- 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.
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.
Aging Wisely health workshop CLEARWATER – Aging Wisely, a professional care management and patient advocacy company, will host a free Focus on Your Health workshop Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1 to 2:30 p.m., in the company’s Clearwater office, 1180 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Unit 701.
The workshop will cover what records need to be maintained, online tools to make it easier and a heads-up on Medicare changes. Aging Wisely’s goal is to provide informative workshops that allow participants to learn, pick up a few tips and tools, and the opportunity for them to share their tips with others. Workshops are offered on the second Tuesday of each month in 2016.
Class size is limited to 20. Call 727-447-5845 to reserve a seat.
Author talk LARGO – Lynn Waddell, a journalist and author of the book, “Fringe Florida: Travel Among Mud Boggers, Furries, Ufologists, Nudists, and Other Lovers of Unconventional Lifestyles,” will speak as part of the Fabulous Florida Five series on 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Jenkins Community Wing of Largo Public Library.
Waddell will share her immersive experiences inside of Florida’s most eclectic and daring worlds.
Free passes are available at the library, but seats are limited. Books will be on sale at each lecture and signing.
Heart health educational seminar ST. PETERSBURG – February is heart health month and Bayfront Health St. Petersburg will host a community educational seminar Tuesday, Feb. 9, at noon in the Sheen Conference Center of the main hospital, 701 Sixth St. S.
Attendees will learn about assessing and reducing risks related to the heart. The seminar will be presented by Bayfront/USF Health cardiologist Dr. Michael Mishkin.
Manatee program ST. PETERSBURG – What can we expect when reporting a call to the Florida Wildlife Conservation when reporting a distressed or injured manatee? Come to Boyd Hill Environmental Education Center, 1101 Country Club Way South Feb. 9, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Andy Garrett, manager of the Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory, will discuss the state’s response and illustrates how the state uses data from research on stranded manatees to enhance conservation.
The event is sponsored by St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation. For more information, call 893-7326 or visit www.stpeteparksrec.org/boyd-hill.
Military Officers Wives Club meeting GULFPORT – The Military Officers Wives Club will meet for lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at
Pasadena Yacht and Country Club, 6300 Pasadena Point Blvd.
The social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Steve Middents on his keyboard.
All former, retired or active duty military spouses, their widows and former, retired or active duty female officers are invited to attend. Reservations are required. Call 727-397-4146 or 727-812-4868.
Pasta and dancing CLEARWATER – The Italian club of Greater Clearwater will host pasta dinners each Tuesday, monthly, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at 200 S. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Dancing also will be held on some Saturdays. For information, call 791-8698.
Pinellas Beekeepers Association meeting CLEARWATER – The Pinellas Beekeepers Association Inc. will meet Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center, 2750 Park Trail Lane.
Cost is a $1 suggested donation to the center for the use of the room.
The Pinellas Beekeepers Association is a group of local beekeepers whose purpose is to learn, teach, promote and share beekeeping knowledge at meetings and through activities in and near Pinellas County.
Attendees will learn how important bees are for pollination of food sources and the many advantages that honey and other hive products have for people’s health.
Safe boating class ST. PETE BEACH – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 has a 12-week continuous cycle of Safe Boating Programs Tuesdays, 7 p.m., in the Warren Webster Building, at 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.
Attendees can start at their convenience. New participants should arrive for their first class at 6:30 p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed and illustrated materials that cover a variety of program topics.
The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship 14th edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program, which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks. Cost is $60 for couples sharing the materials.
For information, call Jim at 360-4846, Warren at 321-7801 or Phil at 865-2226.
Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.
This personal development program helps individuals become confident speakers in a self-paced, fun atmosphere.
Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.