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
GULFPORT Chamber Seabreeze Inn Gulfport Casino
ISLA DEL SOL & BAYWAY ISLES
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COVER STORY 26 For The Love of Tampa Bay Rudy Consoni shared $35,000 of his BP Claim with Tampa Bay Watch by Peter A. Roos FEATURE STORY 14 Rick Wallenda’s SUNDIAL Skywalk
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18 Beacon Windows Digs Deeper by Peter A. Roos 22 Most Romantic Restaurants by Kevin Godbie 24 Dining - Most Romantic Interludes
29 The Palladium Theater by Nanette Wiser 32 Museums Boost Communities by Steve Traiman 34 Pink Flamingo Tour - March 4th by Karen Love
Habana Café Library/City Hall Art Village
35 Tomorrow’s Floors Available Today! by Peter A. Roos th
36 Morean celebrates 100 Anniversary
PUBLISHERS LETTER........6 LETTERS .........................7 TIDBITS ....................8-12 KUDOS.........................13 INVESTING ...................20 CONSTRUCTION .........42 REAL ESTATE ..............45 PROPERTY LAW .............46 ART NEWS .............48-53 ARTS & LEISURE ...54-60 EVENTS .................56-68 CLASSIFIED ...........70-71 ECO............................72 FISHING .......................73 ASTROLOGY ................74 TREASURED TALES ......76 PLAYING AROUND ......77 COVER DESIGN: Renee Roos ARTIST: Lori Bellinger PHOTO: Tampa Baywatch
Regions Bank Sterling Cleaners Patchingtons
Island Salon Subway Isla Yacht & CC
TIERRA VERDE Billy’s TD Bank Phila Deli Island Grille
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
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43 Discover the Roost Restaurant by Nanette Wiser
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Volume 23 Number 2 • February 2017
February is the Month of Romance
PUBLISHERS & EDITORS
February is the Month of Romance in Paradise. It has become a tradition to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day any time in February. The tradition likely began with the service industry. You see, the official “Height of Season” around here is February 14 to Easter. That’s when there are lines outside your favorite place when you want to go there. Hospitality folks celebrate early or wait until Easter. If you see a restaurant advertising in Paradise NEWS, trust that we have given them the Paradise NEWS seal of approval. We eat there and love it or we do not tell our readers about it. This issue we introduce The NEW Roost in St. Pete Beach and Gus & Dia’s Neptune Grill as they celebrate six great years in Gulfport. They’re both great indoor/outdoor dining options. The Roost serves delicious chicken and awesome sides. Neptune Grill is Seafood and Greek. Then there are our usual favorites: Nori Thai, Madfish and Selene, A Slice of New York, Pj’s, Shark Tales, Middle Grounds Grille and The Pearl in Treasure Island, La Cote Basque in Gulfport, Da Sesto Italiano on 66th St. near Park Blvd. and a growing list of downtown spots. This issue is chock full of ideas for celebrating in Paradise. There are 14 pages of Vickie’s Events Calendar and Arts & Leisure listings and a whole lot more writer/associate editor Nanette Wiser cooked up for you this month. If you would like to get this issue earlier, you can visit our website, www.paradisenewsfl.com. You only have to go once, as you can sign up for the electronic newsletter and after you return an “opt-in” email, we will send you a link to the new issue as soon as it is up, and send a once weekly email on Thursdays giving you our top picks for fun each weekend. We have been doing that for several years to rave reviews.
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LETTERS Attached - sadly - is my last review of Ringling Circus for www.ParadiseNEWSFL.com online use. - Steve Traiman Your paradisenewsfl.info is a great website! Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4-year-old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone! - Softballpi St. Bartholomew’s Church thanks you very much for arranging to have the magazines available for us. You have a most informative magazine and we really appreciate the article in this month’s issue about our church, its history, and the tours. Thank you - Cheryl Maron Thank you so very much for the awesome dinner, perfect gift and run sponsorship. Your team is fantastic! I would like to express my true gratitude to you for the privilege of joining your team. Feels like family! Thank you, - Janet L. Hopson Graphic Station/Unstudio Photography Thanks so much for the article on my Mother In Law, Jackie Yost. Jackie was humbled and thrilled with your article as was our whole family. On behalf of Jackie and our entire family, many thanks. - Steve Edwards (Jackie was inducted into the Triathlon Hall of Fame at 88) "BOOM! ba-BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!" go the fireworks and firecrackers - for nearly any excuse. We get excited. We "Ou" & "Ah". A few fireworks and firecrackers are left over, and we set them off a few days later just for fun: even if most residents are sleeping, even if our shorebirds are nesting, and even if our shorebirds are storing the day's
warmth as they roost for the evening. Some ethical establishments quietly began a new alternative to fireworks and firecrackers without fanfare: illuminated candles stuck in the sand, and HD screen displays of fireworks, a brilliant myriad of colors, dazzling in the night. I hope this becomes a trend in our future together. - G. Goepper T.I. Resident Good afternoon, I appreciate your correction of information regarding my candidacy: When I was interviewed for the Interim Mayor I stated that “It was not my intentsion to run for Mayor.“ - Deborah Schechner Could you remind your readers how Deborah Schechner, with help from attorney Ken Weiss, prevented St. Pete Beach from getting a redeveloped Dolphin Village Shopping Center, including a modern new Publix? While the lawsuit was ultimately thrown out, the delays caused by the lawsuit sunk the project due to timing with a faltering economy. Marvin Shavlan Past Commissioner & Vice Mayor, St. Pete Beach St. Pete Beach residents will be voting for a new Mayor on March 14, 2017. As a current City Commissioner and former Mayor from 2000 to 2008, I am supporting Alan Johnson for Mayor. I have known Alan for more than 15 years. He is a person we can trust. Alan’s experience in engineering for more than 35 years with General Electric will help us fix our infrastructure, including our aging sewer and storm water drainage systems. Alan has been serving on our City’s Finance and Budget Review Board for 5 years and currently is the Chairman of that volunteer board. As a retired engineer, Alan has the knowledge, experience and character we need to lead us as Mayor. Please join me in voting for Alan Johnson for Mayor of St. Pete Beach. Sincerely, Ward J. Friszolowski St. Pete Beach City District 3 Commissioner, Former Mayor 2000-2008 ParadiseNewsFL.com | FEBRUARY 2017
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Treasure Island looking South area. The Toronto Blue Jays prepare for the long season at Dunedin's Florida Auto Exchange Stadium and the Philadelphia Phillies practice at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/ article/spring-training-baseball. AROUND THE BEACHES TBBCC Business Awards: What a fab event, from the multimedia awards ceremony to the chocolate decadence dessert. The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Dinner at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort. Bruce Faulmann of the Tampa Bay Times announced the 2016 Business Awards. Top honors went to: AWESOME OFFICE TRADITION Winner: Caputo Creative’s ‘Beer Friday’; BIGGEST COMMUNITY IMPACT Winner: Tradewinds Island Resorts for their community impact with Habitat for Humanity; STELLAR STAFF PERSON Winner: Brenna Hamilton at Plaza Beach Resort; BEST OFFICE CANINE Winner: Otie & Duel & Associates TOP TEAM BUILDING EVENT Winner: Sirata Beach Resort’s
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Team Building Event at Painting with a Twist. For more events, go to TampaBayBeaches.com/events CLEARWATER RCS Receives Grants From Macy’s: Macy’s recently announced their generous grant awards to benefit our community. Religious Community Services, Inc. has been awarded $3,600 for The Haven of RCS Emergency Shelter project Fresh Linen’s for a Fresh Start. The Haven of RCS provides Emergency Shelter to victims of domestic violence and their children. RCS has been serving victims of domestic violence in Pinellas County for 50 years. www.RCSPinellas.org GULFPORT Animals Need Us: The 13th Annual Gulfport’s Get Rescued, the animal rescue festival and fundraiser is preparing for its event to take place on Saturday, February 25, from 10am to 6pm. We have lots of volunteer positions to fill, including barricade set-up/security, vendor set-up, donation monitor and other event duties. Each year, thousands of attendees, many accompanied by their own furry companions, make
their way to Gulfport to participate in what has become a beloved tradition. Please consider taking a few hours out of your day to help out at one of the largest animal rescue events in the state. Shifts are four hours and our furry friends will certainly appreciate it. FYI: www.sikvolunteers.com firstname.lastname@example.org MADEIRA BEACH Madeira Beach Candidate Forum Feb. 9: Join the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce 5:30 pm, February 9th in the Community Room at Madeira Beach City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive. Learn about the candidates running in the March 14th municipal election and participate in the opportunity to ask candidates questions you want answered. FYI: www.tampabaybeaches.com/events • Candidates for Mayor: Travis Palladeno (Incumbent); Margaret Black • Candidates for District 3: Ingrid Ferro-Spilde (Incumbent); Nancy Oakley • Candidates for District 4: Housh Ghovaee (Incumbent); John Douthirt; David Hitterman
Book Lovers: The Friends of the Gulf Beaches Public Library will hold a ‘Love Your Library’ Fundraiser - Tuesday, February 21, from 5 pm to 7 pm. This event will be highlighted with gift basket raffles, musical entertainment and of course, wine and appetizers. This is an opportunity to meet and chat with FRIENDS and consider joining those of us who continuously raise money and sponsor programs in support the Gulf Beaches Public Library. A $3 donation per person will be suggested at the door. The Friends of the Gulf Beaches Public Library will hold its Spring Book Sale on Friday, March 23rd, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, March 24, 10am to 3pm. 200 Municipal Drive Market Time: The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market (Wednesday 9 am – 2 pm) and the Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market 9 am – 1 pm run weekly through May 2017. www.TheBeachMarkets.com Water Taxi: The Tampa Bay Ferry and taxi by Hubbard’s Marina travels Upper Boca Ciega Bay and takes guests to Madeira Beach, Treasure Island and Western St. Petersburg. For a full route map, schedule, fares and to buy tickets vist www.tampabayferry.com PINELLAS COUNTY Citizen Survey Input Requested: For the 7th year in a row, you can tell Pinellas County Government what you think in their annual survey online and via mobile app. Pinellas County Government values its citizens as partners and welcomes their feedback on our community’s quality of life. Every year, the County gathers input from residents about living, working and playing in Pinellas. This helps the County identify what it’s doing well and how it could improve to meet Citizens’ needs. Feedback from the survey and other outreach efforts are used to develop and prioritize plans and resources for the public. The survey is available on the Pinellas County website homepage at www.pinellascounty.org or through the Pinellas County “Doing Things” mobile app, which is available for a free download on smartphones and tablets through the Apple App Store and Google Play. Recycling Guide: In a continuous effort to practice superior environmental stewardship, Pinellas County is offering new tools to give residents and visitors easy recycling options. The county has released the new 2017 Recycling Directory and
converted its popular A to Z Guide to a geo-locatable tool. This year’s directory, which is published annually by Pinellas County Solid Waste, is packed with the latest information about managing waste as a resource and how to properly “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Recover." The directory is accessible online at www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste/ recycling-directory/ and is available in many local libraries and government offices. Vitamin N: Educational adventure awaits children searching for an opportunity to learn while having fun. Pinellas County 4-H is looking for members 5 to 7 years of age to join its Cloverbud Adventurers SPIN Club one Saturday/month through May. Space is limited for interested participants; the Cloverbud Adventurers Club will be limited to 20 members. Contact: Pinellas County 4-H Agent Alyssa Slavin email@example.com or administrative assistant Bobbi O’Bry at firstname.lastname@example.org Water Wonderful: There are so many paddle and kayak meet-ups as well as individual and group lessons, many of them led by local surf and watersport shops along gulf beaches. Pinellas Co. has miles of beautiful shoreline, providing paddlers with a variety of opportunities and experiences as they explore the coastline and the rich array of marine and estuarine ecosystems that make up Pinellas County’s waters. www.pinellascounty.org/blueways/ Penny for Pinellas Discussion: On 9 am Feb 16th, at Madeira Beach City Hall, you can learn about local projects completed and future projects slated if voters renew Penny for Pinellas in November 2017. Join the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce to learn why voters should renew the Penny for Pinellas in November. Our guest speaker will explain how Penny for Pinellas was used to complete important infrastucture, beautification and capital improvement projects throughout our communities. The discussion will include a list of future projects to be completed if voters approve the renewal of the penny. http://egistest.pinellascounty.org/apps/cip/penny/ PINELLAS PARK Arts Fans: Art Walk is the 4th Saturday of every month at Pinellas Park Arts Village, 5600 Park Blvd. http://bit.ly/2eaHNi6 ParadiseNewsFL.com | FEBRUARY 2017
Rick Kriseman will seek a second term as mayor and recently visited the Big Apple to influence the future of St. Petersburg’s pro sports teams: baseball Rays and soccer Rowdies. Kriseman pitched the city as the most sensible place to keep the Rays and he offered support for the Rowdies’ bid to join Major League Soccer. ___________
Rowdies Suncoast Invitational This month, the Tampa Bay Rowdies will host 5 of the top teams in the MLS for the 2nd Annual Suncoast Invitational. Games will be played on
Feb. 18, 22 & 25. Help bring #MLS2STPETE and reserve your tickets for this one-of-a-kind sports event! Full match schedule:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – Al Lang Stadium Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United, 5pm Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30pm
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 – Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact – 7pm
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 – Al Lang Stadium Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire, 3pm Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United, 5pm Tampa Bay vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30pm
Tidbits American Legion Post 104 Re-Opens After Remodel: The new non-smoking building has a separate smoking room available with A/C and TV and welcomes all veterans, dependents and the public. 7550 60th St. North ST. PETE BEACH PAG Church Hosts Keyboard Extravaganza: The Women’s Fellowship of Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church (PAGBCC) invites the community to attend a concert entitled “Keyboard Extravaganza” Sat., February 11, at 4:00 pm at the church, 107 16 Ave.. St. Pete Beach. Performing at the concert will be PAGBCC choir director & organist Dale Williams. She will feature classical favorites from the organ and piano repertoire as well as some sacred and Valentine favorites. Mrs. Williams, a critically acclaimed performing artist, is currently the accompanist for the Tampa Oratorio Singers, an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa and keyboardist with the Florida Orchestra in addition to her church responsibilities. The community has enthusiastically received previous concerts; “Let Freedom Ring”, “Music for Lovers”, Piano Extravaganza” and Thanksgiving concerts performed under direction of Dale Williams. Tickets; $5, include light refreshments and may be obtained at the church office or at the door with proceeds going to church mission projects. FYI: 727-360-5508; www.pagchurch.org Pancake Breakfast: The Men’s Ministry of Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church will host its annual Pre-Lenten Pancake Breakfast Sat., February 25, 8 am - 10:30 am. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door or prior to the breakfast at the church office. 107 16th Ave. www.pagchurch.org. Historic Don CeSar sold: The pink lady was purchased by Host Hotels and Resorts and will be managed by Davidson Hotels & Resorts. Also changing hands? The Sirata Hotel, more later! ST. PETERSBURG: DOWNTOWN New President for Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts: The Mahaffey Theater's principal fundraising arm, has named Melissa Hughey for President.
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The former Development Director for the Tampa - based Arthritis Foundation, Ms. Hughey brings more than 10 years' experience in non-profit development. The St. P etersburg native also has extensive experience in strategic planning, research, budgeting, forecasting, reporting and analysis. A 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences. Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta Launches 2017 Season in St. Petersburg Feb. 17-19: The largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States, the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta series, returns to St. Petersburg, Fla., for its first stop of the season February 17-19. The event is organized by Sailing World and hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Hundreds of local and visiting sailors in eleven classes of sailboats will compete for individual trophies and the top prize — an invitation to race in the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship Regatta, presented by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands in October. The annual three-day event features one-design racing, where teams compete in races against identical boats. The Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta is a spectator-friendly event; races can be seen from private yachts on Tampa Bay. Start times are dependent on wind and weather, but racing is scheduled to begin at 10 am each day. FYI: sailingworld.com/nood-regattas Get Smart, Be Well: Jillian Warwick is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Wellness Coach as well as a life-long health enthusiast, personal development devotee & eternal optimist. She offers one-on-one coaching to help you sort through all the confusing, contradictory health & nutrition advice, and come up with a plan based on your unique bio-individuality. Ultimately, her goal is to help you live your best life by teaching you how to nourish your body foundationally & holistically. Learn more about Jillian, her vision & her practice at www.livewellbeyond.com
Construction Continues on Johns Hopkins All Children's Research and Education Building : This new facility in St. Petersburg will enable physicians, scientists, residents and fellows to collaborate in a team-based environment to promote medical education and scientific discovery. The 225,000-square-foot facility broke ground in November 2015 and is currently under construction. Approximately 200 people will eventually work there. According to Danielle Caci, Public Relations Manager, the 7-story building will house the research and academic offices of four key institutes that unite treatment, education, research and advocacy to advance treatment and prevention: Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute; Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute; Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute. Construction on the interior spaces will begin and be about 60 percent complete by the end of 2017, Caci says. The building's exterior skin is also expected to be complete in late 2017. Construction on the facility is expected to be completed in 2018. Conference on World Affairs: On Feb. 15-17, multiple panels of distinguished diplomats, military, media and academic experts will gather at USF St. Petersburg (140 7th Ave. S.)to discuss critical international issues of the day. www.stpetersburgconferenceonworldaffairs.com ST. PETERSBURG Now Open: Parc Discovery Learning Center Play Safe Park: Located at 3100 75th St., the Center opened with a ribbon-cutting Feb. 2., thanks to donors Dr. Douglas and Lauren Carlan, The James M. Cox Foundation, Juvenile Welfare Board, LARC/Parents, Guardians & Friends of PARC, Joe and Jennifer Minutolo, MAXIMUS Foundation, Pinellas Community Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities and The White Family Foundation. PARC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. Established in 1953, PARC currently serves more than 800 individuals in the greater Tampa Bay area. To learn more about PARC, call 727-345-9111 or visit www.parc-fl.org.
Midtown Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market: The store will close on March 3 The city extended financial incentives to Wal-Mart three years ago to help the store become a reality and help revive the struggling neighborhood. Now, officials are asking the company to reverse course. California Billionaire Acquires Valpak: One of the nation’s largest direct mail companies has been purchased by Tom Gores’ Platinum Equity from Cox Target Media. Gores is ranked 194th on the Forbes list of most wealthy Americans and owns the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. Lynn Pippenger Hall Opens at USF St. Petersburg: The 68,000 square foot business building houses an academic advising center on the first floor where corporations can interview business school students, a Collaboration Terrace, a Consumer Insight Lab, trading rooms, a café and other resources. The Grateful Fed Pub The Edge district has added yet another eatery to its growing scene. The Grateful Fed Pub, a Grateful Dead themed pub and lounge, has opened on the ground floor of the Urban Style Flats building. It is the first restaurant in the city to be offering a late night, made from scratch menu, until 5am. Sean Ford, formerly the Executive Chef at Tryst, recognized a demand for both comfort food and healthy food when he created the concept of The Grateful Fed Pub. Located at 300 10th St. So, St Petersburg. SOUTH PASADENA Calling All Artists & Volunteers! Artspring March 31 - April 2, The city is looking for volunteers to help with the 31st Annual Artspring Exhibition. Shifts are available on the following dates March 27 - April 3, 2017. Artists are also needed to exhibit their artwork in the following mediums: clay, fiber, wood, metals, glass, photography, paper or paint. Sculptures may be submitted in clay, wood, metals or glass. First, Second and Third Place ribbons will be awarded in three categories (artwork, photography and sculpture), along with Mayor's Award & Honorable Mention ribbons. No entry fee required. FYI: City Hall at 347-4171. Candidate Forum: On Feb. 8 at 6:30 pm, you can meet the four candidates running for 2 open
commission seats before you vote March 14th at City Hall, 7047 Sunset Dr. S, Pasadena. Get Fit With Friends: Check out the new Bike Share downtown and take a two-wheel tour of St. Pete. Want to meet some people who like playing your favorite sports? Check out the South Pasadena Pick Up Soccer Games on South Shore Dr. South and check out Athletic Singles and other fitness meet-ups on the web and Facebook. Rugby Rats can work out and play with Pelican Rugby, http://www.pelicanrugby.com/ Grand Opening of Sailpointe in South Pasadena. Sailpointe is a NEW McKinley community with 60 NEW apartment homes. All homes have a view of Bear Creek and are fully renovated with top of the line finishes! Check out other McKinley communities including El Mar Apartments (727) 202-7113; Seaside Villas (727)341-0186 and Bayside Villas & Bayside Villas East (727)498-5170.
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SKYWAY MARINA DISTRICT Wawa Coming: The Skyway Marina District looking to add a Wawa to the list of new businesses opening in 2017 in the old Bank of America building located on 34th St. S and 38th Ave. S. Wawa is a midAtlantic chain of convenience store/gas stations. The chain boasts a large fresh food service selection under the Wawa brand, including built-to-order hoagies, freshly brewed coffee, dairy products, breakfast sandwiches, bakery products, and ready-to-eat salads and fruits. Wawa Food Markets carry more than 6,000 items, including Wawa brands as well as national and local products.
