Picture this: a storybook creation of your favorite photographs cropped, embellished and displayed in an album handcrafted by you.
Whether you are a scrapbook enthusiast or a first-time scrapbooker, Lynn E. Rosa, an independent Creative Memories consultant, invites you to sign up for CroptoberFest, a two-day workshop designed to provide 13 hours of scrapbooking time along with all the tools required for this creative endeavor.
"CroptoberFest is an annual workshop dedicated to sharing stories and creating traditional or digital albums. Those who attend this event may not have the time at home to dedicate to working on their albums and this gives them time to complete albums, share stories, make new friends, and just have fun," said Rosa of St. Petersburg.
The workshop will be held at the Salvation Army in St. Petersburg. It will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Advance registration is required and space is limited. The fee is $35 and includes plenty of table space, snacks, a CroptoberFest gift, and hourly door prizes.
Rosa will answer questions and offer her expertise. She will also make tools and punches available for attendees to use, including a Cricut machine that cuts shapes and other decorative touches. For those who need a few supplies, there will be plenty of paper, embellishments, pens, and more available for sale.
"This event will give people the opportunity to see what others are working on and get ideas for their albums. It is also an opportunity to learn new methods or see old methods adjusted to meet specific needs," said Rosa.
For some, scrapbooking is a hobby. For others, it is a creative outlet. For Rosa, it is both. She has been scrapbooking for 15 years and said she is addicted. She finds it relaxing, therapeutic and fun.
"The big draw to scrapbooking is that people are preserving their memories; from minor to major events in their lives," said Rosa, who enjoys making memory books for her family.
The best part about scrapbooking is that you don't have to be creative; anyone can do it, Rosa said.
Art-Oberfest: This fall arts festival featuring works by local artists and crafters includes paintings, block and screen prints, fiber arts, hand-poured candles, jewelry and more. Benefits the Historic Uptown Neighborhood Association's Crime Watch and other community based efforts. Noon to 5 p.m. St. Anthony's Park, 1200 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free admission. Call (727) 479-7440 or visit some of the vendors sites, boogiebead.com; craftyhag.com; craftheroes.com.
Band Concert: The Masonic Band of St. Petersburg, conducted by Peter Harris, presents a free concert. 4 p.m. Masonic Home, 3201 First St. NE, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 584-1391.
Bicycle Bash by the Bay: A celebration of everything cycling in Tampa Bay, including a swap meet, bike rides, dealerships, clubs, food, drinks and music. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 893-7345 or visit bicyclebash.com.
Sunshine City Antiques and Collectibles Show: Some of America's top antique dealers with 100 exhibit booths of antique furniture, art, pottery and glass, silver, vintage clothing, porcelain, jewelry. Also, Antique Appraisal Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $5 per item. Price: $6 (good for all weekend), ages 12 and younger free, parking free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 823-4130 or visit sunshinecityantiqueshow.com.
Sunsation Show Chorus: Find out what the Sunsation Show Chorus is all about with this open house; join the chorus, buy tickets, book a "Mini-Show", win prizes, and enjoy refreshments. 2 to 4 p.m. Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave., Pinellas Park. Call Susan at (727) 754-0986 or visit online at
Fall Sunset Film Festival: A film series including Billy Wilder and Tennessee Williams films will take place atop Push Ultra Lounge. This week features the 1964 movie Night of the Iguana. 8 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 895-6620.
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: The festival breaks to both sides of the Bay today with St. Petersburg showing the 80-minute 2009 film in We Are the Mods at 7:30 p.m. and the 109-minute 2009 film Family at 9:15 p.m. Muvico Baywalk 20, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The screenings are $9.50 per film; $7 students. Visit cliptampabay.com for more information.
Fences: American Stage's first season in their new theater opens with the third installment in August Wilson's Century Cycle. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. Set in 1957, the play explores the family dynamics, in a powerful story filled with humor, love, hope, failure, and triumph. 7:30 p.m. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $26-$45 depending on day and time of performance. Student rush tickets $10, 30 minutes prior to curtain. Call (727) 823-7529.
Mahalia, Just As I Am: World premiere of a new musical by Sharon Scott about the life and times of incomparable gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, considered by many to be the greatest gospel singer of all time. Jackson was the first ever to receive a Grammy Award for gospel music. Starring Scott in the title role, the play features several of Jackson's hits, including Take My Hand, Precious Lord, Move Up a Little Higher, and He Knows My Heart. 7:30 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $15 for preview performance, $25 opening night, then $20, $15 students/seniors. Call (727) 895-6620.
"A Benefit for the St. Petersburg Little Theatre: We Tell the Story": An evening of music celebrating the work of Lynn Ahrens with Stephen Flaherty and telling the story of the ups and downs of love and relationships. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with champagne, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction, curtain 8 p.m. Additional performance at the same time Oct. 17 at a private residence. Call for details. 6:30 p.m. St. Petersburg Little Theater, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. $25 proceeds benefit the St. Petersburg Little Theatre. Call (727) 866-1973.
Theater on the Bay: Enjoy cartoons before the feature presentation, the classic Mad Monster Party, at the Point behind the Recreation Center. Movie munchies will for sold to support the Gulfport Teen Council. 7:30 p.m. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Free. Call (727) 893-1118.
Indian Shores Book & Treat Sale: The library of the town of Indian Shores will host a book sale. A variety of new and used books will be available as well as language and videotapes. Purchase will be by donation, with donors receiving Halloween treats. 9 a.m. to noon. Indian Shores Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd. Call (727) 595-2173 for more information.
Downtown Saturday Morning Market: More than 100 local vendors, including farmers and growers with fresh produce, gourmet foods. Also crafts, prepared foods, live music and entertainment, flowers, plants and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field, 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Free admission; items individually priced. Call (727) 455-4921 or visit saturdaymorningmarket.com.
Family Friendly Haunted Hike: Guides lead visitors on 1-mile walking tours down creepy alleys and streets to old homes and landmarks where costumed characters tell spooky stories. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Benefits Euclid-St. Paul's Neighborhood Association and Pet Pal Rescue. Tickets may be purchased at espna.org or at the intersection of 13th Avenue and 13th Street N the night of the tour. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Euclid/St. Paul's neighborhood, 13th Street and 13th Avenue N, St. Petersburg. $5 adults, $1 ages 12 and younger; 2 and younger free. Call (727) 823-0393.
If you go
When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Salvation Army, Fellowship Hall, 3800 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
Cost: $35 per person for both days. Supplies available for sale. The deadline to register is Thursday at 5 p.m.
For more information: Call Lynn at (727) 420-7667 or reach her by e-mail at Luv2ScrapALot@aol.com. To see all of Lynn's offerings, visit her Web site at www.mycmsite.com/lynnrosa.