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Video and Speakers Focus on Pinellas LGBTQ Homeless Youth

Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: A free “lunch and learn” program will feature video footage of theatrical performances depicting the challenges facing the alarming number of LGBTQ youth displaced from their homes in Pinellas County. 

Members of the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Project will also be on hand to speak and take questions.  Audience members are invited to bring their own lunch and beverages.  The event will take place on Thursday, June 22nd from 12 until 1 p.m. at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Avenue South.  For more information, contact the Library at (727) 893-1074.

 
Next in Gulfport Public Library LGBTQ Film Series

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its new monthly LGBTQ Film Series with a classic and popular documentary on Thursday, January 12th.  This is a free gathering to enjoy a film on the second Thursday of each month.  Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center.  Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages.

Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South).  Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Licensing restrictions prohibit naming the title of films in public press releases.  But feel free to call the Library at (727) 893-1074 for the film titles and other information about the film series.  Or find titles and more information at the Library’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

About the January 12th feature: In this recently released award-winning French-Belgian film (with subtitles), Carole and Delphine fall in love against the backdrop of the feminist movement politics of 1971 Paris.  Things become complicated when Delphine must return to run the family farm.  The cinematography includes beautiful footage of the French countryside.  Starring Cecille de France and Izïa Higelin. Directed by Catherine Corsini.  (Not Rated)

Save the date for the next film in the series, Thursday, February 9th, featuring a poignant documentary about the final year in the life of a transgendered man living in a southern community.  Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.

 
Second Annual Gulfport Masters Fine Arts Festival in February

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The Second Annual Gulfport Masters Fine Arts Festival will take
place on Saturday and Sunday, February 18th and 19th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days.
 

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The Second Annual Gulfport Masters Fine Arts Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 18th and 19th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days.  The Festival will again be held in Gulfport’s waterfront Veteran’s Park (5350 31st Avenue South).  Last year’s first-ever Festival was tremendously successful, with dozens of artists showing their work and hundreds of attendees.  The event is a juried “boutique” show, focusing solely on fine art and fine craft.  Purchase awards and other prizes will be offered to participating artists.  There is no charge for admission.  The event is open to all and is family and pet-friendly.

Dozens of artists from throughout the nation are expected to participate in the event, offering work for display and sale. The Festival is Gulfport’s only two-day outdoor art event, intended to highlight not only the work of local and regional fine artists but also work from artists not previously represented in the area.  A wide range of artistic media will be featured including paintings, photography, glass, wood, ceramics, metal, furniture and fiber.  The Festival builds on Gulfport’s reputation as an arts destination.  In addition to the many artists residing and working in Gulfport, the city also hosts the twice monthly Art and Gallery Walk, the annual 2Cool Art Show and other events throughout the year which offer opportunities for artists to show and sell their work.

The event venue, Veteran’s Park, is a scenic location overlooking Boca Ciega Bay.  It is adjacent to Gulfport’s Shore and Beach Boulevards, the hub of Gulfport’s vibrant Waterfront District with a collection of all-independent restaurants, pubs, shops, art studios and galleries.  Parking in the area is convenient and free.  A free trolley will also offer visitors round-trip transportation to the Festival from remote parking locations.

The Gulfport Masters Fine Arts Festival is co-sponsored by the City of Gulfport, the Gulfport Merchants Association and the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce.  The event is produced by Boulderbrook Productions.  Artists may still apply to participate.  For more information about the Festival, visit Boulderbrook.net or call (239) 293-9448 or visit the Facebook page at Facebook.com/events/234273733676433. 


For more information about the Festival, visit Boulderbrook.net or call (239) 293-9448 or visit the Facebook page at Facebook.com/events/234273733676433
For more information about Gulfport and other events in the area, go to VisitGulfportFlorida.com.




 
Women's Music Documentary Featured in LGBTQ Film Serie

Women’s Music Documentary Featured in LGBTQ Film Series

Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, March 9th with a documentary exploring the historic women’s music movement.  This is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month.  Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center.  Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages.

Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South).  Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Licensing restrictions prohibit explicitly naming the titles of films in public press releases.  But feel free to call the Library at (727) 893-1074 for the film title and other information about the film series.  Or find titles and more information at the Library’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

About the March 9th film: “Woodstock Meets Women's Liberation in a Film about a Movement that Exploded the Gender Barriers in Music.” To help celebrate Women’s History Month, this 2002 documentary looks at the beginnings and evolution of the women’s music cultural movement as it challenged the mainstream music industry.  The film features interviews and musical clips from pioneers of the movement and musicians who have been influenced by it, including Chris Williamson, Meg Christian, Holly Near, Ferron, Margie Adam, Linda Tillery, Tret Fure, Fanny, Melissa Ferrick, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco and many more.  (Not rated).

Save the date for the next film in the series, Thursday, April 13th.  This critically-acclaimed comedy explores the adventures and misadventures of a bisexual Iranian-American woman with family traditions at odds with her own evolving sense of individuality.

Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.

 
Gulfport’s Get Rescued by the Numbers

GULFPORT, FL: Gulfport’s Get Rescued is leashed up and ready for its 13th annual event on Saturday, February 25, 2017. This event has grown faster than your favorite Big Red Dog, with over 45 rescue groups participating and more than 1000 pets ready to find their “fur-ever” homes with you! This is the largest event ever, with groups traveling to our little town of Gulfport from every side of the Tampa Bay and beyond.

From as far east as Windermere and as far north as Brooksville, animal rescues will converge from far and wide. Over 250 animals are in need of a happy home from just down in Palmetto alone, with a total of more than 1000 pups, kitties, birds, bunnies and even skunks ready for you to be their special person. These amazing rescue groups will be traveling more than a combined 1,700 miles to be with us!

You will have the opportunity to meet with many of these cuddly creatures from 10am to 6pm on Beach Boulevard. We want to raise money and awareness, and the furbabies are hoping that you want to raise them! If you aren’t looking to find your fine furry or feathered friend, there will still be plenty for you to do. There will be vendors from all walks of life, selling animal related products and crafts, artwork and unique pieces that you won’t find anywhere else.

Other pet-related activities include pet care education, a food and supplies drive, animal training demos, a Weiner Dog Derby, live pet portraits, contests, our annual Bark-B-Que event, food, music and more. Bring your own critter companion, and join thousands of other visitors in Downtown Gulfport to participate in one of our area’s most beloved traditions. All well-behaved people (and their surely polite pets) are welcome to the daytime event, and it won’t cost a cent to attend! Don’t worry about paying for parking either, as plenty of convenient complimentary parking will be available all around the area.

New this year! Official event T-shirts, Live Pet Portraits, Weiner Dog Derby and Dog Bar St. Pete Shuttle:

Jeffy Tees​ will be joining us as a Vendor and fundraising for the event, offering Gulfport's Get Rescued​ Logo T-shirts for both adults and kids. A 50% of the proceeds will be donated back to Gulfport's Get Rescued. And there is more! Jeffy Tees will print made to order Tees of either your favorite fur baby pic or the Get Rescued Logo while you wait during the event. Adult Size Shirts either GGR Logo or your pets photo will be $20.00. If you want both, your pets photo and event logo there will be a $5.00 upcharge. Kids size shirts will be available as well starting at $10.00. Pre-orders can be placed at this link: http://www.jeffytees.com/store/category/special-events/subcategory/gulfport-get-rescued.

North Carolina artist Emily Eve Weinstein will travel to Gulfport where she will be onsite all day long creating live pet portraitures every 15-20 minutes and donating 50% of her proceeds back to the event. When Emily was 3 she determined that her favorite subject was the family cat. A few decades later, not much has changed, however the addition of landscapes, mixed media, recycled materials, and large projects featuring books and murals have broadened her horizons. Emily’s artwork often features her foster kitty’s who need fur-ever homes. Bookings are available for Saturday, February 25, between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM. To pre-book your Pet Portrait session, please contact Emily Eve Weinstein at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (919) 942-2607(919) 360-6980. You can preview her works at WeinsteinArt.com.

