Green Community Calendar weekend events

"Green" St. Patrick's Day events, fruit tree, plant and chicken workshops and farmers markets!

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Vintage Wine Cellars - Wineries that are Going Green: Friday, March 16; 7 p.m.
If you want to focus on "green" wine rather than green beer this weekend, this Wineries that are Going Green event is the perfect place to do so. Learn how winemaking is becoming an organic, sustainable and biodynamic trend around the globe. Sample ten "green" wines, such as Petite Sirah Tower Road. Reservations are encouraged. $10; 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-879-2931, vintagewinecellars.net

Church of the Isles - Greenfest: Saturday, March 17: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
It will be easy being green at the 5th annual Greenfest. Enjoy local food, local eco-friendly vendors and businesses, beer, wine, natural products and services, organic produce, art, jewelry and more. Listen to live tunes by Tony Wylie and the Islands. Get information on and support local non-profits such as Surfrider Foundation and Sea Bird Sanctuary. This event will benefit COTI Community Christian School. 200 24th Ave. N., Indian Rocks Beach, 727-667-0019, [email protected]

Organic Living - Pruning Fruit Trees Workshop: Saturday, March 17; 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Learn how to let the sunshine open up your tree branches, and enjoy the "fruits" of the sun's labor. Find out how to prune fruit, and how removing the proper branches from your trees will result in healthy, happy trees. $10; 1612 Gentry Street, Clearwater, 727-433-1661, organiclivingforall.com

Chicken 101 Workshop: Sunday, March 18; 12-2 p.m.
Do not be a chicken;come on out to this Chicken 101 workshop with your notepad and pen. Learn all about raising chicks, how to protect them, move them outside and more. Also get the 411 on chicken coop basics and flight feather clipping. Proceeds of this class benefit a local urban farm. R.S.V.P. at [email protected] or 727-254-3757. $20; 9509 N. Dartmouth Ave., Tampa, 727-254-3757

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm - Invasive Plants Workshop: Sunday, March 18; 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Do not let invasive plants invade your yard! Nature plant gurus, Ray Wunderlich and Ron Chicone, will take you on a walking tour to help you identify invasive plants, so you will be able to manage and eventually replace them with Florida native plants. After the workshop, stick around for Sweetwater Sunday Market and Live Music Series, located mere steps away. $10 to $15 donation is suggested for workshop. 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa, sweetwater-organic.org

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 50 vendors selling local, homemade, handcrafted and eco-friendly products. 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, theShopsatWiregrass.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]

Corey Avenue Sunday Market: Sundays; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Shop for fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, kettle corn, arts and crafts, and listen to live music. Corey Avenue will be blocked off for a safe shopping experience 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, this open-air market is the one to visit every Sunday during the fall and winter seasons. Always free parking, within walking distance. Located just off Gulf Boulevard, between Blind Pass Road and Boca Ciega Drive in Downtown St. Pete Beach, 727-498-8778, coreyave.com

Dunedin Green Market: Fridays; 8 a.m.-1p.m.; Saturdays; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Enjoy a craft show, in addition to the usual market highlights of fresh, local produced goods such as baked good, ready-to-eat-foods, organic plants and herbs, coffee, honey, seafood and clothing. Dunedin Green Market is located in Pioneer Park at the intersection of Douglas Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Dunedin.

Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve: Saturdays; 9 a.m-11 a.m.
Take a walk through time each Saturday morning 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; 9a.m.-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

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

Urban Oasis Hydroponic Farm Market: Fridays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Get fresh produce grown organically and hydroponically, straight from this CSA farm in nearby Carrollwood. No chemical pesticides are used. Urban Oasis Hydroponic Farm opens to the public for this weekly market. 5416 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, 813-293-FARM (3276), urbanoasisfarm.com

Ybor Saturday Market: Saturdays (year-round); 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
You’ll be sure to find great produce at great prices, gourmet foods and sauces, fresh baked breads, fresh eggs, prepared foods, honey, herbs and plants, orchids, pet treats, unique gifts, photography, artwork, jewelry, woodworking, bath and body products, candles, and much more. Centennial Park at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 19th Street, Ybor, ybormarket.com

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