02/24/15 Human Interest
Six residences will be showcased on Saturday in the 18th annual Pass-a-Grille Women's Club Home Tour. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., buses will shuttle patrons to and from free parking lots with stops where patrons may visit the Suntan Art Center, the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum and shop and dine on historic Eighth Avenue. $20 advance; $25 day of tour. Patrons must be able to use stairs. Ticket locations, other information: pagwc.com; (727) 362-8041....
Habitat for Humanity fundraiser is Saturday
"Blueprint: Afrika — Land of Contrasts," a fundraising gala for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, will feature work by more than a dozen Tampa Bay area interior designers and celebrate the cultures and natural wonders of Africa. The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S. $150. (727) 536-4755, ext. 220....
02/11/15 Human Interest
Visitors packed into the galleries on Saturday for a free Founders Day event celebrating the half-century mark for the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, and its anniversary exhibition, Monet to Matisse — On the French Coast.
Connoisseurs crowded the Marly Room, the conservatory and a spacious tent north of the museum for sold-out wine events; organizers estimated they raised more than $700,000....
ST. PETERSBURG — They were made for each other. Their friends said so. Except that they had never met.
Close friend Alison Christol invited Emilia Hoppes to be a bridesmaid in her October 2012 wedding to Nick Christian, who asked Robert Lenzen to be a groomsman.
"Alison and Nick kept saying, 'You're going to fall in love, you're going to get married,' " Emilia said. "They were very insistent on this."...
02/05/15 Human Interest
'Sip & Sea' today
The Junior League of St. Petersburg presents "Sip & Sea," a preview of its fundraising "Whale of a Sale," from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in Harbor Hall at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 1000 Third St. S. Participants are able to shop early and enjoy food and music. $50. The sale itself is free and open to the public. It runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the same location and features gently used furniture, appliances, housewares, clothing, toys and more. jlspete.org....
02/04/15 Human Interest
Heart-healthy chocolate and heart-healthy wine make for a merry gathering, especially with chef Jeffrey Jew making the pairings. He is the Top Chef contestant and executive chef for 2BHospitality, overseeing the kitchen at the soon-to-open Stillwaters Tavern on St. Petersburg's popular Beach Drive.
The event was a Circle of Red information and membership party hosted by Debbie Saltiel and Toni Walsh in the Walsh home on Tierra Verde. Nearly 100 women from throughout the bay area heard the personal stories of Kristen Powers and C1 Bank Florida Market president Katie Pemble, past Go Red chairwoman....
01/29/15 Human Interest
Art Festival Beth-El
Art Festival Beth-El celebrates its 42nd year with a three-day extravaganza Saturday through Monday at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The invitational juried show and sale features works indoors and outdoors.
A purchase award patrons reception runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday for those who have prepledged a minimum of $500. From 6 to 10 p.m., there is a patrons review and cocktail reception (free for purchase award patrons, $500 and above; sponsors, $250 and above; and benefactors, $150 and above). Donors ($25) are welcome at 7 p.m....
01/27/15 Human Interest
Think Paris, and you often think of lights and love, so the theme for the annual Charity Ball presented by the All Children's Hospital Guild Evening Branch was appropriate: "Amour au Clair de Lune." or "Love Under the Moonlight."
With its illuminated ropes suspended from above, the Coliseum was an appropriate setting for even more light. A 25-foot-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris fit the bill. Guests danced to the music of Southtown Fever, dined from a French menu and relaxed in a French market atmosphere with fountains and greenery in a cafe setting....
01/22/15 Human Interest
Art Festival Beth-El celebrates its 42nd year with a three-day extravaganza Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The invitational juried show and sale features works indoors and outdoors.
A purchase award patrons reception runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 for those who have prepledged a minimum of $500. From 6 to 10 p.m., there is a patrons review and cocktail reception (free for purchase award patrons, $500 and above; sponsors, $250 and above; and benefactors, $150 and above). Donors ($25) are welcome at 7 p.m....
01/13/15 Human Interest
All Children's charity ball
"Ooh La La, Amour au Clair de Lune," the 84th annual Charity Ball presented by the All Children's Hospital Guild Evening Branch, starts at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Black-tie optional. $250. achevening.org; (727) 424-2531.
Bar salutes 'Heroes Among Us'
The St. Petersburg Bar Foundation "Heroes Among Us" event honoring Robert Kapusta Jr., William D. Slicker and Kira B. Doyle, starts at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. $150. stpetebar.com; (727) 823-7474....
ST. PETERSBURG — His profile on eHarmony.com mentioned baseball, and Betsy Dunn thought they would have at least that in common.
Growing up in New Jersey, she was enthusiastic about the sport. She watched games with her dad and brother and was a statistician for her high school team.
"Baseball was my life," she said. "Right off the bat, it was something we could talk about."
Gary Bozich, a St. Petersburg native, has played since he was a youngster, including professionally in the minor leagues with the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers organizations....
01/08/15 Human Interest
Big benefit for three charities
"Quintessence," a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Julie Weintraub's Hands Across the Bay and the Ryan Nece Foundation, takes place from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands in Tampa. The event features dinner, a fashion show, dancing and auctions. $200. quintessenceflorida.com; (727) 269-9462.
All Children's charity ball...
12/31/14 Human Interest
For more than three-quarters of a century, the annual presentation ball hosted by the St. Petersburg Debutante Club has brought together friends and families during the winter holiday season.
The tradition continued in the Coliseum, with former St. Petersburg Mayor Bob Ulrich as master of ceremonies, introducing the 18 young women in this year's class:
Caylee Biddison, daughter of Marcie Biddison and Rick Biddison, presented by her father and escorted by Kenneth Scott Corrigan....
12/25/14 Human Interest
What's a little pastry and frosting among friends?
When it comes to the yearly build-your-own gingerbread house competition, held in the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, the competition is more fierce than ever.
True, the event benefits the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Red Cross, and longtime hostesses Karol Bullard and Mary Critchfield do a remarkable job of keeping participation levels high....
12/17/14 Human Interest
The St. Petersburg Debutante Club will recognize 18 young women and their families on Saturday at its annual black-tie Presentation Ball, a tradition since the late 1930s. As a community service project, the young women have helped young children who are served by the Barth Syndrome Foundation with crafts activities. The organization serves boys who have Barth syndrome, a congenital heart condition. Here is the 2014 class, which will be celebrated at the Coliseum:...