Municipal Marina. General Manager Sebastian Font told Paradise News,“There just wasn’t enough interest to support regular ferry service, but we’ve successfully transformed by offering upscale boat tours from St. Pete Beach. We have private charters, Sunset and Dolphin Cruises, Island and Restaurant Hopping, plus Snorkeling to Egmont Key and Shell Key.” For fare and other information, call 727-742-2277 or email: Troy Manthey, who owns Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises, launched PIRATE WATER TAXI in February 2016 with three 40 to 50-passenger pirate-themed water taxis with 18 stops from downtown Tampa to the Riverwalk, Channel District, Davis Islands and other locales. Their captains are dressed as pirates and offer tours and a light historical narrative in character Just added are five roundtrips daily from downtown up the Hillsborough River to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. When the Cross Bay Ferry service between downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg was confirmed for the six-month pilot program, the Pirate Water Taxi schedules were coordinated -- so passengers from St. Petersburg who got off the ferry at the Tampa Convention Center could go east toward the Channel District or up the Hillsborough River. For current schedules and fares: 42

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With the goal of taking more cars off the St. Pete to Tampa bridges, in August 2016 the St. Petersburg City Council and Pinellas County officials issued their final approval for a separate Cross Bay Ferry I(CBF) service connecting its downtown to downtown Tampa. Both the operating agreement with HMS Ferries and the interlocal agreement splitting the $1.4 million, six-month pilot project at $350,000 each from St. Pete, Pinellas County, Tampa and Hillsborough County were approved. Service began November 4, with one-way fares for the 50minute trip $10 for adults, $8 for children and those under 3 free. The boat, on loan from Boston, can transport up to 149 passengers with space for up to 36 bikes at an added cost of $1 per trip. It runs from downtown St. Pete in the Vinoy basin adjacent to the St. Pete History Museum to downtown Tampa near the Tampa Convention Center. HMS Ferries and its partners are working with local businesses to provide discounts for ferry passengers and lower commuter fares are also possible. At the launch, Ed Turanchik with Akerman LLP, project policy advisor and spokesman, said, "We only have one vessel, and one crew, so we cannot do everything, but we do mean to showcase this technology to a lot of people and test ferry service in a variety of ways and markets. I think we have managed to do the most we can possibly do in a single, short pilot project." With about three months of the pilot test now completed, the Ferry hit a milestone in late January, with ticket sales generating enough revenue to cover costs, which enabled the management company to start returning money to the four “investors.”About $10,000 was shared in January, and another $44,600 as of March 28, with continuing good traffic reported with a one-way price cut to $5. Credit should be shared by Schifino Lee Advertising + Branding as the agency of record, and the Tucker/Hall public relations firm as part of the marketing team. Turanchik told Paradise News,“The success of the CBF has helped rekindle the MacDill Air Force Base passenger ferry project. The County Commission will be funding the design, engineering and permitting of that project this year, with the goal of start-up of service in 2020. “This likely means that continuation of the CBF for a second season will be considered in light of that project. It isn't clear when a decision about an extension of CBF service will be made, but with an April 30 end of the pilot program, in practical terms, it would probably have to happen before this June.

“I really don't know how it would be funded at this point in time. Funding for any extension would need to be entirely local. At this time there are no federal funds that could be used for this project, and there is no pending request for state funds.” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was the first executive from any of the four investors to acknowledge the CBF success with increased ridership and repayment of a first installment on the total $1.4 million investment shared equally by St. Pete, Tampa, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. He told the Pinellas County Commission March 28 that his staff is contacting state and federal officials to see what is required to possibly contribute funds to bring the temporary ferry service back to the Tampa Bay area in November. Turanchik also noted,“The schedule will be changed for April to provide evening, weekday service instead of day-

time. This will allow people to get to and from Rays’ games and Lightning games, assuming the latter make the playoffs.” For updated Cross Bay Ferry service schedule and fares:

At least 35 states, including Florida, currently have passenger ferry service. Systems in Alaska, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Texas each carried more than 5 million passengers in 2014. California’s ferries had over 10 million passengers that year, Texas carried over 13 million, and Washington state carried nearly 26 million. In comparison, ferries in Florida carried less than 1 million passengers in 2014. However, with the new local ferry services, since that time Florida ferries probably doubled this total to 2 million up through the past six months – and better days and more miles are likely ahead!

[Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Capt. Mark Hubbard and Dylan Hubbard, Hubbard’s Marina; Lance Peterson, Gulf Beaches Historical Museum; Ed Turanchik, Akerman LLP; and Sebastian Font, Island Ferry, for their excellent information and 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 email at ] For more history about local ferries, fishing and life in the early days, visit the Gulf Beaches and Gulfport Hitorical Museums. See Listings on page 52 of this issue.

Cross Bay Ferry I (CBF) service connecting downtown St Petersburg to downtown Tampa, had a successful test from November through April. Mayor Rick Krisman is seeking funds for the ferry’s return in the fall. Photo at right is docked in Tampa. Photo at R was taken by Rich Mullins of Tucker/Hall

APRIL 2017 ARTS & CULTURE By Nanette Wiser Although we can’t be everywhere, as your Arts & Culture Concierge, I like to suggest diversions that will inspire, education & amaze. From art classes at the Morean and Creative Clay to floral-inspired exhibits (ArtLofts) during DTSP’s Artwalk and our Garden Festivals (see this month’s article), you can admire talent or nurture your own on the canvas of your choice. Ciao baby, see you around town! – Nanette Wiser FYI: For venue address, phone. website, check our Events Listings in the back of the magazine. TOP PN PICKS April 7-9 Tampa Bay Blues Festival at Vinoy Park is one of the year’s most anticipated music festivals. http://www.tampabay Friday • Dennis Gruenling 12:30 - 2 pm • The Jordan Patterson Band 2:30 - 4 pm • Albert Cummings 4:30 - 6 pm; • Ana Popovic 6:30 - 8 pm • Buddy Guy 8:30 - 10 pm Saturday • Matt Schofield 12:30 - 2 pm • Samantha Fish 2:30 - 4 pm • Toranzo Cannon 4:30 - 6:00 pm • Coco Montoya 6:30 - 8 pm • The Rides with Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne • Shepherd & Barry Goldberg 8:30 - 10 pm Sunday • Backtrack Blues Band 1 - 2:15 pm • JW-Jones 2:30 - 4 pm • The Lee Boys 4:30 - 6 pm • Dawn Tyler Watson 6:30 – 8 pm • Tab Benoit 8:30 - 10 pm April 19-23 6th Annual Listening Room Festival Features six musical acts performing throughout Florida, but mainly in the Tampa Bay area. A showcase to meet the artists takes place on April 21 at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg. On April 20, 7 pm Teneia performs at St. Pete Artworks 44

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(635 Central Avenue), bringing a message of love and equality through songs at a concert in an art gallery. Teneia Sanders and Husband Ben Eichelberger create music that combines elements of folk, soul, Southern gospel, blues and easy-listening pop. The R&B vibe, unique rhythms, and moving lyrics will lull you into a hypnotic trance and then get you on your feet to dance. It is a part of the Listening Room Festival, a series of concerts at local homes and businesses. April 28-29 Pass-A-Grille Beach Goes Pops: Bring your blankets and beach chairs to 9th Ave. and Gulf Way and a few bucks for food and drink. The music is free. There’s art and crafts for sale in the park from noon till twilight. Benefiting Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Friday night kicks off 5-7 pm with Reggae Rich followed by Reverand Barry 7 pm, Funktastic Soul featuring the Hellacious Horns. On Saturday, Reggae Rich (5-6:30 pm) warms up the flip flop crowd for St. Pete High’s Pitchforks Acapella Choir’s Salute to the Troops. Rumours ATL: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute performs 7- 10 pm. VIP Saturday: Sit back, relax and enjoy a beautiful evening of surf, sand and live music in our "Chillin' on the Grille" Chillounge Experience, which includes tables for 10, tables for 8, High Top tables for 4 and seating in the Lounge Seats all in the VIP area for the music. Musical Theater: At the Mahaffey Theater Rock Stars & Stripes: A Rock ‘n Roll Road Trip Across America (4/14) is the brainchild of former Boston frontman and guitar player David Victor, Rock Stars & Stripes is a unique concert experience that takes audiences on a virtual road trip across the country by performing classic American rock 'n' roll hits set against the backdrop of engaging video of some of America's most iconic landmarks, places and people. Duke Energy Center for

the Arts, The Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. South 727-893-7832; • At Ruth Eckerd Hall, Cindy Lauper’s delicious musical and dance romp Kinky Boots dances into Tampa Bay April 11-16, followed by Dirty Dancing May 5-7 and The Three Musketeers May 18-21 and 25-28. 111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater 727-791-7400; • Voodoo Macbeth - April 7 Preview Performance (7 pm); April 8 Opening Night (7pm)

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The Studio@620 honors the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s legacy with "Voodoo Macbeth", inspired by Orson Welles' historic 1936 production. For those unfamiliar, the play centers on a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. An all African American cast directed by Bob Devin Jones, will include local notables Sharon Scott, Kylin Brady, Nadine Smith, James L. Lincoln, and Cranstan Cumberbatch, and features Erica Sutherlin as Lady Macbeth & Calvin M. Thompson as Macbeth. A soundscape composed of percussion and live sound effects and a creative installation of the set by artist Ya La Ford will add to this unique dramatization! • Studio @ 620: Music, art, spoken word, poetry, this performance/visual art gallery is a downtown treasure. 620 First Avenue S., downtown St. Petersburg 727-895-6620 Palladium/Side Door/Hough Hall: One of our favorite venues, this refurbished beauty is hip and happening. We usually start at The Hollander Hotel for a craft beer, and stop back in at The Tap House after the performance. 253 Fifth Ave. N, downtown St. Pete 727- 822-3590


Harry Allen & Grant Stewart: Two Tenor Giants with Nate Najar Trio Defending the Caveman, Broadway Comedy Brendan Nolan & Colin Farrell, Irish Singer-Songwriters Palladium Chamber Players (Strauss, Schubert, St. Saens) David Amram: 60s Beat Icon & Multi-Instrumentalist Helios Jazz Orchestra Say Goodnight Gracie, Broadway Comedy Heralds of Harmony: Encore ’17, Barber shop Sunscreen Film Festival’s 12th Annual Red Carpet Opening Event Daniel Giron, Flamenco Guitar

FILM Check out Steve Traiman’s article in this issue on the star-studded Sunscreen Film Festival. In addition to Eckerd College International Cinema Series in Miller Auditorium (art films, opera in HD), Clearwater Beach’s Sunset Cinema @ Pier 60 on the jumbosized screen Fri.-Sat. beginning at 6 pm. Another favorite of ours is the St. Petersburg Preservation’s (SPP) May Movies in the Park who will unveil the May 2017 movie poster April 6 (6 – 8 pm) in the courtyard at The Ale & the Witch (111 2nd Avenue NE). Proceeds from beer sales will be donated to St. Petersburg Preservation. Movie trivia questions will be asked, offering hints to the movie titles that have been selected. Prizes will be given to those who guess the May Movie title! May Movies in the Park occurs each Thursday evening in May (4, 11, 18 & 25) starting with live music @ 7 pm and the movie at dusk. (North Straub Park, between 4th Ave. & 5th Ave. NE on Beach Dr). • On April 27. there will be a Movie at Midtown in the garden of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum (2240 9th Avenue South). Movie goers can come early, enjoy

Pass-A-Grille Beach Pass-a-Grille Merchants Thrive In Spite of Road Construction Please continue to keep the Boutiques, Gift Shops, Churches, thrift shops and restaurants of Pass-a-Grille in mind as construction of Pass-a-Grille Way continues. They will need support of all us locals over the off-season to continue to thrive. When the road is finally finished, it will be Paradise again.


ARTS & CULTURE live music before the movie and enjoy a picnic they can either bring or purchase food from Midtown vendors who will be set up on-site. Bicycling to movies is a fun way to arrive and free bicycle valet parking will be provided by Coast Bike Share during the movies. Movies are free. http://www.stpete THE SPOKEN WORD April 13 6:30 pm - Florida Holocaust Museum: The FHP’s Genocide & Human Rights Awareness Movement (GHRAM) lecture series presents Rwandan Genocide testimony expert Karen Jungblut As the Director of Research and Documentation at the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, Jungblut oversees scholarship and research activities, as well as a global network of partner sites with access to the Institute’s nearly 52,000 testimonies. In 2013, the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive expanded beyond the Holocaust for the first time, taking in 64 audiovisual testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. That set of atrocities claimed as many as one million lives over the course of about 100 days in 1994 when government-backed militias of ethnic Hutus went on a mass killing spree targeting the country’s next largest ethnic group, the Studio@ 620 620 1st Avenue South, downtown St. Pete Wordier Than Thou, an open mic for storytelling, share prose or just catch tales from area wordsmiths. A featured reader kicks off the night, followed by 10 minute open mic slots. In partnership with Keep St. Pete Lit , enjoy Poetry Open Mike with a featured poet and opportunity to read 7-9 pm, May 17, June 21, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25 Happy Hour with the Historian: Sharing the stories of the Sunshine City for 95 years, the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s popular lecture series features an evening of wine, words and wisdom. May 11: Lisa Bradberry: Weedon Island’s Sunhaven Movie Studios; July 13: Peter Meinke: An Evening 46

with Florida’s Poet Laureate; Sept 14: Bill Leavengood: Doc Webb and his World Famous Webb’s City; Nov 9: Lynn Waddell: Fringe FL. 335 2nd Avenue NE on the Pier Approach; 727-894-1052; April 21-23 The FL Antiquarian Book Fair: The oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeastern United States. Visitors will find books of every age and about every conceivable topic, in a wide range of price ranges. The event features books, maps, prints, ephemera, autographs and more. The book fair will be part of the third annual SunLit Festival, a celebration of literature. The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave N. downtown St. Pete Comedy: Stand-up comedy tickles the brain and no one does it better than baudy Ron White (The Mahaffey, April 28). Locally, check out Coconuts Comedy Club (5501 Gulf Blvd., SPB; 360-5653) and Hawk & Wayne’s Anywhere USA quirky improv at American Stage 6 pm Sunday. FESTIVALS & ARTWALKS Spring into Festa Italiana in Ybor City April 8-9 for wine, bocce, good food, homemade vino and a Sunday performance by Zucchero. Tarpon Springs 43rd Fine Arts Festival on the Bayou April 8-9 showcases juried arts show, 200 artists, live entertainment and refreshments. Apr 14-15 @ 10:00 am – 8 pm: Gulfport's Springfest Garden Art and Faerie Festival The 23rd Annual Springfest Garden Art & Faerie Festival will transform Gulfport’s Clymer Park into an “enchanted village” inhabited by costumed faeries, sprites, gnomes, ogres and trolls on Friday. Renaissance-era characters and gypsies may be spotted strolling through the 7.5-acre greenspace along with minstrels, wizards and roving entertainers during the event which includes a Good Friday Fish Fry, carnival rides, May pole dances, faerie house competition, costume contests and live music plus a children’s area offering face painting, pixie dusting, bubble blowing, and more. Shop the market

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for plants, garden art, Renaissanceperiod trinkets, clothing, jewelry, art, hand-made crafts, food, beverages and other items of whimsical interest. 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk: The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk from 5 to 9 pm. Don’t forget about Gulfport’s Tuesday’s Fresh Market and Swing Dancing Wednesday at the Casino, plus Gulfport Artwalk 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday. 3101 Beach Blvd., PARTIES Any night in DTSP is a street party on Central Ave., with dancing at Ruby’s Elixir, Iberian Rooster and Push Lounge, music at The Hideaway and other shenanigans. The 7th Annual Chillounge Night Curtis Hixon Park April 8 (6-11 pm) features live bands, fireworks, fashion show and a Brazilian Samba Parade to benefit Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay Charity. Sheraton Sand Key Resort will host Evening with the Chefs May 5 (7-10 pm) showcasing awardwinning chefs and Pinellas County culinary students creating gourmet cuisine and raising money for the THEATER The Straz Center presents Sex & the City A Parody April 11-13 and Alton Brown Live Eat Your Science April 21. On Oct. 7, Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen will engage in an unscripted and unforgettable conversation at The Straz Center. Through April 23, you can enjoy Ain’t Retirement Grand at the Early Bird Dinner Theater (21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, 33765 727-437-2363) April 29- May 28 FreeFall Theater: End of the Rainbow: A play with music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland, End of the Rainbow triumphed in London’s West End in 2010/2011 and on Broadway in 2012.

