|County Commissioner Susan Latvala and her professional Arthur Murray partner, David Schmidt.
Can a county commissioner rumba? Can a fire chief tango? See Pinellas County officials strut their stuff on the dance floor as part of Palm Harbor’s first Citrus Festival.
Palm Harbor, FL (April 14, 2009) - As Dancing with the Stars returned to ABC last month, the celebrities of Palm Harbor hit the dance floor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in the Fountains Plaza to start preparing for their very own Dancing with the Palm Harbor Stars! County Commissioner Susan Latvala, Fire Chief Jim Angle and Head of the Pinellas County School board Peggy O’Shea will be competing in the Rumba, Tango, and Foxtrot at Palm Harbor’s first annual Citrus Festival, an exciting new event celebrating the heritage of Palm Harbor through music, activities, and, of course, citrus.
2nd Annual Cleveland Street Poetry Walk
Clearwater, FL (April 2, 2009) - Clearwater Academy International, the only private school located in the downtown Clearwater area, held their Annual Festival of Arts the first weekend in April. With the Grand Opening on Thursday, April 2nd, attendees were treated to a fine display of student artwork and photography. The large exhibition displayed pieces using many different mediums from students of all ages.
Clearwater Academy is very active in expanding the school’s Arts Program to cover all aspects of the arts. For more information please visit the school website at http://www.clearwateracademy.org/ .
Legally Blonde Preformance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Photo by Wayne Cathel.
Clearwater, FL (April 8, 2009) - Legally Blonde, the musical, manages to capture the feel of Legally Blonde, the movie. It is a silly, carefree piece of theatre that manages to leave you fulfilled, satisfied and quite entertained at the end of it, while including a positive message that is delivered through silly means.
The musical includes all of the familiar and important moments of the movie, such as Elle's videotape to get into Harvard, the scene where she's tricked into dressing like a Playboy bunny and arrives at a classy party and the hunky UPS guy. However, it still manages to stand on its own as its own piece. It's enjoyable if you've seen the movie and still enjoyable if you haven't.
Clearwater, FL (April 1, 2009) - Clearwater will be celebrating its 56th Annual Fun n Sun Festival, April 24 through May 3. Many events will be offered to residents and visitors. There will be concerts featuring a variety of musical genres including oldies, jazz, and country among other activities. Featured events include:
National Scrapbook Day
$35 Registration Fee
10am to 8pm, (727) 539-6767
Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St.
The 17th annual Mutt Strut, sponsored by Gulf Coast Dog Magazine, was held on Honeymoon Island on Saturday, March 14th.
Dog enthusiasts were able to spend time in the company of like-minded folk for the whole day. “There’s actually a French bulldog meet-up group, and this was one of their suggested things to come to,” says Beth Chenoweth, owner of Newton, a 4½ year-old adorable French bulldog. “I thought it would be fun to get him out and socialize with other dogs.” Beth and Newton found the event to be both fun and informative, thanks to the wide variety of information available. “We’re working on figuring out what food’s best for him, so it’s helped out, finding different food and different vets.”
The first 4th Friday in Downtown Clearwater was held, fittingly, on the fourth Friday of March. "March Madness" closed down Cleveland Street from East Avenue all the way down to Osceola.
The Clearwater Community Volunteers had their signature train giving rides up and down the street. It was the perfect evening for friends and families to come together and wander the streets while browsing the vendor tables, or to share an after-work-week drink while enjoying the free live music. Local downtown restaurants were open and many stores had booths. Intuition Salon sold jewelry and handbags, Pangea Cafe' offered muffins and their signature Illy coffee, and Bella Pucci Grooming Salon took the opportunity to advertise their new change of location.
Japanese Culture and Lantern Festival to Celebrate Sister Cities’ 50th Anniversary
Clearwater, FL - On March 21st, Artists in Action International (AIAI) celebrated their anniversary in addition to having a Grand Opening of their new Mission: Beautification Gallery space located conveniently downtown at 400 Cleveland Street.
The Mission: Beautification Gallery provides an opportunity for local artists to be seen. A few people I talked to had this as their first showing of artwork. Like Andrejas Lazdins, who found out about AIAI through Craigslist. He attended The International Academy of Design and Technology and does photographic and graffiti art, but this is his first time displaying his artwork.
Clearwater, FL (March 30, 2009) - Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road presents a second concert at the historic Capitol Theatre in the Cleveland Street District in Downtown Clearwater when pianist William Joseph performs on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727.791.7400 or by logging onto www.rutheckerdhall.com .
William is known for his vigorous performance style, emotional power and polished precision and he performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in January with Linda Eder. He has also toured with Josh Groban and Clay Aiken, and has supported artists including Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Kenny G and Il Divo. He is currently on tour is support of his current Warner Bros. record release Beyond. He is currently appearing on the PBS special Great Performances with David Foster: Hitman.