Spring bazaar features books, crafts, snacks
A petting zoo, pony rides and face-painting are just some of the child-friendly activities offered at a spring bazaar featuring the wares of more than 30 local vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 at Atonement Lutheran Church on State Road 54, just east of Interstate 75. Some of the vendors include Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Reda Knives, Meadow Jewels, Richmond Blues and Blessings Unlimited. A wide variety of items will be on display, including beaded jewelry, crafts, rock jewelry/silver, home health devices, handmade dolls, books, gifts, flower arrangements and specialty baskets. There will also be a bake sale and food booth. Proceeds will benefit local residents through the Al & Bea Bidwell Memorial Scholarship Fund and other charities, including the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Thrivent Financial Services will provide a matching fund donation.
Shops at Wiregrass hosts green expo
An expo on environmentally friendly living will be held from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. March 14 at the Shops at Wiregrass. The expo will feature experts in green construction and landscaping, demonstrations on how to promote green building in the Tampa Bay area and guest speakers on green remodeling. Admission is free. The expo is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. For information, go to the Web site at www.tbba.net or call (813) 873-1000.
Man accused in theft, scuffle
Word to the wise: If you're caught shoplifting, don't make it worse by getting in a scuffle with employees at the store. That's what happened to Thomas Barton, a man accused of stealing a $12.88 flashlight from Wal-Mart, according to a Port Richey police report. Barton, 45, took the flashlight about 6:15 p.m. Sunday, hid it in his jacket pocket and headed for the door, the report said. When the store's loss-prevention officers stopped him, Barton fought them and tried to escape, the report said. One employee suffered minor injuries. After Barton was arrested, the report said, police found Barton had 15 other stolen items worth a total of $54.19. Barton, of 10605 Oleander Drive, was charged with retail theft and resisting a merchant. He was released from the Land O'Lakes jail Monday morning after posting $150 bail.
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