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Hernando County news in breif, Feb. 19

COMMUNITY MEETING TO STOP WATER TREATMENT PLANT: A community meeting is planned for 7 p.m. today at First Lutheran Church, 30419 Park Ridge Drive, Ridge Manor West.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed rezoning of property at 6399 Sherman Hills Blvd. from residential to a public service overlay district to allow for a 4.8-million-gallon-per-day water treatment plant.

The Hernando County Commission will consider approval of the rezoning and proposed facility on March 11.

CUBAN EMBARGO PROTEST: The Naturecoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will demonstrate from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the intersection at Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard in Weeki Wachee. The purpose of the demonstration is to protest the U.S. government's ongoing Cuban embargo.

PAPA JOE'S FUNDRAISER: A spaghetti dinner fundraiser is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 2 at Hillside Community Baptist Church, 27440 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville.

The meal includes spaghetti with sauce, bread, salad and dessert. The cost is $5 per dinner; drinks and meatballs are additional. Dine in or carry out. For information or for advance tickets, call (352) 799-0687.

Proceeds will benefit the employees of Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, east of Brooksville, which recently was destroyed by fire.

LOW-COST PET VACCINATIONS: The Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Tractor Supply Co., 18741 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $7.

Dog distemper-parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots will be $15; kennel cough (Bordetella) shots for dogs will be $16. All vaccinations will be administered by a veterinarian. Documentation will be provided. Proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that will benefit the teaching zoo in Bushnell.

For information, call (352) 867-7788 and leave a message.

WORLD WAR II REVISITED: The annual World War II Weekend will be March 1 and 2 at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 Battlefield Drive, Bushnell. Grounds open at 10 a.m. each day, with a battle re-enactment at 2 p.m.

Uniformed re-enactors representing both Allied and Axis forces will demonstrate weaponry and other items common to the times. The day will include military vehicles, wartime encampments, weapons demonstrations, period vendors, food and music.

Admission is $3 per person; free for ages 6 and younger and World War II veterans. For information, visit or call (352) 793-4781.

BID NOW FOR ROTARY'S RADIO AUCTION: Online bidding for the Rotary Club of Brooksville's 36th annual online and radio auction has begun at

Bids may be made through March 29. The live auction will be March 29, broadcast on WWJB-AM 1450 and WXJB-FM 99.9 radio stations. Phone lines will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; bids during that time may be called in at (352) 754-2500.

Nearly $50,000 in new merchandise and services will be auctioned. Proceeds benefit a number of local and national groups, including the Dawn Center, the New Beginnings Youth Shelter and Camp Rotary. Additional donations for the auction are welcome. For information, email

THEATER CAMP FOR KIDS: Live Oak Theatre Company is taking reservations for its fifth annual summer program, which will be June 23 to 27 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.

The camp will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with an hour lunch and time for snacks. Children must bring their own lunches and snacks. Arrangements can be made for early drop-off/late pickup on a case-by-case basis.

The camp is open to children ages 7 to 18. Special arrangements can be made for younger children, based on an interview and audition. Campers will be split into three age groups.

Participants will learn vocal technique, song interpretation, movement to music, auditioning skills, stage makeup, set/costume theory and technique, and acting skills. Faculty members will include Randi Olsen, Jessica Lucas, Ellen and David Sanborn, Misty Hornsby, Myndee Washington, Vince Vanni and several other guests.

The cost is $150 per week. Space is limited. A $25 deposit is required to reserve a spot. Checks are to be made payable to Live Oak Theatre Company and mailed to the Live Oak Theatre Company, Randi Olsen, P.O. Box 12285, Brooksville, FL 34603. For information, visit or call (352) 593-0027.

Floral City STRAWBERRY FEST: The 27th annual Floral City Strawberry Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2 at Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., Floral City.

The event will feature strawberry delights, such as shortcake, jams and jellies; fine art and craft booths; continuous live entertainment; contests; a pageant and children's activities. There also will be a variety of food vendors, and Ferris Groves will be selling strawberries.

Shuttle service will be available for $1, round trip, from the Citrus County Fairgrounds. Admission is $3; children 11 and younger will be admitted free.

For information, call the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at (352) 795-3149 or visit

'ROCKIN' THRU THE AGES': The Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee will host its ninth annual Rockin' Thru the Ages benefit March 22 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

The event will include cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $45 each. Sponsorships are also available.

Proceeds will benefit various children's charities. For information or to purchase tickets, call Debbie or Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.

Hernando County news in breif, Feb. 19 02/18/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 6:56pm]
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