Adults, teens needed for hospice training
Adults and teenagers 14 and older are being sought to volunteer with Hernando-Pasco Hospice. A two-day hospice training class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11 and 13 at the office at 698 S Broad St.
Volunteers can work in a variety of capacities, including non-patient contact such as answering phones in a team office, filing and assisting with projects. Those interested can also help out by visiting a hospice patient who lives in a nearby residence, assisted living facility, nursing home or in the HPH Brooksville Care Center.
The two-day training will cover HPH's philosophies and specific ways in which one can grow as a member of a hospice volunteer team.
Hernando-Pasco Hospice is a nonprofit organization that provides care, comfort and support to more than 1,100 patients in Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties on a daily basis, regardless of their ability to pay.
Registration for the training is required. To register or for information, call volunteer coordinator Anne Clarke at 796-2611.
Learn to manage pesky chinch bugs
Florida Yards and Neighborhoods coordinator John Korycki will provide a free class, Chinch Bug Management, at 10 a.m. June 10 at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service's satellite office in the Forest Oaks Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd.
Those attending will learn how to properly use cultural and chemical methods to keep these pests from destroying their lawns.
No registration is required, but seating will be limited. For information, call 754-4433.
Sign up for sheriff's Citizen's Academy
Openings are available for the afternoon and evening sessions of the next Hernando County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy, which will be offered on Thursdays, June 5 through July 10. The afternoon session meets from 1 to 4 p.m. and the evening session meets from 6 to 9 p.m.
The academy gives an insider's view of the Sheriff's Office and criminal justice system. Participants will observe demonstrations by K-9 handlers, have tours of the Sheriff's Office and learn various facts about forensics, uniform patrol, traffic unit, administration, investigations, vice and narcotics, communications/911, aviation and marine units, mounted patrol and legal issues and perspectives.
Graduates will have the option of riding along with a patrol deputy, flying in the helicopter or observing in the communications center.
The academy is available to adults 18 and older. To register, call Tracy DiMuro at 754-6830, ext. 53668.
Mobile career resource enhanced
Career Central's Mobile One Stop, a self-contained resource room on wheels, is now available from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.
This is a newer model vehicle from the previous Mobile One Stop, offering computer stations, satellite Internet and telecommunications, printing, copying, and fax capabilities.
Job seekers can search for work, create and print resumes, access local and statewide job listings and receive referrals to and information about Career Central programs.
Employers can also utilize the mobile unit, to anchor employee on-site recruitment efforts, job fairs, testing and training.
The mobile unit is also available from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, in Ridge Manor West.
For information, visit the Web site at www.careercentral.jobs or call Career Central at 200-3020.
VFW to show 'Live and Let Die' three times
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 will present three showings of the Live and Let Die, the Paul McCartney Experience on June 13, June 27 and July 5 at the post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Doors for each show open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m.
This is a multimedia music show presented by Eddie Toye's Live and Let Die band, which is dedicated to honoring the music of the former Beatle. Tickets are $15 each. A full menu and cash bar is available.
For information or tickets, call 796-0398 or 684-3094. Visit the Web site at www.livenletdieon
Class of 1963 holding 45th reunion July 19
The Hernando High School Class of 1963 will host its 45th class reunion from 6 to 10 p.m. July 19 at the Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive (off Croom Road).
Leopards from other classes are also invited. Reservations are a must.
For details, call Pam Kinnear Whitehead at 596-9944 or Bonnie Erickson Yungmann at 796-8177.
Donate blood, receive Quizno's coupon
Candleglow Apartments will host a blood drive with the LifeSouth bloodmobile from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot at 1071 Candlelight Blvd. Refreshments will be served.
Those who donate blood will receive a Quizno's coupon and a complimentary cholesterol screening, as well as a recognition gift item from LifeSouth.
Those who donate blood must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID. For information, call LifeSouth at 596-2002.
Get your doo-wop
on with the Knights
The Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council, is taking reservations for the doo-wop show with the Saints on Saturday at the KofC Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive.
Doors will open at 7 p.m.; showtime is 8. The cost is $18 per person, which includes light snacks. A cash bar will be available. For reservations, call 683-1227 and ask for Angelo, Pat or Anthony.
