Fundraiser Saturday for LifeSouth team
The Team LifeSouth Relay for Life team will have a fundraiser rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at LifeSouth Community Blood Center, 12395 Cortez Blvd.
Vendor spaces are available. For details, call (352) 596-2002 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading festival offers family fun on March 5
The Hernando County Reading Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St.
The event will include food, games and door prizes. Visitors can meet children's authors, Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure, Tony the Balloon Guy and character appearances by the Chick-fil-A Cow and the St. Petersburg Times mascot Spot the Newshound. There also will be a Friends of the Library children's book sale.
Scheduled programs include: Christine Van Horn, author of Books We Love To Sing, will speak at 10:15 a.m.; storyteller Windell Campbell will entertain at 11:15 a.m., using puppet and props; and a presentation by author Brenda Darnley Martin will be at 12:15 p.m.
A free goody bag will be given to the first 300 children to arrive.
Admission and activities will be free. For information, call (352) 797-7018.
St. Anne's Church to have silent auction
St. Anne's Catholic Church will have a silent auction Saturday at the Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd.
A cocktail reception will be from 5 to 6 p.m., while guests make their bids. An array of items will be auctioned. Winners will be announced after 6 p.m. For information, call (352) 608-4062.
Open house at youth shelter on Wednesday
Youth and Family Alternatives will host an Open House on Wednesday at the New Beginnings Youth Shelter, 18377 Sheriff Mylander Way (formerly Clinton Boulevard), off Truck Bypass 50 (behind the Hernando County Sheriff's Office).
One-hour tours will be provided at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet and greet Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis, who will be available from 11 a.m. to noon.; complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be served.
New Beginnings is a "safe place," providing food, clothing and shelter to runaway youth and at-risk children ages 10-17 from Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties.
Those interested in participating in the open house tours or in volunteering with YFA's Leadership Council, including annual fundraising events or as "guest chefs" for the Cook4Kids project, contact Jim Simms at (727) 835-4166 or email@example.com. Call the shelter at (352) 540-6015. Visit the website at yfainc.org.
Health, informational showcase on March 5
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will present the third-annual Health and Informational Showcase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5 at the Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.
The event will include numerous informational vendors from throughout Hernando County, including chiropractic, senior housing, home health care, assisted living, pharmacies, Career Central, insurance companies, acupuncture, funeral homes, hearing, vision, electronic food stamp registry, animal care, hospice, rehabilitation centers, and many others.
Various minor health screenings and tests will be offered. There also will be a silent auction, raffle and snacks.
The event is sponsored by Mid Florida Community Services and supported by United Way. For information, call (352) 796-8117.
Bowling tournament is fundraiser for group
The Hernando County Philippine American Association will host a bowling tournament fundraiser March 5 at Mariner Lanes, 3544 Mariner Blvd.
Registration will begin at noon and game time will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for the top three men and top three women bowlers. Medals will be awarded to the top three children bowlers.
The cost is $25, which includes food. For reservations or information, call Alrey at (352) 592-1301, Giezel at (352) 397-9730 or Aurora at (352) 848-1031.
Deadline nears to seek homestead exemption
The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office is taking applications for homestead exemption and the low-income senior exemptions.
Property Appraiser Alvin Mazourek reminds residents who purchased a home or moved during the 2010 tax year that they need to submit applications for homestead exemption by Tuesday to get the benefit for the 2011 tax year. Applications after Tuesday will be considered for 2012.
To qualify for the homestead exemption and accompanying "Save Our Homes" assessment cap, the home must be the permanent and primary residence of the applicant and spouse. One exemption per married couple is allowed. Those who have moved within the state of Florida and received a homestead on another property within the past two years may be eligible for portability.
For seniors eligible for homestead exemption: If at least one owner is 65 or older prior to Jan. 1 and the total household adjusted gross income in 2010 did not exceed $26,203, and they did not apply for the low income senior exemption for 2010, an application must be submitted by Tuesday.
For those seniors who did receive a low-income senior exemption for 2010, a 2011 renewal card was mailed last month.
Seniors are required to verify their total household adjusted gross income and check the appropriate box to renew or cancel their exemption and return the card before Tuesday to one of the property appraiser offices. Offices are at the Hernando County Government Center, Room 463, 20 N Main St., Brooksville; and at 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
A list of requirements for Homestead Exemption and the "Save Our Homes" assessment cap are available online at hernandocounty.us/pa. For information, call (352) 754-4190.
Yacht Club schedules flea market March 4-5
The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will have its annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5 at the club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd.
For information, call (352) 799-6068.
AARP Driver's Safety classes in March
AARP Driver's Safety Program classes will be offered at these locations in March. 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. Wednesday and March 9, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 688-2486 to register.
• Noon to 3 p.m. March 8 and 10, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon March 9 and 10, Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville. Call (352) 797-6313 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon March 11 and 18, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 596-9193 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon March 16 and 23, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18 (one day class), Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.
• 1 to 4 p.m. March 23 and 24, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.
• 1 to 4 p.m. March 24 and 25, Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. Call (352) 797-6313.
Tenor to show off his unique style March 10
Brookridge Entertainment will present Fernando Varela in concert at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
Known as the "Puerto Rican Pavarotti," Varela's strong tenor voice has often been compared to Luciano Pavarotti and Mario Lanza.
Varela's style of music has been described as "classic meets classic rock". He was accepted into the Central Florida Lyric Opera, performing 16 operas and hundreds of concerts throughout Florida. In 2005, he worked for Placido Domingo at Palm Beach Opera's Gala, and was also engaged as a featured performer in The Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City, produced by Walt Disney World Entertainment and televised internationally.
