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St. Pete’s Conversation Continues

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By JON WILSON, Consulting Editor, TB Reporter

The next event in the Community Conversation series is Aug. 27 at Lake Vista.

ST. PETERSBURG — The public is invited to the next “This is my city:  St. Pete Stories” 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 27, a Thursday, at Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Avenue S.

This is the third of four events highlighting the real-life stories of citizens from all around the city and engaging people in conversations about their unique experience of St. Petersburg. People who attended the second event at the J.W. Cate Recreation Center saw professional actors present the stories of a successful local Latino business owner, who overcame tremendous odds; a local African-American pharmacist whose dissatisfaction with public schools pushed her and her husband to send their two children to private schools; and a white high school dropout who struggled to fit in, traveled the world. then chose to come back to St. Pete.

“These kinds of stories help to inspire us and they’re recorded history,” one participant said after the first event. “We are now listening with our hearts. St. Pete is a place that is going to be even more great because of that.”

The August 27 program will again feature the stories of community members and provide time for people to talk in facilitated small groups. Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: “Everyone in our community has a story to share and it’s important that we share those unique stories with one another. These special stories highlight our differences, which we should celebrate in a meaningful way. After all, they are what make our families, neighborhoods, communities and our city so remarkable.”

Each community conversation event is free and open to the public. All venues are wheelchair accessible and all programs will be ASL interpreted. The fourth and final one is scheduled for Oct. 13 at Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N.

Organizers ask that you pre-register online at to reserve a space. There will also be registration at the door.

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