2016-2017 Season Lightning Watch Parties at Tradewinds Island Resorts

With feet in the sand and a drink in hand, watch the Lightning on a big screen TV right on the beach! Grab your friends and family and enjoy:

  • DJ and MC/Announcer
  • Lightning Girls
  • ThunderBug
  • Alumni
  • Giveaway items
  • ‘Enter to win’ contests
  • Beach games such as corn hole, and more!



Sat., Oct. 29 – 7:00 PM vs New Jersey (Watch Party begins at 6:00 PM) – package available (see details below)
Sun., Oct. 30 – 7:00 PM vs N.Y. Rangers (Watch Party begins at 6:00 PM) – package available (see details below)
Sat., Nov. 19 – 1:00 PM vs Philadelphia (Watch Party begins at 12:00 PM)
Sat., Jan. 7 – 1:00 PM vs Philadelphia (Watch Party begins at 12:00 PM)
Sun., Jan. 8 – 1:00 PM vs Pittsburg (Watch Party begins at 12:00 PM)
Sat., Mar. 4 – 7:00 PM vs Buffalo (Watch Party begins at 6:00 PM)

Beverages and all your cookout favorites will be available for purchase, including drink specials. Please note that coolers are not allowed on the beach. Don’t forget your beach towels, beach chairs and of course sunscreen! Parking is available at Island Grand or Guy Harvey Outpost for $10.


Available for our first Watch Party weekend (Oct. 29th and Oct. 30th). Now you don’t have to worry about driving home after the games. Package includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations, at a discounted rate, for two adults
  • Preferred Cabana Seating at both Lightning Watch Parties directly on the beach!
  • Nightly Resort Amenity Fee, which includes one parking pass (guaranteed parking for the games!)

Call for Applicants for Gulfport Community Support Grants

The Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) has announced a call for applicants for its 2017 community support grant program.  Local non-profit organizations that target or include Gulfport in their activities are invited to apply.  Applicants must be certified tax-exempt non-profit organizations, government entities requesting funds for public purposes, or schools and colleges at any level.
For more details and to apply, see the application atwww.GulfportMA.com.  Submission of an application does not guarantee funding and the Board of the GMA reserves the right to determine or adjust the amount awarded to any recipient.  Applications must be received in writing and must be postmarked or delivered no later than November 7, 2016.  Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.  Decisions on recipients are scheduled to be announced by early this December.  A maximum of two organizations will be awarded grants for the 2017 cycle.
Special consideration will be given to organizations that are able to help promote and provide volunteers for the GMA events that raise the funds making these grants possible.  Events with funds earmarked each year for community giving include “Gecko Crawl,” “Gecko Ball” and the GeckoFest street festival.  Each event grows in size and popularity every year and each requires a large promotional effort and a large number of volunteers.  Grant amounts will be determined and funds distributed to grantees in the fall of 2017, after these GMA events have concluded.
Since sponsoring the community grants, the GMA has provided many thousands of dollars in funding to a large and growing roster of worthy non-profit organizations.  The GMA also gives back to the community in other ways during the year, including sponsoring “Gulfport’s Get Rescued” and “Tails at Twilight” each February, both benefitting animal rescue groups.  A monthly Clothing Swap benefitting CASA is held during the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market; and the GMA’s “Holiday Hoopla” helps collect donations for Operation Santa in December.  Public art installations have also been commissioned and installed with GMA funding.
For more information, contact Daniel Hodge at (727) 366-4086 or DHodge@GulfportMA.com.

Fertilizer Use- The Easiest Source of Pollution to Control by Home Owners

phospphorous-waterFor those who choose to fertilize, the Pinellas County Fertilizer Ordinance restrictions changed on October 1, 2016. From October 1st through May 30th, the following conditions apply to fertilizer use:

TOTAL NITROGEN CONTENT = 50% or more must be Slow Release Nitrogen

TOTAL PHOSPHORUS CONTENT = zero (0) phosphorous fertilizers must be used unless a State-certified laboratory soil test indicates a deficiency. Florida soils have naturally occurring phosphorous and application of phosphorous fertilizer may not be necessary.


