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Discover paradise in Pinellas County: October
Discover paradise in Pinellas County: October

Pinellas County, Florida -- Upcoming events in October:

Oct. 1

Master Food and Nutrition Volunteer Training: Participants receive 40 hours of training in basic nutrition, meal planning, cooking techniques, food safety, and working with diverse audiences. They are equipped with the knowledge and skills to help others improve their lives through healthy eating and physical activity. In return, participants are asked to give back 50 hours of volunteer service within one year of the training. Opportunities for service include health fair displays, food demonstrations at farmers markets, teaching food safety classes, submitting articles to the media on nutrition and wellness, assisting Extension agents and program assistants with nutrition programs for youth and adults, and much more! 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.  $50. For more information and to receive an application, contact (727) 582-2104. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo.www.eventbrite.com/event/7606835249/org.

Oct. 1

Shade-Loving Plants: Presented by Master Gardeners, Garden Club of St. Petersburg, Pam Brown, Pinellas County Extension Agent Emeritus, will help residents by discussing shade-loving plants. This information will be extremely helpful information during the summer heat. 7 to 10 p.m. Free; advance registration required. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2501. www.eventbrite.com/event/5260371914/eorg.

Oct 2

Managing Your Money: During these continuing tough economic times, it is increasingly important to establish financial goals and get control of money. Join the Florida Master Money Mentors for a workshop that will cover evaluating wants and needs, setting financial goals, steps to building a spending and savings plan, and using a money management calendar as a tracking and planning tool. Participants in the class can request a Florida Master Money Mentor, a personal money coach, to help with your money questions.1 to 3 p.m.Free; advance registration required. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Palm Harbor. (727) 582- 2104; http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7432020373/eorg.

Oct. 2

Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project 2.0: Be part of Energy Action Month and register for this advanced energy-saving class. Learn how much energy is wasted in the home every day, around the clock. Participants receive free equipment and materials to help cut energy costs, and save money each month. Free; 6 to 7 p.m. Only one ticket per household needed; the whole family invited. Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 East Lemon St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 582-2097. http://peep2013tarpon-eorg.eventbrite.com.

Oct. 3

Vegetable, Herb and Tropical Fruit Garden Tour: Learn more about growing your own food and marvel at the eye-catching array of culinary, medicinal and aromatic herbs, trees and flowers in Extension’s Florida Botanical Herb Garden. Wander the brick paths between the Egyptian, Mediterranean, Asian and Beverage plantings and learn how the featured plants can be used in your home. Learn more about the tropical fruits that do well in our Florida climate including many varieties of bananas, figs, papayas, mangoes, avocados, sugar cane and citrus as well as little-known fruits that are not usually considered by the home gardener including Jackfruit, Carambola, Buddha’s Hand and Pomegranate. View a diversity of plantings including a wide variety of ground covers, bromeliads, palms and power-line friendly trees that can be used in your own landscape. These tours, recommended for adults start at 9 to 11 a.m. and are limited to groups of 14 to 16 people. Free; advance registration required. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo; (727) 582-2501.  www.eventbrite.com/event/6241882639/eorg.

Oct. 3

Book Time at Brooker: Children ages 3 to 5 connect to the wonders of the natural world through a story and a craft, game or other hands-on activity. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 3

Salty Topics, Restoring Tampa Bay - 25 Years of Progress:  Tampa Bay has recovered from a 1970s algae-covered, nutrient-enriched, smelly estuary to the functioning and productive bay we see today. This remarkable recovery is due to actions taken by many individuals, companies, industries, agencies and governments working together to help restore Tampa Bay. Today, Tampa Bay’s waters are as clear as they were in 1950, and contain 12,000 more acres of seagrass than in 1980 despite a more than doubling of population in our watershed. Find out what makes this signature waterway in our own backyard an internationally known success story, and what challenges must be addressed to maintain the bay’s recovery in the future. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500;www.weedonislandpreserve.org.

