Holiday trees to aid Alzheimer's group
A Christmas Lights Celebration to benefit the Alzheimer's Family Organization will continue today at the International House of Pancakes, at the corner of Beacon Woods Drive and U.S. 19. Businesses, organizations, groups or individuals may donate a tree, lights and decorations to enter the Best Holiday Tree contest. Donors will receive a 20 percent discount off any IHOP meal.
The IHOP staff will decorate the trees through Dec. 6. On Dec. 7, the trees will be lit and remain lit from 5:30 to 9 p.m. daily.
For $1, visitors can vote for their favorite tree. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's organization.
On Dec. 22, the donated trees will be delivered to needy families in the area, and any remaining trees will remain on display until Jan. 3.
For information, call the Alzheimer's Family Organization at (727) 848-8888 or IHOP at (727) 868-4252.
Flag football, softball teams are forming
Hernando County Recreation is offering the following:
• Flag football. Teams are forming for the league that will play games Friday nights at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. A meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hernando County Recreation Office, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.
• Men's softball will be on weekday evenings at Anderson Snow Park and Veterans Park, both in Spring Hill. A meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Recreation Office in Brooksville.
Call Fred Kranz at the Recreation Office, (352) 754-4031.
Apply now for Elks college scholarships
Applications for the Most Valuable Student Scholarship offered by the Elks National Foundation are now available.
There will be 500 four-year scholarships awarded nationwide; students will compete for 18 awards ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 per year.
Applications are available at area Elks lodges, including:
• Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; call (352) 596-2582.
• Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson; call (727) 868-2994.
• New Port Richey Elks Lodge 2284, 7201 Congress St., New Port Richey; call (727) 849-5192.
Applications are also available online at www.elks.org/enf or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Elks National Foundation, 2750 N Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614-2256. However, applications must be endorsed by a local Elks Lodge for consideration.
Winners will be announced April 15.
Applicants do not need to be related to an Elks member. The scholarship is open to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens and will be attending an accredited U.S. college or university full time in the fall.
Want to donate a gift? There's a toys for Tots bin nearby
Marine Corps League Detachment 708 of Spring Hill, sponsor of the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program in Hernando County, has bins set up at various locations throughout the county where donations of new, unwrapped toys may be dropped off:
In Spring Hill: Accuform Signs, Accurate Automotive, Atria Evergreen Woods, AVA Hot Spot, BB&T Banks, Changes Adult Fitness Center, Compass Banks, Complete Technology Solutions, County Line Cafe, Discovery Point Daycare, Dr. Tim Terlep's office, Dunkin' Donuts, Extreme Bicycles, Evolution Hair Design, Fantastic Pre-School & Daycare, Fun Fitness Factory, Gold's Gym, Grow Financial Credit Union, Hernando County Utilities, Hernando County Veterans Services, Sweetbay supermarket, Superior Bank, Mirage Hair Studio, Hair Affair, Hernando Mitsubishi, Jiffy Lube, Mariner Bowling Lanes, New-U-Weight Loss Center, Northcliffe & County Line Hess Station, Pisano's, Pinch A Penny (Kass Circle), Post Office (Kass Circle location), Printing Plus, Rizzo's Pizza, Silverthorn Clubhouse, Spin City, Spring Hill Fire & Rescue, Spring Hill Lanes, Springstead High School, Sterling House, State Farm Insurance, Sweet Bay Supermarket, Susie's Again, the UPS Stores and Washington Mutual.
In Brooksville: AVA Hot Spot, Central High School, CiCi's Pizza, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin' Donuts (Broad Street), Central High School NJROTC, Cox Lumber, High Point Clubhouse, Marine Corps League 708, Palm Harbor Home Sales, Pine Grove Elementary School, Physical Therapy Services, Register Chevrolet, West Hernando Middle School, Cagliannone Miller Anthony Attorneys at Law, Tree Care by Robert Miller, Shoe Carnival, USMC Recruiting and Wells Fargo Financial.
Multiple sites countywide: Beall's Outlet stores, Big Lots, Family Dollar stores, Dollar General stores, Hernando County Utilities, Hernando County tax office, Veterans Services, Recycle Stations, Publix supermarkets, Tate's Auto Body & Repair, Suncoast Schools Credit Union, Walgreens and Winn-Dixie stores.
Also at VFW Post 9236 in Hernando Beach.