Green Community Calendar weekend events

Turtle Walk, tropical plant fair, markets & 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.

Weeki Wachee Preserve Bike Hike: Saturday, July 9, 8 a.m.
Join the Tampa Bay Sierra Club on this "bike hike" toward the forests near the back of the preserve containing various types of terrain, flora and fauna. Contact Bonnie Aylor to RSVP or for more information at [email protected] or 727-277-2656. Free; 2345 Osowaw Blvd., Spring Hill,,

Dunedin Green Market: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (through July 30)
Featuring fresh, local produced goods such as baked good, ready-to-eat-foods, organic plants and herbs, coffee, honey, seafood, clothing, and so much more. The Dunedin Green Market is located in Pioneer Park at the cross streets of Douglas Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Dunedin.

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: 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

USF Botanical Gardens Tropical Plant Fair: Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Browse an array of gorgeous subtropical plants that are perfect for growing in this climate. There will also be experts on hand to answers all of your gardening queries. $5, USFBG members and children under 12 are free; 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, 813-910-3274,

Coastal Cleanup at Fort DeSoto Park: Saturday, July 9

Lend a helping hand to clean up marine debris and beautify one of Tampa Bay's best beaches, Ft. DeSoto Park. Visit or call 727-867-8166 for more information and to volunteer.

Homemade Liqueur-Making Workshop and Garden Tour: Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m.
Attend this workshop hosted by Organic Living, Inc., to learn how to make your own organic liquers, free of preservatives and chemicals. Afterward, take a tour of their lovely edible garden. $10; 1612 Gentry St, Clearwater,

Pier Paddle: Every Sunday, 1 p.m.
A casual unstructured fun paddle around the Pier and the flats which includes a lap around Vinoy Basin, one lap of the future race course around The Pier and a run into the Municipal Marina to Fresco's Waterfront Restaurant. All Paddlers are invited and rental boards are available too. All are welcome. For rentals, contact [email protected]. Spa Beach at the foot of The Pier, downtown St. Pete, 727-510-1921

Annual Turtle Walk: Sunday, July 10, 6:30 a.m.

Participate in the Annual Turtle Walk with Longboat Key's Turtle Watch. Join the early morning search for new turtle nests and walk about two miles as event leaders share the latest ways that people are helping preserve loggerhead turtles. Breakfast afterward at the Blue Dolphin. Meet at the parking lot of the Longboat Observer: 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive at 6:30 am. RSVP Friday, July 8 with Mary: 941-752-3200, [email protected]. Free;

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