Green Community Calendar weekend events

Bat Tower Talk, aquaponic farm tour, markets galore and more.

Temple Terrace 'Bat Tower Talk' with the Florida Bat Conservancy: Thursday, September 1, 7-10 p.m.
Learn about the new location of the bat tower (and see the blueprints), why bats are beneficial to the local ecosystem, how to make a bat roost in your own yard. Plus, get the chance to see some of our local bats in action. A strong showing of community support is beneficial to help this important and historic project project move forward. Find out more about this project at the Temple Terrace Bat Tower Reconstruction Project's Facebook page. Free. 210 Inverness Ave., Tampa.

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.

Urban Survival Permaculture Design Course: Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4
The internationally recognized Urban Permaculture Certificate Design Course will be offered in Tampa Bay on six weekends starting Sept 3, ending Oct 16, 2011. Increase abundance and quality of life in urban environment. Learn to garden more effectively, learn sustainable ways of living and how to live more in harmony with nature. This course includes hands on application, field trips, group activities, and immersion techniques to make the learning experience as memorable and enjoyable as possible. For more information contact: [email protected], 727-520-5303. $1050 for the full course; Payment plans available.

Successful Urban Farming Workshop: Saturday, September 3, 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.

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.

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

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market: Every Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (through August 27)
Featuring locally grown fresh produce, prepared foods, baked goods, plants, flowers, herbs, handcrafted gifts, live music, and so much more under the shade trees in Williams Park. 1st Ave N between 3rd and 4th Streets, 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

Fresh Market at Wiregrass Mall: First and third Saturdays (year-round); 10 am-3 pm.
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.

Green Acre Organics Aquaponic Farm: First Saturdays, 11 a.m.
Free tours of this unique aquaponics farm. Small and large groups welcome. Free. 26452 Richbarn Road, Brooksville, 352-302-7395

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]

Corey Avenue Sunday Market: Sundays, 10 a.m.- 2p.m.
Visit Corey Avenue's European-style, open-air market with local vendors offering produce, plants and flowers, prepared foods, arts and crafts and more. Plus, live music and free parking! Free; Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach,

Hyde Park Village Fresh Market: Sunday, August 7; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
This is a monthly event giving the people of Tampa Bay yet another opportunity to buy a variety of locally-produced products. Modeled after the Tampa Downtown Market and the Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market, this market will feature over 70 vendors offering fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, delicious food, live music, cooking demonstrations and a local massage therapist. Admission and parking are free to the public and friendly dogs on leashes are always welcome at the Fresh Market and in Hyde Park Village. For more information, visit or call 813-251-3500. 742 S. Village Circle, Tampa.

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