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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
• Thursday, May 5, 2016
Caregiver Coffee Hour
SEMINOLE – The Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s Caregiver Coffee Hour meets first Thursdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Maria’s Adult Day Care Center, 7821 Seminole Blvd. in Seminole.

The Caregiver Coffee Hour is an educational, emotional and social support program for family caregivers. Caregivers meet in a comfortable and confidential setting to chat with peers about issues pertinent to their dementia journey.

A Heidi Crockett, licensed clinical social worker with Aging Care Advocates, and volunteer support group facilitator with the Alzheimer’s Association facilitates the program.

RSVP appreciated for coordination of seating and refreshments. Call 578-2558 or email killiane@alzflgulf.org. For more information, call 393-7711 or visit www.alz.org /flgulfcoast.
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Derby Nite
OLDSMAR – The Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation will host its second annual Derby Nite Thursday, May 5, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Nielsen, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd.

Tickets are $30 and include tastings from 10 area restaurants as well as one complimentary beer, wine or specialty drink.

This year’s event will have a Cinco de Mayo theme. There will be virtual horse racing with horses named for sponsors, casino games and a live auction. Culinary arts students will serve from trays branded with 10 participating restaurants as they network with the guests.

The Derby Nite supports two great local charities. The event funds technical scholarships to graduating seniors in four area high schools, including a culinary arts school. The foundation’s partner organization, The Children’s Home, cares for children who are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Specifically, the SEEDs program provides assistance to prepare these children for reading readiness by grade 3.

Nielsen, Tampa Bay Downs and Dermatology Healthcare LLC are major event sponsors. Additional sponsorships are available including the Kentucky Derby Sponsorship at $2,000, Preakness Sponsorship at $1,000 and Belmont Stakes Sponsorship at $500. The foundation also is accepting prize donations for the auction.

For additional information and registration, visit www.utbef.org or call Jerry Custin at 813-855-4233.
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Parkinson’s support group meeting
LARGO – The ALF Heron House, 2050 East Bay Drive, hosts a monthly support group meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

A combination of the Starkey Parkies (formerly meeting at Grand Villa) and HH’s Movement Support group, each meeting features an exercise segment, socialization and refreshments, and presentations made by a different Parkinson’s/Movement Disorder specialist, with caregiver support offered as needed.

For more information, call support group leader Cheryl Sitton at 559-7776.
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Pinellas-Pasco Heart Gallery Fiesta
ST. PETERSBURG – The Pinellas-Pasco Heart Gallery is hosting a Fiesta on the Field May 5, 6:30 p.m., at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

The event celebrates 10 years of the organization finding forever families for local foster children. It will include dinner, drinks, live entertainment, a silent auction and more.

Purchase tickets at heartgallerykids.org or call 727-258-4806.
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Reading with the Ranger
LARGO – Reading with the Ranger will be presented Thursday, May 5, 10:30 a.m., at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N., Largo.

This program for kids will include a story with a ranger, a morning hike and a snack. Offered first Thursdays, registration is required. Cost is $5 per family. To register, call 727-518-3047.
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Tourism Lunch
ST. PETE BEACH – Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Tourism Lunch, presented by Bright House Networks, on Thursday, May 5, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd.

Check-in will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the program at noon. Cost is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. For information or to register, email Julianne Wilhelm at Julianne@tampabaybeaches.com or visit TampaBayBeaches.com.

The 2016 cutting-edge theme, “Next Generation Marketing: Understanding the Millennial Mindset,” will be presented by Lucas Cobb of MMGY Global. Cobb is a tourism industry-marketing strategist. He will use Florida’s latest trends to prove that, “the Millennial way isn’t just for Millennials,” suggesting that more and more travelers across all generations are adopting the same mindset.

The 2016 Tourism Person of the Year will be awarded during event.

Select sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.
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Water arthritis classes
PINELLAS PARK – Water arthritis classes are offered at Skyview Pool, 9040 54th Way N., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:40 to 9:40 a.m. Cost is $2.50 per person.

Doing arthritis exercises in the water provides added resistance for a great workout. Classes will focus on gentle stretching, balance and movements. Swimming not required. Exercises done in shallow waters. Call 369-5694 for more information.
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• Friday, May 6, 2016
Clearwater Beach Taste Fest
CLEARWATER – The seventh annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest will be Friday, May 6, 6 to 9 p.m., on Clearwater Beach at Beach Walk and South Gulfview Boulevard.

The annual event will include the opportunity to enjoy fine wines, craft beers and scrumptious foods from more than 30 restaurants whose chefs will be showcasing signature dishes and specialties. Morton Plant Mease Health Foundation has been selected as the beneficiary this year.

Live entertainment will be provided by contemporary jazz artist Eric Darius. Activities will include raffle baskets, chef auctions as well as a fireworks display to close the evening.

For information, visit www.ClearwaterBeachRestaurantWeek.com.
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Clearwater Police Officer Memorial Service
CLEARWATER – The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 10 and the Clearwater Police Department will host the 35th annual Clearwater Police Officer Memorial Service Friday, May 6, 10 a.m., at Station Square Park, 612 Cleveland St. in downtown Clearwater.

The service will honor those who have given their lives in the service of the city. The keynote speaker will be Lorraine Yaslowitz Marino, widow of fallen St. Petersburg Police K9 Officer Jeffery Yaslowitz. Also speaking will be President Jonathan Walser and Chaplain Brian Rogers, both of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 10.

Immediately following the memorial service, refreshments will be served at the Clearwater Police Department, 645 Pierce St. in Clearwater.
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Crafts for veterans
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N., will offer a weekly craft workshop for veterans on Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Projects, which are donated by the Help Hospitalized Veterans Program, include model cars, wood projects, leatherwork, needlecrafts, poster art, beadwork and more.

The crafts aid in rehabilitation, and are designed to restore coordination and impaired motor skills, improve attention spans and concentration, and relieve symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. 

Bring proof of Military Service for free project. Work at the center or take it home. Call 541-0776.
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