PINELLAS PARK - Most days of the week, Bill Mischler’s day starts the same way.
Mondays through Saturdays, unless he has a Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce breakfast or a Vincent House board meeting, he leaves his Mainland’s home to sit in the McDonalds of the Walmart Supercenter at 8001 U.S. 19 N. from 8 to 9 a.m. He’s joined sometimes by as many as 20 old friends and city residents.
Some have questions about city codes or new businesses coming to town. Others have problems that he tries to help them solve. Most still call him mayor.
PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual awards gala and board installation Jan. 21 at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center.
Michael Whitaker of Wellcare, will serve his second term as chamber president. Other 2017 officers include: Dr. Daniel Strauss, president-elect, National University of Health Sciences; Nancy Hodges, treasurer, OPTEK Division - retired; Terry England, secretary, England Bros. Construction.
The chamber also installed current elected and appointed board members, and recognized continuing members: Tim Caddell, retired, city of Pinellas Park; Hope Peterson, past president, New Hope Auto; Jonathan Farris, Crosspointe Church; Housh Ghovaee, Northside Engineering ; Jim Fikkert, Great Bay Signs; Kelli Makepeace, Synovous Bank; Jim Bubenheim, JB Effects, Gene Lofgren, Century 21 Top Sales; Jason Sulisufay, Jessi’s Restaurant; Ugur Lucky Durmaz, BB& T Bank; Lana Beck, city of Pinellas Park Government Relations; Christy Howard, Hydro-Dyne Engineering; Dr. Eric Carver, provost of Caruth Health Education Center at St. Petersburg College; Tom Edwards, Pete and Shorty’s; Becky Moultrie, Assisting Hands; Valarie Lee, Florida Department of Health; Rev. Jimmy Hammond, emeritus; Barbara Sheen Todd, emeritus; and Paul Ziegler, emeritus.
PINELLAS PARK - After months of delay, construction will finally begin at the Wounded Warriors Ability Ranch planned for the 10-acre Lurie Municipal Park, 5500 62nd Ave. N.
While in the past the park has been used predominantly for horseback riding, the park will be the future home of WWAR, which will include equipment designed to help rehabilitate veterans wounded by service.
The park will include a headquarters, wetlands pond for fishing, hiking and cycling trails, specially designed ADA workout stations, playground, equestrian path, canine park and a multi-purpose sports court. Additionally, there will be a pavilion with picnic tables and grills for socializing, as well as a Memorial Garden dedicated to fallen soldiers.
PINELLAS PARK - Four years ago, Tiffany Hausdorf held a one-off Pinterest do-it-yourself workshop at the home décor shop her mother operated.
She never expected the response they received. It was a simple project. More of a craft, she said, a simple wooden frame people personalized to match their home’s décor.
At the time, the small business, Nook & Cranny, was run primarily by her mother, Marsha Patterson. In fact, the shop, located at 10360 U.S. 19, operated out of a portion of a family-owned building, which also houses the family’s longtime company, Tri-City Bolt & Screw, at 10380 U.S. 19, and primarily sold wooden home décor items.
PINELLAS PARK - In an effort to revamp its annual fundraising calendar, Relay for Life has combined events in three communities - Pinellas Park, Seminole and Largo - to create Relay for Life of Central Pinellas.
The organization, which holds events across the country, raises money for the American Cancer Society. All proceeds benefit cancer research.
PINELLAS PARK - For the first time ever, the Rotary Club of Central Pinellas and the Rotary Club of Pinellas Park are joining forces for the sixth annual Rotary Poker Run.
The event is set for Sunday, Jan. 22. It kicks off at 11:30 a.m. - with registration for motorcyclists beginning at 10:30 a.m. - at Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson, 2805 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg and ends at Quaker Steak & Lube, 10400 49th St. N., Clearwater. Along the way, participants will make stops at Biff Burgers, 3939 49th St. N., St. Petersburg; Red Tiki Bar, 7361 46th Ave. N., St. Petersburg; Finley’s Irish Pub, 13477 S. Belcher Road, Largo; and Big Storm Brewing Company, 12707 49th St. N., Clearwater.
