The Authors Showcase will feature distinguished politician Senator Bob Graham. From 1979 to 1987 Mr. Graham served as the 38th Governor of Florida and from 1987 to 2005 he served in the U.S. Senate. He has written various non-fiction books such as America: The Owner’s Manual and Intelligence Matters: The CIA, The FBI, Saudi Arabia, and the Failure of America’s War on Terror. His most recent novel, Keys to the Kingdom, is a thriller set in the post 9/11 era of the U.S. intelligence community and features spies, murders, and international conspiracy. Please RSVP in advance. —Kelsey Sunderland This event is free. Make-n-take, hands on projects are $5. Unlimited project pass for $15
Applebutter Express bookends a week of CD releases at the Skipperdome with their ukulele-driven, fiddle-and-upright bass-backed newgrass funk as led by husband-and-wife harmonizing and songwriting team, Kyle and Shannon Biss. The quartet recorded their second full-length One for the Home Team in all analog, live, with esteemed mixer Matt Andrews at Nashville’s Sound Emporium (Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson); the album ranges from traditional tunes to covers to originals. Also with the Stadelman Brothers. $10/$13
Adamo Drive & 17th Street Join Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn in a ceremony to formally dedicate the Adamo Drive Mural Project, a massive depiction of life both past and present in the historic Ybor district. free
Craft – Tie Dye Social: (Ages 5-12 years) Tuesday, May 21, 3:30 pm. Bring your own shirt, socks, or pillowcase and learn tie dye techniques!
Attend a live literary event where where writers and well-known local personalities share experiences and works through storytelling, fiction and other longer forms of writing. No poetry! Come read your finest prose or simply enjoy the work of talented local wordsmiths. Doors at 7 p.m. Event starts at 8 p.m. Featured readers and storytellers this month: Jeff Strand, author (jeffstrand.wordpress.com) and Beth Adele Long, author/actress. Hosted by CL contributor Tiffany Razzano.
Program fee: $10 per parent/child team MOSI member: $6 per parent/child team The stars are always out in MOSI’s Saunders Planetarium! Learn the difference between planets and stars, and hear some of the stories behind constellations, the star pictures in the sky. Pretend it is night time and the stars are twinkling just for you. Program fee: $10 per parent/child team MOSI member: $6 per parent/child team
The T-Rex makes a comeback at Lowry Park Zoo. Take a trip to the land before time with a lifelike exhibit of 22 different life-size dinosaurs. Animatronic versions of the prehistoric creatures will call the zooParents magazine onetime No. 1 zoo home for a period of time much shorter than an era of civilization, so don't wait to long to catch it. If daytime hours are a no go, If daytime hours are a no go, Lowry Park Zoo invites you to have a DINO-mite time after dark at Dino Nites, a unique evening experience in the DinoQuest2 exhibit with access to other amenities like free Zoo rides. If daytime hours are a no go, Lowry Park Zoo invites you to have a DINO-mite time after dark at Dino Nites, a unique evening experience in the DinoQuest2 exhibit with access to other amenities like free Zoo rides. Dino Nites admission is $9.95 per person which includes DinoQuest, free rides and select areas of the Zoo. —Kelsey Sunderland Admission varies; visit www.lowryparkzoo.com
The city of St. Petersburg's Office of Arts & International Relations, in partnership with the city's Transportation and Parking Management Department, seeks an Artist or Artist Team to develop an overarching theme for the entire length of Central Avenue and which, under the guidance of the selected Artist or Artist Team, will be utilized in an initial series of ten (10) artistic site specific transit stops on or near Central Avenue between 4th Street and 34th Street. The Central Avenue Art in Transit Project is part of the Central Avenue Transit Corridor and Revitalization Plans. It identifies Central Avenue as a main transit thoroughfare linking our City of the Arts and its artist districts with business entities, historic neighborhoods and all communities bay to beach. This opportunity is open to established professional artists living in the city of St. Petersburg and the surrounding region. The Artist or Artist Team should be prepared to work closely with the Office of Arts & International Relations and city and project representatives. Deadline is May 31.
This May Island Gallery West is featuring SHIRLEY DEAN's original acrylic paintings in an exhibit entitled "Coastal Views." Stop by the gallery for a refreshing visual visit to some Anna Maria Island landmarks as seen through Ms. Dean's discerning eye. Shirley is now a popular and award-winning Bradenton artist, well known for her soothing large format acrylic landscapes. Runs through May 31. Gallery hours are 10 AM-5 PM, Mon.-Sat. Visit www.islandgallerywest.com, Facebook or call 941-778-6648. Free
Susan McKay, Tim Gibbons and Lorraine Potocki band together to showcase various mediums of art. New artwork from the arists using pastels, acrylic paintings, watercolor and pen and ink media will be shown in the form of innovative and fresh work from the three well-know artists. Light refreshments will be available at the May 7 opening. —Kelsey Sunderland
Required for all new volunteers. This Session is divided into two parts: First half includes volunteer orientation and guided facility tour. The second half is Cat Socializer Level 1 training. A volunteer application, which is available as a download from Cat Depot's website (CatDepot.org), must be completed and submitted at this session. Applications will also be available at the session. At the completion of this 2-hour session, attendees will be welcomed into our Volunteer Program. Must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer independently. Those aged 8-15 must accompany a parent or legal guardian. Free