Green Community weekend events: Fresh movie screening, green markets, organic cooking class and more

Guided Hike at Weedon Island Preserve- Saturday, September 5; 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- Saturday, September 5; 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.

All About Almonds with Chef Debby DeGraaff- Saturday, September 5; 11am. Learn about almonds and the density of protein, carbohydrates and good fats that these babies have. Make your own quick and easy Almond Milk, Almond Pate and delicious Almond Raspberry Cookies. Free. Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater. 727-443-6703;

Labor Day Grill Tasting at Whole Foods- Saturday, September 5; 12-3pm. Ready, Set, Grill! Sample our quality meat department products and learn grilling tips from Chef Jim. Free Event. Whole Foods Market Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813.874.9435.

Festiva Italia at Greenwise- Saturday, September 5; 4-7pm. The word "Italian" – do you picture a large family gathered around the table, eating and laughing? Learn some new entertaining tricks featuring Italian cheeses. Publix Greenwise Market- 2403 W. Azeele St., Tampa. 813-250-0129.

Grand Central Green Market & Street Fair- Sunday, September 6; 11 am-3 pm. Grand Central District has restructured its Sunday Market. It now takes place the first Sunday of every month from 11am-3pm, 2400-2500 Central Avenue. Grand Central will be celebrating an "End of Summer Bash" with sales, a BBQ, and a lot more to look forward to. Patrons can take advantage of the vendors' end of summer clear-outs. Vendors are getting ready for fall which means great deals for everyone! Once again the Green Market will be featuring the African Drum Group, Repercussion. The streets of Grand Central will be filled with beats with a tribal flair. This month the Grand Central Green Market and Street Fair is working with to bring to the community a children's clothing swap. Bring your gently used clothes the kids no longer wear and you can swap them out for other gently used clothes that someone else brought to exchange. We are also accepting adults gently used clothes, shoes, purses and belts for the clothing swap. Any clothes left over will be donated to a charity that is to be determined. The Grand Central Green Market and Street Fair is a place for local farmers, vendors and crafters to sell their wares while drawing residents and visitors to the Eclectic Grand Central area. Grand Central District is a destination location for residents and visitors alike. If you would like more information visit the website at or e-mail [email protected].

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

Grand Opening of the Achievement and Relaxation Center- Friday, September 4; 6-9 pm. Free Belly Dancing, Yoga, Biomat/Energy Sessions. Vegetarian Potluck. Meditative Art and Jewelry Show. 813-784-2023. 2510 South MacDill, Tampa, FL 33629., [email protected]

Screening of Fresh at [email protected] Friday September 4th; 7:30 pm.  FRESH is a film that celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system.  Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision of our food and our planet’s future. FRESH addresses an ethos that has been sweeping the nation and is a call to action America has been waiting for. FRESH empowers us to realize that our individual actions in fact do matter. Throughout the film we encounter the most inspiring people, ideas, and initiatives around the US. And thus, FRESH showcases real people first and foremost, connecting audiences not with facts and figures or apocalyptic policy analysis, but with personal stories of change. For more information visit 620 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg, 727-895-6620; [email protected].

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).

Saturday Summer Market- every Saturday through September 19; 9 am-1pm. Brought to you by the Saturday Morning Market, this market features the same great vendors (food, crafts, art) as the original market, but this one's in the shade of the Mahaffey Theatre parking garage. 400 1st St S., St. Petersburg. (which is just 2-3 block south of our current location at Al Lang stadium).

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