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Croatian Naive Art Gallery moves to Pier

Croatian Naive Art Gallery moves to Pier

Saint Petersburg, FL -- Despite plans to redevelop the St. Petersburg Municipal Pier, the Croatian Naïve Art Gallery will call the Pier home. The space specializes in showcasing "naive" artists, which refers to self-taught artists who are not trained in any classical or acadmic methods, and rare, museum-quality artwork from Eastern Europe.

You can check out the works of art including reverse glass paintings at the first second Saturday Art Walk, which will be a monthly event at the Pier.

The event takes place on Saturday the 8th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the gallery will stay open with extended hours until 9:00 p.m. In addition to the new art gallery, you will also find the Crystal Mirage Gallery, which has been at the Pier for over 22 years and features glass art from 250 artists.

The event is held in conjunction with the Downtown Arts Association, and utilizing the trolley to hop from gallery to gallery is encouraged.

Taking the plunge in Tarpon Springs Epiphany cross dive

Taking the plunge in Tarpon Springs Epiphany cross dive

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- Dozens of young men leaped into chilly waters just after 1 p.m. Thursday, pursuing a wooden cross and a year of blessings, in one of the world's largest Greek religious celebrations.

Two days of events commemorating the Epiphany will reached their high point when teenage boys of the Greek Orthodox faith take part in the annual cross dive in Spring Bayou near downtown Tarpon Springs.

Photo Gallery: Tarpon Springs Epiphany Celebration and cross dive 2011

Tarpon Springs has a higher proportion of Greek Americans than any other city in the United States.

This is the 105th year the city has celebrated the Epiphany; the tradition began with Greek immigrants who came to the area to make a living diving for sponges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Market in the Park brings arts and food to Pinellas Park

Market in the Park  brings arts and food to Pinellas Park

Pinellas Park, FL - If you enjoy fresh produce and hand made crafts, then Saturday's Market in the Park is for you.

The outdoor market is located at the Park Station, 5851 Park Boulevard next to the railroad tracks. From baked goods to gourmet products to art, the Pinellas Park Market in the Park is packed with vendors offering tons of deals.

It is a free event running each Saturday 8:30 - 2:00 p.m. the whole family can enjoy.

For more information please call the Pinellas Park Gateway Chamber of Commerce at (727) 483-8853 or (727) 544-4777.


County offers incentives for 100 mile walking program

County offers incentives for 100 mile walking program

Pinellas County, FL - If you are having trouble sticking to your New Year's resolution to get fit and slim down, the incentives offered in the Pinellas County Health Department's latest initiative just might keep your motivation up. In partnership with Step Up Florida, the county is introducing the free 100 Mile Walking Program, featuring health benefits as well as free t-shirts and certificates when the course is completed.

Helping you track the miles toward your fitness goals is all part of the Leap Into Healthy Living effort.

Walkers who turn in logs with 100 miles recorded receive a T-shirt and certificate. Best of all, they will improve their health, control their weight and feel better. Additional perks are the inexpensive, easy, and effective qualities of walking, which burns calories, builds muscle tone, lowers blood pressure, and relieves stress.

Tarpon prepares for annual Epiphany cross dive

Tarpon prepares for annual Epiphany cross dive

Tarpon Springs, FL - Thousands of people converge on Tarpon Springs for the yearly Epiphany celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, which takes place every Jan 6.

The most recognizable annual tradition is when Greek Orthodox male teens dive into Spring Bayou after the Epiphany cross is tossed into the water. Whoever retrieves the icon in the competitive race is said to be blessed for the rest of the year.

In anticipation of tomorrow's dive, click through this Metromix gallery for a closer look back at the ceremony in recent years.

Dunedin: Upcoming January events

Dunedin: Upcoming January events

Dunedin, FL - The city's Wine & Art Walk on the second Friday of each month gets underway on January 7th.  It's your chance to stroll through Pioneer Park with a glass of wine while taking a look at artwork from various local artists.  For more information, call Orange Blossom Group at (727) 647-8181.

Also, during the day on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 8 and 9) is the Arts and Crafts Festival where vendors set up shop on Main Street in downtown Dunedin.  For more information, call American Craft Endeavors at (813) 962-0388.

On Sunday, Jan. 9, you can watch the Kiwanis 5-Mile Adventure Run at Honeymoon Island State Park.  For more information, call the Kiwanis Club at (727) 535-2257.


Controversial homeless shelter to open doors this week

Controversial homeless shelter to open doors this week

Clearwater, Florida -- This week, preparations of the controversial Pinellas Safe Harbor homeless shelter will be completed and the facility, which is operated by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, will be open to those in need.

Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., local service providers, elected officials, and project partners are invited to a preview and tour of the facility the day before it opens. The event will be hosted by Sheriff Jim Coats and speakers will include St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster.

It will be an opportunity for all involved to see the facility, which was previously a county jail and has attracted protestors, including one rally organizer who compared it to "Japanese internment camps that happened in WWII."