Gulfport juices up Art Walk: Art walks are becoming a popular date night or family activity, with special nights set aside for gallery hopping in St. Petersburg, Ybor City, Dunedin and Gulfport.
Now the funky beach town is adding some juice to Gulfport's Third Saturday Art Walks and plans on adding a fine art component in the fall.
"The Gulfport Merchants have started a program of extra paid entertainment consisting of actors, buskers, musicians, magicians and other 'colorful' folks … to interact with visitors and bring an extra level of festivity and energy to the event," a city news release announced.
They tried it out in June and it was a big hit, the release said. The next art walk is Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m.
Beginning in November, the Gulfport Merchants will add a "Fine Arts Friday" program during First Friday Art Walks. A separate block on Beach Boulevard that is currently unused between 28th and 29th avenues will have established local artists selling their work and also demonstrating their art and crafts for visitors. Expect to see a pottery wheel, fiber spinning, metal forging, hot glass work and more in full view.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer
Rays in the community: Tampa Bay Rays players will greet the community at the following events: Outfielder Matt Joyce will sign autographs from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at SunTrust Bank, 8299 Dr. M.L. King St., St. Petersburg; and pitcher David Price will sign autographs from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Visionworks, 3301 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.
Sunrise Sale and Pajama Party: Set your alarm and wear your pajamas for extra deals during this sale beginning at 6:43 a.m. Thursday. The starting point is Beach Drive NE and Second Avenue N, St. Petersburg. For more discounts, donate new pajamas or new books for children in need. Follow the trail of yellow flags and yellow and orange balloons to participating locations. For more information, call (727) 821-6443.
PSTA public meeting: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is hosting a public informational meeting about PSTA becoming the county's new transportation coordinator at 9 a.m. today in the PSTA Board Room, 3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg. Call PSTA at (727) 540-1900 or visit psta.net.
Foreclosure prevention workshop: The Neighborhood Community Foundation presents a free workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Hilton, 333 First St., in St. Petersburg. Develop a better understanding of the foreclosure process, legal rights and options to remain in your home. Register at neighborhood-community.org or call, toll-free, 1-877-306-5299.
Community garden opening: The Town of Indian Shores invites the public to attend the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Town Community Garden at 10 a.m. Thursday in the garden, south of the I.S. Municipal Center between Whispering Pines Drive and Second Street E just north of 191st Avenue. The garden features EarthBox growing technology exclusively. Salt Rock Grill will provide morning refreshments. For more information, call (727) 595-4020.
Taste the beaches: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual Sizzlin Summer: Taste of the Beaches from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The festivities of this bash include live and silent auctions, raffles, samples from more than 25 restaurants, dancing, live music, beer and wine. Raffle tickets are available for a KM 12-foot paddleboard from Surf Shak. The cost to attend is $25, and you must register with the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce by contacting Amanda Page at (727) 360-6957 or RSVP@tampabaybeaches.com.
School registration help: Parents or guardians needing to register their children for school can get help from 8:30 a.m. to noon today at Jamerson Elementary, 1200 37th St. S, and at Northwest Elementary, 5601 22nd Ave. N, both in St. Petersburg. Parents can set up a user ID and password to reserve a seat while there. These are needed if a student is entering kindergarten or is new to Pinellas schools: birth certificate or other proof of identity/age, proof of residency, Florida certificate of immunization and physical exam certificate within 12 months. For information, call (727) 588-6210.
Bayfront volunteers needed: Bayfront Medical Center's Gift Gallery needs volunteers in the gift shop and the Baby Boutique at Bayfront Baby Place. There are three-, four- and five-hour shifts daily. Volunteers will receive a meal ticket to the cafeteria and free parking during volunteer shifts. If interested or for more information, contact Cyd Hendrick at (727) 893-6878.