Skyway Marina District Holds Third Annual May Day Race with Free Registration for Maximo Elementary Students

The Skyway Marina District will host its third annual May Day Race and Kids Dash for Cash on Saturday, May 6. The races will start and end at Ceridian, the main sponsor, and will showcase the beautiful Skyway Marina District via competitive and fun run/walks. Ceridian is located at 3201 34th Street South, St. Petersburg. Last year, proceeds from the race were donated to schools surrounding the district and district improvement projects.

This year, students from Maximo Elementary and their families will have the opportunity to participate in the race at low or no cost compliments of a sponsorship from Jeff Joyner and Associates Realtors. Students enrolled in 21st Century Learning Center’s iClass program will be provided training through their fitness program facilitated by Jump For Kids. 21st Century is an after-school program that provides extended learning opportunities in four Pinellas County Schools elementary schools. Debra Canning, coordinator of the program believes that events that bring the community, students and their families together are invaluable to the growth and success of her students.

The May Day Race event features a 5k, 10k and Kids Dash for Cash (distances range on age and ability up to 1 mile). Every participant will receive a race T-shirt and a beautiful finisher’s medal. Participants in the 5 and 10k can also compete for awards. Runners in the Kids Dash will have the opportunity to enter the cash grab machine for a chance to grab up to $100! There will be food, vendors and activities for the kids. Visit  www.active.com to register for the race and show your support.

Not interested in running or walking, but willing to help out with the event? We love volunteers and sponsors! Volunteers can register at  www.active.com or contact us at MayDayRace@yahoo.com.

This will be a fantastic event, so let’s tell everyone about it! Help us spread the word via Facebook (“May Day Race”), by telling a friend, or by bringing your whole family!

Join the community in showing your support for the Skyway Marina District! Find out more about this association at skywaymarinadistrict.org.

You won’t want to miss this fantastic event! Let’s start the summer off with some fun. See you on May 6 at Ceridian!

 

Suntan Art Center Summer Camp

Suntan Art Center, located at 3300 Gulf Blvd. on St. Pete Beach, will be hosting its 8th Annual Summer Art Camp for elementary age students with Art Instructor Linda Griffin. Ms. Griffin is a K-12 certified instructor in the Pinellas School District. Art camps give young artists the chance to have fun while exploring painting, drawing, and sculpture as well as  developing and enhancing their confidence in creative skills. Students also will work together to explore art history and the different art mediums.

  • Session 1:  “Nature’s Wonders” – June 19-23
  • Session 2:  “Explorations in Paint” – June 26-30
  • Session 3:  “Art Around the World” -July 10-14
  • Session 4:   “Printmaking: The Art of Ink” – July 17-21

All sessions are 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and cost $225. per week. To register, please call  Ms. Griffin at (727) 422-7229.

Splash Harbour Water Park Is Offering Free Admission To All Military, EMS, Nurses, Firefighters And Police Officers For The Month Of May

Today Splash Harbour Water Park announced that during the month of May they will be offering free admission to all Military, EMS, Nurses, Firefighters and Police Officers. In addition to free admission for individuals in these professions, Splash Harbour Water Park will also offer a discounted admission price of $18.95 for each member of their party. This offer will run May 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017. First responders will need to provide an ID at the time of purchase.

In response, Splash Harbour Water Park’s Marketing Communications Manager Ashleigh Crowe said, “We recognize that many of the men and women in these professions sacrifice a great deal to keep us safe. That is why military and first responder’s always get a discounted rate at the water park. During the month of May we are offering an extra special thank you to them. We hope that they will take this opportunity to enjoy a splashtacular day of fun with their friends and families.”

About Splash Harbour Water Park

Splash Harbour Water Park is located in Indian Rocks Beach, FL just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. Splash Harbour opened its doors in 2016 and has since committed to insuring that visitors enjoy a splashtacular day of fun. It is open year round, weather permitting. In the water park you will find 42 foot tall waterslides, lazy river, zero entry pool, splash zone, extra-large sundeck, private cabana’s, Iguana Falls, Cruzan Rum Shack, Snack Shack,  Key West Mining, miniature golf, game room, and so much more!

