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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
• Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Free English lessons
PINELLAS PARK – Free English lessons for adult speakers of other languages are offered Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the parish hall at Sacred Heart Church, 7809 46th Way. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 541-4447.
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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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ECO Teacher Training Workshop
TARPON SPRINGS - ECO Teacher Training Workshop 2016, Monday, July 25, 9 a.m. to Friday, July 29, 3:30 p.m.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension has teamed up with the St. Petersburg College of Education Professor to offer this nationally award-winning, week-long environmental education workshop for pre-service elementary, ESE education students, current elementary and ESE teachers and non-formal educators.

The workshop aims to teach participants with tools to interpret the natural world and impart the need for resource conservation to their audience.

Each day will feature different environmental subjects. Day 1 is Project Butterfly Wings; Day 2, Project Wild; Day 3, Schoolyard Wildlife; Day 4, Flying Wild; and Day 5, Project Learning Tree. Call 727-453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.
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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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Water arthritis classes
PINELLAS PARK – Water arthritis classes are offered at Skyview Pool, 9040 54th Way N., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:40 to 9:40 a.m. Cost is $2.50 per person.

Doing arthritis exercises in the water provides added resistance for a great workout. Classes will focus on gentle stretching, balance and movements. Swimming not required. Exercises done in shallow waters. Call 369-5694 for more information.
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• Wednesday, July 27, 2016
ECO Teacher Training Workshop
TARPON SPRINGS - ECO Teacher Training Workshop 2016, Monday, July 25, 9 a.m. to Friday, July 29, 3:30 p.m.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension has teamed up with the St. Petersburg College of Education Professor to offer this nationally award-winning, week-long environmental education workshop for pre-service elementary, ESE education students, current elementary and ESE teachers and non-formal educators.

The workshop aims to teach participants with tools to interpret the natural world and impart the need for resource conservation to their audience.

Each day will feature different environmental subjects. Day 1 is Project Butterfly Wings; Day 2, Project Wild; Day 3, Schoolyard Wildlife; Day 4, Flying Wild; and Day 5, Project Learning Tree. Call 727-453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.
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Electronics class
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Recreation Division is offering a new electronics class to assist participants in learning how to operate their electronic devices properly on Wednesdays, 6 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S. Walton Ave.  

The class costs $7 per class or $24 per month. This class will demonstrate basic tasks through both one-on-one training and group demonstrations. Bring your own electronic devices.

The class began Wednesday, April 13. For more information on these and other events, call 727-942-5628 or email TarponRec@ctsfl.us or visit www.TSRDonline.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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Graffiti yoga class
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Community Center will host a new class called Graffiti Yoga, on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting June 6 at 7:15 p.m., at 400 S. Walton Ave.

Students will enjoy music that ranges from hip-hop to drum beats to soothe the soul. The fee is $15 per class or $97 per month.
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Grant writing workshop
ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance will offer an overview of grant writing for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations Wednesday, July 27, 6 p.m., at The Greenhouse, 440 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

The Arts Alliance is offering this workshop in answer to frequent requests from arts organizations. Topics will include developing a funding statement, research, and grant proposal basics, planning program evaluation, project budgets, managing awards and grant reports.

The course is taught by Barbara Mazer Gross. Gross is a development consultant and arts lover with close to 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is the director of client relations for the Tessitura Network, a global leader in technology and services for arts and culture, and she also serves as a development and membership consultant.

Registration is $10 and space is limited to 30. To register, visit StPeteGreenhouse.org or call 727-893-7146 for more information.
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