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FREEEvery Thur sda yOnline Ev er ydayt heGabber .com No. 2562 April 12 April 18, 2018 Faeries and Friends Find Fun at SpringfestBy Debbie Wolfe As part of a mother-daughter team for the past 10 years, weve taken over the garage to create a production studio location in Seminole for the Rivermist Clay company that specializes in original ne pottery and ceramics, said Christin Kuck, the mother. I thought I would be a brownie for this festival but I dont have the elf ears, she said laughing. She is holding a one-of-a-kind, hand-made glazed gnome that they created especially for Springfest. See Springfest, page 28 St. Pete Beach Approves Concessions ProcessBy Debbie Wolfe St. Pete Beach City Commission unanimously approved staff process guidelines for evaluating proposals for concession facilities at Upham Beach and Pass-a-Grille at their Tuesday, March 27 meeting. Through our conversations over the last few months, the city manager knows what we want, said Commissioner Rick Falkenstein. Good food. Good quality. Its not a bar. Its a place that all ages can come, have fun and enjoy the atmosphere along our beautiful beaches. During the February 13 meeting, commissioners voted unanimously See St. Pete Beach, page 30St. Pete Tiny Home Festival Packs in over 5,000By Angelina Bruno A line forms outside of one of 25 tiny homes at the Tiny Home Festival at St. Petersburg College on Sunday, April 8. See Tiny Homes, page 26


2 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 Learn About VA Improved Pension Brave. Honorable. Patriot. These are words used to describe the many men and women who answered the call of duty during wartime. Families of wartime veterans and surviving spouses are invited to learn about the VA Improved Join Heather Reuscher, of Freedom Square and American Association of Wartime Veterans on Monday, April 16 at 3 p.m. at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. You will learn how wartime veterans may qualify for up to $1,794 monthly and surviving spouses may receive up to $1,153 monthly. Refreshments will be served. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, call 727893-5657. Sacred Lands Music and a Meal Sacred Lands Music and a Meal will be on Saturday, April 21. This month the concert will feature former members of the celebrated South Florida group Steve Blackwell and Friends. Dancing is encouraged. The opening act will be awardwinning singer Mike Jurgensen. Doors open: at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the door. A homemade meal is $8. Come enjoy the live music and a homemade meal (optional) at one of the most unique historical and scenic sites in the county. Sacred Lands is a waterfront botanical garden with rich native American history and home to approximately 100 live peacocks. For information call 727-367-3592 or go to Neuro Diverse Children Art Show Come join Studio Duvoe, Inc., the Pinellas Autism Project and the City of Imagination to celebrate the artistic genius of neuro-diverse (ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, etc.) and physically and developmentally challenged kids and young adults from all over Pinellas County. The show is on Saturday, April 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the City of Imagination, 2726 54th St. S. The students, ages 5 to 32, paint in an abstract expressionism style based on color, movement, texture and feelings. When a student sells a painting, they receive half of the funds, with the other half going back into the supplies. Students work is nicely framed and very reasonably priced from $10 to $100. Dont miss this opportunity works of art. Even if you are not in the market for artwork, come and tell them how beautiful it is! They will have live music by Keith and Frank, J. Kolb and A. D. Burke. Drinks and a light dinner will also be provided. Call or text Caroline Duvoe at 727-271-5016 or email her at if you have questions. Volunteers are needed and cash donations for the cause can be made at


Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 3 Junk in the Trunk is Bigger Than Ever Junk in the Trunk is right around the corner, helping Gulfport residents to clean, green and recycle Gulfport! Gulfport residents, are you looking to swap, trash or give away your old stuff and dont know where to start? Join the Gulfport Neighbors and the city of Gulfport at the community Junk in the Trunk or on a Truck. It will be held Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. at the 49th Street Neighborhood Center,1617 49th St. S. Swap, trash or give away your old furniture, appliances, tires, and other bulk items for free. Please no And theres more. Have coffee with a cop, register your bike and get a free helmet for kids. Also, the Gulfport Police Department, in conjunction with the DEA National RX Dropoff day, will also be accepting expired prescription drugs. Get gardening tips from the folks with Gulfports Community Garden. The city of Gulfport Public Works Department will present information regarding their recycling program and other services in conjunction with Earth Day. Get a free plant when you donate a full bag or more of non-perishable foods for one of the Little Free Pantries. Plant quantities are limited. Of course, there will be music for your listening and dancing pleasure. If you are available to donate two or three hours to help with this fun event, please contact Gulfport Neighbors at 727-698-9471. Fourth Annual Sunlit Literary Festival The literary arts will intersect with the visual and performing arts during the 4th annual SunLit Festival, a springtime celebration of literature through April 22. Produced by Keep St. Pete Lit, the SunLit Festival includes 18 events over 15 days. SunLit brings together over 35 organizations and a variety of art forms to celebrate literacy, literature, reading and writing. Visit the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance website for a detailed schedule of events, including times and locations and when applicable, admission fee. For more information visitstpeteartsalliance. org/celebrating-words-at-the-sunlitfestival.Gulfport Library Free Family Movie Series Saturday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m., The Gulfport Library is screening a joyous musical loosely based on the life of P. T. Barnum, from his humble beginnings to circus impresario. It stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya. It is rated PG-13. If anyone has any questions about this title, or titles for upcoming months, please contact the Gulfport Library at 727-893-1074.


4 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 Hurricane Seminar at Hickman Theater The organizational structure for emergency evacuation and response within Pinellas County is a welldeveloped collaboration between the services, and hundreds of community partners and agencies. As part of the goal to create a better-educated and safer community, the city of Gulfport is looking for hurricane-related vendors or products to accurately inform the public on emergency and hurricane preparedness. Do you know your zone? Is the closest shelter to you pet friendly? How do you sign up for special needs evacuation assistance? How do you volunteer to help? These are all important questions to ask before a storm is here. The city of Gulfport will be hosting the 2018 Hurricane Seminar on Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. inside the Catherine A. Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S. This informative seminar is open to the public and will feature Mary Burrell, the Outreach, Education and Program Coordinator for Pinellas Countys Emergency Management Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) from WTSP Channel 10 News. Vendor space is free and located inside the theater lobby at 6 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or would like more information on the event, please contact the city of at or call 727893-1118. Afternoon Preschool Storytime The Gulfport Library has brought back their weekly pre-school storytime! Join them every Thursday at 4 p.m. for stories, songs, movement, and a craft! Contact Cailey at 727893-1074 or


Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 5 Casual Religious Roundtable Discussions Every Sunday at 6 p.m., there will be a casual roundtable discussion of all religious topics in Town Shores at 5840 30th Ave. S. Hosted by Greg Ross, the discussions are open to those of all faiths or no faith. You must be willing to respect others opinions. Courteous so call 727-202-6789 and sign up. Wake it Up, Shake it Up at Memory Cafe with A and ends in L? Find the answer below. Simple exercises like this help keep the brain in better working condition. What else can help? Memory Caf. At Memory Caf, having dementia and talking about it is not taboo. Memory Cafes build necessary support networks through socialization. They are an effective tool for maintaining healthy, happier, active and more engaged lives despite memory issues. Theyre meant to be enjoyed, to provide learning opportunities and give people a reason to get up and get out, stimulate thought and lift the spirits. Facilitators and co-founders Cate McCarty of Dr. Cate, Dementia Coach and Jane Ogilvie, Elder Care Issue Consultant and LPN of Senior Solutions of Pinellas County, offer up over 70+ years of combined professional and personal experience with aging issues and dementia. If you are a care partner of someone with memory concerns, are awaiting diagnosis, or have already received a dementia diagnosis, join them on Monday April 9, from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. at Carrabbas Italian Grill, 1951 4th St. N. Or, catch the original Cate and Jane Memory Caf Monday on April 16, from 12:15 to 2 p.m. at Neptune Grill Restaurant, 5501 Shore Blvd. S. in Gulfport. These events occur monthly. All are free to attend. Food and beverages are available for purchase. To RSVP or for further information, contact Dementia Myth Buster Jane at 727-327-0167 or sensol@ or Dementia Myth Buster Cate at 813-384-7571 or St. Pete Beach Salutes the Military The Veterans of South Pinellas County (VSPC) will host their 8th annual Salute to the Military fundraising event on Saturday, April 14. The celebration will be in Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr. It will feature military vehicles and and live music. There is no admission fee and complimentary parking is available nearby. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and will include a military enlistment veterans support groups, a car show, wine, artists, vendors, and the One Blood blood mobile. Donations from sponsors, vendors and advertisers are tax deductible and as an added bonus, youll be supporting local Pinellas County veterans. For general information or to become a supporter, please call 727322-5217 or visit VSPC on Facebook. com/events/1431613020300466.


