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MASTER GARDENER TRAINING BEGINS SOON

Dade City

The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service is seeking new applicants for the 2008 Master Gardener's volunteer program. The program is open to anyone with a strong interest in gardening, a willingness to learn and a desire to share wise gardening practices with others.

After completing in-depth gardening training, Master Gardeners volunteer for many different activities.

Gardening classes start May 8 and run for 13 weeks, covering such diverse gardening topics as garden pest management, proper pruning, composting, vegetable gardening, citrus and other fruits, and more.

The $110 cost of the training covers all reference books and materials. Come to one of the "get acquainted" sessions to learn more about this volunteer program. Sessions are March 6 from 10 a.m. to noon or March 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pasco County Extension Service, 36702 State Road 52.

To register, call (352) 521-4288, (813) 996-7341, ext. 4288 or (727) 847-8177, ext. 4288. Master Gardeners must volunteer 35 hours of service each year and participate in at least 10 hours of continuing education.

Volunteer hours are donated in a variety of ways and activities are quite varied. Some Master Gardeners develop and maintain demonstration gardens, teach students about plant sale, and educate citizens at gardening seminars.

Zephyrhills

New York State Picnic marks 48th year

The 48th Annual New York State Picnic will take place March 2 at the Zephyrhills Lions Club, 5827 Dean Dairy Road. The doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and the price is $2 per person. Raffle tickets also will be sold. The picnic will be followed by a short meeting, music and dancing. For more information, contact Katie Moore at (813) 779-9207, Jean Hopkins at (813) 788-5942, or Florence Morrarty at (813) 780-7829.

Sew and Sews put on a quilt show

Sundance Park's Quilt & Craft Group, The Sew and Sews, will have its second annual quilt show from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 24. in the Sundance Park Clubhouse on County Road 54 east of route 301 in Zephyrhills. There will be new quilts to show as well as numerous hand crafted and quilted gift items for sale.

Marketing the focus of next SCORE seminar

The next free SCORE seminar, sponsored by the New River Branch Library, will teach participants marketing for small businesses and how to customize a plan for their business model. The seminar is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills. For more information and advance reservations, call Ann Coppola at (727) 861-3040 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638 or go to www.score439.org.

Land O'Lakes

Wine, food and music highlight wine festival

Florida Estates Winery at 25241 State Road 52 near Land O'Lakes, will host a Wine Festival and Art Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event will include fresh foods, sauces, homemade crafts, live music (light and classic rock) and an opportunity to sample the winery's offerings. For information, please call (813) 996-2113 or visit the Web site at www.floridaestateswines.com.

Classes cater to young performance artists

Harmony & Rhythm is a youth performing group that focuses on the musical growth and self-esteem of each child through singing, acting and dance instruction. Classes are on Wednesdays at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Classes for 3- to 5-year-olds are from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 4:15 to 5 p.m. Six- to 9-year-old classes are from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and 10- to 12-year-old classes are from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $40 per month. For more information, call (813) 929-1229.

Chamber of Commerce mixer set for Thursday

The monthly mixer of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Academy at the Lakes, 2220 Collier Parkway in Land O'Lakes. Call (813) 994-8534.

Wesley Chapel

Artists, musicians sought for festival

The Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce has announced Wesley Chapel's first Art Festival, which is scheduled forApril 19 at the Wesley Chapel District Park. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and run through 5 p.m. Local artists are invited to this juried art show. There will be musical entertainment, as well as a children's art display and a cake decorating contest. Artists are invited to apply for a booth at this event and blues groups may audition. More information is available from the chamber by calling (813) 994-8534.

Weeki Wachee

Miss Weeki Wachee to be crowned Feb. 24

StarSearchPageants.com andJohn Athanason of Weeki Wachee Springs announce the 2008 Miss Weeki Wachee Pageant, to be held in the underwater Mermaid Theater at Weeki Wachee at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

All ages are encouraged to come join the fun, with a special focus on Teen and Miss divisions. Judges will be Tampa Bay area "Pageant Royalty" and other celebrity guests.

Collections of needed items also are being made for the Dawn Center shelter at this event. Interested contestants must pre-register by calling the pageant hotline at (352) 678-9588. More information can also be seen on the Web site www.weekiwacheepageant.com.

Saint Leo

Brazilian bishop to speak at unity forum

Students, clergy and the public are invited to a program at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 on "Building a Bridge in 2008," a forum on contemporary and historic efforts to foster racial unity in both religious and everyday life.

The program is sponsored by Saint Leo University Ministry and features the Most Rev. Gilio Felicio, Bishop of Bage, Brazil. The program will be in the Student Community Center on the Saint Leo University Campus on State Road 52 east of Interstate 75. Admission is free but reservations are necessary by calling (352) 588-8665 by Monday.

Speaker, musician to present program

Jennifer Rothschild, an inspirational speaker and musician, will present a program at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Student Community Center on the campus of Saint Leo University on State Road 52. The program is free. However, reservations are advised by calling (352) 588-8572.

Holiday

Dinner, dance to feature Tommy Cash

The Knights of Columbus, Father Farrell Council 6476, offers nonsmoking Bingo at 1 p.m. today. Lunches are available as the doors open at 11 a.m. The hall is at 2040 Grand Blvd., in Holiday.

A dinner/dance with Tommy Cash, Johnny Cash's brother, who is appearing with his brother's original band, will be held Friday. The cost is $24 and includes dinner. Doors open at 4 p.m. with dinner at 5 and the show at 7. Reservations are required by calling (727) 934-9025.

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