Reading fest includes kids' writer, puppets
Michael Sampson, a New York Times bestselling children's author, will give a presentation from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. today at the Hernando County Reading Festival at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. A book signing will follow. Sampson has written Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3; Star of the Circus and Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat. Also, storyteller Windell Campbell will entertain with puppets and props from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The festival, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., also includes face painting, character appearances, balloons, free activities and food. Admission is free.
Shriners need items for auction
Hernando County Shrine Club is seeking donations for its annual auction, at 6 p.m. April 3 at Umstead's Family Auction, CCA Charity Auction House, 2035 S Broad St. The club needs donations such as household items, tools, toys, collectibles, glassware, jewelry, coins, books, antiques, furniture, appliances and paintings. Items do not have to be new, but in good condition. All proceeds will go the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, which treated 425 children from Hernando County in 2009. The hospital treats children, at no cost, for orthopedic problems and burn injuries. To make arrangements for a donation dropoff or pickup, call Jack at (352) 666-4980 or Fred at (352) 597-1703.
Mark namesake's birthday March 14
The annual Tomas G. Masaryk Birthday Dinner/Dance will be March 14 at the Masaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave. Dinner will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., followed by dancing from 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Steve and Malia; music by Mario DeLeon. Dinner and dancing is $12 for adults, $6 for children younger than 12. Admission to the dance only is $6. Advance tickets available at the Masaryktown Post Office and online at www.masaryktown.com. For information, call Pat at (352) 796-5433.
Brookridge Social Dance St. Patty's Day Dance: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. $5. (352) 597-0723.
Storytelling with author Jerry Cowling: 7-9 p.m., Hill House Bed and Breakfast, 406 E Liberty St., Brooksville. Free. (352) 345-4466.
Florida Slovene Days Polka Fest-March Days: 1-10 p.m., SNPJ Lodge 778/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. $12. (352) 382-3721.
Rockin Thru the Ages Charity Event: 6 p.m., Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. Tickets are $38.50 each. (352) 684-9137.
Stage West presents 'Li'l Abner': 8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $18 for adults, $9 for students. (352) 683-5113.
Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Linda Pedersen Park, 6400 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $2 at the gate; age 12 and younger admitted free.
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