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Dining in the Dark benefits Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind


Dining in the Dark to end with lights, dance

The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind will host Dining in the Dark, a dinner and dance fundraiser, on Oct. 24 in the new Crystal Room at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road. The reception starts at 6:30 and dinner at 7 p.m.

There will be a cash bar and raffle and sponsored tables. Diners will be served a three-course dinner in complete darkness, through use of blindfolds. After dinner, the lights will come up for a short presentation, followed by dancing.

Seats are $100 each; Lighthouse clients and members of the armed services and law enforcement and firefighter personnel in dress uniform pay a reduced $80 per ticket. Tickets are limited and must be purchased by today.

Call (352) 754-1132 or toll-free 1-866-962-5254.

'Soloist' entertains for free at library

A free showing of the film, The Soloist, will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

The biographical drama, rated PG-13, is the story of musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers, a Juilliard dropout with schizophrenia who becomes a homeless musician on the streets of Los Angeles.

The film stars Jamie Foxx as Ayers and Robert Downey Jr. as the Los Angeles journalist who befriends him.

Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 540-6391.

Bookstore holds sale for Friends of Library

The Friends of the Library of Hernando County will host a Members Only Sale from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore, 1208 Kenlake Ave.

Members should bring their membership cards. All others are encouraged to come and join (or renew) the Friends.

Those who join at the sale will receive a $5 bookstore coupon. New members receive an additional two months of membership (membership usually runs from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31).

Funds raised from the bookstore help the Friends continue its support of all children and adult programs at Hernando County Public Library branches. For information, call (352) 684-0660.

Springstead High does Broadway tunes

The Springstead High School chorus department will present "Broadway Spectacular" at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd.

This will be an afternoon of Broadway songs, including hits from early Broadway to current shows. Performances will include duets, solos and group numbers.

Tickets are $6, available online at or at the door. For information, call Mark Pennington at the school, (352) 797-7010.


County boards have seats coming vacant

The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the following county boards with seats that will become vacant as of Dec. 31:

• Aviation Authority. One position available.

• Board of Construction and Regulation. One position for an architect/engineer.

• Citizen Ordinance Advisory Team. Six positions available.

• Enterprise Zone Development Area Advisory Board. Two positions available: one Chamber of Commerce representative and one nonprofit representative.

• Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee. Three positions available: one Division of Forestry representative and two professional positions (preferably those with expertise/education in botany, engineering with land development or land use, archaeology, geology/hydrology, biology, realty, ecology, forestry/land management or a related natural science).

• Fine Arts Council. Three positions available.

• Health Care Advisory Board. Five positions available: one institutional medicine industry representative, two health care consumer representatives, one long-term-care industry representative and one nonprofit health care provider representative.

• Planning and Zoning Commission. Two positions available (applicants will need to have computer access, since all agenda packets are prepared and distributed digitally).

• Port Authority. One position available.

• Tourist Development Council. Two positions available: one representative involved in tourism, not collecting the tourist tax; and one hotel/motel owner/operator representative collecting the tourist tax.

All those applying must be Hernando County residents and registered voters.

Applications are available in the County Administrator's office, Room 263, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. All applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 27. For information, call (352) 754-4002.


Octoberfest will have music by Just Us Duo

The High Point Ladies Fire Auxiliary will host the 2009 Octoberfest Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 24 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road.

The will be food and beer available (or bring your own beverages). Music will be provided by the Just Us Duo. Tickets are $12; prior reserved seats are required.

For information or reservations, call Sylvia Pistorius at (352) 596-6006.


Friends of NRA holds gun event at church

The Hernando County Friends of NRA will host a fundraiser supper and auction at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at St. Anthony the Abbot Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.

There will be live and silent auctions, and special drawings of limited-edition firearms, custom knives, limited edition art and other items. Guests can also have a chance to purchase the 2009 Friends of NRA Gun of the Year-Ruger Vaquero matched set or the Kimber "Freedom Defender" Ultra Carry II 45 ACP.

Sponsorships are available and all sponsors will receive a special recognition at the banquet.

Tickets to the event are $40 each and must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be available at the door. For information or tickets, call Tonya Harmon at (352) 796-4100, Billie Potter at (352) 428-2857 or P.C. Thomas at (352) 279-8793.

Holiday Tea will be on Nov. 1 at church

The St. Anthony's Columbiettes will host their annual Holiday Tea at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony the Abbot Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.

The event will include a luncheon and entertainment by professional pianist John Sharpe. Also, a Christmas story will be told. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. For tickets, call the church at (352) 796-2096 or Frances Nico at (352) 799-0901.

Kids Day at Croom will include prizes

The third annual Kids Day at CMA will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at Croom Motorcycle Area's new training area, off Cortez Boulevard, east of Brooksville. The event will include a variety of activities for children 12 and younger, prizes and special guests. For details, call (352) 797-5759.

100 Acre program ends in tree giveaway

Youth are invited to participate in a "Team Up for Wildlife" program from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at 100 Acre Wood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 99 Kohen Road.

