Education Foundation fundraiser is April 1
The Hernando County Education Foundation will present "An Evening of Elegance for Education" April 1 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the dinner and show start at 7 p.m.
While guests dine, entertainment will be provided by Envy Model and Talent, which will include special guest Miss Florida U.S. International. After the show will be dancing.
Tickets are $50 each. Contact Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oak Hill Hospital needs volunteers
Volunteer opportunities are available with the Oak Hill Hospital Volunteer Association.
Volunteers can opt to work in three shifts: morning, afternoon and evening. Opportunities are available in both patient contact and non-patient contact areas, assisting support departments, helping in the gift shop, special programs and the newly formed Oak Hill Hospital Partner's Club.
Teenagers and adults 16 and older can volunteer. The hospital is at 11375 Cortez Blvd. For information, call (353) 597-3038.
Regency Oaks to host St. Patrick's Day bash
The Regency Oaks Civic Association will host a St. Patrick's Day Party at 6 p.m. March 20 in the community center at 4445 Breakwater Blvd.
The event will include a corned beef and cabbage dinner, to include potatoes and carrots, rye bread, dessert and coffee. Guests can bring their own beverages (ice provided).
Music for dancing will be provided by DJ Rich "The Music Hitman," who will play Irish favorites and dance music.
There will also be a special performance by Irish dancers.
Tickets are $15 per person (both member and nonmembers) and must be purchased by Tuesday.
Call Joyce at (352) 597-1405, Terry at (352) 596-9213 or Shirley at (352) 597-2988.
Get shots for pets, help Teaching Zoo
The veterinary staff of the Florida International Teaching Zoo will sponsor a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 20 at Tractor Supply, 18741 Cortez Blvd. All vaccinations are administered by a licensed veterinarian. Documentation will be provided.
The cost is $6 for dog/cat rabies; $14 for dog/puppy parvo-distemper combos; $14 for cat/kitten distemper three-way, and $15 for bordatella/kennel cough.
All proceeds are tax-deductible. Contributions benefit the Teaching Zoo facility under construction in Bushnell. For information, call (352) 867-7788.
Shimmy and shake at belly dancing classes
The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer tribal belly dancing from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Deltona Elementary School, 2055 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, and Thursdays at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville.
At the Brooksville location only, a free class will be offered for first-time students from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month.
All ages are welcome. The cost is $10 per class paid monthly, or $9 per class for six weeks. The instructor is Jayne Arrington.
Call (352) 754-4031.
'Fairy Tale Violets' show opens today
The Fantasy African Violet Club will have its annual show, "Fairy Tale Violets," from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the former Oak Hill Hospital Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
Admission is free. Call Thad Scaggs at (352) 398-1679.
Young sheep riders sought for fair event
The Hernando County Fair Association and Youth Livestock Committee is signing up contestants ages 4 to 9 for the Mutton Bustin' Contest that will be at 6:30 p.m. April 12 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St. The event will be part of the 2011 Hernando County Fair.
Contestants ride a sheep (ewe) out of a bucking chute, and must ride for a total of six seconds to win. The overall winner will receive a belt buckle.
To participate, contestants must be between 4 and 9 years old as of April 1, and weigh under 75 pounds.
The cost is $10 per rider. The event is limited to 25 riders, so early registration is encouraged.
Visit the website at hernando fairgrounds.com, click on "Fair Forms" and then on "Mutton Bustin' " to review and print out the rules, regulations and entry form. For information, call the fair office at (352) 796-4552.
Tobacco Health Fair focuses on education
In celebration of Tobacco Free Florida Week, the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando counties has partnered with both the Hernando and Pasco County health departments to host a Tobacco Health Fair from 4 to 5 p.m. and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 28 at 15506 County Line Road.
Learn about community resources and strategies to quit smoking, secondhand smoke and how to educate others. Call Nicole Gonzalez at (727) 233-8291.
Classes focus on financial management
The Hernando County Extension Office will present two financial management classes at the Hernando County Public Library System.
• Credit Management will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
• Developing an Effective Spending Plan will be at 3 p.m. March 21 at the Main Branch/Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
Call the library staff at (352) 540-6391 or visit www.hcpl.lib.fl.us.
Catch frees movie at the library this week
The Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library will show movies during spring break. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The 2010 family film directed by Brad Peyton is rated PG.
The library will show Megamind at 10 a.m. Thursday. The 2010 animated superhero comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and Reg Hour Productions, and distributed by Paramount Pictures, is rated PG. The library is at 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.
K of C women plan fashion show, market
The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, St. Jude Council 6383, will host the following events at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive:
• Luncheon fashion show, noon April 11. Fashions by Joey's, Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $12. Call Jean Hanes at (727) 862-6496.
• Flea market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16. Vendor tables available for $15. Call Ann Marie DeMarco at (352) 683-7290.
Find treasures at community yard sale
A Sylvan Grove Community Yard Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26 at 2490 Broad St., south of Brooksville. For information, call (352) 796-2542.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County
April is a young female adult cat. She is intelligent and loves attention and daily activity. Before being spayed, April had a litter of four kittens. During that time, she was a very attentive and protective mother. She gets along with other cats but needs her space. She is up to date with her immunizations. Inquiries about adopting April and other cats and dogs may be made at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County, 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville. The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, except Wednesdays, when it is open until 6 p.m. (closed on holidays). Adoption fees vary, and include rabies shot, heartworm testing, worming and spaying/neutering. Fees for cats also include testing for feline leukemia and AIDS. For information, call (352) 596-7000.