Needed: Master gardener volunteers
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service is seeking new applicants for the 2009 Master Gardener volunteer program. Those wishing to become master gardeners must attend one of the free mandatory "get acquainted" sessions, which will be at 9 a.m. Thursday and at 3 p.m. March 12. Registration is requested for this free informational session. Call (352) 754-4433. The program is open to anyone with a strong interest in gardening, the time to volunteer and a desire to share wise gardening practices with others. The in-depth 12-week training program will start April 12. The cost is $135, which includes all reference books and materials.
Shrine Club seeks items for auction
The Hernando County Shrine Club is seeking donations for its annual auction, which will be at 6 p.m. March 28 at the clubhouse, 13400 Montour St. A variety of donations are needed, including household items, tools, toys, collectibles, glassware, coins, books, antiques, furniture, appliances and pictures. Items need not be new, but should be in good condition. To make arrangements for donation dropoffs at the Shrine Club or for pickups, call Jack at (352) 666-4980 or Fred at (352) 597-1703. All proceeds will go to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa. In 2008, 311 children from Hernando County were treated, at no cost, at the hospital for orthopedic problems and burn injuries.
Tickets available for Beatles show
Brookridge Entertainment will present the Yesterday Beatles show at 7 p.m. March 12 at the clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The group has performed worldwide as the Fab Four. This "Mystery Tour" includes Beatles songs from 1964 through 1970. Tickets are $15. Call Barbara at (352) 597-4620.
Strawberry festival starts Saturday
The annual Floral City Strawberry Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave. Saturday's events include the Little Miss and Miss Strawberry Princess pageants. There will be kids' games, pony rides, slot car racing, a rock wall, crafts and other activities throughout the weekend. Entertainment will include the Amazing Steel Band, 2 Thorns and a Rose, Little Elvis, Steel of the Night and others. There will also be plenty of strawberries, including strawberry shortcake and chocolate-covered strawberries. For information, call the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at (352) 726-2801 or (352) 795-3149.
Brooksville City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
Academia Hernando presents "Innovations of Public Health": 10 a.m. to noon, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. $7. 597-0158.
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