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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, Feb. 24, 2017
Dunedin Concert Band performance
DUNEDIN – “To Life! On Broadway” will be presented Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., at Dunedin High School, 1651 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per person. The Dunedin Concert Band performers are very excited to share with audiences a program of well-known classic and modern medleys from popular Broadway and West End stage shows.

For information, visit www.facebook.com /DunedinConcertBand /events or dunedinconcertband.com /concert /to-life-on-broadway.
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MarineMax St. Petersburg grand reopening
ST. PETERSBURG – MarineMax St. Petersburg will host its grand reopening Friday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 5 p.m.

The reopening comes after the company invested $2 million upgrading and refurbishing the facilities. The event will feature live music, hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments. On Saturday, Feb. 25, MarineMax will hold a Demo Day Event. Guests can experience select new models from Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, and Sea Pro, by appointment.

For information on the grand reopening celebration or to reserve a demo, email Diana DeCarvalho at Diana.DeCavalho@marinemax.com or call 727-343-6520.
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Mayors’ Prayer Brunch
TREASURE ISLAND – St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway will be the featured speaker at the annual Mayors’ Prayer Brunch, Friday, Feb. 24, at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway.

Doors open at 11 a.m.; brunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Treasure Island Mayor Bob Minning and former mayor Mary Maloof will host the brunch. Local clergy will provide prayer.

Music will be provided by GMA Dove Award-winning artist Kenn Mann.

Tickets are $19 a person or $150 for a table of eight and can be purchased at the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce, 245 107th Ave. or at The Club.

Reservations are required.

Proceeds benefit All Children’s Hospital.
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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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St. Petersburg College Piano Series
ST. PETERSBURG – As part of the St. Petersburg College Piano Series, Joel Schoenhals will perform “The Passion & Power of Bach & Brahms” on Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., at the SPC Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for SPC students and staff. Call 727-341-4360 or visit www.spcollege.edu /spg /music /calendar.htm.

Schoenhals is an American pianist and Steinway Artist as well as a Professor of Piano at Eastern Michigan University. He is China’s first foreign expert in music at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, Hubei, China.

For over 20 years he has been an active performer, lecturer, recording artist, adjudicator and dedicated teacher. He is one of today’s leading pianist-pedagogues. Between 2012 and 2016 Schoenhals performed the cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, reaching thousands of Michiganders through over 70 community engagement concerts in salon atmospheres as well as in historic Pease Auditorium at Eastern Michigan University.

Schoenhals has received praise for his eight varied solo and chamber music CDs on the Fleur De Son label.

For details, visit www.joelschoenhals.com.
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• Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
Fashion Show and Mardi Gras Celebration
SEMINOLE – The GFWC Pinellas Seminole Woman’s Club will host its 55th annual Fashion Show and Mardi Gras Celebration Saturday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Seminole Community Building, 7464 Ridge Rd.

Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters will serve as the emcee. Fashions will be presented by the Sign of the Dolphin.

Cost is $40 per person.

Call Trina Cuccia at 727-421-0799 for more information.
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Adult Prom – Salute to the Oscars
LARGO – Treat yourself to the VIP treatment for Adult Prom – Salute to the Oscars at Largo Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 to 10 p.m.

Pose for the photos and walk the red carpet at an Oscar pre-party followed by a semiformal evening complete with live music, dancing, desserts, individual and group photos and the crowning of a king and queen.

Tickets cost $15 per person or $25 per couple.

For information, call Dawn Smolowitz at 727-587-6470, ext. 5004.
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Attracting pollinators
ST. PETERSBURG – The Friends of Weedon Island will host a program on attracting pollinators on Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to noon, at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg.

Nanette O'Hara will offer simple tips for attracting bees, butterflies, moths and beneficial wasps to Florida yards. The talk will highlight a recommended “Pollinator Palette” of specific wildflowers, trees and shrubs for West Central Florida landscapes. Florida has 316 native bee species. Attendees will learn how even tiny urban habitats can help support these critically important engines of food production.

O’Hara has served as the public outreach coordinator for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program since 1998. She is responsible for communicating ways residents can contribute to the restoration of Tampa Bay in their own everyday actions and lifestyles.

Registration is requested. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com /e /top-tips-for-tempting-pollinators-to-your-yard-tickets-28809130886 or call 727-453-6500.
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Blue Jean Ball
BELLEAIR – On Feb. 25, RCS supporters, community officials and new friends will put on their blue jeans for the seventh annual Blue Jean Ball, benefiting RCS. The night of home-cooked food and entertainment will begin at 7 p.m., at a private home in Belleair.

Tickets are $85 per person. To purchase tickets, visit www.rcspinellas.org.

The Blue Jean Ball raises significant funds to provide help and hope for those facing hunger, homeless and domestic violence. Last year’s event raised over $67,000 all benefitting RCS programs. This year’s event is presented by Siracusa Staffing & Leasing. It’s co-chaired by Kacey and Nate Matthews and Tara Kivett and John Daniel.

RCS Inc. has provided help to people in need for 50 years. RCS’s mission is to feed the hungry, help families facing homelessness return to self-sufficiency, and empower survivors of domestic violence. Individuals and families are served with dignity to accomplish this mission at the RCS Food Bank, the RCS Grace House, The Haven of RCS, and the RCS Thrift Store.
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Campus Visit Day
PINELLAS PARK – Campus Visit Day will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at National University of Health Sciences, 6630 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park.

Hands-on activities and real life scenarios are designed to let visitors experience life as a National University student. This event is for those interested in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program at NUHS- Florida.

During Campus Visit Day, visitors will be able to participate in an interactive technique demonstration; get a first-hand account of National University from current students; discover the facilities including the gross anatomy laboratory, library, bookstore, and clinic; and speak with an admissions representative regarding the admissions process, financial aid and student life.

A light breakfast will be provided. To RSVP, visit www.nuhs.edu /visit. For information, call 800-826-6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu.
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