Students invited to enter art contest
Hernando County students ages 5-18 are invited to participate in the Monster Auto Show and Children's Charity Event Art Contest sponsored by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council and Monster Transmission. The theme of the contest is "Automotive: Monster Auto Show." Participants should keep in mind the fall season.
There will be first- through third-place winners in different age groups. For the elementary school level, the grand prize is a $50 Toys "R" Us gift card, $35 Toys "R" Us gift card for second place and $20 Toys "R" Us gift card for third place. For middle school entries, the grand prize is a $75 cash/gift card, $55 cash/gift card for second and $35 cash/gift card for third place. For high school, the grand prize is a $100 cash/gift card, $75 for second and $50 for third place.
All winners, as well as 10 honorable mentions, will receive a Dairy Queen gift certificate and will have their works posted on the auto show website. All grand prize winners' works will be displayed in the lobby at Monster Transmission and Performance.
Also, a pizza party will be given to the class with the most entries.
Entries can be dropped off through Friday at Monster Transmission and Performance between 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. at 19370 Oliver St., Brooksville. Entries can also be dropped off no later than noon Saturday at the Monster Auto Show and Children's Charity Event at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville.
Judging will be at 3 p.m. Saturday by the Fine Arts Council. For information, call Myndee Washington at (352) 754-4788 or (813) 545-4037, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Ridge Manor West
Free screening of movie at library
The Hernando County Public Library System will host a free showing of Did You Hear About the Morgans? at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
An estranged New York City couple become witnesses to a murder, then are relocated to a small town in Wyoming as part of the witness-protection program. The 2009 film, rated PG-13, stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant.
Free refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Author to speak Oct. 16, book on sale now
The City of Brooksville is selling copies of Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier, by Carlton Ward Jr.
Ward is an internationally renowned conservation photographer. The book explores the rich history and culture of the Florida ranch. He will speak and sign copies of the book at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 during the Fall Art N' Market Walk, as part of the Founders' Day Week celebration.
Copies of the book are available at the City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave. For information, call (352) 540-3810.
Ladies of veterans post host holiday shop
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 will host a Holiday Stop and Shop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at the post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
The indoor event is a fundraiser to benefit prostate cancer aid and research. Coffee, doughnuts and a bake sale will be available.
Vendor spaces are $25 and include an 8-foot table. Reservations are required by Oct. 15. Call Kathy Alonzo at (352) 232-6409.
Place orders now for holiday wreaths
The Rotary Club of Spring Hill is taking orders now through Nov. 1 for its holiday wreath fundraiser.
The wreaths are a 22-inch round mix of noble fir, incense cedar and berried juniper. They come decorated with a plaid bow and pinecones. Orders can be shipped in the continental United States with a gift message.
The cost is $37 each and includes shipping. The wreaths will be delivered to recipients the first two weeks following Thanksgiving. Funds raised support scholarships and youth programs.
To place an order or for information, call Carol McElroy at (352) 684-6840.
Yard, bake sale Oct. 9 at community church
A yard and bake sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 at Fellowship Community church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive.
Proceeds from the event will benefit outreach ministries within the church and community. For information, call (352) 686-4612.
Veterans post lines up events for October
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 will host the following events:
• Day of Champions, noon Oct. 9. Featuring a hot-dog-eating contest, chili cookoff, and a "yard of beer" drinking contest. Entry fee is $5 each.
• Elvis Vegas Concert, 6 p.m. Oct. 9. Featuring Danny Fisher. Tickets are $25, which includes the show, dinner and dancing. Dinner includes chicken cordon bleu, pasta with meat sauce, vegetables, potato, salad and dinner rolls. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
Events will be at the post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. For information or reservations, call (352) 796-0398.
Donations needed to finish 9/11 memorial
The Retired Firefighters of New York City, Spring Hill Chapter 343, needs donations to help with the construction of the memorial garden at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
The memorial will have a piece of steel from the collapsed towers of the World Trade Center, a slate tile from the roof of the Pentagon, a canister of soil from the Shanksville, Pa., crash site and paving bricks with the names of every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. There is also a small remembrance of the 17 U.S. sailors killed on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen in 2000.
The steel, tile and canister are in place, along with 681 engraved bricks. About 600 more bricks are needed to complete the project.
Monetary donations of any amount are welcome, but sponsoring an engraved brick for the memorial wall costs $50. Donations can be sent to 9-11 Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 343, Brooksville, FL 34601.
Once completed, the Retired Firefighters will attempt to have the memorial included in the National Registry of Historic Places in Washington, D.C.
For information, call Joe Holland at (352) 686-4401 or (352) 584-5365; or John Pasquale at (352) 683-7966 or (352) 428-9766.