St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center Tidbits

Spring Swim Lessons at SPB Pool

Registration is going on now at The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr, for “Learn to Swim Classes” through the American Red Cross.  From three years of age and older, classes will teach proper technique and tips for safety in any water environment.  Classes are held Monday through Thursday and run in two-week sessions of 30-minute classes.  Classes are available at 5:00pm and 5:35pm.  A two-week session is only $40 for Residents of St. Pete Beach and $45 for Non Residents. For more information visit www.spbrec.com or call (727) 363-9264.

Kiwanis ‘Every Child a Swimmer’ Program

The City of St. Pete Beach is proud to announce our partnership with Kiwanis of Gulf Beaches to offer the Every Child A Swimmer program. The Kiwanis family offers the Every Child A Swimmer (ECAS) Project to Elementary School age children.  The mission of the program is to reduce the number of child deaths from drowning by teaching them water safety and swimming basics. The program runs from May 1th to May 16th with classes held Monday and Tuesday of each week and those selected will have a choice of a 6:00pm or 6:30pm class time.  Registration is limited and those interested can sign up on a first-come basis at The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, April 28th.  A parent or guardian must be present to complete paperwork and each child will be water tested at this time. For more information visit www.spbrec.com or call the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center at 727-363-9264.

Information Courtesy of the St. Pete Beach Recreation Department and the City of St. Pete Beach.

Tampa Bay Watch 2017 Summer Camps

Tampa Bay Watch announced their 2017 Summer Camp Dates on Friday, February 2017.  Online registration for Tampa Bay Watch members begins on March 6 and the public can begin to register on March 13.
Click here to visit the TBW summer camp webpage with more information and pricing.
PLEASE NOTE: Tampa Bay Watch Summer Camps fill up quickly. Sign up early to secure a spot for your kids.
For more information contact Katie Mastenbrook at(727)867-8166 x246.

Treasure Island Beach Sign Design Contest

Ahoy artists. The City of Treasure Island is hosting a design competition to create beach signs. The contest is open to everyone ages 10 and older. Help keep beaches healthy and looking good by designing a sign to help promote litter prevention. Finalists will be selected in five categories and have their art featured on one of the City’s new beach information signs.

 Best Overall
 Best Anti-Litter Message
 Best Original
 Best of ages 10 to 14 years old (at the time of submittal)
 Best of ages 15 to 18 year old (at the time of submittal)

Submission Guidelines: Clip and fill out the entry form next to this article. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form.

 The entries must be on a single sheet of 8.5” x 11” paper, landscape.
 Use white, non-glossy paper; do not laminate.
 Any art medium may be used (e.g., colored pencils, crayons, paint); however, computer graphics will not be accepted. Artwork must be hand-drawn.
 Artwork must be flat (e.g., no glued pieces or glitter) and able to be scanned.
 Avoid using brand names in the artwork.
 A description of no more than 75 words must accompany the artwork (space provided on the entry form). Label each entry on the back in pencil (marker bleeds through the artwork)

Artwork should be mailed or delivered to no later than 4 pm March 31. Beach Sign Art Contest, City of Treasure Island – City Hall 120 108th Avenue Treasure Island, FL 33706.

ONLINE REVIEW: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus XTREME in Tampa Jan. 25-29

Feld Entertainment Chairman and CEO Kenneth Feld can be very proud of the great restructuring that his daughters and co-producers Nicole and Alana Feld did with Circus XTREME, first seen here in 2015 but updated as a brand-new production of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Sadly, it will be the last production of the Circus, with Feld’s recent announcement that the show would close forever May 21 in Uniondale, NY. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups, all contributed to its demise. “There isn’t any one thing,” Feld told the Associated Press. “This has been a very difficult decision for me and for the entire family.” Feld’s late father bought the Circus from the John Ringling North family in 1967.

Kristen Michelle Wilson is the first female Ringmaster (pictured above) and the 39th overall in the 146-year history of the “The Greatest Show on Earth”. In homage to her hometown, the show opened January 13 for the first time ever in Orlando at Amway Center.

