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Katherine Snow Smith, Times Staff Writer

Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith has been at the Times either fulltime or parttime since 1995. She started as a business reporter then spent a decade writing the Rookie Mom column with stories from her own family and advice from other average moms and the experts. She now covers business in south Pinellas County. Katherine has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and is married to Times political editor Adam Smith. They have three children, two dogs and still feel like rookie parents much of the time.

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  1. For St. Petersburg kids, First Tee program shows golf is 'more than a game'



    Participants, parents, coaches and supporters speaking at First Tee's Developing Champions Breakfast repeated the same sentiment about the golfing program: "It's more than a game."

    Kids ages 6 to 18 regularly play golf and gain athletic skills but more importantly, learn lessons for life and get support from mentors. Basic things like eye contact and a friendly handshake start early but lead to academic success, public speaking and college planning and placement....

    5.5.16: The annual Value Me luncheon raised more than $100,000 for the Beth Dillinger Foundation, which provides support and education to youth in need. Special guests, from left: Cat Coats, Mikayla Fiske, Jacqueline Flores-Pedraza, Lance Becatti, Daydriona Scott, Gina Staniszeski, Mileishka Alicea and Kay Dillinger.
  2. How do you like my new broachlace?


    I wanted to add a little finishing touch to my outfit the other day and thought my double chain necklace didn't quite do the trick. I decided to go old school and pinned on a fun bumble bee broach I bought at an estate sale for $10.

    Then I remembered when British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, a broach devotee, died in 2013 fellow Deal Diva Lisa Gartner told me I reminded her of of the Iron Lady. Thanks Lisa. That's just what every mid 40-year-old woman in her prime wants to hear. "You remind me of an 87-year-old lady with circa 1952 hair, sensible shoes, pearls and broaches."...

    The patent-pending Broachlace
  3. Lend a Hand passes the tissues

    Human Interest


    Opera enthusiasts took a quick trip around the world at the St. Petersburg Opera Company's fundraiser titled Bella Voce. The party's decor and food was based on Spain, Turkey, Paris and Bali Ha'i, the sites of four Season 10 operas, Carmen, Abduction From the Seraglio, La bohème and South Pacific.

    Guests dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns as well as in salute to favorite opera characters, donning peasant tops for Carmen and sailor shirts and captain's caps for South Pacific. Michelle Gilbert suggested her husband Gordon Gilbert wear a top hat he had left over from a past New Year's Eve. "I think it suits the occasion," he laughed. ...

    Padmini Durr, Linda Pugliese and Ellen Dacus celebrate at the Bella Voce opera fundraiser.
  4. Great time to find a nice piece of glass on Central Avenue


    We often use the term “hot sale” but this time it’s literally hot. The Morean Arts Center has beautiful works of glass art created with fire in its Hot Shop on sale up to 50 percent off today through Sunday.

    Colorful glass bowls, vases, plates and other artwork made by local artists would make perfect presents for Father’s Day, anniversaries or all those summer wedding you have coming up. Or perhaps it’s time to give yourself a little piece of local art....

    Lovely gifts for any time of year.
  5. Polywogs golf tourney raises charity funds, Daystar and PARC honor volunteers

    Human Interest


    The annual Polywog Invitational Charity Golf Classic donated a total of $108,000 to six local charities as the sun set on an informal, cheerful gathering at St. Petersburg Country Club. Now in their 63rd year, the Polywogs have raised and donated more than $2 million to numerous Pinellas County nonprofit groups.

    This year's recipients are R'Club Child Care Inc., Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, the Children's Dream Fund, the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, First Tee of St. Petersburg and Ready for Life....

    The Polywogs present a check to nonprofit Ready for Life on April 12. From left are Troy Holland, Andy Williams, Axel Hoewt, Bob Hilton, Scott Clendening, Larry Heinkel, Mary Pat McLain, Mark Chmielewski, Kathy Mize Plummer, Phil Powell, David Miles, Bud Risser and Mark LaPrade.
  6. My Marimekko Outfit Monday


    I love my new Marimekko shirt from the limited Target collection even if the Finnish line didn't draw near the frenzy as Target's Lilly collection. Okay, not only was it not a frenzy, it was like, crickets. Anyone? Anyone?

    A friend who knew I scouted Marimekko sales whenever I was in New York suggested we go to Target the day the line of patterned skirts, pants, tops, plates, pillows, towels, baby clothes and swimsuits came out. Being a member of the overly excitable media I said we better go at 6:30 a.m. because people were standing in line earlier than that when Target released its limited, lower priced Lilly collection....

    Merry in Marimekko
  7. Judith Leiber's red carpet worthy bags now at Sundial


    You’ve seen Judith Leiber’s sparkling evening bags on red carpets for decades cuddled in the lovely hands of Elizabeth Taylor, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez just to name a few. Jacqueline Kennedy was also a fan. Just Monday night, Jennifer Hudson, Elle Fanning and Alessandra Ambrosio carried Judith Leiber handbags to the Met Gala.

