Aviation Authority meeting on Friday
The Hernando County Aviation Authority has scheduled a meeting for noon Friday at the Airport Office, 15800 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville.
Authority members are appointed by the County Commission to review and make recommendations on airport- related issues.
For information, call (352) 754-4061.
Officials on hand for business conference
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the USF Small Business Development Center will host the second annual growth conference from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 in the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent will be at the meeting, which is part of a series of town hall meetings with legislative and congressional representatives touring a 10-county area as part of National Small Business Week.
The open forum offers business owners an opportunity to discuss issues impacting their businesses.
Boxed lunches will be available for purchase. Advance registration is required.
For information or to register, log on to www.sbdctampabay.com or call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
Retired firefighters host benefit sale
The Retired NYC Firefighters of Spring Hill, Chapter 343, will have a garage sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 and 21 at 1229 Muscovy Drive.
Funds raised will benefit the Sept. 11 memorial site at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209. For information, call (352) 686-4401.
Get expert lawn care lowdown in this class
Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a free horticulture class, "Caring for a Florida Lawn," at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The speaker is urban horticulture agent Jim Moll, who will discuss fertilization, water requirements and how to care for your lawn. Participants will learn how to recognize and treat issues before they become problems.
There is no registration; first come, first seated. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Arts, culture benefit gets started Saturday
A Leggio Arts and Culture Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts, 10455 County Line Road.
The event includes ethnic foods, arts and crafts for children, auctions, a talent show, carnival games, bounce house, face painting and other activities. Funds raised benefit the school's scholarship program. For information, call (352) 683-8395.
County looking for volunteers for boards
The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications to fill vacancies on these boards:
• Fine Arts Council, one seat, effective through Dec. 31, 2013.
• Library Advisory Committee — one seat, effective through Dec. 31, 2012.
The positions are volunteer. Applicants must be Hernando County residents and registered voters.
Applications are available in the county administrator's office, Room 263, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. May 27. For information, call (352) 754-4000, ext. 20124.
Pirate theme adds perks for blood donors
A "Pirates of the Caribbean" Blood Drive with the LifeSouth bloodmobile will be from 2 to 8 p.m. May 20 at Walmart, 13300 Cortez Blvd.
Donors will receive limited edition Pirate of the Caribbean T-shirts and can enter raffles to win a variety of "pirate booty." Food and beverages will be provided.
For information, call LifeSouth Community Blood Center at (352) 596-2002 or toll-free at 1-888-795-2707, ext. 42005.
The pins will fly in a good cause July 16
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Youth Education Services is hosting the 11th annual Bowling Extravaganza July 16 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way. Registration will begin at noon and bowling starts at 1 p.m.
Sponsorships and registrations are now being accepted. The entry fee is $150 per team (includes four bowlers with three games of bowling, shoe rental and a lane sponsorship); team only is $75 (for four bowlers). Lane sponsors are $100. Individual bowlers can participate for $20 each.
Funds raised from the event benefit the sheriff's YES, a nonprofit group formed to develop programs for youth. For registration forms, call Sue Raffensperger at (352) 754-6830, ext. 53660. Printable registration forms are also available online at hernandosheriff.org.
Blood center offering contests for donors
In its efforts to increase donations of blood, LifeSouth Community Blood Center will offer donors several contests:
Those who donate between now and May 31 will be entered into raffles to win a 7-foot lighthouse and a Nook e-reader.
During May, June and July, the LifeSouth Center will be decorated in themes and donors will be treated to free lunch on Wednesdays. All donors in May will receive a ball cap, June donors will receive T-shirts and July donors receive sunglasses with Croakies.
The blood center, at 12395 Cortez Blvd., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Donors must be 16 or older (16-year-olds must have written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. All donors must present photo identification.
For information, call (352) 596-2002.
Antiques appraisal show coming May 21
St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 will present the fourth annual Spring Antiques Appraisal Show from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 21 in Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd.
The event will feature Dale Smrekar, a certified personal property appraiser who will give verbal appraisals on collectables, fine art, jewelry, coins and paper money, oil paintings, sports memorabilia, antique guns, antique swords and knives, vintage toys and other collectables. Smrekar is certified by Appraisers Guild of America and his appraisals meet Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices, and are accepted by local court systems, insurance companies and the IRS.
Nothing will be purchased or sold at the event. Only verbal appraisals will be given. The cost is $5 per item appraised.
Refreshments will be available. For information, call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767.
Come in uniform to USO dinner and dance
The Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Assembly 1721, will host a USO dinner and dance May 21 at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6.
The menu includes ziti, meatballs, sausage and bread. Music will be provided by Tammie Sue and Charlie.
Guests are encouraged to dress in accordance to the USO theme of the event. Those who served in the military can wear or bring any articles from their branch of service.
Tickets are $10 each. Funds raised will help support the veterans at the Fisher House in Tampa. For information or tickets, call Jim De Marco at (352) 683-7290.