6 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 Take the Gabber on Vacation... Send us a picture with you and your Gabber on vacation. Include a brief description and your name at After a yoga retreat at Turquoise Barn in Bloomville, NY last August, Ann Jochems stopped in Woodstock for lunch at Garden Cafe and crystal shopping at Turquoise Lady. Accompanying her was the Gabber! Volunteers Needed for Junk in the Trunk Volunteers are needed for Junk in the Trunk on Saturday, April 28. The tasks are relatively easy; you will meet a lot of your Gulfport Neighbors and youll have a bunch of fun too! Shifts are 2.5 hours. If you can work all day, lunch will be provided. If you are interested in helping out please respond by emailing Gulfport_ or by phoning 727-698 9471. St. Matthews Card and Game Party St. Matthews Episcopal Church will hold their annual card and game party on Saturday, April 21, at the Carlton Arms Clubhouse, 6699 31st St. S. Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. with games from noon to 3 p.m. Lunch is $10, or $35 for a table of four. For tickets or more information call 727-864-6796.


Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 7 Sophies Attic Has the Bling Greetings from Sophies Attic, the best little thrift shop in Gulfport. They have spent this week sorting out a large assortment of donated jewelry. A little bit of everything here. They also have a rack of all new to you clothing freshly laundered and ready to go on your next grand adventure. Mens and ladies. Theyre still continuing their half price sale on select mens and ladies clothing. Sophies Attic is a mission outreach of the First United Methodist Church. 28th Ave. S. Theyre open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. till noon. Documentary Follows Gay Palestinian Lives The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library continues its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, April 12 with a of three gay Palestinian men and their female friend living in Israel. The Film Series is a free gathering friends and neighbors each month. Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own brown bag supper and beverages. Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Licensing restrictions prohibit general press releases. But feel free to call the library at 727-893-1074 for and more information at mygulfport. us/lgbtq-resources. The LGBTQ Resource Center is of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. Find out more about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and the Library on the web or at facebook. com/GulfportLibraryFL. Gulfport Democrats Discuss Recycling The Gulfport Democrats April meeting will build on the trash and recycling conversation that was started in March. The speaker is Jan Tracy, Pinellas Countys Solid Waste Program Director, who will answer the question What happens to your garbage when you throw it away? Her presentation will cover Pinellas Countys integrated solid waste recycling programs, and household electronics and chemical collection center (HEC3). She will also talk about reducing, reusing, and recycling waste and closing the loop by purchasing items made with post-consumer recycled content. As usual, the Gulfport Democrats will meet at Stellas, 3119 Beach Blvd. S. at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23. Once again, thank you Barbara Banno! Any questions, call April Thanos at 206-501-7836.


8 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 SPC Concert for Rwanda Rising The St. Petersburg College Wind Ensembles will present a tribute concert for the Rwanda Rising Music Project on Thursday, April 26, at the Palladium, 253 5th Ave. N., The concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free. SPC alumnus Lance Gaskill is the founder of the Rwanda Rising Music Project, where he and family teach concert band, jazz band, and orchestra to the communities of Kagali, Rwanda. SPC students have collaborated with students in Rwanda via internet conferencing, and they are eager to present their stories and music performance. The concert will include performances by both SPCs Community Concert Band and Community Wind Symphony, with video presentations of activities in Rwanda. For information about upcoming events, please artscalendar. Recorder Concert at the Gulfport Library The St. Petersburg Recorder Group will present a free public concert on Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m. in the Gulfport Library Activity Room, 5501 28th. Ave. S. The program will highlight the musical history of the recorder from the 16th century through modern day. For more information on the concert, or membership in the group which welcomes new members yearround, call Debbie at 727-688-8743. Mornings at Seven at the Hickman The Gulfport Community Players will perform Mornings at Seven at the Catherine Hickman Theater from April 19 through 29. Four older sisters, three husbands, a nephew and a girlfriend what could go wrong? Chaos erupts when Homer (the nephew) brings home his girlfriend of 12 years to meet where he is, someone wants to move, and a secret held for over 40 years erupts the ordinary lives of these nine people. The plot plays out over just two days in the lives of the four aging Gibb sisters living in a small Midwestern town in 1938. Tickets are $18 online and at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar or $20 in the lobby (cash only, one hour before show time). For more information visit Pinellas Braille Group Award Applications Applications for the annual Mildred Shavlan Achievement Awards are available from the Pinellas Braille Group. This year the annual awards will be joined by a $500 Scholarship Award from the St. Petersburg Lions Club. The awards are open to all visually impaired students in Pinellas County grades 6 to 12. The Lions Club Award is only available to a high school senior. For more information on the applications or the awards, email Carol Syvrud at caroljean21060@ Information can also be found at


Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 9 Adventure Awaits at the Circle Bookshop The Circle of Friends Bookshop has a wide variety of adventures for the reader to explore. Exciting mysteries and suspense novels, biographies of explorers and adventure-seekers and near and far. A large print section has recently been added to the shop. All proceeds of the bookshop are dedicated to the Gulfport Library for programs and new acquisitions. The bookshop is located in the Gulfport Library at 5501 28th Ave. S. Call Marilyn Field at 727-321-4035 if you have any bookshop questions. Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag There will be a party celebrating the publication of Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, a childrens picture book on at ArtXchange, 515 22nd St. S., on Thursday, April 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The party will include a silent Homeless Youth Project and an interview and reading by the author, Rob Sanders, The event is free and open to the public. The party is sponsored by author Rob Sanders, Tombolo Books, Random House Books for Young Readers, the Warehouse Arts District and 4th Annual SunLit Festival For more information visit or call 727-7559456. Creative Writing Summer Camp Kids ages 9 to 12 are invited to the Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S., to learn about creativity in a fun, week-long writing camp with Keep St. Pete Lit teachers. The camp is free for low-income students. All students will explore storytelling through play, art, writing, and zinemaking in a welcoming environment. Students will also be invited to There will be two camp sessions: July 16 through 20 and July 23 through 27, both from 9 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. To apply for Keep St. Pete Lits Creative Writing Summer Camp website at Those who do not qualify for tuition-free camp will be asked to remit a tuition payment of $150 per week before start of classes. Space is limited. If you have questions, please contact Maureen McDole at mmcdole@ or call 727-7984530. Treasure Island Childrens Programs The city of Treasure Island Recreation Department is offering two exciting and fun camps to entertain your children this summer. An 11-week recreational camp for children 5 to 13 years old will be held May 29 through August 10. Camp hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Before and after care is provided for an additional fee. Family discounts are available. Summer Camp registration begins on April 9 and is available in the Recreation Department inside City Hall at 120 108th Ave. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday. Activities to include games, sports, arts and crafts, parties, guest speakers and entertainment, For additional information, please call the Recreation Department at 727-547-4575 or email recreation@ Participants can obtain registration forms and additional information at Junior Tennis Camps for kids ages 8 years old through high school will be held at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd. Camps will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m till noon. For more information, contact Treasure Bay at 727-360-6062 or email pgirardi@


