Seminar on grieving begins this weekend
A six-week seminar, "Hope for the Grieving," will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, starting this week at Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd.
The program is for those trying to cope with the loss of a loved one. Anyone interested can participate. For information, call (352) 683-5882, e-mail Pastor Fran Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site at www.nbchurch.org.
Pumpkin patch open for business
Boy Scout Troop 442 has opened its annual pumpkin patch at Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive.
The sale will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays (no Sunday sales).
Proceeds will help the boys from Troop 442 pay for their summer camp. For information, call 686-4612.
AIDS seminar, CPR taught at PHCC
Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer the following classes at the Spring Hill Center, 11245 Spring Hill Drive:
• AIDS seminar, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21
• CPR, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 4
The AIDS seminar will also be from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at the PHCC north campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville.
For information, class details or to register, call the Spring Hill Center at (352) 688-8798 or the north campus at (352) 796-6726.
Shopping for your pet aids Humane Society
The Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will have the Shopping for Paws Cause from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St.
It is a benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, will include a number of home party representatives such as Longaberger Baskets, Princess House, PartyLite, Southern Living, Pampered Chef and others. Also participating are local businesses such as the Purple Leopard, Merle Norman, Avon and Lia Sophia Jewelry. Artist Ellen Snyder and others have also contributed items for the event.
All money raised by the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter will be given to the Humane Society. For information, call (352) 584-6811 or (352) 796-1609.
Men holding 'Gigantic Flea Market' at church
The United Methodist Men's "Gigantic Flea Market" will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive.
The event will feature more than 70 vendors selling a variety of items such as household items, books, collectibles, toys, glassware, tools, electronics, athletic equipment, furniture and small appliances. Lunch will be available in the fellowship hall.
Spaces and table rentals are available. For details, call Hal at (352) 683-2467 or John at (352) 666-7902.
Post to feature yard sale, entertainment
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 Ladies Auxiliary will have a fundraising yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the post, 1686 E Jefferson St.
Following the sale, the Country Pride Band will entertain at the post from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by karaoke at 7 p.m.
Additional events at the post include:
• Monthly breakfast, 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday. The cost is $5 for scrambled eggs, toast or biscuit, sausage or bacon; grits, potatoes or biscuits and sausage gravy, coffee and juice. Bloody Mary's and screwdriver cocktails are also available for $1.
• Pig roast, 2 p.m. Oct. 18. The cost is $5. The Country Pride Band will entertain from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by karaoke at 7 p.m.
• Spaghetti dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23. The cost is $5.
For information, call the post at (352) 796-4449.
Dance to the Oldies But Goodies at club
The African American Club of Hernando County will host an Oldies But Goodies Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 17 at SNPJ Lodge, 13383 County Line Road.
The event will feature DJ Garfield and the Sound Source Productions. Tickets are $15.
For information or tickets, call (352) 597-8098 or (352) 596-3694.
Calling all United Kingdom natives
The British Connection of Hernando County invites residents originally from the United Kingdom to its next meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kally K's Restaurant, 3383 Commercial Way.
Each pays for his or her own lunch. Reservations needed no later than noon Monday. Call Audrey Stead at (352) 688-7821. The group gathers on the second Tuesday of each month.
Enjoy German food at Oktoberfest picnic
Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will host an Oktoberfest picnic from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road.
The event will include a variety of food, including brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, German sauerkraut and potato salad, baked beans and peppers and onions. Music will be provided by Vic Thompkins.
Tickets are $10 each for food and soda or $12 for food, soda and draft beer. For information, call (352) 597-7979 and ask for the lounge.
Angel Food Ministries is taking food orders
Angel Food Ministries orders for October can be made at two locations.
At Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville, orders will be taken on the following days:
• From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
• From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Food orders can be picked up from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 25. However, pickups for October only will be at Faith Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.
Call the hotline at (352) 799-3452.
Orders are also being taken at Nature Coast Family Fellowship, 14832 Pasco Center, Hudson, from 1 to 3 p.m. today for the Oct. 25 delivery.
For details, call Art Beatty at (352) 688-4438 or Jackie Almond at (727) 271-4662.
Angel Food is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that provides grocery relief and financial support. The cost is $30 per unit, which retails for about $60. Senior boxes, which include 10 meals, cost $25 to $28. Also available are specialty boxes, such as steaks, chicken and pork, which cost $18 to $22.
All payments must be made with cash or food stamps.
Menu items and information about Angel Food Ministries is available at www.angelfood ministries.com.
Marine Corps Birthday Ball tickets on sale
Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708, will host the 233rd United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball on Nov. 10 at Heritage Pines Country Club, 11524 Scenic Hills Blvd., off County Line Road, just south of Spring Hill.
Cocktail hour will be at 5 p.m. followed by the ceremony and dinner at 7. The speaker will be national Sr. Vice Commandant Vic Voltaggio.
Dinner choice is prime rib, chicken francaise or potato crusted salmon.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Nov. 1. For seating purposes, those wishing to attend must send a request of how many tickets they want to purchase, accompanied by a check, and the first and last names of the ticket holders. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.
All checks are to be made payable to MCL 708 and sent to Bob Ross at 3441 Gator Trail, Spring Hill, FL 34604-8170.
Enjoy bit of Bavaria, mug of beer Oct. 18
The St. Anthony Council of Catholic Women will host its annual Octoberfest Dinner at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 18 in Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
This is an adult event that will include German music to sing and dance to. Beer will be available. The cost is $7.50 per person.
For tickets or information, call (352) 796-2096 or (352) 592-6975.
Event aids Down's syndrome group
As part of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the first Suncoast Buddy Walk for the National Down Syndrome Society will be Sunday in Whispering Pines Park, 1700 Forest Drive.
