DANCE FOR PLANTS Fundraiser for Gulfport Community Garden

DANCE FOR PLANTS is a Swing & Zydeco dance to benefit the Gulfport Community Garden with music from DJ Jim Hance. Plant inspired attire is welcomed.

The second annual Dance for Plants to benefit the Gulfport Community Garden will be held at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom on Friday, March 10.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. There will be a silent raffle featuring items by local artisans & businesses. Mangia Gourmet will have their delicious, healthy food available for purchase.

There is no partner needed for dancing, and at 7 PM Sharon Stern will give a Zydeco dance lesson. From 8 to 11 DJ Jim Hance will be spinning a great variety of Swing, Zydeco and other tunes for dancing.

The Gulfport Casino vintage grand ballroom is smoke free and provides a full cash bar. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the following Gulfport locations: The Gulfport Casino 5500 Shore Blvd., The Beach Bazaar 3115 Beach Blvd., & Mangia Gourmet 2930 Beach Blvd.

The garden is also proud to announce that they will be featured on the Sustainable Agricultural Collision (SUAC) Tour February 25 from 9 a.m. – 1p.m. and the Pink Flamingo Tour of the Garden District on March 4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The garden’s mission is to grow and share food and knowledge for our community and each other in an open, creative, and supportive environment. For more more information on this event, please contact George Zarillo at 845-242-7452.

Gulfport Library is Accepting Donations

The Gulfport Library is seeking donations of new and nearly new books and other resources in very good condition.  Fiction and non-fiction titles, magazines (less than one year old), and DVDs can be donated.  Sorry, but encyclopedias, old magazines, catalogs, and textbooks over 3 years old are not accepted. All donations become the property of the Gulfport Library.  Donations which are not added to the library collection will be given to the Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library for sale in the Circle Bookshop.   All proceeds from the bookshop benefit the programs and acquisitions of the Gulfport Library.  For a complete copy of the library donation policy, please go to .

Show Your Stuff at the Annual Gulfport Chili Cookoff on March 19

It’s time to polish your best tastebud-tingling chili recipe and sign up for your chance to win top honors at the annual Gulfport Chili Cookoff coming to the Historic Gulfport Casino on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Home cooks and professionals are invited to compete in this family friendly event for medals and cash prizes.

Officially titled The 2nd Annual Artsy Phartsy Chili Cookoff & Salsa Showoff, the spicy food & music fest is brought to Gulfport by the same dynamic duo that organized the local Industrial Strength Chili Cookoff for four years. Lynn and Amy, the chili cookoff team, expect this year’s turnout will be Gulfport’s greatest ever with up to 25 unique chili & salsa tasting set-ups. Percentage of event admission will support Gulfport’s local non-profit organization, Limbo Chihuahuas & Chihuahua Mix Rescue. We are also inviting any of Gulfport Artists to set up at the event- call us for details.

Cash and medals will be awarded to the winning chili and salsa cooks. The top prize is $100 for Best Chili and $100 for Best Salsa bragging rights. There will be a People’s Choice winner who will receive cash via popular vote. Contestants are asked to register early since space is limited to only 25 entries. Early registration is $25 per contestant until March 10, 2017 ($35 after March 10, 2017). Artistic Gulfport bohemian-style booth decorations are encouraged for extra points in judging.

This will be a hot, hot, hot — fun, fun, fun event that is all family friendly. Admission includes all the championship chili and savory salsa you can eat until it runs out! There will be lots of room for dancing to live music by a local dynamic band, TBA.

Cookoff details, registration and tickets are available online now. General admission tickets at the door will be $10 at for adults (age 12 & up) and $5 for kids.

Corporate sponsorships are also available. For information, call 727-289-9365 or visit the official website at

Sign Up Now for Gulfport’s City Wide Garage Sale

Gulfport residents, we know you got stuff!  Sign up for the permit free bi-annual City of Gulfport City Wide Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, March 18 (rain date, Sunday, March 19). Do not miss this incredible opportunity to have your Gulfport address on the brochure for added visibility for free. The City of Gulfport is now accepting addresses to be added to this year’s City Wide Yard Sale brochure.  Deadline to sign up is Friday, March 10th  in order to make print deadline. Please, one address per registration.
“How do I register?” you may ask.  The easiest way is to go to and fill out the web form and hit submit. Other options are to email Gail Biron at with your Gulfport address (You will receive confirmation via email). For those who do not have internet, you can also fill out a form at City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S. or the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
For those who are unable to have their own yard sale (live in an apartment, condo or out of town), Most Holy Name’s expansive parking is conveniently located at 5800 15th Avenue South and will be listed of the city brochure. The lot offers two parking spaces per vehicle for only $10, cash only. Electricity or tables will not be provided. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged. Most Holy Name will offer hamburgers, hot dogs, water and soda for sale. All proceeds from space reservations and food sales benefit the church. To reserve your space, please call the parish office at 727-347-9989 or Chris McNally at 727-642-2280.
So it’s time for spring cleaning cash and to have fun at the same time!  Get your address on the brochure today! A kind and generous THANK YOU goes out the Gabber and Olympus Printing for co-sponsoring this community bi-annual event. For more information, please call Gail Biron at 727-893-1118.

