Guided Hike at Weedon Island Preserve- Saturday, September 12; 9:00 am 11:00 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 12; 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.
Healthy Home, Healthy Family- Saturday, September 12; 10 am. Discover how the indoor air quality of your home impacts everyones health at this research-based workshop sponsored by Pinellas County Extension. The Pinellas County Department of Health and Healthy Homes, St. Pete will be speakers. Learn where pollutants come from, how they affect your life and how to make your home a healthier place for you and your family. The cost is $15 per person. Reservations must be made and paid for by Friday, Sept. 11. To register, visit www.pinellascountyextension.org and click on the "Online Class Registration" button. Citizens may also call (727) 582-2100.
Trash to Treasure Swap Meet at Brooker Creek- Saturday, September 12; 11 am-3pm. Here is your opportunity to pick up new treasures for free. Get green and frugal at the same time by turning your trash into treasures at this swap meet. Drop off or take home the following items: books, videos, DVDs, music CDs, board games, artwork and kitchen household items less than 24" by 24". All items must be in very good or excellent condition and family-friendly. Each household should bring no more than 12 items. More than two million tons of waste is generated each year in Pinellas County. We can reduce that amount by reusing and recycling. Please call (727) 453-6800 for more detailed information about this event. Admission: Free. Recommended for all ages. 3940 Keystone Rd. Tarpon Springs, FL 34688. (727) 453-6800.
"Cooking with Cauliflower" w/Chef Debby DeGraaff- Saturday, September 12; 11 am. This delicious cruciferous vegetable is a staple in many cultures loaded with cancer fighting antioxidants. Make a Tangy Cauliflower Soup and an Indian Cauliflower with Daal. Free. Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater. 727-443-6703; www.naturesfoodpatch.com
Back to School Prepared Foods Sampling at Whole Foods- Saturday, September 12; 12-3 pm. Stop by and sample these ready to go school lunches specially made by our prepared foods department. Free! Whole Foods Market Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813.874.9435.
The World of Pinots Tasting at Greenwise- Saturday, September 12; 4-7pm. Discover the delicious world of pinots. Weve all heard of gris, grigio and noir. But, who knew of pinot meunier or pinot bianco? Publix Greenwise Market- 2403 W. Azeele St., Tampa. 813-250-0129.
Photography Hike at Weedon Island- Sunday, September 13; 8-10 am. This program is designed to provide great opportunities for photographers of all levels. Visitors hike the Preserve in search of that perfect shot. Center staff members highlight seasonal features of the Preserve, as well as specific wildlife behaviors that help participants capture the natural beauty of Weedon Island Preserve. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Recommended for adults. Weedon Island Preserve- 1800 Weedon Drive N.E. St. Petersburg, FL 33702. (727) 453-6500.
Surinder's Fine Indian Cuisine Cooking Class with Chef Surinder Dhaliwal- Sunday, September 13; 1 pm. The menu will be Mixed Vegetable Curry with Cauliflower, Potatoes, Carrots & Green Beans seasoned with Fresh Ginger, Garlic, Onions, Cilantro & Tomatoes. Free. Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater. 727-443-6703; www.fineindiancuisine.net
Discovering Nature with Your Child- Sunday, September 13; 11 am-3 pm. Who lives in that skin? What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore? Stop by our classroom to participate in self-guided nature games and activities that answer these questions. Free. All ages. Brooker Creek Env. Education Center. 3940 Keystone Rd., Tarpon Springs. 727-453-6800.