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Dawn center benefit and poinsettia planting among local events


Musical evening to benefit Dawn Center

A Christmas musical benefit for the Dawn Center will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave.

The event, sponsored by Dr. Scott Howell and Access Health Care, will start with an introduction by Howell and testimonials. Finger foods and beverages will be served.

Mary Courtney will sing Stronger than Before, followed by entertainment by Kids Helping Kids. There will also be a Christmas sing-along. Courtney will wrap up the event with a medley of Christmas carols.

The suggested donation is $25. All money raised will benefit the Dawn Center, the county's shelter for abused women and children.

For information, call (352) 397-4830.


Annual poinsettia planting is Dec. 17

The Spring Hill Garden Club's annual poinsettia planting will be from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 at the Spring Hill waterfall entrance at Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way.

Residents are invited to bring poinsettias, sign a memory book and watch members plant the poinsettias around the waterfall. The tradition began in 1988, when Don Kubiak, a past president of the club, planted poinsettias in memory of his parents.

For information, call (352) 683-9933.


Tables available for Relay for Life yard sale

The Team LifeSouth Relay for Life Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 at LifeSouth Community Blood Center, 12395 Cortez Blvd.

Vendor spaces are available. The cost is $10 for a 10-by-10-foot space, or $15 for a 10-by-20-foot space. All spaces must be paid for by Wednesday.

Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. To reserve a space, contact Gabriella at (352) 596-2002 or


County mitigation team to hold meeting

The Hernando County Local Mitigation Strategy Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd.

The purpose of the meeting is to review the annual progress report, update current projects and elect officers for 2012.

For information, or for those with disabilities who need special accommodations to participate in the meeting, call Pamela Harris at (352) 754-4083 or send an email to Those who are hearing impaired may call toll-free 1-800-676-3777 for assistance.


Meeting on economic development planned

The South Brooksville Community Economic Development Commission will conduct a community meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge, 510 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss economic development concerns, issues and opportunities. For information, call Richard Howell at (352) 476-7414.


Sportsman's Club offers NRA courses

The Hernando Sportsman's Club will offer the following instructor classes at its facility at 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee:

• NRA basic instructor training, 4 to 10 p.m. Dec. 16. Instructor candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills, and be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline for which they wish to be certified. The training includes NRA policies and procedures, basic public speaking skills, training methodology, use of a training team and training aids, organizing a course, building a budget and preparing to teach. The cost is $100, which includes a copy of the NRA trainer's guidebook.

• NRA shotgun instructor course, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18. This is a two-day course in which students learn to teach safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, the fundamentals of shotgun shooting and how to improve the performance of beginning shotgun shooters. Candidates must pass an exam with a score of at least 90 percent, and receive the endorsement of the training counselor for certification. Prerequisites include completion of both the basic shotgun and basic instructor training classes; the basic instructor training must have been completed within the past two years. The cost is $200.

Preregistration for either course is required. Call (352) 597-9931. Visit the website at


Get your antiques appraised Saturday

St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 will host its annual Fall Antique Appraisal Show from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Xavier Hall at the church, 5030 Mariner Blvd.

The event is fashioned after the Antiques Roadshow television program. Certified personal property appraiser Dale Smrekar will provide verbal appraisals; the cost is $5 per appraisal. Refreshments will be available.

For information, call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767.


Veterans, auxiliary to host Christmas party

The public is invited to a Christmas party hosted by Korean War Veterans Legion 5053 and Ladies Auxiliary on Sunday at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. A buffet dinner will be served at 3 p.m., catered by Sioux City Catering. The main entrees will be roast turkey and baked ham with pear sauce. Dessert will be cheesecake with strawberry sauce.

Music for dancing will be provided by the Key Note Band from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be door prizes and a cash bar available.

Tickets are $20 each and must be purchased in advance. Table reservations for eight or more may be made. Call Rich at (352) 688-7196.


Columbiettes to host fundraising dance

The St. Anthony's Columbiettes will host their 2011 Winter Dance at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.

The event will include a catered dinner, music and dancing. Tickets are $20 each or $35 per couple.

Proceeds will benefit charities the Columbiettes support, including battered women and women in nursing homes.

For information, call the church at (352) 796-2096.


Arc Nature Coast is raffling off bicycles

The Arc Nature Coast is selling raffle tickets to win Giant Cypress 2012 men's and Giant Cypress 2012 women's bicycles, which have been donated by Extreme Bicycles.

Each bike has a retail value of $389. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5.

The drawing will be at the Arc's holiday open house, which is Dec. 16 at the agency's new education center at 6495 Mariner Blvd.

For information and ticket sales locations, call Arc at (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or Extreme Bicycles at (352) 684-7101.

Dawn center benefit and poinsettia planting among local events 12/07/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 7:47pm]
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