Green Community Calendar weekend events: 'Hands Across the Sand', St. Petersburg LEED buildings bus tour, Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market and more

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.

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.

Greening Child Care Facilities Workshop- Saturday, February 13; 9 am. How safe is your child care facility? Providing a comprehensive and sustainable environment for children is part of the greening of childcare in our community. A green child care facility is environmentally friendly. It is energy efficient, practices recycling, provides healthy snacks and uses environmentally preferable products to optimize indoor air quality. It also involves the children in the greening of their schools, giving them the tools and knowledge they need to lead sustainable lives and promote green practices in their communities. Bring a recycle bag to swap. Eco-friendly door prizes and raffles will be available. $15- Must Register before the event Pinellas County Extension: 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo.

Bus Tour of St. Petersburg LEED buildings with The Emerging Green Builders- Saturday, February 13; 9:30am-4pm. Join other interested professionals and students on a bus tour of local LEED buildings. The tour will meet at the SPC Gibbs Campus at 9:30 am. Stops include: the SPC Student Services Building, Darren Brinkley's residence, Jordan Park elementary school, and the Dunkin' Donuts on 4th St. N. Lunch will be on your own at St. Petersburg’s Saturday Morning Market, so be sure to bring a few dollars or a bag lunch. Students and USGBC members- $10, Non-members- $15. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis, so please sign up as soon as possible. For more information, contact Jason Green (727 341-3283 or [email protected]). SPC Gibbs: 6605 5th Avenue North, St Petersburg.

Mardi Gras Beach Midway- Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 13-14; 10 am-7 pm. Over 100 of Florida’s best arts/ craft vendors, gourmet food, beer tent, live entertainment & Kids Zone. Live music, creative performing artists and crafters, roving performers and more! Free to attendees! For More information, please call 727-322-5217. Treasure Island Beach- behind Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island.

Hands Across the Sand- Saturday February 13; 12 pm. This is an opportunity to show your opposition to oil drilling as close as 3 to 10 miles off our coast. This movement will be made of people of all walks of life. This movement is not about politics; it is about protection of our shoreline, our tourism, our valuable properties and our way of life. Let us share our knowledge, energies and passion for protecting our waterways and beaches from the devastating effects of oil drilling. Disney has recently added Hands Across the Sand to their Give a Day, Get a Day volunteer program, where you can get a free one day pass to any Disney theme park by volunteering for one of the programs listed on their site. for more information.

Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market- every Sunday (beginning Feb. 14); 9 am-1 pm. In an eclectic neighborhood known for its historic homes and support for small business and community events, Seminole Heights and it’s pool of forward thinkers have now helped to initiate more sustainability by starting the neighborhood's first open-air, fresh market. Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market will help to continue the drive for circulating local trade and Florida foods by bringing to you a vast mixture of the highest quality, seasonal and locally farmed produce, all natural ready to eat foods, specialty foods, and talented artists. You'll find: local organic and/or hydroponic farmed produce, conventional produce; Florida-grown plants, herbs, and flowers; locally made jams, jellies, salsas, dips, seasonings, sauces and oils. Featuring live music, cooking demos by local chefs, grassy picnic area and shaded seating, and reusable market tote bags for sale, plus public restrooms and parking. On the front lawn of the Hillsborough High School: 5000 N. Central Ave., Tampa.

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.

Spicing It Up! Sexual Tonics of Herbalism Workshop at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm- Sunday, February 14; 12-2 pm. This fun and informative class is just in time for Valentines day. We will discuss herbs & foods that can be used for men and women as aphrodisiacs. This class is great for men, women and couples. Herbs discussed will be from around the world. Pre-registration is required! Call Sherry Groff (813) 625-5550 or e-mail [email protected] 6942 West Comanche Avenue, Tampa. Suggested Donation: $10-20 based on ability.

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.

USF Global Sustainability Conference- Thursday/Friday, February 11-12; 9:30 am. The University of South Florida will introduce its new School of Global Sustainability with its first major conference Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11-12, featuring some of the world’s leading researchers in climate change, the environment and health in a series of discussions on the future of the planet and its inhabitants. All events - which will be powered through the purchase of renewable energy and whose carbon impact will be offset - will be held in the Oval Theater at the Marshall Student Center. The program is free and open to the public.The public is invited to attend, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to [email protected] or 974-5534. See the agenda here:

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.

Raw Foods Treats for Valentines Day Class at Whole Foods- Friday, Feb. 12; 6:30-7:30 pm. Join Raw Food Fairy, LindaJoy Rose, with her heart-healthy and comforting recipes for Valentine's Day, featuring Almond Milk (simple, sweet and from scratch!) , "Hot" Cocoa, and  "Tapioca" Pudding.  She will also share information on Superfoods and bring in delectable chocolate truffles to share with you.  Friday, February 12th 6:30 pm in the café. Registration required at store exit lobby or [email protected] Event is limited to 40 people. Free Event. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.

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