With a commanding presence and booming voice, she got excellent help from internationally famous clown couple Alex and Irina Emelin — who navigate in a “sailboat” and “tour jeep” to compete in discovering the world’s best extreme artists and performers. They also interact nicely and creatively throughout the show with the famous Ringling clown alley, led by boss clown Taylor Albin.

This year’s production is missing the famous Ringling pachyderms, retired after last year’s performances to the world-renowned Ringling Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk County.  

Among the standout acts that more than make up for the loss:

Tiger trainer Tabayara “Taba” Maluendo from Chile faces 14 Bengal tigers, with such stunts as a first-ever 14-tiger laydown, sit-up and hind-leg stand-up waving their paws; four tiger rollover; four tiger sit-up on four others; a seven-tiger pedestal sit-up; and a dance-off with one tiger finale. Using his catchphrase “Azucar”–  for sugar or sweet, he calls them by name to perform.  

The Daring Danguir high-wire troupe, led by Mustafa Danguir who once walked a mile-long, 540- foot-high tight wire in Spain, accomplishes dangerous stunts with stunning footwork.  Highlights include a daring female somersault to split; leaping over four others on the wire; a one-man leap forward, then backward, from one member’s shoulder to another’s; and the four-person pyramid finale.

On the 16,000-pound, 50-foot-high “Pendulum of Steel”, daredevil Benny Ibarra does amazing stunts First he executes forward and back flips inside the whirling wheel, and then goes outside to defy gravity by jumping rope and doing forward and backward somersaults atop the wheel.

Featuring acrobats, contortionists and a trio of strongmen, the Mongolian Marvels troupe stuns the audience. Their feats include the trio playing catch with 200-pound iron balls, a teeth-only 551-pound lift of three others and barbells, and a finale three-man lift of 900 pounds of six other troupe members.

The aerial display is one of the most dramatic show-stoppers, topped by Bungee Skydiving in a blacked-out arena under ultra-violet, blacklight in stunning fluorescent costumes including duos, trios and a six-girl, hand-holding finale. A troupe of Angelic Aerialists from Russia and the Ukraine includes four “magical mermaids” on single traps, two single orbs, and five-girl giant orb, as all do synchronized stunts.

Human cannonball “Nitro Nicole” Sanders rockets over 140 feet across the arena experiencing seven G’s, usually encountered by fighter pilots and astronauts. Her shot is followed by a nice choreographed dance routine with her group of assistants.

The Freestyle Sports show finale is a fast-paced display featuring BMX bikes doing half-pipes and 360 wheelies, and the Ukrainian Art of Trampoline troupe doing acrobatics launched off twin trampolines through a 15-foot transparent tower — bouncing, flipping and tumbling around the entire arena.

Also sure to please are the other animal acts, with trainer Colleen Pages opening the show with her six-Bactrian (two-hump) camel group with bareback Desert Goddess riders doing stunts in various ménage routines.

Alex and Irina’s talented group of all-size – toy to standard — Poodles delight the crowd with jumps, dances, “Mutt & Jeff” under legs and jump-overs, and a six-dog, hind-leg “long mount” emulating the Ringling Pachyderms.

Feld Entertainment Executive Vice President and Circus co-producer Alana Feld told Paradise News, “We constantly travel the globe looking for the best and brightest talent. Kristen Michelle Wilson wowed us with her powerful voice and charismatic personality. We knew immediately that she would be able to connect with the audience and bring them along on the Circus XTREME adventure.”

Lucky Tampa Bay residents and visitors can catch the very last local performances of RBB&B Circus XTREME at Tampa’s Amalie Arena: Wed. & Thur. (25-26), 7:30 pm; Fri. & Sat. (27-28), 10:30 am & 7:30 pm; Sun. (29), 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm. For tickets: online at https://ringling-bros-circus.tickets-center.com. 

STORY by STEVE TRAIMAN
PHOTOS by Feld Entertainment

[Steve Traiman is President of Creative Copy by Steve Traiman in St. Pete Beach, offering freelance business writing services. He can be reached via email at traimancreativecopy@gmail.com.]

