Scholarships available to students
• Shirley Anderson, Hernando County Supervisor of Elections, announced recently that scholarships in the amount of $1,200 are available to local college or university students through the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections. Three scholarships will be awarded this year to political science, business administration or journalism/mass communication majors who have completed two years of junior college or undergraduate work. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Completed applications along with two letters of recommendation must be submitted no later than March 29 to the Supervisor of Elections office in which the applicant is registered to vote. For guidelines and applications, visit hernandovotes.com. For information, call (352) 754-4125.
• GlenLakes Garden Club will award a scholarship (for a minimum of $1,500) to a Hernando County graduating high school senior. To be eligible, the student must pursue a degree at an accredited college, university or technical school, and have participated in at least 150 hours of volunteer or community service in grades 9-12. Students must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and provide three letters of reference. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 12. The club requests that the scholarship recipient and his/her parent or guardian be available to attend the club’s fashion show and luncheon on April 6. Application forms are available at all Hernando County high school guidance offices. For information, email Gerry Morrone at [email protected]
This winter, skip a week of watering
Southwest Florida Water Management District reminds residents who irrigate their lawns to skip a week or more of watering during the cooler months of January and February. According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesn’t need to be watered as often during the cooler months. One-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10 to 14 days is sufficient. Watering every other week at most during the winter helps conserve drinking water supplies the public needs for critical uses during the dry season. For information, visit WaterMatters.org/SkipAWeek.
New agricultural co-op forms
The Hernando County Growers Association, a nonprofit agricultural co-operative that recently formed in Brooksville to market locally grown produce, has organized the Brooksville Bike Rally and Cruise-In, a fundraising opportunity to benefit the association. The Bike Rally and Cruise-In events will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. the third Sunday of each month starting March 18.
Michael DeFelice, a local farmer, is president of the association which was formed for the purpose of promoting local produce. The association is carrying forward the downtown farmers market concept that began in July 2016, renaming it the Brooksville Farmers Market. The association is currently accepting members and signing new vendors for the farmers market.
The mission of the co-operative is to connect local growers with consumers, restaurants and schools to promote healthy living and local produce. Membership consists of farmers and growers, consumers, restaurants, industry leaders and local businesses that share a common belief that local produce is integral to the health and well-being of the community.
For information, call DeFelice at (727) 422-3360 or visit BrooksvilleBikeRallyAndCruise-In.com or the Brooksville Bike Rally and Cruise-In Facebook page.
Public feedback on Park planning sought
The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will host a public workshop to gather resident input on future park planning options within the current Brooksville parks system. The workshop will begin at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 25 in council chambers at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. Residents who would like to share their opinions about park options to enhance the quality-of-life are invited to attend. For information, call (352) 540-3830 or visit cityofbrooksville.us.
Show will feature Nashville singer
Brenda Best, award winning singer/songwriter and entertainer, will perform during the Evening to Remember, an intimate night of acoustic music, at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road. Best will perform traditional country music songs and share behind-the-scenes stories. Opening acts will include Clay Kirk and Velvet Williams. Tickets are $10 at the door. For information, call Sheila Kirk at (352) 597-9887.
Native American Festival is Feb. 3 & 4
The fifth annual Brooksville Native American Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 3, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. The family-friendly event will feature a full roster of entertainment including music, dance, primitive skills demonstrations and Native American food vendors offering authentic staples, such as buffalo burgers and fry bread. More than 35 vendors will offer hand-made Native American and Native American-inspired arts and crafts. RV and tent camping will be available. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and younger. For information on tickets or camping, call (727) 389-1395.
New traffic pattern change announced
Jasmine Drive has reopened 12 at the Cortez Boulevard intersection, following a resurfacing project of the Florida Department of Transportation that required lane closures. Work will continue in the vicinity of the neighboring convenience store. To view a map of the area, visit goo.gl/maps/NG9Mq1b2RN42.
Save the date for Bark Bingo
Due to its popularity, organizers of Bark Bingo, a fundraiser to benefit the animals of the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, will host three events in 2018. The events will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 2, June 22 and Sept. 7 at Masaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave. Doors open at 4 p.m. and games start at 6 p.m. The events, presented by Terlep Chiropractic, will include 19 games with cash prizes, vendors, horse race games, raffle prizes and a cash bar. Tickets are $30 per person and include a set of 20 game cards, a game dauber and refreshments. Tables of six are $175 and include a set of game cards for each player. Those attending must be 18 or older. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; levels include platinum ($5,000), gold ($3,000), silver (1,500), bronze ($500) and event partner ($250). For information, call Barbara at (352) 796-2711.
Tupperware party will benefit children
The Westside preschool of the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County will host a Tupperware party at 10 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Westside unit at Westside Elementary School, 5404 Applegate Drive. Food and beverages will be served. To place an advance order, visit tupperware.com, click on the "find a fundraiser" tab, and search Boys and Girls Club of Hernando in Florida. The preschool unit will receive 40 percent of sales through Feb. 3. For information, call (352) 666-0068.
AARP schedules meeting for Kally K’s
Hernando County West AARP Chapter 5445 will meet at noon Jan. 25 at Kally K’s Restaurant, 3383 Commercial Way. If ordering from the menu, please arrive at 11 a.m. Debra Van Bemden of BB&T Bank will be the speaker. To RSVP, call (352) 683-9361 or (727) 919-2210.
Learn to play bridge
Spring Hill’s Nature Coast Bridge Club will offer an eight-week Beginning Bridge class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays starting Feb. 2 and ending March 23 at the club’s home, 3021 Commercial Way. The cost is $60 and includes lessons and textbook. The class will be taught by a certified American Contract Bridge League teacher. For information or to RSVP, call Judy at (727) 819-2008 or Gerry at (727) 643-2792.