Oct. 4

Forestry Hike: Join a local natural resources agent and hike along two miles of boardwalks and natural trails at Brooker Creek Preserve. Come prepared with binoculars, cameras and questions. Inquiries can also be researched in the resource room upon return to the education center. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 5

Brooker Creek Guided Hike: See how the land has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes on this 0.75-mile walk. Closed-toe shoes, water and hat recommended. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800;www.brookercreekpreserve.org

Oct. 5 

Weedon Island Guided Hike: Learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500;www.weeedonislandpreserve.org.

Oct. 5 

Archaeology Works – Bones: To archaeologists, skeletons aren’t just spooky decorations to put up around your house at Halloween but are also important windows into the past. Just like other artifacts that archaeologists find, bones can say a lot about past people’s diets, activities and general health. Learn to identify different bones from the human body as well as how archaeologists study them to learn about people in the past. Recommended for all ages. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500; www.weedonislandpreserve.org.

Oct. 10

Book Time at Brooker: Children ages 3 to 5 connect to the wonders of the natural world through a story and a craft, game or other hands-on activity. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 10

Wee-Time at Weedon: This program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. This activity is recommended for ages 3 to 5. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free; advance registration requested. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500; www.weeedonislandpreserve.org.

Oct. 10

Introduction to Plant Identification: Join local Extension specialist James Stevenson and examine the basics of plant identification, from using simple keys to identifying critical characteristics that will help any would-be botanist in the field. An emphasis will be placed on flowering plants, but ferns will be included as well. Two opportunities to attend this presentation, 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Advance registration required. (727) 582-2630;www.eventbrite.com/event/7707012883/eorg.

Oct. 11

Great Weedon Bird Quest: Learn the identifying marks and behaviors of our feathered year-round residents and seasonal visitors while assisting in compiling an annual checklist of the preserve’s birds. This hike is designed to take advantage of all levels of birding experience. Binoculars and bird guides are available. 8 to 10 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500 www.weeedonislandpreserve.org.

Oct. 11

Botany Hike: Join a Brooker Creek naturalist to explore the fascinating plants found on the preserve while identifying wildflowers, ferns, epiphytes, trees and more. The ecology of various plant communities will also be examined. Best suited for adults. Come prepared with a camera and questions. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 12

Birds of Brooker Hike: Join this beginning bird hike and learn how to identify the county’s common birds while meandering along a one-mile trail. Bring water and binoculars. 8 to 10:30 a.m.  Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 12 

Weedon Island Guided Hike: Learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500;www.weeedonislandpreserve.org

Oct. 12

Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project 2.0: Be part of Energy Action Month and register for this advanced energy-saving class. Learn how much energy is wasted in the home every day, around the clock. Participants receive free equipment and materials to help cut energy costs, and save money each month. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; the whole family invited but only one ticket per household. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2097. http://peep2013oct-eorg.eventbrite.com.

Oct. 12

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop:  What a waste, seeing rainwater pouring out of gutter downspouts then down the street. Learn how to save that water in this workshop, then save that water in a recycled plastic drum to be used later in landscapes. Each attendee will receive instructions and reference booklet, and will have the option of purchasing a rain barrel. Best for ages 10 and older. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; rain barrels available for purchase at time of required registration. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500. www.weeedonislandpreserve.org.

Oct. 12

Discovering Tracks, Scats and Signs: Join a sensing nature guide and learn about tracking wildlife and other nature clues that will unveil wildlife’s presence. Apply this new knowledge during an easy hike to become acquainted with some of Florida’s wildlife and their associated animal tracks, scats and signs. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 13

Speaking of History Lecture - Images of Madeira Beach and Johns Pass: Long before condominiums appeared on the Florida coastline, itinerant fishing parties visited the barrier islands along the Pinellas peninsula. In early 1914, nearly a century ago, St. Petersburg developer Noel Mitchell, known as the “Sand Man,” began the first notable development at Johns Pass, a settlement then known as Mitchell Beach. Widespread development did not begin until the incorporation of Madeira Beach in 1947. Follow Madeira Beach’s historical transitions in this lecture by Jim Schnur, followed by a sale and signing of his new book. 2 p.m. Heritage Village, 11909 125th Street North, Largo. (727) 582-2123.www.pinellascounty.org/heritage

Oct. 15

Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project 2.0: Visit Grow Permaculture and Create Clearwater as they host this advanced energy-saving class during Energy Action Month. Learn how much energy is wasted in the home every day, around the clock. Participants receive free equipment and materials to help cut energy costs, and save money each month. Free; 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Only one ticket per household needed; the whole family invited. Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. (727) 582-2097. http://peep1015-eorg.eventbrite.com.

