First United Methodist plans big flea market
The United Methodist Women will sponsor a giant flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21 at First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive.
There will be furniture, small and large appliances, books, jewelry, electronics, home decor, craft materials, clothing and kitchenware available. There will also be a bake sale, doughnuts and bagels, as well as hot dogs, chili, ice cream and beverages for lunch.
For information, call (352) 666-4735.
Bikers to raise money at Bike Fest April 11
American People Against Cop Killers (APACK), in cooperation with the Hernando County Fine Arts Council, will sponsor the annual Bike Fest on April 11.
The bike ride will leave at 10 a.m. from the Pasco-Hernando Community College's East Campus on Blanton Road in Dade City and end at Hernando Park at 305 E Fort Dade Ave. in Brooksville. Riders must arrive between 8:30 and 9 a.m.
The cost to participate is $20 per bike (no extra fee for passengers).
The ride will be followed by entertainment and games at Hernando Park. Vendor spaces are available. The cost is $25. Set-up will start at 8 a.m. at the park.
APACK Inc. will be riding for Capt. Charles "Bo" Harrison, who was killed in the line of duty in Pasco County on June 1, 2003.
Funds raised will benefit the Deputy Lonnie C. Coburn Memorial Scholarship Fund. Riding waiver forms and vendor applications are available online at www.apack-inc.org. For information, call Nancy Garman Dyson at (352) 584-2167.
Judge to lead seminar on how court operates
Hernando County Philippine-American Association invites the public to a free seminar on Hernando County Court Operations and Procedures from 2 to 4 p.m. March 28 at American Legion Post 99, 208 E Fort Dade Ave.
The speaker will be Hernando County Judge Donald Scaglione. Participants will learn how the court system operates, its functions and services, as well as learn their rights and privileges under the legal system.
Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. For information, call Tom Rice at (352) 848-1031.
Award luncheon for Democratic women
The Democratic Women's Club of Hernando County will have a Tribute to Women Luncheon, Extraordinary Service: A Call to Volunteer, at noon March 21 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.
This will be a gala award celebration for outstanding Democratic women in the community. The meal choice is roast pork with dressing or chicken piccata.
Tickets are $30. Checks are to be made payable to DWC and mailed to P.O. Box 3716, Spring Hill, FL 34611-3716. For information, call Yvonne at (352) 597-9902 or Anita at (352) 596-5049.
Yacht Club to have blessing of the fleet
The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will sponsor the 30th annual Blessing of the Fleet April 4 at the club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd.
The event will open with a social hour at 2 p.m. Ceremonies will begin at 3 p.m. with the raising of the flag, followed by remarks by Yacht Club officials and local dignitaries. The Master of Ceremonies will be Fleet Capt. Dan McCann.
Immediately following the land-based ceremony, all seacrafts to be blessed will gather from the Yacht Club south and Snapper 1 canal. They will be led by a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel past the Yacht Club docks. The Rev. Shanda Mahurin of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will officiate the blessing. All participating vessels will receive a certificate.
Those wishing to participate may follow the Coast Guard Auxiliary craft to marker 86 in front of the Hernando Beach Club. There, a wreath will be laid on the water in memory of departed mariners and to pay homage to those who are serving or have served in the U.S. military.
Following the ceremonies, the public is welcome to a social hour and dinner at the yacht club. Casual boating attire is acceptable. A seafood alfredo dinner will be served; the cost is $12. Space is limited and reservations are required.
For reservations or information, call Fleet Capt. McCann at (352) 200-5763 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers needed for Reggae Fest 2009
Hernando County Recreation needs volunteers ages 15 and older for the upcoming Reggae Fest 2009, which will be April 25 at Linda Pedersen Park, 6400 Shoal Line Blvd.
Volunteers can work one of two shifts: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 3 to 11 p.m. Those interested can call Marie Warren at the Recreation office, (352) 540-6239.
The event will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission will be $5 per person for ages 16 and older and free for ages 15 and younger.
There will be crafters, food vendors, local entertainer demonstrations and eight hours of Reggae-style bands.
Craft vendors, commercial exhibitors and food vendors can still sign up. Complete vendor packets are available on the Web site at www.hernandocounty.us/parks_rec or call (352) 754-4031.
Teaching zoo on tour with animals, artifacts
The Florida International Teaching Zoo has launched its new live animals presentation. Zoo officials will visit classrooms, day care centers, camps, clubs and other interested groups.
Three programs are available: Native Florida Reptiles, Reptiles 'Round Our World and Zoo Veterinarian: My "Wild" Life.
The tailor-made animal presentations, approximately one hour long, will include animals and nature artifacts. Prices, which are a donation to the Teaching Zoo, range from $250 to $450. Call (352) 867-7788.
Grab your mother for big dance on her day
Hernando County Recreation is now selling tickets for the Mother's Day Dance that will be from 6 to 9 p.m. May 9 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
The event is for the whole family or just mother and son. Music will be provided by Exclusive DJ Services. Snacks, drinks and a complimentary photo frame will be provided. Elite Photography will offer a free photo or bring your own camera.
The event will include the Soul Train, limbo, break dancing and hula contests and other activities. Hawaiian attire is encouraged, as well as casual to semi-formal dress. Awards will be given to the best-dressed family and best dressed theme attire.
Tickets are $10 each and must be purchased in advance. Stop by the Recreation office, 305 E Fort Dade Ave., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, or call (352) 754-4031. Payment must be made by check, money order or credit card (Visa or Mastercard). No cash will be accepted.
Volunteers needed to assist seniors
Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) is seeking volunteers in Hernando County.
SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs that provides free, unbiased counseling to Medicare recipients. Volunteers help seniors and those about to turn 65 to have their Medicare questions and resolve problems, make informed choices about their health plans, save money on their prescription medications and learn about Medicaid programs for which they may be eligible.
Those wishing to become volunteers will receive comprehensive training at no cost in June. Mileage expenses will be reimbursed and lunch will be provided.
Basic computer skills are needed and bilingual individuals are encouraged to apply. For information on volunteering with SHINE, call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-262-2243.