Elementary advisory council to meet
The School Advisory Council at Brooksville Elementary School will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the staff meeting room at the school, 885 N Broad St. Also, the First Grade Readers' Showcase will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the media center. Call the school at (352) 797-7014.
Two financial aid workshops at PHCC
Pasco-Hernando Community College will host two financial aid workshops at the PHCC north campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. The workshops will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 17 and 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24, both in the McKethan Library's computer labs.
Participants will learn how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online and offer tips on how to make an application accurate and timely. Students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian and bring the family's 2009 tax return(s) and W-2s (the tax returns do not have to be filed, but the information is needed to complete the application).
The program will be provided by Karin Glessner, PHCC financial aid advisor. She will also give information about PHCC scholarships.
There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, call (352) 797-5120.
Scouts awards dinner, 100th anniversary
The Boy Scouts of America, Withlacoochee District, will host the annual awards dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive.
The event, hosted by Boy Scout Troop and Pack 303, is also to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts. Speakers include Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent, School Board member James Yant, State Rep. Robert Schenck and Hernando County Recreation manager Harry Johnson, who was one of the first group of Boy Scouts to become Eagle Scout from Troop 303 more than 35 years ago. Troop 303 is the oldest Boy Scout troop in Spring Hill.
Tickets are $15, which includes dinner from Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Que. For tickets, call Valerie Malone at (352) 650-4838. Those wishing to pay by Visa, Mastercard or American Express can call Mandy Harmon at (352) 585-0899.
Hear the sounds of the big bands
The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will present its winter concert, "Big Bands Return — Tribute to Lee Cave" at the following locations:
• 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Hernando Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville.
• 2 p.m. Feb. 21 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
The concerts will feature special guests, Milo's Dixie Band, as well as a clarinet solo of Begin the Beguine performed by Mike Konrad. Some selections to be played during the concert include Blue Tango, Espana Cani, Summertime, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin selections, Ragtime and others.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students in grades K-12. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (352) 597-9555. Visit the Web at hernando symphony.com.
Next best thing to the real Neil Diamond
Brookridge Entertainment will present "America's Diamond, Live," starring Jay White, at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
White has performed as Neil Diamond in more than 8,000 shows in five countries, including more than 1,000 shows during the past five years at the Riviera Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. He has performed on the Tonight Show and at the 1996 Miss Universe Pageant.
Tickets are $15 each. Call Barbara Bahr at (352) 597-4620.
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Women's barbershop chorus to perform
Suncoast Harmony Chorus will present its 24th annual show, "Boot Scootin' Barbershop," at 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Towne Centre Road.
Along with the 35-member women's barbershop chorus, the concert will feature guest performer Lulu, who includes the audience in her performance. Also featured will be Victoria Williams, winner of the Suncoast Harmony Chorus a cappella singing contest.
Suncoast Harmony Chorus is the west-central Florida chapter of Sweet Adelines, International.
Tickets are $12, available by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Suncoast Harmony Chorus, 14275 Brookridge Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. For information, call (352) 597-4376 or (727) 857-4525, or visit the Web at www.suncoast-harmony.com.
Donations needed for charity auction
Hernando County Shrine Club will host its annual auction at 6 p.m. April 3 at Umstead's Family Auction, CCA Charity Auction House, 2035 S Broad St.
The club is seeking donations for the auction such as household items, tools, toys, collectibles, glassware, jewelry, coins, books, antiques, furniture, appliances, paintings and more. Items do not have to be new, but in good condition.
All proceeds will go the Shrine Hospital for Children in Tampa, which treated 425 children from Hernando County in 2009. The hospital treats children, at no cost, for orthopedic problems and burn injuries.
To make arrangements for a donation drop-off or pick-up, call Jack at (352) 666-4980 or Fred at (352) 597-1703.
Run, sing, go birding at Chinsegut center
Chinsegut Nature Center will offer the following events and programs. Unless otherwise noted, all are at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville:
• 14th annual Chinsegut Run and Fun Walk, Feb. 13. Packet pickup and late registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., the 5K run will start at 8:30 and the 1-mile fun walk will start at 8:35 a.m. The course winds through old-growth longleaf turkey oak forest and oak hammocks. Handcrafted awards will be presented. The entry fee is $20 for the 5K and $15 for the walk. Make checks payable to the Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
• Nature and Folk Song Night, 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19. Those attending can bring an instrument, camp chair and flashlight.
• Chinsegut Night Walk, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
• Junior Birding Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 27. For ages 16 and younger, the program includes a bird walk, puppet show, bird games and a bird slide show. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
E-mail email@example.com, visit myfwc.com/chinsegut or call (352) 754-6722.