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published October 31, 2001

Madeira Beach

The fifth annual Veterans Day Boat Parade will take place Nov. 10 in Madeira Beach and Treasure Island.

The event is sponsored by American Legion posts in both cities and the Elks Lodge in Madeira Beach.

Boaters will line up for the parade, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. behind Elks Lodge 1912, 14111 E Parsley Drive in Madeira Beach. It will travel to John's Pass and into the Isle of Palms neighborhood in Treasure Island.

The boats also will pass the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines, where parade participants will sound their horns for veterans.

The parade should end at about 1:30 p.m. near its starting point.

Good spots for viewing the parade include John's Pass, American Legion Post 273 in Madeira Beach, Elks Lodge 1912 in Madeira Beach, and the channel between Isle of Palms and Isle of Capri in Treasure Island.

For more information, contact Don Graham at 360-9899 or Leroy White at 392-1991. Entry forms can be picked up at the sponsoring American Legion posts or Elks Lodge, or at the Madeira Beach Publix.

Prize money is available.

St. Pete Beach

An informal "celebration of life" service will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday in honor of former Mayor Ron McKenney.

The service will be held at St. Pete Beach City Hall. The public is invited.

McKenney, 67, died Oct. 18 following a brief hospital stay. He was a city commissioner in the 1970s and 1980s and a mayor in the 1980s and 1990s. He stepped down as mayor in March 2000.


The Gulfport Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Antique Valuation Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Senior Center.

The event is a fundraiser benefiting chamber projects, events and ongoing efforts. Antique experts Jeffrey and Katrina Hess of Hess Fine Arts in St. Petersburg will be available to accurately value items.

Each participant is limited to three items and is responsible for loading and unloading the items. Tickets for the event will be sold at the door.

For more information, call the chamber at (727) 344-3711.

Gulfport's Art Village will celebrate its eighth year of Gallery Walks on Friday with a return of some of the original artists and their work, as well as entertainment and refreshments.

The village, south of 28th Avenue on Beach Boulevard S, holds a Gallery Walk on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. Shop owners open their doors, and music is played as visitors and shoppers stroll through the district.

The original works of Bill and Nan Griffin, Lynne Brown, Roger Turner and David and Cora Kent will be displayed, and the artists will be available for questions and comments in the various shops.

The city's Public Arts Advisory Committee is seeking proposals from artists for a permanent public art display at the Catherine A. Hickman Theater of Gulfport, 5501 27th Ave. S.

The theme is the "Spirit of Arts in Gulfport." The committee is seeking proposals for the placement of a design for the corner area east of the main entrance to the theater.

Suggested media include ceramic and mosaic tiles appropriate for a seating area. Other materials are welcome. The media must be able to withstand the elements, including but not limited to rain and the heat of the summer sun.

The exterior area is not supervised or enclosed, so durability is essential.

The artist must describe how the public art will be affixed or placed in this area and what enhancements or furnishings the artist may wish to have in proximity to the artwork.

The budget for the public art display is $4,250. The budget shall provide for a completed piece of art, including all materials, labor and installation.

Each artist must provide six sets of their proposal.

The submission should consist of a one-page typewritten description of the proposed sculptures and a drawing or series of up to four drawings (no larger than 8 by 11 inches).

The written description must specify the proposed size and media.

Proposals are due no later than 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Proposals can be mailed or dropped off in care of Paula Cohen, City of Gulfport, 2401 53rd St., Gulfport, FL 33707.

For questions, call Cohen at 893-1067.

Indian Rocks Beach

The Beach Art Center is sponsoring Chalk Walk 2001, an event patterned after traditional Italian street painting that dates to the 16th century.

The Chalk Walk will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 on Bay Palm Boulevard. The event will include regional, local and student artists, but individuals and families with no art training also are welcome to participate.

Artists' pastels will be used to create the street art. To obtain an artist's application to participate, call the Beach Art Center at 596-4331. There is no charge to artists participating in the event.

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

Treasure Island

The Sunset Beach Civic Association will host a discussion on revisions to the land development regulations Monday. City Planner Lynn Rosetti will speak.

Food and drinks will be served at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting at 7 p.m. For more information, call Rhonda Anderson at 360-5599.

Anyone who cannot attend the meeting can also e-mail suggestions to Rosetti at

The Twilight Concert Series for 2001-2002 begins Sunday with the Clam Bayou Jazz Band, 3-5 p.m. at the Treasure Island Community Center, One Park Place, Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. The twilight concerts, held on Sunday afternoons, are free and open to the public. The concerts continue through April 21. For information, call the recreation department at 547-4575.

The Paradise Island neighborhood's annual garage sale is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Maps will be passed out at the entrance to the island. Paradise Island is north of 107th Avenue. For more information, call Julie Burch at 367-8791.

-- Compiled by Times staff writer Amy Wimmer and correspondent Kathy Saunders. To submit an item for the Beaches Notebook, e-mail

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