10 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 By Debbie Wolfe OK. Designing a dress that was worn at the 2018 Oscars was a big deal. But, Wendy Ohlendorfs life is so much more. The clothing designer is a down-to-earth businesswoman with a pet cockatiel named Oliver serving as the mascot in her Gulfport shop. Hes in charge, she said. People around here come to visit him. Her atelier is nestled in the back of Gulfports Courtyard area located off Beach Boulevard. With a street number of 2914-1/2, her shop is appointed with a showroom, a work area, a sit-down conversation counter for two, Olivers home, and a wine bar along with a package sales area specializing in vintages from Oregon and Washington state. It all started when she worked periodically in a friends vintage clothing shop. While she repaired clothing for resale, I started getting lost in the construction, looking at how each piece was put together. Next, her ex-boyfriends mother gave her a sewing machine. took scissors and literally cut free form and sewed it up, said Ohlendorf. That was the beginning of my designing and it evolved from there. At one time, she owned her own vintage clothing store. It evolved into higher end pieces and then it consisted exclusively of her clothing creations. I sculpt with fabric instead of clay, said Ohlendorf. Each one is a one-of-a-kind art piece. Her stores have always featured items made by others that complement her runway designs including matching necklaces, jewelry or handbags. I try to bring people along, she said. While following her dream, her dad and then paternal grandmother began to have health issues. They lived in Bradenton. In her visits to Florida, and while staying with local friends who she also considers her family, she realized she wanted to live nearer to all of them. We are all aging and family is family, she said. She looked at several places in the Tampa Bay area to relocate her physical store right, she said. When she saw Gulfport and its waterfront early on a foggy morning, she knew she had a place to put her toes into the water and to call home. That was in May of 2017. Now, about a year later and with the help of her dad and extended family, shell soon be expanding her Gulfport store to include the space next door. The expanded area will be named Vintage Small Bites Wine Lounge. Her dad helped her build the new lounges bartop. Her longtime friends are also a part of the wine and food venture. Its a family affair, she said. As part of her connection to the community, she sponsors courtyard bands that play for free every second Saturday from 5 to about 8 p.m. When the lounge opens, Ill have more things in the courtyard like food nibbles and a movie or open mic nights, she said. Talking about clothing is what brings out her most passionate smile. When she had her shop in Portland, Oregon, one of the gowns on display consisted pants, an overskirt and cummerbund. It caught the eye of a woman whose husband is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They own a major theater chain in the Los Angeles area, said Ohlendorf. And, she needed something to wear for the Oscars. What did Ohlendorf think when she heard the word Oscars? Its the same as anybody who wants something, said Ohlendorf. Ive done a lot of gowns. Yes, the Oscars are incredible. I had one of my gowns go to the Grammys. I dont really care where they go. Each gown is going on somebody and the end result is their face lights up and I know that what I did with these hands made someone happy and smile. So, for me, thats the joy. The real joy is personal. Ohlendorf does not have permission to identify her Oscar client. But, she can say the woman and her husband ride their bikes to the annual awards ceremony. So the dress had to be bike-friendly with stretchy and non-wrinkle fabrics, said Ohlendorf. The Oscar gown was designed as a three-piece differed from the model as it had a higher neckline and backline along with threequarter sleeves. Like the model, the bottoms were capri pants and when she arrived at the Dolby Theater Academy Awards Dress Just Part of Higher Rewards in Gulfport Wendy Ohlendorf describes her creative process to create party dresses and gowns displayed in her Gulfport couture shop. Each piece is going on somebody and the end result is their face lights up and I know that what I did with these hands made someone happy and smile. So, for me, thats the joy. As shown in the background, she also sells wine from Oregon and Washington state.


Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 11 in Hollywood, she took the large overskirt out of her bag and put Ohlendorf. In her Gulfport shop, the Oscar inspiration dress is showcased through a courtyard picture window. Two mini display areas feature collections of party dresses and gowns. specialty shops, repurposes vintage clothing, buys from online vintage sources and travels to Los Angeles to comb through bolts that speak to her in the six-block garment district. The goal is not to have too many things made from the same fabric, she said. The dress that went to the Grammys was made from fabric I found at Jays when I was visiting dad, she said, referencing Jays Fabric Center in St. Petersburg. After 20 years, Ohlendorf her professional focus and is seeing a market that is increasingly appreciative of couture. I push myself really hard. I expect a lot out of me. Ive built a standard that people know, she said. When people get something from me, they know its going to be just so.Urban Survivor Bootcamp Fitness Take the Urban Survivor Bootcamp Fitness challenge and it will be the most intense and most rewarding workout you have ever experienced. Urban Survivor Bootcamp Fitness incorporates a high-intensity interval training program that focuses on high-intensity anaerobic exercise, coupled with lower-intensity rest periods. These short yet intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, increased strength and muscularity, improved glucose metabolism, and extreme fat burning. In addition to strength and incorporates a fun and light group atmosphere for all who participate or experience. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Gulfport Recreation Center for $30 per month! Please call Donnie Ali-McClendon at 727-550-7185 for more information. Slow Flow Yoga at the Gulfport Rec Center practices slowing down by using a slow steady breath, holding postures and transitioning smoothly. Its a practice that builds strength with each movement that is initiated by slow controlled inhales and exhales. Accessible for all levels. Classes are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. starting in March at Gulfport Recreation Center. For more information contact Denise at 813-777-9964 or


12 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 Music at Gulfport Beach Pavilion #6Mondays, 1 to 4 p.m. Music Lovers Karaoke with Mary Phillips Tuesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. (Every Other Week) Music with Melody Tunes with Len and Arlene The Magiktones with Karen and Tom (3/20) Wednesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Karaoke w/Mike Furman Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Dancing with Danny Helou Fridays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. (1st and 3rd) Bruce Daniels Jazz Flute (2nd and 4th) Dancing and Listening with Geno Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Maliblues Duo Sundays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Accordionist Bill All activities are weather permitting Call 727-893-1068 for more information This Week's Solutions Save Our StraysMolly B. and three other family felines were rescued from a boat off the coast of Gulfport. This great tabby is the only one that has not found a forever home. She is not shy and loves to interact with people and play with her feather toy. Meet Molly B by calling 727-545-1116. View more felines at saveourstraysinc. com. Pet PalsTJ is a happy, lively boy. He is looking for a home with a strong leader and lots of love! TJ loves his afternoon walks and would love to be part of an active household. He is a 21/2-year-old 68-pound black mouth cur mix. TJ is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. His adoption fee is $200. See more animals at petpalanimalshelter. com or call us at 727-328-7738. Stretch-N-Tone Classes at Recreation Center Jeans stretchn-tone classes are held at the Gulfport Recreation Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and are $3 per class. Please bring exact change and come 15 minutes early to register and pay. Bring a mat and weights for the class. Call Jean at 631-226-6794 for more information. PAG Church Hosts Award-Winning Choir The Maverick Choral Society, an award-winning choir from the Miami Art Studio, will perform at Pass-AGrille Beach Community Churchs 10 a.m. service this Sunday, April 15. Admission is free. This choir of young men and women has performed to rave reviews at Carnegie Hall and other notable venues. All are invited to attend and share in this outstanding musical experience. The Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church is located at 107 16th Ave. St. Pete Beach.


Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 13 GriefShare Meeting Begins in May The next group for GriefShare will be meeting every Friday, starting May 4 through July 27 from 10 a.m. till noon at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N. GriefShare is for anyone who has lost a loved one to help them get through their grief. For more information call 727-343-7747. Tyrone Square Walking Club and Memory Cafe The Tyrone Square Walking Club will meet on Thursday, April 20 at 10 a.m. at Tyrone Square Mall. Meet Memory Cafe members at 10 a.m. at the food court entrance, tables on the left. Walk with memory caf friends as they work on the monthly scavenger hunt. Enjoy a morning pick-me-up courtesy of Naples Soap Company. Sit and people watch, shop or just enjoy. Naples Soap Company is donating a portion of all sales to respite program offering activities to seniors and caregiver respite. Meet them for lunch at 11 a.m. at Red Robin for conversation and friendship building. Purchase lunch area of Red Robin. Living with dementia does not have to be all clouds, we can share some indoor sunshine together at Tyrone memory cafe. Sponsored by Arden Courts of Seminole. RSVP with Cate at catemccarty@ or at 813-384-7571. Beta Sigma Phi Activities The Annual Beta Sigma Phi Florida State Convention will be held on Royal Caribbeans Majesty of the Seas this year. Members and guests will be enjoying a three-day cruise to the Bahamas leaving on Friday, April 20 and returning on Monday, April 23 from Port Canaveral. The State Women of the Year will be recognized and plans for future conventions will be shared. Approximately 18 of the members from Sunshine City Council will be enjoying a relaxing weekend along with about 200 other sisters from around the state. The Annual Founders Day Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Doubletree Beach Resort on North Redington Beach at noon. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and members will have an opportunity to glance through scrapbooks from the past to reminisce on the times gone by. The Chapter Women of the Year, Council Pledge of the Year, Council Ideal Sister and Council Woman of the Year will be recognized. The Golden Circle Ritual will be given to Gera George, Cate Green and Darlene Skinner for their 50 years of membership. The Diamond Circle Ritual will be given to Sonia Schulz for her 60 years of membership and Ginny Taylor will be recognized for her 60 years of membership. Beta Sigma Phi is a social and cultural organization for women. There are eight chapters in the Sunshine City Council which meet at various times to enjoy meetings, socials and a variety of service projects. For more information call Sharon Ingram at 727-321-2849.


14 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 327-8855 5412 Central Avenue327-8855 Come See The Difference!Come See The Difference! Come See The Difference! Exceptional Eye care, Distinctive Eye wear Contact Lens Specialists Dr Dennis Ryczek Vision Correction without Surger y luding Evenings We Accept Most e A/EYEMED Try your hand at SudokuSolution on Page 14 ObituariesMINICK, MAJOR SHIRLEY M., U.S. Army (ret.) 73, formerly of St. Petersburg, died peacefully at 88 in Elgin, IL, on February 11. Shirley served over 22 years in the U.S. Army in Japan, Germany, Vietnam and much of the U.S. She was awarded the Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Overseas Bars, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 10-year device and the Vietnam Commendation Medal with 10-Leaf Cluster. Shirley is survived by cousins from coast to coast. Though she never traveled to Mars as she once imagined, Shirley saw much of this world and is held dear in many hearts. Her life of service to her country, to her American Legion family nd to neighbors and friends is an inspiration to us all. Services conducted by Andy Anderson American Legion Post #125 were held April 11 at Bay Pines National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Andy Anderson American Legion Post #125.


Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 15 Local Crime WatchA sampling of police reports from March 27 to April 3 in Gulfport, St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena.Source: Pinellas County Crime Viewer and Gulfport Police DepartmentGulfport3/29 Fraud in the 5900 block of Seabird Drive South. A resident reported that someone used her bank account number to forge a personal check, which was then cashed at a location elsewhere in Florida. 3/29 Burglary to a structure in the 1600 block of 49th Street South. A kayak that had been impounded by police for a city ordinance violation and stored in a fenced compound was stolen from the compound. 3/30 Burglary to a residence in the 5700 block of 12th Avenue South. A resident reported that while he was away from home on March 27, someone made entry into his apartment and stole some items. The victim decided not to notify the police the day the burglary occurred, but then later changed his mind and made the report after an acquaintance convinced him that he should. 3/31 Narcotics arrest in the 6800 block of Gulfport Boulevard South. Sergeant Vandenberg stopped a vehicle with an unreadable temp tag that was not assigned to any vehicle. There was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car and the driver, Cicero Holloway, admitted to having a joint in the center console. Cicero was searched and had more marijuana, ecstasy, and crack cocaine in his pocket. 3/31 Hit and run crash at 15th Avenue South and 52nd Street South. A vehicle failed to stop for a stop sign and struck another vehicle. The vehicle that failed to stop for the stop sign also failed to stop after the crash. The vehicle was described as possibly being a white Hyundai SUV that was last seen southbound on 52nd Street South. 3/31 Theft in the 2900 block of Beach Boulevard. Two men were sitting at a business and one of them can be seen on video taking another customers Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phone from the countertop. The suspects then quickly left the business. 4/2 Theft in the 5000 block of 11th Avenue South. A resident reported that sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., someone stole a four-foot by seven-foot open trailer with a ramp that had been parked in the driveway. 4/2 Warrant arrest in the 1000 block of 59th Street South. Mitchell King, who had three outstanding warrants for his arrest for violating probation stemming from narcotics convictions, was located at his residence and taken into custody without incident. 4/2 Animal cruelty/ vandalism in the 1000 block of 49th Street South. A woman who came into Nancys Nails to get a manicure did not like being told she had to wait her turn to get her nails done. She broke several items in the business including surveillance footage was captured of her committing the animal cruelty and vandalism and will hopefully 4/4 Supplement report in the 1900 block of 55th from the recovery of a stolen car in one of his cases that originated in September 2017. He spoke to the victim, who did not know the person whose DNA was found in the car, indicating that person was involved in the theft. Probable cause now exists for the arrest of the owner of the DNA.Assault 4/1, 9 a.m., 2600 block of 52nd Street S Battery 4/1, 5:40 p.m., 5000 block of 12th Avenue S Battery aggravated 3/29, 7:21 p.m., 5100 block of 12th Avenue S 3/31, 1:27 a.m., 2800 block of Dupont Street S Burglary residence 3/28, 6 p.m., 5000 block of 9th Avenue S 3/29, 5:45 a.m., 5700 block of 12th Avenue S 4/4, 6:28 p.m., 5300 block of 21st Avenue S Burglary vehicle 3/30, 10 p.m., 4900 block of 12th Avenue S Theft grand 3/28, 12:21 p.m., 1600 block of 49th Street S 3/30, 7:44 p.m., 2900 block of Beach Boulevard Theft petit 3/27, 6 p.m., 2700 block of 56th Street S 3/28, 8 a.m., 1600 block of 51Street Street S 3/30, 2 p.m., 5900 block of Bayview Circle S 4/3, 8:45 a.m., 900 block of 58th Street S 4/3, 1:30 p.m., 6000 block of block Gulfport Boulevard S Theft vehicle 3/31, 5:30 p.m., 29th Avenue S and Miriam Street S 4/4, 10:15 a.m., 5000 block of 11th Avenue S Vandalism criminal mischief 3/30, 2 a.m., 5900 block of Gulfport Boulevard S 3/30, 2 a.m., 6000 block of Gulfport Boulevard S 4/2, 1:18 p.m., 1000 block of 49th Street SSouth PasadenaBattery 3/27, 2:23 a.m., 1800 block of Shore Drive S 3/27, 3:34 a.m., 1800 block of Shore Drive S 4/4, 9 a.m., 1800 block of Shore Drive S Theft shoplifting 4/3, 6:33 p.m., 6800 block of Gulfport Boulevard SSt. Pete BeachBurglary residence 3/28, 8:00 a.m., 4900 block of Gulf Boulevard Theft grand 3/28, 11:45 a.m., 6200th block and Gulf Boulevard 3/29, 11:30 a.m., 2700 block of Pass-a-Grille Way 3/30, midnight, 9500 block of Blind Pass Road 3/30, 12:39 p.m., 300 block of 75th Avenue 3/31, 10 p.m., 3400 block of Gulf Boulevard 4/1, 10:14 p.m., 5300 block of Gulf Boulevard Theft petit 4/2, 1:58 a.m., 400 block of 46th Avenue 4/2, 5:45 p.m., 4600 block of Gulf Boulevard 4/2, 10:55 p.m., 300 block of Corey Avenue Trespassing 3/28, 10:19 p.m., 6200 block of Gulf Boulevard Vandalism criminal mischief 4/3, 12:20 a.m., 5200 block of Gulf Boulevard


