Archive for March, 2011

March 9, 2011

Florida Diversity – Cultural Affairs, Ethnic Events, and History

Add your events here. Looking for cultural and ethnic events in Florida cities.


March 9, 2011

42nd Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival — a Celebration of Spring!

The SF Spring Arts Festival, April 9-10, is well into its fourth decade as a Florida favorite. It’s North Central Florida’s longest running arts festival, drawing top quality artists from more than 25 states. There’s something to suit all tastes, with sculpture, printmaking, painting, 2-D and 3-D mixed media, jewelry, photography, drawing, watercolor, wood, fiber, and glass represented.

Spring Arts is family friendly, with children’s activities, continuous entertainment on two stages, and international food. It all happens on historic NE 1st Street and the lawn of the Thomas Center in downtown Gainesville. Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 and noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10 rain or shine. Admission is free.

“We expect more than 100,000 visitors,” said Lehman. “This is a true community event in Gainesville and shows our cultural richness.”

Spring Arts was voted Florida’s best arts and crafts festival by readers of Florida Monthly magazine in 2008 and has been recognized as one of the top 20 events by the Southeast Tourism Society.

For the full article, view the press release at

March 5, 2011

Bluegreen Announces Arrival of 64th Annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens in Charleston, South

PRLog (Press Release)Feb 23, 2011 – Bluegreen Corporation (NYSE: BXG), a leading provider of Colorful Places to Live and Play, today announced the 64th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens will be held near its Charleston, South Carolina resort, The Lodge Alley Inn, from March 17 through April 16, 2011. The Charleston festival, which showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, gardens, history and culture, is within walking distance from The Lodge Alley Inn, a collection of 18th century warehouses that have been restored to modern, comfortable vacation villas. 

The Charleston, South Carolina Festival of Houses and Gardens provide festival attendees with opportunities to tour the private homes and gardens that contribute to Charleston’s historic elegance. Tours vary each day, and feature seven to 10 properties in one of 11 historic neighborhoods. Periods seen within the neighborhoods, homes and gardens include the antebellum and Victorian eras up to the early 20th century. Often labeled “a city set in a garden,” Charleston hosts the festival during the city’s peak blooming season. Other than festival tours, the city hosts an antique show, oyster roast, period concerts, boat cruises and wine tastings as well, to ensure guest entertainment.

Bluegreen’s Charleston resort, The Lodge Alley Inn, is located in the heart of the city on East Bay Street. Its downtown Charleston location makes it an ideal place to stay when vacationing in the city and attending the 64th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens.

Gregory L. Overmier, CMCA, General Manager of The Lodge Alley Inn explains that many guests who visit the resort are annual visitors. “We here at Bluegreen welcome visitors who attend the festival each year. The Lodge Alley Inn boasts a prime location that makes walking to the festival convenient and enjoyable.”

March 5, 2011

What’s Hot for Prom 2011: Top 10 Dress Trends

Saint Louis, MO (PRWEB) February 23, 2011

It’s the best of times; it can be the most stressful of times—Prom season! Finding that perfect dress is always the highlight of shopping for Prom night. But it can be tricky staying up-to-date with the hottest Prom dress trends, even for fashionistas in the fast lane.

“For Prom 2011, the fabulous factor centers on high-voltage dresses guaranteed to pump up the fashion volume,” says Phyllis Brasch Librach, president and founder of Sydney’s Closet®, a niche fashion company that designs, manufactures and sells plus-size Prom dresses. “Striking one-shoulder silhouettes and traffic-stopping prints are in big demand.”

This year, even Cinderella gets a fashion jolt, says Librach. “Look for classic ball gowns to get an instant update with multi-colored layers of tulle over eye-popping print skirts.”

To make shopping for a prom dress less stressful, the fashion pros at Sydney’s Closet share these top 10 dress trends for Prom 2011:

Continue article . . .

March 5, 2011

The Prom and Pageant Place – Birmingham, Alabama Offers Pageant Training

Prom season 2011 is fast approaching. This southern shop features hundreds of gowns and dresses for a night to remember. The Prom and Pageant Place also offers instructional classes for pageants including how to walk and interviewing techniques. The shop features dresses for children and adults.



