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Independence Day events, meetings, fundraisers and more

WEEKI WACHEE FRIENDS TO MEET: The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the administration conference room at the park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

The group now has a website, For information, call (352) 796-7469.

GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP: Knowledge Gives Power will host a grant-writing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

This workshop will be taught by Barbara Sweinberg, who has written hundreds of successful grant proposals. Participants will learn the components of a writing a grant proposal for nonprofit organizations, churches, government agencies and teachers from public and private schools.

The cost is $50; participants should bring a bag lunch, but are welcome to dine out.

To register or for information, send email to

SCHOOL SUPPLY FUNDRAISER: To prepare for the annual backpack giveaway for local schoolchildren, a "Tools for School" fundraising event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 23 at the Jersey Cafe in the Western Way Plaza, 12993 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

A bus from the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County will collect donations of school supplies and backpacks. Raffle tickets will be sold to win various prizes.

Monetary donations are also appreciated. Checks should be made payable to Devereux Kids and mailed to the attention of Noreen St. Jean at 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34606.

The backpack giveaway will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Spring Hill. For information, send email to

HAM RADIO FIELD DAY: The Spring Hill Amateur Radio Club and Hernando County Amateur Radio Association will participate in the annual National Field Day for Amateur Radio from 2 p.m. June 23 to 2 p.m. June 24.

The club will set up its emergency station at the Partner's Club at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. The association will set up at Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach.

The public is encouraged to visit both field day stations. The local groups include FCC-licensed amateur radio operators who will test emergency communications skills with other amateur radio stations across the United States, using short-wave radio equipment and antennas.

To contact the club, call Dave (KB3GYN) at (352) 684-3925 or visit the website at To contact the association, call Bob Millard at (352) 848-4381.

A DAY FOR COLLECTORS: Area collectors of all ages are invited to participate in a Collectors Day that will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7 at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa.

The event will be in the Visitor Center at the park. Exhibitors can show their family-friendly collections — such as antiques, spoons, trains, coins, books and maps — and share their knowledge about the collections.

Tables and chairs will be provided for exhibitors. There is no fee to exhibit and no admission cost to attend the event. Regular park admission prices apply, however, for those who wish to enter the wildlife park.

Exhibitors' spaces are limited. To reserve a spot, stop by the park office or call Susan Strawbridge weekdays at (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002.

PAVERS FOR 9/11 MEMORIAL: The Fire Department New York Retirees of Spring Hill are selling brick pavers for the 9/11 memorial on the grounds at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.

The memorial is in front of the post and adjacent to the World War I and World War II memorial site, across from the proposed Korean War and Vietnam War memorial site.

The cost is $50 for an engraved brick paver. Each paver includes four lines, with 16 characters per line, for engraving.

Checks or money orders should be made out to the 9-11-2001 Memorial Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 343, Brooksville, FL 34601.

For information, call Joe Holland at (352) 686-4401.

CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY: The following events are planned in celebration of Independence Day:

Olde Tyme Celebration, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 30, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville.

The event, hosted by the Hernando County Fair Association, will kick off with a pancake breakfast, followed by water games, vendors, a cakewalk, a food and ice cream sundae bar and carnival games. There will also be a corn hole tournament, where participants have a chance to win $500.

The event will wrap up with a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Parking is $5 per carload. Admission is free. For information, call (352) 796-4552.

Patriotic Evening, 5 to 10 p.m. July 3, Liberty and Wallace Brook parks in downtown Inverness.

Opening ceremonies will be at 7 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Suzanne Smith and Co., Southern Charm and Grounded for Life. Activities will occur throughout the evening, along with concessions sales and children's activities. There will be a fireworks show over the lake between the two parks.

Parking and admission are free. For information, call the city of Inverness at (352) 726-2611 or send email to

Machine Gun Shoot, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4, Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

Those who own machine guns can participate for $20. Several cars, trucks and assorted targets will be destroyed. Spectator admission is $2; younger than 15 will be admitted free. For information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit

High Point Community July Fourth Parade, July 4. The parade lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. at the community bus stop near Cortez Boulevard.

The parade starts at 9 a.m., ending at the community center at 12249 Club House Road. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in various categories. To enter the parade, complete and return the registration form, available at the guard house, by June 25.

For information, call Sylvia at (352) 596-6006.

Regency Oaks Civic Association Independence Day Barbecue, 2 p.m. July 4, Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill.

Food will be served buffet style and will include hot dogs, burgers, potato and macaroni salads, baked beans and toppings. Dessert, coffee and ice will be provided. Guests may bring their own beverages. Music will be provided by DJ Rich.

Tickets are $12. Call Joyce at (352) 597-1405, Terry at (352) 596-9213 or Shirley at (352) 597-2988.

FUNDS FOR ROOF REPAIRS: The Hernando County Housing Authority, with funding from the county's State Housing Incentives Partnership program, is accepting applications for emergency roof repair loans.

Twenty-year, zero-interest deferred loans of up to $10,000 are available for Hernando County homeowners who have been notified by their insurance carriers that they must have their roof repaired or face the loss of their insurance.

To qualify for the program, homeowners must be current on their property taxes and mortgage payments, and the home must be the owner's primary residence.

Also, homeowners must meet the following gross income guidelines: one-person household, maximum of $19,800; two-person household, $22,600; three-person household, $25,450, and four-person household, $28,250. Income guidelines include the income of all household members 18 and older.

For information, call the Housing Authority at (352) 754-4160.

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