Learn history, swoon at romance in films
The Hernando County Public Library System will offer free showings of the following films:
• Flags of Our Fathers, 3 p.m. Tuesday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Based on the bestselling book by James Bradley and Ron Powers, the film tells the stories of the six men who raised the American flag in the famous photo at Iwo Jima. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Rated R.
• The Notebook, 2 p.m. Jan. 8, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The film tells the story of Allie and Noah, two young lovers forced apart by circumstance. After several years, a chance reunion rekindles an illicit and passionate romance that forces Allie to choose between true love and the match her parents approve of.
Rated PG-13, the movie stars James Garner, Gena Rowlands, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
There is no cost to attend either film. Light refreshments will be served.
The showings are sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Team's goal is a better south Brooksville
The Community Initiative Team will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in Room 460 at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
The meeting will address the ongoing progress of efforts to improve the south Brooksville neighborhood.
The purpose of the team, which was appointed by the Hernando County Commission, is to create a strategic plan to address numerous concerns affecting residents in the largely unincorporated neighborhoods of Hernando County.
Those with disabilities who need special accommodations to participate in the meeting can call Alice Gura at (352) 754-4002. Those who are hearing-impaired can call toll-free at 1-800-676-3777.
Variety show Feb. 21 aids Alzheimer's group
Tickets are now available for the Alzheimer's Family Organization's annual Gong Show fundraiser, which will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive.
The event will include a dinner catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill, the talent/variety show, door prizes, raffles and auctions.
Tickets are $40 for preferred seating and $30 for general seating. For information or tickets, call (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.
Don your hat, enjoy Super Bowl sundae
The Scarlet Belles at Tea invites area red and pink hatters to their fourth annual Open House Super Bowl Sundae from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Dairy Queen, 370 Suzanne Drive, off Commercial Way.
Women who wear their colors will receive 25 percent off their sundae. Door prizes will be awarded every half hour and tickets will be available for drawings for two gift baskets.
Chapters are asked to RSVP with the number of women attending.
E-mail sherrygwtw@ tampabay.rr.com or call (727) 863-7724.
Reservations are needed by Jan. 30.
Benefit concert Jan. 11 helps injured teen
Kids Helping Kids of the Shawn and Jessica Doolittle Children's Charity Fund will host a benefit concert for Joey Burns, a local youth who has been in a comalike state since he was injured while playing football at Delta Woods Park, from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road.
Tickets are $10 each, with all funds going to Joey. Seating is limited.
Donations also are appreciated and can be mailed to Kids Helping Kids of SJD Children's Charity Fund Inc., 14303 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34609.
Kids Helping Kids is a local nonprofit organization that performs musicals and dance productions for the sole purpose of raising funds for children in need.
For information, call (352) 684-7455, (352) 596-1388 or (813) 766-3228.
Region is a tinderbox, so be careful outdoors
The Southwest Florida Water Management District is asking outdoor enthusiasts to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires when visiting district lands.
The region is experiencing the effects of a 3-year drought and October through May is Florida's dry season. In addition, several recent freezes have made grasses and other light vegetation extremely dry.
The district is asking campers and other outdoor enthusiasts to take the following precautions:
• Vehicle catalytic converters get very hot and can quickly ignite dry brush or other vegetation such as pine needles and dead leaves. Avoid parking vehicles in areas of dead grass, brush or other vegetation. Park in areas with little or no vegetation or over low green vegetation.
• Avoid driving vehicles on roads with tall, dead grass.
• Dispose of smoking materials properly; do not toss them on the ground.
• Where fires are permitted, use existing fire rings, fire pans or mound fires.
• Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
• Do not cut down trees or bushes for firewood.
• When extinguishing a fire, pour water on it to extinguish all embers. If water is not available, use dirt. Mix the water or dirt around until all the material in the pit is cool. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.
The district also asks that if you see a fire while on district land, please call 911.
For information, visit the district's Web site at www.water matters.org or call (352) 796-7211.
Fibromyalgia group holds workshop Friday
The Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The meeting will include a workshop on stress management.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with this syndrome is invited to attend. For information, call Irene at (352) 666-2803 or Joan at (352) 686-0238.