Art Festival Beth-El, the annual extravaganza to benefit Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, opens for a private preview from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 30. A sponsors and benefactors reception is from 6 to 10 p.m., and a donor cocktail reception is from 7 to 10 p.m. the same day. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, the show is open to the public at no charge. A special program takes place at 11 a.m. on Feb. 1, a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. (reservations required) and a docent tour at 2 p.m. All events are at the temple, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 347-6136.
Woman has history of helping arts, kids, city
First is a tribute to Mary Wyatt Allen, who has been active in numerous endeavors for more than 50 years, with special emphasis in child welfare, the arts and St. Petersburg's heritage.
She has served as president of the St. Petersburg Museum of History and helped to raise money for the 1992 expansion and the renovation and expansion that opened in 2004. The Suncoasters of St. Petersburg named her the first Ms. Sun in 1997, and the Queen's Court named her Queen of Hearts, another acknowledgment of her civic leadership, in 1988.
The celebration runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Farley estate, 5030 Sunrise Drive S, St. Petersburg.
Former Mayor Randy Wedding will be master of ceremonies at the event, which will include a "roast" of the guest of honor.
The evening is a fundraiser for the St. Petersburg Museum of History, which has been struggling financially.
Admission is $50 per person. To make a reservation or additional donation, please make checks payable to "St. Petersburg Museum of History Guild" and mail to Sally Poynter, 100 Beach Drive NE, #1103, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
Russian gala in memory of longtime resident
Cultural group Russian Heritage holds its annual Russian New Year's celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S.
President Bill Parsons says the evening's sponsors, John and Margo Catsimatidis, plan the observance in memory of her mother, longtime St. Petersburg resident Tatiana Vondersaar. The black-tie optional celebration will include dinner and entertainment, including Russian folk music performances. Admission: $90 members, $100 nonmembers. (727) 867-9148.
Find what suits your taste at Grape Gatsby
Bayfront on Vine, to benefit the Bayfront Health Foundation, is expanding some of its offerings into what it is calling a Season of Wine. Reservations for several events, most in private homes, are filled.
The main event, Grape Gatsby, a 1920s-era party, takes place at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Bayfront Medical Plaza Building, 603 Seventh St. N, St. Petersburg, and will feature tastings from Tampa Bay area restaurants, plus wines, spirits and premium beers. Admission is $150 for the VIP wine-tasting pavilion and a commemorative glass, $100 for the tasting. Benefits the new Bayfront Baby Place at All Children's Hospital. bayfrontonvine.org.
Bar will honor two at 'Heroes Among Us' event
The St. Petersburg Bar Foundation honors Anthony Battaglia and Lisa Brody at its annual Heroes Among Us dinner at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. S, Gulfport. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, is the keynote speaker. stpetebar.com; (727) 823-7474.
Here's a chance to feel groovy and dress like it
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast celebrates its 50th anniversary at "Be Groovy," a 1960s party beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Vintage apparel from the era is encouraged. $150. begroovy.org; (727) 524-2427.
Hospital guild's ball a time to razzle, dazzle
Razz-Ma-Tazz, the 79th annual Charity Ball presented by the All Children's Hospital Guild Evening Branch, begins at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. Cocktail attire. $200. (727) 522-8498.