- 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.
2017 Pinellas 4-H Fall Carnival LARGO – UF/IFAS Pinellas County 4-H will host its fall carnival Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. The event will take place in the back of Heritage Village by the windmill and water tower. Parking will be available at Heritage Village and the Florida Botanical Gardens.
The open house is a free event and will give interested young people, ages 5 to 18, the opportunity to see what 4-H clubs are offering participants this upcoming year. Adults interested in volunteering with the organization are also encouraged to attend.
4-H is looking for young people interested in developing leadership skills, volunteering in the community and searching for fun ways to learn. The open house will feature animals, carnival games, and include educational activities, fashion shows and project demonstrations for children to get an up-close and personal experience with 4-H activities. Information sessions about 4-H clubs will be held at the top of every hour. A silent auction will be held with proceeds benefitting Pinellas County 4-H.
Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser LARGO – Rooth & Rooth Elder Law Attorneys has partnered with Assisting Hands Home Care to sponsor a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association set for Saturday, Aug. 19, 1 to 3 p.m., at Liberty Lanes, 11401 Starkey Road, Largo.
Cost is $150 for six people on one lane for two hours. Cost also includes shoe rental as well as three months of advertising on the Liberty Lanes screens. Individual bowlers can play for $25.
There also will be silent auction and raffle items.
Clear the Shelters nationwide pet adoption drive Area shelters will join News Channel 8 – WFLA in its hosting of NBC’s Clear the Shelters third annual nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, Aug. 19.
On this day, participating shelters will offer low cost or waived pet adoption fees as part of the nationwide Clear the Shelters initiative that seeks to help families find and adopt homeless pets. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 70,000 pet adoptions nationwide.
Clear the Shelters initiative is supported and sponsored locally by Nissan, Precision Overhead Garage Door, Argosy University and Superior Heating and Cooling.
Families interested in adopting a pet can visit ClearTheShelters.com to access more information about Clear the Shelters, and to find a full list of local participating animal shelters throughout News Channel 8’s viewing area.
Communitywide garage sale LARGO – Southwest Recreation Complex will hold its annual indoor communitywide garage sale Saturday, Aug. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon.
The garage sale, which is free, will feature more than 65 tables of home goods, child toys, gently used clothing and much more. Tables are on sale now until they are sold out, $10 each (limit of two per person).
Footprints on the Land hike TARPON SPRINGS – The Footprints on the Land Hike will be offered Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.
Certified hike guides will lead a free hike along the Education Center Trail. Attendees will learn of the many “footprints” that be found during this 0.75-mile walk. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must. Water and hat are recommended. An adult must accompany children under the age of 16. Those younger than age 6 may find the hike challenging.
Monte Carlo Casino Night MADEIRA BEACH – The annual “Monte Carlo Casino Night” will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Madeira Beach Community Center, 200 Rex Place. Conducted by the Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, social hour begins at 6 p.m., with gaming getting underway at 7 p.m.
Admission is $50 a person, which buys $2,500 in gaming play money. Additional gaming money is available for purchase. A live auction also is scheduled. Sponsorships are still available.
For information, call the Chamber office, 727-360-4121.
Toy drive ST. PETERSBURG – The Tampa Bay Rowdies are partnering up with 9-year old Addison Kapustiak and her nonprofit, Sending Smiles, for a toy collection at the Saturday, Aug. 19, match.
The toy drive is in preparation of the Rowdies #GOLDTOGETHER campaign to bring awareness to childhood cancer.
Kapustiak lives with a rare disease called TRAPS Syndrome and goes to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital every other week to receive infusion treatments. On one visit, she noticed the prize closet, where kids go to pick out a toy when their treatment is finished, was down to almost nothing. Addison started a small toy drive to collect toys for the prize closet, which has now grown into the nonprofit Sending Smiles.
Sending Smiles donation boxes will be placed outside the main gates at the Saturday, Aug. 19 match. Rowdies fans can donate new, unused toys in original packaging or new books. Tropical Smoothie Café will offer ½ off smoothies and Tijuana Flats will offer $5 Flats Cash for fans who bring a toy. All donations will go directly to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
For tickets to the Aug. 19 match, call 727-222-2000.
Weedon Island guided hike ST. PETERSBURG – A guided hike will be offered Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the ecosystems and early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. The program is best for ages 6 and older.