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Things To Do In St. Petersburg

September 8, 2009

September 1

primary-electionSt. Petersburg Primary Election

Mayor and Council Districts 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 are up for election. Watch the election results on St. PeteTV, Channel 35: Knology cable channel 15; Brighthouse cable channel 615: or Verizon FiOs channel 20. 727-464-6108 or www.votepinellas.com

Walk On the Wild Side: Evening Fitness Walk

walkBoyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Take a walk on the wild side with Neuromuscular therapist Holly Harriman from 6 to 7 p.m. for a 45 minute walk to stretch your muscles. Walk includes warmup and cool down. Cost: $4.00 each day. 727-893-7326 or www.stpete.org/boyd

Celebrity Critter of the Week - Southern Puffer

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The Pier Aquarium, 800 2nd Ave. N.E. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Learn about and explore the habitat of a new and exciting “critter” each week. 727-895-7437 or www.pieraquarium.org

September 2

Coffee with a Curator: Bethany Mead: “Dali’s Hispanic Heritage “

Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 3rd St. S. 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. Join us for complimentary Starbucks coffee and refreshments in the museum store at 10:15 followed at 10:30 by a focused, theme-oriented gallery tour with one of the Dali Museum’s curatorial staff. 727-823-3767 or www.salvadordalimuseum.org

September 3

cityCity Budget Hearing
City Hall, Council Chambers, 175 5th St. N. 6 p.m. Council members will hear public input on next year’s projected spending plan. The forum will be televised live on St. Pete TV, Channel 35; Knology cable channel 15; Brighthouse cable channel 615 or Verizon FiOs channel 20 and streamed live at www.stpete.org For information, www.stpete.org/budget or contact the City Clerk. 727-893-7448.

September 4

getGet Downtown Music Series
Central Ave. btwn. 2nd and 3rd St. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Get downtown and get down with the fun. Join us for great jazz, a lively crowd and all the fun you can handle, right in the heart of downtown. 727-393-3597 or www.breakfastoptimist.org

The Members’ Show Opening Reception

memberMorean Art Center, 719 Central Avenue,5:30 to 9 p.m. View the works of over 400 members,participate in the Silent Auction of selected works, live studio demonstrations and cast your vote in our first People’s Choice Awards for your favorite piece in the 2009 Members’ Show! Go on a scavenger hunt through the gallery, find clues and enter a drawing for the Grand Scavenger Prize! 727-822-7872 or www.moreanartscenter.org

September 5

pancakeAWAPS Pancake Breakfast

Albert Whitted Airport, 451 8th Ave. S.E. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. All you can eat Pancake Breakfast Buffet: Pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash browns, grits, OJ and coffee. 727-822-1532 or www.awaps.org
Breakfast with Dali

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Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 3rd St. S. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Explore the Dali Museum in a tour expressly designed for children age 5 - 12 in that magical hour before the museum opens and the ghost of Dali roams the galleries! Dali hands-on activities follow at 11:30. Pre-registration required; the breakfast is limited to 20 children plus adult companions. 727-823-3767 or www.salvadordalimuseum.org

Museum’s On Us

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday. Bank of America customers present your debit or check card and receive one free admission per cardholder. Sponsored by Bank of America. 727-896-2667, ext. 221

Suncoast Corvette Show

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The Pier, 800 2nd Ave. N.E. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classic beauties with four wheels will surround The Pier. 727-821-6443 or www.stpetepier.com

September 6

Museum of Fine Art exteriorMuseum’s On Us

museumMuseum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday. Bank of America customers present your debit or check card and receive one free admission per cardholder. Sponsored by Bank of America. 727-896-2667, ext. 221

summerbash“END OF SUMMER BASH” & Clothing Swap at Green Market & Street Fair

2400-2500 Central Ave. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take advantage of the vendors’ end of summer clear-outs. Grand Central and Localshops1.com team up for another fabulous Clothing Swap just in time for back to school shopping for the kids and you and it’s all FREE! 727-328-7086 or www.grandcentraldistrict.org

Dali Spanish Language Tour - Hispanic Heritage Event

Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 3rd St. S. 1:45 p.m. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Museum is presenting tours of the collection and the world of Dali in Spanish each Sunday in September and October at 1:45 p.m. 727-823-3767 or www.salvadordalimuseum.org

September 7
Salsa dancers bwSalsa En St. Pete Labor Day Celebration

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The Pier, 800 2nd Ave. N.E. 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring your family and wind down your Labor Day dancing the night away. www.salsawithgreg.com, www.stpetepier.com or 727-821-6443.

