Dinner, bingo ahead for the Area Club
The Weeki Wachee Area Club will host a meeting and potluck at noon today at 7224 Shoal Line Blvd.
The club will also resume its Saturday bingo games, starting this week, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call (352) 596-9561.
Garage sales benefits cancer relay effort
A fundraiser garage sale for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will be at 8 a.m. Saturday at Day Spring Presbyterian Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd.
Proceeds benefit the Spring Hill Relay for Life survivor dinner. The Relay for Life will be April 16-17 at Nature Coast Technical High School.
Also, donations of nonperishable foods will be accepted at the sale to be given to the Day Spring Presbyterian food pantry.
For information, call (352) 503-6405.
Protest against U.S. wars is on Saturday
The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will host an antiwar protest against the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan wars from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard, across from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
For information, call (352) 686-9936.
Forum to focus on restoring voting rights
The American Civil Liberties Union, in conjunction with the Hernando County Branch NAACP and Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge will host a forum, "Know Your Rights, Restore Your Right to Vote," at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Elks, 510 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., at School Street.
For information, call (352) 238-3500.
Park invites you to play Wildlife Jeopardy
A Wildlife Jeopardy program will be offered from noon to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd. (U.S. 19).
The program, which will be in the Education Center at the park, will be on reptiles. This is an education program for all ages. Volunteer Barbara Cairns will use a Jeopardy-style format to present information on different species.
Visitors will also have an opportunity to see the park's reptile house and alligator lagoon.
This is the first of monthly Wildlife Jeopardy programs that will be presented through May at the park. The program is included in regular park admission prices ($13 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12).
For information, visit www.floridastateparks.org or call (352) 628-5343.
Focus on fundraising at Relay for Life meet
A Spring Hill Relay for Life meeting will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Springstead High School, 3100 Mariner Blvd.
Tips and techniques for successful fundraising will be presented by Linda Hamilton.
Several vendors will display products that teams can sell to earn money for the relay.
Teams and prospective participants are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, call Susan at (352) 397-2706.
Seminar explains details of neuropathy
A free seminar, "Understanding Neuropathy — The First Step on the Road to Recovery" will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Glen Lakes Country Club, 10485 Glen Lakes Blvd.
The speaker will be Dr. Robert J. Martinez of Martinez Chiropractic and Wellness Center.
Topics include an overview of neuropathy, how it affects you, how it affects balance, who gets neuropathy, the seven signs of neuropathy and treatments.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to Susan at (352) 686-1686.
Forest Glenn Yard Sale benefits Dawn Center
The Forest Glenn Community Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Forest Glenn Clubhouse, 1435 Friar Tuck Lane, off Osowaw Boulevard. Baked goods and lunch will be available. Proceeds benefit the Dawn Center as well as community activities, such as Crime Watch. For information, call Samuel Lopez at (352) 684-6573.
Events planned to mark MLK Day
The Hernando County Branch NAACP and Shiloh Problem Solvers have announced the following events that are planned in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which will be observed Jan. 18:
• Ecumenical services will be at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd. The theme is "We May Have All Come on Different Ships, But We're in the Same Boat Now." The keynote speaker is the Rev. Lee A. Inmon, associate pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Brooksville.
• The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March, starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 18, at Decatur Street, off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and ending at the South Brooksville Community Center.
Other activities will continue at Kennedy Park.
For parade entries, contact Pastor Clarence Clark at (352) 345-9596 or Ann Langley at (352) 277-8753.
For information on either event, call Brenda at (352) 796-4378.
Three opportunities to learn about CPR
Three separate CPR classes will be offered Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18 at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Each class will start at 6 p.m.
The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health care providers, but anyone interested can participate.
The cost is $20. Upon satisfactory completion, students will receive a two-year certification card. Seating is limited.
To obtain information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 597-8875.
Clubs seeking children's books
The General Federation of Women's Club/Brooksville Woman's Club, is collecting new and gently used children's books for distribution to Hernando County children. Those wishing to make a donation or to help out with this service project can contact coordinator Wanda Bare at (352) 544-0449 or email@example.com.
