Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Children's Day to benefit Our Baby R.I.A.


Children's Day to benefit Our Baby R.I.A.

Weeki Wachee Springs will host Children's Day, in conjunction with the Our Baby R.I.A. Foundation, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9, at 6131 Commercial Way.

Children 10 and younger will be admitted free with a paid adult admission. Admission is $24.95, plus tax, for adults and youth ages 13 and older; the park will donate $5 for every paid ticket to Our Baby R.I.A. Foundation.

Various services and activities will be available for children, such as free eye exams by Wal-Mart Vision Center, games and bouncers with Tri County Inflatables, and a demonstration by the Hernando County Sheriff's K-9 Unit. The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will have an activity and provide information on voluntary prekindergarten programs.

Also, Hernando County Commissioner Diane Rowden will make a special appearance as she participates during a live mermaid show that day at the attraction.

Our Baby RIA Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to get a pediatric intensive care facility to serve children of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. Information is available online at For information, call Weeki Wachee Springs at (352) 596-2062 or visit online at


Luau to help fight childhood obesity

Genesis Health and Fitness, in partnership with Explorer K-8 School, will host a Luau Fundraiser to Fight Childhood Obesity in Hernando County from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the fitness center, 8411 Balm St., off U.S. 19 (just north of Outback Steakhouse).

The event is a catered luau-style party that will include carnival games, jumping castles, mermaids and belly dancers. There will also be a blood drive with LifeSouth Community Blood Center's bloodmobile from 4 to 6 p.m.

All funds raised will be matched by Genesis and will go toward putting a child through two months of the facility's "Kids in Motion" program, which costs $180 per child. The program is for children ages 6 through 13. Those interested can sponsor a child with a donation of $90, or give a smaller donation or help out by purchasing chances to win prizes in the various carnival games, such as the football toss, basketball challenge, tic-tac-toe and the Dunk Your Trainer.

For information, call 597-9383.


Stage West to hold auditions for 2 shows

Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., will conduct auditions for the following shows:

• The Uninvited, 7 p.m. Aug. 15 and 1 p.m. Aug. 16. The cast includes six women and four men ages 20-60. Performances include a preview Oct. 7 and shows on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 10-19. For information, contact the director, Andrea Gleason, at or (352) 686-4988.

• 1776, 7 p.m. Aug. 29 and 1 p.m. Aug. 30. The musical includes a cast of 25 men of varying ages and two women in their late 20s or early 30s. There is no chorus. Those auditioning should come prepared to sing, with sheet music. A pianist will be provided. There will be readings from the script. Rehearsals will begin the first week of September, with the show opening Nov. 4. The director is Barbara Everest and musical director is Bobbi Moger. For information, contact Barbara at or (352) 683-4302.


Dinner's speaker to talk about happiness

The After 5 Connection Christian Women's Club will host a Country Gatherin' Dinner from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Heather Golf and Country Club, 7406 St. Andrew's Blvd.

The speaker will be Jo Ayres of DeBary; her topic is "Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A." Musician John Lain will entertain.

The cost is $10. Reservations are required by Aug. 7. Call Pauline at (352) 688-5687 or Marian at (352) 666-1256.

Children's Day to benefit Our Baby R.I.A. 07/25/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 8:59am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Entrance lanes close on eastbound I-4 in Plant City following semi crash


    An eastbound entrance lane to Interstate 4 is blocked Tuesday morning following a semi crash, according to broadcast reports.

  2. Gov. Rick Scott could soon be the all-time king of line-item veto


    2016: $256,144,027

    2015: $461,387,164

    2014: $68,850,121

    2013: $367,950,394

    2012: $142,752,177

    2011: $615,347,550

    Only once has Scott used the line-item veto sparingly. That was in 2014, the year he ran for re-election, when he removed a paltry $69 million from the budget.

    Gov. Rick Scott waves a veto pen at The Villages in 2011.
  3. Rays morning after: An up-and down day for Jose De Leon


    Rays RHP Jose De Leon had a busy Monday - getting called up to join the Rays for the first time and making his way from Pawtucket, R.I., to Boston and the flying to Texas, working 2 2/3 eventful innings to get the W in the 10-8 victory over the Rangers, and then getting optioned back to Triple-A.

    Jose De Leon follows through in the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on May 29, 2017.
  4. Resignation of communications director Dubke could signal more changes within White House staff


    WASHINGTON — Mike Dubke has resigned as White House communications director, a senior administration official confirmed Tuesday, in the first of what could be a series of changes to President Trump's senior staff amid the growing Russia scandal.

    President Donald Trump speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 29, 2017, during a Memorial Day ceremony. [Associated Press]
  5. Trump pays somber tribute to fallen troops on Memorial Day


    ARLINGTON, Va. — President Donald Trump expressed the nation's "boundless" gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice paid by Americans defending the United States, dedicating his first Memorial Day address as commander in chief to a top Cabinet secretary and two other families who lost loved ones.

    Brittany Jacobs, left, watches as her 6-year-old son Christian Jacobs meets President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, May 29, 2017, in Arlington, Va. Jacobs father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, was killed in 2011. [Associated Press]