Elvis, doo-wop and dance part of Elks dinner shows
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2510, 9135 Denton Ave., is selling season tickets for its 2011-12 dinner shows.
The six-show package is $186 for prime seating and $174 for regular seating. Individual shows are $32 for prime seating and $30 for regular seating.
All shows are on Saturdays, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m. Stop by the lodge or call Judi at (727) 868-2994, ext. 14, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
Oct. 8: Dwight Icenhower will star in "A Tribute to the King," Elvis Presley. Icenhower has performed with Elvis' band, the Jordanaires, and has won many awards for his impersonation of the rock icon. His act includes songs from the 1950s, '60s and '70s.
Nov. 12: Fans of the Mamas & the Papas will get their fill of Woodstock-era folk, pop and rock when the group Monday, Monday sings favorites. The seven-piece group's music appeals to all ages.
Dec. 10: The quartet Three Men & a Maestro will perform pop, jazz, ethnic, classical and bluegrass music and songs from Broadway, as well as comedy. They call their act "fun arts," a play on "fine arts."
Jan. 14: The nine-member song-and-dance group A Night at the 500 Club, starring Joey Arminio and the Family, will open with a sultry dance number to Harlem Nocturne's saxophone, then pays tribute to Italian crooners such as Dean Martin and Jerry Vale. Their show features tunes from the 1950s and '60s made famous by Buddy Holly and Connie Francis, plus a send-up of Sonny and Cher doing I've Got You, Babe.
Feb. 25: The Piano Man Henry Haid will pay tribute to Billy Joel, doing songs from the Broadway musical Movin' Out and other Joel tunes. Haid has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.
March 10: The Top Ten Rock and Roll Revue will do 1950s doo-wop to 1970s classics. Darrell Croy does a tribute to singer-pianist Jerry Lee Lewis, complete with Great Balls of Fire antics. The group also does songs made popular by the Supremes, Fleetwood Mac, Buddy Holly and Eric Clapton.
Call-in town hall will target transportation
The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority is hosting a series of telephone call-in town hall meetings.
A meeting for Citrus and Hernando counties will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.
The purpose of the meeting is to gather comments and answer questions about TBARTA's master plan update, which is under way.
Those wishing to participate may call toll-free 1-888-886-6603, ext. 16194.
For information about the master plan update, visit tbarta.com/update. For information about the telephone meetings, call Amy Ellis at (813) 282-8200.
Hernando club to hold Cannon Shoot in May
The Hernando Sportsman's Club will host a Cannon Shoot from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8 at the club range, 16121 Commercial Way, in the Chassohowitzka Wildlife Management Area about 9 miles north of Weeki Wachee.
Those with cannons are invited to participate. The cost is $10 per shooter.
Spectators are welcome to attend at no cost.
For information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.
Passport Fair offers info, takes applications
The Hernando County Clerk of Circuit Court's Office will host a Passport Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The event is aimed at providing passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Effective June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens must present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at all land borders and sea ports of entry.
To submit a passport application during the fair, bring a birth certificate (original with raised seal), driver's license, one passport photo and two checks: one payable to the U.S. Department of State (per application) and one for the Clerk of Circuit Court. Call (352) 540-6768. For information and application forms, visit the website at travel.state.gov.
Ride to remember fallen officers is May 7
American People Against Cop Killers Inc. will host the 2011 Fallen Officer Memorial Ride on May 7.
Sign-ups start at 10 a.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs. The ride begins at 11 a.m., and the final stop will be at Beef 'O' Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville.
Other stops include Beef 'O' Brady's restaurants in Land O'Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Dade City. Each stop will have drawings for prizes and cash.
The cost to participate is $20 for the first rider, $10 for the second.
This year's ride is dedicated to the memory of Florida wildlife officer Margaret "Peggy" Park, who was killed in the line of duty Dec. 13, 1984. She was 26.
For information, call Jerry Jennings at (352) 346-1846 or Alan Garman at (352) 584-3890. Visit the website at apack-inc.org.
Playhouse offers $6,000 in scholarships
Stage West Community Playhouse will award $6,000 in scholarships to high school graduates intending to study voice or theater arts. Applications will be accepted through Friday.
The Irv Clark Scholarship for Voice is $2,000; three youth scholarships are $1,000 each, and will be awarded for theater arts studies; and one appreciation scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to a student who has volunteered at Stage West, but may not be studying voice or theater.
Applications are available at the five Hernando County high schools.
Home school or private school graduates may request an application from the Stage West box office at (352) 683-5113 or call Lillian Falcone at (352) 688-1978.
Enjoy a Tea Party, help community clinic
Crescent Community Clinic will host a Tea Party at 1 p.m. June 12 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St.
