Microsoft Excel for Windows class offered
Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer a continuing education course, Microsoft Excel for Windows, from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 7-14, at the North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
The course includes hands-on instruction in creating, editing, saving and printing spreadsheets. Typing skills and knowledge of Windows are required.
The cost is $51.50. For information or to enroll, call toll-free 1-877-879-7422 or visit phcc.edu/academics/noncredit.
County Career Fair at Elks Lodge Tuesday
The Hernando County Career Fair will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.
The event is presented by Career Central and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. The first hour, from 2 to 3 p.m., will be open only to veterans and their families.
For information, call Denise Nohejl at (352) 544-5206.
Conference on early childhood learning
The Early Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will host the fourth-annual Early Learning Conference on Nov. 12 at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road. Registration will be at 7:30 a.m. Child care providers, teachers, parents, caregivers and other interested persons may attend. The cost is $25.
The event includes a continental breakfast, a gourmet lunch, a "Moving from Tires to Inspired" presentation by internationally known author Sue Baldwin, a concert by the Battersby Duo, three breakout sessions of choice and access to more than 30 exhibitors.
All registered participants will be entered into a drawing to win door prizes.
The conference will focus on early childhood development, including information about education, child care, infant mental health, family involvement, business management and social work. For information, call (727) 233-8291 or visit phelc.org.
Benefit on Nov. 12 for Diane Rowden's sister
A wine tasting benefit for Dana Bennett will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 12 at Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive.
Bennett is the sister of former county Commissioner Diane Rowden and has been living with serious liver disease for the past six years. She recently was diagnosed with breast cancer. She moved to Spring Hill two years ago to receive treatment at Tampa General Hospital, but recently returned to Denver for surgery.
Tickets for the event are $20, with all proceeds benefitting Bennett to help pay for some of her medical expenses. Donations are also welcome. The should be made payable to Diane Rowden/Dana Bennett Beneficiary and mailed to Rowden at 10350 Fulton Ave., Weeki Wachee, FL 34613. For information, call Rowden at (352) 573-4178 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two-day yard sale at Suncoast Christian
The Women's Fellowship at Suncoast Christian Church will have a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11-12 at the church, 8449 Cobb Road. Included in the sale will be household items, furniture, clothing and crafts. Food and drinks will be available. Vendor spaces are available for $10. Call (352) 797-0401.
Club plans currency, coin show on Nov. 19
The West Hernando Coin Club will host a Coin and Currency Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.
The show will include more than 30 dealers and 45 tables. There will be food available, door prizes and a gold drawing at 2 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For information, call Mark Palermo at (813) 361-0740 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Conference to discuss homelessness problem
Pasco-Hernando Community College will present "Collaborate for a Cause: Homelessness Outreach Project for Empowerment" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
The event, a collaborative effort with Saint Leo University, will feature speakers from local organizations who will discuss the homelessness crisis in the area, as well as local support and services available.
Students from the PHCC North Campus Psi Beta National Honor Society in Community and Junior Colleges and the Saint Leo University Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology won a $500 grant to work together on this cause.
Another event, focusing on homelessness in Pasco County, will take place at Saint Leo on Nov. 9. For an event schedule or to register, visit phcc.edu/rsvp/. For information, call Kathleen De Sousa at (352) 797-5101.
Veterans Day program at national cemetery
Florida National Cemetery's Veterans Day ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at 6502 SW 102nd Ave., 2 miles west of Interstate 75 Exit 309, south of Bushnell.
The keynote speaker will be Brig. Gen. James M. Lariviere, commanding general of the 4th Marine Division. Also speaking will be Kimberly Wright, director of field programs for the National Cemetery Administration in Washington, D.C. The master of ceremonies will be Steve Jerve of WFLA-Ch. 8 in Tampa.
The Tavares High School Band will perform patriotic music, Linda Burnette will sing patriotic songs, Naomi McClain will perform on the bagpipes and Gayle Williams will play echo taps, accompanied by a bugler with the school band. The Florida National Guard will provide the gun salute, and Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will post the colors. There also will be a fly-over by Ye Mystic Air Krewe.
Seating will be limited. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, bring lawn chairs or blankets, and listen to the patriotic and inspirational musical prelude before the ceremony. The cemetery's visitor center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call (352) 793-7740.
YMCA offers CPR/AED training class Nov. 16
The Hernando County Family YMCA will offer CPR/AED training from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Y, 1300 Mariner Blvd.
Participants will learn to perform CPR on an adult, infant and child; recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke; relieve foreign-body airway obstruction, and use an automated external defibrillator.
The cost is $40 for YMCA members, $50 for program members and $60 for nonmembers. The cost includes a CPR/AED book and certification card.
Space is limited. Call (352) 688-9622.
Orchid lovers to have plant auction Nov. 19
The Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill will host an orchid plant auction at 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Partner's Club at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind the hospital).
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. A variety of orchids and orchid-related materials will be auctioned. Payments must be made by cash or check.
For information, call (352) 683-2767 or (727) 856-3485.
Holiday bazaar, bunco coming to St. Frances
These public events are scheduled at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd.:
• Fall/Christmas Bazaar, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13. There will be numerous handmade items available, as well as food and drinks.
• Afternoon of Bunco, 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 15. Women and men are invited. Light refreshments will be served. Prizes will be awarded. The cost is $5.
Both events will be in the church hall. For information, call (352) 683-9666.
Quilt and garden clubs to show off 150 quilts
The Hernando Quilters' Guild and Spring Hill Garden Club will host their biannual quilt show, "A Garden of Quilts," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave.
