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'Pinwheels for Prevention' ceremony to mark Child Abuse Prevention Month


Pinwheels to be planted in ceremony

As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the city of Brooksville, in partnership with Devereux Kids, Department of Children and Families, Kids Central Inc. and PCA Florida, will host a "Pinwheels for Prevention" ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

Brooksville Mayor Frankie Burnett, Noreen St. Jean of Devereux Kids, along with others in support of this crucial cause, will be "planting" colorful pinwheels on the front lawn of City Hall. These "Pinwheels for Prevention" will remain on the lawn throughout April.

For information, call Marty Rittinger at (352) 540-3810.


Education Foundation puts on evening gala

The Hernando County Education Foundation will present "An Evening of Elegance for Education" Friday at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the dinner and show start at 7 p.m.

While guests dine, entertainment will be provided by Envy Model and Talent, which will include special guest Miss Florida U.S. International. After the show will be dancing.

Tickets are $50 each. Contact Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322 or


Annual 'WoMan' fashion show May 14

Hernando County Crime Stoppers will present the third annual WoMan's Dinner Fashion Show from 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 14 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.

This is an adults-only fashion show that features men who dress up as female fashion models and strut the catwalk displaying their own creative fashion design, style and music. At the end of the show, a model will be crowned the "WoMan Fashion Model of 2011."

The panel of judges includes: Pat Crowley, president of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce; Don Page, president of Cortez Community Bank; Tammy Heon, county tourism development coordinator; Randy Woodruff, CPA Woodruff and Co.; and Don Germaise of WFTS-Ch. 28.

Awards will be presented for unique fashion, best catwalk and Ms. Photogenic.

The emcees will be Donna Black of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and Dave Mickelson with the Arc Nature Coast.

Dinner will be provided by John Mason Catering.

Tickets are $20. Guests may bring cameras and alcoholic beverages.

Proceeds will go to Hernando County Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase safety of residents by assisting law enforcement officers and providing them with information that may lead to the arrest of criminals and the recovery of stolen property. The Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line is 1-866-990-8477.

For information about the fashion show, call Dave Mickelson at (352) 428-7508. Men interested in being models should call as soon as possible.

For tickets, call Mickelson or Chris Scavuzzo at (352) 796-8200. Brookridge residents can purchase tickets from Jacqueline McCabe between 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, April 12 to May 3, at the clubhouse.


Workshops help with resumes, cover letters

Pasco-Hernando Community College will host cover letter and resume and interview skills workshops at the North Campus at 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

The cover letter and resume workshop will be 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 11 in Room A-251. The interview skills workshop will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 18 in room A-251.

The cover letter and resume workshop will cover the latest trends in preparing successful cover letters and resumes, and offer tips on what employers value in them. Attendees should bring a flash-drive or other memory device. The workshop also assists participants in drafting and updating resumes.

The interview skills workshop will offer an interactive presentation on answering interview questions. Common problems with interview protocols will be covered, and all attendees will be able to participate in an interactive interview session.

There is no cost to attend either workshop. To register, call 1-877-879-7422. For additional information, contact Barbara Russo, career and testing specialist, at (352) 797-5174 or


Class offers tips on butterfly plants

A free class, "Butterflies for Hernando County," will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive.

The program will be presented by master gardener Sue Walsh. Participants will learn the functions of different butterfly plants, what to plant, and basic care principles to create and maintain a successful butterfly habitat in their yards.

No registration is required. Seating will be first-come, first-seated. For information, call (352) 754-4433 or visit


Mother's Club bingo planned for Monday

The Mother's Club of Hernando County invites area residents to its monthly meet-up bingo event at 7:30 p.m. Monday at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd.

There will be food and prizes. Those attending are asked to bring an appetizer, snack or dessert to share. The club will provide beverages.

Babysitting will be available for $2 per child. When calling for reservations, please indicate the number of children attending. Call Lisa Falkowski at (352) 613-0963.


Victims' Voice 2011 program is April 13

In recognition of National Victims' Rights Week April 10-16, the Victims' Voice 2011 program will be at 3 p.m. April 13 in the jury selection room (Room 164) at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.

Victims and survivors of crime will be recognized during this remembrance program. Those who have a loved one they would like remembered during the program should contact Mary Johnson at the State Attorney's Office, (352) 754-4255.


Knights plan fashion show, flea market

The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, St. Jude Council 6383, will host the following events at the hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive:

• Luncheon fashion show, noon April 11. Fashions will be presented by Joey's of Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $12. Call Jean Hanes at (727) 862-6496.

• Flea Market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16. Vendor spaces are available for $15. Call AnnMarie DeMarco, (352) 683-7290.


Spring Plant Sale planned April 15-16

The Spring Hill Garden Club's annual Spring Plant Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15 and 16 at the plant nursery, 1489 Parker Ave.

Along with plants for sale, there will be vendors and tours offered at the adjacent Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, which is open daily during daylight hours. Also, People Helping People will be selling food to help their organization.

For information, visit the website at or call (352) 683-9933.


Next Bark Island is at McKethan Park

The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will host the next Bark Island from 7 to 9 a.m. April 9 at Alfred A. McKethan Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive.

Dogs and their owners are welcome to come to the beach. Owners must have the dog's current vaccination record to enter. Bring a leash.

Admission is $7 per car or walkup patron.

The final Bark Island of the season will be April 23. For information, call (352) 754-4031.


Classes teach women agribusiness skills

The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer Annie's Project, a national program developed to empower farm and ranch women to be better business partners. Classes will be at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, April 12 through May 17, at the extension office, 1653 Blaise Drive.

The program helps participants gain entrepreneurial skills to operate their farm. It also helps find new ways to balance demands of family, community and professionalism within the agricultural community.

Sessions combine lecture, discussion, individual and small group activities, as well as software training.

Although geared toward women, anyone can participate in the program.

The cost is $40, which includes software, books, food and materials. To register or for information, call (352) 754-4433.


Personal history, job search classes offered

The county Public Library System will offer these programs at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive:

• "Writing Your Personal History" workshop, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 7. Participants will get ideas and tips on how to get started on writing about their life experiences. There is no cost, but seating is limited and reservations are a must. Call (352) 540-6392.

• "Job Search Basics" program, 9:30 a.m. April 21. Topics include how to use the Internet to hunt for employment, locate books in the library to help prepare for an interview, and write resumes and cover letters using the library's computers. The class will also present advice on filling out online applications, locating employment information on a web page, and replying to a Craig's List want ad. Registration is a must as the class is limited to 11 participants. Call (352) 540-6374.


Church hosts program on sex in marriage

Victorious Life Church will host "More Sex and Chocolate" at 7 p.m. April 8 at its North Campus at 18924 County Line Road.

The free event is open to adult women and offers a candid look at the "spicy recipe God has for sex in marriage." It also will provide an array of chocolate desserts.

There will be seven panelists, all Christian women with a collective 150 years of experience in marriage, who will discuss various aspects of what the Bible says about sex in marriage. There will also be giveaways of a gift certificate for dinner at Salute Italian Restaurant, a day spa and 30-minute massage at Addome Bella Salon, and a goody basket filled with "playful surprises."

For information, contact Natalie Kahler at the church, (352) 799-2821.


Hear 'Best of the Best' at concert April 10

The fifth annual "Best of the Best" Concert will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 10 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave.

The concert, sponsored by the Charlotte Murrin Memorial Suzuki Educational Foundation, will feature former students of the late Charlotte Murrin, and students of the Suzuki method of learning music, who will perform on the violin and cello. Refreshments will follow the concert.

Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. All contributions are tax-deductible. For information, call Ken at (352) 688-5808.

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