Students can read essays on air, win $250
Local third- through 12th-graders can participate in an essay contest as part of the Military Appreciation Show's Operation Appreciation marathon call-in program at 1 p.m. on Nov. 11 on WWJB-AM 1450. Entrants can win prizes worth at least $100, including a $250 savings bond donated by SunTrust Bank. Essays are to be about the Vietnam War and how veterans who served were treated upon returning home. One essay from each grade will be selected. Some authors will be invited to read their essays during the show. The show will allow listeners to call in to the radio station to share good wishes and appreciation to troops serving overseas. Calls will be recorded and converted to compact disc, then sent to troops. To learn how to enter or for more information, call Bill Pierson at (352) 556-3326 or visit www.neverendingsupport.org.
Reception thanks shelter supporters
A New Beginnings Youth Shelter Appreciation Reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the new Crystal Ballroom at the Residence at Timber Pines (east entrance), 3140 Forest Road. The reception is to thank supporters of New Beginnings, a shelter in Brooksville helping runaway and at-risk youth in Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties. To attend, please RSVP by Friday; call Martha Gonzalez or Roberto Quiroz at (352) 797-7566.
Hospice plans outdoor services
HPH Hospice will host Time for Remembrance services at 2 and 6 p.m. Wednesday at HPH, 12260 Cortez Blvd. These are outdoor services conducted under a canopy. Each one-hour, nondenominational service will be led by hospice chaplains and bereavement counselors and will include music, readings and Native American rituals. Children are welcome. Visit www.hph-hospice.org or call toll-free 1-800-486-8784.
Health fair offers flu shots, more
Brooksville Cardiology will host its 10th annual health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the lodge at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd. The event will include free health screenings, health care presentations, food, drinks and games, as well as music and entertainment. Flu shots will be available for $20. There will be a flag-raising ceremony at noon. Visitors are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Admission and parking are free. For information, call (352) 592-4938.
Hernando County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee, 5:30 p.m., Planning Department conference room, Room 261, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville
Pumpkin Patch Program: 10 a.m. for ages 18-35 months, 11 a.m. for ages 3-5, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Free. (352) 540-6391.
Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce New Residents Reception: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Free. (352) 796-0697, ext. 15.
A detailed list of obituaries is published in Section B.