Elks events celebrate flag and fatherhood
A Flag Day Observance and Father's Day Celebration will be June 14 at the Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.
The flag ceremony and ritual will be from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. A presentation of the flags will be given by Cub Scout Pack 459 and Boy Scout Troop 459. Elk officers will perform the ritual. There is no cost to attend.
The Father's Day Dinner will begin with cocktails at 4 p.m., with dinner served at 5 and dancing from 6 to 9. Take Two will provide the music.
The menu choice is roast pork or breast of chicken, which will be served with mashed potatoes, string beans and corn, tossed salad, hot rolls, coffee and ice tea, and vanilla ice cream with creme de menthe.
Tickets are $13 and can be purchased in the lounge or at the Friday night dinners at the lodge. For information or tickets, call Don Kershow at 796-6212, Bill Balderson at 585-2713 or Harry Smith at 596-2582.
Register to play, cheer for Cougars football
The West Hernando Cougars will have open registration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, as well as on June 8 and 14, at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard for its football and cheer program for youth ages 5 to 17.
The cost is $175. Costs include game and practice pants, named jersey and full rental of all equipment for football players. For cheerleaders, the cost includes a practice T-shirt, shorts, bloomers, Nike cheer shoes and rental of a cheer uniform.
Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come basis; slots will not be held.
Parents should bring a copy of their child's birth certificate.
For information, call 592-2190.
Paintball battle in the name of holiday gifts
Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will host a paintball battle to benefit Toys for Tots on June 8 at 4644 Keysville Ave.
Participants are to bring their own arsenal. Registration is $25; there is a separate charge for the paintballs.
Registration will be at 8 a.m., battle briefing starts at 9 and the game begins at 9:30. The battle ends at 3 p.m.
The event is limited to the first 100 applicants.
For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mark Rothenberg at 688-0316.
Head Start begins taking applications
Mid-Florida Community Services' Head Start Early Childhood Development Pre-School Program is now accepting applications for enrollment for 2008-09.
The program serves children 3 or 4 years old as of Sept. 1. Head Start also serves children with disabilities.
This is a federally funded, income-eligible program.
The items needed to apply include:
• Birth certificate (proof of guardianship/custody if applicable).
• Proof of residency.
• Proof of income for the last 12 months or prior calendar year, whichever is applicable (W-2 form; WAGES/TANF/SSI letter, statement of earnings from employer, unemployment verification, notarized statement of earnings, Form 1099, child support and other forms of income).
• Documentation of child's disability (if applicable).
Applications for enrollment are accepted from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, or by appointment, at the following locations:
• Head Start R.R. Moton Early Intervention Center, 835 School St., Brooksville. Call 754-2464.
• Head Start Hence Street Center, 805 Hence St., Wildwood. Call (352) 748-6677.
For an appointment in Bushnell, call the Brooksville office, 754-2464. Visit the Web site atmfcs.us.com.
Literacy group aids reading, math skills
HEART (Hernando's Education for Adult Readers in Training) Adult Literacy offers free reading, math and language arts classes, as well as free pre-GED testing and English for Speakers of Other Languages, at various sites throughout the county:
• From 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
• From 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill.
• From 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
• From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, HEART Adult Literacy, 801 N Broad St., Brooksville.
Classes are for adults 18 and older. No appointments are necessary; walk-ins are accepted. Those attending must bring a Florida photo ID. Most sites offer free child care.
For information, call 797-7018.