IHOP – Seed Bookmarks and Lorax: Thursday, March 29 – Saturday, March 31
If you and your tykes like trees, the movie Lorax and pancakes, take them to IHOP. Bookmarks embedded with seed paper will be available so families can plant their own tree. IHOP hopes to encourage families to honor the environment and hug trees. While there, enjoy the Lorax Breakfast and treat your tykes to the Pipsqueak’s Breakfast. All Tampa Bay area locations, ihopandthelorax.com
DI Polo – Charity Polo Match and Recycling Opportunity: Saturday, March 31; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Put on your best polo shirt and head to this Charity Polo Classic polo match, recycling opportunity and luncheon. The Green Can, a free recycling program who donates all proceeds to charity, will be there and happy to help with your recycling needs. Enjoy an Argentine barbeque lunch and complimentary beer and wine, fashion show, divot stomping and auction under a tent. Some of the top polo players in the U.S. will be competing, and celebrities will be there to root for them. Proceeds of this event will benefit charities such as Children’s Cancer Center. $150 per person, $250 per couple; 1003 Cowart Road, Plant City, charitypoloclassic.com
St. Pete Locally Grown – Summer Vegetable Workshop: Saturday, March 31; 1-3 p.m.
If the thought of gardening and the scorching sun makes you sweat, check out this Summer Vegetable Growing workshop. Gardening guru Nathan Levy will teach you how to grow veggies that withstand 90 degree temps, how to handle pests and more. Grab seeds from previous harvests on your way out. $35 or $25 each if you bring a buddy; 5305 20th St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-403-1655, [email protected]
Organic Living – Tea Workshop: Saturday, March 31; 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Learn how to make herbal tea with certain herbs from your garden, so you’ll be able to whip up a batch of refreshing herbal iced tea. Not all herbs complement tea, so find out which herbs make the best herbal tea. Hint: mint is a popular herb in tea. $10 including a mint plant; 1612 Gentry Street, Clearwater, 727-433-1661, organiclivingforall.com
Sweetwater Organic Community Farm – Herb Workshop: Sunday, April 1; 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Learn how to let herbs heal you at this Healing herbs Workshop. Gardening guru (and owner of Willow Herbal Delight Gardens in Valrico) Willow LaMonte will cover many topics, such as planting and saving herb seeds, harvesting and growing culinary and medicinal herbs. After the workshop, stick around for Sweetwater’s Sunday Market and Live Music Series. Suggested donation of $15 to $20; 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa, [email protected]
Tampa Free Skool – Pickle Preserving Workshop: Sunday, April 1; 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Do not get stuck in a pickle when it comes to preserving vegetables. Instead, learn the basics and details of preserving vegetables (not necessarily pickles). Pickle pro Cole Bellamy and vegetable whiz Ryan Iacovacci will help you become a pickling expert. Workshop will be in Mermaid Tavern. 6719 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, tampafreeskool.com
Hyde Park Village Fresh Market- First Sundays (year-round); 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
This market is a must for Hyde Park, South Tampa, Davis Island and Harbor Island residents. Modeled after Tampa Downtown Market and Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market, Hyde Park Village Fresh Market boasts 50-70 vendors offering fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, delicious food, live music, cooking demonstrations and a local massage therapist. Leashed dogs are welcome, so bring Fido along. Free admission and parking .742 South Village Circle, Tampa, 813-251-3500, tampabaymarkets.com
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, coreyave.com
Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve: Saturdays; 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 noon on the Friday before 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, brookercreekpreserve.org
Guided Hike at Weedon Island Preserve: Saturdays; 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 NE St. Petersburg, 727-453-6500, weedonislandpreserve.org
Land O Lakes Saturday Market: Saturdays (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, lolsaturdaymkt.com
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, cityofsafetyharbor.com
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, saturdaymorningmarket.com
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, tampadowntownmarket.com
Ybor Saturday Market: Saturdays (year-round); 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
You’ll 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, ybormarket.com