Tourist development panel has open seat
The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Hernando County Tourist Development Council as a representative of a enterprise collecting the tourist tax.
The council promotes tourism opportunities in Hernando County and oversees the collection and disbursement of the tourist development tax.
Applicants must be Hernando County residents and registered voters. Applications are available at the County Administrator's Office, Room 461, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.
Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. April 23. For information, call 754-4002.
Come meet the new county administrator
A "meet and greet" reception to welcome County Administrator David Hamilton will be 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 21 in the Hernando County Government Center atrium, 20 N Main St.
Refreshments will be served. Hamilton had been the county administrator in Crow Wing County, Minn., before starting his new position here March 17.
For information, call 754-4000.
MLB Pitch, Hit, Run test coming April 23
Brooksville Recreation Department invites area youth to compete in the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition at 6 p.m. April 23 at the Jerome Brown Community Center's adult fields, 99 Jerome Brown Place.
Competitors will be divided into four age divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. All will have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships at Major League ballparks and the national finals at the 2008 MLB All-Star Game.
The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champion in each age group at this local competition will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of the competition.
Youth wishing to participate must bring a copy of their birth certificates and fill out registration/waiver forms before the start of the competition.
The event is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. It is a grass roots program designed to provide youth with an opportunity to participate in a competition, at no cost, that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills.
For information, call Lou Bermudez at 544-5498.
Take a fling and swing at Arc's spring dance
The Arc Nature Coast will host a Spring Fling Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. May 9 at West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway.
The event will include music provided by a DJ, food and beverages. Admission is $2 per person.
Door prizes and other donations for the event are appreciated. For information, call Lena at 232-5727 or 544-2322, ext. 100.
Read, hear poetry at PHCC celebration
Pasco-Hernando Community College will host a Celebration of Poetry from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to listen and participate in an open-mike poetry reading. PHCC's North Campus Student Government Association will provide refreshments and a door prize.
Poets who wish to read one or two of their works during the program are advised to sign up in advance. To sign up, or for information, call event coordinators, professors Richard Downing at 797-5132 or Kay McKamy, 797-5109.
Vendor spots open at next Market on Main
Vendor openings are available for the next Market on Main Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 on Main Street, between Broad and Liberty streets, as well as in the city parking lot next to 31 S Main St.
Vendor spaces (10 by 10 feet) are available to those selling produce, plants and shrubbery, antiques, collectibles, crafts, woodwork, jewelry, candles, baskets, quilts and miscellaneous items. Spaces are $15 per month or $50 for four months (markets are on the third Saturday of each month). Vendors must supply their own tables and chairs. Call 797-9330 or visit brooksvillebusiness.com.
Housing Authority, council plan workshop
The Brooksville Housing Authority will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, which will be followed by a special joint workshop with the Brooksville City Council at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.
The workshop will include a discussion of various issues between the City Council and the Housing Authority.
Those with disabilities needing assistance to participate in the workshop should contact the city clerk's office at least 48 hours in advance. Call 544-5407. Information is also available online at www.ci.brooksville.fl.us.
Spring indoor picnic at Polish American club
The Polish American Social Club will host an indoor Spring Festival Picnic on Wednesday at the clubhouse, 7615 New Jersey Ave. Doors open at 10 a.m.
Food will be served from noon to 1 p.m. and will include hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, desserts and coffee or tea. There will be games with prizes, including a cake walk, until 3 p.m. Dancing to live music will be 3 to 4 p.m.
Tickets are $5. For information, call Marcella at 597-5908 or Josephine at (727) 862-1520.
Tee it up to help get intensive care for kids
The Our Baby RIA Foundation will present the Help Us Save Our Children Golf Tournament May 10 at the Seven Hills Golfers Club, 10599 Fairchild Road, off Mariner Boulevard. Check in will be 11:30 a.m. and tee time will be noon.
Corporate and individual sponsorships are available and teams and individuals golfers are invited to participate.
