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City Presents "This is my city:  St. Pete Stories" - A Community Conversation October 13, 6 to 8 p.m

St. Petersburg, FL (October 5, 2015) – Mayor Rick Kriseman and the City of St. Petersburg invite you to join us for "This is my city:  St Pete Stories," on Tuesday, October 13, 6 to 8 p.m. at Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth Street North.  This will be the last in a series of four popular and innovative community conversations.

Come to see professional actors present the real life stories of neighbors from all around the city. Stay to meet the original storytellers and have a conversation about our unique experiences of living in St. Petersburg.  "These kinds of stories help to inspire us and they're recorded history," one participant concluded after the first event at the SPC Allstate Center. "We are now listening with our hearts. St. Pete is a place that is going to be even greater because of that." People who attended the third event at the Lake Vista Recreation Center heard:

  • The story of a 43-year-old man who spent 20 years in prison. He now directs a nonprofit that helps young men avoid his fate.
  • An immigrant from Bosnia, who challenged the audience to prevent our city from becoming divided along racial or religious lines as her home country had become.
  • A young father, born in Puerto Rico, who spoke of his dream for his daughter to become a citizen of the world, and to feel connections to people who look different from her.

These stories are the reason participants respond to This is my city: St Pete Stories with "awesome, powerful, excellent...moving and inspiring....great stories, great personalities," and " We need more events like this!"

The October 13 program, free and open to the public, will again feature the stories of community members, and provide time for people to talk in small, facilitated groups. This time, people are invited to stay for a light dinner to celebrate the end of the series. 

Organizers request that people pre-register online at https://stpetestories4.eventbrite.com to reserve a space. There will also be registration at the door. Sunken Gardens is wheelchair accessible and the program will be ASL interpreted. 

“Everyone in our community has a story to share, said Mayor Kriseman. "These special stories highlight our differences and our similarities, 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, and Communication Research Enterprises. 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.

See you October 13 at 6 p.m. at Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N. for "This is my city:  St. Pete Stories." 

Contact:  Dr. Lillian Dunlap, Lillian@yourrealstories.org; 727-432-1602

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