Here's a chance to hobnob with the artist
The Spring Hill Art League will present a reception for artist Mary Alice Queiros will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St.
Visitors can meet and greet the artist. Coffee and appetizers will be served.
Queiros' pen and ink drawings are on display at the Rising Sun Cafe now through the end of June. The exhibit coincides with the 10th anniversary celebration of the Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, which Queiros was instrumental in starting. Her works that are display capture the vistas of Hernando Beach, Pine Island, Bayport, McKethan Lake Park and downtown Brooksville past.
Celebrate the Fourth of July with a song
Freedom Fest, an annual Tampa Bay area July Fourth celebration, is conducting a state-wide search for soloists or duets to open up for national recording artist Matthew West at the 2008 Freedom Fest, which will be July 3 at Florida Classic Park in eastern Brooksville.
Those interested can audition to be a finalist for the opportunity to perform one song at the Freedom Fest. Auditions will be Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., at First Baptist Church, 420 Howell Ave. There is a $10 application fee.
Contestants will be scored in the following areas: Personal presentation, tone, rhythm and tempo, intonation, interpretation, dictation, biblical and/or patriotic content, and impact/purpose.
The competition is open to amateurs and is designed for soloists or duets, using a CD or instruments that can be set up within one's 10-minute allotted time.
This year's Freedom Fest is sponsored by the Brooksville Ministerial Association, Faith Tampa Bay, The JOY FM and Hernando County. For information or applications, visit the Web site at www.freedomfestonline.com or call Brian at 796-6791.
Paintball battle in the name of holiday gifts
Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will host a paintball battle to benefit Toys for Tots on June 8 at 4644 Keysville Ave.
Participants are to bring their own arsenal. Registration is $25; there is a separate charge for the paintballs.
Registration will be at 8 a.m., battle briefing starts at 9 and the game begins at 9:30. The battle ends at 3 p.m.
The event is limited to the first 100 applicants.
For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mark Rothenberg at 688-0316.
Literacy group aids reading, math skills
HEART (Hernando's Education for Adult Readers in Training) Adult Literacy offers free reading, math and language arts classes, as well as free pre-GED testing and English for Speakers of Other Languages, at various sites throughout the county:
• From 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
• From 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill.
• From 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
• From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, HEART Adult Literacy, 801 N Broad St., Brooksville.
Classes are for adults 18 and older. No appointments necessary; walk-ins are accepted. Those attending must bring a Florida photo ID. Most sites offer free child care.
For information, call 797-7018.
Poker run will raise postage for troops
Lea's Prayers and Postage will host the second annual Poker Run to support the troops on June 8, starting at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the first bikes out will be at 11 a.m.
Run stops include Bayport Inn in Weeki Wachee, Marine Corps League Detachment 708 in Brooksville, IR-RU Family Social Club in Floral City and Sleepy Hollow in Floral City.
The cost is $20 for the first hand and $10 for additional hands. There will be raffles and a 50/50 drawing.
Funds raised will go to Lea's Prayers and Postage, a nonprofit group that supports postage for packages sent to troops overseas. For information, call Dee Mills at 428-8564 or Linda Kidwell at 684-4185.
Park admission free during Hurricane Expo
The 2008 Hurricane Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way.
This year's theme is "Mitigate in 2008." There will be presentations and information available on home preparation, preparing a disaster supply kit and family plan, proper insurance coverage, and having an evacuation plan for pets and animals.
There will be vendors for preparedness/home retrofit products and other personal disaster preparedness services. Vendors wishing to participate may call Ceclia Patella at 754-4083 or go online at www.hernandocounty.us/em/annualexpo.htm.
Admission to the attraction will be free on the day of the expo, and will include all park activities. The event will also include music, games and face painting for children and contests. Food and cold drinks will be available for purchase.
There will also be a hurricane simulator for visitors to experience what a Category 1 hurricane feels like.
For information, call Hernando County Emergency Management at 754-4083.
Knights to retire old flag, raise new one
The St. Frances Cabrini Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will host the annual Flag Day Ceremony from noon to 12:30 p.m. June 14 at the southeast corner of the parking lot at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd.
The Knights will retire their old American flag and raise its new one, which was flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Those in attendance will include State Sen. Mike Fasano and Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent, as well as other local dignitaries.