Group will discuss 1940s novel at Lykes Memorial Library
The Brooksville Book Discussion Group will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave. The book to be discussed is The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers.
First published in 1940, the novel became a literary sensation for the then 23-year-old author. The story is about John Singer, a deaf-mute who becomes the confidant for various misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s.
No registration is needed to participate. Copies of the book are limited at the library. For information, call Tina Mraz at (352) 754-4043.
Extension Service will offer various classes
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer the following classes, each at 10 a.m. at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive:
• The Shady Side of Your Landscape, Aug. 19
• Trees for Central Florida, Aug. 26
The following classes will each be at 10 a.m. at the Extension Service office, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville:
• Successful Vegetable Gardening in Florida, Aug. 15
• Groundcovers for Hernando County, Aug. 22
All classes are free. No registration is required. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Marine association hosts 'Run for the Fallen'
The Tampa Area Marine Parents Association will host its second "Run for the Fallen" memorial 5K and 1-mile walk/run Aug. 23 at E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, just off U.S. 41.
The local event is part of a national memorial run that will collectively run 1 mile for every service member killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
All Tampa Bay area residents are invited to participate or to come and show support. Registration will be at 8 a.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the walk/runs.
Preregistration is requested. Call (813) 965-2682 or e-mail kym@usmc familysupport.org.
Dinner will raise money for annual Ethnic Festival
A hoedown dinner to raise funds for the annual Ethnic Festival will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.
The menu includes barbecued spare ribs, chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, corn on the cob, iced tea, coffee and dessert.
Entertainment will be provided.
Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the parish office. Call (352) 688-0663.
Nonprofit for foster kids is looking for donations
Kinship4Kids is seeking donations for a back-to-school backpack program for foster children.
The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization's mission is to locate foster parents and foster adoptive parents for children in the foster care system. All donations are tax-deductible.
Checks can be mailed to Kinship 4Kids at P.O. Box 5450, Spring Hill, FL 34611. For information, call Kathy Burke at (352) 442-7499 or visit the Web site at kinship4kids.com.
Nature Coast Children's Chorale is looking for students in grades 2-12 to audition
The Nature Coast Children's Chorale is accepting registrations for all choirs.
The chorale currently has 65 students registered for the fall and is looking to fill two new choirs:
The Training Choir is a new, nonauditioned choir for children in the second through fifth grades. The choir teaches the basics of good choral singing and proper vocal technique. Rehearsals will be for one hour on Thursday evenings in the chorus room at Powell Middle School, 4100 Barclay Ave., Spring Hill. Auditions can be scheduled for the Boys Choir, which is open to boys in grades 6-12. Both changed and unchanged voices are welcome.
Both choirs will be under the direction of Morgan Burburan, the choral director at West Hernando Middle School.
The other two choirs, which are under the direction of David Pletincks, founder of the NCCC, include the Concert Choir and Treble Choir. Pletincks is also the choir director at Powell Middle School, and for the past four years has received the highest rating of "Superior" at the district choral festival of the Florida Vocal Association.
Students in grades 4-8 can audition for the Treble Choir. Auditions for the Concert Choir are available to girls in grades 8-12. Both choirs will be traveling to New York City in February to perform at Carnegie Hall in a production of Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff.
The NCCC includes Hernando and Pasco county students in public and private schools, as well as those who are homeschooled. For information or to schedule an audition, call (352) 442-7060 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Web site at naturecoastchildrenschorale.org.
Line dance lessons offered in September
The Spring Hill Community Association will sponsor line dance lessons for beginners at 11 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 3-24, at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave.
The instructors are Chip and Stella Cipolla. Dress is casual (no sneakers). The cost is $5 per lesson. To sign up, call the Cipollas at (352) 796-6899.
Dance is scheduled at West Hernando Middle
The Arc Nature Coast will host a Summer Sizzler Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 21 at West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway.
The event will include a DJ, door prizes and food and beverages. Admission is $2.
Donations of door prizes are appreciated. To help out, call Lena at (352) 232-5727 or Nancy at (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.
Train show and swap meet set for Aug. 15
Regal Railways will host a train show and swap meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 15 at Adventureland, 6440 S Florida Ave.
Vendors will have various scales of trains, tracks and accessories available. Admission is $4 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Vendor spaces are available for $10.
For information, call Joe at (727) 244-1341 or visit regal railways.com.
Technical Institute is accepting applications
Withlacoochee Technical Institute is accepting applications for the following programs:
• Industrial Machinery Maintenance Class, 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays, starting Aug. 17. Students will learn to adjust and calibrate automated manufacturing equipment such as industrial robots. Industrial machinery mechanics will have the electrical, electronics and computer programming skills to repair sophisticated equipment on their own. The program is about three semesters for full-time students. The cost is about $1,238 per semester; books, supplies and lab fees are additional.
