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Inaugural Last Friday Concert Series to begin

The newly organized nonprofit group Friends of Williams Park, formed by the Downtown Neighborhood Association and other park stakeholders, has made improvements to the park and is planning events for downtown St. Petersburg's central green space, including the new Last Friday Concert Series. The inaugural show in Williams Park is set for 6 p.m. Friday with a performance by the Tempests.The monthly concerts will feature a variety of live musical performances from rock to jazz to classical.

Admission is free; food and beverage concessions will be available as well as a VIP lounge with complimentary entrees, beer and wine and hand-rolled cigars for $50. Tickets may be purchased online at Proceeds from the concert will be split between the Wunsch Family Foundation, which supports children with cancer or blood disorders; the Abilities Foundation, a nonprofit that serves the employment, housing and health needs of people with disabilities; and Pinellas Hope, which offers temporary housing for homeless adults in Pinellas County.

The Friends of Williams Park welcome anyone with an interest in reinvigorating the park to join them. The next meeting is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at St. Petersburg College Downtown, 244 Second Ave. N, second Community Room. Call 898-8851.

Discuss, offer solutions to health care problems

Pinellas County residents will discuss problems with the national health care system and potential solutions during a series of meetings. Experts in health care policy and practitioners will sometimes participate. Also the film Sicko by Michael Moore will be screened and discussed Sunday at the St. Petersburg Main Library.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N

Information: Michael Fox, 320-4502

Future of area marine science to be discussed

The Downtown Neighborhood Association will hold a public meeting on the future of marine science in the downtown area with representatives of SRI St. Petersburg and the Pier Aquarium. Both speakers will discuss the developing community of marine science interests along the waterfront in south St. Petersburg, which also includes the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science and the Center for Ocean Technology. There has been preliminary discussion about the development of an expanded, updated facility where students, tourists and St. Petersburg area residents may learn more about the environment, science and technology as new information emerges from what is now the largest concentration of marine scientists and engineers in the Southeast.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 8

Where: Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N

Information: Visit the Downtown Neighborhood Association's Web site at

Join annual effort to clean up Mirror Lake

The city of St. Petersburg will provide a boat, garbage bags, gloves, pickers and helpers for the fifth annual Mirror Lake Clean Up next month. Volunteers are reminded to wear appropriate shoes and work clothes.

Lunch and drinks will be provided by the Mirror Lake Lyceum, Valentino's Pizza, Harvey's and Coney Island Hot Dogs.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 10

Where: Mirror Lake, between Second and Third avenues N and Fifth Street and Mirror Lake Drive.

Information: Call 827-1432

Give yourself the gift of an energy-wise home

Ensure your home is managing energy properly by making an appointment with Progress Energy Florida for a free home energy check. A free evaluation will analyze the home's overall energy use. A customized report with specific recommendations that can help save energy and money and possibly lower your monthly power bill will be provided. For information, visit or call toll-free 1-877-364-9003 to make an appointment.

The St. Petersburg 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 for inclusion in the Wednesday Neighborhood Times is 5 p.m. the previous Friday.

St. Petersburg neighborhood notebook 12/23/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 26, 2008 8:53pm]
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