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Hernando briefs: Lakewood Retreat opens camp signups


Lakewood Retreat opens camp signups

Lakewood Retreat is accepting registration for its summer camp programs.

A minicamp for children in first through third grades will be June 8-10; the cost is $179. Elementary Camp for those in third through sixth grades is June 8-13 for $319. Junior High Camp for those in sixth through ninth grades is June 15-20 for $319.

Lakewood Retreat is a 119-acre Christian camp and conference center at 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road. Counselors guide campers in age-appropriate camp activities and provide times of quiet study and discussion.

For information or to register, call 796-4097.

The camp also is available for group and individual retreats, with cabin or motel-style lodging. Sunday dinner is available at the retreat cafe for $8, which includes grounds admission for the day. For a list of activities, visit online at


Top talent artist to show how he does it

Artist Tony Caparello will demonstrate his oil painting techniques from 1 to 4 p.m. June 5 at Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave.

This free demonstration is the first of a four-part series. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

Caparello demonstrated a natural artistic ability at a young age and, when he was 15, was invited to Norman Rockwell's studio. Rockwell sent the teenager to study further with impressionist painter William Shultz. He also studied with masters John H. Sanden and Daniel Greene.

Caparello had a nine-year career as a pictorial artist for major billboard companies throughout the southeastern United States. As a painter, he specialized in photorealism and portraiture. In 1988, he began working with renowned artist James Rosenquist as a painter and studio assistant.

Caparello has a studio in Spring Hill. He painted the Civil War mural in downtown Brooksville and has many of his paintings in private, corporate and public collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Additional demonstrations include:

• Pastels with Lynne Simone, June 12

• Acrylics with Wanda McVeigh, June 19

• Batik with Julie Komenda, June 26.

The City Hall Art Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For information, call 544-5407.


Elks present Flag Day, Father's Day events

A Flag Day Observance and Father's Day Celebration will be June 14 at the Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.

The flag ceremony and ritual will be 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. A presentation of the flags will be given by Cub Scout Pack 459 and Boy Scout Troop 459. Elks officers will perform the ritual. There is no cost to attend.

The Father's Day Dinner will begin with cocktails at 4 p.m., with dinner at 5 and dancing from 6 to 9. Take Two will provide the music.

The menu choice is roast pork or breast of chicken, served with mashed potatoes, string beans and corn, tossed salad, hot rolls, coffee and ice tea, and vanilla ice cream with creme de menthe.

Tickets are $13 and can be purchased in the lounge or at the Friday night dinners at the lodge. For information or tickets, call Don Kershow at 796-6212, Bill Balderson at 585-2713 or Harry Smith at 596-2582.


Oaks Towne Center opening for tours

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and construction tour of the Oaks Towne Center project at 55 Ponce de Leon Blvd., the former site of Brooksville Regional Hospital, will be at 10 a.m. today.

The construction tour will allow Hernando County Commissioners and Brooksville City Council members, as well as the general public, to view the reconstruction project in progress.

Construction has been underway for several months to transform the former hospital building into a mixed-use facility, which will include retail and professional office space on the south side, and an assisted/independent living facility on the north side.

The assisted/independent living facility in the north tower is planned to be completed and open in early fall. The main floor and south tower will be finished as retail and office space as market demand dictates.

For information, call the Hernando County Office of Business Development at 540-6400.


Commission candidate schedules discussions

Jon "Jaz'' Zydenbos will host a neighborhood meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, at Withlacoochee Bicentennial Hall, 16257 Lingle Road.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss current property taxes, overspending and the possibilities of charter government. Zydenbos, a Republican candidate for District 1 of the Hernando County Commission, also will discuss the county budget and what he would do to cut expenses and taxes.

Free hot dogs and beverages will be served.

Zydenbos will host additional meetings at the following locations:

• 2 p.m. Monday, Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor.

• 6 p.m. June 9, Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

• 6 p.m. June 17, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.

For information, call 200-5461 or 263-6385.

Hernando briefs: Lakewood Retreat opens camp signups 05/27/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 8:18pm]
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