Hole sponsorships are $75, best-round sponsorships are $100. Donations of items for raffles are needed. Hole sponsors will be able to place a table at the hole with promotional items, if desired.
The cost to participate in the tournament is $50 per golfer, which includes golf, a hot buffet lunch, T-shirt and entry for raffle prizes.
Money raised will benefit Our Baby RIA Foundation, a nonprofit organization trying to get a pediatric intensive care facility to service children of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
For information or to enter the event, call Beverly at 683-6097 or 556-6186. Visit the Web site at www.ourbabyriafoundation.org.
Clear out garage and donate to yard sale
Mariner United Methodist Church will host a church yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 and 19 at the church, 7079 Mariner Blvd.
The sale will include a variety of items such as jewelry, linens, household items, books, toys, furniture, tools and clothing. Food, baked goods, doughnuts and drinks will also be available.
For information, call 596-0080 or 596-2762.
K of C golf tournament supports scholarships
The Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council, will host their annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on June 7 at the Seven Hills Golfers Club, 10599 Fairchild Road, off Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill. A shotgun start will be at 8 a.m.
Following the tournament will be a luncheon and door prize presentations at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive.
Both men and women golfers can participate. The cost is $45 per golfer. All money raised will go to the Knights' annual scholarship award program for Hernando County high school students. Reservations are required by June 2.
Hole sponsorships are available. Cash donations are also welcome.
In case of rain, the tournament will be rescheduled for June 14. For information or reservations, call Mike Snoha at 596-2416, Jim Santore at 666-8697, Dick Doddie at 666-8009 or the council hall at 683-1227.
Special meeting set at Regency Oaks
Regency Oaks Civic Association will host a special community meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the ROCA community center, 4445 Breakwater Blvd.
The focus of the meeting will be on the benefits of a well-supported association, as well as the payback in real estate value for actions taken as a result of that support.
Speakers include ROCA board members, the Concerned Citizens Committee, Crime Watch unit, new County Administrator David Hamilton and Assistant County Administrator Larry Jennings.
All residents, members and nonmembers, potential residents and anyone interested are invited to attend. Coffee and refreshments will be served.
For information, call Al Boland at 597-2318.
Bikers ride to capital to honor fallen cops
American People Against Cop Killers will host the second annual Deputy Lonnie C. Coburn Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday. This will be a ride to Tallahassee to pay respects to the 42 fallen Florida Highway Patrol troopers who have died in the line of duty.
Riders will meet in the Hardee's parking lot on Commercial Way at Cortez Boulevard. Registration will be at 7 a.m.; the cost is $15. Departure time is 8 a.m.
There will be stops to pick up other bikers at Crystal River Harley-Davidson, the Cross City Health Department and Perry State Forest Park.
The group will be riding to the Fraternal Order of Police Fallen Officer Wall in Tallahassee, where there will be a program. Speakers include retired Col. Curt Hall from the Florida Highway Patrol, state Sen. Mike Fasano and Rep. Robert Schenck.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Deputy Coburn's death. On Feb. 21, 1978, 25-year-old Coburn was fatally shot outside the Stop 'n' Go in Ridge Manor when he confronted two men who had earlier raped and killed a pregnant woman.
Also honored will be four troopers who worked in Hernando, Pasco, Citrus and Sumter counties: Trooper Robert Pruitt, 37, and Merle Cook, 44, who were killed July 13, 1981, in an airplane crash while searching for two breaking-and-entering suspects in St. John's County; Trooper Ronald Gordon, 28, who was shot and killed Dec. 23, 1973, while checking two suspicious men in a parked car; and most recently, Trooper James Bradford-Jean Crooks, 23, who was shot and killed May 19, 1998, while he was involved in the chase of a suspect who had just killed two Tampa detectives.
For information, call Jeff Duval at 397-9627 or Jerry Jennings at 346-1846. Visit the Web site at www.apack-inc.org.