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Beaches notebook

Gulfport strawberry fest to benefit public art fund

Published February 8, 2006

GULFPORT - "The Elegant Alternative" annual Gulfport Strawberry Festival will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. The city's Public Arts Advisory Committee sponsors the event to benefit the city's public art fund.

A dessert social with piano accompaniment by Oliver Norden is from 7 to 8 p.m. The 18-piece Village Band will provide dance music from 8 to 11 p.m.

The night also will include dance performances by the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dance Association. Admission is $15. Tickets are available at the Casino Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call 893-1070.


Florida Art Village Courtyard Fresh Market is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Market items include fresh produce, natural products, flowers, live plants, baked goods and seafood. Live entertainment is featured each week. Vendors and entertainers are needed.

For information, call Annie at 528-2575 or send an e-mail to

Indian Rocks Beach

The second annual WinterFest on the Rocks will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St. (behind Guppy's Restaurant).

The community event, co-sponsored by Calvary Episcopal Church and the North Beaches Branch YMCA, will feature food and beer, a play area for kids, live entertainment, games, a silent auction and raffles including large cash prizes.

Proceeds will benefit the YMCA and the local church outreach ministries. The entire block will be closed for the day.

More than 40 arts and crafts vendors are expected to display their wares. Vendor fees are $35 for a 10- by 10-foot space or two spaces for $65. The patriotic children's parade begins at 10 a.m.

Kids can dress up a bicycle, wagon or themselves and join in the parade. For information, call Tyna Westman at 517-3972.

Indian Rocks Beach

Voters will be able to meet and hear from mayoral and commission candidates at 6:30 p.m. March 2 at the City Hall auditorium, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd.

The candidates will be available to talk with voters from 6:30 to 7 p.m. A formal candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters begins at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Indian Rocks Beach Home Owners Association. For information, call Wendy Carmody at 595-5704.

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Applications are available for the 29th annual Beauty and the Beach Arts and Crafts Show, which is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 1 in Kolb Park.

The event is cosponsored by the Beach Art Center, the city of Indian Rocks Beach and the Pinellas County Arts Council. Artists and crafters who would like to apply can call 596-4331, e-mail or visit the Beach Art Center at 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. next to City Hall.

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The North Beaches YMCA offers Pilates and yoga classes in the mornings and evenings at Calvary Episcopal Church and Church of the Isles in Indian Rocks Beach, and at Indian Shores Town Hall.

The YMCA also offers art classes throughout February in Indian Shores. For information and to receive two guest passes and a free T-shirt, call the YMCA at 595-5610, or stop at the YMCA office at 500 Second St. in Indian Rocks Beach.

Belleair Beach

Social bridge is at 1 p.m. every Thursday until April at City Hall, 444 Causeway Blvd. Bring a partner or one will be provided. For information, call Nora Harvey at 733-7138.

Indian Shores

Women's Club Bingo will be held Monday nights through March at the Indian Shores Town Hall auditorium, 19305 Gulf Blvd.

Early Birds start at 7 p.m.; regular bingo starts at 7:30. No one younger than 18 is allowed in the hall. For information, call Jane at 501-0614.

North Redington Beach

The Doubletree Beach Resort, the former Hilton Hotel at 17120 Gulf Blvd., will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for residents to view the new "Hemingway Meets Bogart" furnishings and design. For information, call 391-4000.

St. Pete Beach

Island Festival VI seeks artists to help promote south Gulf Beaches' cultural activities and organizations. The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 11 in Pass-a-Grille Park. Thirty spaces will be available for artists who must live in the south Gulf Beaches or be a member of the Treasure Island Art Guild or Suntan Art Center.

The event will feature exhibitors, musicians, theater presentations, historical tours and authors. The entry fee is $25 (nonrefundable). Registration at the Suntan Art Center, 139 107th Ave., Treasure Island, will close Feb. 24. For information, call 367-3818.

Tierra Verde

A Manitoulin Island Reunion will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Fort De Soto North Beach Shelter 7. Guests should bring lunch, games and musical instruments. Fort De Soto is at 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. For information, call Russ Conley at 501-0340.

Treasure Island

The Sunset Beach Civic Association will meet for an "Italian Nite" on Monday at the Treasure Island Community Center. The evening will begin with a social at 6:30 p.m., and an Italian-style dinner begins at 7. The menu includes garlic bread and salad, ziti and meatballs with marinara sauce, and ice cream with a cookie. There will be live music and door prizes. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children.

For advance tickets, contact Kim Driscoll at 360-7939 ( Steve Gingrich at 244-1673 ( or Joel Cohen at 363-0977 ( Tickets also will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Treasure Islette's will sponsor a Trash and Treasures Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place (behind Walgreens). Proceeds will go toward scholarships and other community programs. For information or to donate items, call Carol Lee 360-9181.

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The Treasure Island Beautification Committee will celebrate Arbor Day by giving away Florida slash pines and Florida red cedars to city residents. The annual tree giveaway will be at 1 p.m. March 6 at the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place.

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

[Last modified February 8, 2006, 01:15:22]

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