~ 15 & 16 Mar: Celebration of Southland Gardens, 1pm-5pm, 17 gardens to visit. See http://southlandgardens.co.nz for more details.
~ 22 & 23 Mar: Riverton Heritage Harvest Festival, 10am-4pm, Aparima College, Riverton/Aparima.
~ 24 Mar: Central Southland Bride of the Year Contest, 7:30pm at the Winton Memorial Hall. See News and Views for entry and contact details.
~ 29 Mar: Mt Linton Muster, courses for mountain bikers, runners and walkers. See the News and Views and www.mtlintonmuster.co.nz for more details.
~ 29 Mar: War of the West, Otautau v Ohai/Nightcaps fundraiser for school and pool. Held at the Sports Complex, 7pm, doors open 6:15pm. Tickets $35 at Otautau School and Nightcaps Four Square.
~ 4 Mar: Otautau Netball AGM, 7:30pm at the Sports Complex.
~ 6 Mar: Otautau Community Board meeting, 6pm at SDC office. Notify Kelly Tagg no later than 48 hours before the meeting if you'd like to make a presentation, 0800 732 732.
~ 11 Mar: Otautau Combined Sports Complex AGM, 8pm at the Sports Complex.
~ 13 Mar: Holt Park Recreation Centre meeting, 5:30pm at the SDC Otautau office.
~ Asian Science Camp, a fully funded opportunity for a Maori Year 12 or Year 13 student to attend The 8th Asian Science Camp in Singapore, 24-29 Aug. See http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/programmes/competitions/international-secondary
~ 17-19 Mar: NZ Blood Service, donate blood at Invercargill Working Men's Club, 154 Esk St, Invercargill. Call for appointment, 0800 448 325.