Master Gardener Nursery plant sale April 30
The Hernando County master gardeners will host their Spring Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon April 30 at the Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St.
There will be hundreds of plants for sale, including trees, shrubs, ferns, ground covers, perennials and vegetables. All plants are specifically grown to tolerate local climate conditions. All have been propagated and grown by the master gardeners.
Proceeds from the sale will be used to maintain and grow the Hernando County Master Gardener Program. The master gardeners are University of Florida-trained volunteer teachers, who educate and provide information about gardening and maintaining urban, suburban and rural landscapes, while promoting environmental awareness and protection.
For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Join the crusade and help fill food pantries
The Nature Coast Children's Crusade will host the Shark Aid 2011 Charity Festival Concert from noon to 5 p.m. May 7 at Nature Coast Technical High School's stadium, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville.
Local bands performing include Haze, Strength in Numbers and the Westbay Band.
The event is to benefit the United Way of Hernando County's Community Investment Fund and local food pantries.
Admission to the concert is $3 and two cans of nonperishable food. For information, call Patrick O'Grady at (352) 797-7088, ext. 333.
Special meeting for Fire Rescue Board
The Spring Hill Fire Rescue District's Board of Fire Commissioners will hold a special meeting to discuss the district's taxation at 9 a.m. Wednesday at its headquarters, 3445 Bob Hartung Court.
For information, call (352) 754-5800.
You're never too old to learn Microsoft Office
The Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer a "Getting Familiar with Microsoft Office" series of workshops at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court.
• Microsoft Word, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday. Learn to create, save and revise documents by utilizing fonts, formats and cutting and pasting. The use of color and graphics will also be covered. The workshop is designed for beginners, but users of all levels who are not familiar with Microsoft Office are encouraged to participate.
• Microsoft Outlook, 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The workshop will demonstrate how to use Outlook for personal and professional responsibilities. Learn to schedule, set tasks, make contacts and organize e-mail.
• Microsoft PowerPoint, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Learn to create simple on-screen presentations, insert text and objects, use proofing tools and modify slides.
• Microsoft Excel, 6 to 9 p.m. April 28. Excel is used to produce professional spreadsheets that perform numeric calculations rapidly and accurately. This introductory workshop will teach how to enter and edit data, create and edit formulas, and use predefined functions such as AutoSum, Average, Min, Max and Count.
The registration fee is $18 per workshop. For information, call toll-free 1-877-879-7422 or visit phcc.edu/encore.
The Encore Academy is a service of PHCC that provides educational opportunities to adults 50 and older. The workshops are open to the community; membership in the academy is not required.
Come celebrate boat bash on Crystal River
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Friends of Crystal River State Parks and the Crystal River Boat Builders will present the Crystal River Boat Bash and Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 at Crystal River Preserve State Park, 3266 N Sailboat Ave.
The free celebration will include environmental exhibits, educational demonstrations, a flint knapper, children's activities, an aquatic touch tank and recycling tips. A food booth and Earth Day T-shirts will be available. There will also be 30-minute eagle nest boat tours offered throughout the day for a suggested donation of $5 per person. At 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., there will be guided "fire walks" with a park biologist.
There also will be a display of small craft handmade by members of the Crystal River Boat Builders, demonstrations of various boat-building skills, and hands-on opportunities for families and children to learn what boat-building is all about.
For information, visit tsca.net/CRBB/bash.htm or crystalriverstateparks.org (both are also found on Facebook), or call the park office at (352) 563-1136.
for Teamsters, county
A collective bargaining session between the Hernando County Commission and Teamsters Local Union 79 will be at 8:30 a.m. April 29 in the Development Department meeting room at 1653 Blaise Drive.
Individuals with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this session should contact Judy Gerhart at the Development Department at 789 Providence Blvd. Call (352) 754-4050. Those who are hearing-impaired can call toll-free 1-800-676-3777 for assistance.
Kiwanis Club invites children to egg hunt
The Kiwanis Club of Brooksville will present its 2011 Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane.
The hunt will start promptly at 10 a.m. and will include age groups for children 12 and younger.
The event will include free hot dogs and drinks, as well as games and prizes. For information, e-mail Larry Peck at email@example.com
Ride to remember fallen officers is May 7
APACK (American People Against Cop Killers) Inc. will host the 2011 Fallen Officer Memorial Ride on May 7. Signups start at 10 a.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs. Kickstands go up at 11 a.m. and the final stop will be at Beef 'O' Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Road, off Truck Bypass 50, in Brooksville.
Other stops include Beef 'O' Brady's restaurants in Land O'Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Dade City. There will be drawings for prizes and cash at each stop.
The cost to participate is $20 for the first rider, $10 for the second.
This year's ride is dedicated to the memory of Florida Wildlife Officer Margaret "Peggy" Park, who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 13, 1984. She was 26.
For information, call Jerry Jennings at (352) 346-1846 or Alan Garman at (352) 584-3890. Visit the website at apack-inc.org.
Extension Service seeks your opinions
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will host a listening session to ask community leaders and stakeholders to reflect on the challenges and changes they see for Hernando County during the next 10 years.
The session will be at 9 a.m. May 2 at the extension office, 1653 Blaise Drive.
Results of the session will be included in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Extension Long-Range Plan. The long-range objectives from all counties, in turn, will provide the foundation from which the Florida Extension Service can better determine how well-prepared the extension is to help Hernando County residents and Floridians cope with future challenges and changes.
Seating is limited and reservations are required by Wednesday. Call (352) 754-4433.
Give blood for chance to win mini lighthouse
Those who donate blood at the LifeSouth Community Blood Center or at one of its bloodmobile locations through May 31 will be entered into a raffle to win a 7-foot custom-made lighthouse donated by Michel Morin. The lighthouse is on display in the lobby at LifeSouth, 12395 Cortez Blvd.
LifeSouth has a critical need for O-negative and O-positive blood types, and an urgent need for all other blood types.
The blood center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Donors must be 16 or older (16-year-olds must have written parental consent). All donors must present photo identification.
All blood donors get a free cholesterol screening and a gift. Call (352) 596-2002.
Open mike on April 30, jamming on Sundays
The following community activities will be offered at High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road:
• Open mike, 6 to 9 p.m. April 30. Musicians are invited to sign in and perform.
• High Point Jammers gather at 6:45 p.m. Sundays. Musicians are welcome to bring their amps and perform numbers of choice. House mikes will be provided. The audience is welcome to sing along.
There is no cost to attend. Guests can bring their own drinks and snacks. For information, call Lucy or Jack at (352) 597-1113.