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Community news: Wags and Whiskers pet expo, Heritage Village exhibit and other events


Inventors Edison, Ford are featured in exhibit

"Discovering Southwest Florida with Thomas Edison and Henry Ford,'' a photo exhibit of dozens of family photographs offered by the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, opens Saturday at Heritage Village. The exhibit, inside the Harris School Gallery, includes pictures with text that compare Old Florida with contemporary Florida. Heritage Village is at 11909 125th St. N. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (727) 582-2123.


Summer drama camp lets youngsters act up

First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, along with Stages Productions, will hold a summer drama camp from July 5-15. The camp will perform Disney's Camp Rock, The Musical, and is open to students in grades six through 12. Auditions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 28 in the Fellowship Center Chapel. For information, contact April Mayes at (727) 593-8716 or


Readings, critiques at screenwriters meeting

Members of the Florida Screenwriters and Actors Connection have their screenplays read aloud at an interactive meeting from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at Panera Bread, 10801 Starkey Road. Learn the latest format and improve plot and dialogue through readings and critiques. Anyone with an interest in acting is invited. The group meets the first Tuesday and third Thursday of every month. For details, e-mail or call (727) 572-6345.


Pet lovers will be busy at Wags and Whiskers

The Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S, is host to the Wags and Whiskers event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The outdoor dog and cat extravaganza includes a pet gift boutique, adoptable pets, pet goodie bags, people/pet edible treats and door prizes. Free admission. For information, call (727) 893-2237 or visit

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Art, shop specials on downtown sidewalks

Hosted by the venues in the 600 block of Central Avenue, the Live Arts on the 600 Block monthly sidewalk fest features artists in the creative process, live music and specials from the shops and galleries. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. This event takes place the third Saturday of every month, weather permitting. Free. For information, visit


Music, art have place at bluegrass festival

The Beach Art Center Bluegrass Festival combines art and music from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Kolb Park, 16th Avenue and Bay Palm Boulevard. The festival features music by the Crystal Beach String Band and Gator Grass, a sidewalk art exhibit and a display of art cars by Barbara Nicolazzo. Free admission. Food, beer, wine and soft drinks available for purchase. For information, call (727) 596-4331.


Golf's version of T-ball comes via park grant

The Treasure Island Recreation Department was recently awarded a $12,000 grant by the National Recreation and Park Association to pilot the new SNAG (Starting New at Golf) G-Ball program. The Treasure Island Recreation Department was one of 15 agencies in the country chosen to pilot the program this year. For information about the program visit


Conference focuses on breaking cycles

The 2011 Storm the Gates Family Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Suncoast Cathedral, 2300 62nd Ave. N. This one-day conference is designed to give hope and empowerment to people through education. Sessions will focus on topics including suicide, abuse, addiction, depression, self-worth and respect. There will be speakers as well as live music and worship. The conference is free and lunch will be provided. For information call (727) 522-2171.


Agency seeks parents to help other parents

Suncoast Center Inc. seeks parent aide volunteers to provide friendship and emotional support to parents facing the challenges of raising children. Volunteers can use their background to help a parent understand age-appropriate behaviors, effective and consistent discipline techniques, stress reduction tips and how to access community resources. Volunteers receive training and support from staffers. For information, call Kerri Pedersen at (727) 327-7656, ext. 6250 or (727) 543-0142.


Ladies Day in the Park is about health issues

St. Anthony's Hospital is celebrating Month of the Woman by offering women a unique experience to meet physicians and discuss health issues from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Crescent Lake Park, 1320 Fifth St. N. Ladies Day in the Park will feature six St. Anthony's physicians who will talk about health issues important to women and the latest treatments available. During the event, women can chat with physicians, enjoy healthy snacks and water, receive giveaways and enter drawings for prizes. There is limited space and reservations are suggested. For information, call (727) 953-6993.

Community news: Wags and Whiskers pet expo, Heritage Village exhibit and other events 05/17/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 11:51am]
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