Green Community Calendar weekend events: Bike race and pedestrian fair, seed/plant swap, Hyde Park fresh market and more

[image-1]Fresh Market at Wiregrass Mall- every first Saturday; 10 am-3 pm. Featuring fresh local produce, fruits, flowers, cheese, dairy products, and crafts in the Center Court of this outdoor mall. 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel.

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market- Every Saturday (October-May); 9 am-2 pm. Featuring locally grown fresh produce, prepared foods, tempting baked goods, plants, flowers, herbs, handcrafted gifts, live music, and more! Downtown St. Petersburg in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot / 1st Ave. S and 1st St.

Ybor Saturday Market- Every Saturday; 9 am-3 pm (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.

Land O Lakes Saturday Market- Every Saturday; 9 am-2 pm (through May). The Land O Lakes Saturday Market is a weekly community event with live music. Land O Lakes Saturday Market donates profits to the Heritage Park Foundation and the Suncoast Harvest Food Bank. We are located at the Land O Lakes Community Center, on the west side of US 41 – Land O Lakes Blvd., three miles north of SR 54 (across from the Land O Lakes Post Office).

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.

Urban Oasis Hydroponic Farm Market- Fridays 10 am-6 pm; Saturdays 10 am-4 pm. 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;

USF's Amazing Race and Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Fair- Saturday, March 5; 11 am-3 pm. Go on a bicycle scavenger hunt at USF’s Tampa campus! The race is open to anyone over the age of 18 who would like to join the fun; you do not need to be affiliated with USF to enter and participate. The safety fair will feature vendors, food, music and prizes. An after-race party will feature food, music and prizes. Race team check in: 11 a.m.; race orientation and start: noon. Pre-registration required: Questions: (813) 974-4936, or [email protected] University of South Florida, Tampa Campus Recreation Center.

Permaculture Series Part 1: Hands-on Planting Permaculture Class- Saturday, March 5; 1-3pm. March is a perfect time to propagate plants. Permaculturalist Robert Segundo of Fire of Hope will instruct on successful planting techniques. This two-hour, hands-on course will teach about proper plant cuttings, air-layering, seeding and more to increase yields. Course fee is $35 per person or $100 for a four-course series, couple fee is $60 or $165 for the four-course series and students pay just $20 per course or $75 for four-part series. A portion of the proceeds benefit Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Preregistration is required for this course at or 727-793-5766. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve: 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Pete.

Tell Publix to "Do the Right Thing!" March- Saturday, March 5; 2 pm. Join Florida farm workers, their families and allies in calling on Publix to help end Florida's "Harvest of Shame" once and for all! Human Rights are a necessary component of sustainability. Join farm workers from Immokalee, their families and allies for one of three marches accompanied by live music and powerful art, traversing Tampa from nearby Publix stores to the convergence point on Dale Mabry, spreading the message of Fair Food to thousands of consumers along the way. Choose whatever distance you'd like – the marches will range from approximately two to five to six miles each – or just meet us at the Publix at 1313 South Dale Mabry Hwy at 2pm.

RoOtS Seed and Plant Swap- Saturday, March 5; 6-9:30 pm. This Saturday marks the 10th ROOTS event in St. Pete -- and for the first time ever -- a plant and seed swap. Put on by Pinellas Gardening Collective, Food Not Lawns and New Roots News, this event celebrates community, creativity and sustainable gardening. Gardening enthusiasts are encouraged to bring seeds, plants and gardening tools that they can trade with others. Live music by The Apple Butter Express, Las Solitarias, Rebekah Pulley and Bustamante. Free event. Café Bohemia, 937 Central Ave. St. Petersburg, 727-895-4495.

Corey Avenue Sunday Market- Every Sunday, 10 am-2 pm. The Corey Sunday Market will boast 2 produce vendors, local arts and crafts, live music, foods and fun!  Located between Blind Pass Rd and Boca Ciega Drive, Corey Ave will be blocked off for a safe shopping day 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, the Corey Sunday Market is the one to visit every Sunday during the fall and winter seasons. Corey Avenue is located just off Gulf Blvd in downtown St Pete Beach. Always free parking. All within walking distance. 727-498-8778.

Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village Grand Opening- Sunday, March 6; 11 am-3 pm. This new Fresh Market has been modeled after the Tampa Downtown Market held on Fridays and the Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market held every second Sunday of each month. With space for over 70 vendors, shoppers will enjoy a variety of locally produced products. Admission and parking is free to the public and friendly dogs on leashes are always welcome at the Fresh Market and in Hyde Park Village. For more information, visit or call 813-251-3500. The Village is located at the corner of Swann and Dakota Avenues in the heart of the Hyde Park Historic District.

Becoming a Nutritarian- Sunday, March 6; 11 am-12 pm. Join Healthy Eating Specialist Curtis Whitwam for a lecture and cooking demo in the Whole Foods Market cafe. Learn to focus on the nutritional quality of your food, and incorporate nutrient-dense ingredients into your diet that promote disease resistance and longevity. This class is limited to 30 people. Please register by the exit lobby or by emailing [email protected] 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-874-9435,

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm's Sunday Market- Every Sunday (through May); 12-4 pm. Our on-site market features organic produce harvested fresh from our 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, homemade soaps, handmade jewelry, organic coffees, veggie burgers and fruit smoothies. You can also enjoy our wonderful 'Sweetwater Sunday Music Series' featuring some of the best local musicians and our popular open mic. So come check it out! Shop for your produce and environmentally-friendly products, have a picnic lunch, meet like-minded individuals, and enjoy our orchard and gardens under the trees all while listening to some great live music! Bring your friends, family, and leashed dogs. It's a great way to support local programs, agriculture and business. 6942 W. Comanche Ave, Tampa.

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Dunedin Green Market- Fridays: 8 am-1 pm, Saturdays: 9 am-2 pm (through April). 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.

Native Species Community Planting- Friday, March 3; 9 am-2 pm. Please join the Palm Harbor Library in the final phase of its environmental relandscaping project. The parking lot medians will be replanted (and a new seating area added for the public). This is an all-volunteer event, and your help is needed.  Wear a hat and closed-toe shoes and bring gardening gloves and a shovel.  Beverages and snacks will be provided.  Call 727-784-3332, Ext. 3002, for more details. 2330 Nebraska Ave, Palm Harbor.

Tampa Downtown Market- Fridays (through 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 and gourmet products. 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.

World Cafe Discussions- Every Friday; 7:30-9:30 pm. 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.

Winthrop Town Center Farmers Market- Every Saturday; 8 am. 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.

'Thank You Mama' Wellness Center & Boutique Grand Opening- Saturday March 5; 9 am-2 pm. Thank You Mama, St. Petersburg’s premier family wellness center and boutique will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday March 5. It is an innovative concept in healthy family living offering mother-tested products that support an eco-savvy lifestyle, alternative medicine for the entire family and in-depth educational and fitness opportunities. There will be information and activities for the whole family including first viewing of the children’s boutique, tours of the healing space and free family classes. Bring your children for kid’s yoga at 9 and 11 a.m. with Katy Toth, story time at 9:30 a.m. with Olga of Cheeky Monkey, You and Me & Music Together at 10 a.m. with Ms. Colleen, hooping at 1 p.m. with Kaluwa, and Inner Rhythms dance by Mari throughout the day. For more information call 727-289-7250 or email: [email protected] 1511 4th St N in St. Petersburg.

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