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Social Calendar

By MARY JANE PARK
Published September 7, 2003

Neighborhood Times offers the seventh annual Social Calendar, a compilation of social and charitable events scheduled through next May.

The Calendar is as complete a list as we have from you, the volunteers who are the ballast of this community.

Those of you who have yet to plan events need not fret: You can always submit new information to me for inclusion in a future column.

I look forward to seeing you all, On the Town.

- Mary Jane Park can be reached at 727 893-8267; fax (727) 893-8675; e-mail park@sptimes.com P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

SEPTEMBER
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STEAK & STEAK DINNER: 18th annual event benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, honors John and Mary K. Wilson, features 50 years of American music. Business attire. 5:30 p.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. $50. 546-1032.

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FLORAL FUN: Garden Club of St. Petersburg annual membership tea; program by Flower Centre of St. Petersburg. 1 p.m. Garden Center, 500 Park St. S. 360-5793.

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WOMAN'S CLUB 90TH ANNIVERSARY: GFWC St. Petersburg Woman's Club tea for members, speaker Scott Taylor Hartzell. 1-3 p.m. St. Petersburg Woman's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. 896-5097.
OPENING RECEPTION: Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta's Imaginary Gardens Mapping Dali's Landscapes exhibition opens at Salvador Dali Museum. 6 p.m. members; 7-9 p.m. others. 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. 823-3767.

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MAHAFFEY THEATER FOUNDATION OPEN HOUSE: Refreshments, entertainment, arts, crafts, drawings, prizes. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mahaffey Theater at the Bayfront Center, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 892-5710.
LES FAUVES HOST SINGLE GOURMET: Art-related riddles, jazz entertainment, appetizers, cocktails. 7-10 p.m. Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. Les Fauves, Single Gourmet members $10 advance; guests $15 advance. 319-9511; www.singlegourmetclub.com

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COFFEE: For members, prospective members of Infinity, which benefits CASA, Brookwood, Help A Child. 11:45 am. Private home. 822-7571.

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PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ: Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services awards, dinner. 6 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $30. 545-6477, ext. 316.
COOKING FOR KIDS: Pinellas County chefs prepare signature dishes to benefit Help A Child. Cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment by Jack Brown and the Skylights. Cash bar. Island attire or business casual. 6:30 p.m. Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $75. 864-2684.

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BAY BASH BALL: Supper club theme event benefits Bayfront Health Foundation. Cocktails, dinner, dancing, live auction. 7 p.m. Palm Court Ballroom, Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $150. 893-6148.
MONTE CARLO EVENT: Benefits A Brighter Day, which helps homeless families toward self-sufficiency. Cocktails, appetizers, live music, dancing, casino games, live and silent auctions. $35 advance; $45 day of event. 8 p.m.-midnight. Suncoast Association of Realtors, 7655 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 381-5103.

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RACE FOR THE CURE: Florida Suncoast Affiliate, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, fifth annual 5K run, 5K walk, 1-mile fun run, mini-races for children, Proud in the Crowd for nonrunners. 7:30 a.m., Straub Park, St. Petersburg waterfront. 734-7832; www.komensuncoast.com

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FESTIVAL OF STATES FALL SOCIAL: Festival of States, Suncoasters of St. Petersburg event. Business/cocktail attire; Suncoasters wear blue jacket, gray slacks or skirt. 6-8 p.m. Renaissance Vinoy Resort mezzanine and terrace, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Reservations accepted through Sept. 15. 898-3654.

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EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS: Salute to Florida Orchestra patrons, musicians. Hors d'oeuvres, dinner. Black tie optional. 6:30 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 WC MacInnes Place N, Tampa. $125. (813) 286-1170 ext. 318.

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ANGELS AFTER DARK: Holiday gift mart benefits children's ministries at First United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg. Dozens of vendors offer arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday gifts. Noon-9 p.m. Bank of America Tower, 200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 560-4872.
LCC GOLF TOURNAMENT: Benefits Lutheran Church of the Cross Day School. 11:30 a.m. Mangrove Bay Golf Course, 875 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 11:30 a.m. registration; noon lunch; 1 p.m. shotgun start. $75. 525-8364.