It’s Christmas 1968, and Judy Garland is booked for six weeks of “comeback concerts” at London’s Talk of the Town. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts, and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But stormy skies are on the horizon as old patterns resurface, and the drama backstage chips away at the onstage brilliance of one of the greatest singers of all time. Shifting back and forth between moments of onstage triumph and backstage tribulation, this speculation on a pivotal chapter in the life of a legend is at once wildly entertaining, irreverently funny, and deeply moving. FYI: 727-498-5205 If You Go: Dine @ The Reading Room: This clever new bistro in the former Christian Science Reading Room mixes iconic dishes and drinks. American Stage Theater April 19-May 14: Hairspray: The American Musical is performed in Demens Landing Park. Bring a picnic & dress vintage. Next up? The Invisible Hand opens May 31 Thru April 9 “Informed Consent” : Continuing its 2016-17 Season “In Search of...America” theme, American Stage will showcase the Tampa Bay area premiere of “Informed Consent” by Deborah Zoe Laufer, winner of the 2009 Helen Merrill Playwriting Award. This powerful drama takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether genetics defines our fate. Inspired by a landmark court case between one of the country’s largest universities and a Native American tribe based in the Grand Canyon, “Informed Consent” goes “in search of… A CURE” while asking the question, “is your DNA your destiny?” Raymond James Theatre, 163 3rd Street North downtown St. Pete 727-823-PLAY (7529) MUSIC In April, there’s something for everyone. At the Capitol Theater, catch jazzy Chris Botti April 14, Olivia Newton John April 20, Kenny G

April 21 and Everclear April 30. On April 28, The Fabulous Thunderbirds perform at Blast Friday, the popular street and music festival outside the Cap in downtown Clearwater. Ruth Eckerd Hall features Little River Band April 8, Boston April 18, Air Supply April 23 and Sheryl Crow April 30. Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center features the Elgon John Rocket Man Tribute Largo Cultural Center hosts Richard Elliott April 29. The Rays have announced two post-game concerts: Sabrina Carpenter June 25 and Lauren Alaina July 9 The Florida Symphony Orchestra tickles the keys with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert No. 1 April 8-9. At the Mahaffey there’s a TFO Coffee Concert April 20 featuring French delights including Ravel, Dukas, Saint-Saens and Debussy and on April 22 Singing & Swinging with Ella. A Touch of Classics: The S. Pasadena Community Band showcase classic favorites at 7:30 pm at two locations: 4/12 - Treasure Island Comm. Ctr; 5/18 - Galatea Garden, S Pasadena /upcoming-program/. April 7 (8 pm) – Street Corner Symphony @ The Club at Treasure Island: This a cappella group transitions seamlessly from gospel to barbershop to rock and roll. Enjoy a seafood buffet before the show. Reserve your spot at 727-367-4511. 400 Treasure Island Causeway April 7 (7:30 pm) - SPC Piano Concert Series Extravaganza: Presented by St. Petersburg College Music Center Gibbs Campus at St. Petersburg College Music Center, St. Petersburg this is a delightful evening of lighthearted arrangements for 4 pianists, 2 pianos, 8 hands. With pianists Eunmi Ko, Rebecca Penneys, Omri Shimron, Benjamin Warsaw. All are on the faculty of the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival and hold other academic appointments.

April 8 (5 pm) - Dean Johansen: Accomplished inger/Songwriter/ Guitarist, Dean Johanesen will bring his unique brand of gypsy swing, American roots and Spanish guitar to St. Pete ArtWorks Gallery during the Second Saturday Art Walk. Johanesen, a local favorite spins stories of times, characters from the 20’s and 30’s, side show and circus performers. April 8 (1 pm – 9 pm) Latin Music Festival by the Bay: Gulfport City Limits, LLC. is proud to present the first in a series of annual Latin Music Festivals, “Latin Music by the Bay” on April 8, 2017. The concert will be located on beautiful Boca Ciega Bay ,1 - 9 pm. The concert event will feature recording artists Orchestra Fuego, The Latin Jazz Knights, Freddy Montez, Victor J. Moreno with Esther Suarez, & Eddie Garrido. The concert is pet friendly, (dog, cat, bird or whatever) but bring a leash. Enjoy food and drink for sale, a Cuban Cigar maker at La Habana Cigar & Richard Maurer, Even a Massage Therapist for your relaxation. 5730 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, OPERA & DANCE The St. Petersburg Opera Company will perform Opera Therapy 3: Couples Therapy April 20-21 and Preview to the Tales of Hoffmann: Three Times A Lady May 18-9 in the Evenings and Mornings with the Maestro series. Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann will be performed June 2, 4 and 6 at the Palladium Theater. Hoffmann, the poet hero of The Tales of Hoffmann, has four love affairs that haunt him in Offenbach’s grand and final opera. June 30-July 9, Stephen Sondheim’s enchanting Into The Woods will be performed.

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GALLERIES Duncan McClellan Gallery 2342 Emerson Ave South; 855-436-4527. ZIPLINE! The first-ever ArtZipline®. The ArtZipline® will start at the largest glass studio in Florida-Duncan McClellan Gallery and DMG School Project headquarters in the Warehouse District. Duncan McClellan thought of this wacky idea to help promote art in the city of St Petersburg and more specifically in the increasingly popular Warehouse District. He envisions the | APRIL 2017


ARTS & CULTURE ArtZipline® to start at his gallery and learning center, then connecting with Art Xchange via the Pinellas Trail. • April 8 5-10 pm - Joie de Vivre with Nancy Callan! Come to the opening party and welcome renowned Seattle Glass Artist Nancy Callan to St Petersburg. Glassblowing demonstration with Callan begins around 6:15pm. Jazz concert with Henry Ashwood Jazz Project from 8-10pm. Cash Bar and Food Truck on premises.

April 9 noon-1 pm - Art Glass Sunday: Watch Nancy Callan blow glass in this one hour event. From 3-4 pm, Callan will talk at MFA. ArtPool Gallery - July 15 Trashin Fashion Looking for Designers/Artists/Models Design your own collection, or team up with some friends, and work on a line of recycled & upcycled couture! Trashion Fashion is our most creative fashion show of the year, we welcome designers of any age, no experience needed, and it is free to participate. Come get creative and be a part of the community fun at ARTpool Gallery! All models must apply here. Submissions by April 30. 2030 Central Ave DTSP 727-324-3878 The Enroy Foundation Inc., Gallery @ Marketplace at Boca Bay (Gulfport) This new gallery features local artists such as David Vasquez, Rose Caballes, Nikita Rosalind, Naomi Glueck, Annamarie Sisson, Larry Busby and Scott Spillman. You can buy and enjoy local art while enjoying refreshments from the coffeehouse. On the 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday Art & Gallery Walks they will host live music. Enroy Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization is committed to the visual and performing arts in the Tampa Bay Area, with an emphasis on collaborative, educational, and environmental projects. Started by Gulfport musicians Maureen Kilroy and Larry Enlow, the organization has sponsored collaborations between artists and a school, performers and environmental interests, house concerts, and a mutually beneficial relationship with a Gulfport restaurant, Boca Bay Grille. 2838 Beach Blvd S. 48

FYI: Jessica 727-608-0070 EnroyFoundationInc/ The Veteran’s Arts Center: Opened in March, the VACTB is Florida’s first art center for Military, Veterans, First Responders and Families that provide therapy, healing, wellness and education programming. And is supportive of their need for creative outlets as well as the need for economic opportunities. 6798 Crosswinds Drive North 813-504-3092 Creative Clay 1114 Central Avenue DTSP 727-825-0515 “The 2017 Project: Securing Our Future,” is ready to kick off as Creative Clay prepares to move its headquarters this June from St. Petersburg’s EDGE District, to 1846 First Ave. S in the Grand Central District. • Thru June 30 Community Café: Flower Power showcases paintings of flowers by Linda M., Emily M., Gina K., Conchita, Mike E., Dolores M.,Yalanda S. Sheryl L., Patsy Lieberman, Teff A. Hazard, • Thru June 30 Time After Time featuring the artwork of Ray M who paints clocks and watches. Opening reception April 8 (9 pm) with live music, beer and wine. The Chihuly Collection: This stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork is presented in a fabulous architectural space designed specifically for his art, showcasing how art and architecture can work together. 720 Central Avenue, downtown St. Pete 727-822-7872 chihuly

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Florida CraftArt: Debuts Round Square (thru 4/22) 501 Central Avenue downtown St. Pete 727-821-7391 The exhibition features art works by four established Florida artists: Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, Kendra Frorup, Babette Herschberger and Charles Parkhill. MUSEUMS Thru June 10 - St. Petersburg Museum of History: Two exhibits offering a unique look at Florida history run through June 10: Seminole People of Florida: Survival and Success and Florida Folk Art – Just Above the Water. SPMOH.ORG Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Dr. NE 727-896-2667 • April 29-July 23 Dorothy Height’s Hats : Civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Irene Height (1912-2010) was known for her courage, intelligence, leadership, standing straight—and hats made by African-American milliners. Dorothy Dorothy Height’s Hats are a window to history, commemorating meetings with Eleanor Roosevelt (white mink chapeau). One hat in the exhibition is by Harriet Rosebud, a noted milliner who grew up in St. Petersburg. She wore others by such fashion luminaries as Oscar de la Renta, Mr. John, Lisa Rene, Luke Song, & Ruth Kropveld, who established Chapeau Creations. • The Book Club @ the MFA, presented by Keep St. Pete Lit, will discuss her memoir Open Wide the Freedom Gates on May 11, at 6:30 p.m. The program is free with Museum admission, which is only $5 after 5 pm on Thursdays. • April 12 10-11 am: Coffee Talks with Nan Colton as novelist Virgina Woolf as she sits for painter Jacques Emile Blanche. • April 30 noon-4pm Painting In The Park: Enjoy family friendly fun such as giant paintings, kite making and flying, painting on the NOMAD Art Bus & more; food available. • Thru May 7 Greg Smith Multimedia Artist: Smith’s work often centers on a character attempting to “create something, trying to structure his environment, but who’s also kind of hapless, and, in the end, probably doomed.” Catch his video Breakdown Lane (2013).

• Thru July 2 Dominique Labauvie – Dig: The formal explorations of interdisciplinary artist Dominique Labauvie are rooted in both material and a highly developed relationship to philosophies of the drawn line. Dig brings together recent works by Mr. Labauvie in his signature media of steel and pastels. The theme of the ruin runs throughout, as he seems to take on the role of archaeologist, digging into the earth’s histories to try to understand their effect on current events. • Thru June 4: The Open RoadPhotography and the American Road Trip: Nothing says spring break like this exhibition, a delightful journey through America’s kitschy landscapes. The Dali Museum • Thru April 17 - Frida Kahlo at the Dali: An exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s paintings and drawings, together with her personal photograph collection showcase her dreamlike work suggesting that love and suffering create a new sense of beauty. Kahlo’s art and storied life stir immense public interest. The Dali and Beyond Film Series fatures the A&E biography of Frida Kahlo. • April 23 @ 7 pm - The Art of Recovery: From a hopeless, homeless addict to an outstanding artist and man in recovery, Dione Christopher will be showcasing his artistic talents at The Art of RecoveryAn Evening with Dione at The Dalí Museum. Dione is a graduate of Survivors of Addiction who has battled with addiction throughout his life. This night will be an effort to change the perception of addicts and those in recovery, while raising money for a noble, local cause. The event will be hosted by local non-profit, Survivors of Addiction, Inc. The theme of the night is “Principles through Portraits,” where those who are in recovery, as well as those who are still suffering, will get the chance to showcase their artist talents, in hopes to lessen the stigma around addiction. • Thru May 2017 - Dali/Duchamp: The father of surrealism and the papa of conceptual art, this is the first exhibit dedicated to Dali and Duchamp’s friendship and influence on each’s art, showcasing 60 works and supplemented by correspondence and collaborative projects.

