VFW announces its yearly essay contests
Veterans of Foreign Wars announces this year's Voice of Democracy competition for high school students and the Patriot's Pen contest for middle school students.
This year's Voice of Democracy theme is "Service and Sacrifice by America's Veterans Benefit Today's Youth by …".
Voice of Democracy is the Veterans of Foreign Wars' premier scholarship program, open to students in the ninth through 12th grades throughout the country to compete for more than $2.5-million in scholarships and incentives. Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the local, district, state and national levels. The top scholarship award is $30,000.
The Patriot's Pen youth essay contest is open to students in sixth through eighth grades who write essays expressing their views on democracy. The top 45 national winners each receive at least a $1,000 savings bond.
The entry deadline is Nov. 1.
Entries can be submitted to any Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Hernando County posts include:
• Post 9236 and Ladies Auxiliary, 3454 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Call (352) 596-9236, ask for Kathy Moore.
• Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary, 1681 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. Call (352) 796-4449, ask for Misty Ryan.
• Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 796-0398.
• Post 8681 and Ladies Auxiliary, 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road, Shady Hills. Call (727) 856-1860.
• Post 10137 and Ladies Auxiliary, 6036 County Road 618, Nobleton. Call (352) 793-8511.
Golf tourney will help SPCA run its shelter
Golfers and sponsors are needed for a golf tournament to benefit the SPCA of Hernando County on Oct. 4 at Rivard Golf and Country Club, 18000 Rivard Blvd., south of Brooksville.
A shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. The format is a four-player team scramble. Lunch will be served after the tournament. The cost is $45 for golf and lunch.
Hole sponsorships are $50 per hole. All checks are to be made payable to the SPCA of Hernando County. Funds raised will benefit the animals at the nonprofit, no-kill shelter.
For information, call Rivard at (352) 796-1410 or the SPCA at (352) 596-7000.
Club plans Sarasota trip to try Amish food
The local Michigan Club is planning a bus trip to Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18, leaving from a location in Hernando County.
The restaurant offers traditional Amish and Mennonite homestyle cooking.
The trip is open to anyone wishing to go. The cost is $30 per person, which includes the bus, meal, taxes and gratuity. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 22.
For information, call Ron at (352) 684-3999.
Carnival for all coming to Healthcare Center
A carnival for all ages will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at Brooksville Healthcare Center, 1114 Chatman Blvd.
The event will include games such as sock races, ring toss, skeetball, remote control car race, target shooting and bean bag toss. There also will be activities such as sand art and spin art, as well as face painting, balloons, crafts and raffles.
Admission will be $1 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger. For information, call (352) 796-6701.
County offering horticulture classes
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer the following free horticulture classes:
• Ground Alternatives to Turf, 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
• Why Landscapes Fail — Too Much, Too Little, Too Late!, 2 p.m. Sept. 24, at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
For information, call (352) 754-4433. Visit the Web site at www.solutionsforyourlife.com.
Ballroom dancing lessons in October
Ballroom dance lessons will start in October at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road.
Lessons for advanced dancers will be offered from 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays, starting Oct. 6. Lessons for beginner and intermediate dancers will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Oct. 8. The cost is $5 per person, per lesson. Also, general ballroom dancing will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays; the cost is $2 per person.
For information, call the instructors, Ken and Margaret Hammond, at (352) 688-4867.
Flea market, car wash to raise funds
The Springstead High School Girls Basketball Team will have a Fall Flea Market and Car Wash fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Springstead Theatre parking lot, 3300 Mariner Blvd.
Vendor spaces are available for $10 (bring your own table). Set-ups will begin at 6 a.m.
For information or to rent a space, call Greg at (352) 683-3528.
NRA offering its home firearm safety course
The Hernando Sportsman's Club will offer the NRA's home firearm safety course at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 in the clubhouse at the club's range in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area off Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.
All equipment and materials will be provided. The course is about five hours, including range time. The class qualifies you for an application for a carry permit.
The cost is $50. Class size is limited and registration is required. To obtain more information or to register, call (352) 597-9931. Visit the Web site at hernandosportsmansclub.com.
VFW post to host two September programs
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary will host the following events:
• POW/MIA program, 11 a.m. Friday. Simonetti and post officers will perform the service.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars birthday celebration, 11 a.m. Sept. 29.
All events will be at the post, 1686 E Jefferson St. For information, call the post at (352) 796-4449.
Golfers, sign up to help Toys for Tots
Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will host a golf tournament to benefit the Toys for Tots campaign Sept. 20 at Seven Hills Golfers Club. Sponsors and golfers are needed.
Sponsorships are available from $250 to $1,000. The cost to enter the tourney is $50 per golfer, which includes lunch.
A shotgun start will be at 7 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for longest hole, closest to the hole, longest drive and shortest drive. The top prize is a golf cart for a hole-in-one.
There will also be a raffle for door prizes.
For sponsorship details and registration forms, call Linda Rothenberg at (352) 688-0316 or send e-mail to a1pets@ tampabay.rr.com.
Kids can test their chess skills Sept. 27
Students in first through seventh grades are invited to compete in a fall chess tournament sponsored by Championship Chess from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Brooksville Church of the Nazarene fellowship hall, 19384 Ingram St.
The entry fee is $5. Trophies will be awarded to the first- and second-place players. If necessary, a tiebreaker will be used to determine winners.
Championship Chess is a national chess-teaching organization.
To register or for information, call coach Francis Croft at (352) 799-6503 or e-mail jfcj@mindspring.