- 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.
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.
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.
Book sale at Gulf Beaches Library MADEIRA BEACH – The Friends of the Gulf Beaches Public Library plan a book sale Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26, at the library, 200 Municipal Drive. The sale will consist of primarily fiction books and paperbacks. For more information, call 391-2828.
National Dance Day LARGO – Tutterow Dancers will offer free dance classes on National Dance Day, Saturday, July 26, 9 a.m. to noon, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road.
Tutterow offers preschool ballet and tap for ages 3 to 4, jazz, ballet, hippity hop for ages 5 to 7 and hip hop for ages 8 to 12. Open auditions for the competition team – intermediate and advanced – will be offered 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Tutterow Dance Academy is contracted through the city of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department. Class fees are collected by the city for its programs. Tutterow Dancers is privately owned and has partnered with the city of Largo since 1976.
Wildflower Garden Club meeting TARPON SPRINGS – The Wildflower Garden Club will meet Saturday, July 26, 8 to 11 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road.
The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve will be out getting their gardening hands dirty in the preserve’s wildflower garden. Participants should bring garden gloves and hat. Morning snacks are usually provided.
Art show and fresh market
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
Monthly Story Swap
PINELLAS PARK – A monthly Story Swap event will take place on the fourth Sunday of each month, 3 to 5 p.m., at Park Station, Room 104, 5851 Park Blvd.
Come share a story – fact or fiction, traditional or original. Stories should be no longer than 10 minutes and family-friendly. Listeners welcome as well.
For more information, call 647-8057.
Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas meeting SAFETY HARBOR – The Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas will feature Aaron Darr at its meeting on Thursday, July 28, 11 a.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
Darr will speak on various subjects concerning reproductive health for Florida families. This activist educator will speak on topics such as sex education in public schools and private institutions, teen pregnancy, and the importance of women and men having access to contraceptives and abortion. He travels across the country and abroad to speak about the concern and importance of sex and HIV/AIDS issues.
He also will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Florida State Democratic Women’s Club Convention in St. Augustine.
The meeting itself starts at 11:45 a.m., and lunch is available for a $5 donation. For questions, call Victoria at 744-1101.