ARTS NEWS KUDOS to St. Pete Arts Alliance: The MUSE Awards event netted $32,000 that will help support our activities this year. Since the event a few weeks ago, they have already helped sponsor the Black Arts & Film Festival 2017, and we made a grant to the Arts Conservatory for Teens. We will soon announce our new student arts grants program, and the February ArtWalk recorded the highest number of attendees in four years. Morean Arts Center PN welcomes new executive director Michael Killoren, who comes from the NEA in Washington D.C. Thru May 31: Ceramic artist Joe Pintz; reception April 8 (5-9 pm)

• Sign up now for the Morean Arts Center spring classes. In March, Mayor Rick Kriseman presented a city proclamation commemorating 100 years of the arts in St. Petersburg. The Morean Arts Center started in 1917 as The Art Club of St. Petersburg, the first art gallery south of Atlanta, on Beach Drive. In 1963, as plans for the Museum of Fine Arts took shape, it became clear the Art Club needed to find a new home. 201 Beach Drive – the old homestead – was razed in 1965 after the Museum of Fine Arts opened. A kapok tree was planted in 1965 to commemorate the Art Club. After two additional moves and a name change, the Art Club is now known as the Morean Arts Center. 719 Central Ave. classes-2/; 727.822.7872 PN

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FES TIVAL By Nanette Wiser The SunLit Festival is an annual literary event designed by, for, and about lovers of the exquisitely written word. The festival premiered in 2015, and this year’s 3rd Annual Celebration of Literature, runs April 10-25, a springtime celebration of reading and writing. Produced by Keep St. Pete Lit, the Festival will host a kick-off party on April 6 at the Chihuly Gallery from 7-9 pm. Bookworms can enjoy 17 events in 20 venues during 16 days bringing together various literary organizations and arts disciplines to celebrate literacy, literature, reading, and writing. The festival line-up is provocative and ambitious. There will be local writers performing their written work inspired by Museum of Fine Art’s photo collection; literary history walking tours and other notable performances. Writers can enjoy contests and competitions including timed writing “death” matches, short story contests and a spelling bee supporting literacy. You can even enjoy two “beat generation” films Pull My Daisy (1959) and This Song for Jack (1983) SunLit will also present kids poetry night hike, a city-wide read/write in, writing workshops and storytelling/improv events. You’ll find this PN writer drooling like a kid in a candy store. Check out:

some of his most recent compositions, classical and otherwise, are based on stories by Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston and Kerouac. April 13: Poetry at The Dali hosts Janet Wallace This an ongoing series hosted by St. Petersburg Poet Laureate, Helen Wallace. Occurring on the second Thursday of each month through May 2017, each evening features Wallace joined by selected poets to present poems addressing the theme of Food and Sustenance. Following the presentation, there will be an audience Q&A. April 14 David Amram Music, Stories & Kerouac Palladium Theater, 253 5th Ave N. At age 86, David Amram is still writing, playing and improvising. Said the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns, “Amram seems to have taken a lesson from practically everything.” Indeed, Amram began his professional music career in the early ‘50s playing the French horn for symphonies, as well as with legendary jazz bands including Mingus, Gillespie and Hampton. Appointed in the late 50s by the New York Phil’s Leonard Bernstein as that orchestra’s first composer in residence, Amram also composed scores for, well, scores of award-winning films and theatrical productions as well as his own, influenced by friends, artists, cultures, the world. As an iconic member of the “Beats,” Amram was thought of by many as the unofficial mayor of Greenwich Village. He hung with and played with jazz greats Charlie Parker and Thelonius Monk, and accompanied Jack Kerouac on any number of instruments while the author read from his poetry and other writings. With a catalogue of mammoth proportions,

April 21-23 Florida Antiquarian Book Fair St. Petersburg Coliseum 535 4th Ave. N The book fair is the third largest in the country and features more than one hundred specialized book sellers from all over the United States. Visitors will find books of every age and about every conceivable topic. Additional materials found at the Fair include maps, prints, postcards, ephemera, autographs and other paper collectibles. Items range in price from a few dollars to several hundred thousand dollars. 727-234-7759 April 25: Book Release Party & Conversation:Intersection of Art & Story Meet local author and New York Times bestseller, Lisa Unger and acclaimed artist Ya La’ford who will appear at Behar + Peterancz Architecture to celebrate the release of THE RED HUNTER and offer an exhibit of La’ford’s paintings. Friends and major figures of the Tampa Bay area arts community, Unger and La’ford bring their private conversations about art, story, process and life – and where it all intersects – to the stage. With an introduction by Susana Weymouth, Exec. Director of Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts For more information and schedule visit Learn more about Keep St. Pete Lit at In addition to this popular festival, the organization hosts literary salons, classes, a bookspace, book clubs and clever reading/writing events. PN

FESTIVAL LINE-UP Thursday, April 6 - SunLit Festival Kick-off Party Monday, April 10 - An Evening with Craig Pittman Tuesday, April 11 - First Draft Tuesday, April 11 - Silent Read and Write In Wednesday, April 12 - True Stories Thursday, April 13 - Pull My Daisy (1959) and This Song for Jack (1983) Thursday, April 13 - Poetry at The Dali with Jane Hirshfield Thursday, April 13 - Sunday, April 23rd - Voodoo Macbeth Friday, April 14 From Page to Stage @St. Pete City Theater Friday, April 14 David Amram: Music, Stories, & Kerouac Saturday, April 15 - Downtown Tour With a Literary Twist! Saturday, April 15 - Lucha Libro: The Madness Returns Monday, April 17 - Jump At The Sun (2008) and talk with Lois Gaston Tuesday, April 18 - Fiction Live Wednesday, April 19 - City of Poets Thursday, April 20 - Literary Carousel at the MFA Friday, April 21 - Sunday, April 23 - 36th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair Friday, April 21 Adult Spelling Bee Fundraiser Saturday, April 22 - Mission Compostable: An Earth Day Letterpress Workshop & Brunch 50

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Writers, Winners and the Publishing World Children’s Poetry Night Hike City-Wide Read and Write In Lisa Unger & Ya La’ford, in Conversation: The Intersection of Art and Story LISA UNGER

Sun Lit Festival 2017 Partners St. Petersburg Art Alliance, Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Palladium Theater, Dali Museum, St. Petersburg City Theater, Morean Arts Center, Chihuly Gallery, Haslam’s Book Store, Inkwood Books, AIGA Tampa Bay, Literacy Council of St. Petersburg, Warehouse Arts District, Soft Water Studios, Studio @ 620, St. Petersburg Preservation, Todd Bates Creative, Craftsman House Gallery, Unscripted Theater, Tampa Bay Times, TBT Festival of Reading, Wordier Than Thou, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Friends of Main Library St. Pete, Behar + Peteranecz Architecture, Friends of the Mirror Lake Library, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts, First Draft Tampa, Black Crow Coffee Roasting, and Calusa Press for the 2017 SunLit Festival.

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LIVE THEATRE Amalie Arena (Tampa Bay Times Forum) 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa 813.301.6500 April 8 – Arijit Singh Live in Concert 14 – The Chainsmokers 16 – Chris Brown 23 – Neil Diamond 27 – Red Hot Chili Peppers 28 – 98ROCKFEST MAY 4 – Eric Church 6 – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 12 – The Weekend American Stage 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg 727.823.7529 ER[RI¿FH#DPHULFDQVWDJHRUJ April 1 – 9 – Informed Consent 5 – Hawk & Wayne 16 – IMPROV – House Teams Live 19 – 30 - Hairspray May 3 – 14 - Hairspray 7 – Hawk & Wayne 15 – American Stories A Simple Theater The Biniger Theater, Eckerd College 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg 727.864.7811 April 18 – Mass Appeal Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater 727.791.7400 April 1 – Jim Brickman Pure Piano 14 – Chris Botti 20 – Olivia Newton-John 23 – Air Supply May 5 – Christopher Cross 6 – Herb Alpert & Lani Hall 12 – Pure Zeppelin w/Laser Lights Catherine Hickman Theater 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport 727.893.1070

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Central Park Performing Arts Center 105 Central Park Dr., Largo 727.587.6793 April 1 – Celebrating Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 7 – Orlando Transit Authority 8 – Charlotte’s Web 10 – Bertie Higgins & the Band of Pirates 13 – Teen Idol Competition 21 – Alter Eagles 29 – Richard Elliot Gulfport Community Players Back Door Theater, 1619 49th St. S, Gulfport April 20 – 30 – Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl Eight O’Clock Theatre 105 Central Park Drive, Largo 727.587.6793 May 12 – 14, 18 - 21 Spamalot freeFall Theatre Company 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.498.5205 April 28 – 30 – End of the Rainbow May 3–7, 10–14, 17– 21, 24-28 End of the Rainbow Glenridge Performing Arts Center 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota 941.552.5325 April 1 – Ring Sarasota 2 – The Chorus of Keys 23 – The Four Freshmen M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa (Music Acting Dance Theatre of Tampa) 813.386.6173 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater – Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N, Tampa 813.740.2446 Patel Conservatory 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa 813.222.1002 Dance / Theater / Music / Adult Classes April 15 – On The Edge 21 – 30 – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown 23 – Spring Into Dance

23 – Breakin’ Out May 5 – Evening of Dance 13 – Youth Ballet’s Beginning Dance 1 Recital Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 N McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater 727.791.7400 April 1 – Steve Miller Band 2 – TFO: Beethoven & Rachmaninoff 3 – The Price Is Right Live! 4 – The Price Is Right Live! 7 – Kristin Chenoweth 8 – Little River Band & Firefall 9 – Clearwater Chorus Spring 9 – TFO: Tchaikovsky’s Piano No.1 11 – 16 – Kinky Boots 18 – Boston: Hyper Space Tour 21 – 22 – Mamma Mia 23 – TFO: Singin’ and Swingin’ 30 – Sheryl Crow May 5 – 7 Dirty Dancing 13 – Julianne and Derek Hough 14 – TFO: The American Songbook St. Petersburg City Theatre Located off I-275 at 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, 33712 %R[2I¿FH7LFNHWV,QIRUPDWLRQ 727.866.1973 May 4 – 14 - Squabbles Stageworks Theater 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., West Bldg., #151, Tampa 813.374.2416 May 4 – 21 - Avenue Q Straz Center 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa 813.229.STAR April 1 – MattyB 1 – 9 – A Skull in Connemara 2 – Discover Opera - Tosca 2 – The House at Pooh Corner 7 – Bel Canto Society Reception 7, 8, 9 – Tosca 7 – Bianca Del Rio 9 – Amy Morgan, 11 – One Woman Sex and the City A Parody of Love, Friendship and Shoes 14, 15 – Chris Rock 18 – Theresa Caputo 20 – Latin Nights 20 – The M.E. Tour 21 – Alton Brown Live

21 – Singin’ and Swingin’ 21 – 30 – The Azure Sky In Oz 22 – ROCKTOPIA LIVE 22 – The Sandi Sylver Puppet Show 24 – Joshua James 27 – 30 – Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man 28 – TFO: Symphonie Fantastique 29 – Best of Tampa Bay 30 – Aaron Tveit 30 – Let’s Play Live May 2 – 7 – The King and I 3 – Spring Music Spectacular 6 – Private Lessons Recital 6 – Lumina Youth Choirs Spring Sing 7 – Opera Tampa Year-End Showcase 7 – Tampa Bay Symphony Dazzling Inspriations 12 – TFO: The American Songbook 12 – Sebastian Maniscalco 13 – 14 – Masters of Dance 15 – Darrin Bradbury 18 – Latin Nights The Coliseum 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 Tea dances run October through May April 3 – Tampa Bay Job and Career Fair 7 – A Good Night’s Sleep Dessert Luncheon 21 – 23 – Florida Antiquarian Book Fair May ±/LIW<RXU6SLULWVDWWKH'HUE\%HQH¿W The Mahaffey Theater 400 1st St. S, Bayfront Center St. Petersburg, 727.892.5767 April 1 – TFO: Beethoven & Rachmaninoff 8 – TFO:Tchaikovsky’s Piano No. 1 14 – Rockstars & Stripes 20 – TFO: French Bonbons 21 – One Night of Queen 22 – TFO: Singin & Swingin 28 – Ron White comedian 29 – TFO: Symphonie Fantastique May 5 – TFO: The Music of Journey 13 – TFO: The American Songbook The Palladium 253 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg 727.822.3590 April 1 – Nicole Henry 2 – Daniel Figueiredo, Brazilian Guitar 3 – Plume Poetry Series: Robert Pinsky 6 – Samantha Fish Band 7 – Harry Allen and Grant Stewart | APRIL 2017


Through April 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fresh Squeezed: Emerging Artists in Florida 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 pm, Fridays & Saturdays / Noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm / Sundays, Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Selected artists create VLWHVSHFLÂżFLQVWDOODWLRQVLQWKH galleries as well as participate in talks and connect with local collectors. morean-galleries/upcoming-exhibits Saturday, April 1 through Monday, April 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Art in Bloom Saturday 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm / Sunday noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm / Monday 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm, $10 to $17, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. The museum SUHVHQWVPRUHWKDQĂ&#x20AC;RUDOLQWHUSUHWDWLRQVRIZRUNVIURPLWVFROOHFWLRQ 727.894.4638 Thursday, April 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Longest Table 5:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:30 pm, Downtown St. Petersburg on Bayshore Dr. NE from the 0XVHXPRI)LQH$UWVWRWKH9LQR\3UL[Âż[HPHQXVIURPWKHDUHDÂśVÂżQHVW restaurants. Thursday, April 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Movies in the Park Announcement Party 6 pm, Free, Ale & Witch, 111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Get the scoop on what movies will be showing on the big outdoor screen and what bands will be playing in the park. page-1806145 Friday, April 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Catie Curtis in Concert 7 pm, $20 in advance. Catie is a past winner of the International Songwriting Competition, and her accessible, socially conscious songwriting is complimented by her gorgeous voice. 727.323.2787 Friday, April 7 - First Friday Downtown 5:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 pm, Free, Central Ave., between 2nd & 3rd Streets, St. Petersburg. Monthly street party with music, food and beverages for purchase. Proceeds EHQHÂżW%UHDNIDVW2SWLPLVWV&OXEZZZÂżUVWIULGD\VWSHWHFRP Friday, April 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gulfport First Friday Artwalk 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 pm, Free, Beach Blvd., Gulfport. The streets are lined with artisans, entertainment and gourmet goodies. Shops, galleries and restaurants open late. YLVLWJXOISRUWĂ&#x20AC;RULGDFRP Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tampa Bay Blues Fest 12:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 pm, Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. Blues enthusiasts from all over the world come to watch this spectacular showcase of American Blues music. Performance schedule, tickets and VIP packages are available online at Saturday, April 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wellness Event 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 pm, Free, Unit 5 Clubhouse at 4275 Mainlands Blvd., Pinellas Park. More than 30 vendors and sponsors will provide attendees with health screenings, demonstrations, and samples of products and services. 727.512.3017 Saturday, April 8 - Latin Music Festival by the Bay 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 pm, $15, 5730 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport. The concert will be located on beautiful Boca Ciega Bay.


