Green Community Calendar weekend events: Tampa Bay Green Expo, beach cleanup, organic cooking class and more

Dunedin Green Market- Saturday, October 10; 8 am- 12 pm. The Dunedin Green Market is located in Pioneer Park at the cross streets of Douglas Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Dunedin and runs the second Saturday of every month until October.

Give A Day For The Bay Cleanup- Saturday, October 10, 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Volunteers are needed to help pick up trash along the shores of Weedon Island Preserve. Wind and tides have blown a variety of floating trash including glass and plastic bottles, tennis balls, and Styrofoam pieces into the mangroves along the shorelines. We need your help to clean up the mess. Volunteers receive a free lunch and a Tampa Bay Estuary Program reusable water bottle. Please meet us at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center. Contact [email protected] or phone (727) 893-2765 to sign up. This cleanup is limited to volunteers 13 years old and older. Weedon Island Preserve- 1800 Weedon Drive N.E. St. Petersburg, FL 33702. (727) 453-6500.

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market- Every Saturday; 9 am to 2 pm. Downtown St. Petersburg in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot / 1st Ave. S and 1st St. Open October 3 through May 29.

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.

Game Day Essentials Demo at Whole Foods- Saturday, October 10; 12-3pm. Score big with 365! Come sample our quality, all natural game day and tailgating products at affordable prices. Free Event. Whole Foods Market Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813.874.9435

Organic Cooking Class: The Art of Oven Roasting- Saturday, October 10; 11 am. Learn how to make great organic and vegetarian dishes straight from your oven. Free. Nature's Food Patch- 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater. 727-443-6703;

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4th Annual Campus and Community Sustainability Conference and Expo- Thursday & Friday, October 8-9. Presented by Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas at the University of South Florida in Tampa. This is the state's premier forum to explore sustainability efforts in the private, public and academic sectors of Florida. This year promises to be bigger and better as the conference is joining forces with Going Green Tampa Bay Expo. The Expo is designed to focus on sustainability issues and opportunities that face the Tampa Bay region, showing the nation and the world that this is a viable place to grow a sustainable business or industry.

Tampa Bay Green Expo- Friday & Saturday, October 9-10. Check out the Going Green Tampa Bay Expo 2009 — starting at 1pm Friday Oct 9 and running all day Saturday Oct 10. Exciting exhibits and events focus on sustainability issues, showcase sustainable products and services, and show how we can each contribute to a more sustainable Tampa Bay area. Come meet Ed Begley, Jr. at the GreenSwitch booth! Nearly 80 exhibitors throughout the main exhibit hall, a kids area, and a small-business Marketplace for local vendors. Come see solar exhibits and eco-vehicles around the beautiful Marshall Student Center grounds. Attend a free workshop — including rain barreles, composting, organic certification, greening your business, and more! Fun activities, fun ways to learn about new products, and it's all FREE!

Dunedin Green Market- Every Friday; 8 am- 1 pm. 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.

Operation Bon Appetit: White House State Dinners at Whole Foods- Friday, October 9; 6:00-8:00pm. $5.00. Sample delectable food and fine wine with fellow conspirators in the plot to bring conviviality (feasting and drinking) and conversation to world change. The University of Tampa will be on site with a tablescape art installation. $5.00 per person with 100% of the proceeds going to Earth Charter USA and UT. Event is limited to 125 people. Reservations are required and can be made at [email protected] or at store exit lobby. Whole Foods Market Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813.874.9435.

Ellenton Farmers Market- Saturdays; 8 am - 1 pm. Ellenton Farmers’ Market will be the largest year-round market in florida that specializes in "green" natural, organic and environmentally friendly products that makes for a healthier lifestyle and a better environment. Located just North of the Prime Outlet Mall in Ellenton, Florida (exit 224, Old Exit 43, off I - 75).


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