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C E L E B R AT I N G Well-Lived Lives



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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



Chamber Seabreeze Inn Gulfport Casino

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A Life Well Lived Should be Celebrated - by Peter A. Roos FEATURE STORY

26 USF’s College of Marine Science

Celebrating 50th Anniversary by Steve Traiman 29 USF Oceanography Camp for Girls by Steve Traiman


21 Making Life Insurance Simpler by Patrick Williams

23 Everyone is Irish in March by Nanette Wiser

25 New Chef at Birch & Vine by Nanette Wiser

DEPARTMENTS PUBLISHERS LETTER........6 LETTERS .........................7 TIDBITS .......8-123, 17-19 KUDOS.........................16 INVESTING ...................22 PROPERTY LAW .............26 CONSTRUCTION .........30 REAL ESTATE ..............32 LIBRARY .......................38 ART NEWS .............48-53 ARTS & LEISURE ...41-47 EVENTS .................50-60 CLASSIFIED ...........64-65 ECO............................66 FISHING .......................67 ASTROLOGY ................68 PLAYING AROUND ......69 COVER DESIGN: Renee Roos ARTIST: Lori Bellinger PHOTO: Tropical Focus

33 Potter’s Precision Cuts Ribbon


ISLA DEL SOL & BAYWAY ISLES Regions Bank Sterling Cleaners Patchingtons

Island Salon Subway Isla Yacht & CC




Habana Café Library/City Hall Art Village

by Peter A. Roos

34 Health & Wellness by Nanette Wiser

37 St. Pete Beach Mediterranean Produce & Deli & Mirela’s Salon by Peter A. Roos

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

Spice & Tea Exchange Chamber Kiosk

MADEIRA BEACH Barefoot Bch Resort Post Office Recreation Center City Hall Library • Facebook

40 Renaissance Festival - Experience the Magic of the 16th Century!

"Make your marketing so useful people


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FROM THE PUBLISHERS Half way through “the height of season” we are enjoying Chamber of Commerce Weather while spring events are in full swing. By the time the post office delivers this issue the “Ides of March” will have arrived. Yes, we know you may not see the new issue before mid-month if you wait for the print edition to arrive. That is, however part of the plan. Last month’s issue was as complete through this mid-month as the available info allowed. Most loyal readers keep the prior issue until the new one arrives, and are never without the current information. Online you have the opportunity to read the new issue earlier. In fact, you can enter your email address on the right side of our home page and be added to our weekly “e-blast” and monthly email list. Our weekly Thursday email gives you a reminder of the top 5 things going on each weekend and a few items for the future. Shortly after the first of the month we send a link to the new issue online, with an online version of the major stories in the issue in an easy to read online version. The new issue online is the same as the one you will get in the mail 10 days later if you are in our primary distribution area. If you live any where else in the USA and would like a printed copy, subscriptions are only $20/year and can be paid by cash, check or credit card. Just call the number to the right and someone will help you. If you get a machine, please leave a message and we’ll call you back, or mail your address and a check or $20 cash to our P.O. Box 66385, St. Pete Beach, FL 33736. Paradise NEWS has been the beloved community news magazine of the barrier island communities of south Pinellas for well over 20 years. One of our newest recruits, who has a career of experience in print, online and was an Emmy award-winning writer/producer for Peter Jennings in London, called Paradise NEWS an anomaly. We had to look it up. Webster says that it is something different from the norm. We do not mind being “different”, never did and our readers constantly tell us to “keep it up, we LOVE Paradise NEWS”. So we do! Our loyal advertisers tell us “nothing else works like Paradise NEWS”. Maybe an anomaly is a good thing. It is really about ‘passion’. It almost seems like anything done with passion has a chance to excel. That has become our montra. Find what you are passionate about, embrace it and stick with it. Reba Armbrester did that over 30 years ago when she took over “Joseph’s Island Salon” in Isla Del Sol to let him follow his passion for sailing. She had sold the salon a couple years back, but just ‘retired’ and said she never tired of doing what she loved. Tom Potter did it when he started his own German car repair company two years ago. Odise Armata did it with St. Pete Beach Produce and his wife Mirela with Mirela’s Talent Salon. You can read about them in this issue and more.


It seems when you find something to dedicate your life to that you are passionate about, it no longer feels like work. When your passion can support your lifestyle, it is like living in Paradise.

Renee & Peter Roos & All the talented people that help c reate your Paradise NEWS. “The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” – John Ruskin


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Paradise NEWS Volume 23 Number 3 • March 2017


PUBLISHERS & EDITORS Peter Roos & Renee Roos __________________________________________

Sr. Marketing Consultant Eileen Brock Assoc. Editor/Account Exec. Tricia Leimbach __________________________________________

Senior Writer Steve Traiman Assoc. Editor/Special Projects Nanette Wiser CONTRIBUTORING Jim Beggins • Tom Brodersen Esq. Tom Smith • Sarah Lyons Brian Puckett, JD, CPA, PFS, CFP™ DESIGN Social Media Kaeley Dawson Events, Arts & Leisure Coordinator Janet Hopson Creative Director Renee Roos Senior Designer Lorrie Bellinger Designer Janet Hopson Proofreader Carrie Hill Contributing Photographers Bob Schlesinger • Janet Hopson __________________________________________

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LETTERS Dear Friends, We just read the beautiful tribute to Charlie by Peter and were brought to tears.... Thank you so much for your comments. He was, indeed, an exceptional son, husband, father and citizen. - The extended Fant Family.

Thanks so much for including St. Petersburg Jazz Festival in Paradise! Thanks also for the ad. That was very generous. - David Manson, Director St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Just a note to say how much I liked the recent Paradise News! Lot’s of arts coverage. -:) Sorry we did not get a chance to chat at the MUSE event at the Museum of Fine Arts. Hope you had a good time. - John Collins, Exec. Director St. Petersburg Arts Alliance

Our Ikebana chapter was again overwhelmed and extremely happy for the coverage and photos you so graciously gave us for our annual luncheon at the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club in the January issue. Your publicity increased our attendance and we are truly grateful! Many Thanks - Kathy LaDuke, Publicity Chair

Paradise News is by far the best magazine for informative content and colorful ads. All so well done! On behalf of the Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, we thank you for presenting our March 5th Massing of the Colors ad in your February, 2017, issue. So beautiful. Perfect. WOWW and we are very proud to be included in Paradise News. You are the BEST. Again, THANK YOU! Charlann & Dave Mason Military Order of the World Wars - Clearwater

Saw Paradise News online. Great Job and let’s hope, Tampa Bay Watch can capitalize on this great exposure. - Rudy Consoni, President Resort Realty/Resort Rentals

Please accept the press release below for inclusion in your Community Events and Arts & Entertainment listings. Your continued support of the Arts is greatly appreciated. - Mary Kay Cyrus West Coast Players,

Dear Peter, It was nice to talk to someone who loves your area like I do. Here is a check for my subscription renewal. Your magazine brings me a little bit of Paradise on a snowy Cleveland Day. Thanks too for the info about the great community involvement of the Alden owners. Makes me feel great about having stayed there for 20 years when I visit. Thanks Again Gary White, N Royalton, Ohio

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Editor's Corrections: In Downtown St. Pete's Most Romantic Restaurants, February 2017, on page 22 the author’s name, Kevin Godbee, was mispelled, and the photo credit to Barry Lively was left out. Also, in“Romantic Interludes, page 25, Selene is a Greek & Mediteranean restaurant, not French as stated, and we learned too late that they had stopped serving brunch.. The night photo of The Palladium on page 31, by Chip Weiner of Tampa was mistakenly featured without photographer permission and not properly identified. Nanette Wiser (727) 560-6209

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S Should be Celebrated by Peter A. Roos lightting has been installed to enhance the building’s look during evening hours, and more new w lighting is being instaalled in March for the parkking lot area offf of Boca Ciegga Drive. By May, the main ÀRRUZLQGRZVDWWKHIDFLOLW\ZLOOEH adorned with new decorative awnings, DQGWKHVHFRQGÀRRUZLQGRZVZLOOKDYH Bahhama shutters. The interior lobby, confference rooms and main gatheringg rooms will be completely remodeled and apppointed ZLWKQHZ¿[WXUHVZLQGRZWUHDWPHQWVÀRRULQJ and furniture settings. A new sound syystem for audio a and visual presentations is also a part of thhe renovation plan. Once people settle on the barrier islands, most prefer not to leave for anything if they it can help it. Beach Memorial Chapel, an institution on Corey Avve. in downtown St. Pete Beach VLQFHWKHPLGœVKDVORQJEHQH¿WWHG from that preference. Joe Magaddino, a third generation funeral director is Beach Memorial Chapel’s Location Manager. His family operated funeral homes in Bufffalo f & Niagara Falls, NY areas for 60 years. Joe relocated to Florida in 1993 with his family, currently residing in Safety Harbor, and has been employed with Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes for 24 years. With a Bachelor of Science from Niagara University, and a Mortuary Science degree from Simmons School, Syracuse, NY, he is a career professional in his industry Beach Memorial Chapel, which has served beach families for over 65 years, is in the midst of a major facelift. New LED accent

Joe Magaddino is both overseeing thee project, and serving clients. He sees his h DQGKLVVWDIIÂśVUROHDVHGXFDWRUVH[SODLQLQJ the myriad of options available these days. “Often when people visit us, they have been throough the worst few weeks of their lives. Ourr job is to make it as easy as we can for them m to understand the many options now avaiilable to them, so the family can select whaat best suits their needs. “We have seen manyy changes g in recent yearrs in long-standing customs, religious or ceremonial preferences, and types of funeerals offffered. With this in mind we have preppared ourselves to provide the variety of servvices that our clients have asked for.â€? The funeeral industry has been seeing an evollution both anecdotally and through marrket research, in the way Americans want mem morial and funeral services to look and IHHO6LQFH'LJQLW\0HPRULDODIÂżOLDWHVLQ Tam ampa Bay have been offfering f families “Life Well Celebratedâ€? events. This initiative allows

individuals andd families to visualize the limitless possibilities in planning a truly personalized life celebbration. Many client families seek a unique celebration instead of traditional, solemn graveside services. Thhese types of events provide a joyful and uplifting H[SHULHQFHIRUJXHVWVZKRDWWHQGWKHIDPLO\ gatherings at Beach Memorial Chapel. “Our client families have often told us they ZDQWDQH[SHULHQFHWKDWWUXO\UHSUHVHQWVWKH individual’s personality and spirit. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from families and visitors that come to our St. Pete Beach location. In addition to our professional services for funerals and cremations, we offfer f op options ptions for a full line of catering and beverage packages served on site in our receptionn room, or at another IDPLO\YHQXH$OVRDYDLODEOHDUHĂ€RUDORSWLRQV video presentations, annd custom dĂŠcor packages. The possibilities are virtually limitless for creating a service that is not only professional and carefuully thought-out, but ÂżWWLQJIRUWKHLQGLYLGXDOWKDWLVEHLQJ honored. Here at Beacch Memorial Chapel we can provide the informaation, guidance and options that best meet your family’s emotional, spiritual, cultural and economic needs. Beach Memorial Chapeel has been part of this community for generattions, and we look to continue our legacy annd improve our business model for the futuure,â€? Joe adds. Beach Memorial Chapel has a written general price list that is always availaable. You o can stop by and pick up a copy anyytime. | MARCH 2017



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Beach residents lost two friends late in February, word of whose passings you might have missed elsewhere. Louise Mutch, a Canadian lady, also known as “Jan” or “Weasy” did alterations for many. She passed away in care of hospice. Her husband Robert Potts,“Pottsy” a veteran who loved to cook, and bbq fish, followed a few days later, of a broken heart. “She was the most loving woman in the world”, he’d said.



PLAY BALL (Check out our sidebar on Opening Days @ Rays) Spring Training: Baseball fans get double the pleasure during Spring Training when they visit St. Pete/Clearwater, because not one but two teams have southern homes in the area. The Toronto Blue Jays prepare for the long season at

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Dunedin's Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, and the Philadelphia Phillies practice at Spectrum Field in Clearwater thru (when they play the Rays!) article/spring-training-baseball. Rowdies To Play 32 Games: The brave lads will face each of their 14 Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Advocates for VISIT FLORIDA: Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce has issued a call to action to its members fighting proposed legislation that would completely eliminate VISIT FLORIDA; the state’s tourism marketing agency. Contact legislators and remind them of the benefits tourism generates and how VISIT FLORIDA helps small businesses and communities reach new markets that they otherwise wouldn't be able to capitalize on. VISIT FLORIDA is essential in bringing visitors to our state who generate 23% of our sales tax revenue, create over 1.4 million jobs, support small business and boost our local economy with $108.8 billion in economic impact. It is critical to renew the focus

on the value of marketing the Sunshine State. Whether Visit Florida funding is eliminated or decreased from its $78 million budget remains in question at presstime. FYI: Doug Izzo, Government Affairs, Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce 727-360-6957 Beach Clean-Up March 18: Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful & Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, is recruiting volunteers to participate in the Great American Cleanup from 9 am - noon. This event is family-friendly and open to all ages. The majority of the volunteers are needed on land, but you're welcome to bring a canoe/kayak. -in-for-keep-america-beautifuls-great-american-cleanup/ Beach Renourishment Project Will Repair Damages from Hurricane Hermine: The Pinellas County Shore Protection Project will cover nearly 22-miles of shoreline divided into three segments that include Sand Key, Treasure Island and Long Key. Beach renourishment provides increased storm protection, recreational opportunities, and creates habitat for shorebirds and nesting sea turtles. environment/coastalMngmt/ default.htm

Brown & Brown Insurance, Brooks Equipment and Ferguson Fire & Fabrication. Registration begins at 5:00 pm with a Shotgun Start at 6:00 pm at the Largo Course, 12500 Vonn Road. Cost including play and awards dinner is $30.00 for single golfer, $20.00 for kids, $25:00 each for Groups of 4 or more. Register by March 10 online at FYI: Tricia Kane or Melissa Faint: 727-581-9339. GULFPORT City-Wide Sale March 18: Sign up by March 10 to participate in the annual yard sale and be listed in the directory. Email with your Gulfport address or fill out the form at City Hall or the Public Library. Rain date March 19. Dance for Plants Benefits Gulfport Community Garden: Raise money and nurture nature at the second annual benefit at the Gulfport Casino starting at 6:30 pm. Enjoy a silent raffle, Mangia Gourmet’s delicious food, a Zydeco dance lesson and DJ Jim Hance. Tickets can be purchased at Gulfport Casino, Beach Bazaar and Mangia Café. FYI: George Zarillo 845-242-7452 Marine Max Now Open: On Feb. 24, Marine Max St. Petersburg showed off their expanded storage capacity with more slips and lifts and their new inventory. 6810 Gulfport Boulevard, South tores/Southeast/st-petersburg

CLEARWATER Fundraiser Benefits Children’s Burn Foundation March 24: Piper Fire Protection will host the 3rd Annual Footgolf Tournament at Largo Municipal Golf Course. Substituting soccer for golf balls, the event benefits the Children’s Burn Foundation of Florida through the Florida Fire Equipment Dealers Association (FFEDA). Sponsors include

MADEIRA BEACH March 16-19 Spring Break Waterfront Festival: Gulf Beaches Rotary will host their Spring Break Waterfront Festival with the City of Madeira Beach at the Recreation complex & ROC Park, 300 Municipal Drive from Thurs-Sun, March 16-19 Carnival rides, with live entertainment food and craft | MARCH 2017


Tidbits vendors. Admission is FREE. The Gulf Beaches Rotary donated over $50,000 to local charities in 2016. The Spring Break Festival is the club’s signature event and largest fundraiser each year. Proceeds from this event will benefit local charities and other non-profit organizations. Thurs. 3 - 11 pm; Fri/Sat noon -11 pm; Sunday noon - 9 pm 11th Annual Phil Phest April 1: From 11 am – 9 pm, this fun FREE admission event benefits the Philip A. Bryant Melanoma Foundation and offers free skin screenings as well as live music (Kevin Toon, That Pack, One Night Rodeo, Big Brother Band, & The Black Honkeys), a raffle, silent auction, kids’ activities, caricatures and more. FYI: Volunteer/Sponsors/Donors,; 727-536-5039. Remember Our Children Park (R.O.C.) Park, 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach Book Lovers: The Friends of the Gulf Beaches Public Library will hold its Spring Book Sale on Friday, March 23rd - 10 am - 5 pm & Saturday, March 24th 10 am - 3 pm. 200 Municipal Drive Market Time: The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market (Wed. 9 am – 2pm) & the Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market (9 am – 1 pm) run weekly through May 2017. 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. Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge Helps Veteran: On February 11th, members of Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No.291 worked with the donated services of Pinellas Tree Service, 12

"I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got." - Walter Cronkite Sarnago Sons Recycling And Material, the town of Redington Shores and Officer Tim Kennedy of the Indian Shores Police department. Their mission? Help 91 year old John Fink, a WWII Navy veteran, clean up his residence which had years of overgrown trees, vegetation and accumulated debris. The day was spent trimming, raking, and filling two large dumpsters. John Fink has been an active and cherished member of the Redington Shores community for over fifty years. John served as commissioner of planning and zoning & commissioner of the board of adjustment for a total of 32 years. John served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and Korea on submarines and destroyers and saw action in conflicts throughout the world. He served in the Navy for a total of 23 years and retired as a Chief Electrician. John unfortunately lost his wife a few of years ago and it has been hard for him to keep up the property due to his age. Paradise News salutes all involved. PINELLAS COUNTY Commissioner Charlie Justice Elected Chairman of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program: "I am honored to serve as the Chair of this board. We have great members who are committed to continuing the improvements made in the quality of Tampa Bay," said Charlie Justice. The Tampa Bay Estuary Program set a goal of a return of at least 38,000 acres of seagrass in the bay. Strategies agreed to by the partner governments led to the current level of over 41,000 acres. This is the highest level of seagrass since 1950. Lifeguards Needed For 2017 Pinellas Beach Season: Want to be a full or part-time lifeguard March- Sept? Pinellas County is hiring lifeguards to

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monitor county beaches and help visitors have a safe and fun time hitting the surf this season. Lifeguards will be stationed on county beaches at Fort De Soto, Sand Key and Fred Howard parks from March to September. Individuals who enjoy helping the public in a fast-paced, detail-oriented role are encouraged to apply. Positions are available for full-time or part-time seasonal employment, with pay starting at $12.55 per hour for new lifeguards and ranging to $14.98 per hour for seniorlevel lifeguards with an EMT certification. Lifeguards may work 8 or 10-hour shifts. See website for requirements and to apply. FYI: Armchair Travel: Sail along the glistening blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Hear Winter the Dolphin splash around at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Feel the warm sand under your feet on a walk along Anclote Key. Don’t just imagine what it would be like to experience a sun-soaked Florida vacation— feel it now with St. Petersburg/Clearwater CVB’s exclusive 360° videos. http://www.visitstpete March 11 Family History Assistance Day: The Pinellas Genealogy Society will offer tours of the genealogy Center at Largo Library and help you one-on-one to trace your roots from noon – 4 pm. March 13-17 - SPCA Spring Break Camp: Indulge your child’s inner vet with these youth programs from 10 am 3 pm where kids can learn how to care responsibly for pets and enjoy crafts and games. SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N Largo. pet-camps-workshops

SPC Launches New Public Website: In late Feb., SPC launched a new website for prospective students and the community. The new site has an intuitive, mobile-friendly design so you can find what you need to know from any device including: How to hire an SPC intern or graduate; Giving to, and partnering with, the SPC Foundation; Sharing your expertise through our advisory committees; Volunteering at SPC; SPC’s leadership and history; High school and summer programs. Pinellas County News: Vacancy Announced on HFA Board: Applications are being accepted for one term to the Board of Directors of the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County. Applicants should have experience with affordable housing. Code Enforcement Has New Address: The Pinellas County Code Enforcement Dept. has a new address as of March 1: 631 Chestnut St., Clearwater. FYI: More news you can use? News.htm PINELLAS PARK Arts Fans: Art Walk is the 4th Saturday of every month at Pinellas Park Arts Village, 5600 Park Blvd. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Committee Interest Party: Learn more about becoming a part of the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society’s planning committee for the upcoming non-competitive 5K walk to be held on October 14, 2017 at an informative meeting March 9, 6 pm at the Bayou Dance Club (6541 102nd Ave., Pinellas Park). FYI: 727-812-7025 or

REDINGTON BEACH, REDINGTON SHORES Underground Utility Lines Move Forward: A new Duke Energy design for undergrounding the lines on the east side of Gulf Blvd and crossing the road is in progress and will start as early as mid-fall 1017. Poles and wires on the west side will remain until funding can be secured for that phase of the project. A special county Gulf Blvd. Beautification Fund pays for the project. SEMINOLE Seminole City Center Continues To Grow: Petco, Chipotle & Mattress Firm are now open as of February and Miller’s Ale House is not far behind. Also approved are Tuesday Morning, LA Fitness, Studio Movie Grill, Applebee’s, Banfield Pet Hospital, Menchie’s Yogurt, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Chase Bank, Pieology, Burger Fi, Hair Cuttery, Lee Spa Nails and Hand & Stone Massage. Across the street on Park, Smoothie King offers healthy treats for families on the go. Pow-Wow Festival and Parade March 10-12: The annual parade & fireworks (Sat.) and children’s extravaganza (Sun.) is just part of this annual tradition of carnival rides, games, food, live music and entertainment at the Seminole Rec Center across from City Hall on 113th St. The Community Yard Sale is also coming up 8 am - 1 pm March 25, you can sell your stuff as long as you pre-register. Save A Life: Free Community CPR Classes Offered: City of Seminole Fire Rescue is offering Free Community CPR classes April 6, May 4, June 8 starting at 7 pm. The program utilizes the American Heart Association Heartsaver curriculum; classes are fun, simple and will give you the confidence to help save a life if needed. Included in the course is “Use of an Automatic

