Free family event today in Brooksville
Market on Main Street/Brooksville Nights takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today in downtown Brooksville.
The event includes the Love Your Neighbor Farmers Market, the Market on Main Street craft and antique fair, entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides (between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and other family-friendly activities.
There will be musical performances on the courthouse lawn. Jayne's Dance-Nature Coast Belly Dancers will have various age groups performing between 2 and 8 p.m. Also, 7:17 Music will entertain at 5 and 7 p.m.
This is a free family event that will be offered monthly on the third Saturday of each month, sponsored by the Brooksville Business Alliance and Love Your Neighbor.
For information, call (352) 848-0090 or (352) 428-9275.
Kiwanis to induct JD Floyd Builders' Club
The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill will host a meeting and luncheon at noon Tuesday at Atria Evergreen Woods Pool House, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail.
The meeting will include the induction of the JD Floyd Builders' Club.
For information, contact Sue Quigley at (352) 442-2087 or email@example.com, or visit the group's website at springhillkiwanis.org.
Breakfast will benefit Alzheimer's group
Women of the Moose Chapter 1765 will host an Alzheimer's Charity Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Moose Lodge 521, 5214 Mariner Blvd.
There will be five menu choices available. The cost is $5, which includes coffee and juice. Children 5 and younger can order a free meal from the children's menu.
Funds raised will benefit the Alzheimer's Family Organization. For information, call (352) 684-6688.
Event hopes to teach 1,000 how to do CPR
A "1000 Man CPR Awareness Challenge" will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10-11 at Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. This is a two-day event in which each hour, on the hour, the American Heart Association CPR course will be provided free (no certification cards provided). The purpose is to train 1,000 people (all ages) in two days. Firefighters/EMTs Tim and Julie Stack of CPR ResQ Training Services, along with other emergency medical services volunteers, will provide the course. Each session can accept up to 100 participants. To register, contact Stack at (352) 346-0463 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or just show up. For directions, call the church at (352) 596-1388.
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Seminar deals with foreclosure defenses
A "Save Your Home" foreclosure prevention workshop will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Days Inn Hotel Conference Center, 6320 Windmere Road.
This is a free workshop, sponsored by the Neighborhood Community Foundation, designed to teach homeowners about new legal strategies and the potential solutions for defending against foreclosure eviction. The purpose is to allow homeowners to receive information about their loans from objective and qualified third-party sources.
The keynote speaker/presenter will be Florida foreclosure defense attorney David C. Hicks. During the workshop, Hicks will provide free legal information about homeowners' rights and the most recent discoveries in Florida foreclosure defense law. Also, homeowners will receive information from participating nonprofit agencies to help them better assess a practical course of action for their needs.
Participating sponsors include Legal Aid, Boys and Girls Club, Goodwill Industries and others.
The workshop is free. Advance reservations are requested. Call toll-free 1-877-306-5299.
Book group to discuss Young's 'The Shack'
The Brooksville Book Discussion Group will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave. The book to be discussed is The Shack, by William Young.
A limited number of copies of the book are available at the library. Discussion questions will also be available at the front desk.
No registration is required. For information, call Ronette at (352) 544-5669.
Classes available to learn line dancing
The Slovenian-American Club Lodge 778 now offers beginner line dance classes at 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road.
The class is taught by Catherine Feil. The cost is $3.
For information, call Daria at (727) 753-9631.
Orchestra schedules 3 holiday performances
The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will present its Holiday 2010 Concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill; and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville.
Vocalist Leanne Germann will be featured.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students. Season tickets are $30. Call (352) 597-9555 or visit hernandosymphony.com.
Military kin can get free family portraits
A Hernando County-based group of photographers are participating in Help Portrait, a charity event that offers free family portraits for local families who have a family member serving in the military overseas.
The group will provide, at no cost, prints and digital files to service members serving overseas during the holidays.
By appointment only, portraits will be taken between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at First Baptist Church of Weeki Wachee Acres, 8092 Toucan Trail.
