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🌱 Youth Flag Football + Island Parks Fundraiser + Exhibit Opening

Morning, everybody! It’s Kristen, your host of the Dunedin Daily — back in your inbox with everything you need to know about what’s happening in town. In this issue, you’ll learn about…

  • The Cold Night Shelters activated for this weekend
  • Dunedin’s upcoming Youth Flag Football season
  • Friends of the Island Parks’ GYPSY fundraiser

Today’s newsletter is sponsored by Studio 1212 Art Gallery

Visit Dunedin’s Studio 1212 Art Gallery — voted Tampa Bay Magazine’s best small art gallery cooperative for 2022

Since 1971, Studio 1212 — a non-profit art gallery owned and managed by an all-volunteer group of local, award-winning artists — has been a part of the creative community in the Dunedin area.

Here are a few things you can do at Studio 1212:

  • Attend an exhibit of local artists (check out the schedule here)
  • Get your own artwork critiqued for free by volunteer artists (on the first Saturday and third Tuesday of each month at 10am)
  • Support local artists by buying their work — art prints, note cards and fine hand-crafted gift items — in the gift boutique
  • Sign up for a workshop to expand and improve your own artistic abilities
  • Join other local art lovers by becoming a benefactor of Studio 1212 (Learn more here.)

Studio 1212 is located at 234 Monroe Street in Downtown Dunedin, and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Visit Studio 1212 — a part of the Dunedin area arts community for over 50 years.


Now, today’s weather:

A couple of afternoon showers. High: 73 Low: 62.


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Here are the top 3 stories today in Dunedin:

  1. Dunedin Parks & Rec will offer a Youth Flag Football program for kids ages six through 16. The season begins on Jan. 27 and runs through March 18. All games will be held on Fridays and Saturdays. Those interested must attend a mandatory evaluation on Jan. 4, Jan. 7, or Jan. 11. Players only need to attend one evaluation day. Times vary based on age division. If you have any questions, call 727-812-4530 or see page 40 of the Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department Magazine. (City of Dunedin via Facebook)
  2. Friends of the Island Parks is hosting an exciting fundraiser to support Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands. Get your tickets to a performance of GYPSY on Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Francis Wilson Playhouse in Clearwater. Enjoy an evening of brassy music and classic songs, appetizers, a silent auction, and more. All proceeds will support the state parks. (Eventbrite)
  3. Studio 1212 Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for its new exhibit on Jan. 15 between 1 and 4 p.m. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and live music. You will also get a chance to meet some of the exhibit’s featured artists. The “Cycles: Ever-Changing” exhibit will run between Jan. 11 and Feb. 26. The exhibit’s opening reception is free and open to the public. (Studio 1212)

Dunedin Daily Pic of the Day:

Submitted by Robert Laker
Thank you, Robert Laker, for sharing this incredible sunset photo taken in Fairway Estates overlooking Lake Saundra!

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Today in Dunedin:

  • International Drum Circle at the Hale Senior Activity Center (10 a.m.)
  • Live Music with Derek Sivers at Sandbar Grill (6 p.m.)
  • DRC’s Christmas Pub Crawl at Olde Bay Cafe (6:30 p.m.)
  • Music Trivia Christmas Extravaganza at Caledonia Brewing (7:30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Pinellas County’s Cold Night Shelters have been activated for this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 23 and Dec. 24. The National Weather Service expects the temperature to drop to the mid-30s and feel even colder than that. All shelters offer a warm place to sleep and a free meal. Click the link to see a full list of nearby Pinellas County shelters. (City of Dunedin via Facebook)
  • The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who stopped by Dunedin Elementary on Wednesday! Check out an adorable photo of their visit with the school’s front office staff (Du.nedin Elementary School PTA via Facebook)
  • Did you know that almost 80 percent of what is thrown away during the holidays can be recycled or reused? Consider secondhand gifting, repairing sentimental items for gifts, or gifting experiences like concert tickets, to reduce your waste this holiday season! (Pinellas County Government via Facebook)
  • Dunedin High School reminds parents and students that the priority deadline for students wanting to apply for Early College/Early Admission full-time at St. Petersburg College is Jan. 10. Learn more about the criteria and deadlines here. (Dunedin High School via Facebook)
  • The Kiwanis Club of Dunedin reminds residents that the holidays elicit many different feelings for different people. If you are concerned about a friend or family member, text 988 or go online to chat at www.988lifeline.org. (Kiwanis Club of Dunedin via Facebook)

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