PINELLAS PARK - The city of Pinellas Park’s annual Christmas Parade is ready to roll Saturday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.
This year’s holiday celebration will feature 120 units, said Ricky Butler, operations director for Celebrate Pinellas Park, the group that organizes the parade
The parade begins at Park Boulevard between 58th Street and 43rd Street, proceeding eastbound on Park Boulevard towards The Shoppes at Park Place. Attendees are encouraged to set up with their lawn chairs and blankets starting at 4:30 p.m.
PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park Fire Department stepped up to help local families in need during Thanksgiving.
They purchased meals for 13 families, spending over $1,000 for the project. Meals included a full-sized turkey, canned goods, dessert, bread and more, said Jason Pickett, the chair of the department’s Benevolent Fund Committee.
“We get them enough that we get each family through a few days,” he said.
He added, “It’s a popular event” for local firefighters. This year, 30 firefighters and their families showed up to assist with the shopping at the Publix on Park Boulevard and 49th Street.
City Council sets moratorium on medical marijuana centers PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park City Council voted three to one to set a moratorium on medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensing organizations within the city for six months at a special Nov. 7 meeting.
PINELLAS PARK - Two years ago, librarian AnnMarie Flora noticed more patrons of the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library seemed interested in the craft of writing. Often she’d find herself chatting with them about their personal writing projects.
As a librarian, Flora has an obvious love of all things literary. But she is also a writer as well, earning a creative writing degree from the University of South Florida. So she decided to form a writing group for adults at the library.
PINELLAS PARK - Two years ago when librarian Erin Hollingsworth launched Random Fandom: Teen Anime Club at the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library she expected maybe half a dozen teens gathering to discuss their favorite Japanese animation.
Hollingsworth had a personal interest in the art form. Around the same time, the library also created a separate graphic novel and manga collection. So she thought the club might be a good way to draw a few new teenagers to the library.
PINELLAS PARK -The fast-growing Pinellas Arts Village will host its first annual Pinellas Arts Village Holiday Market Saturday, Dec. 17, noon to 6 p.m.
The event will transform the heart of Pinellas Park’s creative district (located within the 5600 and 5700 blocks of Park Boulevard North and Park Station) into a charming outdoor holiday bazaar where visitors will find unique locally made gifts. Shoppers will enjoy live music (performers to be announced) and delicious fare from Surf & Turf food truck.
PINELLAS PARK - The city’s 14th annual Holiday in the Park will kick off the holiday season in Pinellas Park.
The annual family-friendly event will take place Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, 5:30 to 10 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N. Presented by Pinellas Park Police Explorer Post 912 and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, the free celebration will include all of the usual favorites: children’s games, entertainment, the children’s train ride, a hay ride, pictures with Santa and more. Choirs from local elementary schools will also perform, said Det. Benson Dimaculangan.
Dunedin Concert Band performance DUNEDIN – “To Life! On Broadway” will be presented Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., at Dunedin High School, 1651 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin.
Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per person. The Dunedin Concert Band performers are very excited to share with audiences a program of well-known classic and modern medleys from popular Broadway and West End stage shows.
MarineMax St. Petersburg grand reopening ST. PETERSBURG – MarineMax St. Petersburg will host its grand reopening Friday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 5 p.m.
The reopening comes after the company invested $2 million upgrading and refurbishing the facilities. The event will feature live music, hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments. On Saturday, Feb. 25, MarineMax will hold a Demo Day Event. Guests can experience select new models from Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, and Sea Pro, by appointment.
For information on the grand reopening celebration or to reserve a demo, email Diana DeCarvalho at Diana.DeCavalho@marinemax.com or call 727-343-6520.
Mayors’ Prayer Brunch TREASURE ISLAND – St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway will be the featured speaker at the annual Mayors’ Prayer Brunch, Friday, Feb. 24, at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway.
Doors open at 11 a.m.; brunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.
Treasure Island Mayor Bob Minning and former mayor Mary Maloof will host the brunch. Local clergy will provide prayer.
Music will be provided by GMA Dove Award-winning artist Kenn Mann.
Tickets are $19 a person or $150 for a table of eight and can be purchased at the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce, 245 107th Ave. or at The Club.
