Green Community Calendar weekend events: Composting and rain barrel workshops, green markets galore and more!

Land O Lakes Saturday Market- Every Saturday; 9 am-2 pm. 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- Directions).

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.

[image-1]Composting Workshop at Bartlett Park- Saturday, February 27; 10-11:30 am. The best vegetables come from healthy soil enriched by compost. Use your kitchen scraps to create rich compost for your garden for free! Get hands on experience with hot composting, as well as worm composting and the magic of composting tea. Presented by Andrea Hildebran and Josh Bellian, the workshop is geared toward all age levels and is free of charge. Bartlett Park Community Garden- 1443 Highland Street South, at the corner of Newton Avenue South, St. Pete.

[image-2]Rain Harvesting Workshop- Saturday, March 6; 9-10:30 am. Have you ever thought "What a waste!" when you see the rain water pouring out of your gutter down spout and then down the street? By attending this workshop you will learn how save that water in a recycled plastic barrel for later use. The collected water is safe for use on your potted plants, vegetable and herb gardens, and special plant collections. All attendees will receive set-up instructions and a reference booklet for free. Advance registration for this free class and pre-payment for rain barrels required. Your rain barrel will be available for pick up on the day of the class if you choose "Participant with Rain Barrel" on step 4 of the registration process. If you do not want to purchase a rain barrel please select “Participant” by using the drop down arrow. Rain barrels: $30 plus tax. Pinellas County Extension: 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Register here: 3004

Simple Eating Makes a Healthier Planet Workshop- Saturday, March 6; 11 am. Look back at the interesting history of food and learn how it was prepared in simpler times. Discover how eating like our ancestors can promote a more sustainable planet and create a low carbon lifestyle at the Simple Eating Makes a Healthier Planet workshop. Best for individuals or families with school-aged children 5 years and older. This activity is free. Pre-register: 3007. 11909 125 St., Largo.

"Fireplace Facelift" Design Workshop- Saturday, March 6; 11:30 am. Tired of smoke and ashes or outdated fake logs? Learn how to incorporate decorative elements such as stones, sand and recycled glass for a natural look plus environmentally friendly clean burning options will be presented. Demonstration is at 11:30 a.m. at Urban Concepts Fire & Metal Arts, 2307 S. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Attendees receive a free reusable shopping bag.

Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Associations’ 2010 Home Tour: Celebrate the Bungalow- Saturday, March 6. Historic Hyde Park opens its doors for the Eighth Annual Home Tour on March 6th, 2010.  The theme of this years event is "Celebrate the Bungalow".  The tour, sponsored by the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HHPNA), will feature eleven private homes in the neighborhood including four residences along Bungalow Terrace, a mini-subdivision of nineteen houses facing each other across a sidewalk, and Tampa's only example of the Bungalow Court, a popular mode of construction in California from 1909 – 1930. A portion of the proceeds from the tour will be allocated to help improve the appearance of the retention Pond located at the corner of Swann and Rome Avenues. Floating trash collection devices will be donated by HHPNA as well as new funds to supplement the city's trash removal and weed control program so that the pond will continue to provide its primary function but also become an attractive neighborhood amenity. For more information about HHPNA, the 2010 Home Tour, or to inquire about sponsorship and purchase tickets, contact Tami Kirschner 813-625-4141 or visit

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.

Green Smoothies Workshop at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm- Sunday, March 7; 12-2 pm. Spring Cleaning for Mind/Body/Spirit!  Get off to a good start with ultra-healthy, yet delicious recipes from Raw Food Fairy, Dr. LindaJoy Rose. In this 2 hour workshop you will learn how to add Green Smoothies to your day (you will get hooked!) and a series of satisfying salads, featuring mouth-watering homemade dressings:  Sweet & Savory Sesame, Mango Dijon and Raw-some Caesar. Also, get the lowdown on Superfoods and how to add them to your daily diet. Suggested Donation: $10-20 based on ability. 6942 West Comanche Avenue, Tampa.

Be sure to check out our guide to the weekly green/farmers' markets in the Tampa Bay Area!

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

Dunedin Green Market- Every Friday (through April); 8 am- 1 pm. 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 and runs every Friday.

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 & 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.

St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market- Every Saturday; 9 am to 2 pm (through May). 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. Open October 3 through May 29.

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.

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