During the event, Standing Tall For Veterans will provide drinks, pastries, cookies and other refreshments.
Appointments must be scheduled before Dec. 1.
Interested families can call (352) 428-3833.
Completing CPR class brings certification
A CPR class will be offered at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Additional classes will be Jan. 6 and Jan. 20.
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 may participate.
The cost is $20. Upon completion, students will receive a two-year certification card.
To obtain information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 597-8875.
Volunteers needed for tax-help program
The United Way of Hernando County, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, will offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program during the upcoming tax season.
Volunteers are needed and will receive a free, IRS-certified training session that will be offered on Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15. Volunteers can work as greeters, return preparers and quality reviewers.
People interested should be computer literate and have good communication skills.
For information or to sign up as a VITA volunteer, call the United Way at (352) 688-2026 or visit unitedwayhernando.net.
Fall Harvest seeks artists, musicians
Fine artists, photographers, digital artists, fine crafters, country crafters and musicians are wanted for the Spring Hill Art League's 37th Fall Harvest of Art, which will be Dec. 4 and 5 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.
This is a juried art show and music festival. Food vendors are also needed. For details or applications, call (352) 597-7435 or visit springhillartleague.com.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5. Admission will be $5 per person, with children 5 and younger admitted free. Along with the event, admission includes all the park's attractions, including the mermaid show, wilderness river cruise and animal show.
It's time to get a spot in Christmas Parade
Entries forms are now being accepted for the 36th annual Brooksville Christmas Parade, which will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 11 in downtown Brooksville.
The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville and City of Brooksville. The grand marshal is Tommy Bronson. The theme is "A Country Christmas."
The parade route begins at Varsity Drive, down Oakwood Drive to Howell Avenue and then to Main and N Broad streets before ending at Bell Avenue.
Entry applications accepted through Dec. 2. For details, contact Diana Koontz at (352) 398-2270 or Karen Beasley at (352) 279-9777.
City boards have a number of openings
The City of Brooksville is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on the following boards:
• Beautification Board. Two positions to fill expiring, four-year terms through Dec. 31, 2014. City residency is not required.
• Cemetery Advisory Committee. Two positions to fill expiring, four-year terms through Dec. 31, 2014. Applicants must be city residents or have a documented tie to the Brooksville Cemetery.
• Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. One position and one alternate position to fill expiring, four-year terms through Dec. 31, 2014; and one vacant, unexpired term through Dec. 31, 2013. City residency is not required.
• Planning and Zoning Commission. One position to fill an expiring, four-year term through Dec. 31, 2014. Applicants must be city residents.
All applicants must be registered Florida voters.
An appropriate application form must be completed to be considered for any of these positions. Resumes alone will not be accepted. Applications are available in the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 3.
For information, call (352) 540-3810.
Concert admission is a toy, game or gift card
United Way of Hernando County's Holiday Concert featuring Potter's Clay Band will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd.
The band will perform a "Christmas in Sarajevo" holiday season concert.
Admission to the event is a new, unwrapped toy, game or gift certificate to benefit Hernando County families in need during the holidays.
For information, call United Way at (352) 688-2026 or visit unitedwayhernando.net.
People Helping People needs helping hands
People Helping People of Hernando serves free meals to people in need from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill.
People Helping People is a local, interfaith, nonprofit organization. The group is in need of volunteers and donations. In particular, groups are wanted to help out by serving an entree at one of the weekly dinners.
The group also provides free clothing, groceries and resource materials to those in need. For information, call (352) 686-4466. Checks can be mailed to: People Helping People, P.O. Box 6182, Spring Hill, FL 34611.
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Festival singers will perform at churches
The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present two Christmas concerts:
• 3 p.m. Nov. 28, First Baptist Church, 420 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
The chorus will perform selections from Handel's Messiah as well as other pieces. The Nature Coast Children's Chorus, under the direction of David Pletinck, will perform. Also, several youth scholarship winners will perform.
Admission to the concerts is free, but an offering will be collected during intermission.
For information, call Shirley at (352) 597-2235.