orientations for course free
Free orientations for the next volunteer master gardener training course will be offered at 10 a.m. today and 2 p.m. March 13 at the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. Orientations are also scheduled for 10 a.m. March 20 and 2 p.m. April 3 at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.
Attendance at one of the orientations is mandatory for those wishing to take the Florida master gardener course, which will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, May 8 through Aug. 7, alternating between the Hernando and Pasco Extension Service offices.
There is no cost for the orientation. The master gardener training course is $110. The course covers basic botany and entomology; plant propagation; pruning; how to fertilize; how to grow vegetables, fruits and ornamentals; landscape design; plant pest problems; and other aspects of gardening. Individuals accepted into the program must agree to give a minimum of 75 hours of volunteer work the first year and 35 hours for subsequent years.
To register, call 754-4433.
Train show and swap
meet at Lions Club
Regal Railways will present a Train Show and Swap Meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Homosassa Lions Club, 3705 Indiana Terrace (County Road 490 E).
Admission is $4; children 12 and younger will be admitted free.
Call (727) 244-1341.
African violet show will be free admission
The Fantasy African Violet Club of Spring Hill will present an African violet show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital).
Admission is free. There will be plants and supplies for sale, as well as a potting booth and a booth that will deal with problem plants.
Call 398-1679 or (727) 856-3485.
Singer Peter Donnelly
to help Democrats
The Democrats of Hernando County will present a concert with Peter Donnelly, a Cape Cod recording artist, singer and songwriter, at 1 p.m. Sunday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, off Anderson Snow Road.
Donnelly's original songs are a blend of contemporary, folk, pop, easy listening, storytelling and acoustic guitar music.
Children are welcome and refreshments will be provided. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25; children younger than 12 will be admitted free.
The concert is a fundraiser for the Hernando County Democratic Committee, with Donnelly donating 100 percent of his fee.
Reservations are suggested as seating is limited. However, tickets will be sold at the door. To reserve tickets, call 686-0686.
K of C Auxiliary host
for several events
Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, St. Jude Council 6383, will host the following events at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive:
• High Tea, noon March 13. A buffet lunch of finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, desserts and scones. There will be live entertainment and door prizes. Tickets are $12 per person. Call Marge, (727) 856-6948,
• Fashion Show, noon April 14. Fashions will be presented by Belk Department Store and modeled by auxiliary members. A hot dinner will be served and a raffle table is being organized. Tickets are $15. Call Anna at 686-7145.
Fun Day will benefit
Arc Nature Coast
A Fun Day to benefit the Arc Nature Coast will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at Dairy Queen and the Fun Zone on Commercial Way.
There will be numerous activities throughout the day, including games, raffles, face painting, clowns, a DJ and more.
A mini golf tournament will be from 10 a.m. to noon; the cost to enter is $5. Prizes will be awarded. Call 544-2322 or 666-4653.
Boots and Pearls need
helpers for benefit
Volunteers and sponsorships are needed for the upcoming Boots and Pearls Ball to benefit Youth and Family Alternative's New Beginnings Youth Shelter.
The event will be at 6 p.m. June 21 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. The evening will include entertainment by Wiley Fox, an "old fashioned" barbecue by Bear's Monster Grill and a live auction.
Table sponsorships start at $1,000. Business card ads start at $100. Tickets to the event are $60 per person.
Proceeds benefit New Beginnings, the only runaway and youth crisis shelter in the tricounty area, helping runaway and at-risk youth in Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties.
Also, additional volunteers are needed to help complete the planning of the event. The next meeting will be at 4 p.m. Monday at the shelter at 18377 Clinton Blvd., Brooksville, behind the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
To volunteer for the committee, arrange a tour of the shelter or to purchase tickets, call the shelter at 797-7566.
For sponsorship details, call Jim Simms at (727) 835-4166 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Web site at www.bootsandpearls.com.
Dinner dance a fiesta
for Philippine island
The Hijos de Davao of Hernando County will celebrate Araw ng Dabaw with a dinner dance at 6 p.m. March 15 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
A full buffet dinner will be served. Music will be provided by Rhythm In Motion, a Filipino band.
Hijos de Davao is a social and cultural group of "Davaoenos," people whose original homeland was Davao, on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Araw ng Dabaw is the annual fiesta celebrating the founding of the city.
For tickets, call Buri Garcia at 238-4409, Nanette Azurin Manalac at 263-2371 or Lito Garduque at 688-2771.
Appraiser's office to
be closed Wednesday
The Hernando County Property Appraiser's office will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday for training purposes.
The offices are at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville, and at the Westside Government Center, 7509 and 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call 754-4190.
