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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, May 20, 2019, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       
      Week of May 20, 2019
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
      Science Club
      Monday, May 20th
       
      3 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Attention young scientists! Do you love exploring the world around you through hands on activities? Come to Gulfport Library’s weekly k-5th grade science club every Monday from 3-4 pm! We try a fun new hands-on activity and meet other young scientists and engineers in the community! Parents get to join in on the fun too. For more information, contact Cailey at 727-893-1074 orcklasson@mygulfport.us.
      Open Mic Night
      Monday, May 20th
       
      5 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Bring your talents to share with a congenial group! For more information, ask Alex Hooks at the Reference Desk or call 727-893-1073.
       
       
      Seated Tai Chi
      Tuesday, May 21st at 8 a.m.
      Thursday, May 23rd at 8 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Tai Chi Attire:
      Wear comfortable clothing, & flat soled shoes. Bring water, if you like.
       
       
       
      Seasoned Sowers Garden Club
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      9 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      Every Tuesday
      9 am – 2 pm
      Gulfport Fresh Market on Beach Blvd. S.
       
      The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, located along Beach Blvd. in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront Arts District, is open year-round, from 9 am – 2 pm.
       
      With a roster of over 70 vendors, you will find a wide variety of products, including but not limited to, ready-to-eat and take-home foods, fresh produce, plants, herbs, jewelry, teas, art, clothing and live music.
       
       
       
       
      Ballroom Dance
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 pm – 3 pm
      $8.00 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      Texas Hold’em
      Tuesday, May 21st at Noon
      Friday, May 24th at Noon
       
       
      French Club
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      12:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Come practice speaking French in a relaxed atmosphere with others who are actively learning the language.
       
       
      Popcorn and a Movie
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      1 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
       
      Ukulele Group
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      2 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Bring your own ukulele and come to the library for an informal jam session. Group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 2 pm – 4 pm.
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 pm – 11 pm
      $8.00 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
       
       
      Hurricane Preparedness Presentation – Lessons Learned
      Wednesday, May 22nd
       
      2 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
      Laughing Yoga
      Wednesday, May 22nd
       
      with Certified Laugh-a Yoga Leader, Cathleen Howard
       
      3:30 p.m.
       
      Scout Hall
       
       
       
      Gulfport Toastmasters
      Wednesday, May 22nd
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Social: 6:00 to 6:15pm
      Meeting: 6:15 to 7:30pm
       
       
      Wednesday, May 22nd
      is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, withCharleston Lessons  Lesson 6 – 7 p.m.,Swing-Dance Lesson 7 – 8 p.m., and Dancing 8 – 11 p.m. Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, students get $6admission, and birthday people get free admission.
       
      Charleston is a vital extension of both East-Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, so everything you learn in these Charleston classes can be added onto either dance, extending your repertoire. The first three weeks of Charleston lessons will be low impact, meaning couch potatoes, old folks, and geeky young folks alike, can do the moves and learn the essential Charleston, with very little athletic ability required. Here’s the schedule — Week 1: Triple-Time Charleston, Week 2: Touch Charleston + 20’s-Style, Week 3: Rock-Step Charleston, Week 4: Charleston with a Kick, Week 5: Tandem Charleston! 
       
       
      Stetson Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, May 22, 2019
      Stetson School of Law, Eleazer Hearing Room, 1401 61st St. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      GEMS: Marietta Museum of Arts & Whimsy
      Thursday, May 23rd
       
      $20 for GEMS Members / $25 for Non-GEMS Members
      (Price includes: Round-trip transportation, parking and admission. Meal paid seperately)
       
      A collection of paintings, sculptures and beautiful gardens. See the unique Whimsy displays throughout the grounds.
       
      Lunch at Toasted Mango Cafe,www.toastedmangocafe.com
       
      For more information, please visit www.mygulfport.us/recreation/senior-center/gems or call 727-893-2242.
      Toddler Story time
      Thursday, May 23rd
       
      10:15 & 11 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
      5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      If you have little ones under 4, join us on Thursdays at 10:15 AM or 11:00 AM for our Toddler Story time program! Enjoy songs, stories, rhymes, dancing, and socializing! For additional information, call Cailey at 727-893-1134.
       
       
      Sound Meditation
      Thursday, May 23rd
       
      11 a.m.
       
      Scout Hall
      5315 28th Ave. S.
       
       
       
       
       
      Chair Volleyball
      Thursday, May 23rd
       
      2:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Latin Night at the Gulfport Casino
      Thursday, May 23rd
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
      $8 admission
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      Memorial Day
      Monday, May 27th
       
      All City Facilities Closed
       
      The Sanitation schedule will not be affected
       
       
      Gulfcoast Legal Services
      Tuesday, May 28th
       
      1 – 5 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, May 28th
       
      6 p.m. Social / 6:30 p.m. Dinner
      Gulfport Lions Club
      4630 Tifton Dr. S.
       
      Second & fourth Tuesday’s every month
      For more information, contact Rob Vincent by email at tbirdrob@yahoo.com
       
       
       
      GEMS: Raymond James Stadium Tour
      Thursday, May 30th
       
      $23 for GEMS Members / $28 for Non-GEMS Members
      (Price includes: Round-trip transportation, parking, admission & tour. Meal paid seperately)
       
      Take a tour of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home stadium. Stand on the famous pirate ship, visit a luxury suite, locker rooms and more.
       
      Lunch a Mom’s Place Restaurant,www.momsplacetampa.com
       
      For more information, please visit www.mygulfport.us/recreation/senior-center/gems or call 727-893-2242.
       
       
      City of Gulfport Hurricane Preparedness Seminar
      Thursday, May 30th
       
      • Doors open at 6 p.m. for Hurricane related vendor information
      • Seminar featuring Chief Meteorologist Bobby Deskins and Emergency Management Director Cathie Perkins begins at 7 p.m.
       
      If you would like to become a vendor, please contact 727-893-1118 or emailkossola@mygulfport.us.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      The LGBTQ Resource Center Presents Pride Month 2019
      May 30th – June 27th
       
      The purpose of the Resource Center is to not only provide a welcoming communal space to the large LGBTQ population of Gulfport and Pinellas County, it also establishes a sense of awareness and advocacy for a segment of the Gulfport community that is ingrained in the very fabric of the community; it’s history, unique sensibility, and accepting creative spirit.
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
       
      All programs take place at the Gulfport Public Library: 5501 28th Ave. S. unless otherwise noted. For more information about Pride Month programs or the Resource Center, email LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com or contact the Library at (727) 893-1074 or visit https://mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources/
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, June 4th
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      GEMS: Clearwater Threshers – Take Me Out to the Ballgame 2
      Wednesday, June 5th
       
      $15 for GEMS Members / $20 for Non-GEMS Members
      (Price includes: Round-trip transportation, parking, admission & meal.)
       
      For more information, please visit www.mygulfport.us/recreation/senior-center/gems or call 727-893-2242.
       
       
      Benefits of Water Exercise
      Wednesday, June 5th
       
      2 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Trolley Market District Neighborhood Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, June 5, 2019
      Gulfport Neighborhood Center
      1617 49th St. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      1st Friday Flea Market
      Friday, June 7th
       
      9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      First Friday Art Walk
      Friday, June 7th
      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
       
      Visit Gulfport Florida on Friday, June 7th, for the Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk. Find your shopping and dining maps atVisitGulfportFlorida.com and chart your course to our beachfront town!
       
      Shop for local art along Beach Blvd, visit a gallery, catch a live local band and dine at one of the locally owned restaurants along Beach & Shore Blvd’s.
       
      The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk event, produced by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association, takes place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday – rain or shine, all year round, and is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month.
       
      There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly. GPS – 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. 
       
      For general event information, visit www.facebook.com/GulfportArtGalleryWalk,www.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com, under the vendor info tab.
       
