Green Community Calendar weekend events: Save Our Shores benefit, Dirty Energy Independence Day, Treasure Island post-fireworks beach cleanup and more

[image-1]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.

Help out with Code Green Community's Food Forest- Saturday, July 3; 8:30-11 am. Help out at the food forest project to move some mulch and layer a sheet mulch garden on top of some swales. See directions and RSVP here: Belcher and Disston Rd., Tarpon Springs.

Save Our Shore Benefit- Saturday, July 3; 9 pm-1 am. Live music, food, drinks and more! Proceeds and donations benefit: The Seabird Sanctuary and Matter of Trust. Presented by Salon Galore. $5 at the door. The Roosevelt Ybor- 1812 N. 15th S., Tampa.

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;

Treasure Island Beach Cleanup- Monday, July 5; 9-11 am. The St. Petersburg College environmental clubs and SPC chapter of US Green Building Council Students (you don’t have to be a member of either to participate) are coordinating a Treasure Island beach clean-up July 5, 2010 (yes, the day after the Fourth of July). Because of all the fireworks and revelry during the holiday weekend, the beaches will be in desperate need of some TLC on July 5. The beach clean-up will run from 9:00 until 11:00 am; we will be responsible for cleaning a portion of the beach from 104th Ave (Publix on Gulf Blvd) to 107th Ave (Bilmar Beach Resort on Gulf Blvd).  Plan to meet on the beach at the public parking lot located at 10400 Gulf Blvd.  (Across from Publix at Gulf Blvd. and 104th Street).  Limited, free parking will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Please arrive by 9:00 am for free parking. Free burritos from Chipotle for participants! Spend a few hours picking up garbage and fireworks and the rest relaxing on a clean beach. For more information, please contact [email protected] or call (727) 341-3283.

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

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.

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