TAMPA BAY AREA
Participate in an iTownHall meeting
In its latest effort to involve the public using telephone town hall meetings, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority on Monday will begin making random calls to Tampa Bay area residents, inviting them to participate.
The calls, which will continue through May 13, will consist of a random sample of 40,000 residents to be called each night to be invited to participate in an iTownHall meeting. Those who do not receive a phone call can still participate. To participate in an iTownHall meeting, call toll-free 1-877-269-7289 and enter No. 14837.
There will be eight iTownHall meetings to be scheduled in a two-week period, each starting at 7 p.m. The meetings include:
• Monday, hosted by Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan and Gubernatorial appointee Shawn Harrison
• Tuesday, hosted by Pasco County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand Hugh McGuire, gubernatorial appointee.
• Wednesday, hosted by Hernando County Commissioner David Russell and Citrus County Commissioner John Thrumston
• Thursday, hosted by Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel and St. Petersburg City Councilman Jeff Danner
• May 4, hosted by Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard and Shelton Quarles, chairman and gubernatorial appointee
• May 5, hosted by Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson and Michael Bullerdick, gubernatorial appointee
• May 6, hosted by Manatee County Commissioner Donna Hayes and Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston
• May 13, hosted by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and FDOT District 7 Secretary Don Skelton.
In addition to the iTownHall meetings, residents will have an opportunity to comment on the draft Regional Transportation Master Plan at a hearing at 6 p.m. May 11 at the Alfano Center, 11606 McKinley Drive, Tampa.
Pancake breakfast benefits crime watch
The Hernando Beach/Forest Glen Crime Watch will host a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. May 9 at the Hernando Beach Club, 3165 Flamingo Blvd.
The breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. The cost is $5 for adults and youth and $2.50 for children 10 and younger.
Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent will be joining the event, along with various law enforcement tools on display. There will also be 50/50 drawing and door prizes.
Proceeds will benefit the local crime watch organization. For information, call Arlene at (352) 597-7386.
Springstead High band hosts spring concert
Springstead High School band will present the annual spring "Spectrum" concert at 7:30 p.m. May 7-9 at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. Call the school at (352) 797-7010 or Victoria at (352) 686-8680.
Miss Hernando County to be crowned May 9
The 2009 Miss Hernando County Pageant will be May 9 at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
The pageant will begin with the babies and toddlers taking the stage at 10 a.m. Older contestants (teens through Mrs. Hernando County) will begin at about 2 p.m.
This year's theme is "Country and Western Dreams. Spectator admission will be $5 per person.
The pageant is provided by Star Search International. To enter the pageant or for details, call the office at (813) 892-5502 or visit the Web site at www.hernandocountypageant.com.
Nominate a mom for Mother's Day fete
Brooksville Recreation will host a Mother's Day Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place.
The event will include the following awards: Community mother, oldest mother, mother with the most children, most faithful mother, best mother, mother of the year, most talented mother and mother of superiority.
Dinner reservations and nominations must be in by Monday. Those submitting nominations must write, in 250 words or less, why their mother should get the award.
The cost for the dinner is $12 per person and $6 for children 10 and younger. Call JoAnn Munford at (352) 540-3837.
Boy Scouts serve pancakes to the public
Boy Scout Troop 459 will offer a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. May 2 at Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.
The cost is $3.50 per person. The menu includes three pancakes, choice of bacon or sausage, and coffee and juice.
The breakfasts are offered on the first Saturday of each month. For information, call Angie Balderson at (352) 585-2730 or the lodge at (352) 596-2582.
Arts center host flea market, kid's theater
John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts will host a Spring Flea market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2 in the parking lot at 10455 County Line Road.
Flea market and craft vendors are welcome; the cost is $10 per space.
Also during the event, from noon to 4 p.m., the center will conduct registration for its Broadway summer programs and 2009-10 season for children ages 21/2 to 19. Call (352) 683-8395.
Fundraising concert at botanical gardens
A concert with Hernando County musicians Jody Bowes and Tim Howsare will be from 2 to 4 p.m. May 10 at Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave.
A Massachusetts native, Bowes is currently the director of music and youth ministries at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Spring Hill. Howsare, who moved to Brooksville 21/2 years ago, is the organist at First Lutheran Church in Ridge Manor.
Refreshments will be served. Admission is $3. Funds raised will benefit the botanical gardens, which are maintained by members of the Spring Hill Garden Club and community volunteers.
The gardens are open daily during daylight hours. There are 18 themed gardens showcasing roses, herbs, ornamental grasses, native plants, bromeliads and palms, and others. A miniature garden railroad is operated at the Waterfall Garden on Saturday mornings. While admission to the gardens is free, donations are appreciated.
For information, visit www.naturecoastbotanicalgardens.com or call (352) 683-9933.
Mother's Day Dance in club house May 2
Brookridge Social Dance will sponsor a Mother's Day Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. May 2 at the Brookridge Club House, 8150 Hampton St.
Music will be provided by Starburst. Mothers will be given a "little something."
Those attending can bring their own beverages. Ice, coffee and hot tea will be available throughout the evening. Doughnuts will be served at about 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call Dot at (352) 597-0723.