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BOWser BALL, CATsino NIGHT: Benefits Pinellas Animal Foundation. Casino games, dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions. Black tie optional. 7 p.m.-midnight. Tiffany Ballroom, Belleview Biltmore Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort, 25 Belleview Blvd., Clearwater. $100. 347-7387; www.pinellasanimalfoundation.org

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MEMBERSHIP COFFEE: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast Guild event for new, prospective members. Private home. 866-0925.

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MEMBERSHIP COFFEE: Sword of Hope, American Cancer Society event. Prospective members welcome. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Private home. 343-9509.

OCTOBER

1
PHOTO EXHIBIT RECEPTION: With photo and text exhibit, Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family, cosponsored by Florida Holocaust Museum, Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services, Suncoast Center for Community Mental Health. 5:30 p.m. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth Street S, St. Petersburg. $5 members, $10 nonmembers. 327-7656 ext. 238.

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AFTER HOURS: Les Fauves, Gulf Coast Museum of Art's young professionals membership event features art by Monica Naugle, appetizers, beverages. 6-8 p.m. GrillMarks, 607 N Clearwater-Largo Road, Largo. 518-6833, ext. 206.

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IT'S FASHIONABLE TO BE AWARE: Mid-Day Business & Professional Women's Club fundraiser for breast cancer awareness, support services. Coplon's, 156 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 743-6262; 821-8211.

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SUNSET GALA: Benefits Science Center of Pinellas County. Private home. 821-7557.

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MINI LUNCHEON, CARD PARTY: All Children's Hospital Guild, Beach Branch, event features a variety of card games, dominoes, board games. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place, Treasure Island. 367-0030.

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FASHION SHOW, LUNCHEON: Garden Club of St. Petersburg fall event. 11:30 a.m. Garden Center, 500 Park St. S. Reservations accepted through Oct. 9. 381-8920; 393-8276.
DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARD BANQUET: Sixth annual benefit for inner-city program of West Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America. 6 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $125. 11046 Johnson Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.

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BINGO WITH BUBBLES: Cross of Lorraine, American Lung Association of Gulfcoast Florida Guild fundraiser to send asthmatic children to camp. Lunch, champagne, bingo. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Colonial Inn and Spa, 126 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 894-7543; 866-0925; 894-9394.

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HUNGER BANQUET: 23rd annual event sponsored by St. Petersburg Free Clinic features entertainment, speaker, soup, bread. 6:30-8 p.m. Fox Hall at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, $10 adults; $5 students. 821-1200.

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BATTLE OF THE BAY: Culinary competition benefits St. Petersburg Museum of History. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. 6 p.m. $40 members; $50 nonmembers. 894-1052, ext. 205.

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CANTERBURY CLASSIC: Sixth annual golf tournament, tennis, dinner and auction benefit the Canterbury School of Florida. Golf, tennis sign-in, noon. Adult golf, $150; student $75. Adult tennis $80; student, $50 (includes lunch, pool-side buffet dinner, awards banquet). Dinner only, $30; children under 12, $15. Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club, 6025 Sun Blvd., St. Petersburg. 521-6201, ext. 39.
NATIONAL HISPANIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS BANQUET: Honors Mario Molina, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry. 7-10 p.m. MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $125 per couple. (813) 987-6313.
FURS, BANGLES & BEADS: 18th annual benefit for Infinity, the League to Aid Abused Children and Adults. Cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auction. Black tie optional. 6:30 p.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. $75. 866-1276.

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SUNCOAST TIGER BAY CLUB GALA: 25th anniversary celebration features political satirist Jim Teter. TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 822-1001.

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ABILITIES FOUNDATION B&G CELEBRITY GOLF CHALLENGE: Feather Sound Country Club, 2201 Feather Sound Drive, Clearwater. $150 per person; $600 per foursome with celebrity. 538-7370, ext. 345.