Tickets to the concert are $15 and is expected to be a sell-out. For tickets or information, call Larry and Vivian Schmitz at (352) 610-4901.
NAMI Hernando plans first Bowl-A-Thon
The National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will host its first Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser at 3 p.m. March 19 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way.
The cost is $25, which includes three games (shoe rental included), a T-shirt and a chance to win a variety of prizes.
For information, call (352) 684-0004.
Shabbat meal, service at Temple Beth David
Temple Beth David will sponsor Shabbat Across America at 6 p.m. March 4 at the temple, 13158 Antelope St.
A traditional Shabbat dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the Shabbat service at 8 p.m. Rabbi David Levin will officiate the dinner and service.
The event, sponsored by National Jewish Outreach, is open to the community, including singles, couples and families of all ages. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger.
Reservations are required. Call the temple office at (352) 686-7034.
Series on Alzheimer's to run for five weeks
HPH Hospice and the Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter will sponsor a five-week Alzheimer's series from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays, March 7 through April 4, at the hospice office at 12260 Cortez Blvd.
The program is for individuals caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, or who anticipate being in the position of caring for someone with the disease. Topics include an overview of Alzheimer's disease, how the disease changes communications and dealing with difficult behaviors. There also will be information on research and treatment. Each session will include discussion time.
There is no cost to participate, but space is limited and advance registration is required. Call Jen Zamora toll-free at 1-800-486-8784.
Frontier Park to have 39th anniversary party
Frontier Park will host its 39th anniversary celebration March 3-6. The park is at 15549 Cortez Blvd., east of the Suncoast Parkway.
While numerous activities and events are for park residents, the public is invited to these festivities:
• Southern Reign Band will entertain at 7 p.m. March 4 as part of a street dance near the gazebo. There will be door prizes and a 50-50 drawing, that will have proceeds benefitting All Children's Hospital and the Salvation Army. If there is inclement weather, the party and concert will be in the clubhouse. Also, the LifeSouth bloodmobile will be parked by the front office from 4 to 8 p.m. for those wishing to donate blood.
• A Decorated Golf Cart Parade will be at noon March 5 and will include golf carts, electric wheel chairs and bicycles. The theme will be country-western. Prizes will be awarded.
• A concert with David Onan and the Gulf Ridge Quartet will be at 7 p.m. March 6 in the clubhouse. Seating is limited. Donations will be accepted.
Club plans St. Patty's Day Dance March 5
Brookridge Social Dance will host a St. Patty's Day Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. March 5 at the clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
Music will be provided by Starburst, a brother/sister duo. Guests can bring their own refreshments. Coffee and ice will be available throughout the evening and doughnuts will be served after the 50/50 raffle.
Tickets are $5 at the door. For information and reservations, call Dot at (352) 597-0723.
Financial management class offered today
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will present the following free financial management classes:
• Simple Strategies for Managing Your Money, 10 a.m. today, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Participants will learn how to identify unnecessary expenses, establish consistent saving habits, prepare for emergencies and begin to focus on their future financial plan.
• Getting Ready for Retirement, 10 a.m. Wednesday, West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Whether retirement is 20 years in the future or around the corner, participants can learn steps to take now to ensure their bank accounts match their planned lifestyle.
For information, call the Extension Service at 754-4433, or the library program staff at (352) 540-6391.
Community auction set for March 12
The High Point Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary will host the second annual auction on March 12 at the community center at 12249 Clubhouse Road. Doors open at 11 a.m. and drawings for prizes begin at 2:30 p.m.
This is a raffle auction where participants pay $2 for 20 chances. A variety of prizes will be offered, with the grand prize being a 32-inch flat screen television donated by Best Buy.
Refreshments will be sold throughout the day. For information, call Diane at (352) 684-2008.
Reservations required for club's Bingo Bash
The Brookridge Woman's Club is taking reservations for the annual Bingo Bash, which will be March 19 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and games start at 10 a.m.
Coffee and ice tea will be available throughout the day. Doughnuts will be served upon arrival. A hot lunch and dessert will be served.
The cost is $35. There will be 52 games with a payout of $3,200.
All funds raised will benefit the scholarship fund. Reservations are required. Call Norma Rankin at (352) 597-3530.
Tickets for 'Beauty and the Beast' on sale
Notre Dame Catholic School will present Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center at Bishop McLaughlin High School, 13651 Hays Road, off State Road 52.
Students will perform three shows: 7 p.m. March 11 and 12, and 2 p.m. March 13. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
For tickets or information, call Kristen Conway at (352) 683-0755.
Lunch, information at Early Learning event
The official launch of the Foundation for Early Learning in Pasco and Hernando counties will be celebrated at the Kickin' Cook Out! event from noon to 2 p.m. March 12 at the Rotary Pavilion, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road.
Local child care providers will be on hand and there will be activity areas and information tables. The Trinity Rotary Club will serve lunch.
While the event is free, advanced registration is strongly encouraged and available at phelc.org, or call (727) 233-8291.
Knights' auction, dinner tickets on sale
Knights of Columbus Council 11317 will host its annual Auction and Dinner on March 26 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church parish hall, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.
There will be numerous baskets and prizes available. Dinner will include lemon chicken, salad, string beans, baked potato, bread and tea or coffee. Wine and sodas will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased by March 20. No tickets will sold at the door.
For information or tickets, call Barbara at (352) 684-7419 or Carol at (352) 688-1685.