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Community news: Our Town talk, First Friday music, Pinellas tax certificate sale

Our Town Conversations: Host Carol Mickett, philosopher and artist, leads this monthly series of talks with local heroes about their visions, accomplishments and contributions to shaping the identity of our town from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday at the Dalí Museum, One Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. Come early for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at Cafe Gala. Tampa Bay Times outdoors writer Terry Tomalin has had a career of varied adventures, from witch doctors in the Amazon to exploring sunken Mayan archeological sites in Mexico. His new book, Everyday Adventures, is an insider's guide to 80 fun-filled Florida outdoor activities. Free (reservations required). For information, call (727) 823-3767 or visit thedali.org.

Get Downtown First Friday Music Series: Get downtown for fun with music, food and a lively crowd all in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday between Second and Third streets on Central Avenue. Proceeds from beer and wine sales benefit area organizations. This month features music by Tin Pan Alley. Free; refreshments extra. For information, call (727) 393-3597.

Hurricanes and Other Natural Disasters Expo: WTSP-TV meteorologist Mark Collins and Tom Iovino of Pinellas County Communications will conduct seminar activities to aid you in a disaster scenario from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Science Center of Pinellas County, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Activities include the USGS Hurricane Wave Tank, a tour of the Salvation Army Disaster Kitchen rig, tips on how to harden your home, planetarium shows, marine science exhibits and weather experiments. For information, call (727) 825-0018 or visit sciencecenterofpinellas.com.

Open house for prospective MBA students: The event will include an overview of evening and online options, admission requirements, financial aid and information about the required Graduate Management Admission Test from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus, 140 Seventh Ave. S. For information, call (727) 873-4622 or visit usfsp.edu/mba.

Downtown Digital: This live music event will host DJs throughout the day and night spinning house, dubstep, electro and more from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Expect hours of music and DJs at venues including Jannus Live, Vintage Ultra Lounge, Bar Milo and more. Among the electronic music names coming are Ladytron, Mustard Pimp, BoomBox, Amtrac, Sonic C, Party Supplies, Defep, Machines are People Too, Hi-Rez, Blood Eagle, Skyway, Milo & Otis, Sound Duo, Varien, JG, DJ Kiger, SubPirate, KingKrow, Sidedraft, The-Event, DJ Leftover and DJ Blaise James. $25. For information, call (727) 565-0551 or visit digi-fest.com.

Breakfast with Dalí for families: Monthly docent-led tours introduce Salvador Dalí and the Dalí Museum to families with children from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Dalí Museum, One Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. The interactive tour highlights Dalí paintings and other works that appeal to children. A Spanish-themed breakfast buffet and hands-on activities follow the tour. $21, $10 ages 6-12; $10, $5 ages 6-12 members. For information, call (727) 823-3767 or visit thedali.org.

Pinellas tax certificate sale: Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson announced the tax certificate sale for 2011 delinquent real estate taxes will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at bidpinellas.com. All 2011 property taxes unpaid as of 5 p.m. on Thursday will be eligible for purchase. The tax certificate sale is an annual online auction where bidders purchase a delinquent taxpayer's debt in exchange for an annual interest rate, ensuring the majority of unpaid property taxes are collected and distributed to taxing authorities.

Registration for the sale is open at bidpinellas.com and will continue until the sale ends Friday. The sale is a reverse-auction, with interest rates on individual certificates starting at 18 percent. Bidders compete for the lowest rate, and certificates are awarded to those with the lowest bid. All unsold certificates will be issued to Pinellas County at 18 percent annual interest. For information, visit taxcollect.com or call (727) 464-7777.

Registration for Monopoly Fundraising Tournament: Register now for the city of Largo's Monopoly Fundraising Tournament to benefit the city's summer camp scholarship fund. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14 at the Highland Recreation Center, 400 Highland Ave. There will be three rounds and prizes are valued at $250, $150 and $75, which will be awarded to the top three winners overall. Players must complete all three rounds to be eligible for prizes. Entry cost is $25 per player, $20 for students or military, or $100 for a team of six. For information, call Highland Recreation at (727) 518-3016 or visit HighlandRecreation.com.

Community news: Our Town talk, First Friday music, Pinellas tax certificate sale 05/29/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 3:02pm]
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