- The Florida Botanical Gardens is a public garden which is also home to Pinellas County Extension. The beautiful garden features native and tropical plants, demonstrating creative landscaping techniques.
The botanical beauty includes themed gardens - the tropical, rose, topiary, jazz, English cottage and celebration/wedding gardens. Guests might be treated to butterflies, herons, otters, eagles, and other wildlife encounters. One-of-a-kind gifts may be purchased in the Botanical Bounty gift shop. Call 582-2100.
Located at the southernmost tip of Pinellas County, Fort De Soto County Park is the largest park in the county’s park system with 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands.
Opened in 1962, the park boasts sandy beaches, historic features and a wealth of recreational opportunities.
In 2005, the park’s North Beach topped Dr. Beach’s list of top American beaches. Citing its wide sugar sand beach, great shelling and thriving natural dunes, this much-deserved honor came as no surprise to Pinellas residents.
Walkers, joggers, skaters and bike riders have made use of the unique Fred E. Marquis Pinellas Trail since the completion of its first segment in 1990.
The first 5-mile stretch ran from Taylor Park in Largo to Seminole City Park and provided a protected greenspace for trail-goers. A linear park and recreation trail now extending from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, the corridor connects some of the county’s best parks, coastal areas and neighborhoods.
Parks adjacent or close to the trail include, from south to north, Trail Head Park, Azalea and Abercrombie City Park in St. Petersburg; War Veterans County Park in Bay Pines; Seminole City Park; Walsingham Park, Heritage Village, Ridgecrest and Taylor Park in Largo; Coachman Park in Clearwater; Pioneer Park, Edgewater Park and Hammock Park in Dunedin; Stansell Park and Wall Springs County Park in Palm Harbor; The Dunn Conservation Park and Craig Park in Tarpon Springs.
Located on the Bayboro Harbor in downtown St. Petersburg, the Salvador Dali Museum is the permanent home of the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the museum. Compiled by Dali’s close friends, A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse over 45 years, the museum collection includes 94 original oils, more than 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300 graphics, sculptures, holograms, objects d’art, photographs and an extensive archival library.
The land boom that gripped much of Florida in the 1920s largely bypassed the sleepy backwaters of Pinellas County. Instead, most Pinellas residents scraped a living from whatever bounty the land and the sea provided.
Visitors can step back to that simpler time at Heritage Village, the county’s open-air historical museum. Heritage Village is a town that never existed. It was created, starting as a bicentennial project in 1976, to give visitors the feel of a typical 1920s Florida small town.
Belleair Bluffs Business Association after-hours mingle BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The Belleair Bluffs Business Association after-hours mingle will be Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Cody’s Original Roadhouse corporate office, 2530 West Bay Drive.
The meeting will take place in the corporate office, not in the restaurant.
There will be refreshments and door prizes. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet new business contacts.
Any business, regardless of location, is welcome to attend and bring a guest. The mission of the Bluffs Business Association is to promote and improve the business environment and stimulate a vibrant local economy in the Belleair, Belleair Bluffs and Largo communities.
Birds in Your Florida Garden PALM HARBOR – Birds in Your Florida Garden will be presented Thursday, Oct. 8, 2 and 6:15 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 7. Admission is free, but space is limited.
The free program will feature factual information about the best environments for attracting birds (including plants and trees) and the birds (all identified with illustrations) most likely to frequent Pinellas area gardens.
Essentrics stretching class SAFETY HARBOR – Arielle Giordano will host an essentrics stretching class at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
Essentrics loosens muscles so you feel less pain, improve circulation, increase energy levels and improve mobility. For more information, call 724-1525, ext. 4105.
Flip Flop Fling ST. PETE BEACH – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans its annual Flip Flop Fling Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m., at the Dolphin Beach Resort, 4900 Gulf Blvd.
The event will include Taste of the Beaches auction items, live entertainment, complimentary drink and appetizers.
Admission is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members.
For more information, call 360-6957.
Greater Pinellas Democratic Club meeting CLEARWATER – The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will host its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N.
Guest speaker will be public defender Bob Dillinger.
For information, call 360-3971.
Health and wellness presentation SEMINOLE – Join registered dietitian and certified health coach Linda Siesel for a free health and wellness presentation Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
The talk will touch on how to lose weight easily and safely, the secrets to weight loss and long-term success, and why diets don’t work. Learn how to establish new habits for success in long-term weight loss, increased energy and health. All are welcome.
Oil painting classes INDIAN SHORES – Oil painting classes are held Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Indian Shores Municipal Building, 19305 Gulf Blvd.
Classes are for both beginners and the more experienced intermediate artists. New students begin with basic fundamentals and move toward working independently from their own photographs or subject matter.
Class time consists of a demo, an instructional time, painting time, and critique time. Instructor Betsy Schoepf works with each student individually.
Students will learn about paints, brushes, color mixing, composition, and all of the basics needed to form a foundation in traditional oil painting. Individual creativity is emphasized.
The class fee is $25 per session. The class is continuous. No membership is necessary.
For more information, call 595-1083 or email email@example.com.
Parkinson’s support group meeting SEMINOLE – The Early Onset Parkinson’s Support Group meets second Thursdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 9530 Starkey Road.
Ginny Bernard is the group facilitator.
“As a 30-year caregiver and advocate for Parkinson’s Disease, I have learned the value of a support group,” Bernard said in a press release. “A place where you can be yourself ... know you are not alone and share your problems and frustrations, learning how to cope with PD.”