Green Community Calendar weekend events: Hillsborough River cleanup, Sustainable Living Conference, Indian vegetarian cooking class and more

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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 and a threefold mission: 1. To foster a healthy and productive lifestyle of "buy fresh, buy local" by facilitating the connection of local food producers with local consumers.; 2. To promote the development of local green businesses, as well as artists and craftsmen.; 3. To bring our community together for networking and fun in a relaxed atmosphere. 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). website:; email: [email protected]

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.

Raw Foods Cooking Class- Saturday, November 21; 11 am. This culinary workshop covers all aspects of raw and living foods and how to integrate more raw fruits and veggies into your daily lifestyle. This month's menu: apple cobbler with lemon glaze and a pumpkin tart. Nature's Food Patch- 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-443-6703.

The 2nd Annual Sustainable Living Conference and Green Trade Show- Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22. 2 days of presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussion groups on living in sufficiency and balance with nature, in the rhythm of harmony and wellness. Information, innovations, and insight to sustainable agriculture, energy, economics and community: permaculture, solar and alternative energy, freeganism, slow food, and more! Focusing on Living in simplicity and harmony with each other and our surroundings: Environmental Awareness, Conscious Relationship. Including presentations, classes, and demonstrations. See the website for more information and to register: Full event admission: (camping Fri.-Sun.) $40 at gate/$30 in advance, Sat.: $15/$12, Sun.: $12/$10. All World Acres, 4715 Bruton Rd, Plant City, Florida.

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm's Sunday Market- Every Sunday; 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.

Vegetarian Indian Cooking Class- Sunday, November 22; 1 pm. Featuring hot and sour cranberry chutney and chickpea and potato curry in tangy tomato and onion sauce. Seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Nature's Food Patch- 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-443-6703.

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; 8 am- 1 pm. 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 October-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.

22nd Annual Hillsborough River and Waterways Cleanup and Picnic- Saturday, November 21; 8 am-1 pm. Free breakfast, lunch, and t-shirts for volunteers. Rollin' on the River Picnic at 11 am. Environmental education booths from 11 am-1 pm. Bring a canned good for America's Second Harvest Food Bank to help us help families in need. To volunteer, contact the Mayor's Beautification Program: 813-221-8733, [email protected]. Lowry Park boat ramp- North Blvd. at Sligh Ave., Tampa.

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).

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market- Every Saturday; 9 am to 2 pm. Downtown St. Petersburg in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot / 1st Ave. S and 1st St. Open October 3 through May 29.

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