5 Things You Need to Know Today: Vote for St. Pete Bagel

Today's the last day to vote for St. Pete Bagel as a Creative Loafing Best of the Bay winner.

1.) A New and Familar Face: , replacing Julie Janssen, who was fired by the school board and departs this week.

2.) Picnic (and Music) in the Park: The Saturday Morning Market has wrapped up its summer season in , but the city must like the idea of using the downtown park for something more than a gathering place for homeless. As of today, it's the home of the new Wednesday Picnic and Music series, running through September. There will be music from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring lunch or buy it from one of the many nearby restaurants (never go wrong with a or a .

3.) Salsa Night at Moscato's: Six nights a week, Moscato's Bella Cucina serves Italian cuisine, but Wednesday night is Salsa Night, with dance lessons, tapas and plenty of sangria. Go to www.moscatosbellacucina.com for more information.

4.) Vote for St. Bagel: If you're a fan of , today's the last day to vote for it as the place for the best bagel in Tampa Bay. It's part of Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay contest. Go to www.botb.com to vote.

5.) Let's Paint Swings at USF St. Pete: Swings Tampa Bay will have a booth at USFSP's "Get on Board Day" for anyone to hand-paint their own swings. Students and faculty also can swing on swings around campus. Swings Tampa Bay is a community-building organization that hangs hand-painted swings around the Bay area. The goal is to encourage community interaction and fun.


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