Saturday, March 24, 2018
News Roundup

Hernando club calendar, Feb. 22 and upcoming


Brookridge Line Dance Club: 8150 Hampton St. Beginner lessons, 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays; higher beginner lessons, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays. $2 per lesson. Improver and low intermediate instruction, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays; $3 per lesson. Classes are open to both Brookridge residents and nonresidents. Norma, (352) 397-6088.

Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: 14494 Cortez Blvd. Dinner at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by music by Take Two; $3 cover. For weekly schedule, call (352) 596-2582.

Brooksville Horseshoe Club: 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane (next to the racquetball court and softball field). Richard Watson, (352) 584-4102 or [email protected]

Conservative Christian Teens for America: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Community Bible Church, 5041 Griffin Road. (813) 732-1507.

Genealogy Society of Hernando County: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, LDS Family History Center, 21043 Yontz Road. Dr. Ned Cole will present a program about medical names of the past. Visitors welcome. Kathleen Marsh, (352) 796-1623.

Hernando Audubon Society: Trip to Honeymoon Island, Monday. Call Bev Hansen for details, (352) 686-0460. Meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 28, Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave. Jim Gray will discuss photography of birds and wildlife. Prior to the meeting, there will be baked goods and coffee. Andy Maywalt, (352) 686-8195. Web:

Hernando County Kennel Club: General meeting, 8 p.m. Thursday, Hernando Council Senior Citizens No. 1, 8187 Fort Dade Ave. Weekly dog training classes are offered at 6 p.m. Wednesdays for $10 per class. Carole, (352) 666-1932.

Hernando County Native Plant Society: 7 p.m. March 4, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. Tara Bess, southwest organizer for Florida's Water and Land Legacy Campaign, will speak. Mark Hutchinson, (352) 583-4173.

Italian-American Business Committee: 6 p.m. Thursday, Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway. This is a new group, formed by the Order of the Sons of Italy in America Nature Coast Lodge 2502. Members from any lodge are welcome; nonmembers are welcome, but must eventually join a lodge. RSVP to [email protected] Dennis McKenna, (352) 584-7023 or [email protected], or Linda Campo, (352) 428-4990 or [email protected]

Kiwanis Club of Brooksville: Dinner meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Country Kitchen Restaurant, 20133 Cortez Blvd. Shirl Hammatt, (352) 799-6573.

Kiwanis Club of the Brooksville Ridge: Breakfast meeting, 7:15 a.m. Friday, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd. Rich Linkul, (352) 597-6383. Web: kiwanisof-

Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708: 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. For the weekly schedule of events, visit the website at (352) 597-7979.

Nature Coast Orators Toastmasters Club: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Brooksville Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Terry Weaver, (352) 796-9891 or [email protected]

Rotary Club of Brooksville: Noon Tuesdays, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive (off Croom Road). Terry Weaver, (352) 796-9891. Web:

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary: 1681 E Jefferson St. For weekly schedule, call (352) 796-4449.

Hernando Beach

Hernando Beach Yacht Club: For weekly schedule, call Fleet Capt. Bob Chandler, (352) 799-6068.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236: 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. All-you-can-eat breakfast, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday; $7. Steak shoot, 1 p.m. Feb. 27; $8 per card. (352) 596-9236.

Spring Hill

African-American Club of Hernando County: Carnival Dance, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. Tickets are $20. (352) 666-4867 or (352) 597-8098.

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America: A Spring Hill division is currently being formed. Adults 18 and older who are Irish or of Irish descent are welcome. Call Matt for details, (352) 340-5280.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Winding Waters Chapter: Noon Thursday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. American History Contest winners will speak. Judy, (352) 583-9594.

FDNY Retired Firefighters of NY Association Chapter 343: "Firehouse" breakfast, 10 a.m. Tuesdays, VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Kevin, (813) 528-8239 or Joe, (352) 686-4401.

Grumman Retiree Club, Midwest Florida Chapter: 11 a.m. Thursday, Buffet City, 13235 Cortez Blvd. The business meeting begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch. The lunch is $13. There will be a speaker from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. RSVP to Hank Mehl, (352) 686-2735 or [email protected]

Hernando Computer Club: Membership committee, 10 a.m. Monday. All programs are at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. For class schedule visit or call (352) 684-7171.

Hernando Hills Hi-Lites: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive. This is a women's a cappella chorus. Norma, (352) 540-9192.

Hernando Porcelain Artists: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, LifeSouth Community Blood Center, 12395 Cortez Blvd. Carole Haines will demonstrate how to decorate and fire porcelain with glass beads. Bring a porcelain box, jewelry medallions or pendants, and a box to take it home in. Judy, (352) 592-4814.

High Point Community Line Dance: Classes, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road. $3. Louise Weber, (352) 683-8007.

Illinois Club of Spring Hill: 1 p.m. March 1, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. Annual dues are $12. Rich Bellem, (352) 688-8924.

Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Up 4 Breakfast, 14359 Spring Hill Drive. Dinner is $10 (includes drink, tax and tip). Al Johnson, (352) 684-1661.

Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill: Noon Tuesdays, Pasco-Hernando Community College, Spring Hill Campus, Building B, 450 Beverly Court. Susan Myers, (352) 428-3717. Website:

Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council 6383: 10470 Spring Hill Drive. For weekly schedule call (352) 683-1227 or (352) 686-2650.

