KERI WIGINTON | Times (2007)
Dale Sloman plays the cornet with other members of Johnny O's Dixieland Band during the first Taste of Jazz festival held at Weeki Wachee Springs last year.
Jazz festival is looking for performers
Local musicians are invited to participate in the "Highlight on Hernando" event that will be part of the Hernando County Fine Arts Council's Taste of Jazz! Festival, Nov. 1-2 at Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way.
Half-hour time slots are available for area jazz musicians who can perform for the full half-hour or just play a few numbers. Participants can be soloists, duos, trios, students, teachers, retirees or recreational players.
The music performed must be jazz.
Performances will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2.
The Taste of Jazz! Festival will include a lineup of Florida jazz musicians, such as Late Night Brass and the Robert Harris Group. The event will also include food from local restaurants, vendors of wearable arts and fine crafts, and children's activities.
General admission will be $4, which will include all Weeki Wachee Springs park amenities.
Proceeds will benefit Hernando County arts organizations through grants that are awarded annually, as well as through several new initiatives, including the Artists in Our Schools residency program that will be launched in the coming year. For information, call Mary Jane Russell at (352) 754-4788 or visit the Web site at www.hernandoarts.org.
Group will discuss "The Double Bind"
The Brooksville Book Discussion Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave.
The book to be discussed is The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian. It's a literary thriller that was on the New York Times bestseller list in 2007. It is about a young woman who works at a homeless shelter, struggling to understand the mysterious photographs taken by a recently deceased male resident, photos that suggest he might be tied to her own past.
A limited number of copies of the book are available at the library. For information, call (352) 754-4043.
Water councils want to hear your ideas
The Southwest Florida Water Management District invites area residents to share ideas concerning potential water resources restoration projects at meetings of the Citrus/Hernando Waterways Restoration Council and the Hernando County Task Force on Monday.
The Waterways Restoration Council will meet at 3 p.m. and the Hernando County Task Force at 3:45 p.m., both in Conference Rooms A and B on the first floor of Swiftmud's district office at 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville.
During the meeting, the task force will consider potential restoration projects to enhance fish and wildlife habitats in Hernando County.
The Citrus/Hernando Waterways Restoration Council is responsible for reviewing data related to lake and river restoration techniques, sport-fishing population recovery, and sand and sediment control. The Hernando County Task Force is part of the council and also submits recommendations to the Florida Legislature in an annual report for funding to address those issues.
For information, call Josie Guillen at (352) 796-7211 or, toll-free, at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4227.
Hospice offers days of volunteer training
Hernando-Pasco Hospice will host training in Brooksville for people interested in being volunteers for the nonprofit agency. The two-day training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 23 at the facility at 698 S Broad St.
Numerous volunteer opportunities are available, including office support, special events, phone calls or patient visitation.
Registration is required. To register or for information, call Anne Clarke at (352) 796-2611.
Want a cat? Visit these adopt-a-thons
Two adopt-a-thons with Home at Last Pet Adoptions are planned for Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 4316 Commercial Way.
A variety of cats and kittens will be available for adoption. All are spayed or neutered, have had age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have identity microchips and have been treated for parasites.
All pets can be viewed online at www.halpetadoptons.pet finder.com. Requests for certain pets to be brought to an adopt-a-thon can be made. Adopt-a-thons are conducted every Saturday at the Petco location.
Home at Last is a nonprofit organization. Fees vary and are tax-deductible. For information, call (352) 476-6832.
Orientation set for those who may adopt
Those interested in adoption are invited to an adoption orientation with the Children's Home Society of Florida at 6 p.m. Monday at 11 N Magnolia Ave.
Case managers will be on hand to speak about the group's adoption services and children needing families.
Founded in 1902 and based in Winter Park, the nationally accredited society is one of the largest and oldest statewide private providers of social services. For information, call (352) 334-0955.
Food managers can take certification test
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will provide a food managers certification course and ServSafe certification test Nov. 17 at the extension office, 19490 Oliver St.
Training and the exam are $100; the manual is $40. Training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by the exam. There is no "exam-only" option.
Certification is required in Florida for food managers of all establishments licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and selected licenses of the Health Department. All agencies accept the ServSafe certification.
Registration is required by Nov. 10. No walk-ins allowed. Call toll-free 1-888-232-8723.
Coast Guard auxiliary offers three programs
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following programs:
• Navigating with GPS (Global Positioning System), 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Cost is $35, which includes a text on using a GPS.
• How to Read a Nautical Chart, 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 8. Topics include types of charts, capabilities and limitations of charts, interpretation of symbols and how to select a chart for use. The cost is $35, which includes text on chart nomenclature.
• America's Boating Course, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Nov. 11-13. This three-day basic course is an overview of boating safety, and includes all information to qualify for the Florida boating safety ID card. The cost is $30, which includes a text.
All programs are at the auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St. To reserve a seat or for information, call John at (352) 573-8155.
The auxiliary provides free vessel safety checks. For an appointment, call Jackie at 666-7239.
Visit the auxiliary's Web site at http://a0701508.uscgaux.info/.
Dinner, dance will honor independence
The community of Masaryktown will celebrate the annual Czechoslovak Independence Day Dinner and Dance on Oct. 26 at the Masaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave.
Dinner will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. Choices are marinated baked chicken or kielbasa, including the trimmings, pastry and coffee.
The cost for the dinner and dancing is $12 for teens and adults; $6 for children 12 and younger. Dance only is $6.
Following the dinner, Mario DeLeon will provide music for dancing, and the Beseda Dancers will entertain.
Tickets will be available at the door. For information, call (352) 796-5433 or 796-7034 (evenings).
Garden club needs help with waterfall
The Spring Hill Garden Club will have the second Great Waterfall Weed Out from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at the waterfall entrance at Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way.
Volunteers will prune, weed and trim the landscape beds. Refreshments will be provided.
Those helping should bring gloves and garden tools. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or Deb Swanson at (352) 686-2013.
Kim's Korner to host a Halloween party
Kim's Korner will host a Halloween Webkinz and Shining Stars Mega-Party from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Outlet Shopping Mall, 3021 Commercial Way.
Children are encouraged to make Halloween costumes for their Webkinz or Shining Stars, then bring them to the event to compete for prizes. Costumes must be handmade by the children and cannot include any pre-made items.
Judging will begin at 3 p.m. Only one entry per child.
The event will also include music and a variety of games and activities, such as face painting by Mr. Armadillo's, a dunk tank, and a Spring Hill Fire Rescue fire truck and smoke house. Free caricatures and karate demonstrations will be provided.
Admission will be $7 per child. Free party T-shirts, while supplies last, will be given to those who preregister. Food, drinks and chips will be available. For information or to register, call Kim at (352) 686-0407 or visit www.kimskornercc.com.