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Plenty to do on Memorial Day weekend in Hernando County


Choices for the holiday weekend

What's going on Memorial Day? Here are some options:

Memorial Day Service, 11:30 a.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Snacks will be served. Call the post at (352) 596-9236.

Pig roast, 3 p.m., Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Tickets are $10. Entertainment will be provided by the Looney Tunes. Tickets are limited. Call Angie Balderson at (352) 585-2730.

• Florida National Cemetery Ceremony, 10 a.m., 6502 SW 102nd Ave., (exit 309 off Interstate 75), Bushnell. The speaker will be Thomas G. Bowman, senior advisor with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Sunshine Healthcare Network. Randy Price of WQYK-FM 99.5 will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Hernando High School Band, led by Joseph Harrin, will perform patriotic music prior to the ceremony; band members will also play echo taps with Gayle Williams. Also, Linda Burnette and Laura Riley will sing.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office will provide a riderless horse led by Deputy John Bushell. Immediately following, Naomi McClain will play Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. The Florida National Guard will provide the gun salute and posting of the colors. There will also be a flyover by Ye Mystic Airkrewe and a wreath presentation.

The ceremony will also include the Avenue of Flags, which includes a display of more than 400 flags along the cemetery roadways. Organizations with colors can participate in the massing of colors at the beginning of the program. Veterans' organizations are asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. For information, call the cemetery office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at (352) 793-7740.


Continuing education offerings at PHCC

Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer these continuing education classes at the Spring Hill Center, 11245 Spring Hill Drive:

AIDS Seminar, 6 to 10 p.m. June 23

CPR, 6 to 9 p.m. July 7 and 14

These classes will be at the PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville:

Computer Basics II, 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, June 6-17.

AIDS Seminar, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 22

• IV Therapy, 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, July 20-Aug. 4

Central Venous IV, 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5.

For class details and registration, call the Spring Hill Center at (352) 688-8798 or the North Campus at (352) 796-6726.


Free pain reduction classes at the library

The Foundation for Wellness Professionals will offer a "Natural Solutions to End Pain" workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 3 to 4 p.m. May 30 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The workshop will also be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.

The speaker will be Mary Bristow, acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental medicine. Participants will learn about natural, nondrug solutions to help relieve suffering.

The workshop is free. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (352) 799-1882.


Curtain going up on adult acting sessions

The Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center will offer an introductory acting class for adults at 7 p.m. Mondays, starting June 1 and running through the end of July.

The center is on the campus of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road, two miles north of State Road 52.

The class is taught by theater professional Ami Sallee Corley, who has acted, directed and taught at a variety of theaters in the Tampa Bay area. The program will culminate in a performance showcase on July 27.

The cost is $125. Call (727) 857-2604, e-mail to or visit


Get a clean car and give Scouts a boost

Boy Scout Troop 433 will have a car wash from 9 a.m. to noon May 23 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, in front of Johnson Hall.

All donations benefit the Scouts' fund for summer camp trips. For information, call Erik Carlson at (352) 686-5184.


New group for all who enjoy writing

A new group for new and experienced writers will meet from 10 a.m. to noon May 22 at the West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.

Participants will be able to write their personal history, short stories, plays or poems.

For information, e-mail Sue Makuch at


A stylish benefit for Alzheimer's group

The Alzheimer's Family Organization will present a Charity Luncheon Fashion Show at 11:30 a.m. June 15 at Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road.

Fashions will be provided by Patchington. Lunch will be provided by Ragazzi's Italian Restaurant. There will be door prizes, auctions and raffles.

Tickets are $25 per person; those who purchase seven tickets will get the eighth free. Tables for eight can be reserved.

There is also a "Getaway Vacation" raffle to raise extra funds. It includes three days and two nights at Tradewinds Resort on St. Pete Beach and dinner at Snapper's Sea Grill (valued for more than $1,000).

Tickets are $5 each or three for $10 (one does not need to be present to win).

AFO serves Central Florida, including Citrus, Hernando, Sumter, Pasco, northern Hillsborough, Lake and northern Pinellas counties.

For information or to purchase event or raffle tickets, call AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.


Hernando High Class of '69 will reunite

The Hernando High Class of 1969 is seeking classmates for its upcoming 40-year reunion.

The event will be at 7 p.m. June 20 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive, off Croom Road. The cost is $35 per person. Reservations are needed by June 1.

Classmates can call Darcy (Hale) Kennedy at (251) 867-9272, or send checks to P.O. Box 2083, Brewton, Ala., 36427.


