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Neighborhood news briefs from art to regattas

St. Pete High Project Art: A few St. Petersburg High School IB students will present the Art Exhibition for Poverty from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the school's library, 2501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The show will feature artwork from the Dalí Museum and St. Pete High students. Music and refreshments will be on hand. Entry costs $1, and some artwork can be purchased for $5. For more information, email Peter Lynch at or Raza Zaidi at

National Hospice Regatta announcement: Thomas R. Wallace, commodore of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster will hold a joint news conference at 2 p.m. today at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, to announce that the National Hospice Regatta will take place April 20-22 in St. Petersburg. The Yacht Club will serve as host of the regatta, to be sailed on Tampa Bay near the Pier with associated events nearby. The winners of local hospice regattas around the United States and Canada have been invited to participate in the National Championship. The National Championship was originally formed in Annapolis, Md. For the past three years, it has been sailed on the Great Lakes, out of Rochester, N.Y., on Lake Ontario. For more information, call Virginia Daniels at (727) 482-3713.

Free Tax Preparation: Households with low to moderate incomes can take advantage of free tax preparation and assistance between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. This service is for taxpayers of all ages but with an emphasis on those over 60 years of age. Taxpayers must bring Social Security cards for all people listed on their tax returns, a picture ID and all pertinent records such as W2s, 1099s, other income and credits, and a copy of last year's return if available. Free electronic filing is available. Services available through April 13. For more information, call (727) 893-1074.

Youth of the Year presentation: The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast will host a luncheon to present the Countywide Youth of the Year Award at noon Thursday at the Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. The luncheon will honor the five youths selected to represent their clubs, give them the opportunity to share their stories, and award one of these extraordinary teens the title of 2012 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast Youth of the Year. The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $25 per person in advance or $35 at the door. To RSVP, contact Carla Mattern at or call (727)638-5181.

Seminole Historical Society: This meeting will feature a presentation by businesswoman Pamela Gillenwaters, about her memories of growing up in Seminole. This meeting will be at 7 p.m. today in Room 210B of the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St., Seminole. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (727) 391-1433.

Collection for the troops: Troops in the Middle East need candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and meats, flavored soft drink mix, beef jerky, small microwavable products, women's hygiene products, baby wipes, lip balm, sunscreen, bandannas, socks, resealable plastic food-storage bags and cotton swabs. Donations can be dropped off at the Army Recruiting Office, 11223 78th Ave. N, Seminole; American Legion Post 273, 600 American Legion Drive, Madeira Beach; American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater; and Extra Space Storage, 4319 Duhme Road, Madeira Beach. Cash donations are also needed to cover shipping. Checks should be made payable to UPS Store and mailed to Joe Tapp, P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For more information, call Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.

Environmental Film Festival at Eckerd College: Film scholars and filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in discussions of the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films. The Importance of the Night Sky: The City Dark Writer, producer and director Ian Cheney introduces his own film today, Taking Urban Agriculture on the Road: Truck Farm will be shown Thursday, Ethnomusicology and Ecology in Africa: OKA! on Friday, and Aldo Leopold and the Land Ethic: Green Fire will be featured Saturday all beginning at 7 p.m. in the Eckerd College Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. For more information, call (727) 864-7979 or visit

New Highland Lake Park: The community is invited to join in the grand opening ceremony of Largo's new Highland Lake Park at 5:30 p.m. today at Highland Recreation Park, 400 N Highland Ave., Largo. The Park features an expanded lake, 140 newly planted trees, and a one-third mile asphalt loop walking trail. A fish release into the lake and short demonstration of the Fluid Earth model while follow. Free. For more information, call (727) 586-7415.

Claire Conner: Author Claire Conner talks about her book Wrapped in the Flag: What I Learned About Growing Up In America's Radical Right and Why it Matters Now and how her views have changed at 7 p.m. today at the Girls Incorporated of Pinellas Operation SMART Summer Camp CHECK, 7700 61st St., Pinellas Park. Free. For more information, call (727) 544-6230 or visit

Trash to Treasures Sale: Something for everyone at this annual flea market sale, with plants grown by club members, plus jewelry, collectibles, household items, and more for sale will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive S. Food and beverages available for purchase. Thursday is a preview night with wine and cheese ($5 charge this evening only). Free admission on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (727) 381-8920.

Addy Awards: The surreal gala celebrates the rare, the odd, the bizarre and all that's freaky in the advertising industry at 6 p.m. Friday in the Dalí Museum, One Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. Ticket includes access to the Dalí galleries. $55 per person. For more information, call (727) 823-3767 or visit

Paws for the Arts: Dog and cat owners can bring their pets to create an original work of art to hang on their walls from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Canterbury School of Florida, 990 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Owners select up to four colors of children's nontoxic paint to dab onto their pets' paws before letting them paw, run or flick their tails across the canvas. Two pets may share the same canvas for an additional charge. Pets are also invited to shop the vendor area and try their skill on an agility course. Proceeds benefit the Muses of the Art organization to support Canterbury's arts education programs. $25, $5 additional dog on same canvas; $35 advanced reservations. Call (727) 365-7788.

Tampa Bay Rowdies Fan Day: The Tampa Bay Rowdies will be hosting a Select-A-Seat event in which fans will have an opportunity to tour Al Lang Stadium and pick their 2012 season seat location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field, 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Rowdies players will be in attendance to sign autographs and meet with the fans. Free to attend. Call (813) 287-1539 or visit

Suncoast Classic 5K/10K Run for Kids: This USATF-Certified race includes a 10K, 5K, Pelican Mile and kids "Fun Run." All races begin at BayWalk in downtown St Petersburg and course through the beautiful waterfront district beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at BayWalk, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The proceeds of the Suncoast Classic "Run for Kids" event benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. $10-$30. For more information, visit

Cuts for Cops: Motorcycle officers will sweep the floor at this cut-a-thon with food, auctions, touch-a-fire truck and on-site painting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Billy's Corner Barber Shop, 2032 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Benefits the Sun Coast Law Enforcement Charities Fallen Officer Fund. $12. For more information, call (727) 512-5305.

Dr. Hort's Citrus Secrets: Gardening expert Greg Charles, aka "Dr. Hort," shares his secrets of how to successfully grow a bounty of citrus and avoid common problems in Master Gardener class, Citrus 101 at 2 p.m. Thursday at the St. Petersburg Main Public Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free, but registration required. Call (727) 582-2100 or visit

Neighborhood news briefs from art to regattas 02/21/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 6:05pm]
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