The ‘burg heats up this weekend with Summer fun

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Summer begins in the ‘Burg with Rays baseball, a Boyd Hill 5K, skateboarding and the glitz and glamour of the Miss Florida Pageant.

There She Is … Miss Florida

St. Petersburg celebrates a decade of the Miss Florida Pageant when contestants   wow judges during the final round of preliminary pageants at the Mahaffey Theater.

This year’s pageant — Viva La Diva — features a Las Vegas-style stage production inspired by the music of Elvis.

The new Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Florida join royalty’s ranks following Saturday’s finals, also at the Mahaffey at 4 (Teen) and 8 p.m. (Miss).

Tickets are available at the Mahaffey Theater Box Office or www.missflorida.org .

Catch Some Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays try to make it two in a row following Thursday’s win against Houston. Three more games at Tropicana Field – Friday at 7:10 p.m., Saturday at 4:10 p.m. and Sunday at 1:40 p.m. — round out the four-game series with the Astros.

Saturday’s game features a post-game concert by the O’Jays.

Tickets are available at www.raysbaseball.com.

On Monday, the Rays welcome Pittsburgh for a three-game matchup.

Run Wild, St. Pete!  

Watch others test their endurance with a 5k adventure around the wilds of the ‘Burg’s southernmost jewel – Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Saturday at 8 a.m.

The first-ever adventure race in St. Petersburg offers participants a fun and challenging trek over trails and natural terrain and includes obstacles like the Dirty Dozen. Park free at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S. While race registration has closed, spectators are welcome.

Learn more at
http://www.active.com/st-petersburg-fl/running/distance-running-races/run-wild-5k-st-pete-adventure-race-2014 .

Skating in the ‘Burg

Celebrate the art of catching air when skateboarders of all ages and abilities turn Spa Beach Park into a giant skate park Saturday during Go Skate St. Pete.

Following a decision by City Council earlier this year, skateboarding is street-legal on Saturday, but only inside the event footprint.

The first-time free event features a push race from The Pier past The Dali Museum, a Bangers for Bucks open street skate contest, live music, raffles, giveaways, vendors and food.  Helmets are mandatory for the day’s events.

A limited number, courtesy of Helmets for a Promise, will be given away to those pledging to promise to Skate Smart beginning at 11 a.m. Learn more at www.theiantilmannfoundation.org/ .

Downtown motorists and visitors will see parking restrictions and temporary road closures from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Parking will be restricted along both sides of Second Ave. NE from Bayshore Dr. NE to the Dolphin lot; both sides of Bayshore Dr. NE from Second Ave. NE to First Ave.SE; and in the Albert Whitted Park parking lot.

Owners of vehicles displaying Residential Parking permits are encouraged to find alternate parking during the event to avoid parking citations or vehicle relocation.

Traffic will be able to access the Marina Parking lot from Second Ave. NE by following a cone line and Marina parking spaces on Bayshore Dr. will be available; however, vehicles will not be permitted to enter or exit the area while skateboarders are in the roadway.

Motorists needing access to Demen’s Landing will be permitted from First Ave. SE., with police assistance.

Around 1 p.m., participants in the Long Board race depart the Dolphin Lot and proceed west on Second Ave. NE to Bayshore Dr. NE. Participants then travel south to Albert Whitted Park before entering the park and reversing direction to return to the Dolphin Lot. Traffic will not be permitted on any of the roads used during the race until it concludes.

Final Day of Deuces Sunday Market

If you haven’t already visited the Deuces Live Sunday Market, Sunday is the final day to browse its unique array of offerings before the market goes on hiatus for the summer. Shop from a selection of home baked goods, fresh produce, fruit, flowers, plants, seafood to go, meats, arts and crafts, gifts, baskets, and enjoy live entertainment – all at the corner of 22nd St. S. and Ninth Ave.

Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. The Market returns in September.

For other weekend events in St. Petersburg, visit www.stpete.org/events

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.