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Children's authors are part of Hernando County Reading Festival

BROOKSVILLE

Reading Festival has a parade for Dr. Seuss

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 first 300 children to arrive will receive goody bags. The free event will include a Dr. Seuss parade and birthday party; children's authors, including 11-year-old Madeline Joan Wilks, author of Yellow Dot, Red Dot; Nancy Stewart, author of Bella Saves the Beach; and Shirley Temple Mitten, author of Braile's Tales. Entertainment will include Jiggleman, John Storm's World of Reptiles, Tony the Balloon Guy and others. There will be balloons, food, games and door prizes.

Learn to be animal shelter volunteer

Hernando County Animal Services will host an informational meeting for those interested in becoming shelter volunteers. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hernando County Transportation Services Department, 1525 E Jefferson St. Animal Services managing veterinarian Lisa Centonze and animal advocate and volunteer coordinator Donna Black will meet with current and potential volunteers to discuss opportunities, procedures and processes at the facility on Oliver Street. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about the program. For information, call Donna Black at (352) 540-6286.

WEEKI WACHEE

Swamp Monster is coming to town

The 20th annual Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest will kick off Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way. The event, which will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10, will include continuous entertainment with groups such as Skyn and Bones, Slyder, Adrian Ray Band, Shadow Ridge and Big Foot. A new Swamp Monster will be crowned. There will be arts and crafts, children's activities and food vendors. Admission is $8, $4 for ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. For details and the entertainment lineup, visit swamp festweekiwachee.com or call (352) 596-3987 or (352) 597-4424.

Today's picks

Floral City Strawberry Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., Floral City. $3; free for ages 12 and younger. (352) 795-3149.

Walk for Life benefit for the Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center: 9 a.m., St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 686-9897, ext. 22.

Festival of Orchids: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. $2. (352) 503-7858.

World War II Commemorative Weekend: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. $3 per person; free for veterans with ID and ages 6 and younger. (352) 793-4781.

Brookridge Social Dance Group St. Patty's Day dance: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. $5. (352) 597-0723.

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Children's authors are part of Hernando County Reading Festival 03/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 6:23pm]
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