Community disaster training given for free
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office will offer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training at the Emergency Communications and Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd.
This is seven-week training offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays starting this week and running through Aug. 26. On Aug. 29 there will be a disaster drill followed by graduation.
Participants will learn to help themselves and their neighbors during times of crisis. Topics include disaster preparedness, fire suppression, emergency medical first aid, search and rescue, disaster psychology and disaster communication.
There is no cost to participate. The training is open to anyone 18 and older. To register, call (352) 754-4083.
Take in a one-man variety dinner show
The public is invited to a dinner show featuring Homer Noodleman on July 25 at the Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd. The social hour will be at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and showtime at 7:30 p.m.
Dinner includes salad, baked ham, potatoes, a vegetable and dessert. Noodleman is a comedian, vocalist, magician, impressionist and ventriloquist. Dress code is nice casual (no shorts).
Tickets are limited and must be purchased by July 22; the cost is $16 for members, $18 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased at the club from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays or by calling Dick Weichman, (352) 597-2535.
Storage facility hosts community festival
A Community Summer Shindig will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Paul & Jerry's Self Storage, 10161 County Line Road.
The free family event will include animal petting with Florida Wildlife Alternatives, a farmers market, an 18-foot water slide, a bounce house, a duck pond and games for children such as basketball, a ring toss and a bean bag toss. Prizes will be awarded. The local Kiwanis Club will offer food and refreshments.
Donations of baby items will be accepted for Baby Love of Spring Hill, as well as donations of school items for needy children in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Vendors are welcome to participate. For information, call (352) 684-4414.
VFW post showcases big band orchestra
A big band dance with the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra will be from 2 to 5 p.m. July 19 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
Admission is $10. Food will be available for purchase, starting at 1 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded.
Reservations are suggested. Call Mary at (352) 596-9486.
Coast Guard Auxiliary teaching boat safety
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following programs at its facility at 4340 Calienta St.:
• "Who We Are and What We Do," 7 to 8 p.m. July 27. Those interested in joining the auxiliary or learning more about this uniformed civilian component of the Coast Guard are invited. There is no cost.
• "About Boating Safely," 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 3-5. This is a basic overview of boating and safety, which includes all information to qualify for the Florida Boating Safety ID card. The cost is $30, which includes all materials.
• "Suddenly in Command," 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 22. This is a free safety program for spouses, children older than 6 and friends of boat captains who need to know what to do in a boating emergency. The program includes safety, equipment, boating terms and use of a VHF radio.
For information, call Cathy at (352) 754-1104 or visit the Web site at www.a0701508.uscgaux.info/.
Also, free vessel safety checks are available and can be done wherever the boat is kept. Boats that pass inspection will receive a decorative decal. To schedule a free safety check, call Jackie at (352) 666-7239.
Register for Kids Walk fundraising pageant
Spring Hill Relay for Life's 2010 Kids Walk Team is now taking registration for an upcoming fundraising pageant open to girls ages 12 and younger.
Registration is $40 per child (to pay for prizes and site costs). 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, a trophy, a sash/banner and a Relay for Life T-shirt.
The girl who raises the most money (above $250) in each age group will be crowned "Queen for a Cure" and will receive a large custom-made crown, a large trophy, a sash/banner and a 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-by-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 kim@kims kornercc.com, or visit the Web site at www.kimskornercc.com/relayforlife.html.