Things to do in South Pinellas July 8-14

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Check out Dianne Marlene’s upcoming art exhibit at the Catherine Hickman Theater in Gulfport through July 27.
Diane Marlene

Until July 27

floats of hope Gulfport artist Dianna Marlene presents a combination of paintings, photography and poetry for her latest show, Reborn from the ashes. Marlene will exhibit a large collection of personal artwork that she hopes will spark hope amid the ongoing Ukrainian/Russian war and COVID-19 concerns. In addition to Marlene’s collection, see works by Cheri LaBell, Mary Ann Clynick, Ann Shuri and a handful of other local artists. Marlene’s husband and Gulfport’s first Poet Laureate, Peter Hargitai, wrote a poem that is associated with visual art; it too will be exhibited, along with the rest of the exhibition. “I hope people find the beauty in the little things,” says Marlene. Catherine A. Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave., S, Gulfport. Until July 27: Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday: 8am-4pm mygulfport.us


friday july 8

So you had a rainy day art exhibition just in time for the rainy season. “Rain and Thunder” features works by Gail Hoffman, Lalo, John Hutcherson and many more. Come to opening night for a drizzle of conversation with the artists. Bonus points for gallerist Chad Mize if it really rains. MIZE Gallery, 689 Dr. MLK Jr St. N., Saint PETERSBOURG. 6-9pm 727-251-8529

Music Alert Looking for live music? CROOKED & WIDE plays Gulfport American Legion Post 125 this Friday night. Come out for some acoustics with a kick, dance, and drinks. Gulfport American Legion Post 125, 6440 5th Ave S., Gulfport. 6:30-9:30 p.m.centennial.legion.org/florida/post125


Saturday July 9

Training race Start your morning run with a trail running group at Boyd Hill. Every second Saturday of the month, Healthy St. Pete and the St. Pete Running Company host a free run (or walk) on the park trails. Watch out for gopher turtles! Boyd Hill Nature Reserve, 1101 Country Club Road S., Saint PETERSBOURG. 9 am stpeteparksrec.org

muddy waters This is not the event where you wear your best racing gear. America II Extreme Mud Wars 2022 invites athletes to get dirty at St. Pete’s Lake Vista for a full day of muddy events. Teams of 6 to 10 will compete in eight events. Not in the mood to struggle in the mud? Beer sales and a portion of entry fees benefit great local charities. Produced in partnership with TASCO, the City of St. Pete’s teen program for arts, sports and technology. Vista Lake Park, 1401 62nd Ave S., Saint PETERSBOURG. 9am-4pm $55-100. tampabayclubsport.wixsite.com/extreme-mud-wars/home

Skunk Apes, Loop Road and Story Time Have you ever heard of Lucky Cole? If so, you are already planning to attend the second Saturday art walk. If not, come meet Everglades legend, outstanding photographer and gifted storyteller, Lucky Cole. If you’ve ever been in Joanne’s Blue Crab bathroom on the Tamiami Trail, you’ve seen her art. You have a story? Join the party with the mic open. The Factory, 2622 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 5-7pm [email protected]

A blue barrel painting
Judy Vienneau

Judy Opening Night Let artist Judy Vienneau tell you a visual story with wireframe figures and mixed media through her quirky, layered gasps. In visual storytelling, Viennea features pieces that depict concepts of human interaction and pressing environmental issues. One series shows scenes of pandemic isolation, and another series illustrates his interpretation of various classic proverbs. It’s complicated, it’s over there and it’s classic Vienneau. See the opening reception, Visual Storytelling: Explorations in Mixed Media and Wire Sculpture during St. Pete’s Second Saturday Art Walk. St. Pete ArtWorks, 635 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. 5pm-9pm [email protected]

Christmas in July St. Jeans Creative, a St. Petersburg photography studio, opens on Central Avenue. To celebrate, the studio is giving the community the chance to meet Santa – in July. St. Jean’s is hosting a week-long fundraiser (July 9-July 15) to benefit the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary. But before that, come to the studio to cut the ribbon for a taste of summer in paradise, meet Santa, and book a session early for a discount. After Santa’s departure, the studio is gearing up for a Halloween Witch and Warlock set. Saint John Creative, 4755 Center Avenue, Saint PETERSBOURG. 11am-1pm stjecreative.com


tuesday july 12

The book dealers This month’s Gabber Book Club is about Jason Vuic’s “The Swamp Peddlers.” Vuic’s look at Florida history showcases Florida’s tradition of selling cheap swamps to unsuspecting buyers. The group reunites just in time for Sea Dog happy hour, so come hungry (and thirsty.) Led by Gabber book reviewer and enthusiast Amanda Hagood. Sea Dog Canteen – Gulfport, 2832 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport. 6:30 p.m. facebook.com/groups/2892739014293706

Run for fun Everyone (especially everyone) could use the motivation of a little runner. Gulfport Brewery + Eatery hosts a running club every Tuesday led by bartender and running guru Brynn. Finish your run with BOGO infusions. The route is your choice of one mile, two miles or five miles through Gulfport. Gulfport Brewery + Restaurant, 3007 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport. 6:30 am facebook.com/GulfportBrewery


Wednesday July 13

coffee talks are back with the interpreter of St. Pete, Nan Colton. This talk dissects the works of Austrian photographer and writer Igne Morath. Find out how Morath got her start in journalism and became a renowned photographer who captured many stories behind her lens. The refreshment service begins in the Members’ Garden at 10 a.m. and the coffee presentation begins 30 minutes later. Stick around for a Q&A with Colton. St. Pete’s Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, Saint PETERSBOURG. 10:10-$20. mfastpete.org/event/coffee-talks-with-nan-colton-finding-your-voice

talk about the city Can’t get enough talk in town? Gulfport Ward III Council Member Paul Pay invites residents (old and new) to get to know their city, talk about local issues and ask pressing questions at a public town hall. Everyone is welcome to this open discussion. Topics for the evening are determined as residents raise issues and questions. Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. Sat. 7 p.m. facebook.com/events/551164923078489

Two people cheer with hot cups of coffee
The Coffee Talks at the Museum of Fine Arts are back.
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