Membership: The Perfect Last Minute Gift

LOWRY PARK ZOO:

Individual, Couple and Family Passes available. All passes include one free guest admission. Get yours today at http://www.lowryparkzoo.org/involvement/join.

Benefits

  • Unlimited admissions for all members (no blockout days) for 12 full months from the date of purchase.
  • One free guest with each membership.
  • Unlimited access to our 2016 seasonal event series (new Sunset Celebration, ​new ​Creatures of the Night and new Christmas in the Wild).
  • Preferred parking (based on availability).
  • Discounts on Zoo dining, shopping and education programs.
  • Discounts on separate ticket events.
  • Invitations to special member-only events.
  • $5 off admission for visiting friends and relatives.
  • Free or discounted admission to over 150 zoos and aquariums in the U.S. and SWAPtember privileges (see below for details).

*Membership accounts must contain at least one adult member. Family Plus children are dependents between the ages of 3 and 17. Memberships include one guest privilege. Guest add-on’s can be purchased for $40 at the Zoo’s Member Relations window with proof of membership, or by calling (813) 935-8552 ext. 0. Cardholder must accompany guest. Prices subject to change without notice. 

Information courtesy of Lowry Park Zoo.

FLORIDA AQUARIUM

Annual Passes available for 1-8 people ranging in price from $60-$205. Get your Florida Aquarium Annual Pass today at http://www.flaquarium.org/annual-pass/purchase-annual-pass-membership.aspx.

Benefits

  • FREE Aquarium admission for 1 year
  • Annual subscription to WaterColors,  electronic newsletter (more info)
  • Free parking during regular hours as available & for annual pass/member events
  • SHARE Program and AZA Reciprocal program benefits (free and discounted admission to more than 150 attractions, restaurants and retail establishments)
  • Discounts at Café Ray (20%), The Caribbean Cantina (20%), the Gift Shop (10%), & Sharpshooter ($5 off $30 photo package)
  • Discounts on Education programs, birthday parties and camps, and Aquarium sponsored special events
  • Discounts on Wild Dolphin Cruise & Behind the Scenes Tours
  • Discounts on Guest Dive Experiences (Dive with the Sharks & Swim with the Fishes)
  • Annual Pass/Membership Card – you will receive one (1) card per household for all categories

* Primary members, those listed on your membership card, are limited to members of a single household. Primary members must be 16 years of age or older and provide photo ID.

Information courtesy of The Florida Aquarium.

MOTE MARINE LAB AND AQUARIUM

Mote offers annual passes for 1-12 individuals for one or two years starting at $60. Please call 941-388-4441 ext. 373 to purchase a gift membership.

Benefits

  • Admission with your guests to Mote Aquarium for one year.
  • Reciprocal benefits granting Mote Members discounted admission to more than 100 zoos, aquariums and gardens across the country and in Canada and Mexico. Download our reciprocal list here.
  • Exclusive special events for Mote Members during Member Appreciation Month every September.
  • Discounts on most purchases at Mote Aquarium gift shops, on education programs (including summer camps and family programs), on children’s birthday parties, Breakfast at Mote for adults and on the Sarasota Bay Explorers boat cruise.
  • Complimentary admission to the annual Special Lecture Series. The Special Lecture Series is an evening lecture series featuring renowned scientists and experts speaking on many fascinating marine-related topics. Lectures are normally scheduled between March and April.
  • Subscription to Mote publications: Mote E-News (a monthly e-mail newsletter of Mote happenings) and Mote Magazine (a printed publication covering the stories of Mote’s sea science research).
  • Early registration for Mote summer camps.
  • Your Mote Membership is 100% tax-deductible!

Information Courtesy of Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium.

CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM

CMA offers memberships for 1-20 individuals starting at $50. Purchase a membership today at https://tickets.seewinter.com/.

Benefits:

  • Free general admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Discounts on boat tours, kids camps, birthday parties and other events
  • Invitations to Member Only events
  • 10% discount in the gift shop
  • Membership discounts on camps only apply to members at the family of 4 level or greater.

