-Food safety classes for field and packinghouse workers on Friday March 11 at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center at 2686 SR 29 N, Immokalee. These classes will provide a basic overview of fruit and vegetable food safety, including sources of contamination, worker health and hygiene and procedures to help ensure a safe food supply. These classes will meet the training requirements for workers for the state T-GAPs program for tomatoes as well as food safety audit training requirements. Companies will be provided with documentation of training for food safety audits.
There will be two sessions from 10:00 AM to 11:30 in English and from 1:30 to 3:00 in Spanish. Classes will limited to 75 per class and registration will be on a first come/first served basis.
To register, please call Debra Cabrera at 863-674-4092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
-The 2011 Big “O” Birding Festival, March 23-26 originating in Clewiston, FL. Scheduled tours for the four-day event include Devils Garden Bird Park, Gatorama, Sunrise & Sunset photo tours on Lake Okeechobee, Dinner Island, STA-5, Witherspoon Mine Mitigation Wetland, Fisheating Creek, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum’s Boardwalk and more.
Dr. Ken Meyers is an authority on the species and will be the closing banquet’s keynote speaker, as well as one of the festival’s tour guides. Other tour guides and speakers include John J. Lopinot, Paddy Cunningham, Gene McAvoy, Dan Irizarry, David Simpson, Mark & Selena Kiser, Margaret England, Butch Wilson, Dr. Paul Grey, Larry Luckey, Bob Montanaro, Kim Willis, Jody Foster, Janet Papinaw and Mark Renz. www.bigobirdingfestival.com for available tours and seminars.
-Ah-Tah-Thiki Seminole Museum – in collaboration with LaBelle Heritage Museum, Clewiston Museum, and Edison State College – is presenting a special community outreach program at Edison State College's Hendry-Glades Center on March 17 at 6:30 p.m. The refreshments
prepared by Cracker Cookin' & Caterin' are courtesy of Riverside Real Estate. Inc. The program is open to the public.