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Community Center has renovation celebration

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 3, 2002

Treasure Island

A ceremony for the newly remodeled Community Center, One Park Place, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday. The public is invited; refreshments are planned.

City commissioners are expected to unveil the multipurpose room along with the rest of the $500,000 in improvements. The renovations included the addition of storage areas and large restrooms that can be used as dressing rooms for events, new ceilings, and new floors and counters in the kitchen and existing restrooms.

Along with the interior improvements, the city also built a new entrance at the northeast corner of the building and renovated the existing entrance. Both doorways were designed to resemble the city's new clock tower downtown and the Sunset Beach center, with sage green colors and open-air towers.

The Isle of Palms Civic Association will hold its annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 16. Maps to all participating houses will be distributed at the entrance to the neighborhood. Homeowners also will open a concession area and restrooms. Residents are required to pay a $5 registration fee to be included on the maps. The Isle of Palms is at 112th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. (Turn east at the Waffle House off Gulf Boulevard.) For information, call 363-7087. Rain date is March 17.

Amateur radio operators living in Treasure Island or St. Pete Beach who are interested in helping during disaster operations are invited to attend the next Emergency Radio Communications Organization meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Community Center. ERCO provides communications to city governments during emergencies. For information, contact Buddy Morgan WB4OMG at 360-3206 or e-mail beamar@aol.com; or call Treasure Island Fire Chief Charlie Fant at 547-4590.

Gulfport

The city will conduct a telephone survey of residents through March 10.

As part of the Telecommunication Feasibility Study, Gulfport will gauge interest in providing cable television and Internet services.

Participation is voluntary and those willing may be asked some demographic questions. The city will not ask for personal information such as credit card or Social Security numbers.

St. Pete Beach

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker will make a presentation and sign books at 2 p.m. today at the St. Pete Beach Library, 365 73rd Ave. Baker is the author of Mangroves to Major League: A Timeline of St. Petersburg, Florida (Prehistory to 2000 A.D.).

Books will be available for purchase. The program is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Friends of the St. Pete Beach Library.

Suntan Art Center's annual Outdoor Art Show and Sale is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23. Artists and artisans will have pottery, clothing, wooden crafts, paintings and other handmade items for sale.

Anyone interested in renting space should call 526-0664.

Madeira Beach

The Madeira Beach Seniors will meet in the City Hall auditorium at 1 p.m. Monday. Meetings are free and open to anyone over 50, regardless of residence.

There are group trips and many activities. Talk and refreshments follow the meetings.

Indian Rocks Beach

The library will host a large book sale in conjunction with the Beauty and the Beach Festival and the Beach Art Center's Spring Fling and Arts and Crafts show on April 6.

Used fiction and non-fiction books and jigsaw puzzles will be on sale as will the library cookbook, a collection of favorite recipes of the volunteers and friends of the library. Magazines will be free.

The library will be closed on the day of the festival but is open Monday through Saturday throughout the year. It is inside City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd.

The Beach Art Center is offering classes in drawing, beginning oil painting, stained glass, watercolor, beginning acrylics and glass painting.

Call 596-4331 for details and registration. The art center is at 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., next door to City Hall.

South Pasadena

The Pinellas Braille Group will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Temple Beth El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S.

The group is looking for volunteers to help prepare texts and both fiction and nonfiction books in Braille and on audiotapes.

For information, call 347-9836.

-- Compiled by Times correspondent Kathy Saunders and staff writer Amy Wimmer. To submit items for the Beaches Notebook, e-mail wimmer@sptimes.com.

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