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Hernando County events will observe 10th anniversary of Sept. 11


Events will mark 10th anniversary of Sept. 11

The following events are planned on Sunday in observance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks:

• Run to Remember, 7 a.m., Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. This is a 5K run or 1-mile walk. There is no cost to participate. A continental breakfast will follow.

A YMCA Run to Remember commemorative T-shirt is available for $5, which can be purchased at the Y's member service desk between now and Sunday. To register for the run or walk, stop by the Y or go to For information, call (352) 688-9622.

• 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony, at the 9/11 memorial site at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. A memorial viewing will begin at 9 a.m., and the ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m.

The memorial site includes a piece of steel from the collapsed towers of the World Trade Center, a slate tile from the roof of the Pentagon, a canister of soil from the Shanksville, Pa., crash site and paving bricks with the names of every victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. There is also a small remembrance of the 17 U.S. sailors killed on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen in 2000.

Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs. For information, call (352) 796-0398.

• Ride to Remember memorial run, starting at the Sail Inn, 6107 Broad St., Brooksville. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The run, escorted by the Sheriff's Office, will leave promptly at 1 p.m. and end at Bayport Inn, 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport, where music will be provided by country singer George Marshall.

The cost to participate is $5, which will go to Lea's Prayers and Postage, a nonprofit organization that sends packages to troops serving overseas. The first 150 paid participants will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. Cars and bikes are welcome to participate. The event is sponsored by Lea's Prayers and Postage and the Scootergoods magazine staff.

Visit or call (352) 796-1877.


Course for caregivers of mentally ill youths

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Hernando will offer its NAMI Basics education program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 13, at Moton Elementary School, 7275 Emerson Road.

NAMI Basics is the signature education program for caregivers of children and adolescents living with a mental illness. It is a six-week program taught by trained parent teachers, using a detailed curriculum. It is available to caregivers and school district employees, including teachers and counselors.

The class and all instructional materials are provided free. Registration is required; RSVP to Adele Sanchez, (352) 797-7065, ext. 305, or


Encore has classes for adults over 50

The Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer the following enrichment workshops at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court:

• Introduction to Windows, 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 15. The cost is $12.

• Photo Fun Online, noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 22. Students will learn how to edit photos and create photo memory books using online programs such as Picasa and My Publisher. The cost is $18.

• Write Your Life Story, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 26. The cost is $18.

• Paris — History and Influences, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 30. Learn some background about the French city and how it shaped business, philosophy and government for the world. The cost is $12.

The Encore Academy is a service of PHCC to provide educational opportunities to adults older than 50. Membership in the academy is not required to participate in a workshop; however, fees listed are waived for members. To register for a class, call toll-free 1-877-879-7422 or visit


Discuss breast cancer research and issues

A "Many Faces of Breast Cancer" event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.

The event will include a panel of medical professionals from the Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope who will discuss the latest research, as well as issues affecting breast cancer survivors.

Participating panelists include Dr. Sawsan G. Bishay, radiation oncologist; nurse practitioner Sherrie Lalande; Dr. Vikas Malhotra, medical oncologist/hematologist; Dr. Mary Manlei, medical oncologist and registered nurse Allison Frendberg, who will serve as moderator.

Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call toll-free 1-877-732-6033 or send e-mail to


Parents, students can scope out colleges

A Parent-Student Expo and College Night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St.

The event will bring together representatives from public and private colleges, universities, other educational institutions and the military. Information will be provided about admissions, financial aid, and programs for post-secondary study.

The event is sponsored by the Hernando County school district, the Hernando County Education Foundation, Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union's Suncoast for Kids Foundation, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union and BizTech Career Centers.

Call (352) 277-3322.


Enrich your mind with fall lecture series

Academia Hernando's Fall 2011 Lecture Series will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Sept. 19 to Nov. 21, at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way.

Lectures include:

• Sept. 19: The Future of Print Media, by Hernando Times Editor Mike Konrad.

• Sept. 26: The Civil War on the West Coast of Florida, by Ross Lamoreaux.