External Defibrillator (AED)”, as well as CPR for Children and Infants, you will also learn the techniques used to help someone that is choking. FYI: Reserve your spot or 727-393-8711x210. Seminole Fire Station 29, 11195 70th Avenue North ST. PETE BEACH Love a Beach Bonfire? Celebrate Spring on Saturday, March 18th, 6 pm at Upham Beach, 69th Ave. in St. Pete Beach. Entertainment at Paradise Grill-Upham Beach. Free! Honor Walk @ Upham Beach: Get your brick before March 17th! Installation of the bricks will occur late spring and early summer. FYI: 727-363-9232 Get Your 60th Anniversary T-Shirt: Buy the city’s commemorative shirt and enjoy a discount at some of your favorite places when you wear it on the 2nd Friday of each month from shirt sponsors. On sale at the St. Pete Beach Community Center - $20/short sleeves and $25/long sleeves. FYI: 727-363-9245

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Crescent Real Estate LLC Acquires Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center: Sold by the Nicklaus family (who owned it since 1962), the family transformed the 46-unit motel into the 2017 resort which includes 382 guest rooms, three restaurants, 30,000 square feet of meeting space and three swimming pools. Crescent owns more than 2,200 multifamily units in Tampa Bay and plans to update the guest rooms and improve both the indoor and outdoor amenities. Atlanta-based Five Star Realty Partners LLC has partnered with Crescent on this acquisition and HEI Hotels will manage the resort. Tidbits cont’d on page 17 | MARCH 2017



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Groundbreaking Event Above ‘Azul’ is an attractive 4-unit vacation condominium building across Gulf Blvd. from the beach with an estimated a construction cost of $1.5 million. Welcoming the Azul groundbreaking in Madeira Beach were local dignitaries and Century 21 Beggins realtors. Left to right: Mrs Gabriela Phillips, Mr Anton Phillips, (Azul Investor) Travis Palladeno (Madeira Beach Mayor), Michael Reichenbach (Century 21 Beggins), Shane Crawford (Madeira Beach City Manager) Jeff Beggins (Century 21 Beggins), Bob Dean (Century 21 Beggins, holding sign) Joe McCall (Discount Loans) Abdul Azizi (Century 21Beggins)

ST. PETE YOUNG – St. Pete Preservation and The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on Prince Gregor Apartments, a St. Petersburg landmark that was built in 1948 by H.B. Smitz, a German Immigrant, who in 1924 started the Silver Cup Award to recognize the admirable citizenship of individuals. This area was a thriving portion of Downtown St. Petersburg within walking distance to stores, restaurants, and boasted being only three blocks from the infamous Webb’s City the “World’s Most Unusual Drugstore.” After purchasing the property for $650,000 in 2015, the owner has invested approximately $700,000 to renovate it back to its grandeur. Proximity to USF St. Pete, All Childrens and Bayfront Hospitals will make its studios, and 1 & 2 bedroom units highly prized by workers in the area. Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club members demonstrated how much they care for the less fortunate in our community. Their 2017 Play For Hunger goal was $127,000, They raised a record $149,956, bringing the total donations in the last 27 years to over $1.9 million. St. Pete Free Clinic and Daystar Life Center continue to use these funds to provide a wide variety of services to people in need. THANK YOU to Isla's generous members, their hard working and dedicated committee members, the boat captains and Robert Rankin's staff for making the 2017 Play For Hunger event a huge success. Pictured L - R: are Carol Kinder, Joe Kinder, Beth Houghton, (St. Pete Free Clinic Executive Director) Deborah O'Hara, (St. Pete Free Clinic) Jane Walker (Executive Director for Daystar Life Center) Bob Joyner, Gen Joyner

“100 Women Who Care” of Pinellas County recently presented Little Light of Mine with a $10,500 donation. 100 Women Who Care of Pinellas County is a philanthropic group that provides an avenue for women to join together to bring financial support to local, charitable organizations. Members commit to attending four meetings per year (one per quarter) and pledge to donate $100 to an elected charity at each meeting. The members have the opportunity to nominate any organization, three of the nominated organizations are randomly selected to give a 5-minute presentation, a vote is taken, and then checks are written directly to the winning charity. Since February of 2013, we have given $114,100 to local organizations. FYI: Brenda George 727.515.1868 • Facebook: 100+ Women Who Care- Pinellas County. Little Light of Mine is a not for profit organization that provides professional photography services for families of children facing potentially life-threatening illnesses. 16

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Tidbits ST. PETERSBURG: DOWNTOWN Check out The Grand Prix downtown St. Petersburg on our website! Supporting Business Start-Ups with New Tool: The City of St. Petersburg launched OpenCounter: St Pete, a web-based tool located on the city's website ( OpenCounter is designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners understand the specific license, permits and requirements for St Petersburg. Informed by the City's zoning and land use permits, building and business tax receipt rules, the goal of the site is to help applicants who are about to embark on complex projects with a customized roadmap to achieve their project goals. Customers of OpenCounter can expect a roadmap to the permits, fees and licenses, while collecting the data that the City needs to move the project forward. By providing this tool, intentionally designed to give entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to invest in our community, the City will provide reliable, targeted feedback to its community of entrepreneurs by providing a clear breakdown of the processes and highlight any potential roadblocks they may face; and give the City a new level of insight into economic trends in their community. Best Wings Downtown: Del Mar Gastro Lounge won for Best Wings, but you’re the winner when you take advantage of their Monday Wings Madness (5,10, 15) 50¢ each. Friday you can dine on Mussels Diablo or Scampi for only $6.75. Live music & drink specials sweeten the deal. 243 Central Ave. 727-498-8610 EDGE District’s Grateful Fed Pub Serves Healthy Late Night & Delivers: Tryst’s former chef Sean Ford opened

this convenience store restaurant on the ground floor of the Urban Style Flats building. Snacks, toiletries, coffee and grilled veggie burrito needed? No problem. 300 10th St. S More Eats/Drinks: Check out Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe (2927 Central Avenue) selling wine, beer and deli items and IceBerg’s rolled ice cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies and more (449 Central Avenue, Suite 102). Coming soon is MNM BBQ’s. Interested in hydroponic farms? Visit Brick Street Farms at 2001 Second St. South. You can order online at and pick up your bounty Tues/Thurs 6-8 pm & 11 am-1 pm Saturday. Another favorite, Cider Press now offers grab and go for breakfast and lunch. Ale & The Witch Monday Fundraiser The Ale and The Witch’s Monday evening series raises money for a good cause by brining local celebrities as bartenders from 5:30-7:30 pm. For each item served, they donate $1 plus 100% of the tips to the cause of the week. 111 2nd Avenue NE The Longest Table Benefits WUSF Public Media April 6: This glorious al fresco food feast located on Bayshore Drive NE from the Museum of Fine Arts to the Vinoy starts at 5:30. Ticket prices depend on the restaurant you choose with options ranging from Mattison’s to 400 Beach. press/longest/restaurants/ FYI Tickets: 800-661-0823 Sponsorships: Pride Shirts On Sale: Our friends at I Love The ‘Burg have created some amazing new Pride designs available as tote bags, tees, tanks, mugs, tumblers, beach towels and more. Show your love for our fabulous city and shop today! t-pete-pride-shirts/ | MARCH 2017


Tidbits ST. PETERSBURG Forbes Lists St. Petersbug As One Of America’s Fastest Growing Cities 2017: The magazine’s accolade places St. Pete (and entire Tampa Bay area) in the top 10. The upper tier of the list is decorated with florida cities, including Orlando, Jacksonville, Bradenton and Fort Myers. The magazine looked at a number of indicators including growth of population, employment, wages, economic output & home price growth as a proxy for wealth. March 19 Farm To Table Experience: 1 - 6 pm, enjoy dinner in the garden with Dr. Dustin Rudolph, Vanessa Sardi and Chef Emmanuel Roux. An enchanting afternoon picking fresh fruits and veggies to take home, touring the garden, sipping kombucha, hearing healthy nutrition informative talks and enjoying a cooking demo by renowned Chef Emmanuel Roux (727.251.1879) and a Garden Fresh Dinner. (please feel free to bring your favorite bottle of wine!) St. Pete Eco-Village 302 15th St North Chromatech Digital Changes Hands: Florida Print Solutions (FPS), a leading Tampa Bay Area womanowned small business, announced the purchase of Chromatech Digital and related entities that produce a wide range of commercial printing products & services. The FPS campus is at 432 31st St. N and offers Print Plus Solutions & Services, Corporate Identity & Branding; Customer Retention & Reactivation and Marketing Performance & Lead Generation FYI: 727-327-5500

SOUTH PASADENA Artspring March 31 - April 2: Enjoy artist’s creations in clay, fiber, wood, metals, glass, photography, paper or paint as well as sculptures. FYI: City Hall at 347-4171. March 14 General Election: Residents of the City of South Pasadena will be electing two Commissioners from a list of three: Dan Calabria, Gigi Esposito and David Magenheimer. The polling place for Precincts 212 & 214 is located at City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive South. The polls will be open between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm. SKYWAY MARINA DISTRICT Revitalization Update: Philips Development and Realty LLC announced in Feb. that the Home Depot site at U.S. Highway 19 & 30th Ave. South deal has closed and a mixed-use project with more than 300 apartments and 13,000 square feet of retail space will be built. The revitalization of the Skyway Marina is a major focus for the city of St. Pete. The city will spend $1 million in improvements that include signage, landscaping, pedestrian lighting - banners and bus shelters. Publix recently opened a store at the south end of the district. The mixed-use building is slated to break ground in six to nine months and PDR will also develop a 100,000-squarefoot, climate-controlled storage facility on the site. TAMPA BAY James Beard Award SemiFinalists Include Three Tampa Bay Foodies: Final nominees will be announced on March 15; winners will be revealed at an event in New York City on April 25. Nominated in the Best Chef: South category were two local

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favorites: Ferrell Alvarez, co-owner and chef of Rooster & the Till in Seminole Heights, who is working on another Seminole Heights concept (Nebraska Mini Mart). Chef Chris Ponte, owner of Cafe Ponte in Clearwater, who also is a partner in On Swann in Hyde Park Village. The third nominee, Richard Gonzmart, president of Columbia Restaurant Group, was nominated for outstanding restauranteur. In addition to the Columbia, Gonzmart owns Goody Goody, Ulele and Cha Cha Coconuts. Cardboard Space Adventures @ MOSI: Guests will help create a huge outpost in outer space, full of hands-on creativity, engineering, and art—all constructed entirely from cardboard. The exploration and fun will run daily from May 27–Sept. 5, 2017. MOSI’s science demonstrators, the STEAMpunks, will highlight science, technology, engineering, arts, and math ideas as families explore, plus the STEAMpunks will spotlight those concepts during a live, interactive theatre show. “We’ve been designing, cutting, folding, and gluing models for months now, and we can’t wait to start actually building this awesome summer experience,” said MOSI President & CEO Molly Demeulenaere. “Cardboard Space Adventures has that special mix of fun, creativity, and learning that our guests love! For example, you can crack the code of the alien language—but you’ll need math to do it. Plus, we’re making a downloadable Structure & Function lesson

plan that has more learning content for parents, homeschool educators, and school teachers to use.” FYI: Sprouts Opens in Tampa: Can Pinellas be far behind? Lucky Markets will open in Tyrone, Earthfare is in Seminole and Trader Joe’s on 4th Street Downtown. The Phoenix-based grocer is known for organic fruits and veggies TREASURE ISLAND The City of Treasure Island’s Beach Sign Art Contest: The contest promotes keeping beaches beautiful and entries are due by March 31. The City is looking for original and inspiring artwork to help create our new beach infor mation signs. The City will be holding a Beach Sign Art Contest open to everyone ages 10 years old and up. Artwork will be judged by a panel of judges to select finalists in five categories. Finalists will have their original art work featured on one of the City’s new beach information signs. The goal of the program is to have original art work beach signs to promote keeping our beaches and water clean and beautiful FYI: Download information/application at; for information, 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! PN

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e n o y r e v E n i h s i r I is March By Nanette Wiser live music (Finley’s, Mickey Quinn’s) and most all are sure to have traditional Irish favorites such as corned beef. Other local bars with an O’ something name also get into the Paddy spirit, from the R Bar in TI to Redington’s Friendly Tavern plus all your usual St. Pete Beach and Corey Avenue haunts. Check with your local watering hole to see what’s happening. Don your green and look for your pot of gold at the end of these Irish rainbows. Green beer optional. Slainte!

Pat Packer’s Harp & Thistle may be a favorite memory, but her Irish spunky spirit lives on during the month of St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re lucky, you might run into her on Corey Ave. and you can ask her to sign her biography if she has them (as I did last year on St. Pat’s Day). If you are a purist, you’ll head over to one of these Irish pubs for the fanfare which now seems to last longer than St. Pat’s weekend March 17. Many of these spots throw huge tented parties with

Courigan’s Irish Pub 1 Beach Dr..SE, downtown St. Pete 727- 551-9019 Where the rugby and soccer fans hang, both for the Irish beers and gravy drizzled over fries as well as the best bloody Mary downtown before or after the Saturday Market nearby. Darts, trivia, beer and food specials plus corned beef poppers, basket o’chips with Guinness gravy, poutine (fries with gravy and melted mozzarella, banger brats, corned beef, Reuben, shepherd’s pie and more.

Copper Clover Pub 111 Boardwalk W, #203 , Madeira Beach/John’s Pass 727- 289-7740 Classic Irish food and drink. Yummy boxer and bangers, shepherd’s pie, potato leek soup, cheesy gravy chips and whiskey wings. The décor and live music are nostalgic of the authentic Harp and Thistle. Try the Irish coffee with Jameson Irish whiskey and enjoy the view from the balcony.

Don's Irish Pub 3007 6th St. S, downtown St. Pete 727- 201-9747 Local bar, pet friendly where you can play pool and darts and catch up over a few pints.

Finley's Irish Pub & Eatery 13477 Belcher Rd. S, Largo 727- 535-7858 On St. Pat’s, there will be a limited menu (corn beef and cabbage for sure) and hundreds of your new best friends. At all times, the Irish beers, whiskey selection and service are top-shelf, thanks to bartender John. The food is delicious, from the meatloaf and dry wings to the burgers and Reuben. Don’t miss their famous DrUnKEN Chicken sauteed with Irish Whiskey and Reuben Roll appetizer. There’s a trivia night, blues jam Thursday Irish cont’d on page 25 | MARCH 2017


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shepherd’s pie poppers and bangers and mash at the Seminole pub. On St. Pat’s, it will be all about the corned beef.

O'Keefe's Tavern and live music Saturday night, even a comedy night once every six weeks.

MacDinton's Irish Pub St Pete 242 1st Ave. N., downtown St. Petersburg 727- 201-9783 The Tampa original is very much in the jig of things on this block with beer and shot specials, karaoke Thursday, open mic live jam Wednesdays and all the sports you like to watch (EPL, La Liga, FA Cup, Champions League, Europa Cup soccer, finals). Try out the Gaelic chips (crumbled blue cheese, Tullamore Dew BBQ), malted vinegar fries, Mac Reuben and Bangers & Mash.

Mickey Quinn’s Beach Pub 19703 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, 727- 593-3208

Mickey Quinn’s Irish Pub & Grill 13071 Park Blvd., Seminole, 727- 393-9510 The Irish beers on tap are icy cold (Smithwicks, Guinness, Harp’s), the casual fare yummy and the games are always afoot (billiards, darts, arcade) with lots of TVs for watching sports. Each Mickey Quinn’s has its own lunch and dinner menu with specials, but I particularly like the wings and fish n’ chips at both locations and the

1219 S Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater 727- 442-9034 Irish all year round, the Tavern goes wild on for three days during St. Patrick’s celebration week and is home to one of Florida's largest St. Patrick's Day parties. With live music & dancing, over two tons of fresh corned beef and plenty of green beer, you gotta go at least once. All year round, you’ll find traditional Irish dishes such as an Irish breakfast skillet, Guinness meatloaf, corned beef sandwich and seven-course Irish dinner (six drafts, one boiled potato).

O’Maddy’s Bar & Grille 5405 Shore Blvd S., Gulfport 727-323-8643 Everyday Chef Wade whips up a seasonal special, often seafood and it’s always delicious. Great comaraderie, spirited deals, a killer beef on weck, peanut butter and jelly wings, mussels and one of Gulfport’s biggest St. Patrick’s street parties March 17 with green beer and live music 11 am – midnight.

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Birch & Vine New Chef - Luke Decker! By Nanette Wiser Lauded as one of the top restaurants in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, The Birch & Vine at The Birchwood has a new executive chef, Luke Decker, who has been with the restaurant since its inception and knows the menu’s global-inspired and inventive dishes well. Chef Luke's plates will feature seasonal influences, locally sourced meats, fish and vegetables with unique twists on favorite dishes. Decker was only 24 when his brother Chef Anthony convinced Decker to leave his retail career and work at Bella Brava, siblings joined by a love of cooking. After three years training under Chef Mario Maggi and his brother Chef Anthony Decker (now Chef de Cuisine at NYC’s Felidia), Decker started working under Executive Chef Jason Cline at The Birchwood when it opened in 2013. The rest is magic. For the next four years, he honed his skills as a grill cook, sous chef and finally chef de cuisine. Chef Luke jokes that he was,“a late bloomer,” but his work ethic, technical skills, drive and desire to be great at what he does while delivering memorable meals make him the perfect choice for Executive Chef at The Birchwood. Chef Luke’s brother still inspires him, and he’s not afraid to experiment with new dishes and trends. Creativity is central to good cooking as is a well-trained staff that understands the ingredients and techniques used to prepare dishes. At home with his wife and two sons, Chef Luke loves to cook steak or shrimp on the grill. At work, seafood is his passion as is using locally sourced ingredients. He also loves using port and sherry wine in his dishes and believes that a seasoned palate and a good chef’s knife is essential for preparing a great meal. PN | MARCH 2017


Protecting Our Seas for 50 Years

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The 50th celebration will be held April 5-8, 2017 at the C.W. Bill Young Marine Science Complex along the Bayboro Waterfront. Seminars, plenaries and special events will include alumni and friends from across the globe. A variety of family friendly fieldtrips and activities have been planned. Bring your family for some fun in the sun! Howard Rutherford, CMS Director of Development, told Paradise News, “At the College of Marine Science, we create and disseminate knowledge about the oceans (physics, chemistry, biology and geology) and marine fisheries through observation, modeling and theory. In the process of aiding our students to achieve their professional goals, we aim to interact with all students, scientists and citizens to do our part in creating a more scientifically-informed society.” “We welcome anyone who has a passion for the oceans and for science, who values different perspectives, and who cherishes the opportunity to think critically and promote 26

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dialogue about the knowledge we create and disseminate. Regardless of what you look like, what you believe, or where you come from, we want to include you in our college if this description fits you.” (See accompanying 50 Years – Milestones) “Florida is an ocean state and it’s important to note that coastal tourism contributes more than 200,000 jobs and $50 billion annually to the state economy. What’s more, seafood sales alone contribute $30 billion each year – more than the cattle and citrus industries combined. That is precisely why climate change is such a pressing issue. Florida is highly susceptible to negative impacts of a changing climate, in particular coastal flooding due to extreme events and sea level rise, salt water intrusion and ocean acidification.” “The reality is that we can’t protect what we don’t understand, and a sustainable Florida requires a fundamental understanding of how the ocean system works and how we are changing it. All of us at the College of Marine Science – 27 faculty members,









C. W. Bill Young Marine Science Complex with the CMS in the large T-shaped Marine Science Laboratory on the Bayboro Peninsula (foreground) and in the three-story Knight Oceanographic Research Center at upper right. Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute is along top side, and U.S. Geological Survey in upper left.

USF College of Marine Science – 50 Years of Milestones • 1955 Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s, Florida Marine Research Institute established in St. Petersburg, Fl. • 1960 Oceanographic courses offered on USF’s Bayboro Campus. • 1967 Marine Science Institute founded on USF’s Bayboro Campus at the former US Maritime Base – evolving into our USF CMS today. • 1969 First 24 graduate students enrolled and a year later nine marine science courses offered – more than any other marine station. College now offers 71 courses • 1971 First National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to study the factors involved in growing seaweed as a crop $32,400.

• Dr. Tomas Hopkins research cruise to study the food chain in the Gulf of Mexico. The first set of midwater micronekton and zooplankton are taken from a standard station in the open Gulf. This food web has been studied for over 30 (45) years, making it one of the most intensely studied food webs in the ocean. • 1972 Formation of the Department of Marine Science within the College of Natural Sciences. • 1982 Florida Board of Regents approves “stand alone” PhD program in marine science at USF. • 1991 Ground-breaking for new joint research facility (140,000 square feet) to serve Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Marine Science (USF). Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG) founded.