16 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 By Angelina Bruno The Raquettes have been serving, swinging and running at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center since 1962, with 200 members at their peak. Currently standing around 24 women, the Raquettes are looking to expand the group again. Wed like to get the numbers as high as we can, because its good for the center, says Norah Rocket, the groups treasurer. Thats one of our main goals, supporting the tennis center and also supporting women in tennis. The Raquettes charge $15 for membership dues, and decide how much of those dues to donate to the center for scholarships, equipment and other items the center needs. This spirit of camaraderie and support runs throughout the group, with tennis just half of the attraction of being a Raquette. About 20 years ago, something was happening in my life and I needed a distraction, said Nancy McIntire, secretary for the Raquettes. In the late 1990s, McIntire started taking tennis lessons in Sarasota. From there, McIntire not only got back in the swing of the game, but also into the swing of community. I started to meet people and play on a regular basis with a group of people, and the most important thing Love: Not Just a Tennis Term for the Raquetteswas not only playing, but meeting people and having friends, she said. McIntire has been playing with the Raquettes for two years. For some of the players, tennis she says) at 13, and member Anita Knapp, now 69, has been playing Silvia Arenas, Nancy McIntire, Norah Rocket and Anita Knapp pose for a photo on Friday, April 6 at the St. Pete Tennis Center.the game since she was a freshman in college. My sister was dating a tennis pro in Tampa and introduced me to the game, Knapp said. And its been a love affair ever since. While some players are more experienced than others both in life and on the court, the Raquettes welcome women of ages and skills into their group, and their Friday morning games. Raquette member Silvia Arenas had never played tennis before joining the team two years ago. After her retirement, Arenas and her husband moved to St. Petersburg from Tallahassee. Arenas daughter bought her a membership to the Tennis Center and her bond with the Raquettes was instant. I found this wonderful group of ladies and its been my life, really, said Arena. I needed something for me to get out and be a woman and enjoy and share; I share everything with these ladies. The Raquettes meet at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center, 650 18th Ave. S., every Friday morning and have a luncheon once a month. For more information about the group or to sign up to be a member, call Norah Rocket at 727-398-8055.


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18 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 An Evening with Jeff Klinkenberg Author of many books about Florida history and culture, as well as a former features writer for the Tampa Bay Times, Jeff Klinkenberg talks about his newly published Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life. The Gulfport Library is excited to present this literary event on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. For more information call 727-893-1074. This program is free. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library. Busy Saturday on Treasure Island The Second Annual Health Fair and Trade Show, sponsored jointly by the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, Revenue Generating Activities Network, the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, is set for Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave., Treasure Island. Outside the Community Center will be the Sixth Annual Spring Salute Car and Truck show sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion Post #158 on the grounds of the Treasure Island Community Center Park, starting at 8 a.m. and continuing till 5:30 p.m. Admission to both events is free to with coupons and gifts from area merchants. Door prizes will be given away throughout the Health Fair and Trade Show. For further information, contact the TIMB Chamber at 727-3604121. House Concert with Yates Family Band Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, April 14, for a backyard concert with one of Southwest Virginias most entertaining musical groups. The Yates Family Band plays a unique variety of old-time, bluegrass, original, and Americana styles of music. Tim and Debbie Yates and their two teenaged daughters, Molly and Sadie, have won many throughout Appalachia. They play stringed instruments including bass. The band is also known for the sisters vocal harmonies. Theyll be joined by recent Gulfport resident Bruce Waters. Snacks and chat are at 7 p.m., music is at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be at a private residence in Gulfport with limited seating and parking. Please call or email to reserve a place and for more information. Call 727-290-6445 (does not receive texts) or email A suggested donation will go entirely to the artists. Presented by Enroy Foundation, organization committed to the visual and performing arts. Home Share Pinellas at Senior Center Home Share Pinellas is a free program that matches people looking for housing with home owners who have space to rent and need the rental income. This nationally recognized program has an easy-to-follow no cost application, professional staff team, home inspections that ensure a quality living environment, background checks and references, customized matching for an ideal provider-renter match, and a signed match agreement. Do you have extra space in your home and can provide a living space in exchange for rent or help around the house? Do you need an affordable place to live? Home Share may be your answer! Join them at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 to learn more. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, call 727-893-5657.


Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 19 By Debbie Wolfe The annual US and Canadian event that combines dining out with again include nearly 100 percent of Gulfports eateries for breakfast, lunch or dinner, said Councilmember Paul Ray. This year the event is being held on Thursday, April 26. Ray is one of the local coordinators for Gulfport and South Pasadena. He will also serve as an ambassador at Pias Trattoria, which is participating for the dinnertime meal. Faun Weaver is the other local coordinator for this year. At least one ambassador is stationed at each participating restaurant to help explain to patrons what the special day is all about. They also give people envelopes and encourage them donate further to the cause. Typically, well over half of the diners will write a check or give cash as an additional donation, said Ray. In Gulfport, almost everybody fundraising event and they will tell you so, said Ray. He and his husband Wesley Ray have been ambassadors at Pias for about four years. No other local places have the percentage of involvement that we have in Gulfport. Tampa Bays 2018 event has been named Epic Eats while everywhere else its known by the traditional registered trademark, Dining Out for Life. Publicity for the local effort Empath Partners in Care or EPIC, a member of the Empath Health group. Visit and search by city and state or ZIP Code for a list of be including and the percentage of proceeds they will be donating to the fundraiser. Donations are typically fee to 100 percent. The event is organized so that all local monies go to local HIV/AIDS organizations. According to EPICs publicity poster, names of restaurants will be added to the online list up to April 25. In 2017, over 1,000 people dined Dining Out for Life in Gulfport is April 26out for this cause in the Tampa Bay area, according to the Empath Health event website. Eateries in the area have been participating in the event for 13 years. Across the US and Canada, more than 60 cities are a part of the effort. In 2016, more than $36,000 was raised in the Bay area; in 2017, the amount was $25,000. Its a great fundraiser for us, said EPIC Executive Director Joy Winheim in a Watermark news story dated April 5, 2018. It was hosted under the AIDS Services Association of Pinellas (ASAP) previously. Gulfport Councilmember Paul Ray holds a Dining Out for Life publicity poster for the 13thannual fundraising event that will be held on Thursday, April 26. A portion of the proceeds from participating restaurants will benet a local HIV/AIDS organization, Empath Partners in Care. ASAP merged with Francis House in Tampa and we became EPIC. Under the EPIC name, this will be our second year but its been 13 for the agency as a whole. For more information about the Gulfport and South Pasadena events, call Ray at 727-698-9847. On April 26, the Gulfport Merchants Association and the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce are donating the use of the Gulfport Welcome Center as an organizational hub, said Ray. The center is located at 3101 Beach Boulevard, Suite 1.


20 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 Historic Casino Gets a RefreshBy Debbie WolfeWe have a brand new wall on the east side of the Casino down to the studs, said Justin Shea, Gulfports cultural facilities events supervisor, on Tuesday, Asphalt wall shingles and wood trim around the doors and windows have been replaced. In the next steps, well replace the decking around the building and a contractor will replace the roof. Erik Nelson, of the citys Building Maintenance Department, applies oil-based white primer paint to prep the wood trim for the buildings tradition coat of light green. Evening Promenades Along Shore Boulevard Gulfport Food Forest would like to have a potluck picnic open to all yet especially hoping to bring together a group of neighbors and business owners and employees the last Saturday in April. The aim is to have seasonal or monthly meet ups and cultivate a regular Paseo on Shore Boulevard, including the food forest along the art promenade. Please contact Crea Egan and Amanda Hagood through Facbook/ Gulfport Food Forest or at gulfportfoodforest@gmail,com if this is of interest to you in any way. Prehistoric People of Tampa Bay Sacred Lands will present a lecture, lunch and historic site tour on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. The parking entrance is at 1700 Park St. N. Sacred Lands is the site of a burial mound of the Tocobaga Indians, Florida. At 9 a.m., artists Hermann Trappman and Elizabeth Neily, longwill unveil the story of the Indians who lived on the mounds along current-day Park St. in the Jungle area of St. Petersburg. At 10 a.m., Paleontologist Robert Sinibaldi, PhD, author of What Your Fossils Can Tell You, will present slides and lecture on Ancient Fisherman and how the Tocobagas Lunch will be provided at noon, and will include some of the foods that the Tocobaga would have eaten. At 1 p.m., there will be a tour of the Narvaez/Anderson site, one of the last and best preserved Tocobaga Indian Mounds in Pinellas County. The price is a $25 donation to Sacred Lands Preservation and that has taken on the task of helping preserve this special site. To reserve your spot call 727347-0354, 727-430-0388 or visit acredlandpreservationandeducation. org for more information.


