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Discovering five must see Pinellas places
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- 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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For a taste of Greek culture and cuisine, Tarpon Springs is the destination of choice in the county.

Known for its history of sponge harvesting, the area first attracted residents in the late 1800s.
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Discovering Pinellas features
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The Pinellas Trail is one of the most popular and successful projects ever launched.

Officially known as the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, the 35-mile paved path has not only become a favorite of cyclists, but of skaters, runners and walkers as well.

Like a great serpent, it snakes its way through Pinellas County while sprouting spurs that together eventually will become 100 miles or more long.
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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.
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From the pier, kayaks point toward the shell strewn shore. Rowers and paddlers pack with granola bars, insect repellent, towels and bottles of water.

There is a marked trail around the bend at Weedon Island, a preserve originally acquired in 1898 by Dr. Leslie Weedon.

Ironically the original inhabitants of these lands were the Weeden Island Culture.

The four-mile canoe trail loops gently through low, thick mangrove forest and long stretches of seagrass flats.

There are many species of birds including: rosette spoonbills, ibis, great blue herons, plus schools of mullet and a fair share of mosquitoes and no-see-ums.
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Community Calender
• Friday, July 28, 2017
Hepatitis testing
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will offer no-cost hepatitis testing Friday, July 28, 8 a.m. to noon, in recognition of World Hepatitis Day.

Screening, educational materials, counseling and rapid testing for hepatitis C are available at two locations, including DOH-Pinellas Mid-County, 8751 Ulmerton Road, Largo; and DOH-Pinellas, 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., N., St. Petersburg.
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Lowe’s blood drive
To help build the community’s blood supply during the hurricane season, select Lowe’s stores will host a blood drive Friday, July 28, 1 to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at select locations. For locations and appointments, visit oneblood.org /lowes or call 888-936-6283.

Donors will receive a free $10 gift card.

Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome.

In addition, all lifesaving donors will receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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• Saturday, July 29, 2017
Community baby shower
CLEARWATER – Mothers of Minors will host its third annual “Showers of Love” community baby shower on July 29 at the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Center in Clearwater.

M.O.M. has accepted 60 applications for assistance from moms and moms-to-be who are the ages of 13 years old and up, who are pregnant or who have a child under the age of 1 year old, and who are in need of assistance.  

Vendor spots are still available to “family-oriented” vendors that will provide resources and information to these young mothers.

For more information, contact Andrea L. Clark at 727-533-5719 or by email at andrea.clark@momincfl.org.
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Guided hike
ST. PETERSBURG – A guided hike will be offered Saturday, July 29, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the ecosystems and early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. The program is best for ages 6 and older.

Preregistration is required. Visit www.weedonislandpreserve.eventbrite.com. Call 727-453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.
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Our Wildest Place hike
TARPON SPRINGS – A wildlife hike will be offered Saturday, July 29, 9 to 11 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.

Attendees will join an experienced naturalist for a free hike along boardwalks and natural trails at Brooker Creek Preserve. Binoculars and cameras are recommended.

Advance registration is required. To register, visit www.brookercreekpreserve.eventbrite.com. For information, call 727-453-6800.
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• Sunday, July 30, 2017
Lowe’s blood drive
To help build the community’s blood supply during the hurricane season, select Lowe’s stores will host a blood drive Friday, July 28, 1 to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at select locations. For locations and appointments, visit oneblood.org /lowes or call 888-936-6283.

Donors will receive a free $10 gift card.

Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome.

In addition, all lifesaving donors will receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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• Monday, July 31, 2017
Tai Chi and Qigong classes
ST. PETE BEACH – Tai Chi and Qigong classes are presented Mondays, 11 a.m.; and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.

This class is designed to reduce stress, inflammation and disease associated with stress, as well as improve postural alignment and flexibility. The class combines specific movements, coordinated breathing and a calm focused mind used in traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and Qigong practices that will improve health, vitality and longevity.

No prior experience is necessary. The cost is $5 for adults or free for SilverSneakers. Visit www.spbrec.com or call 727-363-9245 for more information.
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Walmart blood drive
Walmart will host a blood drive Monday, July 31, 2 to 7 p.m., at select locations. For locations and appointments, visit oneblood.org /walmart or call 888-936-6283.

Donors will receive a free $10 gift card.

Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome.

In addition, all lifesaving donors will receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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• Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017
Welcome Newcomers luncheon
CLEARWATER – The Welcome Newcomers Club will host its monthly luncheon on Aug. 1 at the Countryside Country Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater. To make a reservation, call Mary Jane at 352-263-5518.
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• Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017
Pinellas Native Plant Society meeting
CLEARWATER – The Pinellas Native Plant Society will meet Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater.

The meeting will feature a presentation on the Perico Preserve Restoration Project in Bradenton. Damon Moore of Manatee County Natural Resources will present the program.

This free educational and recreational club is for those interested in native plants. The program addresses native plant topics at meetings.

A $1 suggested donation is asked per session.

For information, visit www.pinellas.fnpschapters.org.
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