Send a valentine in four-part harmony
Several area barbershop choruses are offering singing valentines by quartets:
• The D'Lites Quartet of the Hernando Hills Hi-Lites women's barbershop chorus is taking reservations for singing valentines on Saturday and Sunday. The quartet will perform two songs. Women receive a rose and men get a box of candy. Both get a valentine card and commemorative photo of the event. The cost is $40. Call Jeannine at (352) 683-4936.
• Quartets with the Hernando Harmonizers men's barbershop chorus will deliver singing valentines today, Saturday and Sunday to residents and business people throughout Hernando County. Recipients will receive a serenade of two love songs, a silk red rose, a personalized valentine card and a photo of the occasion. The cost is $40, with a portion of proceeds to benefit HPH Hospice. Call Gene at (352) 684-7931 or Art at (352) 688-1182.
• A Sweet Adeline quartet, 4 The Fun of It, will deliver signing valentines on Sunday in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. The quartet is with Suncoast Harmony Chorus, a women's barbershop chorus. Recipients receive two love songs, a rose and valentine card. The cost is $30. Call Claudia at (352) 592-5005.
Financial Peace preview is tonight
Christian Church in the Wildwood will host a free preview of the Financial Peace University program at 7 p.m. today in Building B at the church, 10051 Country Road.
The program, which is designed to help participants get out of debt, will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, starting Feb. 26. The cost is $100 per family.
For information, call (352) 596-1388, ext. 224. Visit online at www.ccwildwood.com.
Weeki Wachee High orientation is soon
Weeki Wachee High School will open in August for ninth- and 10th-grade students.
To allow students an opportunity to select their electives and obtain information on extra-curricular activities that will be offered, the following orientations programs have been scheduled:
• 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Fox Chapel Middle School, 9412 Fox Chapel Lane, Spring Hill.
• 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25, West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville.
• 6:30 p.m. March 4, Powell Middle, 4100 Barclay Ave.; Explorer K-8, 10252 Northcliffe Blvd.; and Gulf Coast Academy, 10444 Tillery Road, all in Spring Hill.
• 6:30 p.m. March 9, Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville.
• 6:30 p.m. March 11, Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
Weeki Wachee High will be the first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) high school in Hernando County. LEED certification is the "green" building rating system that focuses on environmental awareness.
For information, call (352) 797-7000.
Heritage Day focuses on timber, logging
Hernando Heritage Museum's 30th annual Heritage Day will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at the museum, 601 Museum Court.
This year's event, which is to honor the heritage of Hernando County, will highlight the timber and logging industry.
There will be museum tours, historic exhibits, crafts, demonstrations, a silent auction and food available. For information, call (352) 799-7138.
Variety show includes classic popular tunes
The Hernando Hills Hi-Lites will present the 17th annual Harmony on Parade, "Songs for All Seasons," at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd.
This will be a variety show that will include classic and favorite show tunes such as I'm Always Chasing Rainbows and Easter Parade.
There will be performances by the Hi-Lites' popular D'Lites Quartet, Jessica Doolittle and the Sunset men's barbershop quartet.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students 18 and younger. Group prices are available.
The Hi-Lites, a women's barbershop chorus, is a chartered member of Harmony Inc. For information or tickets, call Tessie at (352) 686-4122.
Low-cost shots help pets, Teaching Zoo
Florida International Teaching Zoo's veterinary staff will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at Tractor Supply, 18741 Cortez Blvd.
Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $6. Dog distemper/parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots are $14, and dog kennel cough/bordetella shots are $15. All vaccinations will be administered by a veterinarian.
Documentation is provided. All proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that benefit the Teaching Zoo facility under construction in Bushnell. For information, call (352) 867-7788.
Starburst Duo to play at monthly dance
The High Point Community February Dance will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 20 at the High Point Clubhouse, 12249 Clubhouse Road.
Music will be provided by the Starburst Duo. Coffee will be provided; guests can bring their own beverages;.
Tickets are $5. Table reservations for groups of six or more must be made in advance. Call (352) 596-2827.
Free concert features yodeling, country
Yodeling Sweetheart Joyce Leonard and Tumbleweed Phil will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Blueberry Hill RV Park, 6233 County Road 609.
Joyce and Phil Leonard sing traditional country-western, gospel and yodeling selections. Joyce is a championship yodeler and the couple are in the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame and America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.
Performing with the Leonards will be Fred Thompson on steel guitar and vocals, Frenchie Boucher on bass guitar and vocals, and Bill Bryant on drums.
Admission is free. An offering will be taken. For information, call (989) 400-7597.
Learn to be an umpire at annual clinic
Hernando Sumter Umpire Association is offering its annual umpire clinic at 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex on Anderson Snow Road. Another clinic will be offered at 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at the complex.
The clinic trains new umpires for youth, adult league baseball and softball games.
The clinic is open to ages 16 and up, and costs $20; participants receive the MLB rule book and handouts. Participants will take a 100-question test based on Major League Baseball, high school, AAU, USSSA, Dixie Baseball and Softball, and Little League rules.