Upcoming Events

September 12
The Joy of Writing with Janet Connor

creative-writingFlorida Craftsmen, 501 Central Ave. Learn how to access deeper levels of creativity, receive guidance and insight and learn how to channel through writer’s block. Bring a journal or notepad, lunch (brown bag or dine out) and bottled water. Reservations required, $75 members, $85 nonmembers, deadline September 8. 727-821-7391 or maggie.duffy@floridacraftsmen.net, also www.writingdownyoursoul.com

September 12
Fall Plant Sale with Half Price Admission

Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th Street N, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Get a head start on your garden with drought tolerant Florida Natives and ornamental grasses, gingers, plumerias, orchids, bromeliads and lots more. For this day only admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors (55+), $2 children (2-11). 727-551-3100 or www.sunkengardens.org

September 20
Yoga+Dali

yogaSalvador Dali Museum, 1000 3rd St. S. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Find your balance in a 90 minute transcendental experience blending vinyasa yoga with the sounds of sitars, wooden flutes, percussion, acoustic guitars and other exotic instruments in the surrealistic atmosphere of the Dali Museum. Yoga instructor Laura Tillinghast has practiced various yoga styles for 8 years, while Jim Beckwith is lauded as one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters in the Southeast. Cost is $25/nonmembers, which includes museum admission after class or $20/members. Contact Bethany Mead at 727-823-3767, ext 3024 or bmead@thedali.org. for reservations. Please use the back parking lot entrance. www.salvadordalimuseum.org

September 21
Tampa Bay Job Fair

jobfair1Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Put your best foot forward as you learn how to best develop your skill sets and apply them to the careers of tomorrow. Meet employers and find available employment opportunities in the Tampa Bay area. Dress for an interview and bring several copies of your resume. www.stpete.org/coliseum, 727-893-8523 or 727-892-5202

September 24
2nd Annual Curtain Call Event

annual1Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater. 6 to 8 p.m. A sneak peek at 2009 - 2010 performance season. Live performances throughout the Theater, presentations on the Main Stage, food and beverage, unique promotional items, door prizes and more! www.mahaffeytheater.com, 727-892-5767 or 727- 892-5798

September 26
Carefest 2009

carefestVarious St. Petersburg locations. Make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteers needed for painting (interior & exterior), mulching & cleanup in city parks, neighborhoods and along city shorelines. For a list of projects, www.stpete.org/neighborhoods, click on the Carefest logo, click on “Adopt This Project,” and complete the information. To volunteer, contact Teketa Marshall, Midtown, 727-892-5088 or Carefest Coordinator Philip Harris, 727-893-4110

September 26
Arts Alive Free Museum Day/St. Petersburg

artsSpend an afternoon at the museum and view 9 great collections in one day during the Arts Alive Free Museum Day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Florida Holocaust, Great Explorations, & History Museum close at 4 p.m.) American Sign Language Interpreters at many venues. Visit the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum, The Florida International Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and Salvador Dali Museum. Florida Craftsmen Gallery will offer a special discount too. Ride the Looper. Bus transportation provided for Great Ex from BayWalk. Free for Pinellas & Hillsborough County residents (ID required) 727-893-7465.

