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PINELLAS PARK - The Studios at 5663, a city-owned building comprised of a number of affordable artist studios, will hold its grand opening Saturday, April 16, 6 to 9 p.m. The studios are located at 5663 Park Blvd.

The event will feature food and music, and also will introduce the work of the studios’ first six artists: Kim Alderman, Bob Canning, Linda Costa, John Gascot, Loy Khambay-Correa and Isis Navarro.

“It’s a little less like our normal city grand opening and more like an art gallery,” said Debra Rose, the city’s director of Library and Cultural Affairs.
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PINELLAS PARK - Incumbent Mayor Sandra Bradbury was reelected for a third term in the March 15 election.

With 6,448 (56.75 percent) votes, she defeated Keith V. Sabiel to reclaim her seat. Sabiel received 4,915 (43.25 percent) votes.

“I’m honored to have the confidence of the voters in Pinellas Park,” Bradbury said. “Once again, they spoke loud and clear that they like the direction our city is heading and expect leaders to be willing to think outside the box to make our city a better place to live, work and play.”
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PINELLAS PARK - Patti Johnson has become the first Pinellas Park council member to graduate from the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials III: the Leadership Challenge.

The Leadership Challenge was created in 2013 by the Florida League of Cities as a continuation of the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials. The IEMO was established to educate newly elected officials on the intricacies of local government. A second phase - the Advanced Institute - was added in 1994.

Phase III of the IEMO is now offered annually by the League of Cities’ training division, FLC University. It is open to elected officials who have graduated from both the basic course and the Advanced Institute. The two-day Leadership Challenge courses focus on interpersonal relations and the officials’ ability to work effectively with others.
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Thursday, March 17
PINELLAS PARK - The eastbound lane of Park Boulevard from 76th to 78th streets in Pinellas Park will reopen for afternoon rush hour traffic today, Thursday, March 17.

The lane will remain open for morning rush hour traffic tomorrow, but will be closed again during non-peak daytime hours as Pinellas County Utilities crews continue working on repairs. Motorists during the day are advised to use alternate routes.

Pinellas County Utilities crews successfully shut down a hydrant in Pinellas Park that was damaged when a vehicle hit it on Thursday. Water pressure had forced water onto Park Boulevard.
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Thursday, March 3
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PINELLAS PARK - Incumbent Mayor Sandra Bradbury will try to reclaim the role of mayor in the upcoming March 15 City Council election. Also vying for the seat is Keith V. Sabiel.

Two councilors - Rick Butler and Jerry A. Mullins - are running unopposed for the seats they currently hold.

Bradbury, 51, has lived in Pinellas Park for 48 years. With a background in marketing and management, she was originally elected to council in 2002. She was reelected in 2006 and 2010 before being elected mayor in 2012 and again in 2014. She is a second-generation mayor of the city. Her father, Cecil, also previously held the role.
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PINELLAS PARK - Join the city in sprucing up its appearance for the spring. Pinellas Park hosts its annual Pride in the Park Spring Cleanup Saturday, March 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be eight drop-off sites for yard waste and household trash located throughout the city:

- Bank of America, rear parking lot, 5100 block of 72nd Avenue
- Broderick Park, rear parking lot, 6700 block of 62nd Street
- City property located at the northwest corner of 78th Avenue and 60th Street
- Home Depot parking lot, 4040 Park Blvd.
- Pinebrook Park parking lot, 7002 118th Ave.
- Sacred Heart Church parking lot, 8001 46th St.
- Skyview Recreation, 5400 block of 90th Avenue
- Waste Management/city brush site, 12950 40th St.
- Household electronics and chemical collection facility, 2855 109th Ave.
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Thursday, February 4
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PINELLAS PARK - Incumbent Pinellas Park Mayor Sandra Bradbury will try to reclaim the role of mayor in the upcoming March 15 City Council election. Also vying for the seat is Keith V. Sabiel.

Two councilors - Rick Butler and Jerry A. Mullins - are running unopposed for the seats they currently hold.

Bradbury was originally elected to council in 2002. She was reelected in 2006 and 2010 before being elected mayor in 2012 and again in 2014.

A resident of Pinellas Park since 1968, she is a second-generation mayor of the city. Her father, Cecil, also previously held the role.
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PINELLAS PARK - Following the Jan. 19 deadline for the Studios at 5663, a group of city-run affordable artist studios, a committee is currently reviewing applications and holding initial interviews. In the meantime, a second application period is open until Feb. 9.

“We are receiving truly exciting applications, and look forward to the move-in of some very talented artists during February and March,” said Debra Rose, the city’s director of Library and Cultural Affairs. “Additional application periods will be scheduled as needed to fill remaining vacancies.”

The studios range in size from 125 square feet to 325 square feet. Cost, which is determined by square footage, will be between $125 and $320 a month. Additionally, there will be a shared gallery space for the artists to display and market their work.
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PINELLAS PARK - At its Jan. 28 meeting, the Pinellas Park City Council voted to amend the current year budget to include projects that weren’t completed in the previous fiscal year.

