- 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.
Barks for Books INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Children who need help reading can get help from Agape and reading therapy dog and his friend Belle at Barks for Books Wednesdays, 1 p.m., at the Indian Rocks Beach Library, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. Call 596-1822.
Book of Mormon study CLEARWATER – A course of study in the Book of Mormon will run Sept. 16 through Dec. 9, at 3303 Belcher Road.
The study will meet Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m. The Clearwater Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will host the course. Attendees will learn about the Book of Mormon and discover what the book teaches about Jesus Christ.
Brooker Creek night hike TARPON SPRINGS – A night hike will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 25, 7 to 9 p.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road.
Hikers can join the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve for a one-mile hiking experience along the Education Center Trail at night. These special hikes are open to the public and limited to 20 people per hike. Experienced guides will lead the group. A $3 per person donation is requested and registration is required.
City Power Toastmasters Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG – The City Power Toastmasters Club, a nonprofit communication and leadership club, meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, One Fourth St. N., Sixth Floor, Room 600.
The club teaches self-confidence and skills to help listen, think, speak and gain leadership qualities. Participants gain poise, positive body language and speak more easily.
Guests are welcome to visit for free with no pressure to join.
Food drop TARPON SPRINGS – The Citizens Alliance for Progress will host a food drop Wednesday, Nov. 25, 5 p.m., at Union Academy Family Center, 401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
One hundred bags of groceries will be provided. The food drop ends at 6 p.m. or when supplies are gone.
Largo Toastmasters meeting LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 invites new members to its weekly meeting on Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
Madeira Beach Open Air Market Madeira Beach Open Air Market, Wednesdays through the end of April, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and the Tom Stuart Causeway.
Rotary Club of Palm Harbor meeting PALM HARBOR – The Rotary Club of Palm Harbor meets Wednesdays at noon at Leo’s Italian Grill, 33286 U.S. 19 N.
For more information, contact Tara Still at 577-8145.
Stroke, cardiac support group meeting ST. PETERSBURG – The Stroke and Cardiac Support Group meets fourth Wednesdays, 3 p.m., in the Sheen Conference Center, Salon A, at Bayfront Health, 701 Sixth St. S.
This free support group is for stroke and cardiac survivors, family members and caregivers. For information or to RSVP, call 895-3627.