FolkFest St. Pete
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Central Ave. btwn. 11th and 13th St. N. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Musical celebration and art show featuring folk, outsider and intuitive artists. Storytelling, dance performances, children’s entertainment and more!
727-825-0515 or www.creativeclay.org

Tangerine Bluesfest

Tangerine Greenway at 49th St. S. 4 to 8 p.m. Come out and enjoy an evening of family fun as local blues artists perform. A variety of food and drink available. www.so49.org

October 4
Hot Pepper Fest at Sunken Gardens

1825 4th Street N, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

hotpepperThe place for all things PEPPER, including clothing, jewelry, artwork, pepper jellies, food, hot sauces, hot Latin music and ice cold beer to wash it all down. Don’t miss Tijuana Flats’ Hot Pepper Eating Contest, when those who dare eat a mound of peppers! All varieties of pepper plants from sweet to hot will be available to start your own pepper plot! Admission: $8 adults; $6 seniors (55+), $4 children (2-11) (727) 551-3102 or www.sunkengardens.org/sunken

October 11
2009 Bicycle Bash by the Bay presented by Cure on Wheels

bicycleNorth Straub Park, Beach Dr. and 5th Ave N.E. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the power of two wheels with Share the Road bike rides, a bike rodeo and free helmet giveaway,flatland bike performances, bike swap meet and donation station. Sign up for the Cure on Wheels bike ride. Meet Pinellas County’s bicycle emcee John Sinibaldi and witness the finale of the YTS celebration. www.bicyclebash.com

October 24
Festival of Reading

festivalUniversity of South Florida, St.Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave S. See over 45 nationally recognized authors during this celebration of literacy including book signings, panel discussions, a book market and family activities. Past authors attending the festival include Dennis Lehane, The Given Day, Mystic River; Michael Connelly, Dragons, The Scarecrow; and Arianna Huffington. Sponsored by the St. Pete Times. 727-893-8523 or www.festivalofreading.com

December 19
Edwards Family Foundation Midtown Holiday Gala

10 a.m., Wildwood Recreation Center, 1000-28th St. S. Help a less fortunate family celebrate the season of giving with the Edwards Family Foundation’s Midtown Holiday Gala. Donations are being accepted to purchase clothing, food, bicycles and gift cards to reach help more than 500 families this year. Co-Sponsored by Midtown Economic Development and the city of St. Petersburg. www.edwardsfamilyfoundation.org

Exhibits & Shows

May 23 to Oct. 4
In A New Light: Selections from St. Petersburg College’s acquisition of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection
Florida International Museum at St. Petersburg College, SPC Downtown, 244 Second Ave. N. Tues. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. noon to 5 p.m. Works by more than 125 contemporary Florida artists, national and international artists, and fine craftsmen from the Southeastern United States on display as the Florida International Museum (FIM) presents highlights from the Gulf Coast Museum of Art collection. 727-341-7918

August 27 to September 5 Chromatophore! Mail Art Exhibition

The Studio@620, 620 1st Ave. S. Opening reception at 6:30 p.m. with  live performances by musical guest Rebecca Zapen.  Interactive hands-on mail art creation opportunities, prize drawings, and more!  Also on display, artifacts from the historic St. Petersburg Open Air Postal Museum. 727-895-6620 or www.studio620.org

August 15 to October 2009
Obama: A Perspective in Photographs Exhibit

obamaDr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. S.  Through October 2009. Featuring photographs and well publicized magazine covers from the Associated Press including some intimate, behind- the-scenes pictures from the White House. 727-323-1104 or www.woodsonmuseum.org

The Members’ Show Opening Reception
Morean Art Center, 719 Central Avenue,5:30 to 9 p.m.
The Members’ Show, September 4-26

members-showView the works of over 400 members,participate in the Silent Auction of selected works, live studio demonstrations and cast your vote in our first People’s Choice Awards for your favorite piece in the 2009 Members’ Show! Go on a scavenger hunt through the gallery, find clues and enter a drawing for the Grand Scavenger Prize! 727-822-7872 or www.moreanartscenter.org

Sept. 11 to 27
HMS Pinafore

hmsSt. Petersburg Little Theatre, 4025 31st St. S. Sept. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 at 8 p.m. Sept. 13, 20, 27 at 2 p.m. With mirth and silliness to spare, this traditional musical favorite pokes gentle fun at all things British. www.splt.org or 727-866-1973.

Sept. 11 to 13
St. Petersburg Opera presents: Into The Woods

Janet Root Theater, Shorecrest Preparatory School, 5101 1st St. N.E. Fri. to Sun 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m.  The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella and follows them further to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. 727-823-2040 or www.stpeteopera.org

October 23
Celtic Thunder

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Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater. 7:30 p.m.727-892-5798 or
www.mahaffeytheater.com

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