       
      Monthly Beach Cleanup
      Saturday, June 8th
       
      9 – 11 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Beach, Shelter #4
       
       
       
      St. Anthony’s Memory Disorder Clinic
      Monday, June 10th
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Must call 727-893-5657 to schedule your appointment
       
       
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, June 12, 2019
      Lions Club
      4630 Tifton Dr.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
      City of Gulfport Flag Day
      Friday, June 14th
       
      10 a.m.
       
      Veteran’s Park
      5130 31st Ave. S.
       
      FREE and open to the public
       
      Special guest vocalist’s and former New York City Opera Singers Catherine & Ralph Bassett.
       
      The New Horizons Band of Gulfport pre-opening musical performance begins at 9:30 a.m.
       
      For more information, call Technical Events Specialist Kristin Ossola at 893-1118.
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Friday, June 14th
      is Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino, happening the second Friday of every month! Dance to the best in Funk, Soul, Disco, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, with an exciting mix of retro and modern dance music, great for a variety of partner dances (Hustle, Swing, West-Coast, Blues, Stepping, Cha Cha, Rumba, Shag, Fusion, etc), plus group, line, and freestyle dancing too! Music & Dancing happens 8 pm-midnight, preceded by a Dance Lesson 7-8 pm. Just $10 includes the dance AND the lesson. Students get $6 admission if they show up by 7:00 pm and take the lesson.
       
      DANCE LESSON 7-8PM
       
      MUSIC & DANCING 8PM-12
       
      All Ages~No Partners Needed~Doors Open 6:45 pm~Door Prizes~Cash Bar
       
      The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is one of the world’s top dance destinations, offering social dance excitement in a picturesque beachfront setting. It features a rich history, a grand dance floor, a full bar, a smoke-free atmosphere, and free parking. The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is located in the St. Petersburg, Florida area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
       
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, June 19, 2019
      Gulfport Recreation Center
      5730 Shore Blvd. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, June 20th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      FREE Ride on the Gulfport
      Rays Trolley!
      Monday, July 1st
       
      TB Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles
      Monday, July 1st • 7:10 p.m. 
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Departure Loops Start:
      5 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino to First Pitch & 7th Inning Stretch to 10 p.m.
       
       
      For more information and to register for the parade, please visit
       
      Community Outreach
      Florida Department of Health is Providing FREE Hepatitis A Vaccines in Pinellas County
       
      On November 28, 2018, the Florida Department of Health issued a health advisory to inform the public of an increase in hepatitis A cases in Florida and outbreaks reported across the country. The advisory reemphasized the importance of the hepatitis A vaccination.
       
      Since January 2018, 385 cases of hepatitis A virus infection have been reported in Florida. This is more than three times the previous five-year average of 126 cases. Florida’s cases are beginning to mirror national trends as local and state health departments across the country have worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to similar outbreaks since March 2017.
       
      Based on recent cases throughout the region, Department of Health – Pinellas is providing the hepatitis A vaccine at no charge at its five clinic locations; no appointment necessary.
       
      These centers are providing the vaccine:
       
      • St. Petersburg: 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.
      • Pinellas Park: 6350 76th Ave. N.
      • Mid-County (Largo): 8751 Ulmerton Rd.
      • Clearwater: 310 N. Myrtle Ave.
      • Tarpon Springs: 301 S. Disston Ave.
       
      DOH-Pinellas’ Epi staff is available 24 hours a day for information about hepatitis A. For more information, call (727) 824-6932 or visithttp://pinellas.floridahealth.gov/.
      Gulfport’s Safety Around Water
       
      The YMCA of Greater St. PetersburgCity of Gulfport FloridaStetson University College of LawJuvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas Countyand Florida Blue have teamed up to provide FREE swim lessons to Gulfport youth ages 3 to 12.
       
      Each session spans five consecutive Saturdays (excluding July 6) and will be held at the Stetson University College of Law pool. Classes are 45 minutes long and begin at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
       
      For more information & to register, visit www.stpeteymca.org/watersafety
       
       
      PSTA Youth Summer Go Card
      Haul Pass
       
      Only $35, valid May 15 – August 31, 2019
       
      It’s a great, safe and economical way for kids to get around during summer!
       
      For more information or to purchase,
       
       
       
      City of Gulfport’s
      FREE VPK Program
       
      Enrollment begins May 1st
      Classes start September 3rd
       
      Questions, please contact
      727-893-1068
       
       
      Register for VPK voucher atwww.elcpinellas.net/register-for-vpk
      New Scholarship for LGBTQ Gulfport Student 
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to announce it is offering a $1000 scholarship for the continuing education of an LGBTQ student from Gulfport. The Resource Center’s inaugural LGBTQ Scholar Award is intended to help students continue their post-graduate education, whether in college or trade school.
       
      Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and have completed high school by June 2019. They must have a home address within the last two years in Gulfport and be currently accepted to or already attending an accredited post-secondary institution. Finally, applicants must be registered for full-time attendance in the fall of 2019 in an undergraduate, graduate or trade school program.
       
      Application packets may be picked up at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Ave. S.) or accessed online at www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources.
       
      Completed applications must be received by June 3, 2019. Reference letters are due no later than June 10. Please direct questions to Susan Gore, c/o LGBTQ Resource Center, Gulfport Library or at susangphd@gmail.com.
      Call for Applicants for its 2019/2020 “Rise and Shine” Grants for eligible artists currently residing in Pinellas County
       
      The Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber (GMC) has announced a call for applicants for its 2019/2020 “Rise and Shine” Grants for eligible artists currently residing in Pinellas County. The purpose of the grants is to support Gulfport’s and Pinellas County’s creative community and to promote Gulfport as an art destination. Preference will given to artists residing in Gulfport. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Two grants, including funding, marketing/advertising support, and exhibition space will be offered with a total value of $1000 each. Deadline to apply is July 31.
       
      Each grant includes $500 up front to be used exclusively for displays, materials and supplies related to the artist’s aspirations; $300 in 10 paid booth reservations at the twice monthly Gulfport Art and Gallery Walks within a one-year period, with direct professional social media and marketing support; quarterly mentorship with a professional artist board member and one-on-one consultations with the art committee throughout the year; and $200 after completing 10 events and a post grant report. All grant monies are expected to go directly into the artist creating work and creating a professional display that can be used for future festivals and shows.
       
      Applicants must furnish proof of residency, a resume, artist statement, digital images of previous work and online links. For complete details, go toVisitGulfportFlorida.com and click on “Artist Grant” at the bottom of the home page. For questions, send email to questionsartistgrant@visitgulfportflorida.com.
       
       
      Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Schedule
       
      All events are on Saturdays
      9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
       
      For more information about household electronics & chemical collection, visitwww.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste or
      call 727-464-7500.
       
      For more information, please visit www.mygulfport.us/lateralrebate
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Latest water quality information:
       
      For more information, please visit 
       
       
      Smoke Alarms Save Lives
       
      Free smoke alarms are available to elderly and low income households within Gulfport City limits. 
       
      Call Fire Chief James Marenkovic at 893-1062 for more information.
      Gulfport on the Go!
      Get the City App
       
      City of Gulfport is proud to announce the launch of the new City of Gulfport app for iOS and Android mobile devices, the newest way to connect with its citizens.
       
      The Official City of Gulfport app offers citizens a simple way to submit requests-like reporting potholes, signs, trash or debris, code violations, and inquiring about an event venue. Users can include an address and description, GPS-specific location, as well as a photo of the issue. Once a request is submitted, you can keep track of pending and completed requests within the “My Requests” section. In addition, the City app has direct links to the online utility bill payment system, the City calendar, frequently asked questions, the city employee directory, the sanitation department, and the electronic newsletter signup.
       
