Pitch, Hit and Run contest is Sunday
Area youths are invited to participate in the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane.
The event is an official skills competition of Major League Baseball. It is a grassroots program designed to provide children with an opportunity to participate, at no cost, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills.
Competitors are divided into four age divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. All will have a chance to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships at major league ballparks and the national finals at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game.
The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champion in each age group at the local competition, will be awarded and will advance to the sectional level of competition.
All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificates and fill out a registration/waiver form before the start of the competition.
For information, call (352) 540-3835.
Ad space for sale now in seminar journal
Advertising is available in the National Association on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando's souvenir advertising journal for the 16th annual Mental Health Seminar, which will be at 1 p.m. May 16 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
The cost is $100 for a full-page ad (8 1/2 by 11 inches), $50 for half page, $25 for quarter page, $15 for a business card and $10 for a booster ad.
Pledge forms and payment must be received by May 4. For a form or information, call (352) 683-1350.
This year's Mental Health Seminar will include local dignitaries and experts who will speak on mental health issues relevant to Hernando County.
AARP offers course for older drivers
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 membership card. The course will be offered at the following Hernando County locations in May:
• Noon to 4 p.m. May 1 and 4, Brooksville Enrichment Center/Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane, Brooksville. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.
• 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 6 and 13, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill. Call (732) 300-4595 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8 and 15, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 596-9193 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 and 20, Heaven's Gate Christian Fellowship, 7138 Likes St., Weeki Wachee. Call (352) 684-6348 to register.
• 8 a.m. to noon May 19 and 20, Brookridge Community Center, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. Call (352) 596-5668 to register.
• Noon to 4 p.m. May 19 and 21, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 and 27, Spring Hill Enrichment Center. Call (352) 666-4044 to register.
Mother's Day event May 10 at Elks Lodge
Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 will host a Mother's Day ritual and dinner dance May 10 at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.
Cocktail hour will be from 3 to 4 p.m. The program honoring mothers will be at 4 p.m., with dinner following at 4:30 p.m. The menu choice is chicken breast or roast beef, which will be served with tossed salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, rolls and coffee, and ice cream will be served for dessert.
Dancing to the music of Take Two will start during the cocktail hour, then again from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 each, and must be purchased by May 5. Call Darlene Keck at (352) 688-5353.
Vic Thompkins Band to perform May 14
Brookridge Entertainment will present the Vic Thompkins Band at 7 p.m. May 14 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Thompkins started out performing gospel music, but has broadened his sounds to include country and pop. He has opened for groups such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Dave and Sugar and Bill Anderson. Tickets are $15. Call Barb at (352) 597-4620.
Mother's Day Tea served at museum
The Hernando Heritage Museum will sponsor a Mother's Day Tea from 4 to 6 p.m. May 9 at 601 Museum Court. The theme will be Victorian garden hats. The event will include food and entertainment. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children, and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Call the museum at (352) 799-0129 or Virginia Rusk at (352) 796-5398.
School 'roundups' set for May 5 and 7
Prospective students and parents are invited to Notre Dame Catholic School's Early Childhood and Kindergarten roundups. The school is at 1095 Commercial Way, behind St. Theresa Catholic Church.
The roundup for Early Childhood children ages 3-4 will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. May 5. The Kindergarten roundup for children who will be 5 by Sept. 1 will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. May 7. During the roundups, parents and children can visit the classrooms and tour facilities. Parents will also receive information about the school. For information, call (352) 683-0755.
Lodge offers free health fair May 2
The "I Believe in Healthy Families" Health Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2 at the Fredrick Kelly Elks Lodge, 510 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Speakers include HIV/AIDS advocate Jeannie White Ginder, who is the mother of Ryan White, who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS after contracting the disease through a blood transfusion in 1984. He died in 1989 at the age of 18. Also speaking will be infectious disease specialist Naresh Menedez, M.D.
There will also be informational displays and entertainment. Free lunch will be provided to the first 100 people.
The free event is hosted by Health Service Representative Laura Dunn with the Hernando County Health Department and Frankie Burnett, community leader and former vice mayor of Brooksville. For information, call Dunn at (352) 540-6800, ext. 82124.