Tampa Bay Watch Marine Center – Potluck: Friday, May 18; 6 – 8 p.m.
This family-friendly, annual Potluck on the Porch will provide plenty of scenery in addition to food and drink. Bring a dish and drinks of your choice and observe the scenery while you eat. Lemonade and bottled water will be provided. R.S.V.P. by phone or at [email protected] 3000 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, 727-867-8166 x233, tampabaywatch.org
Camp Bayou – Tortoise Touring: Saturday, May 19; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Search for Camp Bayou’s resident gopher tortoise, which is an endangered species in Florida. Scope out the burrow locations and the corresponding 2011 data, to determine the species’ data and health. 4140 24th St. SE, Ruskin, 813-641-8545, campbayou.org
McGough Nature Preserve – Energy Efficiency Class: Saturday, May 19; 10 – 11 a.m.
Peep this…an energy efficiency class, related to Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP), will be occurring. You’ll be educated on efficiency, conservation and how to save money on your power bill. Materials will be handed out for you to take home. 11901 146th St. N, Largo, pinellascountyextension.org
Organic Living for All – Tea Workshop: Saturday, May 19; 11 – 12 p.m.
If you like tea, this Tea Time workshop is the place to be. You’ll learn which herbs and combinations of herbs make the best teas. Hint: mint will be discussed, and you’ll even be able to take a mint plant home with you. $10; 601 Patricia Ave., Dunedin, 727-433-1661, organiclivingforall.com
St. Pete Locally Grown – Summer Vegetable Workshop: Saturday, May 19; 1-3 p.m.
If the thought of gardening and the scorching sun makes you sweat, check out this Summer Vegetable Growing workshop. Gardening guru Nathan Levy will teach you how to grow veggies that withstand 90 degree temps, how to handle pests and more. Grab seeds from previous harvests on your way out. $35 or $25 each if you bring a buddy; 5305 20th St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-403-1655, [email protected]
USF Botanical Gardens – Beekeeping Class: Saturday, May 19; 10 a.m.
If you like bees enough to have your own hive, don’t miss this Beekeeping Class. The buzz is that you’ll learn how to prevent pests, predators and diseases from infecting your hive. $10; 4202 E. Fowler Ave. NES107, Tampa, 813-974-2329, gardens.usf.edu
Fresh Market at Wiregrass Mall: First and third Saturdays (year-round); 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
A short distance from the city's hub, The Shops at Wiregrass. This pedestrian-friendly, outdoor lifestyle village hosts the open-air Fresh Market at Wiregrass Mall, and features over 100 vendors selling local, homemade, handcrafted and eco-friendly products. 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, tampabaymarkets.com
Odessa Open Market: Third Sundays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Odessa and Westchase will love this open market. Select from 100% organic and locally grown produce, local raw honey, Dancing Goat Dairy products, food vendors, plants and more, while enjoying live music. Affiliated with Odessa Organic Farmers Market. Free. 8701 Gunn Hwy, Odessa, 813-944-8654, [email protected]
Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve: Saturdays, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Take a walk through time on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Observe how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes during this 0.75 mile hike. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by noon on the Friday before the hike of your choice. This event is free. All ages welcome, but children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging. 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 727-453-6800, brookercreekpreserve.org
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. 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. Pre-registration is required by 2 p.m. on the Friday prior to the tour of choice (pre-registration is required). This event is free and open to the public. Recommended ages: 6 and up. Weedon Island Preserve is located 1800 Weedon Drive NE St. Petersburg, 727-453-6500, weedonislandpreserve.org
Land O Lakes Saturday Market: Saturdays (through May); 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Land O Lakes Saturday Market is a weekly community event with live music. The market donates profits to the Heritage Park Foundation and the Suncoast Harvest Food Bank. They are located at Land O Lakes Community Center, on the west side of US 41 (Land O Lakes Boulevard), three miles north of SR 54 (across from the Land O Lakes Post Office), Land O Lakes, lolsaturdaymkt.com
Safety Harbor Farmers Market- Thursdays (November-May); 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Enjoy organic produce, plants and fresh flowers, gourmet foods, baked goods, snacks, plants and fresh flowers and handmade jewelry at Safety Harbor Farmers Market. Located at the Gazebo at John Wilson Park. 401 Main Street, Downtown Safety Harbor, 727-724-1572, cityofsafetyharbor.com
St. Pete Saturday Morning Market: Every Saturday, (October-May); 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Featuring locally-grown fresh produce, prepared foods, tempting baked goods, handcrafted gifts, plants, flowers, herbs, live music, and more. Downtown St. Petersburg in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot (1st Avenue S. and 1st Street, St. Petersburg, saturdaymorningmarket.com
Sweetwater Organic Community Farm's Sunday Market: Sundays (November -May); 12p.m.-4 p.m.
This on-site market features organic produce harvested fresh from their own farm, as well as organic fruits and veggies from other farms. Every week you can enjoy native plants, organic vegetable transplants, and unique products from green vendors and artisans including; fresh baked goods, local honey, organic coffees, veggie burgers and fruit smoothies, homemade soaps, handmade jewelry and organic cotton T-shirts and bags. Sweetwater Live Music Series features local and internationally-known musicians, and their popular open mic. Veg and learn with Sweetwater Workshop Series, with workshops by guest presenters on sustainable living skills, organic gardening, holistic healing and more. Shop, have a picnic lunch, meet like-minded individuals, and enjoy the orchard and gardens all while listening to some great live music. Bring your friends, family, and leashed dogs, and support local programs, agriculture and business. 6942 W. Comanche Avenue, Tampa, sweetwater-organic.org
Tampa Downtown Market: Fridays (October- May); 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
This market is a community of local farmers and producers, who take pride in providing local residents and businesses with quality, nutritious, reasonably-priced food and gourmet products. Tampa Downtown Market is located on the 200 and 300 blocks of Twiggs Street, spanning Franklin Street, in the heart of downtown Tampa. Metered parking is available on nearby streets, and several parking lots and garages are available throughout downtown, including MAAS Lot (across the street from the market), Jackson Street City Lot, Poe Garage and Fort Brooke Garage. Twiggs Street and Franklin Street, Tampa, tampadowntownmarket.com