Ladies of the British Commonwealth: 10 a.m. Feb. 27, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. After the meeting, a light lunch of tea sandwiches, dessert and tea will be served. All women of British or Commonwealth birth or ancestry, and wives of men born in Britain or the Commonwealth, are welcome. Sheena, (352) 688-6503. Email [email protected]

Lois Club, Spring Hill Chapter: Annual luncheon, noon March 6, Boston Cooker, 5375 Spring Hill Drive. Anyone with the name Lois is invited. Those attending are asked to bring a wrapped gift valued up to $5 for a gift exchange game. RSVP to (352) 796-1201 or 684-0304.

Nature Coast Bridge Club: Bridge games, 12:30 p.m. weekdays, except for Thursdays, which start at 6:30 p.m., Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way. Lois, (352) 686-7283 or [email protected]; or Mary Ellen, (352) 596-1524 or [email protected] Web:

New Jersey Club: Doors open at 11 a.m., meeting at 1 p.m. today, Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. Bring your own lunch. Annual dues must be paid and are $15. A trip to Biloxi is scheduled March 24 to 27 for $159. Call Annette for details, (352) 683-8752.

Opera Lovers Club: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Forest Glenn Retirement Village, 1431 Friar Tuck Lane. The topic is Die Fledermaus. Kathy Hoover, (352) 688-4741. Email [email protected] Web:

Poor Rich's Chess Club: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, cafeteria, Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. J.C., (352) 678-6987, or Andy, (352) 686-8195.

Rotary Club of Spring Hill: 7:45 a.m. Thursdays, IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way. Judy Hughes, (352) 597-4853, or Carol McElroy, (352) 684-6840.

Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central: 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, Silverthorn Country Club, 4450 Golf Club Lane. Robin, (352) 797-4645.

Senior/Baby Boomer Singles Dance: 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays, Spring Hill Domino Club, 15120 County Line Road. Admission is $3. Sheila, (352) 293-4009.

Sons of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502: 5:30 p.m. today, Towne Square Family Restaurant, 3021 Commercial Way. Richard Sanvenero, (352) 263-7829, or Rose Salute, (352) 796-7714. Upcoming trip to Biloxi, April 9 to 12 for $352 (includes airfare). Call Joe for details, (352) 688-9234. Web:

Spring Hill Art League: Drawing/painting the figure workshop with artist Michael Nicholson, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2, Nicholson Engineering Associates, 7468 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. $30 for members; $40 for nonmembers. RSVP to Jana, (727) 271-2787 or

Spring Hill Garden Club: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. Jane Maxwell will discuss earthworm castings fertilizer. There will be a plant auction and refreshments. Nonmembers welcome. (352) 683-9933. Web:

Spring Hill Moose Lodge 521: Two "outstanding men of valor" from the Hernando County sheriff's and fire departments will be honored at the breakfast, which will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, 5214 Mariner Blvd. For weekly events, call (352) 683-5666. Web:

Spring Hill Toastmasters Club: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Journey Christian Center, 3233 Commercial Way. [email protected] Web:

St. Theresa Social Club: Monthly luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, parish hall, 1107 Commercial Way. Roberta, (352) 688-2315. Bingo is at 5:45 p.m. Mondays; call Evelyn for details, (352) 683-1532.

Suncoast Ship Model Society: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Center, 3357 Susan Drive. All interested modelers welcome. Jim, (352) 592-6419.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209: Double Play, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Annie and Friends karaoke, 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. For weekly events, call (352) 796-0398.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681: 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road For weekly events, call (727) 856-1860.

Weeki Wachee

Hernando Harmonizers Men's Barbershop Chorus: 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. Mondays, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. This is a men's a cappella chorus. Guests are asked to call (352) 556-3936 prior to a visit.

Hernando Herb Society: 1 p.m. Monday, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. Soups and breads will be served. Annual dues are $10. Guests welcome, but reservations are required. RSVP to Jean Ann Swenson, (352) 540-6187.

Michigan Club: 12:30 to 3 p.m. today, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Dave or Barb Selbach, (352) 592-9663, or Martha Wauters, (352) 293-4177.

Monday Night Singles: 7 p.m. Mondays, Nellie's Restaurant, 6234 Commercial Way (Weeki Wachee Village). For singles 50 and older. Joanne, (352) 596-6969, or Phyllis, (352) 596-3125.

Weeki Wachee Area Club: Bingo, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 7442 Shoal Line Blvd. (352) 596-3316.

Citrus County


Nature Coast Disc Golf Club: Handicap round of 19 holes of disc golf, 10 a.m. Sundays (sharp), Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., off U.S. 41. Buz Ryalls-Clephane, (352) 584-5078, or Brandi Laudermilch, (352) 263-4475.

Pasco County


Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520: 9135 Denton Ave. For weekly events, call (727) 863-2520.

Polish-American Social Club: 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Polonia Dinner Dance, 12:15 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A traditional Polish dinner will be served. $11 for members and $13 for nonmembers. Lunch and entertainment, Feb. 27. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch noon to 1:30 p.m., show and dancing from 2 to 4 p.m. Carole Caderette will play the autoharp and keyboard. $8. RSVP to Dolores, (352) 596-4802, or Josephine, (727) 862-1520.


General Motors Retirees Club: Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 27, Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave. The cost for lunch is $11. RSVP to Susan Flowers, (727) 859-4445.

Send information for the Clubs column to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133; or email [email protected] (put the club's name in email subject line). Deadline for this news is two weeks before event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number is missing. For information, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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