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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, Oct. 31, 2014
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.

Call 734-0757  
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Family fun night
CLEARWATER – A Family Fun Night sponsored by the Upper Pinellas County Ministerial Alliance is set for Friday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Buccaneer Field, 905 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Costumes are not necessary but welcomed. Children age 6 and younger must be accompanied by parents at all times.

The free event includes entertainment by the Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet, food, games, treats and additional entertainment. There also will be various vendors and on-site service providers.  

Food includes hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, soda, popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy. There will be bounce houses and face painters as well.

The event is partnered with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Clearwater Police Department, Walmart, Publix, Clearwater Parks and Recreation, Greenwood Panthers, PSTA, AIB and GFS.
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Postcards from Italy
PALM HARBOR – Residents are invited to view the video “Postcards From Italy” on Friday, Oct. 31, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.

This program is a part of the library’s Italian-American Heritage Month celebration.

The video, which was filmed in Sicily, Matera, Irsina, Naples, the island of Procida, Gubbio, Spoleto, Siena, and Rome, shows the uniquely Italian way of life as reflected in its cultural traditions as well as in the stories of its people.

Mildred Cooper, president of Central Gulf Coast Lodge in Florida, Order of the Sons of Italy, will facilitate the discussion for this and each of the Italian/American Heritage programs. Light refreshments will be provided.  

For further information, call 784-3332, ext. 3006.
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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.   

Call 734 0757.
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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.

For more information, contact Jennifer McCafferty at 813-846-1316 or jennifer@jens-market.com.
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• Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Abundance Swap
CLEARWATER – The Abundance Swap, an event where anyone can bring a gently used item or one in decent working order to Moccasin Lake Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, on Saturday, Nov. 1, noon to 4 p.m.

Those items will be on tables for display and can be taken home for free. Bring something and take something home.

Organizers hope to have a wide variety of items, including books, CDs, electronics and parts, games, sports equipment, art supplies, clothing, kitchen and other household items available for anyone who wants it. This is a wonderful way to clear out one’s closet, drawer or box in the garage and walk away with some other goodies.

Items not accepted include food, shoes, underwear, things broken beyond repair, stuffed animals that have been drooled on a lot, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc.
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Affordable Care Act seminars
PINELLAS PARK – Liberty Tax Service, at 7001 66th St. N., will offer free seminar events to educate everyone about the new tax laws surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

There will be three seminars throughout the day on Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. The seminars will be open to the public. There also will be family fun, entertainment and free food, music and the Lady Liberty Wavers.

Liberty Tax Service also will be collecting used cell phones for the nonprofit Cell Phone for Soldiers. Every phone this organization collects provides free talk time for soldiers to call home.
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American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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Army Navy Garrison No. 3697 fall festival
LARGO – Army Navy Garrison No. 3697 will host a Fall Festival Saturday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m., at 12788 Indian Rocks Road in Largo.

The festival will feature a pork roast dinner with fall vegetables, baked apples and pumpkin pie for $5 per plate.

Bring non-perishable food donations to help holiday families and receive a free ticket for door prizes. 50/50 raffle tickets are $5.

Have a grand time with fellow veterans and contribute to needy families. For more information, call 596-6444.
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Fall and Christmas Craft Bazaar
SEMINOLE – Oakhurst United Methodist Church, located at 13400 Park Blvd., will host its Fall and Christmas Craft Bazaar Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2. Hours will be Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event will feature crafts, bake sale, Georgia pecans, handcrafted gifts, decorations, lighted Christmas trees and florals.  

For information, visit www.oakhurstumc.com.
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