This Is Your City: Don’t Miss the Next Community Conversation
By JON WILSON, Consulting Editor, TB Reporter
St. Pete’s upcoming get-together at Sunken Gardens will include professional actors.
ST. PETERSBURG — “This is My City: St. Pete Stories,” a free event open to the public, is 6 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 13) at Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N. It is the last in a series of four popular and innovative community conversations.
In an interesting wrinkle, professional actors will present the real-life stories of your neighbors from all around the city. Stay to meet the original storytellers and have a conversation about our unique experiences of living in St. Petersburg.
“These kinds of stories help to inspire us and they’re recorded history,” one participant said after the first event at the SPC Allstate Center. “We are now listening with our hearts. St. Pete is a place that is going to be even greater because of that.”
People who attended the third event at the Lake Vista Recreation Center heard:
- The story of a 43-year-old man who spent 20 years in prison. He now directs a nonprofit that helps young man avoid his fate.
- An immigrant from Bosnia who challenged the audience to prevent our city from becoming divided along racial or religious lines as her country had become.
- A young father, born in Puerto Rico, who spoke of his dream for his daughter to become a citizen of the world and to feel connections to people who look different from her.
The Oct. 13 program again will feature the stories of community members, and provide time for people to talk in small, facilitated groups. This time, people are invited to stay for a light dinner to celebrate the end of the series.
Organizers request that people pre-register online at https://stpetestories4.eventbrite.com to reserve a space. There will also be registration at the door. Sunken Gardens is wheelchair accessible and the program will be ASL interpreted.
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