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Y presents kids sports program

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA
Published June 1, 2005


BELLEAIR BEACH - The North Beaches Branch YMCA will offer Kiddie Sports, a summer experience for children ages 3 and 4 at the Belleair Beach City Hall park Mondays from June 13 to July 11, and again from July 18 to Aug. 8. The cost is $20 for each child for the four-week course, which will include group games and an introduction to a variety of sports. Emphasis will be placed on noncompetitive learning and skill development. To register, call the YMCA at 595-5610.

Gulfport

The Pink Flamingo Home Tour of Boomtime Mediterranean and other period homes will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The tour, which begins at Stetson University, 1401 61st St. S, costs $10. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event. This Gulfport Chamber of Commerce fundraiser supports a variety of civic and community causes. For more information, call 344-3711 or e-mail Pinkflamingotour@aol.com

Indian Rocks Beach

Residents will celebrate the town's 50th anniversary Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, a '50s street dance will be held from 8 p.m. until midnight in front of City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. Adults can participate in a '50s Costume Contest, which will honor the best-dressed gentleman and lady for costumes reminiscent of the style of the 1950s. Music by DJ Joe Lorenzo and snacks will be provided free of charge. Beer and wine will be sold.

A Family Fun Day Ice Cream Social will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the park adjacent to the city's Historical Museum, located across from the post office on Fourth Avenue. Free ice cream cones, cake or hot dogs will be provided by the city and local civic and church groups. Entertainment include a '50s band and dance demonstrations provided by Swing Time Band and Dancers, as well as games for all ages, including bubble gum blowing and Hula Hoop contests. The Historical Museum will be open with displays of 1950s memorabilia. For more information, call 517-0404.

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Six-week sessions of Youth Swim Instruction, offered by the North Beaches Branch YMCA, is being held at the Holiday Inn Harbourside, Indian Rocks Beach. Children are divided by age group and ability. New this summer: classes in snorkeling, available for children ages 6 to 12. A non-competitive swim club for the same age group meets weekly through October. To register, call the YMCA at 595-5610.

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The Beach Art Center's Creative Arts Camp will continue until July 15. The program for children ages 7-12 will be conducted in one-week segments. A child may be enrolled for as little as one week or as many as six. Young artists will dabble in drawing, painting, sculpture, charcoal, 3-D art, papier-mache and other creative projects designed to teach the basics of fine art and have lots of summer fun. Cassandra Gordon-Harris, the Pinellas Arts Council artist-in-residence at Sexon Elementary School, is the instructor. The fee is $80 per week and a $10 materials fee. Snacks are provided. Adult art classes and studios for oil painting, independent studies, clay, watercolor, and Sumie/Suiboku are also offered through July. The classes are $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers each four weeks. For registration and more information, call 596-4331.

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The YMCA will offer a Summer Arts Program for seniors over age 55. Classes will meet Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. Sessions will be held June 9 to July 1 and from July 7 to 29. Students will learn art fundamentals such as color mixing, composition and design on Thursday and visit art museums or art centers on Friday to study the works of others. Paint, art supplies and transportation are provided. Cost is $50 a session. For more information, call the YMCA at 595-5610.

Madeira Beach

Residents interested in learning about community issues and governmental services can enroll in the Madeira Beach Citizens' Academy, a nine-week series of forums.

Registration starts today for the Citizens' Academy, which will begin on Sept. 8. Participants will learn about state, county and city governments, become aware of issues and challenges facing the community, establish community contacts, and develop a sense of shared civic responsibility. The academy will end with a roundtable discussion with the Board of Commissioners. The program is free to residents. Class size is limited to 12 and is filled on an application-received basis. Application forms due no later than Aug. 5 and additional information is available at City Hall and at www.ci.madeira-beach.fl.us

Redington Shores

The town will hold a hurricane awareness meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall. Lee Holmes, emergency management coordinator for the town, organized the event. Featured speakers will include: Wayne Sallade, director of emergency management for Charlotte County; Gary Vickers, director of emergency management for Pinellas County; Chief E.D. Williams, Indian Shores Police Department; Chief Robert Walley, Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District; Chief Ed Mullins, city of Seminole Fire and Rescue; and Dick Fletcher, chief meteorologist for Ch. 10, WTSP-TV. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentations. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 397-5538.

South Pasadena

Cabin reservations are needed for the second annual city of South Pasadena Fundraising Cruise on the new Carnival Miracle, which will sail from Tampa Oct. 30 and return Nov. 6. A block of cabins has been set aside for this fundraising cruise, but if not sold out soon will be reclaimed by the cruise line to be resold on the open market. Each cabin sold will guarantee a $150 donation to the perpetual care trust fund for the Galatea Gardens Park on Sunset Drive. The cruise is endorsed and supported by members of the HarbourSide Yacht Club. Prices start at $641.90 and includes all port charges and taxes, transportation between South Pasadena and Tampa, and more. Reservation forms are available at City Hall. For more information, call Mayor Dick Holmes at 347-4376 or Pat Siefried at Travel Beyond, 367-3737.

Treasure Island

The Treasure Island Open Air Market is relocating to the Treasure Island Community Park on 106th Ave. N at the Community Center, one block east of Gulf Boulevard. The market will be open the first and third Saturdays of June, July, and August from 8 a.m. to noon. Fresh vegetables, baked goods, prepared foods, arts, crafts, and collectibles will be available. It will reopen its full season the second Saturday of September in the T.I. Park with regular hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For vendor information, call Steve or Pat at 345-9084.

News for Neighborhood Notebook may be emailed to sheila.estrada@knology.net faxed to 398-6054, mailed to Beaches Notebook, 13472 Bellewood Ave. N, Seminole, FL 33776, or by calling Sheila Estrada at 399-9197.