The program is open to teenagers and children 5 and older. The program includes a tour of the facility and animal enclosures, live birds of prey program, recycling, water quality testing, snake encounter, and making birdhouses, wooden fish pencil holders and glass art from recycled materials and palm fronds. Participants will also take home a live tree.

The instructor is state-licensed rehabilitator Linda Christian. The cost is $15 per person.

100 Acre Wood Wildlife Rehabilitation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care, rescue and release of native wildlife.

For information or to register for the program, call (352) 650-2892 or visit the Web site at

Greek tragedy will be presented at school

Shark Theatre at Nature Coast Technical High School will present the classic Greek tragedy, Prometheus Bound, at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Black Box Theatre on school grounds, 4057 California St.

The production is under the direction of Tim and Lori Erickson, and will feature a 19-foot-high mountain set and a traditional Greek chorus.

The show is recommended for adults and students 10 and older; children younger than 5 will not be admitted. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults. For information or tickets, call Lori Erickson at (352) 797-7088, ext. 296.


Volunteer needed for Elder Options board

Elder Options is accepting applications through Nov. 6 to fill a vacancy on its Advisory Council.

Applicants must be a resident of Hernando, Bradford, Dixie, Columbia, Lafayette, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee or Union counties, and should have an active interest in social and nutritional programs for older persons.

Members of the advisory council serve on a volunteer basis (no pay). Those interested can request an application from Elder Options, 5700 SW 34th St., Suite 222, Gainesville, FL 32608, or call (352) 378-6649.


Watercolor artist to be at local gallery

A free wine and cheese artist's reception for Karen Heidler will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Nanette's Spirit of the Hand Gallery, 13157 Cortez Blvd.

The local watercolor painter has a bachelor's degree in fine art and worked within the art department of a publishing company before starting a family. Her works will be on display at the gallery through the end of November.

The reception is co-hosted by the Spring Hill Art League. For information, visit online at


DAR chapter invites essay contestants

The Winding Waters Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution invites area students in fifth through seventh grades to participate in its 2009-10 American history essay contest.

The topic: Describe how you felt on May 10, 1869, when the golden spike was driven at Promontory Summit, Utah, to celebrate the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad.

Participants are to pretend they are either a settler planning to use the train to travel to a new home in the West, an Irish or Chinese worker who helped build the line, or a Native American whose way of life was greatly affected by the railroad.

Students in public, private or parochial schools, and those who are homeschooled, are eligible to participate.

The first-place prize is $50, a certificate and pin. Second- and third-place winners receive $25, a certificate and pin.

The deadline is Nov. 1. Essays are to be sent to: Phyllis Scales, 6186 Bear Trail, Spring Hill, FL 34607. For information, call (352) 596-9341.

Christmas Angel needs sponsors

The Christmas Angel Program of Hernando County needs sponsors for the coming holiday season. The program serves children from birth to age 16 who live and attend school in Hernando County, all of whom have been prescreened and determined to be in need.

Sponsors, which can be individuals or businesses, will receive children's wish lists that include clothing sizes and toy wishes. The program also helps teenagers in need. Gift cards and money may also be donated. The program also accepts computers (those what will run Microsoft Windows XP), used working TVs and VCRs. To help, call (352) 596-1552.


Elks Lodge hosts dinner for veterans

Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 will host a Veterans Dinner-Dance 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 7 at 14494 Cortez Blvd. The event will include music by the Southern Comfort Band. Also, American Legion Post 186 Auxiliary Juniors will entertain. A chicken dinner will be served.

Call Gail at (352) 799-7083, Kathy at (352) 796-7083, Jean at (352) 540-9080 or Kathleen at (352) 688-1388.


Golf tourney benefits Nature Coast team

A Hooters Halloween Golf Tournament to benefit the Nature Coast Technical High School boys basketball team will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Links Golf Club, 8706 Pavilion Drive.

This is a four-person scramble. The cost is $40 per golfer, which includes range balls, the tourney and Hooters gift cards and merchandise. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Contests include a Hooters Girl putting contest, closest to the pin and best costume.

The deadline to register is Oct. 22. For information and entry forms, contact coach David Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.


Sponsors, bachelors sought for fundraiser

The Community Resource Council of Hernando County will host a bachelor auction at 5 p.m. March 5 in the Crystal Room at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Drive.

Event sponsors and bachelors are needed for this fundraiser, which will benefit the CRC's scholarship fund and Operation Shoebox, which supports troops serving overseas.

A presenting sponsor is still needed. The cost is $1,000, which includes a full-page ad in the program and eight tickets to the event. Other sponsorships include platinum, for $500, which includes a half-page ad in the program and six tickets to the event, and gold, $300, which includes a quarter-page ad in the program and four tickets to the event.

In addition to the auction, the event will include appetizers, a cash bar and drawings. Advance tickets are available for $15.

For information on sponsorships, contact Jamie Osborne at (352) 678-8200 or jamieosborne@ For information on bachelor applications, contact Jean Hayes at For tickets to the event, contact Patty Lima at (352) 279-5568 or

Dining in the Dark benefits Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind 10/14/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 8:02pm]
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