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© St. Petersburg Times,
published October 28, 2001
Do you know beans? Enter Downtown's chili cookoff
ST. PETERSBURG -- If you think your chili is the hottest (or the coolest) in town, now is your chance to prove it. Members of the North Downtown Neighborhood Association welcome another opportunity to eat and greet with their third annual chili cookoff, 4 p.m. Saturday at Mirror Lake Park Recreation Center, 559 Mirror Lake Drive (Third Avenue N, west of Fifth Street N).
Co-sponsors include the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, the St. Petersburg Chess Club, the Ballet Society and St. Petersburg Preservation. When chili connoisseurs aren't sampling the fare, they can play croquet, chess or racquetball. The event is open to the public.
Anyone interested in entering the contest should call Marty Williams, 826-4438, to register. Bring your own crock pot. Those who attend but don't enter the cookoff are invited to bring a salad, bread, or desserts to share.
Time is running short for applications to the CONA Neighborhood Leadership Program. Sponsored by the Council of Neighborhood Associations, the crash course in local government and civic involvement is open to all. Meeting sites include City Hall, the police station, Bayfront Medical Center (including the rooftop helipad), and the St. Petersburg Times among others.
The class will meet 7-9 Monday nights, every other week from January through April. The $50 fee covers course materials.
Ray Arsenault, a University of South Florida professor and St. Petersburg historian, returns to lead a bus tour of the city, a highlight of previous years. For information, contact Theresa McEachern at 823-6390.
The Lakewood Estates Teen Council wants to scare people for Halloween, but in a safe way. According to Community Police Officer Richard Grimberg, "It's the only event I know of providing this kind of outlet for the south side of the city."
The Haunted Halloween Trail begins at the Boyd Hill Nature Park campground, 2900 31st St. S, and runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The brave can wander among six darkened cabins, then emerge for refreshments and stories around a fireplace.
"If parents are reluctant to allow their kids to go door to door, this is certainly a safe alternative," Grimberg said.
Historic Kenwood's Bungalowfest is Saturday, with tours through the neighborhood's cottages. Tours begin at Seminole Park, 29th Street and Third Avenue N.
The Eden Isle Civic Association is hosting a Halloween party for residents at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Hosts are Tom and Lori Hendry, 100 Eden Isle Drive NE.
EUCLID-ST.PAUL: 7:30 p.m. Thursday. St. Paul's Catholic Church school, 1900 12th St. N. Representative from the Audubon Society.
NORTH DOWNTOWN: 7 p.m. Thursday. The Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N. Traffic, Engineering and Stormwater Assistant Director Angelo Rao.
SNELL ISLE: 7:30 p.m. Thursday (7 p.m. social). St. Petersburg Woman's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd.