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Celebrate Earth Day around Tampa Bay

Earth Day is Monday, not just in the United States, but around the globe, celebrated in nearly 200 countries. Being green is cool, so of course it has taken on commercial tones, but never mind all that. Here are some local celebrations:

Earth Day Celebration at Boyd Hill

Animal interactions, eco-friendly crafts and a recycling class (1 p.m. Sunday only). Free (with admission). Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Honeymoon Island EarthDays

Celebrate the Earth and our tropical environment at this annual event with live music on an outdoor stage, bungee jumping, rock wall climbing, Aqua Bubbles, inflatable slide, art and craft vendors, guided nature walks and kids crafts. Leashed dogs welcome. Free; $8 per carload park admission. Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin. (727) 738-2908. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Earth Day Tampa Bay

This year's theme, "Fresh Food Revolution" promotes local food producers as well as home and garden products, eco-friendly arts and crafts, community groups and non-profit organizations. Entertainment will include a farmers market, an interactive drum circle, food and children's activities. University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. Free. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trashy Fashion Show

Bambu the Eco Salon will showcase a line of "trashions" — or fashions created from items that would otherwise have been discarded. Benefits Tampa Bay Watch. $10, $25 VIP. Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 768-1279. 6-10:30 p.m. Monday.

Spring Ecofest

Celebrate Earth Day early with children's activities, music, wildlife exhibits, information on recycling, guest speakers, a free tree give-a-way and food vendors. Free. George C. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. (727) 518-3047. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Tots Celebrate Earth Day

Kids learn the importance of taking care of the planet through hands-on activities, live animal appearances, interactive play and recycled craft projects. Adult supervision required. $5 advance, $8 day of. Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. (727) 518-3125. 1-3 p.m. Monday.

Homosassa Springs Earth Day

Learn about butterflies, bats, bears, native plants, manatees, water quality and recycling exhibitors on display. Included with park admission. $13, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Whole Foods Recycled Art Exhibit and Green Expo

In part of their Earth Month celebration, Whole Foods is holding a recycled art exhibit and craft show showcasing community artists who use reused, recycled and re-purposed materials. There's also a free wine and appetizer tasting featuring a variety of eco-friendly wines. Free. Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 874-9435. 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Enrichment Day for Earth Day

Learn new ways to connect to the environment by spending the day with the animals and participating in a variety of animal enrichment activities. Included with regular admission. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

Fish Earth Day

Kids ages 6 to 16 can get hooked on fishing while learning techniques and practices including casting, conservation, fishing safety, knot tying and eco-friendly catch and release tactics from professional guides. The first 80 to register get a free rod and reel. Free. Craig Park, 5 Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628. 9-11 a.m. Saturday.

MOSI Outside

To celebrate Earth Day, the museum offers butterfly and tree garden tours, eco-friendly vendors and trips to the WaterVentures Learning Lab — with Astronomy Day events as well. Daily admission required: $21.95 adults (13-59), $17.95 child (2-12), $19.95 seniors (60+). Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Sci-Fi and Sky Night

Includes telescope viewings, planetarium shows and a screening of Return of the Jedi. In celebration of Earth Day, join People Educating People and the Edible Peace Patch Project to install a new urban garden. $5. Science Center of Pinellas County, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 384-0027. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

Earth Day with the Rays

To celebrate Earth Day, the Rays are offering $35 press level seats and will throw in a Tampa Bay Watch Rays hat. Proceeds benefit the Break a Bat, Plant a Ball program. $35. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 825-3293. 7:10 p.m. Monday.

Earth Day at the Gateway Market

The Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market has giveaways, cooking demonstrations and more. Everyone attending is encouraged to reduce their carbon footprint by riding a bike, walking or taking public transportation. Free. 1200 Cleveland St, Clearwater. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Earth Day for Kids

It starts with a parent/child yoga session followed by a farm tour, photos with tractors, live music, food demonstrations and a visit to the Sunday Market. Free. Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. (813) 887-4066. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Down to Earth Family Fun Day

This library open house and family Earth Day celebration features interactive stations and craft projects. Free. Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Earth Care

Show love to Mother Earth with sustainability workshops, growing and living green, eco-friendly vehicles, gardens to explore and children's activities. Free. Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road, St. Petersburg. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Earth Day freebies

Here are some other eco-friendly initiatives happening at local retailers in honor of Earth Day.

• Ikea in Tampa is celebrating a day early, on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with sidewalk chalk drawing, face painting and samples of organic coffee and chocolate. Friends from the Lowry Park Zoo will visit from noon to 2 p.m. and hold drawings for free zoo tickets. The store is also offering buy-one-get-one free LED bulbs to Ikea Family rewards members. In-store displays will highlight the store's sustainable products, solar panels and other green programs.

• Evos will serve up free milkshakes on Monday for Earth Day. Find locations at evos.com. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday. The cups, by the way, are biodegradable.

• Grow Financial federal credit union is giving away 12-inch Florida slash pine saplings at all of its branches on Earth Day. Limit five per household, while supplies last. Go to tampabay.com/letsgrowtogether.

• Bring in five more plastic bags to a Disney store on Monday and receive a free Brave or Cars 2 reusable tote, retail value $3.50. While supplies last.

• To sow some seeds of change, Pottery Barn Kids in Hyde Park Village is passing out free flower seeds on Earth Day.

—Susan Thurston

Celebrate Earth Day around Tampa Bay 04/17/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 6:52pm]
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