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LUNCHEON, FASHION SHOW: St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary event benefits St. Anthony's Health Care, features fashions from Dillard's. Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 11 a.m. $50. Reservations accepted through Oct. 17, barring sellout. 528-8727.
TEE OFF AND SERVE FORE SUN COAST HOSPITAL: 10th annual event benefits Sun Coast Hospital Foundation. 1 p.m. shotgun start. Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, 1501 Indian Rocks Road, Clearwater. $150 (includes entry fee, awards dinner). 586-7119.

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CAPTAIN'S PARTY: Opens inaugural St. Anthony's Inshore & Offshore Fishing Tournament. Johnny Leverock's Seafood House, 10 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. 825-1629.

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ALPHA FASHION SHOW, LUNCHEON: 14th annual event benefits Alpha, A Beginning, features clothing from Saks Fifth Avenue, Tampa. 11 a.m. Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $65. 822-8190.
FLEA MARKET, TEAROOM LUNCHEON: Annual GFWC St. Petersburg Woman's Club event. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Petersburg Woman's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Continues 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
UNA NOCHE CON DALI: Benefits Salvador Dali Museum. Gourmet Spanish food, entertainment. $125. Home of Fred and Karol Bullard. 823-3767 ext. 3024.

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ST. ANTHONY'S FISHING TOURNAMENT: Inaugural event benefits cancer care at St. Anthony's Hospital. $150 per boat limit four anglers per craft until Sept. 30; $200 thereafter. Johnny Leverock's Seafood House, 10 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. 825-1629.
SPCA PET WALK: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. North Shore Park, North Shore Drive and 13th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. 586-3591, ext. 163; www.PetWalk.org
ARTOBERFEST: Les Fauves, Gulf Coast Museum of Art's young professionals group event features wursts, sausages, beer, stein-decorating contest. Dress as a favorite artist or as a subject or theme from a favorite painting. 7-10 p.m. Museum galleries, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. Members free; nonmembers $10. 518-6833, ext. 206.

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THE ART OF STYLE: Stuart Society of the Museum of Fine Arts event features fashions from Neiman Marcus, luncheon, silent auction. 10:30 a.m. Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $50. 821-9392.

NOVEMBER

1
RUSSIAN EXHIBIT: A Russian Odyssey: Riches of the State Russian Museum, features more than 250 objects from 800 years of Russian history. Reception 6-8 p.m.; tour afterward. Florida International Museum, 100 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. 822-3693.
PARC 50th ANNIVERSARY GALA: Cocktails, dinner, dancing, casino games, silent auction benefit Pinellas Association of Retarded Children. Black tie. 6:30 p.m. TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $150. 345-9111, ext. 293; 866-0925.
FISH HEAD BALL: 10th annual benefit for educational public programs at the Pier Aquarium. Buffet dinner, music, auction. Island casual. 7-11 p.m. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. $40. 895-7437

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TIMES FESTIVAL OF READING: Talks, book signings by nationally known writers; storytelling; poetry reading; children's activities; book appraisals; food vendors; book marketplace. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. 892-2358.

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COUTURE FOR A CURE: Benefits Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation. 7-10 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $150. 894-6088; 527-2733.
WINE TASTING: Benefits A Brighter Day; continues each Friday evening through November. Uncorked Fine Wine & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. 381-5103.

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BROOKWOOD FLORIDA DIAMOND JUBILEE: Group home for girls victimized by abuse and neglect celebrates 75 years of service to the community. Wine tasting, silent auction. 7-11 p.m. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Avenue NE. $75. 822-4789, ext. 31.
DINNER, IN-HOUSE HORSE RACES: Benefit to help preserve GFWC St. Petersburg Woman's Club building, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. 6:30 p.m. $25 nonmembers. 528-2270.

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GOLDEN BATON AWARD: Florida Orchestra Guild event. 11:30 a.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. $40. 865-0623.

