- 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.
Advent Quiet Morning
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – An Advent Quiet Morning will be offered Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m., at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St. Fr. Jon Roberts will be the spiritual leader for this event.
This is a morning of quiet prayer and meditation and enables Christians to incorporate the good news of Advent more deeply into their lives. All are invited to take part in this time of peace and joy. Call 595-2374.
Christmas bazaar at Harbor Lights MHP
SEMINOLE – Harbor Light Mobile Home Park plans its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A variety of holiday crafts, jewelry and other items will be on sale.
Harbor Lights MHP is located at 9191 Bay Pines Blvd.
For more information, call 368-7730.
Clearwater Gateway Farmer’s Market CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Gateway Farmer’s Market is open each Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Cleveland Street east of Missouri Avenue. Parking is available at Fifth Third Bank, 1150 Cleveland Street; Greektown Grille, 1230 Cleveland St., and Maxa Enterprises, 1275 Cleveland St.
This family friendly event welcomes customers with children, bikes and dogs as they shop for local food, produce, artisan goods, and enjoy the free entertainment.
Visit www.myclearwatermarket.com or email email@example.com.
Community yard sale at Bickley Park
SEMINOLE – Bickley Park, 5640 Seminole Blvd., a premium RV and mobile home park, will host its semi-annual community yard sale Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funds will be used to help support events held at Bickley Park.
Residents will sell an array of antiques, furniture, tools, clothing and household items. There are over 100 lots throughout the park participating in the sale. Water, coffee and special desserts will be available to purchase in the Rec Hall. Grilled footlong hot dogs will be for sale at the picnic area also.
For more information, visit www.bickleypark.com.
PALM HARBOR – A new farmer’s market coming to the East Lake Community Library on the first Saturday of each month beginning Nov. 2 through May 3, 2014. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Library staff is seeking vendors.
For more information, go to the library’s website, www.eastlakelibrary.org, or email Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of the Safety Harbor Public Library book sale
SAFETY HARBOR – The Friends of the Safety Harbor Public Library is hosting a book sale on Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 101 Second St. N. All genres of books will be available and are in good condition. Most cost only $1. Visit www.safetyharborfol.weebly.com.
Holiday Bargain Bazaar
SAFETY HARBOR – Safety Harbor is hosting the annual Holiday Bargain Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 Ninth Avenue S.
Bargain hunters won’t want to miss this event, rain or shine, which has vendors set up inside and outside of the community center. Vendors may sell their items all for under $25.
Renting outdoor space to sell items costs $10, and indoor space is $15. You may also rent an 8-foot banquet table for $5. There is no vendor application, so register by coming to the Safety Harbor Community Center to reserve a spot. If you have participated in these programs before, then register online at www.safetyharborrecreation.com. Call Autumn at 724-1530.
Holiday book sale
INDIAN SHORES – Indian Shores Library will conduct a holiday book sale Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
As potential Christmas presents, books offered will be in good to pristine condition. Gift wrapping will be available.
The sale will take place outside the Indian Shores Municipal Center.
Hope Children’s Home of Tampa fundraiser
PALM HARBOR – LaMirage Salon, 3730 Tampa Road, will host a fundraiser to benefit the Hope Children’s Home of Tampa Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 to 10 p.m.
The theme will be “ladies night out.”
The evening will include food, fun, pampering and prizes as well as hair, nail and makeup services.
Tickets are $25 in advance and at the door.
For more information, call 786-7008.
International cooking classes
TARPON SPRINGS – The city of Tarpon Springs Gulf Coast Folklife Center will be offering international cooking classes on Saturdays through Dec. 7, noon to 2 p.m., at the Safford House, 23 Parkin Ct. Admission is $10 per class.