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Pinellas Beaches neighborhood notebook


'Last Friday' fills Corey Avenue with beer, food and music

Celebrate "Last Friday" on Corey Avenue with beer and wine tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30. Merchants will offer beer, wine and food samplings along with live music, special sales, raffles and more. Stroll Corey Avenue with friends and family and enjoy an evening under the stars. Parking is free.

Corey Area Art & Craft Festival is next week

The St. Pete Beach Corey Area Art & Craft Festival is set for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 200 artists and crafters will exhibit their work. There will also be a green market and a beer garden. Admission and parking are free. Corey Avenue is off Gulf Boulevard in downtown St. Pete Beach. Call 366-2003 for more information.

Community forums to discuss new Web site

The first of three public meetings to be held to introduce a new Web-based forum for the St. Pete Beach community is set for Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at the public library on 73rd Avenue. The new Web site will allow members of the community to communicate about restaurants, sports, fishing and other fun things to do in the city, and post old photos and historical documents. The site can be found at

Free Saturday movie: 'Gulliver's Travels'

Check out the free kids' matinee (open to kids of any age) Saturday morning at the historic Beach Theatre. This week's film is Gulliver's Travels.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach

Info: Call 360-6697 or visit

Beach too cold? Then suit up for the pool!

It's not too cold to swim at the St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center — the municipal pool is heated year-round to 82 degrees. Winter hours through March 29 are Monday-Friday, adult lap swim from 7 to 10 a.m., and open swim 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 363-9264 for information.

Fresh market sells local goods every Wednesday

Shop for fresh produce, organic food products, crafts, clothing, original artwork and more every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the covered pavilion at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Call 363-9245 for information.


South Pasadena will trade for your books

The city of South Pasadena holds an ongoing book swap from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Cultural Arts Council Room, 7047 Sunset Drive S. Call 347-4171 for information.

Florida author to speak on 'Monkey Puzzles'

The South Pasadena Cultural Arts Council will host Florida author Gail Odwaga, who will speak on her book Monkey Puzzles, a memoir written in poetry, short stories, word puzzles and riddles.

When: 3 to 4 p.m. Jan. 29

Where: South Pasadena Cultural Arts Council, 7047 Sunset Drive S

Info: Call 347-4171.


Beach Art Center offers classes on watercolor

The Beach Art Center will offer week-long watercolor workshops Jan. 26-30 taught by Mark McHaffey. McHaffey is a nationally known artist and instructor who will teach techniques to get started.

Info: Call Toni Young at 546-1270 or e-mail for details and to register.


Indian shores property owners' meeting today

The Indian Shores Property Owners Association meets the third Wednesday of each month at Town Hall. All residents and property owners are welcome.

When: 5 p.m. today

Where: Indian Shores Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd.


Open-air market shows off local art, crafts, food

Check out the Treasure Island open-air market every Friday through March. Vendors sell fresh produce, original art, crafts and food. Gift wrapping is available.

When: Fridays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place and 106th Avenue


Vendors, patrons and pets welcome at market

Gulfport's morning market is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday on Beach Boulevard. The market's vendors sell fresh produce, plants and food items as well as a variety of original artwork created by local artists. The event is pet-friendly; leashed dogs are welcome. Prospective vendors may download an application at the Gulfport Merchant Association's Web site or call 459-1963 for information.

Neighborhood Notebook is compiled by Times correspondent Lorrie Lykins. E-mail news to or mail it to Lorrie Lykins, Neighborhood Notebook, P.O. Box 4954, Seminole, FL 33775. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.

Pinellas Beaches neighborhood notebook 01/20/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 4:00pm]
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