Hernando community events and programs

COLLEGE FAIR: Springstead High School will host a Spring College Fair from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the school gymnasium, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

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Representatives from over 50 universities, colleges and technical schools will be participating. All area high school juniors and seniors, as well as parents, are welcome. For information, call (352) 797-7010.

DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations.

The cost for each six-hour course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. These classes are set in March:

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Michelle Haenel at (352) 666-4044.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3 and 5, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill (behind the hospital). Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

• 9 a.m. to noon March 4 and 6, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Marge Lingor at (352) 596-9193.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 5, Brooksville Enrichment Center at Bayfront Health Brooksville, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Call Ginny Holohan, at (352) 684-2126 or (570) 205-1261.

• Noon to 3 p.m. March 11 and 13, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Marge Lingor at (352) 596-9193.

• Noon to 3 p.m. March 11 and 13, Spring Hill Enrichment Center at Bayfront Health Spring Hill, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

RELAY FOR LIFE MEETING: The American Cancer Society's Brooksville Relay for Life committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 3 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. A team meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.

POLKA FEST: The annual Spring Festival Days will be March 7 to 9 at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

Festivities will kick off with a jam session with the Frank Moravcik Band and Magic Buttons from 5 to 9 p.m. March 7. Admission is free for musicians participating in the jam, $5 for center members and $7 for nonmembers.

The Frank Moravcik band will return to entertain from 6 to 10 p.m. March 8 and from 2 to 6 p.m. March 9. Tickets each day are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

A cash bar and food will be available each day. For information or to reserve a seat, call Catherine at (989) 768-0031 or Ed at (352) 428-8340.

NIGHT OF COMEDY AND SONG: Brookridge Entertainment will present the Edwards Twins at 7 p.m. March 13 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.

Identical twins Anthony and Eddie are celebrity impersonators who mimic more than 100 artists.

They look like and perform hit songs by stars such as Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Sonny and Cher, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Rod Stewart, Liza Minnelli, Neil Diamond and Lady Gaga.

Tickets are $20 each. For information or to purchase tickets, call Larry or Vivian Schmitz at (352) 610-4901.

PLAY IN THE ORCHESTRA: The Hernando Symphony Orchestra is looking for musicians. The orchestra has openings in the following sections: violin, viola, cello, string bass, oboe, trumpet and percussion.

An audition is required and must be scheduled in advance. Auditions will consist of a short prepared piece of the musician's choice and some sight reading.

Anyone interested in scheduling an audition should send email to hernandosymphony@yahoo.com. The orchestra's website is hernandosymphony.com.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRADUATING SENIORS: The following organizations are accepting scholarship applications from Hernando County students:

• The Glen Lakes Garden Club will award a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating Hernando County high school senior. To be eligible, students must pursue a degree at an accredited college, university or technical school or have participated in at least 250 hours of volunteer or community service in grades 9 to 12. Students must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average and three letters of reference. Completed applications must be postmarked by March 15.

The recipient and a parent will attend the garden club's fashion show April 4.

Application forms are available in the guidance offices of all Hernando County high schools. Students in private schools or who are homeschooled, or anyone seeking information, may contact Pat Majer at majer@cox.net.

• Stage West Community Playhouse will award $6,000 in scholarships to high school graduates intending to study voice or the theater arts. The Irv Clark Scholarship for Voice is $2,000. Three youth scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded for theater arts studies, and one $1,000 appreciation scholarship to a student who has volunteered at Stage West and may not be studying voice or theater arts.

Applications are available at Hernando County high schools. Homeschool or private school graduates may request an application from the Stage West box office, (352) 683-5113, or call Linda Campo at (352) 428-4990. The application deadline is April 11.

The scholarship money is raised through donations by Stage West members and patrons.

• The Sons of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502 will award two $1,000 scholarships to Hernando County high school graduates of Italian descent who have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 and a minimum SAT score of 1100 or an ACT composite score of at least 23. Applicants must also submit a 750-word essay.

The application deadline is April 7. Applications are available in the guidance departments at Hernando County high schools. Winners will be recognized at the lodge's May 3 dinner-dance.

• The Spike Club of the Hernando Builders Association will award a $1,000 scholarship to a high school graduate furthering his or her education in the construction field (drafting, architecture and design, air conditioning and refrigeration, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, construction management, surveying and other fields). The scholarship is to be applied toward the cost of books and tuition.

The application deadline is April 18. Applications are available at high school guidance departments, as well as at the HBA office at 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville, and on the group's website at hernandobuilders.com. For information, call the HBA office at (352) 596-1114.

• The Latin-American Civic and Cultural Association of Spring Hill will award several scholarships to students of Hispanic ethnicity. Entries will be judged on scholastic merits and achievements, recommendations and financial need.

Applications are available at high school guidance departments. The deadline is April 18. For information, call Noemi De La Rosa at (352) 683-6742.

• Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union has scholarships available to seniors who live in its 15-county coverage area, which includes Hernando County.

There is one award of $10,000 per year, for four years, during the pursuit of a bachelor's degree at a four-year university; one award of $6,000 per year, for two years, for those pursuing an associate's degree, followed by $10,000 per year for two years to complete a bachelor's degree at a four-year college; one award of $6,000 per year for two years for those pursuing workforce preparation through an associate of science or associate in applied science degree; and a one-time award of up to $4,000 to a student attending a vocational or technical program.

The application deadline is March 31. Applications are available online at suncoastfcu.org or by stopping by any branch office.

Hernando community events and programs 02/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 21, 2014 5:29pm]

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