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CHILDREN'S HOME GOLF TOURNAMENT: 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Feather Sound Country Club, 2201 Feather Sound Drive, Clearwater. $175 per player (includes lunch, dinner). 576-6424.
DELTA DELTA DELTA FOUNDERS DAY CELEBRATION: For St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa alumnae. 6 p.m. Feather Sound Country Club, 2201 Feather Sound Drive, Clearwater. $30. 525-0225.

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CELEBRATE THE SEASON: Junior League of St. Petersburg event features juried shopping extravaganza, also offers family-oriented food, games and entertainment. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5 adults; free, children under 12. Celebration gala, 7-11 p.m. $50. Continues 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 16. 895-5018.
CHUCK LaMAR'S MERCURY GRAND SLAM CELEBRITY FISHING TOURNAMENT: Sixth annual catch-and-release tournament benefits Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Fishermen's Ball, Palm Court Ballroom, Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Casual. $125. 813 269-0955; www.pcfusa.org Tournament continues Nov. 15 and 16.
AN EVENING WITH THE AUTHORS: Clearwater Community Woman's Club event benefits Greater Clearwater Library Foundation. 6:30-9 p.m. Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St. 394-2229.
RIBFEST 2003: 15th annual Northeast Exchange Club fundraiser for All Children's Hospital, child abuse prevention programs, college scholarships, other child-related charities. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. today and Nov. 15; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 16. Vinoy Park, Fifth to Seventh avenues at Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $6 advance; $10 day of event. 528-3828; www.ribfest.org
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE GOLF CLASSIC: 15th annual event benefits Ronald McDonald houses in St. Petersburg, Tampa. Noon registration; 1 p.m. shotgun start. 6:30 p.m. awards dinner, casino night. Sponsor play continues Nov. 15 with breakfast, 8:15 a.m. shotgun start, luncheon. Westin Innisbrook Resort, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. $250 (includes cart, lunch, awards dinner, prizes). (813) 258-6430.

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HOLIDAY HOPE: Benefits ASAP Homeless Services. Cocktails, buffet dinner, silent auction, entertainment by Doc Rock. 6:30-10 p.m. Private home. $75. 823-5665.
DINING FOR THE ARTS: Benefits LiveArts Peninsula Foundation. Private residence. 565-0196.

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ALL THAT JAZZ: Speakeasy party benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. Dinner, dancing, silent auction, entertainment. Black tie optional, Roaring Twenties attire. 6:30 p.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. $85. 894-9394.
LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE CROSS DAY SCHOOL BENEFIT: Eighth annual fundraiser features tropical theme, live and silent auctions. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
WALK-A-THON: All Children's Hospital Guild, Beach Branch, event held in conjunction with Bay Pines Lutheran Church. 392-6929.

DECEMBER

3
MRS. SANTA LUNCHEON, FASHION SHOW: 40th anniversary All Children's Hospital Guild, Beach Branch. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. 360-4637.

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LOVE LIGHTS: Arts, crafts, Santa visit, tree lighting, celebration of various faiths, religious readings, caroling, refreshments. 5:30 p.m. St. Anthony's Hospital main entrance, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. 825-1086.
BUILD YOUR OWN GINGERBREAD HOUSE EVENT: Benefits the American Red Cross. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa, St. Pete Beach. $75. 898-3111.

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HOLIDAY KITCHEN, PATIO TOUR: Florida Orchestra Guild. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40. 360-6862.
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARC: League to Aid Retarded Children (LARC) event benefits Pinellas Association for Retarded Children (PARC). 9 a.m.-4 p.m. South Straub Park, Beach Drive at Fourth Avenue S, St. Petersburg. 546-2515.

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HOLIDAY PARTY: Museum of History Guild event. 7 p.m. 893-9394.
MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE: Third annual GFWC St. Petersburg Woman's Club event. 1-3 p.m. 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. $25 per house. Reservations accepted through Nov. 24. 526-3972.
HOLIDAY PUPPET SHOW: GFWC St. Petersburg Woman's Club event features Ron Brown Puppets Plus. 3 p.m. 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Adults free; children $5 (payable at door). 528-2270.
HOLIDAY TASTE AND TOUR: St. Petersburg Area Association of Bed and Breakfast Inns event benefits St. Petersburg Tennis Center's First Serve program. Self-guided tours through nine holiday decorated homes, food from area restaurants. 3-8 p.m. $15. 742-5751; www.spaabbi.com

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KRINGLE MINGLE: Florida Orchestra Guild event. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 894-7543.