• 1993 First major Climate Change Involvement in conjunction with Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay Harbor Pilots Association, the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) is funded and begins serving ocean science, commerce and the public with physical data on Tampa Bay every six minutes around the clock • 1997 The Florida Legislature initiating funding for COMPS (Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System), an ongoing program that, in combination with NOAA, monitors and models important physical processes on the West Florida Shelf for both scientific purposes and to provide guidance for commercial activities and for the management of ocean hazards by various state and local governmental agencies. • 1999 USF establishes a Science Journalism Center consisting of a partnership between the Department of Marine Science and the College of Mass Communications. | MARCH 2017


100 graduate students and 47 research staff members – are absolutely committed to this goal.” The 11-acre waterfront campus has three major buildings, dockside facilities for most oceanographic research vessels and two State of Florida Institute of Oceanography research vessels. The College currently offers 71 courses and has 100 students on average, with this breakdown: 68% Doctoral, 32% Master's; 57% Female, 43% Male; 15% International, 16% US Minority; 20-plus annual Fellowships - $10,000-$22,000; average 50 Graduate Assistants. As of fall 2016, the marine science program has produced 608 graduates (404 MS and 204 PhD). Dr. Jacqueline Dixon, CMS Dean, sums up, “Looking ahead, let’s start with where the College of Marine Science is today – a leader in ocean education, research and innovation. In the years and decades ahead, we intend to stay true to our core mission: increasing and applying fundamental knowledge of global ocean systems and human-ocean interactions. We’ll achieve this in the manner that has guided our efforts all along – through research, graduate education and community engagement.” “Our interdisciplinary research will continue to address issues facing the ocean and our CMS scientists will work in every ocean around the world on issues of global relevance. Ultimately, our goal is to continue as a top oceanographic institution with research that is globally significant, regionally relevant and locally applied.” “To define our course for the future, it may be helpful to explain what we do as ocean scientists. Marine Science is a lot more than

• 2000 College of Marine Science created (July 1) Peter R. Betzer named Acting Dean (July 14) • 2001 College receives a three-year GK-12 Fellowship Award from National Science Foundation to foster the interaction between ocean scientists and public schools through fellowships to support Marine Science graduate students working and teaching in the schools (first year eight students awarded fellowships). • 2003 College becomes a member of Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) and Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI).


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dolphins. When we refer to global ocean systems we are talking about the interdisciplinary research between biologists, chemists, geologists and physicists, who apply their knowledge to understand and predict complex interactions in the marine environment. We have no barriers to full interaction and collaboration on a daily basis, and this is essential as we move forward. We were founded 50 years ago as a research center of excellence and we will remain laser-focused on that mission – now and 50 years from now.”

Registration for the full 50th Anniversary program is available online at with full registration including all speakers for $100. Socials and field trips extra, including: Wednesday, April 5: $15 Campus Grind Evening Social; Thursday, April 6: $5 St. Petersburg SciCafe, Thursday, April 6: $20 Mexican Fiesta Lunch Buffet; Friday, April 7: $20 BBQ Luncheon, Tropical Dinner Buffet; April 8: $25 25th Oceanography Camp for Girls Alumni Luncheon; April 8: $10 Weedon Island Hike & Canoe Paddling Tour; April 8: $10 USF Clam Bayou Preserve Tour April 8: $10 Upham Shoreline Stabilization Tour [Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Dean Jacqueline Dixon, Howard Rutherford and Megan Chiplock from the USF CMS for their excellent comments and photos.] [Steve Traiman is President of Creative Copy by Steve Traiman in St. Pete Beach, offering freelance business writing services. He can be reached via email at

• 2006 College of Marine Science receives $8.5M grant for advanced instrumentation from The Florida Technology, Research and Scholarship Board (HB 1237; Florida House of Representatives: 2006 Legislative Session). • 2010 Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem (C-IMAGE) grant funded for $11 million over three years from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Research Board to study the effects from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill with 17 member Institutions.

• 2015 The Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE-II) is a research consortium of 19 U.S. and international partners focused on effects of oil spills on marine environments. C-IMAGE-II was funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) at $20.2 million for three years. Its focus is to advance understanding of the processes, mechanisms and environmental consequences of marine oil blowouts. Recent events like Deepwater Horizon focused the scientific efforts of C-IMAGE I, but C-IMAGE II looks to gain insight by researching a parallel blowout incident that occurred in 1979 in the Bay of Campeche on the Ixtoc-1 platform.

USF Unique Oceanography Camp for Girls Marks 25 Years at Marine Science Campus Story by STEVE TRAIMAN • Photos by OCG In the 1990’s several national studies revealed a tremendous drop in the number of women pursuing math and science degrees. To address this shortfall on a local level, the USF College of Marine Science began the first Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG) in 1991, a National Science Foundation Model Program for Women and Girls.

projects and problem solving; graduate student mentors capable of not only teaching science but also identifying with campers on levels that both inspire and increase their confidence about science; one-to-one mentoring between teenaged girls and research scientists; alumni campers, who serve as peer counselors to "new" campers while enhancing their communication and leadership skills.”

OCG Director Teresa Greely recalls “Our Camp on the USF St. Petersburg campus was developed to inspire and motivate young women entering high school to consider career opportunities in the sciences. Each three-week program provides hands-on, research experiences in both laboratory and field environments.

“Strengths of this program are: interdisciplinary learning that focuses on the physical sciences as well as math and biology; participation in real-world research

Session is three weeks from June 12-30, 8 am-4 pm daily at the USF College of Marine Science, 140 7th Ave. South, St. Petersburg. There is no cost, only daily transportation (limited to 30 girls). Apply to the 2017 OCG until March 31: (1) Download an Application at (2) Complete application & return by March 31 deadline via mail to: USF Marine Science, 140 7th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (postmarked March 31st) OR email to Angela Lodge, (3) Participate in an interview at your school the month of April (4) Letters mailed to all applicants about the outcome the week of May 1. For any questions on the Application, call 727-553-3921.

The all-girls setting dissolves social barriers to learning, takes place in an authentic science environment and advances a positive sense of self.

“Under the interdisciplinary umbrella of oceanography, participants are directly involved in disciplines in which women and minorities are most often underrepresented; chemistry, geology, physics, engineering and mathematics.”

World. Science mentors include graduate students, research scientists, educators and camp alumni as teen counselors.

Registration Details All girls in Pinellas County schools who are completing the 8th grade can learn science while having fun experiencing the Ocean World. Be an oceanographer during field and lab explorations, including a day at sea aboard a research vessel, coastal marine field trips, “real-world” research projects, career interviews and behind the scenes at Sea

Greely offers this final note, ”Probably the best way to describe the benefits of our all-girls camp is to share what one camper’s parent had to say: ‘ I have never seen my daughter so excited to come home muddy, sun-kissed, exhausted, and ready to wake up early to begin again the next day!’ or perhaps a quote captured from a recent camper, ‘ fun it was to get our hands dirty and not be concerned with our appearance, because there were no boys, just girls with the same interest in learning’." PN

[Editors’s Note: Special thanks to Teresa Greely, Angela Lodge and Rhonda Sanborn at the OCG for their excellent comments and photos.] [Steve Traiman is President of Creative Copy by Steve Traiman in St. Pete Beach, offering freelance business writing services. He can be reached via email at ] | MARCH 2017


Snowbirds, New Home Q & A by Tom Smith

Over this past year, I have been writing columns in the Paradise News, mainly addressing existing homeowners along the Pinellas Beaches. Most of my many calls I get from this article are asking questions on whether or not to raze their existing 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homes and build to all new Florida Building Code standards. I thought this month I would address questions that I generally get from those northerners trying to make a decision to move to Florida, either part time or full time. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sampling of the questions that I receive from our snowbird friends: What does an average new home cost here? First, the lot prices vary from $150,000 with only water view, to about $400,000 $450,000 for waterfront along our beautiful intercoastal. Then, new home costs vary GHSHQGLQJXSRQVL]HQXPEHURIĂ&#x20AC;RRUV EDWKURRPVVSHFLÂżFDWLRQVHWF*+' Construction Services, Inc. has homes from about $270,000 to $590,000 and more if your budget allows for Dlarger custom home. $UHWKHĂ RRGLQVXUDQFHH[SHQVH KRUURUVWRULHVWKDW,KHDUWUXH" Only for the existing older homes that are not built above WKH)(0$Ă&#x20AC;RRGSODLQ1HZKRPHVGRQRW IDFHWKLVKLJKĂ&#x20AC;RRGLQVXUDQFHFRVWZKLFKLV greatly escalating annually.

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Chris Steinocher, President of St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce was there with a team of his ambassadors, the ribbon and the scissors. There was also a huge crowd of happy German car owners, celebrating Potter’s success. Tom says “I do not consider them clients or customers, they are friends, and it is a pleasure and a priveledge that they trust us to keep them and their families safe, and save them money at the same time.”

L to R: Steve Johnson, Shawn Lahmeyer, Chris Steinocher (St. Petersburg Chamber), Tom Potter, Richard Webb & Michael Augustyn

German car owners know how hard it is to find a

mechanic they can really trust with their automotive investment. Seeing the growth at Potter’s Precision Imports in just two years is as rewarding for us at Paradise NEWS as it has been for the Potters and their team. They say the stories and ads we have run for this fast growing concern are largely responsible for the company’s meteoric rise.

That says a huge amount about a car repair shop. Does your mechanic keep the floor of his shop clean enough to eat off of? If your German car needs a new doctor, give Potter’s Precision Imports a call at (727) 914-8968. Tell them Paradise NEWS sent you.

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In my opinion Paradise NEWS is just the spark that started the fire. It is the passion, the management, the quality work, cleanliness and professionalism shown by the entire crew that builds customer loyalty, starts word of mouth and keeps people coming back. Tom Potter planned his ribbon cutting on a Thursday evening complete with German food and German beer to go along with his German car repair mission.

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Odise Armata and his wife Mirela are a remarkable young couple, raising a growing young family together, each running a small business of their own. We had written about Odise (Odissay) a few years ago, when his fledgling St. Pete Beach Produce store next to Scoops attracted Andrea, a volunteer, to help his business. He’d shop at the farmers market in Tampa at 3 am to get the best pick of fresh local produce, then deliver orders to restaurant clients on his way back to his shop. Starting out with a counter and triple sink, he made salads and sandwiches with his fresh produce. Since then, Odise expanded and moved St. Pete Beach Produce and Deli into a free-standing building at 6355 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach. His passion is to provide fresh, healthy food and wider ethnic options at affordable prices. Their hand-sliced gyro made with fresh onions, tomatoes and homemade tzatziki sauce for just $5.99 is a good example. So is the Boar’s Head cooler full of premium meats and cheeses for dollars under the closest competitor. His real passion lies in selling the fresh salads like Tabouleh made daily. Odise waves off my praise of his accomplishments. “Any young person with perseverance and a positive attitude can do what I did if they stick to it”, says Odise. “It’s my wife Mirela who is truly amazing” he continues. I went to my

native Albania looking for a woman to join me in Florida and we fell for each other. When she came here to join me, we were almost strangers.” In five short years she learned English and followed her passion to get a cosmetology license from Lorraine’s Beauty Academy. Oh, she also became an American citizen, is raising their son, now 3-years old, who in May expects a baby sister. For all these several years, Mirela also prepared most of the desserts sold in the pastry case and some in the freezer. Many locals will find a copy of the menu in this issue of Paradise NEWS. Otherwise, see for a menu & more details about the restaurant. Mirela also just opened Mirela’s Talent Salon in January at 6365 Gulf Blvd., adjacent to St. Pete Beach Produce and Deli. Since hair is her passion, Mirela has a lifetime of experience and the fresh professional training one needs to be licensed in Florida, so she knows all the newest services people want today. A current printed menu of services with general pricing is available from Mirela’s Talent Salon. Mirela is also offering a FREE Styling with any service when you mention this Paradise NEWS article. She is seeking a talented local stylist to cover the shop while she bonds with her daughter this summer, and to stay on afterward. If your stylist is not happy where they are, you might suggest they contact Mirela. Call 727-564-3645 or email

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Bookworms By Nanette Wiser

legendary novelist Virginia Woolf as she sits for French painter Jacques Emile Blanche.

When you get far away from yourself, books show you the way back. Everything literary is in vogue, thanks to groups like Keeping St. Pete Lit, the Arts Alliance, the Morean’s new bookstore, Mitzi Gordon’s Blue Bird Book Bus and author appearances. In October, the Tampa Bay Times’ annual Festival of Reading is a job, while University of Tampa and Eckerd College both feature annual author appearances.

April 21-23 The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair: The oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeastern United States. Visitors will find books of every age and about every conceivable topic, in a wide range of price ranges. The event features books, maps, prints, ephemera, autographs and more. The book fair will be part of the third annual SunLit Festival, a celebration of literature. The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave N. downtown St. Pete

EVENTS Olli, Eckerd College: So many great classes, from literature to film and poetry. • 130 Years of Sherlock Holmes with instructor Rick Kistner; April 5, 9, 26 The Center at Palm Harbor; April 6, 20, 27 (Eckerd College) • Celebrating Florida Fiction with Author/Instructor Cathy Salustri Eckerd College-April 6; Palm Harbor-April 7

WRITERS GROUPS & COLLECTIVES Keep St. Pete Lit: Promotes the literary community past, present and future through arts, education and events with a literary twist, including writers classes, beach journaling, beginning blogging and more at the LitSpace in the Morean Arts Center and around the community. They’ve just launched Bookspace as well, a bookstore supported by donations that supports the organization. or email

• March 21, 2 pm Nan Colton is Agatha Christie: This acclaimed performing artist in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts portrays best- selling novelist Agatha Christie at Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church, 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach; 727-360-5508 or visit • April 13 Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Here, she portrays the

GULF BEACHES 200 Municipal Dr., Madeira Beach Travis Ann Sherman 727 391-2828 Tax Help: AARP offers tax help, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 – 1:30 until April 13. Bring all relevant tax documents and IDs. Special Event: Booksale sponsored by the Friends of the Gulf Beaches Public Library. • Friday, March 24, 10 am – 5 pm. • Saturday, March 25, 10 am – 4 pm

Studio@ 620 620 1st Avenue South, downtown St. Pete. Wordier Than Thou, an open mic for storytelling, share prose or just catch tales from area wordsmiths. A featured reader kicks off the night, followed by 10 minute open mic slots. In partnership with Keep St. Pete Lit there will also be a Poetry Open Mike with a featured poet and opportunity to read 7 - 9 pm, May 17, June 21, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25

SUPPORT KIDS WHO READ Weetime at Weedon and The Dali both have lovely programs. Goodwill is hosting a Bookworks Book Drive through March 15, supporting childhood literacy and giving kids free books Tampa Bay; just drop off your donation marked For BookWorks. Encourage your student to enter Fantastical Times, a writing contest for Tampa Bay high school students through Mar. 31 (


Wednesday Movies: Enjoy a popular movie with us every Wednesday at 2:30 pm. Global Hits: International blockbusters, Tuesdays @ 4 pm., March 28, April 25. Investment Club: Thursdays, 2:30 pm. Join a group of experienced investors in an exchange of ideas about the current market and investment opportunities. Scrabble: Learn some new two letter words. Fridays, 1 – 4 pm.

Computer Classes, Mondays, 1:00 pm. Computer/Mobile Device Help: Mondays, March 13 & 27 and April 10 & 24. Ask questions about applications and devices.

Book Groups: Chatterbooks: Tuesdays @ 10:30 am. March 21, The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner. April 18, The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.

Writer’s Group: Mondays, 10 am - 12 o’clock. All writers invited. Be sure to bring a few pages of your current work in progress to be critiqued by group. International Film Movement: IFM sponsors award winning independent foreign films. First Tuesdays of the month @ 4 pm. March 7, Innocents. April 4, Blush.

Children’s Programs: Baby & Me Storytime: (Baby - 2 yrs) Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Short stories, puppets, songs, followed by some baby play & good times. Pre-K Storytime & Art Class: (Ages 2-4) Fridays, 10:30 am. Stories and songs, followed by an art/craft class.


BAPWG: Paradise New’s Feature writer, Steve Traiman, runs the Bay Area Professional Writer’s Guild (BAPWG) meets on the 4th Monday (1 pm) Bardmoor Plaza Panera in Largo. The mission? To provide resources to students and new writers with an interest in a professional career; to further the education, expansion and appreciation of the arts within our community; and to serve and support our members to further their careers. They also host speakers who address various topics that support writing as a career. One of their members is Louise Harris and under her guidance, the group has published its first member anthology. SINK or SWIM: How Overcoming Obstacles Makes Life Worthwhile. Since its release last October on, the book has had hundreds of paid and free downloads, and good sales of print copies. Louise always wanted to be a writer, publishing her first poem at age 12. She graduated from the University of MD College of Journalism and has published two novels, The 1776 Scroll and The 1776 Inn. FYI: or email President Steve Traiman:

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ST. PETE BEACH 365 73rd Ave., SPB, 363-9238 Monday/Wednesday 10am8pm Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 10am6pm Saturday 10am-2pm Sunday, closed Administrator: Betcinda Kettells New website! Like us on Facebook! TECH PROGRAMS One-on-One Tech Help Tuesdays, 3 - 5 pm, Mar 7, 21; Apr 4, 18 (reservation suggested) Intro Tech Classes Mondays, 11 am Apr 3: Overdrive (e-books) Apr 10: Facebook Apr 17: e-mail Apr 24: MS Publisher ADULT PROGRAMS Holocaust Survivor Gary Silvers, 11am, Mon Mar 6 AARP Safe Driving Wed Mar 8, 11:30 am 6:30 pm ($20/$15 AARP) Florida Treasure Hunt Mon Mar 13, 11 am how to find unclaimed funds

Movie Night at the Library Wednesdays, 6pm Mar 15 Hacksaw Ridge Apr 19 TBA Intro to Music Therapy Mon Mar 20, 11 am Sidewalk Astronomy times & dates TBA AARP Tax Preparation Fridays, 10 am - 2:30p m through April 14 Friends of the Library Annual Spring Basket Silent Auction, through Mar 31 Golden Age of Radio Monday, April 3, 6 - 8 pm X Minus One, Dimension X BOOK DISCUSSION Book/film, Tues, 10:30am March 21/28 "A Mind to Murder" April 18/25 “The Name of Rose” CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS Mother Goose Story Time Ages 0-3, Thursdays, 11 am Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Apr 6, 13, 20, 27 Tail Waggin' Tutors Skill-building for beginning readers, Thursdays, 4 pm Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 Apr 6, 13, 20, 27 Children's Movie Night Mondays, 6:00 pm Mar 13 Moana Apr 17 TBA


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Compiled by Nanette Wiser

- Steve Jobs BEST BETS: ARTS & CULTURE By Nanette Wiser

Gulfport Artsy Phartsy Chili Cookoff & Salsa Showoff Sunday, March 19 - 4 - 7 pm Competition for Best Chili, Best Salsa & People’s Choice Judges include Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson Entertainment by the Urban Gypsies of Florida with half-time show by Salsa Rivera BENEFITS: Limbo Chihuahuas & Chihuahua Mix Rescue Gulfport artists are invited to set up, but space is limited. Call for details 727-289-9365. A hot, fun, family friendly event. Admission includes all the championship chili and savory salsa you can eat until it runs out! General admission tickets are $10 adults age 12 & up $5 under age 12. TICKETS ONLINE:, at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Boulevard South, and the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Boulevard South. ENTRY FORMS available at the Casino. FMI: 727-289-9365 or visit the official website at

Spring comes in like a lion, and for those of us who love festivals, music, arts, dance and parties, it’s a roaring good time in March. With the passing of legendary jazz artist Al Jarreau last month, I’m gung-ho to see as many famous artists as I can at Tampa Bay’s amazing festivals and performing arts venues especially the Plant City Strawberry Festival, Tampa Bay Blues April fest and the Charlie Daniels Band April 1 at Pinellas Park’s England Brother Park. Art comes alive in the gardens (Sunken Garden, see sidebar) and at the Chagallinspired designs at Marie Selby Gardens. For lit lovers, Carl Hiassen is at The Straz Center 3/5 as is Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels, while the exciting Tiempo Libre stuns 3/10 and Forbidden Broadway is a riot 3/12. Be sure to check out our feature on all things lit in our Bookworms feature in this issue. 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. Sign up for our FREE thursday newsletter with Top Five Events at

BEST BET: Palladium/Side Door/Hough Hall On 3/17 at the Side Door, Green Tambourine: Coo Coo Ca Choo celebrate classic rock favorites from The Beatles, The Animals, The Beach Boys, Jimmy Reed, The Walker Brothers, The Fortunes, Hendrix, Cream, Sly and the Family Stone, The Young Rascals, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Steve Miller & more. Also on tap in March is the music of Stan Getz (3/12), Paul McCartney (3/16) and in April, jazzy Nicole Henry and the kick-off to The Blues Fest with Samantha Fish (4/6). 253 Fifth Ave. N, downtown St. Pete 727- 822-3590

BEST BET: St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival Co-hosted by the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, this new festival (3/25-3/26) blends seafood dishes, delightful local restaurant fare, sensational sips, crafts, gourmet food products with live music (soul, classic rock, R&B, jazz, salsa) including Jah Movement, Orchestra Fuego, Mike Tozier, the Greg Billings Band, Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, the HubbTones, RJ Howson and the Sarasota Steel Pan Band. Sat./Sun. 10 am – 8 pm North Straub Park, downtown St. Pete BEST BET: The Mahaffey Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. South 727-893-7832 Don’t miss Brain Candy Live! 3/15, an outrageous evening of entertainment from two amazing minds: Adam Savage, former co-host of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters, and YouTube star Michael Stevens ("Vsauce") showcase three tons of their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that’s been described as "A cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group." Adam and Michael’s BRAIN CANDY LIVE! experience is like a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka and lbert Einstein. A limited number of VIP Meet & Greet tickets are available for $125 (includes a post-performance meet and greet & photo opportunity with Adam Savage and Michael Stevens, a signed 8x10 photo and a commemorative laminate). A separate show ticket must also be purchased to attend the Meet & Greet. | MARCH 2017


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explosive performance, music lovers will hear a selection of songs from some of the best American bands in music history, including Aerosmith, The Eagles, Kiss, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Boston and many more. • Country legend Dwight Yoakam strums hearts 3/5.

