Groups, apply now for event funding
Hernando County Tourist Development Council is accepting applications for special-event funding for fiscal year 2009-10 (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2010). The application deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 28. Funding is available for local groups and organizations coordinating events with a demonstrated history of visitor impact or significant potential to draw visitors to Hernando County. New policies and guidelines have been set for groups applying for funding this year. The application package is available online at www.naturallyhernando.org, as well as at the Tourism Bureau office at 30305 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville. Those received after the deadline will not be considered. Call Carole Knudson at (352) 754-4405.
Money, volunteers needed
The Dawn Center, Hernando County's domestic and sexual violence center, needs donations and volunteers. Donations can be monetary, grocery gift cards, gas cards and nonperishable food items. Funds donated help the nonprofit center continue its hotline, emergency shelter and outreach programs. In 2008, the Dawn Center provided emergency shelter to 272 women and children and offered advocacy services to 842 individuals. To donate or volunteer, call the outreach office at (352) 592-1288 or (352) 684-7191.
Learn to handle boat crisis
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer its "Suddenly in Command" program from 9 to 11 a.m. at the facility at 4340 Calienta St. This is a free class for boat passengers, including spouses, on what to do when there is an emergency onboard. Topics include safety, equipment, boating terms and use of a VHF radio. For information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 754-1104.
9/11 memorial brick is $50
The Fire Department New York Retirees of Spring Hill are selling brick pavers for the 9/11 memorial that will be on the grounds at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, off Anderson Snow Road. The memorial is being developed by the FDNY Retirees as well as the New York Police Department 10-13 Retirees, Spring Hill Fire and Rescue and the International Association of Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 2794. The cost is $50 for an engraved brick paver (four lines, with 16 characters per line). Checks or money orders are to be made out to the 9-11-2001 Memorial Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 343, Brooksville, FL 34601. Call Joe Holland at (352) 686-4401.
Arc Nature Coast's Summer Sizzler Dance: 7-10 p.m., West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. $2. (352) 232-5727 or (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.
Summer Surge '09 back-to-school rally: Prerally activities start at 4 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m., Hope Community Bible Church, 13241 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 686-6020.
Wine and cheese reception for artist Rhonda Hancock: 5-7 p.m., Nanette's Spirit of the Hand Gallery, 13157 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Free.
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