Green Community Calendar weekend events: Green markets, organic food and wine tastings, vegetarian cooking class and more

Guided Hike at Weedon Island Preserve- Saturday, September 26; 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- Saturday, September 26; 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.

Gulfport Green Market- Saturday, September 26; 10 am-5 pm. Gulfport Goes Green is Tampa Bay’s premier monthly street fair and expo focused on green and healthy living, eco-consciousness and sustainability. It is a free public gathering in the Gulfport, Florida and welcomes all ages on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10am through 5pm in the Gulfport Waterfront District. This July 25 activities will include:computer recycling by the Gulfport Technology Center, clothing swap hosted by to benefit Salvation Army, book swap coordinated by Small Adventure Books, green vendors and informational presentations, household battery recycling at The Outpost, Herbalwise offering information on herbal remedies and how to start your own backyard herb garden. Gulfport Florida Waterfront District (Beach Boulevard south of 28th Ave S).

Back to School Whole Trade Sampling at Whole Foods- Saturday, September 26; 12-3 pm. Learn about and sample our Back To School Whole Trade products. Delicious and sustainable! Free. Whole Foods Market Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813.874.9435.

Fall Pear Tasting at Greenwise- Saturday, September 26; 4-7pm. Stop by and taste some of the juicy pears available in the fall to early winter months. Our produce specialists will show you how to pick the cream of the crop. Publix Greenwise Market- 2403 W. Azeele St., Tampa. 813-250-0129.

"Why Our Health Matters", An Evening with Dr. Andrew Weil- Saturday, September 26; 7pm. Join Dr. Andrew Weil in Orlando on September 26, 2009, at 7 pm. Dr. Weil will be presenting his new book, Why Our Health Matters: A Vision of Medicine that can Transform Our Future. This regional event is hosted by the Florida School of Holistic Living at the Wyndham Resort and Convention Center. Click here for more info and tickets.

The Great Weedon Bird Quest- Sunday, September 27; 8–10 am. Join us on a quest to find Weedon Island Preserve birds! Learn the identifying marks and behaviors of our feathered year-round residents and seasonal visitors while helping us compile an annual checklist of the Preserve’s birds. These hikes are designed to take advantage of all levels of birding experience. Binoculars and bird guides are available. Hikes are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month. Please join us for a relaxing morning outing led by experienced birders. Call us for more information and to register. This event is free and open to the public. Recommended for adults. Weedon Island Preserve- 1800 Weedon Drive N.E. St. Petersburg, FL 33702. (727) 453-6500.

Vegetarian Cooking Class- Sunday, September 27; 10 am. Research has concluded that raising animals for food is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” In this class learn with live cooking demonstrations that we have many choices for making delicious environmentally friendly dishes. Your body is a temple so treat it that way and learn to prepare your food and eat with the same consciousness. Free of Charge. For more information, email [email protected] or call us at (813) 987-2525. Mind's Eye Spiritual Museum 2207 E Busch Blvd., Tampa.

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Sock Hop and Wine Tasting at Whole Foods- Friday, September 25; 6:30-7:30 pm. Happy Days are here again! Come celebrate back to school with a blast from the past. Tampa Whole Foods Market will be hosting a mid century sock hop and wine tasting. Customers will be treated to dance instruction with June Kittay as they twist and shout, mambo, and swing. So come on and do the locomotion with us! Registration required at store exit lobby or [email protected] Event is limited to 75 people. Free Event. Whole Foods Market Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813.874.9435.

Yoga Groove- Friday, Sept 25; 7-9 pm. Step into your unlimited potential, and express the unspoken hunger to move. Use the wisdom of yoga and the ancient rhythm of the breath to free your mind and body. Unleash your spirit. $20 advance registration required, $25 at the door. The Lotus Pond, 6201 Lynn Rd, Tampa. 813-961-3160;

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).

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