• 'Saturday Night Fever The Musical' dances our way March 17 for those who love the Bee Gees music and dancing Tony Manero from Brooklyn as much as I do. • Rock Stars & Stripes: A Rock ‘n Roll Road Trip Across America (4/14) is the brainchild of former Boston frontman and guitar player David Victor, Rock Stars & Stripes is a unique concert experience that takes audiences on a virtual road trip across the country by performing classic American rock 'n' roll hits set against the backdrop of engaging video of some of America's most iconic landmarks, places and people. During this


BEST BET: Tampa Bay Blues Festival April 7-9: Alfresco at Vinoy Park, this is one of the year’s most anticipated music festivals. • Friday Dennis Gruenling 12:30-2p The Jordan Patterson Band 2:30 - 4p Albert Cummings 4:30 - 6p Ana Popovic 6:30 - 8p Buddy Guy 8:30 - 10 p • Saturday Matt Schofield 12:30 - 2p Samantha Fish 2:30 - 4p Toranzo Cannon 4:30 - 6p Coco Montoya 6:30 - 8 p

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The Rides with Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Barry Goldberg 8:30 - 10p • Sunday Backtrack Blues Band 1 - 2:15p JW-Jones 2:30 - 4p The Lee Boys 4:30 - 6p Dawn Tyler Watson 6:30 – 8p Tab Benoit 8:30 - 10p VIP Experience Package: An unforgettable way to enjoy three days of great music, food, drinks, and hospitality. Purchase a 3 - day VIP pass for this year's festival, and become a member of our Tampa Bay Blues Club. The purchaser’s name published in our Festival program as a valued 2017 TBBF Blues Club member. • Special concert seating in padded chairs, located directly in front of main stage. • Use of two large shade tents, with tables & comfortable chairs; water views of Tampa Bay. • Dinners catered each evening at 6 pm.

• Complimentary lunch presentations by local restaurants and on site chefs at 2 pm each day. • Free beers, wines, sodas and spring water. A private cash mixed drink bar is also provided. • Upscale, air conditioned restrooms for VIP patrons only. • Free Festival programs for all VIP customers. • Complimentary champagne and mimosas served Sunday afternoon. • With each 3-Day VIP purchase, a listing of the purchaser’s name as a member of our Tampa Bay Blues Club, recognizing you as a critical supporter of the Festival. OPERA & DANCE If you love swing, head over to the Coliseum.; 727-892-5202. If you want to shake your booty, downtown St. Pete’s Ruby Elixir and Del Mar Gastro Pub is for adults who want to trip the light fantastic. Over at Eckerd College, they are showing Live HD Opera Performances in Miller Auditorium.

FILM Eckerd College International Cinema Series Films start 7 pm Miller Auditorium. • Right Now, Wrong Then 3/10 : The latest feature by Korean director Hong Sang-soo (Hahaha, Our Sunhi), Right Now, Wrong Then offers two versions of the same bare plot: A famous film director

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• La Traviata An Opera by Giuseppe Verdi March 11, 12:55 pm: Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015 opposite Michael Fabiano (as her lover, Alfredo) & Thomas Hampson (as his father, Germont). Carmen Giannattasio sings later performances of the title role opposite Atalla Ayan, with the great Plácido Domingo as Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts. • Saint Joan A Play by George Bernard Shaw March 17, 1:30 pm: Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trials of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. • Indomeneo An Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart March 25, 12:55 pm: Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Emeritus Music Director James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.

travels to a suburb of Seoul to show one of his films and meets a budding painter with whom he flirts both romantically and artistically. Taken separately, each is a simple episode in the life of an artist, but when compared, the differences between the two demonstrate how small choices add up to different results in people as much as events. Right Now, Wrong Then won the Golden Leopard at the 2015 Locarno International Film Festival. • Neruda 3/17: From the director of Jackie, Neruda focuses on the relationship between art and politics in post–World War II Chile. After criticizing the sitting president in a speech to the National Congress in 1948, the Chilean poet and Communist senator, Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco), retreated into hiding. Neruda traces his struggle to continue to connect with life and his likeminded followers alongside the dogged attempts of a fascist policeman (Gael García Bernal) to track him down. This film was selected as the Chilean entry to the 2017 Academy Awards. Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach continues on the jumbo-sized screen Fri.-Sat. beginning at 6 pm.

ART FESTIVALS & GALLERIES Artist Tour/Artists At Work 3/18 (10 am – 5 pm) 3/19 (noon – 5 pm): This free, self-guided public art tour is sponsored by The Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood. Enjoy two days exploring the architecturally rich neighborhood of Historic Kenwood while you view the exhibits of 19 artists at 15 different stops. See work by ceramicists, | MARCH 2017


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sculptors, jewelers, photographers, illustrators, and fine art painters. This year’s theme, “Artists at Work,” allows patrons and visitors to engage with artists, and enjoy live demos throughout the two-day tour. Learn about the creative process and what steps an artist takes to bring their ideas from concept to completion. FYI: Duncan McClellan Gallery: Wild Life! showcases Seattle glass artists Kelly O’Dell and Raven Skyriver opening March 11 (5 – 10 pm) enjoy an artist reception, glass blowing demonstration and live music with the Henry Ashwood Jazz Project. (thru April 7) 2342 Emerson Ave South; 855-436-4527. Studio @ 620: Music, art, spoken word, poetry, this performance/ visual art gallery is a downtown treasure. 620 First Avenue S., downtown St. Pete 727-895-6620 • Jazzy Philip Charos Quartet (3/17, 7:30 pm) features Joe Porter (upright bass), Jason Charos (trumpet), Nick DeLuca (guitar), and led by dynamic composer, drummer, and vocalist Philip Charos performing a repertoire of colorfully original jazz music and select standards. • Photography takes center stage with Here And There (opening March 10). A group photography exhibit of six local artists whose work features vast landscapes, intimate spaces, spiritual


travelogue, playful portraiture, unintentional paintings, and lazy afternoons. Photographers include Karen Kommer, Benjamin Ross Duensing, Laura Dante, Kevin Damphouse, Kéra Holzinger and Lenore Duensing. • Collective Soles Dance Company performs “With Love” 3/24-25 (7 pm), a performance that investigates love as it appears through empathy, compassion, and acceptance in a combination of text, dance, audience interaction and more with choreography by Artistic Director Alex Jones and newly appointed Resident Choreographer Sean McDonald.

includes Chihuly’s spectacular large-scale installations (Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier, Macchia, Ikebana, Nijima Floats, Persians and Tumbleweeds). A pioneer of the studio glass movement, Chihuly is credited with transforming the methods of creating glass art and thereby leading the development of complex, multi-part glass sculptures and environmental art. However, his contributions extend well beyond the boundaries of the studio glass movement and even the field of glass: his achievements have influenced contemporary art in general. Known internationally, his installations include “Chihuly Over Venice” with the


The Chihuly Collection: This stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork is presented in a fabulous architectural space designed specifically for his art, showcasing how art and architecture can work together. An iconic 20 foot sculpture created especially for the site welcomes you at the entrance. The Collection

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sculptures installed over the canals and piazze; "Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem”, attended by more than one million visitors, and the “Chihuly Bridge of Glass” in Tacoma, Washington. 720 Central Avenue, downtown St. Pete 727-822-7872 /chihuly

Florida CraftArt: Debuts Round Square (3/10-4/22) 501 Central Avenue downtown St. Pete 727-821-7391 The exhibition features art works by four established Florida artists: Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, Kendra Frorup, Babette Herschberger and Charles Parkhill. Says guest curator Katherine Gibson: Although the concept may sound deceptively simple, Round Square highlights the conscious and subconscious relationships between shape, color, scale and design across mediums, while offering visitors opportunities to discover unique characteristics of craft conversing around the gallery.” Round Square places simple shapes and colors in relationship to each other, and in some areas work is displayed in unexpected ways. • Sculptural floor pieces by Tampa sculptor Charles Parkhill, created in wood and found materials, may exhibit on a raised surface or platform instead of the floor. • Miami-based artist Babette Herschberger reconfigures cardboard boxes that are normally stacked or on the floor into beautifully designed wall pieces. • In his series titled “Cabinet of Curiosities,” Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, from west Tampa, combines threedimensional forms into a medley of sculptural creations that may be splayed on a large table rather than arranged in an actual cabinet.

Syd Entel Gallery and Susan Benjamin Glass: The 5000 square foot gallery located on Main Street in charming downtown Safety Harbor showcases acclaimed artists from around the World along with today’s premier American glass artists. 727-725-1808 247 Main St. Safty Harbor MUSEUMS Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE, 727-896-2667 • Thru March 19: The Far North – Inuit Prints and Sculpture – These 30 works by accomplished Inuit artists spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. • Through May 7: Greg Smith Multimedia Artist: Smith’s work often centers on a character attempting to “create something, trying to structure his environment, but who’s also kind of hapless and, in the end, probably doomed.” March 4-July 2: Dominique Labauvie: Dig: The formal explorations of interdisciplinary artist Dominique Labauvie are rooted in both material and a highly developed relationship to philosophies of the drawn line. He has written: “When a line bends, it slows down; as it expands, it suddenly appears as a flat surface—it carves out its presence in space like a black hole. The ground (any ground: earth, wood or stone) hosts the forged lines as the landscape that for centuries has been mapped by rivers, roads, and highways. The line informs us about the absent forms, as only the missing remain in our memories, our books, and in our images. The line attests to the desire of thought.” Dig brings together recent works by Mr. Labauvie in his

signature media of steel and pastels. The theme of the ruin runs throughout, as he seems to take on the role of archaeologist, digging into the earth’s histories to try to understand their effect on current events. • Thru June 4: The Open Road- Photography and the American Road Trip: Nothing says spring break like this exhibition, a delightful journey through America’s kitschy landscapes. The Dali Museum • Thru April 17 - Frida Kahlo at the Dali: An exhibitionof Frida Kahlo’s paintings and drawings, together with her personal photograph collection showcase her dreamlike work suggesting that love and suffering create a new sense of beauty. Kahlo’s art and storied life stir immense public interest. The Dali and Beyond Film Series fatures the A&E biography of Frida Kahlo. • Thru May - 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. MUSIC Gasparilla Music Festival (3/11-3/12) @ Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa: Headlining 3/11 is Grammy® Award nominee Cage the Elephant while 3/12 features Ryan Adams who will celebrate the release of his new album, “Prisoner,” at the festival. Joining the expansive lineup of 40 bands on four stages are : Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics, Twin Peaks, Phoebe Bridgers, The Freecoasters, Inkblot and Patel Conservatory Vocal Arts Chorale. Tampa-based Cigar | MARCH 2017


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City Brewing is the exclusive beer sponsor and will debut their Gasparilla Music Festival Pilsner. In addition to music, brew and bites, there’s a wellness kickoff (3/11) with the Dubb Tenn Yoga and Ride the Park, a stationary bike ride hosted by SOHO Cycles. And the popular Kids Fest which offers musical performances and interactive experiences for children of all ages. 2017-lineup/ A Touch of Classics: The South Pasadena Community Band will present an evening concert featuring classic favorites (including Benny Goodman) and lively marches including "Afternoon of a Faun” and "Old Comrades March.” The band is composed of 40+ very talented local musicians. 7:30 pm. For upcoming programs, visit www.southpasadenaband. com/upcoming-program • 3/8 Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place & 106th Ave. • 4/12 Treasure Island Community Center • 5/18 Galatea Garden, South Pasadena Opera, Comedy, Blues @ Iberian Rooster: Upstairs, they serve Colonial Portuguese Fusion Food, so savory and unique. Downstairs is the performance space; a sexy, vintage underground lounge. In addition to opera, there’s a comedy night, amazing blues and jazz. SubCentral At The Iberian Rooster. 475 Central Avenue, Suite 100 downtown St. Pete Capitol Theatre: Little by little, downtown Clearwater gets more fun with a new coffeehouse, a Pierce Street Market and Blast Friday (3/31 showcases Bill Joel Legends). This summer, Ruth Eckerd Hall will bring John Legend to Coachman Park, home to the annual October Clearwater 46

Jazz Fest. Grab homemade pasta or pizza at Cristino’s, then head over to Capital Theater for ; Gordon Lightfoot (3/17), Sinbad (3/18), Michael Amante (3/19), Carrot Top (3/22), The Ten Tenors (3/24), A Bronx Tale starring Chazz Palmenteri (3/25), Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (3/26) and Los Lonely Boys (3/28). PARTIES 50th Golden Baton Luncheon: The Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg will host its annual luncheon 3/25 (11 am – 2 pm) in the Plaza Ballroom of the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel. Since 1965, the Golden Baton Award has been given by the Guild to individuals who have made significant contributions in leadership to benefit the Florida Orchestra. This year’s recipient is Mark T. Mahaffey, a St. Petersburg philanthropist who, with his wife, Marianne, has been a significant supporter of the Florida Orchestra for many years. Enjoy music by members of the Florida Orchestra and a Silent Auction. RSVP by March 10 for this Florida Orchestra benefit. FYI: Charlene Miller, 727.254.1176 Mozelle Bell, 727.522.8459 Vinoy Hotel 501 5th Ave. NE, downtown St. Pete THEATER March 21: Theatrical Journalism for LGBTQ Homeless Youth Project: In revealing study reveals the devastating issues LGBTQ homeless teens encounter, conducted by the Homeless Youth Project in partnership with Family Resources and underwritten by Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. From 7 – 9 pm, Your Real Stories tells about the crisis, using theatrical journalism to portray the life experiences of five people either affected by, or working to solve the challenges of a truly underserved population.


A post-show Q&A enhanced by the ability to give direct, real time feedback on personal devices available. FYI: Larry@planning Admission free, RSVP at www.eventbrite.out-of-theshadows-tickets-31755105375 The Palladium Theatre, 253 5th Ave. N. St. Petersburg March 3-19: West Coast Players Presents The Lyons by Nicky Silver: A smart, dark comedy. As Ben Lyons lies dying, his wife of forty years, Rita, flips through decorating magazines, planning a living room make-over. Ben and Rita have been at war for many years and when they’re joined by their children, Lisa and Curtis, all efforts at a pleasant visit or a sentimental goodbye to the dying patriarch are soon abandoned. Terrible secrets & vicious accusations replace sentimental memories. Can the family take the first tentative steps toward new human connection? Performances Fri./Sat. 8 pm.; Sun.matinees at 2 pm. 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765 FYI: 727-437-2363 . Thru March 26: FreeFall Theater’s Red Velvet: 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. This stirring drama transports audiences to the turbulent backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in the early 1800s. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, can’t go on tonight as Othello, and his company is in disarray. A young American actor named Ira Aldridge arrives to step into the role— but no black man has ever played Othello on the English stage. His groundbreaking performance upends stage tradition and changes the lives of everyone involved. Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-

freeFall Jose Rufino as Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet- Photos-The Photo Ninja award-winning play uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theatre history. Christopher Rutherford directs this stunningly theatrical production of a play that the London Telegraph called “informative, entertaining, and thoughtprovoking.” FYI: 727-498-5205 ARTWALKS March 11: St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk: The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk on March 11 from 5 to 9 pm. You’ll get to see opening night where 40 galleries and studios premiere new works, with artists and demos on-site. Free ArtWalk trolleys encompass the arts districts. Free parking can be found on 1st Ave N and 1st Ave S from 15th St. to 30th St., The Clay Center of St. Petersburg, MGA Studios and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. Download the map and list of participants to plan your festive art evening at • Fourth Saturday Artwalk, Pinellas Park’s Creative District, 5851 Park Blvd.

GULFPORT FESTIVALS & ARTWALK Don’t forget about Tuesday’s Fresh Market and Swing Dancing Wednesday at the Casino! • Gulfport Artwalk 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday: On March 3rd, meet featured artist Lucas Pitzen who enjoys working with reclaimed and renewable wood products and transforming them into cutting boards to finely crafted tables. 3101 Beach Blvd.,

Gulfport Springfest (4/14-15): Gulfport's 7.5 acre Clymer Park, along the Beach Blvd. transforms into an "enchanted village" inhabited by costumed faeries, sprites, gnomes, ogres and trolls. The event is free, family and pet-friendly, and open to the public. Activities and entertainment for all ages will be offered. Vendors bring live garden plants, garden art, flowers, herbs, Renaissanceperiod items, clothing, jewelry, art, hand-made crafts and more for your shopping pleasure. Assorted food and drink vendors will be on hand, and an enchanted beer garden offers adult beverages, with live music nearby, throughout the event. 5501 27th Avenue South TAMPA & BEYOND Ringling College of Art & Design 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota • The elegant Glass Masters of Venice continues thru 3/25 with Barbara Basch’s docent tours Wed’s. 10:30 am.

visual analogy to his sound piece, which loops excerpts from a Warhol interview and lasts for the proverbial 15 minutes. Sony Music Entertainment sponsored the worldwide tour.

• Homage to Andy Warhol runs through 3/18. Organized and produced by Wu-Shan, Inc. (Jeff Gordon and Path Soong), this thought-provoking exhibition at the Ringling College of Art and Design features silkscreen prints and original recordings, ranging from spoken word to music and sound. It was created by a diverse roster of artists, writers and performers who knew, worked with, were associated with or were inspired by Andy Warhol. Included are Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Ivan Karp, Billy Name, Ultra Violet, Lawrence Weiner, Carter Ratcliff, John Giorno, Vincent Freemont, Alexander Heinrici, Brigid Berlin, Christopher Makos, Yura Adams, Nat Finkelstein, Connie Beckley, Susan Breen, Path Soong, and Jeff Gordon. Jeff knew and admired Warhol, first conceptualized the idea of producing recordings (spoken word, sound pieces, music) by visual artists in the early ’80s, while he was the co-owner of the Greene Street Recording Studio. The exhibition juxtaposes each artist’s 12 x 12 inch (album sized) visual image with an audio work created in homage to Warhol. For instance, Patti Smith’s poem, “Edie,” muses on the life and death of Warhol Superstar Edie Sedgwick. Nat Finkelstein’s screen printed photograph shows Warhol and Dylan in the Factory with one of Warhol’s Elvis paintings in the background. In his song, “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” Dylan critiques the Warholian notion of fame and success. Gordon’s screen print modifies one of Warhol’s Brillo Box sculptures as a

ARTS NEWS Capital Fundraising Campaign for Creative Clay: As Creative Clay enters its 22nd year serving the Tampa Bay area through programs that make the arts accessible to all, the non-profit is looking to the future with an impending move, enhancement and expansion of programming, and the launch of “The 2017 Project: Securing Our Future.” Donations to Creative Clay’s capital campaign will allow for increased quality programming, improved execution of services and an enhanced creative space that meets the needs of its artists as well as: • Raise $100,000 for our build out and renovations. • Increase the number of individuals the non-profit can serve as a result of gaining more physical space. • Allow for more programming to occur under one roof vs. renting space at an off-site location to accommodate classes of artists. • Allow for its “Around the World” Summer Camp to be held on-site vs. an alternative location, and in an area specially designed for young campers, with dedicated lunch space and outdoor play area. • Additional ADA-approved restrooms. • In June, Creative Clay will move its headquarters form St. Petersburg’s EDGE District, to 1846 First Ave. S in the Grand Central District. This new space boasts an additional 1000 square feet more than their current location, allowing them to expand their Community Arts Program. FYI: CEO Kim Dohrman,

St. Petersburg Opera Guild’s Annual 45th High School Vocal Competition Winners: Remember these young talents who were part of the amazing eighteen high school singers from Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. They competed before three adjudicators: Dr. Warren Jaworski, Associate Professor of Voice at USF; Ron Emery of Tampa and Tony Dillon who has appeared on many opera stages including St. Petersburg Opera. Tony currently lives in Clearwater.

