Green Community Calendar weekend events: "How to Inspire a Sustainable Tampa Bay", Nature's Classroom open house, markets 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.


Lotus Pond Community Garden Workshop- Saturday, April 9; 9-10:30 am. This month's class will focus on shifting gears in the garden for the warm season ahead. We will also go over composting and building soil here in Florida. Free event; Please register by the Whole Foods Market exit lobby or by emailing [email protected] 6201 W. Lynn Rd., Tampa.


St. Pete Saturday Morning Market- Every Saturday (October-May); 9 am-2 pm. 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.



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 (through May). 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).


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.


Nature's Classroom 'Woods, Water, and Wildlife' open house- Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nature's Classroom has been educating sixth grade students in Hillsborough County since 1969 at their 365-acre environmental studies program learning laboratory in Thonotosassa, FL. This weekend they’re giving people the chance to see the grounds and get a peek at their programs firsthand at their annual 'Woods, Water, and Wildlife' open house event. The event will feature nature art displays, live music, children's activities, animal handling, food, art and crafts, and a variety of environmentally focused exhibits and events geared toward all ages. Visitors will even be able to tour the animal compound and native plant garden. A $5 donation per car is requested and admission is free. See naturesclassroom.net for more information and directions. 13100 Verges Road, Thonotosassa (just 1.5 miles east of I-75 of the Fletcher Avenue exit). For more information, please call 813-987-6969.


Urban Oasis Hydroponic Farm Market- Fridays 10 am-6 pm; Saturdays 10 am-4 pm. Get fresh, organically grown hydroponic veggies straight from this CSA farm in Carrollwood. Open to the public. Arrive early for best selection! 5416 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, 813-293-3276; urbanoasisfarm.com


Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market- Every second Sunday (October thru May), 9 am-2 pm. Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market helps to 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 and, specialty foods. Additionally, there are many neighborhood artists taking the opportunity to showcase their talents. Sunday Market is held on the front lawn of historic Hillsborough High School: 5000 N Central Ave., Tampa. sundaymorningmarket.com


Nature's Classroom 'Woods, Water, and Wildlife' open house- Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nature's Classroom has been educating sixth grade students in Hillsborough County since 1969 at their 365-acre environmental studies program learning laboratory in Thonotosassa, FL. This weekend they’re giving people the chance to see the grounds and get a peek at their programs firsthand at their annual 'Woods, Water, and Wildlife' open house event. The event will feature nature art displays, live music, children's activities, animal handling, food, art and crafts, and a variety of environmentally focused exhibits and events geared toward all ages. Visitors will even be able to tour the animal compound and native plant garden. A $5 donation per car is requested and admission is free. See naturesclassroom.net for more information and directions. 13100 Verges Road, Thonotosassa (just 1.5 miles east of I-75 of the Fletcher Avenue exit). For more information, please call 813-987-6969.


Corey Avenue Sunday Market- Every Sunday, 10 am-2 pm. The Corey Sunday Market will boast 2 produce vendors, local arts and crafts, live music, foods and fun!  Located between Blind Pass Rd and Boca Ciega Drive, Corey Ave will be blocked off for a safe shopping day at the market. Corey merchants and restaurants will be open for business as well, lending a fabulous addition to your normal market venues. From antiques to boutiques, dog stores and more, the Corey Sunday Market is the one to visit every Sunday during the fall and winter seasons. Corey Avenue is located just off Gulf Blvd in downtown St Pete Beach. Always free parking. All within walking distance. 727-498-8778.


Sweetwater Organic Community Farm's Sunday Market- Every Sunday (through May); 12-4 pm. 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.


"Cool Pools" Garden Tour- Sunday, April 10; 4-6 p.m. Join the Amaryllis Garden Circle group for this event that will feature sparkling pools and beautiful gardens in the historic New Suburb Beautiful neighborhood in South Tampa. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased on tour day at hostess tables on Prospect and Sunset Roads. Light refreshments will be provided featuring local chefs and restaurants. Contact 813-831-5678 for information.

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

Dunedin Green Market- Fridays: 8 am-1 pm, Saturdays: 9 am-2 pm (through April). 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.

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 and gourmet products. 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. The Market is located on the 200 block of Madison St. and 400 & 500 block of Franklin St. bordered by Lykes Gaslight Square Park.

"How to Inspire a Sustainable Tampa Bay"- Friday, April 8; 7-9:30 pm. "Global nomad" Susan Davis will tell stories of how others are going green and cultivating a local economy and she'll answers many related questions. Susan is the President of Capital Missions Corporation and has created 20 sustainability innovation networks over the last 35 years to help create organics, renewables, woman's economic empowerment, the social venture capital industry, the corporate socially responsible industry, developing world micro-enterprise and a way residents can green their towns. Questions: Dr. Sudeep Vyapari ([email protected], 813-757-2144) or Sharon Joy Kleitsch ([email protected], 727-550-9660. HCC Dale Mabry Campus: DSTU Auditorium 111 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd, Tampa.

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.

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