Tree honors loved ones, helps hospice
Hernando-Pasco Hospice's Tree of Life will light up Nov. 28 and run through the end of December at the Hospice House, 12254 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
Individuals can visit the trees between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For a donation of $5 to $1,000 or more, one can hang or have an ornament placed on a tree with a tag bearing a name; names can be for someone living or in someone's memory. Ornaments include red velvet bows, angels, candles or a shining star.
Two 20-foot Trees of Life will be in the center court at Gulf View Square mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Hospice volunteers will be available to assist donors with ornaments during regular holiday mall hours.
There will be other Tree of Life locations in Pasco and Citrus counties. For locations, visit www.hphospice.org.
Donations can be made by credit card, check or cash, and can be done at one of the Trees of Life, on the Web site, or by calling the hospice toll-free at 1-800-486-8784. Contributions should be made by Dec. 17.
Girls and women can learn self-defense
Hernando County Recreation is now offering two new programs geared for women and girls:
• RAD (React and Defend) Self Defense Strategies is a youth class for girls in fourth through eighth grades. Mothers are encouraged to participate for a mother-daughter experience.
Participants will learn skills such as how to react and defend against assault, how to handle/avoid bullies, conflict resolution and how to read hidden signs of danger.
Sessions are offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway. The cost is $45 per month for the first child, $30 for additional children or mother.
• Realistic Environment Assault Defense (READ) is offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. This program is for girls and women ages 16 and older. The cost is $75 per month with 10 hours of instruction.
Both programs are taught by sixth-degree black belt master Mark McCabe of Modern American Combat Karate.
For details, visit the Recreation Department Web site at www.hernandocounty.us/parks_rec or call (352) 754-4031.
Reception spotlights work of local artists
An art reception featuring the works of four local artists will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St. Artists include:
• Diane Becker, a portrait artist and teacher who works primarily in oils. She is known for her mural, Early Physicians of Downtown Brooksville. She moved to Florida 30 years ago and has taught at Pasco-Hernando Community College and the local enrichment center, and now teaches privately.
• Joe Galletta, a photographer who converts his photo images to paintings using Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter and has exhibited in various venues, including Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, Spring Hill Art League's annual Fall Harvest of Art and through the Photography Society of America in Baltimore.
• Paul Shaskan, who works primarily in oils, painting many of the places he has visited in his travels. His painting style includes bold colors and mixes impressionism, expressionism and primitive styles. He is the Chair Extraordinaire for the Spring Hill Art League's Fall Harvest of Art.
• Valdora Ward, a local wildlife artist who paints on a variety of surfaces, such as gourds, blankets and umbrellas, as well as creates unique paintings on feathers, some finished with beading and glitter. She has artwork in Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, Germany, France, Japan, Australia and Canada, as well as throughout the United States.
The free reception will include coffee and appetizers. Donations of canned goods are appreciated, which will be given to Love Your Neighbor community outreach. For information, call the Rising Sun at (352) 848-0090.
VFW post 10209 collecting food items
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 is collecting food for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for the needy.
Donations of food items can be dropped off at the post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 796-0398 or visit vfwpost10209.webs.com.
Golf tourney Dec. 8 helps two charities
A charity golf tournament to benefit the Monique Burr Foundation for Children and the Children's Home Society of Florida will be Dec. 8 at Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club, 4200 Summit View Drive, off U.S. 41.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start will be at 9 a.m.
The entry fee is $125 per person or $500 per team of four players, which includes 18 holes of golf at the private club, golf contests, a player gift bag, door prizes, a silent auction, raffles, breakfast, lunch and an awards ceremony.
Sponsorships are still available, ranging from $300 to $5,000.
Proceeds will benefit both charities.
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children is a nonprofit organization that serves as an advocate for abused and abandoned children, dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. The foundation's signature program is the Good Touch/Bad Touch sexual abuse prevention education curriculum for pre-K through seventh grade.
The Children's Home Society of Florida, based in Winter Park, is nationally accredited and is one of the largest and oldest statewide private providers of social services.
The tourney will be one week after the PGA Qualifier Q-School at the course, allowing golfers a rare opportunity to play the course in championship condition.
The deadline to register is Nov. 24. For information, registration or sponsorships, call Kathi Elliot at (813) 340-3030 or Karen Noffsinger at (727) 859-3857.
Fundraiser gala Dec. 6 features food, music
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council will host a Fine Arts Winter Gala from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 6 at Rogers Christmas House, 103 S Saxon Ave.
This is a fundraiser gala that will include hors d'oeuvres, wine, drinks, and music provided by a local talent in a courtyard setting. There will also be a silent auction featuring fine art and donations from local businesses, with proceeds benefiting the Fine Art Council's annual campaign.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. For information, call (352) 754-4788 or visit www.hernando arts.org.
Get tickets now for Joey Dee concert
Tickets are now available for Joey Dee and the Starlighters, who will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The trio are known for Peppermint Twist and other hit songs.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance or at the door, if still available. Call Barbara at (352) 597-4620.