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City Presents "St. Pete Stories" August 27

St. Petersburg, FL (August 13, 2015) – People are raving about the new kind of community conversation that local residents are having. Everyone’s invited to see for themselves at the next "This is my city:  St. Pete Stories" on Thursday, August 27, 6 to 8 p.m., at Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Avenue South.

This is the third of four events highlighting the real life stories of citizens from all around the city and engaging people in conversations about their unique experience of St. Pete. People who attended the second event at the J.W. Cate Recreation Center saw professional actors present the stories of a successful local Latino business owner, who overcame tremendous odds; a local African American pharmacist whose dissatisfaction with public schools pushed her and her husband to send their two children to private schools; a white high school dropout who struggled to fit in, traveled the world then chose to come back to St. Pete.

"These kinds of stories help to inspire us and they're recorded history," one participant concluded after the first event. "We are now listening with our hearts. St. Pete is a place that is going to be even more great because of that."

The August 27 program will again feature the stories of community members and provide time for people to talk in facilitated small groups. Mayor Rick Kriseman stated, “Everyone in our community has a story to share and it’s important that we share those unique stories with one another. These special stories highlight our differences, which we should celebrate in a meaningful way. After all, they are what make our families, neighborhoods, communities and our city so remarkable.”

"This is my city:  St. Pete Stories" is part of a larger City of St. Petersburg "Inclusion and Sensitivity" initiative headed by two area diversity consultants: Competency & Performance Solutions, a Tampa firm, and Communication Research Enterprises based here in St. Petersburg. Your Real Stories, a non-profit expert in the power of narrative in communities is producing the events. The City of St Petersburg is the presenting sponsor.

Each community conversation event is free and open to the public. All venues are wheelchair accessible and all programs will be ASL interpreted. The fourth and final one is scheduled for October 13 at Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N. 

Organizers request that you pre-register online at https://stpetestories3.eventbrite.com to reserve a space. There will also be registration at the door. See you August 27 at 6 p.m. at Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Avenue South for "This is my city:  St. Pete Stories." 

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