Don’t miss the Weiner Dog Derby! The Florida Wiener Dog Derby and Florida Dachshund Rescue are proud to apart of Gulfport Gets Rescued and host the finest in dachshund racing and small breed races during the event. Races and contests include Pure Breed Dachshund races and Weiner Wanna-be small breed races. Pure Breed dachshunds and small breed dogs can register early online for a $7.00 donation at: www.floridawienerdogderby.com. Registration on the day of the event will be $10 if there’s available space for additional racers. They’ll hold 3 additional fun contests for a $5 donation starting with the P-nut Butter Lick, Best K-9 Kisser and Best Nose contests open to ALL breed dogs. The top times will be posted and ribbons award to the top three winners.

Dog Bar St. Pete and Salty's Gulfport will be offering complimentary Dog Bar Bus rides for you and your canine companions from 10-6 PM. Dog Bus shuttle times: Pick up at  Dog Bar, drop off at Salty’s Gulfport: 12:30 & 3:15.  Pick up at  Saltys, drop off at Dog Bar St. Pete 2:45 & 6:00.  Additional trips may be added as needed.

Returning Traditions!

Salty’s, a popular bar & grill on Gulfport’s Shore Boulevard, will be hosting the 4th annual Bark-B-Que fun-raiser from 11AM to 6PM. There will be food for you and your pup. For a donation of $5.00, get a burger (pulled pork sandwich or two hot dogs), a bag of chips and a soda. A $2.00 donation gets your puppy pal a frozen “Doggie Daiquiri” of peanut butter & yogurt. For those of you with a sweet fang, there will be a bake sale with goodies galore to be enjoyed by all. For those of you who howl over prizes (and who doesn’t?) there will be a “Pick-A-Prize” raffle with items presented by our very generous donors. Choose your prize, cross your paws and hope to win! And don’t bark too loud, because there will also be a silent auction. Skip your cat nap and join the fun. All proceeds will be split among the many rescues who will be bringing their beautiful animals from near and far. Don’t drop the leash on them!

The animals are going to claim the streets of downtown Gulfport as their own for two traditional events. The Adoptable Pet Parade will show off furry friends of all sizes. Fetch your new best friend as you watch some of the most adorable and adoptable animals strut their stuff! Leash up your pet for the costume contest and see how your pal stacks up to the pack for cuteness and creativity! If your fur baby loves the spotlight, this “claws-tume” contest at Get Rescued is definitely for them (and you!). The pet who gets the loudest barks and howls is the winner!

Tails at Twilight is the evening celebration of the Gulfport’s Get Rescued festival. After the pets enter dreamland in their doggie beds and kitty cots, their humans are invited to a lively evening of fun. Like the daytime event, donations will go to the important cause of animal rescues.  The event will include dancing and live music, catered hors d’oeuvre, and a cash bar. Festive décor will add to the party atmosphere inside the beautiful Gulfport Casino. Proceeds from ticket sales, after expenses, will be donated to rescue groups participating in the evening event. Opportunity drawings will take place during the party, and live and silent auctions will offer a chance to support participating non-profit rescue groups. A wide variety of auction items will be available to bid on including travel, hotel stays, art, wine and food, pet accessories, restaurant gift certificates, an African Safari and much more.  Rescue groups provide their own items and will receive 100% of proceeds from their auctions.  Tickets for the Get Rescued Evening Celebration are a $25 donation.  Advance tickets are recommended, but a limited number of tickets may be available at the door on Saturday, February 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. South.  For more information on Tails at Twilight, or to purchase advance tickets, please go to www.VisitGulfportFlorida.com or contact Lacey Glass by phone at (813) 495-9039 or via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

With the help of our very hard working sponsors we expect more than 3 TONS of pet food will be distributed to participating rescue groups! Visitors and attendees are encouraged to bring donations of unopened dog and cat food, cat litter and pet supplies.  The drive-by drop-off location on the day of the event will be conveniently located at the Historic Gulfport Casino & Ballroom on Shore Blvd.  Donations prior to event can be dropped off at Stellas, Pet Supermarket, Reefdog Gifts & Grooming, O’Maddy’s and Pasadena Pet Motel. All contributions will be distributed to the participating rescues on the day of the event. Please be sure to support our sponsors who made the largest pet supplies drive in our history happen! The New Barker, Rescue Pink, Pasadena Pet Motel, STK9, Pet Supermarket, Reefodog Gifts & Grooming, Stella’s and O’Maddy’s.

