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M aking Sense of Place: The Quest for a Livable City

As American cities focus on green living & infill redevelopment as an alternative to car-dependent sprawl, it behooves us to look to communities that are working on getting it right. Surprisingly, one is Orlando where their mayor has set a course for the city to become the most sustainable in the country.

This program will be the final one in the "Boom, Bust & the Built Environment" series. The program will examine some of the different paths being taken by Orlando, St. Petersburg and other cities as they seek to use new models to become livable cities.
  Speakers include Curtis Ostrodka, Planning + Design Studio Manager at VHB in Orlando and additional panel members.

Date: Wed., Oct 21
Reception at 6:30, program at 7 pm
Place: Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Ave.
Free with cash bar at reception

The "Boom, Bust & the Built Environment" series is underwritten by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and sponsor Estelia Mesimer, Real Estate Consultant.

Another Preservation Success Story Opens Downtown!

The Tramor Cafeteria, built in 1929, reopened this week - as a German beer hall, The Hofbrauhaus! Click here to read a fun Tampa Bay Times story about the opening and how to act in a German beer hall. Reuse of this locally landmarked building proves again that historic buildings not only can be reused but that many businesses seek such buildings  - indeed - preservation works!
SPP Saturday Morning
Walking Tours
Walking Tour guests in front of Post Office
SPP's regular tour season resumes Saturday, Oct. 3. Tours will be offered each Saturday morning at 10 am thru April. Each Saturday of the month features a different tour. Read about the different tours on the SPP website

Tours are free to members, another great benefit of becoming a SPP member! The tours offer one a chance to see some of the best of the 'Burg's architecture, learn about the city's history & to experience some of the 'Burg's historic neighborhoods. Make your reservations for October tours.
Prizes, trivia questions, fun, lots of people....what was it...the October Movie Announcement Party. If you missed it, below is the movie & band schedule - we think it's a great line-up! And note the special added movie evening on September 26 in west St. Pete....Yes, Movies in the Park goes west for one special evening at Sunset Park (Central Ave. & Park St.)as part of the Central Ave. Solstice.

And our favorite St. Pete artist, Carrie Jadus, has again outdone herself with another incredible Movies in the Park poster. The poster will be on sale at the SPP tent at Movies in the Park along with Movie in the Park tee-shirts and also at the SPP tent at the Saturday Morning Market during the month of October (yes Market returns Oct. 3!)!   

September 26
Sunshine State (2002)(PG-13) -John Sayles' film starring Angela Basset. It's the story of how a small coastal northern Florida town deals with encroaching development & preserving a sense of place. *At Sunset Park (Centrall Ave. at Park St.) - No alcohol allowed. Music by Christie Lenee.  Use the free Trolley shuttle for parking from Free Fall Theater (6099 Central Ave.)

North Straub Park Movies 
October 1
Moonstruck (1987) (PG) - with Nicholas Cage and Cher, an Academy Award winner in her role as Loretta, a Brooklyn book keeper who must figure out what to do when she falls for the brother of the man she agreed to marry. Music by Roy Schneider & Kim Mayfield.

October 8
Raiders of the Lost Ark
(1981) (PG) - Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis are able to do so. The Spielberg directed film won four Academy Awards. Music by Ari and the Alibis.    
October 15
The Sister Act (2002) (PG) - Whoopi Goldberg stars in the film with music that will have you rocking and a story that will have you laughing as she is placed in a convent by the witness protection program, a place she doesn't quite fit! Music by Freelow.

 October 22
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) (G) - SPP joins Keep Saint Petersburg Local and its annual Localicious Festival by offering this family fun "foodie" film, starring Gene Wilder. The film is scrumdidilyumptious! Music by Skully.
October 29
The Birds (1963) - Get ready for Halloween with this Hitchcock thriller about a wealthy San Francisco socialite who ends up in a small Northern California town. Her visit takes a bizarre twist when the birds begin attacking. Music by Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues.
Movies in the Park is FREE (donations gladly accepted)!!! Come early & enjoy the music before the movie! Purchase food & drink from some of our favorite Saturday Morning Market vendors set up onsite or bring your own picnic. Bring a blanket or low seat (some folding chairs available). SPP encourages you to bicycle to Movies in the Park and to make it easier to do so, secure on-site bicycle valet parking will be available with the St. Pete Bike Co-Op!

Movies in the Park can't happen without generous sponsors.  Special thanks to Oscar level sponsors - Raymond James Financial and HCA West Florida; to Platinum level sponsor C1 Bank; to Gold level sponsors - 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, Pet Food Warehouse, Whittel & Melton, Banyan Cafe & Catering, Historic Kenwwod Neighborhood A'ssn, proud sponsors of Bungalow Fest, Ken & Elizabeth Grimes and Bill & Jeanne Heller

Thanks also to our special Silver level sponsors - Weidner Law, Charlie Gerdes, Darden Rice, Northeast Animal Hospital & Pets in the City, The Ale & Witch, Times Square Properties and Rebecca Stewart-Your Special Agent; and to Bronze level sponsors- Battaglia Law, Duncan McClellan Glass, & Larelle House B & B.  
Next Porch Party in Allendale - Sept. 25!!
SPP has found another incredible historic home with wonderful and generous hosts - so that means it's time for another SPP Porch Party! Greg Tappan & Keith Weiler will be opening their historic Allendale home for the party. Cade Allen purchased the home and surrounding property in 1922 and shortly thereafter platted the new neighborhood that would become Allendale. Allen and his sons built nearly 40 homes in the area between 1922 and 1954, homes known for their quality of construction and stone that Allen had shipped in by rail from Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Today, three of Allen's homes are designated as local landmarks and the Allendale neighborhood is considering seeking historic district designation to help protect the neighborhood's character that is being threatened by redevelopment.

Join SPP to see a beautifully restored and decorated home, for some good cheer and an update on what's happening with preservation in the 'Burg.
Date: Friday, September 25
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm 
Where: 3650 Foster Hill Drive N. (street parking available)
Cost: $10 - For SPP members, registration includes two drink tickets. Cash bar for non-members.  Event includes  light appetizers.