Volunteers needed to help build oyster bars and reefs

Published February 14, 2007

Tampa Bay Watch is seeking hands-on volunteers to help build oyster reefs and oyster bars along shorelines in Pinellas. The oyster reefs and bars restore lost ecosystems in the bay by creating habitat and improving water quality through natural biological filtration.

Volunteers can pitch in for one or several work days. Volunteers should plan on getting wet, doing some heavy lifting.

When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today. Contact Tampa Bay Watch for upcoming dates.

Where: Tampa Bay Watch, 3000 Pinellas Bay Way S., Tierra Verde

Info: Contact Alexis, 867-8166 or visit the Web site: http:// www.tampabaywatch.org/


Event benefits animals

The annual Get Rescued event, a fundraiser to benefit local animal rescue groups, will host a wine tasting Saturday. The event features wines from local vintners and a silent auction, with items ranging from wine baskets and resort hotel stays to hockey tickets and fine cigars. Entertainment will include performances by a quintet from the FloriMezzo Orchestra, Maurizio Venturini, bassoonist with the Florida Orchestra, and opera singers Ralph and Catherine Bassett accompanied by pianist David Matthews. Tickets are $15 per person.

When: 6-8 p.m. Saturday.

Where: The Garden of the Sea Breeze Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast, 5701 Shore Blvd., Gulfport

Info: Tickets may be purchased at Reef Dog Gifts and Grooming, 2820 Beach Blvd., Gulfport, or e-mail No1Ringmaster@aol.com or check out the Web site: http://www.daretorescue.com/getrescuedevent.html

Adults can learn to sail

The Boca Ciega Yacht Club will offer adult sailing classes beginning in March. Classes will meet five Wednesday evenings as well as four three-hour weekend sessions when participants will practice theories learned in the classroom. The cost of $140 per student includes all classroom materials. Preregistration is required. The Boca Ciega Yacht Club is a nonprofit sailing club that promotes sailing activities throughout Pinellas County. Information: Shirley MacVean at 410-4707


Bingo supports troops

The public is invited to the weekly bingo game at the Indian Shores municipal auditorium. Cash prizes range from $40 to $100 each week. Proceeds support the Indian Shores Women's Club Support the Troops care package project.

When: 7 p.m. every Monday through the month of March.

Where: Indian Shores town hall auditorium, 19305 Gulf Blvd.

Info: Marlene Clausen at 596-3401.


Meeting follows dinner

The Redington Beach Winter Pot Luck Dinner, sponsored by the Redington Beach Property Owners Association, is set for next Thursday.

Residents of Redington Beach are invited to attend. Bring a dish to share. The group's quarterly business meeting will follow.

When: 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22.

Where: Assembly Room of the Redington Beach Town Hall, 17425 Gulf Blvd.

Info: E-mail rbpoa@tampabay .rr.com or call Paul Warren at 394-8976.


Celebrate art show

The Beach Art Center's 29th annual Watercolor Show is on exhibit through March 17. The juried show will be judged by Jill Hoffman-Kowal of Sarasota. Watercolorists are welcome to submit work. The public is invited to this weekend's opening reception.

What: The Beach Art Center's 29th annual Watercolor Show opening reception

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Where: The Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, next to City Hall.

Info: Phone 596-4331 or visit online http://beachartcenter.org/.

The Beaches Neighborhood Notebook is compiled by Times correspondent Lorrie Lykins. E-mail news to SPTimes listings@yahoo.com or mail it to Lorrie Lykins, P.O. Box 4954, Seminole, FL 33775. Deadline for inclusion Wednesday is the previous Friday.