- 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.
Amendment 2 debate GULFPORT – A debate on the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, or Amendment 2, is set Thursday, Oct. 23, noon, in Grant Hall at Stetson University College of Law, 4101 61st St. S.
Attorney John Morgan will argue the merits of the initiative with former State Supreme Court justice Kenneth Bell, who has questioned whether the amendment might result in marijuana getting into the hands of children. Morgan is a proponent of the medical benefits of marijuana.
Annual candlelight vigil LARGO - Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will host the sixth annual candlelight vigil Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 105 Central Park Drive.
The vigil is a time to remember those who have died as a result of drug and alcohol related overdose; help those who are currently living with addiction; and bring hope that the community working together can make a difference for the future.
The vigil will bring together a wide range of groups from the religious, government and private sectors of the community. Pinellas County School students also will attend. Attendees will hear the personal stories from the families of those who have lost loved ones to drug overdose or are struggling with addiction today.
For more information about the vigil, or to add your story and video to the memorial wall, contact Laurie Serra at 727-424-6906 or email email@example.com.
The event is being hosted by NOPE, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and Operation PAR in partnership with the LiveFree Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County (firstname.lastname@example.org), among many other community partners.
BPW working women’s forum ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg-Pinellas chapter of Business and Professional Women will celebrate National Business Women’s Week with its annual working women’s forum, From Grasshopper to Queen Bee: Mentoring Relationships that Buzz.
The forum will be presented Thursday, Oct. 23, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S.
A diverse panel of local businesswomen will reflect on their experiences and how mentoring relationships come in all shapes, sizes and ages. A reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will precede the discussion.
Panelists will include Sophia T. Wisniewska, Ph.D., regional chancellor, USF St. Petersburg; Jessica Rivelli, founder, Working Women of Florida; Gwendolyn Reese, president/CEO, InFinite Solutions of Tampa Bay; and Elaine Smalling, marketing and communications manager, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
BPW member Tami Simms, a local real estate professional and past state president of BPW/Florida, will moderate the forum.
Advance tickets are $20 for BPW members and $25 for nonmembers. Admission at the door is $30. A networking reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will precede the panel discussion.
Cooters Crab Fest CLEARWATER – To celebrate the opening of stone crab season, Cooters Restaurant & Bar will host its 21st annual Crab Fest Oct. 23-26, at 423 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater Beach.
The four-day big tent party will kick off Thursday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., and will run throughout the weekend, while supplies last. Cooters’ special Crab Fest menu will feature fresh off the boat Florida stone crab, king crab, snow crab and Dungeness crab all at special reduced prices.
There also will be live music under the big tent, commemorative merchandise and drink specials.
Cooters’ Crab Fest is a family friendly event and there is no cover charge. Valet parking will be available.
Garden tour LARGO – Vegetable, herb a tropicals tours will be offered Thursdays, Oct. 2 and 23, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road.
Participants will explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas in the Florida Botanical Gardens and learn about growing their own food. Tours are limited to groups of four to 16 people and recommended for adults only.
Indian Rocks Beach Library story time INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Story time resumes again at the Indian Rocks Beach Library.
The program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.
Children of all ages are invited.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
PureLife Medi-Spa fashion gala CLEARWATER – PureLife Medi-Spa and Gioffre Boutique will host a celebration of PureLife’s one-year anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 23, 6 to 10 p.m., at Fort Harrison Hotel, 210 S. Fort Harrison.
The event – an evening of beauty, fashion and art – will feature Italian cuisine, an enchanting runway show, sensational live music, aerial entertainment, secret champagne diamond raffle, prizes and giveaways. Proceeds from the event will benefit Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay.
TBBCoC Learn @ Lunch ST. PETE BEACH – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its October Learn @ Lunch on Thursday, Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center, 5300 Gulf Blvd.
Speakers from Duke Energy will share their vision for underground utilities throughout the bay area. The conversion of overhead power lines to underground has been a topic of great interest on the Pinellas Barrier Islands. With the county’s funding of Gulf Boulevard for undergrounding and beautification, Duke Energy has been working with municipal partners to identify plans for conversion.
The presenters will include Luis Ordaz, director of distribution and project management for Florida; and Melissa Seixas, government and community relations manager for Pinellas and Pasco.
The lunch will be preceded by networking. Cost is $15 for TBBCoC members and $25 for nonmembers.
Preregistration is encouraged. Call 360-6957. Cash walk-ups also are welcome.