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TAMPA BAY Tampa Bay Watch Volunteers Needed: Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of 2D Island on February 23 & 24. The project involves shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags via boat and placing oyster shell bags on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars. It is pretty physical labor with oyster shell bags weighing around 30 pounds each, therefore the miminum age to participate is 15 years old. The meeting location for it is Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 US 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The boat ramp is on the west side of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where ParadiseNewsFL.com | FEBRUARY 2017
Tidbits US 41 and the north side of the Alafia River intersect. On Feb. 25 from 9 am - noon, Tampa Bay Watch in partnership with the City of Safety Harbor and Tampa Bay Estuary Program is recruiting 150 volunteers for a native planting of alterniflora, bakeri, buttonwood and wax myrtle in Safety Harbor on the morning of Saturday, February 25 from 9 am noon. The address of the meeting location is 110 Veterans Memorial Ln, Safety Harbor, FL 34695. TIA News: Enjoy Buddy Brew, a local java darling at the Tampa International Airport. In June 2017, Southwest will launch two daily non-stop flights to LaGuardia Airport in NYC. Foreclosures Drop Sharply: The metro area is experiencing a steady increase in home prices coupled with a plunging foreclosure rate – the lowest in a decade. At the height of the housing crisis about 10 years ago, lenders had foreclosed on more than 27,000 houses in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties combined. Run Rabbit Run: Jog the Pinellas Trail or Boca Ciega Millenium Park or go large and sign up to
walk or run these local winter races. You can also find fellow running and cycling enthusiasts and find out when the next Tampa Bay Beer Run happens at… www.active. com/?clckmp=activecom_global_header_activelogo On Feb. 25-26, join thousands at the Gasparilla Distance Classic http://www.tampabayrun.com/ TIERRA VERDE Pickleball Fun: Isla Del Sol is converting one of its tennis courts to two pickleball courts. TREASURE ISLAND Treasure Island Friday Morning Market: It’s back through the end of April from 9 am – 2 pm, full of gourmet foods, flowers, plants, crafts and more at the TI Community Center Park, 104th Ave. and Park Place. Free parking! Treasure Island Mayors’ Prayer Brunch: Be sure to make your reservation for the brunch Feb. 25 at 11:30 am. Get tickets from the TI/MB Chamber or at the Club at Treasure Island for this special event, with guest speaker Chief Tony Holloway, Police Chief of St. Petersburg. $19/person. PN
70 Years Married Amazing Gerry & Al Ingram, who were married Feb. 8th in PA in 1947 celebrated their 70th anniversary. You may think Gerry looks familiar, because you might have met her volunteering for any of a dozen community organizations, mostly in St. Pete Beach or in Maryland where they have long spent summers until recently. Al is a retired post master, turned carpenter and fisherman whom Gerry has talked into doing all sorts of things in town, especially at the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum. He still fishes for his dinner some days. Congratulations and thanks for all you have done. 12
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TAMPA BAY BEACHES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE L to R: Caputo Creative, the talented film company that has made the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber’s annual dinner videos for the past several years won the Business of the Year Award for, Beer Fridays, the top AWESOME OFFICE TRADITION At left Kelli & Lou Caputo. Other Winners are: BEST OFFICE CANINE: Otie at Duel & Associates; STELLAR STAFF PERSON: Brenna Hamilton @ Plaza Beach Resort (center in R photo); (not pictured) TOP TEAM BUILDING EVENT: Sirata Beach Resort; BIGGEST COMMUNITY IMPACT: Tradewinds Island Resorts ST. PETE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ELECT 2017 EXECUTIVE BOARD 2017 St. Pete Young Professionals Executive Board: Sean King, Chair Solutions Behavioral Healthcare - Carrie HarrillSmith, Vice Chair Baycare Medical Group - Melanie Gunaratna, Community Service Chair Ceridian Ashley Westfall, Community Service Vice Chair JabilDemetrius Taylor, Diversity & Inclusion Chair Mercury Insurance Bobby Poth, Diversity & Inclusion Vice Chair Westerman Zetrouer, PA and Revolution Real Estate - Mark Stroud, Economic Development Chair Bank of the Ozarks - Lauren Ellis, Events Chair St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce - James Forsman, Finance Chair Morgan Stanley - John Harrison, Jr., Leadership Roundtable Chair Brown & Brown Insurance - Virginia Bussey, Marketing Chair The Dawson Academy - Maryann Akinboyewa, Marketing Vice Chair The Penny Hoarder (Taylor Media) - Kate Harris, Marketing Vice Chair Jabil - Set Carpintero, Membership Chair Seabridge Wealth Management - Jerell Puyot, Membership Vice Chair InsideOut - Matt Lettelleir, Public Policy Chair Pinellas County Republican Party - Brooks Wallington, Public Policy Vice Chair Hughes & Wallington Wealth Management. Established in 2006, St. Pete Young Professionals is a young professional council within the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. stpete.com/SPYP.
NEW LODGE OFFICERS: Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291 held its 68th annual Installation Jan. 7 at the Masonic Temple. The new Lodge Officers for 2017 are: Steve Fetherman, Worshipful Master; Oscar Salazar, Senior Warden; David Neville, Junior Warden; David Webster, Treasurer; Howard Knapp, Secretary; Don Harriott, Chaplain; Bob Meeks, Marshal; Patrick Lynch, Senior Deacon; Mark Sawa-Szostak, Junior Deacon; Ed Leger, Senior Steward; Steve Johnson, Junior Steward; Jim Wittstruck, Tyler; and Buck Owens, Conductor. The Installation was led by Right Worshipful Howard W. Knapp, Past District Deputy Grand Master of the 21st Masonic District assisted by Worshipful Fernando Salazar, Past Master, Installing Chaplain; Worshipful David Brown, Past Master, Installing Marshal and Worshipful Joe Finocchairo, Past Master, Installing Musician. Sunshine Commandery No. 20, Knight’s Templar, provided the honor guard for the Installation and the Ladies of Gulf Beach Chapter No. 241 Order of Eastern Star provided the refreshments. ParadiseNewsFL.com | FEBRUARY 2017
WALKING ON AIR Saturday, February 11 - 5 pm
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By Nanette Wiser Wallenda will cross the courtyard on a cable no bigger than an index finger without a harness or safety net. The event, which benefits Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County,is FREE and open to the public. Prior to the skywalk, enjoy a variety of circus-themed performances beginning at 4 p.m. Many Sundial retailers will participate by donating proceeds to Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, Wallenda will be available for photos in the courtyard with the public. At 61, it won’t be his longest or highest feat, but as a thirdgeneration aerialist, it’s a tribute to his family’s profession and grandfather, Karl Wallenda who calmly crossed Georgia’s Tallulah Gorge and Kings Island, both death-defying acts. An Eckerd College graduate, Rick and his family have deep roots in Florida.
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On their website, Rick writes about his experience, and even wrote a book, Skyfall. (Excerpted from http://wallendaenterprises.com/index.html): “My sister, Rietta, and I toured as The Great Wallendas until she married. I also married, and my wife Debbie and I continued as The Great Wallendas. We performed our highwire troupe, and a new duo act featuring Debbie as the first and only woman in history to perform an incredible jump from my shoulders to the wire. That record still holds. No other woman has attempted that trick. Debbie and I continued with the duo, and the troupe, but added The Great Wallendas Circus. “The circus consumed time, and minimized highwire practice. On some occasions The Great Wallendas highwire act remained in the truck sometimes replaced by other Wallenda highwire acts. The main focus of The Great Wallendas Inc became show productions, and eventually attracted the mighty Medinah Shrine Temple as our opening engagement in Chicago for a seventeen day appearance 1995-97. “During this time I turned my attention to concept shows. As a response to spectators requesting something historical, we fashioned Zirkus Wallenda. Zirkus is a turn of the century show with a story line, and a real snake-oil salesman, Dr. Sauce, selling Wallendas Wonder Tonic. The show successfully toured for several years, and remains on our menu of offerings. “After the 1998 season I entered Eckerd College, graduating in just three years with a 3.95 GPA, and a B.A. in Creative Writing, and followed that with two years at Vermont College, earning the MFA in Writing. I now combine my literary degrees with my performing experience, creating and performing concept shows, thrills, and exceeding the limits of tradition. Wallenda Enterprises offers more room for creativity, and expansion into other areas of expression.” PN
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The race is part of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States and Canada. Launched in 2003, the race marked the advent of a new form of competition among engine manufacturers by having three different engines, which now features Honda, Chevrolet and Mazda to compete for track leadership. But the Firestone Grand Prix offers so much more than cars and speed; it's packed with family-friendly fun. The free Fast Friday event in North Straub Park filled with live music, kids' build-a-racecar tent, food trucks and more will kick off the weekend's festivities. To add fuel to the good times, free Movies in the Park featuring racing-themed films will take place each night on the north wall of the Museum of Fine Arts. Friday is chock full of practice sessions, followed by the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K foot race. Participants get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience every curve and straightaway of the track as they run, walk or wheel around the waterfront race course. Practice and qualifying sessions continue on Saturday and the main event, the Verizon IndyCar race, unfolds Sunday. Spectators also have the opportunity to test their own racing skills at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with racing simulators and a Fan Zone that encourages event-goers to put the pedal to the metal. Those opting for a luxurious experience with Monaco-like style can take advantage of the prestigious Yacht Club. Specially built private floating docks let spectators view the race from the comfort of a yacht. The slips provide unprecedented vantage points at turns 10 and 11, located directly alongside the race track.
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Beacon Windows & www.SliderRepair.com DIGS DEEPER! by Peter A. Roos
We first met Lizette LaForge of Beacon Windows in 2010 as she was starting her sliding glass door repair business. They started out replacing rollers and locks for the Alden, one of the older resorts, right on the beach. Beacon Windows now leads the industry on sliding glass door refurbishments, right here in our own backyard. The Alden just hired them to come back to refurbish 65 more doors. They have rescued 26,000 older doors, repaired hundreds of relatively new impact doors, and have authored 50 educational sliding glass door videos. We interviewed Lizette for advice on keeping doors in tip-top shape. Peter: You’ve come a long way in 7 years. WOW! 50 videos on sliding glass door repair? Tell our readers about that. Lizette: Our goal is to help clients to comprehensively restore their door systems for a fraction of the cost of new doors. Creating videos on various door problems helps people understand what is going on in their door systems and that they CAN be fixed. As a leader in educational videos we receive calls from all over the world, frequently consulting with engineering firms, general contractors, and condo associations about door restoration versus replacement. All our videos appear on Beacon Windows YouTube channel: https://www.youtu.be.com/user/ SliderRepair/videos We’ve noticed a disturbing trend of failure at very young ages in expensive new Hurricane Impact doors, due to the heavy weight of 18
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the doors. Rollers get crushed, locks damaged and tracks gouged and scraped. We’ve fixed over 800 “new” impact doors in the past 3 years. We created a special video just for new impact door owners to help them prevent unnecessary aggressive damage to their doors. Hurricane Video link: https://youtube/2At0ev0GYoc. Peter: I had no idea that Hurricane doors could be trouble so early. What’s another issue you’ve encountered? Lizette: Water Intrusion! Big problem, especially along the beaches with buildings over 20 years old. We specialize in fixing this major issue, which typically involves concrete damage and spalling, (aka “concrete cancer”) again at a fraction of the cost of new doors. Peter: What are common symptoms to look for with water intrusion? Lizette: Several circumstances create water intrusion opportunities. 1. Outside balcony tile HIGHER THAN the door track. Because all the water cannot egress, over time water seeps under the door track wreaking havoc with the concrete and rebar. Known as “spalling” or “concrete cancer”, the rebar will rust, and in aggressive situations lift the concrete right up. Very dangerous, particularly on building balconies. This MUST be addressed. 2. Indoor/Outdoor carpet is NOTORIOUS for water intrusion into concrete. Some of the worst spalling cases we have seen have come
from outdoor carpeting. 3. Missing or rusting screws and poor or old caulking. Water intrusion nightmare! 4. Previous water evidence - Look for discoloration, swelling, moisture, or mold where door meets baseboard and drywall. On interior tile, using a blunt object like the back end of a screwdriver, tap gently across the floor surface on the inside tile directly in front of the door, listening for hollow sounds, which indicate air pockets and water intrusion. If you have carpet, pull it back, look for moisture discoloration evidence on the carpet tack strip, tap for hollows, and look for cracks or raised areas in the concrete. On wood flooring, look for discoloration. You may also find the neighbor below you has an unwanted water feature in their ceiling below your door. Never a fun moment, but totally repairable. 5. Impingements - Door feels wedged because the space the door moves in has become too tight. Typically, water intrusion from above or building settling causes impingements. We’ve had great success in fixing several hundred of these water intrusion, spalling and impingement cases, working with many engineering firms, general contractors and condo associations. Proactive, regular maintenance helps avoid costly water intrusion!
Links to cases to help readers look for signs and understand the seriousness of water intrusion: Water Intrusion: https://youtu.be/7rSGciTRHjU, Water under Tile: https://youtu.be/HWGS4I-2-G4, Impingement testimonial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1q lQ4tXdPE&feature=youtu.be On the Beacon Windows YouTube channel, youâ€™ll find videos on subjects like â€œHow to Clean Your Sliding Glass Door Trackâ€? https://youtu.be/QrJ6cWHsgQY or â€œExtreme Track Damage-What Can Be Done About It?â€? https://youtu.be/Hy90W3SByqk Peter: Awesome tips Lizette! Any final thoughts on how our readers can keep their doors in optimal health? Lizette: Absolutely. As cars need regular maintenance for peak performance,
so do sliding glass doors. Never change the oil in your car? Let me know how you like the new engine. Same rule regarding doors. Standard Refurbishment Video https://youtu.be/D5-vpha0K4Y Sliding Glass Doors 5 Functional Parts 1. Rollers - Use stainless steel with precision sealed bearings when possible 2. Weatherstrip - Like a toothbrush, weather stripping wears down. If you had a 10-year-old toothbrush, would you have any teeth? Replace weather stripping every 10 years, 5-7 years for beachfront ground or 2nd floor situations. In the Tampa Bay area, we are the only company that comprehensively replaces weather stripping. Three other roller replacement companies regularly refer us for howling, rattling or drafts. 3. Screws in the glass panels Replace screws holding the glass panels together, particularly on NON-moving doors which will be moved out of alignment by moving doors, causing draft and glass
separations over time. Fixable with stainless screws and realignment. 4. Track damage- Stainless steel capping rails can give the rollers a new surface. Like a cut on your armâ€Ś little boo-boo= little band-aid. Big boo-boo, stitches and bandages. Beacon Windows can fix your tracks. 5. Locks and handles - Frequently break due to misaligned and hard to roll doors. Broken locks and handles are like fevers in peopleâ€Ś they indicate something ELSE is going on. You must address the actual issue, generally the rollers. With over 26,000 doors refurbished since 2010, thereâ€™s nothing they havenâ€™t seen regarding sliding glass doors. Readers can reach Beacon at www.SliderRepair.com with any questions. Peter: Thanks Lizetteâ€Ś we love the work you did for us in restoring our old doors! No more howling wind keeping us up at night. What an amazing difference!
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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, plus there's almost always something to celebrate; like birthdays, anniversaries... or a "just because" romantic dinner, maybe a second or third date. (Don't get too romantic on a first date. It's creepy.)
the above list? Low noise or no noise. It's a fact of life, especially in Downtown St. Pete, that it is nearly impossible to find a good restaurant that doesn't get noisy when they are busy, and they're often busy. We had to remove noisiness as a disqualifier or there would only be one or two restaurants on the list.
So, how do we define a romantic dinner? A picnic in the park with wine and cheese can definitely be romantic, but for this list we're going with the more elegant as most people do when they're celebrating a special occasion like Valentine's Day, anniversaries, birthdays, or even Mother's Day. You might want to bookmark this list for future reference guys (and ladies). That'll help you to score points with your better half when future romantic dinners are required.
In case you're wondering, Valentine's Day is on a Tuesday this year. All of the restaurants on the list offer outdoor seating, which can still be nice in February.
A romantic dinner or restaurant can have different meanings to different people.
colors, elegant furnishings, a good wine list, ambience, good view, low background music, and of course, great food and service.
What makes a restaurant romantic? Some things could be; warm, low lighting, candle lit tables (fake candles work), pleasant décor, harmonious
What did we leave out? Raise your hand if you guessed it. If you did get it, you might be a local. What's the romantic requirement not on
Rococo Steak: In a 1920’s manse, this baroque-chic steakhouse serves grass-fed beef, seafood, small plates & wine. A member of our FB group, Lindsey Foss said, "We are big fans of Rococo. They really go out of their way to make you feel special and create a beautiful ambiance." We've found the same to be true. They also do a lot of weddings in their elegant, grand setting, and they are one the only restaurants on the list that we've never heard get noisy. 655 2nd Ave. South (727) 822-0999 http://www.rococosteak.com/
Editor’s Note: We asked StPetersburgFoodies.com founder Kevin Godbee if we could share his recent online posting on downtown’s romantic restaurants with Paradise News. Be sure to read our Romantic Interludes which features two of their favorites, The Pearl and Castile. We are HUGE fans of how he and his partner Lori Brown know EVERYTHING about dining and spirits. Visit www.StPetersburgFoodies.com and like them on Facebook. – Nanette Wiser 22
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IL Ritorno: IL Ritorno has an intimate setting with rustic brick walls and a view of the new/temporary park across the street. The setting and the amazing food remind us of being in Manhattan. The service is impeccable and you won't find food like this anywhere else. It's old country Northern Italian with a modern twist. The wine selection is not huge, but it is unique and high quality. They have some small batch wines from Italy that you can't get elsewhere. 449 Central Ave., #101 (727) 897-5900 http://www.ilritorno downtown.com The Birch & Vine: Choice New American kitchen featuring a seasonal menu & cocktails in a modern interior with a patio. In the Birchwood boutique hotel on Beach Drive, the main restaurant is The Birch & Vine. They also have a rooftop lounge called The Canopy that has a smaller menu, drinks and spectacular views of the water, parks and Beach Drive. You could arrive early, start at The Canopy for the daytime views. (You do need to be early for this as the sun sets at 6:21 pm on Valentine's Day in 2017.) Either way, you can finish the evening with a nightcap at The Canopy with the night time views. 340 Beach Dr. NE (727) 896-1080 http://www.thebirchwood.com/ birchandvine
Sea Salt: Sea Salt St. Pete is one of the grand anchor tenants of Sun Dial Shops in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. They are an excellent 5-star gourmet restaurant with the freshest fish (most of it local), largest selection of oysters and great steaks with several dishes having unique eclectic twists that us foodies love. 183 2nd Ave. North (727) 873-7964 http://seasaltstpete.com/ Brick & Mortar: Rustic-chic nook with seasonal, New American fare, unique wines & craft beers, plus outdoor seating. It's a little more casual, but quaint with amazing food creations that you've never heard of, nor can you get anywhere else. They usually do not take reservations. This is the first Valentine's Day they are going to be opened, and at press time, they were considering taking reservations just for this day. We will update when the info comes in. 539 Central Ave., (727) 822-6540 https://www.facebook.com /brickandmortarkitchen/ Gratzzi Italian Grille: Who knows food and romance like the Italians, eh? Fuhgettaboutit! Gratzzi Italian Grille is a long established favorite right in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. On nights that other restaurants have half of their tables empty, Gratzzi has a wait around the block. They have something for everyone with all the Italian classics covered, to exotic specials like Gambas,
(Gigantic Mediterranean Prawns that could beat up a lobster - their lobster dishes are amazing too), Rack of Elk and the Veal Ossobuco is to die for! Mama mia! 211 2nd St. South (727) 623-9037 http://gratzzigrille.com Parkshore Grill: Refined space for steaks & seafood paired with fine wines served inside or on the sprawling patio. Parkshore Grill is another long-established favorite that was here long before the restaurant boom and still stands tall with excellent cuisine, professional service and an elegant setting in the scenic heart of Beach Drive. Try the Beef Wellington, The Parkshore Filet Mignon & Lobster Tail, Parkshore Salad and the Blue Cheese Stuffed Meatballs. The Parkshore Martini is a favorite as well. 300 Beach Dr. Northeast (727) 896-9463 http://www.parkshoregrill.com Cassis American Brasserie: Not quite as old as Parkshore or Gratzzi, they have evolved nicely over the last 7 years and have really upped their game. Not only do they have excellent cuisine, but a professional staff in the front and back. They bake their own bread and make all of their desserts in-house as well. They are in the heart of Beach Drive with great people watching and beautiful views of the park and Tampa Bay. 170 Beach Dr. Northeast (727) 827-2927 http://www.cassisab.com
About Kevin Godbee I've always loved cooking. When I was 6 years old I wanted to cook. When my mom said that she was just running to the neighbor's and would be right back, I climbed onto the kitchen counter and found Lipton Instant French Onion Soup Mix. By the time my mom returned, I was stirring the pot on the stove, and proclaimed; "Look Mom! I'm cooking!" In High School, I took three different cooking classes and got an A in each. After getting my first apartment, I used to cook 5 nights a week, and go out two nights. An old girlfriend from decades ago had a brother-in-law that was a CEO of a trucking company He used to entertain in Manhattan quite a bit and he started taking us along. This was when I learned about gourmet food and fine wine. For a couple of years, Lori and I went out about 4-5 nights a week, but now we have a better balance of 50/50 between cooking at home and going out to the amazing restaurants we are so lucky to have in our beloved Downtown St. Petersburg.
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Romantic Interludes By Nanette Wiser What’s love got to do with it? Everything, especially in February. Don’t limit romancing your honey to just Valentine’s Day. Here are some exceptional restaurants, getaways and ideas for showing them just how much you care. STAY & PLAY Many beach and downtown hotels offer special romance packages, some combining dinner and spa pampering. Check out the Don Cesar, The Vinoy, Hollander Hotel, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, Innisbrook Resort & Spa, Hotel Indigo, Tradewinds Island Grand Resort and Opal Sands. Just opened is the magnificent Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach where every contemporary guest room faces the ocean or Intracoastal Waterway featuring water-inspired décor and floor-to-ceiling windows with most offering balconies. Guests can dine and imbibe at Doc K’s, the pool bar and grill; eSKPades, the barista and lobby bar; or Ocean Hai, the resort’s signature dining experience and the only Asian Fusion restaurant in Clearwater Beach. Additional services and amenities include an open-air lobby, a pool overlooking the beach, the full-service Spa Pallavi and a 24-hour fitness center. 24
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TAKE HER AWAY Orlando: “Romantic Retreat” at Bohemian Hotel Celebration. Available now through Feb. 19 (407) 566.6000 www.celebrationhotel.com • One night in one of our luxurious rooms • Romantic turn-down service which includes a bottle of champagne, chocolates and rose petals • Breakfast for two to be used in the Lakeside Bar & Grill St. Augustine: Casa Monica Resort & Spa Available now through Feb. 19. (904) 827-1888 www.casamonica.com • Luxurious room accommodations • Romantic carriage ride for two around the city’s colonial buildings, downtown parks and historic bayfront • Gourmet breakfast for two in Costa Brava (up to $50) • Bottle of chilled champagne • Chocolate dipped strawberries • Beautiful in-room flower arrangement
DINING OUT A romantic meal is half décor/ presentation (you eat with your eyes) and half unforgettable nibbles. Some like to start a meal with aphrodisiac classics (oysters) and end with decadent chocolate desires. Find exceptional raw or charbroiled oysters at The Island Grill & Raw Bar in Tierra Verde. We love Chill’s and Madfish in St. Pete Beach, Middle grounds in Treasure Island and Salt Rock Grill in Indian Shores. If sushi is your thing, share a special roll at Osaka in Redington and Nori Thai in St. Pete Beach. For steak and seafood, look no further than 1200 Chophouse and Maritana Grille at the Don CeSar. Go casual at RumFish Grill where a lobster tail dinner, crafted cocktails and the aquarium never fail to amaze. Want more? Graze on this romantic rendezvous & make reservations NOW!