      The City App allows residents to connect more conveniently with City government to report issues and request non-emergency services. Offering more ways for citizens to connect with the City, please email info@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118 with questions or technical issues about the smart phone app.
      Reassurance Telephone Program
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Let the friendly Volunteers of the Gulfport Senior Center chat with you on a daily basis. Sign up for the Gulfport Reassurance Program and choose between two call times: early-morning or mid-morning. This service is designed to help you feel secure and connected.
       
      For more information, call the Gulfport Senior Center at (727) 893-2237
      Get a FREE Amplified Phone
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      3rd Tuesday of every month
      9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
       
      You MUST call 727-399-9983 to qualify.
       
       
       
       
      Comfort Reading From the Circle Bookshop
       
      Gulfport Public Library
      5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      Curl up with a good book from the Circle of Friends Bookshop at the Gulfport Library. Popular novels, edgy science fiction, juicy mysteries and sentimental romances are all available for purchase at very attractive prices.  
       
      Prefer cooking or crafting, then check out the many recipe books and craft books. A new selection of quilting books will fly off the shelves so come in soon and come in often as we restock the shelves every day. 
       
      The Gulfport Library is located at 5501 28th Avenue N,. Please call Marilyn Field at 727-321-4035 if you have any bookshop questions.
       
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: 
       
       
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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, May 13, 2019, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       
      Week of May 13, 2019
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
      Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
      Monday, May 13th
       
      3 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
      St. Anthony’s Memory Disorder Clinic
      Monday, May 13th
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Must call 727-893-5657 to schedule your appointment
       
       
       
      Seated Tai Chi
      Tuesday, May 14th at 8 a.m.
      Thursday, May 16th at 8 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Tai Chi Attire:
      Wear comfortable clothing, & flat soled shoes. Bring water, if you like.
       
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, May 14th
       
      Every Tuesday
      9 am – 2 pm
      Gulfport Fresh Market on Beach Blvd. S.
       
      The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, located along Beach Blvd. in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront Arts District, is open year-round, from 9 am – 2 pm.
       
      With a roster of over 70 vendors, you will find a wide variety of products, including but not limited to, ready-to-eat and take-home foods, fresh produce, plants, herbs, jewelry, teas, art, clothing and live music.
       
       
       
       
      Ballroom Dance
      Tuesday, May 14th
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 pm – 3 pm
      $8.00 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      Texas Hold’em
      Tuesday, May 14th at Noon
      Friday, May 17th at Noon
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, May 14th
       
      6 p.m. Social / 6:30 p.m. Dinner
      Gulfport Lions Club
       
      Second & fourth Tuesday’s every month
      For more information, contact Rob Vincent by email at tbirdrob@yahoo.com
       
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, May 14th
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 pm – 11 pm
      $8.00 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
       
       
      St. Pete Care at Home
      Informative Social
      Wednesday, May 15th
       
       
      Laughing Yoga
      Wednesday, May 15th
       
      with Certified Laugh-a Yoga Leader, Cathleen Howard
       
      3:30 p.m.
       
      Scout Hall
       
       
       
      Gulfport Toastmasters
      Wednesday, May 15th
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Social: 6:00 to 6:15pm
      Meeting: 6:15 to 7:30pm
       
       
      Wednesday, May 15th
      is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, withCharleston Lessons  Lesson 6 – 7 p.m.,Swing-Dance Lesson 7 – 8 p.m., and Dancing 8 – 11 p.m. Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, students get $6admission, and birthday people get free admission.
       
      Charleston is a vital extension of both East-Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, so everything you learn in these Charleston classes can be added onto either dance, extending your repertoire. The first three weeks of Charleston lessons will be low impact, meaning couch potatoes, old folks, and geeky young folks alike, can do the moves and learn the essential Charleston, with very little athletic ability required. Here’s the schedule — Week 1: Triple-Time Charleston, Week 2: Touch Charleston + 20’s-Style, Week 3: Rock-Step Charleston, Week 4: Charleston with a Kick, Week 5: Tandem Charleston! 
       
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, May 15, 2019
      Gulfport Recreation Center
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      Sound Meditation
      Thursday, May 16th
       
       
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, May 16th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
      Chair Volleyball
      Thursday, May 16th
       
       
      Latin Night at the Gulfport Casino
      Thursday, May 16th
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
      $8 admission
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      Sock Hop with the Impacs
      Friday, May 17th
      7 – 10 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Step back in time as you dance to the sounds of the 50s and 60s with the legendary Impacs. The Impacs will host their next performance of the 2019 season at the Historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom on Friday, May 17, 2019. Tickets, in advance, are two for $25, or $15 each and available at the Gulfport Casino Box office, 5500 Shore Blvd S. or the Downtown Beach Bazaar at 3115 Beach Blvd. S.
       
      Originating in the 1960s, the Impacs are celebrating their 57th anniversary by taking you back to the days of Sock Hops, Star Spectaculars, and American Bandstands. The fun begins the night of the show with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and live music starting at 7 p.m. Admission at the door, the night of the show, is $20 per person. Tickets are on sale now at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom box office or Gulfport Beach Bazaar. For more information, please call the Gulfport Casino Ballroom at (727) 893-1070.
      Blues Birthday Bash Honoring Sterling ‘Mr. Satan’ Magee
      Saturday, May 18th
      6 – 9 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Carroway + Rose and The Enroy Foundation Inc. are proud to present a special screening of the new documentary film “Satan & Adam,” celebrating the life and music of Gulfport local blues legend Sterling Magee, aka “Mr. Satan” and his blues partner Adam Gussow.
       
      Watch the trailer and learn more about this unlikely duo’s miraculous story at http://satanandadamfilm.com/
       
      Event is open to public with suggested donation $20 (or whatever you can truly afford) going to the Enroy Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 committed to the visual and performing arts in the Tampa Bay area, with an emphasis on collaborative, educational, and environmental projects. The foundation will award the funds gathered from the event to the family of Mr. Magee.
      Third Saturday Art Walk
      Saturday, May 18th
      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
       
      Visit Gulfport Florida on Saturday, May 18, for the Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk. Find your shopping and dining maps atVisitGulfportFlorida.com and chart your course to our beachfront town!
       
      Shop for local art along Beach Blvd, visit a gallery, catch a live local band and dine at one of the locally owned restaurants along Beach & Shore Blvd’s.
       
      The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk event, produced by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association, takes place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday – rain or shine, all year round, and is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month.
       
      There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly. GPS – 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. 
       
      For general event information, visit www.facebook.com/GulfportArtGalleryWalk,www.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com, under the vendor info tab.
      Art Opening and fundraiser
      Saturday, May 18th
      6 – 10 p.m.
      Gulfport Art Center
      2726 54th St. S.
       
      Abstract Art for Autism and other Special Abilities by Studio Duvoe, Inc.
       
      Come help us celebrate the creative genius of these awesome special abilities young people & adults. When a student sells a painting they receive ½ of the funds with the other half funding future art workshops and openings. All artwork is nicely framed and reasonably priced ($10 – $50).
       
      Volunteers and donations are always welcome. Contact Caroline Duvoe
      (727-271-5016) or Dan Mlotkowski (727-331-3819) for questions or details.
       
      Live music by Kari Kane and Those Lovebirds (Marty Fouts & Bonnie
      Kesler-Fouts).
       
