- 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.
Clearwater Chapter MOAA meeting CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Chapter of The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) host its monthly luncheon on May 24 at the Clearwater Country Club 525, Betty Lane. Guest speaker will be Capt. James R. Facinelli, USNR (Ret.).
All military officers, their spouses, survivors and auxiliary members are invited. Jackets are requested. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 727-535-9151.
Family Promise event CLEARWATER – Family Promise of Pinellas County will host an event Wednesday, May 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.
Family Promise of Pinellas County is a coalition of interfaith congregations committed to helping children and their parents move from homelessness to independence. Speaker Jennifer Sunshine, executive director of Family Promise of Pinellas County, will explain how this organization has moved 46 children and their parents from homelessness to sustainable housing.
There is no admission charge. A simple meal will be served and donations will be accepted.
Family Promise is an affiliate of the national Family Promise organization founded in 1986 with 181 operating affiliates in 41 states involving 5,500 congregations and over 160,000 volunteers.
For information as well as childcare availability, call the Rev. Dawn Haeger at 727-446-3001.
Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 meeting LARGO – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 invites new members to its weekly meeting on Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
Rotary Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Rotary Club of Seminole meets weekly on Wednesdays at noon at the Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Seminole Chamber monthly breakfast SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chamber of Commerce, 7777 131st St. N., will hold its monthly breakfast Wednesday, May 24, 8 a.m. Barry Rubin, president of the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce and human resources expert, will present on “Time Management Strategies for Your Business.” Call the chamber at 727-392-3245 to RSVP.
Seminole Historical Society meeting ST. PETERSBURG – Keith Williams, hospital manager at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, will speak at the next Seminole Historical Society meeting, Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m., at the Seminole Historical Society Museum, 7464 Ridge Rd.
Museum visiting hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Private group tours are also available.
Daughters of Italy monthly meeting CLEARWATER – The Daughters of Italy Lodge, Chapter 2825, will host its monthly meeting at 5:45 p.m. on May 25 at Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin, in room 206 of the educational building.
The club will celebrate its 12th anniversary as well as its 2017 scholarship winner.
Italian and non-Italian women and their guests are invited to attend; buffet dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m., followed by a short general meeting and scholarship presentation.
The cost is $12.50 per person; reservations deadline is May 22. For more information, please contact Vincenza DiLiberti at 727-447-6890 or email@example.com.
GFWC Pinellas Seminole Woman’s Club meeting SEMINOLE – The GFWC Pinellas Seminole Woman’s Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month at Freedom Square in the Roskamp Auditorium at 11 a.m. Meetings include lunch and a guest speaker. All are welcome.
The group offers scholarships to local students and donates to organizations in the area.
Call 727-709-3778 for more information.
GFWC Seminole Junior Woman’s Club meeting SEMINOLE – The GFWC Seminole Junior Woman’s Club meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N.
The group is dedicated to serving the community, particularly through programs helping children. Club activities include providing dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg; and the SJWC’s annual “Share Our Spirit” food drive, which helps feed Seminole children during the winter holiday break.
Those interested in learning more about the SJWC are welcome to attend the meetings or call 727-398-0558 for more information.