Green Community Calendar weekend events: Oyster dome project, intro to permaculture class, 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.

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.

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.

Whole Foods Market's Birthday Bash and Slow Food Tampa Bay Benefit- Saturday, September 18; 12-3 pm. Whole Foods Market – which opened its first store on September 20, 1980 – is celebrating 30 years of offering the highest quality natural and organic foods by hosting birthday festivities at all of its 298 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. At the Tampa store, shoppers are invited to celebrate Whole Foods Market’s big 3-0 on September 18th with complimentary tastings and birthday surprises. Also, partake in the sushi and sake tasting for $10, from 12-3 pm, with proceeds going to our local Slow Food Chapter. Whole Foods Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa.

Intro to Permaculture Class- Saturday, September 18; 1-3 pm. Permaculture is a method of organic gardening that encourages working with the local environment to create a truly sustainable garden. By implementing biosystems, permaculture gardens provide for their own needs and recycle their own waste. Planting species work with the surrounding ecosystem to produce high yields and help neighboring plants thrive – without the use of chemical fertilizers since the soil will nourish itself. Permaculturist Robert Segundo will teach sustainable practices and their implementation in the Florida Landscape, with a focus on Florida micro-climates and the challenges of growing in Pinellas County. The course will take place on Saturday, September 18 from 1-3pm. Course fee is $35 per person or $100 for a four-course series, couple fee is $60 or $160 for the four-course series and students pay just $20 per course or $75 for four-part series. A portion of the proceeds benefit Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. For further information or a class schedule, visit or 727-793-5766. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center)- 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Pete.

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

Fresh Markets and More at Seminole Mall- Every Thursday-Sunday; 9 am-3 pm. Fresh Markets and More is a fun-filled celebration of the world’s most popular culinary ingredients along with a selection of unique arts and crafts all located in the air conditioned corridors of the Seminole Mall. Featuring multicultural foods, fresh produce, prepared foods, gourmet baked goods, arts and crafts, music and more. Will be open every Thursday through Sunday. Seminole Mall- 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole.

Tampa Bay Watch Oyster Dome Project- September 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27. Oyster domes are constructed on site at the Tampa Bay Watch Marine Center at regular intervals throughout the year. The domes are being built in preparation for placement in Tampa Bay, to minimize shoreline erosion and provide surface area for oysters to attach. Additionally, by being placed along seawalls and shorelines, the domes restore hard bottom habitat and improve water quality. We aim to recruit ten to twelve hard working and heat tolerant volunteers for each session. Wear closed-toe shoes and plan on getting dirty! Water and gloves will be provided. Registration is required. Please sign up with Rachel Arndt and let her know the dates you would like to volunteer and your phone number: [email protected].Tampa Bay Watch Marine Center- 3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde. Find out more info here.

Raw Food Class with Dr. LindaJoy Rose- Friday, September 17; 6:30-7:30 pm. Registration required at store exit lobby or [email protected] Event is limited to 40 people. Free Event. Whole Foods Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., 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.

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