Green Community Calendar weekend events

Learn about livestock, hibiscus hybridizing or check out a farmers market!

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Green Community Calendar weekend events

Whole Foods Market - We Like it Raw: Friday, January 27; 7-8 p.m.
No pots or pans needed at this "cooking" class. Learn delicious, simple recipes to jazz up a raw foods lifestyle at Un-Cooking Class. Watch Healthy Eating Specialist, Curtis Whitwam, create various raw recipes that you will love. This class will be held in the store cafe. Register by emailing [email protected] 1548 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-874-9435,

Pinellas Park Library - Hibiscus Hybridizing: Saturday, January 28; 10 a.m.
Sunset Chapter will educate you on the basics of hybridizing, and how to hybridize new hibiscus plants from seeds. Soon, your entire garden will be beautiful, healthy and thriving. Free. 7770 52nd Street, Pinellas Park, 727-530-9118,

Green Dreams - Backyard Livestock: Saturday, January 28; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
If you own livestock and would like to reduce the cost of maintaining the animals, then this class is for you. Permaculture designer Eric Stewart will discuss chickens and pigs, as well as atypical barnyard animals, such as guinea pigs, rabbits, and even insects. $15. 14510 Black Lake Road, Odessa, 727-462-5326,

Garden Classroom - Winter Organic Vegetable Gardens: Sunday, January 29; 11 a.m.
If you desire a frost-proof and pesticide-free garden, it is important to plant the correct seeds. Gardening guru John Starnes will explain how to design and implement a budget-friendly, frost-proof garden. Complimentary seed samples will be available. 3212 W. Paxton Avenue, Tampa, 813-839-0881,

St. Pete Locally Grown - Good Living in Hard Times: Sunday, January 29; 2:30-4:00 p.m.
In these difficult economic times, this budget-friendly lecture will be sure to please. Clark Tibbitts will share his experience of raising a "peak oil lifestyle" family, which may inspire and motivate you to follow in his footsteps. He will describe what individuals, groups and communities can do to free themselves from their dependence of cheap oil. Once this oil becomes unavailable, we will need to alter our lifestyle in several ways. So, be proactive and attend this lecture. 5305 20th Street N, St. Petersburg, no phone,

Corey Avenue Sunday Market: Sundays; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Shop for fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, kettle corn, arts and crafts, and listen to live music. Corey Avenue will be blocked off for a safe shopping experience at the market. Corey merchants and restaurants will be open for business as well, lending a fabulous addition to your normal market venues. From antiques to boutiques, dog stores and more, this open-air market is the one to visit every Sunday during the fall and winter seasons. Always free parking, within walking distance. Located just off Gulf Boulevard, between Blind Pass Road and Boca Ciega Drive in Downtown St. Pete Beach, 727-498-8778,

Guided Hike at Weedon Island Preserve: Every Saturday; 9a.m.-11 a.m.
Guided hikes through coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems of the Preserve are held on most Saturdays of the month. 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. Pre-registration is required by 2 p.m. on the Friday prior to the tour of choice (pre-registration is required). This event is free and open to the public. Recommended ages: 6 and up. Weedon Island Preserve is located 1800 Weedon Drive N.E. St. Petersburg, 727-453-6500,

Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve: Every Saturday; 9 a.m-11 a.m.
Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Observe how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes during this 0.75 mile hike. 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 prior to the hike of your choice. This event is free. All ages welcome, but children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging. 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 727-453-6800,

Land O Lakes Saturday Market: Every Saturday, (through May); 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Land O Lakes Saturday Market is a weekly community event with live music. The market donates profits to the Heritage Park Foundation and the Suncoast Harvest Food Bank. They are located at Land O Lakes Community Center, on the west side of US 41 (Land O Lakes Boulevard), three miles north of SR 54 (across from the Land O Lakes Post Office), Land O Lakes,

Safety Harbor Farmers Market- Thursdays (November-May); 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Enjoy organic produce, plants and fresh flowers, gourmet foods, baked goods, snacks, plants and fresh flowers and handmade jewelry at Safety Harbor Farmers Market. Located at the Gazebo at John Wilson Park. 401 Main Street, Downtown Safety Harbor, 727-724-1572,

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market: Every Saturday, (October-May); 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Featuring locally-grown fresh produce, prepared foods, tempting baked goods, handcrafted gifts, plants, flowers, herbs, live music, and more. Downtown St. Petersburg in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot (1st Avenue S. and 1st Street, St. Petersburg,

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm's Sunday Market: Every Sunday, (November through May); 12p.m.-4 p.m.
This on-site market features organic produce harvested fresh from their 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, organic coffees, veggie burgers and fruit smoothies, homemade soaps, handmade jewelryand organic cotton T-shirts and bags. Sweetwater Live Music Series features local and internationally-known musicians, and their popular open mic. Veg and learn with Sweetwater Workshop Series, with workshops by guest presenters on sustainable living skills, organic gardening, holistic healing and more. Shop, have a picnic lunch, meet like-minded individuals, and enjoy the orchard and gardens all while listening to some great live music. Bring your friends, family, and leashed dogs, and support local programs, agriculture and business. 6942 W. Comanche Avenue, Tampa,

Tampa Downtown Market: Fridays (October- May); 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
This market is a community of local farmers and producers, who take pride in providing local residents and businesses with quality, nutritious, reasonably-priced food and gourmet products. Tampa Downtown Market is located on the 200 and 300 blocks of Twiggs Street, spanning Franklin Street, in the heart of downtown Tampa. Metered parking is available on nearby streets, and several parking lots and garages are available throughout downtown, including MAAS Lot (across the street from the market), Jackson Street City Lot, Poe Garage and Fort Brooke Garage. Twiggs Street and Franklin Street, Tampa,

Urban Oasis Hydroponic Farm Market: Fridays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Get fresh produce grown organically and hydroponically, straight from this CSA farm in nearby Carrollwood. No chemical pesticides are used. Urban Oasis Hydroponic Farm opens to the public for this weekly market. 5416 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, 813-293-FARM (3276);

Ybor Saturday Market: Saturdays (year-round); 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
You will be sure to find great produce at great prices, gourmet foods and sauces, fresh baked breads, fresh eggs, prepared foods, honey, herbs and plants, orchids, pet treats, unique gifts, photography, artwork, jewelry, woodworking, bath and body products, candles, and much more. Centennial Park at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 19th Street, Ybor,