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Authors to sign books on caregiving Thursday in Spring Hill

BROOKSVILLE

Woman's Club to host tour of homes Sunday

The General Federation of Women's Clubs/Brooksville Woman's Club will host the 10th annual Historic Tour of Homes Sunday.

Three homes and the Brooksville Woman's Club house will be toured.

The tour will end at the women's club, where hot apple cider and homemade cookies will be served. Tours are available at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12. Call Yvonne Malone at (352) 796-6026 or (352) 848-7988.

COUNTYWIDE

Humane Society sells 2010 animal calendar

The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is selling its Open Hearts 2010 Calendar.

The calendar features pets in the community as well as pets at the shelter. Calendars are $5 each, with all proceeds used to care for the animals at the shelter. Calendars are available at: The Breakfast Club (both Port Richey and Spring Hill restaurants), Spring Hill Printing Plus, AAA Auto Club in Spring Hill, and at the Humane Society shelter at 7200 Mobley Road, at Wiscon Road, Brooksville. Also, for those thinking about making a donation as a gift for another, with a minimum donation of $10, a Humane Society gift card acknowledging the contribution can be provided. For information, call (352) 796-2711 or visit www.HumaneRescue.org.

SPRING HILL

Temple to be site of precious metals sale

Temple Beth David will host an event with Florida Gold Buyers from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the temple, 13158 Antelope St. The community is invited to sell gold, silver, coins and jewelry. For information, call (352) 397-2991.

RIDGE MANOR

Crazy Carol to star at K of C dinner

The Knights of Columbus of St. Anne's Catholic Church will host a dinner show featuring Crazy Carol on Saturday at the Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd. A roast beef dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Showtime is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call Jim at (352) 799-0901 or Ken at (352) 442-1469.

RIDGE MANOR WEST

Extension service offers termite class

The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will provide a free horticulture class, Termites and Your Florida Home, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road. The speaker is Urban Horticulture Agent Jim Moll, who will discuss facts on termite control, identification and treatment options. No registration is required, but seating will be limited. Call (352) 754-4433.

BROOKSVILLE

Hospital auxiliary has gift fair on Monday

The Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary will host a gift fair from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in Conference Room 2 (near the cafeteria) at the hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd. There will be a variety of holiday toys, books and tools available. Funds raised will benefit the auxiliary's scholarship fund. For information, call Pam at (352) 442-0169.

SPRING HILL

YMCA's 'giving trees' help families in need

The YMCA School Age Program is sponsoring two holiday "giving trees" to assist local families in need. The trees are on display at the program office at 1236 Mariner Blvd. and at the Hernando County Family YMCA at 1300 Mariner Blvd.

Each tree has ornaments bearing a child's gift request. Donors must return the unwrapped gift, with the ornament attached, to the YMCA School Age Program office no later than Tuesday. Donations of gift cards are also needed.

For information, call the office between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays at (352) 686-9622.

For more information, call the church at (352) 796-2792.

COUNTYWIDE

Christmas Angel needs sponsors

The Christmas Angel Program of Hernando County needs sponsors for the coming holiday season. The program serves children from birth to age 16 who live and attend school in Hernando County, all of whom have been pre-screened and determined to be in need. Sponsors, who can be individuals or businesses, will receive children's wish lists that include clothing sizes and hoped-for toys. The program also helps teenagers in need. Gift cards and money may also be donated. The program accepts computers (those what will run Microsoft Windows XP), used working TVs and VCRs as well. To help, call (352) 596-1552.

MASARYKTOWN

Music director plans organ recital at church

Organist Michael Bayus will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 18810 U.S. 41. Bayus, using the new virtual pipe organ at the church, will perform selections by Bach, Buxtehude, Cook and others. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the church organ fund. Bayus, who has been blind since shortly after birth, began performing on the organ at age 3. He began formal lessons at 8, received a bachelor's degree in music from Hope College in Holland, Mich, and a master of music degree from the Catholic University of America, where he served as an assistant to Dr. Robert Grogan at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He is currently the music director at St. Mary's.

DISTRICTWIDE

Swiftmud encourages 'skip a week' watering

The Southwest Florida Water Management District, also known as Swiftmud, recently launched a campaign to encourage residents who irrigate their lawns to "Skip a Week" of watering during the cooler months of December, January and February.

Due to four years of drought, all counties within Swiftmud's district, including Hernando, are under one-day-a-week lawn watering restrictions through the end of February. Although not required, it is suggested that irrigating with one-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10–14 days is sufficient in winter.

For water conservation tips, information about the drought and water restrictions, visit Swiftmud's Web site at WaterMatters.org/skipaweek.

SPRING HILL

HPH Hospice offers annual Tree of Life

As part of HPH Hospice's 15th annual Tree of Life, three trees are on display at the HPH office, at Hospice House and at the Hernando Hospice Care Center.

Visitors can stop by HPH Hospice at 12260 Cortez Blvd. between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays to hang an ornament to honor a loved one. Eight different ornaments are available based on a donation amount.

To ensure the ornament is placed on the tree of one's choice, orders must be received no later than Tuesday. Orders can also be placed online at www.hph-hospice.org or by calling the HPH Foundation toll-free at 1-800-486-8784. Additional Trees of Life are available in Pasco and Citrus counties.

COUNTYWIDE

Give some new toys to less fortunate kids

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will host its 11th annual Toy Drive in conjunction with Daystar for needy children in Hernando County. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for children from newborn to 12 years are needed and can be brought to any of the following dropoff sites: RSVP Welcome Center, Harold's Auto, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, Hernando Heritage Museum, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Cortez Community Bank (Spring Hill Drive and Broad Street locations), Country Kitchen Restaurant, Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, the Restaurant and Cloverleaf Retirement Community. The sites will be available for donations through Friday. For information, call RSVP at (352) 796-8117 or Daystar at (352) 397-8419.

COUNTYWIDE

Collectible ornaments depict county scenes

The Hernando County Tourist Development Council is taking orders for the 2009 collectible Christmas ornaments. The two ornaments depict a well known venue in Hernando County. The Hernando County design celebrates the historical heritage of the Chinsegut Hill Manor House, designed by local artist Lynn Simone. The ornament features a gold imprint on a purple mat. A limited number of ornaments signed and numbered by Simone are available for $15, plus tax. Unsigned ornaments are $10, plus tax.The city of Brooksville design honors Rogers' Christmas House Village. The depiction is a silver imprint on a red mat, provided by Brooksville Printing. The original artist of the drawing is unknown. The ornaments are $10 each, plus tax. Order forms are available online at www.naturallyhernando.org, or stop by the Hernando County Welcome Center at 30305 Cortez Blvd. in Ridge Manor West. For information, call (352) 754-4405.

Authors to sign books on caregiving Thursday in Spring Hill 12/09/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 8:23pm]

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