• Oct. 3: The Middle East — How Do They Keep Cool? by Christine Keefe.

• Oct. 10: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Florida Snakes, by Jim Mendenhall.

• Oct. 17: American and English Romantic Poetry, by Kurt Wilt from Saint Leo University.

• Oct. 24: What Lies Underneath Florida? by Richard Esterbrook.

• Oct. 31: Bus trip (for Academia Hernando subscribers only).

• Nov. 7: Florida Today, an overview of where we are and where the state is going, by Sonny Vergara.

• Nov. 14: Truth? by John Wien.

• Nov. 21: Concert.

The cost of a subscription to the series is $55 per person. Walk-ins pay $8 per lecture. Call (352) 597-0158.


Store offers furniture of all kinds at low cost

The Thrift Store at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will host a "Gigantic Furniture Auction" at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 in the parish hall, 2301 Deltona Blvd. Preview will be at noon. The auction will include a variety of furniture items, including dining, bedroom and living room, all in excellent condition. Cash only will be accepted. Call the thrift store at (352) 686-1114.


Bring equipment, tools to cemetery cleanup

The African-American Spring Hill Cemetery Association will conduct its annual cemetery cleanup at 8 a.m. Sept. 17. The cemetery is at 8580 Fort Dade Ave. Volunteers are asked to bring tools, lawn mowers, weed eaters, tree pruners, chain saws, machetes, water, shears, large trash bags and rakes. Call Alyce Walker at (352) 796-1283.


County boards seek volunteers

The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from Hernando County residents interested in volunteering on the following boards:

• Library Advisory Council: Two regular member positions are available, effective through Dec. 31, 2014. The volunteer committee acts as an advisory body to the County Commission on matters pertaining to the Hernando County Public Library System.

• Fine Arts Council: Several vacancies need to be filled. The purpose of the council is to promote the arts and to support groups associated with the arts in Hernando County.

Application forms are available in the county administrator's office, Room 263, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., or online at Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 21.

All applicants must be residents and registered voters in Hernando County. For information, call (352) 754-4002.


Bring the kids for family fun and food

A free Family Fun Day and Picnic will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1214 Broad St. The event will include a bounce house, a 12-foot slide, climb wall, games, water balloon toss, "Fuzzy Freddy Freakout" and other activities. The picnic will include hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks; visitors can also bring their own picnic basket. Call the church at (352) 796-4066.


Get your car washed; benefit cancer fight

A carwash to benefit the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at My Gynecologist, 11175 County Line Road. Call (352) 610-2009.


Get information on becoming a nurse

Withlacoochee Technical Institute, 1201 W Main St., will offer information sessions on its upcoming practical nursing program at the following times: 8 a.m. Monday Sept. 12; 6 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 14; and 8 a.m. Sept. 19.

Attendance at one of the sessions is mandatory prior to proceeding with enrollment.

The practical nursing class will meet from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays for about 10 months. The course prepares graduates for the State Board of Nursing exam.

There are a limited number of students admitted to the class. There is a selection process and applicants must pass the National League for Nursing preadmission exam to qualify. The exam cost is approximately $50 and is due at registration.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and must be 18 or older.

Once accepted, the cost for the program is approximately $4,800, which includes tuition, books and other supplies. Financial assistance is available.

Call student services at (352) 726-2430.


Luau features dinner, Pacific-style dancing

Korean War Veterans Legion 5053 and Ladies Auxiliary is selling tickets for a Hawaiian luau buffet dinner and hula show Sept. 24 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m., and a buffet dinner begins at 3 p.m. Entrees include roast pork loin with gravy and boneless breast of chicken with gravy. There will also be rolls and butter, tossed salad with house dressing, California vegetable medley (steamed broccoli, carrots and cauliflower), coffee and dessert of apple pie and ice cream.

After dinner, the Polynesian Dreams dancers will perform. There also will be a show featuring Polynesian, Hawaiian and Tahitian dances.

There will be door prizes and leis. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $18 per person. Table reservations may be made for eight or more. For tickets, call Rich at (352) 688-7196.

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