More than 150 unique quilts made by guild members will be on display throughout the gardens. Several vendors will be on hand, offering everything one would need to make a quilt.
There also will be a boutique table with handmade items for sale, a raffle basket and an opportunity to win a quilt called "A Queen and Her Court." Refreshments will be available.
Admission is $4. In case of rain, the event will be on Nov. 19. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit the websites at hernandoquiltersguild.com or naturecoastbotanicalgardens.com.
Junior cattlemen plan bowl-a-thon Nov. 19
The Hernando County Junior Cattlemen's Association will host a bowl-a-thon from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way. Registration begins at 1 p.m.
The cost is $15 per bowler, which includes three games and shoe rental. Families, companies and individuals are welcome.
There also will be a silent auction and "Share the Pot"; each bowler will receive one free silent auction ticket.
For information, call Daina Simons at (352) 796-7531.
Christmas party for foster children Dec. 18
The Hernando County Foster Parents Association and USA Tree Service will host their second-annual Christmas party for Hernando County foster children on Dec. 18. This year's theme is "Music and Art."
In order to provide each child with a day of fun and memories, community support is needed in the form of toys, money, refreshments and gift certificates.
Residents or businesses interested in contributing may call Karen at (352) 428-1502, or Jo-Ann or Samantha at (352) 596-1333.
Rummage sale Nov. 11 at Christ the Savior
A rummage sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church, 13460 Olympic Village Lane. Proceeds will go toward the building fund for a new church on Anderson Snow Road in Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 796-8482.
Show off your wheels in Fall Super Car Show
The Sunshine State Muscle Car Club will present the eighth-annual Fall Super Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Beef O'Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Road, off State Road 50 bypass.
The show will be judged, with 50 trophies awarded. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 vehicles entered.
Gerry the DJ will entertain. There will be raffles, games, door prizes and a silent auction.
Those who register a car for the show will receive 15 percent off their food at the restaurant.
Registration is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Proceeds will benefit HPH Hospice, local high school shop classes and local charities.
For information, contact Frank at (352) 796-1270 or Sam at (352) 799-0330. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ssmcc.net online.
ABATE chapter plans benefit run Nov. 12
The ABATE of Florida Freedom Chapter will host a Back Roads-Veteran's Dice Run on Nov. 12, with sign-ups from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
Kickstands go up at 10 a.m. Stops include the Sand Hill Saloon in Lecanto, the Thunder Inn in Hernando, Florida National Cemetery south of Bushnell, River Ratz Cafe in Nobleton and ending at 98 North (the old Pit Stop), north of Brooksville.
The stop at the national cemetery will include a Veterans Day ceremony at 1 p.m.
The cost to participate is $10 per card, two cards for $15 or $20 per riding couple.
Proceeds will benefit ABATE's motorcycle safety and awareness program. For information, call Herb Robinson at (352) 596-1922.
VFW Post auxiliary to host raffle, auction
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 will host a raffle and auction at 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. Doors open at 11 a.m.
A variety of prizes can be won; tickets are 20 for $5. There will also be a special raffle.
VFW Ladies Auxiliary raffle, auction Nov. 12
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 will host a raffle and auction at 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets are 20 for $5. Numerous raffle prizes will be awarded. The event also will include a live auction for items of greater value. All prizes are new.
Complimentary refreshments will be served.
This is the auxiliary's main fundraiser, to continue the group's support of veterans and their families, as well as community contributions. For information, call Nancy at (352) 688-7122.
Win a cruise in raffle from Humane Society
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is conducting a fundraiser raffle for a five-day cruise for two on Carnival's Paradise through the western Caribbean, with ports of call in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The cruise departs Feb. 11 from the Port of Tampa. Tickets are available through Nov. 13 for $1 each.
The drawing will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at the annual Nature Coast Pet Expo at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win, but if the winner is present he or she will receive an additional $100 in cash. The cruise, with an estimated value of $700, has been donated by Glenn Harsin.
Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, a no-kill shelter for homeless, neglected and abused animals. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Humane Society shelter or at humanerescue.org.
Nature Coast Festival Singers concert dates
The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present their Christmas concerts at these times and locations:
• 3 p.m. Nov. 27, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
• 3 p.m. Dec. 4, Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville.
• 7 p.m. Dec. 5, Brooksville Wesleyan Church,. 8168 Jasmine Drive, Brooksville.
The concerts are free, but an offering will be collected to support the group's scholarship program for music students in area schools. For information, call Shirley at (352) 597-2235.
Preschool screenings free for kids 3 to 5
The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System offers preschool screenings for children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten and who might have problems with speech, language, hearing, vision, concepts or motor coordination.
The free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested, as space tends to fill up quickly. Screenings will be offered at these times and places:
• Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 22, March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 6 at Exception Student Education, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville.
• Jan. 25 at Explorer K-8 School, 10252 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill.
To schedule an appointment, call Linda Kaszuba at (352) 797-7021.
HPH Hospice speakers available for meetings
HPH Hospice offers speakers who can provide presentations at local church, club or civic group meetings. The educational presentations are about 20 minutes and can be designed to meet a group's needs and areas of interest.
Information about HPH Hospice and end-of-life care is presented, and topics include: advance care planning, how hospice works (common myths and misconceptions about hospice care), home health care and caring for the caregiver.
Speakers are available weekdays, weeknights and weekends. To schedule a presentation, call toll-free 1-800-486-8784. Visit the website at hph-hospice.org/speakers-bureau.