The Green Community week in review: Solar PV screen for smart phones, Royal Wedding charity fund, breaking our oil addiction and more

[image-1] - Many people want to find a way to combat high gas prices, but when foreign countries control the price of oil per barrel, there is little that can be done in the marketplace aside from using clean energy alternatives.


The Third Annual Cigar City Brewing Twilight Criterium and Festival - Saturday, March 26 - In addition to the Criterium, the family-friendly event will also feature a street festival, including demonstrations on bicycle maintenance, spinning, bike polo, an "exotic bike" display and more. Cigar City Brewing will offer their Criterium Ale which was brewed exclusively for the event.


Sweetwater Organic Community Farm offers CSA memberships for 2011-2012 season beginning April 1st - Every year they offer seasonal CSA share memberships to the public from November through the end of May. Share pick-ups are available at the farm or at the St Petersburg Saturday Morning Market.


New photovoltaic touchscreen can charge any smart phone with the power of the sun (video) - The company says this solar film can charge a cell phone battery in about 6 hours in constant direct sunlight, taking longer to charge indoors.


'Wells 4 Wells' event at Whiskey North to raise money for clean water wells in Africa; 4-for-1 drink specials - Thurs., March 24 - Whiskey North will be the W4W headquarters tonight, offering 4-for-1 drink specials during Happy Hour (3-6 p.m.), with all proceeds from tonight's Happy Hour benefiting Drop in the Bucket.


EarthTalk: Mining and water pollution - Mine effluent is typically a stew of hazardous acid-generating sulphides, toxic heavy metals, waste rock impoundments and water. When this waste drains into local streams and aquifers, it can kill living organisms and render formerly pristine local waters unsafe to swim in or drink.


Reuse-A-Palooza and Recycle Regatta at Lowry Park - Saturday, March 26 - The purpose of this event is to heighten awareness about recycling through unique and interesting outlets and to provide recycling education to Hillsborough County residents. This entertaining and educational event will include activities for all ages.


Don’t forget to check out our Green Community Calendar for green events and workshops in the Bay Area!

What’s the buzz on the latest issues in the Green Community? Check out what you may have missed last week:

Scientists use banana peels as filters to remove heavy metal contaminants from water - Believe it or not, banana peels have been found to remove heavy metal contaminants from river water. Many various forms of metal find their way into our waterways, not only contaminating soils, but also posing health risks to humans.

Prince William and Kate Middleton opt for charitable donations over wedding gifts - The royal couple has decided to forgo wedding gifts and are asking their guests (and the public) to instead donate money to their selected charities through their Royal Wedding Charity Fund website.

Community 5% for WMNF Day at Whole Foods Market- Tuesday, March 22 - 5% of WFM Tampa's net sales on this day will be donated to WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio. As an extra incentive to stop by the store, WMNF DJs will be spinning tunes in the store while you shop!

EarthTalk: What's being done to protect deep-sea habitats and species from ocean floor trawling? - Advances in so-called "bottom trawling" technology in recent years has meant that fishing boats now have unprecedented access to deep ocean habitats and the sea floor itself where untold numbers of unknown species have been making a living for eons.

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