Habitat teaming up with the Lightning
Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County will welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 15 as the Lightning Bug team mascot and members of the Energy Team will be at the Habitat thrift shop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 19450 Cortez Blvd.
Visitors can stop by for autographs and Lightning gear, as well as sign up to reserve a seat on the bus for the Hernando Habitat Night at the Lightning game on Feb. 6. For information, call (352) 754-1159.
Seminar advises on planning estates
The Saint Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus will host a seminar, "Establishing a Succession Plan for Your Physical Assets: How to Avoid Family Wars When You Are Gone," from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 26 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd.
The program will be provided by certified personal property appraiser and professional estate liquidator Dale Smrekar, president of Downsizing Advisory Service.
There is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767.
Chinsegut offers many programs, events
Chinsegut Nature Center will offer the following programs and events in January:
• Chinsegut Winter Birding Hike, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Bring binoculars and a bird book, if possible.
• New Volunteer Orientation, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16. Learn what volunteer opportunities are available at the nature center. A short hike will be included. Snacks and drinks provided; bring a lunch.
• Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitat, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29.
• Chainsaw safety training and demonstrations, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Provided by Amslers Inc. For details on the program, call Amslers at (352) 796-0802.
All programs are at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. For information or reservations, call (352) 754-6722.
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College offering a gamut of concerts
Pasco-Hernando Community College will host the following concerts:
• Gaelic Storm, 8 p.m. Jan. 15. This one-time pub band became one of the premier touring acts in the Celtic/world music genre after their big-screen debut in the film, Titanic. Tickets are $26 and $30.
• Gary Puckett, 8 p.m. Jan. 16. The former lead singer of a popular musical group of the 1960s, Puckett's hits include Young Girl and Woman, Woman. Tickets are $26 and $30.
• New Dawn Singers, 2 p.m. Jan. 30. This family-friendly show includes disco, country, Broadway tunes, tap dance, a patriotic finale and military salute. Tickets are $15 and $20.
• Barrage, 8 p.m. Feb. 5. This is a fiddle-fest featuring a cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance. Tickets are $26 and $30.
All shows are at the PHCC Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road. Tickets can be purchased online at www.phcc.edu/tix or by calling (727) 816-3707 or toll-free 1-877-879-7422.
Hot country duo leads benefit for fire service
Canadian country superstar Ronnie Prophet and his wife/singing partner Glory Anne will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 19 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road.
This will be a family variety show that will include Prophet's mastery of the guitar in Chet Adkins' style, and a comedic take similar to Sonny and Cher. The couple received Branson's award for Duo of the Year in 2000 and again in 2001.
Prophet has performed for TNN, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson and Nashville and has opened for stars such as Kenny Rogers and Perry Como.
Tickets are $15.
The event is sponsored by the Highpoint Fire Ladies Auxiliary. Funds raised will benefit the Highpoint Volunteer Fire Department.
Space is limited. Tables for groups between eight and 10 can be reserved. For tickets or information, call (352) 592-1430, (352) 200-8843 or (352) 596-4867.
Academia Hernando slates winter lectures
Academia Hernando has announced its winter lecture series, which will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Jan. 18-March 22 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way.
• Jan. 18 — Personal Communication: What is Body Language and How Does It Work?, presented by David Traveland.
• Jan. 25 — Frank Lloyd Wright — Working With a Genius, presented by Mark Tiachac.
• Feb. 1 — Acupuncture: The History and Modern Usage, presented by Dr. Susan Phillips.
• Feb. 8 — Great American Trials, presented by Bill Heath.
• Feb. 15 — Monet: The Water Lillies and More, presented by Anne Shamas.
• Feb. 22 — The Moors in Spain and Southern Europe, presented by Joe Menasce.
• March 1 — Bus trip for series subscribers only.
• March 8 — International Events: How They Affect the United States and American Interests, presented by Mike Pheneger.
• March 15 — Tchaikovsky: The Man and His Music, presented by Randi Rosmarin.
• March 22 — To be arranged.
Individual lectures are $7; the series is $50, which includes two free lectures and the museum bus trip. For information, call (352) 597-0158.