    They are the Limoge boxes of fashion in the shapes of a starfish, top hat, beehive, Geisha fan (Chrissy Teigen has that one) asparagus bunch, baby pig, telephone, camera and beyond and beyond and beyond....

    Good enough to eat.
  8. Free acai bowls at St. Petersburg's Karma today


    Happy birthday, Karma! The healthy yet yummy cafe across from Sundial and next to Goodnight Moon is celebrating by giving out free signature acai bowls between 4 and 6 p.m. Monday. (Normal cost is $9.75 for this bowl of fruit, homemade granola, almond butter and other secret ingredients.)

    The cafe is also expanding soon to serve beer, wine and tapas!...

    Tastes even better than it looks
  9. At five-foot-two-inches and with no boundaries, Prince was a giant in fashion


    Prince pushed boundaries not only in music but also fashion. Everybody loved his look but few tried to duplicate it because, well, who could?

    "There was nothing too outrageous," his stylist Michaela Angela Davis told the Today show. When they were working together he didn't talk about how he wanted to look as much as how he wanted to feel, she said. ...

    What other man, or woman for that fact, could look sexy in this outfit?
  10. New Ybor office furniture store West Elm caters to the millennial generation


    YBOR CITY — Cubicles? Too confining.

    Corner offices? So Mad Men.

    Sitting at your desk? Lethargic.

    Workplaces today, at least the ones wanting to lure and retain millennials, need offices that foster collaboration and a relaxed, comfortable vibe. Employees want to join the standing revolution and avoid the weight gain and aching backs prior generations now blame on sitting at desks all day....

    The 5,000-square-foot showroom opened in Centro Ybor.
  11. Pathfinders' Old Florida Soiree; USFSP's 50th anniversary; 'Spamalot' in the park

    Human Interest


    Guests at Pathfinders' Old Florida Soiree stepped back in time at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club to support the local organization that builds confidence and awareness through outdoor education.

    Through Pathfinders, school groups and adults learn more about themselves and others by spending days or nights in a rare patch of wilderness just over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and climbing trees downtown or on 22nd Avenue S. The group's fundraiser with a tag line "Celebrate the Past and Build the Future" will enable lower income students to experience the program....

    Eric Kent, left, draws a five-minute portrait at the Old Florida Soiree on April 9. The event, a fundraiser for Pathfinder Outdoor Education, was held at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts.
  12. I call bull on this dress


    It was a first for this Deal Diva. A former state legislator and current college dean asked me where I got my dress.

    I wore a Nanette Lepore sleeveless frock emblazoned with postcards of bull fighters to the recent celebration of the 50th birthday of USF St. Petersburg. I had worn it a few days before to the Vinos de Dali party at the Dali museum. I decided the dress did double duty honoring the Spanish artist's taste for bull fighting as well as the USF mascot....

    Fabulous fabric for Dali and USF.
  13. Florida Orchestra presents Golden Baton Award

    Human Interest


    Dr. Robert H. Wharton Jr. fell in love with classical music as a child when his father brought records home to play for the family. He took piano lessons and found he had no rhythm but continued to love and eventually support classical music.

    He has championed the Florida Orchestra by sitting on the council of advisers, sponsoring a musician, sponsoring a concert and hosting other events. The Florida Orchestra Guild presented Wharton with the annual Golden Baton Award at an elegant dinner and silent auction at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club....

    Dr. Robert H. Wharton Jr., winner of the 2016 Golden Baton Award and Florida Orchestra board member, is applauded by Sheila Tempelmann, 2016 Golden Baton committee chairwoman.
  14. Getting cagey on the cheap


    I first became aware of the caged shoe during our February fashion shoot for Bay magazine. Stylist Valerie Romas picked a pair of beautiful, brown, suede caged booties by Alexandre Birman to go with with a silk wrap dress for one shot and with Aztec print shorts for another. Times reporter Kathleen McGrory, who wrote our fashion spread, dubbed the $750 shoes "delicate yet daring, familiar yet fashion forward." She found out Ellie Goulding and Rachel McAdams are fans of the caged look....

    The caged shoe can be elegant...
  15. Locale to offer miniature custom cakes, celebrity chef videos


    ST. PETERSBURG—Patrons of Sundial's Locale market will soon be able to create their own miniature cakes with the finest of fillings, fruit and toppings. The cakes will be assembled in small plastic cars that roll down a prep line.

    Also by this summer, shoppers can scan a QR code on certain foods they buy and a tutorial video by celebrity chef Michael Mina will come up on their phone....

    Chef Michael Mina works in the kitchen during the For The Love of Art event which was a collaborative celebration of food and art, hosted by chef Michael Mina at FarmTable Kitchen in St. Petersburg on Thursday, March 25, 2016. Four courses were served at the event with many dishes in each course. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times