- 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.
AARP mature driving course TARPON SPRINGS — On Nov. 20 and 21, the AARP Driver Safety Program will remind drivers how to stay safe on the roads. The two-day course will run from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S. Walton Ave.
Upon completion, drivers may be eligible for insurance discounts. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 942-5628 to register.
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave.
The cost is $3 and $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.
Community Health Fair PINELLAS PARK – A Community Health Fair will be held at the Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Friday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free screenings include hearing, vision, prostate cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol and more. Guest speakers will discuss heart health, joint care, diabetes, nutrition, and cancer prevention. Zumba and Silver Sneakers aerobics classes will also be featured.
Call 541-0805 ext. 2306 for more information. To register as an exhibitor or sponsor, call 544-4777.
Crafty Ladies festival PALM HARBOR – The Crafty Ladies will host the 30th annual Winter Art and Craft Festival on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Point Road.
Hours will be Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The creations of more than 50 talented crafters and artists will be available for purchase. The festival will feature a wide variety of items for decorating and gift giving. Shoppers will find jewelry, hand painted glassware and home decor, holiday decorations and much more.
The event also will feature a farmers market, antique and “uniques” area, plant sale and childrens’ activities.
Scottish American Society social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.
The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.
Sunset Market LARGO – Sunset Market is open every Friday through May, 3 to 7 p.m., in Largo Central Park’s parking lot No. 1, at southwest corner of East Bay and Central Park drives.
Vendors will offer vegetables, fruits, raw local honey, herbal teas and wild-caught seafood as well as organic body products, essential oils, arts and crafts. The focus will be on produce and organic products with about 40 percent of the market dedicated to art and craft vendors.
The market offers several ways for commercial business to advertise as well as two free spaces per market reserved for nonprofit entities.
Beats on the Bayou Benefit Gala TARPON SPRINGS — The Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center is hosting the 2014 Beats on the Bayou Benefit Gala Nov. 22 to raise money to help fund the 2015 Tarpon Springs restoration project.
The Bus Stop Band will play everything from Elvis and Motown to Maroon 5 behind Master of Ceremonies Jenn Holloway. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available throughout the night.
The gala will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane.
Admission is $75 per person and tickets are tax deductible. For tickets, call the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center box office at 942-5605 or visit kathleenmonahanfoundation.org. Attire for the event is dressy-casual.
African Violet Society sale LARGO – The African Violet Society of Pinellas County will host a sale Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the East Bay Oaks Clubhouse, 601 Starkey Road.
African violets and other small plants will be available for purchase.