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MUSEUMS Dali Museum One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg 727.823.3767 Saturdays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dilly Dally w/ Dali Sundays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Yoga with Dali Wed., Thurs. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; StoryTime at The Dali (visit website for updates) Through April 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Frida Kahlo Exhibition April 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Morning at the Museum 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Los Vinos de Dali 2017 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Coffee with a Curator 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Poetry at the Dali 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Zodiac Tour of Solomonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Castle May 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Morning at the Museum 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Poetry at the Dali

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum 2240 9th Ave. S, St. Petersburg One City Chorus â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mondays 7 pm (see website for current exhibit) Florida Holocaust Museum 55 5th St. S, St. Petersburg 727.820.0100 ZZZĂ&#x20AC;KRORFDXVWPXVHXPRUJ Through June 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Armenian Genocide Exhibition April 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Testimonies from the Rwandan Genocideâ&#x20AC;? 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Yom HaShoah Commemoration 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals Gulf Beaches Historical Museum 115 10th Ave., St. Pete Beach 727.552.1610 Only museum dedicated to the preservation of history of the local barrier islands. Preserving island history for tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generation! April 28, 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Beach Goes Pops Gulfport History Museum 5301 28th Ave. S, Gulfport Free Admission 727.327.0505 Henry Plant Museum 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 813.254.1891 John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota 941.359.5700 Mondays FREE admissions all day Through April 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Walker Guest House Replica Through April 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Pathless Woods Through November 2017 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First 5 Years of Art of Our Time Through April 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Art and Experience in Medieval Europe Through May 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Photography, Space and Power Through May 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  $0RVW0DJQLÂżFHQW6LJKW Thurs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Art After 5 Thurs through Sun â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coat Skyspace Third Thurs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ringling by the Bay ($10) Fri â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ROAR â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ringling Order of Art Readers Fri & Sat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bayfront Garden Tours Sat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quest, Family Workshop April 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Art and a Movie 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Conversation about the Circus 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20 - Student Spotlight 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ringling Underground

7, 8 – CAPTIVE by Motionhouse 8 – ViewPoint 8 – Slow Art Day 11 – Conversation about the Circus 13 – Gallery Walk & Talk 15 – World Circus Day 18 – Friends of the Ringling Legacy 18 – Conversation about the Circus 20 – PMP: Alumni at The Ringling 22 – Blossoms & Brunch 27 – Gallery Walk & Talk 29 – Bayfront Gardens Workshop May 6 – Saturday for Educators 13 – Family Day: Summer Kick-Off! Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive. NE, St. Petersburg 727.894.4638 Thursday PM adm. $5 after 5pm Through May 7 – Greg Smith Through June 4 – The Open Road Through July 2 – Dominique Labauvie: Dig April 1 – Orchid Lei-Making Class 1 – Greetings from Tampa Bay 1, 2, 3 – Art in Bloom 2017 11 – The Art of Circus Posters 12 – Coffee Talk w/Nan Colton 20 – Porch Party 20 – Literary Carousel 21 – Flying Down to Rio 30 – Painting in the Park May 7 – Gary Monroe 9 – Cat Shoes 10 – Coffee Talk w/Nan Colton St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg 727.894.1052 Schrader’s Little Cooperstown, Piering into the past, pondering the future May 11 – Happy Hour w/the Historian Tampa Bay Automobile Museum 3301 Gateway Centre, Pinellas Park 727.579.8226 Unique collection of vintage cars & vehicles. Tampa Bay History Center 801 Old Water St, Tampa 813.228.0097 April 5 – Florida Conversations 22 – My Doll and Me May 7 – Collectors Day Tampa Museum of Art 120 W St. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 813.259.1720 Friday – Art on The House – 4 to 8 pm Saturday – Art Spot for Families Through April 30 – Who Shot Sports Through April 30 – Lens on Tampa Bay Sports Through May 29 – Alex Katz

April 29 – Pride & Passion May 6 – Run for the Roses Tarpon Springs Railroad Depot Historical Museum 160 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs 727.943.4624 Free Admission USF Contemporary Art Museum 3821 USF Holly Dr., Tampa, 33620 813. 974.4133 - Info 813.974.2849 exhibitions.html USF Contemporary Art Museum Institute for Research in Art 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa USF Graphic Studio 3702 Spectrum Blvd., Ste 100, Tampa 813.974.3503 Free admission


10 5th St. N, St. Petersburg 727.504.8788 Second Saturday Gallery Walk ARTpool Gallery 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.324.3878 April 1, 2 – Crafty Fest 15 – 9th Anniversary Underwater Party May 6, 7 – Crafty Fest Blank Slate Gallery NEW 538 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota 941.312.5700 Bloom Art Center & Olesen Art Gallery 910 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg Best New Arts Community 2014 – &UHDWLYH/RD¿QJ Chihuly Collection 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.822.7872 ext. 5102 Only permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s work. Craftsman House 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.323.2787 Gallery-Café-Pottery Studio 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk Thursdays in May-Movies in the Park April 1 – Chuck Brodsky | APRIL 2017


Saturday, April 8 – Second Saturday Art Walk 5 – 9 pm, Free, including trolley. Art districts throughout the city of St. Petersburg. An evening of art, opening receptions and galleries galore. Free trolley offers transport between the different districts. Sunday, April 9 – Spring Fling Great Connections 10 am – noon, $5 or free for members, Great Explorations, 1925 4th St. N, St. Petersburg. The children’s museum opens early for children with special needs and their families. Egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and crafts in a sensory-friendly environment. Museum will be closed to the public during the event. Monday, April 10 – Senior Solos Pot Luck Lunch 1:30 pm, Free, Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St N, Pinellas Park. All single seniors 55+ are welcome. Wally 727.544.7183. Monday, April 10 - First Night Passover Seder 6 pm, $54 Adult / $18 Child, Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th Street N, St. Petersburg. Enjoy a kosher, traditional First Seder. RSVP by April 3. 727.381.4901 Wednesday, April 12 – “A Salute To Our Nation” Concert 7:30 pm, Free, Treasure Island Community Center, 106th Ave., Treasure Island. The South Pasadena Community band will perform various patriotic arrangements and compositions. 727.398.9639 Thursday, April 13 – Florida West Coast Orchid Society Meeting 7 pm, Pinellas Co. Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo. Presentation by Wes Higgins, Phalaenopsis Culture.” 727.420-.230 or 727.550.7993

7 – Katie Curtis 8 – Art for the eARTh Show 17 – National Cheeseball Day 22 – Green Thumb Festival May 13 – June 25 – Invitational Teapot Show 13 – Fair Trade Celebration 14 – Mother’s Day Brunch Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center 1114 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.825.0515 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk May 3 – Spring for Arts Crossroads Gallery St. Pete College – Clearwater 2465 Drew St., Clearwater Domain Home Accessories & Gallery 3129 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport Local & Florida artisans featured. Duncan McClellan Gallery 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg 813.760.6600 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk April 8 – Nancy Callan 9 – Art Glass Afternoon May 13 – Jason Chakravarty & Jennifer Umphress 14 – Art Glass Afternoon Dunedin Fine Art Center 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin 34698 727.298.3322 Feathered Serpent Gallery 1018 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.824.8877

Thursday, April 13 – Annual Passover BBQ 6 pm, $20 Adult / $10 Child, Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th Street N, St. Petersburg. Enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken and all the matza you can eat! RSVP by April 6. 727.381.4901 Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16 – 25th Gulfport Springfest 10 am – 8 pm, Free, Clymer Park, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. Clymer Park transforms into an “enchanted village.” Food and beverage vendors, activities and entertainment for all ages will be offered. Sunday - carnival only. 727.322.5217 Friday, April 14 - Parents’ Night Out 6 - 10 pm, $25 Members, $35 Non-members, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 4th St. N, St. Petersburg. Children ages 4 -10 play in the museum, explore the popular Touch Tunnel, exciting science shows and enjoy a G-rated movie. Pizza, snacks and juice included. Sibling discount available. Pre-registration required.


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Florida CraftArt Gallery 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.821.7391 ZZZÀRULGDFUDIWDUWRUJ Second Saturday Artwalk Mural Walk on Saturdays April 28 – June 17 Contemporary Fiber in Florida Gallerie 909 909 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg 727.565.3930 Featuring African American Artists Second Saturday Artwalk Small Business of the Year 2015 'UXPFLUFOH¿UVW)ULGD\HDFKPRQWK $YDQWJDUGHMD]]¿UVW6DWHDFKPRQWK Spoken Word last Sun. each month

Gulf Coast Artists Alliance 727.738.8010 ZZZJFDDÀRUJ Two Locations in St. Petersburg St. Pete Artworks / Avenue 5 Studios Michele Tuegel Contemporary 320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.823.1100 The gallery is permanently closed. Red Cloud Indian Arts 214 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 727.821.5824 Ringling College of Art & Design 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.359.7563 Stirling Studios & Art Gallery 730 Broadway (2nd Floor) Studio 12, Dunedin Studio 620 620 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg 727.895.6620 April 7 – 23 – VooDoo MacBeth

ART CENTERS & CLASSES Beach Art Center 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Bch. 727.596.4331 April 8 – May 13 – Dada Meets Dodo Kapfer Glass Studio 409 Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach 727.656.9190 Handmade glass art & crafts. Morean Arts Center 719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg 727.822.7872 Glass Studio & Hot Shop, Classes and Galleries Second Saturday Artwalk Saturdays at The Morean for Families Fridays – Art Snap Through April 9 – 20 Years of Word & Image Through April 30 – Fresh Squeezed: Emerging Artists Exhibit & PCCA Senior Thesis Exhibitions Morean Arts Center for Clay at the Train Station 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg 727.821.7162 Fridays – Friday Night Clay Sundays for Families 1 – 3 pm Second Saturday Artwalk

Pinellas Park Art Society NEW Park Station Building 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park 727.360.4406 Pinot’s Palette 1572 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.821.3700 Society of Acrylic Painters Membership info / exhibit entry: SunTan Art Center at Don Vista Arts Center 3300 Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach 727.367.3818 Celebrating 50+ Years Treasure Island Art Guild Gallery Closed June, July, August Painting Workshops held weekly Wednesday – Anything Goes Thursday – Acrylic Painting Friday – Portrait Workshop – live model April 8 – Meeting & Show Veterans Art Center NEW 6798 Crosswinds Dr. N, St. Petersburg 813.504.3092 Provides opportunities for military and veterans to develop and showcase creative and artistic accomplishments Zen Glass Studio 600 27th St. S, St. Petersburg 727.323.3141 Offers glassblowing classes & workshops. 2nd Saturday Art Walk. St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District.

HANDS-ON MUSEUMS Great Explorations Children’s Museum 1925 4th St. N, St. Petersburg 727.821.8992 Where education and fun come alive First Sunday of month open special hours for special needs families. April 9 – Spring Fling Great Connections 12 – Peaceful & Powerful Parenting Class 14 – Hawaiian Adventure School’s Out Camp 14 – Parents’ Night Out 15 - The Great Eggs-ploration! 16 – CLOSED 19 – Peaceful & Powerful Parenting Class 22 – Earth Day 24 – 28 – Week of the Young Child Heritage Village 11909 125th St N, Largo 727.582.2123 Free 21-acre living history museum Sundays – Speaking of History

MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) 4801 E Fowler Ave., #100, Tampa 813.987.6315 Largest US children’s science center Gaze skyward – Saunders Planetarium IMAX Dome Theatre Through April 18 - Children’s Gala Piggy Pick-Up


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Clearwater Jazz Holiday October 19 – 22, 2017 Florida Orchestra 727.662.7286 ZZZÀRULGDRUFKHVWUDRUJ See venues for dates – Mahaffey Theater, Ruth Eckerd Hall & David Straz Performing Arts Center Gulfport City Limits NEW April 8 – Latin Music by the Bay St. Pete Beach Music Club Suntan Art Center 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach Music ensemble Tuesdays 10 – 11 am. $5 per session. Boomwhacker Ensemble Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm. $5 per session. St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus Music Center 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg 727.341.4360 Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society 727.596.7142 Wednesdays – Bilmar Beach Resort, Treasure Island April 23 – Do’s & Don’ts of Dixie Tampa Bay Symphony 727.827.8087 Performances in various locations April 27 – Symphonic Chat – Opera Central 30 – Dazzling Inspirations - SPC May 2 - Dazzling Inspirations – Palladium Theater 7 – Dazzling Inspriations – Straz Center

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Saturday, April 15 – 6 th Annual Classic Car & Truck Show and Taste of Tierra Verde 11 am – 3 pm, Free, Downtown Tierra Verde, 1110 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. As many as 125 classic vehicles plus music by DJ Tommy Tunes, food from local island restaurants and fun activities for children. event/tierra-verde-classic-car-show-3 Saturday, April 15 – ARTpool Gallery’s 9th Anniversary Underwater Party 8 pm, ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. This event showcases local artists, performers, designers, models and more. All ages welcome. Tickets contact: 727.324.3878 Saturday, April 15 – Easter Egg Hunt 10 am, Free, Ages 10 & under, Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave., Treasure Island. Visit with the Easter Bunny, Easter bonnet contest. 727.547-4575 ext 237 or (727)367-2303 Saturday, April 15 – Third Saturday Artwalk 6 – 10 pm, Free, Beach Blvd., Gulfport. The streets are lined with artisans, entertainment and gourmet goodies. Shops, galleries and restaurants open late. YLVLWJXOISRUWÀRULGDFRP

WMNF 88.5 Community Radio 1210 E. MLK Blvd., Tampa 33603 April 1 – WMNF April Fools Party

OPERA Eckerd College 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg Miller Auditorium The Met in HD Series /LYHKLJKGH¿QLWLRQEURDGFDVWVRIWKH Metropolitan Opera 727.864.7600 April 13 – Der Rosenkavalier 22 – Eugene Onegin

Saturday, April 15 - The Great Eggs-ploration! 10 am – 2 pm, All activities are included in admission/membership, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 4th St. N, St. Petersburg. Egg-hunt craft, egg carton catapult, egg and spoon obstacle course and two egg-drop competitions with a prize. 727.821.8992

Florida Opera Festival Artistic Director – Daniel Lipton Straz Center for the Performing Arts 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, Florida 33602 April 2 – Discover Opera – Tosca 7 – Bel Canto Society Reception 7, 9 – Tosca May 7 – Opera Tampa Year-End Showcase

Monday, April 17 - Japanese Calligraphy and Sculptural Sogetsu 10 am, $10, Chapel On The Hill Church – Evans Hall, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole. Demonstration. Bring your own lunch. Refreshments provided.

Florida Suncoast Opera Guild April 22 – SPO’s Gala fundraiser Bella Voce

Wednesday, April 19 through Sunday, May 14 -– Hairspray 8 pm, American Stage in the Park, Demens Landing Park, St. Petersburg, Tickets available for purchase online at

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Saturday, April 15 – Underwater Egg Hunt and Spring Festival 10 am – noon, $4, St. Pete Beach Aquatic Complex & Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach. Dip and Dive for Easter eggs in the pool and stay and play afterwards.

