Scholarship fundraiser to benefit military kids
ABATE of Florida Freedom Chapter and Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will host a Scholarship Fundraiser Dice Run on Aug. 22, with sign-ups from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Marine Corps League facility at 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
The cost is $20 per card or $25 for two.
The run will include stops at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 in Hernando Beach, Marine Corps League Detachment 567 in Holiday, VFW Post 10209 in Spring Hill, VFW Post 8713 in Brooksville and will end back at the Marine Corps League Detachment 708. The last bike in will be at 4 p.m.
Funds raised will go toward scholarships for military children. For information, call Herb Robinson at (352) 596-1922, Ratt at (352) 584-1278, or Dave Soles at (352) 232-3927.
Donation to be given to charity at Air Show
The Hernando Aero Modelers will host an Air Show and Model Fly-In at 9 a.m. Aug. 15 at the field at 16301 Ponce de Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville (about a half-mile north of Citrus Way).
During the event, the group will present its annual donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hernando County.
Spectators are welcome. Admission is $2. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs. For information, call (727) 819-8059.
Submit your writing to be published this fall
The Belle Letter Writers Hernando County is hosting a writing competition for placement in the group's third annual anthology.
The contest is open to adults 18 and older from throughout Tampa Bay. Work may be fiction, nonfiction, science fiction/fantasy or poetry.
Story submissions, along with a $17 entry fee, must be received by mail or e-mail no later than noon Aug. 19.
Stories and poems selected by the judges will be published in September in the Belle Letter Writers 2009 Anthology. Each author whose work is chosen will receive recognition and one free anthology book.
For complete rules and format guidelines, send e-mail to email@example.com or call Juliette Ri at (352) 410-2336.
Volunteers needed to help answer phones
The HPH Hospice team serving residents of eastern Hernando County is in need of volunteers with excellent phone skills and a pleasant demeanor to help answer office phones from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the office at 698 S Broad St. Flexible schedules are available.
A two-day training will be provided from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18 and 20 at the office. Preregistration is required. Call Anne Clarke at (352) 796-2611.
Elks Lodge party will include prizes, music
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 will host a "Hot Summer Night Fiesta" at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 in the lounge, 9135 Denton Ave. Music will be provided by Sweet Charlie.
Admission is free. There will be a fiesta costume contest with prizes awarded. Food will be available for purchase. For information, call (727) 863-2520.
Boating safety checks and lessons available
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following programs at its facility at 4340 Calienta St.:
• About Boating Safely, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 3-5. This is a basic overview of boating and safety, which includes information to qualify for the Florida Boating Safety ID card. The cost is $30 and includes all materials.
• Suddenly in Command, 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 22. This is a free safety program for spouses, children older than 6 and friends of boat captains, who need to know what to do in a boating emergency. The program includes safety, equipment, boating terms and use of a VHF radio.
For information, call Cathy at (352) 754-1104 or visit the Web site at www.a0701508.uscgaux.info.
Also, free vessel safety checks are available and can be done wherever the boat is kept. Upon successful completion of the inspection, a decorative decal for the boat will be given. To schedule a free safety check, call Jackie at (352) 666-7239.
Center will offer CPR classes, certification
CPR classes will be offered at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 and Aug. 20 at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital.
The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health-care providers, but anyone interested may participate.
The cost is $20. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card.
Seating is limited. For information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 597-8875.
Free learning events scheduled for kids
The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando will host the following Jumpstart into Early Learning events:
• 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at Redlands Christian Migrant Association, 15029 14th St., Dade City
• 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Salvation Army, 7745 Ridge Road, Port Richey
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8 at Mid-Florida/Head Start, 835 School St., Brooksville.
The free events include activities and educational experiences for school-readiness children (age 5 and younger) at no cost. Children will each receive a lunch box or backpack filled with items such as tissues, crayons, wipes, glue and scissors.
Donations to help with these events are appreciated. Those interested in helping out can call Nicole Flechas at (727) 233-8291.
Teen event to focus on pregnancy, self-image
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Committee of Hernando County will host a Teen Life Rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd.
The free event will include a Teen Driver Challenge, yoga session, scavenger hunt, food court, poster contest, teen survival game, hourly raffles and a teen voice survey. There will be continuous entertainment inside on the Forum stage, including skits, music, journaling, dance and interactive talks.
