The weather is improving, and it's time to leave the house and sample some new products, improve gardening skills and get fit.
Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, has a variety of classes and events planned for March. Call (859) 278-1813.
Here's the lineup:
■ Meet local food producers and sample products. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
■ Jerome Lange, Casey County organic farmer and author, will offer advice on getting the vegetable garden started. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. $12.
■ Registered dietitian Beth Loiselle will explain how to turn fresh and frozen fruit into desserts. 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 12. $12.
■ Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a buffet. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 17.
■ Green Sprouts Kids Club will make granola and characters out of dough. 10 to 11 a.m. March 26. Free, but registration is necessary.
■ Loiselle will talk about various alternatives to white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 26. $12.
■ Lauren McGrath will teach a class on gourmet raw and vegan foods. 2 to 4:30 p.m. March 27. $25.
My old Kentucky cookie
Ann Clark Ltd., the maker of all kinds of shaped cookie cutters, now has a Kentucky shape. It's made of sturdy tin, has a handle and comes with a colorful card featuring cookie and frosting recipes, and fun facts about the state. Go to Annclark.com; the cost is $3.99.
The iceman winneth
Michael Stoddart, co-owner and executive chef of Seasons Catering & Special Occasions, won several awards in January at competitions sponsored by the National Ice Carving Association.
He won two silver medals for his Life Under the Pier sculpture at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. His sculpture titled Flight Under the Sea won first place at the Titanic Museum in Branson, Mo.
During the inaugural ice-sculpting event at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Stoddart's Sea Scene won third place.
His 14-year-old son, Matthew, competed in his first amateur competition at Pigeon Forge and came in second. Go to SeasonsIce.com.
The National Ice Carving Association will hold its 2011 global conference and trade show April 11 and 12 at The Signature Club on Lansdowne Drive. Go to NICA.org.
Meal in the mansions
The Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce will hold Dining at the Mansions, a progressive dinner on March 13 to benefit the Visitors Center in Historic Old Louisville. This year's event features cookbook author David Dominé as honorary chair. Hors d'oeuvres from Dominé's newest book, A Feast for the Eyes: Recipes From America's Grandest Victorian Neighborhood, will be served. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the J.B. Speed Mansion, 505 West Ormsby Avenue.
Guests will board a shuttle for the main course at one of the neighborhood's historic homes, where Dominé will be guest chef. The event will conclude at the Speed Mansion with dessert and silent auction. The cost is $85 a person or $150 a couple. Call Historic Old Louisville at (502) 637-2922. The deadline for reservations is Sunday.
Drop some in your mouth
Move over Hershey's Kisses. Here comes some competition. The Hershey Co. is introducing Hershey's Drops in milk chocolate and cookies 'n' crème. The bite-size drops are minus the candy shell. Go to Hersheys.com.