The city will receive a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA recently announced. Tarpon Springs is one of 817 recipients nationwide to receive an Art Works grant.
The grant is to support programs offered by the Center for Gulf Coast Folklife. This is the fifth consecutive year that the city has received an NEA grant to support folklife programs.
NEA funding will support the center's presentation of local, state and regional traditions to Tarpon Springs and the greater Tampa Bay area.
Folk artists, both established and newly documented, will be represented in an exhibit of African-American folk culture at the center's gallery.
The center also will organize festivals and performances, including the Gulf Coast Folklife Festival - with an emphasis on African-American folk arts; the Gulf Coast Maritime & Music Festival; and Night in the Islands - a monthly Greek music and dance event.
In addition, it will offer folklife workshops to reinvigorate local folk arts - including local Greek musical traditions.
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Know the rules before turning on outside water
Reclaimed water restrictions: Through June 30, irrigation with Pinellas reclaimed water will be limited to three days per week, based on the resident's home address.
House numbers that end in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. House numbers that end in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
A property that contains a mix of addresses or if an address cannot be determined should water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
No reclaimed watering is permitted Monday.
For information, visit pinellascounty.org/reclaimed or call (727) 464-4000.
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Growing arts in the gardens
Pinellas County's Florida Botanical Gardens will host the second annual Diggin' the Arts festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 5.
The free event features hands-on activities, including both art and gardening demonstrations and an on-site painting competition, as well as garden tours, vendors, booths, music and refreshments.
Museums and art centers participating include the Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg, Morean Arts Center for Clay, Florida Craftsmen, Dunedin Fine Art Center, and new to the event this year, the Dali Museum, Suntan Art Center and the Beach Art Center.
Visitors can enjoy activities such as decoupage, painting and garden-oriented art projects appropriate for adults and children.
Talks and demonstrations of clay, painting with pastels, watercolor painting, torch-fired enameling, plants and their relationship to the Dali, and orchid demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day
Artists can participate in the plein air nonjuried painting competition. Veteran and budding artists alike are invited to paint along the paths of the Florida Botanical Gardens.
Registration is $10 for each entry and begins at 9:30 a.m. with judging at 3:30 p.m. Best of show wins $200, first prize $150, second prize $100 and two merit awards of gift cards from the Florida Botanical Bounty gift shop.
The gardens, at 12520 Ulmerton Road, showcase native tropical plants, hybrid roses, fruit trees, herbs, hibiscus, bromeliads and more. Paths wind through more than 150 acres and connect with Heritage Village and the Pinewood Cultural Park campus.
The gardens are open daily from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Admission is free.
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A shout-out to students who strive to achieve
The Citizens Alliance for Progress will honor elementary, middle and high school students at the Annual Awards Night ceremony at Tarpon Springs Elementary School.
The speaker will be Mayor David Archie, inset.
Principals and teachers, parents, families and community stakeholders will come together to recognize students in various categories: Academic Excellence, Academic Achievement, Student Improvement, and Most Athletic.
Community scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors for their commitment to excellence, academic achievement and their dedication to pursue higher education.
The ceremony will be in the school cafeteria, 555 E Pine St., at 7 p.m. on Friday.