DUNEDIN — It's firefighters to the rescue, this time with hotcakes and syrup in hand.
After learning that the Dunedin Fine Art Center lost more than $10,000 in city funding for the 2010-11 fiscal year, the Dunedin Firefighters Association is tossing out a lifeline.
From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the bighearted ones will serve up all-you-can-eat firehouse pancakes in the atrium of the center's main campus, 1143 Michigan Blvd.
The cost of the breakfast is $5, or $4 for center members and $2 for children younger than 5. Proceeds benefit the art center.
"We were reading letters to the editor in the newspaper from residents who were disappointed in the funding cuts," said Kevin Naylor, a Dunedin Firefighters Association spokesman. "We knew we liked to cook and loved to eat so figured this was something we could do. It's one city agency helping another."
The pancake breakfast is a great opportunity not only to help out the arts in troubled times, but to learn more about the Fine Art Center's programs and get some shopping done, too.
So stick around.
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Fine Art Center hosts open houses at its three locations: the main campus, the Stirling Campus at 730 Broadway, and the Cottage Campus at 1141 Broadway.
That means kilns will cook, lathes will turn and paints will flow as the center faculty discusses classes in disciplines such as stone carving, printmaking, photography, painting, woodworking and pottery.
Bring your gift list.
A pottery sale is also slated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main campus with proceeds benefiting the clay studios at the center.
The gift shop and galleries will be open and offer artwork, decorative items and unusual gifts.
Admission is free.