Granular fertilizers: Up to one pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet per application

Liquid fertilizers: Up to one-half (0.5) pound of water soluble nitrogen per 1000 square feet per application

Annual limit: Up to 4 pounds of nitrogen per 1000 square feet No nitrogen application within 30 days of newly-installed landscape Deflector shields must be used on fertilizer spreaders to keep granules off impervious (hard) surfaces and out of waterways

While not the only source of excess nutrients in our local waters, reducing our personal contribution to pollution is an important step in improving water quality. We don’t want our waterways to be choked with algae (like other parts of South Florida)!

Mix 100.7 Mistletoe Show Rings in the Holiday Season at The Mahaffey!

the-frayHighlighting the release of their first-ever greatest hits compilation Through The Years, Grammy Award-winning, multi platinum-selling band The Fray will headline at The Mahaffey Theater Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. for Mix 100.7’s annual holiday-season concert – Mix 100.7’s Mistletoe Show.

Mix 100.7’s Mistletoe Show will also feature platinum artists Blue October, fellow Grammy winner Colbie Caillat and Joshua Radin.

A special VIP ticket includes the best seats within the first six rows or first-level boxes, an exclusive pre-show party from 5-7p.m, featuring a private acoustic set from Joshua Radin, free parking, a commemorative laminate and more.

With a resume packed with smashes like “How to Save a Life,” “You Found Me” and “Over My Head,” The Fray is one of the most successful alternative-rock bands of the last decade. Early November sees the release of the Denver quartet’s greatest hits compilation, Through The Years.

Blue October’s best-known songs include platinum singles “Into The Ocean” and “Hate Me” from 2006’s Foiled. Blue October’s new single, the title track from their newest release Home, is uplifting and unforgettable.

Colbie Caillat has sold over 6 million albums worldwide, and won a Grammy in 2008 for her duet with Jason Mraz, “Lucky.” Colbie debuted in 2007 with her hit record Coco, which featured the hits “Bubbly” and “Realize.” She is currently on her “Malibu Sessions Acoustic Tour.”

Joshua Radin is a singer/songwriter who has had numerous songs appear in Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, One Tree Hill and Brothers and Sisters, among many others. His song “I’d Rather Be With You” reached No. 2 on the U.S. digital charts, and he performed his song “Today” at Ellen DeGeneres’ wedding, and on her TV program.

Additional performers for the Mix 100.7 Mistletoe Show will be announced shortly.

Tickets are $35, $45, $65 and $159 and go on sale to the public on Friday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m.Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event.

FolkFest Line Up Announed

folkfest-art-generalCreative Clay, Inc., will hold its annual Folkfest St. Pete Nov. 5 and 6 on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg’s Edge District.  This 10th anniversary of the folk art and music festival, held in front of Creative Clay’s headquarters 1114 Central Avenue, benefits its programs that make the arts accessible to all.

The festival attracts national, regional and local artists and draws 5,000 visitors annually. In addition to folk artists, there is continuous music throughout the festival. The schedule for this year’s musical acts is:

Saturday November 5:

9 a.m.-12pm: WMNF-FM’s “Florida Folk Show” Airing Live
12:15-1p.m.: Passerine
1:15-2:15 pm: Joe Milligan Project
2:30 pm-3:30 p.m.: Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets
3:45 pm-4:45 p.m.: Well Worn Soles
5-6 p.m.: Dean Johanesen Trio
6:15-7:15pm: Dropin Pickup
7:30-9 p.m.: AJ Ghent band

Sunday November 6, 2016:

10-10:45 a.m.: Nicholas Roberts
11am-11:45: Rosewood Creek
12pm–1pm: Chant the Trees
1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.: Paul Sprawl
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: UNRB
3:45-4:45 p.m.: Ari and the Alibis

This year’s Folkfest artists include Missionary Mary Proctor, Don Stone, Bean Spence, Hugo Pocaro, Katherine Michael, Jellykoe and more. Creative Clay’s member artists also exhibit and sell their work, as part of the non-profit’s vision of making the arts accessible to all. All proceeds from the festival benefit Creative Clay’s Community Arts Program, which provides professional arts instruction to individuals with disabilities five days a week.