• First Place Winner (above) - Sarah Johnson, a resident of Largo, a homeschooled sophomore is a vocal student of Linda Switzer of Tampa. • Second Place Winner Amanda McAllister, a resident of St. Petersburg, is a senior at Gibbs HS. She is a vocal student of Dawn Eubanks. • Third Place Winner - Julie LaPierre, a resident of Oldsmar, is a sophomore at Eastlake High School. She is a vocal student of Linda Switzer. • Honorable Mentions: Cameryn Valiente of Blake HS in Tampa, and Tatiana Becklund of Eastlake High School in Oldsmar. Palm Harbor Museum Re-Opens: If you like Heritage Village, you’ll want to take a roadtrip to see this jewel. With a beautiful facelift and refurbishing, this charming historical and heritage museum is better than ever. 2043 Curlew Rd. Palm Harbor PN | MARCH 2017


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Janet Hopson, Events / Arts & Leissure Coordinator

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain

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(Events are subject to channge. Please visit website or call to confiirm.) LIVE THEA ATRE T Amalie Arena (T Tampa a Bay Times Forum) 401 Channelside Drive, Taam mpa 813.301.6500 March 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Game of Thorns Conccert Experience 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Disney on Ice April 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Arijit Singh Live in Concert 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Chainsmokers 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chris Brown 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Neil Diamond 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Red Hot Chili Peppers 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 98ROCKFEST American Stage 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg 727.823.7529 March 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hawk & Wayne 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Informed Consent 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; IMPROV â&#x20AC;&#x201C; House Teeams Live April 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Informed Consent 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hawk & Wayne 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; IMPROV â&#x20AC;&#x201C; House Teeams Live 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 30 Hairspray A Simple Theater The Biniger Theater, Eckerd College 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg 727.864.7811 March 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Trestle at Pop Lick Creek April 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mass Appeal Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater 727.791.7400 March 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rick Springfield 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Here Comes the Mummies 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Marc Cohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th Anniversary 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Fab Faux 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Clint Black 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Taj a Mahal Solo Acoustic 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Edwin McCain 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Paula Poundstone 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ricki Lee Jones & M, Peyroux 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Irish Teenors 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Robert Earl Keen 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Edgar Winter & Rick Derringer 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; David Bromberg 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gordon Lightfoot 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sinbad 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Michael Amante 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Carrot Toop 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Teen Tenors e 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chazz Palminteri-A A Bronx Tale a 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Los Lonely Boy


April 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jim Brickman Puree Piano 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chris Botti 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Olivia Newton-Johhn 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Air Supply Catherine Hickman Th heater 5501 27th Ave.S, Gulfpport 727.893.1070 March 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 19 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Godd of Carnage 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 50 Shades of Fay:: Fay Jacobs Central Park Performing Arts Center (formerly Largo Arts Center) NEW NAME 105 Central Park Dr., Largo 727.587.6793 March 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Evita 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; John Sebastian 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Late Night Catechism 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tribute to the King 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Baby Boomer Comedy Show 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Billy Joel & Bob Seger Tribute April 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Celebrating the Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young o 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Orlando Transit Authority 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Charlotte's Web 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bertie Higgins & the Band of Pirates 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11th Annual Largo Teeen Idol Competition 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alter Eagles, A Tribute to The Eagles 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Featuring Richard Elliot

M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa (Music Acting Dancee Theatre of Taampa) 813.386.6173 www MIDFLORIDA A Cred dit Union Amphitheater â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Florrida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US U Hwy. 301 N, Taampa 813.740.24446 www.ticketmaster.coom/venue/107257 Patel Conservatoryy 1010 N N. W.C. C MacInnes MacInnnes Place Place, Tampa a 813.222.1002 Dance / Theater / Music / Adult Classes

Gulfport Community Players Back Door Theater, 1619 49th St. S, Gulfport March 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; God of Carnage April 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl

Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 N McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater 727.791.7400 March 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hit Men in Concert 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sleeping Beauty 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Barbara and Frank 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TFO â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dali Experience 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Norah Jones 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Paul Anka 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kristin Chenoweth 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Doo Wop 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Once 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TFO: Mahler Resurrection Symph April 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Steve Miller Band 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TFO: Beethoven & Rachmaninofff 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Price Is Right Live! 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Price Is Right Live! 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Little River Band & Firefall 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Clearwater Chorus Spring s Piano No.1 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TFO: Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; c 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kinky Boots 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Boston: Hyper Space Toour 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mamma Mia 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TFO: Singinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Swinginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sheryl Crow

Eight Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Clock Theatre 105 Central Park Drive, Largo 727.587.6793 March 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Evita 5, 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Auditions for Spamalot

St. Petersburg City Theatre Located offf I-275 at 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, 33712 Box Offffice: Tickets / Information 727.866.1973 March 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Games Afoot

freeFall Theatre Company 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.498.5205 March 3, 10, 17, 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Talkback a 1-5, 9-12, 15-19, 22-26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Red Velvet e April 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28 ±End of the Rainbow

Stageworks Theater NEW 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., West Bldg., #151, Taampa 813.374.2416

Glenridge Performing Arts Center 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota 941.552.5325 March 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; George Winston April 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ring Sarasota

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Straz Center 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa a 813.229.ST TA AR March 3, 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Taj a Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Dali Experience The Florida Orchestra 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An Evening with Carl Hiaasen 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Celtic Woman: Voices o of Angels 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Something Rotten!

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Maarch through April 2 – The Bay Area Renaissance Feestival 10am – 6pm rain or shine. Museum of Science annd Industry (in the woods behind MOSI), 11315 N. 46th St., Tampa. a 39th season open weekends and Fridays. All Neew! Merlin’s Magic Quest, Dancing with the Royals, Time Traaveler ’s Ball and Free Beer Festival Friday. Theme Weeekends: Highland Fling, Chocolate Fantasy, Pirates annd Pets, Time Travelers, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, Baarbarian Brew Fest, Free Beer Festival Friday and High Seeas Adventure. Admission at the gate: Adults $20.95; Chhildren 5-12 $12.95; four and under are free! Discount tickets available at participating Circle K and Walgreens stores, at MOSI, or online at March – Chihuly Collecction at Morean Arts Center Monday-Saturday 10am – 5pm. Sunday 12 – 5pm. 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The Chihhuly Collection is thrilled to announce the arrival of the first print release of 20177, Purple Polka, from Chihuly Workshop! Purple Polka, by Dale Chihuly marks thhe fortieth anniversary of Chihuly’s Basket series and his pursuit of the organic forrms shaped by fire, gravity, and centrifugal force. 727.896.4527 March – Florida Heat: S Surface Design Exhibition Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. An exhibition in conjunction with the Florrida Heat: Surface Design workshop series. Nationally recognized demonstratinng artists include Matthew Metz, Linda Christianson, Sam Chung, Carole Eppp, Meredith Host, Thaddeus Erdahl, Adam Field and Ben Carter. 727.821.71662 Friday, March 3 through March 31 – Suntan Art Center at the Don Vista 5:30 – 7:30pm. Suntan A Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Wednesday, March 15 thhe public is invited to a reception for Susan Wiley, a national and internationaal award winning watermedia artist, will exhibit her works at the Suntan Art Center at the Don Vista from March 3 through March 31. The watercolor works will reflect her view of Florida and also feature fun and quirky views of semi abstract suubjects with attitude which she call “Soft Abs”. Susan has been painting and teachiing art classes in watercolors for over 20 years. Currently, she is teaching at the Duunedin Fine Art Center. She is a member of the Suncoast Watercolor a Society and tthe Florida Watercolor Society. 727.367.3818 Saturday, March 4 – Bee a Friend to Bees! 10:30 – 11:30am. Sunkeen Gardens, 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg. Bees need our help, and you can maake a difffference! Create a “bee bath” for your yard or patio, take home wildflow wer seeds to provide nectar, sample local honey, and more! Pre-registration reequired: $6/child. INCLUDES Garden admission! Recommended all ages. 727.551.3102 Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 – Free Men’s Yoga in the Park 9am. Free. South Straubb Park, Bayshore Blvd., St. Petersburg. Free yoga instruction offffered to beggin the day at the Awakening into the Sun Festival. Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 – Awakening w into the Sun Festival 10am – 9pm Saturday, 10am – 6pm Sunday. Free. South Straub Park, Bayshore Blvd., St. Petersburg. Music, vendors and inspiration in the Park. Event begins at The Mahaffffey Theater with a series of enlightened speakers prior to park festival. Saturdayy, March 4 and Sundayy, March 5 – Craftyy Fest 11am – 5pm. Free. ArtPool Galleries, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. All locally made, vintage and creative items for sale including Etsy artists. Sunday, March 5 – 31st Annual Massing of the Colors 2pm. Free. Pasadena Community Methodist Church, 227 70th St. S, St. Petersburg. Community patriotic service with procession of Color Guards, music, 21 gun-salute and speaker Mayor Leslie Waters. Honoring our flag and the principles we hold dear. 727.343.7664. Sunday, March 5 – Yoga o @ the Collection 10 – 11am. The Chihuly Collection, 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Bring a mat and enjoy yoga in the Garden at the Chihuly Collection. Cost: $10 at the door. The Collection will not be open. 727.896.4527 50

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28 – Symphonie Faantastique – The Florida Orchestra O 29 – Best of Taampaa Bay 30 – An Evening off song with Aaron Tveit The Coliseum 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 Tea e dances run October through May March 4, 5 – Junior League Shop 25 – Gluten Free for Life 29 – Take a Stock in Children Scholarship Signing & St. Pete's Promise Awards 30 – Clothes That Matter Luncheon April 3 – Tampa a Bay Job and Career Fair 7 – A Good Night's Sleep Dessert Luncheon 21 – 23 – Florida Antiquarian Book Fair The Mahaffey Theater 400 1st St. S, Bayfront Center St. Petersburg, 727.892.5767 March 2 – Tony o Bennet 4 – Awakening Into The Sun Event 4 – Florida Orchestra & Pre-performance Dinner 4 – TFO Masterworks: The Dali Experience 5 – Dwight Yoakum o & Pre-performance Dinner 5 – Yardbirds a with Vanilla a Fudge 8 – George Winston 15 – Brain Candy Live & Pre-performance Dinner 17 – Saturday Night Fever & Pre-performance Dinner 18 – 7KHFlorida Orchestra & Pre-performance Dinner 18 – TFO Masterworks: “Resurrection” Mahler ’s Symphony No. 2 23 – Coffffee with Music Director Michael Francis 23 – Chubby Checker and the Wildcats 25 – TFO Masterworks: A Night at the Museum & Pre-performance Dinner 26 – Tango a Lovers & Pre-performance Dinner 27 – 30 – 12th Annual Youth o International Ballet Competition by ADC/IBC 31 – “1964” The Tribute & Pre-performance Dinner April 1 – TFO Masterworks: Beethoven & Rachmaninofff & Pre-performance Dinner 5 – Whisperin’ Bill Anderson 8 – TFO Masterworks: Tchaikovsky’ c ys Piano Concerto No. 1 8 – Defending the Caveman 14 – Rockstars & Stripes & Pre-performance Dinner 20 – TFO Cofffee f Concert: French Bonbons 21 – One Night of Queen & Pre-performance Dinner 22 – Say Goodnight Gracie & Pre-performance Dinner 22 – TFO Pops: Singin & Swingin A Century of Ella 28 – Ron White comedian

29 – TFO Masterworks: Symphonie Fantastique & Pre-performance Dinner The Palladium 253 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg 727.822.3590 March 1 – Palladium Chamber Players 3 – Jim Breuer 4 – Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp 5 – The Yardbirds a and Vanilla a Fudge 8 – George Winston 12 – The Music of Stan Getz 16 – The McCartney Project 17 – Green Tambourine: a Coo Coo Ca Choo Celebrates St. Paddy 18 – Alex Harris: iGot Soul 19 – on Venus: Music of Bowie and Björk with the Florida Björkestra 22 – One City Chorus 23 – Checker & The Wildcats 30 – Resurrection of Stevie Ray Vaughan: Billy Evanochko 31 – Lauren Mitchell: Desire CD Release Party Van Wezel 777 N Taamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.953.3368 March 1 – Orchestre National de Lyon 2 – Smokey Robinson 3, 4 – Sarasota Orchestra - Pops: Leading Ladies of Broadway 5 – Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs 6 – Ringling Toown Hall - James Balog 7 – Taj a Express - The Bollywood Musical Revue 10 – The Sarasota Ballet - A Tribute To Ashton 12 – An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth 14, 15 – Annie 16 – Sarasota Concert Association Royal Scottish National Orchestra 17 – Once 18, 19 – Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: Titan 21 – Jump, Jive & Wail featuring The Jive Aces 22 – Ringling Toown Hall - Kofi Annan 23 – Shadowland by Pilobolus 24, 25, 26 – Chicago 27 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 28 – Momix - Opus Cactus 30 – Sarasota Concert Association Piano Duo April 1, 2 – Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: Magnificent Seven 4 – Menopause the Musical 5 – Rhapsody The Gershwin p y & Rhythm: y Experience 7 – Neil Sedaka 8 – RAIN 12 – Chris Botti 13 – The Four Tops o and The Teemptations 15 – Joel McHale 17 – Boston: Hyper Space Tour o 18 – Under The Streetlamp 19 – David Sedaris 20 – Alton Brown Live! Eat Your o Science 21, 22 – Sarasota Orchestra - Pops: The Music of Sinatra 23 – One Night of Queen 25 – 30 – Kinky Boots

MUSEUMS Dali Museum One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg 727.823.3767 Saturdays – Dilly Dally w/ Dali Sundays – Yoga with Dali Wed., Thurs. – StoryTime at The Dali (visit website for updates) Through April 17 – Frida Kahlo Exhibition March 1 – Coffee with a Curator: Frida Kahlo’s Legacy & Art History 2 – ArtFLix – Frida Kahlo 2 – Discussion: Dali & Music 3 – The Florida Orchestra Presents: Dali Experience at the Straz 4 – Morning at the Museum 4 – Dali & Beyond Film Series: Frida 4 – The Florida Orchestra Presents: Dali Experience at the Mahaffey 5 – The Florida Orchestra Presents: Dali Experience at Ruth Eckerd Hall 11 – Dali & Beyond Film Series: No Film 18 – Dali & Beyond Film Series: The Book of Life 23 – Lecture: Frida Kahlo and the Art of the Journal 25 – Fido + Frida: Pop Up Pet Portraits at The Saturday Morning Market 25 – Workshop: Launch Your Own Visual Memoir 25 – Dali & Beyond Film Series: Cronos 29 – Membership Event: Art Z’ocial at the ArtsXchange 30 – Rhonda J. Nelson and the Irritable Tribe of Poets – “Frida” April 1 – 30 – Membership Event: FMoPA Admission 1 – Morning at the Museum 2 – Los Vinos de Dali 2017 5 – Coffee with a Curator: Frida & Mexico – Background/Connections 13 – Poetry at The Dali Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum NEW 2240 9th Ave. S, St. Petersburg One City Chorus – Mondays 7 pm March 8 & April 12 – Poetry Class 6 pm (see website for current exhibit) Florida Holocaust Museum 55 5th St. S, St. Petersburg 727.820.0100 Through June 25 – The Armenian Genocide Exhibition March 16 – “Stopping Genocide by Stopping the War Profiteers” GHRAM Lecture 26 – Pass the Plate: The FHM’s 3rd Annual Spring Cook-Off 30 – The Brent & Debbie Sembler The FHM Lecture Series: Author Tilar J. Mazzeo Speaks at USFSP April 13 – “Testimonies from the Rwandan Genocide” GHRAM Lecture by Karen Jungblut

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West Coast Players 21905 US 19 N, Clearwater 727.437.2363 March 3 – 19 – The Lyons 21 – 30 – Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

23 – Yom HaShoah Commemoration 30 – Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals: 1933‐1945 Gulf Beaches Historical Museum 115 10th Ave., St. Pete Beach 727.552.1610 Only museum dedicated to the preservation of history of the local barrier islands. Preserving island history for tomorrow’s generation! March 4 – Annual Island Festival April 28 – Beach Goes Pops! Gulfport History Museum NEW 5301 28th Ave. S, Gulfport Free Admission 727.327.0505 Henry Plant Museum 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 813.254.1891 First Friday – Free admission John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota 941.359.5700 Mondays FREE admissions all day Through April 1 – Walker Guest House Replica Through Early May – Pathless Woods Exhibition Through November 2017 – First Five Years of Art of Our Time Thurs – Art After 5 Third Thurs – Ringling by the Bay ($10) Fri – ROAR – Ringling Order of Art Readers Fri & Sat – Bayfront Garden Tours Sat – Kid’s Quest, Family Workshop Daily – A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe Daily – Territories: Photography, Space and Power March 2 – Gallery Walk & Talk 2 – Gallery Performance 2 – Ringling Underground 4 – Bayfront Gardens – Butterflies 4 – Art & A Movie: The Wedding Banquet 7 – Conversation about Tea 9 – Gallery Walk & Talk 11 – Viewpoint – Reimagining the Museum 16 – Circle Member Events 21 – Collecting Recollections: Rosemarie Rode 31 – Wine Walk to Ca' d'Zan April 1 – Bayfront Gardens Tour 1 – Art and a Movie: Bangkok Dangerous 4 – Conversation about the Circus: Howard Tibbals 5 – Circle Member Events 6 – Literati Book Club 6 – Student Spotlight 6 – Ringling Underground 7, 8 – CAPTIVE by Motionhouse 7 – Friends of Art of Our Time 7 – Literati Book Club 8 – ViewPoint - From Mount Vernon to the Ca' d'Zan: Imitation and Replication in American Architecture 11 – Conversation about the Circus: Rodney Huey 13 – Gallery Walk & Talk 15 – World Circus Day | MARCH 2017


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Thursday, March 9 – LGBTQ Film Series 7pm. Free-first come/first serve. Gulfport Public Library, 5502 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. Celebration of Women’s History Month; explore the womeen’s music cultural movement from 1970’s to now. 727.893.1074 Thursday, March 9 – Operation Blindspot 4 – 7:00pm. 9300 West Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. St. Petersburg Lions Club1st Annual White Cane Walk on Treasure Island. White Cane Walk a is to campaign for the needs of our sight challenged population and support the current Gulf Beaches Walk With Care/Drive Aware safety program. Assemble and register at the Treasure Island Community Center. Guided walk to the t St. Petersburg Lions Club, 9300 West Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island. A Approximately 1 mile walk. Everyone will be treated to hamburgers and hot dogs att the Club in thanks for their participation. Contact Steve Yost o m. Friday, March 10 – Dance for Plants 7 – 11pm. $10 advance, $15 at door. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. A swing & zydeco dance to benefit the Gulfport Communitty Garden. Plant costumes encouraged. Friday, March 10 WKURXJK SXQGD\, March 1 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Peteersburg 8am – 8pm. Downtown St. Petersburg & Waterfront. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, one of the biggest event weeekends in the Tampa a Bay area, will once again sserve as the opening race for the Verizon e IndyC Car Series season for a seventh consecutive year in 2017. Three-day tickets to thee event start at $55 for General Admission and $105 for Reserved Seating (tax inclluded). For full pricing information and to buy tickets, visit or call 8777.725.8849. Saturday, March 11– Second Saturday Art Walk St. Petersburg 5 – 9pm. Free, including trolley. Art districts throughout the city of S St. Petersburg. An evening of art, opening receptions and galleries galore. Free troolley offffers transport between the diffferent f districts. Saturday, March 11 – Orchid Auction & Sale 11am. NEW LOCA ATION. T Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 110891 102nd Ave. v N, Seminole. Beautiful blooming and starter orchids for great prices! That’s what you can find at the Orchid Auction & Sale at the Orchid previeew 8:30am and bidding begins at 9:00am and continues until all the orchids are sold. Orchids for sale and instructional materials free of charge. Refreshments, incluuding coffffee and soft drinks available. Contact Marcia Swager 727-420-4001 or Saturday, March 11 – Indian Shores Women’s Club Fashion Sh how 11:30am. Salt Rock Grill, 19325 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. Enjoy lunch, raffffles and fashion show to help in raising money for community causes. Tickets can be purchased by calling 727.736.1812. Saturday, March 11 – Senior Excursion – Strawberry Festival 9am – 4pm. $12 residents, $15 non-resident. Covers transportationn only. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete B Beach. Enjoy the traditions of the Strawberry Festival. Admission not included in ccost. Saturday, March 11 and Sundayy, March 12 – 6th Annual Gasparilla Music Fesstival $30+ GA, $75+ VIP. Kids under 122 free. Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa. a GMF’17 will feeature over 40 g alongg Riveerwalk in bands across 4 stages downtown Tampa. a Headliners are Grammy® Award nominee Cage the Elephannt and Ryan Adams. Joining the expansive lineup: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe,, Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics, Twin Peaks, Phoebe Bridgers, The Freecoaasters, Inkblot and Patel Conservatory Vocal Arts Chorale. Activities include Dubb Teenn Yoga, o Ride the Park, Kids Fest and Cigar City Brewing. Kid’s Fest runs froom 12 – 2pm each day with free admission and activities on Sunday at the Glazeer’s Children’s Museum adjacent to the park. To purchase tickets visit


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18 – Friends of thee Ringling Legacy 18 – Conversation about the Circus: Howard Tibbaals 20 – Student Spotlight 22 – Blossoms & Brunch B 27 – Gallery Walk & Talk a - Painted Pages: A Guide to Medieval Manuscripts 29 – Bayfront Gardens Workshop: Creating a Culinary Garden with Herbs Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive. NE, St. Petersburg 727.894.4638 Thursday PM adm. $5 after 5pm Through February 19 – Jack Barret – People Watching Exhibition Through March 20 – The Far North Through May 7 – Greg Smith – Breakdown Lane Exhibition Through July 2 – Dominique Labauvie: Dig March 2 – Hot Gatherings/Cool Conversations: Eric Hilton 4, 18 – Make & Taake Festival Kidding Around Yoga o 8 – Coffffee Talk a with Nan Colton: Finding Voice o in Photography 9 – Collectors Circle Lecture & Book Club DW MFA: On the Road 12 – Hot Gatherings/Cool Conversations: Raven Skyriver and Kelly O'Dell 14 – Friends of Decorative Arts: Dr. Virginia Brilliant 19 – Friends of Photography: America Thru The Eyes of the Tintype 1856-1890, Porch Party at the MFA 23 – The Contemporaries: Kirk Ke Wang Studio, Cinema Series: Films by Robert Frank 25 – Visual Metaphor: High School Student Exhibition 26 – Gallery Taalk on the Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip 30, 31 – The Stuart Society: Art in Bloom 2017 April 1 – Orchid Lei-Making Class & Greetings from Taampa Bay 1, 2, 3 – The Stuart Society: Art in Bloom 2017 12 – Coffffee Talk a with Nan Colton: Living in Downtown St. Petersburg 20 – Porch Party at the MFA 21 – Collectors Circle Gala: Flying Down to Rio 30 – Save the Date: 10th Annual Painting in the Park St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg 727.894.1052 Schrader ’s Little Cooperstown, Piering into the past, pondering the future Through March 5 – African Americans Experiences in WWII March 9 – Happy Hour with Historian – Craig Pittman: Oh, Florida – America’s Weirdest State

