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Art show to feature French-Canadian painter

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 20, 2001

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. today 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 Friday through Sunday at the Uhuru House, 1245 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

The convention runs from 6-10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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.

YMCA offers new facility for membership info

The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg has opened an information trailer at the new site, 3200 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

Special promotional joiner rates will be available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information call (727) 895-9622 or visit the Web site at

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