Friends of Woodlawn Elementary

Friends of Woodlawn Elementary

Crescent Heights, Crescent Lake, Euclid St. Paul, and Woodlawn Neighborhood Associations are all joining together to develop a way for residents and parents to support our local elementary school: Woodlawn Elementary.  A similar effort has helped Northshore Elementary transform into desired school (, and now this “Friends of” group is expanding their efforts to bring the same success to schools throughout Pinellas County.

The Neighborhood Association Presidents have had very productive meetings with the Woodlawn Elementary principal, and we are excited to roll out our own “Friends of” group this fall. The largest need identified by the school is volunteers to be mentors or help with reading skills.  We will be holding a one-hour workshop for interested volunteers in August at the TASCO building.  In particular, the school hopes to attract more male volunteers, so if you would like to sign up and help make a difference in the community and in the life of a child, please e-mail  We need 15 people interested in order to hold the August training.

3rd Annual CHNA Food Drive

Food Drive for Daystar Life Center

For the third year CHNA and The Church of Beatitudes are sponsoring a food drive to benefit Daystar Life Center.  While fall food drives are very popular and the food pantry shelves fill up, donations go way down in the summer months.

How We Can Help

What:  Third annual Food Drive to benefit Daystar Life Center, Inc.

Where:  Drop off donated items at the Church of the Beatitudes, 2812 Eighth Street N.

When:  Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25 from 8:30 AM to 1 PM, and 7 to 8 PM.

Why:  During the summer months donations decline and the pantry is more and more depleted.  Fall and winter holidays always provide awareness for helping those in need, and Daystar’s food and shelves reflect that, too.

Needs:  Non-perishable foods are needed, especially the following: Tuna; Macaroni and Cheese; Pasta; Peanut Butter; Spaghetti Sauce in cans or plastic jars; Baked beans or black beans;Diced Tomatoes; Canned Ravioli or Spaghetti

Daystar is also in need of men’s clothing, particularly jeans, shorts and tee shirts for their on- site clothes closet which services Daystar’s homeless clients.  (Children’s clothing and toys are not accepted).

Who:  Daystar is a major social service agency impacting 45,000 – 50,000 persons yearly.  Founded in 1982 as a mission of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, it has evolved into an ecumenical, community-supported, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization providing the basic necessities of life on an emergency basis to the needy of Pinellas County.  Services provided include food and clothing, utilities assistance, basic hygiene items, bus passes for transportation challenged people, help applying for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps), and more.  More than 200 volunteers allow the agency to hire a minimum number of paid staff so that 95% of donations are directed to client services. For further information about Daystar, please take a look at their website,  Or contact Jane Walker, Executive Director ( or Maureen Camphire

Crescent Heights Mural Unveiling Party

Mural Unveiling Party
Sunday April 2 | 2:30PM – 5:30PM
2601 9th St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway and Neighborhood Agent Vikki Sears

Come join the celebration! Thanks to a matching grant from the city of St. Petersburg, we will soon have two murals in our neighborhood! City officials, artists, local businesses, and residents will gather for the unveiling of the murals and other fun events throughout the neighborhood including: live music, giveaways, food from local restaurants, neighborhood cleanup, and a scavenger hunt. Lots of prizes and giveaways will make this a fun afternoon for all ages.

It begins at the 9th Street North history-themed mural, designed and painted by Derek Donnelly at the Cut -Ups Salon wall, and finishes at the 4th Street North JWag’s wall, which is a nature-inspired mural being designed and painted by Cecilia Lueza and DAAS. In the time between the two mural unveilings, we will have a dual neighborhood clean-up and scavenger hunt. A centrally-located yard party will be held so that participants can take a break and grab some food and a drink.  Our confirmed sponsors and donors to date are Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Ace Hardware, Banyan Cafe and Catering, and Rollin’ Oats Grocery Store; other businesses are expected to be announced. Prizes will be awarded for a few lucky folks that participate in the cleanup. For the scavenger hunt, smartphone with Facebook or Instagram access suggested per team; printed materials will also be available. All ages and abilities welcome. Be sure to join us for the clean-up, scavenger hunt, food, fun, prizes, and mural unveilings!

Details will be shared via the CHNA Facebook page, email,, and Nextdoor App; fliers that will be delivered door-to-door. Be on the look-out! If you would like to contribute to, or help with, this event, please contact Angie Conner at

**Correction: post originally said the event was Saturday, April 2. The event is on SUNDAY April 2.

Nominations for 2017 CHNA Board

Nominations for 2017 CHNA Board

Election time is here again! A list of candidates are below and elections will take place at our meeting on Monday, November 7th. The 2017 Board will take office at the Membership Meeting in January 2017. If you have suggestions or would like to be considered for a position, please get in touch with one of the committee members: Greg Holden,, NancyWay, and John Sullivan,


President: Thomas Paterek

First Vice President: Open

Second Vice President: Greg Fallon

Secretary: Susan O’Gara

Treasurer: Louise Barrett

Membership Director: Amy Kelso

Newsletter Editor: Karri Morrison

Social Media Manager: Sarah Suits

Website Manager: Will Payne

Crescent Heights Festival – 9/17

The First Annual Crescent Heights Festival is Here!
Saturday, September 17th, 9AM – 2PM
Crescent Lake Park

crescent lake parkMark your calendars for the 1st Annual Friends of Crescent Lake Festival from 9am- 2pm. Join us for an early morning bird walk, environmental exhibits, a 10:00am re-dedication ceremony for the newly painted water tower mural, food trucks, and much more. We hope this will spark an ongoing annual festival as a way to celebrate one of the city’s more versatile and popular city parks, as well as get more of our neighbors engaged in our neighborhood associations and Friends of Crescent Lake volunteer opportunities. Find out how you can support the festival.

We’ll see you there!
Crescent Heights Neighborhood Association

Food & Clothing Drive

Food and Clothing Drive
Benefiting local non-profit Daystar Life Center
Monday, July 11 & Tuesday, July 12
8:30AM to 8:00PM at Church of the Beatitudes

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