Castile Restaurant (L) & 360° Rooftop Lounge (top R) • Selene (R) Aqua Prime: Whether you dine alfresco or in the restaurant, you can enjoy the Valentine’s Day special all week long Feb. 12-18, plus the regular menu. Entrée features include pan-seared wahoo with saffron beurre blanc sauce, ribeye or seared sea scallops and Prince Edward Isle mussels. 213 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach 717-330-7724 http://www.aquaprimeflorida.com Castile Restaurant: The love celebration starts early at Castile, the stunning waterfront restaurant in St. Pete Beach, with a special prix-fixe menu, available Feb. 10 & Feb. 11. Priced at $55 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), the special three-course menu, expertly crafted by Executive Chef Nicolas Lebas, will showcase the restaurant’s Mediterranean fare and regional freshest catches. Guests can nibble from a prix fixe or a la carte menu. Enjoy a delectable dinner by the water or inside the romantic dining room, featuring succulent dishes such as Lobster Cream with butter poached lobster medallion and Espelette pepper oil or Fresh Mediterranean Turbot with ovenroasted sunchokes, winter black truffle and Manchego foam. Valentine’s Day menu items will also be available as specials. Live Music: On Fri., Feb. 10, lovebirds and guests alike will be serenated by the vibrant sounds of Latin Jazz band A Deeper Shade of Soul. The band will also perform on Tuesday, Valentine’s Day. 360° Rooftop Lounge: Come dance the night away! The gorgeous rooftop lounge with unrivaled views of St. Pete Beach (Sunset Capital of Florida) and enviable sunsets will get the love party started on Saturday, February 11 with live music by the popular rock reggae band Offshore Riot.
Love birds (and those looking for love) will also enjoy specialty cocktails FYI: Castile Restaurant 360° Rooftop Lounge, 3701 Gulf Blvd. in Kimpton Hotel Zamora in St. Pete Beach. 727-456-8660 www.castilerestaurant.com Leverock’s: Still serving that amazing clam chowder and creamy dreamy key lime pie, Leverock’s has been great since 1948. Best of show are the crab cakes, escargot, sashimi, fish spread, mahi mahi and shrimp. 840 Pasadena Ave. S., St. Petersburg 727- 367-4588 O’Bistro: Just about sweetest Sunday brunch in town, especially the eggs benedict and bananas foster crepes. At dinner, the lump blue crab cakes, seafood crepes, flat iron steak, grilled king salmon and chicken or Greek salad delight. 6661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727-381-1212 www.obistroonline.com
The Pearl: Chef Karim’s fine dining menu and friendly staff can’t be beat. With $12 Early Dinner Specials that includes soup or salad and entrée, $5 martini and house wine drink specials from 4 – 6 pm & Full Premium Bar. Experience the Sushi Tuesday (Bar only, 6 pm-8 suggest reservation) and more! Live Flamingo & Latin Music with Yvan Garcia on Friday & Saturday 7 pm. 163 107th Ave., Treasure Island 727-360-9151 http://www.thepearlfinedining.com
Selene: Amour begins with French cuisine and they excel here. Try the quail, branzino, rack of lamb, seared octopus, tuna, peinili dough & grouper with spinach tomato cream sauce. Full bar with Happy Hour (4 - 7pm) specials, $4 house wine, wells, craft beers & domestics $3. Gourmet appetizers a bargain at HH ($6-7).Daily specials including Sunday Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas ($10) Live music on Friday and Saturday. 4945 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach 727-317-2064 or 317-2065 http://www.selenerestaurant.com Verducci’s Trattoria & Sea Fire: Have you tried these restaurants for homemade sauces, elegant pasta dishes (best lasagna, clam linguine) and entrees such as the veal piccata, chicken marsala, sautéed seafood and homemade pastas? Even the desserts are made inhouse and the mimosa pizza is out of this world. (béchamel sauce, mozzarella, corn, speck and goat cheese) 7736 Blind Pass Rd., St. Pete Beach, 727-363-7900 http://www.verduccistpetebeach.com Villa Gallaci: A classic Italian bistro helmed by the charming Luigi, the seafood, veal and gourmet pastas are to live for. Fine dining at its best and some of the best Italian wines pair nicely with the delectable dishes. 109 Gulf Blvd.,Indian Rocks Beach 727-596-0200 PN ParadiseNewsFL.com | FEBRUARY 2017
For the L VE of Tampa Bay Story By Peter A. Roos Photos - TBW In April 2010 the Gulf of Mexico experienced what is now considered to be the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, causing extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats, fishing and tourism industries. 26
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Rudy Consoni, President of Resort Realty/ Resort Rentals has been operating a real estate company specializing in managing vacation properties and renting to visitors from all over the world for 20 years. While some in his industry have had complaints from clients and customers, his company has maintained an A+ rating with the better business bureau. He knows the BP oil spill and the media frenzy that went on for weeks affected his business to some extent, but it bounced back and the tourism business has been great since. Rudy said his company filed a ‘BP claim’ in 2012 and received a settlement in October 2016. Rudy says“their award was generous, and we are determined to give it back to Mother Nature and to
help restore our beautiful environment. We have been corporate members of Tampa Bay Watch for a number of years and have seen the wonderful way they operate.” Resort Realty/Resort Rentals generously donated $25,000 from their BP settlement and has also committed to donate $10 from every booking that they make over the next year to reach a total donation goal of $50,000 in 2017. “We’ve already reached $35,000 Rudy says proudly.” Of the 6,521 Pinellas County claims currently filed with the BP Deep water Horizon Court Supervised Settlement Program (CSSP), 760 have been paid to date for a total of $83,000,000, with an average claim value of $109,000.
“Tampa Bay Watch is extremely grateful to receive this generous support from Resort Realty / Resort Rentals,” says Peter Clark, Tampa Bay Watch President, “These funds will significantly contribute to our ability to restore and protect our Bay waters.” Of all the places we could donate, why did we choose Tampa Bay Watch?”, Rudy asks. 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 www.tampabaywatch.org, or call 727-867-8166.
“Our tourism industry is based on visitors coming here to enjoy the beaches, the weather, fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing” says Rudy. “The quality of the water is a huge part of that. Tampa Bay Watch has been a growing presence here for decades now. Engaging families as volunteers and contributors, they have been planting seagrasses and building oyster beds. They have also been educating school children and visitors through partners like the TradeWinds Resort. They actively monitor the health of Tampa Bay counting scallops, rounding up tarpon, they take part in our communities’ activities and address our water-related challenges. Water is the gold of the future. What could be more important.” Rudy hopes his donation will set an example for other business people who will be receiving BP settlement checks in coming months.“Assuming all 6,521 claims are paid, Pinellas businesses will receive $711,000,000 over the next two years. Tampa Bay Watch has done so much with so little for so long, imagine what they could accomplish if they had even a tithing of what Pinellas companies receive from BP in the coming couple of years.”
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Tampa Bay Watch is proud of its diverse BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Kevin Kelso, the Vice President/Regional Manager - Portfolio Management of Hancock Bank as Chairman, Doug Sokolowski, a member of Great Bay Distributors ownership as Vice-Chairman, Mary Ann Renfrow, an owner of the Alden Suites Resort as Treasurer and Mark Chmielewski, Managing Director of United Capital of Tampa Bay as Secretary. “I am very proud and excited about our new board officers. They are a professional and diverse group of individuals that contribute personally and professionally to support the many existing and new programs,” states Peter Clark, President of Tampa Bay Watch. “Just think how much bay restoration we could achieve if 10% of the $83,000,000 that has already been received in BP settlements was donated to Tampa Bay Watch”. “As you may know a clean bay contributes approximately $22 billion to the region’s economy”, said Jamie Serino, Tampa Bay Watch Director of Development. You can get involved with Tampa Bay Watch too! Volunteer to help with Native Plantings in Safety Harbor on Sat. Feb 25th from 9 – noon In partnership with the City of Safety Harbor and Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting 150 volunteers for a native planting in Safety 28
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Harbor on the morning of Saturday, February 25 from 9am-noon. The address of the meeting location is 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor, FL 34695. This project is family-friendly and open to all ages. Tampa Bay Watch in partnership with the City of Safety Harbor and Tampa Bay Estuary Program is recruiting 150 volunteers for a native planting in Safety Harbor on the morning of Saturday, February 25 from 9am noon. The address of the meeting location is 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor, FL 34695. This project is family-friendly and open to all ages. You can also attend the Bay Life Art Exhibit: Feb. 25 10 am – 2pm Meet Wildlife Artists at the 4th Annual Event The collaborative art exhibit and sale at the Tampa Bay Watch Marine and Education Center is free. Meet the artists and enjoy a live informational pastel demonstration by one of the Bay Life artists plus kids' activities. There’s a benefit cocktail reception Feb. 24 5-9 pm; Contact Tampa Baywatch by February 17 to RSVP. (727) 867-8166 x 231 or email@example.com For More info call: Peter Clark, President, www.TampaBayWatch.org Rachel Arndt, Communications Manager Jamie Serino, Director of Development Tampa Bay Watch, 3000 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715 (727) 867-8166 x 233 Fax: (727) 867-8188 Rudy Consoni, President www.resortrentals.us Resort Realty Vacation Rentals (727) 363-3336 8010 Blind Pass Rd., St Pete Beach, FL 33706-1625
The Palladium Theater
by Nanette Wiser If you love jazz, dance, comedy and culture, check out downtown St. Pete’s award-winning, historic Palladium Theater, home to the mainstage Hough Hall and intimate Side Door. Both the Mahaffey and Ruth Eckerd Hall bring acts to this venue in addition to those booked by the Palladium directors under the artistic direction of Paul Wilborn. Established by a group of arts philanthropists in 1998, The Palladium’s central mission has been to serve all of Tampa Bay as a performing arts center that welcomes everyone and serves the entire community. In 2007, the Palladium Theater became part of St. Petersburg College. In accepting the property, the College re-committed to the Palladium’s mission of serving all of Tampa Bay, while adding college functions where appropriate. Under the umbrella of St. Petersburg College, the Palladium enjoys support that helps assure the theater’s long-term future as a vital part of the cultural life in Tampa Bay. With its two venues, the 850-seat Hough Hall, as well as its intimate award-winning 175-seat candlelit listening room, The Side Door, The Palladium fosters artistically and culturally diverse performing arts, educational and film programs that bring artists and audiences together in a first-class professional, affordable setting. Consistently ranked as one of Tampa Bay’s best, most
affordable venues for innovative performances and events (classical, jazz, blues, theatre, opera, Celtic, comedy, dance, educational, literary), fundraisers and provides a full-service, affordable rental facility for artists, producers and community organizations. Giving back is part of the mission. For example, on Feb. 19, Mutts Gone Nuts performance benefits the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. The Palladium nurtures partnerships with established and emerging local artists and cultural organizations that use the theater as a venue and showcases selected programs of St. Petersburg College, giving students opportunities to work intimately with renowned touring professionals as well as with local artists, such as February’s Jazz Festival (see the article in this magazine). An Artistic History One of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished builders, the George A. Fuller Construction Company, completed construction of the building in 1925. The company’s nameParadiseNewsFL.com | FEBRUARY 2017
sake building, The Fuller Building was completed in 1902 in New York City - better known today as The Flatiron Building. Other NYC buildings constructed by the company included the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at the United Nations, and Lincoln Center. In Washington, D.C., Fuller built the Supreme Court and Lincoln, as well as the National Cathedral. The Palladium Theater, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was born in June 1998, when a group of local leaders, headed by Paul Stavros, Bill and Hazel Hough, Mary Wyatt Allen, George Rahdert, and Gus and Frances Stavros, forming The Palladium Theater Inc., took possession of the 73-year-old First Church of Christ, Scientist. The price, $575,000 covered the building and two parking lots; by today's prices, the purchase counts as a very good investment. A year after the transfer, the Palladium Theater played host to the Florida Orchestra. It has been presenting music, drama, dance, and virtually every other kind of performance ever since, with an emphasis on showcasing local performers, composers, and writers. The change from church to theater included some $300,000 of alterations. Seats in the mainstage concert hall, the 850-seat Hough Hall, were removed at the front to allow for a usable stage. The most noticeable changes, however, were the acoustic cloud under the ceiling (that absorbed sound that would otherwise continue upwards into the arched ceiling) and the grid from which the theater's lighting system is suspended. Other changes included modem sound, light, and electrical systems, a sprinkler system, handicapped access. Installed in the last two years, the concert hall now boasts a state of the art sound system, making the theater nearly acoustically perfect, The original 1926 Skinner organ remains in the building and is included in selected performances. The conversion of the downstairs Sunday School room into the Stavros Great Room, a facility still used for meetings, parties, and smaller events, is now the Palladium’s second successful performance venue. The award-wining, 175-seat “Side Door,” is firmly established as Tampa Bay’s best, most intimate listening room for singer songwriters, jazz, blues, and so much more. The hallmarks of the Romanesque Revival style are easy to see. The golden brick Fifth Avenue facade is a little unusual; stucco was much more common. But the terra cotta roof is typical of the style, as are the finely detailed Corinthian capitals that top the limestone pillars across the facade. Climb the front steps and you can see the high vaulted portico and the ceiling's richly detailed metal chancel30
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UPCOMING PERFOMANCES: Visit http://www.mypalladium.org/events/ for more amazing 2017 shows. FEBRUARY: Laugh your socks off with Upright Citizens’ Brigade (2/17) and get your King on with Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis (2/11). Laissez le bontemps roulet with Beausoleil (2/18) or get classical on 2/14 with Tampa Bay Symphony or (2/8) with the Palladium Chamber Players. MARCH: Rock out to The Florida Bjorkestra (3/19) or twist with Chubby Checker & The Wildcats (3/23). Beatle-lovers will enjoy The McCartney Project (3/16) and sixties fans can get ack with The Yardbirds with Vanilla Fudge (3/5). lors. Inside, you see how well the basilica’s plan works for the Palladium and how well it worked for the church. Aisles flanking the high central space provide efficient circulation and easy access to the theater's seating. Most visitors to the Palladium are awed by the exceptionally beautiful tiles created exclusively for and found throughout the building. These tiles were ordered from the workshop of Ernest Batchelder, a renowned artisan who became known worldwide for his arts-and-crafts-style tilework. All of the Palladium’s handcrafted tiles, including the floor tile, were made in Batchelder’s California workrooms and shipped to St. Petersburg. PN
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- By Nanette Wiser Feb. 22-26 - music fans can enjoy the 9th St. Petersburg Jazz Festival (Not for profit EMIT & St. Petersburg College, sponsors) the Palladium Theater starting at 7:30 pm. Catch the vibes Feb. 22-23 with modern jazz quintet Robotman & the Martin Bejerano Trio. Feb. 24, the Joshua Breakstone Trio. Amazing The Helios Jazz Orchestra performs Feb. 24-25. with singers Whitney James & Fred Johnson. Feb. 26 Jason Lee Bruns & the SPC Jazz Profs. Visit www.stpetejazzfest.com In addition to the concerts at the Palladium Theater, there will be a series of FREE workshops with experienced artists, open to the public at St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus, located at: 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call 727-341-4363. Feb. 22 - Martin Bejerano Jazz Masterclass (2 pm in HS 117) Feb 23 - Jason Lee Bruns “Generating Multiple Streams of Income” (12:30 pm in HS 109) Jason Lee Bruns “Applying Brazilian Rhythms to the Drum Set— with an Authentic Feel” (2 pm in HS 109) Feb. 24 Joshua Breakstone, “Jazz Guitar” (1 pm in HS 117) Fred Johnson, “Music & Healing” (2 pm in HS 117)
SPECIAL OFFER: If you sign up for Paradise News FREE weekly e-newsletter on the top right of our website http://paradisenewsfl.info, you will be entered into our contest for a pair of tickets for Life on Venus, The Music of Bowie and Bjork (3/19) or The Resurrection of Stevie Ray Vaught: Billy Evanochko (3/30). Go to: The Palladium, 253 5th Ave., N, St. Petersburg, 33701; 727-822-3590 www.mypalladium.org
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK: Stop by the Hollander Hotel for a pre-theater nosh. If it’s Thursday, you can enjoy 50% off bottles of wine and a customer appreciation dinner special for $12 that includes soup or salad, entree and a scoop of ice cream after 4pm. Every night is a good time at the alfresco bar and Taproom, where the craft beers flow and the burgers and sandwiches are yummy. Check their website for entertainment, from magic to live music. The Hollander Hotel, 421 4th Ave. N, St Petersburg, 727.873.7900 http://hollanderhotel.com Street Parking: On-street parking between 5th & 7th Avenues N, from Beach Drive to 2nd Street is designated as Residential Parking Permit zones from 8 am to 8 pm daily with 2-hour parking allowed without a permit. Permit holders are exempt from the 2-hour parking limit. PARKING OPTIONS Convenient to the Palladium • Palladium Lots: Palladium parking is available in the lot across Fifth Avenue from the theater or in the lot adjacent to the theater. • Souzou Asian Fusion (727) 823-4050, 425 Fifth Avenue N., one and a half blocks due west of the Palladium. Ample parking anytime and free valet during restaurant hours for Palladium patrons. Just show your ticket to the Palladium, and enjoy parking at no charge. • SP+ Parking (727) 242-1225 - 350 Third St., N., one block south, then one block west of the Palladium: 350 spaces; garage parking at $1 per hour; payment via debit/credit card; unattended; open 24/7; 20 cameras aid St. Pete staff to monitor security; advance reserved parking available.
That is GREAT Jazz for FREE in the day time, close to the beaches in the hight of season, with free parking. We will expect a good turnout of Paradise NEWS Jazz Fans for these FREE shows. ParadiseNewsFL.com | FEBRUARY 2017
Local History Museums Boost Their Communities Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, Gulfport History Museum,& St. Petersburg Museum of History Host Exhibits & Events STORY by STEVE TRAIMAN • PHOTOS courtesy of Museums
Readers of Paradise News are fortunate to have a trio of outstanding history museums that annually attract thousands of residents and visitors to a continually updated series of exhibits, speakers and events.
The Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is an all-volunteer destination at 115 10th Ave. in historic Pass-A-Grille. Volunteer Coordinator Lance Peterson told Paradise News, “Since we opened nearly 24 years ago, it has been part of Pinellas County and Heritage Village. All volunteers are part of the Pinellas County Volunteer Program and have County ID cards. Most volunteers begin as docents, which means, they greet visitors to the museum, explain the building and local history of the museum. They also show different exhibits and explain their meaning.” In March, the Museum holds an annual Island Festival in the museum and on the street in front and the park between 9th and 10th Avenues. This year, the building, originally home of the area’s first church, is 100 years old and the City of St Pete Beach celebrates its 60th anniversary. So the City and Museum are partnering in holding an expanded Island Festival. This event will be from 9 am to 4 pm. Events include a European Car Club, bands, vendors throughout the park, food, beer and wine, all outside the museum. Volunteers will greet visitors inside the Museum, to see constantly updated historical exhibits as well as a gift shop that includes books by local authors. Peterson continues, “We will need volunteers for set-up and tear-down, manning tables along 10th Avenue, helping with crowds and working inside and outside the museum.
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“Anyone wishing to volunteer as a docent in the Museum can call and leave a message at 552-1610 or go online and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to work the Island Festival you can utilize the above means or go online to http://www.signupgenius.com /go/10c0f48a4ae2ca7f49-historical and click on “Historical Anniversary Celebration” and select an area you would like to work with.” Spencer Lucas, President, Friends of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum; Sally Yoder, Collection Manager; and Bobby Ross, Gift Shop Manager, join Lance in emphasizing, “We appreciate this opportunity to reach out to the community and encourage everyone to visit the museum and, maybe, sign up to become part of our family.”
Gulfport History Museum Gulfport enjoys a reputation as a haven for artists, great restaurants, and a boater’s paradise. Upon visiting for the first time, people revel in the way it reminds them of the Florida that once lived in every town. No one understands how much old Florida matters than the Gulfport Historical Society (GHS), the 501(c)(3) that operates the Gulfport History Museum with the generous support of members and the City of Gulfport. Society Secretary Cathy Salustri tells Paradise News, “Every community in Florida wants desperately to set themselves apart, and in Gulfport, our strength lies in our history. At the Society, we believe our history is our
future, and we want to share both with you. But what, exactly, is our history? “We’re descended from blockade runners — some may choose to call them pirates, but we choose to call them men trying to feed their families — and, later, drug runners. As the community evolved, we developed into a haven for artists and the LGBTQA community, something that makes us proud to this day -- that crusty fishermen and the LGBTQA community can exist harmoniously. Our job as the guardians of all these histories is to protect and preserve them as one. “The Society is very fortunate that Volunteer Coordinator Margarete Tober has revived the vital volunteer program. We have about 20 now and we’re always seeking more volunteers –there’s always a need for more — to help digitize our history, help people with research requests, and keep the doors open as many days as possible.”
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Hours: Tuesday, 10 am – 2 pm; Fri.-Sat.Sun., 1 to 4 pm; other times by appointment. Society Chair and Gulfport Councilwoman Christine Brown emphasizes, “We’re also in desperate need of donations — right now, we’re raising money to help with a wildlife exclusion (we’ve had a rat problem and they’re starting to nest in our history, which is not ideal) — and bequests. “We’re a 501(c)(3), so donations are totally deductible. Memberships, too, help fund our preservation efforts — we’re looking to revive the Gulfport Historical Register that documents local historical buildings, and that will take an influx of cash. Anyone can join on our website at www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org or at any of our porch parties, held the third Friday of every month. “Members enjoy our speakers and porch parties, where we bring in historians from across the state to talk about Florida history and how it relates to Gulfport, incorporated 107 years ago in 1910. Members also receive the Society’s regular newsletter, the Historian. Throughout the year we plan special events that change as do the desires of our membership. Coming up in midFebruary is new exhibit celebrating our unique ‘Pink Flamingo Tour of Homes’ ’’. Joining Brown and Salustri are Treasurer Nicole Spence, Curators Daun Fletcher and Rob Burkhart, and City Liaison Gail Biron, who note, “We protect and celebrate our seaside village’s past, and preserve today’s memories for the Gulfportians of tomorrow. Please join us.”