The festival is still accepting artist vendors. Booth fee for two days remains unchanged at $150.00, with set up on Nov. 4. Booth sizes are 10” X 10”. Exhibiting artists receive free parking at Tropicana Field Lot 6, coffee and light breakfast each morning of the festival.  Festival times are Saturday, Nov 5, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are so excited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Folkfest St. Pete,” said Folkfest St. Pete Director Emily Turnage, who also serves as Creative Clay’s Community Arts Director and Volunteer Coordinator.  “We’re offering spaces for local and national folk artists alike to enjoy two days of music, art and fun in our vibrant Edge District. The best part is that all funds raised benefit our member artists and help us increase our programming and enhance our educational offerings.”

Creative Clay also announced that this year, with the addition of many, diverse restaurants in the Edge District, there will be no food vendors. Instead, many of the restaurants, including Hawker’s, Bodega, Bavaro’s, Red Mesa Mercado, Enigma, Ferg’s and others will be open throughout Folkfest weekend.

“We want to honor the businesses who have chosen to invest in St. Petersburg’s EDGE District and whose livelihood and success depends on serving the people in and around the EDGE and St. Pete, as well as those traveling from outside the area to attend Folkfest,” said Creative Clay CEO Kim Dohrman. “We couldn’t think of anything better than to encourage Folkfest attendees to patronize the businesses right in our own neighborhood.”

Creative Clay’s mission is to provide expressive, educational and vocational opportunities in the arts for people with obstacles to arts access. We serve people with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, as well as people in healthcare settings, children, veterans, and provide outreach art experiences in our community. Creative Clay’s range of innovative programs and special events celebrate community and the richness of our local and regional arts. In addition to its core program Community Arts, Creative Clay programs include Creative Care Arts in Healthcare, Artworks, Artlink, Summer Youth Arts Camp, Transition and Open Studio. These programs serve hundreds of individuals every week. Visit www.creativeclay.org for more information. Like our Creative Clay and Folkfest St. Pete Facebook pages; follow us on Instagram @creativeclay and @folkfeststpete and on Twitter @creativeclay.

Volunteers Needed for Holiday Lights

The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation is seeking volunteers to staff multiple positions and shifts during the annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event from Friday, Nov. 25 through Saturday, Dec. 31. Volunteers can choose one or more shifts that run nightly from 5 – 9:15 p.m.

More than 450 volunteers are wanted as entertainers, greeters and gift cart attendants during the five-week event. The foundation is looking for talented musicians, dancers and performers to provide entertainment that enhances the excitement and joy of the season. Volunteers interested in being a greeter will welcome visitors, accept donations, stamp hands and provide directions. Gift cart volunteers will sell holiday-themed items from an outdoor gift cart.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Richard Berube, Volunteer Coordinator for the Florida Botanical Gardens, at rberube@pinellascounty.org, or call (727) 582-2247.

Since 2000, the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation has brought the magic of the holidays to Pinellas County residents and visitors with the Holiday Lights in the Garden event, which is the foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year. Every dollar raised goes to maintenance and improvements to the gardens, as well as maintaining and bringing new, exciting displays for next year’s Holiday Lights event.

The Florida Botanical Gardens is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo, with an alternate entrance at 12211 Walsingham Road. The gardens remain open from 7 a.m. until dusk every day, with free admission during daylight hours. For more information about the Florida Botanical Gardens, visit www.flbg.org, or call (727) 582-2100.

Videos of previous Holiday Lights events can be found at www.youtube.com/pcctv1.

Build Oyster Domes with Tampa Bay Watch

oyster-domesTampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster domes off the shoreline of Fantasy Island on October 26 & 27. This is a very heavy project since oyster domes weigh over 150 pounds each. Installation will involve unloading the domes from a trailer to a barge. A crane will unload the domes from the barge to be placed on the shoreline, but help will be needed to move the domes in the water.The meeting location is Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. Interested volunteers should register online at tampabaywatch.org or contact Rachel Arndt at rarndt@tampabaywatch.org or (727) 867-8166 x233.