Information courtesy of Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

THE DALI

The Dali offers museum memberships for individuals ($50), couples ($80) and families ($100). Get your today at http://thedali.org/get-involved/membership-2/.

Benefits

  • Unlimited FREE admission! Skip the lines and visit anytime.
  • FREE parking (as space available).
  • Invitations to private exhibition receptions.
  • Preview days to view exhibits before they open to the public.
  • Private shopping events.
  • Special discounts just for members at select local merchants.
  • Free or discounted tours, films and other programming.
  • 15% discount in The Dali Museum Store.
  • 10% discount at Café Gala.
  • Monthly membership e-newsletter.
  • A $5 admissions discount for guests accompanying members.
  • Reciprocal free admission to select museums and attractions.

Information courtesy of The Dali.

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

MFA St. Pete offers memberships for individuals and families starting at $60. Purchase yours today at http://mfastpete.org/join/membership/.

Holiday Offer: MFA St. Pete is offering 1/2 OFF for NEW members only! Contact MFA St. Pete Member Services at (727) 896-2667, ext. 248for more information about getting your 2017 membership today!

Individual Pass Benefits:

  • Free admission every day of the week
  • Reciprocal admission to all Southeastern (SERM) museums
  • 10% Discount in the Museum Store
  • 10% Discount in the MFA Café
  • Access to new gallery openings in advance of opening to the public
  • Exclusive invitations to special exhibitions, concerts, lectures, programs and events
  • Discounts on ticketed events, workshops and lecture series
  • Quarterly issues of the MFA Member magazine MOSAIC
  • Weekly electronic news of upcoming activities in MFA HAPPENINGS
  • Priority for volunteer opportunities in Museum programs and projects
  • Access and use of the Museum’s art reference library

Information courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg.

THE RINGLING

The Ringling offers museums memberships for individuals ($75), couples ($125), and family ($135). Purchase yours today at https://www.ringling.org/general-membership.

Benefits

  • One year of unlimited free Admission
  • Priority entrance via Member Service Desk
  • Free Admission to Thursday Art After 5
  • Free Admission to Ringling by the Bay
  • Free Admission to Joseph’s Coat Turrell Skyspace Sunset Experience
  • Free Ca’ d’Zan tours of the first and second floors
  • Invitations to exclusive Members Preview events
  • 15% discount at Museum restaurants and cafés
  • 10% discount on Museum store purchases
  • 50% discount on Ca’ d’Zan Private Places tours
  • Member for a Day guest passes for a reduced rate of $15
  • Discounts on select classes, programs, and ticketed events
  • Members only travel opportunities
  • Subscription to The Ringling magazine and The Ringling e-newsletters

Information courtesy of The Ringling Museum.

MOSI

The Museum of Science and Industry offers dual, 5-pack and 8-pack memberships. Purchase yours today at http://www.mosi.org/members/.

Benefits

  • FREE parking at MOSI
  • FREE admission to more than 250 ASTC science centers
  • FREE or DISCOUNTED admission to multiple local attractions
  • FREE admission to The Florida Aquarium and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo during Swaptember
  • 10% off every purchase in the ELEMENTS Gift Shop and Everything’s FreshSM Café
  • DISCOUNTS on MOSI Science Camps, birthday parties, and education programs
  • DISCOUNTED admission to more than 200 children’s museums nationwide
  • EXCLUSIVE pricing on special events
  • Special Member pricing for special engagement exhibitions and IMAX® films
  • 25% off guest admission to MOSI

Information courtesy of MOSI.

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ST. PETERSBURG MUSEUM OF HISTORY

St. Petersburg Museum of History offers memberships for individuals and families starting at $50. Get a gift membership today at http://spmoh.com/get-involved/membership/.

Benefits

  • Admission to museum exhibitions, and archival library with membership card.
  • Invitations for you and a guest for previews, receptions, programs, parties, workshops and special events.
  • Periodic membership newsletter and activities calendar.
  • Schedule of upcoming classes and workshops.