      Drop by for a wonderful evening of live music and art in support of a wonderful organization. 
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      Presentation: Headaches Decoded
      Monday, May 20th
       
      10:30 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Seasoned Sowers Garden Club
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      9 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
       
      Popcorn and a Movie
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      1 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      Hurricane Preparedness Presentation – Lessons Learned
      Wednesday, May 22nd
       
      2 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Stetson Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, May 22, 2019
      Stetson School of Law, Eleazer Hearing Room, 1401 61st St. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      Book Club
      Friday, May 24th
       
      9:30 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Memorial Day
      Monday, May 27th
       
      All City Facilities Closed
       
      The Sanitation schedule will not be affected
       
       
      Gulfcoast Legal Services
      Tuesday, May 28th
       
      1 – 5 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      City of Gulfport Hurricane Preparedness Seminar
      Thursday, May 30th
       
      • Doors open at 6 p.m. for Hurricane related vendor information
      • Seminar featuring Chief Meteorologist Bobby Deskins and Emergency Management Director Cathie Perkins begins at 7 p.m.
       
      If you would like to become a vendor, please contact 727-893-1118 or emailkossola@mygulfport.us.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      The LGBTQ Resource Center Presents Pride Month 2019
      May 30th – June 27th
       
      The purpose of the Resource Center is to not only provide a welcoming communal space to the large LGBTQ population of Gulfport and Pinellas County, it also establishes a sense of awareness and advocacy for a segment of the Gulfport community that is ingrained in the very fabric of the community; it’s history, unique sensibility, and accepting creative spirit.
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
       
      All programs take place at the Gulfport Public Library: 5501 28th Ave. S. unless otherwise noted. For more information about Pride Month programs or the Resource Center, email LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com or contact the Library at (727) 893-1074 or visit https://mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources/
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, June 4th
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      Trolley Market District Neighborhood Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, June 5, 2019
      Gulfport Neighborhood Center
      1617 49th St. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      1st Friday Flea Market
      Friday, June 7th
       
      9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Monthly Beach Cleanup
      Saturday, June 8th
       
      9 – 11 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Beach, Shelter #4
       
       
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, June 12, 2019
      Lions Club
      4630 Tifton Dr.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
      City of Gulfport Flag Day
      Friday, June 14th
       
      10 a.m.
       
      Veteran’s Park
      5130 31st Ave. S.
       
      FREE and open to the public
       
      Special guest vocalist’s and former New York City Opera Singers Catherine & Ralph Bassett.
       
      The New Horizons Band of Gulfport pre-opening musical performance begins at 9:30 a.m.
       
      For more information, call Technical Events Specialist Kristin Ossola at 893-1118.
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Friday, June 14th
      is Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino, happening the second Friday of every month! Dance to the best in Funk, Soul, Disco, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, with an exciting mix of retro and modern dance music, great for a variety of partner dances (Hustle, Swing, West-Coast, Blues, Stepping, Cha Cha, Rumba, Shag, Fusion, etc), plus group, line, and freestyle dancing too! Music & Dancing happens 8 pm-midnight, preceded by a Dance Lesson 7-8 pm. Just $10 includes the dance AND the lesson. Students get $6 admission if they show up by 7:00 pm and take the lesson.
       
      DANCE LESSON 7-8PM
       
      MUSIC & DANCING 8PM-12
       
      All Ages~No Partners Needed~Doors Open 6:45 pm~Door Prizes~Cash Bar
       
      The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is one of the world’s top dance destinations, offering social dance excitement in a picturesque beachfront setting. It features a rich history, a grand dance floor, a full bar, a smoke-free atmosphere, and free parking. The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is located in the St. Petersburg, Florida area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
       
       
      FREE Ride on the Gulfport
      Rays Trolley!
      Monday, July 1st
       
      TB Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles
      Monday, July 1st • 7:10 p.m. 
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Departure Loops Start:
      5 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino to First Pitch & 7th Inning Stretch to 10 p.m.
       
       
      For more information and to register for the parade, please visit
       
      Community Outreach
      Florida Department of Health is Providing FREE Hepatitis A Vaccines in Pinellas County
       
      On November 28, 2018, the Florida Department of Health issued a health advisory to inform the public of an increase in hepatitis A cases in Florida and outbreaks reported across the country. The advisory reemphasized the importance of the hepatitis A vaccination.
       
      Since January 2018, 385 cases of hepatitis A virus infection have been reported in Florida. This is more than three times the previous five-year average of 126 cases. Florida’s cases are beginning to mirror national trends as local and state health departments across the country have worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to similar outbreaks since March 2017.
       
      Based on recent cases throughout the region, Department of Health – Pinellas is providing the hepatitis A vaccine at no charge at its five clinic locations; no appointment necessary.
       
      These centers are providing the vaccine:
       
      • St. Petersburg: 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.
      • Pinellas Park: 6350 76th Ave. N.
      • Mid-County (Largo): 8751 Ulmerton Rd.
      • Clearwater: 310 N. Myrtle Ave.
      • Tarpon Springs: 301 S. Disston Ave.
       
      DOH-Pinellas’ Epi staff is available 24 hours a day for information about hepatitis A. For more information, call (727) 824-6932 or visithttp://pinellas.floridahealth.gov/.
      Gulfport’s Safety Around Water
       
      The YMCA of Greater St. PetersburgCity of Gulfport FloridaStetson University College of LawJuvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas Countyand Florida Blue have teamed up to provide FREE swim lessons to Gulfport youth ages 3 to 12.
       
      Each session spans five consecutive Saturdays (excluding July 6) and will be held at the Stetson University College of Law pool. Classes are 45 minutes long and begin at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
       
      For more information & to register, visit www.stpeteymca.org/watersafety
       
       
      PSTA Youth Summer Go Card
      Haul Pass
       
      Only $35, valid May 15 – August 31, 2019
       
      It’s a great, safe and economical way for kids to get around during summer!
       
      For more information or to purchase,
       
       
       
      City of Gulfport’s
      FREE VPK Program
       
      Enrollment begins May 1st
      Classes start September 3rd
       
      Questions, please contact
      727-893-1068
       
       
      Register for VPK voucher atwww.elcpinellas.net/register-for-vpk
      New Scholarship for LGBTQ Gulfport Student 
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to announce it is offering a $1000 scholarship for the continuing education of an LGBTQ student from Gulfport. The Resource Center’s inaugural LGBTQ Scholar Award is intended to help students continue their post-graduate education, whether in college or trade school.
       
      Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and have completed high school by June 2019. They must have a home address within the last two years in Gulfport and be currently accepted to or already attending an accredited post-secondary institution. Finally, applicants must be registered for full-time attendance in the fall of 2019 in an undergraduate, graduate or trade school program.
       
      Application packets may be picked up at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Ave. S.) or accessed online at www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources.
       
      Completed applications must be received by June 3, 2019. Reference letters are due no later than June 10. Please direct questions to Susan Gore, c/o LGBTQ Resource Center, Gulfport Library or at susangphd@gmail.com.
      Call for Applicants for its 2019/2020 “Rise and Shine” Grants for eligible artists currently residing in Pinellas County
       
      The Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber (GMC) has announced a call for applicants for its 2019/2020 “Rise and Shine” Grants for eligible artists currently residing in Pinellas County. The purpose of the grants is to support Gulfport’s and Pinellas County’s creative community and to promote Gulfport as an art destination. Preference will given to artists residing in Gulfport. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Two grants, including funding, marketing/advertising support, and exhibition space will be offered with a total value of $1000 each. Deadline to apply is July 31.
       
      Each grant includes $500 up front to be used exclusively for displays, materials and supplies related to the artist’s aspirations; $300 in 10 paid booth reservations at the twice monthly Gulfport Art and Gallery Walks within a one-year period, with direct professional social media and marketing support; quarterly mentorship with a professional artist board member and one-on-one consultations with the art committee throughout the year; and $200 after completing 10 events and a post grant report. All grant monies are expected to go directly into the artist creating work and creating a professional display that can be used for future festivals and shows.
       
      Applicants must furnish proof of residency, a resume, artist statement, digital images of previous work and online links. For complete details, go toVisitGulfportFlorida.com and click on “Artist Grant” at the bottom of the home page. For questions, send email to questionsartistgrant@visitgulfportflorida.com.
       
