Green Community Calendar weekend events: Reuse-A-Palooza, Tampa Criterium, Dunedin Community Garden fundraiser 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.

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market- Every Saturday (October-May); 9 am-2 pm. CANCELED DUE TO GRAND PRIX 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.

Reuse-A-Palooza at Lowry Park- Saturday, March 26; 9:30 am-1 pm. Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful and Tampa Bay Beautification are partnering to host Tampa’s first Reuse-A-Palooza. The purpose of this event is to heighten awareness about recycling through unique and interesting outlets and to provide recycling education to Hillsborough County residents. This entertaining and educational event will include activities for all ages. Activities include the following:

Recycle Regatta: a challenge to build boats made out of recycled material and race them down the Hillsborough River. Entry forms for the Recycle Regatta can be found at or by contacting Daisy Packer at (813) 960-5121.

Environmental Outreach: various environmental groups and partners will have displays at the event to educate participants on recycling and other environmental initiatives in the Tampa Bay area.

To round out the day, there will be an assembly of Recycling Resources to collect household recyclables (paper, plastic, aluminum and glass), Styrofoam, electronics and unused prescription medications.

The Reuse-A-Palooza will culminate with an award ceremony and cleanup activity at Lowry Park. Pete the Pelican Pirate’s Birthday and the Great American Cleanup also will be celebrated. Lowry Park: 7525 N. Blvd., Tampa.

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;

2nd Annual Tampa Twilight Criterium and Festival- Saturday, March 26; 10:30 am-8 pm. This family-friendly event will feature both amateur and professional circuit cycling races along with an outdoor wellness festival. Bring and decorate your own bike for the cycling parade and/or touring rides. Take advantage of free activities including a bike safety check, helmet giveaway, street skills courses, bike gear vendors and more. Visit for complete schedule and race registration. Lykes Gaslight Square, Downtown Tampa.

Permaculture Series Part 4: Maximizing Water Usage: Rainbarrels, Ollas, and Land Berms -Saturday, March 26, 1-3pm. Each year, Pinellas County enjoys an average 60 inches rainfall, most of which is lost down storm drains. Permaculture practices help to harvest rain water to benefit our garden through the use of tools like rainbarrels and ollas. Ollas have been used for thousands of years invented by ancient Greeks to use a modified method of what we know today as drip irrigation. Ollas are small containers that help to store water underground. These porous containers slowly leach water to plant's roots to optimize nourishment. Permaculturalist, Robert Segundo and Matt Fahy of Fire of Hope demonstrate several techniques to maximize water capture and usage with household items. Course fee is $35 per person. Student fee $20 per course and $60 per couple. A portion of the proceeds benefit Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Students will leave with an olla for their garden. Preregistration is required for this course at or 727-793-5766. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve: 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Pete.

“Casks for a Cause” at Tampa Bay Brewing Company- Saturday, March 26; 2-6 pm. Join Cigar City Brewery and Whole Foods Market for craft beer and local music at the 2nd annual “Casks for a Cause” event to raise money for the Whole Planet Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds microlending programs in developing-world communities. “Casks for a Cause” will take place at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Ybor City, and the first 500 guests will receive a free pint glass. Taste delectable beer and support a worthy cause. Visit for more info. $10 entry, $2 per 8 oz. pour; 2-6 p.m. Tampa Bay Brewing Company: 1600 East 8th Avenue, Ybor City.

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. very 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. Bring your friends, family, and leashed dogs. It's a great way to support local programs, agriculture and business. 6942 W. Comanche Ave, Tampa.

Grillin' for the Garden Fundraiser- Sunday March 27; 3-7 pm. Jollimon's Grill in Dunedin is hosting this fundraiser to benefit the Dunedin Community Garden. Enjoy BBQ and beer specials, as well as live music, plant giveaways and a 50/50 raffle -- all proceeds going to the DCG. The mission of the Dunedin Community Garden is to enhance the quality of life and strengthen community bonds by creating and sustaining an organic garden that will foster environmental stewardship, horticultural education, and improved health (find them on Facebook). For more information, please call 727-902-1671. Jollimon's: 941 Huntley Ave, Dunedin.

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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.

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.

Critical Mass Bike Ride- Friday, March 25; 6:30-9 pm. Critical Mass is a fun, free, non-athletic group ride to which all are invited to attend. We ride together in a manner that is safe and welcoming to riders of all skill levels. We ride to raise awareness of bikes and traffic, promote all aspects of cycling, build community, and celebrate our love of bikes. Presented by Seminole Heights Bike Club. Lowry Park, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., 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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