Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N. www.stpete.org/coliseum or 727-892-5202. The historic Coliseum, built in 1924, opens its fine oak dance floor ballroom to everything from ballroom dancing to corporate functions. The architecture and ambiance the Coliseum provides makes the facility flexible and an exciting place to host your next event.
Visual Arts, Exhibitions and Museums:
Creative Clay, Inc. Cultural Arts Center, 1124 Central Ave. www.creativeclay.org or 727-825-0515. Creative Clay's mission is to make the arts accessible for every interested member of our community regardless of age, gender, ability and/or race. Rotating exhibit of member art available to view and purchase in the gallery. Gallery Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon through Sat.
Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., 5th St. S. and Bayshore Dr. www.thedali.org or 727-823-3767. The museum houses the world's most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist. The pre-eminent American collection of Dali's work is highlighted by the museum's most recent acquisition - the large-scale masterpiece painting of Dali's wife, Gala, that morphs into a painting of Abraham Lincoln by optical illusion.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. S. www.woodsonmuseum.org or 727-323-1104. Preserves, presents and interprets African American history and promotes an understanding to help all respect and value diversity. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson, was born in1875 near New Canton VA. He was the son of former slaves. In 1907, he obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Chicago. In 1912, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. In 1915, he and friends established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. A year later, the Journal of Negro History, began quarterly publication. In 1926, Woodson proposed and launched the annual February observance of Negro History Week, which became Black History Month in 1976. It is said that he chose February for the observance because February 12th was Abraham Lincoln's birthday and February 14th was the accepted birthday of Frederick Douglass. Dr. Woodson was the founder of Associated Publishers, the founder and editor of the Negro History Bulletin, and the author of more than 30 books. His best known publication is The Mis-Education of the Negro, originally published in 1933 and still pertinent today. He died in 1950, but Dr. Woodson's scholarly legacy goes on.
- Legacy Garden Music Series. A new music series under the oaks in the Legacy Garden at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum. Ongoing series.
- I Can See Paris From Midtown. A Children's Book Club. In honor of an eight-year-old girl who was a ferocious reader, the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum will launch, "I Can See Paris From Midtown," a book club that targets children in Midtown who may be avid readers, just like Paris Whitehead-Hamilton. Ongoing series.
FloridaCraftArt, 501 Central Ave. www.floridacraftsmen.net or 727-821-7391. FloridaCraftArt's mission is to broaden the public's understanding and appreciation of fine craft art and to encourage professionalism and high aesthetic standards among Florida's craft artists. The gallery is Florida's only nonprofit exhibition and retail gallery exclusively dedicated to the fine crafts, and the state's most important craft and design destination. With over 4,000 square feet this artist showcase includes the work of more than 250 artists juried to best define and celebrate Florida's fine crafts. ArtLofts open during Gallery Walk, second Saturday Monthly
Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S. www.flholocaustmuseum.org or 727-820-0100. Honors the memory of the innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. Dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.
History, Heritage and Hope including an original boxcar from Nazi-occupied Poland.
Great Explorations the Houghton-Wagman Children's Museum.
1925 4th St. N. www.greatexplorations.org or 727-821-8992. (located adjacent to Sunken Gardens). A haven for the imagination for all ages. Build a race car, make a pizza, be a computer animator, sail a vessel, pretend to be a fireman or a pet vet and play in the I Construct tree house. Be creative, make discovers, learn something new and have fun. Help A Child Resource Center.
Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave. www.moreanartscenter.org or 727-822-7872. Inspires and educates the community with the creation of contemporary visual art. gallery exhibits feature local, regional, national and international artists. Wide variety of studio art classes are available. New Hot Shop and glass gallery located at the Morean and the Morean Art Center for Clay is located at the Train Station, 420 22nd St. S.
- Hot Shop tours and glass blowing demostrations at the Morean.
- The Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center, 400 Beach Dr. www.moreanartscenter.org The Chihuly Collection is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly's unique artwork in a magnificent 10,000 square foot setting designed by award -winning architect Albert Alfonso. The Collection is located on the city's waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg on 400 Beach Drive. This presentation is unique as it is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose. Designed so that the art and architecture work together to create a visitor experience unlike any other exhibition of Chihuly's art. The Collection is marked at the entrance by an iconic 20 foot sculpture created especially for the site.
Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. N.E. www.fine-arts.org or 727-896-2667. The only museum to offer a comprehensive art collection, extending from antiquity to the present day, on Florida's west coast. Features more than 4,600 objects, stellar French Impressionist paintings, an exquisite Steuben glass gallery, significant works by Monet, Renoir and O'Keeffe and African, Asian, pre-Columbian, and Native American objects.
St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd Ave. N.E. www.spmoh.org or 727-894-1052. Collects, preserves and presents St. Petersburg's history with exhibits about the world's first airline, St. Petersburg neighborhoods and heritage groups. As St. Petersburg's oldest museum, the Museum of History is pleased to collect, preserve and communicate the history and heritage of Florida with emphasis on St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Peninsula. Come Explore Today!