These wonderful showcases are a must-see for any animal lover. It’s an event we can ALL get into!

For more information on Gulfport’s Get Rescued, visit www.GulfportsGetRescued.com, VisitGulfportFlorida.com or www.facebook.com/GetRescued or contact Suzanne King at 727-322-5217 / email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Pet friendly vendors and rescue groups can download the applications at www.SIKPromotions.com under the vendor info tab.

 
Discover Gulfport at Shopapalooza

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Visit the Gulfport Trolley and find out all that Gulfport has to offer on Saturday, November 19th, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

The colorful trolley will be the centerpiece of the Gulfport space during the annual Shopapalooza Festival at waterfront South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg (198 Bayshore Drive N.E.)

Spin the wheel for prizes, then board the trolley to pick up your free gift.  Friendly locals will be on hand to offer information and answer questions about the eclectic, artistic “Old Florida” village of Gulfport, its local merchants, restaurants and lively events.  Meet our larger-than-life “Gulfport Gecko” up close and in person!

Shopapalooza kicks off the holiday shopping season and features over 100 locally owned shops, galleries and artists offering the perfect gift for everyone on your list.  Local service providers and community organizations will also be on hand to offer information.  Locally-owned restaurants and food vendors will offer a large menu of choices.  The festival also offers free entertainment, free giveaways and free activities for children.

Shopapalooza is sponsored by LocalShops1, supporting and advocating for small, locally-owned independent businesses throughout Tampa Bay.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, go to LocalShops1.com.

Gulfport’s participation during Shopapalooza is sponsored by the City of Gulfport, the Gulfport Merchants Association and Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce.  For more information about Gulfport, go to VisitGulfportFlorida.com.


Shopapalooza 2016

 
Gulfport Merchants Association Appoints New Board Members

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) has announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors.  Their appointments to the Board are for two-year terms to commence as of January 2017.  The GMA extends its thanks and congratulations to these members of the Merchants community for their willingness to serve.

Veronica Champion (The Historic Peninsula Inn)

Mike Fagan (Gulfport Beach Bazaar)

Terry Foster (Individual GMA member)

Vanessa Long (Accounting Results)

The GMA also extends its thanks to Suzanne King (SIK Promotions) and Daniel Hodge (individual GMA member) for their many years of service to the GMA and its Board, and to the City of Gulfport.  They will be stepping down from the Board at the end of their current term through December 2016.

The Gulfport Merchants Association is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote Gulfport’s Waterfront Arts District as a flourishing and ever-growing art, shopping and dining destination in Pinellas County.  The GMA provides advertising and promotional opportunities for the Waterfront District and member businesses.  The GMA also sponsors and promotes a variety of events throughout the year including First Friday and Third Saturday Art Walks, the weekly Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, the monthly Clothing Swap, and annual events including the Gulfport Fringe Festival, Gulfport Masters Fine Arts Festival, Gulfport’s Get Rescued, Tails at Twilight, Gecko Fest, Gecko Ball, Gecko Crawl, Art Gecko Show, Gulfport Chefs Table and Holiday Hoopla.

 
Gulfport Merchants Association Announces Grant Recipients

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) has announced its selection of recipients for 2017 Community Support Grants.  Two organizations were chosen to receive grants that will be funded by a portion of proceeds from the GMA’s slate of “Gecko Events” in late summer of 2017:  the Art Gecko Show on Friday, August 5th, the Gecko Crawl on Saturday, August 12th, the Gecko Ball on Saturday, August 26th, and GeckoFest on Saturday, September 2nd.  Grants will be awarded and amounts will be determined after the conclusion of all events.

The recipients chosen by the GMA Board of Directors are among non-profit organizations which are either based in Gulfport, or include Gulfport in their service area.  One of the 2017 grant recipients is the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund, providing funding for women’s health and medical needs not covered by insurance.  The other grant recipient is Creative Play Preschool which will use grant funding to create an “Edible School Yard” program, described as “an interactive outdoor learning lab” and “mini food forest.”

