Green Community Calendar weekend events: Dinner and a movie feat. Fresh, Barefoot Beach Cleanup at Upham Beach, Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary benefit and more

[image-1]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.

Barefoot Beach Clean Up at Upham Beach in St. Pete- Saturday, July 24; 9-11 am. This cleanup at Upham is just one of many beach cleanups going on nationwide as part of the National Barefoot Beach Rescue Program, a program that Barefoot wines started over 5 years ago to keep our beaches "Barefoot Friendly". Barefoot will be providing bags, gloves and a t-shirt (for participants 21+) for the event. After the cleanup is over, they'll be hosting a Volunteer After Party for all volunteers (21+) at the Beach Comber for everyone to come and enjoy appetizers and Barefoot Wine. Visit or contact [email protected] for more information. Upham Beach- Located off Gulf Blvd at 68th Avenue. (Drive west to Beach Plaza Road. Upham Beach stretches from from about 67th Avenue to 71st Avenue.)

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.

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.

Companion Planting and Natural Pest Control—Saturday, July 24, 1-3pm. Overcome challenges of organic gardening in Florida. Join us at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve for unique, two-hour course on companion planting to attract pollinators and to deter harmful bugs. Successful organic gardening requires a knowledge of what insects will work to improve yields instead of destroy them. The course will take place on Saturday, July 24, from 1-3pm. Course fee is $35 per person. Student fee $20 per course. $50 per couple. For further information or a class schedule, visit or 727-793-5766. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve- 1101 Country Club Way South, St. Pete.

Corey Avenue Summer Sidewalk Market-  Every Sunday; 10 am-2 pm. Local vendors will set up their wares on the sidewalks of Corey Avenue lending more convenient free parking for all, as well as covered walkways while strolling and shopping on Sunday mornings. Corey merchants will also be open during market hours adding a pleasant shopping  & dining experience to your normal street markets and fairs. There will be hand-crafted jewelry & gifts, foods & spices, aromatic soaps, healthy chocolate, local Florida photography, chair massage abd more. Just off Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach. 727-498-8778;

Corey Avenue Sea Bird and Wildlife Fundraiser- Sunday, July 25th; 2-8 pm. Participating merchants of Corey Avenue have teamed up with Beach Theatre and the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary to hold a benefit and fundraiser. BIRDSTOCK, a day-long concert held inside Beach Theatre will benefit the Suncoast Seabird Sactuary. $10 wristbands will be sold, with all proceeds going to SSS, which allows entrance to all concerts throughout the day.  Performing artists such as Johnny Zoom Cheerleading Squad, Sandy Atkinson, Julie Black, Ronny Elliot, Natty Moss Band are just a few of the large lineup scheduled for Beach Theatre throughout the event.  SSS will have information about their organization as well as birds on display. Participating Corey Merchants will also have live music inside their stores and on the sidewalks at no charge for your entertainment while strolling Corey Avenue. All bands and musicians are donating their time for this cause. Other organizations such as the Tampa Bay Watch Marine Center and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium will be there to show and demonstrate what they do to help our seabird and wildlife population.  There will be raffles, games and other fun things to help raise money for these organizations. Cory Avenue, St. Pete Beach.

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

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.

Raw Foods Class at Whole Foods- Friday. July 23; 6:30-7:30 pm. Please join Dr. LJ Rose for Fiesta Mexicana! You won’t want to miss this summer time treat raw-fried sunflower beans with guacamole, salsa and sour cream over raw chips. Registration required at store exit lobby or [email protected]. Event is limited to 40 people. Free Event. Whole Foods Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy.

Dinner and a Movie with The Education Channel featuring Fresh- Friday, July 23; 7 pm. The Education Channel is teaming up with Whole Foods Market and Slow Foods Tampa Bay to host dinner and a food themed movie this Friday, July 23. They will be showing the film Fresh which "...celebrates the farmers, thinkers and businesses reinventing our current food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity," writes The Education Channel. After the film, there will be a discussion with Pamela Sindlinger from Gateway Organic Farm, Mary Lou Janson and Chef Cathleen Ryan with Tampa Bay Slow Foods, and Sherell White of Whole Foods Market on healthy eating and sustainable living. Tickets are $15 and include dinner catered by Whole Foods. Tickets are available online at: 703 N Willow Ave., Tampa.

Dunedin Green Market- Every Saturday (May-July 17); 7:30 am- 12:30 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.

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