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Hernando County Girl Scouts, friends can be 'princess for a day'


'Princess for a Day' event is June 20

The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida will host a "Princess for a Day" event for girls entering kindergarten through second grade, and their parents, from 1 to 4 p.m. June 20 at Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W.

At the event, the girls will make regal crafts, play enchanted games, hear magical stories, be granted a glamour session, have a royal tea party with their parents, and receive "treasures." There will be a hospitality pavilion for parents, who can also tour one of the Girl Scout camps.

The cost is $5 for registered Girl Scouts, who are asked to bring a non-Girl Scout friend and parent. The cost for non-Girl Scouts is $10, which includes Girl Scout membership.

Payment can be taken at the event, but reservations are required by Monday. Space is limited. Call Anna at (352) 799-7516 or e-mail


Volunteers sought for transition program

Heaven's Gate Christian Fellowship is seeking volunteers interested in participating in the Florida Integrity Training program. The training will be provided from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 7138 Lykes St.

The program works with inmates, preparing them for the transition for when they leave jail/prison. For information or to register, call Barbara Sappia at (352) 596-6764 or the Rev. Tom Walter at (352) 596-6545.


Six-week tennis camp begins June 27

Hernando County Recreation is offering a tennis camp for all ages. The six-week program will be from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays, starting June 22, at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.

This is a tennis camp for adults and youths ages 6 and older of all abilities and skill levels. The cost is $110 per week or $25 per day.

For information or to register, call the instructor, Kyle Staton, at (352) 585-7607 or e-mail

Information on all the Recreation Department's summer programs are available on the county's Web site at; call the Recreation office at (352) 754-4031.


Sheriff's program for kids now registering

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for the Student Citizen Academy 2009, which will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 6-9 at the Sheriff's Office at 18900 Cortez Blvd.

The academy is for Hernando County middle and high school students, who will have an opportunity to observe how sheriff's office personnel perform their jobs.

They will learn how routine and 9-1-1 calls are handled, what patrol deputies do, how crime scenes are processed; when SWAT, aviation and K-9 units are called out; and how the court system works. There will also be an optional tour of the Hernando County Jail.

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited to the first 40 applicants and is only for those who have not previously attended.

Applications are on a first-come basis and must be either mailed or dropped off at the sheriff's Brooksville office or at the District 2 office at 7485 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. No faxed copies will be accepted.

Applications are available at both offices, as well as on the Web site at www.hernando For information, call Deputy Vinnie Gargano at (352) 754-6830, ext. 53676.


Register for Kids Walk fundraising pageant

Spring Hill Relay for Life's 2010 Kids Walk Team is now taking registrations for an upcoming fundraising pageant open to girls ages 12 and younger.

Registration is $40 per child (to pay for prizes and 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 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

The only judging in the pageant will be for the girl selected Most Photogenic in each age group, based on an 8 x 10 photo to be submitted with the application. Winners of each age group in this category will 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, contact Kim at (352) 686-0407 or, or visit the Web site at


Hospice needs people to work as volunteers

Hernando-Pasco Hospice is seeking adults and teens 14 and older to volunteer for the nonprofit agency in the eastern part of the county this summer. Volunteer training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16 and 18 at the office at 698 S Broad St.

Older teens and adults are encouraged to consider visiting patients in private residences, nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Other areas of volunteering include office projects, such as computer and phone work, and outreach support.

Prospective volunteers are asked to register early for the training by calling Anne Clarke at (352) 796-2611.


Sponsors, bowlers needed for Arc event

The Arc Nature Coast's 15th annual bowl-a-thon will be from 4 to 6 p.m. July 11 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way.

Sponsors and bowlers are needed. A $125 team sponsorship provides bowl-a-thon T-shirts for a team of five bowlers (all sponsor names will be printed on the back of a minimum of 200 shirts), two games of bowling and shoe rental.

A $125 lane sponsorship provides a large banner on a lane promoting the company or organization, the company's name on the event T-shirt and recognition in Arc's newsletter.

Bowlers are each asked to collect a minimum of $25 in pledges.

A trophy will be awarded to the person and team bringing in the most pledge money. Individual and team awards, along with food and beverages, will follow the bowling.

Sponsors can assemble their own bowling teams, or Arc will provide a team or individual bowlers for teams with fewer than five members.

Also, donations of gift certificates and other prizes are being sought from area businesses.

Deadline for lane and team sponsorships is June 19. Call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or send e-mail to Nancy Stubbs at

Hernando County Girl Scouts, friends can be 'princess for a day' 06/11/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 11, 2009 9:03pm]
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