St. Petersburg Museum of History Celebrating its 95th birthday this year, the St. Petersburg Museum of History has been Sharing the Stories of the Sunshine City for nearly a century on the beautiful downtown waterfront at 355 Second Ave. NE at the Pier entrance.
Pinellas County’s oldest museum originally opened in a City-donated old aquarium building as the St. Petersburg Historical Society. Through the determination of city pioneers like Mary Wheeler Eaton, it began collecting artifacts, natural history specimens, archival documents, photographs, papers, and as Executive Director Rui Farias notes, “boxes of unknown treasures that were just dropped on our doorstep during the night. “Today, the Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve and present Florida history – specifically St. Petersburg history. We now have over 50,000 artifacts, photographs and documents in our collection, and it’s growing all the time through local donations. “Expansion over the years created numerous exhibit galleries that feature worldclass traveling exhibits such as Shipwreck! and Fighting for the Right to Fight: African Americans in WWII, as well as permanent exhibits of the area’s history and even a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy. And hanging from the ceiling is a working replica of the Benoist airboat Tony Jannus piloted across Tampa Bay for the world’s first commercial airline flight in 1914. “The Museum also features an interactive archives library that is open to the public for research, or just good old history hunting!” Current traveling exhibit through March 5 is Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WW II, on loan from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Permanent exhibits include The Sunshine City: St. Petersburg history from the Civil War to the Green Benches; Life. Death. The Afterlife: King Tut’s tomb and St. Pete’s oldest resident – a real 3,000year-old Egyptian mummy; Piering through the Past: A photographic journey of St. Pete’s waterfront piers; Local Art. Local Stories: An art exhibit of Mark Dixon Dodd and others depicting the history; and Schrader’s Little Cooperstown: Certified by Guinness as the World’s Largest Collection of Autographed Baseballs. The nation’s pastime helps teach American history! Along with world-class exhibits, the Museum of History presents a number of events during the year for all interests and ages: Happy Hour with the Historian – An Evening of Wine, Words and Wisdom: Six times a year with entertaining authors and their unusual stories of Florida history; Cocktails on the
Courts: Major annual fundraiser highlighting the City’s unique tourist past, at the worldfamous St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts; Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series: Four times a year, with iconic historians offer a different perspective on Florida’s unique, if not weird, history; Two-Headed Calf Fest: Celebrating the animal that has been a part of the Museum’s main exhibit since the 1920s, it offers live music, craft beer, a food truck rally and local artists; Beers on the Pier: A unique craft beer festival that features craft beer from Florida and other regions; and City Builders Camp: summer history program for children. As a 501(c)(3), the Museum is actively collecting artifacts, photographs, documents and even architectural pieces of our area’s past – and is even expanding the scope to all of Florida. The Museum is always looking for donors, members and volunteers! Contact Director of Education and Museum Curator, Nevin Sitler, at 727-894-1052, ext. 206, or email email@example.com. Our area is truly blessed with three outstanding and distinctive history museums. Take advantage of what each offers with your own visit, and if you can, get personally involved in any or all of the trio. PN
[Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Lance Peterson, Gulf Beaches Historical Museum; Cathy Salustri and Christine Brown at Gulfport History Museum, and Rui Farias at St. Petersburg Museum of History for their excellent input and photos.]
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Pink Flamingo Home Tour
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Do you love kitsch? If you do, donâ€™t miss the annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Homes March 4th highlighting the best of eclectic Gulfport. The annual fundraiser for the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, its been a grand spring tradition since the 1990s. ÂŠÂŒÂ‘ČąÂ˘ÂŽÂŠÂ›Ç°ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ˜ÂžÂ›ČąÂ?Â˜ÂŒÂžÂœÂŽÂœČąÂ˜Â—ČąÂŠČąÂ?Â’Ä›ÂŽÂ›ÂŽÂ—Â?ČąÂ—ÂŽÂ’Â?Â‘Â‹Â˜Â›Â‘Â˜Â˜Â?Čą to make it easy for walkers and bikers to enjoy the community event. This year, the tour begins with registration at the Tomlinson Park, 55th and Tangerine Avenue in Gulfport. The tour is situated on a level route of less than 2 miles. Theres also trolley and bus service from 11 am to 5 pm and is provided free for those who are unable to walk the route. Guests walk at their own pace and may visit the homes in any order. All visitors will be provided with a tour book containing a map which will show the scheduled trolley stops and the homes open for viewing. In addition to the Â?Â˜ÂžÂ›Ç°ČąÂœÂ˜Â–ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂŽÂ&#x;ÂŽÂ—Â?ČąÂœÂ™Â˜Â—ÂœÂ˜Â›ÂœČąÂ˜Ä›ÂŽÂ›ČąÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ•ÂœČąÂ’Â—ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽÂ’Â›Čą ads for enjoying Gulfport fun before or after the tour. The event organizers take great pride hunting for the right mix of homes and its a huge honor to be included in this whimsical home tour. Homes may be selected because they are very small, very large, very colorful, absolutely gorgeous, original, newly renovated or just â€œout thereâ€?.
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Youâ€™ll be amazed at the wonderful garden spaces and backyard retreats. Whether you are thinking of paving your backyard, creating a lush oasis with water features or raising chickens, you can see it all on the tour. With â€œtinyâ€? homes being all the rage, theres even one on the 2017 tour. For those who have always wanted to know what the Blueberry Patch is all about, this is your opportunity as it will be open from 11 am to 5 pm. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of event. Tickets can be purchased online at Â Â Â ÇŻÂ™Â’Â—Â”ÄšÂŠÂ–Â’Â—Â?Â˜Â‘Â˜Â–ÂŽÂ?Â˜ÂžÂ›ÇŻÂŒÂ˜Â– or in person at the Gulfport Welcome Center or Beach Bazaar, both are located in downtown Gulfport on Beach Blvd. For more information, contact Karen Love at Â”ÂŠÂ›ÂŽÂ—Â•Â˜Â&#x;ÂŽÂ?ÄšČ“Â?Â–ÂŠÂ’Â•ÇŻÂŒÂ˜Â– or 770-497-1139.
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4737 34th Street South (US19) St. Petersburg 727-864-4819 Tiny Homes solutions to keep life’s necessities organized and out of sight. The bathroom, accessible through a custom barn door contains a full shower stall, sink, composting toilet, and built in shelves to hold toiletries. Martas kitchen is truly one of a kind… ěȱȱȱ space, a stainless stove, refrigerator, two burner cook top and full size sink. Every week some of us watch Tiny Houses on HGTV. “Could you actually live in one?” asks Patricia Dunham, a Gulfportbased business consultant with a true love for the Tiny house movement. You might ask, what’s ȱȱĴǵȱȱȃȱȱ£ȱ¢Ȃȱȱȱȱ time with loved ones, traveling, hobbies or on community
activities, rather than working to support a big house, high utility bills, property taxes, insurance, a large rental or mortgage payment and maintenance. Many know we have way ȱȱěǯȱȱȱ working to pay for things which, in many cases, we don’t use. In addition to touring some of Gulfports wonderfully eclectic, funky homes, You will actually have the chance to tour a tiny house at the Pink Flamingo Home Tour on Saturday, March 4, 11 am 5 pm, sponsored by the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce.” Be sure to stop in, say “Hello,” and tour the lovely, Tiny Marta, and “get some of your Tiny House questions answered.” For more, email or call ȓ¢¢ǯ 407.865.2744ȱȊȱ ǯ¢¢ǯ ParadiseNewsFL.com | FEBRUARY 2017
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Morean Arts Center The Morean Arts Center, the first art gallery south of Atlanta, is turning 100! Drawing inspiration from the past 100 years, the Morean has created and enhanced a variety of offerings to the community in the form of master artist workshops, elevated events, classes in a variety of mediums, hands-on programs and the opening of the new garden space at the Chihuly Collection now located at 720 Central Avenue.
hat started as one location has transformed into several amazing arts experiences, reknown in the U.S. and winner of many kudos. "I have seen two decades of change and growth here. Expanding from 7th Street into the Train Station and the new Chihuly Gallery has been in keeping with 100 years of service to the Arts in St. Petersburg,” says Valerie Scott Knaust, Director of the Morean Center for Clay. History: The Morean Arts Center’s story started in the early 20th century when a group of local artists in need of a place to work, teach and display their art connected
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with the Florida Winter Art School. The Art Club of St. Petersburg – the first art gallery south of Atlanta – settled into space provided by the Florida Art School in their building on Beach Drive. As St. Petersburg and surrounding areas grew, so did the Morean Arts Center from its informal beginnings in 1917, to become an integral part of the country’s top arts destinations. After several relocations and name changes, the Morean Arts Center settled at its current location on Central Avenue. Today, the Morean offers programs for all mediums, styles, skill levels and ages
housed in four locations in downtown St. Petersburg. The locations include the Morean Arts Center, Chihuly Collection, Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop and Morean Center for Clay. At the end of a century of steady growth, the Morean Arts Center continues to provide a place for the arts in St. Petersburg. Staff, board members, artists, teachers and volunteers have witnessed the Morean Arts Center grow and become an institution where one can explore creativity and push boundaries. Curator of Exhibitions, Amanda Cooper, has seen the Morean grow in her nearly
20 years as a staff member. “Being part of the Morean means approaching art in a way that is challenging and exciting, yet not intimidating,” said Cooper. “If you're a local artist, we will be your champion. If you want to learn a craft, we'll teach you skills in a welcoming atmosphere. If you see something you love in an exhibition, you can buy it and own it forever (or at the very least, touch it without anyone slapping your hand away).” Cooper states, “The Morean has survived and thrived in this community for a century because it is a scrappy, risk-taking organization that adapts quickly to changing culture and the needs of the people we serve, all with a passion for art and a desire to share that passion with others.”
of the Chihuly Collection Andy Schlauch said, “The new location was re-imagined to allow guests the ability to experience the detail and creativity associated with Dale Chihuly’s work.” The Collection boasts the return of the theater as well as an outdoor garden space set to open in early 2017. Included in the new space is a temporary exhibition space to host rotating exhibits perfect for work from glass artists around the country. Admission also includes a demonstration at the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop directly across the street where visitors can witness a live glass-blowing demonstration conducted by local artists. St. Petersburg is a hot commodity for the growing glass culture. The Chihuly Collection was at the forefront of the glass movement in the city and is proud to connect people with not only Dale Chihuly’s glass art, but art from national and local artists whose pieces find temporary homes in the Collection’s rotating exhibitions, said Schlauch. Education: To celebrate the artists who created the foundation of the Arts Center, master artist workshops were developed in 2016 and launched in 2017 to welcome back notable artists who have made an impact on the Morean and patrons alike. Some of these artists, including Sam Abell, Tom McCarthy and Joe Pintz, are bringing their talent back to the Morean to connect with old and new faces and help foster growth of the education program.
Chihuly Collection... In 2010, the Morean Arts Center opened a permanent display of Dale Chihuly’s unique installations in order to provide proceeds to support ongoing educational programming and exhibitions. The Chihuly Collection fired up local interest in glass art, and the Morean opened its own Glass Studio & Hot Shop to provide educational programs and demonstrations. In October 2016, the Chihuly Collection moved to its new location at 720 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701, in an effort to unite three of the four Morean Arts Center locations. Executive Director
The Morean also offers seven different class session start dates in which teachers return for three to six weeks to teach classes in mediums such as drawing, painting, jewelry, glass, photography and digital, clay, print making, metal sculpture, and fiber arts. Jonathan Harrison, Director of Education, said the education department looks for relevant and intriguing options for classes to attract a range of individuals in the community. “Our teachers are artists themselves and many have been with us for years,” said Harrison. “The fact that we can invite returning artists back to the Morean and also host our range of classes gives
individuals multiple opportunities to find something that fits within their schedules, skill range and interests.” In addition, the Morean continues to connect with its overall vision of becoming a national model for creative community engagement and economic development by offering free programs to connect individuals with art. These programs include Saturdays and Sundays at the Morean, a free program for families to drop in and create an art piece as a family, as well as programs such as Fall Art Frenzy, a themed, all-day event for families. Exhibitions: This year, the Morean is hosting special exhibitions to highlight art and artists both new and returning. Kicking off the 100th Anniversary in exhibitions is Major Mud 3 and The Journey: Photographs Along the Way, juried by Sam Abell. Sam Abell, known for his work with National Geographic, chose 32 pieces out of almost 400 to be displayed in the first exhibit of 2017. The work focuses not on the destination of a journey, but how you get there. A beautiful linkage to the Morean’s journey to 100 years and the milestones accomplished and surpassed throughout the century. The next exhibit, on display from March 11 – April 30, is Fresh Squeezed: Emerging Artists in Florida. Amanda Cooper, curator of exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center, said there were more than 80 submissions and only six were selected. All artists are local to Florida, including the quirky and intriguing Brian Feldman who will be setting up shop in the Morean Arts Center’s gallery window in the form of an orange juice stand. For the price of one guest’s drawing of a glass of orange juice, Feldman will make the guest his or her very own glass of OJ to enjoy inside the Morean. The wall behind Feldman is envisioned to be filled with drawings by the end of the exhibit. Immediately following Fresh Squeezed, the remaining exhibits displayed include 100 Years/100 Artists, 99th Annual Members Show, Street/Urban Art Showcase & Josette Urso Solo Show, and the 2017 Holiday Show & Sale. ParadiseNewsFL.com | FEBRUARY 2017
Nurturing Young Artists: Educating children about the arts, and offering them access to gallery and exhibition space has been a key component of the Morean Arts Center’s mission throughout its 100 years in the St. Petersburg art community. The Morean Arts Center continues its celebration of youth in art with 20 Years of Word & Image: Arts in Education Partnership. Students in Pinellas County are tasked with writing a few words as well as creating a piece of art to tie in with this year’s theme, “On My Block.” Cooper said this exhibition is one of the best the Morean offers. “Most of these kids have never seen their art in a professional gallery before, and we give them the opportunity to see their works framed and displayed in a popular exhibit.” Following Word & Image includes An Artistic Discovery: 36th Annual 13thCongressional District Art Competition and Let’s Create! 2017 Summer Camp Exhibition. The Morean Center for Clay: The Morean Center for Clay, located at 420 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33712, hosts its own exhibitions in conjunction with the Morean Arts Center on Central Avenue. Currently, the Center for Clay is conducting its Florida Heat Woodfire workshop in which more than 1200 pieces are loaded into the anagama kiln to be fired continuously for three days. Directly following this workshop is the Florida Heat Surface workshop and gallery show. Both of these workshops are national, drawing participants and nationally recognized artists from almost every state in the country. The Center for Clay’s exhibitions also feature works from Artists in Residence (AIRs), a program which allows applicants to present their work in hopes of gaining 38
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one of the six coveted spots in the program. In exchange for various work duties at the facility, the AIRs are able to have studio space and access to some of the best equipment and gallery space to both expand and display their work. Additional exhibitions at the Morean Center for Clay include a Joe Pintz Solo Show, Artist in Residence Exit Shows, Morean Center for Clay Members Show, NEW Artist in Residence Show, Jeremy Randall Solo Show and Wood Fire Workshop Gallery Show to close out 2017.
Events & Art Happenings To celebrate their 100th Anniversary, it will be a year-long amazing moveable feast and outrageous parties: Cocktails at the Collection, Night Blow at the Hot Shop, 100th Birthday Party: 7th Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest, Eat Rich, Play Dirty, and a New Year’s event to celebrate the start of our second century of bringing arts to the community – Masque 100 – The Party of the Century set for December 31, 2017. From these events, patrons can expect the normal – or not so normal – festivities the Morean is known for, only heightened. For example, The 100th Birthday Party: 7th Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest is expected to exceed its normal attendance of more than 1500 people at the Morean Center for Clay as each cupcake station’s job is to make the Morean’s 100th birthday extra sweet! With that in mind, Masque 100 was created as the culmination of the Morean’s 100th Anniversary and a send-off to celebrating the next century of the arts in St. Petersburg. Masque 100 is an exclusive, elite and ticketed New Year’s Eve event where one can expect to be transported to a world of mystery, history and elegance. Ring in the New Year with some of Tampa Bay’s most notable individuals in a venue that also reflects almost 100 years of history. PN
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Itâ€™s hard to â€œPull the Triggerâ€?! by Tom Smith
I get many calls & emails each week from this monthly column that I write. The housing stock along the Pinellas beaches is old and tired, and does not have the proper elevation for FEMA regulations today, nor do they have KXUULFDQHZLQGRZVRUHQHUJ\HÎ€FLHQW items. The home room layouts and designs are very â€œ1960â€? and that greatly DÍżHFWVWKHRYHUDOOSURSHUW\YDOXH What do so many homeowners do in this situation? Many decide to put good money after bad, by putting on an DGGLWLRQWRWKHWLUHGKRPHRQO\WRĂ€QG out that the old bones are still tired. They are restricted by the FEMA 50% Rule, and although you can get around that by a multiple stage process of permitting, construction, re-permitting, construction, etc., that process invariably costs much more time and money than starting over with a new home. It is extremely hard to believe that raising a home and building a new structure can actually be cheaper, but that is almost always the case, all things considered.
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Within the past two weeks, I had calls came from over a dozen homeowners that were struggling with the decision to demo their existing home and building new. They know their existing home has much to be desired, but â€œPulling the Triggerâ€? to build new is a tough decision to make. The reality is that sooner or later that home will be replaced, and the longer they wait, the higher the home cost will be. Two of my homeowners last week had just spent about $80,000 remodeling their homes and then realized what a mistake they made. Now they are seriously considering biting the bullet and starting over. Yes, itâ€™s a tough decision to bulldoze a home that is still liveable and start over, but it truly is a good investment. Their lot values will continue to rise, EXWQRLQĂ DWLRQZLOODQ\ORQJHUDGGWR the value of the home itself. FEMA regulations have seen to that. ,FRQVWDQWO\JHWĂ \HUVLQWKHPDLOIURP realtors that just listed a home on the water for $750,000. Great, but almost none of those homes will sell for anywhere near that dollar! The actual
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Design A Beach Sign Ahoy artists. The City of Treasure Island is hosting a design competition to create beach signs. The contest is open to everyone ages 10 and older. Help keep beaches healthy and looking good by designing a sign to help promote litter prevention. Finalists will be selected in five categories and have their art featured on one of the City’s new beach information signs. • Best Overall • Best Anti-Litter Message • Best Original • Best of ages 10 to 14 years old (at the time of submittal) • Best of ages 15 to 18 years old (at the time of submittal) Submission Guidelines: Clip and fill out the entry form. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form. • Entries must be on a single sheet of 8.5” x 11” paper, landscape. • Use white, non-glossy paper; do not laminate. • Any art medium may be used (e.g., colored pencils, crayons, paint); however, computer graphics will not be accepted. Artwork must be hand-drawn. • Artwork must be flat (e.g., no glued pieces or glitter) and able to be scanned. • Avoid using brand names in the artwork. • A description of no more than 75 words must accompany the artwork (space provided on the entry form). Label each entry on the back in pencil (marker bleeds through the artwork) Artwork should be mailed or delivered to no later than 4 pm March 31. Beach Sign Art Contest, City of Treasure Island, City Hall, 120 108th Avenue Treasure Island, FL 33706. PN
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"The measure of intelligence is the ability to change." - Albert Einstein BEST BETS: ARTS & CULTURE By Nanette Wiser February may be short in days, but’s long on creative experiences. Check out this month’s articles on The Palladium, St. Pete College Jazz Festival, Gulfport’s Pink Flamingo Home Tour and The St. Petersburg’s Arts Alliance’s Muse awardees. It’s ladies month, with The Girls Night Out Comedy Show (2/2) and Four Bitchin’ Babes(2/8) at Largo Cultural Center’s Central Park Performing Arts Center while the guys can bond over spring training baseball and prep for the Rays April opener at Fan Fest Feb. 4. Look ahead to next month’s Strawberry Festival in Plant City music line-up (Patti LaBelle is coming!) and this July’s pairing of Rod Steward and Cindi Lauper at the Amalie Arena July 8. Don’t miss EPCOT International Festival of the Arts at Disney. Ciao baby, see you around town! – Nanette Wiser For venue address, phone number and website, be sure to check our Events Listings in the back of the magazine.
BEST BET: The Mahaffey Theater In addition to stellar acoustics and glamorous theaters, you can buy a dinner and show package or a VIP experience package. On Feb. 3, rock out with the music of David Bowie a symphonic odyssey with The Florida Orchestra like you’ve never seen them before. On Feb. 9, enjoy more Motown fun with incomparable Smokey Robinson or catch five-time Grammy award winner Dionne Warwick Feb.12 as she belts out your favorite tunes with special guest star Myles Savage (The Platters) in this Motown party show. Country fans will enjoy a rare appearance by Loretta Lynn Feb. 17 while old rockers can catch up with Yes, The Album Series Feb. 11. Like magic? The Masters of Illusion will thrill you Feb. 20. www.mahaffey.com BEST BET: Epicurean Theater Feb. 11, 7-9 pm Searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Look no further than ‘Candle Making & Date Night’ in the Epicurean Theatre! Each class participant will be making two 14oz candles to take home to enjoy for Valentine’s Day in addition to their very own wine, cheese & charcuterie provided by Élevage! Attendees will also have an opportunity to compete to make the next Epicurean or Tipsy Candle fragrance to debut this spring.
