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© St. Petersburg Times, published May 16, 2001

Art show to feature French-Canadian painter

ST. PETE BEACH -- The St. Pete Beach Art Institute May Art Show will feature French-Canadian portrait and floral painter Marie Bonenfant.

Bonenfant had recent shows in Toronto and Quebec. She will present a varied selection of floral paintings for the St. Pete Beach show. Other artists who are members of the art institute also will display their paintings in the gallery.

The St. Pete Beach Art Institute, formerly known as the Suntan Art Center, is at 3300 Gulf Blvd.

Fashion show, luncheon to benefit epileptics

The Suncoast Epilepsy Association presents its sixth annual "Pearls of the SEA Luncheon, Fashion Show and Silent Auction" beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at St. Petersburg Bayfront Hilton, 333 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Proceeds will benefit needy people with epilepsy in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Tickets are $40 per person. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call the association at 546-2856.

Uhuru Movement to hold convention

The National People's Democratic Uhuru Movement's annual national convention, themed "Disenfranchised but Not Defeated: Black History in the Making," will be held May 25-27 at the Uhuru House, 1245 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The convention runs from 6-10 p.m. May 25, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 26 and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 27. Workshops and panel discussions will include topics such as environmental racism, police containment vs. economic development, prisons, electoral politics, immigration and education. Hip-hop performances will accompany a panel on the role of this musical genre in the African-American community. The cost is $42 per person, and includes all three days of the convention and meals. For tickets, call 502-0575 or 821-6620.

Vendors needed for Mayfest event

The annual Mayfest Spring Clean Flea Market and Craft Sale, being held May 25 and 26, is looking for vendors. Tables are available from $25 to $50. Call 347-9989.

Alzheimer's Association to hold dinner and auction

The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will host the third annual "Memories in the Making" dinner and auction from 6-10:30 p.m. June 2 at the Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa, 25 Belleview Blvd., Clearwater.

Art created by local Alzheimer's patients will be auctioned, with proceeds to benefit research and support services, including education, counseling, and respite care.

The Tampa Bay Chapter is one of only six Alzheimer's Association chapters to participate in this program, which is designed to raise awareness and provide information about the disease. Tickets are $55 per person, $100 for patron seating, or $1000 for a benefactor's package, and may be obtained by calling (727) 578-2558 or 1-800-772-8672.

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