Information courtesy of St. Petersburg Museum of History.

St. Petersburg Holiday Happenings

snowfestHoliday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Bring in the holiday season with St. Petersburg’s festive kickoff celebration. Mayor Kriseman flips the switch that turns on the downtown Christmas tree and lights on Friday, November 25, from 5 to 7:30 p.m at North Straub Park. You’ll enjoy onstage entertainment provided by the St. Pete High Pitchforks, Expressions Dance Studio and the St. Petersburg Community Band. Children will also enjoy the activities and interactive games. Food concessions available. Blanket seating. Free to the public. Presented by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation. For more information, call (727) 893-7441.

St. Petersburg Santa Parade
St. Petersburg’s 90th Annual Santa Parade starts Saturday, December 3, at 10 a.m. The route from Central Ave. and 5th St. travels east to Bayshore Dr. then turns north ending at 5th Ave. N. Free family fun, bands, floats and much more will delight the spectators.

Snowfest – A Real Snow Event
Sixty-four tons of snow are expected to fall on North Straub Park at the annual holiday Snowfest celebration on Saturday, December 3, from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalk, giant slide, “glice” ice skating and a Kiddyland area designed especially for preschoolers with inflatable train, cookie decorating and more. Wristbands are $5 and are required for all activities. Save time from waiting in line, purchase wristbands in advance, from November 21 through December 2, at any St. Petersburg recreation center. For locations click here.

Santa & Ice Skating in North Straub Park
Visit Santa in the Park and go “glice” skating on a simulated ice rink in North Straub Park. Both activities typically are from 6 to 9 p.m. on the following dates: December 3 & 4, 8 through 11, and 14 through 23. Skating is $5 for 30 minute sessions. Santa visits are free. Cameras welcomed.

Waterfront Lights and Display
While you stroll along the pedestrian walkway of St. Petersburg’s waterfront, see thousands of holiday lights and decorations in North and South Straub Parks including the unique snowflake lights from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, January 1. Don’t miss the giant greeting card display along Bayshore Dr. at Vinoy Park made by local teens from St. Petersburg’s recreation centers. Lights and decorations by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation.

Treasure Island Holiday Happenings

santa-mailboxSanta’s Mailbox  December 1 through December 16, Santa will personally answer letters from all boys and girls who drop off or mail letters to his mailbox located in front of the Treasure Island City Hall at 120 108th Avenue. Santa’s elves remind everyone to have a return address on their letters.
An Afternoon at the North Pole will be held on Saturday, December 17th from 1-3pm at the Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard at 106th Avenue. Activities will include a visit from Santa Claus and live holiday shows throughout the afternoon. Enjoy a magical afternoon cookie decorating, making holiday arts & crafts projects, train rides, face painting, and enjoying interactive entertainers. The event is free to the public.                  
 
31st Annual Treasure Island Holiday Lighted Boat Parade and Celebration is scheduled for Sunday, December 11th at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. The Holiday Celebration begins at 4:30pm with the Boat Parade leaving the Club at 6:20pm. Bring one unwrapped NEW TOY or provide a cash donation to the “Christmas Toy Shop of Pinellas” or “The Edward’s Family Foundation” to the Recreation Department at City Hall or Treasure Bay on Paradise Boulevard by Friday, December 19th   to receive a family pass to watch the parade from a spectacular vantage point, and participate in the events at the Club.  Live entertainment, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, cash bar and food will be served poolside.  For additional information, please call the Club at (727) 367-4511, ext. 236
 
Recreational Camp for Children ages 5-12 years old will be held from Monday, December 19th through Friday, December 30th from 8:00am to 5:00pm. There will be no camp on Monday, December 26th. Activities will include games, sports, arts & crafts, movies and field trips. Registration is held at the Recreation Department inside City Hall at 120 108th Avenue.  Registration forms are also on-line at www.mytreasureisland..com.  The fee for the camp is $25/day for Treasure Island residents and $30/day for non-residents of Treasure Island (discounted weekly rates are available).
For additional information, please call the Treasure Island Recreation Department at (727) 547-4575, ext 237.