Oct. 17

Book Time at Brooker: Children ages 3 to 5 connect to the wonders of the natural world through a story and a craft, game or other hands-on activity. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 17

Archaeology Lecture Series – Biological and Cultural Variations in the Weedon Island Complex and Manasota Culture: This presentation will discuss the biological variation found within the Weeden Island Complex and Manasota culture in relation to the cultural variation found within the sites associated with these two cultures. Burial practices, pottery styles, and pottery use suggest a shared ideology and social interaction over a large geographic area, yet archaeologists have long argued the intricacies of the relationship between these two groups. Research utilizes craniometrics to examine the biological variation of populations associated with the Weeden Island/Manasota Complex to better understand how these populations related to each other, then compare these findings to the archaeological record of these cultures. Findings raise questions about the cultural and biological continuity of the Weeden Island Complex and support the distinction of the Manasota culture.  7 to 8 p.m.  Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500; www.weedonislandpreserve.org

Oct. 19

Weedon Photography Hike: Hike the preserve in search of that perfect photo. This program provides great opportunities for photographers of all levels to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, preserve volunteers highlight seasonal features of the preserve, as well as specific wildlife behaviors that help participants capture the natural beauty of Weedon Island Preserve. 8 to 10 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500;www.weedonislandpreserve.org.

Oct. 19

Brooker Creek Guided Hike: See how the land has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes on this 0.75-mile walk. Closed-toe shoes, water and hat recommended. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800;www.brookercreekpreserve.org

Oct. 19 

Weedon Island Guided Hike: Learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500;www.weeedonislandpreserve.org.  

Oct. 19

Efficiency Project 2.0: Be part of Energy Action Month and register for this advanced energy-saving class. Learn how much energy is wasted in the home every day, around the clock. Identify the “energy vampires” that could waste up to 8% of your energy bill. Participants receive free equipment and materials to help cut energy costs, and save money each month. 10 to 11 a.m. Free; the whole family invited but only one ticket per household. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. For registration information, call (727) 582-2097. www.weedonislandpreserve.org

Oct. 19

Community and School Garden Forum: Join Urban Horticulture Extension Agent Theresa Badurek for this quarterly forum on community or school gardening. The resources provided will be ideal for those interested in starting a community garden or those who wish to expand or improve an existing community garden. Food security will be this session’s special topic. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration required. (727) 582-2501. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo.www.eventbrite.com/event/7791888749/eorg.

Oct. 19

Explore the Ferns of Brooker Creek Preserve: Brooker Creek Preserve is home to many of Florida's fabulous ferns. Explore the fascinating world of these ancient plants during a classroom/outdoor activity. We will study the natural history of ferns then take a stroll to meet these plants around the Environmental Education Center. Identification tips, interesting facts and more await participants. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800;www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 22

“Last Call” Fall CEU Update: This series of two-hour classes, all held on one day, will assist in earning CEUs in several FDACS categories. Experts from the University of Florida will present four individual topics: Fumigation, CORE, General Household Pest (GHP), Limited Structural (LS) and Termite; there will be two sessions per topic. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Snack and drink vending machines available. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $20 each class; advance registration required. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2562; www.eventbrite.com/event/5587719018/eorg.

Oct. 22

Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project 2.0: Visit Lealman Asian Center as they host this advanced energy-saving class during Energy Action Month. Learn how much energy is wasted in the home every day, around the clock. Participants receive free equipment and materials to help cut energy costs, and save money each month. 10 to 11 a.m. Free; the whole family invited but only one ticket per household. Lealman Asian Center, 4255 56th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 582-2097. http://peep2013union.eventbrite.com.

Oct. 23

Roundup License Training - LCLM Training & LLO Review: This class provides training and testing necessary to obtain a limited commercial landscape maintenance (LCLM)license or as a review and testing for the limited lawn and ornamental (LLO) license. This class is NOT for renewal CEUs. $60. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2562; register to pce-commercialhort.eventbrite.com.

