Fundraiser to help pay for livestock feed
Hernando Central Future Farmers of America will host an omelet breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. March 14 at Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way.
Former state Rep. Chuck Smith will cook. The cost is $3 for an omelet and drink.
Funds raised will help pay for livestock feed. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Friday at Green World Path.
Call (352) 799-0200.
Buy balloon, support Relay for Life causes
As part of the "Hope Floats" Relay for Life fundraiser, balloons can now be purchased for a balloon release that will be at 10 a.m. April 18 during the Spring Hill Relay for Life event at Nature Coast Technical High School.
The Shining Stars Relay for Life Team is selling biodegradable balloons for $2.
Each balloon will have a note tag to fill out to be tied to the balloon.
The notes can be in memory of someone who lost the fight with cancer, in honor of a cancer survivor or just for the fight against cancer.
For information, call (352) 686-0407.
Learn more, share love of gardening
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service is seeking new applicants for the 2009 Master Gardener's volunteer program.
The program is open to anyone with a strong interest in gardening, the time to volunteer and a desire to share wise gardening practices.
Those interested in becoming master gardeners must attend a free mandatory "get acquainted" session at 9 a.m. Thursday or at 3 p.m. March 12. Registration is requested to attend this informational session. Call (352) 754-4433.
The in-depth 12-week training program will start April 12 and will include topics such as garden pest management, proper pruning, composting, vegetable gardening and citrus.
The cost is $135, which includes all reference books and materials.
Master gardeners must volunteer 75 hours of service their first year and participate in at least 10 hours of continuing education.
After the first year, 35 volunteer hours are required per year.
Tickets available for spring fashion show
Mariner United Methodist Women will present a "Spring Highlights" Fashion Show at noon Saturday at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd.
Fashions from Belk will be modeled by eight of the women, including casual wear, business wear and clothing for social occasions. Entertainment will be provided by vocalist Carolyn McGuire, accompanied by Ros Jarrett on the piano. Lunch will be served and prizes will be awarded.
Tickets are $12. For tickets, call Linda at (352) 688-3431. For information, call Dottie Basehore at (352) 597-1703.
Charo fans, see her at a dinner show
A dinner show featuring Charo will be March 14 at the Aripeka Elks Lodge, 9135 Denton Ave. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and showtime is at 7:30 p.m.
The entertainer is known for her skills playing the flamenco guitar and her famous phrase ("Cuchi-Cuchi").
Tickets are $28 for prime seating and $26 for regular seating. For reservations, stop by the office or call (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.
Workshop to highlight watering regulations
A comprehensive "Living with Watering Rules" workshop will be offered at 2 p.m. March 13 in the commission chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
The workshop will be presented by the Hernando County's Utilities and Code Enforcement departments, Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, also known as Swiftmud.
In February, Swiftmud extended the current one-day-per-week watering restriction through June 30. The purpose of the workshop is to provide county residents with the necessary information to do their part to conserve water and avoid citations.
Participants will learn more about the watering rules and restrictions, water shortage, enforcement of existing watering restrictions and ways everyone can effectively manage their landscape while under these strict watering restrictions.
For information, call Alys Brockway at (352) 754-4705 or (352) 540-4368, ext. 35121.
Ex-Murrin students to play at concert
The third annual Best of the Best Concert, featuring former students of the late violin teacher Charlotte Murrin, will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 5 at Chocachatti Elementary School, 4135 California St.
The event will include violinists and cellists who studied the Suzuki method under Murrin. Desserts and refreshments will follow the concert.
The event is sponsored by the Charlotte Murrin Memorial Suzuki Education Foundation. Tickets are $15, and all contributions are tax-deductible.
For information or tickets, call Ken at (352) 688-5808. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Angel Food Ministry accepting orders
Angel Food Ministry orders will be taken at these locations:
• Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, north of Weeki Wachee, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday; 5 to 7 p.m. March 11; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13; and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15. Distribution of orders will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 28. Online orders can be placed at www.ccwildwood.com. Call (352) 596-1388, ext. 810. All orders must be done in person or online; no phone or fax orders accepted.
• Nature Coast Family Fellowship, 14832 U.S. 19, Hudson, will take orders from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Monday, and March 11, 14 and 16. Cash, money order and food stamps accepted at the church. Online orders using credit or debit cards can be done at any time through 11:59 p.m. March 16 at www.naturecoast familyfellowship.org. Call Art at (352) 650-7773 or Jackie at (727) 271-4662.
• Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville, and First Lutheran Church, 30419 Park Ridge Drive, Ridge Manor, also participate in the Angel Food Ministry. Call the hotline at (352) 799-3452 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angel Food is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that provides grocery relief and financial support. The cost is $30 per unit, which retails for $60-$70. Senior boxes, which include 10 meals, cost $28. Also available are specialty boxes such as steak, chicken and pork, which cost $19 to $22. An allergen-free chicken package is now available for $25.
Learn about Civil War, shipwrecks and more
The Florida Public Archaeology Network and Hernando Past will present Bayport Underwater from 1 to 4 p.m. March 28 at Bayport Park, 4140 Cortez Blvd.
The event will include an afternoon of shipwrecks and maritime archaeology.
During the Civil War, Bayport was the site of two brief engagements between land troops and Union blockading vessels. Several blockade runners were burned, on purpose, by the Confederacy to keep them out of Union hands. The archaeological remains of Civil War era vessels associated with these events are reported to lie in the waters off Bayport.
The March 28 event marks the start of a project to record and preserve the submerged cultural resources around Bayport.
At 1 p.m., there will be a brief overview of the project and a discussion of Bayport's Civil War engagements. There will be a demonstration of shipwreck mapping and recording techniques at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Also, at 2 and 3 p.m. there will be a demonstration of magnetometer survey techniques.
Activities for both children and adults will be offered between demonstrations, and include hands-on shipwreck mapping techniques, build-a-boat exercises and archaeological recording in low visibility.
For information, call (352) 795-0208.