Fantasy Island has severely eroded since it was created in the 1970s due to changes in currents and sand distribution, mainly since it is close to the heavily used shipping channel. Creation of a series of oyster dome fields and shell bars is an effort to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of Fantasy Island, and improve water quality through natural biological filtration. This project is in partnership with the Florida Aquarium, Port Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund, CCA’s Building Conservation Trust, the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation and CCA Florida, and the Mosaic Company Foundation.

The Fantasy Island project has three components, the first of which involves installing an oyster shell bar by shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, and then transporting and installing the shell bags to create a series of oyster reefs. The second component of this project is the installation of a series of oyster domes along the shoreline to further buffer it from the severe erosion that is occurring. Lastly, native species of grasses will be planted along the shoreline of the island to complement the installed oyster domes and shell bar.

This comprehensive ecosystem restoration plan will slow erosion and provide invaluable habitat and food source for wildlife.The goal of Tampa Bay Watch’s Community Oyster Reef Enhancement (CORE) program is to increase the oyster population in Tampa Bay and at the same time, provide habitats for small organisms, prevent erosion, improve water quality and promote fish and wildlife habitats. In addition, this project benefits the Tampa Bay community by promoting environmental awareness and offering hands-on experience in habitat restoration.

For more information about the project, visit our website at tampabaywatch.org.

St. Pete Wine & Food Festival Needs Volunteers

st-pete-wine-food-festEvent volunteers needed! Our volunteers are crucial to the overall success of the event and it’s also a great way to meet new people, have fun and gain firsthand knowledge in special events production. As a volunteer, you will also become an important part of the SPWFF family! All volunteers will receive an official St. Pete Wine & Food Festival or BEER Night St. Pete volunteer t-shirt and a souvenir wine or beer tasting glass. In addition, you will have access to the festival before or after your shift.

All volunteers must be 21 or older and provide proof of age (absolutely no exceptions). To sign up or learn more:http://stpetewineandfoodfest.com/volunteer-with-spwff.

Morean Arts Center Needs Volunteers

morean-glassIn preparation for the upcoming relocation and Grand Re-Opening in October of this year, we are looking forward to expanding our already fantastic core group of docents.

The Docent Program at the Chihuly Collection is at the heart of its’ educational mission, one of the main reasons Dale Chihuly chose St. Petersburg and the Morean Arts Center as the home for the Chihuly Collection. Docents are trained to serve the needs and interests of our diverse visitors, from elementary school children to adults. No prior art history background or work experience is required to volunteer; however, those wishing to volunteer in the Docent Program should be comfortable working and communicating with the public. Docents create and conduct public tours of the permanent and visiting exhibitions as well as private tours arranged by the Group Sales staff.

The Chihuly Collection encourages people of all ages, ethnicities, and cultures to apply; those who speak additional languages (other than English) are especially encouraged to get involved.

Junior Docents: As part of the Junior Docent program, middle and high school students are trained in a mini-docent course. This program introduces students to artistic processes, builds self-esteem and public speaking skills.

The Chihuly Collection is dedicated to providing visitors of all ages enriching experiences in the galleries, and docents are integral to welcoming visitors and helping them appreciate the unique installations of Dale Chihuly plus additional temporary exhibitions by glass artists from around the world.

We look forward to hearing from you and discussing the many options you have as a Docent at the Chihuly Collection, it is an experience you will treasure!

For more information about docent programs and how to become a docent, email Andy Schlauch, Chihuly Collection Executive Director at  Andy.Schlauch@MoreanArtsCenter.org or 727.896.4527.

Support Alex’s Lemonade Stand 2016

alexs-lemonade-standSupport Alex’s Lemonade Stand 2016 on Saturday, October 22, 2016 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm  at Elks Lodge #1912, 14111 East Parsley Drive in Madeira Beach.

The Elks National Drug Awareness Program (the largest drug education and awareness program in the United States) has announced a partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Annually, Elks Lodges across the country organize events during Red Ribbon week (October 23 through October 31), and this year the

Elks Drug Awareness Program is requesting each of the Lodges to hold a lemonade stand event at their Lodge or in their community during this week. 

There will be Alex’s good friends, T-Rex, Elroy the Elk, the mascot and symbol for the Elks’ Drug awareness program, also lots of Marvel Comic books featuring superheroes helping fight under-age drinking, For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Visit AlexsLemonade.org.