'50s revue headlines
next Bandshell Bash
Troy Shondell and the '50s Revue will headline the next Bandshell Bash from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave.
Shondell recorded his first big hit, This Time (We're Really Breaking Up), in 1961, but also hit a number of regional charts as rockabilly singer Gary Shelton on Mercury and Smash labels of Chicago. He also wrote Still Loving You, a No. 1 country single for the late Bob Luman.
The free family event will include the Brooksville Cruise-In, an antique hot rod car and motorcycle show, an array of vendors, food and beverages. The monthly event is hosted by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council and Bandshell Bash Committee.
Call Mary Jane Russell at 754-4788.
Mike the Music Man to play at VFW post
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 will host Mike the Music Man from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and again on March 21 at the post, 1686 E Jefferson St.
The Clearwater DJ offers music for all ages. The public is welcome to attend.
Crime Watch hosting
community yard sale
Lakeside Acres Crime Watch will host a community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Gordon Loop, east of Brooksville.
Funds raised will benefit the new crimewatch group, which formed about four months ago.
Gordon Loop is off Cortez Boulevard (WPA Road to Granat Street to Gordon Loop).
Call Amy at 263-8418.
Marine Corps League's
St. Patrick's Day dinner
Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708 will host a St. Patrick's Day dinner and dance from 6 to 10 p.m. March 15 at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road.
Dinner will include corned beef and cabbage. Music will be provided by Dale and Nancy. Entertainment will also be provided by the MacDonald Family Dancers, who have performed at Disney World.
Tickets are $10 and are available in the lounge, which is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, and from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 597-7979.
New Boy Scout troop
sponsored by the Elks
A new Boy Scout troop, sponsored by Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, is being formed.
Meetings will be on Wednesdays, starting March 19, at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd. Boys ages 11 through 18 are welcome to join.
A car wash fundraiser is tentatively scheduled for April 20, at which the Elks will offer breakfast.
Call Scoutmaster Bill Balderson at 585-2713 or James Kemper at 277-4473.
Yard sale scheduled
March 15 at clubhouse
The Brookridge Community Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon March 15 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
The event will include 60 tables with a variety of items available. Coffee, doughnuts and bake sale items will also be available.
Call Marie at 597-5155.
Pancake and sausage
breakfast a fundraiser
The Helping Hands of Brookridge will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
The all-you-can-eat meal will also include coffee, juice and tea. Tickets will be available at the door; the cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 3 to 11 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Spring crafts and baked goods will be available and there will be a raffle and a silent auction.
Funds raised will benefit Helping Hands, a sewing club that donates the items they make to charity, including gowns for hospice patients, quilts and crocheted blankets for the Linus Project, bibs, blankets and sweater sets for the World's Biggest Baby Shower, providing pants for the military wounded through sewmuchcomfort.org, knit and fleece hats and neck coolers for military personnel serving in the Middle East, and blankets and personal care items to children in the local youth shelter.
Donations of used sheets, fabric and yarn are appreciated. Call Karen at 597-7682.
Boating courses being
offered by auxiliary
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following classes:
• America's Boating Course, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through March 13. The course qualifies for the Florida boating Safety ID card. The cost is $30, which includes a text.
• Boating Skills and Seamanship, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, March 19 through May 7. This is the auxiliary's premier boating program that includes safety, navigation and rules, radio, weather, Florida law and more. Completion satisfies requirements for the Florida Boating Safety ID. The cost is $50.
• Radio/Digital Selective Calling, 7 to 9 p.m. March 25. This is a free program. Participants learn about DSC radios, Rescue 21 and Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon.
• Navigating with Global Positioning System, 7 to 9 p.m. March 29. Participants learn how to use GPS to get to one's destination and back safely by learning how to program waypoints, develop routes and interface GPS routes with a nautical chart. The cost is $35, which includes a text on use of GPS.
• Suddenly in Command, 7 to 9 p.m. April 15. This is a free class for spouses, children older than 6 and others who wish to know what to do in a boating emergency. The program includes safety, equipment, boating terms and use of a VHF radio.
All programs are at the auxiliary facility, 4340 Calienta St. For information, call John at 573-8155 or visit the Web site at http://a0701508.uscgaux.info/.
Also, the Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free vessel safety checks. Volunteers will go to wherever the boat is kept (home, marina, etc.). Those that pass the check will receive a decorative decal for the boat. For an appointment, call Jackie at 666-7239.
Family Care Council offers information
The Area 13 Family Care Council will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Florida Department of Children and Families, 1601 W Gulf Atlantic Highway (State Road 44).
Anyone interested in issues affecting those with developmental disabilities are encouraged to attend. Call Nancy Stubbs at the Arc Nature Coast, 544-2322, ext. 109.