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Hernando County briefs: Breakfast, rally to honor armed forces


BREAKFAST, RALLY TO APPRECIATE ARMED FORCES: An Armed Forces Appreciation Breakfast will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

The event will include special guests Marine Corps League National Commandant Vic Voltaggio and U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent.

The cost is $6 for a choice of three from the following: eggs, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, and biscuits and gravy. Funds raised will benefit USO Project Tampa Bay. For information, call (352) 597-7979 or (352) 573-7967.

Afterwards, Nugent will host an Armed Forces Appreciation Day rally from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Mariner and Cortez boulevards, Spring Hill.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring signs of support for the troops. For details, call (352) 799-8354 or toll-free at 1-866-492-4835.

CLASS ON GROWING CITRUS: A free horticulture class, "Growing and Caring for Citrus," will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

Horticulture agent Jim Moll with the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will discuss how to grow and care for citrus trees and protect them from the cold. He will also discuss common citrus problems and how to keep your trees healthy.

There is no cost and no registration required. Seating is limited and will be addressed on a first-come, first-seated basis. For information, call (352) 754-4433.

HUGE BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Library of Hernando County will have a "Major Clearance Sale" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 26 at the Little Red Schoolhouse Book Store, 1208 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

There will be books for all ages and from a variety of genres available. For information, call (352) 684-0660.

EVENTS BENEFIT COMMUNITY CLINIC: Crescent Community Clinic will host the following events:

• Friends of the Clinic After-Hours Social, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Hernando Beach Marina Tiki Hut, 4139 Shoal Line Blvd. There will be testimonials from patients about Crescent's programs. There is no cost to attend. Food and drinks will be provided for donations. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Monday to (352) 610-9916.

• High Tea, 3 to 5 p.m. June 3, Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The event will include a fancy hat contest and silent auction. Also, Joel Brown, a cellist with the Hernando Symphony Orchestra, will entertain. Tickets are $20, available at the clinic, 5244 Commercial Way (Winchester Plaza), Spring Hill, or call (352) 610-9916.

• Facebook workshop, 6 p.m. June 7, Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, 4176 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. This is a free, one-hour program conducted by Crescent's volunteer social media director. Participants will learn how the popular social network is used today, how to get started with a profile and wall, how to connect to friends and family, and how to share messages, pictures and video. For reservations, email to

Crescent Community Clinic is a volunteer-run nonprofit clinic that provides primary medical, dental and mental health services to uninsured adults ages 18 to 64 who meet federal poverty guidelines. To volunteer or sponsor future Friends of the Clinic functions, call Barbara Sweinberg at (352) 610-9927.

FUNDRAISER DINNER: A Juneteenth Fundraiser Dinner will be from 2 to 4 p.m. June 1 at the Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge 1270, 510 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Brooksville.

The event will include a light barbecue luncheon and music.

The suggested donation is $10. Proceeds will go toward the Juneteenth Festival, which will be June 15-16.

Advertisements for the event journal are now being sold; the deadline is June 11. Prices vary from $10 for a 1/10th page ad to $100 for a full page.

For reservations for the dinner, to purchase an ad or for further information, contact Paul Boston at (352) 797-5451 or (352) 410-4108, or at

This year's festival theme is "Don't Look Back." Juneteenth celebrates the 147th anniversary of news of emancipation reaching slaves in Galveston, Texas, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

The festival will kick off with a teen pop and hip-hop concert on June 15. On June 16, there will be entertainment, dancing, arts and crafts, poetry, speakers, Southern food, a slave experience and more.

HURRICANE EXPO: The Hernando County Sheriff's Office will present the 2012 Hurricane and Safety Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 2 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

The event will include emergency vehicle displays, a Florida Highway Patrol vehicle rollover simulator, safety and hurricane preparedness vendors, a presentation on identity theft, a presentation on flood risk and mapping for Hernando County, and a KID (Kids in Disaster) Korner with snow cones, cotton candy, face painting, a bounce house and popcorn.

Participating meteorologists include Steve Jerve with WFLA, News Channel 8; Mike Gittinger with the National Weather Service, Bobby Deskins with WTSP, Channel 10 News; Brian McClure with Bay News 9 and Paul Dellegatto with Fox 13 News.

There will also be a giveaway of two generators. Parking and admission to the attraction will be free. For information, call the Sheriff's Office at (352) 754-6830.

MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS: The following ceremonies and events are planned for Memorial Day on May 28:

• Memorial Tribute, High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point. A flag-raising ceremony will be at 9 a.m., followed by a program in the center. Call (352) 200-8842.

• Memorial Day Observance, 10 a.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. There will be a demonstration by Central High School's NJROTC Silent Drill Team, as well as a tribute to fallen comrades with the traditional salute and playing of taps. Call (352) 596-9236.

• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681, 18940 Drayton St., Shady Hills, at County Line Road, will have a ceremony at 11 a.m., then a pig roast at 2 p.m.. Tickets for the pig roast are $7 each. Call (727) 856-1860.

• Brooksville Elks Memorial Day event, 2 p.m., 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. There will be entertainment and a buffet meal that includes pulled pork, barbecue chicken, baked beans and salads. Dessert includes apple pie and watermelon. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Call (352) 596-2582.

• Memorial Day Ceremony, 11 a.m., Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey E. Phillips, assistant deputy chief of staff, G-1, will be the keynote speaker. Steve Jervey of WFLA TV News Channel 8 will be master of ceremonies. Joseph Harrin will lead the Hernadno High School Band as they perform patriotic music prior to and during the ceremony. Linda Burnette, Tina Foss and Laura Riley will sing, Naomi McClain will perform on bagpipes, and Gayle Williams will play taps. There will be a rifle salute by the Florida National Guard and the posting of colors. The Ye Mystic Air Krewe will provide a flyover.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Seating is limited; bring a lawn chair or blanket. For information, call (352) 793-7740.

Hernando County briefs: Breakfast, rally to honor armed forces 05/17/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 17, 2012 7:43pm]
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