Green Community Calendar weekend events: Veg Fest, Gulf oil crisis forum, ReNew Tampa, fresh markets reopen and more

[image-1]Ybor Saturday Market- Every Saturday; 9 am-3 pm (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.

Land O Lakes Saturday Market- Every Saturday; 9 am-2 pm (through May). The Land O Lakes Saturday Market is a weekly community event with live music. Land O Lakes Saturday Market donates profits to the Heritage Park Foundation and the Suncoast Harvest Food Bank. We are located at the Land O Lakes Community Center, on the west side of US 41 (Land O Lakes Blvd.), three miles north of SR 54 (across from the Land O Lakes Post Office).

Guided Hike at Weedon Island Preserve- Every Saturday; 9-11 am. 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, FL 33702. (727) 453-6500.

Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve- Every Saturday; 9-11 am. 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, FL 34688. (727) 453-6800.

The Gulf Oil Crisis Forum: Pathways to policy, the future of energy- Saturday, October 2; 9:30 am-12 pm. The Gulf oil spill crisis is no longer front page news and our attention turns to why we need energy alternatives, what those alternatives look like and what policies must be in place to ensure that we reach energy independence efficiently and effectively. Three panels of experts will discuss the "Pathways to Policy: The Future of Energy" at a community forum at the Digitoirum on SPC's Seminole Campus. The forum will be streamed live at mms:// The event also will be recorded for later showing in SPC classes or other forums and SPC-TV. Forum attendees will receive a gift certificate for a one-night stay (pending availability) at The Tradewinds Resort in St. Pete Beach. Register for the free event at Questions can be e-mailed to [email protected] 9200 113th Street North, Seminole.

Tampa Bay Veg Fest- Saturday, October 2; 10 am-6 pm. The first Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest will be held at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa in honor of World Farm Animals Day. Join us for an exciting day of educational exhibits and events, including activities for children. Pets on leashes are welcome. The event will include healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, nationally-known and local speakers, non-profits, fun and games for kids, dog and cat adoptions, restaurant booths with delicious veg food, and live music and entertainment. Free admission. Parking  will be available for a fee at the William F. Poe Garage located at 800 N. Ashley Drive, just north of the park. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park- 600 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa.

Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project- Saturday, October 2; 10:30 am. Thanks to a grant from the US Department of Energy, Pinellas County Extension Sustainability Specialist, James Stevenson is able to provide valuable information and equipment to help Pinellas citizens save money on their power bill and reduce our overall ecological footprint. This class will provide tips and incentives to making your home more energy efficient, while still maintaining the same level of comfort. Comprehensive energy saving kits will be provided to all participants. Register at: look for the orange Class Registration button. 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg.

Habitat for Humanity Showcase Home Open House- Saturday, October 2; 11 am. Join us for a special peek into Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s first GREEN subdivision. With volunteer labor and help from the homeowners, we’ve built LEED certified townhomes. Take an exclusive tour and find out what Habitat is all about. Volunteers and homeowners needed. 501 Howell Street, Dunedin.

Companion Planting and Natural Pest Control- Saturday, October 2; 1-3 pm. Overcome challenges of organic gardening in Florida. Join Certified Permculturist, Robert Segundo at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve for unique, two-hour course on successful planting and natural pest control. Attendees will receive expert guidance on companion plants that will attract pollinators and to deter harmful bugs. Utilizing natural methods to handle unwanted bugs without the use of chemical pesticides. The course will take place on Saturday, October 2, from 1-3pm. Course fee is $35 per person, student fee $20 per course, $60 per couple. A portion of the proceeds benefit Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. For further information or a class schedule, visit or 727-793-5766. Location: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center)- 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Pete.

Corey Avenue Sunday Market- Every Sunday, 10 am-2 pm. Bigger and better for 2010! The Corey Sunday Market will boast 2 produce vendors, local arts and crafts, live music, foods and fun!  Located between Blind Pass Rd and Boca Ciega Drive, Corey Ave will be blocked off for a safe shopping day at the market. Corey merchants and restaurants will be open for business as well, lending a fabulous addition to your normal market venues. From antiques to boutiques, dog stores and more, the Corey Sunday Market is the one to visit every Sunday during the fall and winter seasons. Corey Avenue is located just off Gulf Blvd in downtown St Pete Beach. Always free parking. 727-498-8778.

Looking for something green-related to do this weekend? Look no further than our own Green Community Calendar.

Fresh Markets and More at Seminole Mall- Every Thursday-Sunday; 9 am-3 pm. Fresh Markets and More is a fun-filled celebration of the world’s most popular culinary ingredients along with a selection of unique arts and crafts all located in the air conditioned corridors of the Seminole Mall. Featuring multicultural foods, fresh produce, prepared foods, gourmet baked goods, arts and crafts, music and more. Will be open every Thursday through Sunday. Seminole Mall- 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole.

Tampa Downtown Market- Fridays (through May); 10 am-2 pm. The vision of the Tampa Downtown Market is to provide local residents and businesses of the community with the freshest, highest quality, most nutritious, and most reasonably priced food and gourmet products. With a strong focus on sustainability, the Tampa Downtown Market intends to provide a vehicle to educate the community on the importance of good health as we create more business opportunities and residential benefits. Located in Lykes Gaslight Square- Tampa St. and Kennedy Blvd., Downtown Tampa.

ReNew Tampa- Friday-Sunday, October 1-3. An exploration of historic preservation, green design and good planning, takes place October 2nd at the historic Trolley Barn in Tampa Heights. An Expo, a film festival, demos and seminars, Ask an Architect and an interactive educational play area for kids and parents are a few of the activities planned by the local chapter of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the second Renew Tampa event. A highlight of Renew is Saturday’s keynote speech by Tom Murphy, former three term mayor of Pittsburg, and a senior fellow at the national Urban Land Institute. Murphy will share his insight on how rail could affect Tampa’s future. Renew kicks off Friday, October 1st at 7 p.m. with a launch party featuring live music by the Blake High Jazz Ensemble. $25 pp. Saturday, October 2nd- kids events and expo: 10 am-4 pm. Sunday, October 3rd is the Tampa Heights Tour of Homes, from 1-5 pm. $8 adv/ $10 day of. Combo Expo and Tour tix $15 adv / $20 day of Tickets for all programs can be purchased at Call 813-229-3411 for more info. 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa.

World Cafe Discussions- Every Friday; 7:30-9:30 pm. 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.

Winthrop Town Center Farmers Market- Every Saturday; 8 am. 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 (October-May); 9 am-2 pm. Featuring locally grown fresh produce, prepared foods, tempting baked goods, plants, flowers, herbs, handcrafted gifts, live music, and more! Downtown St. Petersburg in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot- 1st Ave. S and 1st St.

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