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BOLEY ANGELS CHRISTMAS BRUNCH: 11:30 a.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. $30. 821-4819; 367-3353.

10
CROSS OF LORRAINE SOCIETY HOLIDAY PARTY: Benefits American Lung Association of Gulfcoast Florida. Private home. 866-0925; 865-0623.
JINGLE BELL RUN: 21st annual family fun walk/run to benefit clients of Boley Centers for Behavioral Health Care, rehabilitation agency for the disabled and disadvantaged. 7:30 p.m. St. Petersburg Pier, Second Avenue NE. Advance registration: $15 adults, $10 children. Race night registration $18 adults, $12 children. 821-4819.
DECK THE WALLS: Les Fauves, Gulf Coast Museum of Art's young professionals group, event features works by artists from the museum's collection, store. Lessons in handmade Christmas cards, ornaments and gingerbread houses. Live music, appetizers, cocktails. 6-9 p.m. Museum galleries, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. Members free; nonmembers $5. 518-6833, ext. 206.

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PEACE BREAKFAST: Benefits Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA). Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Reservations accepted through Dec. 5. 895-4912, ext. 114.

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BASEBALL CELEBRATION: Tour of Baseball as America, National Baseball Hall of Fame traveling exhibition featuring more than 500 items from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. 6 p.m. Florida International Museum, 100 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. 822-3693.

13
HOME TOUR PREVIEW PARTY: Tour for homeowners, committee members, Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association board members, volunteers; holiday party. 6-8 p.m., caravan tour; 8-10:30 p.m., preview party. 14

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CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES: Sixth annual event features decorated homes in Old Northeast. 3-9 p.m. $10 advance; $15 at door. 821-3711.
LOVE LIGHTS A TREE: Sword of Hope, American Cancer Society event. 5-8 p.m. Hilton St. Petersburg, 333 First St. S. 526-4849; 319-8488.

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ST. PETERSBURG DEBUTANTE BALL: 8 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. By invitation.

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FIRST NIGHT ST. PETERSBURG: 5:30 p.m.-midnight. 20 locations in downtown St. Petersburg. $8 advance, $10 at door, adults; $5 children; under 6 free. 823-8906.
TRAVEL ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS: Florida Orchestra New Year's eve gala offers cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, four-course dinner, dancing to music by the full orchestra. Black tie. 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $500 (tax-deductible amount $350) and $350 (tax-deductible amount $200). (813) 286-1170 ext. 318.

JANUARY

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HUMANITARIAN AWARD RECEPTION: Honors Women 'N' Tune nominees for Tampa Bay Research Institute Humanitarian Award. Tampa Bay Research Institute, 10900 Roosevelt Blvd., St. Petersburg. 5:30 p.m. Free. 576-6675; (813) 948-3344.

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KEEPERS OF THE GATE LUNCHEON: Sixth annual event to benefit breast cancer research. Noon. Private home. $1,000. 367-2706; 866-9032.

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CHIHULY PREMIERE GALA: Stuart Society of Museum of Fine Arts event opens Chihuly Across Florida: Masterworks in Glass. Exhibition viewing, cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auction. Black tie. 6:30 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $185. 866-0925; 360-6418.

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MUSICAL CHAIRS DINNER: Annual event organized by the Zodiac Group of the Salvador Dali Museum. Multicourse meal, new table companions at each course. 823-3767, ext. 3024. 24

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ART FESTIVAL BETH-EL: 31st annual event. Purchase award patron reception, 1-4 p.m. (minimum $500 art purchase); sponsors and benefactors reception, 6-10 p.m. Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $20. Continues Sunday and Monday. Free to public. 347-6136.

