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CIVIC GROUP BACKS THEATER IN SCHOOLS

The Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association is dipping into its coffers to bring performing arts to neighborhood elementary schools. The neighborhood group is sponsoring two performances of Bunnicula, presented by American Stage Theatre Company's annual School Tour. This is the 20th year that American Stage's School Tour is presenting children's theatrical productions at schools throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

"We are hired by the Pinellas County school district to go to half the county's schools alternating years, which means there is either a north or south county emphasis each year. So the kids at these schools would not have seen the show this year had it not been for the sponsorship," said Tom Block, operations manager for American Stage.

Block said the Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association is the only neighborhood association to sponsor a children's play this year. The cost was $350 per performance.

"We thought it could be beneficial to the kids, and that's why we decided to do it," said Claude Jenet, vice president of the civic association, which sponsored performances at Bay Point Elementary and Bay Vista Fundamental School. Both schools fall within the association's boundaries.

Jenet said members of the civic association attended the first performance at Bay Point Elementary three weeks ago. The second performance will be Thursday at Bay Vista Fundamental.

"We will certainly do it again in the future. A lot of the kids may not have had an opportunity to go to the theater before, and we try to do whatever we can for the kids," Jenet said.

PASADENA VISTA

Neighborhood officers

The Pasadena Vista Neighborhood Association will hold a general meeting tonight to talk about the nomination and election of 2007 officers, a neighborhood cleanup, Vision 2020 and committee reports. Refreshments will be served. The association boundaries are Central Avenue to Fifth Avenue N and 66th Street N to 71st Street N (Pinellas Trail).

When: 7 tonight.

Where: St. Petersburg Community Library at St. Petersburg College, Eighth Avenue N at 67th Street.

Info: Call 345-9446.

OAKWOOD GARDENS

Neighborhood meeting

The Oakwood Gardens Neighborhood Association meets on the last Thursday of each month. This month's agenda will include updates from the Police Department, code enforcement information and a discussion of the neighborhood plan.

What: Oakwood Gardens Neighborhood Association Meeting.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Norwood Baptist Church, 1818 29th Ave. N.

Holiday bazaar set

The Sons of Italy will hold a holiday bazaar this weekend. Shoppers can browse for handcrafted gifts, baked goods, handmade candy and other special holiday treats. The group will also collect canned goods for the needy.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Sons of Italy, 3615 37th St. S.

BROADWATER

Holiday party is Dec. 7

The Broadwater Civic Association's annual holiday party at the National Guard Armory will feature live music by the Real McCoys. Residents planning to attend need to RSVP.

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 7.

Where: The National Guard Armory, 3601 38th Ave. S.

Info: RSVP: 864-4188, 866-7981 or 215-9792, or via e-mail at broadwaterinfo@aol.com.

DOWNTOWN

Calling all chalk artists

Chalk artists of all ages are invited to participate in the second annual I Love St. Pete Art Show and Sidewalk Chalk Art Fest on Dec. 9 at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Artists will work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the public is invited to view the artworks from conception to sunset. An evening of music, dancing and fine art will follow until 11:30 p.m.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive.

Info: Details and registration forms are available online at www.stpeteshuffle.com or by calling Chris Kelly at 385-1990. Sponsorship, vendor and traditional artist inquiries are invited.

CRESCENT LAKE

Step into the season

Holiday spirit will abound Dec. 10 at the holiday Luminary Walk around Crescent Lake.

Three hundred candles will provide a lighted pathway around the lake. Stroll with friends and family members and celebrate the season while listening to live music.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10.

Where: Crescent Lake Park, bordered by 22nd and 12th avenues N and Fifth and Seventh streets.

OLD NORTHEAST

Tour of homes is Dec. 10

The ninth annual Historic Old Northeast Candlelight Tour of Homes is scheduled for Dec. 10. Proceeds benefit neighborhood improvements and two local charities.

When: 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10.

Where: The tour begins at Westminster Palms Colonnade Guest House, 825 Beach Drive NE, and Westminster Presbyterian Church, 126 11th Ave. NE. Two trolleys will circulate through the route.

Info: Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at the Florida Craftsman Gallery, 501 Central Ave., and several other locations. Tickets may also be purchased by mail; checks should be made out to HONNA and sent with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to HONNA Home Tour, P.O. Box 76324, St. Petersburg FL 33734. Tickets are $20 the day of the event and may be purchased at Westminster Palms Colonnade Guest House, 825 Beach Drive NE, and Westminster Presbyterian Church, 126 11th Ave. NE. Contact Julia Brazier, 895-4443, or e-mail jbrazier@tampabay.rr.com.

The St. Petersburg Neighborhood Notebook is compiled by Times correspondent Lorrie Lykins. News may be e-mailed to SPTimeslistings@yahoo.com or mailed to Lorrie Lykins, P.O. Box 4954, Seminole, FL 33775. The deadline for inclusion in the Wednesday Neighborhood Times is noon the previous Friday.

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