Church sponsoring back-to-school rally
A Summer Surge '09 back-to-school rally for ages 12 to 18 will be Aug. 21 at Hope Community Bible Church, 13241 Spring Hill Drive. Pre-rally activities will begin at 4 p.m. with games and prizes. Doors open 5:30 p.m.
The event will feature a concert with My Brother's Scars, a Guitar Hero band contest, a dramatic presentation by Inside Out and a dance choreography by His Spotlight. The keynote speaker will be Leo Duarte.
There is no cost for admission. For information, call (352) 686-6020.
Multicounty transit plan to be discussed
The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority will meet at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Florida Department of Transportation, District 7 office, 11201 N McKinley Drive.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss implementing a comprehensive Regional Transportation Master Plan for Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.
The following TBARTA committees will also meet:
• Transit Management Committee, 10 a.m. Aug. 19, USF Connect Building, 3802 Spectrum Blvd.
• Citizens Advisory Committee, 1:30 p.m. Aug. 19, USF Connect Building, 3802 Spectrum Blvd.
Agendas will be available online about three to five days before each meeting at www.tbarta.com.
Those with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in this meeting should call Brandie Miklus at least three days before the meeting at (813) 217-4037.
VFW has mystery and vehicle events on tap
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, will host the following events:
• "Who Done It!" mystery event, 7 p.m. Aug. 29. Music will be provided by Rusty and Nick of Vintage. This is a Western-themed event. A prize will be awarded for the best costume. There is no cover charge.
• Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 30. Trophies will be awarded in 10 classes. Music from the 1950s and '60s will be provided. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausage and pepper sandwiches will be available for purchase. Early registration is $10; tickets are $12 at the door.
For information, call (352) 796-0398.
Festival Singers group sets practice schedule
The Nature Coast Festival Singers will begin rehearsals for the Christmas concerts at 7 p.m. Mondays, starting Aug. 31, at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way.
The chorus is directed by Jim Urbanski and the accompanist is Kathy Hackemer.
New singers are welcome to join the group; the only requirements are be able to carry a tune and commit to the rehearsals. All music will be available for purchase during the first three rehearsals only; after that, no new singers will be able to participate. Also, it will be necessary for new singers to purchase concert attire.
The group will not meet on Labor Day. For information, call Shirley at (352) 597-2235.
Hernando Oaks golf group hosts benefit
The Hernando Oaks Women's Golf Association will host the fourth annual Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament at 8 a.m. Oct. 21 at Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive.
Golfer registration is $65 and includes the tournament, buffet lunch, contests and prizes. Registration deadline is Sept. 15.
Sponsorships are also available. Tee sponsorship is $75, practice green sponsorship is $100 and beverage cart sponsorship is $100.
All proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call Marianne at (352) 796-4043 or Cheryle at (352) 345-4251.
Day at races includes auction, bake sale
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary will host a "Day at the Horse Races" and auction and bake sale at 11 a.m. Saturday at the post, 1681 E Jefferson St.
For information, call (352) 796-4449.
Go Hawaiian at Brookridge dance
Brookridge Social Dance will host a Hawaiian-themed dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
Music will be provided by Marti Carroll. Ice, coffee and hot tea will be available throughout the evening and doughnuts will be served about 9:30 p.m. Guests can bring their own beverages.
Tickets are $5. Call Dot at (352) 597-0723.
Wellington having a luau for Labor Day
Tickets are available for a Labor Day Luau that will be Sept. 7 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd.
A social and cocktails (cash bar) will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes roast suckling pig, one-quarter glazed chicken with roasted pineapple and roasted red peppers, and snow peas with chestnuts, spring mix tossed salad with macadamia nuts, mandarin oranges, with sweet and sour vinaigrette dressing, Polynesian rice, a watermelon basket, pineapple rum cake and coffee and tea. The meal will be catered by Sioux City.
Entertainment will be provided from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. by Hawaiian entertainer Charlie Ho. He will teach the hula and there will be a hula contest. He will also provide music, including Hawaiian and today's sounds.
Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger, which includes tax and gratuity. Tickets must be purchased by check only (no cash) and can be purchased at the clubhouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For information, call (352) 666-6888.
Take a walk on the wildlife side with 4-H
The Hernando Sportsman's 4-H Club will host a Night Walk with Stacy Strickland of the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the club range at 16121 Commercial Way, 9.5 miles north of Cortez Boulevard in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area.
Strickland will give a short presentation on "Things that Go Bump In the Night" before the walk. He will also provide information on bats and the bat houses that were recently completed by the 4-H group.
Anyone interested is invited to participate. There is no cost. Bring flashlights and insect repellent. For information, call Ken Morgan at (352) 797-0409 or the clubhouse, (352) 597-9931.
Friends of Poor Walk seeks participants
St. Vincent De Paul Society, Hernando/Citrus District is seeking sponsors and participants for the second annual Friends of the Poor Walk that will be Sept. 26 at the Suncoast Trail at Gar Road, off Cortez Boulevard.
As the number of people living below the poverty level grows locally, the walk is to help meet the growing need for help with food, clothing, furniture, transportation, utilities, rent and mortgage assistance. Last year's event helped more than 8,000 families in the two counties.
There is no cost to register. Groups and individuals are invited. To learn more, contact Woody at (352) 596-4730 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is available on the national Web site at www.svdp friendsofthepoorwalk.org.
Sign up for county's recreation programs
The Hernando County Recreation Department offers the following programs:
• Tae kwon do, 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, and Fridays at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. Classes are open to adults and youths ages 6 and older. The first lesson is free. The first month is $30 and additional months are $40. The instructor is Master Simeon "Sam" Kinard.
• Tennis lessons, weekdays and Saturdays at various times at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill and Hernando Park at 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Group lessons are $10 per hour. Private lessons are also available.
• MACK Co-ed Boot Camp, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. weekdays, at Veterans Memorial Park, 12254 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Month-long experiences are provided by Master Mark McCabe, who is a sixth degree black belt and has been twice inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame, and has been a training pro fighter for 25 years. The class is for ages 15 and older. The cost is $159 for the 20 sessions per month (five days per week).
• Yoga for ages 16 and older will be available at the Community Activity Center at Hernando Park in Brooksville. Days and times will be announced. The instructor is Rachel Fogarty. The cost is $7 per class.
For information or to register, stop by the recreation office at 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville, visit the Web site at www.hernandocounty.us/parks_rec or call (352) 754-4031.
Safe driving course will be at several sites
The AARP Driver Safety Program is a refresher course for drivers 50 and older. The cost is $12 for members and $14 for nonmembers; members should bring their AARP cards. The course will be offered during September:
• 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 2 and 9, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Call (352) 666-4044 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 11 and 18, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 666-4044 to register.
• Noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and 17, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 and 23, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Call (352) 684-9302 to register.
• 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 17 and 22, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. Call (352) 683-6840 to register.
Nominate now for humanitarian award
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is accepting nominations for the 2009 Judy Schwartz Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an individual, organization or corporation in Hernando, Citrus or Pasco county who has had a significant impact on animal welfare in the past year on a local, state or national level.
The award is in memory of Schwartz, who dedicated her life to wildlife rescue.
The deadline to submit nominees is Sept. 5. For information, call the shelter at (352) 796-2711 or visit www.humanerescue.org.