Local libraries to close for training
All locations of the Hernando County Public Library System will be close Feb. 16 to allow for annual staff development training. For information, visit hernandocountylibrary.us or call (352) 754-4043.
Guardian ad Litem seeks volunteers
The Guardian ad Litem program is seeking volunteers to be a voice for abused, neglected or abandoned children whose cases are in the court system. The program is a state- and county-funded volunteer-based organization that trains lay persons to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. Volunteers work as part of a team. They are assigned to a human service supervisor or attorney, gather information needed to make sound, common-sense recommendations to the court. A free volunteer training session is set for March 8 to 10. To RSVP for the training or for information, call Diana Hollwedel at (352) 812-6971 or email her at [email protected]
Main Street program earns recognition
Secretary of State Ken Detzner recently announced that Brooksville Main Street was designated the Florida Main Street Community of the Month for February. Communities are selected based on developmental achievements and participation in the Florida Main Street program.
"In the 18 months since Brooksville was designated, it has consistently demonstrated an exemplary commitment to downtown revitalization," said Detzner. For information, visit BrooksvilleMainStreet.org or visit FloridaMainStreet.com.
Volunteer for a board vacancy
Hernando County Commissioners are accepting applications from Hernando County residents interested in filling a vacant board seat on the Pasco-Hernando Workforce. The Workforce board is a nonprofit organization that serves Pasco and Hernando counties by administering local workforce development and welfare reform programs through state and federal initiatives. The board is one of 24 regional Workforce boards in Florida operating under the governance of CareerSource Florida. The board meets quarterly, alternating meetings between the New Port Richey and Spring Hill locations. Board members serve a term of four years. Applications are available at the county administrator’s office, 20 N. Main St., room 263, Brooksville or at hernandocounty.us/bocc/committees.htm. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 21. For information, call (352) 754-4002.
Expo for seniors will be March 7
Seniors are invited to attend the annual Brookridge Community Expo and Senior Information Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 at the Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. The event is free and open to the public. Learn about the 55-plus, deed-restricted community and its amenities. Various vendors will provide information on services for seniors, including cleaning, lawn care, insurance, attorneys, banking, catering, health care, and more. For information, call (352) 596-2502.
Spring Lake museum, history center open
The Spring Lake Museum and History Center, 4181 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Admission is free. The center offers historic artifacts and photos, local family photos and histories, school and lake histories, oral history videos and other items. For information, call (352) 796-4704.
Historic homes topic of workshop
The Historic Hernando Preservation Society, in conjunction with the Brooksville Main Street and the GFWC Historic Brooksville Woman’s Club will present a free one-day workshop for owners of historic homes who wish to maintain the historic character of their homes, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at the May-Stringer Historical House, 601 Museum Court. Sessions include "Designing a Period Kitchen" at 10 a.m., "Researching your Home’s History" at noon, "Choosing Exterior Paint Colors" at 1 p.m., and "Getting the Exterior Details Right" at 2 p.m. To RSVP, call Jo-Ann Peck at (813) 333-2249.
Tickets are available for spring dance
The German American Club will have its annual spring dance March 16 at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. Doors open at 4 p.m., dancing from 6 to 10 p.m. Music will be provided by the original Anton aus Tirol from Germany, along with DJ Herb. Bring your own beverage. Advance tickets are $11 for members, $14 for guests. No tickets will be sold at the door. For tickets, call (352) 688-3744.
Theatre’s capital campaign underway
The Live Oak Theatre Company recently undertook a capital campaign to purchase a home of its own, after Hernando County Commissioners agreed to sell the former Hernando County Utilities Department building at 21030 Cortez Blvd. to the theatre. With their own building, the 8-year-old nonprofit organization hopes to bring expanded production seasons, as well as classes in music and the performing arts for both adults and children. The theatre needs to raise $100,000 for a deposit. Approximately $30,000 has been raised so far. Upcoming fundraising events are in the works, including a pledge campaign, private gala for business owners and professionals, and a change jar campaign. The theatre is accepting donations and pledges of any amount. For information, call (352) 593-0027 or visit liveoaktheatre.org.
Alzheimer’s will be topic at AARP meeting
Hernando County West AARP Chapter 5445 will meet at noon Feb. 23 at Kally K’s Steakery & Fishery, 3383 Commercial Way. The speaker will be Jerry Fisher. If ordering from the menu, please arrive at 11 a.m. To RSVP, call (727) 919-2210.
Get Big Brother Big Sister training at the Y
The Hernando County Family YMCA will host three orientation and training sessions for those considering becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister. The free sessions will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 27, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 20 and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 24 at the Y, 1300 Mariner Blvd. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4 to 8 hours a month), depending on the program, but it can change the life of a child facing adversity for the better. To RSVP or for information, call Sheri Chancey at (352) 410-4442.
Tickets available for comedy game show
Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 will host the Not So Newlywed Comedy Game show from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24 at the lodge, 13383 County Line Road. The improv comedy sketch show will include audience participation. Tickets for the event are $12 per person and include dinner (choice of steak or chicken cordon bleu). For tickets or information, call (352) 799-7148.
Proposition 94 topic of presentation
Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition will offer a free community presentation to discuss Proposition 94 at 4:45 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. Guest speaker, Georgia Brick, Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida policy manager, will discuss Proposition 94 and explain the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control program, an evidence-based guide to help states plan and establish effective tobacco control programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use. Smokeless tobacco education and the promotion of the "Through With Chew" week also will be discussed. For information, call (352) 596-8000.
Will McLean festival set for March 9-11
The public is invited to spend a weekend camping and listening to Florida folk music during the 29th annual Will McLean Music Festival, scheduled for March 9 to 11 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. Daily entertainment will be from noon to 11 p.m. March 9, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 10 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 11. The festival celebrates Will McLean, the "Father of Florida Folk." The event will feature acoustical music, entertainment by Florida singers and songwriters, workshops, arts and crafts, poetry readings, storytelling and children’s activities. Bring chairs. Camping will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for the weekend are $45 in advance or $50 at the gate. Daily admission is $20 on March 9, $25 on March 10 and $15 on March 11; children under 12 are free. Camping is extra. For information, visit willmclean.com.
Service to honor sacrifice of chaplains
Nativity Luther Church, 6363 Commercial Way, will host the annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service at 2:30 p.m. March 4. The interfaith service, which is free and open to the public, honors the four military chaplains, all of different faiths, who died aboard the USS Dorchester, which was torpedoed during World War II on Feb. 3, 1943. The chaplains handed out life jackets to the servicemen aboard and, when there were none left, gave up their own and went down with the ship. They were: Methodist minister George Fox, Lutheran minister Clark Poling, Jewish rabbi Alexander Goode and Catholic priest Johnny Washington. Various veteran organizations will participate. Refreshments will follow the service. For information, call Fran Finley at (352) 686-1820.
Thrift store opens to benefit local animals
Thrifty Dog, a nonprofit thrift store to benefit local animals recently opened at 9017 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. The 5,000-square-foot sore, offering various household items and clothing, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The mission of the all-volunteer organization is to assist and aid monetarily local organizations that spend countless hours educating, advocating and protecting animals. Volunteers and donations are needed. For information, call (352) 701-1107.