Make Your Earth Day 2012 Plans Now

Sunday, April 22nd is the 42nd annual Earth Day celebration and there are several events in the area marking the occasion. Here are just a few to consider:

USF Botanical Gardens will host nearly 100 vendors promoting green and sustainable products and services on Saturday, April 21 from 10 am – 5 pm. Be sure the check out the special “recycled art” displayed. The gardens are located at 4202 W. Fowler Avenue.

Did you know that it is estimated that homes in Florida use six percent of the energy consumed in the United States?   On Saturday, April 21 at 10 am at Weedon Island Nature Preserve experts from the University of Florida will present ways to save energy and money while saving the planet. Weedon Island also a great place to walk and explore the natural landscape of Tampa Bay. So pack a lunch, discover the board walk, the nature center, and more.

Maybe you didn’t know it but there are lots of little farms just a short drive or bike ride from the UT campus. One such farm is Urban Oasis Hydroponic Farm and they are hosting an Earth Day celebration on Sunday. April 22. They will have food demos (with food samples!!!), farm tours, raffles, and more. Urban Oasis is located at: 5416 W. Linebaugh Avenue.

Are you not quite ready to take your bike out for a spin this spring? Don’t fret and get to the Seminole Heights Bicycle Swap Meet on Sunday, April 22. At the meet you can get a bike or bike parts to fix the one you already own. Also, food trucks will be on site at this outdoor bazaar with vendors buying and selling bicycles, bike parts, clothing, and related equipment. The swap meet is located at 5207 N. Florida Avenue and lasts from 11 am until 3 pm.

So, plan now to take a break next weekend while you can and enjoy one of the many Earth Day events available in our area and here’s to best wishes and happy grades on all those papers, projects and exams!

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