Weekly-Weekday-What-To-Do (12.12-15.16)

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WIN St. Pete Collection Prize Pack ($400 Value)
Diamonds Direct has an amazing holiday treat for you! Enter now, and win an EXCLUSIVE St Pete Collection prize pack from Diamonds Direct valued up to $399.95! Click HERE to enter.



Buy Tampa Bay Rowdies Season Tickets
The Tampa Bay Rowdies made waves in the soccer world after they announced their campaign to become a Major League Soccer expansion team. Included in the campaign are plans to renovate Al Lang Stadium. This will include expanded seating, updated facilities, more food option and new suites to enjoy the game and the waterfront views. How can we make the MLS dream a reality? Buy season tickets! Show the officials that St. Pete is a major league city! Click HERE to get your Rowdies 2017 season tickets.



FREE Yoga at Sundial St. Pete – Dec. 17
Sundial encourages you to get a head start, or headstand, on your new year fitness goals by participating in their Saturday morning yoga! All levels are welcome to celebrate this holiday season with yoga’ls at sundial. Click HERE to pre-register. Day of registration begins at 8:30am, yoga begins at 9am. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.



WIN a $100 Shopping Spree Courtesy of i Love the Burg!
Have you wondered where to find those sweet I Love the Burg threads that you have been seeing around our great city? I Love the Burg has launched a BRAND NEW web store, and we want you to WIN a chance to spend $100 on us to bring that LOVE of the ‘Burg home. Click HERE to enter.



St. Pete Holiday Festival of Arts at South Straub Park (December 17 and 18)
The St. Pete Holiday of the Arts returns to South Straub Park, across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts and sponsored by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and City of St. Petersburg. Explore breathtaking original creations by painters, jewelers, mixed-media artists and fiber artist. Select from stunning creations in glass, ceramics, metalwork, fiber art and woodworking. 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Drive Northeast.



Monday, December 12

Community Bartender for a Community Cause at The Ale and The Witch
Thomas Paterek will be pouring beers and wines with each glass he pours the Witch will be donating $1 to the St. Pete Sustainability Council – a group dedicated to a balanced approach to growth and health. Runs from 5-7pm. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.


Tuesday, December 13

Friends of Decorative Arts at Museum of Fine Arts
The decorative arts – fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and glass – are all around us and in the Museum of Fine Arts. The Friends of Decorative Arts (FODA) expands understanding of their variety and beauty. Plus, you will make new friends at the meetings. Annual dues are $20 in addition to Museum membership. This month’s talk is on Netsuke by Bob Levenson. Netsukes are small Japanese art objects that are both decorative and functional. Since kimono had no pockets, fashionable Japanese men used netsuke to anchor personal belongings to the sash around their waist. We shall discuss the materials, types, subjects, carving, carvers, and collecting of netsuke. . 2pm. $5 for non-FODA members. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

An Evening with Marty Baron at Poynter Institute
Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Marty Baron returns to Tampa Bay, his birthplace. The evening’s conversation will explore Mr. Baron’s illustrious career from his contributions at The Boston Globe that led to the Academy Award-winning film Spotlight to his current role as executive editor of The Washington Post as well as his insights on this year in politics. Reception starts at 5:30pm, dinner at 6pm, with a conversation to follow at 7:30pm. Cost is $100 for the reception, dinner and Community Conversation, and $40 to attend the conversation. Poynter Institute, 801 3rd Street South.

Global Antisemitism in 2016 – What the U.S. Government is Doing to Combat It at Florida Holocaust Museum
Ira N. Forman currently works for the U.S. Department of State as the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism. Antisemitism is discrimination against or hatred toward Jews and the Special Envoy develops and implements policies and projects to support efforts to combat antisemitism. Mr. Forman will be speaking to attendees about his involvement in advancing U.S. Foreign Policy on antisemitism. 6:30pm. FREE and open to the public. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th Street North.

Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges at Boyd Hill
Learn about Tampa Bay’s three national wildlife refuges in this free class. Egmont Key, Passage Key, and Pinellas Refuge are all safe havens for wildlife to rest, feed and procreate free from human interference. Dave Howard, Florida Master Naturalist, illustrates the great wildlife diversity and describes the issues pertaining to them and the struggles that lie ahead. 7:30-8:30pm. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way South.

Seasonal Allergies by Katherine DiSavino and Kevin Mead at Duncan McClellan
When Julia Shelby’s brother shows up on her doorstep on Thanksgiving, heartbroken and hungry, she and her husband usher him into their home and invite him to stay a few days to sort everything out. After all, the holidays are all about family, right? But what they didn’t expect is for their guest to turn their house upside down, and take an extended vacation through Christmas and New Years in their living room! Find out what happens when a little brother outstays his welcome, and a loving family tries to show him how to move on. Produced with and performed at Duncan McClellan Gallery. There will be a special glassblowing demonstration during the intermission of this show. 7pm. Duncan McClellan, 2342 Emerson Avenue South.


Wednesday, December 14

SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training at St. Pete Fire & Rescue
This free 75-minute long class will be delivered by Tampa Bay National Weather Service Warning and Coordination Meteorologist Dan Noah. Those completing this training will be able to protect yourself, your family, and neighbors by becoming a trained SKYWARN Spotter. A trained spotter will be able to recognize and report weather threats in Florida, safety rules, and visual clues regarding thunderstorm strengths and anomalies including tornadoes, flooding rains, and extreme temperatures. 10am. St. Pete Fire & Rescue, 400 Dr MlK Jr Street South.

Heralds of Harmony Presents A Christmas Celebration at The Palladium
The Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony perform their renowned 18th annual Christmas program with special guest and newest a cappella sensation Voctave. Both groups are introducing their new Christmas CDs available for purchase at the show. A Christmas Celebration is a show filled with many holiday favorites and a few musical surprises all performed in beautiful four-part harmony. 8pm. Tickets are $25, $40, $55. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue.

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play at American Stage Theater (Wednesday & Thursday) 
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, and live, on-stage sound effects, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers a world in which he’d never been born one fateful Christmas Eve. Performances through Dec. 24. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes.


Thursday, December 15

TFO Coffee Concerts: Best of Ballet
Selections of best-loved music are served up with complimentary coffee and doughnuts and lively insights by Principal Guest Conductor Stuart Malina. Pre-concert conversation begins at 10am. Concert begins at 11am. Tickets from $24-$42. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

The Dali Museum 2016 Holiday Arts + Crafts Bazaar
Please join the talented, artistic staff and volunteers of The Dali at a holiday bazaar featuring their original art & crafts for sale. Enjoy the seasonal ambiance, holiday music and complimentary sweet treats & beverages. Melting clock and mustache ornaments from the Museum Store will be available for purchase, as well as the unique paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, books, glassware and fabric arts & crafts created by the Dali’s in-house artists, artisans and makers. Noon-2pm. FREE. The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Boulevard.

Nate Najar’s Jazz Holiday at The Palladium
Nate Najar is one of the few guitarists playing jazz on the classical guitar. With his pianistic, lightly swinging guitar style, Najar has performed with many jazz greats including Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen and Kenny Drew Jr,and has had an ongoing musical partnership with Ellington alum, bassist John Lamb. Joining Najar for his Palladium-favorite holiday show will be special guests Molly Ryan and Dan Levinson. 7:30pm. Tickets are $30-$40. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Florida Humanities Speaker Series – From Ponce de Leon to Cracker Cowboys at SPMOH
Juan Ponce de Leon didn’t just give us our name. From a handful of Ponce de Leon’s cows that arrived in 1521, grew the oldest, and one of the largest cattle ranching states in the Nation. Experience all aspects of Florida cattle ranching cultural traditions this Thursday as the St. Pete Museum of History presents the Florida Humanities Speaker Series featuring Florida folklorist Bob Stone. Stone’s multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century. 6:30pm. St. Pete Museum of History, 335 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Written by Brian Bailey


Brian Bailey is the founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.