05/18/17 Human Interest
There's a place where teens can go after school to practice their art— be it dancing, acting, singing, writing, drawing or video production— and escape the pressures of school, life and beyond while getting instruction and inspiration from teachers. The Arts Conservatory for Teens offers arts education to students, especially those at risk and underprivileged, at the Enoch D. Davis Center as well as in workshops at schools including John Hopkins and Tyrone middle schools....
05/05/17 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — Judge Jack Helinger of the Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court said this year's recipient of the Liberty Bell Award protects and ensures that the rights of free speech and freedom of the press are preserved as he bestowed the honor on Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of the Times Publishing Co. and chairman of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
The St. Petersburg Bar Association and the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation have presented the Liberty Bell Award since 1965 to honor a nonlawyer who contributes to the greater good of the community and promotes a better understanding of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the rule of law....
The St. Petersburg Woman's Club celebrated more than a century of serving the community and a new effort to attract younger members at its annual Spring Bonnet Tea. The club recently started an evening group with meetings from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month for women who work outside of the home or have small children and can't make weekday meetings.
"I love it. We've got all this new energy. We want to keep this going for a long time," said Joanne Walker, the longtime Woman's Club member who first connected with the new members....
Gratitude for a caretaker. Hidden imagery. A tongue twister title.
There are many reasons supporters of the Dali Museum have an affinity for a certain piece in the museum's collection.
Guests shared their favorites with me at Los Vinos de Dali, an annual fundraiser hosted by the museum guild. Jody Morelli and Adele Visaggio co-chaired the outdoor event, which included samplings of wine and food from local restaurants and spirits dealers....
Nature complemented art to create a stunning outcome at the Museum of Fine Arts' annual Art in Bloom exhibition and fundraiser. Guests had a hard time picking a favorite arrangement during Flowers After Hours, the preview reception the night before the event opened to the public.
"This is amazing. This is my first Art in Bloom," said Kristen Shepherd, who was named the museum's new director in November. It was the 20th time around for Mary Perry, who came up with the idea two decades ago....
03/30/17 Human Interest
More than 800 supporters of the Essence of Ebony Pearls attended the debutante scholarship celebration presented by the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
In partnership with the Youth Development Foundation of Pinellas County, the sorority featured 25 lovely and talented young women including their escorts at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. The formal evening emceed by Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch and his wife, Donna, included waltzing, a father-daughter dance, highlights of the girls' achievements and the presentation of scholarships....
Many guests at the Juvenile Welfare Board's Cooperman-Bogue Kids First Awards Luncheon teared up several times throughout the event hearing first hand of the struggles people in our community endure and the lengths that others go to help them. The JWB invested $48 million in 80 programs that help children in Pinellas County last year.
Employees who work in four of those programs were honored for their service....
ST. PETERSBURG — The last supper was beef brisket cooked for 12 hours.
"It was like butter," said Ed Shamas, former owner of Orange Blossom Catering.
The meat was served with scalloped potatoes and wild mushroom ragout for a function at the Tampa Port Authority.
That was the last time Shamas oversaw an event as owner of the company his father and uncle started in 1953. After more than 50 years of catering weddings, funerals, Rotary and Kiwanis meetings, ribbon cuttings, debutante balls and business functions, Shamas has left the business. He recently sold St. Petersburg's catering mainstay to Ryan Clelland, who has worked for Shamus as a chef for several years....
03/02/17 Human Interest
The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society collection of three parties titled Wine & Chocol'ART raised thousands of dollars for the Museum of Fine Arts over two recent weekends.
About 40 diners at the 1000 Points of Wine Gourmet Dinner sat next to a sparkling violet convertible Rolls Royce and Skittle-colored McLarens while enjoying a five-course meal and rare 100 point wines that took months to collect from around the world....
At 100, Olivia de Havilland is the oldest living Oscar winner. She won the best actress honor twice, in fact. She is half of the only set of sisters to both win the Academy Award for best actress. She's also the namesake and catalyst for the "De Havilland Law," one of the most significant, far-reaching rulings in Hollywood that reduced the power of studios over actors.
All of this may be in her book one day, but she told Vanity Fair last year that she's in no rush to write her memoir. She does, however, do the New York Times crossword puzzle daily. And she's being portrayed in the upcoming Ryan Murphy series Feud: Bette and Joan by Catherine Zeta-Jones....
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance recognized five local "muses" who contribute to the St. Petersburg arts community at its fourth annual Muse Arts Awards.
The Muse Visual Arts Award went to Kyu Yamamoto, who grew up studying art in Nagoya, Japan. He moved his studio to St. Petersburg in 1992 and is known throughout the area for his public art at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and the city's Fire Station No. 4. Yamamoto teaches drawing at Eckerd College....
02/17/17 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — Legacy Week celebrated Black History Month with a look back and a look forward. Events from Feb. 2 to Feb. 10 included a discussion with Freedom Rider Bernard Lafayette, an awards banquet, a golf tournament and a celebration party.
The Legacy Awards Dinner held at Empath Health recognized four men for their service to the community: state Sen. Darryl Rouson, educator Samuel Davis, Bishop Preston Leonard of Christ Gospel Church, and Ben Shirley, the city's director of sanitation....
For Valentine's Day: Can pomegranates, oysters and chocolate from Tampa Bay restaurants boost your sex life?02/13/17General
Like so much of our language, we have the Greeks to thank for the term "aphrodisiac." Ancient Greeks celebrated Aphrodite, the goddess of love, with festivals called "aphrodisia."
Somehow after that, food and drink thought to stimulate desire became known as "aphrodisiacs."
Oysters are perhaps the best known, though the list is long. Honey, figs, chili peppers, avocados, arugula, pine nuts, artichokes, pumpkin seeds and on and on. It seems countless foods contain certain vitamins or nutrients that are believed to stimulate production of estrogen or testosterone, increase blood flow or spike dopamine, a chemical in the brain that induces feelings of pleasure....
02/08/17 Human Interest
ST. PETE BEACH — The women honored for their work and volunteering at the Five Fabulous Females fundraising luncheon at the Tradewinds used their time at the microphone to offer accolades and inspiration for Academy Prep students.
"I'm working on coming out of my shell and speaking in front of an audience," sixth-grader Kayianna Hughes eloquently told the crowd of 430 before introducing Cathy Unruh....
ST. PETERSBURG — While most folks don't relish a meeting with their lawyer, for more than 100 third-graders across the Tampa Bay area, it's something to enjoy.
"My student who is a part of Lawyers for Literacy loves it. Each week she counts down the days until Thursdays when she meets with her lawyer," said Jennifer Cocio, a teacher at 74th Street Elementary....