Retirees needed for community service
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program needs volunteers 55 or older.
Areas of volunteering include working in the thrift store, clerical, mentoring, tutoring, teacher's aide, teen pregnancy, Meals on Wheels, senior centers, nature, museum docent or researcher, library, food banks and animal care. Volunteers can visit with children who don't have anyone else to rely on, or elderly residents who are homebound or just need companionship.
To learn more, stop by the RSVP Welcome Center, 880 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville, or call (352) 796-8117. The center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Gardening, wildlife classes offered
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service offers free horticulture classes at various sites throughout the county.
The following classes will each be presented at 6 p.m. at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West:
• Today — Colorful annuals for the summertime heat.
• May 19 — Best management practices for reducing weeds.
The following classes will be presented at 10 a.m. at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive:
• Wednesday — Operation migration, whooping cranes.
• May 20 — Landscaping with natives.
• May 27 — What can I use to get rid of all these bugs?
The following classes will be presented at 10 a.m. at the Extension office, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville:
• May 16 — Plant propagation made easy.
• May 30 — Florida-friendly landscape maintenance.
There is no cost to attend and no registration required for any of the classes. Seating will be limited. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Value Adjustment Board seeks member
The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in filling a citizen member position on the Value Adjustment Board, which considers and renders decisions on appealing petitions relating to property value assessments, classifications and exemptions.
The VAB is comprised of two members of the county commission, one school board member and two citizens (one appointed by the county commission and one appointed by the school board).
To qualify, applicants must own homestead property in Hernando County, cannot be a member or employee of a taxing authority and cannot represent property owners in any administrative or judicial review of property taxes.
Applications are available in the County Administrator's office, Room 460, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, and must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Monday. For information, call (352) 754-4002.
Men to dress up for Crime Stoppers show
Hernando County Crime Stoppers will have a dinner and fashion show from 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 16 at the Brookridge Club House, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville.
The show will feature 12 men who will dress up as female fashion models and strut the catwalk, displaying their creative fashion style. A panel of judges and the audience will vote for their favorite models and one model at the end of the show will be crowned the "Wo'Man Fashion Model of 2009."
Celebrity judges include Ferdinand Zogbaum of Bay New 9, Mrs. Hernando County Rachel Menendez, Pat Crowley, president of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, Broadway veteran John Leggio and Kenn "E" Grube as Elvis.
The "fashion models" include Billy Healis from Wal-Mart, Capt. Mike Mauer of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Randy Woodruff of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, Hernando County Commissioner John Druzbick and others.
The contestants will provide their own music and fashions. Votes can be purchased for $1 each.
The event will include dinner and prizes. Tickets are $20 each or two for $35. For tickets and information, call Jon Hathorn at (352) 592-2906 or Dave Mickelson at (352) 428-7508.
Proceeds will benefit Hernando County Crime Stoppers, whose purpose is to increase the safety of Hernando County residents by assisting law enforcement agencies and to provide information that may lead to the arrest of criminals and the recovery of stolen property by means of its anonymous tip line (toll-free at 1-866-990-8477).
Group to discuss book "Water for Elephants"
The Brooksville Book Discussion Group will meet at 6 p.m. May 18 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave. The book to be discussed is Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen.
The story is about a 90-year-old man recalling his days with a circus during the Great Depression. As a young veterinary student, fate tossed Jacob Jankowski onto the rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.
He ends up in charge of the circus menagerie and forms an unlikely bond with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie the elephant. Gruen's 2006 novel made No. 1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List.
A limited number of copies of the book are available at the library. For information, call (352) 754-4043.
Harmonizers give blood donors a song
Blood donors will be treated to barbershop singing as members of Hernando Harmonizers perform as part of their "Singing for Life" event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and again on May 20 at the LifeSouth Community Blood Center, 12395 Cortez Blvd.
The Hernando Harmonizers are a local men's barbershop chorus and quartets.
The local event was part of a nationwide program that last year included 176 Barbershop Harmony Society chapters participating.
To donate blood, you must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID (those who are 16 must have written parental consent to donate). For information, call LifeSouth at (352) 596-2002.
Enter now to compete for Miss Hernando
The 2009 Miss Hernando County Pageant will be Saturday at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
The pageant will begin with the babies and toddlers taking the stage at 10 a.m. Older contestants (teens through Mrs. Hernando County) will begin at about 2 p.m.
This year's theme is "Country and Western Dreams." Spectator admission will be $5 per person.
The pageant is provided by Star Search International. To enter the pageant or for details, call the office at (813) 892-5502 or visit the Web site at www.hernandocountypageant.com.
Head Start to begin taking applications
Mid-Florida Community Services' Head Start Early Childhood Development Pre-School Program is accepting applications for enrollment for 2009-10 school year.
The program serves children 3 or 4 years old as of Sept. 1. Head Start also serves children with disabilities.
This is a federally funded, income-eligible program. The items needed to apply include:
• Birth certificate
• Proof of residency (utility bill)
• Picture ID for parent/guardian
• Proof of income for parent/guardian for the last 12 months or prior calendar year, whichever is applicable
• Documentation of child's disability (if applicable)
• Proof of custody (if applicable)
Applications for enrollment will be accepted from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or by appointment at the following Head Start locations:
• 835 School St., Brooksville. Call (352) 754-2464.
• 610 N Jackson St., Wildwood. Call (352) 748-6677.
• 403 S Lincoln St., Bushnell. Call (352) 748-6677.