INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Community to honor retired veterinarian with party at park
The Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners will honor veterinarian Matthew "Dr. Matt" Licht with a pets-welcome gathering Saturday at the Nature Preserve Park. Licht, who recently retired, was the beach community's only veterinarian for many years. The event will include a pet wash, popcorn and pet pictures with "Dr. Matt." Bring pet towels.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Nature Preserve Park on Gulf Boulevard in Indian Rocks Beach
Volunteers needed for waterway cleanup
The Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners Boat Club will host an Intracoastal Waterway cleanup Saturday. Anyone interested in helping should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and report to the 15th Avenue boat ramp at 8:30 a.m. Bring gloves; the group will supply bags and water.
Art Center planning show, new classes
• The Beach Art Center will host its annual "Welcome Back" juried open show Oct. 17. Artists may submit up to two entries from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The entrance fee is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Join the artists at their opening reception and awards ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. Admission is free.
• The Beach Art center will offer two new Saturday art classes beginning Oct. 25. Eco Art will be taught from 9 a.m. to noon by Alexis Smith. The class will teach students to use art as a means of exploration, expression and communication to understand and assume their role within the community and the environment. Students will work with the city on projects. Drawing for Teens, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Joseph Weinzettle will help teens improve drawing skills and build portfolios. The class for beginning and intermediate students will include charcoal, graphite and ink. Call the Beach Art Center, 596-4331 for more information.
ST. PETE BEACH
Horan Park brings free concerts every Friday
St. Pete Beach's annual fall outdoor concert series continues each Friday throughout October. Performers in the lineup include De Lei'ed Parrots, Molten Mike and the Cool Daddies. Admission is free; food and beverages will be available for sale.
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays throughout October.
Where: Horan Park at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.
Crab-stuffed fish dinner to benefit museum
The Friends of Gulf Beaches Historical Museum will host a "shore dinner" on Sunday to benefit the museum. Guest Jack Harris, longtime local radio and TV personality and author, will share stories of Florida and his media career. His collection of humorous essays will be available for sale and signing. The dinner will include crab-stuffed baked fish, rice pilaf, coleslaw and hush puppies catered by Capt. Hubbard's Friendly Fisherman. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.
Where: Warren Webster Community Center, 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way.
When: BYOB cocktail/social hour begins at 5 p.m. Sunday; dinner to follow.
Info: RSVP by Wednesday by calling the museum at 552-1610.
John's Pass gets ready for seafood festival
It's almost time for John's Pass Seafood Festival. The event, dedicated to fishermen lost at sea, features an arts and crafts show with more than 50 artists, fresh seafood, 150 shops, music, a street dance, a fishing expo and a children's area. Kids are welcome to dress up and trick-or-treat throughout the village and boardwalk. Parking will be available in the John's Pass Village 325-space parking structure and off-site at Madeira Beach Middle School with free shuttle service to and from John's Pass Village. Admission to the festival is free.
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26.
Where: John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, 150 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach.
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