For information or to register, call Jerry Theilen at (352) 428-0071 or e-mail hernandosumter email@example.com.
Poker tournament benefits veterans
A Texas hold'em poker tournament to benefit Standing Tall for Veterans will be from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place.
The cost is $40 for those who pay by Wednesday or $50 at the door. A one-time rebuy of $20 for half of the original amount of chips will be at 9 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Winners will be determined by the top three players with the most chips at 11 p.m. Walmart gift cards will be awarded to winners.
For information, call Jim Brooks at (352) 585-2928 between 6 and 9 p.m.
Journey Fest features Charlie Daniels Band
The Charlie Daniels Band will headline Journey Fest 2010, which will be Feb. 26-28 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake.
The three-day musical event will showcase more than 35 bands on multiple stages throughout the grounds. Charlie Daniels, who has topped rock, country, pop and Christian music charts, will close out the weekend, starting at 3 p.m. Feb. 28.
The event will also feature Atlanta-based Blackberry Smoke, an up-and-coming premiere Southern rock band who has shared the stage with ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Shooter Jennings.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Feb. 26, and at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 and 28. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased for a day or for the weekend. Camping is also available.
Visit journeyfest.org or call (352) 754-3082.
On April 24, walk a mile in high heels
The Dawn Center, in partnership with Shiloh Problem Solvers and youth from the MOST Club, will host Hike in Heels — Walk a Mile in Her Shoes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24 in the practice field across from Star Education Center, 1036 Varsity Drive.
Walkers, volunteers, exhibitors and vendors are needed for the event, which is to increase awareness of sexual violence and promote social change.
Men, women and children are encouraged to participate by walking 1 mile in women's high-heeled shoes. Those who sign up as walkers collect pledges.
Contact Dawn Easter at the Dawn Center at (352) 592-1288 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.dawncenter.org.
Blood drive pits deputies, firefighters
The annual Guns and Hoses Blood Drive will kick off Thursday at Spring Hill Fire Rescue, 3445 Bob Hartung Court, Spring Hill, and at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, 18900 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
The drive, which continues through May 31, teams up firefighters against law officers to generate blood donations for the LifeSouth Community Blood Center.
The goal is to see which team, the Guns from the Sheriff's Office or the Hoses from Spring Hill Fire Rescue, can attract the most donors.
The winning team will receive a trophy and bragging rights.
All those who donate blood will receive a recognition gift item and a complimentary cholesterol screening.
Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID at the time of donation. Donors who are 16 must have written parental consent to donate.
For information, call (352) 596-2002.
Beatles tribute band performs Feb. 20
Tickets are available for the Live-n-Let Die Experience, which will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd.
This rock 'n' roll tribute band, created by Eddie Toye, pays homage to the music of the Beatles and other musicians inspired by the Beatles. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.
The concert is a benefit for the Springstead High School choral program. Tickets can be purchased online at . For information, call (352) 797-7010, ext. 221, or (352) 476-9086.
Scholarships are open to high school seniors
The following organizations are accepting scholarship applications from graduating Hernando County high school seniors:
• Glen Lakes Garden Club will award a $1,000 horticulture scholarship. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must carry at least a 2.5 grade point average and be planning on majoring in college in a field such as agriculture, horticulture, landscape design, environmental studies, botany, turf management or a related field. Financial need is also a factor.
Application forms are available in the guidance offices of all Hernando County high schools. Students in private schools or who are homeschooled can access the Springstead High School Web site and download a scholarship form at hcsb.k12.fl.us/shs. All applications must be received by March 29.
• Hernando Builders Association's Spike Club will award four $500 scholarships to graduates to further their construction-oriented education (drafting, architecture and design, air-conditioning and refrigeration, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, construction management, engineering, etc.). Scholarships will be granted primarily on the basis of merit; secondarily, on the basis of need. Students will be evaluated on their leadership abilities, academic achievements, extracurricular activities, ambition, motivation and attitude.
Applications are available at county high school guidance departments, as well as the HBA office, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville. All applications must be returned to the HBA office by April 16. For information, call (352) 596-1114.
Operation Prom seeks dresses, tuxedos
The General Federation of Women's Clubs, Spring Hill Service League has started up Operation Prom, again teaming up with Imperial Cleaners and Hernando High School to offer free prom dresses to those who cannot afford them. Donations of prom dresses, tuxedos and other formal wear and accessories are needed. Those wishing to donate formal wear can drop items off at any Imperial Cleaners location in Hernando County, which will dry-clean them at no cost, then pass them on to Operation Prom.
Operation Prom will have all dresses available at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. For information, call Dee Smith at (352) 597-1103. Contact Hernando High School at (352) 797-7015; contact Imperial Cleaners at (352) 688-1387, (352) 544-1069 or (352) 596-4644.
Women's group hosts fashion show
The St. Theresa Council of Catholic Women will host a fashion show, "A Rainbow of Fashions," on March 3 in the parish hall at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way.
Fashions will be presented by Bon Worth. A sit-down luncheon will be catered by John Mason.
Tickets are $18 and are available in the parish office. For information and reservations, call Marilyn at (352) 688-5391.