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4-H clubs to be stars at breakfeast

By TIMES WIRES
Published April 4, 2007


BROOKSVILLE

The Hernando County Fair Association, in support of the Jolly Ranchers and Future Cattleman 4-H clubs, will host a community Meet and Greet breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the Alfred A. McKethan Auditorium at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.

The youth who will exhibit livestock and compete for awards at this month's county fair will introduce themselves and explain their projects. Business representatives and individuals interested in supporting the youth are encouraged to attend.

For information or to make reservations, call Tammy Fincher at 799-1236, Nancy Moores at 754-4433 or Joy Jackson at 796-4552.

Orientation a must for master gardener

A free orientation for the next volunteer master gardener training course will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.

Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for those wishing to take the Florida master gardener course, which will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, May 17 to Aug. 16, alternating between the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service and the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. Another orientation session will be at 2 p.m. April 12 at the Pasco extension office.

There is no cost for the orientation. The master gardener training course is $110. The course covers basic botany and entomology; plant propagation; pruning; how to fertilize; how to grow vegetables, fruits and ornamentals; landscape design; plant pest problems; and other aspects of gardening. Individuals accepted into the program must agree to give a minimum of 75 hours of volunteer work and take a minimum of eight hours of continuing education annually to remain certified as a Florida master gardener.

For information, call 754-4433.

HERNANDO BEACH

Chicken dinner aids marine safety group

The Hernando Beach Marine Safety Support Group will host its annual chicken barbecue April 21 at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St.

Dinners will be available starting at 3 p.m. Dino's Band will entertain. The cost for meals is $8; beer and wine will be available for an additional charge.

The primary function of the nonprofit group is to promote and encourage boating safety by supporting the Coast Guard Auxiliary and other public, national, state and local government units.

For information, or to purchase advance tickets for the chicken barbecue, call Bill at 596-9396.

COUNTYWIDE

Extension sets classes on turf, rain barrels

The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer the following programs:

- Alternatives to Turf, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Forest Oaks Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. This free class will explore alternative landscape plants and ground covers for less maintenance, less water and more variety to one's landscape.

- Rain Barrel Workshop, 10 a.m. April 11, at the extension office, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. The class will discuss how rain barrels can reduce dependency on irrigation and help cope with the once-a-week watering restrictions. Participants will each receive a completed rain barrel, along with instructions on proper use, placement and decoration. The cost is $25. Registration is required.

Both programs will be provided by Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program coordinator John Korycki. For information or to register for the rain barrel workshop, call the extension office at 754-4433.

SPRING HILL

STUDENT ART FEATURED AT PHCC EXHIBITION

Pasco-Hernando Community College will host its first Student Invitational Exhibition artwork contest from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 14 at the Spring Hill Center, 11245 Spring Hill Drive.

Students' works of art in all media types - including drawings, paintings and sculptures - will be evaluated, judged and on display for the public.

Also, local artist Kurt Holyoke will display a selection of his works.

Admission to the exhibit is free. For information, call 688-8798.

SPRING HILL

Arc Bowl-A-Thon looks for teams, sponsors

Teams and sponsors are needed for the Arc Nature Coast's annual Bowl-A-Thon, from 4 to 6 p.m. May 5 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way.

A $100 team sponsorship provides Bowl-A-Thon T-shirts for a team of five bowlers (all sponsor names will be printed on the back of a minimum of 200 shirts), two games of bowling and shoe rental. Individual and team awards will be presented directly after bowling.

A $100 lane sponsorship provides a large banner on a lane promoting the company or organization, the company's name on the event T-shirt, recognition in the Arc's quarterly newsletter and free membership in the Arc for one year.

Sponsors can assemble their own bowling teams or Arc will provide a team or individual bowlers for teams with fewer than five members.

Bowlers are asked to bring in pledge money of at least $20. A trophy is awarded to the person and to the team bringing in the most money.

The deadline for sponsors is April 26. For information, call 544-2322, ext. 109.

HIGH POINT

$5 gets a seat to hear Back Porch Pickers

The Istachatta Back Porch Pickers will entertain from 7 to 9:30 a.m. April 14 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Coffee and cookies will be served.

Tickets are $5. For information or tickets, call Joyce at 592-1633, Audrey at 596-8669 or Marge at 596-1740.