Green Community Calendar weekend events: Florida Earthship workshop, Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project, beach cleanups and more

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Ocean Conservancy Beach Cleanup- Saturday, July 17; 9 am-12:30 pm. Please join to remove debris from our shores. Coffee and snacks will be provided; please bring a water bottle and wear closed toe shoes. RSVP to Jamie McWade: 727-643-1713, [email protected] Riverside Park at the Green Bridge fishing pier in Palmetto.


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.


Safety Harbor Summertime Saturday Market- every 3rd Saturday through September; 9 am-1:30 pm. Due to the increased popularity of residents and visitors having a "green" mindset and desiring access to local fresh produce, seafood, breads, sauces, cheeses and more, the market will have a "Summer Season" every 3rd Saturday from June – September. With over 20 vendors, folks will have a wide variety of fresh products and quality arts & crafts to choose from. Gazebo at John Wilson Park- 401 Main St., Safety Harbor.


Workshop at the Florida Earthship- Saturday, July 17; 9 am-3:30 pm. The Gaia's Garden group will be coming out to learn more about the project and get some hands-on experience. We'll be doing some can and bottle-brick walls and more to be seen. The roof is coming along so it should be fairly pleasant inside. Hope to see many new friends as well as one's we've made along the way. The Earthship Florida- Myakka City, FL. www.earthshipfloridaproject.com


Victory Gardening in Florida- Saturday, July 17, 1-3 pm. Join us at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve for a course on homestead gardening, and the challenges of gardening in Florida. Seasoned and aspiring organic gardeners can learn to plan and plant their own Victory Gardens in a one-of-a-kind, two-hour course. Attendees will learn how to garden in Florida and how growing food is beneficial in today's tough economy. Organic victory gardens save resources, provide food, reduce environmental stress from the agricultural industry, and keep communities together. The course will take place on Saturday, July 24, 1-3pm. Course fee is $35 per person; $50 for couples, and $20 per student. For further information or a class schedule, visit www.FireofHope.org or 727-793-5766. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve- 1101 Country Club Way South, St. Pete.


Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project- Saturday, July 17; 1:30 pm. Pinellas County Extension is conducting a citizens’ education project with faculty from the University of Florida. This project aims to provide education and materials to our residents to help them save money on their energy bill. Energy savings benefit the end-user as well as the environment, everybody wins! This class will provide tips and incentives to making your home more energy efficient, while still maintaining the same level of comfort. Energy saving devices will be provided to all participants. Free event. Register at: https://pinellas.obsres.com/botanical/Info.aspx?EventID=3006. Clearwater Library  100 N. Osceola Ave.


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 & more! Just off Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach. 727-498-8778; www.coreyave.com

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. www.theworldcafe.com.

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.

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.

Keep Pinellas Beautiful's Special Intracoastal Cleanup Day- Saturday, July 17; 8 am. This is meant to be  pre-oil spill clean up (should it be necessary). They need more people and boats to help. The Indian Rocks Boat Boat Club is responsible for the area from the Belleair Causeway Bridge, south to The Pub Restaurant. We need help from everyone, including people with boats, people with no boats and people in kayaks. We will meet at the Belleair Causeway at 8am. When we are done, The Pub restaurant in Indian Shores is sponsoring a post clean up party with food and drinks for all volunteers. Bring your kids and friends to help. RSVP: We need to know how many boats, kayaks and people are coming to help, so please let me know if you can help. Contact Bob Griffin, IRB Boat Club: 727-430-8300. Belleair Causeway on Belleair Bluffs.

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