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Things to Do in St. Petersburg

July 15, 2009

Celebrity Critter of the Week - Black Bar Soldier Fish

Tuesday - July 14

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

Summer Swim Lesson Registration

Thursday - July 16

summer-swim-1All city of St. Petersburg pools are open for summer and swim lessons are now available. Morning or evening swim lessons are available for 6 months to senior citizens. Classes are 40 minutes, Monday through Thursday and last two weeks. Cost per session is $30 for St. Petersburg residents; and $48 for non-residents. Reduced rates are also available for residents with Medicaid, food stamp cards or public school free and reduced lunch status forms. Resident or Non-resident registration card is required for registration. Register at 7:30 a.m. for morning swim lessons and 5:30 p.m. for evening lessons. For more information, please contact 893-7732 or 893-7441 or for pool locations see

Jazz at the MFA - Stolen Idols

Friday - July 17

jazzMuseum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. N.E. 6 p.m. Summer Jazz series invites you to enjoy music from some of the most eclectic bands in the bay area. This week, Stolen Idols will play authentic 1950s/60s-era exotica, the tropical mood-music jazz subgenre pioneered by Martin Denny and Les Baxter. 727-896-2667 or

Clothing Giveaway


A Touch of God Ministries, 2997 Tyrone Blvd. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Clothing consists of gently used and some new clothes and shoes for those in need from our local community. Donations accepted. or 727-824-7741.

Ocean Conservancy Clean-ups

ocean1Three cleanup events will be held: off of Pinellas Bayway Southheading to Fort Desoto, at Fort Desoto park from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on the Terre Verde bridge. Please R.S.V.P. for further information and directions to

21st Annual Cool Art Show


Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Juried art show, fine art and fine crafts hosted by PAVA, the Professional Association of Visual Artists. This year’s selection of 80 artists promises an extraordinary cache of creative visual and functional art for attendees. For information contact 727.736.2976, 727-892-5205 or

MFA: Hands-On!


Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. N.E. 1:30 p.m. Create art in our new classroom inspired by the works in the Museum’s permanent collection. 727-896-2667 or

Real Talk Teen Summit


Childs Park YMCA, 691 43rd Street S., 2-6 p.m. Learn your rights and how to protect yourself during this one day session co-sponsored by Weed & Seed. All teens and teen groups are welcome; the 1st 100 teens receive a free gift. Refreshments provided. Space is limited; pre-registration required. 727-209-9622.

Craft Beer Expo

beerProgress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St. S. 2 p.m. Over 20 new breweries, an expansion of the ever popular Beer Seminars, “Brew Master” discussions, as well as seminars on Beer and Cheese pairings, Beer and Food Pairings, a Beer Judging Class, and Home Brewing Demonstrations. In addition to the cheese pairing (Chimay Cheeses, Rogue Cheeses), the Beer pros will marry beer with chocolate, curry, BBQ, raw oysters, and beer floats, yes with ice cream! Participants will receive a 40-page “Beer Passport” as well as the location of beer bars throughout Tampa Bay. 727-892-5767 or 727-892-5798

Family Flicks! Movies on the Waterfront

The Pier, 800 2nd Ave. N.E. Waterside Courtyard. Dusk. Fun for the whole family. Bring your blanket and pillow. Jammies allowed! 727-821-6443 or

Week of July 20

July 23
Tasco Teens/Catalina Marketing Games Extravaganza

tascoSt. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your friends to the largest indoor game showcase of the summer featuring inflatable Battle Bots, slides, joust, Bouncy Boxing, Pong, large-screen Wii video games, and much more. Go outside for a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, test your skills on the skateboard park ramps, quad racing course or rock wall (shoes required). The TASCO games are open to all teens who’ve completed grades 6 through 12 and are FREE! Bring your friends. Organizations wanting to participate, call 727-892-5060 for rates. Sponsored by Catalina Marketing, TASCO Teen programs, and the City of St. Petersburg.

July 23 to 25

Studio at 620, 620 1st Ave. S. 7:30 p.m. Oddlie is a social outcast who barely speaks but loves to sing, lives on a garbage heap and one day falls in love with Poetry. Performing artist Aleshea Harris uses a singular blend of theatre, spoken word and music to bring Oddlie’s story to light and life. 727-896-6620 or

Upcoming Events

July 29

Saint Petersburg Preservation Summit

The Historic Pennsylvania Hotel, 300 4th St. N. 7 p.m. The mayoral candidates are also scheduled to speak at a summit sponsored by Saint Petersburg Preservation. The candidates will hear brief presentations from Saint Petersburg Preservation on top preservation issues and programs. At the end of the program, each candidate will have five minutes to respond and state their position on preservation. To reserve a seat go to or 727-824-7802.

July 30
Multi-Chamber Business Showcase

Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N. 4 to 7 p.m., 727-892-5202 or 727-388-5730.

September 1
St. Petersburg Primary Election


Voter Registration Deadline: 8/3/2009.
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

September 26
Museum Day

Throughout St. Petersburg select museums give the public the opportunity to view their collections by offering free admission to residents. Details TBA. 727-893-7465

September 26
FolkFest St. Pete


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. 727-825-0515 or

Summer Movies@South Branch Library

south-brach-library 2300 Roy Hanna Drive S. Every Friday at 2 p.m. All movies rated PG. Free Admission.
July 17 - Hotel for Dogs
July 24 - Bedtime Stories
July 31 - Tale of Despereaux
August 7 - Kung Fu Panda
August 14 - Wall-E
727-893-7244 or

July 1 to August 31
Half offHalf Price at the Museum!

halfpriceEnjoy works of Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, O’Keeffe, Wyeth and many others on a budget. Visit from 10 a.m. to Noon, Tuesdays through Fridays during July and August and receive half off the regular Museum admission for all ages. Adults are $6, seniors 65 and better $5, and students 7 and older with current I.D. pay $3. 727-896-2667 or

July 17
S’REAL Friday Happy Hour

Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 3rd St. S. 5 to 8 p.m. A summer staple, S’Real Fridays return to the Dali Museum with the inspiring combination of music, art and libation. Enjoy our summer exhibits, hear a variety of jazz styles in a cafe setting, view unusual silent films, and enjoy our complementary snacks and cash bar. Half-price admission ($8.50) after 5 p.m. on Fridays. 727-823-3767 or

July 17
Friday Night Wine & Music Friday night wineSeries


BayWalk, 151 2nd Ave. N.5 to 8 p.m. “Wine down” the summer evenings with musical entertainment and some bubbly. Third Friday monthly. Free.

July 18
Summer Sing-a-long

Join us at 3:30 for afternoon of song and fun! All ages welcome. Free. St. Petersburg Public Library North Branch, 861 70th Avenue N. 727-893-7214 or

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