Arc Nature Coast looking for sponsors
Thursday is the sponsorship deadline for the Arc Nature Coast's 15th annual Bowl-A-Thon, which will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way.
A $125 team sponsorship provides Bowl-A-Thon T-shirts for a team of five bowlers (all sponsor names will be printed on the back of a minimum of 200 shirts), two games of bowling and shoe rental.
A $125 lane sponsorship provides a large banner on a lane promoting the company or organization, the company's name on the event T-shirt and recognition in the Arc's quarterly newsletter.
Sponsors can assemble their own bowling teams, or Arc will provide a team or individual bowlers for teams with fewer than five members. Individual bowlers are welcome. Bowlers are expected to raise at least $25 in pledges.
For information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.
Programs offered to get you in shape
Hernando County Recreation is offering the following programs:
• 12-Week Body Challenge, starting Aug. 11. The program will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville; at 6 a.m. Thursdays at Anderson Snow Park on Anderson Snow Road in Spring Hill; and 8 a.m. Saturdays at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard, Spring Hill.
The course is led by master personal trainer and weight management consultant Kim Garcia. The cost is $299 for three months.
• Get Buff Ladies Boot Camp, starting Aug. 11, at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. Two sessions are available, one at 5:30 a.m. or one at 6:30 a.m.. Both will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The group is provided by master personal trainer Kim Garcia. This is an outdoor boot camp for women wishing to lose weight, gain strength, increase energy, improve muscle tone, drop body fat and improve health. The cost is $169 for the four-week program (12 classes). Registration must be made by Aug. 8.
To register for either course, call (352) 428-6368 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Kids can sharpen up their court skills
Brooksville Recreation Department will host Summer Basketball Camp 4 Kids from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Aug. 8 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane.
The cost is $60 per camper, which includes a T-shirt and lunch. Aftercare will be available from 2 to 5:30 p.m. each day for an additional $12 for the week.
For information or to sign up, call (352) 544-5498.
Nature beckons from Chinsegut Center
Chinsegut Nature Center will host the following programs and events in August:
• Chinsegut Lichen Walk, 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 5. The walk will be led by Dr. Dana Griffin. Participants will learn about the unique lichens (fungus) at Chinsegut.
• Big Pine Night Walk, 8:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 15. Participants are to meet at the Big Pine Tract on Old Crystal River Road, north of Brooksville. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
• Introductory Archery Workshop, 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 23. Equipment will be provided. Advance registration is a must.
All programs, unless otherwise noted, are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. For information or reservations, call (352) 754-6722.
You're invited to meet the artist
Easy Street Home Decor and Spring Hill Art League will host a wine and cheese reception for artist Bob Corrigan from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 6 at Easy Street, 848 E Jefferson St.
Corrigan graduated from Art Career School in New York in 1967 and has won the Saint- Gaudens medal for fine draftsmanship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He works in all media and is known as a unique artist who "dares to be different" with his art.
There is no cost to attend the reception. For information, call Easy Street at (352) 848-0177 or go online to www.springhillartleague.com.
Meet candidates for state, county offices
The Ridge Manor Property Owners' Association will host a Candidates Night at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd.
A confirmed 27 candidates running for state and county seats will participate; more are pending.
Each candidate will have five minutes to speak. Once all have finished, there will be an informal question-and-answer session when residents can have their questions addressed. Refreshments will be served.
For information, call Carol Defilippo at (352) 583-2556.
Angel Food Ministries will be taking orders
Angel Food Ministries orders will be taken from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W. Orders will also be taken from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 and Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 9, and from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10.
Angel Food is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that provides grocery relief and financial support. The cost is $30 per unit, which retails for about $60. Payments can be made with cash or food stamps only.
Also available are specialty boxes, such as steaks, chicken and pork, for an additional cost.
Information about Angel Food Ministries is available at www.angelfoodministries.com or call (352) 796-8331.
Some cool cars lining up for a good cause
An Auction and Classic Car Show to benefit the Williams Family will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at Covenant Christian Church of God, 15511 U.S. 41 (4 miles south of County Line Road).
The auction will begin at 5 p.m. There will be live musical entertainment with music from the 1950s and '60s.
The event will include a bake sale. Also, hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be sold.
All proceeds will benefit the family of Junior Williams, who is recovering from severe head trauma from a boating accident on April 21.
For information, call the church at (352)796-6761.
Talent show, school supply give-away
As part of its Back to School Bash, Greater Love Outreach Ministry will host the following:
•Talent show, 7 p.m. Aug. 8, at Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St.
• School supply give-away, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9, Kennedy Park, 1000 Kennedy Blvd.
Those wishing to help can donate school supplies or money before the event.
For information or to make a donation, call Christie Woods at (352) 585-7751 or Katina Cobb at (352) 398-3627.
Seats open in Well Florida Council board
The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Well Florida Council Board of Directors for a two-year period ending in September 2010.
There are vacancies for a consumer representative and a purchaser representative. Consumers are those who do not provide health services and include, but are not limited to, elected officials, representatives of consumer organizations and the general public. A health care purchaser is someone who is responsible for or is an authorized member of an organization or agency responsible for the purchase of health services for a group of five or more employees, either directly or through acquisition of health insurance coverage.
Purchasers include, but are not limited to representatives of individual businesses, employer coalitions, government units, labor organizations, consumer groups and health insurers.
Applications are available in the County Administrator's Office, Room 460 of the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 8.
All applicants for these volunteer positions must be Hernando County residents and registered voters. For information, call (352) 754-4002.
A chance to stock up county classrooms
The United Way of Hernando County is seeking donations for its Stuff the Bus school supply drive for Hernando County's teachers.
This communitywide effort brings supplies to teachers and classrooms. The local United Way has more than 200 requests from teachers for supplies.
Donations of school supplies or gift cards can be dropped off at one of the following bus stops from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday:
• Staples, 4210 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
• Publix supermarkets at 160 Mariner Blvd., 4158 Mariner Blvd. and 4365 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
• Wal-Mart Supercenters at 1485 Commercial Way and 13300 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, and 7305 Broad St., Brooksville.
All donations will remain in Hernando County. For information, call United Way at 688-2026. Visit the Web site at www.unitedwayhernando.com.
Another Bandshell Bash is coming up
Hernando County Fine Arts Council's next Bandshell Bash will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave.
This month's concert is a Country Music Bash. It will include the Brooksville Cruise-In, an antique hot rod and motorcycle show. There will also be food and beverage vendors.
The monthly Bandshell Bash is a free family event that is on the second Saturday of each month.
For information or to become an event sponsor, call Mary Jane Russell at (352) 754-4788 or go online to www.bandshellbash.com.