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John Levique Days this weekend

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA
Published June 8, 2005


MADEIRA BEACH - John Levique Days will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday with nearly 100 pirates invading John's Pass Village on Saturday at noon.

The weekend's events include a free Hurricane Party from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the VFW, 12901 Gulf Blvd., and a costume ball, gaming tournaments at FunExpress, entertainment and food.

Information about hurricane preparation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Community Emergency Response Teams, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be available during the event.

The event also will feature a Pirates Parade, a Pirate Sea Battle and Invasion, a children's treasure hunt, a Pirates and Wenches Costume Ball and a Yu-Gi-OH! tournament. Florida Blood Services will be on hand to accept donations Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call Suzanne King or Kathleen McDole at 393-8230.

Belleair Beach

The North Beaches Branch YMCA will offer Kiddie Sports, a summer experience for children ages 3 and 4 at Belleair Beach City Hall park Mondays from Monday 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 Gulfport Recreation Center is accepting resident registration applications for this year's Summer Program that runs through July 29. Registration hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. Summer Camp is available for children who have completed kindergarten through age 14. Registration packets are available at the Recreation Center or on the Internet www.ci.gulfport.fl.us follow links to City Departments, Leisure Services, Rec Center. For more information, call 893-1068.

Indian Rocks Beach

--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 according to age group and ability. New this summer are classes in snorkeling, which are available for children ages 6 to 12. A noncompetitive swim club for the same age group meets weekly through October. To register, call the YMCA at 595-5610.

--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 6.

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 Sumi-ie/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.

--The YMCA is offering 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 Thursday through 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.

--The fourth annual Retirement of the Flags Ceremony will be observed at the Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve on Gulf Boulevard on Tuesday at noon.

The city-sponsored ceremony honorably retires worn and tattered flags. The Clearwater Chapter of Military Officers Association of America will organize the event, and VFW Post 10094 will provide an honor guard to transport these flags to a place where they will be destroyed by fire.

The city will provide a lunch of hot dogs and drinks. Last year 2,000 flags were collected. Worn and tattered flags may be dropped off at Indian Rocks Beach City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd., at the VFW Post 10094, 14288 Walsingham Road in Largo, or at the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District, 304 First Ave., Indian Rocks Beach. For more information, call Victor Wood at 593-3573 or Jim Ford at 595-4260.

St. Pete Beach

--The Gulf Coast Community Cares Adopt-A-Grandchild program will host an open house today from 10 a.m. to noon at the St. Petersburg Beach Library, 365 73rd Ave. The program organizes adult volunteer mentors to work with at-risk children from two to four hours a week for up to one year. Light refreshments will be provided, and staffers will provide a summary of the program activities. Orientation, training and support will be provided. For more information, call Adopt-A-Grandchild at 538-7460 (Beverly at ext. 3041, or Jennifer at ext. 3013).

--The monthly Saturday Stroll on Cool Classic Corey will be held Saturday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will offer free live musical entertainment, the opportunity to dine at one of Corey Avenue's fine restaurants, romantic star and planet gazing, along with late-evening shopping at some of the shops on Corey. Guests can top off the evening with a movie at the Beach Theatre. Music will include the acoustic beach tunes of Rob Pardo, and an acoustical performance by Jeff Barnes, offering "Forty Years of Top 40."

Members of the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club will share their high-powered telescopes and knowledge of the skies in the 300 block of Corey Avenue. Observers will view craters on the moon, as well as Saturn and an eclipse shadow of Jupiter's large moon, Io, at 9 p.m. For more information, call 363-7808 or 360-2953.

South Pasadena

The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay will offer Brunch and Learn with Sheryl Gibson from Keller Williams Realty at 10 a.m. Friday. Gibson will discuss preparing your home for sale and how to increase your home's sales appeal.

Complimentary refreshments are provided. The Fountains is at 1255 Pasadena Ave. S. Valet parking is available or park in a visitor spot and enter at the main entrance. For more information or to make a reservation, call 347-2169.

Treasure Island

The Treasure Island Open Air Market is moving 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. until noon.

The Market offers fresh vegetables, baked goods, prepared foods, arts, crafts and collectibles. 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 e-mailed 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.