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Hernando County news briefs for Aug. 29

Local winning lottery ticket: One of the four winning tickets in the Florida Lottery's Fantasy 5 drawing on Monday was purchased at the BP service station at 1156 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Each winner will receive $48,455.40. Other winning tickets were purchased in Clearwater, Jacksonville and Fort Pierce. The winning numbers were 8, 15, 18, 22 and 23.

College night: Pasco-Hernando State College will host its annual College Night for high school students on the following days:

• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City.

• 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at the West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.

PHSC will also participate in Nature Coast Technical High School's College Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at 4057 California St., south of Brooksville.

College Night includes representatives not only from PHSC, but also other public and private colleges, universities and other educational institutions, as well as the military. For details, call toll-free 1-855-669-7472.

Remembering 9/11: The annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony will be Sept. 11 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.

The event, hosted by the post, along with New York fire and police retirees, is to remember and honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early (gates open at 8:30 a.m.) and view the 9/11 memorial on the grounds, which includes items from all of the attack sites.

Refreshments will be available. For information, call Ron at (352) 596-7630.

Give input on transportation projects: The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization is giving residents from both counties an opportunity to give their opinions on future transportation projects.

The plan relies heavily on public input to identify and prioritize projects and transportation needs for the next six- to 25-year period. Input on road and trail improvements, public transportation and bicycle lane projects will be incorporated into the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan.

Residents are encouraged to take an online survey, available through mid September, at or For information, call (352) 754-4057.

Memorial run for 9/11: The Hernando County Family YMCA will host the annual Hernando County Run to Remember at 6:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Y, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The 5K memorial run and 1-mile walk are in remembrance of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The event is free. Register at the Y member services desk or online at T-shirts are available for $7.

For information, call (352) 688-9622.

A call for artists: The Spring Hill Art League is accepting applications for indoor spaces at the Celebration of Fine Arts fundraiser that will be Nov. 15 and 16 in the auditorium at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville.

The juried and judged show will include cash awards for fine artists. For details and applications, visit or contact Betty Love at [email protected] or (352) 796-6801.

Academia Hernando lecture series: Academia Hernando will present its Fall 2014 Lecture Series from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Sept. 15 through Nov. 10, at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

Lectures include:

• Sept. 15, "Mark Twain and Will Rogers," presented by author and storyteller Jerry Cowling.

• Sept. 22, "Philosophy and Information," presented by Anthony Adams of the Hernando County Public Library System and an instructor at Pasco-Hernando State College.

• Sept. 29, "Finances," presented by Steve Polk.

• Oct. 6, "Seminole Indian Wars," presented by Peter Latasi.

• Oct. 13, "Mississippi River Boats in the Revolutionary War," presented by author and lecturer Michael Deeb.

• Oct. 21, Field trip to Appleton Art Museum in Ocala (for subscribers only).

• Oct. 27, "Bill of Rights," presented by Michael Phenenger, retired military and president of the Florida ACLU.

• Nov. 3, "Jazz," presented by Peter LaMatting, National Public Radio disc jockey.

• Nov. 10, "G. Bell: The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq (Part 1)," presented by Joe Menasce.

The cost is $60 for the series subscription, which includes all lectures and the field trip. Walk-ins pay $8 per lecture. For information, call (352) 597-6640 or visit the website at

Audition for 'Nuncrackers': Auditions for the musical comedy Nuncrackers will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 and 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

This Nunsense sequel, featuring sisters of Hoboken, includes a spoof of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, zany renditions of classic Christmas carols and holiday fun.

The cast includes four women of various ages and one man of an undetermined age (but probably younger than 40). There is also a children's choir for youth ages 8 to 13.

All roles are non-paid. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a song and dress comfortably for a dance audition. All members of the cast should be able to move to music easily.

The director/musical director is Wayne Raymond. The show will be weekends, Dec. 4 to 14. For information, call Stage West at (352) 683-5113.

Hispanic group hosts autumn dance: The Hispanic Scholarship Civic & Cultural Foundation will host a "Welcome Autumn 2014" dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Sept. 27 at Elks Lodge 2582, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

Music will be provided by G-Clef Entertainment. A cash bar will be available; no outside drinks allowed. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For information, call Orlando D'Agrella at (352) 238-6863, Lorenzo Vidaul at (352) 232-0496 or Gladys Pedersen at (352) 683-6235.

Youth orchestra concert: The Hernando Youth Orchestra will kick off its 2014 season of concerts with Matinee of Classic Masterworks from 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville.

The orchestra, which includes nearly 40 musicians between the ages of 5 and 21, will perform selections from Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Rossini and others. A small number of adult mentors will perform with the orchestra.

Donations will be accepted at the concert.

The Hernando Youth Orchestra is a volunteer organization that is open to all young musicians. There is no cost to participate. For information about the orchestra, visit

Bluesapalooza scheduled: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will host the sixth annual Bluesapalooza festival from noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.

The music lineup includes the Black Swans at 2 p.m., Steve Arvey and the Delta Swamp Rats at 3:30 p.m., the RJ Howson Band at 5 p.m. and Selwyn Birchwood at 6:45 p.m. The Sean Chambers Band will headline at 8:15 p.m.

The outdoor blues festival will also include craft vendors, commercial and nonprofit exhibits, and food vendors.

Those attending are encouraged to bring small blankets, chairs, umbrellas, small pop-up tents, bug spray and sunscreen. Also, some vendors may only accept cash. Outside drinks, food, coolers and animals will not be permitted.

Admission is $5 for adults and teenagers, $1 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger.

Additional vendors, sponsors and volunteers are welcome. Contact the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or visit

Free irrigation inspections: The Hernando County Utilities Department is offering free irrigation checkups for high water-use customers who irrigate with county-supplied water.

Those who have high water bills and wish to see if there is a problem with their irrigation system are encouraged to contact the Utilities Department by Sept. 17. Call (352) 754-4705 or send email to [email protected]

Dinner and dancing at the yacht club: The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host a dinner and dance Sept. 17 at the club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach.

The social hour begins at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dancing will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The dinner choice is carved beef or roast chicken. Music will be provided by Larry Greer and Diane.

Tickets are $15; reservations are required by Sept. 14. RSVP to Joyce Lary at (352) 596-8767 or Dick Weichman at (352) 597-2435.

Humane Society gala event: The annual Fur Ball benefit for the Humane Society of the Nature Coast will be Sept. 20 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. To celebrate the shelter's 50th anniversary, this year's event theme is "FURever '50s Paw Hop."

A happy hour and silent auction begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Oldies dance music will be provided by Hits 106's Marvelous Marvin. Guests will have opportunities to commemorate the evening with a 1950s-themed photo shoot or posed next to a classic car. Dressing in '50s attire is optional.

Tickets are $75 each and must be purchased by Sept. 13. Sponsorships and donations of auction items are still being accepted. For information, call (352) 796-2711 or visit

Boot camp for kids: The For Each 1 Reach 1 mentoring program will offer a Cadet Boot Camp for youth ages 8 to 17 on the first and third Saturday of each month, Oct. 4 to May 16. An orientation will be at noon Sept. 20 at the office at 7284 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

The purpose of the program is to boost each participant's self esteem and confidence, while teaching them to assume responsibility for their actions.

The cost for registration is $50, which includes a T-shirt, dog tag with chain and a pocket attitude card. There is also a monthly fee of $40 per month.

For details, stop by the office, call (352) 556-2768 or send email to [email protected]

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