Lance Peterson likes when visitors come to the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum looking for their old class photos from the Sunshine School.
"People come find their picture and say, 'Oh I remember this,' from the days when their teachers held class on the beach in Pass-a-Grille," said Peterson, 69, a volunteer coordinator for the museum.
Though the school closed in the mid '70s, the museum keeps a living record of island history past and present.
"The beaches are growing, and things get lost in the shuffle," Peterson said. "We want to hold on to our history."
This Saturday the museum marks its 17th anniversary with an annual celebration of island history from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guides in early 1900s costumes will lead walking tours of the Pass-a-Grille area to explore island architecture and history.
"Our island history is our heritage. It's unique to itself," said the museum's collections head Sally Yoder. "We had pioneers come out here just like they did out West."
Exhibits on display this weekend include a history of the Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa, a collection of baseball memorabilia and class photos from the old Sunshine School and Gulf Beaches Elementary School, which recently closed.
The museum, which is volunteer-run, hopes the anniversary event will boost attendance. It falls under the umbrella of Heritage Village in Largo, which is in danger of being cut due to budget constraints.
Saturday's look at local history will also feature vintage cars from the Pin-MAR antique car club. The event is free and open to the public.
Reach Tania Karas at [email protected] or (727) 893-8707.
A Casual, Light-Hearted Event: Join artists as they share their contributions to saving light, and celebrate the lingering light. Live music and champagne. 2 to 7 p.m. Annabelle Butterfly, 5332 Gulfport Blvd. S, Gulfport. Free. Call (727) 327-6200.
"Art Not Hate" Opening Reception: Gathering with live music for a multimedia exhibit by artist Bob Barancik exploring creative conflict resolution. "Art Not Hate" is a continuation of Barancik's "Witness and Legacy" show that visited FHM nearly 10 years ago. 4 to 6 p.m. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. No charge to attend, but reservations are required. Call (727) 820-0100 or toll-free at 1-800-960-7448.
Florida Antiquarian Book Fair: More than 115 dealers from the United States and Europe sell rare and out-of-print books, first editions, fine bindings, paper collectibles and more. Free book appraisals in lobby (1-4 p.m. today only). Benefits St. Petersburg Public Library. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $6, 12 and younger/students with ID free. Call (727) 234-7759 or visit floridabooksellers.com.
Holistic Health Expo: Brings together natural health products and alternative healing practices to showcase healing as nature intended. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Unity Church, 460 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free; sessions and workshops are $10 each. Call (866) 821-3886.
Wildlife Weekend: Environmental and wildlife exhibits featuring butterflies, birds, bats, turtles and other wildlife. Also, interpretive walks and tram tours, nature-related vendors, kids' craft activities, food and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 893-7326.
Art In Bloom 2010: The show continues with 50 floral arrangements, designed by local artists and inspired by the Museum of Fine Arts art exhibitions. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15-17. 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. Included with museum admission. Call (727) 896-2667 or visit fine-arts.org.
Walking Club: Ongoing walking club, led by Dr. Karen Reese. Will start out slowly and build from there. 5 p.m. Coffee Pot Park, 3001 First St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 821-7400.
The Kids' Guernica Peace Mural Project: Murals that demonstrate the image of world peace painted by artists, arts administrators, art teachers, community activists and children. Murals chosen for this display include "The Chicago Mural: People of the World," "Peace through Abstraction from Athens, Greece," "The Japanese Mural with Cherry Blossoms" and three from Baltimore/Nepal, France and Australia. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $9, 1 and younger free, $8 seniors. Call (727) 821-8992.
Lunchtime Musicales: Dr. Judith Alstadter presents "Chopin: Poet and Patriot of the Piano." Bring your lunch. Soft drinks available. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10-$12. Call (727) 822-3590.
Mommy and Me Yoga: For moms with children age 1 to 3 years old. Classes stress mother-child bonding and fun with songs, asanas and breathing techniques. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Generations Yoga and Fitness, 1500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $10 walk-in single class. Call (727) 688-9597.
All Day St. Patty's Party: Start the day with an authentic Irish breakfast and tunes from 98 Rock's Big Rig in a tavern. Entertainment includes Irish dancers, pipe performance and live music by Roctopus (8 p.m.-midnight). Make sure to dress in your greenest outfit or most authentic Irish attire and vie for the crown of Mr. and Mrs. Irish 2010. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Three Birds Tavern (formerly Limey's), 1492 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free (food and drink additional). Call (727) 895-2049.
Shell Mounds in the Southeastern U.S.: William Marquardt, Florida Museum of Natural History and the University of Florida, provides alternative views on shell mounds previously interpreted as architectural features, temple mounds and feasting sites. 7 to 8 p.m. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free (preregistration required). Call (727) 453-6500.
Chili Blaze: Pinellas Park firefighters' event with chili cook-off, motorcycle show, live music, celebrity appearances, a fireworks show at 10 p.m., and more. Benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 6 to 11 p.m. England Brothers Bandshell, 5121 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free admission; all-you-can-sample chili armband, $7. Call (727) 687-4494 or visit chiliblaze.com.
Fish Fry: Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 263, dinner of either baked tilapia or fried pollack includes hush puppies, coleslaw and more. 5 to 7 p.m. Holy Family Catholic Church, 278 78th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $7. Call (813) 951-5787 or visit holyfamilystpete.com.
Theater on the Bay: Kids can enjoy cartoon before viewing the feature presentation, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, at the Point behind the Recreation Center. Movie munchies for sale to benefit the Gulfport Teen Council. 6:30 p.m. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Free. Call (727) 893-1118.
Celebrate Seuss!: It's Dr. Seuss' birthday, and the museum is celebrating with "Cat in the Hat" and "Grinch" crafts, games and storytelling sessions. Included with museum admission. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $9, 1 and younger free, $8 seniors. Call (727) 821-8992.
Nautical Flea Market: If it's nautical, it's probably at this sale. Items include anchors, small boats, personal watercraft, boating safety equipment, fishing tackle and more. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gulfport Marina, 4630 29th Ave. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 893-1071.
First Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale: Join the Lakewood Estates Civic Association garage sale. Maps of participating houses will be available at the entrances to Lakewood. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lakewood Estates, 54th Avenue S, from MLK to 31st S. Call (727) 864-3957.