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BEST BET: Clearwater Sea-Blues Music Festival Feb. 17-19 Head down to Coachman Park for two days surrounded by the finest Seafood Clearwater has to offer while enjoying Blues music from International Recording Acts! For more information of this fun filled event visit clearwaterseablues.com for more details. On Saturday, tap your toes to JJ GREY & MOFRO, THE RECORD COMPANY, THE SHEEPDOGS, THE CONGRESS, my personal favorite THE RIES BROTHERS and BEAR & ROBERT. Sunday features WALTER TROUT, SONNY LANDRETH, MIKE ZITO, SELWYN BIRCHWOOD, hot mama THE BETTY FOX BAND and SOULIZ BEST BET: Florida State Fair Feb. 9-20 There’s haute culture and there’s down home culture, served with deep fried delicious foods. Enjoy the rides, animals, arts and crafts competitions, a salute to Black History, petting zoo, circus Hollywood, Sea Lion Splash, Welde’s Big Bear Show, a state championship draft horse pull, K-9s in flight and SWEET: A Tasty Candy Journey. Concerts: All concerts are FREE with gate admission to the Fair, with the exception of the Country Gold Tour. Discounted admission and ride armband tickets, as well as tickets to Country Gold, are on sale now at
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FloridaStateFair.com. Among the featured performers: • The Roots & Boots Tour features Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippen and Collin Raye, an all-star line-up sure to please both hardcore country fans and those who simply enjoy great music. Kershaw has long been one of Country Music’s most definitive voices, with a string of hits ranging from the rowdy “Cadillac Style” to the romantic “Love of My Life.” Feb. 20 at 6 pm, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage • Shalyah Fearing of Hudson, FL, has been singing since the age of five. Flash forward 10 years to 2015, when she auditioned for Season 10 of The Voice and went on to earn a place in the Top 8 Semifinals. With her powerhouse voice and penchant for R&B, she drew comparisons to the likes of Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. Catch Shalyah before her career explodes! – Feb. 10 at 8pm, on the Sleep Number Stage •Performing their awardwinning songs and high-e nergy live shows is GRAMMY -nominated Christian rock band Building 429. The band took their name from the Bible verse Ephesians 4:29, which, to paraphrase, means "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Hailing from Fayetteville, NC, these four men are as committed to their music as they are their message. – Feb. 19 at 6pm, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage • The Country Gold Tour once again will return to the Fair. A fan favorite, the 2017
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concerts will boast some of the biggest names to join the tour, including Johnny Lee, David Frizzell and Barbara Fairchild on Feb. 14 and Bobby Bare, the Gatlin Brothers & Marty Haggard (son of the legendary Merle Haggard) on Feb. 15. Leroy Van Dyke of “Auctioneer” and “Walk on By” fame will perform at both shows. $10 general admission, $20 reserved floor seating. Contact the Box Office at 813.740.4640 to reserve. Tickets do not include Fair admission. – Feb. 14 & 15 at 2pm, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage • Joe Zuniga divides his time between Tampa & Monterrey, Mexico. Zuniga grew up listening to music genres such as Tejano, Country, R&B, Hip Hop, Merengue, Salsa and Bachata, and now is focused on creating a new Grupero style. He has played with several Florida bands as a keyboard player and
back-up vocalist, but recently recorded his first single, “Atado A Tu Amor,” in Mexico. – Feb. 19 at 7pm on the Sleep Number Stage • The Judge Talford Band is comprised of five talented musicians from rural Tennessee. Well-known in the Bluegrass community, the band wanted to broaden their show by including other genres. They now add their own twist to classic rock ‘n’ roll songs – from the ‘50s to modern hits. – Multiple performances throughout the 12 days of the Fair on the Sleep Number Stage • The Lauren Mitchell Band is known for the feel and energy of their live performances. This Sarasota-based band is a tour de force, bringing their Blues & Soul to 250 national and international shows each year. – Feb. 18 at 7pm, Tampa Bay Times Stage • The River City Boys present a Tribute to the Statler Brothers, celebrating that band’s nearly 50year career that included five GRAMMYs, two Academy of Country Music awards and three County Music Association awards. When the Statlers retired in 2002 they left millions of fans wanting more – and the River City Boys deliver. – Feb. 14-16 prior to the Elvis Extravaganza, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage DANCE The St. Petersburg Coliseum’s Big Band Ballroom Dancing on Feb. 11 at 7:30 will get you in the swing of things for romance month. The tribute to Harry James and the Andrew Sisters is a BYOB with snacks and set-ups available. www.stpete.org/coliseum; 727-892-5202.
FILM Tampa’s Gasparilla International Film Festival runs from March 2 – 9 and features short films, U.S. narrative feature and College Student Feature Film, International Features, Made in Florida and U.S. Documentary features plus other categories. ww.withoutabox.com/logi n/5440 Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach continues on the jumbo-sized screen Fri.-Sat. beginning at 6 pm. ART FESTIVALS & GALLERIES 4th Annual St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival: Feb. 25-26 10 am– 5 pm This event in the North Straub Park adjacent to the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg features 120 of Florida’s and America’s
Duncan McClellan Gallery: Featuring the work of one of Tampa Bay’s most distinguished artists, whose work can be seen at the Don Cesar and around town, the artist receptions always bring an eclectic crowd. Duncan McClellan Gallery, 2342 Emerson Ave South; 855-436-4527. dmglass.com MUSEUMS The Dali Museum http://thedali.org • Feb 11: Party prior to Valentine’s Day for a special event featuring food, drinks and entertainment, amor and inspiracion. Eat, drink, drink, dance and tour the galleries. This all-inclusive inspired experience celebrates passion, obsession, infatuation, compulsion & fascination — the ingredients of love stories grand and small. Frida & Diego, Salvador & Gala, John & Yoko, Romeo & Juliet, you & yours. Enjoy Oyster wrapped in bacon with Cajun remoulade | Spicy and sexy goat cheese peppadew | 50
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top fine artisans and crafters, the mix including local, regional and national artists. These artisans weave a tapestry of exceptional art from exquisite works in painting, glass, mixed-media, ceramics, sculpture, photography, metalwork, digital art, fiber art, woodworking – and more. Within each medium explore a diversity of styles, materials and creative vision. Meet the artisans that create the work – they are all here! Learn how they became artists and how your specific pieces were made. If you do not find exactly what you want, consider commissioning a piece of art made expressly for you! Know that many of these artisans are represented in America’s top museums and art galleries and in the most prestigious private collections.
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Ahi tuna with mango salsa & pomegranate seed on a lotus chip | Brie and apricot tarts with fig jam | Avocado cucumber rolls | Chocolatechili-dipped bacon | Fresh watermelon Salad | Lobster corndogs | Prosciuttowrapped asparagus | Decadent desserts. A special start to the evening, from 7-8pm, features a docent-led ProvocaTour plus private access to a “bubbly-bar” and chocolatecovered strawberries. Learn more: http://thedali.org/event/ amor-inspirado/ • Thru April 17 - Frida Kahlo at the Dali: An exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s paintings & 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. • February – 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. Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE 727-8962667 www.fine-arts.org • Thru March 19: The Far North – Inuit Prints and Sculpture – These 30 works by accomplished Inuit artists spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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Feb. 19-June 4: The Open Road- Photography and the American Road Trip: Nothing says spring break like this exhibition, a delightful journey through America’s kitschy landscapes. MUSIC Feb. 23-Feb. 28: Sunshine City Songwriters Festival: On Feb. 23 The Special Concensus Performs at the Craftsman House. This Grammy-nominated and International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awardwinners "Special C". Originating from the Midwest, they have been performing for over 40 years. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Avenue 727-323-2787 SunshineCitySongfest.com Shades of Buble: The Canadian crooner isn’t here in person, but the three man tribute band will stir your heart. A great Valentine’s Day concert Feb. 10 @ 8 pm. Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. 727-369-5746. pinellaspark.com Capitol Theatre - Robert Earl Keen March 13 7:30 pm www.AtTheCap.com This show is sure to sell-out! Known for hits like The Road Goes On Forever, Feelin’ Good Again and I Gotta Go, this singer-songwriter was virtually unknown by name until fellow Texas icon Joe Ely recorded both The Road Goes on Forever and Whenever Kindness Fails on his 1993 album, Love and Danger, the secret was out
on Keen's credentials as a songwriter's songwriter. The '90s may have been a boom period for Keen but his momentum hasn't ebbed a bit since the turn of the century nor has his pursuit of continued growth as a writer and artist. His latest project released in 2016, Live Dinner Reunion, was a night celebrating 20th Anniversary of the very first recorded live show at the iconic John T. Floores Store in Helotes, TX. It was a magical night of friends coming together to play music before a sold out crowd of 5000 fans and celebrate 20th Anniversary of No. 2 Live Dinner. Special guests on the album are Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly, Cody Canada, Cory Morrow and Bruce Robison. Also making special appearances were two former band mates who also played on No.2 Live, Bryan Duckworth and Mark Patterson. PARTIES St. Petersburg Museum of History Benefit Feb. 25 6 – 10 pm: Leave your black tie at home, dress in your finest Shuffleboard Chic and celebrate the Sunshine City in style! St. Pete’s official vintage-era Florida tourism celebration, the 2nd Annual Cocktails on the Courts. Enjoy Florida cuisine, unlimited cocktails, dancing under the stars to the incredible Black Honkeys, and even a mermaid and twoheaded cow! St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive North Museum of Fine Arts Culture & Cocktails Events: There’s always something fun going on with MFA, meshing cuisine, art, wine and movies in some unique way. Mark your calendars for these events To buy tickets online –
Seating is limited. Location: The Rolls-Royce Tampa Bay Showroom. Dress to impress! Brew-Ha Ha: Help raise money by drinking beer Feb. 17 7-10 pm at the Great Explorations Children's Museum for A Night at the Brewseum where you can play like a kid again and compete against each other in various relays and games, while tasting the best craft beers in town. Challenge your friends at a game of nerf gun black jack, supermarket can stack (using only your elbows), tic-tac-toe beer pong and more! The team with the most points at the end of the event, wins a goodie bag with treats from your local favorites (and bragging rights of course)! We’ll also have live music, food for purchase, 1925 4th St N.
On Feb 23 6 pm Meet The Brewers at the Morean Arts Center for Clay: Making beer is an art and here you can enjoy unlimited sampling. Go big with the VIP-only hour from 6 pm to 7 pm where you can enjoy unlimited beer while you mix and mingle with your favorite brewers with a limited amount VIP - only attendees, unlimited beer sampling from 8 pm to 10 pm during GA hour, bites, & other VIP-only perks. cltampa.com/brewers Morean Arts Center for Clay 420 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg SPOKEN WORD Studio@ 620 www.thestudioat620.org/even ts/wordier-than-thou-34 • Wordier Than Thou, an open mic for storytelling, share prose or just catch tales from area wordsmiths. • In partnership with
Keep St. Pete Lit there will also be a Poetry Open Mike Feb. 22, May 17, June 21, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25 Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Connect with performing arts legend who transforms into a an artist or historical figure for a 30 minute presentation that includes coffee and pastries at the Museum of Fine Arts beginning at 10 am. On Feb. 10, she portrays the charitable wife of Thomas Edison; March 9 debuts the eccentric Daisy Makeig-Jones the designer of Wedgewood’s Fairyland Lusterware and on April 13, the legendary novelist Virginia Woolf as she sits for French painter Jacques Emile Blanche. www.fine-arts.org/coffeetalks
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stuartsociety.org; Email: WineWeekendReservation@s tuartsociety.org, or call (727) 896-2667, ext 221. • Friday, Feb. 10 - 7:30 pm – Coastal Chic Party – Enjoy Florida Favorites, Craft Beer, Wine & Chocolate. Featuring The Mad Beach Band. Individual Ticket: $99. Location: MFA. Dressy Casual Attire. • Saturday, Feb. 11 - 7 pm – Paint the Town Red, White & Chocolate –Dinner and wine pairing by Chef Tyson of Parkshore Grill. Live and silent auctions. Featuring The TomKats Jazz Orchestra. Individual Ticket: $300*. Location: MFA. Cocktail Attire. • Saturday, Feb. 18 - 7 pm – 1000 Points of Wine Gourmet Dinner –Featuring Ten Robert Parker/Wine Advocate 100 Point Wines. Individual Ticket: $1,800.
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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. The 2017 series kicked off its fifth year in January with a journey through a religious cult that believed the world is hollow, its leader would live forever and sex was forbidden. Run out of Chicago, the Koreshans discovered wealth, power and paradise in what is now Estero, Florida. 335 2nd Avenue NE on the Pier Approach; 727-8941052; www.spmoh.org • March 9: Craig Pittman: Oh, Florida – America’s Weirdest State • May 11: Lisa Bradberry: Weedon Island’s Sunhaven Movie Studios • July 13: Peter Meinke: An Evening with Florida’s Poet Laureate • Sept 14: Bill Leavengood: Doc Webb and his World Famous Webb’s City • Nov 9: Lynn Waddell: Fringe Florida
THEATER Oz lovers, take note. Wicked is at the Straz Center Feb. 1-26, and Forbidden Broadway’s romp and musical spoof continues through March 12. Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the American Stage has been extended to the end of February due to popular demand. On Feb. 16-20, Dangerous Gully is the latest concoction by local playwright , Joseph Alan Johnson ( Lovefool, Misconception) –a saucy tale of love and romance that pays homage to the fairy tales of our childhood with a modern twist at Studio@620. At FreeFall Theater, Red Velvet opens Feb. 25 and runs through March 26. While this award-winning new play will transport you to Victorian London, the questions it raises about race, diversity and the role of the arts could not be more timely. Acclaimed actor and director Sir Kenneth Branagh said of his production of Red Velvet: "I believe Lolita Chakrabarti
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has written an important and exhilarating play which in its discussion of performance, politics, and race is as entertaining as it is illuminating." Listen to Sir Kenneth, and get your tickets now! You will be moved, challenged and thoroughly entertained. ARTWALKS Whether you have visitors or it’s a girls night out, these events are moving feasts, both visual and culinary. There’s always live music and never a dull moment. Fourth Saturday Artwalk, Pinellas Park’s Creative District, 5851 Park Blvd. Gulfport Artwalk 1st Friday & 3rd Saturday 3101 Beach Blvd.S., www.visitgulfportflorida.com St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk 5-9 pm – Discover arts,crafts,bodacious brews & delicious bites. www.StPeteArtsAlliance.org
TAMPA & BEYOND Ringling College of Art & Design: The Glass Masters of Venice runs through March 25. Since 2010, Ringling College Curator Mark Ormond has worked with Sarasota arts patrons Richard & Barbara Basch to organize exhibitions from their extensive collection of glass art. Dr. and Mrs. Basch began collecting in 1993 by purchasing work American artists. They soon expanded the scope of their collection to include artists from around the world. This year’s exhibition at Basch Gallery will feature work by Davide Salvadore, a master glass artist from Murano, Italy, and his sons Marco and Mattia. Selected works by Lino Tagliapietra will be included in the exhibition. A series of artist talks and demonstrations will take place on the Ringling College campus throughout the exhibition. Barbara Basch will offer docent tours of the exhibition on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
ARTS NEWS WELCOME TO ST. PETERSBURG ART ALLIANCE’S NEW 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Wayne Atherholt, Office of Cultural Affairs, City of St. Petersburg (ex-officio)’ Jeff Baker, Community Relations Duke Energy; Kara Behar, Exec. Director, Behar+Peteranecz: Architecture; Kristy Boss, Deputy General Counsel, Taylor Morrison; Brook Canfield, CPA, Senior Tax Accountant, Gregory, Sharer & Stuart; Paul Carder, Retired; Yael Kelley, Artist; Katie Healey, Financial Planning, HSNi; Lisa Letizio, Alison James Estates & Homes; Angela Bond Markus, Actress; Zachary Messa, Partner, Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP; Mary Anna Murphy, President, MAM Exhibit Design; Duncan McClellan, Duncan McClellan Glass Art Studio and Hot Shop Joseph Papich, Select Business Advisor, Wallace, Welch & Willingham; Judith Powers, Artist; David Ramsey, Managing Director, Raymond James & Assoc.; Jim Rolston, Artist and Owner, Red Zen Art Gallery; Stacia Schrader, Branch Manager, Regions Bank; Richard Wood, COO, Eagle Datagistics PN
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LIVE THEATRE Amalie Arena (Tampa Bay Times Forum) 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa 813.301.6500 www.amaliearena.com February 3 – tru TV Impractical Jokers 14 – Bon Jovi 22 – Harlem Globetrotters 28 – Twenty-One Pilots March 12 – Game of Thorns Concert Experience 24 – 26 – Disney on Ice American Stage 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg 727.823.7529 www.americanstage.org ER[RI¿FH#DPHULFDQVWDJHRUJ February 1 – 19 – Joe Turner’s Come and Gone 12 – Hawk & Wayne 19 – IMPROV – House Teams Live March 5 – Hawk & Wayne 15 – April 9 – Informed Consent 19 – IMPROV – House Teams Live A Simple Theater The Biniger Theater, Eckerd College 4200 54th Ave.nue S, St. Petersburg 727.864.7811 www.asimpletheatre.org February 7 – Shipwrecked! March 14 – The Trestle at Pop Lick Creek Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater 727.791.7400 www.rutheckerdhall.com/venues February 3 – Gallagher’s 70th Birthday Bash 6 – Rick Astley 9 – Gaelic Storm 10 – Under the Streetlamp 11 – Delbert McClinton 12 – Pure Prairie League 13 – Al Di Meola 40th Anniversary 14 – Richard Thomas 15 – Hayes Grier 16 – Tommy Emmanuel 18 – The Paul Horn Band 19 – Colin Hay 22 – Mindi Abair 23 – Lucinda Williams 25 – Southside Johnny & Asbury Jukes 26 – Justin Hayward 27 – Melissa Manchester March ±5LFN6SULQJ¿HOG 2 – Here Comes the Mummies 3 – Marc Cohn’s 25th Anniversary 4 – The Fab Faux 7 – Clint Black 8 – Taj Mahal Solo Acoustic 9 – Edwin McCain 10 – Paula Poundstone 11 – Ricki Lee Jones & M, Peyroux 12 – The Irish Tenors 13 – Robert Earl Keen 54
14 – Edgar Winter & Rick Derringer 15 – David Bromberg 16 – Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot 17 – Gordon Lightfoot 18 – Sinbad
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater – Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N, Tampa 813.740.2446 www.ticketmaster.com/venue/107257
Catherine Hickman Theater 5501 27th Ave.S, Gulfport 727.893.1070 www.mygulfport.us February 26 – Frank Sinatra Tribute March 16 – 26 – God of Carnage
Patel Conservatory 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa 813.222.1002 www.patelconservatory.org Dance / Theater / Music / Adult Classes February 16 – 19 – The Adventures of Flat Stanley 25 – Campapalooza
