Thursday, June 24th
Meet Miss Sherry Madeira Beach yoga guru Sherry Duquet takes a break from the beach to share a story and autograph a book based on her bestselling book, Violet the Hugging Octopus. Children (and adults!) can learn to self-soothe and practice the art of self-care. The Telling Time event is part of the library’s “Oceans of Possibility” summer reading program. St Pete Beach Public Library, 365 73rd Avenue, St. Pete Beach. 3 p.m. 727-363-9238.
Friday June 25th
Shalom to the gays The B’nai Israel Congregation of St. Petersburg invites everyone to their 7th Annual Pride Shabbat, one day before the St. Pete Pride Parade. B’nai Israel will host a prayer service that will be attended by guest speaker Rabbi Joshua Lesser of Bet Haverim, Atlanta. Rabbi Lesser’s Temple was founded by LGBTQ Jews. Celebrate the service with a signature cocktail reception. Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58. St. N., St. Peter. 6 p.m. 727-381-4901.
Last Friday on the Boardwalk Support local beach businesses on Final Friday on the John’s Pass Boardwalk. There is live music, vendors and John’s Pass restaurants serving food and chilled drinks late into the night. john’s passport, 190 Boardwalk Place East, Madeira Beach. 6-9 p.m. 727-290-1463.
rainbow rides Golf cart drivers and bicyclists are invited to participate in Gulfport’s Pride Ride Bike and Golf Cart Parade. Decorate your vehicle with Pride flourishes and rainbow lights for a 1.8-mile parade through Gulfport, beginning at the Gulfport Rec Center. Wave, shout and celebrate your way to unsuspecting (or perhaps suspicious) people in Gulfport. The route ends at the Gulfport Casino. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport. 8 p.m facebook.com/events/712985796572494
All aboard! Lopez Hall hosts the Regal Railways Toy Train Show, where vendors sell and display their smallest toy trains. There will be a running layout for the kids that wraps around the tracks and Girl Scouts will be selling lunches – which they promise will be more than Tagalongs and Samoas. Lopez Hall, 7177 58th St. N., Pinellas Park. 9am-2pm $5. regalrailways.com
Saturday June 26th
shopping on saturday You’ve shopped at Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, IndieFaire, and every Gulfport Market and Fest in between, but have you been to Gulfport’s Fourth Saturday Fresh Market? Shop downtown Gulfport on a street with local vendors selling art, clothing, food and drink. Beach Blvd South, Gulfport. 9am-2pm mygulfport.us/events
block party It’s the last Gulfport Boulevard block party on Saturday, and everyone is invited. Shop at all four busy locations, Sail Market(ing), The Boulevard Shoppe, Beach House 5317 and Thai Orchids & Leis. Jam to live music all day while browsing this undiscovered collection of Gulfport indie shops. 5300 block of Gulfport Boulevard South, on the north side. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. visitgulfportflorida.com
The Pride Parade you’ve been waiting for It’s time for St. Pete to have his parade. The St. Pete Pride Parade is titled Florida’s Largest Pride Parade and includes a downtown street party with thousands of protesters. Electro-pop trio SHAED will be hosting the main stage as they primarily welcome LGBTQ+ artists. As night falls, the city will set off fireworks that will be visible from most downtown locations. Party on – sure. Downtown St Pete. 4-8 p.m. stpetepride.org
A salty celebration Looking for a party after St. Pete Pride? The Salty Nun is hosting an afterparty with live music by The Cheaters. Wear your best colors and come for a cold beer and live music. The Salty Nun, 2501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 3-6 p.m. facebook.com/events/453282199941666
Sunday June 26th
The Dogs of St. Pete need a chance to dress up for Pride and here it is. Sustainable fashion designer Tailor Sallee is hosting a Pride Mardi Gras themed pet fashion show. Sallee’s upcycled designs will have people and puppies walking the runway in their best rainbow frock coats and slippers. At 12:00 p.m., dog lovers can browse a Tailor Salle pop-up shop in front of the Dog Bar. The fashion shows start at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m The Dog Bar, 2300 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 12-5 p.m. dogbarstpete.com
pour it You don’t have to be a visual artist to enjoy pour painting. Create a colorful abstract work of art by pouring paint onto a fresh canvas. Learn the techniques of casting, canvas preparation, and the use of silicone in this art form in this course hosted by the center. The Center SPB, 7525 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. 2pm-5pm $60. thecentrespb.com
Tuesday June 28th
Line dance 101 It’s line dancing time, y’all. Visit the Gulfport Scout Hall lawn to take part in a beginner’s line dancing class hosted by the Gulfport Senior Center. You don’t have to have dance moves, but you should wear well-soled shoes. Scout Hall, 5315 28th Avenue S, Gulfport. 10-12 a.m. myactivecenter.com/#centers/USA.FL.Gulfport.Gulfport-Senior-Center/activities/8632
Thursday June 30th
Toastmasters picnic Everyone is invited to join the Gulfport Toastmasters at their annual beach picnic. There will be food, drink and the celebration of the new officers for 2022-2023. Gulfport Beach, 5598 Shore Boulevard S., Gulfport. 6-8pm facebook.com/GulfportToastmasters
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