Tampa Bay Automobile Museum 3301 Gateway Centre, Pinellas Park 727.579.8226 Unique collection of vintage cars & vehicles. Tampa Bay History Center 801 Old Water St, Taampa 813.228.0097 Through March 5 – Celebrating Our Heritage Exhibition March 1 – Unlocking Your o Family History 11 – Walk Tampa a – Ybor City 15 – Florida Conversations 25 – Life In Ybor City April 5 – Florida Conversations 22 – My Doll and Me Tampa Museum of Art 120 W St. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa a 813.259.1720 Friday – Art on The House – 4 to 8 pm Saturday – Art Spot for Families Through May 29 – Alex Katz: Black and White April 29 – Pride & Passion Tarpon Springs Railroad Depot Historical Museum 1(: 160 E Tarpon a Ave., Tarpon a Springs 727.943.4624 Free Admission USF Contemporary Art Museum 3821 USF Holly Dr., Tampa, a 33620 813. 974.4133 - Info 813.974.2849 USF Contemporary Art Museum Institute for Research in Art 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Taampa Through March 4 – Flights of Fancy March 8 – The Seasons in Quincy Film Screening 24 – Public Art Walking Toour USF Graphic Studio 3702 Spectrum Blvd., Ste 100, Taampa 813.974.3503 Free admission ART GALLERIES Art Lofts Florida Craftsmen Galleries (2nd floor) 10 5th St. N, St. Petersburg 727.504.8788 Second Saturday Gallery Walk ARTpool Gallery 2030 Central Ave., v St. Petersburg 727.324.3878 March 4, 5 – Crafty Fest 18 – Mad Hatters Masquerade Ball April 1, 2 – Crafty Fest 15 – 9th Anniversary Underwater Party Blank Slate Gallery NEW 538 S Pineapple Ave., v Sarasota 941.312.5700 March 10 – Jewelry Trunk Show & Art Exhibition

Chihuly Collection 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.822.7872 ext. 5102 Only permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s work. Open in New Location. Craftsman House 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.323.2787 Gallery-Café-Pottery Studio 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk Thursdays in May-Movies in the Park March 14 – 9th Annual Pi Day April 1 – Chuck Brodsky in concert 7 – Katie Curtis in concert 8 – Annual Art for the eARTh Show 17 – National Cheeseball Day 22 – Green Thumb Festival Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center 1114 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.825.0515 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk Crossroads Gallery NEW St. Pete College – Clearwater 2465 Drew St., Clearwater Domain Home Accessories & Gallery 3129 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport Local & Florida artisans featured. Duncan McClellan Gallery 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg 813.760.6600 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk March 11 – RDven SkyrivHU / Kelly O’dell 12 – Art Glass Afternoon April 8 – Nancy Callan 9 – Art Glass Afternoon Dunedin Fine Art Center 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin 34698 727.298.3322 Through March 1 – Cuba: New Eyes Exhibition Through March 14 – Viva Cuba! Exhibition Through March 14 – Immediate, Extended & Global Families Exh. March 1 – Eric Hilton glass 2 – Reading by Melissa Carroll 8 – Elio Camacho Painting Demo & Workshop 9 – Coffee & Conversation with Lynn Kilbride 10, 11 – Trashy Treasures Garage Sale 14 – Dillman’s Festival of Artists 23 – Artful Readers Book Group April 23 – 37th Annual Garden Party

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Bloom Art Center & Olesen Art Gallery 910 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg Best New Arts Community 2014 – Creative Loafing

Florida CraftArt Gallery 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.821.7391 Second Saturday Artwalk Mural Walk on Saturdays April 28 – June 17 Contemporary Fiber in Florida March 10 – April 22 – Round Square Exhibition Gallerie 909 NEW 909 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg 727.565.3930 Featuring African American Artists Second Saturday Artwalk Small Business of the Year 2015 Drum Circle First Friday each month “Word is Bond” Last Sunday each month Gulf Coast Artists Alliance 727.738.8010 Two Locations in St. Petersburg St. Pete Artworks / Ave.nue 5 Studios Michele Tuegel Contemporary 320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.823.1100 Second Saturday Artwalk Red Cloud Indian Arts 214 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 727.821.5824 Ringling College of Art & Design 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.359.7563 Through March 18 – Homage to Andy Warhol Through March 25 – Glass Artists of Venice Through March 27 – Matthew Holler Exhibition Stirling Studios & Art Gallery 730 Broadway (2nd Floor) Studio 12, Dunedin Studio 620 620 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg 727.895.6620 Through March 3 – Connections Exhibition 10 – 31 – Here And There Group Photography Exhibition March 5 – Painting Workshop – Tyler Staggs 7 – Philip Charos Quartet 16 – Infinite Third 24 – 25 – With Love Collective Soles Dance Company April 7 – 23 – VooDoo MacBeth ART CENTERS & CLASSES Beach Art Center 1515 Bay Palm Blvd, Indian Rocks Bch. 727.596.4331 Mission Accomplished Exhibition March 10 – Mission Accomplished Opens Kapfer Glass Studio 409 Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach 727.656.9190 Handmade glass art & crafts.

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Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 – 55th Annual Ikebana Exhibition Free with donations appreciated. Treasure Island Community Centeer, 1 Park Pl. & 106th Ave., Treasure Island. Over 80 floral arrangemennts on display with daily demonstrations. Arrangements for sale. Saturday, March 11 – Organic Pest Management 10:30 – 11:30am. Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg. Taake the mystery out of organic pest management with simple solutions and prevent problems before they arise. Allan Bednar, owner of Simply Hydropoonics and Organics, makes it easy-even in Florida! Free with Garden admission or membership. 727.551.3102 Saturday, March 11 – Artists’ Luncheon Will Raise Funds for Charity C Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists (HPDA) host an annual luncheoon at Faith Community Church in Seminole. Luncheon tickets $20, purchased by contacting Toni o VanKirk a 727.392.2670. March 11 through April 30 – Fresh Squeezed: Emerging Artistss in Florida Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm / Sunday 12 – 5pm. Morean Arts Center C , 719 Central Ave., v St. Petersburg. True to its mission of connecting peopple with art, the Morean invited emerging artists from across the state to vie for spaace in this exciting group exhibition. Selected artists will create site-specific insstallations in our galleries, as well as participate in talks and connect with local collectors. c This program will facilitate the development of emerging artists’ careers while giving our community the opportunity to view new work being made in ourr region. 727.822.7872 March 13 through 22 – Royal Sccottish National Orchestra Florida To ourr With Music Director Peter Oundjiaan at the helm and Scottish superstar violinist Niccola Benedetti, the RSNO will fly the flag for Scotlland in the United States with eight concerts in i seven cities throughout Florida. This tour, markking the RSNO’s first trip to the States S in thirty-five years will include engageements in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, B Sarasota, Vero Beach, Gainesville, Fort Myers and Daytona Beach. Rebbecca Davis 347.432.8832 Wednesday, March 15 – St. Anthony’s Hospital Auxiliary presents “A A Magical World of Caards” 11:30am – 2:30pm. Cardds, games & lunch in hospital auditorium, $20 pp. Price includes: lunch, beeverages, dessert, special treats and prizess for the winners. Call Carol 727.5542.1454 or JoAnn 727.545.2409. Thursday, March 16 thrrough Sunday, March 19 – Spring Break 2017 Thursday 3 – 11pm, Friday & Saturday 12 – 11pm, Sunday 12 – 9ppm. Recreation Complex & ROC Paark, 300 Municipal Drive, Maadeira Beach. The Gulf Beaches Rotary R Club in partnership with Citty of Madeira Beach will host the 2nd Annual Spring Break Wate a rfront Festival. Fundraiser for Gulff Beaches Rotary in which proceeds benefit area charities. This 4-day, fun-filleed event will offffer a collection of carnival rides provided by Arnold Amusements, live entertainment, food and craft vendors. Free admission. Ride wristbands $20 door or $17 online. Saturday, March 18 – Gesneriads! 10:30 – 11:30am. Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg.. g upp yyour pplant collection with exotic African Violets and other trropical Light gesneriads! Learn successful growing tactics to keep these beautiees in top form. Unusual varieties for sale afterward. Led by Greg Sytch with 30 yeaars of experience growing, hybridizing and selling in the Tampa a Bay area.. Free with Gardens admission or membership. No registration required. 727.5551.3102 Saturday, March 18 – Senior Excursion – Ikea, Ybor City and The Columbia Restaurant 9am – 4pm. $12 residents, $15 non-resident. Covers transportationn only. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach. B Enjoy exploring some of Taampa’s finest. Lunch not included in cost.

Morean Arts Centter 719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg 727.822.7872 www Glass Studio & Hott Shop, Classes and Galleries G Second Saturday Artwalk Saturdays at The Morean for Families Fridays – Art Snap Through April 9 – 20 Years e of Word & Image March 11 – April 30 – Fresh Squeezed: Emerging Artists Exhibit & PCCA A Senior Thesis Exhibitions March 3, 17, 31 – Hot Date in the Hot Shop 5 – Yoga o @ the Collection, Chihuly 13 – 17 – Spring Break Art Camp Morean Arts Center for Clay at the Train Station 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg 727.821.7162 Fridays – Friday Night Clay Sundays for Families 1 – 3 pm Second Saturday Artwalk Through March 31 – Florida Heat: Surface Design Exhibition March 30, 31 – Joe Pintz Hands on Workshop Pinellas Park Art Society NEW Park Station Building 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park 727.360.4406 NOTE DOMAIN FOR SALE Pinot’s Palette 1572 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727.821.3700 Society of Acrylic Painters Membership info / exhibit entry: SunTan Art Center at Don Vista Arts Center 3300 Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach 727.367.3818 Celebrating 50+ Years e Treasure Island Art Guild Gallery Closed June, July, August Painting Workshops held weekly Wednesday – Anything Goes Thursday – Acrylic Painting Friday – Portrait Workshop – live model March 2 – Exchange / Money Show Flea Market 11 – Meeting & Show 30 – Exchange / Money Show Flea Market April 8 – Meeting & Show Zen Glass Studio 600 27th St. S, St. Petersburg 727.323.3141 Offffers glassblowing classes & workshops. 2nd Saturday Art Walk. a St. Pete’s Warehouse a Arts District.

HANDS-ON MUSEUMS Great Explorations Children’s Museum 1925 4th St. N, St. Petersburg 727.821.8992 Where education and fun come alive First Sunday of month open special hours for special needs families. Starting August 10 – Stay & Play After School Program NEW March 2, 9 – Peaceful Powerful Parenting Class Heritage Village 11909 125th St N, Largo 727.582.2123 Free 21-acre living history museum New exhibit Boathouse display Sundays – Speaking of History MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) 4801 E Fowler Ave., #100, Tampa a 813.987.6315 Largest US children’s science center Gaze skyward – Saunders Planetarium IMAX Dome Theatre March 1 – April 18 Children's Gala Piggy Pick-Up March 11 – Skywatch 18 – Science & Beer MUSIC Clearwater Jazz Holiday October 19 – 22, 2017 Florida Orchestra 727.662.7286 See venues for dates – Mahafffey f Theater, Ruth Eckerd Hall & David Straz Performing Arts Center St. Pete Beach Music Club Suntan Art Center 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach Music ensemble Tuesdays 10 – 11 am. $5 per session. Boomwhacker Ensemble Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm. $5 per session. St. Petersburg College NEW Gibbs Campus Music Center 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg 727.341.4360 Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society 727.596.7142 Wednesdays – Bilmar Beach Resort, Treasure Island March 12 – The Teerrier Brothers April 23 – Do's & Don'ts of Dixie

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April 2 – Concert, Palladium Theater 7 – Concert, Straz Center, Tampa The Blue Parrot Café 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach 727.368.9619 Every Monday TomKats Jazz Orchestra The Hangar Restaurant 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg 727.823.7767 Every Monday NEW of month Jazz Jam WMNF 88.5 Community Radio 1210 E. MLK Blvd., Tampa 33603 March 18 – Caribbean Cruise Music Festival April 1 – WMNF April Fools Party

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Tampa Bay Symphony 727.827.8087 Performances in various locations March 27 – Symphonic Chat – Opera Central 30 – Concert, St. Petersburg College

St. Petersburg Opera Company 727.823.2040 Various performance locations March 16, 17 – Mission Impossible April 6 – Creative Collaborations 20, 21 – Opera 3: Couples Therapy 22 – Bella Voce Gala 27 – Symphonic Chat Sarasota Opera House 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota 941.359.0099 ext.101 March 3, 10 – Concert at Noon 3, 8, 18, 25 – The Italian Girl in Algiers 4, 7, 12, 15, 18, 24 – Dialogues of the Carnelites 5, 10, 17, 21, 25 – Madame Butterfly 6, 13, 20 – Opera House Tour 7 – Meet the Artists – Three Kings 10 – Covers at Three 11, 14, 16, 19, 22, 26 – The Love of Three Kings 14, 16 – The Love of Three Kings 19 – Artists Choice Concert 24 – Salute to the Stars 26 – Spring Opera Spectacular April 2 – The Little Mermaid 8 – 1950 s Umbrella House

OPERA Eckerd College 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg Miller Auditorium The Met in HD Series Live high-definition broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera 727.864.7600 March 11 – La Traviata 25 – Idomeneo April 13 – Der Rosenkavalier Florida Opera Festival Artistic Director – Daniel Lipton Straz Center for the Performing Arts 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, Florida 33602 March 21, 23, 27, 28, 30 – Open Rehearsal – Tosca 25 – Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young 25 – Opera Tampa Gala April 2 – Discover Opera – Tosca 7 – Bel Canto Society Reception 7, 9 – Tosca & Pre-performance dinner Florida Suncoast Opera Guild March 25 – Operal Competition April 22 – SPO’s Gala fundraiser Bella Voce The Matinee Opera Players 64th Way, Pinellas Park Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center

The Pinellas Opera League NEW Socialize and be Entertained First Wednesday each month October – June March 13 – La Traviata open rehearsals (LT) 2, 3 open rehearsals (DG) 22, 24, 29, 31 April 10 – Don Giovanni DANCING Florida West Ballet a Not-for-profit Pre-Professional Performing Arts Company 616 4th St. N, St. Petersburg Gulfport Casino 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport More information on Casino events or rental availability 727.893.1070. Every Wednesday – Swing Third Saturday – Swing, Tampa Second Sunday – Soul Night Sarasota Ballet 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.359.0099 Tickets 941.351.0099 x101 March 1 – Inside The Studio 10, 11 – A Tribute to Ashton 13 – Friends’ Showcase Luncheon 20 – Principal Film Series 27 – Sarasota Ballet’s 26th Annual Gala April 3 – Principal Film Series 10 – Friends’ Showcase Luncheon 12 – Inside The Studio 28 – 30 – De Valois, Balanchine & Robbins | MARCH 2017


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Saturday, March 18 – Gulfport Health & Wellness Expo 10am – 2pm. Free. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. A day of healthy fun for everyone. Door prizes, entertainment, fresh & healthhy vendors, family medical info and services. Proceeds to benefit the Gulfport Senior S Center Foundation. Saturday, March 18 – Third Saturday Artwalk 6 – 10pm. Free. Beach Blvd., Gulfport. Enjoy an evening strolling thhe streets with artistic vendors, live music and food. Shops and galleries remain oppen late. Saturday, March 18 – Mad Hatter ’s Masquerade Ball 8 – 11:59pm. Artpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Doon your favorite mask or hat for an evening of fun and frolic. Video art, original artistts, runway and entertainment. 727.324.3878 Saturday, March 18 – Pitch in fo or Keep America Beautiful's Great Amerrican Cleanup! 9am – noon. Tampa a Bay Watch, inn partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful Beautiful, Keepp Taampa Bay Beautiful & Manatee County Parkss and Natural Resources Department, is recruitinng volunteers for the Great American Cleanup. C Family-friendly. Volunteers are neeeded on land, but you are welcome to bring b a canoe or kayak. Contact Rachel at if you can volunteerr your boat. Saturday, March 18 – St. S Petersburg Wastewater Treatment Plaant Open House / Plant To ou urs 9am – noon. Northwest Water Reclamation facility, 7500 26th Ave. v N/ Northeast Water a Reclam mation facility, 1160 62nd Ave. NE/Southwesst Water a Reclamation facility, 3800 54th Ave. South. Open houses and public tours have been planned for thhe city’s three treatment facilities. Saturday, March 18 and d Sunday, March 19 – Artists at Work Sat. 10am – 5pm, Sun. 12 – 5pm. Free, self guided. The Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood is proud to announce its 2017 March Artist Toour. Enjoy tw wo days exploring the architecturally rich neighborhood of Historic Kenwood while you view the exhibits of 19 artists at 15 difffferent stops. maps: info:

olish American St. Petersburg Po Society, 1343 Beacch Dr. SE, St. Petersburg 9722.741.3749 Sunday Dinner & Dancing: D Dinner – $8, $ 2:15 – 3:30 pm 727.360.0584 – dinner reservations Dancing, 3 – 6 pm. $6 M/$8 Non M Live Sunday Bands Teea Dances: 2nd & 4th Wed. of the month $7 Dance, $10 Dance w/Instruction 11:30DP – 12:30 pm Instruction 1 – 3:30 pm Live Music March 5 – Outside the Box 12 – Sounds of the South 19 – Nu Soundz 26 – Northern Sounds April 17 – Nu Soundz

Tuesday, March 21 – Agatha Christie Presentation 2pm. Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church, 107 16th Avenue, St. S Pete Beach. t Museum of Nan Colton, a critically acclaimed performing artist in residence at the Fine Arts, will portray best-selling novelist Agatha Christie. Light reffreshments. Tickets $5.00 at the door or prior at the church offffice. 727.360.55088 Saturday, March 25 – Orchids to Fit Your Lifestyle 10:30 – 11:30am. Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg.. Beth Sedacca from the St. Pete Orchid Farm and long-time orchid volunteer v at Sunken Gardens takes the mystery out of orchid care. Find the perrfect orchid for your lifestyle based on its light, water, fertilizer needs, andd more. Standard and unusual orchids for sale after the program. Free with Gardens admission or membership. 727.551.3102 Saturday, March 25 – Opera Competition 10am – 4pm, Opera Central, 2145 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Annuual statewide for College and Young o Professionals (to age 30) by the St. Petersburg Opera Guild. Contact or 727.366.2476. ww Saturday, March 25 – Florida West Coast Orchid Society Repottting 9am – noon. Tropical Pavilion: East Gardens of the Florida Botaniccal Gardens, entrance at 12211 Walsingham Rd., Largo. FWCOS members will re-pot r your orchids and provide you with information on orchid culture. You o cann watch and learn while your orchids are taken care of. A reasonable fee is charrged to cover the cost of the supplies for the repotting the orchids. Proceeds go too FWCOS. 727.475.0750


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Spo s Comedy Club Sporty’ 17093 Gulf Blvd., N Redington Beach (across from Double Tree Beach Resort) 727.596.6725 Fri. & Sat. nights 9:05 pm G. David Howard. Guinness Book of World Records for Comedy “Funniest Man Alive” Unscripted Theater 14 18th St. S, St. Petersburg Third Thursday Comedy Show ECO / ZOOS / AQUARIUMS

The Coliseum 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 727.892.5715 Teea Dance – 1st & 3rd Wed. of month October through May March 1st & 3rd Wednesday monthly Teea Dances 4, 5 – Junior League Shop St. Pete 25 – Gluten Free for Life Expo 30 – Clothes That Matter Luncheon April 3 – Tampa a Bay Job and Career Fair 7 – A Good Night's Sleep Dessert Luncheon 21 – 23 – Florida Antiquarian Book Fair FILM

Sunday, March 19 – 2nd Annual Gulfport Artsy Phartsy Chili Cookoff & Salsa Showoff 4 – 7pm. Competition for Best Chiili, Best Salsa & People’s Choice Award Judges panel includes Entertainment Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson. E with half-time by the Urban Gypsies of Florida w show by Salsa Rivera. Benefits Limbo Chihuahuas & Chihuahua Mix Rescue. 727.289.9365

March 1 – 4 – Ken Evans 8 – 11 – Mike “Mad Dog” Adams 15 – 18 – Darryl Lennox 22 – 25 – Chris Barnes

Celebrating CommUNITY International Gay & Lesbian Film Fest Various times and locations October 6 – 14, 2017 f International Cinema Series Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. v S, St. Petersburg, Miller Auditorium 727.864.7979 LGBTQ Film Series NEW Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport Second Thursday of each month 7 pm. 727.893.1074 Sunscreen Film Festival April 27 – 30 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) Taampa Bay Comedy Fest dex.php/tampabay-comedy-fest/ Open Mike on Tuesdays Shows: Wed – Sat, 9 pm

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg 727.893.7326 Tram Tours o Saturdays, Guided Toours, Classes April 22 – 23 – Green Thumb Festival Brooker Creek Preserve 3940 Keystone Rd., Tarpon a Springs 727.453.6800 March 4 – Identifying Non-Marine Turtles 4 – Youth o Program: Microplastics 5 – Splash Trash and You o 10 – Fl. Microplastics Awareness Project 11 – Advance Plant Identification April 1 – Swallow-T Tailed a Kites 8 – Wildlife Safari! 15 – Explore the Ferns 22 – Beekeeping Part 1 29 – Lakes and Ponds Education Clearwater Marine Aquarium 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater 727.441.1790 Rescue, Rehab and Release Home of Winter and Hope, stars of Dolphin Taale I & II Monthly You o Tube Program Egmont Key Shuttle Hubbard’s Marina, Ft. DeSoto Co. Park $20 RSVP 727.867.6569 727.893.2627 Florida Aquarium 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa a 813.273.4000 March 22 – Evening Tide Taalk Fort De Soto Park Tierre Verde 727.552.1862 05_Ft_DeSoto.htm Guided Nature Walks – Sat & Sun

Mote Aquarium 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota 941.388.4441 Science, Education, Aquarium March 1 – Teen Science Café 6 – Dr. Nicole Rhod 8 – Coffee with a Scientist 12 – Magic, Myth and Memory 13 – Dr. Richard Pierce (sold out) 20 – Dr. Ryan Schloesser 27 – Captain Alfred S. McLaren April 12 – Art and Science of Camouflage St. Petersburg Audubon Society 727.753.9731 101+ Years Conservation Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month First Saturday of month Boyd Hill Bird Walk March 4 – Boyd Hill 11 – Lake Seminole Park 18 – Tour Clewiston 21 – Birds and Butterflies April 1 – Monthly Nature Walk 8 – Sawgrass Co. Park 12 – Board of Directors Meeting 13 – Fort De Soto County Park 18 – Frog Eavesdropper St. Petersburg Shell Club 9100 113th St. North, Seminole 727.867.6861 2nd Fri, 6:30 pm (except June, July, Aug. & Dec.), Seminole Recreation Seaside Seabird Sanctuary 18328 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores 727.391.6211 FREE Largest non-profit wild bird hospital sanctuary. Donations accepted. Tours. Weedon Island Preserve 727.453.6500 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg March 2 – Salty Topics – Microplastics 11 – Archaeology Academy 15 – UF/IFAS Going Coastal Camp 16 – Archaeology Lecture Series 25 – Movie Truck Farm 26 – Nature By the Book: Silent Spring 31 – Going Coastal: Saltern Hike April 8 – Rainwater Harvesting Workshop 14 – Great Weedon Bird Quest 20 – Belle Glade Landscape 22 – Paddle the Preserve: Love TB 22 – Movie Island President

ON THE WATER Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center Located behind Dolphin Village 4737 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach 727.360.7411 Sailing, Fishing, Motor Cruising, Sunset Sails. Shell Key Shuttle & Sunset Cruises 801 Pass-A-Grille Way, Merry Pier 727.360.1348 Dog friendly cruises on special dates.

