Elks ready to raise curtain on show series
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 is taking reservations for season tickets to the 2009-10 series of dinner shows at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave.
Season tickets for all six shows will cost $168 for prime seating and $156 for regular seating. Individual show tickets are $30 for prime seating and $28 for regular seating.
All shows will have dinner at 6 p.m. and showtime at 7:30 p.m. Shows include:
• John Charles on Oct. 10. The show includes comedy, music and singing, with improvisations and audience participation.
• Central Florida Rat Pack on Nov. 7. This is a Las Vegas type show that pays tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Sinatra is portrayed by Armando Diaz, Martin is portrayed by Felix Deneau and Davis is portrayed by Steve Roman.
• Let's Hang On will be Dec. 12. This show features a cast of six singers/dancers, backed by a four-piece band. The show is built around Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and features songs such as These Boots are Made for Walking, Lollipop and more.
• Robin Roth will be Jan. 9. Described as a "singer extraordinaire with a comic flair," Roth includes comedy and sings a variety of music styles, such as classics, standards, swing, Broadway, pop, jazz and today's hits.
• Jay White pays a Tribute to Neil Diamond Feb. 20. White, who performs often as Diamond at the Riviera Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, and has appeared as Diamond in the 2008 film Frost/Nixon.
• The Marlins on March 13. This is a family of musicians that performs country, rock, pop, big band and bluegrass, performing songs from the Beach Boys, Beatles, Willie Nelson, Glen Miller, Neil Diamond, Elvis, Sinatra and others.
For information or for reservations, call Judi in the secretary's office (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays) at (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.
Swim class series begins next month
Hernando County Recreation will offer swim lessons from Aug. 3 to Aug. 13 at the Heather Golf and Country Club, 7406 St. Andrews Blvd.
Level I and II lessons will be offered Mondays through Thursdays. The 40-minute lessons will be available at various times between 9:20 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. The cost is $50 for eight classes.
Also, 30-minute private lessons are available. The cost is $100 for six classes (call for time slots). Call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.
Back-to-school giveaway is Aug. 8
"The Great Exchange" back-to-school giveaway event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at Springs of Life Family Church, 19832 County Line Road (just west of the Suncoast Parkway).
The event will include a bounce house, dunk tanks, face painting and games. Also, clothing, backpacks, school supplies and haircuts will be provided free. Food and drinks will be available.
Those attending are asked to bring clean clothing in good condition for the exchange.
Admission per family is either a $5 donation or five cans of food. For information, call John Grossi at (352) 238-8690.
Barbecue is fundraiser for St. Jude hospital
A barbecue fundraiser for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Shoppes of Towne Square parking lot, off Commercial Way (across from Timber Pines).
Various gift items will be raffled off. There is no cost for the food, but a donation is requested, with 100 percent of the money collected going to St. Jude.
The event is co-sponsored by E.C. Electrical Contractors Inc. and Tora No Mon Martial Arts Academy. For information, call Robert at (813) 735-5080.
Adventures of the mind at the library
The Florida Library Youth Program will continue with the following programs next week:
• Balloon Storyteller, Tuesday at West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.; and Friday at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. This is an interactive show featuring stories, comedy and balloon props.
• Kid's Movie Day — WALL-E, Wednesday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. The animated film takes place in the year 2700. WALL-E is a robot left alone on an abandoned Earth with his pet cockroach — until the sleek robot EVE visits, thus starting a chase across the galaxy. The 2008 Disney Pixar film is rated G.
• Kid's Craft Day, Thursday, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
All programs start at 10:15 a.m. and are geared for children ages 5-12. No registration is required. Parents or guardians must remain on the library premises during the events, sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For best seating and parking, arrive early.
For information, call (352) 540-6391.
County tourism bureau wins grant
Visit Florida has awarded Hernando County Tourism Bureau an advertising grant of $2,500 for the 2009-10 fiscal year.
Visit Florida, a private/public partnership, is the Florida Commission on Tourism's day-to-day operating corporation. The purpose of the grant is to help stretch tourism marketing dollars in an effort to expand cultural, heritage, rural and nature tourism activities in Florida.
The local tourism bureau will use the funds for a billboard marketing program.
For information, call the bureau at (352) 754-4405.
Operation Backpack looks for your help
Donations are needed for the annual Operation Backpack, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1 at American Legion Post 99, 208 E Fort Dade Ave.
The event provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. There will also be games and food, including hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones and sodas.
The event is sponsored by Love Your Neighbor. Monetary donations and donations of school supplies may be dropped off at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St. For information, call the restaurant at (352) 848-0090 or JoAnn Munford at (352) 942-4391.
School supplies needed for rally
Donations of school supplies are needed for the 1-Man Rally3: 1-Student at a Time event that will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at Kennedy Park, 875 Kennedy Blvd.
The focus of the event is to equip needy children for school. Items needed include notebook paper, notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons and coloring books, as well as backpacks for high school-aged youth.
The event, presented by Hernando/Sumter Head Start, networking with Shiloh Problem Solvers, Early Learning Coalition and Hernando County Parks and Recreation, will include numerous activities, such as tug-of-war, softball and flag football. There will be breakout sessions, free food, music and speakers. Topics of discussion include training children to learn, nurturing students, male leaders and more.
For information or to donate supplies, call (352) 754-2464, (352) 796-5555 or (352) 544-1055.
Water agency needs flooding information
The Southwest Florida Water Management District and Hernando County are gathering input needed to improve identification of flood risks in the county.
The information will be used to update area floodplain information and develop preliminary Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance rate maps.
A workshop focusing on Hernando County's Centralia and Willow Sink watersheds will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. July 30 at the Water Management District's office at 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville.
At the meeting, preliminary models and floodplain information will be presented to the public for review and comment. After addressing the comments, the floodplain information will be finalized and presented to the district's governing board for permission to develop the preliminary flood insurance rate maps for submittal to FEMA.
For information, call (352) 796-7211, ext. 4297.
To find out which watershed you live in, visit www.water matters.org/floodrisk/.
Coast Guard Auxiliary teaching boat safety
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following programs at its facility at 4340 Calienta St.:
• Who We Are and What We Do, 7 to 8 p.m. Monday. Those interested in joining the auxiliary or learning more about this uniformed civilian component of the Coast Guard are invited. There is no cost.
• About Boating Safely, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 3-5. This is a basic overview of boating and safety, which includes all information to qualify for the Florida Boating Safety ID card. The cost is $30, which includes all materials.
• Suddenly in Command, 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 22. This is a free safety program for spouses, children older than 6 and friends of boat captains, who need to know what to do in a boating emergency. The program includes safety, equipment, boating terms and use of a VHF radio.
For information, call Cathy at (352) 754-1104 or visit the Web site at www.a0701508.uscgaux.info/.
Also, free vessel safety checks are available and can be done wherever the boat is kept. Upon successful completion of the inspection, a decorative decal for the boat will be given. To schedule a free safety check, call Jackie at (352) 666-7239.