Pink Flamingo Home Tour 2017

Do you love kitsch? If you do, don’t miss the annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Homes March 4th highlighting the best of eclectic Gulfport. The annual fundraiser for the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, its been a grand spring tradition since the 1990s.Each year, the Tour focuses on a different neighborhood to make it easy for walkers and bikers to enjoy the  community event.

This year, the tour begins with  registration at the Tomlinson Park, 55th and Tangerine Avenue in Gulfport. The tour is situated on a level route of less than 2 miles. There’s also trolley and bus service from 11 am to 5 pm and is provided free for those who are unable to walk the route. Guests walk at their own pace and may visit the homes in any order.  All visitors will be provided with a tour book containing a map, which will show the scheduled trolley stops and the homes open for viewing. In addition to the tour, some of the event sponsors offer specials in their ads for enjoying Gulfport fun before or after the tour.

The event organizers take great pride hunting for the right mix of homes and its a huge honor to be included in this whimsical home tour. Homes may be selected because they are very small, very large, very colorful, absolutely gorgeous, original, newly renovated or just “out there”. You’ll be amazed at the wonderful garden spaces and backyard retreats. Whether you are thinking of paving your backyard, creating a lush oasis with water features or raising chickens, you can see it all on the tour. With “tiny” homes being all the rage, there’s even one on the 2017 tour. For those who have always wanted to know what the Blueberry Patch is all about, this is your opportunity as it will be on the tour from 11 am to 5 pm.

Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of event. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the Gulfport Welcome Center or Beach Bazaar, both of which are located in downtown Gulfport on Beach Blvd.

Article by Karen Love

For more information on the Pink Flamingo Home Tour, contact Karen Love at or 770-497-1139.

Tiny Marta by Joseph Godinho – Sanctuary Tiny Homes Tiny Marta was inspired by one core belief: that beauty and simplicity can exist  simultaneously and in perfect harmony. With its open layout, soothing neutral  colors, clean stainless appliances and touches of wood to  connect you with nature, you will feel you are in a much larger home despite its mere 24 feet in length. Marta boasts one large sleeping loft surrounded by windows and outfitted with a full size bed custom shelving and storage solutions to keep life’s necessities organized and out of sight. The bathroom, accessible through a custom barn door contains a full shower stall, sink, composting toilet, and built in shelves to hold toiletries. Marta’s kitchen is truly one of a kind…offering tremendous cooking space, a stainless stove,  refrigerator, two burner cook top and full size sink. Every week some of us watch Tiny Houses on HGTV. “Could you actually live in one?” asks Patricia Dunham, a Gulfport-based business consultant with a true love for the Tiny house movement. You might ask, what’s the big attraction?  “People are realizing they’d prefer to spend time with loved ones, traveling, hobbies or on community  activities, rather than working to support a big house, high  utility bills, property taxes, insurance, a large rental or  mortgage payment and maintenance. Many know we have way too much stuff. e are  working to pay for things which, in many cases, we don’t use.

In addition to touring some of Gulfport’s wonderfully eclectic, funky homes, You will actually have the chance to tour a tiny house at the Pink Flamingo Home Tour on  Saturday, March 4, 11 am –  5 pm, sponsored by the Gulf-port Chamber of Commerce.” Be sure to stop in, say “Hello,” and tour the lovely, Tiny Marta, and “get some of your Tiny House questions answered.” For more, email or call 407.865.2744 •

Adopt-an-Artist C.J. Cona Joins The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk

Meet our Adopt-An-Artist, C.J. Cona, sponsored by Mangia Gourmet! C.J. is not only a fabulous artist, but teaches others how to hone their skills as well. Raised in New York, C.J. is a new Gulfport resident and is ready to share her sense of wonder with us all. She has two specialties: animal portraits using Swiss Crayon and found object assemblages. Come see C.J. and experience her spontaneity and energy.

On the first Friday of each month, you can visit Beach Boulevard in Gulfport for the fun and fantastic Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk! The event features art from several different perspectives. There are paintings, sculptures, photographs and even fanciful art created from upcycled items. That’s only part of what we exhibit. You can also find hand-crafted jewelry, self-designed and handmade clothing, accessories and bath & body products. There’s something for everyone!

