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Park Boulevard to close at railroad crossing; fundraisers, food, fun and more



A portion of Park Boulevard will be completely closed starting at 6:30 a.m. Friday until late Sunday while CSX contractors replace the railroad crossing near the intersection of 58th Street N. Traffic will be detoured along 49th and 66th streets and 54th Avenue N. Local and pedestrian traffic will be maintained in the area between the detour and the railroad crossing.


Taste event transports guests to Sri Lanka

A Taste of Sri Lanka returns this year with food, an Asian cooking demonstration, a silent auction and a slide show from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Chinese Community Center, 4600 78th Ave. N. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person, which will benefit the Samadhi Buddhist Meditation Center's proposed monastery and nunnery. Kids younger than 12 eat free. For information, call (727) 330-8542.


Canterbury fundraiser will unleash pets' art

Dog and cat owners are invited to bring their pets to create some original "muttsterpieces" with non-toxic paint on 16- by 20-inch canvases at a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Canterbury School's football field, 990 62nd Ave. N. In addition to painting, pets are invited to try their skills on an agility course, and visit the pet-related vendors and refreshment stands. The cost to have your pet create a memorable masterpiece is $25 per canvas, $5 extra for an additional pet on the same canvas. To reserve a time, call Melissa Witt at (727) 365-7661. For information, call (727) 365-7661 or e-mail


No foolin', hospice has a fun benefit planned

Suncoast Hospice will host a benefit from 6:18 to 9:46 p.m. Friday (April Fool's Day) at the Suncoast Hospice Community Service Center, 3050 First Ave. S. Fun is in store, with some great antics, food and atmosphere, all to benefit Operation Sweet Charity, a group of women dedicated to making a difference in the community. Italian food, with beer and wine, will be on the menu, along with humor. There will also be both a silent auction and a live auction, including a suite at a Rays game. Tickets start at $125 per couple and reservations can be made at or call (727) 528-0319.


Spring's the thing for Madrigalians' concert

The St. Petersburg College Madrigalians present a concert, "Joy Spring," at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. SPC's musical ambassadors, 16 select voices, sing a program of springtime fare, spanning from Elizabethan madrigals, to romantic ballads and foldsongs, to music of the Beatles. Free, but donations are accepted. For information, call (727) 341-7984 or visit


Workshop addresses addiction and illness

Feeling Better About Ourselves presents a coping skills workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roose­velt Blvd. Using a unique "Toolbox of Recovery using i-n-g words" for dealing with depression, addiction and bipolar illness, FBAO has helped many on their journeys of recovery. Topics include awareness of medications, codependency and a presentation on dealing with anger. A suggested donation of $5 will cover materials and snacks. For information or to make a reservation, call (727) 822-3480 or e-mail


Inaugural Tweed Ride turns back the clock

Tampa Bay's first ever Tweed Ride and Seersucker Shuffle bike and shuffle event will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 599 Mirror Lake Drive in downtown St. Petersburg. Participants will mingle before a 5:30 p.m. departure and ride at a leisurely pace through downtown, ending back at the shuffleboard club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, where post-ride festivities will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Along with food, libations and music, there will be awards for Best Dressed Lady, Most Dapper Gentleman, Most Marvelous Mustache and Tweediest Bike. Registration for the ride ends Friday. Ride registration is free; the post-ride event is $10, with proceeds going to the Shuffleboard Club. For information, visit or call (727) 641-6454.


Sculptural ceramics are focus of gallery show

The Sebastian Thomas Gallery, 635 Central Ave., will present a juried exhibition by the Savannah College of Art and Design of sculptural ceramics through Saturday. There will be a discussion of sculptural ceramics, art and design by professor Jessica Broad during the opening party at 7 p.m. Thursday. Also, some of the artists will be available to answer questions about their work. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call (727) 258-4869.


Renowned investigator will discuss his career

Dr. Henry Lee will discuss his legendary career at noon Thursday in the Great Hall at Stetson University's Gulfport campus, 1401 61st St. S. Lee uncovered clues in the JonBenet Ramsey case, investigated war crimes in Bosnia and Croatia, testified in the O.J. Simpson trial and served as an international expert on forensic crime. This free public talk is a part of a lecture series sponsored by Stetson's National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law. For information, call (727) 562-7381.


Sign up now to help build new playground

Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, will be getting new playground equipment in May. The playground is closed for demolition in preparation for a community-build project April 9. The city is inviting the public to come out and help erect the new facility. Work will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers for the community build must preregister with the Largo Parks Department. All participants will receive a T-shirt to commemorate the event and lunch will be provided. Individuals can fill out a form online at, or visit the Largo Parks Administration Building, 323 Central Park Drive, weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. For information, visit or call the department at (727) 586-7415.


Scuba diving, kayaking on tap for kids' camp

Registration is under way for Largo's Under and Over Aquatics Summer Camp. From June 13-17, children 12 and older will learn the ins-and-outs of how to scuba dive and kayak. The camp will be based out of Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. The camp also includes a field trip to Busch Gardens' Adventure Island on the final day. The cost is $110 for residents and $137.50 for nonresidents. For information or to register your child, call (727) 518-3126 or visit


Zumba instructors, this audition is for you

Highland Recreation is seeking instructors to begin teaching Zumba and Zumba toning classes in July. Auditions will be at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Monday and 6:30 p.m. April 11. Interested instructors should be prepared to teach three songs during one of Highland's regularly scheduled Zumba classes. Contact Mandy at (727 ) 518-3021 or e-mail


ESOL tutor training sessions set at library

Training to become an English as a second language tutor will be held in three sessions during April at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Attending all three sessions is mandatory. The classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 19; 6 to 8 p.m. April 20 and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 23. For information and to register, call (727) 587-6715.


Woman's Club plans a proper Sunday tea

The 12th annual Spring Bonnet Tea will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the St. Petersburg Woman's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. The program will include a solo theatrical performance from A Feather in Your Hat. The suggested donation is $10. Sunday dress attire is requested; hats are encouraged. For reservations, call (727) 823-9258 or e-mail Proceeds benefit the Historic Building Restoration Fund.


Put on best Derby garb for charity auction

"Off to the Races," the 23rd annual VIP auction to benefit All Children's Hospital, begins at 6 p.m. April 9 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. Kentucky Derby attire is suggested. Tickets cost $150 or $275 for two. Call (727) 767-8595.


Two groups help girls get decked out for prom

Two nonprofit organizations, Belle of the Ball Project and Dream a Dress, have come together to provide prom dresses and accessories to low-income high school girls in Pinellas and Hillsborough. Distributions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 and 30 and May 7 at 11201 Park Blvd. N. For information, visit


Tampa Bay Cares needs volunteers to help callers

Volunteers are needed for 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, which links callers to resources in their community. Work with callers or verify information on a database. Training is provided. An application and interview are required. Visit and click on "Get Involved" to complete a volunteer form. For information, call (727) 210-4209 or e-mail


Deaf, hearing impaired can get devices, aids

The Deaf and Hearing Connection offers amplified telephones, captioned telephones, TTYs and related equipment free to Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf and blind or speech impaired. The agency also offers free hearing screenings by appointment, low-cost hearing aids, cleaning and repairs. Call (727) 399-9983 (voice) or (727) 399-9422 (TTY) or visit


Short gigs available at gardens gift shop

Volunteers are needed for the Florida Botanical Gardens gift shop, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Helpers work 3½ hours once a week. Call Stacey Zidi at (727) 582-2251.

Park Boulevard to close at railroad crossing; fundraisers, food, fun and more 03/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 3:21pm]
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