Neighborhood yard sale takes place this weekend
The Riviera Bay Civic Association will hold its annual neighborhood yard sale Friday through Sunday, followed by a pickup of unsold items by Goodwill Industries and a trash pickup Monday. The boundaries of the neighborhood are 78th Avenue N to 98th Avenue N, east of Fourth Street N to Riviera Bay. More than 50 families will participate in the sale. Signs will be placed along Fourth Street N to direct bargain-hunters to the sales, and free maps of the neighborhood will be available at each location as well as attached to some of the signs along Fourth Street N. Call Dave, 579-3644, for more information.
'Evening of Love' to benefit fire victim
An evening of song and spoken-word tributes is planned for Sunday at Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church to benefit longtime St. Petersburg funeral director Robert Creal, who recently lost his home in a fire. The event, sponsored by the staff of Zion Hill Mortuary, will feature speakers and performances by various music groups from around the Tampa Bay area and choirs from several churches. The event will raise money to help Creal repair his home and honor him for his more than 50 years of service to the community. "Evening of Love" is open to the public.
When: 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 4000 Fifth Ave. S.
Info: Contact Elder Al Baldwin, 754-0199 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Crime watch meeting, tourism presentation
The Historic Uptown Neighborhood Association is scheduled to meet Monday. A Crime Watch meeting will be held 30 minutes before the 7 p.m. general meeting. The agenda includes a presentation by Rhonda Sanborn of the St. Pete/ Clearwater Conventions and Visitors Bureau and a Crime Watch presentation. New Historic Uptown board nominees will be presented and nominations will be taken from the floor.
When: 6:30 p.m. Crime Watch, 7 p.m. general meeting, Monday.
Where: Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N
On agenda: Talks on parks, transportation
The Downtown Neighborhood Association will meet Oct. 9. Scheduled speakers include Joe Kubicki, the city's director of transportation and parking, who will discuss the CityTrails program and address the planned waterfront walk/trail along Bayshore Drive and the proposed new public bicycle program. State Rep. Bill Heller will discuss challenges and expectations for the next session of the Florida Legislature. St. Petersburg City Council member Leslie Curran will speak about Williams Park and spotlight the Saturday "Art in the Park" programs at Williams Park.
When: 7 p.m. Oct. 9.
Where: Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N.
Info: Visit www.stpetedna.org
High school students to host candidate forum
Lakewood High School students will host a candidate forum at the school Oct. 9. The forum will highlight two races, Pinellas County School Board, District 1, and Pinellas County Commission, District 1. The forum will be facilitated by Lakewood students enrolled in American Government class. The students have secured the candidates, developed a format and questions for the forum, and will act as moderators.
When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9.
Where: Lakewood High School, 1400 54th Ave. S.
Info: Call Sean O'Flannery, 893-2916.
Walk raises funds for mental illness alliance
The Sunset Stroll for Mental Illness Awareness is set for Oct. 12. The annual mile walk raises awareness of mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression. The $20 registration fee includes a T-shirt and refreshments. Proceeds benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness for education, support, and advocacy programs.
When: Registration begins 5:30 p.m., walk starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 12.
Where: N Straub Park, Fifth Ave. and Bayshore Drive N.
Info: Call 209-0890, or visit online www.nami-pinellas.org.
Community discussions plan future of the Pier
The city of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County have earmarked $50-million for the renovation and redevelopment of the Pier, which is expected to begin in 2012. Input from the public is being gathered through community sessions planned to include residents, business owners and community leaders, and other stakeholders. The public is invited to attend the sessions, which will be facilitated by the staff at the Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College. The "Visioning Process" consists of three meetings; feedback from the sessions will be collected and correlated into a report. The first public meeting has been held; remaining meeting dates and times are as follows:
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21 at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N
Info: RSVP by calling 893-7100 or via e-mail at Business@stpete.org. For more information, visit www.stpete.org
The St. Petersburg Neighborhood Notebook is compiled by Times correspondent Lorrie Lykins. E-mail news to SPTimeslistings@yahoo.com 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.