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Hernando Computer Club accepting donations for Dawn Center


Computer club will be accepting donations

The Hernando Computer Club will accept donations of supplies for the Dawn Center at its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the fellowship hall at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive.

The Dawn Center is Hernando County's domestic violence shelter, which provides a save haven to women and children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse.

Items needed include nonperishable foods, cleaning supplies, paper goods and personal care products.

There will also be several speakers at the meeting. A representative from Love Your Neighbor will discuss recycling electronics and helping to feed needy children. LYN is a local charitable organization that feeds and assists homeless and needy families. Dr. Simrita Sidhu will talk about warning signs of strokes, prevention and treatment. A certified financial planner, Amrita Bedi, will discuss "Special Needs Planning."

The public is welcome to attend. All donations are appreciated. For information, call (352) 684-7171 or visit


Yacht club to host a tea, fashion show

The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host a "Tea for Two" event from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 at the club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd.

The benefit event features a tea, fashion show, musical entertainment, vendors, raffles and gifts. Fashions will be presented by La DE Ta's of Crystal River and entertainment by Mid-Life Crisis. Food will be served and a variety of items will be for sale.

Appropriate "tea" attire is encouraged.

Tickets are $21; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Call Anna at (352) 688-6598 for tickets.


Mother's Day Tea set for May 7 at museum

The Hernando Heritage Museum will present the annual Mother's Day Tea from 4 to 6 p.m. May 7 at the museum, 601 Museum Court.

The event will have a black and white theme. Food and entertainment will be provided.

Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Call (352) 799-0129 or (352) 796-5398.


Cafe Cabaret starts April 28 at Black Box

Shark Theatre will present the musical revue Cafe Cabaret April 28-30 in the Black Box Theatre at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Performances are at 7 p.m. each night, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on April 30.

The show is a collaboration between the theater and culinary arts departments at the high school. It will include songs from Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, presented cabaret style, and served with dessert and coffee.

The eight-member cast will perform 22 songs from 22 different musicals, such as The Lion King, Jersey Boys, Cabaret and Anything Goes.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. The show is recommended for ages 7 and older. All seats are reserved. For reservations or information, call Lori Erickson at (352) 797-7088, ext. 296.


Stringbreak Music event starts April 29

The sixth annual Stringbreak Music Festival will be April 29 through May 1 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake.

The weekend event will feature more than 25 national touring bands on four stages. Some of the groups include Paul Thorn, Rockin' Acoustic Circus, the Greencards, Bearfoot, the Chapmans and Searson.

Music starts at 1 p.m. April 29 and continues daily from 10 a.m. to midnight. There will be dancing, craft exhibitors, music jams, camping, music workshops, food and drinks available. There will also be numerous youth activities.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. No coolers will be allowed.

Advance tickets are $10 for Friday, $35 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday; or $85 for the three days, with camping. Youth prices are $10 for ages 13 to 18, and free for ages 12 and younger.

A percentage of proceeds will go to the improvements and maintenance of the Sertoma Youth Ranch. Call (863) 984-8445, visit or e-mail to


Trail at Tom Varn Park closing for repairs

The city of Brooksville's walking/jogging trail at Tom Varn Park will be closed, starting May 2, for pavement resurfacing. The project is expected to be completed within 30 days.

The park is at 301 Darby Lane. For information, call Brooksville Parks and Recreation at (352) 540-3830 or visit cityof


National Day of Prayer May 5 at courthouse

The Conservative Christian Teens for America, along with local churches of various denominations, will gather for the National Day of Prayer event from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5 on the steps of the Historic Hernando County Courthouse at 20 N Main St.

There will be music and prayer, Scripture reading and Founding Fathers' quotes recited by the Conservative Christian Teens for America.

The purpose will be to pray for the nation, families and leaders. Local and state elected officials have been invited and will be personally prayed for at the event.

For information, call Annie Baker at (813) 732-1507 or (352) 588-4036, or e-mail


Job seminars to be held at PHCC campus

Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer the following workshops for job-seekers at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court:

• Cover Letter and Resume Workshop, 6 to 9 p.m. April 25, in Room E-204. The workshop will cover the latest trends in preparing successful cover letters and resumes, and offer tips on what employers value in these essential documents. Also, participants will be assisted in drafting and updating their resumes. Participants should bring a flash drive or other memory device.

• Interview Skills Workshop, 6 to 8 p.m. May 2, in Room E-205. This will be an interactive presentation on answering interview questions. Common problems with interview protocols will be covered, and all participants will have an opportunity to participate in an interactive interview session.

The workshops are free. To register, call toll-free at 1-877-879-7422. For information, contact Barbara Russo at (352) 340-4826 or


Good Times Line Dance Social set for April 30

The next Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 30 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.

The social will include a mix of dances for both beginners and intermediate dancers. No lessons are provided, but instructors will be on hand to assist those who need it.

Guests can bring their own beverages and snacks. Music will be provided by DJ Dave.

Admission is $5. For information, call (352) 397-6088.


Last Bark Island of the season is April 23

The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will host its final Bark Island of the season from 7 to 9 a.m. April 23 at Alfred A. McKethan Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive.

Dogs and their owners are welcome to come to the beach. Owners must have the dog's current vaccination record to enter. Bring a leash.

Admission is $7 per car or walkup patron. For information, call (352) 754-4031.


'Wine Tasting on the Gulf' next month

Catholic Charities will present its second annual "Wine Tasting on the Gulf" benefit event from 2 to 4:30 p.m. May 15 at the Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd.

