Donations, notes for troops being taken
As part of its Troop Appreciation Campaign, the Committee Against Assaults on Law Enforcement Officers has "Support Our Troops" boxes set up at the following locations: Brooksville Chiropractic, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, Mr. & Ms. Beauty Salon, Rogers Christmas House, Wing and Pizza Barn, Debbie's Hair Gallery, Killingsworth Agency Inc., Christ Lutheran Church, Clover Leaf Farms, Hernando County Republican Executive Committee, Publix supermarket (Brooksville Square) and Golden Corral.
Donations, letters or cards of encouragement for soldiers overseas can be dropped off at any of the locations now through Oct. 26. For information, call Mickey Cook at (352) 797-9102 or Charlene Gencen at (352) 397-3364.
Run to remember Sept. 11 victims
Hernando County Family YMCA will host the annual "Run to Remember" 5K Memorial Run/Walk at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Y, 1300 Mariner Blvd.
There is no cost to participate in the event, which will also include a 1-mile walk. T-shirts are available to purchase for $5.
The program will include Sheriff Richard Nugent as a speaker, singers Melissa Bears and Edrease Stephenson, and the Springstead High School Color Guard.
The annual event is to remember those who lost their lives in the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Registration forms are available at the YMCA service desk and online at www.suncoast ymca.org. To have a form faxed, to sponsor the event, or for information, call (352) 688-9622.
Vendors needed for Bluesapalooza
The Hernando County Recreation Department is seeking sponsors, food and craft vendors, and commercial exhibitors for the upcoming Bluesapalooza that will be Sept. 19 and 20 at Anderson Snow Park, 1630 Anderson Snow Road.
This is a blues festival that will include a variety of music, including blues, Southern rock and Americana. Scheduled artists include Josh Lamkin and Automatic Heat, the Shaun Rounds Band, Sarasota Slim with Nitro, the WhoDoos, the Sean Chambers Band and the Damon Fowler Group. There will be an interactive Kidzone.
Admission to the event will be $5. VIP reserved concert seating is available for $25 per day or $40 for both if purchased in advance (or $30 per day and $50 for both on day of show). For details, call (352) 754-4031.
Apply now to camp in Green Swamp
The Southwest Florida Water Management District invites children ages 6 to 14 to apply for a free camping trip that will be Sept. 19-20 in the District's Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve, West Tract in Pasco County.
Participants will be selected through an application process. Six boys and six girls will be selected.
All campers must be accompanied by at least one adult. Participants will learn how to set up camp and cook their dinner using a Dutch oven. They will also have the opportunity to experience archery, fishing, shooting an air rifle, outdoor photography and hiking along the Florida National Scenic Trail.
Campers are asked to bring their own sleeping materials, but all other camping gear needed for the trip will be provided by Bass Pro Shops.
Applications are available online at WaterMatters.org/recreation/kidscamp, or by calling toll-free at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4470. The deadline to apply is Sept. 6. Campers will be notified by phone or e-mail on Sept. 8.
Filipino-American group hosts Big Bash
The Filipino-American Social Club of Hernando and Pasco will host a "Big Bash" fundraising dinner-dance from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 12 at Regency Park Banquet Hall, 10240 Regency Park Blvd.
This is a potluck event. Those attending are asked to bring a dish. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Jerry Matos of First Class New York DJ Entertainment Service, who will play pop, Latin, ballroom, disco and requests. The event will also include door prizes and raffles.
The cost is $12 per person; children 12 and younger are admitted free. Call Clovis Cayunda at (352) 346-7935, Anna Slaten at (352) 382-4015, Glyen Terborg at (727) 376-3680 or Nena Schwartz at (727) 992-5492.