The 16th Annual Glen Rose PRCA Rodeo gallops into town March 4-6 at the Somervell County Expo. For ticket information, call the Expo at 897-2409 or visit www.glenroseexpo.org. See this week's rodeo special section for more details.

The Somervell County Master Gardeners will sponsor a free community education program at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the Somervell County Citizens Center. The Lang sisters of Granbury will share tips on turning gourds into painted birdhouses and how they have sold more than 700 of them. Free refreshments and door prizes.

The Glen Rose Garden Club will hold its next monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 9. The group meets at the Somervell County Community Center, 107 Sheppard St. Tana Tomlinson from Plantistic Nursery will present a program on day lilies. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

The first meeting to launch the Somervell County Meander, a proposed artists and cottage industry tour of studios and homes, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the Holiday Inn Express on U.S. 67. Anyone interested in participating is invited to attend. For more information call Joyce Selby at 897-3081.

The Glen Rose Medical Center will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its new expansion from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12. The public is invited to attend. Tours and refreshments. Call 897-2215 for more information.

The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions perform at 7:30 p.m. March 11 at the Somervell County Expo Center. Tickets are $22.50 for adults, $20.50 for children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over. Call 897-4509 for more information or visit www.lipizzaner.com or www.glenroseexpo.org.

Gator Country brings alligators, other animals, games, crafts, food and  lots of excitement to Glen Rose, Saturday, March 13, at the Expo Center. Shows at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 897-4509 or visit  www.glenroseexpo.org.

St. Patrick's Day Festival, downtown Glen Rose, March 13. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. with a citywide garage sale, an arts and craft fair, bounce houses for the kids, horse and carriage ride, food, pet costume contest, live music and more. For vendor information call Audrey Caylor at 817-243-905.

The North Texas Longhorn Cattle Show will take place at the Expo on Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14. Free admission. Visit www.glenroseexpo.com for more details.

The Johnson-Somervell Counties Retired School Employees Association will meet with the Burleson Retired School Employees at 11:30 a.m., March 10, in the fellowship hall at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 1109 W. Henderson St., in Cleburne. Ben Oefinger, naturalist, teacher and master gardner, will speak about wildlife loss of habitat. A luncheon follows. Call Dianne Lanman at 817-645-5800 for more information.

Saturday, March 27, parking lot sale to benefit Relay for Life at the parking lot at Glen Rose Medical Center.

Alvarado Elementary North will host its fourth annual, Tolbert-sanctioned BBQ & Chili Cook-Off in Glen Rose at Tres Rios River Ranch March 26-27. Full hook-up RV camp sites and cabins are available for Friday and Saturday night. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. All cooks are welcome and invited to participate. Prize money will be awarded. For more information or to make reservations, contact Lori Nunez at 817-781-5082.