- 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.
Art show and fresh market
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
Corey Fresh Market
ST. PETE BEACH - Corey Fresh Market every Sunday October through May, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the 300 block of Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. Corey Fresh Market hosts an average of 50 local vendors, offering roduce, flowers/plants, arts/crafts, specialty foods, live music, special appearances. Free admission and parking. Visit www.coreyave.com or call 727-498-8778.
Purple Haze 420 outdoor party MADEIRA BEACH – Purple Haze Tobacco and Accessories plans a 420 customer appreciation party Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at its Madeira Beach store at 15026 Madeira Way.
The outdoor event features live music all day long by the Chocolate Mushroom Gravy Band and Jahfari. Admission and parking is free.
All ages are welcome. There will also be food and drinks and a glass-blowing exhibition.
Republican Club of Greater Largo meeting LARGO – Barb Haselden spokesman for No Tax For Tracks will be the guest speaker at the Republican Club of Greater Largo’s monthly meeting Monday, April 21, 6 p.m., in the banquet room of Alfano’s Restaurant, 1702 Clearwater-Largo Road.
No Tax For Tracks is a group of Pinellas County residents who oppose the Greenlight Pinellas sales tax increase referendum. Among the issues to be discussed will be a call for an investigation by Florida Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, into whether a Pinellas County transit agency broke the law by using taxpayer dollars to promote the Greenlight Pinellas mass transit plan.
Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.
Guests are welcome.
The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.
Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPIRIT FM, Chick-fil-A blood drive SPIRIT FM 90.5 and Chick-fil-A have teamed up save lives by sponsoring the Grill & Chill blood drive, set for Monday, April 21, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at select freestanding Tampa Bay area Chick-fil-A restaurants.
All lifesaving donors will receive a coupon for their choice of a free Chick-fil-A grilled chicken sandwich or eight-count grilled chicken nuggets, plus a free three-count Chick-n-Mini’s coupon.
In addition, donors will receive two vouchers each for a free movie ticket, a Grill & Chill oven mitt as well as a wellness check-up or blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.
Participating area Chick-fil-A restaurants include Pinellas Park, 111 Park Blvd.; Oldsmar, 3740 Tampa Road; St. Pete Beach, 4623 Gulf Blvd.; St. Petersburg, 2471 Tyrone Blvd.; Clearwater, 2516 Gulf to Bay Blvd. and Largo, 10075 Ulmerton Road.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. For information, visit www.oneblood.org or call 800-682-5663.
Community Chorus meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road, Palm Harbor. No auditions are necessary. For more information, call Anita at 939-2952.
Florida native trees ST. PETERSBURG – The Garden Club of St. Petersburg presents Florida native trees Tuesday, April 22, 1 p.m., at the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive S. Presented by the Jungle and Green Fingers
Circles of the club, the program will feature guest speaker Tim Murray, an ISA Certified Arborist from Murray Tree Service. Murray will discuss Florida native trees and explain how to recognize and treat tree diseases.
Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd.
On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations.
Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.