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Hernando briefs for April 19

HERNANDO HI-LITES ANNUAL CONCERT: The Hernando Hi-Lites will present their annual Harmony on Parade show, "Steamin' Down the River," at 3 p.m. April 28 at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

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The concert will feature the women's barbershop chorus singing, a capella, songs such as Back in Dixie Again, Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody and Georgia. Sunset, a men's quartet, will also perform.

There will be door prizes and a raffle to win a gift basket. A meet-and-greet session with the performers will follow the show.

Adult tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door; students pay half price. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $10 each. For information, call Norma at (352) 540-9192.

HURRICANE PARTY: The Arc Nature Coast will host a Freaky Tiki Hurricane Hoopla at 7 p.m. April 28 at the Arc's Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The event will include unlimited "tribal" food, indoor and outdoor tiki bars, Polynesian entertainment and other activities. There will be raffles to win a seven-day Caribbean vacation and a seven-day cabin vacation in North Carolina.

Tickets are $35. Visit or call (352) 544-2322.

CATHOLIC WOMEN'S CRAFT SALE: The Council of Catholic Women at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church will host a spring craft bazaar from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 28 and from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 29 at the church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

A variety of items will be available, including handmade gifts, new and used jewelry, plants and baby sweater sets. Baked goods, hot dogs, drinks and other food items will be available. There will be a raffle to win a money tree and several gift baskets.

For information, call (352) 683-9666.

WESTERN DANCE AT MARINE CORPS LEAGUE: Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville, will host its annual country-western dance from 6 to 10 p.m. April 28.

A pulled-pork dinner will be served from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by music by Jim & Jim.

Tickets are $10 and available in the lounge. For information, call (352) 597-7979.

REMEMBERING VICTIMS: In observance of National Victims Rights Week, April 22 to 28, the annual Victims' Voice program to remember victims of crime will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the jury selection room at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Victims and survivors of crime will be recognized. Anyone who would like for a loved one to be remembered is asked to call Mary Johnston at the State Attorney's Office, (352) 754-4255.

CITY'S ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION: The city of Brooksville's Beautification Board and City Council members will host their 23rd annual Arbor Day Celebration at 10 a.m. April 27 at the children's playground at Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane, Brooksville.

The event will feature students and faculty from Hernando High School's Project Looking Ahead. The students have created posters on "What Arbor Day Means to Me;" participants will receive a certification and recognition gift.

Also, Justin Draft from the Florida Forest Service will provide insight on choosing proper trees for the area and how to care for and maintain them. Smoky the Bear will make an appearance.

The event will conclude when students, with the help of city staffers, plant a tree that has been donated by Stewart's Tree Service.

For information, contact Lindsay Morgan at (352) 540-3810 or

SWIFTMUD COMMUNITY EDUCATION GRANTS: The Southwest Florida Water Management District is accepting applications for its community education grants.

Individuals, organizations, government agencies and others may apply for grants up to $7,500 to help fund educational water-resource projects. Projects must provide education about any of the following issues: water quality, water conservation, flood protection, natural systems or watersheds. The projects must take place between Nov. 1 of this year and July 31, 2013.

To apply, visit The form allows applicants to save, review and change their proposals before submitting. The application deadline is May 31.

For information, or to discuss project ideas, call Robin Grantham, toll-free 1-800-423-476, ext. 4779.

BABYSITTING COURSE OFFERED: The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer a babysitting course, sponsored by the American Heart Association, from 4 to 9 p.m. April 27 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd. The class is for youth ages 11 to 18.

The class will teach what babysitters need to know and what parents want in a safe and responsible sitter. Topics include caring for children and infants; being a good leader and role model; making good decisions and solving problems; keeping children and sitters safe; handling emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents; and writing resumes and interviewing for jobs.

Pizza and drinks will be served.

The cost is $55, which includes a book and certifications in babysitting, CPR and general first-aid basics, good for two years.

Call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or instructor Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664, or visit the website at

CHURCH TREASURE SALE: The United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women will host their annual attic treasure and baked goods sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St., Brooksville.

The church is collecting old clothing, furniture, knickknacks, tools, toys and other items for the sale. Proceeds will benefit projects supported by the two groups, such as the church's food pantry, college scholarships, the Florida United Methodist Children's Home and the Red Bird House orphanage in Kentucky.

For information or to make a donation, call the church office at (352) 796-3363, Buddy Woods at (352) 799-0987 or Charlie Miller at (352) 796-5210.

AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASSES: The following AARP Driver Safety Program classes will be offered in May. The six-hour class costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP cards):

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 2 and 9, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Call (352) 796-7079 to register.

• 9 a.m. to noon May 7 and 9, Oak Hill Hospital Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind the hospital), Spring Hill. Call (352) 688-2486 to register.

• Noon to 3 p.m. May 8 and 10, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 688-2486 to register.

• 9 a.m. to noon May 11 and 18, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 596-9193.

• 1 to 4 p.m. May 16 and 18, 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.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 (one-day class), Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call (352) 666-4044 to register.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23 and 24, Downey Funeral Home, 1214 Wendy Court, off Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Call (352) 666-9509 to register.

MARINE SAFETY GROUP YARD SALE: The Hernando Beach Marine Safety Support Group will have an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach.

Donations for the sale are welcome and may be dropped off at the facility from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays. For items to be picked up, call Tom at (352) 597-0003 or Bill at (352) 596-9396.

Hernando briefs for April 19 04/25/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 2:55pm]
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