Seniors invited to a health and fitness day

The Hernando County Family YMCA will host its fourth annual Senior Health and Fitness Day from 9 a.m. to noon May 27 at the Y, 1300 Mariner Blvd.

The free community event will include complimentary medical screenings, giveaways and massages.

Screenings available include vision, postural, manual balance assessment, strength assessment, cholesterol and glucose, healthy-leg screenings and foot detox.

Visitors can also pack their medications or bring a list of the current medications for a free consultation with pharmacist John Griffith from Walgreens Pharmacy.

For information, call the YMCA at (352) 688-9622.


Holy Cross preschool has summer, fall slots

Holy Cross Lutheran Pre-School has openings for its summer and fall programs, including the free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program.

The school is at 6193 Spring Hill Drive. For details, call (352) 686-4986.


Sites for orders from Angel Food Ministries

Angel Food Ministries orders will be taken at the following locations:

Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Payments must be made in cash or food stamps.

First Lutheran Church, 30419 Park Ridge Drive, Ridge Manor West (this is a substation of the Christ Lutheran Church location): 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Cash payments only.

Distribution will be from 9 a.m. to noon May 30 at both locations. Call the hotline at (352) 799-3452.

Nature Coast Family Fellowship, Suite 1, 14832 U.S. 19 N, Hudson: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Monday. Orders at the church must be paid with cash or food stamps. Debit and credit cards can be used for online purchases through Sunday at Call (352) 650-7773 or (727) 271-4662.

Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Weeki Wachee: For schedules, visit or call (352) 596-1388, ext. 810.

Angel Food Ministries is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that provides grocery relief to anyone interested in participating.

The cost is $30 per unit, which retails for about $60. Various specialty boxes are available, as well as senior packages and an allergen-free food box.


Arc Nature Coast run, walk benefit May 23

The Arc Nature Coast will sponsor the third-annual Spring Lake 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk at 8 a.m. May 23 on the Arc grounds at 5283 Neff Lake Road, east of Brooksville. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the Fun Walk. All proceeds will go to the Arc Nature Coast, which serves developmentally disabled Hernando County residents and their families.

Register online at and searching for Spring Lake 5K. For information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or e-mail or visit


Volunteers needed to assist seniors

Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders seeks volunteers in Hernando County.

SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs that provides free, unbiased counseling to Medicare recipients.

Volunteers help seniors and those about to turn 65 to answer their Medicare questions and resolve problems, make informed choices about their health plans, save money on their prescription medications and learn about Medicaid programs for which they may be eligible.

Those wishing to become volunteers will receive comprehensive training at no cost in June. Mileage expenses will be reimbursed and lunch will be provided.

Basic computer skills are needed and bilingual individuals are encouraged to apply. For information on volunteering with SHINE, call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-262-2243.


Area bikers make a run to raise funds

A Lea's Prayers and Postage Poker Run will be June 7 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681, 18940 Drayton St. at County Line Road. Registration will open at 10 a.m.

The cost is $10. A $350 cash prize will be awarded for the best hand.

Run stops include Bayport Inn, Ramble Inn, Two Deuces and Sleepy Hollow. Steak dinners will be offered for $5 at Sleepy Hollow.

There will also be a raffle drawing for a 32-inch HD flat screen television.

For information, call Dee Mills at (352) 428-8564 or


Speaking of orators, here's an open house

The Nature Coast Orators Club 8122 will host an open house meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 10 at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., in the room behind the cafeteria.

Visitors will learn about the group's 6-week Speechcraft Seminar, which is schedule to begin June 17.

Participants learn to organize their thoughts, think on their feet, develop meeting skills, build confidence, increase their vocabulary, practice leadership skills, speak with clarity and fluency and provide and receive positive feedback.

For information, call Martha Gonzalez at (352) 277-2577 or Abigail Hollisgray at (727) 512-0233.

The local Toastmasters meet weekly at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Visit the Web site at or the Toastmasters International site at


Love Your Neighbor to have flea market

Love Your Neighbor will have its next flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion, 208 E Fort Dade Ave.

Vendors and donations are welcome. Funds raised help feed the homeless and the needy in Hernando County.

Love Your Neighbor, a nonprofit group, also sponsors free dinners and clothing and food distributions from 4 to 6 p.m. each Sunday at the American Legion.

For information, call John Rudny at (352) 573-8756.


Club offers bridge classes during summer

The Nature Coast Bridge Club will offer a series of bridge classes throughout the summer months starting in June at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road.

A beginner bridge class and a "bridge brush up" class will be available. A class on declarer play will also be offered.

For details, call Beverly Tillberry at (352) 556-3892 or Carol Hargrave at (352) 200-7578.

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