Bay Area green events this weekend

Chef's Tasting at Publix Greenwise Market- Friday, June 12. The chefs at Greenwise Market have been testing new recipes for you to try. Free. Publix Greenwise- 2403 W. Azeele St., Tampa.

The World Cafe: Connecting People Through Conversations That Matter- Friday, June 12. This week's question- What can we do so we can bank on objectivity? RSVP to Pat at 727.421.2746 or [email protected] Every Fri., 7:30 pm promptly; Starbucks at 4th St. N. & 89th Ave N., St. Pete (just south of Gandy Blvd.)

Ellenton Farmers Market Grand Opening- Saturday, June 13. The Ellenton Farmers' Market will focus on "green" natural, agricultural-based products where farmers, vendors and community come together in support of economy, local residents, health and our environment. The Ellenton Farmers' Market will host vendors that offer everything from all natural, fresh produce, fresh baked and processed foods, services, products and an eco-village to educate customers on water conservation, the use of less toxic cleaning products, composting to energy-saving strategies, supporting environmental organizations and ways to help create a greener, more sustainable community. The Ellenton Farmers' Market will be a year round market, held on Saturday mornings in the Town of Ellenton. 8 am- 1 pm; It is located just off I-75 in the parking lot of the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, north of Prime Outlet Mall.

Lose Your Lawn and Go Native: Native Plant Tour and Talk- Saturday, June 13. Talking about native alternatives to your lawn with a garden tour of the nursery at Twigs & Leaves Garden Center. Every Saturday, 10 am; 1013 9th Street (Dr. MLK Jr. Street) South in St. Petersburg 33705, 727.822.5400; free.

Organic Cooking Class- Saturday, June 13. A free cooking class on Creole cuisine with Chef Debby DeGraaf. 11 a.m.; Nature's Food Patch- 1225 Cleveland St. Clearwater, 727-4436703; Free.

Swiss Cheese Tasting at Greenwise Market- Saturday, June 13. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Swiss Cheese at the Greenwise Artisan Cheese Shop. Free. 12-4 pm; 2403 W. Azeele St., Tampa.

Green Florida's 2nd Annual Summer Shuffle Event- Saturday, June 13. Enjoy some of St. Pete's most fascinating architecture, listen to local musicians, Loose Oranges, partake in food from local restaurants and cider from St Pete's own Cider House. And of course, there will be St. Pete's signature sport: shuffleboard. A $5 cover charge supports Green Florida's work developing new gardens throughout the Tampa Bay area. For more information, call Andrea Hildebran at 727-643-7189. 7-11 pm; Mirror Lake Shuffleboard Courts, 559 Mirror Lake Drive in St Petersburg; $5 donation.

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

Guided Canoe Trip at Weedon Island Preserve- Friday, June 12. Take this opportunity to explore a portion of the south canoe trail at Weedon Island Preserve. This trail offers a rare look at some of the aquatic ecosystems that make west-central Florida so special. Trained canoe guides lead you through mangrove stands and over seagrass and oyster beds, while pointing out various flora and fauna that live here. If you have never explored the Preserve from the water, this is an exciting opportunity you don't want to miss! The cost for this unique experience is $14.02 per person plus tax ($15 total) or $28.04 per canoe plus tax ($30 total) (maximum of 3 people per canoe). Spaces fill quickly, and pre-registration is required. Minimum age: Children must be 6 years old or older and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Call(727) 453-6500 for more information and to register. Weedon Island Preserve- 1500 Weedon Dr NE, St Petersburg.

Dutch Approach to Climate Change: A Dialogue with Tampa Bay- Friday, June 12. To open a dialogue on knowledge exchange between the Tampa Bay region and the Dutch water sector on approaches to adapt our cities and infrastructure to potential consequences of climate change. Target audience: Water resource managers, urban planners, utility managers, municipal administrators, infrastructure engineers, members of Tampa Bay community. Gain new insight into how the integration of water management, land use planning, infrastructure engineering and hazard planning can prepare Tampa Bay for potential consequences of climate change. For questions related to workshop content, please contact Dr. Daniel Yeh ([email protected] ) 813.974.4746. Please also see the site for the latest agenda. The event is free but registration is required due to limited seating. Please RSVP: Ms. Bessie Skoures ([email protected] ) 813-974-1256. Gibbons Alumni Center, University of South Florida, Tampa.

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