- 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.
Dietician seminar ST. PETERSBURG – Bayfront Health St. Petersburg will participate in a dietician seminar Friday, Aug. 29, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Westminster Palms Senior Living Community, 939 Beach Drive NE.
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg dieticians Samantha Nola and Christine Scarcello will host the dietician seminar.
For information or to register to attend, call 895-3627.
GriefShare program ST. PETERSBURG – A GriefShare program will be presented beginning Friday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to noon, at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N.
The program will run through Nov. 21. Call 343-7747.
Scottish American Society social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.
The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.
Aging Well Center safety day CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Aging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road, will host a crime prevention and personal safety day on Saturday, Aug. 30, in collaboration with the Clearwater Police Department.
While the event is targeted toward people age 55 or older, all are encouraged to attend as the information presented applies to everyone.
The free event begins at 10 a.m. and includes speakers from the police department, with a welcome address by former Chief Tony Holloway.
Topics will cover neighborhood crime trends, knowing the difference between burglary and robbery, economic crimes, and pawnshops. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees can visit interactive stations that offer information about common sense prevention tips such as engraving your valuables with a unique identifier, installing floodlights where appropriate and other helpful safety measures.
Digital art class SAFETY HARBOR – A digital art class is set for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. The class will be presented by comic illustrator Krishna Sadasivam and will cover aspects of digital art, how to improve your drawing skills, and discussion of the digital art market.
Sadasivam creates custom comics and illustrations for organizations and magazines and is an advocate for the comic industry as a blogger and author of articles on illustration and sequential arts techniques. His clients include Microsoft, Mashable, Other World Computing, Chai Company, Tau Beta Pi, and EE Times, and his work has been featured on many notable websites, including TechCrunch, Gizmodo and CNET.
Fashions with Flair CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Community Volunteers is hosting its 11th annual Fashions with Flair silent auction and fashion show fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Fort Harrison Hotel, 210 S. Fort Harrison Ave. A gourmet lunch will be served.
Each year, the show features several leading ladies of Tampa Bay on the runway. Some of the models this year include the following:
• Margaret Word Burnside, executive editor of Tampa Bay Magazine
• Cat Coats, wife of former sheriff Jim Coats and co-founder of Beth’s Closet
• Mimi Kintzel, community affairs director for the Church of Scientology in Tampa
• Susan Latvala, Pinellas County Commissioner
• Lauren Collins Medlin, 2014 Ms. Florida
• Cathy O’Brien, program specialist for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
• Kathleen Peters, Florida state representative
• Bahiyyah Sadiki, an educator in the Pinellas County school system for 11 years
• Carolyn Secor, local attorney
• Susan Valdes, Hillsborough County School Board member
Ambria’s of St. Petersburg will provide the clothing for this year’s models.
The silent auction items range from $5 to thousands of dollars, with items including crafts and baked goods to celebrity endorsed goods, children’s items, sports memorabilia, fishing excursions, gift certificates, fine art, gift baskets, and designer jewelry.
CCV is a nonprofit, charitable organization, made up entirely of volunteers and is a community arm of the Church of Scientology.
Regal Cars ECO Center grand opening CLEARWATER – Regal Cars ECO Center, on the corner of Drew Street and Northeast Coachman Road in Clearwater, will host its grand opening Saturday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This hybrid business model, where more than one company operates from the same locations, is the first to offer different types of hybrid transportation.
At the center, shoppers will find an array of factory hybrid cars getting an average of 51 mpg. The selection features many different makes and models.
“Hybrid technology has a long way to go but for now, there’s no better way to get from point A to point B than in a hybrid vehicle,” said owner Garry Wilson in a press release.
For those interested in converting their current vehicle into a hybrid, Barry Hart of Fuel Genie Systems has developed a simple, easy to install hydrogen injection system that has the capability to increase mileage in most cars by 20 to 40 percent on the highway. Don Chamberlain, who handles hybrid bicycles, has the latest models of electric and gasoline assisted power added to the pedals.
The event will feature free hot dogs, Fuel Genie Hybrid demonstrations and music. Attendees also may register to win a free Fuel Genie Hybrid System for their car or truck.
Call 474-5755 or 1-866-209-6682 for more information.
Snake seminar TARPON SPRINGS – A free seminar on snakes will be presented Saturday, Aug. 30, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road.
Snake expert Jim Medenhall will facilitate this reptile identification and safety seminar. Medenhall’s seminar will focus on environmental protection and endangered species. He will also discuss invasive species, the python problem and venom extraction. The program is suitable for all ages. Registration is required.