Sheriff's Office plans golf tournament
Hernando County Sheriff's Office Youth Education Services will host the 23rd annual Scramblers Golf Tournament on March 14 at Brooksville Golf and Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive. Sponsorships and registrations are accepted. Hole sponsorships are $50 and registration is $75 per player, which includes lunch. Donations of prizes are needed. Sponsors and donors will be recognized at the event.
Printable registration forms for the tourney and for sponsors are available online at www.hernandosheriff.org. For information, call (352) 754-6830, ext. 53660.
Church offers free tickets for 2 concerts
Mariner United Methodist Church will distribute free tickets from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday for concerts with ragtime pianist Bob Milne Feb. 28 and Irish singer Cahal Dunne March 14.
The concerts, part of the church's Community Performing Arts Series, take place 2 and 7 p.m. For information, call Phyllis at (352) 544-1068.
County receives funds to give to agencies
Hernando County will receive more than $117,742 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection was made by a national board headed by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The local board charged to distribute funds includes representatives from United Way of Hernando County, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Community Action Agencies, Church Organizations, Family Service America agencies, governmental agencies, homeless advocates and Jewish organizations. The funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.
Under the terms of the grant, local agencies wishing to receive funds must:
• Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government
• Have an accounting system
• Practice nondiscrimination
• Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
• If they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.
Qualifying agencies are urged to apply; application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 26. Applications are available at United Way of Hernando County, 4042 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Requests for an application may also be e-mailed firstname.lastname@example.org or call (352) 688-2026.
Rec center offers free intensive fitness camp
Hernando County Recreation will host a free Boot Camp session from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park, 12254 Spring Hill Drive.
The program is for ages 15 and older. Participants should dress properly — sneakers are a must and clothing should be layered. Bring a fitness mat, dumbbells and water.
To reserve a spot at one of the camps, e-mail email@example.com or call (352) 345-4957; be sure to specify which session you wish to attend.
Donate blood Saturday at Aripeka Elks Lodge
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 will host a blood drive with Florida Blood Services from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave.
Those wishing to donate should check in with Mary Ann Steffes upon arrival; she will have the sign-up sheet in the lounge starting at 12:30 p.m.
To donate, you must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a photo ID. All donors will receive a recognition gift item from FBS and a thank-you gift from the lodge.
For information, call Steffes at (352) 686-5842.
Events celebrate Black History Month
Two events in South Brooksville are scheduled in celebration of Black History Month:
• Recognition Banquet, 7 p.m. Feb. 21, at Lorenzo Hamilton Community Center at Kennedy Park, 899 Kennedy Blvd. .
• Village Extravaganza, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 28, at Kennedy Park. The event will feature art and will feature youth performances.
Both events are a collaboration between Shiloh New Beginnings Pillar of Truth Ministries, Shilo Problem Solvers, Sarah Bennett, Brenda Joyce Wright Cason, Pastor Clarence D. Clark Sr. and Deacon Lonnie Trenton, partnered with Hernando County Parks and Recreation.For information, call Cynthia at (352) 688-2861.
Celebration to feature 'Mardi Gras mambo'
Forest Oaks Care Center will host a Mardi Gras party at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at the facility, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd.
The event will include a buffet with red beans and rice, gumbo and other treats. There will be dancing and the Mardi Gras mambo. The King and Queen of the Mardi Gras will be picked about 7:30 p.m.
Anyone is welcome to attend this free party, but are asked to RSVP by Tuesday. Call Evelyn at (352) 683-3323.
Hernando High hosts sportsmen's barbecue
Hernando High School's Senior Future Farmers of America is hosting an FFA Hunters' and Sportsmen's Barbecue/Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. March 7 at Coney Island Drive Inn, 1112 E Jefferson St.
Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple, and include dinner and games.
Auction items include hunting and fishing goods, charters and home decor items.
For information, call Rick Ahrens at (352) 797-7015, ext. 239.
Reservations required for first Chili Cookoff
The Hernando Beach Club will host its first Chili Cookoff at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd.
The cost is $3 for a set of tickets to sample each chili, or for a full bowl. Visitors can then vote for their favorite chili. The event will include music, prizes and margaritas.
Chili samples will be limited and reservations are a must. For reservations, or to enter your chili recipe, call Luci or Pete at (352) 683-6442.
Visit the Web site at www.hernandobeachclub.com.
Family YMCA offering new youth programs
The Hernando County Family YMCA offers these new youth programs and activities:
• Hip Hop Dance, an urban/pop dance workout for ages 6 and older.
• Pre-Ballet/Tap for ages 3-5.
• Ballet/Jazz for ages 5-8, which teaches the fundamental principals of ballet technique. The class helps to improve body posture and carriage.
• Ballet/Jazz for ages 9-12, in which dancers are introduced to the basics of ballet and more.
• Lyrical for ages 7-12. This class allows participants to engage in an emotional dance expressing the lyrics of a song through the structure and discipline of ballet and the dynamics and attitude of jazz.
• Cheer Dance for ages 6-12. The class emphasizes precise, sharp and synchronized movements, preparing the student for cheerleading and dance teams.
The Y also offers classes in tumbling-movement fundamentals, recreational cheerleading, Y-Kicks fitness program, School's Out fun days, Leaders Club, Jr. Leaders Club, guitar lessons, and a parent's night out.
The YMCA is at 1300 Mariner Blvd.For schedules and prices, visit the Web site at www.ymcasuncoast.org or call (352) 688-9622.