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EINSTEIN ON WINE: Wine, food tasting benefits Kids in Charge at MOSI. 400 wines, more than 80 vintners, 20 restaurants. 6-9 p.m. MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $50. (813) 987-6100.

FEBRUARY

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PUPPY LOVE BENEFIT: Pet Pal Rescue fundraiser features buffet dinner, silent and live auctions. 7 p.m. Sun Pavilion, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $50. 576-4867. 6

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POETIC JUSTICE: Benefits Operation PAR. Dinner, dancing, Big Band music. Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $150. 545-7564.
SUNRISE AWARDS LUNCHEON: Suncoast Center for Community Mental Health event. Noon. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. 327-7656 ext. 238.

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CHARITY BALL: 73rd annual event has Cruisin' the '50s theme, benefits All Children's Hospital. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 347-6288.

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FASHION SHOW, LUNCHEON: Boys & Girls Clubs Guild event. 11 a.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. $45. 822-7571.

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AFTERNOON OF NOSTALGIA: All Children's Hospital Guild, Beach branch, event features music, movies of yesteryear. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. 360-4408.

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FASHION PROMENADE: Women's Service League event recognizes best-groomed men and women in St. Petersburg. Luncheon, fashions from Dana Buchman. 11 a.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. $40. 866-0202.

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MARDI GRAS ON THE BEACH: Benefits Pinellas Association of Retarded Children (PARC). Wine Cellar Restaurant, 17307 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach. 345-9111, ext. 293.

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LUNCHEON, FASHION SHOW: Sword of Hope, American Cancer Society event. 343-9509.

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LUNCHEON, FASHION SHOW: All Children's Hospital Guild, St. Petersburg Branch, event. 11 a.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. $40. 821-2612.
THE GREAT PARTY: Benefits Great Explorations, the Children's Museum.
QUEEN OF HEARTS BALL: Benefits Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Southeastern Guide Dogs. 6:30 p.m. Hilton St. Petersburg, 333 First St. S. $95. 894-8484.

MARCH

1
RED CROSS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Benefits Tampa Bay Chapter, American Red Cross. Noon. Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., Dade City. $1,000 foursome (includes lunch, refreshments, awards). (813) 348-4820, ext. 869.

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LUNCHEON, FASHION SHOW: Infinity event features fashions from Coplon's, benefits CASA, Brookwood, Help A Child. 11 a.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. 522-2742.

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SPRING FUNDRAISER, FASHION SHOW: Women's Chamber of Commerce, Greater Gulf Beaches, event. 11 a.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. 343-0223.

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DESIGNERS SHOWHOUSE GALA: Florida Orchestra Guild St. Petersburg's 40th anniversary event. Cocktails, buffet dinner, auction, showhouse viewing.
ZODIAC COCKTAIL PARTY: Sponsored by Zodiac Group of the Salvador Dali Museum. 7:30-11 p.m. Dancing, hors d'oeuvres, libations. Cocktail or surreal attire. $50 museum members, $60 nonmembers. 823-3767, ext. 3024.
NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS: Gala to benefit Shorecrest Preparatory School. 6:30 p.m. 522-2111, ext. 107. Location: Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

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ST. PETERSBURG CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL TOUR OF HOMES: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20. 345-3221.
CENTENNIAL DALI BENEFIT: Celebrates artist Salvador Dali's centennial year. Dine among the art works at the Dali Museum. Black tie. 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. 823-3767, ext. 3024.

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BATTLE OF THE MINDS: Second annual benefit for St. Petersburg Free Clinic features hors d'oeuvres, dinner, silent auction, interactive game show. 6:30 p.m. Hilton St. Petersburg, 333 First St. S. 821-1200.

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ART IN BLOOM: Preview party presented by the Stuart Society of the Museum of Fine Arts opens weeklong festival celebrating art, gardening and floral arranging. Cocktail buffet, floral interpretations, Dale Chihuly exhibition. 7 p.m. Marly Room, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Art in Bloom continues through March 20. 823-1593.
GOLF FOR GIRLS: GFWC St. Petersburg Woman's Club how-to clinic benefits clubhouse preservation fund. 9 a.m.-noon. Mangrove Bay Golf Course, 875 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $20. 895-2506.

