Beach Club to host dinner, install officers
The Hernando Beach Club invites the public to the dinner for the installation of new officers that will be Jan. 8 at the club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd.
Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner will be at 7 p.m. Following the installation ceremony, entertainment will be provided by Stan Prinston at about 8:30 p.m.
The cost is $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers; those not having dinner pay a $5 cover. Reservations are required by Wednesday. Contact Marie at email@example.com or (352) 596-9708. Visit the Web site at www.hernandobeachclub.com.
Income tax assistance program starts Jan. 19
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will offer its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program starting Jan. 19 at 880 Kennedy Blvd.
The VITA program is open to anyone in the community who earns $50,000 or less. Assistance will be provided from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the tax season.
For an appointment or information, call (352) 796-8117.
Youth baseball team looking for players
The Hernando Havoc 11U travel baseball team is looking for players for the upcoming spring season.
This is a team of experienced players who compete in USSSA, RBI/Nations Baseball, and AAU-sanctioned events. All team members must be no more than 11 years old on or before May 1.
For details and try-out dates, call Dominic Orlando at (352) 684-1536, Steve Delgatto at (352) 442-1750 or Ed Kimzsal at (813) 508-8244.
Stage theater group to present free show
The Dempsey Stage Company will present a free show, The Infinite Typing Pool, Jan. 8-10 at the Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center, 13651 Hays Road, off State Road 52.
The comedy, written by Steve Mountan, was presented as part of the 2002 Florida Playwrights' Festival in Sarasota, and was subsequently produced by the Fresh!Live! Theatre Company of St. Petersburg in 2005.
The story takes place in 1956 in New York City, where publisher Maury Shafner believes a room full of monkeys and typewriters will produce the next great American novel. When a wannabe writer slips one of his manuscripts into the stack, Maury believes he has a monkey-written bestseller on his hands.
Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9, and at 3 p.m. Jan. 10. General admission seating is free, but reservations are recommended. To reserve a seat, or for information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 857-2604.
Concert planned at Wesleyan Church
The Rick Webb Family will perform a concert at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 8168 Jasmine Drive. An offering will be taken. For information, call (352) 799-3066.
County offers free swine flu vaccine
The Hernando County Health Department will have a free swine flu vaccine clinic from 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., in the cafeteria.
Approximately 750 doses will be distributed first-come, first-served.
Appointment tickets will be distributed starting at 11:30 a.m. The tickets are numbered and include time slots, so residents can wait for the vaccination or return at the appointment time. One person can pick up tickets for family members.
The vaccination is available to anyone who wants it. For more information, call (352) 540-6855.
County YMCA offers variety of programs
The Hernando County Family YMCA will offer the following programs:
• Recreational cheerleading for children ages 5-14 will be offered from Jan. 9-March 13. The 10-week program emphasizes the fundamentals of cheer in a noncompetitive spirit. It will focus on learning cheers, chants and arm motions, and will be cheering for the YMCA basketball teams.
• Youth basketball for ages 3-17, will be Jan. 19-March 13. The 8-week session is an instructional program that teaches the fundamentals of the sport. Players ages 3-9 will be placed in age-appropriate groups. A draft is conducted for players ages 10-17.
For program costs and details, call Jennifer Huden at the Y, (352) 688-9622.
Aripeka Elks Lodge to host dinner show
Aripeka Elks Lodge will host a dinner show featuring Robin Roth on Jan. 9 at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and showtime is at 7:30 p.m.
Described as a "singer extraordinaire with a comic flair," Roth includes comedy and sings a variety of musical styles, such as classics, standards, swing, Broadway, pop, jazz and today's hits.
Tickets are $30 for prime seating and $28 for regular seating. For information or for reservations, call Judi in the secretary's office (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays) at (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.
Additional upcoming shows include:
• Jay White pays tribute to Neil Diamond on Feb. 20. White, who performs often as Diamond at the Riviera Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, appeared as Diamond in the 2008 film Frost/Nixon.
• The Marlins on March 13. This is a family of musicians that performs country, rock, pop, big band and bluegrass, with songs from the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Willie Nelson, Glenn Miller, Neil Diamond, Elvis, Sinatra and others.
