Yard sale at church promises to be 'huge'
A "Huge Church Yard Sale" will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Saturday at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd.
There will be boutique items, clothing for all ages, jewelry, linens, household items, shoes, purses, books, toys, furniture, yard items and tools. Food, drinks and baked goods will also be available. Call (352) 596-0080.
County-western dancing Saturday
A country-western dance will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road. Music will be provided by the Classics.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Coffee and ice will be provided. Guests can bring their own drinks. For information or table reservations, call (352) 596-2827.
Haircut benefit helps a sick mom
A Cut-a-Thon fundraiser will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ciao Bella Design Studio, 13119 Cortez Blvd, in the Coastal Way Plaza.
The event will benefit Julie Melton and her family. Julie, a close friend of Ciao Bella owner Michele Diaz, has been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. She is 37 and the mother of three.
Haircuts will be $12 for men and children, and $20 for women. Manicures will be $10. There will be prizes, drawings and entertainment. All proceeds will be donated to Melton to help with medical expenses.
For information, call (352) 597-5090.
Dads, ask your daughter to dance
Tickets are available for the annual father-daughter dance hosted by Hernando County Recreation and St. Anthony the Abbot Church.
Two dances are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, both at St. Anthony's, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
The event includes music, snacks and drinks. Photo opportunities are available; bring a camera.
Tickets are $10 each and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Tickets can be purchased at the Recreation office, 205 E Fort Dade Ave. Applications can be downloaded at www.hernando county.us/parks_rec. Those who mail in an application with payment must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Call (352) 754-4031.
Women who served in uniform saluted
A brunch to honor female veterans will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.
Female veterans are invited to this free event, which is hosted by Gail Cleaves, national service chairwoman for the local Elks lodge.
Those who want to attend must register by Monday. Call Gail at (352) 799-4464 or Kathy at (352) 796-7083.
Seminar will prep you for severe weather
In observance of Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week Jan. 24-30, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Management Division, will host a presentation on how to prepare for severe weather from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd.
There will be presentations by Dan Noah of the National Weather Service, information on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios, and a chance to win one of several free weather radios and presentation of the County StormReady recertification.
For information, call (352) 754-4083 or visit www.florida disaster.org/swaw2010.
Student artists show their works
The gallery viewing and judging of student artwork submitted for the Dawn Center's third annual Art Contest will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Math, 13400 Elgin Blvd.
Judges will be looking for creativity, content of message and artistic expression. Winners will be announced that evening, with a special reception planned for them from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Brooksville City Hall.
Call (352) 592-1288.
Super Bowl Sundae Open House is Jan. 7
The Scarlet Belles at Tea invite area red and pink hatters to their fifth annual "Super Bowl Sundae" Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Dairy Queen, 370 Suzanne Drive, off Commercial Way.
Women who wear their colors will receive 25 percent off their sundaes.
Door prizes will be awarded every half-hour and tickets will be available for drawings for two gift baskets.
There will also be a "PAWS" drawing for a prize for those who bring an item for a cat or dog (treats, bones, litter, etc.).
A group picture will be taken at 2:45 p.m.
Drawings will begin at 3:30 p.m.; winners do not have to be present.
Chapters are asked to RSVP by Feb. 3 with the number of women attending.
Women who are not Red Hatters, but are interested in learning about the group, are also welcome. E-mail sherry firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 863-7724.
Slate of events Monday for King Day
The Hernando County Branch NAACP and Shiloh Problem Solvers have announced the following events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
• Ecumenical services, 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd. The theme is "We May Have All Come on Different Ships, But We're in the Same Boat Now." The keynote speaker is the Rev. Lee A. Inmon, associate pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Brooksville.
• The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March, starting at 10 a.m. Monday, at Decatur Street, off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and ending at the South Brooksville Community Center. Other activities will continue at Kennedy Park.
For parade entries, call Pastor Clarence Clark at (352) 345-9596 or Ann Langley at (352) 277-8753. For information on either event, call Brenda at (352) 796-4378.
Also, the Brooksville for Change Committee 2010 will host a voter registration drive starting at noon Monday at the Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge, 510 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The event will include rights restoration information. The purpose of the committee is to assist with voter registration, early voting information, voting rights restoration, candidates and issue information and community involvement. Food and drinks will be served to participants.
For information or to get involved, call Paul Boston at (352) 238-3500. Visit the Web site at www.bville4change.tk.
Book club discusses 'Three Cups of Tea'
The next meetmeeting of the Brooksville Book Discussion Group will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave. The book to be discussed is Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.
When Mortenson, a homeless "climbing bum" living out of his Buick in Berkeley, Calif., gets injured after a failed attempt to climb K2, the world's deadliest peak, he is nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished village in Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya.
Before leaving, Mortenson promises to return one day and build the village a school. He then goes on to launch a decade-long odyssey to build schools, especially for girls, for the region.
Registration is not required to attend, but copies of the book are limited at the library. Call Tina Mraz at (352) 754-4043.
Workshop offers tips on grant writing
A grant writing workshop with Barbara Sweinberg will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at the St. Petersburg Times/Hernando Times building, 15365 Cortez Blvd.
The workshop is open to those who wish to learn the nine components of a successful grant proposal, including nonprofit organizations, churches, government agencies and teachers from public and private schools.
The cost is $50 for those who register by Feb. 4. An additional $10 will be charged for those who register at the door. Participants should bring a brown bag lunch. To register, call Rita at (352) 556-5078.
The event is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando. Funds raised will benefit NAMI Hernando's Beautiful Mind Center at 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. For information about NAMI and the Beautiful Mind, call (352) 684-0004 or visit www.namihernando.org.
Springstead High presents 'Yours, Anne'
The Springstead High School drama and choral departments will present Yours, Anne at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30 at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd.
The production is a musical adaptation of the Diary of Anne Frank. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students. All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at springstead theatre.com or by calling (352) 476-9086.
Enjoy spaghetti, dancing at benefit
The General Federation of Women's Club, Spring Hill Service League will host a spaghetti dinner and dance fundraiser at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at the St. Jude Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive.
Entertainment will be provided by Carla Becker with Songbird Entertainment. The cost is $10. For information or tickets, call Carol at (352) 346-9165, Nancy at (352) 596-9690 or Maryann at (727) 379-3451.
Gong Show benefits Alzheimer's group
The Alzheimer's Family Organization will present the 11th annual Gong Show fundraiser at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive.
Participants are needed for the show. No talent is necessary. For a $15 fee, participants will receive a Carrabba's dinner, custom T-shirt and a seat for the show.
For information or tickets, call (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.
'Anne Frank' scenes depicted at dinner
Temple Beth David will host a buffet supper and scenes from The Diary of Anne Frank at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at the temple, 13158 Antelope St.
The program will be presented by the Springstead High School Players.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. For reservations, call the temple office, (352) 686-7034.
Good Twins' music ministry is Jan. 22
A concert featuring the Good Twins from Branson, Mo., will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Brooksville Christian Church, 6197 Broad St.
With more than 52 years in music ministry, performers Dwight and Dwayne Good have performed more than 7,000 concerts in 22 countries.
A door prize of $100 will be awarded, as well as 10 CDs of the Life of Christ in Drama-Sound Effects-Music.
Offerings will be taken. Call (352) 796-3221.