“This is the first quarterly amendment for fiscal year, where we bring forward some of the capital projects that we had in process for the prior fiscal year, but didn’t complete,” said Dan Katsiyiannis, Office of Management and Budget administrator. “So that’s all we’re trying to do here.”

He said the “net effect” is approximately $1 million. He said all of these projects will be completed this year.
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Community Calender
• Friday, April 29, 2016
Advancements in Joint Replacement seminar
CLEARWATER – Health experts from Morton Plant Mease will present a seminar on Advancements in Joint Replacement, Friday, April 29, noon, at Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Room A, 455 Pinellas Street, Clearwater.

Orthopedic surgeon John Kilgore, M.D., will discuss surgical joint replacement advancements, including the enhanced precision of robotics for hips and knees. The monthly seminars are free and are presented at BayCare’s various Morton Plant Mease facilities and community centers around Pinellas County.

To preregister for a health seminar, call 727-953-6877 or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.
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Crafts for veterans
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N., will offer a weekly craft workshop for veterans on Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Projects, which are donated by the Help Hospitalized Veterans Program, include model cars, wood projects, leatherwork, needlecrafts, poster art, beadwork and more.

The crafts aid in rehabilitation, and are designed to restore coordination and impaired motor skills, improve attention spans and concentration, and relieve symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. 

Bring proof of Military Service for free project. Work at the center or take it home. Call 541-0776.
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Dillard’s fashion show
CLEARWATER – The seventh annual fashion show will take place Friday, April 29, 10 a.m., at the Dillard’s store in Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.

The show will benefit the educational programs at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

The morning will begin with brunch at 10 a.m., followed by a fashion show at 11 a.m. that will feature the latest trends of the season and will be hosted by comedian Tim Wilkins. Then, attendees may spend the day receiving personalized beauty consultations, makeovers, and select gifts with purchase, cosmetic samples and much more. Ruth Eckerd Hall will host an opportunity drawing for a $1,000 Dillard’s shopping spree.

Tickets are $75 each and include seating for the brunch, fashion show and access to Dillard’s Hospitality Lounge until 6 p.m., as well as a $25 Dillard’s gift certificate valid only April 29.

For information and to purchase tickets, call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
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Fifth Friday
 OLDSMAR – The next Oldsmar Fifth Friday concert will feature Soul Circus Cowboys Friday, April 29, 5 to 10 p.m., at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W. Admission is free. The concert continues the celebration of the city’s centennial. For more information, visit Oldsmar100.com.
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Glow-in-the-dark water polo tourney
LARGO – Southwest Recreation Complex will host a glow-in-the-dark inner tube water polo tournament Friday, April 29, 7 to 9 p.m. Teams of six will participate in the new event for competitors age 12 and older.

Registration can be made in advance or at the door starting at 6 p.m. Minimum of four teams are needed for the tournament. For more information or to request registration forms, email abill@largo.com or call 727-518-3126.
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Live Like You’re on Stage!
CLEARWATER - The seventh annual fashion show will be held inside the Dillard’s store at Westfield Countryside Mall to benefit the educational programs at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts on Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m.

Tickets are on sale now. Dillard’s at Westfield Countryside Mall is located at 27001 U.S. Highway North in Clearwater.

The morning will begin with brunch at 10 a.m., followed by a fashion show at 11 a.m. that will feature the latest trends of the season and will be hosted by comedian Tim Wilkins. Then, spend the day receiving personalized beauty consultations, makeovers, select gifts with purchase, cosmetic samples and much more. Ruth Eckerd Hall will host an opportunity drawing for a $1,000 Dillard’s shopping spree.

Tickets priced at $75 each and include seating for the brunch, fashion show, and access to Dillard’s Hospitality Lounge until 6 p.m. as well as a $25 Dillard’s Gift Certificate (valid only April 29).

For more information and to purchase tickets, patrons are encouraged to call the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office at 727-791-7400 or visit www.RutheckerdHall.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Lowe’s blood drive
Select area Lowe’s Home Improvement stores will host a blood drive on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors will receive a free movie ticket. For information and appointments, visit oneblood.org /lowes or call 888-936-6283. Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome.

All lifesaving donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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Movies in Largo Central Park
LARGO – Bring your blanket or chair out to Largo Central Park to enjoy a free movie on the lawn each Friday in March and April at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available. In the case of rain, the movie title in May will be shown after the original schedule is complete. Visit LargoEvents.com for updated movie titles and rainout information.  
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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.

Call Sally for more information at 727-893-7101.
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West Coast Swing dance lessons
SEMINOLE – Free West Coast Swing dance lessons are offered on Fridays, 6 p.m., at Crystal Blue Ballroom, 10527 Park Blvd. N. Lessons are free for anyone under the age of 30. Call Renee at 698-0171 for more information.
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