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22 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 The Eight Pillars of Joy: a New Class positive mental state, especially in times of change and stress, but in April 17, participants can learn how to create and maintain a happier and more peaceful life for themselves, those around them, and for the world. The lessons come primarily from The Book of Joy, a collection of teachings by the Dalai Lama of Tibet and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as heard and interpreted by Douglas Abrams. Additional insights and explanation will be provided by the course instructor, Mary Dawn Pyle, author and Director of Pastoral Care for Unity of St Petersburg. The course includes reading, discussion, as well as lecture and audio-visual components. It is open to everyone. The class will meet on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from April 17 through May 15 at Unity of St. Petersburg, 6168 1st Ave. N. Participants are strongly encouraged, if possible, to purchase The Book of Joy and begin reading notebook and pen to class. Generous donations will be appreciated. Those who have questions or wish to register may do so by emailing the instructor at or calling 727-344-1515. Garden Club of St. Pete Flower Show The Garden Club of St. Petersburg at the Green Thumb Festival on April 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will be in the Community Center Building at Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N. For more information visit Community Law Program for Seniors Legal assistance is available from the Community Law Program at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., every third Friday of the month. You must be 60 years of age or older and qualify with the program. Call 727-582-7480 to qualify and to make the appointment. If you qualify, the legal assistance is free. The Community Law Program is provided by St. Petersburg Attorneys and exists to empower the most vulnerable in our community through pro bono legal representations and assistance and outreach. Volunteers Needed for Area Cleanup Gulfport Neighbors will host a cleanup of Gulfport Beach on Saturday April 14, from 9 till 11 a.m. Meet at the Recreation Center at Shore Blvd. and 58th St. S. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and make a difference in the community. The Gulfport Neighbors will be cleaning up the beach and surrounding area. Please join in the fun. They have a limited number of picker/grabber tools available. If you have one, please bring it with you. Gloves, sun protection and comfortable footwear are also recommended. Water will be provided. For more information visit St. Pete Beach Safe Boating Program The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 7-8 has a 12-week repeating cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach (at the Warren Webster Building, one mile south of the Don CeSar). Start at any point in the p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed materials that cover a variety of program topics. The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship 14th Edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks ($60 for couples sharing the materials). For more information, and a list of topics covered each week, call Jim at 727-360-4846, Warren at 727-3217801 or Phil at 727-865-2226.


Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 23 When you were in school, what teacher or coach inuenced you? The Gabs Josh Wentz, Sun Prairie, WI: Mr. Jerry Roelke because he wore shorts 24/7/365. He was a coach and physical education teacher in the 80s. And, he had amazing legs. He was heavy set and a go-getter. He would come into our little four-room elementary school and teach us gym maybe three days a week. He would do the best he could to motivate like all 13 kids in our class by having us do things like kickball and basketball. I was terrible. Pippa Mpunzwana, St. Petersburg: School was a long time ago in Zimbabwe. Mrs. Price inspired me and she was my needlework teacher. I really learned a lot from her in terms of quality control when Im sewing and enjoying being creative. If I made a mistake, I had to do everything over from the beginning. So, I made sure that everything was perfect and perfectly pressed. I became quite good at it and won the needlework prize in my senior year of high school! That was fun. Jennifer Curtin, McFarland, WI: In eighth grade, Mr. Bell was my big English teacher. He inspired us to be creative to come up with topics and write more than anyone else rather than just giving us a standard idea of what to do. He made us more Tim Sanders, Brandon: I think of her often My teacher, Mrs. Williams moved from Liberty City in Miami to Opa-locka, she was my third grade teacher in my new school, Rainbow Park Elementary. Every morning, we would do the Pledge of Allegiance then we would sing the Negro National Anthem [Lift Every Voice and Sing]. That was one of my pride day. She taught me to have a sense of discipline, a passion for education, a historical perspective and a love of music. She was my wonderful teacher who I miss dearly.


24 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19). You've been known to come up with systems that create order in chaotic situations. This week, you'll reprise your role as a solutions provider. This time around will be like before in that you'll need to act quickly and decisively. But once the initial moves are made, take a step back, ask more questions, and listen hard. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It is probably more resilient than it looks. It gives beauty in its vulnerable state. Disable your anger to avoid being the ticking time bomb. Rewire your thoughts. Once connected differently, your power will be directed to a creative purpose. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Love gurus suggest that the infatuation stage of a relationship (or a specialized interest) can last up to two years. You'll notice some of the "extra" attraction energy has worn off. What takes its place is either the feeling it's time to move on, or the satisfaction, integrity and reward that comes from making a real investment. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Someone is adding to your happiness this week. You are still a whole person without his or her contribution, but it sure is a secure, powerful feeling to know you have the energy and intention of This is what will push your project to the next level. Show appreciation and it just keeps coming. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You don't have to do everything alone, but there is a great deal of pride and power to be mined in solo efforts for the next week or so. As you take on greater responsibilities and expect yourself to do the lion's share, you'll build your own trust and your ability to succeed on your own merits. The seeds of power take root. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). One way would be to go on thinking that everything will be so good very soon, and all you have to do is hang in there and try not to worry. But that way is a robber. It steals from you all that's happening now, which is the moment of opportunity. What's good, beautiful or fascinating now? What action can be taken now? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You might miss, but you'll never know if you don't take your shot. Also, in this week's case, no one will tell you it's light, no crossing guard, no number called that matches the one on your ticket. Keep your eyes open. Be ready for the opening; look both ways, and when it's clear, go! SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Quite often, you don't realize what you need until you're not getting it. So learning will occur as it usually does: through mistakes and mishaps. It's hard to see these occurrences as blessings, but of course they are living your best life. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Undiscovered truths have power, and so do undiscovered lies. Just as the heat from the earth's interior causes the tectonic plates to move (and makes for earthquakes and volcanoes along the way), the energy of information plays out in our lives in eventful ways, both predictable and unpredictable. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Inventors create things that didn't exist before. Innovators improve upon, or create new uses for, what already exists. This week you'll do both, in big and small ways. This is the given. What's uncertain is who will get the credit. It's why it will be important to keep track of what happens with documentation. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). What is commonly assumed to be a design is often not a design at all; rather, it's the product of a series of adaptations -changes made to take advantage of an opportunity or to adapted to your environment, too, and you're different because of it. One change is solidifying now. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Social science suggests that it only takes about seven seconds to form do it in half that this week! Your intuition is working harder in order to compensate for information that's not getting to you as fast as you'd like. A big opportunity can be safely determined with your gut.


Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 25 LettersGulfport Man's Life Saved TwiceDear Editor: March 31, I came home from the hospital after convincing my doctors to let me home to celebrate Easter. After spending a few days at the hospital with exams, needles, x-rays, etc., I urged Faye, my wife, to let me ride my tricycle to a nearby store to get an Easter card and a birthday card for her birthday on April 2. Wouldn't you know that halfway to the store I wiped out on a sidewalk curb! Immediately two men were there into words the gratitude I felt toward all these Gulfport responders. After being asked many questions and having home. They would drive my tricycle back to the condo and take me home. I told them I was headed to get the cards for Faye. I was hesitant about what Faye's reaction might left. a wonderful surprise! I'm glad I came home for Easter, where I was taught again a simple lesson: Out of disaster can come healing and blessings beyond measure. And to our friends at the Gulfport Fire Department thank you!David Kerr, Gulfport


26 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 What exactly is living tiny? The St. Pete Tiny Home Festival answered that question and more on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday April 8. The festival, presented by St. Petersburg College, and produced by LocalShops1 and the Ivy Sustainable Group, brought in sold-out ticket crowds of over 2,500 people per day clamoring to check out over 20 tiny homes. A tiny home is any home under 400 square feet. Some homeowners choose the tiny lifestyle for sustainability, both for the environment and for long-term affordable housing solutions for communities. Jaylessa Blackshear, a volunteer at the festival, says living in tiny and small homes is a good solution for communities seeking affordable long-term housing. Many proponents of small-home living are seeking places where they can purchase a plot of land to share and create a small community of residences, but having a tiny home on wheels is yet to be approved by the city of St. Petersburg. You cant have affordable living if youre not giving people the opportunity to own their land, Blackshear said. Blackshear, a full-time student at St. Petersburg College, believes that tiny home festivals are not only entertaining events, but essential to expanding and traditional housing ideals. By us having tiny house festivals were challenging a certain notion the notion of use rather than room. What are you going to use versus how many rooms you have. Loving it, absolutely loving it, said Barb Diaz on her switch to living in a tiny home. Diaz is the Tiny Home Coordinator at Gracious Tiny House Park in Lake Okeechobee and traveled to the festival with her 6-byto crowds about tiny house living. Diaz lived in her now her 20-foot home in Lake Okeechobee. Her advice for people looking to make the switch? YouTube is your friend. The tiny homes at the festival also proved that good things do come in small packages. Bryan Bishop, president of New Panel Homes, showed a 100-square-foot structure at the festival. We designed this for FEMA for post-hurricane housing. Theres no buildings after a disaster, right? People cant live in tents for months when theyre rebuilding a city. This bridges the gap from no buildings to permanent buildings, said Bishop. The structure comes in a kit, costs $3,000, weighs 400 pounds and takes 30 minutes to build. Bishop says 49 of these emergency houses can be put up in one day, creating reliable and quick shelter for disaster relief personel and survivors. Other tiny home enthusiasts giving back through tiny living are husband and wife duo John and Fin Kernohan from Georgia. The pair use their Tiny Firehouse: Station No. 9 not only as a traveling home, but also as an educational tool. Dedicated to teaching safety, there are three exits which is also equipped with a carbon monoxide detector, extinguisher. My husband adores pole running through the center of the house enforces that love visually, and the couple donates money raised at tiny home festivals and departments across the country. In addition to guest speakers, food trucks and mobile vendors like Gypsy Junque, Shoptoska and JBs Sweet Addiction, the festival featured a live home build for fest-goers to see what goes into a tiny home from the ground (or wheels) up. Michael Jalazo, executive director of the Pinellas Ex-offender Re-entry Coalition (PERC) a program that educates participants and helps them gain employment opportunities teamed up with G2 Design architects for the onsite build. Eric Glinsboeckel of G2 Design created the blueprints for the home and three of Jalazos PERC students provided the manpower behind the build. When completed the structure will serve as also as a model for what a tiny home looks and feels like. Two versions of the home will be made, one model being on the ground Tiny Homes, from front page People gather at the Tiny Home Festival at St. Pete College to admire this tiny home from Georgia.


Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 27 and another on wheels. The mayor wanted something he could put his hands on, said Glinsboeckel, speaking about St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. Tiny home supporters say steps like this are critical to making tiny homes on wheels legal in St. Petersburg. Ester Venouziou of LocalShops1 Monday morning. For two days, we created an idyllic village. Seeing children playing, homeowners sharing their stories, and everyone helping each other really was just priceless, said Venouziou. We hope the festival helped everyone visualize what a tiny home community could be like. Toy Train, Collectibles, Hobby Show and Sale There will a toy train, collectible and hobby show sale at Lopez Hall, 7177 58th St. N., on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. Vendors will be on hand selling model trains, various hobbies, collectibles, die cast cars, greeting cards and so much more. There will be a running train layout for the children to enjoy. So come on out and bring the kids, theres something for kids of all ages to enjoy. Admission is $5. Kids 12 and under are free. Credit cards accepted. If interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Joe at 727-244-1341, or visit New vendors are always welcome. Jazz in the Stacks Returns to Library On Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m., in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, the West Community Library will host Jazz in the Stacks, a free concert featuring the O Som Do Jazz Brazilian Band. Free admission. Som Do Jazz recaptures the spirit of 1960-80s Brazilian Bossa Nova, samba-jazz, samba-funk and MPB. The band features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson and musicians experienced in Brazilian music. This event is in the library at 6700 8th Ave. N. and is sponsored by EMIT, St. Petersburg College, and the Friends of the West Community Library at SPC. 32nd Annual Green Thumb Festival The 32nd Annual Green Thumb Festival returns on April 28 and 29, at Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event features plenty of fun and informative activities for both adults and children. There will be over 120 vendors, horticultural and environmental exhibits, programs and seminars highlighting ways to landscape effectively and conserve natural resources, a wagon decorating contest and parade, a plant fair for children and much more. Highlights also include 1,200 trees for sale for $5, a plant auction, plant diagnostic clinic and tool sharpening. The childrens area includes crafts, hands-on activities and more. The show is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register to participate with an opportunity to win a prize at at the festival. Adults, teenagers and families are needed to help out as volunteers. Volunteers assist with selling small trees, distributing plants at the plant auction, assisting with the childrens arts and crafts area and more. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and student volunteers are eligible to receive volunteer hours. Applications are available at greenthumb/volunteers.html. For more details, and vendor information visit greenthumb or call 727-893-7317.City of South Pasadena Offers Scholarship The city of South Pasadena is offering a $1,000 scholarship for any student who has been a South Pasadena resident for one year, or any student who is sponsored by a parent or grandparent who has been a resident for one year. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 31. For additional eligibility requirements and information, please contact the visit


28 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 Whether you it spell it faerie like they did in the 16th Century or fairy as they do now, all of them even the elves and ogres were friendly as could be during the 24th annual Springfest in Gulfports Clymer Park on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8. The family and pet-friendly festivals theme is all about experiencing garden, art and faeries, according to the events Facebook page. What was different this year? Over 50 vendors were set up in several rows for a more focused experience, as opposed to being spread throughout the length of the 7.5 acre park, said Suzie King of SIK Promotions. Its magical, she said. Clymer Park is located at 5501 27th Avenue S. between the northand south-bound, one-way roads of Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. During Springfest, vendors, musicians and visitors are encouraged to dress as faeries, wizards, trolls, wizards and other similarly themed characters. This includes wearing wings, tails and imagination-inspired attire, according to the events Facebook page. The Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce hosted this their organization.Springfest, from front page Fairies as well as gnomes and other Renaissance-fair characters were welcomed at the 24th-annual Springfest in Gulfports Clymer Park on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8. On the sidewalks surrounding permanent art installations at Clymer Park were baskets of chalk for drawing and buckets for bubble blowing. Charlotte Pape, 2 and a half years old, of Winter Springs, with her grandmother, Allison Belanger, enjoyed creating bubbles in the swirling breeze on Saturday. Weve been coming to the faerie festival for about ve years, said Belanger. Charlottes temporary faerie arm tattoo was applied at home as part of her themed costume, said Belanger. Jezebel Capra, a second grader from St. Petersburg, enjoyed the bungee trampoline. Were here so she could play, said Sheryl Segovis, Jezebels great-grandmother. It was their rst time at the festival. Kathleen Bardar of Pinellas Park, is the owner of Savannah. A friend of mine gave me both the hat and the dress for her, she said. Bardar is a member of the Chihuahuas of the Tampa Bay Area, a meet-up group that supports local Chihuahua adoption and rescue efforts.