       
      Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Schedule
       
      All events are on Saturdays
      9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
       
      For more information about household electronics & chemical collection, visitwww.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste or
      call 727-464-7500.
       
      For more information, please visit www.mygulfport.us/lateralrebate
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Latest water quality information:
       
      For more information, please visit 
       
       
      Smoke Alarms Save Lives
       
      Free smoke alarms are available to elderly and low income households within Gulfport City limits. 
       
      Call Fire Chief James Marenkovic at 893-1062 for more information.
      Gulfport on the Go!
      Get the City App
       
      City of Gulfport is proud to announce the launch of the new City of Gulfport app for iOS and Android mobile devices, the newest way to connect with its citizens.
       
      The Official City of Gulfport app offers citizens a simple way to submit requests-like reporting potholes, signs, trash or debris, code violations, and inquiring about an event venue. Users can include an address and description, GPS-specific location, as well as a photo of the issue. Once a request is submitted, you can keep track of pending and completed requests within the “My Requests” section. In addition, the City app has direct links to the online utility bill payment system, the City calendar, frequently asked questions, the city employee directory, the sanitation department, and the electronic newsletter signup.
       
      The City App allows residents to connect more conveniently with City government to report issues and request non-emergency services. Offering more ways for citizens to connect with the City, please email info@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118 with questions or technical issues about the smart phone app.
      Reassurance Telephone Program
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Let the friendly Volunteers of the Gulfport Senior Center chat with you on a daily basis. Sign up for the Gulfport Reassurance Program and choose between two call times: early-morning or mid-morning. This service is designed to help you feel secure and connected.
       
      For more information, call the Gulfport Senior Center at (727) 893-2237
      Get a FREE Amplified Phone
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      3rd Tuesday of every month
      9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
       
      You MUST call 727-399-9983 to qualify.
       
       
       
       
      Comfort Reading From the Circle Bookshop
       
      Gulfport Public Library
      5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      Curl up with a good book from the Circle of Friends Bookshop at the Gulfport Library. Popular novels, edgy science fiction, juicy mysteries and sentimental romances are all available for purchase at very attractive prices.  
       
      Prefer cooking or crafting, then check out the many recipe books and craft books. A new selection of quilting books will fly off the shelves so come in soon and come in often as we restock the shelves every day. 
       
      The Gulfport Library is located at 5501 28th Avenue N,. Please call Marilyn Field at 727-321-4035 if you have any bookshop questions.
       
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: 
       
       
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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, May 6, 2019, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       
      Week of May 6, 2019
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
      Monthly Empath Health CHAT
      Monday, May 6th
       
      3 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
       
      Seated Tai Chi
      Tuesday, May 7th at 8 a.m.
      Thursday, May 9th at 8 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Tai Chi Attire:
      Wear comfortable clothing, & flat soled shoes. Bring water, if you like.
       
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, May 7th
       
      Every Tuesday
      9 am – 3 pm
      Gulfport Fresh Market on Beach Blvd. S.
       
      The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, located along Beach Blvd. in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront Arts District, is open year-round, from 9 am – 3 pm.
       
      With a roster of over 70 vendors, you will find a wide variety of products, including but not limited to, ready-to-eat and take-home foods, fresh produce, plants, herbs, jewelry, teas, art, clothing and live music.
       
       
       
       
      Seasoned Sowers Garden Club
      Tuesday, May 7th
       
      9 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
       
      Seminar – Fundamentals for Successful Investing
      Tuesday, May 7th
       
      10 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
       
       
      Ballroom Dance
      Tuesday, May 7th
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 pm – 3 pm
      $8.00 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      Texas Hold’em
      Tuesday, May 7th at Noon
      Friday, May 10th at Noon
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, May 7th
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 pm – 11 pm
      $8.00 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, May 7th
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
       
       
      Presentation – So You Had an Accident?
      Wednesday, May 8th
       
      2 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Presented by Jim Wright
       
       
       
      Laughing Yoga
      Wednesday, May 8th
       
      with Certified Laugh-a Yoga Leader, Cathleen Howard
       
      3:30 p.m.
       
      Scout Hall
       
       
       
      Gulfport Toastmasters
      Wednesday, May 8th
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Social: 6:00 to 6:15pm
      Meeting: 6:15 to 7:30pm
       
       
       
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, May 8, 2019
      Lions Club
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
      Wednesday, May 8th
      is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, withCharleston Lessons  Lesson 6 – 7 p.m.,Swing-Dance Lesson 7 – 8 p.m., and Dancing 8 – 11 p.m. Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, students get $6admission, and birthday people get free admission.
       
      Charleston is a vital extension of both East-Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, so everything you learn in these Charleston classes can be added onto either dance, extending your repertoire. The first three weeks of Charleston lessons will be low impact, meaning couch potatoes, old folks, and geeky young folks alike, can do the moves and learn the essential Charleston, with very little athletic ability required. Here’s the schedule — Week 1: Triple-Time Charleston, Week 2: Touch Charleston + 20’s-Style, Week 3: Rock-Step Charleston, Week 4: Charleston with a Kick, Week 5: Tandem Charleston! 
       
       
      Sound Meditation
      Thursday, May 9th
       
       
      Chair Volleyball
      Thursday, May 9th
       
       
      Latin Night at the Gulfport Casino
      Thursday, May 9th
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
      $8 admission
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      “DO I SOUND GAY?” NEXT IN LGBTQ FILM SERIES
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, May 9 with DO I SOUND GAY?, an entertaining documentary exploring one’s voice and its relation to self-identity and gay identity. The Film Series is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month. 
       
      Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages. Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
       
      About DO I SOUND GAY? (2015): Director David Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about “sounding gay.” Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers, and celebrities, he quickly learns that many people – both gay and straight – often wish for a different voice. In this feature-length documentary, what starts as a personal journey becomes a chance to unpack layers of cultural baggage concerning sexuality, identity, and self-esteem. Featuring appearances by Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn and George Takei. “Surprisingly entertaining, highly informative and honest.” (Newsweek) (Not Rated)
       
      Save the date for our next film, Thursday June 13, STONEWALL UPRISING (2010): On June 28, 1969, New York police raid a Greenwich Village gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a three-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement. Told by Stonewall patrons, reporters and the cop who led the raid, this compelling documentary recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and police entrapment was rampant. At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history. (Rated PG 13). We are proud to screen this film as part of our full slate of events for LGBTQ Pride Month throughout June, also commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Prior to the film, we will also hear remarks by local resident Jay Chetney, who was present during the Stonewall riots.
       
      Also save the dates for our films on July 11, QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION; August 8, SOUTHWEST OF SALEM; and September 12, THE HAPPY PRINCE. Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library is a 510(c)3 non-profit organization. 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 and the Library on the web atwww.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.  
       
       
      Book Club
      Friday, May 10th
       
      9:30 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Friday, May 10th
      is Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino, happening the second Friday of every month! Dance to the best in Funk, Soul, Disco, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, with an exciting mix of retro and modern dance music, great for a variety of partner dances (Hustle, Swing, West-Coast, Blues, Stepping, Cha Cha, Rumba, Shag, Fusion, etc), plus group, line, and freestyle dancing too! Music & Dancing happens 8 pm-midnight, preceded by a Dance Lesson 7-8 pm. Just $10 includes the dance AND the lesson. Students get $6 admission if they show up by 7:00 pm and take the lesson.
       
