Work at Spring Hill, Pinehurst starts Dec. 7
The Hernando County Engineering Department has announced that drainage improvements will begin Dec. 7 at the intersection of Spring Hill Drive and Pinehurst Drive — near Walgreens.
Sylvia Avenue will be closed for one day, on or about Dec. 9, and Pinehurst Drive will be closed for one day, on or about Dec. 11. Detours will be posted for both closings.
Access to homes in the area will be maintained during construction, which is expected to be completed within 45 days.
For information, call Andy Palmer at (352) 754-4062, ext. 17013.
Learn natural answers to digestive problems
A free workshop on natural solutions to digestive problems will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.
The workshop is for those who suffer from acid reflux, hiatal hernia, irritable bowel, ulcers, Crohn's disease or other digestive problems. Doctor of Oriental medicine Mary Bristow will discuss natural, nondrug solutions.
The program is hosted by the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, a national nonprofit organization. Seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to (352) 799-1882.
Events to raise money for Relay for Life
The following fundraising events to benefit the Spring Hill Relay for Life are under way:
• Glamour Magic makeovers are available for $9.95 each and include makeup, hair, four changes of outfits, accessories, a full photo shoot and one 8-by-10 photo. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 15, and makeovers will be scheduled between Jan. 2 and 8, by appointment only.
• Relay for Life Pageant. Open to girls age 12 and younger. Registration is $40 per child, to pay for prizes and the pageant site. Each participant is asked to raise at least $100 in donations and sponsorships, with 100 percent going to the American Cancer Society. Each girl who raises the $100 minimum will be crowned "Princess of Hope" and will receive a custom-made crown, trophy, sash/banner and a Relay for Life T-shirt. The girl who raises the most money (must be more than $250) in each age group will be crowned "Queen for a Cure" and will receive a large custom-made crown, large trophy, sash/banner and Relay for Life T-shirt. Age groups include 0 to 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. The only judging in the pageant will be for the girl selected most photogenic in each age group. Winners receive a medal and flowers. All money will be due by Jan. 9. The pageant will be in February at a location and date to be announced. The winners will be crowned at the pageant, then all kids will walk, donning their crowns and sashes, in the Relay for Life Kids Walk in April.
For information on the various fundraising efforts, contact Kim at (352) 686-0407 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Web site at kimskornercc.com/relayforlife.html.
New Year's Eve bash followed by breakfast
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 will host a New Year's Eve party at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The event will include a prime rib dinner, open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. Music will be provided by Twist. Breakfast will be served after midnight, and will include scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and coffee.
Tickets are $55. Reservations are a must. Call Judi at (727) 868-2994.
Register kids now for Toys for Tots program
Registrations for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program of Hernando County will be taken from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays through Dec. 16 at Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
Parents and legal guardians of children ages 6 months to 12 years must register in person and bring the following documentation: driver's license and current utility bill as proof of Hernando County residency and Social Security card, plus a birth certificate and Social Security card for each child being registered. Guardians, including foster parents and grandparents, must also bring papers or a court order that shows the child or children are in their legal custody.
The registration office is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen on Monday. For information, call (352) 796-3666 (call during registration hours/days).
Toys for Tots bins set up, ready to collect
Collection bins for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots Program of Hernando County are set up for donations of new, unwrapped toys at the following locations:
Spring Hill: Accuform signs, Accurate Automotive, Atria Evergreen Woods, BB&T Banks, Best Buy, Bridgewater and Nantucket apartments, Changes Adult Fitness Center, Compass Banks, Complete Technology Solutions, County Line Cafe, Discovery Point Daycare, Dr. Tim Terlep, Dunkin' Donuts, Dr. Drew D. Kycynka, EXtreme Bicycles, Evolution Hair Design, Fantastic Pre-School & Daycare, Fun Fitness Factory, Gold's Gym, Hernando Correctional Institution, Hernando County Veterans Services, Mirage Hair Studio, Hair Affair, Jiffy Lube, Longshotz Sports Pub, Mariner Bowling Lanes, New-U-Weight Loss Center, Northcliffe and County Line Hess Station, Paesano's Bakery, Pickled Parrot, Pinch A Penny (Kass Circle), Printing Plus, Rizzo's Pizza, Silverthorn Club House, Spring Hill Fire Rescue stations, Spring Hill Lanes, Springstead High School, Sterling House, State Farm Insurance, Sweetbay supermarket, UPS stores, United Printing Services, U.S. Postal Service (Kass Circle location).
Brooksville: Aaron's Sales & Lease; AVA Hot Spot; Dunkin' Donuts; Central High School NJROTC; Cox Lumber; High Point Golf Club; Marine Corps League 708; Pine Grove Elementary School; Physical Therapy Services; Quiznos Subs; Register Chevrolet; West Hernando Middle School, Caglianone, Miller, Anthony Attorneys at Law; Suncoast Schools Credit Union; Texas Roadhouse; Tree Care by Robert Miller; Shoe Carnival; USMC Recruiting; Wells Fargo Financial; Florida Highway Patrol.
Other drop-off sites: Beall's Outlet stores, Big Lots, Family Dollar stores, Dollar General stores, Hernando County Utilities, Hernando County tax collector, Publix supermarkets, R. Tate's Auto Body, Regions Banks, Suncoast Schools Credit Union, Walgreens, Winn-Dixie stores, Edward Jones financial advisers, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 in Hernando Beach.
Give some new toys to less fortunate kids
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program will host its 11th annual toy drive in conjunction with Daystar for needy children in Hernando County.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys for children from newborn to 12 years are needed and can be brought to any of the following drop-off sites:
RSVP Welcome Center, Harold's Auto, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, Hernando Heritage Museum, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Cortez Community Bank (Spring Hill Drive and Broad Street locations), Country Kitchen Restaurant, Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, the Restaurant and Clover Leaf Farms.
The sites will be available for donations through Dec. 11. For information, call RSVP at (352) 796-8117 or Daystar at (352) 397-8419.