Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

Hernando County community events

HARMONIZERS HOST GUEST NIGHT: The Hernando Harmonizers men's barbershop chorus will host a guest night at 7 p.m. March 24 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

The Harmonizers is a men's a capella chorus. Men of all ages are welcome. No experience is required. Music and voice training is provided. In addition to traditional barbershop, the repertoire of music spans many styles and difficulty levels. Reservations are required to ensure enough materials and refreshments. Call (352) 556-4623.

FREE CPR COURSE: A free CPR/Automated External Defibrillator class will be offered at the following locations:

• 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Tone U!, 6254 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

• 7 to 9 p.m. March 24, Life Cycle Studio, 4664 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

This free class, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is provided by Julie Stack of CPR RESQ Training Services. The course includes CPR awareness training for adults, children and infants; how to handle a choking emergency, and knowing how and when to use an AED.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance; no certification cards will be issued. No registration is required, but seating will be limited and early arrival is suggested. All ages welcome. For information, contact Stack at (352) 684-5664 or visit

BID NOW FOR ROTARY'S RADIO AUCTION: Online bidding for the Rotary Club of Brooksville's 36th annual online and radio auction has begun at Bids may be made through March 29. The live auction will be March 29, broadcast on WWJB-AM 1450 and WXJB-FM 99.9 radio stations. Phone lines will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; bids during that time may be called in at (352) 754-2500.

Nearly $50,000 in new merchandise and services will be auctioned. Proceeds benefit a number of local and national groups, including the Dawn Center, the New Beginnings Youth Shelter and Camp Rotary. Additional donations for the auction are welcome. For information, email [email protected]

COMMENT ON BROOKSVILLE POLICE: A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation will be examining all aspects of the Brooksville Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services on April 21.

As part of the onsite assessment, department members and the public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. The police department must comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status. A copy of the standards is available through the police department's accreditation manager; call (352) 540-3804.

Those wishing to offer written comments about the Brooksville Police Department's ability to meet the standards of accreditation may email comments to [email protected] or mail to: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302.

BLUEBERRY FEST KICK-OFF: A special Kick-Off event to celebrate the Florida Blueberry Festival will be from 7 to 10 p.m. April 5 in Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.

The event will include food trucks and live entertainment by the Rocket Man Band (Elton John tribute) and 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience. Admission is $5. Festivities are to kick off the third annual Florida Blueberry Festival, which will be April 12 and 13 throughout downtown Brooksville. For further information, visit or call (352) 754-4173.

MUSIC, COMEDY SHOW: A music and comedy show, "Broadway Memories," will be presented at 7 p.m. March 28 and 29 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show will feature music and speciality acts from various Broadway hits. Tickets are $5. Handicap seating is available. Call (352) 300-8843.

VACANCY ON LIBRARY BOARD: The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from people interested in filling an alternate position vacancy on the Hernando County Library Advisory Committee, effective through Dec. 31, 2016. Anyone interested in applying for this volunteer position must be residents and registered voters in Hernando County. Applications are available in the County Administrator's office, Room 263, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville; as well as online at, or by calling (352) 754-4002. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. March 28.

FUNDRAISER GARAGE SALE: An American Cancer Society fundraiser garage sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at DaySpring Presbyterian Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. All proceeds will benefit the ACS Spring Hill Relay for Life. For information, call (352) 686-3600 or (352) 503-6413.

TALLAHASSEE TRIP PLANNED: The Hernando County Branch NAACP is organizing a trip to Tallahassee to commemorate the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Tallahassee in 1865. The event will include tours of museums and landmarks. The trip will be May 18-20. A free roundtrip bus ride from Spring Hill to Tallahassee will be provided, sponsored by the African American Heritage Preservation Network, funded in part by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Registration, which includes museum admissions, is $35 per person, which must be paid by Saturday. The cost also includes two meals, a cookout and a reception. For details, call Suzanne at (352) 666-7576 or Evelyn at (352) 684-0340. Hotel accommodations are $89 plus tax per night and may be arranged by calling the Riley Museum at (850) 224-5000. Deadline is May 1.

JAZZ SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: The Hernando Jazz Society will award at least three $500 scholarships for private instrumental or voice lessons. Students in the ninth through 12th grades are eligible. Applications must include a recording of the student performing and a letter of reference for pre-audition screening. Applicants must perform a solo with accompaniment; the solo does not have to be in jazz style. Accompaniment may be live or recorded. Recordings can be MP3 or a WAV file. A CD may be mailed or a file attached to an email. Finalists will be invited to the live auditions, which will be 1 p.m. April 12 at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Winners will be asked to perform at the May 18 gathering of the Hernando Jazz Society. For information and an application, contact Louis Mauro at (352) 666-1749 or [email protected]

REMEMBERING LOST LIVES: HPH Hospice will host Time for Remembrance services at 2 and 6 p.m. March 31 at its Hernando campus, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Through reading and music, the service will provide an opportunity to remember and honor loved ones who have died. Hospice chaplains will lead each hourlong service with support from bereavement counselors. The afternoon service will include a dove release, while the evening service will conclude with candlelight.

There is no cost to attend and no reservations required. For information, call toll-free at 1-800-486-8784.

ORCHID FEST: The Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill will host the annual Festival of Orchids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. The event will feature a variety of orchid displays, vendor sales, supplies and potting booths. There will also be hourly orchid raffles. Admission is $2; parking is free. For information, call (352) 503-7858 or (727) 856-0222.

FESTIVAL SINGERS' SPRING CONCERT: The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present its spring concert at the following locations:

• 7 p.m. March 29 at First Baptist Church, 420 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

• 3 p.m. March 30 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• 3 p.m. April 6, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

The concerts will include classical and contemporary seasonal selections under the direction of James Urbanski.

A freewill offering will be accepted to support the Ayer Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships for music education to students from elementary to college level.

For information, call Liesl King at (352) 556-6549 or Jackie Kerschbaum at (727) 868-6365.

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