- 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.
Arbor Day celebration ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg’s 31st annual Arbor Day celebration is Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. For information, call 727-893-7441 or visit www.stpeteparksrec.org/Greenthumb/index.html.
Caregivers program ST. PETE BEACH – Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church, in conjunction with Westminster Suncoast, will present a free program with a growing need, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” Sunday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m.
Valerie Catchings, Westminster director of volunteerism, will present the program designed to provide information on self-care tools for caregivers.
Among the practical “how to” topics to be covered are: reduce personal stress, communicate needs to other family members and health care providers, effectively communicate in challenging situations, make difficult care-giving decisions.
Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church is located at 107 16th Ave. St. Pete Beach. For more information and to make a reservation, call 727-360-5508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corey Avenue Sunday Market ST. PETE BEACH – The Corey Avenue Sunday Market, located on Corey Avenue between Boca Ciega Avenue and Gulf Boulevard on St. Pete Beach, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2-May 28.
The market supports vendors who sell a variety of locally produced and homemade items including produce, plants, take home foods, ready to eat lunch bites, hand crafts, eco-friendly and fair trade products. For information, visit www.TampaBayMarkets.com.
First United Methodist Clearwater picnic LARGO – First United Methodist Clearwater will host its annual church picnic on Sunday, April 23, 12:45 p.m., in Shelter 5 at Eagle Lake Park, 1800 Keene Road, Largo.
FUMC will provide ham and turkey subs with all the trimmings, potato salad, coleslaw, chips, cookies and drinks for a donation of $5 per person or $15 for a family. Tickets are on sale at the church office. Call 727-446-5955.
“Everyone is invited, church members are encouraged to bring friends,” said FUMC Pastor, the Rev. Daphne Johnson, in a press release.
Shelter 5 is near to restrooms, a playground, an open field, and a boardwalk over the lake for those who want to enjoy the outdoors on their own. Games and activities also will be offered. Ample covered picnic tables are available, yet everyone is welcome to bring their own favorite lawn chairs.
Island EarthDays DUNEDIN – Honeymoon Island State Park and the Friends of the Island Parks Inc. will present Island EarthDays 2017 on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, at Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin.
The event is free with paid park admission of $8 per vehicle, with a maximum of eight people per vehicle. The event will take place in the shady picnic area next to the beach and the wooded hiking trails.
The two-day event will feature live bands, activities for children, beach demonstrations, live birds of prey, nature exhibits, wildlife and shell displays as well as guided trail walks through the island. Food and refreshments, including craft beer and wine, will be available for purchase.
Author talk LARGO – Largo native Sarah Gerard will read from and discuss her new book, “Sunshine State,” at the Largo Public Library on Monday, April 24, 6 p.m.
Gerard’s debut novel, “Binary Star,” was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction. Her latest book, Sunshine State, a collection of essays that blends memoir and investigative journalism, has received extensive praise from critics and authors alike.
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.
Alzheimer’s support group LARGO – Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Ruth’s Promise Adult day program are sponsoring a Practical Grace in Alzheimer’s support group, meeting fourth Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., in the Prince of Peace Chapel, 455 Missouri Ave.
The group will next meet Tuesday, April 26.
Practical Grace in Alzheimer’s Care is a support system designed by Dr. Cate McCarty, dementia coach, to close the gap between maintaining meaningful faith membership while navigating Alzheimer’s and related dementias. As a follow-up to the recent Practical Grace seminar at Prince of Peace, Ruth’s Promise has expanded their ministry to offer this support group to Alzheimer’s caregivers.
The adult day program is available for respite during the meeting provided caregivers.
Coloring group meeting PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N., holds Color Me Calm, coloring get-togethers, every Tuesday, noon to 3 p.m. Colored pencils will be available at the center. Call 727-369-5694.