American Stage Theatre Company, 163 3rd St. N. www.americanstage.org or 727-823-7529. Enjoy an intimate performance in a brand new state of the art building in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. School tours, performance classes, summer camps and costume rentals are offered.
freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave. www.freefalltheatre.com or 727-498-5205. Presenting a varied range of classical and new works that are bold, daring, and diverse. The works will presented in ways that invite, entertain, and challenge the audience.
The Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 5th Ave. N. www.mypalladium.org or 727-822-3590. A community center for the performing arts and cultural organizations. Built in 1925the Hough Concert Hall has 880 seats.
The Mahaffey, Duke Energy Center for the Arts. 400 1st St. S. www.themahaffey.com or 727-892-5767. Bringing entertainment and culture to the community, St. Petersburg's cultural jewel on the bay. An intimate 2,030-seat performing arts center located in the heart of downtown, The newly renovated facility hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances - Broadway, classical, pop, rock, comedy, dance, affordable family theater - and hosts The Florida Orchestra. Breathtaking ballroom spaces and dramatic lobby areas overlooking the Tampa Bay waterfront are available for private events.
St. Petersburg Opera. Venues around the county and The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College. 727-823-2040 or www.stpeteopera.org Presenting fully staged professional opera productions of the highest quality, and making opera accessible to present and future audiences through community outreach, educational initiatives, and collaboration with other arts organizations.
St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S. www.spcitytheatre.org or 727-866-1973. Florida's oldest continuously operating community theater. The intimate Lobby Gallery is home to select collections of local artists.
The Studio @ 620, 620 1st Ave. N. www.studioat620.org or 727-895-6620. A creative venue that focuses on multi-cultural events that explore history, visual arts, crafts, music, poetry, theater, film, dance and dialogue.
The Royal Theatre, 1011 22nd St. S. 727-327-6556. www.bgcsun.org Historic Midtown St. Petersburg's premier performing and cultural arts center. Boys and Girls Club.
Nature and Science:
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve / Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, 1101 Country Club Way S. www.stpete.org/boyd or 727-893-7326. Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tues. to Fri. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This 245-acre park features more than three miles of trails, boardwalks and tram tours that lead visitors through hardwood hammocks, sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, willow marsh and lakeshore and is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. An aviary is home to many permanently injured birds of prey. The Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center provides interpretive programming on a variety of environmental and natural history topics, a gift shop, and the "The Ripple Effect", a dramatic exhibit that showcases Boyd Hill's distinct ecosystems.
- Tram Tours, Tues. through Fri. 1 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.
- Jungle Boogie, Wed., 11:15 a.m. Nature activities for children ages 3 to 5.
- Bird Walk, first Sat. 8 a.m.
- Night Hike, third Tues. (8 p.m. June to Oct.; 7 p.m. Nov. to May).
- Nature Walk,third Wed. 3 p.m. and third Sat. 10:30 a.m.
The Education Innovation Center / Science Center of Pinellas, 7701 22nd Ave. N. www.sciencecenterofpinellas.com or 727-384-0027. Planetarium shows. To inspire, motivate and stimulate innovative thinking in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math, and career development for K-12 students; enhancing their lives through instruction, hands-on, and experiential education delivered through partnerships with schools, corporations, universities, and community.
Where Knowledge + Imagination = Fun. Featuring self-guided tours, planetarium shows, 600-gallon Marine Touch Tank, Wetlands exhibit, Animal Room with over 30 species of animals, 16th Century Indian Village, discoveries by African American scientists, inventors and astronauts. Offers pre-school, teen and adult programs and classes.
- The Animal Room is home to small mammals, birds and reptiles.
- African American Scientists & Inventors Exhibit: Highlighting African American scientific achievers from slavery through the present, this exhibit focuses on contributions these scientists made to our everyday lives.
- "Sawgrass" and "Cypress", American Alligators, can be seen in their habitat.
- The Spirit of Columbia Theater & Planetarium features a state of the art Minolta MediaGlobe projector. This high-powered machine transports children, adults and visitors to the outer realms of space and beyond.
- Carol Samuels Observatory: The observatory features a powerful Meade 16-inch telescope. The St. Petersburg Astronomy Club, in cooperation with the Center, opens the observatory to the public throughout the year.
- Marine Room: Featuring a 600-gallon Marine Touch Tank, the Margaret Ewell Dickins marine exhibit includes over ten species of marine life.
- Replica of 16th Century Native American Village: Step back in time and learn about 16th Century Florida natives, how these early people lived, worked and socialized in this area.
- White Gardens and Mosaic Walk of The States: The White Gardens was the vision of Sarley M. White, Chairman of the Board of the former National Bank. The gardens include a Walk of States featuring mosaics depicting the bird, flower and shape of each state in the order of its admission into the union. Stones representing each state are also part of the display.
Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N. www.sunkengardens.org or 727-551-3100. Mon. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sun. noon to 4:30 p.m. A botanical experience with four acres of tropical forest, winding trails, flowing waterways, wedding lawn, and flamingos.
- Guided tours, horticultural presentations, classes, workshops, and special events.
- Horticultural Presentations, Sat. 11:30 a.m. Free with admission or as noted. Call for dates and topics.