Oct. 23

Native Ferns: James Stevenson, Pinellas County Extension Specialist, will discuss identifying the native ferns found in Brooker Creek Preserve and once found throughout much of central Florida. Recommended for adults. (727) 582-2501. 2 to 3 p.m. Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Dr. S, St. Petersburg www.eventbrite.com/event/5260418052/eorg.

Oct. 24

Book Time at Brooker: Children ages 3 to 5 connect to the wonders of the natural world through a story and a craft, game or other hands-on activity. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 24

Wee-Time at Weedon: This program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. This activity is recommended for ages 3 to 5. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free; advance registration requested. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500; www.weeedonislandpreserve.org.

Oct. 25

Guided Photography Hike: In a brief classroom session, local photographers and master naturalists Karl and Kathleen Nichter highlight the seasonal features that help participants capture the natural beauty of the Brooker Creek Preserve, then hike the boardwalk and trails looking for those shots that reflect the season. Recommended for adults and children 12 and older. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 25

Wildlife Hike: Join an experienced naturalist while hiking along boardwalks and natural trails at Brooker Creek Preserve. This will be a learning experience for everyone! Come prepared with binoculars, cameras, and questions! Questions the hike guide cannot answer will be researched in the Resource Room upon return to the Education Center. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 25

Bats – Myth and Reality: Many myths and misconceptions exist about one of the most unique mammals in Florida – the Florida bat. Among the many little known facts are that bats literally fly with their hands and have highly developed sonar capabilities called echolocation. Florida is home to 13 species of bats that are year-round or seasonal residents. All these bats devour insects and are beneficial to our environment. Come meet some of these live animals at this fascinating night program presented by the Florida Bat Conservancy from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500; www.weedonislandpreserve.org.

Oct. 26

Wildflower Festival: The event includes a honey beehive exhibit, wildflower scavenger hunt, wildflower presentations and wildflowers for sale. Get up-close and personal with butterflies in a huge butterfly tent. Great for both children and adults. Sponsored by The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 26 

3rd Annual Gopher Weedon 8K Run: Tired of pounding the pavement on the same ole 5K race course? Go-pher something different and enjoy 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) of natural trails through one of Tampa Bay’s hidden gems. 9 a.m. The Friends of Weedon Island now accepting online registration at www.active.com/8k-race/st-petersburg-fl/gopher-weedon-trail-run-2013

Oct. 26

Brooker Creek Guided Hike: See how the land has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes on this 0.75-mile walk. Closed-toe shoes, water and hat recommended. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800;www.brookercreekpreserve.org

Oct. 26

35th Annual Country Jubilee: This popular annual event is the first place to search for gifts for the upcoming holiday. Giant flea market and book sale as well as craft and artisan vendors, musical entertainment, tours of historical homes, a food court, traditional craft demonstrations and living history activities continue to be an event highlight. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free shuttle from event parking to entrance gate. Free admission however a $2 per person donation is suggested to support Heritage Village operations. Vendors are still being accepted. Interested vendors can call (727) 582-2233. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., N., Largo. (727) 582-2123 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/heritage.

Oct. 26

Bats: Myth and Reality: Bats are among the world’s most fascinating and beneficial animals. Yet after centuries of misinformation and myths we needlessly fear and often persecute them. This program debunks these myths and introduces attendees to the many important contributions these mammals make to ecosystem and human health. Discussion points include lifestyle, diet, disease, and conservation efforts, and the program is concluded with an introduction to live Florida bats. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve. 10:30 to noon. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800;www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Oct. 30

“Last Call” Fall CEU Update: This series of two-hour classes, all held on one day, will assist in earning CEUs in several FDACS categories. Experts from the University of Florida will present two individual topics: Lawn/turf/ornamental categories and CORE. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Snack and drink  vending machines available. 1 to 5 p.m. $20 each class; advance registration required. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2562; www.eventbrite.com/event/5587917612/eorg.

Oct. 31

Book Time at Brooker: Children ages 3 to 5 connect to the wonders of the natural world through a story and a craft, game or other hands-on activity. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

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