Central Park Performing Arts Center Formally Largo Arts Center NEW NAME 105 Central Park Dr., Largo 727.587.6793 www.largoarts.com February 2 – Girls Night Out Comedy Show 4 – The Rat Pack Together Again 7 – The Four Bitchin’ Babes 9 – Y&T 10 – I Moved A Mountain 11 – RAve.On! Buddy Holly Experience 13 – Neil Zirconia – Faux Diamond 19 – Bride for Arts Wedding Expo March 3 – 19 – Evita 7 – John Sebastian
Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 N McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater 727.791.7400 www.rutheckerdhall.com February 1 – TFO – Young at Heart 1 – Boz Scaggs & Robert Cray 2 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 2 – 12 – Lend Me a Tenor 6 – Beehive – The 60’s Musical 9 – Sicilian Tenors 11 – Steve Martin & Martin Short 13 – 109 Years of Broadway 17 – Three Dog Night & America 18 – The Piano Games 19 – Live from Nashville 19 – TFO – Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony 22 – TFO – American Celebration 24 – Dennis DeYoung 25 – STOMP! 26 – Peking Acrobats 26 – TFO – Mardi Gras in New Orleans March 1 – Hit Men in Concert 2 – Sleeping Beauty 5 – Barbara and Frank 5 – TFO – Dali Experience 7 – Norah Jones 9 – Elayne Booster 12 – Paul Anka 13 – Kristin Chenoweth 17 – Doo Wop 17 – Karla Bonoff 18 – Once 19 – TFO – Mahler Resurrection
Gulfport Community Players www.gulfportcommunityplayers.org *Back Door Theater, 1619 49th St. S, Gulfport March 16 – 26 – God of Carnage Eight O’Clock Theatre 105 Central Park Drive, Largo 727.587.6793 www.eightoclocktheatre.com March 3 – 19 – Evita 5, 6 – Auditions – Spamalot freeFall Theatre Company 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.498.5205 www.freefalltheatre.com February 13 – Behind Enemy Lines 24 – March 26 – Red Velvet March 3, 10, 17, 24 – Talkback Glenridge Performing Arts Center 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota 941.552.5325 www.gpactix.com February 4 – Giacomo Gates 15 – The Mersey Beatles 17 – Jason Graae 18 – Cynthia Sayer’s Hot Banjo Show 24 – Velvet Caravan 25 – Live in Central Park – [Revisited] March 10 – George Winston M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa (Music Acting Dance Theatre of Tampa) 813.386.6173 www.madtheatre.com
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St. Petersburg City Theatre Located off I-275 at 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, 33712 %R[2I¿FH7LFNHWV,QIRUPDWLRQ 727.866.1973 www.spcitytheatre.org February 3, 4 – Broadway March 9 – 11 – The Games Afoot 13,14 – Auditions – Squabbles Stageworks Theater NEW 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., West Bldg., #151, Tampa 813.374.2416 www.stageworkstheatre.org February Though 5 – Online Silent Auction 4 – The Got Jokes? Improv Experience 9 – 26 – The Aliens
Straz Center 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa 813.229. STAR www.strazcenter.org February Through 5 – Shakespeare’s As You Like It Through March 12 – Forbidden Broadway 1 – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble 1 – 26 – Wicked 2 – TFO – A Toast to the Classics 2 – Open Rehearsal – Cinderella 4 – Greg West – Live & Local 5 – Discover Opera 10 – 12 – Cinderella 11 – Don Miggs 11 – Rebecca Zapen – Live & Local 14 – Evening Conversation with Yanni 17 – TFO – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 18 – Francesca – Live & Local 19 – Tampa Bay Symphony – Spring Awakens 21 – National Geographic Live – Spinosaurus ±%RG\7UDI¿F 23 – Happy Hour Concert 24 – TFO – Mardi Gras in New Orleans 24 – Rebecca Zapen – Live & Local 25 – Dean Johanesen – Live & Local 25 – Katie Adams – Stories from the Sea 25 – Pablo Sainz Villegas 27 – John McCutcheon March 3 – TFO – The Dali Experience 3, 4 – Taj Express 4 – The Princess Bride 5 – An Evening w/ Carl Hiaasen 5 – Celtic Woman – Voice of Angels 7 – 12 – Something Rotten! 10 – Tiempo Libre 11 – Mike Tozier – Live & Local 15 – April 9 – A Skull in Connemara The Coliseum 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 www.stpete.org/coliseum Tea dances run October through May February 8 – PAL St. Pete Founder’s Club Brinner 11 – Big Band Ballroom Dance 12 – Tampa Bay Bridal Show March 4, 5 – Junior League Shop 25 – Gluten Free for Life The Mahaffey Theater 400 1st St. S, Bayfront Center St. Petersburg, 727.892.5767 www.themahaffey.com February 1 – Pat Metheny 2 – TFO – Young at Heart 3 – TFO – The Legend of David Bowie 4 – TFO Gala – Itzhak Perlman 9 – Smokey Robinson 11 – YES – The Album Series 12 – Dionne Warwick 17 – Loretta Lynn 18 – TFO – Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony 19 – Earth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live 20 – Masters of Illusion 23 – TFO – American Celebration ±%HQLVH6WULQJVRI3DVVLRQ
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25 – TFO – Mardi Gras in New Orleans 26 – Rhythm of the Dance March 2 – Toony Bennet 4 – TFO – The Dali Experience 5 – Dwight D i ht Yooakum k 15 – Brain Candy Live 17 – Saturday Night Fever The Palladium 253 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg 727.822.3590 www.mypalladium.org February 3 – Arlo Guthrie 4 – Miss St. Petersburg Pageant 8 – Ehnes Quartet 10 – Whitney James 11 – Memories of Elvis – Chris McDonald 14 – Taampa Bay Symphony – Spring Awakens w 15 – Nicki Parrott, Rossano Sportiello & Ed Metz 17 – Upright Citizens Brigade 18 – BeauSoleil Ave.c v Michael Doucet 19 – Canine Cabaret Comedy Show 22 – Robotman 23 – Martin Bejerano Trio 24 – Joshua Breakstone Trio 25 – Helios Jazz Orchestra 26 – Jason Lee Bruns March 1 – Palladium Chamber Players 3 – Jim Breuer 4 – Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp 5 – The Th Yaardbirds dbi d andd Vanilla Fudge ill F d 8 – George Winston 12 – The Music of Stan Getz 16 – The McCartney Project Van Wezel 777 N Taamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.953.3368 www.vanwezel.org February 1 – Frankie Valli a & The Four Seasons 2 – The Boston Pops – Esplanade Orchestra 3 – 5 – Sarasota Orchestra – Masterworks 6 – Sex Tips for Straight Straaight Women from a Gay Man 7 – Itzhak Perlman 8 – Lily Toomlin 9 – The Philadelphiaa Orchestra 10 – Steve Martin andd Martin Short 11 – DA Avve.Chappelle 13 – Geena Davis 14 – 108 Yeears of Brooadway 15 – Twyla Tharp 17 – Pippin 18 – The Manhattan Transfer 20 – Jared Cohen 21 – Alvin Ailey 23 – Lang Lang 24 – 26 – Sarasota Orchestra 27 – Jackie Evancho 28 – Swan Lake March 1 – Orchestre Nationnal de Lyon 2 – Smokey Robinsoon 3, 4 – Sarasota Orchhestra – Pops 5 – Alan Cumming 6 – James Balog 7 – Taaj Express 10, 11 – The Sarasotaa Ballet 12 – Kristin Chenowetth 14, 15 – Annie
West Coast Playeers 21905 US 19 N, Clearwater 727.437.2363 PZFSOD\HUV#JPDLOFRP www.wcplayers.orgg February Through 5 – Doubllewide, Teexas 11 – 3rd Annual Gaala 20, 21 – Auditions March 3 – 19 – The Lyonns MUSEUMS Armed Forces Hisstory Museum 2050 34th Way N, Largo 727.539.8371 www.armedforcesm museum.com NEW Child’s tickett price reduced The museum is noow permanently closed Dali Museum One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg 727.823.3767 www w.thedali.org Saturdays – Dilly D Dally w/ Dali Sundays – Yoga o w with Dali Through April 17 – Frida Kahlo E Exhibition February 1 – Cofffee f with thhe Curator 2 – ArtFlix – Fridaa Kahlo 4 – Morning at thee Museum 9 – Poetry at Thee Dali 11 – Amor Inspiraddo, A Celebrationn of Love 13 – Opera at the D Dali – Th Three The Th Tenors 17 – Behind Z Sceenes at freeFall Theatre 23 – Film – Life annd Times of Frida Kahlo March 2 – ArtFLix – Frida Kahlo 4 – Morning at thee Museum 4 – Anniversary D Dinner 12 – Yooga will not be b held Dr. Carter G. Woo odson African American Museum m NEW 2240 9th Avve. S, S St. Petersburg Yooga on Mondays at 12 – 1 pm One City Chorus – Mondays at 7 pm woodsonmusseum.org www.woodsonmuseum.org Florida Holocaustt Museum etersburg 55 5th St. S, St. Petersburg 727.820.0100 ZZZÀKRORFDXVWPXVHXPRUJ Through June 25 – The Armeniann Genocide Exhibition February 11 through gh April 16 – Holocaust by Bullets Exhibit 18 – July 16 – Jehovah’ ovah’s Witnesses – Faith Under Fire Exhibition 25 – FHM 25th Anniversary niversary Celebration March 16 – Darfur Genocide id LLecture t Gulf Beaches Historical Museum 115 10th Avve., St. Pete Beach 727.552.1610 www.gulfbeachesmuseum.com Only museum dedicated to the preservation of history of the local barrier islands. Preserving island history for tomorrow’s generation! March 4 – Island Festival
Henry Plant Museum 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 813.254.1891 www.plantmuseum.com First Friday â€“ Free admission John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota 941.359.5700 www.ringling.org Mondays FREE admissions all day Thurs â€“ Art After 5 Third Thurs â€“ Ringling by the Bay ($10) Fri â€“ ROAR â€“ Ringling Order of Art Readers Fri & Sat â€“ Bayfront Garden Tours Sat â€“ Kidâ€™s Quest, Family Workshop Through April 1 â€“ Walker Guest House Replica Through Early May â€“ Pathless Woods Exhibition Through November 2017 â€“ First Five Years of Art of Our Time February 2 â€“ Ringling Underground 4 â€“ April 30 â€“ A Feast for the Senses Exhibition 7 â€“ Conversation about the Japanese Tea House 9 â€“ Gallery Walk & Talk Â±0D\Â±7HUULWRULHV3KRWRJUDSK\ Space & Power Exhibition 11 â€“ Family Festival â€“ A Feast for the Senses 11 â€“ Art & A Movie â€“ Year of Living Dangerously 14 â€“ Conversation â€“ Sacred and Profane Love 17, 18 â€“ SEESAW 20 â€“ Ringling by the Bay March 2 â€“ Gallery Walk & Talk 2 â€“ Gallery Performance 2 â€“ Ringling Underground Â±%D\IURQW*DUGHQVÂ±%XWWHUÃ€LHV 4 â€“ Art & A Movie â€“ The Wedding Banquet 7 â€“ Conversation about Tea 9 â€“ Gallery Walk & Talk 11 â€“ Viewpoint â€“ Reimagining the Museum Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive. NE, St. Petersburg 727.894.4638 www.mfastpete.org Thursday PM adm. $5 after 5pm Through February 19 â€“ Jack Barret â€“ People Watching Exhibition Through March 20 â€“ The Far North Through May 7 â€“ Greg Smith â€“ Breakdown Lane Exhibition February 4, 18 â€“ Kidding Around Yoga 8 â€“ Coffee Talk w/ Nan Colton 9 â€“ June 4 â€“ The Open Road Exhibition 10, 11, 18 â€“ Stuart Society Wine Weekend 11, 25 â€“ Drumming 12 â€“ Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations 19 â€“ Porch Party Â±7KH&RQWHPSRUDULHV-DQRV(Q\HGL Studios March 4, 18 â€“ Make & Take Â±-XO\Â±'RPLQLTXH/DEDXYLH Dig Exhibition 8 â€“ Coffee Talk with Nan Colton 9 â€“ Collectors Circle Lecture 11, 25 â€“ Drumming 12 â€“ Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations
St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg 727.894.1052 www.spmoh.org Legendary Landscapes by Highwaymen Through March 5 â€“ African Americans Experiences in WWII February 9 â€“ Dr. Martin Luther King in St. Augustine 25 â€“ Cocktails on the Courts Fundraiser March 9 â€“ Happy Hour with Historian â€“ Weird Florida
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Tampa Bay Automobile Museum 3301 Gateway Centre, Pinellas Park 727.579.8226 www.tbauto.org Unique collection of vintage cars and vehicles. Tampa Bay History Center 801 Old Water St, Tampa 813.228.0097 www.tampabayhistorycenter.org Through March 5 â€“ Celebrating Our Heritage Exhibition February 11 â€“ Walk Tampa â€“ The Ybor City Story 12 â€“ Sangria & Stories 15 â€“ Florida Conversations 22 â€“ OLLI Course â€“ Intro to Genealogy March 11 â€“ Walk Tampa â€“ Ybor City 15 â€“ Florida Conversations
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Tampa Museum of Art 120 W St. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 813.259.1720 www.tampamuseum.org Monday â€“ Meditation at Museum Friday â€“ Art on The House â€“ 4 to 8 pm Saturday â€“ Art Spot for Families Through February 5 â€“ Complicated Beauty Through February 5 â€“ Manuel Carrillo Exhibition February 4 â€“ Who Shot Sports Exhibition Â±0D\Â±$OH[.DW] Black & White Exhibition Tarpon Springs Railroad Depot Historical Museum NEW 160 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs 727.943.4624 Free Admission www.tarponspringsareahistoricalsociety.org USF Contemporary Art Museum 3821 USF Holly Dr., Tampa, 33620 813. 974.4133 - Info 813.974.2849 USF Contemporary Art Museum Institute for Research in Art 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa www.ira.usf.edu Through March 4 â€“ Flights of Fancy February 2 â€“ For the Birds Â±6<&20&RQFHUW0XVLFIRU Duke Riley 23 â€“ Fly By Night with Jean Coony USF Graphic Studio 3702 Spectrum Blvd., Ste 100, Tampa 813.974.3503 Free admission ART GALLERIES Art Lofts )ORULGD&UDIWVPHQ*DOOHULHVQGÃ€RRU 10 5th St. N, St. Petersburg 727.504.8788 www.theartlofts.com Second Saturday Gallery Walk
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Blank Slate Gallery NEW 538 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota 941.312.5700 www.blankslategallery.com Through February 25 – Abstract Exhibition February 4 – Opening Reception
Dunedin Fine Art Center 1143 Michigan Blvd.,Dunedin 34698 727.298.3322 www.dfac.org 7KURXJK0DUFK±&XED New Eyes Exhibition Th Through hM Marchh 14 – Viva i Cuba! C b ! Exhibition Through March 14 – Immediate, Extended & Global G Families Exh. February 5 – Jimmy Wrightt – History of Pastel 10 – Viva Cuba! Feestival Cubano 20 – Winter II Classs Session Begins 22 – Elio Camachoo monstration Painting Dem March 10 – Trashy Treasuures Garage Sale 14 – Dillman’s Fesstival of Artists
Bloom Art Center & Olesen Art Gallery 910 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg www.facebook.com/bloomartcenter Best New Arts Community 2014 – &UHDWLYH/RD¿QJ
Feathered Serpen nt Gallery 1018 Central Ave., v St. Petersburg 727.824.8877 www.featheredserppentgallery.com Featuring Latin Am merican Artists
Chihuly Collection 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.822.7872 ext. 5102 www.moreanartscenter.org Only permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s work. Open in New Location.
G Florida CraftArt Gallery 501 Central Ave., S St. Petersburg 727.821.7391 ZZZÀRULGDFUDIWDUWRUJ Second Saturday Artwalk A Mural Walk on Saturdays Through February 4 – Sacred Toour – Sand Mandela and Chanting Through February 25 – Sharp Edges Exhibition M h March 10 – April 22 – Rouund Square Exhibition
ARTpool Gallery 2030 Central Avve., St.. Petersburg 727.324.3878 www.aartpoolrules.com February 4, 5 – Crafty Fest 18 – MUSE B Body d Art A t Show Sh S March 4, 5 – Crafty Fest 18 – Mad Hatters Masquerade Ball
Craftsman House 2955 Central Avve., St. Petersburg 727.323.2787 727 323 2787 www.craftsmanhousegallery.com Gallery-Café-Pottery Studio 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk February 4 – Localtopia 23 – Sunshine City Songwriter’s Festival March 14 – 9th Annual Pi Day
Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center 1114 Central Avve., St. Petersburg 727.825.0515 www.Creativeclay.org 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk
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Crossroads Gallery NEW St. Pete College – Clearwater 2465 Drew St., Clearwater www.spcollege.edu/gallery Domain Home Accessories & Gallery 3129 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport www.domainhomeaccessories.com Local & Florida artisans featured. February 18 – Artist’s Reception March 18 – Artist’s Reception Duncan McClellan Gallery 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg 813.760.6600 www.dmglass.com 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk February 11 – Guest Artist TBD 12 – Art Glass Afternoon March 11 – RA Avve.n Skyriv / Kelly O’dell 12 – Art Glass Afternoon
Gallerie 909 NEW W 909 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg 727.565.3930 www w.gallerie909.com American Artists Featuring African A Second Saturday A Artwalk Small Business of the Yeear 2015 Drum Circle First F Friday each month “Word is Bond” Lasst Sunday each month Gulf Coast Artistss Alliance 727.738.8010 ZZZJFDDÀRUJ Tw wo Locations in St. S Petersburg St. Pete Artworks / Ave.nue 5 Studios Michele Tuegel Co ontemporary St. Petersburg 320 Central Avve., S 727.823.1100 www w.mtcontempo.com Second Saturday A Artwalk Red Cloud Indian n Arts 214 Beach Dr. NE,, St. Petersburg 727.821.5824 www.redcloudindiaanarts.com Ringling College of Art & Design 2700 N. Taamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.359.7563 www w.ringling.edu Through March 25 – Glass Artists of Venice e Through February 11 – Trustee Schoolar Exhibition February 3 – March 27 – Matthew Holleer Exhibition 20 – March 18 – Homage to Andy Warhol Stirling Studios & A Art Gallery 730 Broadway (2ndd Floor) Studio 12, Dunedin www.stirlingartstudios.com
ART CENTERS & CLASSES Beach Art Center 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. Indian Rocks Bch. 727.596.4331 www.beachartcenter.org Welcome Back Members Exhibition March 10 – Annual Meeting Kapfer Glass Studio 409 Corey Ave.nue, St. Pete Beach 727.656.9190 www.kapferglassstudio.com Handmade glass art & crafts. Morean Arts Center 719 Central Ave.nue, St. Petersburg 727.822.7872 www.moreanartscenter.org Glass Studio & Hot Shop, Classes and Galleries Second Saturday Artwalk Saturdays at The Morean for Families Fridays – Art Snap Through February 24 – Major Mud 3 Exhibition 7KURXJK)HEUXDU\±7KH-RXUQH\ Photographs Along the Way February 18 – Night Blow March ±$SULO±)UHVK6TXHH]HG Emerging Artists Morean Arts Center for Clay at the Train Station 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg 727.821.7162 www.moreanartscenter.org Fridays – Friday Night Clay Sundays for Families 1 – 3 pm Second Saturday Artwalk February 4 – Artist in Residence Silent Auction Pinellas Park Art Society NEW Park Station Building 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park 727.360.4406 www.pinellasart.com NOTE DOMAIN FOR SALE Pinot’s Palette 1572 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.821.3700 www.pinotspalette.com/stpetersburg
Thursday - ‘Acrylic Painting’ Friday – ‘Portrait Workshop’ - Live model February 2 – Exchange 11 – Meeting & Show March 2 – Exchange / Money Show Flea Market 11 – Meeting & Show Zen Glass Studio 600 27th St. S, St. Petersburg 727.323.3141 www.zenglass.com 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 www.greatex.org Where education and fun come alive First Sunday of month open special hours for special needs families. Starting August 10 – Stay & Play After School Program NEW February 2, 9, 16, 23 – Peaceful Powerful Parenting Class 6 – 10 – Hooray for Hearts 11 – Hearts and Crafts 12 – Great Connections 17 – Night at the Brewseum 20 – Discovering Dr. Seuss Schools Out Camp 25 – Ready, Set, Go! Grand Prix Event March 2, 9 – Peaceful Powerful Parenting Class Heritage Village 11909 125th St N, Largo 727.582.2123 www.pinellascounty.org/Heritage Free 21-acre living history museum New exhibit Boathouse display Sundays – Speaking of History
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Studio 620 620 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg 727.895.6620 www.studio620.org February Through 8 – Senior Class Performances 11 – March 3 – Connections Exhibition 16 – 20 – Dangerous Gully 25 – Roy Book Binder March 5 – Painting Workshop – Tyler Staggs
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MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) 4801 E Fowler Ave., #100, Tampa 813.987.6315 www.mosi.org Largest children’s science center in the US Gaze skyward – Saunders Planetarium IMAX Dome Theatre February 4 – Skywatch 11, 12, 14 – Total Eclipse of the Heart 18 – Engineer Your Future March 11 – Skywatch 18 – Science & Beer MUSIC
Society of Acrylic Painters 0HPEHUVKLSLQIRH[KLELWHQWU\ www.isap-usa.com SunTan Art Center at Don Vista Arts Center 3300 Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach 727.367.3818 www.suntanart.org Celebrating 50+ Years
Clearwater Jazz Holiday www.clearwaterjazz.com October 19 – 22, 2017 Florida Orchestra 727.662.7286 ZZZÀRULGDRUFKHVWUDRUJ See venues for dates – Mahaffey Theater, Ruth Eckerd Hall & David Straz Performing Arts Center
Treasure Island Art Guild www.treasureislandartguild.org Gallery Closed June, July, August Painting Workshops held weekly Wednesday - ‘Anything Goes’ ParadiseNewsFL.com | FEBRUARY 2017
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St. Pete Beach Music Club Suntan Art Center 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach Music ensemble Tuesdays 10 â€“ 11 am. $5 per session. Boomwhacker B h k Ensemble E bl Th Thursdays d Â±SPSHUVHVVLRQ www.spbmusicclub.com
www.mfastpete.org St. Petersburg College NEW Gibbs Campus Music Center 6605 Fifth Avve. N, St. Petersburg 727.341.4360 www.spcollege.edu/events