      DANCE LESSON 7-8PM
       
      May 10th’s lesson is West-Coast Swing
      Special Guest Instructor Renee Lipman
       
      MUSIC & DANCING 8PM-12
       
      All Ages~No Partners Needed~Doors Open 6:45 pm~Door Prizes~Cash Bar
       
      Lesson Info — Swing Time welcomes special guest instructor, Renee Lipman, who’ll teach the 7 pm West-Coast Swing lesson.  Renee is a mover and shaker in the West-Coast world who’s largely responsible for the resurgence of West-Coast Swing in Tampa Bay. Since 2006, she’s won numerous competitions, including a silver medal in the 2007 U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships.
       
      The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is one of the world’s top dance destinations, offering social dance excitement in a picturesque beachfront setting. It features a rich history, a grand dance floor, a full bar, a smoke-free atmosphere, and free parking. The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is located in the St. Petersburg, Florida area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
      Junk in the Trunk
      Saturday, May 11th
       
      8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
       
      49th Street Neighborhood Center
      1617 49th St. S.
       
       
      Pinellas County HAZ-TO-GO
       
      Do you have chemicals or electronics taking up space at home? Need to get rid of them? Would you like a convenient option?
       
      The Pinellas County Haz-To-Go Truck will be at JITT from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. FREE to Gulfport residents.
       
       
      To learn more about what you can bring, please visit: http://www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste/haz-to-go.htm
       
       
      Monthly Beach Cleanup
      Saturday, May 11th
       
      9 – 11 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Beach, Shelter #4
       
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
      Monday, May 13th
       
      3 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      St. Anthony’s Memory Disorder Clinic
      Monday, May 13th
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Must call 727-893-5657 to schedule your appointment
       
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, May 14th
       
      6 p.m. Social / 6:30 p.m. Dinner
      Gulfport Lions Club
      4630 Tifton Dr. S.
       
      Second & fourth Tuesday’s every month
      For more information, contact Rob Vincent by email at tbirdrob@yahoo.com
       
       
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, May 15, 2019
      Gulfport Recreation Center
      5730 Shore Blvd. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, May 16th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Sock Hop with the Impacs
      Friday, May 17th
      7 – 10 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Step back in time as you dance to the sounds of the 50s and 60s with the legendary Impacs. The Impacs will host their next performance of the 2019 season at the Historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom on Friday, April 19, 2019. Tickets, in advance, are two for $25, or $15 each and available at the Gulfport Casino Box office, 5500 Shore Blvd S. or the Downtown Beach Bazaar at 3115 Beach Blvd. S.
       
      Originating in the 1960s, the Impacs are celebrating their 57th anniversary by taking you back to the days of Sock Hops, Star Spectaculars, and American Bandstands. The fun begins the night of the show with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and live music starting at 7 p.m. Admission at the door, the night of the show, is $20 per person. Tickets are on sale now at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom box office or Gulfport Beach Bazaar. For more information, please call the Gulfport Casino Ballroom at (727) 893-1070.
      Blues Birthday Bash Honoring Sterling ‘Mr. Satan’ Magee
      Saturday, May 18th
      6 – 9 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Carroway + Rose and The Enroy Foundation Inc. are proud to present a special screening of the new documentary film “Satan & Adam,” celebrating the life and music of Gulfport local blues legend Sterling Magee, aka “Mr. Satan” and his blues partner Adam Gussow.
       
      Watch the trailer and learn more about this unlikely duo’s miraculous story at http://satanandadamfilm.com/
       
      Event is open to public with suggested donation $20 (or whatever you can truly afford) going to the Enroy Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 committed to the visual and performing arts in the Tampa Bay area, with an emphasis on collaborative, educational, and environmental projects. The foundation will award the funds gathered from the event to the family of Mr. Magee.
      Third Saturday Art Walk
      Saturday, May 18th
      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
       
      Visit Gulfport Florida on Saturday, May 18, for the Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk. Find your shopping and dining maps atVisitGulfportFlorida.com and chart your course to our beachfront town!
       
      Shop for local art along Beach Blvd, visit a gallery, catch a live local band and dine at one of the locally owned restaurants along Beach & Shore Blvd’s.
       
      The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk event, produced by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association, takes place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday – rain or shine, all year round, and is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month.
       
      There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly. GPS – 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. 
       
      For general event information, visit www.facebook.com/GulfportArtGalleryWalk,www.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com, under the vendor info tab.
      Art Opening and fundraiser
      Saturday, May 18th
      6 – 10 p.m.
      Gulfport Art Center
      2726 54th St. S.
       
      Abstract Art for Autism and other Special Abilities by Studio Duvoe, Inc.
       
      Come help us celebrate the creative genius of these awesome special abilities young people & adults. When a student sells a painting they receive ½ of the funds with the other half funding future art workshops and openings. All artwork is nicely framed and reasonably priced ($10 – $50).
       
      Volunteers and donations are always welcome. Contact Caroline Duvoe
      (727-271-5016) or Dan Mlotkowski (727-331-3819) for questions or details.
       
      Live music by Kari Kane and Those Lovebirds (Marty Fouts & Bonnie
      Kesler-Fouts).
       
      Drop by for a wonderful evening of live music and art in support of a wonderful organization. 
       
       
      Presentation: Headaches Decoded
      Monday, May 20th
       
      10:30 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Popcorn and a Movie
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      1 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, May 21st
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      Hurricane Preparedness Presentation – Lessons Learned
      Wednesday, May 22nd
       
      2 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      Stetson Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, May 22, 2019
      Stetson School of Law, Eleazer Hearing Room, 1401 61st St. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      Memorial Day
      Monday, May 27th
       
      All City Facilities Closed
       
      The Sanitation schedule will not be affected
       
       
      Gulfcoast Legal Services
      Tuesday, May 28th
       
      1 – 5 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center Presents Pride Month 2019
      May 30th – June 27th
       
      The purpose of the Resource Center is to not only provide a welcoming communal space to the large LGBTQ population of Gulfport and Pinellas County, it also establishes a sense of awareness and advocacy for a segment of the Gulfport community that is ingrained in the very fabric of the community; it’s history, unique sensibility, and accepting creative spirit.
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
       
      All programs take place at the Gulfport Public Library: 5501 28th Ave. S. unless otherwise noted. For more information about Pride Month programs or the Resource Center, email LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com or contact the Library at (727) 893-1074 or visit https://mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources/
       
       
      City of Gulfport Hurricane Preparedness Seminar
      Thursday, May 30th
       
      • Doors open at 6 p.m. for Hurricane related vendor information
      • Seminar featuring Chief Meteorologist Bobby Deskins and Emergency Management Director Cathie Perkins begins at 7 p.m.
       
      If you would like to become a vendor, please contact 727-893-1118 or emailkossola@mygulfport.us.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
      Trolley Market District Neighborhood Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, June 5, 2019
      Gulfport Neighborhood Center
      1617 49th St. S.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      1st Friday Flea Market
      Friday, June 7th
       
      9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      City of Gulfport Flag Day
      Friday, June 14th
       
      10 a.m.
       
      Veteran’s Park
      5130 31st Ave. S.
       
      FREE and open to the public
       
      Special guest vocalist’s and former New York City Opera Singers Catherine & Ralph Bassett.
       
      The New Horizons Band of Gulfport pre-opening musical performance begins at 9:30 a.m.
       
      For more information, call Technical Events Specialist Kristin Ossola at 893-1118.
       
       
      FREE Ride on the Gulfport
      Rays Trolley!
      Monday, July 1st
       
      TB Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles
      Monday, July 1st • 7:10 p.m. 
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Departure Loops Start:
      5 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino to First Pitch & 7th Inning Stretch to 10 p.m.
       
       
      For more information and to register for the parade, please visit
       
      Community Outreach
      Gulfport’s Safety Around Water
       
      The YMCA of Greater St. PetersburgCity of Gulfport FloridaStetson University College of LawJuvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas Countyand Florida Blue have teamed up to provide FREE swim lessons to Gulfport youth ages 3 to 12.
       
