Chihuly Collection marks anniversary
Since opening on July 11, 2010, the Chihuly Collection, 400 Beach Drive, has been a popular destination for more than 130,000 locals and tourists.
In addition to $5 admission to the Chihuly Collection from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, the Chihuly First Anniversary Celebration event features a display of love notes to St. Petersburg, written by guests that day on beach balls then hung from the trees in North Straub Park. At 8 p.m., gather in front of the Chihuly Collection for live performances to close out the celebration, including a choreographed street dance performed by the Academy of Ballet Arts, a drum march along Beach Drive by the 27-member musical sensation Dundu Dole, and the Fire Dancers from Hip-Expressions will join Dundu Dole in a dance representing fire's role in the creation of glass.
The Chihuly Collection will be open extended hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5 from 6 to 8 p.m.; regular admission is $15, $13 seniors and $12 for students and children over 5. 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House will offer drink specials for the occasion. For more information, call (727) 896-4527 or visit chihulycollectionstpete.com.
Church hosts a 'Cool Art' fundraiser
"Hot Summer, Cool Art," a juried art exhibition featuring original paintings, prints, sculptures and photography by Fred Szabries, Milt Rochman, Michelle Knapp, Vince Anthony, Esther Rhein, Larry Cole, Irma Ernst, Ana Kramer and Fran Sims, will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Northeast Presbyterian Church, 4400 Shore Acres Blvd. NE. Larry Cole will paint live on site while artwork auctions are being held. Proceeds benefit the church's Children's Ministry. The event is free; raffle tickets are $5. For more information, call (727) 895-2444 or visit nepres.org.
Trashion Fashion Show is Saturday
Designs displayed at the Trashion Fashion Show are made from recycled and unorthodox materials. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at ARTpool Gallery, 919 First Ave. N. All ages are welcome. There will also be complimentary food, beverages and an art show on the walls for guests to browse. The cost is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show, $45 VIP. For more information, call (727) 324-3878 or visit artpoolrules.com.
Grant makes swimming lessons available
The Largo aquatics division has received a grant from the Katelyn F. Foundation, which was created by Sandra Testo Michaud for her daughter, Katelyn Michaud, who died in a swimming pool accident in 2004. Any child 3 to 10 who qualifies for free or reduced-price school lunches is eligible for free American Red Cross group swimming lessons. There are 20 scholarships available for eight 30-minute lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. starting July 26. Registration begins Monday at the Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. Each child must have a Largo recreation card, and the parent or legal guardian must bring the Pinellas schools' free or reduced lunch form to register. Call (727) 518-3018.
Explore state parks for free on Sunday
July is National Recreation and Park Month, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service invites visitors to explore Florida's 160 state parks this month. The DEP will celebrate with free day-use entry into all state parks on Sunday, except Skyway Fishing Pier. State parks also will host events throughout the month for individuals and families of all ages and interests. Visit floridastateparks.org/thingstodo/events.cfm for more information including a complete listing of state park events.
Chamber hosts social marketing seminar
The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a marketing workshop on "The Power of Social Relationships to Your Bottom Line" from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Hilton, St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. Learn how to build a digital business platform that ignites profitable relationships and an ROI worth tweeting about. The cost is $50, which includes breakfast. Register with the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce by contacting Amanda Page at (727) 360-6957 or Amanda@TampaBayBeaches.com.
Volunteers needed to advocate for seniors
Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman program needs volunteers to protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and adult family care homes. The program's local councils seek additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents' concerns. Special training and certification are provided.
Those interested are encouraged to call toll-free, 1-888-831-0404, or visit the program's website at ombudsman.myflorida.com for more information.
Amputee support group says ride horses
The A Step Ahead for Amputees action/support group invites amputees and those facing limb loss to learn about the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding at 1 p.m. July 20 at Edward White Hospital, Suite 1-G, 2299 Ninth Ave. N. Kelly Sipos, executive director of the Saddle Up Riding Club in Pinellas Park, will discuss how riding can help people with disabilities improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and coordination. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling toll free, 1-888-243-3627. For more information about A Step Ahead for Amputees or this event, call Jamie Kay Weil at (727) 564-8456.