• Carpentry Class, 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays, starting Aug. 17. Instruction includes classroom and shop experiences in construction carpentry, with training in construction theory, blueprint reading, cost estimating; layout, fabrication, assembly and installation of structures and fixtures; building codes and care of equipment. The program is about two semesters for full-time students. The cost is about $1,238 per semester; books, supplies and lab fees are additional.
• Nursing Assistant Class, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting Aug. 25. There will be some classes scheduled on Saturdays. The program is about 12 weeks. Students will be certified to work in long-term care facilities and earn their CPR Certification. Tuition is about $275; books, supplies and lab fees are additional.
Scholarships are available to students who qualify. All programs above are approved for veterans training.
WTI is at 1201 W Main St. For information and registration, call (352) 726-2430.
Libraries will host free fibromyalgia seminars
A free "Causes and Treatments for Fibromyalgia" seminar will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. It will be presented again at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.
This free seminar is for those diagnosed with fibromyalgia or who are suffering with pain, fatigue, problems sleeping, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. There will be a discussion on a noninvasive breakthrough treatment. The speaker is Mary Bristow, doctor of Oriental medicine, of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to (352) 799-1882.
Volunteers needed for county recreation
The Hernando County Recreation Department is in need of volunteers to help with a number of events the department hosts throughout the year.
Volunteers can serve in several ways: special event staff, parking coordinator or game coordinator. Events include the Father/Daughter Dance, Mother/Son Day, Reggae SunFest, summer programs, Bluesapalooza Festival, Halloween Harvest Festival and several new programs in the works.
Those wishing to get involved may call Marie Warren at (352) 540-6239.
Applicants needed to fill county boards
The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from those wishing to fill vacancies on the following boards:
• Health Care Advisory Board. There are vacancies for a managed care representative, effective through Dec. 31, 2010; a post-secondary education representative, effective through Dec. 31, 2009; and a long-term care representative, effective through Dec. 31, 2009.
• Tourist Development Council. There is a vacancy for a representative of a tourist enterprise collecting the tourist tax. The purpose of the council is to promote tourism opportunities in Hernando County and to oversee the collection and disbursement of the Tourist Development Tax.
Those wishing to apply for either of these volunteer boards must be Hernando County residents and registered voters. Applications are available in the county administrator's office, Room 263 of the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 21.
For information, call (352) 754-4002.
Firearms, knives will be featured at show
The Hernando Sportsman's Club will host a Gun and Knife Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 15 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
The show will feature all types of new, used and antique firearms, knives and related accessories.
Admission is $6 for adults, with youth ages 16 and younger admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For information, call Randie at (352) 799-3605.
Sign up for Women's Outdoor Weekend
Hernando County Recreation will host the second WOW — Women's Outdoor Weekend Nov. 7 and 8 at Lakewood Retreat, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, south of Spring Lake.
The two-day event will include workshops in knot tying, low ropes initiative course, reading a compass, outdoor cooking and how to be happy, healthy and vibrant. Other sessions will be added.
The cost is $125, which includes all meals, sleeping accommodations and all seminars. Payment must be made by check, money order or credit card (no cash). A $50 down payment can be made, with balance due on or before Oct. 1. There is a $25 processing fee for cancellations.
To register, visit the Web site at hernandocounty.us/parks_rec or call (352) 754-4031.
'Retro Style' dance is set for Aug. 15
The Filipino-American Social Club of Hernando and Pasco counties will host the annual "Saturday Night Fever: Disco Dance — Retro Style" from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 15 at Regency Park Civic Center, 10240 Regency Park Blvd.
Entertainment will be provided by DJ Willie with Exclusive New York DJ Entertainment, featuring music from the 1970s and '80s.
This is a potluck event; those attending are asked to bring a dish to share. Dress is retro.
Tickets are $12; children 12 and younger are admitted free. Call Shella Dean at (352) 666-5227, Clovis Cayunda at (352) 686-5519, Nena Schwartz at (727) 992-5492 or Glyen Terborg at (727) 376-3680.
Enter to win a new truck or $10,000
The Hernando Builders Association will host its annual Truck Night Explosion at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
Prizes will be awarded throughout the night, with values ranging from $50 to the final grand prize: a choice of a new truck or $10,000 cash.
Tickets are $50 each, which includes dinner for two and entry in the reverse drawing to win the grand prize.
Only 450 tickets will be sold, and ticket holders must also RSVP to attend but need not be present to win prizes.
Sponsorships for the event are available and range from $25 to $200. Funds raised will benefit the Arc Nature Coast.
For tickets or information, call the association office at (352) 596-1114.