      Each session spans five consecutive Saturdays (excluding July 6) and will be held at the Stetson University College of Law pool. Classes are 45 minutes long and begin at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
       
      For more information & to register, visit www.stpeteymca.org/watersafety
       
       
      PSTA Youth Summer Go Card
      Haul Pass
       
      Only $35, valid May 15 – August 31, 2019
       
      It’s a great, safe and economical way for kids to get around during summer!
       
      For more information or to purchase,
       
       
       
      City of Gulfport’s
      FREE VPK Program
       
      Enrollment begins May 1st
      Classes start September 3rd
       
      Questions, please contact
      727-893-1068
       
       
      Register for VPK voucher atwww.elcpinellas.net/register-for-vpk
      New Scholarship for LGBTQ Gulfport Student 
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to announce it is offering a $1000 scholarship for the continuing education of an LGBTQ student from Gulfport. The Resource Center’s inaugural LGBTQ Scholar Award is intended to help students continue their post-graduate education, whether in college or trade school.
       
      Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and have completed high school by June 2019. They must have a home address within the last two years in Gulfport and be currently accepted to or already attending an accredited post-secondary institution. Finally, applicants must be registered for full-time attendance in the fall of 2019 in an undergraduate, graduate or trade school program.
       
      Application packets may be picked up at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Ave. S.) or accessed online at www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources.
       
      Completed applications must be received by June 3, 2019. Reference letters are due no later than June 10. Please direct questions to Susan Gore, c/o LGBTQ Resource Center, Gulfport Library or at susangphd@gmail.com.
      Call for Applicants for its 2019/2020 “Rise and Shine” Grants for eligible artists currently residing in Pinellas County
       
      The Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber (GMC) has announced a call for applicants for its 2019/2020 “Rise and Shine” Grants for eligible artists currently residing in Pinellas County. The purpose of the grants is to support Gulfport’s and Pinellas County’s creative community and to promote Gulfport as an art destination. Preference will given to artists residing in Gulfport. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Two grants, including funding, marketing/advertising support, and exhibition space will be offered with a total value of $1000 each. Deadline to apply is July 31.
       
      Each grant includes $500 up front to be used exclusively for displays, materials and supplies related to the artist’s aspirations; $300 in 10 paid booth reservations at the twice monthly Gulfport Art and Gallery Walks within a one-year period, with direct professional social media and marketing support; quarterly mentorship with a professional artist board member and one-on-one consultations with the art committee throughout the year; and $200 after completing 10 events and a post grant report. All grant monies are expected to go directly into the artist creating work and creating a professional display that can be used for future festivals and shows.
       
      Applicants must furnish proof of residency, a resume, artist statement, digital images of previous work and online links. For complete details, go toVisitGulfportFlorida.com and click on “Artist Grant” at the bottom of the home page. For questions, send email to questionsartistgrant@visitgulfportflorida.com.
      Call for Applicants for its 2019/2020 Community Support Grant Program
       
      The Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber (GMC) has announced a call for applicants for its 2019/2020 community support grant program. Local non-profit organizations that target or include Gulfport in their activities are invited to apply. Applicants must be certified tax-exempt non-profit organizations, government entities requesting funds for public purposes, or schools and colleges at any level.
       
      For more details and to apply, see the application available atwww.VisitGulfportFlorida.comClick on “Community Grant” at the bottom of the home page. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding and the Board of the GMC reserves the right to determine or adjust the amount awarded to any recipient. Applications must be received in writing and must be emailed, postmarked or delivered no later than March 31, 2019. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered. Decisions on recipients are scheduled to be announced by April 27. 
       
      Special consideration will be given to organizations that are able to help promote and provide volunteers for the GMC events that raise the funds making these grants possible. “Gecko World” events with funds earmarked each year for community giving include “Gecko Crawl,” “Gecko Ball” and the GeckoFest street festival. The events grow in size and popularity every year and each requires a large promotional effort and a large number of volunteers. Grant amounts will be determined and funds distributed to grantees after these GMC events have concluded for 2019.
       
      Since sponsoring the community grants, the GMC has provided many thousands of dollars in funding to a large and growing roster of worthy non-profit organizations. The GMC also gives back to the community in other ways during the year, including sponsoring “Gulfport’s Get Rescued” each February, benefitting animal rescue groups. A monthly Clothing Swap benefitting CASA is held during the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market; and the GMC’s “Holiday Hoopla” helps collect donations for Operation Santa in December. Public art installations have also been commissioned and installed with GMC funding.
       
      For more information, contact GMC Board Member John Haugen,GeckoWorldGrant@GulfportMA.com.
       
       
      Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Schedule
       
      All events are on Saturdays
      9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
       
      For more information about household electronics & chemical collection, visitwww.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste or
      call 727-464-7500.
       
      For more information, please visit www.mygulfport.us/lateralrebate
       
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Latest water quality information:
       
      For more information, please visit 
       
       
      Smoke Alarms Save Lives
       
      Free smoke alarms are available to elderly and low income households within Gulfport City limits. 
       
      Call Fire Chief James Marenkovic at 893-1062 for more information.
      Gulfport on the Go!
      Get the City App
       
      City of Gulfport is proud to announce the launch of the new City of Gulfport app for iOS and Android mobile devices, the newest way to connect with its citizens.
       
      The Official City of Gulfport app offers citizens a simple way to submit requests-like reporting potholes, signs, trash or debris, code violations, and inquiring about an event venue. Users can include an address and description, GPS-specific location, as well as a photo of the issue. Once a request is submitted, you can keep track of pending and completed requests within the “My Requests” section. In addition, the City app has direct links to the online utility bill payment system, the City calendar, frequently asked questions, the city employee directory, the sanitation department, and the electronic newsletter signup.
       
      The City App allows residents to connect more conveniently with City government to report issues and request non-emergency services. Offering more ways for citizens to connect with the City, please email info@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118 with questions or technical issues about the smart phone app.
      Reassurance Telephone Program
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Let the friendly Volunteers of the Gulfport Senior Center chat with you on a daily basis. Sign up for the Gulfport Reassurance Program and choose between two call times: early-morning or mid-morning. This service is designed to help you feel secure and connected.
       
      For more information, call the Gulfport Senior Center at (727) 893-2237
      FREE Amplified Phone
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      3rd Tuesday of every month
      9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
       
      You MUST call 727-399-9983 to qualify.
       
       
       
       
      Comfort Reading From the Circle Bookshop
       
      Gulfport Public Library
      5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      Curl up with a good book from the Circle of Friends Bookshop at the Gulfport Library. Popular novels, edgy science fiction, juicy mysteries and sentimental romances are all available for purchase at very attractive prices.  
       
      Prefer cooking or crafting, then check out the many recipe books and craft books. A new selection of quilting books will fly off the shelves so come in soon and come in often as we restock the shelves every day. 
       
      The Gulfport Library is located at 5501 28th Avenue N,. Please call Marilyn Field at 727-321-4035 if you have any bookshop questions.
      2020 Census: How to Get Involved
       
      The 2020 Census provides an opportunity for everyone to be counted. Tribal, state, and local governments; community based organizations; faith-based groups; schools; businesses; the media; and others play a key role in developing partners to educate and motivate residents to participate in the 2020 Census.
       
      When community members are informed, they are more likely to respond to the census. Through collaborative partnerships, the U.S. Census Bureau and community leaders can reach the shared goal of counting EVERYONE in 2020.
       
      The Complete Count Committees (CCC) program is key to creating awareness in communities all across the country.
       
      • CCCs utilize local knowledge, influence, and resources to educate communities and promote the census through locally 
      • based, targeted outreach efforts. 
      • CCCs provide a vehicle for coordinating and nurturing cooperative efforts between tribal, state, and local governments; communities; and the Census Bureau. 
      • CCCs help the Census Bureau get a complete count in 2020 through partnerships with local governments and community organizations.
       
