Do It Today: Aleshea Harris' spoken word, Perspectives on Parks and an urban porch party

Will Michaels, president of the St. Petersburg Preservation and president-elect of the city’s Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA); Dr. Gary Mormino, history professor and co-director of the Florida Studies Program at USF St. Pete; and Dr. Bruce Stephenson, professor of environmental studies. Visit for more info. 7 p.m. Weds., Feb. 10, Fish and Wildlife Reasearch Institute, 100 8th Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.

The St. Pete Downtown Neighborhood Association's latest "urban porch party" includes a presentation by E. Howard Rutherford, executive director of The Pier Aquarium, and William T. Hogarth, dean of the University of South Florida College of Marine Science. The two discuss plans for and the concept behind the St. Petersburg Ocean Team, a cluster of marine-related enterprises employing more than 800 people. St. Pete Brasserie (which CL food critic Brian Ries gave a glowing review) caters the event, which also includes two complimentary glasses of wine and Kahwa coffee. Visit for info and registration. Weds., Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m., Bayfront Towers, St. Petersburg, $15, $10 DNA members.

Sometime spoken word artist and actress Aleshea Harris (pictured) waxes poetic on "everything from love and hope to war and breasts" in Cafe on the Bay: Grit and Silk. Contact [email protected] or visit for more info. Weds., Feb. 10, 12 p.m., USF St. Petersburg Campus.

Perspectives on Parks provides historic reenactments of the purchase and dedication of St. Pete's waterfront parks, followed by presentations by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker;

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