Mainsail Arts Festival in search of volunteers
The 33rd annual Mainsail Arts Festival seeks volunteers to help during the two-day show to be held in Vinoy Park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 19 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 20. One of Florida's most prestigious outdoor art festivals, Mainsail is ranked among the "Top 100" fine art shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine. The Mainsail Arts Festival features 250 artists from across the nation and attracts more than 90,000 visitors. Volunteer assignments include selling beverages, souvenir T-shirts and posters on April 19 and 20. Those who want to help should call Sharon Ingram, volunteer coordinator, at (727) 547-7167. The volunteer application participation form also is online at www.main
sailartsfestival.org. Volunteers will be sent a confirmation.
Candidate forum is for House District 55
The Pinellas County Democratic Party will host a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S. The candidates are running for the Florida House District 55 seat recently vacated by Frank Peterman. The forum will be moderated by Bob Dillinger, Pinellas/Pasco public defender. The Democratic primary is March 25. The winner will face write-in candidate Calvester Benjamin-Anderson in the April 15 election. Candidates are Charles McKenzie, educator, activist, pastor, and state coordinator for the National Rainbow Coalition; Darryl Rouson, attorney, current member of the Tax and Budget Reform Commission, and past president of the St. Petersburg NAACP; and Earnest Williams, St. Petersburg City Council member since 1999, businessman, and Commissioner of the St. Petersburg Enterprise Zone.