      WHO?
      Tribal, state, and local governments work together with partners to form CCCs to promote and encourage response to the 2020 Census in their communities. Community-based organizations also establish CCCs that reach out to their constituents.
       
      WHAT?
      A CCC is comprised of a broad spectrum of government and community leaders from education, business, healthcare, and other community organizations. These trusted voices develop and implement a 2020 Census awareness campaign based upon their knowledge of the local community to encourage a response.
       
      WHEN?
      The formation of CCCs is happening NOW! Leaders are identifying budget resources and establishing local work plans. In 2020, they will implement the plans and lead their communities to a successful census count.
       
      HOW?
      It’s up to all of us! CCCs know the best way to reach the community and raise awareness. Some activities could include:
       
      • Holding CCC kickoff meetings with media briefings.
      • Participating in Census rallies or parades.
      • Coordinating Census unity youth forums.
      • Hosting Interfaith breakfasts and weekend events.
      • Encouraging the use of Statistics in Schools classroom resources.
      • Incorporating census information in newsletters, social media posts, podcasts, mailings, and websites.
      • Helping recruit census workers when jobs become available.
       
      WHY?
      The primary goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. Community influencers create localized messaging that resonates with the population in their area. They are trusted voices and are best suited to mobilize community resources in an efficient manner.
       
       
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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, April 29, 2019, Boca Ciega Bay

      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       
      Week of April 29, 2019
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
       
      Art Show & Reading
       
      Monday, April 29th at 3 p.m.
       
      Widow, a solo journey forward
      a new work by Kate Seidman
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
       
      Pinellas County Solid Waste Master Plan Workshop
       
      Monday, April 29
      6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
       
       
      Seated Tai Chi
      Tuesday, April 30th at 8 a.m.
      Thursday, May 2nd at 8 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      Tai Chi Attire:
      Wear comfortable clothing, & flat soled shoes. Bring water, if you like.
       
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, April 30th
       
      Every Tuesday
      9 am – 3 pm
      Gulfport Fresh Market on Beach Blvd. S.
       
      The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, located along Beach Blvd. in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront Arts District, is open year-round, from 9 am – 3 pm.
       
      With a roster of over 70 vendors, you will find a wide variety of products, including but not limited to, ready-to-eat and take-home foods, fresh produce, plants, herbs, jewelry, teas, art, clothing and live music.
       
       
       
       
      Ballroom Dance
      Tuesday, April 30th
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 pm – 3 pm
      $8.00 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      Texas Hold’em
      Tuesday, April 30th at Noon
      Friday, May 3rd at Noon
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, April 30th
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 pm – 11 pm
      $8.00 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
       
       
      Laughing Yoga
      Wednesday, May 1st
       
      with Certified Laugh-a Yoga Leader, Cathleen Howard
       
      3:30 p.m.
       
      Scout Hall
       
       
       
      Gulfport Toastmasters
      Wednesday, May 1st
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Social: 6:00 to 6:15pm
      Meeting: 6:15 to 7:30pm
       
       
      Wednesday, May 1st
      is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, withCharleston Lessons  Lesson 6 – 7 p.m.,Swing-Dance Lesson 7 – 8 p.m., and Dancing 8 – 11 p.m. Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, students get $6admission, and birthday people get free admission.
       
      Charleston is a vital extension of both East-Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, so everything you learn in these Charleston classes can be added onto either dance, extending your repertoire. The first three weeks of Charleston lessons will be low impact, meaning couch potatoes, old folks, and geeky young folks alike, can do the moves and learn the essential Charleston, with very little athletic ability required. Here’s the schedule — Week 1: Triple-Time Charleston, Week 2: Touch Charleston + 20’s-Style, Week 3: Rock-Step Charleston, Week 4: Charleston with a Kick, Week 5: Tandem Charleston! 
       
       
      Trolley Market District Neighborhood Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, May 1, 2019
      Gulfport Neighborhood Center
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
       
       
      Sound Meditation
      Thursday, May 2nd
       
       
      Chair Volleyball
      Thursday, May 2nd
       
       
      Latin Night at the Gulfport Casino
      Thursday, May 2nd
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
      $8 admission
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
       
       
      1st Friday Flea Market
      Friday, May 3rd
       
      9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      ProjectFREE Theater Opening Art Reception & Exhibit
      Friday, May 3rd
      6 – 8 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
       
      Featuring artists, Lauren Rittenhouse & Audrey Short
       
      ProjectFREE is an Independent Living, Integrated Employment, and Continuing Education for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 
       
      ProjectFREE is a non-profit initiative that is building a community to enrich the lives of intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. The goal is to help these adults lead a high quality, balanced, and independent life.
       
      For more information, please contact 727-314-2213 or email kstanzo@gmail.com.
      First Friday Art Walk
      Friday, May 3rd
      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
       
      Visit Gulfport Florida on Friday, May 3, for the Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk. Find your shopping and dining maps atVisitGulfportFlorida.com and chart your course to our beachfront town!
       
      Shop for local art along Beach Blvd, visit a gallery, catch a live local band and dine at one of the locally owned restaurants along Beach & Shore Blvd’s.
       
      The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk event, produced by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association, takes place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday – rain or shine, all year round, and is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month.
       
      There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly. GPS – 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707
       
      For general event information, visit www.facebook.com/GulfportArtGalleryWalk,www.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com, under the vendor info tab.
       
       
      Goodwill Hippie Dash
      Saturday, May 4th
       
      May the Groove be with you!
       
      7:45 – 11 a.m.
       
      Downtown Gulfport Waterfront District
       
      For more information, please visit
       
       
      Comedians Uncorked
      Saturday, May 4th
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      To purchase tickets, please visit
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      Monthly Empath Health CHAT
      Monday, May 6th
       
      3 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
       
      Seasoned Sowers Garden Club
      Tuesday, May 7th
       
      9 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
       
      Seminar – Fundamentals for Successful Investing
      Tuesday, May 7th
       
      10 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, May 7th
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      Presentation – So You Had an Accident?
      Wednesday, May 8th
       
      2 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Presented by Jim Wright
       
       
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, May 8, 2019
      Lions Club
      4630 Tifton Dr.
      7:00 p.m.
       
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
       
       
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
       
      “DO I SOUND GAY?” NEXT IN LGBTQ FILM SERIES
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, May 9 with DO I SOUND GAY?, an entertaining documentary exploring one’s voice and its relation to self-identity and gay identity. The Film Series is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month. 
       
      Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages. Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
       
      About DO I SOUND GAY? (2015): Director David Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about “sounding gay.” Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers, and celebrities, he quickly learns that many people – both gay and straight – often wish for a different voice. In this feature-length documentary, what starts as a personal journey becomes a chance to unpack layers of cultural baggage concerning sexuality, identity, and self-esteem. Featuring appearances by Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn and George Takei. “Surprisingly entertaining, highly informative and honest.” (Newsweek) (Not Rated)
       
      Save the date for our next film, Thursday June 13, STONEWALL UPRISING (2010): On June 28, 1969, New York police raid a Greenwich Village gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a three-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement. Told by Stonewall patrons, reporters and the cop who led the raid, this compelling documentary recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and police entrapment was rampant. At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history. (Rated PG 13). We are proud to screen this film as part of our full slate of events for LGBTQ Pride Month throughout June, also commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Prior to the film, we will also hear remarks by local resident Jay Chetney, who was present during the Stonewall riots.
       
      Also save the dates for our films on July 11, QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION; August 8, SOUTHWEST OF SALEM; and September 12, THE HAPPY PRINCE. Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library is a 510(c)3 non-profit organization. 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 and the Library on the web atwww.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.  
       
       
      Book Club
      Friday, May 10th
       
      9:30 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.