St. Petersburg Jazz Festival Vaarious locations in St. Petersburg www.emitseries.org www.stpetejazzfest.com February 22 â€“ 26 Concerts held at The Palladium Workshops are held at SPC Gibbs campus February 22 â€“ Robotman 23 â€“ Martin Bejerano Trio 24 â€“ Joshua Breakstone Trio 25 â€“ Helios Jazz Orchestra w/ Whitney James and Fred Johnson 26 â€“ Jason Lee Bruns & the SPC Jazz Profs Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society 727.596.7142 www.sdjs.org d d Bil B hR Wednesdays â€“ Bilmar Beach Resort,t Treasure Island February 19 â€“ Mardi Gras Celebration March 12 â€“ The Teerrier Brothers Tampa Bay Symphony 727.827.8087 www.T TaampaBaySymphony.org Performances in various locations February 9 â€“ Symphonic Chat â€“ Opera Central 12 â€“ Spring Awakens â€“ SPC 14 â€“ Spring Awakens â€“ The Palladium 19 â€“ Spring Awakens â€“ The Straz
www.spbrec.com The Blue Parrot CafÃ© 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach 727.368.9619 Every Monday TomKats o Jazz Orchestra www.tomkatsjazzorchestra.com ZZZYRDÃ€RULGDRUJMD]]JXPERIHHVW The Hangar Restaurant 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg 727.823.7767 Every Monday NEW of month Jazz Jam www.aldowningjazz.com
WMNF 88.5 Commun nity Radio 1210 E. MLK Blvd., Taampa 33603 www.wmnf.org February 11 â€“ 12th Annual Rockabilly Ruckus 25 â€“ 1st Annual Alt Coountry Countdown OPERA Eckerd College 4200 54th Avve. S, St. Petersburg Miller Auditorium The Met in HD Series
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/LYHKLJKGHÂ¿QLWLRQEURDGFDVWVRIWKH Metropolitan Operaa www.eckerd.edu/m metopera 727.864.7600 February 25 â€“ Rusalka R lk March 11 â€“ La Traviata 25 - Idomeneo Florida Opera Fesstival Artistic Director â€“ D Daniel Lipton Straz Center for the Performing Arts 1010 North W.C. M MacInnes Place Tampa, a Florida 336602 www.operatampa.oorg February 2 â€“ Open Rehearrsal â€“ Cinderella 5 â€“ Discover Opeera 10, 12 - Cinderella Florida Suncoast Opera Guild www.stpeteoperaguild.org February 4 â€“ High School Vocal Competition The Matinee Operra Players 64th Way, Pinellas Park www.facebook.com m/ MatineeOperaPlayyers Pinellas Park Perfoorming Arts Center February 26 â€“ Springing intoo Opera â€“ &$6$EHQHÂ¿W St. Petersburg Op pera Company 727.823.2040 www w.stpeteopera.org Various a performance locations February 9 â€“ Symphonic Chat March 16 â€“ Mission Imposssible â€“ The Music Gaallery 17 â€“ Mission Imposssible â€“ MFA House Sarasota Opera H 61 N Pineapple Avve., Sarasota 941.359.0099 ext.1101 www.sarasotaoperra.org February 7 â€“ Meet the Artissts Â±0DGDP%XWWHUÃ€\ 14 â€“ Meet the Artisst 18, 21, 23, 26 â€“ Thhe Italian Girl in Algiers 20, 27 â€“ Opera Hoouse Toour 28 â€“ Meet the Artissts â€“ Dialogues March 3, 10 â€“ Concert aat Noon 3, 8 â€“ The Italian Girl in Algiers 4, 7, 12, 15 â€“ Dialogues of the Carnelitess Â±0DGDPH%XWWHUÃ€\ 6, 13 â€“ Opera Hoouse Toour 7 â€“ Meet the Artists â€“ Three Kings 10 â€“ Covers at Three 11, 14, 16 â€“ The Love of Three Kings The Pinellas Opera League NEW Socialize and be Entertained First Wednesday each month October â€“ June SLQHOODVRSHUDOHDJXH#JPDLOFRP February 1 â€“ Luncheon and Concert March 1 â€“ Luncheon and Concert
Florida West Ballet D1RWIRUSURÂżW3UH3URIHVVLRQDO Performing Arts Company 616 4th St. N, St. Petersburg ZZZĂ€RULGDZHVWEDOOHWRUJ Gulfport Casino 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport www.mygulfport.us More information on Casino events or rental availability 727.893.1070. Tuesday â€“ International Ballroom Tuesday â€“ Argentine Tango Wednesday â€“ Swing www.SwingTime.info Thursday â€“ Latin Social Sunday â€“ Band / Dancing February 17 â€“ Third Friday Sock Hop March 17 â€“ Third Friday Sock Hop Sarasota Ballet 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.359.0099 www.sarasotaballet.org Tickets 941.351.0099 x 101 February 24 â€“ 26 â€“ Paul Taylor Dance Company March 10, 11 â€“ A Tribute to Ashton St. Petersburg Polish American Society, 1343 Beach Dr. SE, St. Petersburg 972.741.3749 www.polishsociety.org 6XQGD\'LQQHU 'DQFLQJ 'LQQHUÂąÂąSP 727.360.0584 â€“ dinner reservations Dancing, 3 â€“ 6 pm. $6 M/$8 Non M Live Sunday Bands 7HD'DQFHV 2nd & 4th Wed. of the month $7 Dance, $10 Dance w/Instruction ÂąSP,QVWUXFWLRQ ÂąSP/LYH0XVLF February 5 â€“ Nu Soundz 12 â€“ Northern Sounds 19 â€“ TBA 26 â€“ Jasiuâ€™s Polka All Stars March 5 â€“ Outside the Box 12 â€“ Sounds of the South 19 â€“ Nu Soundz 26 â€“ Northern Sounds The Coliseum 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 727.892.5715 www.stpete.org/coliseum Tea Dance â€“ 1st & 3rd Wed. of month October through May February 1, 15 â€“ Tea Dances 11 â€“ Big Band Ballroom Dance March 1, 15 â€“ Tea Dances FILM Celebrating CommUNITY International Gay & Lesbian Film Fest Various times and locations October 6 â€“ 14, 2017 www.tiglff.com International Cinema Series Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave.nue S, St. Petersburg, Miller Auditorium 727.864.7979 HYHQWV#HFNHUGHGX www.eckerd.edu/internationalcinema LGBTQ Film Series NEW
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Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport Second Thursday of each month 7 pm. 727.893.1074 www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL February 9 â€“ Southern Comfort Sunscreen Film Festival April 27 â€“ 30 ZZZVXQVFUHHQÂżOPIHVWLYDOFRP Various locations throughout St. Petersburg. VIP & General Admission COMEDY Coconuts Comedy Club Oldest (longest running) comedy club in Florida. 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach 727.360.5653 (JOKE) www.coconutscomedyclub.com Open Mike on Tuesdays 6KRZV:HGÂą6DWSP February 1, 2 â€“ Marc Price â€“ Skippy from Family Ties 3, 4 â€“ Chris Gorges 8, 9 â€“ Norm Stulz 10, 11 â€“ Hank McGauley 15 â€“ 18 â€“ Stuart Huff 22 â€“ 25 â€“ Helen Keaney March 1 â€“ 4 â€“ Ken Evans 8 â€“ 11 â€“ Mike â€œMad Dogâ€? Adams 15 â€“ 18 â€“ Darryl Lennox 22 â€“ 25 â€“ Chris Barnes G. David Howard. Guinness Book of World Records for Comedy â€œFunniest Man Aliveâ€? Sportyâ€™s Comedy Club 17093 Gulf Blvd., N Redington Beach 727.596.6725 (across from Double Tree Beach Resort) )UL 6DWQLJKWVSP6WDUW www.facebook.com/GDavidHoward Unscripted Theater 14 18th St. S, St. Petersburg www.unscriptedtheatre.com Third Thursday Comedy Show February 16 â€“ Comedy Show March 16 â€“ Comedy Show ECO / ZOOS / AQUARIUMS Boyd Hill Nature Preserve 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg 727.893.7326 Tram Tours Saturdays, Guided Tours, Classes www.stpeteparksrec.org/boyd-hill.html February 4 â€“ 4th Annual Raptor Fest Brooker Creek Preserve 3940 Keystone Rd., Tarpon Springs 727.453.6800 www.brookercreekpreserve.org February 4 â€“ Frogs 4 â€“ Star Party 11 â€“ Intro to Outdoor Survival 18 â€“ Invasive Plants of Pinellas 24 â€“ Closing Your Seasonal Home 25 â€“ Discover Pre-Historic Florida March 4 â€“ Identifying Non-Marine Turtles 5 â€“ Splash Trash and You 10 â€“ Fl. Microplastics Awareness Project Âą$GYDQFH3ODQW,GHQWLÂżFDWLRQ ParadiseNewsFL.com | FEBRUARY 2017
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Egmont Key Shuttle Hubbardâ€™s Marina, Ft. DeSoto Co. Park $20 RSVP; 727.867.66569 www.hubbardsmarinaa.com/egmont 727.893.2627 www.eegmontkey.info
Florida Aquarium 701 Channelside Drivve, Taampa 813.273.4000 ZZZÃ€DTXDULXPRUJ February 1 â€“ Evening Tide Taalk
Clearwater Marine Aquarium 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater 727.441.1790 www.SeeWinter.com Rescue, Rehab and Release Home of Winter and Hope, stars of D l hi Taale Dolphin l I & II Monthly You o Tube Proogram
Fort De Soto Park Tierre Verde 727.5522.1862 www.pinellascounty.org/park/ 05_Ft_DeSoto.htm Guided Nature Walks â€“ Sat & Sun
www.ikebanastpetersburg.com Lowry Park Zoo 1101 West Sligh Avve.,, Taampa One mile west of I-2755 (exit 48) 813.935.8552 www.lowryparkzoo.com events line 813.935.8552, ext. 276 February TBA A â€“ Dinos Alive Coming 18 â€“ African Safari Kidds Only Sleepover March 12 â€“ Animal Enrichmeent mp 13 â€“ 17 â€“ Spring Cam 17 â€“ One Day Camp
Mote Aquarium 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota mote.org 941.388.4441 www.m Science, Education, Aquarium A February 1 â€“ Teeen Science CaafÃ© 8 â€“ Cofffee f with a Scientist 11 â€“ Coastal Cleanup 18 â€“ Yooga with the Shharks 27 â€“ Special Lecture â€“ Kim Bassos-Hull March 1 â€“ Teeen Science CaafÃ© 6 â€“ Special Lecture â€“ Dr. Nicole Rhod 8 â€“ Cofffee f with a Scientist 12 â€“ Magic, Myth and Memory 13 â€“ Special Lecture â€“ Dr. Richard Piercce
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ubon Society St. Petersburg Audu 727.753.9731 www.stpeteaudubon.org 101+ Years e Conservation Meets 3rd Tuesday off each month First Saturday of month Boyd Hill Bird Walk February 4 â€“ Boyd Hill 4 â€“ 4th Annual Raptoor Fest Bird Count 11 â€“ Great Backyard B 18 â€“ Toour Circle B Barr Ranch 21 â€“ Birds and Bombss 26 â€“ Eco Fun Festivall March 4 â€“ Boyd Hill 11 â€“ Lake Seminole Park P
St. Petersburg Sh hell Club 9100 113th St. Norrth, Seminole 727.867.6861 www w.stpeteshellclub.org QG)ULSPH[FHSW-XQH-XO\ Aug. & Dec.), Sem minole Recreation Seaside Seabird Sanctuary 18328 Gulf Blvd, Indian ndian Shores 727.391.6211 FREE EE www.seabirdsanctuary uary.com /DUJHVWQRQSURÂ¿WZLOGELUGKRVSLWDO sanctuary. Donations ons accepted. Toours. Weedon Island Preserve reserve 727.453.6500 1800 Weedon Drive ve NE, St. Petersburg www.weedonislandpreserve.org dpreserve.org February 2 â€“ Salty Toopics â€“ Ocean Frontiers II Film lm chaeology Lab 10 â€“ Volunteer Archaeology 11 â€“ Great Weedonn Bird Quest 16 â€“ Archaeology Lecture Series 17 â€“ Going Coastal al â€“ Salt Pond Hike 18 â€“ Identifying Non-Marine on-Marine Turtles 25 â€“ Tips for Temp e pting Pollinators 25 â€“ Paddle the Preserve reserve 25 â€“ More than a Movie â€“ Dirt 26 â€“ Nature by thee Book March 2 â€“ Salty Toopics â€“ Microplastics 11 â€“ Archaeology Academy ON THE WAT TER Dolphin Landingss Charter Boat Center Located behind Dolphin olphin Village 4737 Gulf Blvd., St.t. Pete Beach 727.360.7411 www w.dolphinlandings.com Sailing, Fishing, Motor otor Cruising, Sunset Sails. Shell Key Shuttle & Sunset Cruises 801 Pass-A-Grille Way, Merry Pier 727.360.1348 www w.shellkeyshuttle.com Dog friendly cruises es on special dates. Adult Basic Sailing ng School Boca Ciega Yacht Club Club, 1RWIRUSURÂ¿W6DLOLQJ&OXE 727.345.7544 www.sailbcyc.org Boating Skills / Seamanship USCG Safe Boating Program Flotilla #72, 9 Classes 7XHVÂ±SP 1300 Beach Blvd. SE, St. Petersburg (US Coast Guard Base) Jim 727.898.1324 www.uscgaux.info 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\HDUVWRÂ¿QLVKFRXSOH Jim 727.360.4846 Warren 727.321.7801 February 7 â€“ Lines and Knots 14 â€“ Weather 21 â€“ Yoour Boatâ€™s Radio 28 â€“ Which Boat is for Yoou March 7 â€“ Equipment for Yoour Boat 14 â€“ No Class
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Ferry g Downtown Tampa n Center to Downtown St. g (Vinoy Basin) beside St. g Museum of History way â€“ Residents can receive ndtrip ticket for participating in website. sbayferry.com y Ferry & Taxi Service stops throughout Madeira Petersburg (Jungle Prada) ure Island. Currently running Saturdays. $20 all day fare. abayferry.com
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Ikebana International Chapter 65, St. Petersburg meetings 3rd Monday â€“ 10 am â€“ 2 pm, (Sept. to May) Chapel On The Hill Church â€“ Evans Hall, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole, Ikebana â€“ centuries old art of Japanese Ã€RUDODUUDQJLQJ Info â€“ hotline 727.729.9445 www.ikebanastpetersburg.com February 13 â€“ Art Deco 18, 19 â€“ Sunken Gardens Exhibition March 11, 12 â€“ Annual Exhibition â€“ Treasure Island 20 â€“ Hina Matsuri Doll Collection & Meeting
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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota 941.366.5731 www.selby.org Mondays â€“ Yoga in the Garden February 1 â€“ Visual Poetry 1 â€“ Wine & Design 2 â€“ 4 â€“ Zen Watercolors 7, 14, 21, 28 â€“ Singing in the Gardens 8 â€“ Remarkable Peruvian Orchids 11 â€“ The Orchid Ball 12 â€“ July 31 â€“ Chagall â€“ The Color of Dreams 13 â€“ The Color of Dreams 15 â€“ Flower Fantasy 15 â€“ Chagall Nights 18 â€“ Chagall Family Saturdays 19 â€“ Garden Music Series 22 â€“ Growing Orchids 28 â€“ Potting and Mounting Orchids March 1 â€“ Wine & Design 8 â€“ Chagallâ€™s Life Lecture 9 â€“ Chagall Nights 17 â€“ Ikebana Past & Present 18 â€“ Chagall Family Saturday 19 â€“ Garden Music Series Sunken Gardens 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 www.sunkengardens.org Adult and Child Horticultural Workshops Effective January 1, 2017 â€“ New Prices January 7 â€“ Nature Journaling and Illustration 12 â€“ Flamingo Festival 14 â€“ Arbor Day Celebration 14 â€“ Tree Talk and Stroll 18, 19 â€“ Ikebana Exhibition 28 â€“ Succulent Centerpiece Workshop CARD GAME / BINGO
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Pasadena Bridge Club 10 Park St N, St. Petersburg $&%/FHUWLÂ¿HGGXSOLFDWH 0RQWKUX)ULSP Contract Bridge & Pinochle Tues. & Thurs. 12 pm David 727.381.5944 St. Petersburg Bridge Club 9103 US 19N, Pinellas Park Games, Lessons, & Seminars. www.stpetebridge.org 0Â±) SP6DWDP Charlie 727.363.1136 or 544.5040
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go Thursday Night Bing Treasure Island Com mmunity Center 106th Avve. & Gulf Blvdd., Treasure Island (DUO\*DPHVVWDUWSP 5HJXODU*DPHVVWDUWSP P Presented t d bby th the Treasure Island I l d IIslettes l tt %HQHÂżWVORFDOVFKRODUVKLSV Linda 727.270.3178
Action Club Treasure Island (Sept. â€“ May) Membership open to ALL mature residents. $10/ singles & FRXSOHV0HHWVPRQWKO\SP Treasure Island Comm. Center Refreshments, desserts, programs. Arranged trips & fun programs. Carol Lee 727.360.9181
Corvair Biking Society Bike rides on Tuesdays & Thursdays, various routes, ride 15 â€“ 25 miles, food/beverage breaks. Mid to So. Pinellas Co. Helmets required. Tony o Cahill 727.204.0149
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Greater Pinellas Democratic Club 2nd Thursday Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N & Ulmerton, Clearwater, Largest Democratic club on west coast of Florida 727.360.3971
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Mad Dogs Swim Wed. Night swims through summer 6 pm. SHARP. Hurley Park Shelter at Pass-A-Grille Beach, 1600 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach 727.582.1910 www.stpetemaddogs.org
0LOLWDU\2IĂ€FHUV:LYHV&OXE 2nd Tuesday monthly Oct. to May. Banquet Masters, 133355 49th St. N & Ulmerton, Clearwateer RSVP necessary, 7277.812.4868. February 14 â€“ Taampa Yaacht & C Country Club
0LOLWDU\2IĂ€FHUV$VVRFLDWLRQ St Petersburg of St. 3rd Friday monthly. Paasadena Yacht a & Country Club, 6300 Pasadena Point Blvd., Gulfport. Social hour â€“ 11 am. / OXQFK VKRUWSURJUDP0LOLWDU\2IÂżFHUV that are retired, activee duty or former RIÂżFHUVDQGWKHLUVSRXVHVRUZLGRZV invited. Reservations 727.360.2936 February 17 â€“ Pasadena Yacht a & Country Club
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Military Order of World Wars (Clearwater Chapter) 1st Tuesday Belleair Country Club,, One Country Club Lanne, Belleair. 6RFLDODPOXQFK SURJUDP 0LOLWDU\2IÂżFHUVUHWLUHGDFWLYH GXW\IRUPHURIÂżFHUVVSRXVHVZLGRZV LTC George Smith 7227.786.5578
National Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 259 â€“ Clearwater 727.510.9472 www.narfe.org/chapter259 No N meeting ti JJuly l anndd August A t National Active & Retired Federal Employeess (NARFE) Ch. # 1140 â€“ 4th Wed. monthly. Spouses & guests welcome. www.narfe.org/chaapter1140 Ostomy Support Group NEW Learn all about thee life changing procedure. Guest speakers. s Last Sunday each month 2 pm. St. Anthonyâ€™s Hospital, Auditorium 727.6557.0998 February 26 â€“ Meeting 3DVV$*ULOOH6KXIĂ H%RDUG (Jan â€“ April ) Tues//Thurs/Sat, 10 am â€“ 12 Pass-A-Grille Parkk 9 & 10th Ave. Member $10/yr, Oppen to Public. Rotary Club of Gu ulf Beaches Tuesdays, 12 pm, Guests welcome. The Club at Treasuure Island 400 Treasure Islannd Causeway. Bill England, 727.3347.0386 March 16 â€“ 19 â€“ Spring B Break Carnival Rutgers R t Cl Club b Tam mpa Bay VW7KXUVGD\PRQWKO\ÂąDP Hibachi Grill, 7610 49th Street N, Park Plaza, Pinellaas Park 727.344.1944 Social Club of St. Petersburg NEW Bocce, cards and ssocial events. Sons of Italy, 25000 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Oppen to the public Mondays, Wednessdays and Fridays. Reservations required 727.798.6355 ZZZVRQVRÂżWDO\VSRUJ Dining Room Closeed May 1 â€“ Sept 26 St Pete Beach Mu St. usic Club Suntan Art Center 3300 Gulf Blvd., Stt. Pete Beach Music ensemble Tuuesdays 10 â€“ 11 am. $5 perr session. Boomwhacker Enssemble Thursdays ÂąSPSHUVHVVLRQ www.spbmusicclubb.com St. Pete Road Run nners 0EU5RDG5XQQHUV&OXERI$PHULFD Walkers, joggers, nnon-competitive & competitive runnerrs. Monthly meetings, guest speakers, coaching, group ruuns, Grand Prix Series and social events. www.sprr.org St. Petersburg Reepublican 2nd Wed., 7 pm S St. Petersburg Comm. Church, 45501 30th Avve. N, St. Petersburg. Moonthly 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€“ 559 Mirrror Lake Dr. N, Free. 7 â€“ 11 pm. A hip tw wist on an old game. 727.822.2083 ZZZVWSHWHVKXIĂ€HFRP
The Clearwater St. Pete Ski Club NEW 2nd Tuesday Mikeâ€™s Pizza & Deli Station, 13560 49 St., Clearwater Pinellas Countyâ€™s Only Ski Club www.snowsharks.org The Contemporaries Support Group of Members of Museum of Fine Arts. Monthly lectures, JDWKHULQJVDQGÂ¿HOGWULSVVXSSRUWLQJ contemporary artists of Tampa Bay. $20 yearly membership in addition to MFA Membership. www.mfastpete.org The Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists (HPDA) 2nd Saturday (No meeting Dec) /RFDODIÂ¿OLDWHRIWKHLQWHUQDWLRQDO group, Society of Decorative Painters. ZZZKSGDÃ€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 :HGÂ±SP)UHH Bldg. 20 behind VA Hospital Jill Haseltine 727.893.7838 www.facebook.com/ baypinestoastmasters &RRO &RQÃ€GHQW7RDVWPDVWHUV (YHU\0RQGD\SP)UHH PARC Facility, 3190 Tyrone Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. Margaret 727.422.8856 Downtown St. Pete Toastmasters focuses on improving communication & leadership skills. Guests welcome. 7KXUVGD\Â±SP)5(( 244 2nd Ave. N, St.Ã&#x; Petersburg, Room DC 316. Robert 321.872.8295, www.DowntownSt.PeteToastmasters.com
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CASA Thrift Shop 1011 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg Wednesday Seniors 55+ save 25%. 0RQLHVUDLVHGEHQHÂ¿WWKHYLFWLPVRI domestic violence. Donations greatly appreciated. 727.828.1233 www.casa-stpete.org Pass-A-Grille Beach Comm. Church Thrift Shop 107 16th Ave. & Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach. 727.360.5508 9 am â€“ 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 Tues., Thurs., & Sat 10 am â€“ 2 pm. NETWORKING Business & Professional Womenâ€™s Club VW UG7KXUVDP 400 Beach Dr., St. Petersburg www.BPWStPetePinellas.org 727.471.8248 Entrepreneur Social Club NEW 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 www.entrepreneursocialclub.com HEC Friday Networking NEW (YHU\)ULGD\Â±SP The Hollander Hotel, 421 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, Ample parking! Run by Eileen Brock of Paradise News 6SRQVRUV0DUN'UXFNHU Hollander Hotel & Paradise News Women in Tourism Educate, encourage, network. 3rd Friday, various locations throughout Tampa Bay. www.tampabaywomenintourism.com DOWNTOWNS
Gulfport Toastmasters :HGQHVGD\Â±SP Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave. S 727.537.9098 LQIR#JXOISRUWWRDVWPDVWHUVFRP www.gulfporttoastmasters.com St. Petersburg Club #2284 Public speaking organization help! 7XHVGD\VÂ±SP Hope Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 1801 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg www.toastmastersclubs.org THRIFT SHOPS Attic Shoppe 316 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach 727.360.5647 www.stalbanstpetebeach.org Run by St. Albans Church on Corey Ave. One of longest running thrift shoppes.
GULFPORT www.mygulfport.us Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market Beach Blvd. Tuesday 9 am â€“ 3 pm )UHVK0DUNHW#*XOISRUW0$FRP Free Clothing Swap 2nd Tuesday each month, 9 am â€“ 1 pm Gulfportâ€™s First Friday Art Walk Fine Arts with live art demonstrations, vendors and entertainment. 6 pm. Beach Blvd. ZZZYLVLWJXOISRUWÃ€RULGDFRP So. Tangerine Saturday Market Tangerine Greenway, Gulfport 8 am â€“ 2 pm www.so49.org Gulfportâ€™s 3rd Saturday ArtWalk Vendors, entertainment and roving street performers. Begins at 6 pm. Beach Blvd.
