Event Monday welcomes amputee cyclists
A local reception is planned Monday morning for a group of amputees biking across the United States. Participants in Amputees Across America will arrive at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 12440 Cortez Blvd., at 10 a.m. The bicyclists will meet with patients at HealthSouth and members of the Un"limb"ited Possibilities Amputee Support Group to share stories of how they have overcome their amputations to live fulfilling lives. The amputees left California on June 2 and will complete their 3,500-mile ride in Vero Beach on July 26. HealthSouth will celebrate the visit with lunch for staffers, local dignitaries, and former and current patients. The event is open to the public. For information, call 592-4279.
Tribute honors armed forces
The Nature Coast 9.12 Project will host a special meeting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the lounge at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way. There will be a special tribute to "Our Fallen Men and Women of the Armed Forces." There will be guests from all branches of the armed forces, VFW Post 9236 of Hernando Beach and the American Legion Post 186 honor guard. The speaker will be state Sen. Mike Fasano. The Nature Coast 9.12 Project is a nonpolitical movement designed to bring Americans back to Sept. 12, 2001, the day after the terrorist attacks, when Americans united and stood together. Nonmembers are welcome; there is no cost to attend. Visit online at www.meetup.com/Nature-Coast-912-Project or call (352) 597-6756.
Memorial needs donations
Retired Firefighters of New York City, Spring Hill Chapter 343, needs donations to help with the construction of the memorial garden at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Once finished, the memorial will include a piece of steel from the collapsed towers of the World Trade Center, a slate tile from the roof of the Pentagon, a canister of soil from the Shanksville, Pa., crash site, paving bricks with the names of every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as well as a small remembrance of the 17 U.S. sailors killed on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen in 2000. Monetary donations of any amount are welcome; sponsoring an engraved brick for the memorial wall costs $50. Call Joe Holland at (352) 686-4401 or (352) 584-5365.
"People Helping People" Charity Dinner with Filipino-American Social Club: 4-6 p.m., Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. This is a free dinner to feed those in need. (352) 686-4466.
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