Green Community Calendar weekend events: Victory gardening class, Fresh screening, Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market, and more

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.

Prehistoric Florida Nature Discussion at Weedon Island- Saturday, April 10; 10 am. Journey back into Florida's past when the saber cat, giant sloth, mammoth, giant tortoise and bison roamed the sunshine state. During hands-on activities with Sensing Nature® biologists, investigate animal fossils millions of years old and float back in time when mega-fauna ruled our coastal habitats.  3010. Weedon Island Preserve  1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Pete.

Natural Neighborhood Festival hosted by PETCO: Green your pet’s lifestyle!- Saturday, April 10; 11am-2pm. On Saturday, April 10, pets and pet parents alike are invited to all of the area's PETCO stores to experience everything today’s pets need to live a healthy, natural and greener lifestyle. Housing the largest selection of natural, organic and holistic pet foods of any national pet store, PETCO’s Natural Neighborhood Festival will host attendees with a variety of fun and healthy 'spots' in the store. All area PETCO stores.

Building Green-Yesterday and Today Workshop- Saturday, April 10; 11 am. Explore green building practices that help us move toward a more sustainable planet. Take an architectural tour of Heritage Village and see how pioneers used 'sustainable' features on historic homes at this Building Green-Yesterday and Today workshop. Best for individuals or families with school-aged children 5 years and older. 3007. Heritage Village, Pinellas Room- 11909 125th St., Largo.

Victory Gardening Class- Saturday, April 10; 12-2 pm. The second in a series of gardening and permaculture courses. Permaculturist Robert Segundo will teach homestead gardening and the challenges of gardening in Florida. Classes are $35 per person. For further information or a class schedule, visit or 727-793-5766. Twigs 'n Leaves Nursery- 1013 Dr. Martin Luther King St. South in St. Petersburg.

Screening of Fresh presented by Code Green Community- Saturday, April 10; 1-4 pm. Join Code Green Community as we watch Fresh, a documentary about local farmers supplying local communities with fresh food. Join us after the movie for a discussion about developing a local food economy where jobs can be created through food creation. New Port Richey Library- 5939 Main Street.

[image-1]Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market- April 11 (2nd Sunday of each month); 9 am-1 pm. In an eclectic neighborhood known for its historic homes and support for small business and community events, Seminole Heights and it’s pool of forward thinkers have now helped to initiate more sustainability by starting the neighborhood's first open-air, fresh market. Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market will help to continue the drive for circulating local trade and Florida foods by bringing to you a vast mixture of the highest quality, seasonal and locally farmed produce, all natural ready to eat foods, specialty foods, and talented artists. You'll find: local organic and/or hydroponic farmed produce, conventional produce; Florida-grown plants, herbs, and flowers; locally made jams, jellies, salsas, dips, seasonings, sauces and oils. Featuring live music, cooking demos by local chefs, grassy picnic area and shaded seating, and reusable market tote bags for sale, plus public restrooms and parking. On the front lawn of the Hillsborough High School: 5000 N. Central Ave., Tampa.

Corey Ave. Sunday Market-  Every Sunday; 9 am-2 pm. The now-annual market returns with more fresh produce, plants and flowers, crafts, foods and live music. Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach.

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm’s Sunday Market- Every Sunday (through May); 12-4 pm. Our on-site market features organic produce harvested fresh from our own farm, as well as organic fruits and veggies from other farms. Every 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. So come check it out! Shop for your produce and environmentally-friendly products, have a picnic lunch, meet like-minded individuals, and enjoy our orchard and gardens under the trees all while listening to some great live music! Bring your friends, family, and leashed dogs. It’s a great way to support local programs, agriculture and business. 6942 W. Comanche Ave, Tampa.

Be sure to check out our guide to the weekly green/farmers' markets in the Tampa Bay Area!

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

Dunedin Green Market- Every Friday (through April); 8 am- 1 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 and runs every Friday.

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 & gourmet products.  Located in Lykes Gaslight Square- Tampa St. & Kennedy Blvd., Downtown Tampa.

St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market- Every Saturday; 9 am to 2 pm (through May). 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. Open October 3 through May 29.

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. 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- Directions).

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