Green Community Calendar weekend events: Rain harvesting workshop, intro to permaculture class, markets and more

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.

Intro to Permaculture Class- Saturday, July 10, 1-3 pm. Permaculture, a method of organic gardening, encourages working with the local environment to create sustainable living by implementing sustainable biosystems that provide for their own needs and recycle their own waste. This means planting species that work with the surrounding ecosystem to produce high yields and help neighboring plants thrive – all without the use of chemical fertilizers since the soil will nourish itself. Permaculturist Robert Segundo will teach sustainable practices and their implementations 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, July 10 from 1-3pm. Course fee is $50 per person or $160 for a four-course series, Student fee $20 per course or $75 for four-part series. For further information or a class schedule, visit or 727-793-5766. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve- 1101 Country Club Way South, St. Pete.

Florida Snakes Workshop- Saturday, July 10; 1:30 pm. When they slither, we squirm! Appreciating native, beneficial snakes can be difficult for some, while destroying the problematic non-native invasive snakes can be almost impossible. Come learn about our Florida snakes as well as some of our unwelcome non-native invasive pythons and boas. Join us to discover venomous and non-venomous snake identification tips, habitats and their essential (or detrimental) Florida role. Free event. Register at: Weedon Island Preserve- 1800 Weedon Dr. N., St. Pete.

Corey Avenue Summer Sidewalk Market-  Every Sunday; 10 am-2 pm. Local vendors will set up their wares on the sidewalks of Corey Avenue lending more convenient free parking for all, as well as covered walkways while strolling and shopping on Sunday mornings. Corey merchants will also be open during market hours adding a pleasant shopping  & dining experience to your normal street markets and fairs. There will be hand-crafted jewelry & gifts, foods & spices, aromatic soaps, healthy chocolate, local Florida photography, chair massage & more!  The Summer Sidewalk Market will run every Sunday during June and possibly into July (weather permitting). Just off Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach. 727-498-8778;

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

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.

Dunedin Green Market- Every Saturday (May-July 17); 7:30 am- 12:30 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.

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.

Rain Harvesting Workshop- Saturday, July 10; 9 am. Have you ever thought "What a waste!" when you see the rain water pouring out of your gutter down spout and then down the street? By attending this workshop you will learn how save that water in a recycled plastic barrel for later use. The collected water is safe for use on your potted plants, vegetable and herb gardens, and special plant collections. All attendees will receive set-up instructions and a reference booklet for free. Advance registration for this free class and pre-payment for rain barrels required. Rain Barrels are $30 plus tax. Your rain barrel will be available for pick up on the day of the class if you choose 'Participant with Rain Barrel' on step 4 of the registration process. You have a choice of one or two barrels. If you do not want to purchase a rain barrel please select 'Participant' by using the drop down arrow. Register at Pinellas County Extension  12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo.

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