Reception for Marilyn Clifford set
A wine and cheese reception for artist Marilyn Clifford will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Easy Street Home Decor, 838 E Jefferson St.
Clifford, from Reading, Pa., has a master's degree in textiles and clothing from Cornell University, where she also minored in fine art. She taught for 25 years before she retired to Spring Hill in 1993 and returned to her love of painting, concentrating in watercolors.
Clifford has studied under several local teachers and exhibits her work in local art shows.
The free reception is co-hosted by Easy Street and the Spring Hill Art League.
For information, call Easy Street Home Decor at 848-0177 or go to www.springhillartleague.com.
Academy basketball camps in July
Two Coach Bill Brooks Basketball Camps will be held in July at Hernando Christian Academy, 7200 Emerson Road. The first will be July 17-23 and the second will be July 24-30.
For each session, the camp will be from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, then from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The camp will include skills tests, two full-court games daily, a three-on-three tournament and an all-star game on the final day. Also, a pizza party for all campers will be held on the final day.
Cold drinks will be provided daily, and there will be daily door prize drawings. Campers should wear a shirt, shorts and tennis shoes, and will have to bring their lunch on days the camp will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Campers are not to bring basketballs; balls will be provided.
The cost is $80, which includes a T-shirt. Call Brooks at 684-4006.
Tae kwon do lessons open to all ages
The Hernando County Recreation Department is accepting registration for a summer session of tae kwon do, which will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays starting July 11, at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd.
The program is open to ages 6 through adult. The instructor will be master Sam Kinard.
The first lesson is free. The cost is $30 for the first month and $40 for additional months. For information, call 754-4031.
Annual health fair seeks sponsors
Sponsorships are available for the fourth annual Hernando County Health Fair, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.
Various sponsorship packages are available, starting at $500.
The event will feature more than 65 local health care businesses that will provide information, give demonstrations and provide free health screenings to the community. Also, complimentary samples from local food establishments will be provided and entertainers will perform. Flu and pneumonia shots will be available.
For information, call Denise at 544-5206.
Cattlemen's group hosts dinner, auction
The Hernando Cattlemen's Association will host an "Aloha Friends" dinner auction July 19 in the auditorium at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S. Broad St. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for one ticket, or $20 each when two or more tickets are purchased. Tickets include food, drinks and entertainment. Advance tickets are available at the fairgrounds, as well as at Harold's Auto, 5299 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, or by calling Shari at 585-1064 or Daina at 796-7531.
College offers three health care seminars
Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer the following continuing education classes at the Spring Hill Center, 11245 Spring Hill Drive:
• AIDS Seminar, 6 to 10 p.m. July 22.
• CPR, 6 to 9 p.m. July 29 and Aug. 5.
The following will be offered at the PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville:
• Central Venous Line, 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 6.
For fees, details and registration, call the Spring Hill Center at 688-8798 or the North Campus at 796-6726.
Tickets available for Truck Night Explosion
The Hernando Builders Association will host its annual Truck Night Explosion at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.
Tickets are $100 each, which includes dinner for two and entry in the reverse drawing to win the grand prize.
This year's grand prize choice will be a 2008 truck, 2008 car, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a set of Wave Runners, a set of ATVs or $20,000 in cash. Other prizes will be awarded throughout the night, valued from $50 to $800.
Only 450 tickets will be sold, and ticketholders must also RSVP to attend, but need not be present to win prizes.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Dawn Center of Hernando County. For tickets or information, call the HBA office at 596-1114.
Christian women host lunch at Silverthorn
The Brooksville/Spring Hill Christian Women's Connection will host a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. July 8 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.
The featured presentation will be Music Melodies by the Tadlock Family. The inspirational speaker will be Barbara Perkins from Tallahassee, whose theme will be "For Today I Have Hope!"
The cost is $13.50. A free nursery will be available. Reservations for the luncheon and nursery are required by July 4. Call Juanita at 797-0810 or Barbara at 796-5216.
Bowling event helps youth services
Thursday is the sponsorship deadline for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office's eighth annual Bowling Extravaganza that will be July 12 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way. Registration will be at noon, and bowling starts at 1 p.m.
The cost for a team sponsorship is $75 for four bowlers, which includes three games of bowling and shoe rental. Lane sponsorships are $100. The cost for both a team and lane sponsorship is $150. The names of all sponsors will be prominently displayed at the event.
Individual bowlers are also invited to participate. The cost is $20 per bowler, which includes shoe rental.
Money raised from the event will benefit the Sheriff's Office Youth Education Services programs that are taught in both public and private schools by Sheriff's Office personnel, including Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) and Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT).
For information, call 754-6830, ext. 53671 or ext. 53679.
Church singers bring evening of music
The Spring Hill Community Association will present An Evening of Joyful Music from 5 to 9 p.m. July 26 at the Palmwood Pavilion on the Lake House grounds, 1202 Kenlake Ave.
The event is a benefit for Nature Coast Christian Church Ministries and will feature a variety of performers from Nature Coast-area churches.
Admission will be free for those who bring a nonperishable food donation.
Vendor spaces are available for $25. Electricity is an additional $5 and will be available first-come, first-served. Vendor setup will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on the day of the event.
For information, call 666-4746 or visit www.springhilllake house.org.
Youth Recovery receives grant
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has awarded Youth Recovery Services of Hernando County a state delinquency prevention grant for more than $42,000 to implement its Youth Recovery Link program for 2008-09.
The program, under the direction of Hernando County Juvenile Justice Council vice chairman and YRS program director Michael Ransaw, teaches youth the importance of personal self-image, peer pressure, consequences and the importance of good communications while building healthy relationships that include listening skills, goal setting and resiliency to risk factors.
Volunteers and donations from the community are needed. Those interested may call Ransaw at 799-6111 or visit www.youthrecoveryservices.com.
Lighthouse seeking drivers for the blind
The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind in Hernando County needs drivers to transport visually impaired residents to and from classes. Drivers use Lighthouse vans and can help out in mornings, afternoons or both.
The Lighthouse is a nonprofit organization that provides free social services, rehabilitation training and job placement services to blind and visually impaired individuals. The Lighthouse's Hernando County facility is on California Street, southwest of Brooksville.
Anyone interested in volunteering as a van driver should call 754-1132.
Academy offers look inside Sheriff's Office
Applications are available for the Hernando County Sheriff's Student Citizens Academy for students in the sixth through 12th grades. Two sessions are available: July 14-17 or July 28-31.
Participants will observe how routine and 911 calls are handled; what patrol deputies do; when the SWAT, aviation and canine units are called out; and how the court system works. An optional tour of the county jail is offered.
The academy is free, but each session is limited to 35 participants. Applications are available at the Sheriff's Office at 18900 Cortez Blvd., the District 2 location at 7485 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, and online at www.hernandosheriff.org. For information, call Deputy Carlo Daleo, 754-6830, ext. 53669.
Harbor offers support group for veterans
The Harbor Behavioral Health Care now offers its Operation Veteran and Family Support Network, which provides support and assistance to members of the military, veterans and their families.
The free support groups are led by mental health counselors with the Harbor. Meetings are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at three Harbor Behavioral Health Care locations:
• 7074 Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
• 14527 Seventh St., Dade City.
• 8002 King Helie Blvd., New Port Richey.
For information, call 232-4770 or (727) 420-7943.