An Autumn Semester Brings Community Ties

A Florida autumn truly makes me happy.

The weather’s cooler, pumpkin pies are all the rage – and best of all- there are loads of community events to enjoy!

Keep that scarf handy, in case a cold front blows through, and check out what is happening around town.

To get you started, here are 10 things to do in and around USF St. Petersburg:

1. Eco-Cruise at the Waterfront: Oct. 2, 16: Join Marc Blouin on a day or night Eco-Cruise to boost your environmental awareness. Cruisers sail through the Bay on the 37-foot Wanderer and listen to Blouin’s presentation about global warming, water pollution and other environmental topics. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $5 for USF students. http://www.stpete.usf.edu/waterfront/Index.htm

2. Susan G. Komen Suncoast Race for the Cure: Oct. 4: Rise and shine! Start the day early with a walk or run in support of the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation. One suggestion: get there early because there will be traffic on I-275. Leave extra early if you plan on driving to campus to take a CLAST test on this morning. Visit the following Web site for important parking, time and registration details. The first race begins at 7:30 a.m. Vinoy Park, 710 Bayshore Dr. N.E. http://store.geomerx.com/sgksuncoast/index.cfm

3. Saturday Morning Market – opening day: Oct. 4: Get fresh veggies, hand-made crafts and other goodies at St. Petersburg’s famous Saturday Morning Market. Do not forget that the market will move over to the Al Lang Stadium parking lot this season. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. At the corner of First Avenue and First Street. http://www.saturdaymorningmarket.com/

4. Pinellas Trail to Downtown – Grand Opening: Oct. 4: Be one of the first to run, bike, walk or rollerblade on the new Pinellas Trail branch to Downtown St. Petersburg. The festivity opens at 9 a.m. with music, bike registrations and helmet fittings. The ribbon cutting is at 10 a.m. Meet at the trestle bridge at the northwest corner of Tropicana Field and the event will end at Pioneer Park. 727-892-5328. http://www.stpete.org/events/index.asp

5. SPCA Pet Walk: Oct. 18: Treat your dog to a day that is dedicated to helping his or her homeless canine friends. Take a mile walk through North Shore Park and reward your best friend with yummy treats at the end. Enter your dog into the ‘howl-o-ween’ costume contest and watch free demonstrations. All proceeds benefit the SPCA. 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. North Shore Park, Downtown. http://www.spcafl.org/site/PageServer

6. Bicycle Bash by the Bay: Oct. 19: Bicyclists have the right idea these days – if you live downtown, it is cheaper to bike to and from USF. If you are not already an avid bicyclist, the best place to get acquainted is at the Bicycle Bash by the Bay. If you do not have a bike, you can buy an inexpensive used one at the event. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Vinoy Park. http://www.bicyclebash.com/

7. Ingrid Michaelson: Oct. 24: When you are chilly on Oct. 24, Ingrid Michaelson might lend her sweater. This indie musician takes the stage at State Theater for her “Hotel Café Girls” tour. 7 p.m. $15. http://www.statetheatreconcerts.com/

8. Travis Tritt: Oct. 24: Long-time country musician Travis Tritt performs at the Mahaffey Theater. If you did not know, he made this phrase famous: “Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares.” 8 p.m. www.floridaorchestra.org

9. 31st Annual Country Jubilee: Oct. 25: A classic event in Pinellas County. Pop the lid off of a glass Coca Cola bottle, grab some old-fashioned potato fries and stroll through the craft festival at Heritage Village. Enjoy live music, festive art, and mid nineteenth century houses, structures and a train car to admire. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 11909 125th Street N.
Largo. (727) 582-2123. http://www.pinellascounty.org/Heritage/default.htm

10. 16th Annual Festival of Reading: Oct. 25: Nationally well-known authors visit USF St. Petersburg this fall at the Festival of Reading. The festival features book signings, workshops and more entertainment. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 140 Seventh Ave. S. Bayboro Harbor. http://www.festivalofreading.com/

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