Arc introduces new Legacy Society
Mark Barry, executive director of the Arc Nature Coast, recently announced the creation of the Legacy Society, the purpose of which is to honor donors who make planned gifts to the Arc. Participation includes bequests, insurance policies and various other kinds of planned giving instruments. There are no minimum requirements, and all gifts will be recognized in the community or kept anonymous if the donor wishes. The importance of the new society was highlighted during Hurricane Irma, when the Arc took in at least 150 individuals, some with intellectual and developmental disabilities and some who needed food, shelter and warmth from the storm. For information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or visit www.tancinc.org.
Elections office sets voter outreach events
Shirley Anderson, Hernando County supervisor of elections, has announced voter registration and outreach events that will take place during October: • 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 16, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18, Pasco-Hernando State College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24, Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Ct., Spring Hill. • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. • 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Ct., Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 754-4125.
Voter registration available online
Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson has announced that Florida is now offering online voter registration. RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov is both user friendly and accessible for persons with disabilities. Additionally, online voter registration will be available at HernandoVotes.com by selecting "register to vote." Any Florida resident who is eligible to vote or is already registered to vote in Florida can use RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov to submit an application, update an existing registration or pre-fill an application form to print and deliver to the supervisor's office. Users will need a Florida driver's license or state identification card and the last four digits of their Social Security number to complete and submit the application electronically. For information, call (352) 754-4125.
Local Halloween events planned
• The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will present its 27th annual Halloween Harvest Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. The event includes a haunted house (recommended for ages 8 and older), hayrides, games, face painting, food, a pet masquerade and costume contests for children. The pet masquerade will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 13, with pre-registration at 6:30 p.m., and the costume contest, for ages infant to 3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-12, will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 14, with pre-registration at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Game tickets are four for $1. The haunted house costs $4, hayrides $3, the pet masquerade $2 and the costume contests $2. For information, visit hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.
• The Hernando Historical Museum, 601 Museum Court, will host its annual Halloween Haunted House and Fall Festival from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28. Ghosts are free to roam all three floors, even the attic, of one of the oldest restored houses in Brooksville. There are several scare zones before visitors return to safety to the main area near the food booth. The house tour is recommended for ages 8 and older; the cost is $5 per person. Younger children can enjoy a less scary children's maze, games, trick-or-treating, stories and roasting marshmallows around a bonfire. Tickets for the maze are $1 for ages 2 and older. Hot dogs, soda, water and homemade baked goods will be available for purchase, and a fortune teller will provide entertainment. Proceeds will go toward maintenance and repairs needed on the house.
• Bene's Career Academy, 698 S Broad St., will present its second annual Trunk or Treat Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27. The event will include trunk-or-treating, carnival games, entertainment, local vendors, gift raffles and services provided by Bene's Career Academy, including chair massages, hair feathers, face painting and mini manicures. In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, proceeds will benefit the Dawn Center. For information, call (352) 364-8502.
Taste of the Fields fundraiser is Oct. 28
Tickets are available for the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville Ridge's annual Taste of the Fields fundraiser, which will take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Chinsegut Hill manor house, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road. The chef competition is the club's signature event. Tickets are $75 per person or $130 per couple and include a night of dining under the stars with a multi-course meal, live music, fellowship and fun. The chefs will complete demonstrations of their plates and share their culinary visions. The meal will begin with salad and bread prepared by local culinary art students, followed by chef-prepared appetizers, entrees and desserts. Marker 48 Brewing's craft beers, Wild Buck Whiskey and wine will be served. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Boogie Brothers. Sponsorships are available at several levels. For information or tickets, call Lori Bainum at (727) 480-1566 or visit [email protected]
Golf tournament will help eradicate polio
The Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central will host a Pars vs. Polio golf tournament, with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Oct. 28, at Hernando Oaks Golf Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Tickets for the four-person scramble are $75 per person or $300 for team. During the event, men will hit from the white tee markers, and women will hit from the red markers. A buffet lunch and awards will follow. A hole-in-one contest will be sponsored by Rick Matthews Buick GMC. The event is open to the public, with proceeds benefiting PolioPlus, a program established by Rotary International to eradicate polio around the globe. For information, call Mike Fitzgerald at (352) 238-5389.
Rain barrel workshop offered to residents
Residents are invited to attend a rain barrel workshop at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Hernando County Utilities Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd. Advance registration and payment are required. Send a check for $55 made payable to HCUD and write "Rain Barrel Workshop Oct. 25" on the envelope. Hernando County Utilities customers who attend the workshop and install a rain barrel will receive a one-time $25 credit on their water bill. Bring a vehicle that can accommodate a 50-gallon barrel. Attendance at the workshop is mandatory to purchase a barrel. For information or to RSVP, call (352) 540-6230.
VFW post collecting food for the holidays
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, in cooperation with the Brooksville VA Clinic's social services department, has kicked off its sixth annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Drive. The post is collecting food and money to help local veterans, their families or surviving spouses enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas feast. Food may be dropped in the red shopping cart in the post's canteen, 14736 Edward R. Noll Road. Requested items include: frozen turkeys (10 to 12 pounds), frozen hams (5 to 8 pounds), canned hams (3 pounds), canned corn, carrots, string beans, peas, yams, mixed vegetables, jelled/whole cranberry sauce, pineapple rings/chunks, turkey stuffing, turkey gravy, instant mashed potatoes, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, cake and corn muffin mixes, Jello pudding and applesauce. Money donated will be used to purchase needed food items. For information, call Mike at (352) 796-0398.
Public invited to homecoming events
Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., invites alumni and the public to attend three of its homecoming events: • The annual bonfire with games and food booths will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 outside the school's ROTC building; tickets are $3. Contact Tori Selby. • The Claw and a professional fireworks show will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at the football stadium; tickets are $5. Contact Erin Edwards. • The homecoming football game will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the football stadium; tickets are $6. For information, call (352) 797-7010.
Chef to share 10-minute meals
The West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., will host award-winning cookbook author chef Warren Caterson, who will share 10 entrees that can be prepared in 10 minutes, using items that most people probably already have on hand. Featuring two main ingredients, Caterson — the author of Table for Two: The Cookbook for Couples and Table for Two: Back for Seconds — will demonstrate how to make five different meals from each ingredient. The demonstration, sponsored by Friends of the Library of Hernando County, will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the library. The event is free, and no registration is required. For information, call (352) 754-4043.