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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
• Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
19th Hole mixer
OLDSMAR – The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 19th Hole mixer Wednesday, Aug. 24, at nine different restaurants and businesses.

Set for 5-8 p.m., the mixer costs $20 per player or $80 for a team of four. Participants will play a zany putt-putt hole at each location.

Free hors d’oeuvres will be served and discount drinks will be available. Non-alcoholic beverages will be free for designated drivers.

Businesses interested in sponsoring a hole should contact Mark Howe at 813-855-4233.
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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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Guardian ad Litem program
DUNEDIN – A presentation about the Guardian ad Litem program that advocates for abused and neglected children will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m., at the Dunedin Library, 223 Douglas Ave.

Volunteers in the Guardian ad Litem program have the ability to “make a powerful difference in the life of a child,” a press release said. They advocate in court and in the child welfare system for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

The Guardian ad Litem visits the child every month, becomes familiar with the child’s case, and recommends to court officials about how to ensure the child has a safe, caring, and stable home.

No prior experience is necessary and training is provided.

For other meeting dates and locations, call 727-647-1858 or visit www.guardianadlitem6.org.
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Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 meeting
LARGO – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 invites new members to its weekly meeting on Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120.

The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.

A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.

For more information, call John Rouisse at 727-488-8010 or email johnrouisse@yahoo.com.
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Rotary Club of Seminole meeting
SEMINOLE – The Rotary Club of Seminole meets weekly on Wednesdays at noon at the Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd. Email pstockfisch@hotmail.com for more information.
Seminole Fire Rescue CERT class
SEMINOLE – Seminole Fire Rescue will offer Community Emergency Response Team CERT-317, an introductory course to those wanting to serve as a CERT member or those interested in preparedness training.

The class will take place Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (disaster preparedness); Thursday, Aug. 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (disaster medical operations and disaster pyschology); and Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (fire safety and utility controls; terrorism and CERT; light search and rescue; and CERT organization.)

Classes will be held at Seminole Fire Station 29, 11195 70th Ave. N. Each graduate will receive a student manual and CERTbasic kit. Lunch and snacks are provided. Classes are open to individuals 16 and older. For more information, email bdykens@myseminole.com or call 727-393-8711 ext. 210.
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• Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Clearwater Beach Chamber mingle
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Beach Chamber will host a mingle event Thursday, Aug. 25, 5 to 7 p.m., at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater

Cost for members is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Cost for nonmenbers is $15.

To RSVP, visit www.beachchamber.com /membership_rsvp.html.
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GFWC Pinellas Seminole Woman’s Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The GFWC Pinellas Seminole Woman’s Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month at Freedom Square in the Roskamp Auditorium at 11 a.m. Meetings include lunch and a guest speaker. All are welcome.

The group offers scholarships to local students and donates to organizations in the area. Call 727-709-3778 for more information.
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GFWC Seminole Junior Woman’s Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The GFWC Seminole Junior Woman’s Club meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N.

The group is dedicated to serving the community, particularly through programs helping children. Club activities include providing dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg; and the SJWC’s annual “Share Our Spirit” food drive, which helps feed Seminole children during the winter holiday break.

Those interested in learning more about the SJWC are welcome to attend the meetings or call 727-398-0558 for more information.
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