The event will bring together family and friends whose lives have been touched by Down's syndrome, celebrate the many abilities and accomplishments and help promote acceptceptance and inclusion of those with Down's syndrome.
Sponsors are needed for the event. Along with monetary donations, contributions of items such as raffle prizes, food or beverages are welcome.
Funds raised will help support local and national programs. To help, call event chairman Joshua Summers at (352) 634-2207. Donations can be sent to NDSS at 3878 E Country Side Drive, Inverness, FL 34452. Information is also available online at www.ndss.org.
Arc Nature Coast hosts Halloween Dance
The Arc Nature Coast will host their annual Halloween Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway
The event will include a DJ, food and door prizes. Admission is $2 per person.
Donations of door prizes for this event are appreciated. For information, call (352) 544-2322 or (352) 232-5727.
Class prepares couples for marriage
A "Before You Tie the Knot" marriage preparation class will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21-22 at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.
The class is approved by the circuit courts in Hernando, Sumter, Citrus and Pasco counties. Couples who complete the course get a $32.50 discount on their marriage license. Also, the waiting period upon applying for the license is waived.
The class costs $10 per couple. Registration is required by Oct. 14. To register or for information, call (352) 754-4433.
Hi-Lites' annual fundraiser on Oct. 18
The Hernando Hills Hi-Lites will conduct their annual fundraising garage sale at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at 13174 Hazelcrest St.
Unlike most garage sales, shoppers will be serenaded by members of the chorus and its D'Lites quartet.
Funds raised will help with expenses associated with the Hi-Lites' annual Harmony On Parade spring show, which will be at Stage West Community Playhouse on March 28.
For information on the sale or the chorus, call Tessie at (352) 686-4122.
Golf tournament to benefit United Way
The annual Oak Hill Hospital Golf Tournament to benefit United Way of Hernando County will be Nov. 7 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. A shotgun start will be at 8 a.m.
The cost is $60 for individual golfers, which includes golf, gifts and lunch. Team sponsorships are $300, which includes golf for four players, program recognition, a recognition plaque, player gifts and lunch. A wide range of sponsorships are also available.
The tourney is a four-person scramble. A hole-in-one during the tourney will win a new car from Rick Matthews Buick, Pontiac, GMC.
Entry deadline is Oct. 24. For details, call Eddie Vandetti at (352) 597-3053.
Tickets are available for arts center shows
The Hernando Performing Arts Center Guild now has season tickets available for the 2008-09 shows:
• Alma de Espana, Nov. 8
• Entertainment Revue, Dec. 5
• Adbacadabra — The Ultimate Abba Concert, Jan. 18
• Barbra and Frank — The Concert That Never Was, Feb. 27
• Jimmy Keys, March 28
All shows start at 7 p.m. at the Hernando Performing Arts Center at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave.
Season tickets are $70. Individual shows are $25. For tickets or information, call (352) 799-5577.
VFW announces its yearly essay contests
Veterans of Foreign Wars announces this year's Voice of Democracy competition for high school students and the Patriot's Pen contest for middle school students.
This year's Voice of Democracy theme is "Service and Sacrifice by America's Veterans Benefit Today's Youth by …".
Voice of Democracy is the Veterans of Foreign Wars' premier scholarship program, open to students in the ninth through 12th grade throughout the country to compete for more than $2.5-million in scholarships and incentives. Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the local, district, state and national levels. The top scholarship award is $30,000.
The Patriot's Pen youth essay contest is open to students in sixth through eighth grades who write essays expressing their views on democracy. The top 45 national winners each receive at least a $1,000 savings bond.
The entry deadline is Nov. 1.
Entries can be submitted to any Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Hernando County posts include:
• Post 9236 and Ladies Auxiliary, 3454 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Call (352) 596-9236, ask for Kathy Moore.
• Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary, 1681 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. Call (352) 796-4449, ask for Misty Ryan.
• Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 796-0398.
• Post 8681 and Ladies Auxiliary, 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road, Shady Hills. Call (727) 856-1860.
• Post 10137 and Ladies Auxiliary, 6036 County Road 618, Nobleton. Call (352) 793-8511.
Golf tournament to help build center
Catholic Charities' fourth annual Building Fund Golf Tournament will be Oct. 31 at Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive.
The tournament is limited to 128 golfers. Registration and lunch will be at 11 a.m., and a shotgun start will be at 12:30 p.m. For a hole-in-one, golfers can win a two-year auto lease courtesy of Rick Matthews Buick-Pontiac-GMC or a new golf cart courtesy of Country Club Cars.
The event will include games, prizes and a silent auction.
The cost is $60 per player. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Registration and sponsorships are due by Oct. 23.
Funds raised will benefit the building of the Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center, which will be in Hernando County, but will also serve Pasco and Citrus counties.
The center will include programming for professional counseling services to the working poor, pregnancy and parenting support services to families facing an unplanned pregnancy, center-based respite care for those with Alzheimer's and other memory loss illnesses, and adoptions.
For information, call (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.
Spanish Club plans Columbus Day event
The Spanish Club at St. Anthony's Catholic Church will host a Columbus Day Celebration at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Heffernan Hall, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
The celebration will include food and prizes. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children younger than 10. For information, call Edie at (352) 796-9428.
Everyone, get ready for retirement
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer "Getting Ready for Retirement," a two-session series, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Oct. 20 at the Extension office, 19490 Oliver St.
Whether retirement is 20 years in the future or just around the corner, this program will discuss steps that can be taken now to ensure one's bank account matches the planned lifestyle.
There is no cost to participate. To register or for information, call Scott Taylor at (352) 754-4433.