Rockin' event to fund children's charities
The Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast will have the fifth- annual Rockin' Thru the Ages Charity Event on March 6 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.
Cocktail hour will be at 6 p.m., which will include entertainment by John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts. A buffet dinner will be at 7 p.m., followed by dancing to the music from the 1950s through '80s from the Out of Control Band.
There will be an optional costume contest: Come dressed in your favorite decade attire from the 1940s to 1980s.
Decade sponsors include Spring Hill and Brooksville Regional Hospitals, Rose and Larry Milks and HPH Hospice. Other sponsorships are available.
Tickets to the event are $38.50 per person. Proceeds will benefit children's charities. Visit kiwanisnaturecoast.org or call Deborah Cutlip at (352) 684-9137 for information.
Workshop will offer Florida-friendly tips
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, Hernando County Utilities and the Southwest Florida Water Management District will offer a Florida-friendly landscaping workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Hernando County Realtors Association, 7231 Sunshine Grove Road.
The keynote speaker will be Pam Brown, who was featured in Yard Work programs on WTSP-Ch. 10 for seven years and Pinellas Planting for the Pinellas County Communications cable network for three years. She will discuss "What Your Florida-Friendly Landscape Can Be."
Other speakers include Michael Molligan with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, who will discuss "Interpreting Senate Bill 2080," and Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program coordinator John Korycki, who will discuss "Florida-Family Landscaping in Deed-Restricted Communities." Special guests will include Hernando County Administrator David Hamilton and water district executive director Lou Kavouras.
The cost is $5. Hernando County Utilities customers who attend may qualify for a rebate on their registration fee (one rebate per household).
Class size is limited. Registration is accepted on a first-paid basis. Checks should be made payable to the Hernando County Extension Program Account and dropped off or mailed to the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL 34601. Call (352) 754-4433.
Events scheduled to help cancer society
The following events are scheduled to benefit the American Cancer Society's Spring Hill Relay for Life:
• Yard sale, 8 a.m. to noon today, Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
• Cut-For-A-Cure and Craft Fair, noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 27, Colour Concepts Hair Salon, 13141 Spring Hill Drive (Linden Commons). Funds raised will benefit the "Fighting Like Girls" Relay for Life team for the American Cancer Society. There will be $15 haircuts, with money donated to the Relay for Life team. Local vendors will sell arts and crafts. There will also be raffles, prizes and food. Donations welcome. Call Andrea Means-Montmarquet, (352) 573-9450, or the salon, (352) 683-8184.
• All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti and Meatballs dinner, 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27, at Up 4 Breakfast, 14359 Spring Hill Drive. The cost is $7 (children 5 and younger eat free). Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the restaurant. There will be raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Call (352) 686-4185.
• Kiwanis Spring Hill will host a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. March 5 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave. Includes spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, bread, salad, dessert and coffee or tea. Take-outs available. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children younger than 12. Call (352) 596-5623.
• Bowling 4 A Cure, 2 p.m. March 14, at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Hosted by Up 4 Breakfast team. Register as an individual or team of four. The cost is $15 per person, which includes three games and shoe rental. Lane sponsorships available for $100, which includes four bowlers and advertisement above lane. Sponsorship deadline is March 7. Prizes will be awarded. Call John, (352) 686-4185, or Maureen, (352) 200-5853.
Academy hosts prospective students
Hernando Christian Academy will host an open house at 6 p.m. Thursday at 7200 Emerson Road. Prospective students and parents are invited. For information, call (352) 796-0616, ext. 121.
Create 'soul art' at mixed-media class
Soul Art, a mixed-media collage class, will be offered from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hernando POPS, 417 W Jefferson St.
Participants will create a unique piece of "soul art" with any items, such as paper, texture, found objects, paints, oils, pastels and fabric. The workshop will be led by artist Maria Greene, who specializes in acrylic painting, polymer clay mosaic art and mixed-media collage.
The cost is $45; all materials provided. Preregistration is required. Contact Greene at (352) 238-2998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youngsters can learn the basics of acting
Hernando County Recreation will offer a basic acting class from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Feb. 27 to March 20, at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.
The class is for youth ages 8-15. Those who complete the program will be eligible for the regular acting program. The instructor is Vince Vanni. The cost is $35 (family discounts available). For information or to register, call the recreation office at (352) 754-4031.
