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Start early to celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is coming up Wednesday, but many celebrations start this weekend.

Celebrate Earth Day

Exhibits on ways to protect the environment, save energy and conserve resources. Also, presentations on how to green your home and save money. Nature-friendly activities and crafts for kids and free native oak trees to the first 60 people. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free. (727) 582-2100.

Earth/Arbor Day Celebration

"Mr. Greenthumb" Stan Defreitas leads this Earth/Arbor Day celebration discussing Florida landscaping requirements in tree placement for shade benefits, air pollution control, humidity control, water recycling and more. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sat. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 453-6500.

Island Earth Days 2009

Festival celebrates Honeymoon and Caladesi Island State Parks, with nature walks and interactive nature exhibits, eco-friendly craft vendors, music for the whole family, kids activities, food and a kayak race. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the west end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin. Free admission; $5 per car park entry fee (maximum eight people). (727) 738-2903.

Eco-Art at Earth Day

Eco-art lectures, films, unveiling of native tree digital art pieces; free native trees (assorted varieties available) while they last from Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free. (727) 582-2100.

Sweetwater EarthFest

"Building a Just and Sustainable Tampa Bay" features sustainable living skill workshops, Q&A on Florida gardening, a green market with eco-friendly products and locally grown produce, nature-based children's activities and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. Free admission. (813) 887-4066.

Earth Day Tampa Bay

Annual festival with exhibitors offering eco-friendly products, services and information on healthy living, home and building products, energy and water and display of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Bandshell at Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard, Tampa. Free. (813) 926-5659.


An Earth Day celebration promoting environmental awareness featuring environmental organizations and clubs, organic food and crafts. 12:30 p.m. Wed. Hough Quad at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 864-7979.

Start early to celebrate Earth Day 04/15/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 4:30am]
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