When it comes to music, we’ve got you covered. There are several venues throughout the Waterfront District that host live bands, so you have your choice of who to listen to, or you can jump around and hear it all.

On top of all of that, downtown Gulfport features many unique shops, boutiques and galleries with charm you will only find here.  With over a dozen great restaurants, you are certain to find something that fits your taste, and it’s all within walking distance of all the evening’s festivities. Don’t miss out on your chance to eat at one of the foremost dining destinations in the Tampa Bay Area.

There is no charge for admission and complimentary parking is available nearby, with courtesy trolley rides available from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are pet and family friendly. We can’t wait to see you there.

Vendor information can be found at For general information, follow us on Facebook at, visit us at or call 727-322-5217.

Who: Gulfport Merchants Association
What: Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk
When: Friday, February 3, 2017; 6PM to 10PM
Where: Near 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707
Admission Fee: none

ulfport’s Get Rescued: Adoptables, Critter Costumes & Doppelgangers

The animals are going to claim the streets of downtown Gulfport as their own for three big events. As part of the 13th Annual Gulfport’s Get Rescued event, these wonderful showcases are a must-see for any animal lover. 100% of the events net proceeds are donated back to animal rescue. It’s an event we can ALL get into!

Grab your doggie doppelgänger and head on over to Reef Dog at 11:00 AM for the pet/owner look-a-like contest. Did someone really say that, after a certain amount of time, we start to look like our pets, or they start to look like us? We’re soon to find out! Don your Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dog best and enter!

The Adoptable Pet Parade at 12:00 PM will showcase furry friends of all sizes, shapes and colors. Fetch your new best friend as you watch some of the most adorable and adoptable animals strut their stuff!

Leash up your pet for the critter costume contest and see how your pal stacks up to the pack for cuteness and creativity! If your fur baby loves the spotlight, this “claws-tume” contest at 1:00 PM is for them (and you!). The pet who gets the loudest barks and howls is the winner!

The event is hosted by the non-profit Gulfport Merchant’s Association on February 25, 2017, from 10am to 6pm. Located near 3101 Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport, FL 33707, we are pet and family friendly with complimentary admission, parking and trolley rides. Visit us at for the most up to date information, or contact SIK Promotions, Inc., 727-322-5217/

Volunteers Needed for Gulfport’s Get Rescued

The 13th Annual Gulfport’s Get Rescued, the animal rescue festival and fundraiser, is preparing for its event to take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10am to 6pm. We have lots of volunteer positions to fill, including barricade set-up/security, vendor set-up, donation monitor, and other event duties.

Each year, thousands of attendees, many accompanied by their own furry companions, make their way to Gulfport to participate in what has become a beloved tradition. Please consider taking a few hours out of your day to help out at one of the largest animal rescue events in the state. Shifts are four hours and our furry friends will certainly appreciate it.

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The City of Gulfport MLK Day Registration is Now Open

An appropriate way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is through service and volunteering in our communities.  Dr. King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and economic opportunity for all.  He challenged us to build a more perfect union and taught us that everyone has a role to play.
On Saturday, January 14, 2017, Gulfport residents will step up to serve as volunteers at our Annual MLK “Day of Service.”
Volunteers will work at a variety of service projects throughout this area, joining hundreds of thousands of Americans across the United States.
The City of Gulfport’s Day of Service leverages the strength of our citizens, focusing on areas of need affecting members of our community.
Together we will be ready to get out and serve!
For more information, please contact 727-893-1118.

Opportunities for Giving in Gulfport this Holiday Season

operation-santaOperation Santa Helping needy children in Gulfport
For 25 years, Gulfport Police Department employees have sponsored a program called “Operation Santa” in which toys are donated to needy children that live in the City of Gulfport. Operation Santa has always been very successful in part due to the contributions we receive, we would again like to ask you for your help in the form of donations, i.e. monetary, new unwrapped toys, and gift cards. Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. If you have any question call 727-893-1097 and leave a message and someone will return your call.

holiday-hooplaGulfport Senior Center Food Drive Helping needy seniors in Gulfport

Stop by the Senior Center at 5501 27th Ave. S. or Gulfport City Hall at 2401 53rd St. S. from November 18 – December 18 to drop off in date Non-perishables or donate $10 (in a sealed envelope with your name to pay for a senior holiday meal. See larger flyer.
Holiday Hoopla Donation baskets throughout for Seniors 
December 10, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Look for the special donation baskets created by Gulfport Teen Council.