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY LUNCHEON, CARD PARTY: St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary event also features entertainment. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. 520-0286.

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HUMANITARIAN AWARD DINNER: Benefit for Tampa Bay Research Institute. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 6:30 p.m. $150. 576-6675, ext. 140; (813) 948-3344.
DAISY AWARD FASHION SHOW, LUNCHEON: 33rd annual event sponsored by Clearwater Community Woman's Club. 11 a.m. Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St. 394-2229.

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GARDEN PARTY LUNCHEON: Art in Bloom luncheon, program presented by the Stuart Society benefits the Museum of Fine Arts. 10:30 a.m. Sunset Vinoy Ballroom, 600 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. 823-1593.

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WOMEN'S BEGINNER GOLF TOURNAMENT: GFWC ST. Petersburg Woman's Club event benefits clubhouse preservation fund. 9 a.m. Cypress Links at Mangrove Bay, 875 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $20 walk, $25 ride. 895-2506.
ART IN THE GARDENS: Art in Bloom event presented by the Stuart Society to benefit the Museum of Fine Arts; features tours of gardens along Coffee Pot Boulevard and artists at work. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 823-5140.
CASINO NIGHT: League to Aid Retarded Children (LARC) event benefits Pinellas Association of Retarded Children. 6:30 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres, beverages, casino games, silent and live auctions. Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place. $25. 544-5949; 392-4400.
ABILITIES WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: Abilities Foundation benefit features 500 wines, 40 restaurants, 400 auction items. 6 p.m. VIP reception; 7 p.m. tasting. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. $150 VIP. $50 grand tasting till Feb. 15, $60 thereafter, $70 at door. 538-7370, ext. 345; www.abilitiesfoundation.com

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CHINESE AUCTION, LUNCHEON: All Children's Hospital, Beach Branch, event. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Carrabba's Italian Grill, 3530 Tyrone Blvd., St. Petersburg. 392-6929.

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CANTERBURY SPRING GALA: Dinner, live and silent auctions benefit Canterbury School of Florida. 7 p.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. $75. 521-6201, ext. 39.
BIKER BALL: Inaugural benefit for A Brighter Day. Live band, dancing, cocktails, appetizers, motorcycle drawing, auction. Pinellas Expo Hall, 10601 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. $40. 381-5103. 27

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20th ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON: Cross of Lorraine Society celebration benefits American Lung Association of Gulfcoast Florida. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. 866-0925.
PROGRESSIVE ADVENTURE III: Benefit for Arts Center educational programming features hors d'oeuvres at the center, gourmet dining, dessert and music in private homes of four collectors. $150. Reservations required. 822-7872.
M*A*S*H BALL: Fourth annual benefit for Tampa Bay Chapter, American Red Cross features dancing, dining, auction. Medical, military attire appropriate. 6:30 p.m. A La Carte Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa. $150. (813) 348-4820, ext. 869.

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FESTIVAL OF STATES LUNCHEON, FASHION SHOW, CARD PARTY: Women's Chamber of Commerce event. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. $35. 821-8006.

APRIL

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FESTIVAL OF STATES CORONATION BALL: Sungoddess, Mr. or Ms. Sun announced. Dinner, dancing sponsored by Suncoasters of St. Petersburg. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 898-3654.

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PINELLAS HEART BALL: Heart Association benefit features dining, dancing, live and silent auctions. 570-8809.
STARS GALA: 14th annual event benefits Sun Coast Hospital Foundation. 6 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Cocktails, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions. Black tie. $200. 586-7119.

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LUNCHEON, FASHION SHOW: Garden Club of St. Petersburg event. 11:30 a.m. Garden Center, 500 Park St. S. Reservations accepted until April 8; 360-7817.

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STAR POWER: Pinellas Auxiliary of the Children's Home event features Broadway-style fashion show and bay area celebrity models with clothing from Georgette's, Old Hyde Park Village, Tampa. Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $50. 576-6424.

