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St. Joseph's day set for Sunday

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 13, 2007


SPRING HILL

The Sons of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502, will host its annual St. Joseph's Day Festival on Sunday at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. The event will begin with a Mass at 3 p.m. A free dinner will be served to all those attending from 4 to 7 p.m. Lodge members will prepare pasta Milanese, a meatless spaghetti dish that includes sauce topped with bread crumbs, cheese and seasonings. Woven breads, bread shaped in the form of a cross and shepherd's staff, cream puff pastries called "sfinge di San Giuseppe," cannoli, fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers will be sold. This is a traditional festival that dates back to the Middle Ages, when a severe drought ravaged Sicily. Residents appealed to their patron saint, St. Joseph, promising if he would end the drought, they would celebrate with a festival in his honor. For information about the celebration, call Gene at 596-9456 or Andrew at 683-3856.

WEEKI WACHEE

Parking fee for Rogers Park

Hernando County Parks and Recreation will begin charging the $2 parking fee at Rogers Park beginning Sunday. The fee will be charged between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. The park is off Shoal Line Boulevard along the Weeki Wachee River. For information, call the parks department at 754-4154.

Public meeting

Hernando County Fine Arts Council Art, Craft and Music Festival Committee, 5:30 p.m., Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville.

Today's picks

Library to show film "Emma": 2 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Free. 540-6391.

Edward R. Noll Drive road-naming ceremony: 10 a.m., off east side of Anderson Snow Road, just north of the county park.

County fair youth livestock exhibitors' meet and greet: 6 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds auditorium, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. There is no cost for dinner, but call to make a reservation. Tammy Fincher, 799-1236; Nancy Moores, 754-4433; or Joy Jackson, 796-4552.