county green party to host series of free films throughout summer
The Hernando County Green Party will show the film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
Based on the book by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney traces the corporate scam of the century through corporate audio and videotapes, which tell the inside story of the scandal involving one company's manipulation of California's energy supply and how its executives made a billion dollars out of the resulting crisis.
The showing of the movie is part of the local Green Party's Green Screens, an ongoing series of free films on current issues. Additional movies include:
• Arabian Nights, July 1. This classic 1942 film stars Jon Hall as the Caliph of Bagdad, back when the Middle East was exotic and exuded romance.
• War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, July 8. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, this 2007 documentary, narrated by Sean Penn, exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception.
• Blame it on Fidel, Aug. 5. This 2006 French film by Julie Gavras is about 9-year-old Anna (played by Nina Kervel), who struggles when her parents become radical political activists in Paris in the early 1970s.
• Panama Deception, Aug. 12. Touted by government officials as a police action to bring international drug dealer Gen. Manuel Noriega to justice, conspiratorialist filmmaker Barbara Trent's 1992 film documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, from the events that led to it to its devastating aftermath. The film, narrated by the late Elizabeth Montgomery, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1993.
For information about Green Screens, call Suzanne at 666-7576.
Florida-friendly design topic of 4-week series
A four-week series, "Florida-Friendly Landscape Design," will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, July 1 through July 22, at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.
The series will be presented by Florida Yards and Neighborhoods coordinator John Korycki, who will cover the basic principles of Florida-friendly landscaping, understanding soil, plot planning, irrigation efficiency, proper plant selection, turf choices and maintenance practices, as well as native plants and wildlife habitats.
The cost is $20. Payment must be made by June 27. Seating is limited and participants will be registered on a first-paid basis. For information, call 754-4433.
Health Care Advisory Board to meet June 13
The Health Care Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. June 13 in the Commission Chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
Discussion at the meeting will include the results of the Health Needs Assessment, particularly on mental health issues.
The purpose of the board is to review and make recommendations on health care-related issues in Hernando County. Anyone with disabilities needing assistance in participating in this meeting should contact Health and Human Services Director Jean Rags at 540-4338. Those hearing impaired can call toll-free 1-800-676-3777.
Chess tournament scheduled for June 28
Championship Chess will host a Summer Chess Tournament for youth from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28 at the Church of the Nazarene fellowship hall, 19384 Ingram St.
The tourney is open to youth in the first through seventh grades. The entry fee is $5. Trophies will be awarded to the first- and second-place players. If necessary, a tie break will be used to determine winners.
Championship Chess is a national chess teaching organization. The local Championship Chess coach is Francis Croft.
To register or for information, call Coach Croft at 799-6503 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation Backpack needs sponsors, cash
Sponsors and donations are needed for the 2008 Operation Backpack event that will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place.
The goal of the annual event is to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to more than 1,000 area youth.
Approximately $7,500 is needed to purchase the backpacks and supplies. Backpacks of different colors, sizes and styles will be purchased. The cost is $4.75 for backpacks for youth entering first through third grades, and $6 for backpacks for youth entering fourth through 12th grades.
Businesses, churches, organizations and other groups and individuals are asked to make monetary donations toward purchasing the backpacks. Checks are to be made payable to Friends of the Children (a nonprofit organization), and sent to the city of Brooksville Recreation at 306 Darby Lane.
Money must be received by July 6 so orders can be made on time. For information, call 544-5498.
Dinner Dance planned to mark Father's Day
A Father's Day Dinner Dance with the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra will be from 2 to 5 p.m. June 15 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Dinners will be served starting at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $16 for dinner and dancing or $10 for dancing only. Door prizes will be awarded.
Reservations are suggested. Call Mary at 596-9486.
Barbecue, dancing set for July 4 celebration
The Hernando Beach Club will host a Fourth of July Celebration with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. July 4 at the club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd.
There will be an indoor "ole time" barbecue and dancing. Dinner will be served at approximately 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Cyndi "The One Lady Band", who will perform favorite songs as well as tributes.
Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers, which must be prepaid. For information or tickets, call Bunni at 688-4976.
Next Bandshell Bash scheduled for June 14
The After Dark Crew will headline the next Bandshell Bash from 4 to 8 p.m. June 14 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave. The opening act will be Awake in Gear.
After Dark Crew, known as "Tampa's Baby Boomer Blues Band," performs songs from groups such as the Allman Brothers, Doors, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Check the Web site at afterdarkcrew.com.
This month's bash's theme will be a "Poker Run Bash," and will include a Motorcycle Poker Run prior to the bash. The cost to enter the run is $10, with the last bike leaving at 11 a.m. from the parking lot behind Main Street Eatery (corner of Main and Jefferson streets).
Proceeds will benefit the monthly Bandshell Bash.
The ongoing Bandshell Bash is a series of free outdoor concerts with music that is family friendly. It includes the Brooksville Cruise-In, an antique hot rod car and motorcycle show, as well as an array of vendors, food and beverages. Sponsors include the Hernando County Fine Arts Council, the city of Brooksville and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, as well as area businesses.
For information, or to become an event sponsor, call Mary Jane Russell at 754-4788, or visit online at bandshellbash.com.
County candidate to host 'meet and greet'
A "meet and greet" cocktail hour with Jon "Jaz'' Zydenbos will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Boston Cooker, 5375 Spring Hill Drive.
Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Admission is free. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to 200-5461.
Zydenbos, who is a local Realtor and Vietnam veteran, is a Republican candidate for the District 1 seat on the Hernando County Commission.
He also will host the following neighborhood meetings to discuss current property taxes, overspending and the possibilities of charter government:
• 6 p.m. Monday, Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave.
• 6 p.m. June 17, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
Free hot dogs and beverages will be served at the neighborhood meetings. For information, call 200-5461 or 263-6385.
Girl Scouts to host camp, princess events
Girls Scouts of West Central Florida will host the following:
• Girl Scouts Survivor Camp, 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 16-20, at Camp Indian Echo, off Hudson Avenue. The camp is open to girls ages 9-14 who are not Girl Scouts. Participants will learn fire building, outdoor cooking, knot-tying and other skills. The cost is $35, which includes Girl Scout membership for the summer. On the last night, girls will prepare a meal and will be able to invite a parent or another adult to the dinner. For information or to register, call Roni Francois or Shannon Tucker toll-free at 1-800-281-4475, ext. 255 or e-mail to email@example.com.
• Princess for a Day, 1 to 4 p.m. June 29, at Camp Indian Echo. This event is for girls entering kindergarten or first grade who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants will make crafts, play games, hear magical stories, partake in a glamour session, have a royal tea party and receive "treasures". There will be a hospitality pavilion for the adults. The cost is $4 for Girl Scout members and $12 for non-Girl Scouts, which includes Girl Scout membership for the summer. Scouts who bring a non-Girl Scout friend will receive a gift. Registration is required by June 15. Call Shannon toll-free at 1-800-281-4475, ext. 255 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boating course slated for June 10-12
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer America's Boating Course from 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 10-12 at the auxiliary building, 4340 Calienta St.
This three-day basic course is an informative overview of boating safety, which includes all information to qualify for the Florida boating Safety ID card.
The cost is $30, which includes a text. To reserve a seat or for information, call John at 573-8155.