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30 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 to not extend the concession lease to Rita and Michael Janecek of Paradise Suites, LLC who have been running both stands for 10 years. The Upham Beach facility is located at 6850 Beach Plaza while Pass-aGrilles Paradise Grill is located at 900 Gulf Way. Commissioners acted on the recommendation of City Manager Wayne Saunders to follow due diligence in deciding the future of beach concessions. We should not negotiate an existing contract without opening it up for bid. The Janeceks won the contract when it was opened for bid 10 years ago. Mayor Al Johnson said on February 13 that not renewing the contract was not related to anything negative about the current concession operations. issue, said Saunders at the March 27 meeting. Saunders then explained that a staff committee comprised of the administrative services director, the recreation director and himself, will follow the same method we do for any type of request for proposal. The committee will pick and rank no less than three of the top proposals and those will be brought to the commission for approval. Rent is not our main focus, said Johnson. Were looking at service and reliability. Saunders said, The evaluation will not be based on any one factor but all of them together. Proposal criteria include experience, scope of services, details of business operations and rent value. Commissioner Ward Friszolowski said, I think its a good process and the selection committee is exactly who I would have expected. Though this is partially price-based, its really a service that the city is providing. Both of those are great locations. Lots of residents and visitors that are coming to visit them so we want to make sure that that is an ideal experience. At a mandatory pre-proposal meeting, 17 people picked up packets, said Saunders. March 27 was the deadline for sealed bid proposals and six were received. Election Completed Running unopposed in the March 13 municipal election cycle, two candidates automatically won re-election to serve two more years as commissioners. Terri Finnerty of District 1 and Ward Friszolowski during the March 27 meeting. Friszolowski has spent the last 25 years working for the city and I didnt want that to go by without a little recognition, said Johnson. In appreciation, Johnson presented Frisolowski with a freestanding plaque. In addition to being a member of various municipal boards, Frisolowski has served eight years each as the mayor and as a the vice-mayor. My philosophy has always been, its easy to criticize what were doing. Step up and help out, said Frisolowski. You dont have to do board or you can just come and talk to us. Also on March 27, current Vice Mayor Frisolowski made a motion to elect Commissioner Melinda Pletcher of District 4 as the new vice mayor. The motion was unanimously stipulates that a current vice mayor cannot be re-elected to the post and the intent of the resolution was to have commissioners rotate, said Frisolowski. Parking Pay Station Plan Approved A request representing the fourth upgrade existing 13-year-old parking pay stations located throughout the city was unanimously approved at the Tuesday, March 13 meeting. Cale America was awarded $67,650. To date, 24 of the 35 units have been replaced. According to city documentation, quoted pricing per pay station matches that of equivalent ones recently purchased by the city of Madeira Beach for $6,150 each, which is more competitive than similar purchases recently awarded by the city of Treasure Island at $6,800 each and Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation at $6,800 each. Commissioners also discussed future technology upgrades that would allow the city to remotely change the price of parking to and for peak usage times in addition to allowing motorists to use popular cell phone applications to make parking payments. Proclamation Honors Support Our Troops Johnson recognized the Support Our Troops volunteer effort in a formal proclamation on March 13 for the immeasurable joy that it brought to soldiers. The program sent thousands of goodie bags to our military personnel located overseas and at home, he read from the proclamation. Many volunteers have spent countless hours packing boxes with supplies that were donated by our residents and businesses. Volunteers included personal notes to help members of our armed forces feel closer to home. Support Our Troops began on October 20, 2008 and closed their doors on January 24, 2018, said Johnson. Finnerty led a slideshow presentation about the history of the group showing photos as she thanked volunteers and various donors who provided items like cash and postage stamps to the effort. She noted that for years, St. Pete Beach hoteliers offered free vacation stays to troops and their families. They were so generous, said Finnerty. All of the people of St. Pete Beach were generous with their time, money and gifts. St. Pete Beach, from front page


Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 31 Luncheon at the Lithuanian Club The Lithuanian-American Club at 4880 46th Ave. N., is serving lunch every Thursday at 1 p.m. The schedule of luncheons is one week cepelinai and the next week koldunai. The cost is $8 for entre, side, dessert and coffee This Thursdays menu is cepelinai (boiled grated potato with meat) served with bacon and/or sour cream, dessert and coffee. Fresh baked Lithuanian bread is available. Please call 727-337-4240 for reservations or more information. Panel of Authors at St. Pete Main Library The Friends of the Main Library, in conjunction with the SunLit Festival, will present a discussion on Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. at the Main Library, 3745 9th Ave. N. Maureen McDole will moderate a panel of three authors who will talk about their books: Cathy Salustri, author of Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida; Peter Golenbock, author of The New York Yankees 1949-1964 and Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story; and John Vanek, A Father Jake Austin Mystery. Also on the program, the winners in the second annual Short Story Contest will be asked to read their stories. The deadline for entries in the Short Story Contest is 11:58 p.m. on April 6. The mandatory opening sentence is The last time I saw my mother/father, she/he was. Submit double-spaced Word Doc or PDF to The story must be original and 2,500 words or less. Last year, 48 short stories were submitted. Friends of the Library programs are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For information, contact Lorraine Franckle at 727-698-3643 or ljrmd@ Free Literacy Tutoring with Bees Learning Bees Learning, a mobile tutoring service founded and operated by the Gulfport Public Library every Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. offering free tutoring to children that attend Gulfport Elementary and some surrounding schools. For more information contact 727-281-6564 or 727-893-1074. PAG Thrift Shop Spring Sale In preparation for the spring season, the Thrift Shop of Pass-AGrille Beach Community Church is conducting a 75% off sale on weekly designated items. The shop stocks a full line of womens and mens clothing, a large inventory of kitchen ware, small appliances, jewelry, drapes, bed spreads, linens,wall pictures, books, games and toys. All items are priced to sell. Only new and quality used items, donated by church and community members, are available. All proceeds support local charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, PARC, Pinellas Hope, Clothes for Kids and church missions. The Thrift Shop is located on the corner of 17th Ave. and Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach and is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.


32 Gabber April 12 April 18, 2018 This week, let's take a look at how legal transfers of control and decision-making work.Guardianship This is a legal process in which the court places an individual or agency in control of someone else's affairs. Since establishing a guardianship requires action by the Court system, it can be expensive and cumbersome. In addition, guardianship reduces an individual's legal rights to those of a minor.Conservatorship This is a type of guardianship that applies only to a person's property and not his or her personal matters. As such, its scope is less restrictive, and the individual involved retains many of his or her legal rights.Durable Power of Attorney By establishing a power of attorney, you authorize someone else to act in your behalf. You can give very limited powers, such as authorizing someone to sell property for you, or very broad powers, such as paying bills, making investment decisions, or making all decisions for you. A durable power of attorney remains in force even if the person who establishes it becomes incompetent. While a power of attorney is generally established to ensure that your affairs will be handled for you, it must be durable to be effective in the event of your incapacity. Any power of attorney, including a durable one, becomes null and void when either the person granting it or the person to whom it is granted dies. You should be sure to specify exactly what functions are to be covered by the durable power of attorney. For example, medical decisions, investment choices and property care Of course, a durable power of attorney should be given only to someone you trust implicitly to act in your best interest. You should consult an attorney for the requirement of a durable power of attorney. Mr. Myers is the owner of Akerson Petersburg, FL. The phone number calls regarding this article and other related legal topics. This column outlines general legal principles. If law, please consult an attorney. YO UAND THE LA W This column outlines general legal principles and is not intended to give you legal advice. If you have a specific question about the law please consult an attor ney By Robert J. Myers, Esq. Indoor Yard Sale at Grace Connection Grace Connection Church, 635 64th St. S., will be holding an indoor yard sale every Sunday from noon till 2 p.m. only, following church service. All items are for donation only and the donated monies will be going toward their building repairs. They have a variety of things, different each week. Coffee too. Near playground across from main chapel doors. SPC Jazz Band at the Music Center The SPC Jazz band, directed by David Manson, will performs at the Music Center at St. Petersburg College on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Music Center. The Music Center is on the campus at 6605 5th Ave. N. The big band jazz concert will feature swing, bebop, Latin jazz and vocal arrangements with singers Sonja Spence, Hannah White and Kody Beard. Admission is free for everyone. For more information about upcoming events, please visit


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