Show will benefit ill chorus member
A benefit for Archie Bell of the Hernando County Male Chorus will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 600 Wood Drive.
Several groups and choirs will perform, including Sister Karen Rushing, Brother Roy Mitchell and the Ebenezer Male Chorus.
Family and church members are asking for donations to help with medical expenses for Bell, who has been hospitalized several times recently.
For information, call (352) 796-7054, 796-1789 or 597-0175.
Vendors welcome at WTC yard sale
Vendor spaces are available for the Withlacoochee Technical Institute yard sale, which will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 in the parking lot of Building 200 (facing State Road 44), 1201 W Main St.
Spaces are $10; tables, if needed, are available for $5. Funds raised will benefit the WTI chapter of SkillsUSA, a career and technical student organization.
To reserve a space, call Joe Ciaramitaro, (352) 726-2430, ext. 276.
Arc group to hold food, supply drives
The Arc Nature Coast's Community Cafe's WFF (Women, Friendship and Fun) Group is having a food drive through Monday to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul food bank and a supply drive to help the Hernando County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Donation boxes are located inside the Community Cafe at 4564 Commercial Way (St. Lucy's Plaza).
The local SPCA is needs blankets and towels, as well as other supplies for the animals at the shelter. Donations of any nonperishable foods are appreciated.
Call Debby Bruce at (352) 593-5650, ext. 409.
Sons of Norway set Juletrefest dinner
The Sons of Norway, Sun Viking Lodge 607, will host the annual Juletrefest at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive.
A traditional Scandinavian Christmas dinner will be served, including roast pork, gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, lingonberries, rodkal, surkal, riskrem and julekake (Scandinavian Christmas cookies).
A Santa Lucia Pageant will be performed by the children. Santa Claus will be a special guest.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for ages 11 to 16 and free for ages 10 and younger. Reservations are required by Dec. 9.
For reservations, call Gail at (727) 863-3145 or Randi at (352) 796-7016.
Ladies Boot Camp a fitness program
A Get Buff Ladies Boot Camp is offered through the Hernando County Recreation Department.
The program is offered at 6 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Anderson Snow Park on Anderson Snow Road. The cost is $169 for four weeks (12 classes). Another program is offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for $119 for four weeks (eight classes).
For start dates and details, call (352) 754-4031 or (352) 428-6368, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WTC skills training could lead to new jobs
Withlacoochee Technical Institute is accepting applications for the following classes, which are scheduled to begin Jan. 20, unless otherwise noted:
• Administrative Assistant. Students are prepared for employment as a general office clerk, clerical support/secretary, assistant digital production designer or administrative assistant. The program is about two semesters long for registered full-time students; part-time enrollment is also available.
• Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology. Students are prepared for employment as proficient technicians in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration fields. Using the latest refrigerants, students may receive EPA and other nationally-recognized certification. The program is approximately three semesters for full-time students; part-time enrollment is available.
• Carpentry. Training includes construction theory, blueprint reading, cost estimating, layout, fabrication, assembly and installation of structures and fixtures, building codes and care of equipment. The class is about two semesters long for full-time students.
• Early childhood education. Students are prepared for employment as early childhood educators and child care providers. The course includes Part I and Part II State-Mandated Child Care Training to prepare for the state competency examinations. Completion of this course will prepare students for earning the child development associate equivalency credential. The course is about 600 hours; full- and part-time enrollment is available.
• Marine Service Technology. Students are prepared for employment as machinery mechanics or marine engine mechanics. Instruction includes service, repair and overhaul of four-stroke and two-stroke cycle engines and outboard motors. The service and repair of boating accessories, electrical systems, fuel systems, cooling systems and other related systems are included. The course is about three semesters for full-time students.
• Cosmetology. This class will begin Feb. 9 and is approximately 11 months. The course includes specialized classroom and lab experiences enabling students to become proficient in the use of a variety of beauty treatments.
All classes meet from 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. A high school diploma is not required to take these courses.
Withlacoochee Technical Institute is at 1201 W Main St. For registration, class details, costs, requirements and financial assistance information, call (352) 726-2430.
Coast Guard Auxiliary explains its functions
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will present "Who We Are and What We Do" from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at its facility, 4340 Calienta St.
There is no cost to attend. The auxiliary is a uniformed civilian volunteer component of the Coast Guard; new members are wanted. Members conduct safety patrols and search-and-rescue missions, assist the Coast Guard with homeland security duties, teach boating safety classes and conduct free vessel safety checks.
To reserve a seat, call Ray at (352) 596-8542.
The auxiliary also provides free vessel safety checks. The checks can be done at the auxiliary or wherever the boat is kept (home, ramp, etc.). For an appointment, call Jackie at (352)666-7239.
Visit the local auxiliary's Web site at http://a0701508.uscgaux.info/.
Well-known vocalist to perform at church
A concert featuring Damaris Carbaugh will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 8168 Jasmine Drive.
Carbaugh has been a featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and can often be seen on the Day of Discovery television program. The Heart of God is the latest of her 13 albums.
A free-will offering will be taken. Call (352) 799-3066.
Apply now for Elks' college scholarships
Applications for the Most Valuable Student Scholarship offered by the Elks National Foundation are now available.
There will be 500 four-year scholarships awarded nationwide; students will compete for 18 awards ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 per year.
Applications are available at area Elks lodges, including:
• Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; call (352) 596-2582.
• Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson; call (727) 868-2994.
• New Port Richey Elks Lodge 2284, 7201 Congress St., New Port Richey; call (727) 849-5192.
Applications are also available online at www.elks.org/enf or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Elks National Foundation, 2750 N Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL, 60614-2256. However, applications must be endorsed by a local Elks Lodge for consideration.
Winners will be announced April 15.
Applicants do not need to be related to an Elks member. The scholarship is open to high school seniors who are United States citizens who will be attending an accredited U.S. college or university full-time in the fall.
Flag football, softball teams forming
Hernando County Recreation is offering the following:
• Flag football. Teams are forming for the league that will playgames Friday nights at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. A meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Hernando County Recreation office, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.
• Men's softball will be on weekday evenings at Anderson Snow Park and Veterans Park, both in Spring Hill. A meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Recreation Office in Brooksville.
Call Fred Kranz at the Recreation office, (352) 754-4031.
Housing Authority reviewing annual plan
The City of Brooksville's Housing Authority has developed its annual Public Housing Agency Plan. Through the plan, the Housing Authority offers its mission and strategy for serving the needs of low-income families.
A public hearing on the plan will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Housing Authority's community room, 800 Continental Drive.
Comments on the proposed plan are welcome. Copies of the plan are available for review at Lykes Memorial Library, Brooksville City Hall and the Housing Authority office.
Written comments should be submitted by Dec. 12 to Randy Woodruff, chairman, at 801 Broad St., Brooksville, FL, 34601.
Individuals needing assistance to attend the meeting should call the Housing Authority at (352) 796-6547.