Eco-friendly and fun Earth Day events around Tampa Bay (April 22)

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Earth Day Brown Bag Lunch Lecture at the Henry B. Plant Museum- Thursday, April 22; 12-1 pm. The Henry B. Plant Museum celebrates Earth Day by offering a free lecture, "Conservation Conversations about the Tampa Bay Hotel", on the veranda in front of the Museum. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy your lunch while Curator of Education, Gianna Russo and Curator, Susan Carter give a brief history of Henry Plant and the Tampa Bay Hotel. They will provide a timeline of major conservation movements from 1891-1931 and discuss the architectural features and building materials, which today would be considered "green". Afterwards they will tour these features in the building. Complimentary beverage and dessert will be provided. For additional information visit our website at Make your reservation by calling Gianna Russo, Curator of Education at (813) 258-7304 or emailing her at [email protected] Parking is free in front of the Museum or in the Thomas Parking Garage. 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard.

The Whole Foods Market in Tampa will host Dinner and Lecture with Dr. J.E. Williams, author of The Andean Codex- Thursday, April 22; 5:30-8 pm. Attendees will enjoy a sushi and sake pairing to begin the evening, followed by a Whole Foods Market buffet and Williams' lecture exploring the ancient messages from the Mayans, Incas and Q'ero. The insightful author hopes to help guests re-imagine the current world and shift doomsday fears into a positive view with global, green thinking and living. Tickets to the event need to be reserved in advance and cost $15 per person. A silent auction with native Peruvian weavings will take place throughout the evening and will benefit the Heart Walk Foundation in support of the remote Q'ero villages in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Seating is limited; please register for this event by emailing Sherell White at [email protected]. The event will be held at Tampa Whole Foods Market Cafe, located at 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy.

Earth Day After Work Party at Tampa Street Market- Thursday, April 22; 6-9 pm. It's an Earth Day Party at Tampa Street Market! Come hang out with us and meet some like-minded folks in Tampa. We are also inviting all of the members and supporters of the Seminole Heights Community Garden to turn out and celebrate one year of gardening in the 'hood! 4715 N. Florida Ave., Tampa.

Pinellas County Fertilizer Ordinance Meeting- Thursday, April 22; 6:30 pm. The Dunedin City Commission will discuss the Pinellas County Fertilizer Ordinance at their meeting of April 22, 2010. That Thursday meeting begins at 6:30 PM at City Hall. Public comment will be accepted. Please consider attending the meeting, and speaking if you can.The scheduled speakers are: Kelli H. Levy – Pinellas County Environmental; Dr. George Hochmuth – University of Florida. 542 Main Street, Dunedin.

Trashy Fashion Show 2010 and Green Expo- Thursday, April 22; 7 pm. Amateur eco-fashion designers of all ages will showcase their wears at the Third Annual Trashy Fashion Show, a recycled fashion show at the Largo Cultural Center. In celebration of Earth Day, the Trashy Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, April 22 at 7pm and will feature a runway "trashion" show and Green Expo. Pre-show Green Expo fro 5-7pm. Tickets: $10. Largo Cultural Center- 105 Central Park Drive Largo.

Get out and go green at one (or more) of these great events around Tampa Bay in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day:

Safety Harbor Farmers' Market- Every Thursday (through May); 8 am-1:30 pm. Fresh and organic produce, plants and fresh flowers, gourmet foods, baked goods, handmade jewelry, light snacks. Located at the Gazebo at John Wilson Park- 401 Main Street, Downtown Safety Harbor.

Whole Foods Market Tampa’s 5% day, benefiting Sweetwater Organic Community Farm- Thursday, April 22. 9 am-9 pm. Whole Foods Market, the world’s largest natural grocer, will donate 5% of the Tampa store’s net sales from Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, to Sweetwater Organic Community Farm. Shoppers can participate by shopping at the store from 9am to 9pm. Sweetwater Farm is an urban organic farm and environmental education center in Tampa, whose mission is to provide an experience that educates the community.  Sweetwater serves as a model of sustainable, organic agriculture and appropriate land stewardship, providing an opportunity to participate in responsible environmental leadership, grow organic food, and foster a sense of community. 1548 North Dale Mabry Road, Tampa.

Largo Harvest Marketplace- Thursdays (through April 22); 9 am-2 pm. Outdoor shopping for specialty foods, green creations by local crafters, live music and, of course, fresh eats and fall flavors. Ulmer Park, 301 W. Bay Dr., Largo.

Seagrass Awareness Event- Thursday, April 22; 10 am. Tampa Bay Watch and Pinellas County will host an event on Earth Day at Fort De Soto Park to introduce new speed zone signs that are being placed at local boat ramps and marinas. Karen Williams Seel, Chair of the Pinellas County Commission, Peter Clark, Executive Director of Tampa Bay Watch and Pam Leasure, Pinellas County Environmental Program Manager will speak at the event to discuss how the signs create awareness for seagrass and manatee protection and safe boating. Visit for more details! Fort De Soto Park boat ramp- 3600 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde.

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