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Notebook: Downtown to come alive for second After Six event

By MEAGHAN FORBES
Published December 9, 2005


DOWNTOWN - The second Downtown After Six event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at 17 downtown venues, including the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Theatre, Lucky Dill and Spain Restaurant.

The networking event is a collaborative effort by 29 organizations devoted to raising awareness of young professional groups while promoting downtown businesses.

Call (727) 488-7429 for information.

Winter art exhibit to open in "beer can' building

DOWNTOWN - The Rivergate Tower Winter '05 Art Exhibit opens from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the building known as the beer can at Ashley Drive and Kennedy Boulevard.

The exhibit features the work of more than 30 artists. The free event will include beer, wine and refreshments. For information, call (813) 626-8738.

Santa Pub Crawl tonight starts at Gaspar's Grotto

YBOR CITY - The fifth annual Santa Pub Crawl begins at 6:30 p.m. today at Gaspar's Grotto, 1805 E Seventh Ave.

The event, sponsored by Tampa Charities, provides toys for children of Central City Family YMCA and funds for Meals on Wheels of Tampa.

Festivities start at Gaspar's Grotto and will move to different venues throughout the evening to raise funds. Participants are encouraged to wear holiday costumes.

For information, call 962-3220 or visit www.santapubcrawl.com

Project Return to sponsor holiday art sale fundraiser

TAMPA - Project Return, a charitable organization that provides educational, vocational and supportive housing services to those experiencing mental illness, is sponsoring a holiday art sale from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Lobby Gallery, 304 W Waters Ave.

Original paintings, drawings, photography and ceramics by Project Return artists will be featured. Sale items range from $5 to $120 and will benefit the art program and artist. For information, call 933-9020.

Beach Park holiday event to feature Plant High band

BEACH PARK - The Beach Park Homeowners Association will host its annual holiday event in the park at 7 p.m. Monday at Swann Circle Park, between Lois Avenue and West Shore Boulevard.

The Plant High School band will perform under the direction of John Sinibaldi. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Call 289-3137 for information.

Brandon Ballet to perform "Nutcracker' this weekend

DOWNTOWN - Looking for local Nutcracker performances this holiday season? Brandon Ballet will perform its annual production of The Nutcracker this weekend at Blake High School.

Community members will participate as extras.

Shows are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12, $20 and $25 and can be purchased at the door or at the Dance Center in Brandon, 161 E Bloomingdale Ave. Call 684-4282 for more information.

Churches join to produce two "Messiah' concerts

SOUTH TAMPA - In a joint effort to commemorate the Christmas season, Bayshore Baptist and Hyde Park United Methodist churches will host two Handel's Messiah concerts this weekend featuring soloists, an orchestra and choirs from each church.

Saturday's concert begins at 4 p.m. at Bayshore Baptist, 3111 W Morrison Ave. Sunday's concert is at 5 p.m. at Hyde Park United Methodist, 500 W Platt St.

Admission is free, and child care will be provided. For information, call 253-5388.

Architects group hosting gallery open house today

DOWNTOWN - The American Institute of Architects will host a gallery open house from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the AIA Tampa Bay chapter headquarters, 200 N Tampa St., Suite 100.

Holiday appetizers and drinks will be served as patrons view an exhibition of abstract aluminum sculpture.

The event is free and open to the public.

Dance Project open house to feature several artists

CHANNEL DISTRICT - Bring your tango dancing shoes to an open house at the Dance Project Inc., 204 N 12th St., from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The open house will include copper and bronze by Davis Murphy, jewelry by Anneliese Meier, painting and prints by Terry and Dori Klaaren, and ironwork by Dan King. Call 221-1042 for information.

Arts Ybor vows that sale is a sure bet for holidays

YBOR CITY - Not finding all your holiday needs at the mall? Arts Ybor is sponsoring a holiday art market from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Gaspar's Grotto, 1805 E Seventh Ave.

Organizers promise the market is a way to finish holiday shopping without the crowd of the mall.

The event features handbags and original canvas art by Katy Alderman. Cocktails will be served. Visit www.artsybor.com for information.

WCI Communities gives to aquarium stage, show

CHANNEL DISTRICT - WCI Communities donated $30,000 to the Florida Aquarium on Nov. 30 for the Sea Stage and a new show called Professor Finn Is Hooked on Fish.

The show, which includes goats, porcupines, rats, snakes and dogs, is meant to teach children about the similarities between animals and increase their knowledge and appreciation for a diverse group of animals.