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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, June 23, 2017
Sam’s Club, Walmart blood drives
Select Sam’s Clubs and Walmart stores are serving the community by hosting summer blood drives where donors can give life by donating blood and enjoy a $10 Walmart gift card.

The blood drives will take place Friday, June 23, 2 to 7 p.m.; and Sunday through Tuesday, June 25-27, 1 to 7 p.m., at select Sam’s Club and Walmart stores. For locations and appointments, visit oneblood.org /walmart or call 888-936-6283. Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome.

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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• Saturday, June 24, 2017
Hooters blood drives
Select Hooters restaurants will host blood drives on Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donors can share their power to save lives by giving blood and enjoy 10 free boneless wings from Hooters, a OneBlood T-shirt and two free Tampa Bay Storm tickets.

For locations and appointments, visit oneblood.org /hooters or call 888-936-6283. Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome.

In addition, all donors receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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Largo Central Park Nature Preserve cleanup
LARGO – The city of Largo will host an invasive and exotic plant cleanup Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m. to noon, in the Largo Central Park Nature Preserve, 150 Highland Ave. SE, Largo.

Volunteers will help in the removal of the Brazilian pepper that has invaded the park. Refreshments will be provided throughout the cleanup and volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and any garden tools they wish. A limited number of tools will be provided.

For information or to sign up as a volunteer, call 727-586-7415.
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• Sunday, June 25, 2017
Sam’s Club, Walmart blood drives
Select Sam’s Clubs and Walmart stores are serving the community by hosting summer blood drives where donors can give life by donating blood and enjoy a $10 Walmart gift card.

The blood drives will take place Friday, June 23, 2 to 7 p.m.; and Sunday through Tuesday, June 25-27, 1 to 7 p.m., at select Sam’s Club and Walmart stores. For locations and appointments, visit oneblood.org /walmart or call 888-936-6283. Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome.

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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United Ostomy Associations of America meeting
ST. PETERSBURG – The United Ostomy Associations of America affiliated support group of St. Petersburg will meet Sunday, June 25, 2 p.m., in the auditorium at St. Anthony’s Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

All ostomates, new or experienced, are welcome to attend. The group offers support to persons facing ostomy surgery as well as persons with ostomies and their family and friends.

For information, call Bill Schmidt at 727-657-0998 or Letty Giraud 727-522-3637.
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• Monday, June 26, 2017
Author talk
LARGO – Author Penny Musco will share intriguing facts about national parks that she discovered while writing her book, “Life Lessons from the National Parks: Meeting God in America’s Most Glorious Places,” on Monday, June 26, 6:30 p.m., at the Largo Public Library.

In the hour-long presentation, titled Fascinating Stories from our National Parks, Musco will discuss little-known historical facts about the parks, including several in Florida.
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Sam’s Club, Walmart blood drives
Select Sam’s Clubs and Walmart stores are serving the community by hosting summer blood drives where donors can give life by donating blood and enjoy a $10 Walmart gift card.

The blood drives will take place Friday, June 23, 2 to 7 p.m.; and Sunday through Tuesday, June 25-27, 1 to 7 p.m., at select Sam’s Club and Walmart stores. For locations and appointments, visit oneblood.org /walmart or call 888-936-6283. Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome.

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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Tai Chi and Qigong classes
ST. PETE BEACH – Tai Chi and Qigong classes are presented Mondays, 11 a.m.; and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.

This class is designed to reduce stress, inflammation and disease associated with stress, as well as improve postural alignment and flexibility. The class combines specific movements, coordinated breathing and a calm focused mind used in traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and Qigong practices that will improve health, vitality and longevity.

No prior experience is necessary. The cost is $5 for adults or free for SilverSneakers. Visit www.spbrec.com or call 727-363-9245 for more information.
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• Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Coloring group meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N., holds Color Me Calm, coloring get-togethers, every Tuesday, noon to 3 p.m. Colored pencils will be available at the center. Call 727-369-5694.
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Friends of Clearwater Beach Recreation Center, Library, Pool meeting
CLEARWATER BEACH – The Friends of Clearwater Beach Recreation Center, Library and Pool will host a meeting at noon on June 27 at 69 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.

The group is seeking information or pictures on the following topics: the Clearwater Historical Society, Sand Key (Dan's Island), Caladesi Island, Island Estates, Memorial Causeway and the Clearwater Marina.
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