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GREAT CHEFS OF TAMPA BAY: Sixth annual fundraiser for Family Resources features silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, appetizers prepared by chefs, community leaders. 6-9:30 p.m. Private home. $125. 550-4000.
AN EVENING OF WIZARDRY AND ILLUSION: Benefits R'Club Child Care. 8 p.m.-midnight. Private home. 578-5437.

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SPRING BONNET TEA: GFWC St. Petersburg Woman's Club event. 2-4 p.m. Hats encouraged. 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. $10. 217-4370.

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MINI LUNCHEON, CARD PARTY: All Children's Hospital Guild, Beach Branch, event features a variety of card games, dominoes, board games. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place, Treasure Island. 367-0030.
CASA AMIGAS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Benefits domestic abuse victims. Bayou Club, 7979 Bayou Club Blvd., Largo. Reservations accepted through April 12. 895-4912, ext. 114.

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FLORIDA ORCHESTRA GUILD LUNCHEON: Installation of officers. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. 821-9392.
SALUTE TO PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANTS: St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary event. Noon-1:30 p.m. Renaissance Vinoy Sunset Ballroom, 600 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. 593-1190.

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BOLEY ANGELS SPRING TEA: 2-4 p.m. 360-8685.

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MEDALLION GALA: Third annual fundraiser benefiting cancer care at St. Anthony's Health Care. Dinner, dancing, silent auction. Black tie. 7 p.m. Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $150. 825-1629.

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A BRIGHTER DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Eighth annual fundraiser. 1:30 p.m. shotgun start; four-person scramble. Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, 6300 Pasadena Point Blvd. S, St Petersburg. $100 (includes dinner). 381-5103.
MASKED BALL FOR ACADEMY PREP CENTER FOR EDUCATION: 322-0800 ext. 2104.
STORYBOOK BALL: Fifth annual gala has Aladdin theme, benefits Ronald McDonald houses in St. Petersburg, Tampa. 6 p.m.-midnight. Dinner, dancing, silent auction. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $200. (813) 258-6430.

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ANNUAL MEETING, INSTALLATION: Boys & Girls Club Guild event. Orange Blossom Catering, 220 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. 11:30 a.m. 866-0925.

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SPRING BIRTHDAY PARTY, LUNCHEON: Cross of Lorraine Society of Pinellas County celebrates 20th anniversary, benefits American Lung Association of Gulfcoast Florida. 11:30 a.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. 866-0925; 360-8685.

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CASA PEACE LUNCHEON: Benefits victims of domestic violence. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. Reservations accepted through April 22. 895-4912.

MAY

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MATTHEW HALL MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Eight O'Clock Theatre of Largo. 7:30 a.m. check-in; 8 a.m. shotgun scramble. $75 per player; $300 per foursome (includes greens fee, cart, prizes, luncheon, beverage). 586-3292.
STARS ON THE BAY: Third annual event benefits Mahaffey Theater Foundation. Entertainment, cocktails, dinner, silent auction. Cocktail attire. 7-11 p.m. Mahaffey Theater at the Bayfront Center, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 892-5710.

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ANNUAL MEETING, INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS: Sword of Hope, American Cancer Society. 11:30 a.m. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. 343-9509.

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SHORECREST PREPARATORY SCHOOL: Ninth annual golf and tennis tournament hosted by Shorecrest Alumni Association. Tennis (morning), golf (afternoon), luncheon, post-tournament poolside reception. $100 golf; $40 tennis; $10 reception only. Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club, 6025 Sun Blvd., St. Petersburg. $100 golf; $40 tennis; $10 reception only. 522-2111, ext.114.

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CLOWNING FOR KIDS: Seventh annual event benefits children's programs of Watson Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Carnival games, arts and crafts, clowns, free vision screening. Noon-4 p.m. Pinellas ParkSide Mall, 7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. 544-4433 ext. 235.

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STUART SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING, INSTALLATION: 10 a.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE. 360-6418.

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