Friday, April 21 – Gulfport Third Friday Artwalk 6 – 10 pm, Free, Beach Blvd., Gulfport. The streets are lined with artisans, entertainment and gourmet goodies. Shops, galleries and restaurants open late. YLVLWJXOISRUWÀRULGDFRP Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 – Florida Antiquarian Book Fair Friday 5 – 9 pm / Saturday 10 am – 5 pm / Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, $6-$10, The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The book fair features dealers in books of every age and subject matter, antique maps, prints, autographs, ephemera and more. ÀRULGDERRNVHOOHUVFRPERRNIDLUKWPO


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St. Petersburg Opera Company 727.823.2040 Various performance locations April 6 – Creative Collaborations 20, 21 – Opera 3: Couples Therapy 22 – Bella Voce Gala 27 – Symphonic Chat Sarasota Opera House 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota 941.359.0099 ext.101 April 2 – The Little Mermaid 8 – 1950’s Umbrella House The Pinellas Opera League Socialize and be Entertained First Wednesday each month


DANCING Florida West Ballet D1RWIRUSUR¿W3UH3URIHVVLRQDO Performing Arts Company 616 4th St. N, St. Petersburg ZZZÀRULGDZHVWEDOOHWRUJ Gulfport Casino 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport More information on Casino events or rental availability 727.893.1070. Every Wednesday – Swing Third Saturday – Swing, Tampa Second Sunday – Soul Night Sarasota Ballet 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.359.0099 Tickets 941.351.0099 x101 April 3 – Principal Film Series 10 – Friends’ Showcase Luncheon 12 – Inside The Studio 28 – 30 – De Valois, Balanchine & Robbins May 5 – Spring Conservatory Concert 6 – DNG End-of-Year Performance St. Petersburg Polish American Society, 1343 Beach Dr. SE, St. Petersburg 972.741.3749 Sunday Dinner & Dancing: 2:15 – 3:30 pm – Dinner – $8 727-360-0584 for dinner reservations 3 – 6 pm – Dancing – $6 (Members) $8 (Non Members) Live Sunday Bands: Apr – 2 – Jasiu’s Polka All Stars Apr – 9 – Sounds of The South Apr – 16 – Easter - Closed Apr – 23 – Florida Honky Polka Band Apr – 30 – Nu Soundz Events Live Non Sunday Ban: Fri – Apr 7 – Orlando Polka Magic Reunion Gig Mon – Apr 17 – Dyngus Day – The Nu Soundz Doors Open 4 pm, Polish Platters – 4:30 – 7 PM, Band Plays – 5 – 9 pm Wednesday Tea Dances/ Live Band Apr 12 and Apr 26, 2017 11:30 – 12:30 pm – Dance instructions with Carol Baker 1 – 3:30 pm – Bobby Tess & The Pleasures $8 Dance, $11 Dance w/ instruction

The Coliseum 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 727.892.5715 Tea Dance – 1st & 3rd Wed. of month October through May

FILM Celebrating CommUNITY International Gay & Lesbian Film Fest Various times and locations International Cinema Series Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, Miller Auditorium 727.864.7979 HYHQWV#HFNHUGHGX April 7 – The Salesman 21 – Mountains May Depart 28 – Toni Erdman May 5 – Paterson

ECO / ZOOS /AQUARIUMS Boyd Hill Nature Preserve 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg 727.893.7326 Tram Tours Saturdays, Guided Tours, Classes April 22 – 23 – Green Thumb Festival Brooker Creek Preserve 3940 Keystone Rd., Tarpon Springs 727.453.6800 April 1 – Swallow-Tailed Kites 8 – Wildlife Safari! 15 – Explore the Ferns 22 – Beekeeping Part 1 29 – Lakes and Ponds Education May 6 – Beekeeping Part 2

LGBTQ Film Series Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport Second Thursday of each month 7 pm. 727.893.1074

Clearwater Marine Aquarium 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater 727.441.1790 Rescue, Rehab and Release Home of Winter and Hope, stars of Dolphin Tale I & II Monthly You Tube Program

Sunscreen Film Festival April 27 – 30 ZZZVXQVFUHHQ¿OPIHVWLYDOFRP Various locations throughout St. Petersburg. VIP & General Admission

Egmont Key Shuttle Hubbard’s Marina, Ft. DeSoto Co. Park $20 RSVP 727.867.6569 727.893.2627


Florida Aquarium 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa 813.273.4000 ZZZÀDTXDULXPRUJ May 12 – Sea Grapes Wine and Food Festival

Coconuts Comedy Club Oldest (longest running) comedy club in Florida. 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach 727.360.5653 (JOKE) Open Mike on Tuesdays Shows: Wed – Sat, 9 pm Sporty’s Comedy Club 17093 Gulf Blvd., N Redington Beach (across from Double Tree Beach Resort) 727.596.6725 Fri. & Sat. nights 9:05 pm G. David Howard. Guinness Book of World Records for Comedy “Funniest Man Alive” Unscripted Theatre 14 18th St. S, St. Petersburg Second Thursday – Live Sketch Comedy Fourth Thursday – Flash Fiction Best Source For Events & Local Tidbits! Sign-up online to receive our weekly e-news with featured events.

Fort De Soto Park Tierre Verde 727.552.1862 05_ft_desoto.htm Guided Nature Walks – Sat & Sun 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 April 1 – 2 – Feast With The Beasts Mote Aquarium 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota 941.388.4441 Science, Education, Aquarium April 1 – 31st Annual Run for the Turtles 4 – Cocktails and Caviar ±$UWDQG6FLHQFHRI&DPRXÀDJH 15 – City Island Coastal Cleanup 21, 22 – Sarasota Bay Cup 27 – Tea for the Sea May 3 – Teen Science Café | APRIL 2017


Saturday, April 22 - Boley Angels Low Country Boil 5 pm, Individual $50 / Patron $100, Mary R. Koenig Center, 647 34th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Fine wines, appetizers and a low country shrimp ERLOZLWKDOOWKHÂż[LQJV%HQHÂżWV Boley Centers. 727.821.4819 ext. 5200 Saturday, April 22 - Earth Day St Pete 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm, Free, Williams Park, 350 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. A community event with a focus on green businesses, environmental activists and family focused activities. Saturday, April 22 - Earth Day 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 pm, All activities are included in admission/membership, Great Explorations Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, 1925 4th St. N, St. Petersburg. Children will make their own recycled puzzles out of cardboard boxes, learn about the science behind cleaning oil spills and make and take their own Earth Art. 727.821.8992 /event/earth-day Saturday, April 22 - Concert For The Earth 11:30 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 pm, Free, Williams Park, 350 2nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Music, cold beer and food trucks. concert-for-earth-st-pete-earth-day-after-party/1632000 Saturday, April 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Paddle the Preserve 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noon, $10 to $20, Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. Guided paddle tour will traverse through mangrove tunnels and over seagrass flats. 727.453.6500 Saturday, April 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1st Annual RCS Food Bank Poker Run 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm, $10, Biff Burger, 3939 49th St. N, St. Petersburg. Motorcycle UXQ$OOSURFHHGVEHQHÂżW5&6)RRG%DQNWKHODUJHVWSURYLGHURIHPHUJHQF\ food in Pinellas County. 727.584.3528 ext 413 or -HVVLFDJDUFLD#5&63LQHOODVRUJ Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mainsail Arts Festival 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 pm, Free, Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. This free festival features 250+ juried ÂżQHDUWDQGFUDIWH[KLELWRUVPXVLF kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; art activity tent and culinary arts food court. festival-info Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Green Thumb Festival 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 pm, Free, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. This celebration of Arbor Day offers more than 200 educational and environmental exhibits. Suitable for the whole family. Sunday, April 23 - Tour de SHINE 10 am, $20, St. Pete Bike Co-Op, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. Guided bicycle tour that will bring riders up close for a personal look at St. Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colorful outdoor art gallery.


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St. Petersburg Audubon Society 727.753.9731 101+ Years Conservation, Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month, First Saturday of month Boyd Hill Bird Walk April 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Monthly Nature Walk 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sawgrass County Park 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fort De Soto County Park 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Frog Eavesdropper May 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Monthly Nature Walk St. Petersburg Shell Club 9100 113th St. North, Seminole 727.867.6861 2nd Fri, 6:30 pm (except June, July, Aug. & Dec.), Seminole Recreation Seaside Seabird Sanctuary 18328 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores 727.391.6211 FREE /DUJHVWQRQSURÂżWZLOGELUGKRVSLWDO sanctuary. Donations accepted. Tours. Weedon Island Preserve 727.453.6500 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg April 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rainwater Harvesting Workshop 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ranger Naturalist 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Great Weedon Bird Quest 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Volunteer Archaeology Lab 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Going Coastal 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Archaeology Works 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Belle Glade Landscape 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Paddle the Preserve: Love TB 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Movie Island President 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nature by the Book

ON THE WATER Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center Located behind Dolphin Village 4737 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach 727.360.7411 Sailing, Fishing, Motor Cruising, Sunset Sails Shell Key Shuttle & Sunset Cruises 801 Pass-A-Grille Way, Merry Pier 727.360.1348 Dog friendly cruises on special dates. Adult Basic Sailing School Boca Ciega Yacht Club, 1RWIRUSURÂżW6DLOLQJ&OXE 727.345.7544 Boating Skills & Seamanship USCG Safe Boating Program Flotilla #72, 9 Classes Tues. 7:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:30 pm 1300 Beach Blvd. SE, St. Petersburg (US Coast Guard Base) Jim 727 898 1324 www cgaux org

USCG Safe Boating Program U.S. Coast Guard Aux Flotilla #78, 13-week continuous Program Tuesdays, 7 pm, Warren Webster Comm. Ctr, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach 8SWR\HDUVWRÂżQLVKFRXSOH Jim 727.360.4846 Warren 727.321.7801 April 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Your â&#x20AC;&#x153;Highwayâ&#x20AC;? Signs 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rules of the Nautical Road 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Boating Safety 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Introduction to Navigation May 2 - Powering Your Boat 9- Lines and Knots St. Petersburg Sail & Power Squadron St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 2nd Ave. SE, St. Petersburg Demens Landing 727-550-1811 American Boating Course Free to attend, $40 materials per family. 7 week course. Mon 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 pm.

FERRIES Crossbay Ferry Connecting Downtown Tampa Convention Center to Downtown St. Petersburg (Vinoy Basin) beside St. Petersburg Museum of History, $10 each way. Tampa Bay Ferry & Taxi Service Services 9 stops throughout Madeira Beach, St. Petersburg (Jungle Prada) and Treasure Island. Currently running Fridays & Saturdays. $20 all day fare.

NATURE Florida Botanical Gardens 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo 727.582.2100 ZZZĂ&#x20AC;EJRUJ Free. Friendly dogs welcome on leash. Open daily. Welcome Center is Closed weekends & County Holidays. April 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Beyond the Garden Gates Florida West Coast Orchid Society 12175 125th St. N, Largo. 727.460.4606 Free 2nd Thurs, 7:30 pm, Visitors welcome. Educational class, Cooperative Extension (Botanical Gardens). May 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Creative Crafts 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1st Annual Garden Walk 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; African Violets 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wild Flowers of Florida 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Plant Auction

Garden Club St. Petersburg 500 Sunset Dr. S, St. Petersburg Diane Shafer, VKDIHUG#JPDLOFRP 727.347.6649 April 22, 23 – Green Thumb Festival at Walter Fuller Park Ikebana International Chapter 65, St. Petersburg meetings 3rd Monday – 10 am – 2 pm, (Sept. to May) Chapel On The Hill Church – Evans Hall, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole, Ikebana – centuries old art of Japanese ÀRUDODUUDQJLQJ Info – hotline 727.729.9445 April 17 - Japanese Calligraphy and Sculptural Sogetsu Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota 941.366.5731 Mondays – Yoga in the Garden Through July 31: Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams Exhibit Through June 14: Chagall Nights Through June 17: Chagall Family Saturdays Through July 16: Garden Music Series April 5 – Flowers as Life Itself 5 – Chagall Nights 6 – Mixed Media 7 – Photography 11 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream 12 – Designing Containers 13 – Lecture: Belize 14 – Printing 16 – Easter Brunch 19 – Lunch in the Gardens 21 – Advanced Painting Postcards 24 – Language of Flowers 27 – Orchids 101 May 10 – The Pleasures of Sumi-e 11 – The Color of Dreams 12 – Improve Your Photography 14 – Mother’s Day Brunch Sunken Gardens 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 Adult and Child Horticultural Workshops Effective January 1, 2017 – New Prices April 2 – Orchid Festival

CARD GAME / BINGO Pasadena Card Club 10 Park St N, St. Petersburg $&%/FHUWL¿HGGXSOLFDWH Mon. thru Fri., 12:30 pm Contract Bridge & Pinochle Tues. & Thurs. Noon David 727.381.5944

St. Petersburg Bridge Club 9103 US 19N, Pinellas Park Games, Lessons, & Seminars. M – F 12:30 & 7 pm, Sat.10:30 am Charlie 727.363.1136 or 544.5040 Thursday Night Bingo Treasure Island Community Center 106th Ave. & Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island Early Games start 6:45 pm Regular Games start 7:45 pm Presented by the Treasure Island Islettes %HQH¿WVORFDOVFKRODUVKLSV Linda 727.270.3178

CLUBS Action Club Treasure Island (Sept. – May) Membership open to ALL mature residents. $10/ singles & $15 /couples. Meets monthly 1:30 pm. Treasure Island Comm. Center Refreshments, desserts, programs. Arranged trips & fun programs. Carol Lee 727.360.9181 Corvair Biking Society Bike rides on Tuesdays & Thursdays, various routes, ride 15 – 25 miles, food/beverage breaks. Mid to South Pinellas Co. Helmets required. Tony Cahill 727.204.0149 Greater Pinellas Democratic Club 2nd Thursday Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N & Ulmerton, Clearwater, Largest Democratic club on west coast of Florida 727.360.3971 Gulfport Walking Club Gulfport Recreation Center 5730 Shore Boulevard, Gulfport Gulfport & Pinellas County parks. John Lapham 727.893.1079 Isle of Palms Civic Association Community Civic Organization Dinner/Mixer 6 pm 4th Tuesday of month Treasure Island Community Center Carol Lee 727.360.9181 IsleOfPalmsCivicAssociation Mad Dogs Swim Wed. Night swims through summer 6 pm. SHARP. Hurley Park Shelter at Pass-A-Grille Beach, 1600 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach 727.582.1910 0LOLWDU\2IÀFHUV$VVRFLDWLRQ of St. Petersburg 3rd Friday monthly. Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, 6300 Pasadena Point Blvd., Gulfport. Social hour – 11 am. OXQFK VKRUWSURJUDP0LOLWDU\2I¿FHUV that are retired, active duty or former RI¿FHUVDQGWKHLUVSRXVHVRUZLGRZV invited. Reservations 727.360.2936 | APRIL 2017


Monday, April 24 through Friday, April 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Week of the Young Child 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm, All activities are included in admission/ membership, Great Explorations Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, 1925 4th St. N, St. Petersburg. Daily activities for children under 5. Music Monday, Healthy Tuesday, Build it Wednesday, Arts & Crafts Thursday and Family Friday. 727.821.8992 Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunscreen Film Festival Downtown St. Petersburg. Films, parties, workshops, celebrity events. KWWSVXQVFUHHQÂżOPIHVWLYDOFRP Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Annual Beach Goes Pops 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 pm, Free, 9th Ave. & Gulf Way, Pass-A-Grille, St. Pete Beach. Enjoy two evenings of music with food vendors and beverages available for purchase. Bring beach chairs. Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; St. Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Triathlon Registration fee. Downtown St. Petersburg. Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gulfport Grand Prix Noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 pm Friday and Saturday, 8 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm Sunday, Free, Shore DQG%HDFK%OYG*XOISRUW7KHÂżUVW annual Gulfport Grand Prix, featuring 120-mile-an-hour Formula Powerboat Racing and Boat Show. Sunday, April 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Painting in the Park Noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 pm, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. Enjoy JLDQWSDLQWLQJVNLWHPDNLQJDQGĂ&#x20AC;\LQJDQGSDLQWLQJRQWKH120$'$UW%XV

0LOLWDU\2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUV:LYHV&OXE 2nd Tuesday monthly Oct. to May. Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N & Ulmerton, Clearwater RSVP necessary 727.812.4868

Music ensemble Tuesdays 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 am. $5 per session. Boomwhacker Ensemble Thursdays 6:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30 pm. $5 per session.

