Saturday, February 24, 2018
News Roundup

Salvation Army to accept applications for Thanksgiving baskets and Angel Tree program

COUNTYWIDE

Holiday help available from Salvation Army

The Salvation Army will accept applications for its Thanksgiving baskets and Angel Tree program the first two weeks of October. Starting Monday, applications will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Applicants cannot apply for Christmas assistance with other agencies. The Salvation Army's Hernando County corps office is at 15464 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. For inquiries about the required documentation, call (352) 796-1186 during office hours.

Nonprofit expands kids' food program

People Helping People of Hernando has expanded its Weekend Blessings Program, which provides weekend food throughout the school year to more than 600 children from needy families in Hernando County. The program helps children at Spring Hill, Deltona, Pine Grove, Moton and Eastside elementary schools; Explorer K-8, Winding Waters K-8 and Fox Chapel Middle School; two Head Start programs, and a preschool group through the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County. People Helping People is an all-volunteer, nonprofit interfaith group. Donations to keep the program going are always needed. Checks may be mailed to People Helping People, P.O. Box 6182, Spring Hill, FL 34611. Call (352) 686-4466 or visit phpinhc.org.

SPRING HILL

Documentary will explore toll of war

In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 7-13, the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will offer a free showing of Halfway Home from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. The Paul Freedman documentary acknowledges the toll of war that extends beyond the battlefield. The film is narrated by Martin Sheen and told by a handful of American veterans, their families and those charged with their care. Refreshments and a panel discussion will follow the movie. Call (352) 684-0004.

Correction

Hernando County is accepting applications for funding assistance through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3. Assistance may be used for a down payment, mortgage buydown or minor rehabilitation associated with the purchase of eligible foreclosed homes. The explanation of how the money can be used was incorrect in an item published Friday. For information, call (352) 540-4338 or visit www.hernandodownpayment.com.

Today's picks

'Get Out the Vote' campaign free fish fry: Noon-3 p.m., Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge, 510 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd., Brooksville. Free dinner for those who register to vote or bring in their voter information card.

'Live at Last' Thunderstruck AC/DC tribute band: Gates open at 4:30 p.m.; concert starts at 6 p.m., Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. $10; parking $1. (352) 666-4746. springhilllakehouse.org.

Tampa Bay Times presents Hernando/Pasco Has Talent finals: 7:30 p.m., Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12 and younger, available at the door.

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High school scoreboard for Feb. 23

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