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CASA and Anytime Fitness Help Kids
Area Anytime Fitness centers have teamed up to help CASA provide backpacks with school supplies to needy kids.  They are seeking donations of money or materials before their July 15 Back to School Bash. Click here to see what items they need or to donate. Supplies may be dropped off at:
Click here for other locations.
Help FHM Teach about the Holocaust
The Florida Holocaust Museum offers free "Trunks of Hope" to teach about the Holocaust. To date, 1 million students have learned the importance of standing up against bigotry and hate. The trunks are free to any teacher, but cost the museum $300 to send and they have 75 trunks that go across the country multiple times. Help them make a difference. Click here for info or to donate.

Happenings this Week
Gulfport Tuesday Morning Fresh Market
July 11, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Beach Boulevard

Open-air market with a variety of produce, seafood, Florida grass-fed beef and other local items. Garden plants, fresh flowers, jewelry from over 70 vendors week. Live music and free parking.  Click  here for info.
July 14 - 16, Doors Open at 10 a.m. Tropicana Field
Meet the home improvement experts and discover great exhibits, giveaways, door prizes, seminars and see the latest trends in home remodeling from kitchen and baths to flooring, to windows and home protection.
Click here for info.
"Dory" at Dive-In
July 14, 8 p.m. SPB Aquatic Center

Bring your noodles, floats and chairs to lounge by the pool while watching "Dory" on a big inflatable screen out under the stars! Snacks, drinks and glow jewelry will be sold. No outside coolers or food allowed. Click here for info.

PAVA Cool Artshow
July 15 & 16 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Coliseum

Meet and view the works of 75 artisans selected to exhibit a collection of visual and functional creations in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, fiber, mixed media and jewelry. Coliseum food and drink vendors open. Parking and admission are free. Click here for info. 
America II Extreme Mud Wars
July 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Spa Beach Park

Come get dirty or just watch as teams of 6-10 compete in 8 events filled with mud and water for highest overall score.  After party too. Beer sales proceeds and a portion of registration benefit local charities. $500 per team • spectators are free. Click here for info. 
Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk
July 15, 6 - 10 p.m.  Beach Blvd. S.

Shop, eat and enjoy more than 35 unique and locally owned shops, businesses, boutiques, galleries, bars, and restaurants along with vendors selling a variety of fine arts and crafts. Click here for info.

Mark Your Calendars
St. Pete Road Runners Beach Series
July, 21, 7 p.m.  The Hurricane Restaurant

Join the largest beach race in the area with a 5K on beautiful St. Pete Beach. Registration is $35 and includes a post-race party at The Hurricane complete with a free buffet, live music, drinks and sunset. Click here for info.

DillyDally with Dali
July 22, 11:45 - 4:30 p.m. The Dali

Children can discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles and arts + crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction. Directed by the museum's Family Programs Coordinator in the 1st floor Education Classroom. Free. Click here for info.

Friday Night Summer Music Series
June 23, 6 - 10  p.m.  Sundial

Sundial showcases some of the best local talent in the area with a different musical experience each week. Enjoy the music of DJ Austen van der Bleek this Friday. Click  here for info.
Simmer & Sift 
July 26, 6 - 10 p.m.   Museum of Fine Arts

Treat your taste buds to a culinary masterpiece with the new "Simmer & Sift" with chef Lauren Macellaro. Enjoy flavor-filled food tastings, signature drinks and live demos. Members $40; non-members $50. Click here for info.

Grouper & Grunge Seafood Food Truck Festival
July 28, 6 - 10 p.m. Port of St. Pete

Enjoy some of the best food truck fare around at the future home of the Marine Discovery Center.  Fun for the whole family. Live music, waterfront seating inside and out and tour the Sir Winston cruise ship. Click here for info.
Rays Watch Party
 July 30, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Guy Harvey Outpost

Sink your toes into the soft white sand as the Rays take on the New York Yankees on a big screen on the beach with beverages and all your cookout favorites available for purchase. Parking at Island Grand or Guy Harvey Outpost for $10. Click here for info.
Seeking Forever Homes
Save Our Strays

Gracie is an affectionate kitty. This one-year old Lynx-point Siamese gives head butts, rubs against her favorite person and loves to be brushed and purrs with contentment. She does not share well and needs to be the only pet in the household. 

Call 727 545-1116 or click here for info.

Pet Pal

Jennifer is shy, but she will come out and snuggle if you wait for her.  Jennifer will take some time to adjust to her new environment and will need a patient owner to love her. She is one and her adoption fee is $40.


Meet Minnie! Minnie has been living the shelter life for two years and hopes her move to Pet Pal will bring her a new family. She is fun-loving, knows basic obedience commands and loves to play! She is a terrier spaniel and bulldog mix. Her adoption fee is $75 and will do best in a home with no cats. You must own your home.  She is five and a half years old.

Call 727-328-7738 or click here for info.

   The Island Reporter