Grant recipients were chosen from among groups who applied earlier in the year.  Several other worthy organizations applied for grants and the decision-making process was difficult.  Grants or donations are offered to local non-profit groups each year following the conclusion of “Gecko Season.”  Public art installations in Gulfport’s Waterfront District have also been funded with Gecko Event proceeds in past years.  The GMA would like to thank all organizations which applied for grants this year for their very worthy contributions to our community.

 
Gulfport Merchants Award Grants

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Members of the Board of Directors of the Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) recently presented checks in the amount of $2,000 each to representatives of two local non-profit organizations, First Florida Frontiers and the Gulfport Historical Society. 

First Florida Frontiers plans to use grant funding to develop a series of public interpretive programs by living history performers and artists during local events depicting significant periods in the history of Gulfport.

The Gulfport Historical Society will use grant funding to create a “Gulfport Register of Historic Places,” including locating and designating historic properties, erecting signage and developing self-guided walking tours. 


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Call for Applicants for Gulfport Community Support Grants

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2016

Contact: Daniel Hodge; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (727) 366-4086

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) has announced a call for applicants for its 2017 community support grant program. 

Local non-profit organizations that target or include Gulfport in their activities are invited to apply.  Applicants must be certified tax-exempt non-profit organizations, government entities requesting funds for public purposes, or schools and colleges at any level.

For more details and to apply, download the GMS Community Support Application here

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VOTE for Gulfport’s 2017 Gecko Ball Theme!

September 12: For Immediate Release
Contact: Daniel Hodge, (727) 366-4086; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Organizers of Gulfport’s annual Gecko Ball are encouraging the public to vote now on the theme of next year’s event. Saturday, August 26, 2017 will be the date of the Ninth Annual Gecko Ball, building on the tradition of this ever-popular event.  The Ball has taken on many other memorable themes in past years, including “Geckos in Wonderland!” (2010), “The Lizard of Oz!” (2011), “Hooray for Geckowood!” (2012), “Gecko Night Fever!” (2013), “Roaring Geckos!” (2014), “Gecko Gras!” (2015), and the theme of the most recent Ball, ”20,000 Geckos Under the Sea!”  Each theme inspires its own array of costumes, décor, drinks, food and music.

Event organizers have narrowed the choices to these three for public voting:

  • Cirque du Gecko! (a celebration of cirque and circus characters and pageantry)
  • Gecko Con! (a celebration of sci-fi stories and movies, superheroes, villains, comics and more as in “Comic Con” events)
  • Geckostock! (a celebration of Woodstock, hippies and the “peace and love” generation)

To vote for one of these themes, visit Facebook.com/GeckoBall and send a private message to event organizers.  Public Facebook posts will not be counted as votes.  Or vote by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Please use only one method to vote and cast only one vote per person.  Voting will be held through October 7th. The theme with the majority of votes will be announced after votes are counted.

The chosen theme also extends to Gulfport’s other Gecko events celebrated at the end of summer each year, including the 2017 Gecko Art Show, Gecko Crawl and GeckoFest.  All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association.  A portion of proceeds from events is offered to non-profit charitable causes each year.

 
Gecko Crawl Celebrates “Gecko Season” in Gulfport

June 25, 2016: For Immediate Release
Contact: Biff Lagan (305) 923-1803

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The ninth annual Gecko Crawl will help usher in “Gecko Season” in Gulfport with an opportunity to sample drinks at six locations, a poker run, and a festive afterparty in Gulfport’s colorful Waterfront District.

Gecko Crawl 2016

The Crawl will be held Saturday, August 13th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the afterparty beginning at 9 p.m.

Gecko Crawlers will be able to enjoy a free beverage at these participating bars and restaurants:

  • Boca Bay Grille
  • Mangia Gourmet
  • Neptune Grille
  • Peninsula Inn
  • Salty’s
  • and Gulfport’s newest venue, Manatees on the Bay

All are located within easy walking distance along Beach and Shore Boulevards.

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