Art League hosts reception at Pak Mail
Spring Hill Art League will present an artist reception for Virginia Phillips from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Pak Mail, 19514 Cortez Blvd. Refreshments will be served. Phillips' works will be on display at the facility throughout May and June. Call (352) 799-9690.
Family Care Council sets Monday meeting
The Area 13 Family Care Council will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities office, 1601 W Gulf Atlantic Highway. People interested in issues regarding those with developmental disabilities are encouraged to attend. Contact Eileen Reidy at (352) 556-3091 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waterfall landmark rededication May 21
The Spring Hill Garden Club will host the "Rededication of the Spring Hill Landmark Waterfall" ceremony at 9:30 a.m. May 21. The waterfall is at the entrance to Spring Hill Drive at Commercial Way.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis will speak, flags will be raised and the waterfall turned on. Following the ceremony, cake and beverages will be served in the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave.
The Spring Hill Garden Club assumed responsibility for the waterfall in January, after the Hernando County Park and Recreation Department could no longer maintain the landmark due to budget constraints. The garden club is continuing it's "Save Our Waterfall" campaign to raise $12,000 to support this effort.
Call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoatbotanicalgardens.com.
'Music Man' auditions scheduled for May 21
Live Oak Theatre Company will hold advanced auditions for its production of The Music Man at 1 p.m. May 21 at Crosspoint Church, 13470 Chambord St., off Sunshine Grove road.
Auditions are open to men, women and children ages 8 and older. Adults auditioning should prepare 16 bars of a song of their choice, and may be asked to read cold from a script. Children who audition must be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song of their choice and are also permitted to recite a less-than-two-minute monologue if they wish. Children may also be asked to do improvisations and line expressions.
The production is scheduled for Sept. 23-Oct. 2 at the Eleanor Dempsey Center for the Arts in Hudson. Those who are selected for the cast will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with veteran professional performer and equity actor David Sanborn, who will star as Professor Harold Hill, the music man.
Contact Randi Olsen at (352) 593-0027.
Spring Fling Dance May 14 at center
The High Point Fire Ladies Auxiliary will host a Spring Fling Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. May 14 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road.
Music will be provided by John Conroy. Coffee and ice will be available. Guests can bring their own beverages.
Admission is $4 at the door. Call Pat Ludwig at (352) 556-3555.
Leggio arts, cultural festival is May 14
The Leggio Arts and Cultural Festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 and from noon to 4 p.m. May 15 at John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts, 10455 County Line Road. The event includes ethnic foods, arts and crafts for children, silent auctions, a talent show, carnival games, bounce house, face painting and other activities. Call (352) 683-8395.
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Audubon presentation features woodpecker
In celebration of Endangered Species Day, the Hernando Audubon Society will offer a presentation on the Red-cockaded Woodpecker at 2 p.m. May 21 at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
Mary Dowdell, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and past president of the Hernando Audubon, will talk about the life and habits of this tiny bird, and efforts to ensure its survival.
The program will include a series of images of this rarely seen bird. Dowdell will also show the audience some of the equipment and tools uses to monitor and study these birds.
Call (352) 540-9746.
Enjoy dinner from Carrabba's at church
Holy Cross Lutheran Church will offer a Carrabba's dinner at 6 p.m. May 19 at the church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. Dinner includes a chicken marsala buffet. Tickets are $12 per person. For tickets, call Cynthia Goller at (352) 666-4288.
Government Gone Wild seminar set for May 18
A "Government Gone Wild" seminar will be offered at 6:30 p.m. May 18 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Ave.
The seminar is produced by Blaise Ingoglia, whose GGW Facebook page has more than 19,500 fans, and whose "Brother, Can You Spare a Trillion" YouTube video has gone viral, with more than 2 million views.
Another seminar will be held for Timber Pines residents only at 10 a.m. June 11 at the Timber Pines Lodge. Other seminars are being planned for 15 additional locations in the coming months.
Admission is free, but early registration is recommended. Registration can be done online at governmentgonewild.org. Contact Ingoglia at email@example.com or (352) 686-8200.
Appreciation day for Armed Forces May 21
U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, along with Blue Star Families, will host the 2011 Armed Forces Appreciation Day rally from 10 a.m. to noon May 21 at the corner of Mariner and Cortez boulevards.
The rally is lets residents show their support for the Armed Forces. Participants are encouraged to bring signs of support.
The Blue Star Families will offer Operation Appreciation, a place to write a card or letter to a member of the Armed Forces that will be put in boxes shipped to service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Call (352) 799-8354.
Jazz Society to end season with a show
The Hernando Jazz Society will wrap up its season with, "See You in September" from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 15 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd.
The afternoon will include tunes such as September Song, September in the Rain and I'll See You in September, as well as other Big Band selections.
A cash bar and light menu will be available.
During the performance, the Jazz Society will present three $500 scholarships to the winners of the recent auditions by students in ninth through 12 grades.
The cost is free for members and $9 for nonmembers. Call Bill McLoughlin at (352) 799-9690.
Come in uniform to USO dinner and dance
The Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Assembly 1721, will host a USO dinner and dance May 21 at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6.
The menu includes ziti, meatballs, sausage and bread. Music will be provided by Tammie Sue and Charlie.
Guests are encouraged to dress in accordance to the USO theme of the event. Those who served in the military can wear or bring any articles from their branch of service.
Tickets are $10 each. Funds raised will help support the veterans at the Fisher House in Tampa. For tickets, call Jim De Marco at (352) 683-7290.
Kids and sponsors sought for triathlon
The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill will host the Super Kids Triathlon 8 to 10 a.m. May 21 at Weeki Wachee State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.
Sponsors are needed. Sponsorships range from $150 for a T-shirt sponsor, to $500 for a Gold Level sponsorship.
The event is open to ages 5 to 18, in three age groups, and will include swimming, cycling and running/walking.
Participants must wear helmets and bring their own bicycles. All bikes must be brought in for inspection during sign-in, from 5 to 7 p.m. May 20. They'll be secured and stored overnight. Hot dogs and goody bags will be provided at sign-in.
Hernando County schools superintendent Brian Blavatt will sound the alarm to start the race. Trophies will be presented; all participants get an award.
The event is limited to 200 participants (first come, first served). Apply online at kidssupertriathlon.com. To become a sponsor, contact Paul Reeves at (352) 597-3536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Antiques appraisal show coming May 21
St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 will present the fourth annual Spring Antiques Appraisal Show from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 21 in Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd.
The event will feature Dale Smrekar, a certified personal property appraiser who will give verbal appraisals on collectables, fine art, jewelry, coins and paper money, oil paintings, sports memorabilia, antique guns, antique swords and knives, vintage toys and other collectables. Smrekar is certified by Appraisers Guild of America and his appraisals meet Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices, and are accepted by local court systems, insurance companies and the IRS.
Nothing will be purchased or sold at the event. Only verbal appraisals will be given. The cost is $5 per item appraised.
Refreshments will be available. For information, call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767.
Elks to host luncheon for veterans May 22
A luncheon to honor Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their spouses will be held at 1 p.m. May 22 at Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd.
The event will be hosted by Gail Cleaves, head of national service for the lodge. The luncheon is free for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their spouses. The menu includes baked ziti, salad, roll and dessert. Non-veterans are also welcome; the cost is $8.
Reservations are required by May 19. Call Gail at (352) 799-4464 or (352) 232-2355, or Kathy at (352) 796-7083.