Know gardening? Apply to be a master
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service is seeking applicants for the 2010 Master Gardener volunteer program. The program is open to anyone with a strong interest in gardening, a willingness to learn, a desire to share wise gardening practices with others and the time to volunteer.
Those interested must attend a mandatory get-acquainted session to learn more about the program. Two sessions will be offered: 2 p.m. March 5 or 9:30 a.m. March 12, both at the Extension office, 1653 Blaise Drive.
Registration is required for the informational session. RSVP to (352) 754-4433.
The Master Gardener 12-week training will be offered Fridays, starting April 9. The cost for the training, which includes all reference books and materials, is $135 per person, or $150 per couple who wish to share materials. Classes will alternate between the Brooksville Extension office and the Dade City Extension office.
Master gardeners must volunteer 75 hours of service their first year and participate in at least 10 hours of continuing education. After the first year, 35 volunteer hours are required per year.
VFW post schedules sing-a-long and show
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681 will present Crazy Carol March 14 at the post, 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road.
There will be a sing-a-long at 2 p.m., the show starts at 3 p.m. and a corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $15 per person and are available in the canteen or at the door. Tables for six or more can be reserved.
For reservations or information, call Mary at (352) 650-8366 or the post at (727) 856-1860.
Swamp Festival plans art, games and food
The Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 7 at Linda Pedersen Park, 6400 Shoal Line Blvd.
The annual event will feature more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, a food court, a game area for children and drawings of more than 200 prizes throughout the weekend.
There will be continuous entertainment with performances of folk, country, instrumental, cloggers, singers, dancers and more. The master of ceremonies is Eddie McConnell. A new "swamp monster" will be crowned.
Also, Swamp Fest Bingo will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 6 at the Weeki Wachee Area Club.
There will be no charge for parking. Admission will be $2 at the gate; ages 12 and younger admitted free.
The event is organized by the Hernando Environmental Land Protector, Weeki Wachee Crime Watch and Weeki Wachee Area Club. For information, call (352) 596-3757 or (352) 597-4424, or visit the Web site at www.swampfest.com.
Learn safe driving at six-hour AARP course
AARP Driver Safety Program classes will be offered at the following Hernando County locations in March. This is a six-hour course that costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Members are reminded to take their membership cards to the class.
• 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 3 and 10, Spring Hill Enrichment Center at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Call (352) 592-1057 to register.
• 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 5 and 8, Brooksville Enrichment Center at Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon March 12 and 19, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 684-6348 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon March 17 and 24, Spring Hill Enrichment Center. Call (352) 684-6348 to register.
Get your polka on at Florida Slovene Days
The Florida Slovene Days Polka Fest-March Days will be March 5-7 at SNPJ Lodge 778/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road.
The Bob Turcola Orchestra of Youngstown, Ohio, will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. March 5 and 2 to 6 p.m. March 6. The Polka Quads of Steelton, Pa., will perform 6 to 10 p.m. March 6 and 2 to 6 p.m. March 7.
There will be a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. March 5. Food will be available from 1 to 7 p.m. March 6 and noon to 1:30 p.m. March 7. A cash bar will also be available.
Admission is $8 on March 5, $12 on March 6 and $10 March 7; or $25 for all three days. For information and tickets, call Rita at (352) 382-3721.
Symposium discusses child sexual abuse
Pasco-Hernando Community College will present a symposium on childhood sexual abuse from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the PHCC North Campus, Building B, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
The symposium will include 11 speakers who will discuss the effects of childhood sexual abuse, as well as current efforts in education, advocacy, investigation, treatment and prevention. The keynote speaker is Marcie Estes, author of the book, Secrets, Silence and Sessions.
The event is sponsored by PHCC's North Campus Psychology and Psi Beta Clubs, BayCare and the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando.
The event is free, but registration is required. Visit www.phcc.edu/rsvp/symposium.php or call Kathleen De Sousa (352) 797-5101.
African Violet club sets show and sale
The Fantasy African Violet Club will host its annual show and sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6 and noon to 3 p.m. March 7 at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd.
For information, call Thad Scaggs at (352) 398-1679.
Tickets go on sale for St. Patty's Day Dance
Brookridge Social Dance will host a St. Patty's Day Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. March 6 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
Music will be provided by The Two of Us. Guests can bring their own beverages. Coffee and ice will be provided throughout the evening. Doughnuts will be served at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5. Season tickets are still available for a discounted rate. For information or reservations, call Dot at (352) 597-0723.
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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.