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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
• Monday, Sept. 26, 2016
English classes
MADEIRA BEACH – English for students of other languages is being offered by Pinellas County School Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway. Cost is $30 a semester.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn and to practice English with a teacher, with computers and with other learners.

For information, call 727-547-7872 or email piolim@pcsb.org.
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Memory screenings
DUNEDIN – Free preliminary memory screenings are offered by the Alzheimer's Association fourth Mondays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Dunedin Library, 223 Douglas Ave.

To schedule an appointment, call Amanda at the Alzheimer's Association at 727-5778-2558.

 
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Pinellas Park Orchestra fall practice
PINELLAS PARK – The 2016 fall season Pinellas Park Orchestra practice has begun. The orchestra practices Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., in the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. 

Robert Boyd will serve as conductor for the Oct. 2 concert. Art Hansuld will return for the balance of the fall season in October. All strings are welcome.

For information, call 727-541-0895. 
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Speakeasy Toastmasters meeting
PINELLAS PARK – Speakeasy Toastmasters meets Mondays, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., at K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N. in Pinellas Park.

Designed for those who have trouble speaking in public. Toastmasters is an organization that helps participants learn to calm their nerves and be the most confident presenter possible.

For information, call 536-3392 or email jmartin2040@tampabayrr.com.
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Walmart stores blood drive
Select Walmart stores will host blood drives Sunday and Monday, Sept. 26 and 27.

Donors can share the power to save lives by giving blood and enjoy a $10 Walmart gift card. For locations and appointments, visit oneblood.org /walmart or call 888-936-6283. Appointments will be honored and walk-ins will be welcomed.

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up 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, Sept. 27, 2016
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.

To RSVP, email catemccarty@gmail.com or Terri Zeigler at tmszeigler@gmail.com.
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English classes
MADEIRA BEACH – English for students of other languages is being offered by Pinellas County School Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway. Cost is $30 a semester.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn and to practice English with a teacher, with computers and with other learners.

For information, call 727-547-7872 or email piolim@pcsb.org.
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Girl Scout workshop
LARGO – A Girl Scout workshop will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo.

Cost is $15. The workshop includes handouts, a craft, a snack, an exclusive SPCA logo patch and the opportunity to give shelter animals’ purrs and wags along the way. Call 727-586-3594.

Daisy and Brownie Scouts earn requirements toward a Pet Badge or 3 Cheers for Animals Awards, and an exclusive SPCA Tampa Bay logo patch, at this interactive, animal-themed workshop.

Scouts will learn about respecting animal’s feelings and the basics of safety around animals, including the proper way to greet a dog and how paying attention to animal body language can keep you safe. Scouts also will learn how the SPCA helps animals and pet owners in the community, and have a tour of the adoption floor.

To register, visit spcatampabay.org /pet-camps-workshops.
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Honor Flight presentation
SEMINOLE – A presentation to educate veterans about the Honor Flight program will take place Tuesday, Sept. 27, noon, at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd.

The mission of Honor Flight is to transport veterans, free of charge, to Washington D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

Guest speaker Patti Von Hollar will present on the topic.

This is a free event.

Call 727-392-3932 for more information.
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Isle of Palms Civic Association’s monthly potluck dinner/mixer
TREASURE ISLAND – The Isle of Palms Civic Association’s monthly potluck dinner/mixer is set for Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave.

City Manager Reid Silverboard and community improvement director Paula Cohen will speak on the city charter amendments and referendum questions that will be on the November ballot.

The event is open to residents and renters. Visitors are welcome.

For information, call Carol Lee, 727-360-9181.
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