For behind-the-scenes look, register today
Today is the last day to register for the summer session of the County Connection program, which will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 5 through Aug. 7. The sessions will be conducted at various county facilities.
County Connection is a 10-week program that provides participants with a behind-the-scenes look at county government.
The sessions cover a series of topics pertaining to county services such as transportation issues, public safety, the budget, recreation and resources, judicial services, growth and development, and health and utilities services.
There is no cost to participate. To register, visit the county's Web site at www.co.hernando.fl.us or call Brenda Frazier at 540-6780.
Enter now to take part in July Fourth Parade
Entry forms are available for those wishing to participate in the High Point Community's annual July Fourth Parade.
The lineup will start at 8:30 a.m. at the entrance to High Point, off Cortez Boulevard. The parade will start at 9 a.m. and will end at the community center, where there will be a flag-raising ceremony. Immediately following, there will be entertainment, refreshments for sale and a raffle to win a television in the community center. Outdoors, there will be games for children at the pool.
Monetary awards will be given to the best parade entries in various categories. For details and entry forms, call Sheila at 597-9887. Entry forms must be submitted no later than June 15.
Elder agency meets
to discuss funding
Elder Options, formerly the Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the office at 5700 SW 34th St., Suite 222.
The board of directors will review, discuss and take action regarding the applications received by Elder Options for funding for the program year from July 1 through June 30, 2009. Programs funded for this period include: Community Care for the Elderly, Alzheimer's Disease Initiative, Home Care for the Elderly, local service programs and the Model Day Care program.
Anyone wishing to appeal any decision made at Wednesday's meeting may need to ensure verbatim recording of the proceeding in order to provide a record for judicial review.
Those with disabilities needing assistance in attending the meeting must contact the office at least 48 hours before the meeting. Call (352) 378-6649.
Democratic Club hosts bake and produce sale
The Hernando County Democratic Club will host a bake sale and farm fresh produce sale from 9 a.m. to noon June 7 at the headquarters at 13430 Chambord St. (between Sunshine Grove Road and Coastal Boulevard).
The sale will feature Brooksville corn. At noon, a "recession lunch" of stone soup and second-day bread will be served.
The event will be followed by a club meeting. For information, call Harvey at 686-0686 or Carol at 686-6198. Visit the Web site at www.hernandodemocrats.com.
Get your tickets for fundraising event
Tickets are now available for the "Let Freedom Ring" Jefferson-Jackson Gala Fundraiser and Dinner, sponsored by the Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee.
The event will be July 26 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Cocktails will be at 5 p.m. and dinner will be at 6 p.m. A buffet dinner will be served and there will be music and dancing.
The keynote speaker is Karen Thurman, chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party. Special guests include State House Minority Leader Dan Gelber. Those attending will also have the opportunity to meet local Democratic candidates.
Tickets are $40. Program ads and boosters are also available. Call 686-0686.
Hazardous waste day scheduled for June 7
The Hernando County Commission, in conjunction with the Solid Waste and Recycling Division, will sponsor a household hazardous waste collection day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7 at the East Hernando Convenience Center, 33070 Cortez Blvd.
EQ of Florida Inc. will accept household hazardous waste from Hernando County residents and small businesses. There is no charge to residents for disposal of their own waste.
The cost for businesses is at the same rate as the county's contract, with payment due to EQ at the time of service. Prices for hazardous chemical removal and disposal is available at the Solid Waste and Recycling Division at 14450 Landfill Road in Brooksville.
For information, call Jeff Howley at 754-4906.
Children invited for games, games, games
The Hernando County Public Library System invites children ages 5 to 12 to participate in an afternoon playing board games and video games with friends at the following Kids' Game Day events:
• June 10 at West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
• June 11 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• June 13 at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
All programs will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Children can participate in games such as Dance Dance Revolution, Wii games, Scrabble, checkers and others.
There is no cost to attend and no registration required. For information, call 540-6391.
Appraiser's office closed on June 11
The Hernando County Property Appraiser's office will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 for training purposes.
The offices are at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville, and at the Westside Government Center, 7509 and 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
For information, call 754-4190.
'Gifts From Home' event set for June 28
A "Gifts From Home" Benefit Dinner and Dance will be June 28 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner will be at 6 p.m. and music for dancing will be provided by Vintage starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 each, and can be purchased at the post canteen or by calling Linda Kidwell at 684-4185. Funds raised will go toward purchasing supplies for U.S. troops serving overseas.
Call the post at 796-0398; visit the new Web site at
'Lake House Cabaret' offered on June 27
The Spring Hill Community Association will present the "Lake House Cabaret" from 7 to 10 p.m. June 27 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave.
This special indoor event will feature Norman Bernard's Southern Exposure, with vocalist Kim Evans and special guests.
Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance or $25 at the door, if available. The cost includes the show, dancing, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, desserts and three beers or wine.
Seating is limited and early reservations are recommended. For reservations or information, call 666-4746. Visit the Web site at www.springhilllakehouse.org.
Marine Corps League hosts dinner dance
Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708, will host a Stars and Stripes Dinner Dance to celebrate Flag Day on June 14 at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road.
A chicken cordon bleu dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the Sun Spots will provide dance music starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and are available in the lounge, which is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 597-7979.