The purpose of the event is to inspire interests and talents in youngsters to build strong self-esteem and reduce teen pregnancy.
Exhibitor spaces are still available. To reserve a free exhibitor booth or to become a sponsor, contact Dawn Easter at (239) 494-7553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Older drivers can take refresher course
The AARP Driver Safety Program is a refresher course for drivers 50 and older. The cost is $12 for members and $14 for nonmembers; members should bring their AARP cards. The course will be offered at the following locations:
• Noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 and 20, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 19 and 26, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Call (352) 683-6840 to register.
Help kids distinguish aquifer from Aquafina
The Southwest Florida Water Management District invites teachers to apply now for next year's Splash! in-school mini-grants.
The grants are to be used for classroom projects that focus on water quality, natural systems, water conservation, alternative water sources, flood protection or watersheds.
The purpose of the mini-grant program is to promote hands-on water resources education that teaches students about their local watersheds and freshwater resources within them. Splash mini-grants provide up to $5,000 per school on a reimbursement basis only and are available to public, private and homeschool teachers.
Grant applications are due Sept. 11. Visit the Web site at watermatters.org/mini-grants to fill out the online application.
In addition to mini-grant funding, the district offers free teacher training workshops, speakers for classroom presentations and free educational material.
For information about the mini-grant application process or other in-school education materials, contact Mary Margaret Hull at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4774.
YMCA has baseball, cheer sessions soon
Hernando County Family YMCA will offer an eight-week youth baseball season Aug. 15 to Oct. 10 at the YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd. Tee ball is available for children ages 3 to 5; tee ball/coach pitch program is offered for ages 6 and 7; coach pitch program is for ages 9 to 13. The cost for tee ball for ages 3 to 5 is $54 for facility members and $64 for program members; the cost for ages 6 to 13 is $64 for facility members and $74 for program members.
Also, recreational cheerleading is available for youth ages 5 to 14. The program will be Aug. 8 to Oct. 17 and will focus on learning cheers, chants and arm motions for the end-of-year "Cheer Spectacular." The cost is $60 for facility members and $70 for program members.
For information on the baseball and cheerleading programs, call Jennifer Huden at the YMCA, (352) 688-9622.
Performing arts guild selling season tickets
The Hernando Performing Arts Guild is selling tickets for the 2009-10 season.
Season tickets are $80. Individual show tickets are $25.
All concerts will be at the Hernando Performing Arts Center at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and shows are at 7 p.m.
• Hot Latin Rhythms, Nov. 6
• The New Dawn Singers (Christmas program), Dec. 5
• The Vogues, Jan. 16
• A Tribute to Neil Diamond, starring Jay White, Feb. 19
• Mark & Clark, March 20
For tickets or information, call the hotline at (352) 799-5577.
FDNY retirees selling pavers for 9/11 tribute
The Fire Department New York Retirees of Spring Hill are selling brick pavers for the 9/11 memorial that will be on the grounds at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, off Anderson Snow Road.
The memorial will include a documented piece of steel from ground zero (at the World Trade Center) and a piece of tile from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Also, the group is in the process of obtaining soil from Shanksville, Pa.
The 9/11 memorial is being developed by the FDNY Retirees as well as the New York Police Department 10-13 Retirees, Spring Hill Fire Rescue and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2794.
The cost is $50 for an engraved brick paver. Each paver includes four lines, with 16 characters per line, for engraving.
Checks or money orders are to be made out to the 9-11-2001 Memorial Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 343, Brooksville, FL 34601.
For information, call Joe Holland at (352) 686-4401.
Class of 2014 can apply for service academies
United States service academies have begun the application process for the Class of 2014. Students must be nominated by an authorized person, such as a member of Congress.
U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite can nominate applicants who live in the 5th Congressional District, which includes Hernando County.
Complete information on the application process and a copy of the application are on Brown-Waite's Web site brown-waite.house.gov. Application deadline is Nov. 6. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to a service academy.
Each applicant must be at least 17 years old but must not have passed his or her 23rd birthday; must be a U.S. citizen; and must be unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal dependents.
Students should contact Brown-Waite's local office in the spring of their junior year in high school and must begin the application process with the academies themselves.
There are five service academies: The Air Force, Naval, Military, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard academies. Nominations are required for all but the Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.
For information, call (352) 799-8354 or toll-free 1-866-492-4835.