Military Order of World Wars (Clearwater Chapter) 1st Tuesday Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane, Belleair. Social: 11:30 am. lunch & program. 0LOLWDU\2IÂżFHUVUHWLUHGDFWLYH GXW\IRUPHURIÂżFHUVVSRXVHVZLGRZV LTC George Smith 727.786.5578

St. Pete Road Runners Mbr: Road Runners Club of America. Walkers, joggers, non-competitive & competitive runners. Monthly meetings, guest speakers, coaching, group runs, Grand Prix Series and social events.

National Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 259 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Clearwater 727.510.9472 No meeting July and August National Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Ch. # 1140 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4th Wed. monthly. Spouses & guests welcome. Ostomy Support Group Learn all about the life changing procedure. Guest speakers. Last Sunday each month 2 pm. St. Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, Auditorium 727.657.0998 3DVV$*ULOOH6KXIĂ H%RDUG (Jan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April ) Tues/Thurs/Sat, 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noon Pass-A-Grille Park 9 & 10th Ave. Member $20/yr, Open to Public.

Sunday, April 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Top Local Chef 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:30 pm, $75 - $1,000, aboard Sir Winston, Vinoy Basin, St. Petersburg. During this culinary sailing experience, guests will have the opportunity to stop by the chefsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stations and sample their specially created dishes. Saturday, May 6 - Skyway Marina District May Day Races 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 am, Registration fees, 3201 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Competitive UDFLQJIRUDOODJHV%HQHÂżWVORFDOVFKRROVDQG6N\ZD\0DULQD'LVWULFW7R register or volunteer: Saturday, May 6 - 1st Annual Garden Walk 11 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 pm, $20, Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Dr. S, St. Petersburg. Gardens show diversity and creativity. 727-381-8920 6DWXUGD\0D\86)*UDSKLFVWXGLR2SHQ+RXVHDQG%HQHĂ&#x20AC;W6DOH 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 pm, Free, 3702 Spectrum Blvd. Suite 100, Tampa. Graphicstudio RIIHUVLWVYDVWLQYHQWRU\RIÂżQHDUWSULQWDQGVFXOSWXUHPXOWLSOHVWRWKHSXEOLFDW discounted prices. Saturday, May 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7th Annual Salute to the Military 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm, Free, Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach. The Horan Park venue will feature a professionally judged car show, military YHKLFOHVDQGH[KLELWVDÂżVKLQJWRXUQDPHQWIRUNLGVDQGOLYHPXVLF 60

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Rotary Club of Gulf Beaches Tuesdays, Noon, Guests welcome. The Club at Treasure Island 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Bill England, 727.347.0386 Rutgers Club Tampa Bay 1st Thursday monthly â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:45 am, Hibachi Grill, 7610 49th Street N, Park Plaza, Pinellas Park 727.344.1944 Senior Solos NEW A social group of single folks 55+, Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St, N, Pinellas Park. Wally 727.544.7183 Social Club of St. Petersburg Bocce, cards and social events. Sons of Italy, 2500 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations required 727.798.6355 ZZZVRQVRÂżWDO\VSRUJ Dining Room Closed May 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sept 26 St. Pete Beach Music Club Suntan Art Center 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach

St. Petersburg Republican 2nd Wed., 7 pm St. Petersburg Comm. Church, 4501 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Monthly speaker & Q & A session. All invited. No charge. Call Gail Hebert 727.526.2492 or Gus Pries SULHVJXV#YHUL]RQQHW 6W3HWHUVEXUJ6KXIĂ H%RDUG Fridays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N, Free. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 pm. A hip twist on an old game. 727.822.2083 ZZZVWSHWHVKXIĂ&#x20AC;HFRP Swiss Club 11:45 am, 2nd Saturday monthly, The Club At Treasure Island 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island, 727.344.1944 The Clearwater St. Pete Ski Club 2nd Tuesday Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza & Deli Station, 13560 49 St., Clearwater Pinellas Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Only Ski Club The Contemporaries Support Group of Members of Museum of Fine Arts. Monthly lectures, JDWKHULQJVDQGÂżHOGWULSVVXSSRUWLQJ contemporary artists of Tampa Bay. $20 yearly membership in addition to MFA Membership. The Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists (HPDA) 2nd Saturday (No meeting Dec) /RFDODIÂżOLDWHRIWKHLQWHUQDWLRQDO group, Society of Decorative Painters. ZZZKSGDĂ&#x20AC;FRP ZZZKSGDSUH]#YHUL]RQQHW Treasure Island Islettes NEW Community Service Organization Meet 4th Monday of month Treasure Island Community Center Marian 727.360.0164

TOASTMASTERS Bay Pines Toastmasters NEW Wed. 5:15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:30 pm. Free. Bldg. 20 behind VA Hospital Jill Haseltine 727.893.7838

&RRO &RQÀGHQW7RDVWPDVWHUV Every Monday 6:15 pm. Free. PARC Facility, 3190 Tyrone Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. Margaret 727.422.8856 Downtown St. Pete Toastmasters Focuses on improving communication & leadership skills. Guests welcome. Thursday, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, FREE 244 2nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, Room DC 316. Robert 321.872.8295, Gulfport Toastmasters Wednesday 6:15 – 7:30 pm, Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave. S 727.537.9098 LQIR#JXOISRUWWRDVWPDVWHUVFRP St. Petersburg Club #2284 Public speaking organization help! Tuesdays, 6:15 – 8:30 pm. Hope Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 1801 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg

THRIFT SHOPS Attic Shoppe 316 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach Run by St. Albans Church on Corey Ave. One of longest running thrift shops in SPB. 727.360.5647 CASA Thrift Shop 1011 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg Wednesday Seniors 55+ save 25%. 0RQLHVUDLVHGEHQH¿WWKHYLFWLPVRI domestic violence. Donations greatly appreciated. 727.828.1233 Pass-A-Grille Beach Comm. Church Thrift Shop 107 16th Ave. & Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach. 727.360.5508 9 am – noon Tue, Wed., Thur., & Sat. Closed Summers, Reopens in Sept. Treasures by the Sea Church by the Sea 495 137th Ave., Madeira Beach 727.391.7706 10 am – 2 pm Tues., Thurs., & Sat.

NETWORKING Business & Professional Women’s Club 1st & 3rd Thurs., 11:30 am, 400 Beach Dr., St. Petersburg 727.471.8248 Entrepreneur Social Club ESC, every Thursday night, NOVA 535, 535 MLK Jr St N, St. Petersburg. Collaborative group of seasoned professionals, start-ups, business

owners, inventors, successful tycoons, students, mentors and Entrepreneurs from every industry. A truly enjoyable social club. No need to register, just show up. 727.821.6682 HEC Friday Networking Every Friday, 3 – 4:15 pm 727.898.3333, Hofbrauhaus, 123 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg, Ample parking! Run by Eileen Brock of Paradise News 727.439.2575 Sponsors: Mark Drucker, Hollander Hotel & Paradise News Women in Tourism Educate, encourage, network. 3rd Friday, various locations throughout Tampa Bay.

DOWNTOWNS GULFPORT Gulfport’s Tuesday Fresh Market Beach Blvd. Tuesday 9 am – 3 pm )UHVK0DUNHW#*XOISRUW0$FRP Free Clothing Swap 2nd Tues. each month, 9 am – 1 pm Gulfport’s 1st Friday Art Walk Fine Arts with live art demonstrations, vendors and entertainment. 6 pm. Beach Blvd.  ZZZYLVLWJXOISRUWÀRULGDFRP SoTangerine Saturday Market Tangerine Greenway, Gulfport Saturdays 8 am – 2 pm Gulfport’s 3rd Saturday Art Walk Vendors, entertainment and roving street performers. Begins at 6 pm. Beach Blvd. Ballroom Dancing (Tu., Wed., Thurs.) Gulfport Public Library Events April 2 – Festival of Speed 14, 15 – Gulfport Springfest 28 – 30 – Gulfport Gran Prix Powerboat Races 30 – Top Local Chef ST. PETE BEACH SPB Recreation Center 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach 727.363.9245 April 15 – Underwater Egg Hunt May 6 – Seventh Annual Salute to the Military

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ST. PETERSBURG April 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Festivals of Speed 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Longest Table 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 Tampa Bay Blues Fest 19 - 30 - Hairspray 22 - St. Pete Earth Day 22 - Concert for the Earth 22, 23 - Mainsail Art Festival 27 - 30 - 12th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival 28 - 30 - St. Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Straub Park May 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 14 - Hairspray 6 & 7 - St. Petersburg Jazz Explosion )ULGD\V6W3HWH6KXIĂ H 0LUURU/DNH6KXIĂ&#x20AC;HERDUG&RXUWV 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 pm ZZZVWSHWHVKXIĂ&#x20AC;HFRP Sundays Gospel Brunch at The Manhattan Casino 1st Friday Get Downtown Music Series Street block party featuring live music / dancing food & drink, vendors! 5:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 pm. Central Ave. between 2nd & 3rd St. ZZZÂżUVWIULGD\VWSHWHFRP 2nd Saturday Artwalk & Trolley Downtown & Warehouse Art District. Take the trolley to explore the Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hot Spots. 727.323.ARTS

TOURS First United Methodist Church NEW 212 Third St. N, St. Petersburg 727.894.4661 Tours of 10 Tiffany style stained glass windows featuring recreation of Leonardo da Vinciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Supper in stained glass, every Wed., 11 am, all \HDU2UJDQFRQFHUWÂąQRRQWKHÂżUVW Wed. of every month through May. No charge for tour or concert. Donations welcome. St. Petersburg Preservation Walking Tours Central Ave. & 2nd St., St. Petersburg (Oct. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Apr.) 727.824.7802 National Register listed downtown Free for SPP members. $10 suggested donation non-members. Gulfport tour every third Sat. (3 pm) April 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Originalâ&#x20AC;? Downtown Tour 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Historic Crescent Heights 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Downtown Lunch Time Tour 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Waterfront Tour 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Historic Gulfport 62

15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Downtown Tour with a Literary Twist 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Westward Ho to Historic Kenwood Walking Mural Tours Departing from Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg Murals and history behind them. 727.821.7391 ZZZĂ&#x20AC;RULGDFUDIWDUWRUJ

MARKETS TUESDAYS Gulfportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuesday Fresh Market Year Round! 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 pm Summer hrs. Beach Blvd, below 29 Ave. S, Gulfport Live music. ZZZYLVLWJXOISRUWĂ&#x20AC;RULGDFRP Second Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Clothing Swap )UHVK0DUNHW#JXOISRUWPDFRP WEDNESDAYS Madeira Beach Morning Market 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 pm, rain or shine. Madeira Way between Gulf Blvd. & Tom Stuart Cswy. October to May FRIDAYS Treasure Island Friday Market 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 pm. Community Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park (behind Walgreens) 1 Park Place & 106th Ave., Treasure Island. FREE parking, live music. 727.360.4121 1HZV#LVODQGQHLJKERUVFKDPEHURUJ CLOSED for Summer SATURDAYS Saturday Morning Market 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 pm (Oct. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 26) Al Lang Stadium parking lot & 1st Ave. S & 1st St., St. Petersburg (June thru Sept.) at Williams Park, 1st Ave. N & 2nd St., St. Petersburg 727.455.4921 SoTangerine Saturday Market NEW 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 pm. Tangerine Greenway & 49th St., Gulfport. 727.439.0164 Spring on the Deuces NEW 3 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 pm, April thru June 22nd St. & 9th Ave. S, St. Petersburg 727.433.8237 SUNDAYS Corey Avenue Sunday Market Corey Area Business Assoc. 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 pm, October thru May Live music, Shops open, Free parking, 74th Ave., St. Pete Beach 727.498.8778

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Indian Rocks Beach Sunday Market 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 pm / October thru April Indian Shores Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores WEEKEND MARKETS Paradise Bazaar Year Round! Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 pm, next to Paradise Grille Pass-A-Grille, 9th Ave. & Gulf Way. 3DUDGLVH%D]DDU#<DKRRFRP Pass-A-Grille Beach Art Mart Saturday, 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 pm Next to Paradise Grille, 9th Ave. & Gulf Way, Pass-A-Grille Beach 727.367.3818 VXQWDQDUWFHQWHU#YHUL]RQQHW OTHER MARKETS 1st Friday Flea Market 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noon. Gulfport Multipurpose Sr. Ctr. 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport 1st & 3rd Saturday Grand Central Flea 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 pm. Antiques, Collectibles Parking Lot of Punkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar 3063 Central Ave., St. Pete 1st Saturday St. Pete Indie Market Noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm. 600 Block of Central Ave., St. Petersburg

VOLUNTEER AARP Tax Aide Varying responsibilities. Daystar Life Center Offering monthly information sessions services & volunteering, the third Tuesday, 1:30 pm. Daystar Life Ctr. 226 6th St. S, St. Petersburg 727.498.8794 NLWW\UDZVRQ#GD\VWDUOLIHFRP Empath Health / Suncoast Hospice Locations throughout Pinellas County Various positions. Training provided Ages 14+ years. 727.523.3440 .HQGUDSRODFK\#WKHKRVSLFHRUJ Friends of Strays 2911 47th Ave. N, St. Petersburg 1RQSURÂżWQRNLOOVKHOWHU Volunteer orientation, twice monthly. &ODLUH#IULHQGVRIVWUD\VFRP 727-522-6566 ext. 107 Gulfportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Get Rescued Festival Annual Animal Rescue Festival and Fundraiser VLNYROXQWHHUV#JPDLOFRP RCS of Pinellas County Positions needed at Food Bank, Haven of RCS, Grace House, Thrift Store. Helping families of hunger, homelessness and domestic violence.