Church dinner show feature N.Y. quintet
St. Anthony the Abbot Catholic Church will host a dinner show featuring a quintet from the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra Jan. 16 in Heffernan Hall, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
A chicken dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by dancing starting at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10 each or $18 per couple. For reservations or information, call the church at (352) 796-2096.
Women's group hosts fashion show
The St. Theresa Council of Catholic Women will host a fashion show, "A Rainbow of Fashions," on March 3 in the parish hall at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way.
Fashions will be presented by Bon Worth. A sit-down luncheon will be catered by John Mason.
Tickets are $18 and are available in the parish office. For information and reservations, call Marilyn at (352) 688-5391.
Meet superintendent candidates Jan. 11
The Hernando County School Board, in its process of selecting a new superintendent, will host a reception for candidates at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 in the board room at 919 N Broad St.
This will be an opportunity for employees and community members to meet the candidates. Refreshments will be served.
For information, call (352) 797-7000.
Fundraiser to benefit cancer society
A fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society Gift Room and Relay for Life will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 13 at R&R Garage Doors, 16050 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The event, hosted by cancer survivors Victoria Foust and Victoria Crowe, will include crafts, raffles, gifts, food, music and entertainment. Admission is free. The LifeSouth bloodmobile will be on site for blood donations.
The event will offer 25 spaces (bring your own table/tent). Registered Relay for Life teams receive spaces at no cost. Vendors and businesses pay $5 per space.
Survivors will have an opportunity to register for the Relay for Life Survivor lap and dinner for either the Brooksville or Spring Hill Relay. Also, sponsors for the Relay for Life Survivor Dinner are needed.
The Gift Room serves uninsured or underinsured cancer patients by providing free bras, wigs, prosthesis, turbans and scarves.
Volunteers are also needed for the event. For information, call (352) 799-3685 or (352) 442-9771. Visit online at www.atroia.org.
Chamber seeks help with design for logo
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce invites the public to help in coming up with a logo for its Business Resource Council.
The council's mission is to implement innovative programs and events and cultivate resources to provide chamber members the opportunity to achieve greater success. The logo will be used to identity the council. Initially, it will be used for marketing materials and Web sites.
The deadline to submit artwork for the logo contest is Jan. 8. The winner will be announced Feb. 28. Entries will be judged on originality, composition, visual appeal and applicability to the mission of the Business Resource Council.
For a complete list of rules, visit www.hernandochamber.com. Entry forms can be dropped off at the chamber office at 101 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Logos can also be submitted via e-mail at email@example.com. For information, contact Lori Bainum at (352) 428-4906.
AARP lists classes for safe driving course
AARP Driver Safety Program classes will be offered at the following Hernando County locations this month. This is a six-hour course that costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Members are reminded to bring their membership cards to the class.
• 9 a.m. to noon Monday and Wednesday, Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. Call (352) 608-3061 to register.
• 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Jan. 13, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital), Spring Hill. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.
• 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and 11, Brooksville Enrichment Center at Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane, Brooksville. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.
• Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 and 14, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 and 21, Brookridge Community Center, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 20 and 27, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Call (352) 684-6348 to register.
Marine Corps League hosts steak shoots
Marine Corps League detachment 708 will host steak shoots from 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday, starting Jan. 12, at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
The lounge will be open for beverage purchases. For information, call (352) 597-7979.
Workshop offers tips on grant writing
A grant writing workshop with Barbara Sweinberg will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at the St. Petersburg Times/Hernando Times building, 15365 Cortez Blvd.
The workshop is open to those who wish to learn the nine components of a successful grant proposal, including nonprofit organizations, churches, government agencies and teachers from public and private schools.
The cost is $50 for those who register by Feb. 4. An additional $10 will be charged for those who register at the door. Participants should bring a brown bag lunch. To register, call Rita at (352) 556-5078.
The event is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando. Funds raised will benefit NAMI Hernando's Beautiful Mind Center at 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. For information about NAMI and the Beautiful Mind, call (352) 684-0004 or visit www.namihernando.org.