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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
• Friday, May 27, 2016
POW-MIA flag dedication
CLEARWATER – A local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America will host the dedication of a large POW-MIA flag Friday, May 27, 11 a.m., at Walker Ford, 17556 U.S. 19 N.

The ceremony, open to the public, will honor missing U.S. servicemen and women from all wars and conflicts. Notables scheduled to speak are U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Florida, and Edward Dement, national commander of American Ex-Prisoners of War.

An honor guard comprised of members of American Legion posts 125 and 273 will provide a gun salute. A bagpiper and a military bugler will play. American Legion riders and representatives of the Patriot Guard and Rolling Thunder organizations will be on hand.
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Connections @ Park Station
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts Connections @ Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 101, a free networking event, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m. Contact Carl Lucchi at 458-7863 for more information.
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Crafts for veterans
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N., will offer a weekly craft workshop for veterans on Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Projects, which are donated by the Help Hospitalized Veterans Program, include model cars, wood projects, leatherwork, needlecrafts, poster art, beadwork and more.

The crafts aid in rehabilitation, and are designed to restore coordination and impaired motor skills, improve attention spans and concentration, and relieve symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. 

Bring proof of Military Service for free project. Work at the center or take it home. Call 541-0776.
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Fiesta of Learning
LARGO – Ridgecrest Elementary will be host its annual Fiesta of Learning event on Friday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the school, 1901 119th St.

Students will showcase projects and work they have completed, as well as do presentations for other classes to enjoy. Parents and families are welcome to come out and see the wonderful learning that has been taking place, as well as to enjoy lunch with their children.
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Meet State Rep. Ahern for coffee
LARGO – State Rep. Larry Ahern will be hosting a “Meet Your Representative for Coffee” event from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, May 27, at Ted’s Luncheonette, 1201 Clearwater-Largo Road. For information, call 727-395-2512 or email larry.ahern@myfloridahouse.gov.
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Rio Synchro Carnival Water Show
LARGO – The Rio Synchro Carnival Water Show will be coming to Southwest Pool on Friday, May 27. A free clinic will begin at 6 p.m. and it includes free tickets to the show for participants, who are asked to bring a bathing suit, towel and goggles.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. Raffles and concessions will be available.

For more information and tickets, contact Diane at aatanasio@live.com or call 727-698-2625.
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Senior investment club
ST. PETERSBURG – A senior investment club conducts discussions every Friday at 10 a.m. at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N.

The free club is open to the public and will feature discussions on anything related to investing. Share your best picks or your worst picks. Ask questions, give your opinion. It’s all about education and fun.

Call Sally for more information at 727-893-7101.
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West Coast Swing dance lessons
SEMINOLE – Free West Coast Swing dance lessons are offered on Fridays, 6 p.m., at Crystal Blue Ballroom, 10527 Park Blvd. N. Lessons are free for anyone under the age of 30. Call Renee at 698-0171 for more information.
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• Saturday, May 28, 2016
Lake Chautauqua Park tour
CLEARWATER – A free walking tour will be offered Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m., at Lake Chautauqua Park, 2671 Enterprise Road.

Participants will hit the trails with volunteer guides to explore various parks while learning about the history, wildlife and other interesting facts about these destinations. Snacks, water, insect repellent, binoculars and cameras are all recommended. Most parks do not have water fountains or restrooms.

For information, call 727-793-2976.
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Misa en Español
SEMINOLE – St. Justin, Martyr Catholic Church recently added a Misa en Español every Saturday at 6 p.m.  Other Masses are presented Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. (in English); and Sunday, 7 p.m. (in Portuguese). Daily Mass is at 8:30 a.m., preceded by the Rosary.

The Rev. Gerald Hendry is the Pastor. St. Justin, Martyr is at 10851 Ridge Road in Seminole. For information, call 397-3312 or visit stjustinmartyr.net.
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