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Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 10:38 p.m.

Artist visits library

  • Fiber artist Vasanto will demonstrate her skill making felt hats.
    The event will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Alachua branch library. Participants will make a felt "geode" to take home. The program is for those ages 10 and up.
    For more information, call (386) 462-2592.

    Ex-librarian honored

  • The Melrose Library Association will recognize branch manager Stella Brown's many years of service to the library.
    A public reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Melrose Public library. Brown is now based at the headquarters library in Palatka. Sheree Sims of Melrose has been appointed branch manager in Melrose.

    Florida Yards program comes to the market

  • Certain lawn care and landscaping methods can have a detrimental impact on Florida's aquifer and springs because they require frequent applications of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
    Wendy Wilber, environmental horticulture extension agent for Alachua County, will be on hand through this spring at the High Spring Farmers Market from 2 p.m. to dusk beginning Thursday.
    She will be available to answer questions about plants and landscaping and will introduce the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program to residents.
    Learn how to make correct plant choices and maintenance decisions to protect the health of the area's rivers, springs and natural resources.
    For more information, contact Wilber at (352) 955-2402 or

    KidCare now enrolling

  • If your children don't have health insurance, the Florida KidCare program could fill that need.
    There is a charge for KidCare enrollment, but the fees are reasonable. Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis. Slots are limited.
    Applications can be picked up at any of the Alachua County Health Department sites, including: 224 SE 24th St. in Gainesville; Hitchcock Plaza on Highway 441 in Alachua; State Road 26 in Newberry, across from city hall; 2000 SE 65th Ave. in Hawthorne and 245 NW 2nd St. in High Springs.
    For more information, call Jean Munden at (352) 334-7903.

    Rawlings depicted in one-woman show

  • Friends of the Williston Public Library will present Betty Jean Steinshouer in a "one-woman" performance depicting Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
    It will be held a 7 p.m. Thursday at the library. The program is free and open to the public.
    Steinshouer spends a great deal of time researching each person she depicts. Since 1988, she has toured 43 states depicting many great women authors.
    Formerly an intercollegiate debater and orator, she studied literature in graduate school and also is an author.
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