Teachers honorees at the Seminole Chamber’s 2016 Tribute to Teachers May 17 breakfast are, seated, from left, Nicole Schawang, Blessed Sacrament; AJ Gilberg, Madeira Beach Fundamental; Jennifer Buchanan, Indian Rocks Christian School; Jodi Kirk, Career Academies of Seminole; Diana Libby, Starkey Elementary; and Mark Billiris, St. Petersburg College, Seminole campus. Standing, from left, are: Heidi Payne, Ridgecrest Elementary; George Palmer, Osceola Fundamental High School; Jennifer Raffaele, Bardmoor Elementary; Charon Belford, Bauder Elementary; Jodi Ruscetta, Oakhurst Elementary; Caryn Lee, Anona Elementary; Katie Kincaid, Keswick Christian School; Brenda Dannewitz, Osceola Middle School; Donna Blackburn, Seminole Elementary; Carrie Short, Seminole High School; Erin Smith, Seminole Middle; and Jack Howard, Orange Grove Elementary.
SEMINOLE - The city of Seminole’s Recreation Division has created a new art gallery in the upstairs senior lounge at the Howard G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St.
The first artist, Largo-based photographer Carla Mogan, will be on hand for a gallery opening and reception Thursday, May 19, 6 to 7 p.m.
Duane Crandall, the city’s recreation program coordinator, has been trying to introduce more visual arts to the community in recent months. In April, he organized the inaugural Art in the Park event at City Park. The event featured artwork by around 25 area artists and drew nearly 600 attendees, he said.
SEMINOLE - For nearly four decades, the elementary-aged children of Seminole have had more than one reason to eagerly anticipate the end of the school year. In addition to looking forward to the last day of school kicking off their summer fun, 37 years ago the Seminole Chamber of Commerce introduced Kids Appreciation Day.
This year, the annual event will take place Tuesday, June 7, 3 to 5 p.m., at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road.
The event will feature free food and drinks, games, contests, prizes, entertainment, bounce houses, balloon art and more. Seminole Fire Rescue and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office also will be on hand with rescue vehicles and educational material. The chamber expects around 600 local children as well as their families to attend.
SEMINOLE - As the end of the school year approaches, the Seminole Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual event that honors local educators from 19 area schools.
The chamber will host its Tribute to Teachers breakfast Tuesday, May 17, at St. Petersburg College’s library, 9200 113th St. N., in the conference room next to U.S. Rep. David Jolly’s office. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. Attendees will be seated for breakfast by 7:30 a.m. SPC is a co-sponsor of the event.
SEMINOLE - The Seminole Historical Society will host A Night at the Museum fundraiser Friday, May 13, 7 to 9 p.m. The museum is located in Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road.
“The event is going to be held in our backyard - literally - which is so awesome,” said Michele Abramo, the organization’s president. “It’s going to be a really sweet night.”
Tickets to the fundraiser are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Entry includes two glasses of wine, a variety of desserts provided by event sponsor Lake Seminole Square and the Complete Sweet Shoppe, and live music from Gypsy Wind and Cory Walker. Gypsy Wind is a local band that specializes in bluegrass, acoustic wind and folk, while Walker is a nationally known banjo player.
SEMINOLE - When Robert “Teak” Miller came to Pinellas County to study marine mechanics in 1982, he was one of four Bob Millers in the group of students. So instructors pulled them aside and told them to give themselves nicknames to avoid confusion.
“I told them I never had a nickname in my life,” Miller said. “I was always just Bob.”
So they chose one for him.
“They said, ‘Hell, you’re half made of wood. We’ll just call you ‘Teak,’” he said.