VFW opens essay contest for students
Two Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary posts are accepting entries for the annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen scholarships.
The Voice of Democracy is a three- to five-minute audio essay contest for ninth- through 12-graders. The theme is "Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?"
The Patriot's Pen, for students in grades 6-8, is a 300- to 500-word essay on, "Are You Proud of Your Country?"
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 and Ladies Auxiliary, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, will award a $500 cash scholarship to the Voice of Democracy winner and $200 cash to the Patriot's Pen winner. For information, call Kathy or Russ at the post, (352) 596-9236.
Entries will also be accepted at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Call auxiliary president Kathy Alonzo at (352) 232-6409.
The deadline of all entries is Nov. 1. Typed Voice of Democracy essays must be accompanied by a recorded CD version. Visit vfw.org/Community/Voice-of-Democracy/for rules and entry forms. Patriot's Pen essays must be typed. Visit vfw.org/Community/Patriot-s-Pen/for details.
Nugent to speak to Young Republicans
The first meeting of the Hernando County Young Republicans will be Sept. 26 at Duke's American Grill and Sports Brewery, 1320 Commercial Way. The social hour will be at 6 p.m.; the meeting starts at 7 p.m.
The speaker will be U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent. State representatives, county commissioners and county officials have also been invited.
The group welcomes registered Republicans, ages 18 to 40. The annual membership fee is $15. Associate membership, for those 41 and older, is $25.
The group encourages those interested to "friend" the Hernando County Young Republicans on Facebook. For information, call (352) 585-6527.
Grade school offers family meetings
Brooksville Elementary School will offer these programs:
• School Advisory Council meeting and school improvement plan presentation, 5:30 p.m. Monday in the staff meeting room. Learn about the school's improvement plan and process. New members are welcome.
• Back to School Night and Title I annual meeting for grades 1-5, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Parents and students will go to the child's classroom and watch a brief Title I presentation. Teachers will share the grade-level academic goals and showcase class activities with parents. Families will then go to the cafeteria for a free hot dog dinner. The media center will be open for a book fair.
• Title I and Family Involvement Committee meeting, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Family Center. Parents will learn about the Title I and Family Involvement programs.
Brooksville Elementary is at 885 N Broad St. For information, call (352) 797-7014.
Secondhand Rose lunch features fashion
The General Federation of Women's Clubs Spring Hill Service League will host its annual Secondhand Rose Luncheon/Fashion Show at noon Oct. 8 at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive.
The event will include lunch, the fashion show, an entertaining skit, raffles, door prizes and a variety of fashions available for purchase.
Tickets are $12 and must be purchased by Sept. 30. Proceeds will benefit Children's Advocacy Center of Hernando County. For information or tickets, call Nancy at (352) 596-9690 or Carol at (352) 610-4190.
Photo project invites student applications
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is accepting applications from students interested in learning photography through "South Brooksville: Past, Present and Future," a six-week mentoring program.
The program explores south Brooksville's extensive history through old photographs while chronicling contemporary south Brooksville through photographs taken by project participants.
Each participant will be mentored by either a professional or serious recreational photographer. Their photographs will be included in an exhibit and keepsake booklet.
Students who complete the program will receive a digital camera kit to keep and a one-year membership in the Spring Hill Camera Club.
Participants must be ages 12 to 15 years old, be current residents of south Brooksville, have a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher, and have a letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, pastor or community leader.
Applications are available online at hernandoarts.org. Applications should be received by Sept. 30. For information, visit the website or call (352) 754-4788 and leave a message.
Football team plans mattress fundraiser
The Central High School football team will have a mattress fundraiser sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 in the school gym, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway.
An entire bedding showroom will be set up, with a variety of sizes and styles of mattresses available, including pillowtops, orthopedics and memory foam sets. All beds are new with factory warranties, and are being sold 40 to 60 percent lower than retail prices.
Delivery is available, as well as layaway plans. Payments can be made by cash, check or debit/credit cards.
For information, call (352) 797-7020.
Sign up to compete in Fall Festival bake-off
Hernando County Business and Professional Women is seeking bakers to participate in a bake-off as part of its Fall Festival 2011, scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive.
Categories include: chocolate cake, carrot cake, pumpkin pie, apple pie, oatmeal cookies and chocolate chip cookies.
All bakers should bake two batches of an item from one of the categories; one will be judged and the other will be sold. Bakers are required to submit their baked goods on the morning of Oct. 22.
All proceeds will benefit BPW's scholarship fund. For information, call Ruth or Kelley at (352) 340-5913.
The Fall Festival will also include a chili cook-off, holiday vendors and a costume contest for children 10 and younger. For details, contact Ruth at (352) 556-5248.
Driver safety classes offered by AARP
The AARP Driver Safety Program has several class times available in October. The course is six hours and costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP cards):
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 and 12, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Call (352) 688-2486 to register.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 11 and 13, Downey Funeral Home, 1214 Wendy Court, off Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Call (352) 666-9509 to register.
• Noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 and 13, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 and 21, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 596-9193 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14 (one-day class), Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call (352) 666-2246.
• 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26, Brooksville Enrichment Center. Call (352) 596-4044 to register.
• 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28, Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. Call (352) 797-6313 or (352) 666-9509 to register.
The AARP Driver Safety Program is also seeking a volunteer to teach the class to seniors in Spring Hill and Brooksville. Training is provided to approved candidates. People interested should call (352) 666-9509 for details.
Health-care fraud is topic at social
The St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus will host a social at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd.
An FBI agent will speak about health care fraud. Refreshments will be served.
The social is open to the public. No reservations are needed. For information, call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767.
Get babysitter certified by Red Cross
The American Heart Association's babysitting course will be offered for ages 11 to 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.
Participants will learn what's needed to be a safe and responsible babysitter. Topics include caring for children and infants; being a good leader and role model; making good decisions and solving problems; keeping the children and yourself safe; handling emergencies and household accidents, and learning how to write resumes and interview for jobs.
The Hernando County Recreation Department course also includes CPR certification with the American Heart Association, general first aid basics and how to run a babysitting business.
The cost is $50, which includes a book and three certifications (babysitting, CPR and first aid). To register or for information, visit cprresq.com or call instructor Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664 or the recreation office at (352) 754-4031.
Join the line dance at Good Times social
The next Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
A DJ will entertain. There will be a variety of dancers, from beginner to intermediate. No lessons will be provided, but there will be instructors on hand to offer assistance.
Guests are asked to bring their own snacks and ice. Couples and singles welcome. Admission is $5. Call (352) 397-6088.
Youth, families look ahead at annual event
The fourth annual Summit for Youth and Families will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave.
The event is presented by the Hernando Youth Initiative of the education committee for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. It will include a vision and a plan for Hernando 2030, as well as information about the progress on "Pre-birth to Success," which 10 committees have been working on for the past year.
There is no cost to attend, but reservations are needed by Sept. 30. RSVP to hernandoyouth firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322. Sponsorships are also available. Visit hernandochamber.com.
Holy Trinity auction planned for Oct. 1
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church will host its annual auction Oct. 1 at the Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way. Doors open at noon, and raffles begin at 1 p.m.
Admission is $7, which includes cake and a beverage. There will be stuffed cabbage, Chicago beef sandwiches, hot dogs, soda and coffee available for purchase.
Call church guild president Sandra Hreczuck at (727) 379-6208 or visit the church's website at htoc-fl.org.