The event will include a variety of wines, heavy hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and door prizes.

Tickets are $20 each. Funds raised will benefit Catholic Charities' Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center building fund. For information or tickets, call Abby Evert at (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.


Annual 'WoMan' fashion show May 14

Hernando County Crime Stoppers will present the third annual WoMan's Dinner Fashion Show from 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 14 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.

This is an adults-only fashion show that features men who dress up as female fashion models and strut the catwalk displaying their own creative fashion design, style and music. At the end of the show, a model will be crowned the "WoMan Fashion Model of 2011."

The panel of judges includes Pat Crowley, president of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce; Don Page, president of Cortez Community Bank; Tammy Heon, county tourism development coordinator; Randy Woodruff, CPA Woodruff and Co.; and Don Germaise of WFTS-Ch. 28.

Awards will be presented for unique fashion, best catwalk and Ms. Photogenic.

The emcees will be Donna Black of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and Dave Mickelson with the Arc Nature Coast.

Dinner will be provided by John Mason Catering.

Tickets are $20. Guests may bring cameras and alcoholic beverages.

Proceeds will go to Hernando County Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the safety of residents by assisting law enforcement officers and providing them with information that may lead to the arrest of criminals and the recovery of stolen property. The Crime Stoppers anonymous, toll-free tip line is 1-866-990-8477.

For information about the fashion show, call Dave Mickelson at (352) 428-7508. Men interested in being models should call as soon as possible.

For tickets, call Mickelson or Chris Scavuzzo at (352) 796-8200. Brookridge residents can purchase tickets from Jacqueline McCabe between 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays through May 3, at the clubhouse.


CPR, defibrillator course scheduled

The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer the American Heart Association's CPR Adult, Infant and Child/AED (automated external defibrillator) course, as well as the first aid course, on April 30 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.

CPR/AED will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; first aid training will be from 2 to 5 p.m.

The cost is $40 for CPR/AED only, $30 for first aid only or $60 for both. Additional classes will be offered May 21, June 11, June 24, July 9, July 30, Aug. 13 and Aug. 26.

Recertification classes are also available and will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. May 13, June 3, July 8 and Aug. 5.

To register, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664.


Adult literacy classes available for free

HEART Literacy Adult Education offers classes in reading, math, language arts, English for Speakers of Other Languages and pre-GED testing.

Adults 18 years or older interested in finishing a high school degree or brushing up on reading, math or language arts are invited to stop by one of the four sites offering the free classes and sign up. No appointments necessary.

Classes are offered at the following times and locations:

• 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Free child care for ages 2 to 5 available.

• 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, HEART Literacy, 801 N Broad St., Brooksville.

• 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Free child care for ages 4 to 10 available.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, J.D. Floyd K-8 School, 3139 Dumont Ave., Spring Hill. Free child care for ages 2 to 5 available.


Local meteorologist to speak at expo

Vendors are needed for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office/Emergency Management's Hurricane & Safety Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.

This year's guest speaker will be Denis Phillips, chief meteorologist with ABC Action News, who will discuss the upcoming hurricane season and answer questions.

The expo is an educational family event. Vendors of safety products, personal disaster preparedness and home-retrofitting products are invited to participate or support the event.

Call (352) 754-4083 or visit


Nonprofit seeks help aiding people in need

People Helping People of Hernando serves free meals to people in need from 4 to 5:30 p.m. each Sunday at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill.

The group is a local interfaith nonprofit organization and is in need of volunteers and donations. Groups are encouraged to help by preparing the entree at one of the dinners.

People Helping People also provides free clothing, groceries and resource materials to those in need.

Call (352) 686-4466. Checks may be mailed to: People Helping People, P.O. Box 6182, Spring Hill, FL 34611.


Learn Facebook basics at free class April 29

A free class, "Facebook for Beginners," will be offered at 9:30 a.m. April 29 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

Participants will learn about the popular social networking website. The class will cover what Facebook is, how to use it and the privacy issues involved. Assistance will be provided to participants who wish to set up a Facebook account.

Class registration is limited to 11 participants, so early registration is recommended. Stop by the library or call (352) 540-6374.


Come in uniform to USO dinner and dance

The Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Assembly 1721, will host a USO dinner and dance May 21 at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6.

The menu includes ziti, meatballs, sausage and bread. Music will be provided by Tammie Sue and Charlie.

Guests are encouraged to dress in accordance with the USO theme of the event. Those who served in the military can wear or bring any articles from their branch of service.

Tickets are $10 each. Funds raised will help support the veterans at the Fisher House in Tampa. For information or tickets, call Jim De Marco at (352) 683-7290.


Kids and sponsors sought for triathlon

The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill will host the Super Kids Triathlon 8 to 10 a.m. May 21 at Weeki Wachee State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.

Sponsors are needed. Sponsorships range from $150 for a T-shirt sponsor to $500 for a Gold Level sponsorship.

The event is open to ages 5 to 18, in three age groups, and will include swimming, cycling and running/walking.

Participants must wear helmets and bring their own bicycles for the cycling portion. All bikes must be brought in for inspection during sign-in, from 5 to 7 p.m. May 20. They'll be secured and stored overnight. Hot dogs and goody bags will be provided at sign-in.

Hernando County school superintendent Bryan Blavatt will sound the alarm to start the race. Trophies will be presented; all participants will receive an award.

The event is limited to 200 participants (first-come, first-served). Apply online at For further details, or to become a sponsor, contact Paul Reeves at (352) 597-3536 or

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