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AARP Tampa Bay partners with Florida CraftArt for a Purr-fect Summer Series

Posted on 06/13/19 by Briana Harper

AARP in Tampa Bay is working with Florida CraftArt to bring inspiring artwork and pet-friendly events to the city of St. Petersburg in Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither, a summer series dedicated to both your furry, feathered and reptilian friends. Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither runs from June 7 - August 10, 2019. The series features workshops and meet-ups that showcase how pets contribute to our health, happiness and longevity.

“At Florida CraftArt, our gallery artists, customers, volunteers, and staff are like family. And, our pets are family, too. As a pet-friendly business, we often welcome well-behaved dogs and, sometimes, other pets, into the gallery,” said Katie Deits, CFRE executive director of Florida CraftArt. This exhibit gives us a chance to partner with other organizations, such as SPCA and PAWS, in order to reach out to the community with educational programming. For our artists, it gives them the opportunity to commemorate their pets or just create a fun piece of art.”

The summer series also announces St. Pete PAWS, a happy, welcome and healthy pets initiative. St. Pete PAWS aims to promote a pet-friendly city by teaming up with various animal shelters, organizations, and local businesses to enhance and expand St. Petersburg’s “pawprint.”

“AARP in Tampa Bay is an enduring partner with Florida CraftArt because of its community-centric role in giving local artists a user-friendly outlet to showcase their work,” said Michelle Cyr, associate state director for advocacy and outreach in Tampa Bay. “As part of our continuing effort to connect with the community across topics from entrepreneurism to living longer, more enriched lives, this collaboration around pets and their human families is truly exciting as it innovatively connects us to the things we love about life in St. Pete.”

All events are meant to bring together you and your furry friends in an artistic atmosphere. Admission is free.

Photo Credit: Joyce Curvin

June 7 – August 10, 2019 See ‘pawsitively’ inspiring artwork, fun and educational programming that showcase how pets contribute to our health, happiness and longevity.

June 7, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Meet the artists, art lovers and pet people at the opening reception.

June 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Join St. Petersburg Mayor Kriseman, when he ‘lets the cat out of the bag’ about the city’s pet friendly initiatives for St. Pete PAWS. Meet some fur friends representing shelter partners and services.

June 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m. You can teach an old dog new tricks! Hear from our panel of successful local businesses who are making a difference by being pet friendly.

July 20, 11:00 – 6 p.m. SPCA brings a doggone great day of events not to be missed, which demonstrates achieving a “Better Cities for Pets” certification.
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pinellas County Animal Services Mobile Adoption Unit
• 1:30-3 p.m. Panel discussion and demo, How to help your pet make friends: Positive Training, Doggy Day Care, Good Grooming, Pet Walking and Recreation
• 3-4 p.m. Responsibly sourced pets
• 4-5 p.m. Yappy Hour with Meowgaritas

July 31, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Pet Planning Advice: Estate and Pet Planning, Disaster Preparedness, Hospice and more

August 3, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ask a Pro
• 1:30 –2:30 p.m. Tips for healthy indoor cats
• 2:30-3:30 p.m. CBD dog health
• 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Love at First Bark: Unexpected ways to encounter animals, meet and greet from goat yoga to Alligator Attraction and Whiskers at Work
• 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Ask a Vet panel
• 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Yappy Hour for pets and their people

August 10, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Closing reception. People’s Choice Award and paint your own pet-themed ceramics or rock #MustLovePetsFL

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