Green Community Calendar weekend events

Lots of markets, workshops, outdoor activities and more.

Urban Oasis Hydroponic Farm Market: Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Get fresh, organically grown hydroponic veggies straight from this CSA farm in Carrollwood. Open to the public. Arrive early for best selection! 5416 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, 813-293-3276;

World Cafe Discussions: Fridays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Awakening and engaging collective intelligence through conversations about questions that matter. RSVP to Pat at 727.421.2746 or [email protected]. Starbucks Cafe- 4th St N and 89th Ave N, St. Pete.

Overnight Backpack Trip to Mossy Island Campsite: Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18
Explore this beautiful park and learn a little about what Florida's prairie was like. It's an easy backpack trip of only about 5 miles total. Contact Mike Pici for more information: 727-798-9227, [email protected] . Myakka River State Park: 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, 941-361-6511

Brooksville Saturday Market: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
An array of vendors offering food, goods, plants, organics and more at this weekly event. 20 N. Main St., Brooksville, 352-428-9275.

Safety Harbor Saturday Summer Farmer's Market: third Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (through Sep. 17)
Fresh produce, flowers, plants, seafood and other vendors fill John Wilson Park every 3rd Saturday from June through September. 4th Avenue and Main St., Safety Harbor, 727-724-1555,

Winthrop Town Center Farmers Market: Saturdays, 8 a.m.
Complete with more handcrafted goods, fresh fruits, veggies, and boiled peanuts than you can shake a stick at. 1109 Winthrop Market St., Riverview, 813-601-3129

Successful Urban Farming Workshop: Saturday, September 17, 8-10 a.m.

Do you want to become more independent and self-sustaining? Then grow your own food! A great refresher for garden veterans and solid advice for beginners. This 2-hour workshop is jam-packed with information for you to apply in your backyard vegetable patch as you prepare for fall planting and consider growing next summer. Check out or call 727-515-9469 for more information. $35 per person or $60 when two family members attend together. 5305 20th St. N., St. Pete.

Ybor Saturday Market: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (year-round)
You'll be sure to find great produce at great prices, gourmet foods and sauces, fresh baked breads, fresh eggs, prepared foods, orchids, herbs and plants, pet treats, honey, unique gifts, photography, artwork, jewelry, woodworking, bath and body products, candles, and so much more. Centennial Park at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 19th Street, Ybor,

Guided Hike at Weedon Island Preserve: Saturdays, 9-11 a.m.

Guided hikes through coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems of the Preserve are held on most Saturdays of the month. Join us to learn about the coastal environment and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve. Be sure to bring water and a snack for this 2-hour hike. A hat and closed-toe shoes are also recommended. Reserve your space by 2 pm on the Friday prior to the tour of choice. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Recommended ages: 6 and up. Weedon Island Preserve- 1800 Weedon Drive N.E. St. Petersburg, 727-453-6500.

Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve: Saturdays, 9-11 a.m.
Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Join us for this 0.75 mile walk as we look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike. Admission: Free. All ages welcome; children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging. 3940 Keystone Rd. Tarpon Springs, 727-453-6800

Little Manatee River Kayak: Saturday, September 17, 9:30 a.m.
Launch at a county park in Sun City and paddle upstream to the Little Manatee River State Park with the Suncoast Sierra Club to relax, walk a little and have lunch before returning to the starting point. Bring water, sunscreen and lunch. RSVP with Mike Lehner: 941-365-1073, [email protected]. 215 Lightfoot Road, Wimauma, 813-671-5005

Fresh Market at Wiregrass Mall: First and third Saturdays (year-round), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
A short distance from the city's hub, The Shops at Wiregrass, a main-street style, pedestrian-friendly, outdoor lifestyle village hosts an open-air Fresh Market located on Paseo Drive and features 50+ Vendors selling only fresh, local, homemade, handcrafted and eco-friendly products. 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel.

Odessa Open Market: First and third Sundays (year-round), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Find 100% organic and locally grown produce as well as local raw honey, Dancing Goat Dairy products, plants, food vendors and more. 8701 Gunn Hwy, Odessa, 813-944-8654, [email protected]

Hernando Farmers Market: Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fresh produce, homemade, handmade products, plants, crafts and more! Offering local small businesses a venue to sell their products and grow their business. St. Rd. 50 and Mariner Blvd. (Located behind Walgreens in the Western Way Plaza), Spring Hill,

Herbal Tea Workshop: Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m.
Learn how to mix and match herbs to make delicious and nutritious herbal tea right out of your own back yard. Call to RSVP. $10. 1612 Gentry Street, Clearwater, 727-433-1661,

Seminole Heights Garden Center 100th Birthday Celebration: Saturday, Sept. 17, 12-4 p.m.
Seminole Heights is turning 100. Help it blow torch its candles at a Centennial Celebration at the Garden Center on Central Avenue this Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. There will be free birthday cake, storytelling, face painting, kids' games and a pinata, soft golf, a Seminole Heights movie, and live music by Genghis Flan. Bring your own picnic, or purchase food on-site from the Seminole Heights Taco Bus or Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe. Seminole Heights Community Garden will be on hand, helping the Centennial organizers on behalf of the garden. If you are interested in volunteering for a few hours between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., send an e-mail to [email protected]. Free event. 407 W. Violet St., Tampa,

Natural Laundry Soap Making Workshop: Saturday, September 17, 1 p.m.
In this class, learn about the chemicals used to make laundry soaps. You will also learn how to make your own laundry soap and get to take home the recipe. You will also receive a small container of soap to take home with you. $15. 1612 Gentry Street, Clearwater, 727-433-1661,

Green After Dark Market: Saturday, September 17, 5-9 p.m.
Over 20 local, eco-friendly vendors will be there offering their wares and Cigar City Brewing will be pouring frosty brews. Enjoy live music by Ashley Jones and Justin and Travis of The Groves. 5-9 p.m. 8701 Gunn Hwy, Odessa, 813-944-8654

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