Volunteers can apply for two city boards
The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications for the following volunteer boards:
• Beautification Board. There is one position to fill an unexpired four-year term through Dec. 31, 2013.
• Planning and Zoning Commission. There is one alternate position to fill an unexpired four-year term through Dec. 31, 2013. Applicants must be city residents.
To apply for either board, an application must be completed, with an authorization for a background check. Applicants for both boards must be registered Florida voters. Applications are available in the city clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. For information, call (352) 540-3810.
Harvest of Homes offers tours, exhibits
The Historic Hernando Preservation Society will host "Harvest of Homes" tours Nov. 11 and 12. Tours will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 11, and 2 and 4 p.m. Nov. 12, leaving from Enchilada's Mexican Restaurant, 128 N Broad St.
Three historic homes in Hernando County will be on the tour, where there will be artists displaying their work, a performance by a local musician, a paleontology exhibit and an archaeological exhibit pertaining to the Mayan culture. Also, Chinsegut Hill will offer wine tasting to help promote its "Save the Hill" campaign. Guests will also be treated to dinner at Enchilada's.
Tickets are $25 each, which includes the tour, dinner and membership in the Historic Hernando Preservation Society.
For details or tickets, call Mary at (813) 470-0085.
Dinner show benefits veterans organization
A dinner show fundraiser for Standing Tall for Veterans, "Music and the Military — Honoring the Greatest Generation," will be presented from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 12 at Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. The event will feature music from the World War II and big band eras. Music will be provided by Take Two and Midlife Crisis. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For information, call Kathy at the lodge, (352) 596-2582.
Fair brings a taste of Scandinavian culture
The Sons of Norway Sun Viking Lodge will host a Scandinavian Cultural Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. The event will include a variety of Scandinavian foods and baked goods, rosemaling (Norwegian rose painting), knitted and other cultural items, a woodcarving table, books and a "Viking auction." There will also be a table of rosemaled items by artist Joan Dahl. For information, call Elsie at (352) 666-2220 or Nellie at (727) 846-1584.
United Methodist hosts seasonal bazaar
The United Methodist Women will host a seasonal bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive. The event will include seasonal and holiday crafts, home decor, jewelry, handmade items and a bake sale. Food will be available, including doughnuts, hot dogs, homemade chili, nachos and cheese, and ice cream. For information, call Donna Miller at (352) 683-9505.
Christmas toy drive accepting donations
The Freedom Chapter of ABATE of Florida, along with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and area merchants, is collecting donations for the 2011 Hernando County Christmas Toy Drive through Dec. 10. Donations of unwrapped toys and games, or Walmart gift cards, are being collected and will go to Hernando County children in need.
Drop-off locations include: R Place at the Crossroads, Golden Corral, 2 My Place Bar, Coney Island Drive Inn, the Jeweler Man, VFW Post 8713, Beef O'Brady's at Mariner Square, American Legion Post 99, and 98 North Burgers and Booze. For information, contact Benica Fox at (352) 345-7278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Win a cruise in raffle from Humane Society
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is conducting a fundraiser raffle for a five-day cruise for two on Carnival's Paradise through the western Caribbean, with ports of call in Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
The cruise departs Feb. 11 from the Port of Tampa. Tickets are available through Nov. 13 for $1 each.
The drawing will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at the annual Nature Coast Pet Expo at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane.
Ticket holders do not need to be present to win, but if the winner is present, he or she will receive an additional $100 in cash. The cruise, with an estimated value of $700, has been donated by Glenn Harsin.
Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, a no-kill shelter for homeless, neglected and abused animals. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Humane Society shelter at Mobley and Wiscon roads or at humanerescue.org.
Food for families at DayStar Food Pantry
Now through Jan. 1, the DayStar Life Center Food Pantry will provide food to families from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at DayStar, 7120 Hope Hill Road, behind St. Anthony Catholic Church.
The food pantry provides, for example, a family of four with meat, butter, bread, pastries, and nonperishable items.
DayStar is a ministry of St. Anthony and has been in operation since 1983. Volunteers are needed, and donations are welcome.
For pantry and thrift shop donations or volunteer information, call (352) 799-5930 or visit the website at daystarlifecenter.org.
High Point Library will sell books Nov. 5
The High Point Volunteer Library will host a book sale from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road. Prices will vary. For information, call Vivian Henegar at (352) 596-8485.
Veterans Appreciation Parade route, lineup
The annual Veterans Appreciation Parade will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 in downtown Brooksville. The lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. The parade route will head south on Main Street, east on Liberty Street, north onto Magnolia Avenue, through the courthouse parking lot and across Jefferson Street, west on Fort Dade Avenue and back to the parking lot. The lineup includes the Hernando High School band, Operation PRIDE, the Hernando Sportsman's Club, Central High School Junior ROTC, the Hernando County sheriff's honor guard, the Winding Waters Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion Post 99, Weeki Wachee Base Submarine Veterans, the Spring Hill Wingnuts, Conservative Christian Teens for America, Young Marines, and others. Additional participants are welcome. For information, contact Anna Liisa Covell at (352) 544-0680.