Group gets head start on Valentine's Day
The Hernando County Philippine-American Association will host a pre-Valentine's Day dinner and dance from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the SNPJ Hall/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road.
The dinner menu includes pot roast, baked salmon, baked chicken, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and desserts.
The dress code is semiformal.
Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.
Call Aurora Rice at (352) 848-1031, Cobbie Atienza at (352) 666-5381 or Celia Sigua at (352) 684-7464.
‘Polka King' will play at SNPJ Hall
Canada's "Polka King," Walter Ostanek, will be featured at a dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the SNPJ Hall, 13383 County Line Road.
Ostanek will perform with the Bob Kravas Band from Cleveland. Tickets are $8 each. Food and refreshments will be available. For tickets or information, call (727) 376-8486.
Church holding yard sale Friday, Saturday
Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The sale will include boutique items; clothing for men, women and children; jewelry; linens; household items; leather goods; books; toys; furniture; yard items, and tools.
Hot dogs, sausages, doughnuts and baked goods, as well as cold drinks and coffee, will be available. Call (352) 596-0080 or (352) 596-2762.
Get your tickets now for dinner, dance
Tickets are available for a Valentine's Day Dinner Dance that will be held Feb. 13 at Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd.
The event will include cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by dancing to Don Pinto until 11 p.m.
A platter of fruit and cheese will be on each table during cocktail hour.
The dinner choice is sirloin steak, onion-crusted salmon or chicken Florentine. Dinner includes a Caesar salad, rosemary-roasted potatoes, green beans almondine, key lime pie, coffee and tea.
Tickets are $25 per person. Call (352) 666-6888 or 688-3889.
Pig roast, barbecue will benefit charities
The Spring Hill Moose Riders will host a "Kick Start" pig roast and barbecue from 1 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Spring Hill Moose Lodge, 5214 Mariner Blvd.
The public event will include food, music and beer.
Tickets are $12 per person and may be purchased at the door. Funds raised will benefit Mooseheart and the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch.
For information, call the lodge at (352) 686-5666 or Steven Gagnon at (352) 584-5729.
Motor coach rally takes place Feb. 4-8
The annual Southeast area rally of the Family Motor Coach Association will be held Feb. 4 to 8 at the Hernando County Airport, off Broad Street, south of Brooksville.
The event will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4 to 7, except on Feb. 5, when it will close at 3 p.m. in order to prepare for a parade.
The event will be closed to the public Feb. 8.
Day pass tickets are $7 per person; three-day passes are $10 per person. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
Concert is a benefit for Healthy Families
A free concert to benefit the Healthy Families program will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St.
The concert will feature local church keyboard and vocal artists Jody Bowes, who is the music and youth director at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and Tim Howsare who plays piano for Ridge Manor Lutheran Church.
The duo will perform love ballads, jazz and classical selections, both solo and duet.
A love offering will be accepted to benefit the local Healthy Families program, which instructs and counsels on parenting skills, resources and help. Visit the Web site at www.familiesunitedservices.com. Refreshments will be served after the concert.
The event is sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines. For information, call (352) 799-9920.
Chinsegut run through the woods coming up
The 13th annual Chinsegut Run and Fun Walk will be Feb. 14 on the Chinsegut Nature Center grounds, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Packet pickup and late registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., the 5K run will start at 8:30 p.m. and the one-mile fun walk will start at 8:35 a.m.
The race course winds through old growth long-leaf turkey oak forest and oak hammocks. Unique handcrafted awards will be given to the overall men and women winners, top masters man and woman and the top three in each age division or both genders; and the top three winners in the fun walk who identify the most flagged natural plants along the walk. The entry fee for those who register by Feb. 6 is $15 for the 5K and $12 for the fun walk; the cost after Feb. 6 is $20 for the 5K and $15 for the walk. Make checks payable to the Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
For information and entry forms, call (352) 754-6722, e-mail to email@example.com or visit the Web site at www.myfwc.com/chinsegut.
Hear about interest- free home fix-up loans
The Hernando County Housing Authority will provide important information to homeowners about the Housing Enhancement Loan Program at a meeting at 9 a.m. Monday in the commission chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
The Housing Authority is accepting applications from homeowners with very low incomes for assistance with housing repair and rehabilitation.
Funds are available if physical conditions of the home pose a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the occupants, or if it doesn't meet health, fire and building codes. Zero-interest loans are available through the State Housing Initiative Program to qualified homeowners of up to $37,000 per home to assist with the cost of needed repairs.
To be eligible for assistance, applicants must use the home as their primary residence and have a total gross income less than $19,800 for one person, $22,600 for two persons, $25,450 for three persons and $28,250 for four persons. Mobile homes are not eligible. For information, call (352) 754-4160.
Club invites you to dance in candlelight
The Filipino-American Social Club will host a Valentine Candlelight Dinner-Dance from 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Regency Park Banquet Hall, 10240 Regency Park Blvd.
Entertainment will be provided by The Professional — Exclusive DJ Entertainment. A buffet dinner and Philippine native desserts will be served. Romantic activities for couples and singles are planned.
Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Call (352) 686-5519, (352) 684-9252, (727) 376-3680, (727) 781-8922 or (516) 459-2185.
Australian trumpeter to play at clubhouse
Brookridge Entertainment will present "Aussie Powerhouse" Greg Bonham on Feb. 12 at the Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; showtime is at 7 p.m. Bonham, who has appeared on numerous television shows, will perform on the trumpet and sing some of his original songs. Tickets are $15 each.
Call Barbara at (352) 597-4620.
Sweetheart Dance is set for Feb. 13
Masaryktown's annual Sweetheart Dance, featuring "Decades of Tunes" by Phil, will be from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 13 at the Masaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave.
Tickets are $5 per person. Set-ups will be available. People may bring their own beverages. For information or tickets, call Becky at (352) 397-3758.
Dine and dance in a winter wonderland
The Hernando Beach Club will host a Winter Wonderland featuring dinner, entertainment and dancing Feb. 6 at the club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by Friday. Call Bunni at (352) 688-4976.
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'Akeelah and the Bee' screening is free
A showing of the film Akeelah and the Bee will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
The movie is rated PG and is about precocious 11-year-old Akeelah from south Los Angeles. Despite her mother's objections, Akeelah enters a spelling contest and eventually finds herself at the National Spelling Bee.
The 2006 film stars Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be served. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Learn theater craft in 10-week courses
The Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center will offer classes in basic acting, directing and playwrighting for adults, taught by bay area theater professionals.
This is a 10-week session meeting on Mondays, starting Feb. 2 at the center, which is on the campus of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road, off State Road 52.
The cost is $100. For information, call (727) 857-2604, visit www.ed-pac.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.