March 5, 2011

Fashion Trends: Thigh High Short Prom Dresses for 2011

Market Press Release – February 21, 2011 1:16 pm – Pomona, California, February 14, 2011-, the Californian Company known best for the prom dresses it displays, is now offering thigh high sensations added to the 2011 prom dresses category section. “What can now be explored is the range that calls for Great Buys”, as said by the couture designers presenting shorter lengths in 2011 prom dresses. What is offered online is up for a surprise with tutu style intricately beaded shorter length for belle of the ball feeling in combinations of whites and grays, purples with platinum and prints of white versus black. Short prom dresses 2011 emphasizing every bit of the style in line has the beaded bustier range available and bow style ruched belt complimenting midriffs of short prom dresses 2011 and the next in line with layering as prom fashion 2011 specials. The bolder prints have their place in the shorter innovative prom fashion 2011, with the everlasting simplicity of puffy look alike in the bottom strapless dress, not losing its essence as new prom dresses for the season.

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March 5, 2011

New Fashions: 2011 Line of Prom Dresses

PRLog (Press Release)Feb 22, 2011 – Misses Dressy, an online clothing company, recently released its latest collection of prom dresses for 2011. The new line features dresses suitable for different body shapes and skin tones. The dresses all come in a wide range of sizes and colors for each individual model. 

Misses Dressy has a total of 144 dresses for the Prom 2011 collection, each carefully tailored to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction. Misses Dressy also provides an individualized sizing chart that customers can use to determine which size they should order. The dresses are very reasonably priced and can fit any budget.

For more information about Misses Dressy and the company’s 2011 line of prom dresses and how to order, visit

March 5, 2011


(2/17/11) – The Farmers Market Authority has a new computer registration procedure for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) aimed at improving how Alabama’s senior citizens apply for coupons used to buy fresh, locally grown produce.

“The coupon program is a great way to connect seniors who enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables

with the farmers who grow them,” said State Farmers Market Authority Director Don Wambles. “Many seniors already have submitted their application through the U.S. Postal Service and those applications have been processed. However, anyone who has not already applied for the program this year should use the new online procedure. This method utilizes the best technology available and helps streamline the application process. The online application will expedite registrations and delivery of coupons that will be mailed to qualified seniors who are approved.”

Seniors should complete their applications at

Eligibility requirements are:

• Age 60 or older (Must be born on or before Dec. 31, 1951)

• Total income for the household must not exceed: $16,800 for a household of 1; $22,600 for a household of 2; or $28,400 for a household of 3.

“Seniors who don’t have computer access in their home are encouraged to ask a friend or family member who does have a computer to help them apply,” Wambles said. “Free computer access also is available at public libraries throughout the state.”

For more information about the SFMNP, please visit and click

SFMNP Application. Completing the application does not guarantee receipt of SFMNP benefits due to the fact that funds are limited and not everyone eligible can be served. The Farmers Market Authority encourages everyone to always Buy Fresh, Buy Local.

March 5, 2011

Colbert County Family Reunions

Tourism and convention bureau features “Helpful Tips for Hosting a Memorable Family Reunion


March 4, 2011

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway Feb. 26

Auburn, Ala. – The City of Auburn Tree Commission will host its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. – noon at Kroger on Dean Road, the Auburn University Arboretum, Boykin Community Center, and Wells Fargo on Opelika Rd. Members of the Tree Commission will distribute Nuttall Oak and Dogwood seedlings to citizens free of charge while supplies last at these locations. Planting instructions will be included with the seedlings.

The Auburn Tree Commission is a citizen group appointed by the Auburn City Council. The commission advises the City on proper tree care and planting, and is committed to the growth and preservation of the urban tree canopy. In honor of the Auburn Tree Commission’s efforts and the Arbor Day Celebration, Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. has declared Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 to be “Arbor Day” in the City of Auburn. Pictured below, (standing, L-R) Auburn Tree Commission Member Art Chappelka, City of Auburn Superintendent of Beautification and Urban Forestry James Jennings, Auburn Tree Commission Member Chuck Furlow, and Auburn Tree Commission Member Steve Eden look on as Mayor Ham signs the Arbor Day Proclamation.

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