The event will include entertainment, finger foods and tea. A photographer who will be on hand to take guests' photos with Alice in Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat or the Mad Hatter.
Tickets are $15. Picture taking is an additional $7. Proceeds benefit the Crescent Community Clinic, a nonprofit, volunteer-based walk-in clinic for low- to moderate-income residents who do not have insurance.
For reservations or information, contact Diane Rowden at (352) 573-4178 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Maureen Soliman at (352) 650-9006 or email@example.com.
Hospice offers free bereavement group
HPH Hospice will offer its free, eight-week Grief's Journey bereavement group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, May 4 to June 22, at its West Hernando office at 12260 Cortez Blvd.
The group is for newly bereaved adults or those who are just coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one. Hospice bereavement counselors will help the group understand the grieving process and explore coping strategies.
Preregistration is required. Call toll-free 1-800-486-8784.
Refresher course covers save driving
The following AARP Driver Safety Program classes will be offered in May. This is a six-hour class that costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP cards):
• 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 4 and 11, Brooksville Enrichment Center at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Call (352) 688-2486 to register.
• Noon to 3 p.m. May 10 and 12, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon May 13 and 20, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 666-4044.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 and 25, Brooksville Enrichment Center at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.
Adult literacy classes available for free
HEART Literacy Adult Education offers classes in reading, math, language arts, English for Speakers of Other Languages and pre-GED testing.
Adults 18 years or older interested in finishing a high school degree or brushing up on reading, math or language arts are invited to stop by one of the four sites offering the free classes and sign up. No appointments necessary.
Classes are offered at the following times and locations:
• 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Free child care for ages 2 to 5 available.
• 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, HEART Literacy, 801 N Broad St., Brooksville.
• 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Free child care for ages 4 to 10 available.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, J.D. Floyd K-8 School, 3139 Dumont Ave., Spring Hill. Free child care for ages 2 to 5 available.
Cafe Cabaret starts April 28 at Black Box
Shark Theater will present the musical revue Cafe Cabaret April 28 to 30 in the Black Box Theater at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Performances are at 7 p.m. each night, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee April 30.
The show is a collaboration between the theater and culinary arts departments at the high school. It will include songs from Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, presented cabaret style, and served with dessert and coffee.
The eight-member cast will perform 22 songs from 22 different musicals, such as The Lion King, Jersey Boys, Cabaret and Anything Goes.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. The show is recommended for ages 7 and older. All seats are reserved. For reservations or information, call Lori Erickson at (352) 797-7088, ext. 296.
Good Times Line Dance Social set for Saturday
The next Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
The social will include a mix of dances for both beginners and intermediate dancers. No lessons will be provided, but instructors will be on hand to assist.
Guests may bring their own beverages and snacks. Music will be provided by DJ Dave.
Admission is $5. For information, call (352) 397-6088.
Donate raffle items for Sons of Italy dinner
Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502 will host its annual scholarship dinner-dance from 6 to 10:30 p.m. May 7 at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road.
Dinner will be catered by Argento's and music will be provided by Marty and the Nice Guys.
Guests may bring beverages. Tickets are $20.
For tickets, or to donate a gift or item for raffles, call Grace at (352) 597-3727.
Stringbreak Music event starts Friday
The sixth annual Stringbreak Music Festival will be Friday through Sunday at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake.
The weekend event will feature more than 25 national touring bands on four stages. Some of the groups include Paul Thorn, Rockin' Acoustic Circus, the Greencards, Bearfoot, the Chapmans and Searson.
Music starts at 1 p.m. Friday and continues daily from 10 a.m. to midnight. There will be dancing, craft exhibitors, music jams, camping, music workshops, food and drinks available.
There will also be numerous youth activities.
Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. No coolers will be allowed.
Advance tickets are $10 for Friday, $35 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday, or $85 for the three days, with camping. Youth prices are $10 for ages 13 to 18, and free for ages 12 and younger.
A percentage of proceeds will go to the improvements and maintenance of the Sertoma Youth Ranch. Call (863) 984-8445, visit riverhawkmusic.com or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nonprofit seeks help aiding people in need
People Helping People of Hernando serves free meals to people in need from 4 to 5:30 p.m. each Sunday at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill.
The group is a local interfaith nonprofit organization and is in need of volunteers and donations. Groups are encouraged to help by preparing the entree at one of the dinners.
People Helping People also provides free clothing, groceries and resource materials to those in need.
Call (352) 686-4466. Checks may be mailed to: People Helping People, P.O. Box 6182, Spring Hill, FL 34611.
Orchestra to perform twilight concert
The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will present a "Tunes at Twilight" concert at 6:30 p.m. May 1 at the Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd.
Tickets are $10 at the door. For information, call (352) 596-5878 or visit hernandosymphony.com.