- 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.
Charles Kondek memorial car show TARPON SPRINGS – SunCoast Speed & Custom Cars, in coordination with SunCoast Law Enforcement Charities will host a memorial car show in memory of Tarpon Springs Police Department Officer Charles Kondek Sunday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 440 S. Pinellas Ave.
Cars, trucks and bikes are welcome and admission is free, although donations are encouraged. Food, drink, raffle tickets, a 50/50, a DJ and an emcee will all be present.
For more information about the memorial car show, call SunCoast Speed & Custom Cars at 944-4220, ext. 10.
Historical Society Remembrance Tea TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society is hosting its 47th Annual Remembrance Tea Sunday, Jan. 25, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall, Presbyterian Church on the Bayou, 409 Whitcomb Blvd.
This year’s free event has a maritime theme celebrating early fishing, boating and seafood markets of the community. For more information, call 943-4624.
Indian Shores market INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market is open in the parking lot of the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd., every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May.
The market is free of charge and family friendly. Leashed pets are welcome.
“All of our vendors are local, hands-on owners and operators,” said Market Operations Manager Laura Garrison. “We have organic produce, gourmet foodies and some of the best artists and crafters in the area. And we’re really happy to be part of the Indian Shores community. The administration and the police department of Indian Shores are an incredible group of people to work with.”
Ostomy support group meeting ST. PETERSBURG – The United Ostomy Associations of America affiliated support group of St. Petersburg will meet Sunday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m., in the auditorium at St. Anthony’s Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
All ostomates, new or experienced, are invited to attend. The meeting will feature a roundtable discussion. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other ostomates, discuss problems or talk about their experiences.
The group meets last Sundays, 2 p.m., at St. Anthony’s. Each month, attendees have the opportunity to get needed information and education that will help them find the tools to get back to an active life. Refreshments are served. There is no cost for the meetings.
For information, call Bill Schmidt at 657-0998 or Millie Parker at 687-7584.
Democratic Women’s Club meeting SAFETY HARBOR – The Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas will meet Monday, Jan. 26, at Safety Harbor Library, 102 Second St.
Guest speaker will be University of South Florida professor Susan A. MacManus.
Lunch is at 11 a.m., followed by the meeting at 11:45 a.m. Lunch is available for a $5 donation.
For information, call Donna Dennis at 447-7380.
Free Social Security workshop ST. PETERSBURG – Cummings Financial Organization Inc. will host two free workshops on maximizing Social Security benefits at Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N.
The workshops will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m.; and on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.
The workshops will be hosted by William Cummings CPA and Scott Russell. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to maximize Social Security benefits and how to avoid paying taxes on Social Security benefits.
To register for a workshop, call 866-453-7737. Light refreshments will be served.