One hour orientation required. 727.584.3528 ext. 407 State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of FL, 14250 49th St. N, Suite 4000, Clearwater 727.464.6528 St. Petersburg Free Clinic 863 3rd Ave. N, St Petersburg. To schedule new volunteer orientation 0DULVVD'DYLV#VWSHWHUVEXUJIUHHFOLQLFRUJ 727.821.1200 X 114 Tampa Bay Watch Mondays 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noon June 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; August 1 Ages 15+ for Volunteer Hours UDUQGW#WDPSDED\ZDWFKRUJ

YOGA / SPIRITUAL Beach Yoga Pinellas NEW Tuesdays 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:15 pm. Treasure Island Community Center Garden Rm., Thursdays 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:15 pm City Hall Auditorium Year round resident discount packages. 727.222.6476 Don Vista Arts Center 3300 Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach 727.367.3818 Celebrating 50+ Years. Yoga, Chi Gong Drum Circle 4th Friday on Gulfport Beach West side near the Rec. Center. Winter 7 pm / Summer 7:30 pm. Empowering & healing. Dena Lebowitz 727.289.3380 GHQDOHE#JPDLOFRP Hoop Dancing Yoga Village â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg Abby 813.777.7720 Story telling dance with 1 to 30 hoops Inspire Yoga at the Dali Sundays at The Dali, One Dali Blvd., practice vinyasa ashtanga poses 727.823.3767 Madeira Beach Recreation Center 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach 727.392.0665 Yoga Essentials, Vinyasa, Flow, Tai Chi, Hoola Dance. Madeira Beach Yoga NEW 200 Rex Place and 15100 Gulf Blvd. Madeira Beach 727.401.7380 ,QIR#0DGHLUD%HDFK<RJDFRP

Meditation in the Gardens Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg, Wednesdays, 12:30 pm 727.551.3102 Nava Yoga Studio NEW 5901 Sun Blvd. W, Suite 120, St. Petersburg 727.592.1999 Perfect Circle Yoga & Fitness 595 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach 727.504.2327 Bikram Yoga, Hot Yoga, Boot Camp, Pilates, Personal Training. Sacred Lands 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. 727.347.0354 www.sacredlandspreservation Sunday tours, Meditations, special events. Wednesdays Movement for Wellness Sound Meditations NEW Thursdays at 11 am. Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. 727.893.5657. Brought to you by Gulfport Senior Center Foundation St. Petersburg Yoga 2842 MLK St. N, St. Petersburg Tues, 6:15 pm, Sunset Beach, 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island Wed., Sunrise 7 am at Straub Park, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 727.894.9642 LQIR#VWSHWHUVEXUJ\RJDFRP St. Pete Beach Yoga NEW On demand beach yoga Private or group sessions St Pete Beach 727.686.0123 6WSHWHEHDFK\RJD#JPDLOFRP Sunken Gardens 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 Daily Yoga with Yoga Village classes Tampa Museum of Art 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 813.259.1720 Monday Meditation The Longhouse 2309 49th Street S, Gulfport 727.322.5766 All levels of skill and techniques

Tree of Life Yoga 6800 Gulf Blvd., South Pasadena Shopping Ctr., 727.514.3057 ZZZWUHHRÃ&#x20AC;LIH\RJDRUJ Four studios. Addiction Recovery, Prenatal, Cancer Survivor Yoga. Yoga â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jeanne Salvo, RYT 500 Yoga Style: Kripalu, Pass-A-Grille Beach Comm. Church, 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach Phone/Text 727.224.7631 -HVDOYR#WDPSDED\UUFRP

MOBILE THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Libby Higdon - Licensed Massage Therapist

YOGA FOR A CAUSE! Get healthy and support Florida West %DOOHWD1RWIRUSUR¿W3UH3URIHVVLRQDO Performing Arts Company! Yoga Around Town is offering yoga classes at Florida West Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio: 616 4th Street N, St. Petersburg PN On demand Beach Yoga Private or group sessions St Pete Beach 727.686.0123

727.204.8602 Neuromuscular or Myofascial Massageâ&#x20AC;¦$70 hr. â&#x20AC;¢ $95 1½ hr. Relaxation/Swedishâ&#x20AC;¦$60 1½ hr. All massages are custom designed for clients needs. Lic # MA 66543

Areas outside of Pinellas County may be subject to travel charge.

___________________ TREASURE ISLAND RECREATION DEPARTMENT SUMMER CAMP â&#x20AC;¢ A ten (10) week recreational camp (ages 5 to 13 years old) Held May 30- August 4, 2017 with a mini-camp. Mon. Aug 7th - Wed, Aug 9th. Camp hours: 8 am - 5 pm, Mon- Friday. Before & after care provided for an additional fee. Family discounts available. Summer Camp registration begins Recreation Department located inside city hall at 120 108th Avenue from 8 am 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Activities include: games, sports, arts and crafts, parties, guest speakers and entertainment, movies, field trips and much more. Additional information, call Recreation Dept. (727) 547-4575 or email Participants can obtain registration forms and additional information at â&#x20AC;¢ Junior Tennis Camps for juniors ages 8 years old through high school will be held at the Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis facility located at 10315 Paradise Boulevard, Treasure Island, FL. Camps will be held Monday through Friday, 9 am-12â&#x20AC;&#x2122; noon. For additional information, contact Treasure Bay (727) 360-6062 - register; or email

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." - Jim Rohn | APRIL 2017


C L A S S I F I E D ACCOUNTING BOOKKEEPING & TAX SERVICES_______________ David J. Strickler, CPA, PA, 727.906.9600 Miksch & Company, CPA, PA, Individual & Business Tax Returns, Accounting, 249 43rd Ave., SPB, 727.367.1040 AIRPORT SHUTTLE & RIDES Non-stop door to door service, ANY AIRPORT plus trips to Hard Rock, Busch Gardens, Sporting Events, Ybor City, Malls. 727.543.1928

EMPLOYMENT__________ Purple Haze Smoke Shop seeks talented retail sales help - Smoke or Vape experience a plus - Leo 727-580-5880 Chick-Fila seeks great talent. Open interviews Wednesdays 4pm at the restaurant, 4623 Gulf Blvd. St. Pete Bch Professional Fiduciary Services, LLC Part Time Bookkeeper/EA or CPA, Retired CPA, bookkeeper, flexible hours. Criminal & credit background check, Hourly. St. Pete, Darby Jones, 813.898.2804 or 727-260-1130

BATHROOMS & KITCHENS___ _ Cabinets, Countertops & More. Family Owned, Free estim. Lic-C8902 Kitchens By Wheaton 727.360.8159 Complete Remodeling, cabinets, Design, Layout Lic CBC057371 & Ins., Free Es. 727.409.3346

FURNITURE AMISH Meets Coastal at Coastal Fine Furniture near Bay Pines 727.289.9790 Decor Studio One Wicker, Bamboo Glass, Lighting and Decor at Paradise Lights on Corey Ave. 401 Corey Ave. or Call 727.317.5513

BOAT & YACHT BROKERS___________ Pier One Yacht Sales - Since 2004 10 Professional Licensed Yacht Brokers to help sell or buy your boat. FREE Valuations. Demens Landing St. Pete. Municipal Marina, 727.317.5678

GENERAL CONTRACTOR Complete Home or Business Remodel additions, baths, kitchens & windows. design/planning. Superb quality & competitive $. Lic. CGC1518653, Call 727.466.7140 / 415.8075 DMC Construction: Lic.: CBC1250815 Remodel, repairs. Don 727.688.5484 Spoeneman Contracting. Certified, local 20+ years. Kitchens - Bathrooms, Complete design and planning. Interior remodel specialists. Lic# CGC038575 727.709.5925

BUILDER New Homes & Additions w/Solar Energy Contact Tom of GHD Construct. 727.323.5119 x 2004 CABINET REFACING____ ____ Have old cabinets look like NEW! Different types of countertops. Kitchen, Bath. ALL built-ins. Stan 727.586.1129 CARPET CLEANING_____________ CarpetDoc - clean all kinds of floors, carpet to wood, including tile and grout, concrete & terrazo + water damage remediation & mold testing 727.698.0098 CEILINGS & WALLS____ __ __ _ Water damage repairs, texturing, popcorn & wall paper removal and painting, 30 yrs. exp Lic/Ins. 727.458.4209 COMPANION CARE _______ __ _ Helping Hand/ Companion Available Daily Shift, Willing to prepare meals, Transportation to Doctors & Shopping, Light housekeeping. Ref’s 954.5173 Need Help with shopping,errands,dog walking/sitting, get to appointments, etc. Reliable, Reasonable Rates. References. Carlie 727.710.3532 COMPUTER SERVICES__________ Custom Web Design - Hosting, Search Engine Optimization, Free Consultation! 727.368.0270 DOG BAR Patrons wanted, with or without dog(s). Experienced drinkers preferred, but willing to train right applicants. Apply in person 9531 Blind Pass Rd. DOG TRAINING A Trainer your Dog will LOVE. Dogmandu Family Dog Training. Call Theresa for a FREE consultation - 610-248-0467


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HANDYMAN________ _ Quality Work at fair prices. All types of jobs. Free estm. Local resident since 1977. Joe 727.458.5938 Reliable & Affordable Handyman 25 yrs experience. Carpentry, electric, fixtures remodeling, plumbing. Decks-Docks, doors, fences/gates, tree removal, land scaping, etc. Big or small, have crews. Great $, Free est. Sr. Discounts. John 727.543.2336 H A U L I N G_____ __________ __ Demolition, Garage & Attic Cleanout, Appliances Removed, Trees trimmed & Removed. Call Glenn. 727.580.7080 HEALTH & FITNESS__ ______ __ Acupunture & Herbs Seasonal Allergies? Hip & Back pain? April Wang - Certified Chinese MD 6600 31st Terrace, St. Pete 33710 727.384.4826 Dans Hands - 30 yrs. experience #7384 Massage from light to intense therapy. Call Dan’s Hands at Paradise Spa. I can help! 727.360.4300 Mobil Therapeutic Massage Therapist Neuromuscular /Myofascial $70/hr $95/1.5 hr; Hot Stones $80/1.5 hr. Aromatherapy $75 hr. All massages custom to client. Lic:MA66543 call Libby Higdon 727.204.8602 Worried about your Memory? Alzheimer’s Association offers FREE & Confidential Memory Screenings Gulfport Multipurpose Sr. Center, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. CALL to schedule 727.893.5657 HEARING CARE__

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C L A S S I F I E D HELP WANTED__ __________ __ Hair Stylist Needed - Mirela’s Salon New Gulf Blvd Location Very visible Call 727-564-3645 or email HOUSEKEEPING & CLEANING _ __ Laundry Wash Dry Fold Service Laundromat - 7815 Blind Pass Rd, St. Pete Bach. Some Pickup/Delivery Available. Call Lorri 817.681.7474 Cleaning Is Our Passion, - Maids, Maintenance & More. Steadfast Reliable, Best of Beaches service for over 25 years. L/B/I 727.363.1074 Cleaning Services - 1 bedroom $45 up any size home ok. Great Ref’s Free estimates. Beach resident 35 yrs. 727.452.6120 or 743.4281 Experienced, independant European lady, guaranteed quality service. Reasonable rates & references. Call for free estimates.(7/16) 727.564.1473 Home & Office Cleaning - Experienced, efficient European cleaning lady. Free est. Equipment & supplies provided. Great local references. 727.793.5419 INSURANCE _______ Academy Insurance - Full Lines - Flood Residential & Investment Property Specialist Call Rose 727.343.0419 AIA - Home, Health, Marine, Umbrella, Health Life, Dental, Commercial, Disability, Boat. On the beach at 4615 Gulf Blvd. (south of Publix) Tom Torgersen 727.577.7222 JEWELERS _______ Diny’s Jewlers - Custom Designs, restoration & repair; appraisals & more! FREE ring cleaning while you wait! 130 107th Ave., Treasure Island 33706 (N of Clock Tower) 727.827.7902 LAWNCARE Bill Wolff’s Pest Control-Yard & in-home pest, fertilizer, weed control 727.321.0211 PA I N TI N G SERVICES Custom Painting, Stain Work, Interior, Exterior, Small jobs ok 727.565.3853 Painting -Interior / Exterior, Custom Work, Ceiling & Wall Repairs, Popcorn & Wallpaper Removal. 30 yr. exp. Lic. & Ins. Free Estimates.Reasonable. Call Nick 727.458.4209 PET SERVICES__________ __ Dependable, Friendly Care, T.J. Brown, Dog Handler, – Bay Area Dog Walking 727.417.3564 Pet Buddy Pet Sitting – care for furry & feathered children. Michele 367-1041 Pet Sitting/Dog Walking - SPB & Tierra Verde - Nurse w/flex sch. 272.0021 PETSITTING, pets stay at my home or in their own environment. 727.363.0967 Professional Pet Sitting Fully Insured, 727.323.3892 or 422.5919 POOL CLEANING Tidy Pools, locally owned & operated, licensed & insured, Brian 727.342.3587

A D S REAL ESTATE FOR RENT Treasure Island Condo- 2/1 furnished 2nd fl. condo on intercoastal, no pets, no smoking walk to stores and beach. $1200 per mth, available April 1 2017 Call 727-350-5718 REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Condo For Sale By Owner - Historic Butler House @ Pass-a-Grille, 107 26th Avenue, St. Pete Beach, Unit #8 in nine unit building, (2nd floor, no elevator) Furnished one bedroom, Updated. Move in ready. Steps from the beach! Call: 727 365-5100 or email

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REAL ESTATE SERVICES Senior & Veterans Discounts offered by TOP Local R. E. Services Co. Full service help with Buying & Selling James/ReMax Metro, Byrne-Brylinke Team. More info. call 727.612.9988

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SCREENING SERVICES Rescreening & Sunrooms, Pool Cages, Impact Windows, Fascia, Soffit, Vinyl Siding, Super gutters & concrete slabs. JT’s Home Services 727.804.4300 MC/VISA/Amex OK Rx11.66857

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SEAFOOD & BUTCHER SHOP Shaners Land & Sea Market - P-A-G 2000 Pass-A-Grille Way, St Pete Bch 8am-7pm, 7 days, 727.367.4292 SERVICES Welding/Fabricating Custom/Specialty Free estimates. Shop Mobile, 20+ year Beach res., local ref. 727.742.7100 SLIDING DOOR REPAIR_____ _ _ Stop struggling with old sliding doors. We fix it to open for a fraction of the cost of a new door. We replace windows too. Lic. C10506 - Lizette 727.641.8106 SPA SERVICES Massage, Waxing, Wraps, A menu of Facials Look and feel your best for wedding pictures. Head to Toe Pamper from $179 727.424.8090 Spa Escape 7104 Central Ave., St. Pete TUTORING Italian, Spanish, German - Learnimprove language skills, fun, efficient. Call Carlo, Prof. Language Teacher 727.374.0963 Portuguese & French Tutoring Conversational-Grammar-Literature 727.238.1828 English, reading, writing… 32 yrs exp. grades 6-12. SPB-Isla area - will come to you. Call Jeanne 727.864.3599 Piano lessons your home or my studio. All ages &l styles, affordable, 25 years of experience. Call 727.688.2782 Piano & Flute lessons in your home or my studio. All ages. Experienced w/BA degree in music. 727.642.2169 WANTED - PIANOS Steinway Grand piano. 727.381.4400

