ST.. PETE BEACH
Horan Park brings outdoor concerts every Friday night
St. Pete Beach's annual fall outdoor concert series continues each Friday throughout this month. Performers in the line-up include De Lei'ed Parrots, Molten Mike and The Cool Daddies. Admission is free; food and beverages will be available for sale during the concert.
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays throughout October
Where: Horan Park at St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive
Volunteers needed for coastal cleanup
The city of St. Pete Beach will host a coastal cleanup Saturday. Service groups and individuals are encouraged to meet at Upham Beach or Pass-a-Grille Beach concession stands, where cleanup materials will be provided.
When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday
Where: Upham Beach or Pass-a-Grille Beach concession stands, St. Pete Beach
Information: Call 363-9245.
Commission meetings may be viewed online
St. Pete Beach City Commission meetings are now viewable online. The meetings may be viewed live or starting about noon the day after the meeting. The meetings will be posted to the city's Web page, www.stpetebeach.org. Viewers should click on the "Commission Streaming Video" starburst.
Reserve your table for community yard sale
St. Pete Beach Recreation's annual Community Yard Sale is Nov. 15. Sellers may register for a table through Nov. 10. Call 363-9245.
Annual festival features seafood, artists, shops
John's Pass Seafood Festival, Oct. 25-26, is dedicated to fishermen lost at sea. The festival 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 during the festival. 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
Information: www.JohnsPass Festivals.com
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Art center hosts show, offers 2 new classes
The Beach Art Center will host its annual "Welcome Back" juried open show Friday. Join the artists at their opening reception and awards ceremony 6 to 8 p.m. at the Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. Admission is free and open to the public.
The center will offer two new Saturday art classes beginning Oct. 25: Eco Art, 9 a.m. to noon with Alexis Smith, will teach students to use art as a means to explore and better understand their role within the community and the environment. Students will work with the city of Indian Rocks Beach on projects. Drawing for Teens, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Joseph Weinzettle, MFA, will help teens improve drawing skills — with charcoal, graphite and ink — and build portfolios. The class is for beginning and intermediate students. Call 596-4331 for more information.
Restaurants gear up for annual taste of town
The second annual Taste of Indian Rocks Beach is Nov. 8 at Chic-A-Ci Park. The event, co-hosted by the Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners Association, Century 21 Beggins, and the city of Indian Rocks Beach, offers tastes from more than 17 restaurants, plus entertainment, business booths and free admission. Participating restaurants include Guppy's at the Beach, Coasters, Crabby Bills, Red Lion, Kooky Coconut, Al & Stella's, Surf N Turf, PJ's Oyster Bar and the Pie Factory. Visit IRBHome.com for more information.
Home improvement loans are available
Pinellas County Community Development offers interest-free home improvement loans to qualified low-income homeowners with payments deferred until sale, transfer or refinance of the property. Homeowners must occupy the property as primary residence and be at or below 50 percent of the area median income. This is for loans closing between Oct. 1 and Jan. 31. Loan amounts of up to $45,000 are available. Other eligibility criteria may apply. For more information, call Community Development, 464-8210 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/community
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