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Lowry Park Zoo 1101 West Sligh Ave., Tampa One mile west of I-275 (exit 48) 813.935.8552 events line 813.935.8552, ext. 276 March 12 – Animal Enrichment 13 – 17 – Spring Camp 17 – 1 Day Camps: Dino Mite & Paleontology Rocks April Feast With The Beasts

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Adult Basic Sailing School Boca Ciega Yacht Club, Not-for-profit Sailing Club 727.345.7544 Boating Skills / Seamanship USCG Safe Boating Program Flotilla #72, 9 Classes Tues. 7:30 – 9:30 pm 1300 Beach Blvd. SE, St. Petersburg (US Coast Guard Base) Jim 727.898.1324 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 Up to 2 years to finish. $45, $60 couple, Jim 727.360.4846 Warren 727.321.7801 St. Petersburg Sail & Power Squadron St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 2nd Ave. SE, St. Petersburg Demens Landing 727-550-1811 American Boating Course Free to attend, $40 materials per family. 7 week course. Mon 7 – 9 pm. Thurs – Junior Navigation Next American Boating Course begins March 27 FERRIES Crossbay Ferry Connecting Downtown Tampa Convention Center to Downtown St. Petersburg (Vinoy Basin) beside St. Petersburg Museum of History $10 each way – Residents can receive a free roundtrip ticket for participating in survey on website. Tampa Bay Ferry & Taxi Service Services 9 stops throughout Madeira Beach, St. Petersburg (Jungle Prada) and Treasure Island. Currently running Fridays & Saturdays. $20 all day fare. NATURE Florida Botanical Gardens 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo 727.582.2100 Free. Friendly dogs welcome on leash. Open daily. Welcome Center is Closed weekends & County Holidays. March 25 – Orchid Repotting & Bromeliad Sale April 30 – Beyond the Garden Gates

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Saturday, March 25 – 50th Golden Baton Award w Luncheon 11am – 2pm. $100+ RSVP by March 10. Plaza Ballroom, Vinoy Renaissance Hotel, 501 5th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. The Florida Orchestra Guildd of St. Petersburg will present the Golden Baton Award has been givenn by the Guild to individuals who have made significant contributions in leadershipp to benefit the Petersburg Florida Orchestra. This year’s recipient is Mark T. Mahaffffey, a St. P philanthropist who, with his wife, Marianne, has been a significant ssupporter of the Florida Orchestra for many years. Proceeds will benefit 7he Floorida Orchestra. For more information, contact Emily Gillespie, committee chairman, mittee 727.528.6595. For more information, contact Emily Gillespie, comm chairman, 727.528.6595. For reservations and information about spponsorships, call Charlene Miller, 727.254.1176, or Emily Gillespie. Saturday, March 25 and Sundayy, March 26 – St. Petersburg Seafood & Musicc Festival 10am – 8pm. $5 gate, $3 on Evenntbrite, VIP tent Dr. NE, $50. North Straub Park, 310 Bay Shore S Festival. St. Petersburg. Seafood & Music F A unique blending of the finest in sseafood creations by the top restaurants inn St. Pete. Local and regional musical talentss will be performing soul, classic rock, R&B, jazz, salsa and more. Handmadde fine art and crafts by artisans naationwide. Saturday, April 1 and Sunday S , April 2 – Safety Harbor SongFest 11am – 7pm. Safety Harrbor Art & Music Center / Waterfront a Park Safety Harbor SongFest is back! This music and art festival featurees more than 20 national recording arttists performing on two stages throughout thhe weekend at our gorgeous waterfront park. Acoustic acts, local performing artistss, live art weekend pass demonstrations, morningg yoga, craft beer and local food trucks. A w $40 (Saturday & Sundayy) online and $50 (+fees) at the door. m 7277.725.4018 hest Saturday, April 1 – 11th Annual Phil Ph 11am – 9pm. Free. Remember Our Children Park (R.O.C.) Park, 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach. B A. Bryant Donations appreciated & will benefit the Philip P Melanoma Foundation. Free Skin Screenning 11am – 6pm. LIVE Music featuring - Kevin Toon, o That Pack, One Night Rodeo, Big Brother Band & The Black Honkeys. Rafffles, f silent auction, kids activvities and caricatures. Volunteers and raffffle items needed. 727.536.5039 Saturday, April 1 – Healthy St. Pete Fit City Celebration 7:30am – 2pm. North Straub Park, 350 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Peterssburg. 5K Run $10.00 includes registration, t-shirt and race medal, 1 Mile Fun Wal alk – Free includes race medal, 5K Day of registration $15.00. Join us as we cloose out the Healthy St St. Pete Fitness Challenge and get motivated for the road aahead. Bring the family, friends and neighbors for a 5K, 1 mile run/walk, fitness demos, interactive kids' play zone, community health, food, wellness and social service vendors. Saturday, April 1 – Chuck Brodsky in Concert 6:30pm. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25 in advance. Chuck's 12th annual spring training show at Craftsman House. He is the only performer that plays each & every year - he's that good. This quirkyy, rootsy singer-songwriter spins stories about baseball, life, pop culture andd politics. Call 727.323.2787 for tickets as this show sells out every year. Sunday, April 2 – Festivals of Speed Motorsports Display 10am – 4pm. Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. Vinoy Park makes for the perfect setting as you embrace a fantasticc display of more than 400 exotic cars and motorcycles on display overlooking the bay, onsite cafes, multiple cocktail bars, VIP section, great music, cigar loungee, awards presentation and more. Thursday, April 6 – The Longest Table 5:30 – 7:30pm. Downtown St. Petersburg, Bayshore Drive NE from m the Museum of Fine Arts to the Vinoy. Spring event showcases prix fixe menus from f the area’s finest restaurants. Join us for this epicurean experience right down the middle of Bayshore Drive. The party continues at the Museum of Fine Arts wiith friends from WUSF Public Media and the Museum of Fine Arts.


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Florida West Coasst Orchid Society 12175 125th St. N,, Largo. 727.460.4606 Freee 2nd Thurs, 7:30 pm m, Visitors welcome. Educational class, Cooperative Extension (Botanical Gardens). March 4, 5 – Orchid Show & Sale, Tampa a 11 – Orchid Auction & Sale, Seminole 25 – Orchid Repotting & Bromeliad Sale, Florida Botanical Gardens

Thursday Night Bingo Treasure Island Community Center 106th Ave. & Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island Early Games start 6:45 pm Regular Games start 7:45 pm Presented by the Treasure Island Islettes Benefits local scholarships. Linda 727.270.3178 CLUBS

Garden Club St. Petersburg 500 Sunset Dr. S, St. Petersburg Diane Shafer, 727.347.6649 April 22, 23 – Green Thumb Festival at Walter Fuller Park Ikebana International Chapter 65, St. Petersburg meetings 3rd Monday – 10 am – 2 pm, (Sept. to May) Chapel On The Hill Church – Evans Hall, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole, Ikebana – centuries old art of Japanese floral arranging. Info – hotline 727.729.9445 March 11, 12 – Annual Exhibition – Treasure Island 20 – Hina Matsuri Doll Collection & Meeting Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota 941.366.5731 Mondays – Yoga o in the Garden Through July 31: Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams Exhibit Through June 14: Chagall Nights Through June 17: Chagall Family Saturdays Through July 16: Garden Music Series Sunken Gardens 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 Adult and Child Horticultural Workshops Effffective January 1, 2017 – New Prices March 4 – Be a Friend to Bees! 11 – Organic Pest Management 18 – Gesneriads! 25 – Orchids to Fit Your o Lifestyle CARD GAME / BINGO Pasadena Bridge Club 10 Park St N, St. Petersburg A.C.B.L. certified duplicate Mon. thru Fri., 12:30 pm Contract Bridge & Pinochle Tues. & Thurs. 12 pm David 727.381.5944 St. Petersburg Bridge Club 9103 US 19N, Pinellas Park Games, Lessons, & Seminars. M – F 12:30 & 7 pm, Sat.10:30 am Charlie 727.363.1136 or 544.5040

Action Club Treasure Island (Sept. – May) Membership open to ALL mature residents. $10/ singles & $15 /couples. Meets monthly 1:30 pm. Treasure Island Comm. Center Refreshments, desserts, programs. Arranged trips & fun programs. Carol Lee 727.360.9181 Corvair Biking Society Bike rides on Tuesdays & Thursdays, various routes, ride 15 – 25 miles, food/beverage breaks. Mid to So. Pinellas Co. Helmets required. Tony o Cahill 727.204.0149 Greater Pinellas Democratic Club 2nd Thursday Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N & Ulmerton, Clearwater, Largest Democratic club on west coast of Florida 727.360.3971 Gulfport Walking Club Gulfport Recreation Center 5730 Shore Boulevard, Gulfport Gulfport & Pinellas County parks. John Lapham 727.893.1079 Isle of Palms Civic Association Community Civic Organization Dinner/Mixer 6 pm 4th Tuesday of month Treasure Island Community Center Carol Lee 727.360.9181 IsleOfPalmsCivicAssociation Mad Dogs Swim Wed. Night swims through summer 6 pm. SHARP. Hurley Park Shelter at Pass-A-Grille Beach, 1600 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach 727.582.1910 Military Officers Association of St. Petersburg 3rd Friday monthly. Pasadena Yacht a & Country Club, 6300 Pasadena Point Blvd., Gulfport. Social hour – 11 am. lunch & short program. Military Offfficers that are retired, active duty or former offfficers and their spouses or widows invited. Reservations 727.360.2936 Military Officers Wives Club 2nd Tuesday monthly Oct. to May. Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N & Ulmerton, Clearwater RSVP necessary 727.812.4868 Military Order of World Wars (Clearwater Chapter) 1st Tuesday

National Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 259 – Clearwater 727.510.9472 No meeting July and August  National Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Ch. # 1140 – 4th Wed. monthly. Spouses & guests welcome. Ostomy Support Group NEW Learn all about the life changing procedure. Guest speakers. Last Sunday each month 2 pm. St. Anthony’s Hospital, Auditorium 727.657.0998 Pass-A-Grille Shuffle Board (Jan – April ) Tues/Thurs/Sat, 10 am – 12 Pass-A-Grille Park 9 & 10th Ave. Member $20/yr, Open to Public. Rotary Club of Gulf Beaches Tuesdays, 12 pm, Guests welcome. The Club at Treasure Island 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Bill England, 727.347.0386 March 16 – 19 – Spring Break Carnival Rutgers Club Tampa Bay 1st Thursday monthly – 11:45 am, Hibachi Grill, 7610 49th Street N, Park Plaza, Pinellas Park 727.344.1944 Social Club of St. Petersburg NEW Bocce, cards and social events. Sons of Italy, 2500 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations required 727.798.6355 Dining Room Closed May 1 – Sept 26 St. Pete Beach Music Club Suntan Art Center 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach Music ensemble Tuesdays 10 – 11 am. $5 per session. Boomwhacker Ensemble Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm. $5 per session. St. Pete Road Runners Mbr: Road Runners Club of America. Walkers, joggers, non-competitive & competitive runners. Monthly meetings, guest speakers, coaching, group runs, Grand Prix Series and social events. St. Petersburg Republican 2nd Wed., 7 pm St. Petersburg Comm. Church, 4501 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Monthly speaker & Q & A session. All invited. No charge. Call Gail Hebert 727.526.2492 or Gus Pries St. Petersburg Shuffle Board Fridays – 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N, Free. 7 – 11 pm. A hip twist on an old game. 727.822.2083

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Swiss Club 11:45 am, 2nd Saturday monthly, The Club At Treasure Island 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island, 727.344.1944 The Clearwater St. Pete Ski Club NEW 2nd Tuesday Mike’s Pizza & Deli Station, 13560 49 St., Clearwater Pinellas County’s Only Ski Club The Contemporaries Support Group of Members of Museum of Fine Arts. Monthly lectures, gatherings and field trips supporting contemporary artists of Tampa Bay. $20 yearly membership in addition to MFA Membership. The Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists (HPDA) 2nd Saturday (No meeting Dec) Local affiliate of the international group, Society of Decorative Painters. Treasure Island Islettes NEW Community Service Organization Meet 4th Monday of month Treasure Island Community Center Marian 727.360.0164 TOASTMASTERS Bay Pines Toastmasters NEW Wed. 5:15 – 6:30 pm. Free. Bldg. 20 behind VA Hospital Jill Haseltine 727.893.7838 Cool & Confident Toastmasters Every Monday 6:15 pm. Free. PARC Facility, 3190 Tyrone Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. Margaret 727.422.8856 Downtown St. Pete Toastmasters Focuses on improving communication & leadership skills. Guests welcome. Thursday, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, FREE 244 2nd Ave. N, St.ß Petersburg, Room DC 316. Robert 321.872.8295, Gulfport Toastmasters Wednesday 6:15 – 7:30 pm, Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave. S 727.537.9098 St. Petersburg Club #2284 Public speaking organization help! Tuesdays, 6:15 – 8:30 pm. Hope Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 1801 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg THRIFT SHOPS Attic Shoppe 316 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach 727.360.5647 Run by St. Albans Church on Corey Ave. One of longest running thrift shoppes. | MARCH 2017


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Friday, April 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Catie Curtis in &oncert 7:00pm. $20 in advance. We are excited to bring Catie back to the Craftsman House stage for her "Final Outing". Catie is a past winner of the Inteernational Songwriting Competition, and her accessible, socially conscious soongwriting is complimented by her gorgeous voice. Dubbed the "folk-rock godddess" by The New Yorker o . Call 727.3233.2787 for tickets. Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Taampa Bay Blues Festt Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shoore Dr., St. Petersburg. Enjoy one of the woorldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest blues music events stageed in the tropical setting of Vinoy Park on thhe shores of Taampa Bay for three greaat days of blues by the bay! Friday, April 7: Buddy Guy, Ana Popovic, Albert Cummings, C the Jordan Patterson Bannd, Doug Deming with Dennis Gruennling. Saturday, April 8: The Rides (Steephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepheerd, Barry Goldberg), Coco Monttoya, Toronzo o Cannon, Samantha Fiish, Matt Schofield. Sunday, April 9: Taab Benoit, Dawn Taaylor Watson, a the Leee Boys, JW-Jones, -Jones Backtrack Blu Blues ues Band Band. Performance schedule schedule, tickets aand VIP packages are available online at

CASA A Thrift Shop p 1011 1st Ave. N, St. S Petersburg Wednesday Seniorrs 55+ save 25%. Monies raised beneefit the victims of domestic violence. Donations greatly appreciated. 727.828.1233 Pass-A-Grille Beach Comm. Church Thrift Shop 107 16th Ave. & Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach. 727.360.5508 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 pm.

Ballroom Dancing (Tu., Wed., Thurs.) Gulfport Public Library Events signup/Calendar March 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dance for Plants 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Beach Clean-up 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Health & Wellness Expo 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nautical Flea Market 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; City Wide Yard a Sale 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; New Horizon Band, Free Concert 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; USA A DANCE Presents Ballroom dancing April 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Beach Clean-up ST. PETE BEACH SPB Recreation Center 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach 727.363.9245 March 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Semi-Annual Beach Clean-up

NETWORKING Saturday, April 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6th Annual Classic Car & Truck Show and Taste a of Tierra Verde 11am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3pm, downtown Tierra Verde parking lot, 1110 Pinellas Bayyway South TVBP in partnership with Premium Productions plans an exciting daay of as many as 125 classic vehicles plus music by DJ Toommy Tunes, food from local island restaurants and fun activities for children. Contact Bob Mueller m. or Nick Bralich www.tierraverdebusinesspartnership.ccom water Party! Saturday, April 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ARTpool Gallery's 9th Anniversary Underw 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:59pm. ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 9th birthday of ARTpool Gallery. Zinging it up and pulling out the stoops by celebrating all of our favorite areas of art by showcasing local artistts, performers, desingers, models, and so much more. Tickets online 727.324.3878 Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 36th Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair Friday 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9pm / Saturday 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm / Sunday 11am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4pm. St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $6-10. Thhe book fair is third largest in the country and features hundreds of specialized book sellers from all over the United States. Books of every age and about every connceivable topic. Additional materials found at the Fair include maps, prints, postcardds, ephemera, autographs and other paper collectibles. Items range in price from a few dollars to several hundred thousand dollars. Ticket sales benefit the St. Peterrsburg Public Library. Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gulfport Grand Prix Shore Boulevard (between 588th St. S & 54th St. S), Gulfport. Free. Gulfport Grand Prix, LLC. is producing the firrst annual Gulfport Grand Prix featuring Formula Powerboat Racing and a Boaat Show. In cooperation with the City of Gulfport, G the downtown area will be transformed into a mecca of activity along Shore Boulevard between 58th Street South and 54th Street South. Formula Raace Boats with an open public pit area will make the Gulfport Recreation Center hoome for the weekend, along with the Antique boat show as well as the Pleasuree Boat Display along Shore Blvd. S. Vendor booths lining Beach Blvd. South. g p g p Friday, April 28 through Saturday, April 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 27th Annual Beach Goes Pops 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10pm. Pass-A-Grille, 9th Ave. at Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach. Fridday Night: Raggae Rich 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7pm (, Reverend Barry & Fuunktastic Soul featuring the Hellacious Horns 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10pm (www.revbfunktasticsoul.ccom). Saturday Night:Raggae Rich 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:30pm, Pitchforks acappella chooir from St Pete High 6:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7pm, Rumours ATL: T A Fleetwood Mac Tribute 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10pm ( Saturday night, we will also be raising moneey to benefit Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.


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Business & Professional Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club 1st & 3rd Thurs., 11:30 am, 400 Beach Dr., St. Petersburg 727.471.8248 Entrepreneur Social Club NEW ESC, every Thursday night, NOV VA 535, 535 MLK Jr St N, St. Petersburg. Collaborative group of seasoned professionals, start-ups, business owners, inventors, successful tycoons, students, mentors and Entrepreneurs from every industry. A truly enjoyable social club. No need to register, just show up. 727.821.6682 HEC Friday Networking NEW Every Friday, 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:15 pm HRIEUDXKDXV,  Fourth 6W. 6 St. Petersburg, Ample parking! Run by Eileen Brock of Paradise News 727.439.2575 Sponsors: Mark Drucker, Hollander Hotel & Paradise News Women in Tourism Educate, encourage, network. 3rd Friday, various locations throughout Tampa a Bay. DOWNTOWNS GULFPORT Gulfportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuesday Fresh Market Beach Blvd. Tuesday 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 pm Free Clothing Swap 2nd Tues. each month, 9 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 pm Gulfportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1st Friday Art Walk Fine Arts with live art demonstrations, vendors and entertainment. 6 pm. Beach Blvd. So. Tangerine a Saturday Market Tangerine a Greenway, Gulfport Saturdays 8 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 pm Gulfportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3rd Saturday Art Walk a Vendors, entertainment and roving street performers. Begins at 6 pm. Beach Blvd.