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Tierra Verde, FL- Tampa Bay Watch will host the 12th Annual Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo, a catch and release fishing tournament on June 8 & 9 with cash prizes totaling $4,000. Anglers will fish their favorite spots throughout Tampa Bay from one mile offshore running north to Redington Fishing Pier and south to Longboat Pass. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Tampa Bay Watch, a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect and restore the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs. The tournament festivities will kick off at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach on Thursday, June 8 at 6 pm with exciting live and silent auctions, great food and drinks, and the Captain's Meeting. Anglers will hunt for the Silver King on Tampa Bay during the all-release tarpon tournament on Friday, June 9 from 2-8pm. Vessels will launch from the Fort De Soto Park boat ramp. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Tampa Bay Watch Marine Center from 8-10pm for anglers to enjoy a well-deserved meal by Bonefish Grill. The tournament is open to the public but it is sure to fill up fast with anglers who love to fish, catch and release! To register, please call Tampa Bay Watch at 727-867-8166 x234 or visit Several sponsorship packages are available at various levels from $800 to $5,000. This is a great opportunity for businesses to gain advertising exposure and philanthropic recognition through being associated with this highly visible tournament. Individual tickets to the Captain’s Banquet are $75 each if purchased prior to April 30. The Sport Division is open to Bronze Sponsors ($1,500) and individual boat entries. Gold ($5,000) and Silver ($3,000) sponsors will be eligible to compete in the Great Bay Guardians Division. Like in previous events, tarpon and shark (minimum 24”) are eligible. The winning boat will be determined by total number of tarpon or shark legally released per boat. Tampa Bay Watch is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) stewardship program dedicated exclusively to the charitable and scientific purpose of protecting and restoring the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary encompassing over 400 square miles of open water and 2,300 square miles of highly- developed watershed. Tampa Bay Watch involves more than 10,000 youth and adult volunteers each year in hands on habitat restoration projects. For more information, visit, or call 727-867-8166.


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by Captain Mark & Dylan Hubbard • 727.393.1947 John’s Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach INSHORE - The pompano bite is really hot right now along the jetties of Johns Pass and the beaches. They are loving live shrimp along the bottom or Nekid ball jigz bounced along the sand. These pompano are great eating too, and bite best in the early morning or just before dark. The snook action has been hit and miss, they really fire up but then as quickly as they start it ends. We’ve seen some monsters caught inside the pass along the beach behind our office. White bait is making its return to the area in big numbers along the beach and there’s not much time till they flood the passes again bringing the mackerel into the bay and making our trout, snook, tarpon and redfish get fat again. Tarpon will be everywhere soon as the spring time waters warm and the bait returns the silver kings won’t be too far behind the large bait schools.

NEAR SHORE- The red grouper bite has really picked up for us with the warming waters. We’re seeing them start to be more aggressive and moving a bit closer to shore. They love long strips of

squid strips cut to imitate octopus tentacles, this is our favorite bait to drift for red grouper. Since red grouper are foragers that move over large areas of hard rock bottom drifting is a great technique to show your baits to more red grouper and increase chances of catching plenty. Gag or black grouper are very different they hide under specific structures so they require you to –anchor and present your baits naturally calmly on the bottom so they can approach after everything has settled. Red grouper are more reactionary feeders and are much more aggressively hunting areas of hard bottom for food. Hogfish bite is going very well as well and were seeing monsters on the 10 hour all day and private charters we caught two in one trip this past week over the 8lb range! OFFSHORE- Amberjack is closing and were very sad to see this happen with so much time left in our promised ten month season. However, there’s plenty of fat red grouper, scamp grouper, mangrove snapper, tuna, kingfish, wahoo, yellowtail and more ahead for us to catch. This past week we’ve been catching up our last few jacks before they close and catching plenty of tuna, red grouper and pig mangrove snapper too. The Flying HUB 2 extreme trips have been catching big African pompano out deep this time of year as well. We typically catch them while targeting mangrove snapper over large wrecks or springs up off the bottom. You should really see the latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns: hubbardsmarina/videos Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/ | APRIL 2017


S Syst by Sarah Lyons - Sirius   ǯœŠ›Š‘•¢˜—œŠœ›˜•˜Ž›ǯŒ˜–ȱȊȱŝŘŝǯřŚŝǯŚŝřŝ “Get Sirius S about Your o Futurre” April 2017 Astrology Spring is here with an action packed planetary lineup to start the season! The lunar cycle will peak with a Full Pink Moon in relationship sign Libra on the 11th. This full moon celebrates the abundance of flowers that comes with spring! You can be sure that a few surprises will be revealed or illuminated at this time. Venus retrograde until the 15th will also help us to go back and mend fall outs or let go of things and make peace with others now. This is true in all types of relationships. Venus gets help from communication planet Mercury as our little friend stations retrograde on April 9! Now is the time for all kinds of unfinished business to get your attention before you start anything new at all. Mercury in Taurus will especially focus on money matters for about a week (just in time for taxes) then move on to action oriented Aries giving us energy to RE- just about anything! Keep on releasing, reviewing, reconnecting and reworking so you will be ready to really spring forward next month! The Sun enters practical, determined Taurus on April 19th grounding us and giving us the persistence to reach our goals; but allowing us to indulge a bit along the way! Two days later on the 21st, fiery Mars charges into Gemini leading us in as many directions as we want to go! A quick wit and restlessness for excitement keeps us motivated and active. This leads up to the next lunar cycle on the 26th when the New Moon in Tauruscenters us, bringing focus on material needs and possessions. This new cycle has creative, magical influences that ask us to use our imagination and make the most of what we already have or can repurpose. Also, a strong need for some down time either alone or with those whose company we enjoy, will mean a lot to our peace of mind. Love and money planet Venus visits impulsive Aries on the 28th. A cheerful and positive outlook brings a more outgoing, social vibe; but, overwhelming others or being too aggressive will spoil the moment. 68

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ARIES: Relationships get attention as you reconnect and resolve unexpected issues. Take some time to relax on your own; rethink your position in life. New ways to earn are your focus later; discern priorities, get creative. Your charm and wit will go far now!

LIBRA: Health should start to improve as old habits are corrected. A strong focus on relationships puts you on center stage. Reconnect, resolve and get reacquainted! Your financial picture gets new life as you get creative; work to retain, replenish resources.

TAURUS: Workplace and wellness take the spotlight; as concerns surface, resolve and release where needed. Review you needs vs. wants. Reconnect to friends. The new lunar cycle puts the focus on you, your dreams, and how you can best achieve them.

SCORPIO: Get back to love, romance, hobbies and fun that you have missed! Partners are open to discussions. Private affairs may come to light. Taking time for mental and physical health; break old habits. New energy in relationships bring pleasant results.

GEMINI: Mend relationships with superiors; enhance status. Fun, creativity and dating are where the action is for you and a few surprises, too! Reconnect to friends. A newdirection comes from inner exploration. Later, express yourself, take charge, move on.

SAGITTARIUS: Spending time with family and home life is gratifying. Leave work early to enjoy kids and creative time. Friends, social events become your focus mid month. Later new wellness plans and workplace changes begin that may increase income.

CANCER: Get away for some R&R if at all possible. Home projects and family issues get your full attention; with a demanding work schedule needing balance. Reconnect and review future plans. New energy fills social life; but you steal away when you can.

CAPRICORN: Conversations are healing; a short trip pleasant. Career calls for your attention but home and family needs bring balance. A new energy puts love and fun time back on your calendar. Your month ends with work duties and home projects.

LEO: A financial blessing or resolution of issues is likely. Inner healing reflects in improved health. Travel and conversations are enlightening and liberating! Career, status, get reviewed; reworked in new direction. Socialize and dream of future plans.

AQUARIUS: Make peace with others and finances, too! What do you value now? Your beliefs and general outlook on life comes to the forefront to be examined. Let go of old ways that no longer serve you. Talk things over. Home and family take on a new light.

VIRGO: Healing relationships and attending to family duties come now. Then, your financial picture takes the spotlight as you review resources; reexamine values. Traveland education are areas of new interest. You will work hard to be promoted; rise up.

PISCES: Pamper yourself; take me time now. Review spending mid month with focus on finances, resources; yours and others. Your intuition is strong; emotions intense. A new theme begins with communication, siblings. Short trips and daily life keep you busy.

Sarah Lyons has been providing astrological information for a lifetime; and a former president of the Astrology Assoc. of St. Petersburg, one of the oldest groups in the United States. Available for private sessions, personal and business forecasting, lectures, parties, classes and more.

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MIKE BALISTERRI Guitar / Flute / Vocals / Rock Blues / Jazz 727.512.4578 DON JUCEAM Mobile DJ music / services, lights ONE DAN BAND MC duties included w/ packages. Standards/Jazz/Latin/10 Inst. 813.600.3134 “Frank Sinatra” 727.515.5114 DOUBLEMBAND PAUL ANTHONY Classics / standards / originals Solo / Duo / Trio Rock / Dance Country / Reggae & everything 727.343.5598 727.688.9661 EDDIE GARRIDO SANDY ATKINSON Smooth Jazz - New CD “In A Dream” Private Events 727.743.0775 SKYWAY Band NEW Selene - Fri & Sat - 7-10pm Chill Rest. & Bar, Wed, 7pm, STACEY KNIGHTS 727.515.3789 FIONA FRENSCHE SuNzaBEACHES Chanteuse w/ Ukulele / Quirky facebook: sunza beaches & Captivating Cabaret 727.565.3853 TAMPA BAY JAZZ ENSEMBLE 727.831.2034 Jazz to Modern to Requested GLOWTUNES 727.647.0813 Karaoke & DJ Service THE DIXIE CHAPS Best Show in Paradise! Dixieland Jazz Bobby Tess DJ Jinno 303.819.6229 727.360.6124 THE TEMPESTS HAUTE CARGO Jazz Ensemble for events, Tom Angarano 727.642.7395 parties, nightclub shows THE TOMKATS Sandy; 727.686.8895 or JazzOrchestra 727.345.9222 HODADDYS Blue Parrot - SPB, Mon 7pm Power Surf / Hot Rod combo • 727.259.4788 THE BEACH BUMZ JERRY DEMARK 727.953.8044 Piano Entertainer TOM ARNOLD Singer/Guitar/Conga 727.865.9300 Beach/Country/Rock/Blues JOEL & DAKOTA 727.866.1927 TONY WAGNER 715.218.3528 Singer / Guitarist LIGHTNING JACK Steel Drums / Guitar / Vocals 727.244.2020 URBAN GYPSIES 727.481.1977 LIZ PENNOCK/Dr BLUES VODKANAUTS Piano & Guitar Blues Duo VOICES OF JAZZ 727.321.0332 Big Band Swing/Jazz/Pop/Rock The Hanger, St Pete; 6-9pm Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26; Pesky Pelican, St Pete; 7:30pm, 813.610.1495 April 15

Establishments BILLIE’S STONE CRAB 1130 Pinellas Bay • T V 866.2115 • Wed 6:30pm Main Bar - Piano • Nightly Music - Loft Bar Live BILMAR HOTEL “Bazzie’s Beach Bar” 10650 Gulf Blvd,TI • 360.5531 • Wed 6:30-9:30pm 30 + Years! Suncoast Dixieland Jazz CARINO’S PIANO BAR 9524 Blind Pass • SPB 727.360.8502 • Fri & Sat, 7pm,Gene Cipriano CHILL-TAPAS 357 Corey Ave • SPB 360.8080 • Wed 6:30pm - Skyway Band • Tues 6:30pm - Cleo Heart NEW DON CeSAR RESORT 3400 Gulf Blvd • SPB 800.282.1116 GATORS ON THE PASS 12754 Kingfish Dr • TI 367.8951 • Thur to Mon - Live Music JIMMY B’S BEACH BAR #1 FL Beach Bar 6200 Gulf Blvd, SPB 727.367.1982 • Every Day - Live Music MIDDLE GROUNDS 10925 Gulf Blvd • T I 360.4253 • Wed to Sat - Live Music PENINSULA INN 2937 Beach Blvd. • G 346.9800 • Wed-Fri 6-9 pm - John Shirley • Sat 7-10pm - Dale Williams RUMFISH GRILL AT GUY HARVEY OUTPOST 6000 Gulf Blvd • SPB 329.1428 -resorts/guy-harvey-outpost • Live Music every night! • Mon 6PM - Paul Anthony Solo SEAHAG’S 9555 Blind Pass • SPB 360.2800 • Wed & Thurs 7-11pm Live Bands • Fri & Sat 7:30-11:30pm

SELENE –FRESH FARE & BAR 4945 Gulf Blvd. SPB, 317-2064 Eddie Garrido - Keyboard & Vocal • Fri & Sat, 7-10pm

SIRATA BEACH RESORT 5300 Gulf Blvd • SPB 363.5100 at “Rum Runners” • Sun., noon-9 pm - Live Music HARRY’s Beach Bar Florida’s #5 Beach Bar • Fri / Sat / Sun 4-8 pm - Live Music SWIGWAM ON COREY 366 Corey Ave • SPB 363.7944 • Fri 4-8pm - Live Music THE BLUE PARROT 85 Corey Ave • SPB 368.9619 M. 7-9:30pm • Mon- Tomkats (18 pc Band); • Tues - Dale Williams; • Wed - Impacts; • Fri & Sat TBA; • Sun - Tom Davis THE HANGER & FLIGHT LOUNGE 540 First St. SE • SP 823.7767 • Music Nightly except Sunday THE PEARL 163 107th Ave • TI 360.9151 • Fri & Sat 7:30pm til ? Yvan Garcia Flamenco & Latina THE SALTY RIM 9524 Blind Pass • SPB 851.9955 • Weekends - Live Music THE TOASTED MONKEY 6110 Gulf Blvd • SPB 360.5800 Beach bar - Live music THE WHARF 2001 Pass-A-Grille, SPB 367.9469 • Fri & Sat 6-10pm - Live Music WOODY’s 7300 Sunset Way, SPB 360.9165 • Thur - Sun 3-10pm - Live Music GUIDE: Area Code 727; G - Gulfport; SPB - St. Pete Beach; SP - St. Petersburg; TI - Treasure Island; TV - Tierra Verde

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