Senior investment club ST. PETERSBURG – A senior investment club conducts discussions every Friday at 10 a.m. at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N.
The free club is open to the public and will feature discussions on anything related to investing. Share your best picks or your worst picks. Ask questions, give your opinion. It’s all about education and fun.
St. Petersburg College Piano Series ST. PETERSBURG – As part of the St. Petersburg College Piano Series, Joel Schoenhals will perform “The Passion & Power of Bach & Brahms” on Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., at the SPC Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
Schoenhals is an American pianist and Steinway Artist as well as a Professor of Piano at Eastern Michigan University. He is China’s first foreign expert in music at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, Hubei, China.
For over 20 years he has been an active performer, lecturer, recording artist, adjudicator and dedicated teacher. He is one of today’s leading pianist-pedagogues. Between 2012 and 2016 Schoenhals performed the cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, reaching thousands of Michiganders through over 70 community engagement concerts in salon atmospheres as well as in historic Pease Auditorium at Eastern Michigan University.
Schoenhals has received praise for his eight varied solo and chamber music CDs on the Fleur De Son label.
Fashion Show and Mardi Gras Celebration SEMINOLE – The GFWC Pinellas Seminole Woman’s Club will host its 55th annual Fashion Show and Mardi Gras Celebration Saturday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Seminole Community Building, 7464 Ridge Rd.
Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters will serve as the emcee. Fashions will be presented by the Sign of the Dolphin.
Cost is $40 per person.
Call Trina Cuccia at 727-421-0799 for more information.
Adult Prom – Salute to the Oscars LARGO – Treat yourself to the VIP treatment for Adult Prom – Salute to the Oscars at Largo Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 to 10 p.m.
Pose for the photos and walk the red carpet at an Oscar pre-party followed by a semiformal evening complete with live music, dancing, desserts, individual and group photos and the crowning of a king and queen.
Tickets cost $15 per person or $25 per couple.
For information, call Dawn Smolowitz at 727-587-6470, ext. 5004.
Attracting pollinators ST. PETERSBURG – The Friends of Weedon Island will host a program on attracting pollinators on Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to noon, at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg.
Nanette O'Hara will offer simple tips for attracting bees, butterflies, moths and beneficial wasps to Florida yards. The talk will highlight a recommended “Pollinator Palette” of specific wildflowers, trees and shrubs for West Central Florida landscapes. Florida has 316 native bee species. Attendees will learn how even tiny urban habitats can help support these critically important engines of food production.
O’Hara has served as the public outreach coordinator for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program since 1998. She is responsible for communicating ways residents can contribute to the restoration of Tampa Bay in their own everyday actions and lifestyles.
Blue Jean Ball BELLEAIR – On Feb. 25, RCS supporters, community officials and new friends will put on their blue jeans for the seventh annual Blue Jean Ball, benefiting RCS. The night of home-cooked food and entertainment will begin at 7 p.m., at a private home in Belleair.
The Blue Jean Ball raises significant funds to provide help and hope for those facing hunger, homeless and domestic violence. Last year’s event raised over $67,000 all benefitting RCS programs. This year’s event is presented by Siracusa Staffing & Leasing. It’s co-chaired by Kacey and Nate Matthews and Tara Kivett and John Daniel.
RCS Inc. has provided help to people in need for 50 years. RCS’s mission is to feed the hungry, help families facing homelessness return to self-sufficiency, and empower survivors of domestic violence. Individuals and families are served with dignity to accomplish this mission at the RCS Food Bank, the RCS Grace House, The Haven of RCS, and the RCS Thrift Store.
Campus Visit Day PINELLAS PARK – Campus Visit Day will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at National University of Health Sciences, 6630 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park.
Hands-on activities and real life scenarios are designed to let visitors experience life as a National University student. This event is for those interested in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program at NUHS- Florida.
During Campus Visit Day, visitors will be able to participate in an interactive technique demonstration; get a first-hand account of National University from current students; discover the facilities including the gross anatomy laboratory, library, bookstore, and clinic; and speak with an admissions representative regarding the admissions process, financial aid and student life.