AARP driving classes meet in November
AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations throughout the county. Cost is $12 for AARP members (bring membership card), $14 for nonmembers. These classes will be offered in November:
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2 and 4, Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. Call (352) 608-3061 to register.
• 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 11, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 666-4044 to register.
• Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 and 9, Brooksville Enrichment Center, at Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 596-9193 to register.
• Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and 19, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
Nov. 7 craft bazaar helps mission ministry
The Grace Church Crafters' annual bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 in the fellowship hall at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive.
The bazaar will include attic treasures, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, silk florals, knitted items, baked goods and live plants. A light breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. Items will be raffled.
Proceeds will support the Presbyterian Women's mission ministry. For information, call the church, (352) 683-2082.
Flea market vendors needed for two events
Two Ye' Mystic Flea Markets are planned for Nov. 7 and Dec. 5 to benefit the Central High School Navy JROTC. Both will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West Hernando Middle School parking lot, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway (north side of Central's football stadium).
Arts and crafts vendors, as well as business vendors, are needed (no yard sale items). The cost is $10 for a parking space, $5 for each additional adjacent space. Setup time will be from 7 to 8 a.m.
For information or to reserve a space, call (352) 279-3969.
Annual Holiday Tea features story, music
The St. Anthony's Columbiettes will host their annual Holiday Tea at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony the Abbot Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
The event will include a luncheon and entertainment by professional pianist John Sharpe. Also, a Christmas story will be told. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. For tickets, call the church at (352) 796-2096 or Frances Nico at (352) 799-0901.
Hear Christmas tunes in harmony Nov. 20
The Hernando Hills Hi-Lites women's barbershop chorus will host a Christmas show at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd.
The program will include contemporary and traditional Christmas music. The chorus will also sing a comical rendition of the Twelve Days AFTER Christmas. There will be a special guest performance of the Nature Coast Children's Chorale and Santa will pass out goodies.
The Hi-Lites is a chartered member of Harmony Inc. A portion of the funds raised will be donated to Special Students Support Group of Hernando County.
Admission is $5. For information or tickets, call Tessie at (352) 686-4122 or Vicki at (727) 992-3064.
Raffle winner will get an Egyptian painting
The Volunteer Auxiliary at Brooksville Regional Hospital is raffling off a genuine framed Egyptian papyrus painting that was donated by Dr. Adel Bishay.
The painting is on display at the hospital gift shop at 17240 Cortez Blvd. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. The winner will be drawn in November.
Funds raised will benefit the scholarship fund.
For information, call (352) 544-6117.
Homeless Coalition needs your help
The Mid Florida Homeless Coalition is seeking help in its effort to raise $12,000 by Oct. 31 to match funds for a grant received by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. With this grant came a requirement to collect local matching dollars.
The coalition provides services to those in need in Hernando, Citrus, Sumter and Lake counties. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made to the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 1527, Eustis, FL 32727-1527. For information, or to schedule a speaker, contact Barbara Wheeler at (352) 860-2308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pick up an application for Elks scholarship
High school seniors can receive applications for the Most Valuable Student Scholarship offered by the Elks National Foundation.
The competition is open to all high school students.
Applications for the Most Valuable Student Scholarship and the Legacy Awards may be obtained at any Elks lodge, at high school guidance offices or online at www.elks.org/enf/scholars.
Applications must be returned to the nearest Elks lodge by Nov. 2. There will be 500 national winners announced by April 1.
Area Elks lodges include Brooksville 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville, (352) 596-2582; and Aripeka Elks 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson, (727) 868-2994.
Also, applications are being taken for the Legacy Awards, for children and grandchildren (also stepgrandchildren and legal wards) of Elks in good standing. Up to 250 four-year $4,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applications are available online only and must be submitted online by Jan. 8 (see Web site above).
Four-person scramble aids Alzheimer's group
Teams and golfers are needed for the Alzheimer's Family Organization's ninth annual charity golf tournament Nov. 7 at Beacon Woods Golf Club, 12507 Clocktower Parkway. Registration will be at 6 a.m., with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.
This will be a four-person scramble and will include raffles, door prizes and a catered lunch by Argento's Italian Bistro. IHOP will provide breakfast for players.
Awards will be given for the top three teams, the longest drive, the closest to the pin shot and a hole-in-one. There will also be a putting contest for a chance to win $10,000.
The cost is $75 per golfer. Call (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.
VFW contests open to all in grades 6-12
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 has announced this year's VFW scholarship programs:
• Voice of Democracy is an audio essay contest open to students in grades 9-12. The theme is "Does America Still Have Heroes?" The recorded essays should be three to five minutes long on CD or tape. Prizes are awarded on the local, district and national levels. State winners receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. The top scholarship is $30,000.
• Patriot's Pen is open to students in grades 6-8. The theme is "When is the Right Time to Honor Our Military Heroes?" This is a typewritten essay that should be 300 to 400 words long. Awards are given on the local, district, state and national levels, with the grand prize a $10,000 savings bond.
Both programs are open to students in public or private schools, and those who are homeschooled. Entries are due Nov. 1. For information, call Kathy at the post, (352) 596-9236.
Cattle Barons' Ball benefits cancer group
Hernando County's fourth annual Cattle Barons' Ball to benefit the American Cancer Society will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. The theme will be "Stetsons and Stilettos." The goal for the event is to raise $52,000 for society's Reaching Out to Cancer Kids program, supporting the ROCK Camp, research and scholarships.
Sponsorships, partnerships and volunteer opportunities are available.
For details, contact Jean Harberts toll-free at 1-800-940-1969, ext. 101, or send e-mail to email@example.com.