Green Community Calendar weekend events: Organic gardening in Central FL workshop, screening of The Power of Community, markets 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.

Free Movie Screening: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil- Saturday, January 9, 1 pm. Join Code Green Community for a free screening of The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, on Saturday, January 9th, in New Port Richey. The film will be followed by a meeting and discussion. Meet & greet: 1-1:30; movie: 1:30; Open space meeting: 2:30. Hosted at the New Port Richey Library- 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

Cheeses of Spain Tasting at Publix GreenWise Market- Saturday, January 9; 2-5 pm. Enjoy great in-store specials and tastings on a variety of cheeses from Spain. 2403 West Azeele St., Tampa. 813-250-0129.

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.

Organic Gardening in Central Florida Workshop- Sunday, January 10; 12-2 pm. In organic gardenng we feed the soil not the plant, creating a healthy environment for strong immune systems so our gardens are able to resist disease and insect infestations.  How do we promote a fertile living soil using safe, economical gardening practices?  We'll interweave the relationships of beneficial soil microbes, mulching, wise composting practices, water saving techniques, and attracting beneficial insects.  Through companion planting our gardens become healthy, beautiful, and delicious. Utilizing the nourishing and free gifts of our local oak trees, we'll find abundant material for mulch, compost, frost protection, and microbe and earthworm habitat.  Bring your garden questions, and we'll share organic gardening tips with each other. Suggested Donation:  $10-$15. Must RSVP by Saturday, Jan 9 to [email protected] or call Sherry at 813-625-5550. Sweetwater Organic Community Farm- 6942 W. Comanche Ave, Tampa.

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 (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.

Kids Night Out at Whole Foods Market- Friday, January 8; 6:30-7:30pm. Hey Kids this is your night out! You will be treated to pizza, sodas, cookies, story time and activities - all just for you. This event is limited to 30 children with parental supervision. Reservations are required at [email protected] or at store exit lobby. Free Event. 1548 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813-874-9435.

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