Green Community Calendar weekend events: Beach cleanup, Sweetwater Farmer's Ball, Gateway Organic Farm dinner, and more

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market- Every Saturday; 9 am to 2 pm. Downtown St. Petersburg in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot / 1st Ave. S and 1st St. Open October 3 through May 29.

Guided Hike at Weedon Island Preserve- Every Saturday; 9-11 am. 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, FL 33702. (727) 453-6500.

Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve- Every Saturday; 9-11 am. 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, FL 34688. (727) 453-6800.

Free Raw Foods Class- Saturday, October 17; 11 am. "Living Foods Made Easy" w/ Chef Joseph Custer. Tuscan Tart and Spinach Pesto. Nature's Food Patch- 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater. 727-443-6703;

Game Day Essentials Demo at Whole Foods- Saturday, October 17th; 12-3pm.Check out our Whole Foods Market catering menu and tailgate sampling with Chef Jim. Free Event! Whole Foods Market Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813.874.9435.

20 Remedies For A Well Equipped Medicine Chest with Martin Keane, A.P., and C.C.H. at Whole Foods- Saturday, October 17; 3-4 pm. Learn the origin of homeopathy, how it is regulated, and overview of remedies and review the 20 basic remedies for a well-equipped home medicine chest with Martin Keane who has been a practicing Acupuncture Physician in Florida since 1990. For more information, please go to Class is limited to 40 people. Free event. Registration required at [email protected] or at store exit lobby. Whole Foods Market Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813.874.9435.

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm's 7th Annual Planter's Ball- Saturday, October 17; 5:30-10:30 pm. Open to the entire Tampa Bay community, the 7th Annual Planters Ball is Sweetwater’s annual potluck fundraiser event and official start of the growing season – a pleasant evening outdoors with great food, great entertainment provided by the Urban Gypsies, with dining and dancing under the stars.  Bring your family, a covered dish to share, and enjoy a farm-fresh, organic salad and bread provided by Sweetwater. Adults: $10.00, Children 6-12: $5.00; Children under 6: free. Contact: [email protected] (813) 887-4066. Sweetwater Organic Community Farm- 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa, FL 33634

Gateway Organic Farm Dinner- Sunday, October 18; 4 pm. Some of the Bay Area's most well-known chefs — Tyson Grant of Parkshore Grill in St. Pete, Matt Tracy from the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and Chris Knowles from Sea Sea Riders, to name a few— create a six-course charity dinner with food taken straight from the Clearwater farm and from other local producers. The chefs prepare and serve fresh organic vegetables, along with local and organic meat, fish, and wines in the Gateway Organic Farm garden. The chefs request that all attendees "Please bring your favorite dinner plate to add to the conversation as you dine with local farmers, artisan, and chefs." A pre-dinner reception includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and a farm tour. Proceeds from the event benefit Edu-kitchen, which teaches families the benefits of community sustainable agriculture. 6000 150th Ave. N., Clearwater, $150 per person or $250 per couple (vegetarian dishes available, please ask), 727-244-0724 or 727-492-0010.

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

Dunedin Green Market- Every Friday; 8 am- 1 pm. The Dunedin Green Market is located in Pioneer Park at the cross streets of Douglas Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Dunedin and runs every Friday.

Tampa Downtown Market- Fridays October-May; 10 am-2 pm. The vision of the Tampa Downtown Market is to provide local residents and businesses of the community with the freshest, highest quality, most nutritious, and most reasonably priced food & gourmet products. The mission of the Tampa Downtown Market is to serve as a community-gathering place where local farmers, producers, and artisans can offer fresh agricultural and related products to generate a sense of local pride and further the economic development of Downtown Tampa. With a strong focus on sustainability, the Tampa Downtown Market intends to provide a vehicle to educate the community on the importance of good health as we create more business opportunities and residential benefits. Located in Lykes Gaslight Square- Tampa St. & Kennedy Blvd., Downtown Tampa.

Screening of Fresh Film- Friday, October 16; 7 pm. FRESH is a film that celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision of our food and our planet’s future. FRESH addresses an ethos that has been sweeping the nation and is a call to action America has been waiting for. FRESH empowers us to realize that our individual actions in fact do matter. Throughout the film we encounter the most inspiring people, ideas, and initiatives around the US. And thus, FRESH showcases real people first and foremost, connecting audiences not with facts and figures or apocalyptic policy analysis, but with personal stories of change. For more information visit Wings Bookstore- 4500 4th St N, St Petersburg.

Ellenton Farmers Market- Saturdays; 8 am - 1 pm. Ellenton Farmers’ Market will be the largest year-round market in florida that specializes in "green" natural, organic and environmentally friendly products that makes for a healthier lifestyle and a better environment. Located just North of the Prime Outlet Mall in Ellenton, Florida (exit 224, Old Exit 43, off I - 75).

North Shore Clearwater Beach Cleanup- Saturday, October 17; 9 am. The SPC Environmental Club and the EGB adopted a mile of beach (Lot 36) on North Shore Clearwater Beach, running from Rockaway St. to 880 Mandalay. We have scheduled our next beach cleanup Saturday, October 17, starting at 9 am. We will be meeting on the beach at Rockaway Street, right in front of Frenchy’s restaurant. Bags and gloves will be provided, but please remember to wear a hat, sunscreen, closed toed shoes and pants for the dunes, etc. Spend a few hours picking up garbage and the rest relaxing on a clean beach.You can park in the public beach parking or go past Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill and find residential parking further down the road then just walk back. Click here for driving directions.


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