ST. PETERSBURG March 4, 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Awakening w into the Sun Festival 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Firestone Grand Prix Fridays St. Pete Shufffle f Mirror Lake Shuffffleboard Courts. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 pm Sundays Gospel Brunch at The Manhattan Casino 1st Friday Get Downtown Music Series Street block party featuring live music / dancing food & drink, vendors! 5:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 pm. Central Ave. between 2nd & 3rd St. 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 pm. 727.328.7086 2nd Saturday Artwalk & Trolley Downtown & Warehouse Art District. Take a the trolley to explore the Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hot Spots. 727.323.ARTS TOURS First United Methodist Church NEW 212 Third St. N, St. Petersburg 727.894.4661 Toours of 10 Tifffany f style stained glass windows featuring recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper in stained glass, every Wed., 11 am, all year. Organ concert â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 noon the first Wed. of every month through May. No charge for tour or concert. Donations welcome. St. Petersburg Preservation Walking Tours Central Ave. & 2nd St., St. Petersburg (Oct. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Apr.) 727.824.7802 National Register listed downtown Free for SPP members. $10 suggested donation non-members. Gulfport tour every third Sat. (3 pm)

MARKETS TUESDAYS Gulfport’s Tuesday Fresh Market Year Round! 9 am – 3 pm Summer hrs. Beach Blvd, below 29 Ave. S, Gulfport Live music. Second Tuesday – Clothing Swap  WEDNESDAYS Madeira Beach Morning Market 9 am – 2 pm, rain or shine. Madeira Way between Gulf Blvd. & Tom Stuart Cswy. October to May 1ST & 3RD THURSDAY Edge District Farmer’s Market 4 pm – 8 pm. Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg FRIDAYS Founders Corner Fresh Market 4 – 8 pm. 431 Southwest Blvd. N, St. Petersburg Fridaymarketfounderscorner Treasure Island Friday Market 9 am – 2 pm. Community Center’s Park (behind Walgreens) 1 Park Place & 106th Ave., Treasure Island. FREE parking, live music. 727.360.4121 CLOSED for Summer SATURDAYS Saturday Morning Market 9 am – 2 pm (Oct. 1 – May 26) Al Lang Stadium parking lot & 1st Ave. S & 1st St., St. Petersburg (June thru Sept.) at Williams Park, 1st Ave. N & 2nd St., St. Petersburg 727.455.4921 So. Tangerine Saturday Market NEW 9 am – 2 pm. Tangerine Greenway & 49th St., Gulfport. 727.439.0164 SUNDAYS Corey Avenue Sunday Market Corey Area Business Assoc. 10 am – 2 pm, October thru May Live music, Shops open, Free parking, 74th Ave., St. Pete Beach 727.498.8778 Deuces Live Sunday Market 22nd St. S & 9th Ave. S, St. Petersburg 1 – 5 pm. Indian Rocks Beach Sunday Market 9 am – 1 pm / October thru April Indian Shores Town Hall,19305 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores

WEEKEND MARKETS Paradise Bazaar Year Round! Friday’s & Sunday’s 9 am – 4 pm, next to Paradise Grille Pass-A-Grille, 9th Ave. & Gulf Way. Pass-A-Grille Beach Art Mart Saturday, 9 am – 2 pm Next to Paradise Grille, 9th Ave. & Gulf Way, Pass-A-Grille Beach 727.367.3818


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OTHER MARKETS 1st Friday Flea Market 9 am – noon. Gulfport Multipurpose Sr. Ctr. 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport 1st Saturday Grand Central Flea 9 am – 4 pm. Antiques, Collectibles NEW LOCATION Parking Lot of Punky’s Bar 3063 Central Ave., St. Pete 1st Saturday St. Pete Indie Market Noon – 5 pm. 600 Block of Central Ave., St. Petersburg VOLUNTEER AARP Tax Aide Varying responsibilities. Daystar Life Center Offering monthly information sessions services & volunteering, the third Tuesday, 1:30 pm. Daystar Life Ctr. 226 6th St. S, St. Petersburg 727.498.8794 Empath Health / Suncoast Hospice NEW Locations throughout Pinellas County Various positions. Training provided Ages 14+ years. 727.523.3440 Friends of Strays 2911 47th Ave. N, St. Petersburg Non-profit, no kill shelter Volunteer orientation, twice monthly. 727-522-6566 ext. 107 Gulfport’s Get Rescued Festival Annual Animal Rescue Festival and Fundraiser RCS of Pinellas County Positions needed at Food Bank, Haven of RCS, Grace House, Thrift Store. Helping families of hunger, homelessness and domestic violence. One hour orientation required. 727.584.3528 ext. 407 State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of FL, 14250 49th St. N, Suite 4000, Clearwater 727.464.6528 | MARCH 2017


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St. Petersburg Freee Clinic 863 3rd Ave. N, St Petersburg. To schedule new volunteer orientation 727.821.1200 X 114 Tampa Bay Watch NEW Mondays 9 am – noon June 13 – August 1 Ages 15+ for Volunteer Hours YOGA A / SPIRITUAL Awakening into the Sun Festival NEW Straub Park, St. Petersburg Speakers, yoga, meditation, music and vendors. Beach Yoga o Pinellas NEW Tuesdays 7 – 8:15 pm. Treasure Island Community Center Garden Rm., Thursdays 7 – 8:15 pm City Hall Auditorium Year e round resident discount packages. 727.222.6476 Don Vista Arts Center 3300 Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach 727.367.3818 Celebrating 50+ Years. e Yoga, o Chi Gong


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Hoop Dancing Yoga o Village – Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg Abby 813.777.7720 Story telling dance with 1 to 30 hoops Inspire Yoga o at the Dali Sundays at The Dali, One Dali Blvd., practice vinyasa / ashtanga poses 727.823.3767

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Madeira Beach Recreation Center 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach 727.392.0665 Yoga o Essentials, Vinyasa, Flow, Tai a Chi, Hoola Dance. Madeira Beach Yoga o NEW 200 Rex Place and 15100 Gulf Blvd. Madeira Beach 727.401.7380 Info@MadeiraBeachY o Meditation in the Gardens Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg, Wednesdays, 12:30 pm 727.551.3102 Nava Yoga o Studio NEW 5901 Sun Blvd. W, Suite 120, St. Petersburg 727.592.1999

Perfect Circle Yoga o & Fitness 595 Corey Ave. v , St. Pete Beach 727.504.2327 Bikram Yoga, o Hot Yoga, o Boot Camp, al Training. Pilates, Personal Sacred Lands 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. 727.347.0354 Sunday tours, Meditations, special events. Wednesdays sdays Movement for Wellness Sound Meditations tions NEW Thursdays at 11 am. Scout Hall, 53155 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. 727.893.5657. Brought to you by Gulfport Senior Center Foundation St. Petersburg Yoga 2842 MLK St. N, St. Petersburg Tues, 6:15 pm, Sunset Beach, 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island Wed., Sunrise 7 am at Straub Park, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 727.894.9642 St. Pete Beach Yoga NEW Daily 10 am and one hour before sunset. St. Peter Beach near Beach Plaza and 67th Ave. Yoga o Alliance Certified 727.686.0123 Sunken Gardens 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg 727.892.5715 Daily Yoga o with Yoga o Village classes Tampa Museum of Art 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa a 813.259.1720 Monday Meditation The Longhouse 2309 49th Street S, Gulfport 727.322.5766 All levels of skill and techniques tech Tree of Life Yoga 6800 Gulf Blvd., South Pasadena Shopping Ctr., 727.514.3057 Four studios. Addiction Recovery, Prenatal, Cancer Survivor Yoga. o Yoga – Jeanne Salvo, RYT Y 500 Yoga o Style: Kripalu, Pass-A-Grille Beach Comm. Church, 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach Phone/T Text e 727.224.7631 YOGA A FOR A CAUSE! Get healthy and support Florida West Ballet, a Not-for-profit Pre-Professional Performing Arts Company! Yoga o Around Toown is offffering yoga classes at Florida West Ballet’s studio: 616 4th Street N, St. Petersburg 31

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Continuing its 2016-17 Season “In Search of...America” theme, American Stage will showcase the Tampa Bay area premiere of “Informed Consent” by Deborah Zoe Laufer, winner of the 2009 Helen Merrill Playwriting Award. This powerful drama takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether genetics defines our fate. Inspired by a landmark court case between one of the country’s largest universities and a Native American tribe based in the Grand Canyon, “Informed Consent”goes “in search of… A CURE” while asking the question, “is your DNA your destiny?” Raymond James Theatre, 163 3rd Street North downtown St. Petersburg 727-823-PLAY (7529) Talks & Events - Opening Night: March 17 (reception 7 pm; performance 8 pm) post-performance dessert reception with the cast to follow. Ongoing: Spotlight Series Prologue: Arrive 30 minutes before the play to enjoy a new interactive prologue series exploring fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to each performance presented by American Stage Apprentice Ally Thomas. Guest speakers Director Benjamin T. Ismail and Scenic Designer Jerid Fox Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia, will speak on the history, context, and characters of the play. Director, Benjamin T Ismail, and Set & Projections Designer, Jerid Fox, will discuss the

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

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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

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CEILINGS & WALLS____ __ __ _ Water damage repairs, texturing, popcorn & wall paper removal and painting, 30 yrs. exp Lic/Ins. 727.458.4209 COMPANION CARE _______ __ _ Helping Hand/ Companion Available Daily Shift, Willing to prepare meals, Transportation to Doctors & Shopping, Light housekeeping. Ref’s 954.5173 Need Help with shopping,errands,dog walking/sitting, get to appointments, etc. Reliable, Reasonable Rates. References. Carlie 727.710.3532 COMPUTER SERVICES__________ Custom Web Design - Hosting, Search Engine Optimization, Free Consultation! 727.368.0270 DOG BAR Patrons wanted, with or without dog(s). Experienced drinkers preferred, but willing to train right applicants. Apply in person 9531 Blind Pass Rd. DOG TRAINING A Trainer your Dog will LOVE. Dogmandu Family Dog Training. Call Theresa for a FREE consultation - 610-248-0467




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 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, have crews. Great $, Free est. Sr. Discounts. John 727.543.2336 H A U L I N G_____ __________ __ Demolition, Garage & Attic Cleanout, Appliances Removed, Trees trimmed & Removed. Call Glenn. 727.580.7080 HEALTH & FITNESS__ ______ __ Acupunture & Herbs Seasonal Allergies? Hip & Back pain? April Wang - Certified Chinese MD 6600 31st Terrace, St. Pete 33710 727.384.4826 Dans Hands - 30 yrs. experience #7384 Massage from light to intense therapy. Call Dan’s Hands at Paradise Spa. I can help! 727.360.4300 Mobil Therapeutic Massage Therapist Neuromuscular /Myofascial $70/hr $95/1.5 hr; Hot Stones $80/1.5 hr. Aromatherapy $75 hr. All massages custom to client. Lic:MA66543 call Libby Higdon 727.204.8602 Worried about your Memory? Alzheimer’s Association offers FREE & Confidential Memory Screenings Gulfport Multipurpose Sr. Center, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. CALL to schedule 727.893.5657


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Don’t let hearing loss impact your life comp. screening, consultation Call 727.329.8852 HELP WANTED__ __________ __ Hair Stylist Needed - Mirela’s Salon New Gulf Blvd Location Very visible Call 727-564-3645 or email HOUSEKEEPING & CLEANING _ __ Laundry Wash Dry Fold Service Laundromat - 7815 Blind Pass Rd, St. Pete Bach. Some Pickup/Delivery Available. Call Lorri 817.681.7474 Cleaning Is Our Passion, - Maids, Maintenance & More. Steadfast Reliable, Best of Beaches service for over 25 years. L/B/I 727.363.1074 Cleaning Services - 1 bedroom $45 up any size home ok. Great Ref’s Free estimates. Beach resident 35 yrs. 727.452.6120 or 743.4281 Experienced, independant European lady, guaranteed quality service. Reasonable rates & references. Call for free estimates.(7/16) 727.564.1473 Home & Office Cleaning - Experienced, efficient European cleaning lady. Free est. Equipment & supplies provided. Great local references. 727.793.5419 INSURANCE _______ Academy Insurance - Full Lines - Flood Residential & Investment Property Specialist Call Rose 727.343.0419 AIA - Home, Health, Marine, Umbrella, Health Life, Dental, Commercial, Disability, Boat. On the beach at 4615 Gulf Blvd. (south of Publix) Tom Torgersen 727.577.7222

A D S POOL CLEANING Tidy Pools, locally owned & operated, licensed & insured, Brian 727.342.3587 REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Condo For Sale By Owner - Historic Butler House @ Pass-a-Grille, 107 26th Avenue, St. Pete Beach, Unit #8 in nine unit building, (2nd floor, no elevator) Furnished one bedroom, Updated. Move in ready. Steps from the beach! Call: 727 365-5100 or email

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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, St Pete Bch 8am-7pm, 7 days, 727.367.4292 SERVICES Welding/Fabricating Custom/Specialty Free estimates. Shop Mobile, 20+ year Beach res., local ref. 727.742.7100 SLIDING DOOR REPAIR_____ _ _ Stop struggling with old sliding doors. We fix it to open for a fraction of the cost of a new door. We replace windows too. Lic. C10506 - Lizette 727.641.8106 SPA SERVICES Massage, Waxing, Wraps, A menu of Facials Look and feel your best for wedding pictures. Head to Toe Pamper from $179 727.424.8090 Spa Escape 7104 Central Ave., St. Pete

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TUTORING Italian, Spanish, German - Learnimprove language skills, fun, efficient. Call Carlo, Prof. Language Teacher 727.374.0963 Portuguese & French Tutoring Conversational-Grammar-Literature 727.238.1828 English, reading, writing… 32 yrs exp. grades 6-12. SPB-Isla area - will come to you. Call Jeanne 727.864.3599 Piano lessons your home or my studio. All ages &l styles, affordable, 25 years of experience. Call 727.688.2782 Piano & Flute lessons in your home. Adults & students ok. 727.642.2169

PET SERVICES__________ __ Dependable, Friendly Care, T.J. Brown, Dog Handler, – Bay Area Dog Walking 727.417.3564 Pet Buddy Pet Sitting – care for furry & feathered children. Michele 367-1041 Pet Sitting/Dog Walking - SPB & Tierra Verde - Nurse w/flex sch. 272.0021 PETSITTING, pets stay at my home or in their own environment. 727.363.0967 Professional Pet Sitting Fully Insured, 727.323.3892 or 422.5919


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

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"When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion." - Dale Carnegie | MARCH 2017


ECO LIVE A Sustainable LIFESTYLE What you consume and how you live can save the planet. Find out how to make a difference at the Sustainable Floridians SM certificate training course (March 25 - April 29; 9 am - noon) Extension office, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. The five classes feature topics such as water & energy conservation, consumerism and food systems. The course is $125 per participant and includes classes, book rental fees, access to webinars and facility tours related to the course content. Participants will visit a water reclamation plant and a local solar contractor facility. UF/IFAS Extension is also offering a recommended prerequisite called Sustainability: A First Look. The single class will be held on Saturday, March 11, 9 am – 2 pm, and is a basic overview of sustainability issues. FYI:

“ Great American Cleanup” Pinellas County, in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, is asking for volunteers to help clean up two waterways, the Cross Bayou Canal & Joe’s Creek. Volunteers will collect and bag trash from mangrove shorelines and can be either land-based or can participate on the water from a canoe or kayak. Volunteers can bring their own watercraft, or borrow a canoe (provided on a first-come, first-served basis). After the trash is collected, volunteers can enjoy lunch, provided by event partner American Waterworks Association – Florida Section, and enter to win giveaways. 66

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FYI: Registration required/online Where To Meet Up: Pinellas County property at intersection of 70th Ave. N and 78th St. N, near the Wagon Wheel Flea Market on Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park. What To Wear/Bring: Participants should wear comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes, work gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring a chair or towel to sit on during lunch. Trash grabbers, bags, gloves and drinking water will be provided. A water truck will also be on hand for cleaning off watercraft after coming back to shore. Participants working from watercraft will be required to wear life jackets; those borrowing watercraft will be provided life jackets.

by Captain Mark & Dylan Hubbard â&#x20AC;˘ 727.393.1947 Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach and let it return to bottom and repeat until it's back. This approach mimics a live sand flea being spooked along the bottom and they typically hit on the drop.

In Shore The Sheepshead right now are the best thing going inshore. They are biting very well on small pieces of shrimp or cut oysters. Snook are still being caught during the day just this week Will McClure our first mate caught nearly a dozen one day after cleaning the boats after a trip. The snook action seems best at the tail end of an outgoing tide during the day and anytime the water is moving at night. The pompano bite is going well along the beaches. They typically like a piece of shrimp or sand flea weighted to bottom. If you're an artificial lure guy the best ones are a doc's jig or light Nekid ball jig I like the white jigs the best for the pompano. For these fish, just retrieve the lure slowly along the bottom, crank 2-3 times slowly, let it fall to bottom, twitch then let it fall, crank two more times and let it fall to bottom again and then double twitch

Near Shore When we could make it out this past week, fishing was great, but then when the front rolled through midweek we couldn't get out there to the fish for two days. The hogfish bite was great before the front though, as if they knew it was going to get rough. The Tuesday trips caught tons of hogs. The red grouper bite is steady, but not on fire quite yet, finding most of them in the 70-100 foot range making it hard to find in the near shore waters. Mangrove snapper are fairly spread out and fewer and further between as the water is still fairly cold offshore. Offshore The 44 hour full moon trip this past weekend at Hubbard's Marina did very well! The Cobia were there waiting for us when we started fishing and we caught them through the night and day as well. Tuna bite dropped off a bit from the last trip, but we still managed a few. Big jacks were ready to fill the gap though as we landed just over two dozen nice sized amberjack. Also, fat red grouper were ready to fire up for us as we came inside the 20 fathom mark after fishing for jacks beyond it in the deep waters. The snapper bite offshore is much better than inshore big fat mangroves, yellowtail, huge vermillion and more were all ready to chew for us on this recent 44 hour full moon adventure at Hubbard's Marina. PN

You should really see the latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns: Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: | MARCH 2017



S Syst by Sarah Lyons - Sirius   ǯœŠ›Š‘•¢˜—œŠœ›˜•˜Ž›ǯŒ˜–ȱȊȱŝŘŝǯřŚŝǯŚŝřŝ “Get Sirius S about Your o Futurre” March 2017 Astrology Relationship planet Venus stations Retrograde in impulsive Aries on the 4th. It’s time to slow down, make peace in current relationships and curb impulsive spending. New love and purchases of art, jewelry and beauty related items won’t go as expected. Action planet Mars enters stable, conservative Taurus on the 9th; which will support more practical behavior. The Full Crow Moon in industrious Virgo falls on the 12th bringing the lunar cycle to a peak. Named for when the cawing of the crows signal the end of winter; and duties switch to preparation for spring. Aspects will assist in the organization and elimination of the unnecessary over the next two weeks, so we may be able to begin with a fresh new start for the coming season. Thinking planet Mercury visits quick, eager Aries on the 13th which is the very next day! This energy brings fast thinking and speaking with the ability to multitask., but we must watch out for getting scattered and how our words are delivered, too. On the 20th, the Vernal Equinox occurs when the Sun enters Aries, bringing us the first day of spring! Just as the new season officially begins, one week later on the 27th, the New Moon joins the Sun to start a dynamic lunar cycle of growth and progress. Whatever we begin or put into action now will see fast developments and lasting results. Mercury didn’t visit Aries long and now our little messenger is on to bring his delightful gifts to steady Taurus starting the 31st. Slower more determined, cautious and constructive thinking helps us follow through now.


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ARIES: The spotlight on health and work duties shows need to prioritize duties; take a break. Mid month the focus turns to earnings. Later a new lunar cycle starts off your birthday year with big future plans; a fresh start!

LIBRA: Focus is on health and wellness; mental, emotional and physical. Take time from daily obligations for your own needs. Reconnect personal relationships on intimate levels; revealing is healing. Home projects, too!

TAURUS: Your focus on fun turns to care for children; romantic partner. Quiet time and meditation is revealing. You take action mid month and start a new path at month's end, based on revelations from within self.

SCORPIO: Friends, fun and social activities fill your schedule even on a tight budget. Partners are assertive; conversations intense. New energy in work and health areas brings swift changes and require some adjustments.

GEMINI: Home and family matters get attention as you balance career time and assist partner with. You stay busy behind the scenes and plan for fun later, with a full social calendar of activities that won’t ruin your budget!

SAGITTARIUS: Career or position is highlighted as you consider new responsibilities and drive to move forward. Homefront is busy but tranquil. You find new ways to play, reconnect with children, romance and friends!

CANCER: Conversations are revealing; choose words carefully and open up. Everyday short trips and connecting keep you busy. Energy goes into time with friends. Later a new start with career requires a balance at home.

CAPRICORN: Travel may come with obligations and exploration of your beliefs on current situations. Recreation relieves tension. Home is a hub of activity as you reconnect to family to transform and create new plans.

LEO: Finances are highlighted and spending required; be frugal. You take charge in career and status as new values are born; leaving behind the old. Learning and travel are on your schedule as the month comes to an end.

AQUARIUS: Finances and resources are highlighted with practical needs coming up. Energy is directed to home projects and family members. Short trips and pleasant conversations can open new doors; bring breakthroughs.

VIRGO: You are in the spotlight as you balance home, family responsibility and partnerships. Find adventure in learning or travel. Review spending and resources as a new financial plan goes into place later; avoid risks.

PISCES: Focus falls on relationships; both personal and business, as you balance responsibilities. Multi-tasking also keeps you busy daily. Later a new look at income and revision of finances keeps in step with new values.

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

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INSIDE the MARCH ISSUE 9 - Celebrate a Life Well Lived - Cover Story 21 - Making Life Insurance Simpler 23 - Everyone is Irish in March! 26 - USF’s College of Marine Science - 50th Anniversary 29 - USF Oceanography Camp for Girls 33 - Potters Precision - Cuts Ribbon 34 - Health & Wellness 37 - St. Pete Beach Mediterranean Produce & Deli and Mirela’s Salon 40 - Renaissance Festival - Experience the Magic of the 16th Century

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