MEET AUTHORS, WIN PRIZES AT READING FESTIVAL
The annual Hernando County Reading Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. The free event includes food, games and door prizes. Scheduled children's authors include 10-year-old Madeline Joan Wilks, author of Yellow Dot, Red Dot, and Nancy Stewart, author of Sea Turtle Summer. Other guests include John Storm's "World of Reptiles" at 10:30 a.m., CoREADian (a.k.a. Jiggleman) at 11:30 a.m. and storyteller Windell Campbell at 12:30 p.m. Goody bags given to the first 300 children.
Black History banquet tonight
The annual Black History Month Recognition Banquet will be at 8 p.m. today at the Lorenzo Hamilton Community Center at Kennedy Park, 899 Kennedy Blvd. The purpose of the event is to recognize and honor a black Hernando County native for accomplishments in his or her profession or for service to the community. This year's honoree is Brenda Joyce Wright Cason, Hernando County's first black female assistant principal. The banquet is presented by Hernando County's Black History Month Productions. Tickets are $15. Call (352) 688-2861.
Concert, dinner to benefit VFW
A benefit concert featuring the Country Clay Kirk Variety Show and Friends will be today at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Doors open at 4 p.m.; a baked ziti dinner will be served at 5 p.m., followed by the show. Along with Kirk, the show includes singers Arthur Haywood, Mikey B., Morgin Nicole, Danielle Pacifico and Velvet Leonard. Tickets are $10, available at the door. Proceeds will go toward the replacement of the VFW's air-conditioning units, which were destroyed by thieves, as well as for installation of a security system. Call the post at (352) 796-0398.
Oscar Fraley is one of the members of the "school board" quartet in The Music Man production at Stage West Community Playhouse. Due to incorrect information provided by the theater, a different person was named Friday in a story and photo caption. Fraley was on the far right in the photo.
Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Admission $3; free for ages 12 and younger.
Floral City Strawberry Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., Floral City. $3; free for ages 11 and younger.
Hernando County Veterans Benefits Resource Fair: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill.
Hernando County Truck Fest: 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. $15; free for ages 10 and younger.
Read Across America 'Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss': 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. $13 adults, $8 for ages 6 to 12, free for ages 5 and younger.
Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.