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(Gulfport continued) February 3 – First Friday Flea Market 3 – First Friday Artwaalk 11 – Beach Cleanup 17 – Third Thi d F Friday id S Sockk Hop 18 – Free Family Movie vie Day 18 – Third Saturday Artwalk 18, 19 – Masters Finee Arts Festival 25 – Get Rescued 25 – Tails a at Tw wilight March he Impacs 3 – Sock Hop with the 3 – First Friday Flea Market 3 – First Friday Artwalk alk 10 – Dance for Plantss 11 – Beach Cleanup fport Workshop 16 – Welcome to Gulfport 17 – Third Friday Sockk Hop 18 – Free Family Movie vie Day 18 – Health & Wellness Expo 18 – Third Saturday Artwalk
ST. PETE BEACH SPB Recreation Center 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach 727.363.9245 www.spbrec.com February s Dance 3 – Family Valentine’ a 4 – Senior Excursion – St. Armands Circle 11 – Senior Excursion – Dunedin Craft Festival 18 – Senior Excursion – Florida St t F State Fairi 25 – Senior Excursion – Taampa Outlets 26 – Music in the Afternoon March 4 – Island Festival 4 – Senior Excursion – Gasparilla Arts Festival 11 – Senior Excursion – Strawberry Festival 18 – Senior Excursion – Ikea, Ybor & Columbia 18 – Beach Cleanup
ST. PETERSBURG www.stpete.org stpete org February 3 – First Friday Downtown 4 – Localtopia 4 – Rays Fan Fest 6 – 11 – Sunshine Glass Week 10, 11 – Wine Weekend 11 – Cupid’s Undie Run 11 – Second Saturday Art Walk 11 – Tweed Ride 11 – Big Band Ballroom Dance 12 – Flamingo Festival 12 – Taampa Bay Bridal Show 15 – 17 – Conference of World Affffairs 18 – Gumbo and Jazz Festival 21 – Sunshine Awardss 22 – 26 – St. Pete Jazzz Festival 25 – Cocktails on the Court 25, 26 – Fine Arts Fesstival March 3 – First Friday Downtown 4, 5 – Aw wakening intoo the Sun Festival 10 – 12 – Firestone Grand G Prix 11 – Second Saturdayy Art Walk
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Sundays Gospel Brunch at The Manhattan Casino www.manhattancasino.com 1st Friday Get Downtown Music Series, Street block party featuring live music / dancing food & drink, vendors! ±SP&HQWUDO$YHEHWZHHQQG & 3rd St. ZZZ¿UVWIULGD\VWSHWHFRP 4th Friday Grand Central PM Stroll Shops, night spots & businesses open late, specials, entertainment. Grand Central District, 1st Ave. N to 1st Ave. S & 19th St. to 31st St., 5 – 9 pm. 727.328.7086 2nd Saturday Artwalk & Trolley Downtown & Warehouse Art District. Taake the trolley to explore e the Art Art’s Hot Spots. 727.323.AR RTS www.stpetearts.orgg TOURS First United Methodist Church NEW 212 Third St. N, Stt. Petersburg 727.894.4661 www w.FUMCSP.com Toours every Wed., 11 am, all year. 2UJDQFRQFHUW±QRRQWKH¿UVW:HG of every month throough May. No charge for the tour or conccert. Donations welcome. St. Prreservation St Petersburg P t b P Walking Toours Central Ave. & 2ndd St., St. Petersburg (Oct. – Apr.) 727.8824.7802 www.stpetepreservvation.org National Register listed downtown Free for SPP mem mbers. $10 suggested donnation non-members. Gulfport tour everyy third Sat. (3 pm) February 4 – Downtown Waalking Toour 8 – Preservation Awards 10 – Downtown Luunch Toour 11 – Waterfront Tour 18 – Historic Old N Northeast Toour 18 – Historic Gulfpport Toour 25 – Westward Hoo to Historic Kenwood March 4 – Downtown Waalking Toour 11 – Historic Allenddale Toour Walking Mural Tours Departing from Floorida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., S St. Petersburg Murals and historyy behind them. 727.821.7391 ZZZÀRULGDFUDIWDUWRUJ MARKETS TUESDA AYS Y Gulfport’s Tuesdayy Fresh Market Yeear Round! 9 am – 3 pm Summer hrs. Beach Blvd, below w 29 Ave. S, Gulfport Live music. ZZZYLVLWJXOISRUWÀRULGDFRP )UHVK0DUNHW#JXOISRUWPDFRP Second Tuesday – Clothing Swap,
1ST & 3RD THURSDAY Edge District Farmerâ€™s Market 4 pm â€“ 8 pm. Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg www.facebook.com/ EDGEFarmersMarket FRIDAYS Founders Corner Fresh Market 4 â€“ 8 pm. 431 Southwest Blvd. N, St. Petersburg www.facebook.com/ Fridaymarketfounderscorner Treasure Island Friday Market 9 am â€“ 2 pm. Community Centerâ€™s Park (behind Walgreens) 1 Park Place & 106th Ave., Treasure Island. FREE parking, live music. 727.360.4121 www.islandneighborschamber.org 1HZV#LVODQGQHLJKERUVFKDPEHURUJ CLOSED for Summer SATURDAYS Saturday Morning Market 9 am â€“ 2 pm (Oct. 1 â€“ 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 www.saturdaymorningmarket.com 727.455.4921 So. Tangerine Saturday Market NEW 9 am â€“ 2 pm. Tangerine Greenway & 49th St., Gulfport. 727.439.0164 www.sotangerine.com SUNDAYS Corey Avenue Sunday Market Corey Area Business Assoc. 10 am â€“ 2 pm, October thru May Live music, Shops open, Free parking, 74th Ave., St. Pete Beach 727.498.8778 www.coreyAve.com Deuces Live Sunday Market 22nd St. S & 9th Ave. S, St. Petersburg 1 â€“ 5 pm. www.deuceslive.org Indian Rocks Beach Sunday Market 9 am â€“ 1 pm / October thru April Indian Shores Town Hall,19305 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores www.thebeachmarkets.com WEEKEND MARKETS Paradise Bazaar Year Round! Fridayâ€™s & Sundayâ€™s 9 am â€“ 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€“ 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€“ noon. Gulfport Multipurpose Sr. Ctr. 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport 1st Saturday Grand Central Flea 9 am â€“ 4 pm. Antiques, Collectibles NEW LOCATION Parking Lot of Punkyâ€™s Bar 3063 Central Ave., St. Pete
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1st Saturday St. Pete Indie Market Noon â€“ 5 pm. 600 Block of Central Ave., St. Petersburg www.stpeteindiemarket.com/index.html VOLUNTEER AARP Tax Aide Varying responsibilities. www.aarp.org/giving-back Daystar Life Center Offering monthly information sessions services & volunteering, the third 7XHVGD\SP'D\VWDU/LIH&WU 226 6th St. S, St. Petersburg 727.498.8794 NLWW\UDZVRQ#GD\VWDUOLIHFRP Empath Health / Suncoast Hospice NEW Locations throughout Pinellas County Various positions. Training provided Ages 14 years +. 727.523.3440 .HQGUDSRODFK\#WKHKRVSLFHRUJ
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Friends of Strays 2911 47th Ave. N, St. Petersburg www.friendsofstrays.com 1RQSURÂ¿WQRNLOOVKHOWHU Volunteer orientation, twice monthly. &ODLUH#IULHQGVRIVWUD\VFRP 727-522-6566 ext. 107 Gulfportâ€™s Get Rescued Festival NEW 13th Annual Animal Rescue Festival and Fundraiser need volunteers Saturday, February 25, 10 am â€“ 6 pm www.sikvolunteers.com VLNYROXQWHHUV#JPDLOFRP RCS of Pinellas County Positions needed at Food Bank, HAve.n of RCS, Grace House, Thrift Store. Helping families of hunger, homelessness and domestic violence. One hour orientation required. 727.584.3528 ext. 407 www.rcspinellas.org 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 NEW Mondays 9 am â€“ noon June 13 â€“ August 1 Ages 15+ for Volunteer Hours UDUQGW#WDPSDED\ZDWFKRUJ
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Aw wakening into the Sun Festival NEW Saturday, March 4 & Sunday, March 5 Straub Park, St. Petersburg ki i i t thhesun.org www.awakingingintoth Speakers, yoga, mediitation, music and vendors.
Beach Yoga o Pinellass NEW 7XHVGD\VÂ±SP Treasure Island Comm munity Center *DUGHQ5P7KXUVGD\VÂ±SP City Hall Auditorium Yeear round resident discount packages. www.beachyogapinelllas.com 727.222.6476 Don Vista Arts Centeer 3300 Pass-A-Grille Pass A Grille Way, St. Pete Beach 727.367.3818 www.suntanart.org . Celebrating 50+ Yeearss. Yooga, Chi Gong
Drum Circle 4th Friday on Gulfportt Beach West side near the Reec. Center. :LQWHUSP6XPPHUSP Empowering & healingg. Dena Lebowitz 727.2889.3380 GHQDOHE#JPDLOFRP
Hoop Dancing Yooga Village â€“ Sunkenn Gardens, 1825 4th St. N, St. Peetersburg Abb 813 Abby 813.777.7720 777 7720 www.hoolamonsters.ccom Story telling dance witth 1 to 30 hoops
Inspire Yoga o at the D Dali Sundays at The Dali, One Dali Blvd., practice vinyasa / ashhtanga poses 727.823.3767 www.thhedali.org
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Meditation in the Gardens Sunken Gardens, 18225 4th St. N, 6W3HWHUVEXUJ:HGQHVGD\VSP 727.551.3102 www.stpete.org/sunken EW Nava Yoga Studio NE 5901 Sun Blvd. W, Suuite 120, St. Petersburg 727.5992.1999 www.navayogastudio..com
Madeira Beach Recrreation Center 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach 727.392.0665 www.madeirabeachfun.com Yooga Essentials, Vinyyasa, Flow, Taai Chi, Hoola Dance.
Perfect Circle Yoga & Fitness 595 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach 727.504.2327 www.perfectcircleyogaa.com Bikram Yooga, Hot Yog oga, Boot Camp, Pilates, Personal Trainning. Sacred Lands Petersburg. 1700 Park St. N, St. P 727.347.0354 vationandeducation.org www.sacredlandspreserva
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Sunday tours, Medditations, special events. Wednesdaays Movement for Wellness February 17 â€“ Music w/ Royy Schneider & Kim 0D\Â¿HOG 21 â€“ Heartâ€™s Breathh Flute Circle March 11, 12 â€“ Green Frog og Moon Festival Sound Meditations ns NEW Thursdays at 11 am. m. Scout Hall, 5315 28th 8th Ave. v S, Gulfport. 727.893.5657. Brought ought to you by Gulfport Senior Center enter Foundation www.gulfportseniorfoundation.org rfoundation.org St. Petersburg Yo oga 2842 MLK St. N, St. Petersburg 7XHVSP6XQVHW%HDFK 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island Wed., Sunrise 7 am m at Straub Park, 255 Beach Dr. NE,, St. Petersburg 727.894.9642 LQIR#VWSHWHUVEXUJ\RJDFRP www.stpetersburgyoga.com yoga.com St. Pete Beach Yo oga NEW Daily 10 am and one ne hour before sunset. St. Peter Beach near Beach Plaza and 67th Avve. 727.686.0123 VWSHWHEHDFK\RJD#JPDLOFRP <RJD$OOLDQFH&HUWLÂ¿HG Sunken Gardens 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 www.sunkengardens.org Daily Yooga with Yoga o Village classes www.stpeteyogafestival.org Tampa Museum of Art 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Taampa 813.259.1720 www.tampamuseum.org Monday Meditation The Longhouse 2309 49th Street S, Gulfport 727.322.5766 www.longhouse.info All levels of skill and techniques Tree of Life Yoga o 6800 Gulf Blvd., South Pasadena Shopping Ctr., 727.514.3057 ZZZWUHHRÃ€LIH\RJDRUJ Four studios. Addiction Recovery, Prenatal, Cancer Survivor Yoga. o Yoga o â€“ Jeanne Salvo, RYT Y 500 <RJD6W\OH.ULSDOX3DVV$*ULOOH Beach Comm. Church, 107 16th Ave., v St. Pete Beach Phone/T Teext 727.224.7631 -HVDOYR#WDPSDED\UUFRP YOGA A FOR A CAUSE! Get healthy and support Florida West %DOOHWD1RWIRUSURÂ¿W3UH3URIHVVLRQDO Performing Arts Company! Yoga o Around Toown is offffering yoga FODVVHVDW)ORULGD:HVW%DOOHWÂ¶VVWXGLR 616 4th Street N, St. Petersburg Bring your mat, towel & $10 donation per session. Ã€RULGDZHVWEDOOHW#WDPSDED\UUFRP DQQ#\RJDDURXQGWRZQQHW
Morning services are Monday - Friday & Sundays at 9am followed by a breakfast sponsored by the CBI Mitzvah Men’s Club. Shabbat morning services begin at 9 am, followed by a Kiddush supplied by the Women’s League and congregational sponsors. Daily evening minyan is 6:30 pm Sunday - Thursday. Friday Kabbalat Shabbat service begins at 5:30 except on special occasions. Whether attending our daily minyan to say Kaddish for a departed loved one or merely looking to frame your day in fellowship and prayer, you are welcome at our centrally located synagogue at 300 58th street North in St. Petersburg. Call 727-381-4900 to learn more about how our Minyan is there for you. To learn more, visit www.CBIStPete.org or call 727.381.4900.
Seaside Seabird Sanctuary WELCOMES BIRD LOVERS Sometime in March, nature lovers will flock to Seaside Seabird Sanctuary to celebrate the new organization and its strengthened mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned birds. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned. Please call for date information. The event will be free and open to the public.Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the gift shop at 727.391.6211. “So much has happened since we took over operations of the sanctuary last year and we want the chance to let everyone know what we have accomplished and what is ahead,” said Andrew von Gontard, President of Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.
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Frame Your Day in Prayer It takes 10 and it takes you. Congregation B’nai Israel offers the only egalitarian twice daily minyan (ten adults) on Florida’s West Coast. The Mourner’s Kaddish, a prayer traditionally said for a year following the death of a loved one, requires a minyan, in addition to prayers central to daily life and holidays.
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Among the new projects in the works: • A partnership with Lee Claxton, ISA Certified Arborist, to maintain the grounds and native plantings and protect the recently repaired netting and structures. • Restoring the pelican statue that has been a fixture in front of the sanctuary for years. • Stepped up care for sick birds that have turned up in Coffee Pot Bayou and Riviera Bay Lake in St. Petersburg. The volunteers and staff have made five trips, traveling 160 miles, to rescue 32 brown pelicans and one white egret. The birds have all shown symptoms of lethargy, distended abdomens, swollen and dry The entire team has been working diligently and passionately to rehabilitate these birds.
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As a non-profit, Seaside relies 100 percent on private donations to maintain operations. The sanctuary has been designated a public charity by the Internal Revenue Service and all donations to the organization are tax-deductible. Donations can be made by mail, online or in person at the sanctuary located at 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, FL 33785. 727.391.6211 www.seabirdsanctuary.com ParadiseNewsFL.com | FEBRUARY 2017
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EMPLOYMENT__________ Purple Haze Smoke Shop seeks talented retail sales help - Smoke or Vape experience a plus - Leo 727-580-5880 Hair Stylist needed - Emma 727.418.6168 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. www.kitchenfl.com 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. tsmith@GHDcsi.com 727.323.5119 x2004 ____ 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__________ Affordable Computer Repair Affordable on-site computer repair Call Todd 727.418.TODD (8633) Custom Web Design - Hosting, Search Engine Optimization, Free Consultation! DigitalEel.com 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 email@example.com - dogmandu.net 610-248-0467 70
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HANDYMAN_________ Quality Work at fair prices. All types of jobs. Free estm. Local resident since 1977. Joe 727.458.5938 General Home Repairs / Maintenance, Let me do the projects you have put off or want done. Reasonable rates. local ref’s & Free quotes, Bob Quigbuilt@yahoo.com 727.729.0763 Reliable & Affordable Handyman 25 yrs experience. Carpentry, electric, fixtures remodeling, plumbing. Decks-Docks, doors, fences/gates, tree removal, land scaping, etc. Big or small, we have crews. Great $, Free est. Sr. Discounts. John firstname.lastname@example.org 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__ ______ __ 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 Acupunture & Herbs Pain? Nausea? Trouble Sleeping? Chemo? April Wang Certified Chinese MD 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 HEARING CARE__
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HOUSEKEEPING & CLEANING ___ Laundry Wash Dry Fold Service Laundromat - 7815 Blind Pass Rd, St. Pete Beach. 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 to 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 estimates. 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 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 TJB1270@aol.com 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, www.AuntieLyndaspetcare.com 727.323.3892 or 422.5919 POOL CLEANING Tidy Pools, locally owned & operated, licensed & insured, Brian 727.342.3587
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A D S 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 Butlerhousebeach@gmail.com REAL ESTATE SERVICES Senior & Veterans Discounts offered by TOP Local Real Estate Services Co. Full service help with Buying & Selling James/ReMax Metro, Byrne-Brylinke Team. Call for more info. 727.612.9988 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 SEAFOOD & BUTCHER SHOP Shaners Land & Sea Market - P - A - G 2000 Pass-A-Grille Way; 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 sliderrepair.com 727.641.8106 YouTube.com/user/SliderRepairs 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 www.SpaEscapeSt.Pete.com TUTORING Italian, Spanish, German - Learn- improve language skills, fun, efficient. Call Carlo, Prof. Language Teacher 727.374.0963 Portuguese & French Tutoring Conversational-Grammar-Literature Paristropical@gmail.com 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 in your home or my studio. All ages, all styles, affordable, 25 years of experience. Call 727.688.2782 Piano & Flute lessons in your home. Adults & students ok. 727.642.2169 WANTED - PIANOS Steinway Grand piano. 727.381.4400
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Striped Burrfish The striped burrfish is a type of pufferfish and is named for the spines covering its head which look like large burrs. It puffs up in size, with an organ known as a buccal pump, to appear larger in order to intimidate predators. Adults are most often found in seagrass beds. We commonly see stripedburrfish in Tampa Bay through otter trawl sessions on our classroom boat with Estuary EDventures summer camps and field trips! Source: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/
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The Mole Crab is a tiny crustacean that is commonly found in the wrack line. These little crabs have a strong outer grey covering called a carapace that helps them blend into their surroundings and protects them from predators. They are great hiders and dig themselves into the sand under the wrack line. Once they find a good spot, they extend their two antennae to catch zooplakton in the water when the tide washes in. The mole crab is also an important wrack line prey species since they make up a large part of many shorebirds' diets. Source: montereybayaquarium.org The opossum is the only marsupial in North America and is closely related to the koala. Although they are nest predators, there is no evidence that they have a negative impact on wildlife populations. In fact, opossums serve an important role by controlling unwanted, harmful pest population around our neighborhoods including garden pests and rodents. As long as you exercise common sense, the chance of getting a disease from an opossum is slim. The chance of rabies in an opossum is extremely rare due to the opossum’s low body temperature, 94 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit, making it difficult for the virus to survive in an opossum’s body. Source: edis.ifas.ufl.edu 72
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www.HubbardsMarina.com Inshore – sheepshead bite is always great during the cooler months. They can be found cruising the docks or bridge pilings looking for oysters, barnacles, fiddle crabs, or shrimp. Our favorite bait is cut oysters using 20lb fluorocarbon leader with 1-2ot hook. They love it free lined or minimally weighted as possible to keep in looking as natural as possible so it can flutter to bottom. The Trout bite is best at night around the dock lights or bridge lights on DOA shrimp or Mirror lure’s mirror dean or live shrimp. You can get they during the day this time of year on the shallower grass or mud flats allowing them to find that warmer water. Snook bite is also best in the wee hours of the morning, but they are being picked up during the day as well using flair hawk style jigs. Near shore – The hogfish bite is always hottest in the cooler months even though we catch them all year. However, you must time
your trips around the cold front systems to allow for clearer waters and more cooperative fish. Typically right before a front the hogfish are ready to chew especially on live or fresh dead shrimp with super long 20-30lb floro leader and again the lightest weight possible like sheepshead fishing but deeper water. Offshore – Deep water fishing has been great lately when we can get out there to the fish in between the fronts. However, when we got out to them the big mangroves were ready to feed we caught them as big as 11 lbs. last February. The red grouper and scamp grouper bite is steady with some true monsters getting caught on squid strips or pinfish. Big jacks are thick this time of year as the cooler waters bring them a little closer to shore and more prolific. The wahoo and tuna are the big name popular pelagics during that cooler water period like we have in February. PN
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Neptune Grill Turns Six: Zeus Dines Here; So Should You! By Nanette Wiser Opened on January 11th, 2011 by Gus Vartsakis (you know him from Skidders), Neptune Grill is one of eclectic Gulfport’s star dining attractions, serving some of the best Greek cuisine this side of Mykonos. His lovely daughter Dia Vartsakis is co-owner, managing the restaurant with grace, humor and wit. Across from the Gulfport Casino, this family owned and operated restaurant just celebrated their sixth-year anniversary. With a beautiful view of Boca Ciega Bay, you can enjoy casual dining indoors and out (dog-friendly), sports on TV, cocktail bar, craft beers, good wine & happy hour 1-6 pm ($3 wells/house wine; $2.25 Bud Light draft); Margarita Monday ($3 house/all day), ½ price Wine Bottle Thursday and Sunday happy hour prices all day ($3 Bloody Mary/Mimosa). Check out the kid’s menu, build a burger Tuesday, Taco Wednesday, Sunday brunch 11 am – 3 pm (crab benedict, Greek omelet) and an early bird special daily (3-5:30 pm, except holidays) and live music Friday/Saturday with Hector on Thursday. Top R down: “Lucky” serving Saganaki (OPA!) flaming cheese; Greek salad; Grouper; Gyro & fries; Spinach pie
Executive Chef Tony Papantoniou prepares every dish cooked to order, using the freshest and finest ingredients to purvey delectable Mediterranean/Greek dishes (saganaki, gyro, pastitio, moussaka, chicken souvlaki, Greek salad, hummus, spinach pie) seafood, filet mignon, lamb chops, pastas and chicken plus gluten-free and vegetarian options. Save room for baklava and rice pudding. With great service, you’ll feel pampered and well-fed and welcomed by the local patrons. Kind of like Florida’s cheers, Neptune Grille is the “the restaurant & bar where everyone knows your name.” If you want an authentic and enjoyable meal, refreshing beverage, and an amazing time, Neptune Grill has a stool waiting for you! Who knows, you may become a regular too and meet Zeus, the king of canines.
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Remembering Charlie Fant by Peter A. Roos & The Action Club by Julian Fant Remembering Charlie Fant by Peter A. Roos Two of the greatest parents I know and the entire city of Treasure Island lost a favorite son with the passing of 64year-old retired fire chief Charlie Fant. They say the good die young. I do not know what that says about Julian and Millie, but from all accounts, Charlie Fant was a remarkable son to them. Charlie always wanted to be chief, and he lived his dream. Charlie’s sister Chris, who still cashiers at Publix once a month kept me up on his adventures after his diagnosis and his final battle. Charlie was a progressive leader in his chosen career and is responsible for many firsts as fire chief for 30 years. Few, if any (other than his parents perhaps) have a comparable record of service to the City of Treasure Island. We have all lost a friend in Charlie Fant’s passing. Best wishes and sincere thanks to the family for sharing Charlie’s life with all of us.
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