- 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.
Christian Unity Ecumenical Prayer Service SEMINOLE – This year’s Christian Unity Ecumenical Prayer Service will take place Sunday, Jan. 22, 3 p.m., at Saint Justin Martyr Catholic Church, 10851 Ridge Road, Seminole.
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary year of the beginnings of the Reformation, the theme is “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us.” It finds its origins in Pope Francis’ 2013 Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). The service will take place at 3 p.m. followed by fellowship and refreshments. All are invited.
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.
Kirkin’ of the Tartans CLEARWATER – The Kirkin’ of the Tartans, an age-old tradition blessing and honoring Presbytery’s Scottish Heritage, will take place Sunday, Jan. 22, 10:15 a.m., at Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater.
Highland Presbyterian Church has long blessed the community with an awe-inspiring display of music, heritage, history and faith. Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy this beautiful day as well at the combined service being held at Hope Presbyterian. The public and visitors are welcome.
Prayer service LARGO – For the annual week of Christian Unity, Ecumenical Prayer Service will take place Sunday, Jan. 22, 3 p.m., at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo. The service will be open to all. For information, call 727-595-4610.
Sunday Morning University lecture series ST. PETERSBURG – Sunday Morning University, the third annual lecture program presented jointly by St. Petersburg synagogues Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg and Temple Beth-El, will take place Sunday, Jan. 22, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring six college professors lecturing on a variety of topics.
The program will take place at Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg. This year’s lecture series includes sessions on medicine, music and more.
The Sunday Morning University will be split into two sessions with participants able to opt for one of three lectures in each session. The cost is $18 per person and includes lunch. There will be an opportunity to socialize and ask further questions of the lecturers over lunch after the two sessions.
Do The Ripe Thing blood drive Select Sweet Tomatoes restaurants will sponsor a Do The Ripe Thing blood drive on Monday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Donors can share their power to save lives by giving blood and enjoy a $10 Sweet Tomatoes gift card. For a list of participating Sweet Tomatoes locations, visit oneblood.org/sweettomatoes or call 888-936-6283.
Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome. 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.
Calibrate: The Worship Team Event Tour CLEARWATER – Tampa Bay will be one of three national stops on the Calibrate: The Worship Team Event Tour Jan. 23, featuring Mark Hall of Casting Crowns, Laura Story, Mark Lee of Third Day, Zach Williams, Jason Ingram and Caleb Miller.
This is a one-day conference for worship teams around Tampa Bay and beyond to learn and be challenged from some of the biggest names in worship music. Often times worship teams in churches give and give to their congregations, but don’t find opportunities to gain and grow as a community.
The conference will take place Monday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Countryside Christian Center, 1850 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Doors open at 8 a.m.
Worship teams will have an opportunity to hear from, and be taught by, the men and women who write many of the songs they sing week after week in their churches. Mark Hall and Casting Crowns have been producing and leading worship for many years, while Zach Williams, with his hit song “Chain Breaker,” is a newer artist who will give a fresh view to leaders.
Pinellas Park Garden Club meeting PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Garden Club will meet Monday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m., at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd.
This month’s guest speaker will discuss orchids, including potting them, fertilizing and caring for them. There will also be some orchids for sale. Attendees are also encouraged to bring in a small plant for a raffle. For more information, email email@example.com.