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Chalk artists of all ages are encouraged to participate in the second annual I Love St. Pete Art Show and Sidewalk Chalk Art Fest at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club on Saturday.

The event is co-sponsored by the club, Pinellas Heritage and the Artillery.

Organizers say the show was well-received during the holidays last year. New this year is the sidewalk chalk art, which will be created on the surface of the courts at the club.

"You've got all these wonderful dark green canvases on the shuffleboard court; the chalk will be really vibrant," said Chris Kelly, one of the organizers.

One of the goals of the event is to get people interested in shuffleboard, Kelly said.

"We're open to the public on Friday nights, and we've even had neighborhood associations come in and play one another. There's live music and food, lots of fun on Fridays," Kelly said.

The event is open to children, teens, adults and families who want to create a sidewalk canvas of color, and artist-volunteers will be available in the morning to provide tips and demonstrations on the fine art of drawing on concrete.

Prizes will be awarded for the best work in each of three age groups, best in show, and a People's Choice award. There will be music, art displays, food and hands-on creative art opportunities throughout the day.

Free chalk is provided to all registrants and for the first 100 attendees under age 12.

When: 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday (sidewalk art from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Where: St. Pete Shuffleboard Club, 559, Mirror Lake Drive.

Info: or call Chris Kelly, 385-1990.


Neighborhood group to meet for potluck meal

The Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association meets Thursday for its annual potluck holiday dinner. The association will provide the main dish; everyone is asked to bring a side dish to share. Agenda items include elections for 2007 officers.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Albright United Methodist Church, 212 Third St. N.


Candlelight Tour of Homes set for Sunday

The ninth annual Historic Old Northeast Candlelight Tour of Homes is Sunday. Proceeds from the holiday tour will benefit neighborhood improvements and two local charities.

When: 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday.

Where: The tour begins at Westminster Palms Colonnade Guest House, 825 Beach Drive NE, and Westminster Presbyterian Church, 126 11th Ave. NE, and 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. Contact Julia Brazier at 895-4443 or e-mail


Civic group's holiday party set for Thursday

The Broadwater Civic Association's annual holiday party Thursday 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. Thursday.

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

Info: RSVP: 864-4188, 866-7981 or 215-9792, or via e-mail at


Candles will light way for holiday walk

Holiday spirit will abound at the holiday Luminaria Walk around Crescent Lake.

Three hundred candles will provide a lighted pathway around the lake. Stroll with friends and family and celebrate the essence of the season while listening to live musical performances.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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


Neighborhood group meets bimonthly

The Mel-Tan Heights Neighborhood Association meets the second Tuesday of every other month. The neighborhood's boundaries are 15th to 18th avenues S and 28th to 31st streets S.

Where: Wildwood Recreation Center, 1000 28th St. S.

When: 6 p.m. Dec. 12.


Group will meet, eat and elect officers

The North Kenwood Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly meeting and annual Holiday dinner Dec. 13. Please bring a covered dish to share. Agenda items include election of officers for 2007.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

Where: Ed White Hospital Auditorium, Room 1G.

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