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On the town

By MARY JANE PARK, Times Staff Writer
Published December 16, 2007



The first of several fundraisers for next year's Sunscreen Film Festival took guests to the Snell Arcade condominium of Stan and Cindy Heitman, who have renovated the third-floor restaurant space known to previous generations as Spanish Bob's, then Jezebel's.

Tony Armer is executive director of the festival, which is a project of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Society. The idea is to encourage filmmaking in the Tampa Bay area. The 2008 event is scheduled March 19-22.

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Santa isn't the only person making a list and checking it twice: The Queen's Court, which raises money for charities through its Queen of Hearts Ball, is accepting nominations for outstanding female community volunteers through Jan. 15.

Names submitted must be sponsored by guilds, auxiliaries or other support groups of nonprofit organizations.

For information, call 864-1338.

The court also is receiving applications from organizations that serve the St. Petersburg area to receive grants from the 2009 event.

To be eligible, charities must be listed under Section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

Applications may be obtained by calling 576-7999.

The deadline for submission is Feb 1.

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St. Petersburg High School's Class of 1958 plans its 50th reunion May 2 and 3 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. Organizers hope that alumni who are home for the holidays will see this information and plan to attend.

There's a Web site,, and the chief contact people are Saranan McCuneLauck (e-mail telephone 384-4447) and Gretchen Tobin Lennon (e-mail telephone 367-8775).

The cost for the weekend is $125 per person.


For the 45th year, St. Petersburg's Christmas Belles treated multitudes of guests who filled several sleighs' worth of gifts for the Christmas Toy Shop.

The see-and-be-seen event is a popular holiday mixer that this year was held in the home of Johanna and Kalju Nekvasil.

Belles work for months planning every detail, including the menu, and they put countless hours into preparing tiny sandwiches, sweets and other delicious morsels served at the party.

It's a huge team that includes Mary Wyatt Allen, Marion Ballard, Lynn Cox, Liz Curry, Tina Douglass, Dawn Fisher, Ashley Gairing, Kally Harvard, Rosemary Hempel, Susan Hicks, Judy Holland, Shannon Knowlton, Anne Long, Laurie Lowe, Evelyn Moorefield, Glenn Mosby, Lynell Owen, Carol Piper, Nancy Rutland, Iris Salzer, Betty Shamas, Judy Stanton and Patsy Wheeler.

Santa, wearing sunglasses, looked quite buff, perhaps because of all the heavy lifting involved with stacking the gifts brought to the party for beneficiaries of the Toy Shop. In any case, someone whispered that he looked like a close relative of Cary Putrino, who usually is busy as regional president of Lydian Bank & Trust. Nice to have that connection with the Chief Elf.

[Last modified December 15, 2007, 21:46:06]

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