Weedon Island Preserve / Cultural & Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Dr. N.E. www.weedonislandcenter.org or 727-453-6500. Center Hours: Thurs. to Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Preserve & Hiking Trails: Open throughout the week 7 a.m. to 15 minutes before sunset . Features 3,164 acres of historic parkland situated along Old Tampa Bay. Fishing pier, 45-foot high observation tower, 6,600 feet of accessible boardwalk, two self-guided paddling trails, hiking trails, picnic area and canoe-kayak launch. Programs and exhibits feature natural Florida, plein air artists, nature photographers, owls, sea birds, archaeology and more. Explore weedon night life, guided night hikes, guided canoe tours and public archaeology days.
Ongoing Activities - City of St. Petersburg, Florida:
St. Petersburg Public Library System. www.splibraries.org or 727-893-7724. Adult and children programs, lectures, movies, author talks, Teen Scene, computer classes, preschool activities and many more programs.
St. Petersburg Parks. www.stpete.org/parks or 727-893-7335. "It Starts In Parks" 137 parks on approximately 2,300 acres of public land is dedicated to parks and recreation including a seven mile preserved waterfront, a botancial garden, a palm arboretum, skate parks, nature preserves, beaches and the 47-mile Pinellas Trail.
St. Petersburg Recreation Department. www.stpete.org/recreation or 727 -893-7441. St. Petersburg's Recreation Department is committed to offering all citizens quality, diversified recreation opportunities, utilizing caring and highly trained staff in a variety of attractive, safe and well maintained facilities. Activities include: art, dance, music, playcamps, sporting activities, therapeutic fitness, TASCO, swimming, golf, community and senior programs and many more.
AWAPS Pancake Breakfast. Albert Whitted Airport terminal, The Hangar Restaurant, First Sat. monthly, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Albert Whitted Airport Preservation Society invites you to fly-in or drive-in for a monthly breakfast. Absolutely Wonderful Amazing Pancakes and Syrup. $10 adults, $2 children. Become an AWAPS member to support the future growth of the airport and your first breakfast is on us. Programs include the Albert Whitted Airport Park "Walk Way" brick program, airport tours, welcome bags and the Young Eagles. www.awaps.org or 727-822-1532.
Fearless Fridays. J. W. Cate Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N. Fri. (during the school year), 7 to 10:30 p.m. Students grades 2 to 5 are invited to play games like smashball, hockey, soccer, basketball, arena football and more. Live DJ plays selective music for dance contests and dance room games. Concessions available. 727-893-7751.
First Friday Get Downtown Music Series. Central Ave. between 2nd St. & 3rd St. First Fri. monthly. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Festive street party with live jazz music and vendors. Sponsored by Breakfast Optimist Club. www.firstfridaystpete.com or 727-393-3597.
Gallery Walk. Second Sat. monthly at participating galleries. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Take a Walk on the Art Side. Enjoy an evening of visual art and see what's new at downtown galleries, meet artists and gallery owners. Downtown Arts Association. Free. www.artsstpete.org
Historic Tours. November through April. www.stpetepreservation.org or 727-824-7802 message and events line. All tours start downtown at 243 Central Ave. and last approximately 2 1/4 hours. Reservations are requested but not required.
Kids & Kubs 3/4-Century Softball League. North Shore Ball Park, 701 North Shore Drive N.E. Games 3 days a week, Nov. through early April. Active seniors ages 75 and up play softball. Call for information and gamedays. 727-893-7108.
Sailing Alternatives Community Sailing. St. Petersburg Sailing Center, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 1st Ave. S.E. and the waterfront. Pleasure sailing access for physically disabled sailors in the community. Call for activities. www.sailingalternatives.com, 888-746-7974 or 727-893-7899.
St. Pete Shuffle. St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. Fri., 7 to 11 p.m. A hip twist on an old game with music, art and fun for all ages. Equipment provided. www.stpeteshuffle.com or 727-822-2083.
St. Pete Thunder Wheelchair Basketball. Practices and home games at various city recreation centers. 727-893-7899.
St. Petersburg Bicycle Club. North Shore Pool south parking lot, 901 North Shore Drive N.E. Rides Sat., 8 a.m. Special activities include Spring Classic, club socials, holiday party and more. Call for activities. 727-568-0958.
St. Petersburg Chess Club. 540 4th Ave. N. Mon., Wed. and Fri., 1 to 5 p.m. and Fri. evening, 7 to 11 p.m. Chess play for amateurs and professionals. Call for activities. www.stpetersburgchessclub.com or 727-822-1171.
St. Petersburg Lawn Bowling Club. 536 4th Ave. N. Mon., Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 15 to April. 727-347-2770.
Tampa Bay Rays. Major League Baseball at Tropicana Field. April through Oct. Tickets available at Tropicana Field, The Rays Dugout Store and Ticketmaster. www.raysbaseball.com or 888-FAN-RAYS.
Tampa Bay Thunder Water Polo. North Shore Pool. 901 N. Shore Dr. N.E., www.thunderwaterpolo.com, 727-459-7688, 727-893-7727.
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