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Dali museum group attends artist's Venice retrospective

Representatives of St. Petersburg's Salvador Dali Museum have been in Italy for the Sept. 12 opening of a centennial retrospective of the artist's work at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice.

Becky Pierson, the Dali's finance director, reports that Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia attended the opening reception; Dali was born in Catalonia in 1904.

Eleanor Morse, co-founder of the St. Petersburg museum, attended with her son, Brad; museum executive director Hank Hine and his children, Charles and Grace; board chairman Tom James and his wife, Mary; board member Carole Ketterhagen; board member and Eckerd College president Don Eastman and his wife, Chris; museum deputy director Kathy White; education director Peter Tush; exhibitions director William Jeffett; and events coordinator Natasha Nickodem.

St. Petersburg's Mel Sembler, who is the U.S. ambassador to Italy, went to the reception and later gave a dinner for the delegation in the Villa Taverna, the official residence he shares with his wife, Betty, in Rome.

The coterie also visited the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and toured Vatican City.

Joan Kropf, the Dali's collections director, canceled her trip as Ivan approached. Hurricane evacuation is an enormous operation in which every work is removed from the ground floor and moved to a secure vault.

Pierson said it took about 10 hours to reposition the pieces last Sunday in a "very long and tedious" process that required eight workers just to pack and transport the huge masterworks.

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Publication of Neighborhood Times' eighth annual Social Calendar generated requests for including additional events. Below is an addendum. Many thanks for your contributions.

Saturday

HIGH HEEL HIKE: Benefits Children's Dream Fund, Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Open to all genders. Also launches Shop 'til You Drop campaign. Outrageous shoes, accessories suggested. 10 a.m. Old Hyde Park Village, Tampa (former Sharper Image site). Minimum entry fee $25. 896-6390; (813) 269-0955; www.childrensdreamfund.org; www.pcfusa.org.

Oct. 2

PUMPKIN PALOOZA: Fall family fun festival benefits St. Petersburg Junior Woman's Club charitable projects. 1-7 p.m. St. PetersburgWoman's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Free. 341-2201.

Oct. 12

MEMBERSHIP TEA: Garden Club of St. Petersburg event features a musical program. Rescheduled from Sept. 14. 1 p.m. 500 Park St. S. 360-5793.

Oct. 16

LES FAUVES AFTER HOURS: Gulf Coast Museum of Art young professionals membership group event features works, studio of glass artist Duncan McClellan. Hors d'oeuvres, drink specials. 4-7 p.m. 8917 Maislin Drive, Building F, Tampa. Free. 518-6833 ext. 206.

Oct. 17

SEC ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT: Fundraiser for Help A Child. Scramble format. 1:30 p.m. Countryside Country Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater. $85. 773-8665.

Oct. 23

ELKS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Holiday Isles Elks No. 1912 event benefits Florida Elks Children's Therapy and Youth Camp. Baypointe Golf Club, 9399 Commodore Drive, Largo. $50 entry fee (accepted through Oct. 9) includes golf, cart, lunch. 393-6742; 398-5672.

Nov. 5

PATRIOTIC TRIBUTE: Third annual volunteers of America of Florida event benefits Florida veterans housing and outreach programs. Buffet dinner, live entertainment, silent auction. 6-9 p.m. Wyndham Harbour Island Hotel, 725 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. $45. (813) 282-1525 ext. 245.

Nov. 6

MENORAH MANOR GUILD GALA: Cabaret and casino evening, silent auction. 6:30 p.m. Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 302-3729.

A CHOSEN GENERATION: 19th anniversary gala and auction benefit Pregnancy Center of Pinellas County. Black tie optional. 6:30 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 545-8100, ext. 23.

Nov. 10

COLISEUM 80TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE: Charly Raymond Orchestra and the Apple Blossoms perform a tribute to Harry James and the Andrews Sisters. 1-4 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free.

Nov. 13

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL DINNER: Society of St. Vincent de Paul South Pinellas benefit dinner, auction support food center, transitional housing. 6 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $80. 823-2516.

Nov. 19

CELEBRATE THE SEASON: Holiday gift market sponsored by Junior League of St. Petersburg to finance community programs, organizations. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Happy Hour shopping 5-8 p.m.; Roman Holiday launch gala 7-11 p.m. Coliseum, 525 Fourth Ave. N. $5; children under 12 free. $50 gala. 895-5018; www.jlstp.org.

Nov. 20

CELEBRATE THE SEASON: Holiday gift market. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Coliseum. $5; children under 12 free. 895-5018; www.jlstp.org.

Nov. 21

CELEBRATE THE SEASON: Holiday gift market. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Coliseum. $5; children under 12 free. 895-5018; www.jlstp.org.

Dec. 8

CASA PEACE BREAKFAST: benefits Community Action Stops Abuse, domestic violence victims. Keynote speaker: Denise Brown. Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. 895-4912 ext. 114; casa-stpete.org.

Jan. 10

KEEPERS OF THE GATE: St. Petersburg chapter of Hadassah luncheon benefits research in breast cancer, gene therapy. Noon. Private home. $1,000. Reservations required. 367-2706; 866-9032.

Feb. 5

BIG TOP BALL: 74th annual Charity Ball benefits All Children's Hospital. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 347-6288; www.allkids.org.

April 9

GREAT CHEFS OF TAMPA BAY: Seventh annual Family Resources benefit features Italian-style village of work by bay area artists, Family Resources' Youth Arts Corps; food by local dignitaries, celebrity chefs; entertainment. 6-9:30 p.m. Private home. $125. 550-4000.

April 16

ROCK ROLL AND REMEMBER: benefits Help A Child. 8 p.m.-midnight. Coliseum. 544-3900 ext. 179.

April 18

CASA AMIGAS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Benefits victims of domestic abuse. Four-person handicapped scramble. Noon registration. 895-4912 ext. 114; casa-stpete.org.

Mary Jane Park can be reached at (727) 893-8267; fax (727) 893-8675; e-mail parksptimes.com; P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

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