Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Things to do in Hernando County

CELEBRATING VETERANS: The following Veteran's Day events and ceremonies are planned:

• Veterans Appreciation Parade, 10 a.m. Saturday, downtown Brooksville. The lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. For information, call (352) 544-0680.

• The Florida National Cemetery Joint Veterans Committee will host the annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell. The keynote speaker will be retired Col. Robert D. Crawford of the Marine Corps reserve.

The master of ceremonies will be Steve Jerve of WFLA-Ch. 8. Patriotic music will be provided by the South Sumter High School Band. Songs will be performed by Linda Burnette, Kevin Sulfrige will perform on the bagpipes and Gayle Williams will play taps. The Florida National Guard will post colors, and Ye Mystic Air Krewe will provide a flyover.

Organizations with colors are invited to participate in the massing of colors; veterans organizations should plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m. Seating is limited; visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. For information, call (352) 793-7740.

•A "B-17 Project" USO-style show to honor the military service of Hernando County residents will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. The show will feature a variety of entertainers that include comedy, dance and musical variety.

There will be a lineup of tribute performances, including Elvis, Minnie Pearl, Louis Armstrong, Sonny and Cher, Bette Midler, the Andrew Sisters and the Mamas and Papas. Dancers from John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts will present a traditional can-can.

Tickets are $5, payable at the door. All entertainers are volunteers. Proceeds will help purchase display cases for military memorabilia at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. For information, call event organizers Lucy Basta and Jack Waldron at (352) 597-1113.

LARGE SALE AT THRIFT SHOP: Karen's Kit'n Kaboodle, the thrift shop at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, will host a Christmas sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 in front of the shop at 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. There will be numerous Christmas decorations, including artificial trees and wreaths, table decorations, clothing and other items for sale. For information, call (352) 686-1114.

JOIN WEEKI WACHEE FRIENDS: Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is seeking new members and new faces on its governing board.

The organization will have its annual membership meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in the banquet hall at the park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The group is a nonprofit resident support organization devoted to fundraising to supplement state funding for the park. There are more than 200 members. The group is seeking members interested in serving on the board of directors, which meets once a month, reviews the status of current projects and works with park management on plans and improvements, including fundraising events for the park. The group is seeking potential board members with professional and technical expertise in areas such as fundraising, architectural design, grant writing, marketing and landscape design. For information, visit

SHARE VIEWS ON CITIZENS INSURANCE WITH SEN. SIMPSON: State Sen. Wilton Simpson invites constituents to schedule an appointment to meet with the senator on his Citizens Property Insurance Policyholder Office Day on Tuesday and Nov. 13. Appointments are available between 2 and 6 p.m. Tuesday at Simpson's New Port Richey office, 5612 Grand Blvd., and from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at his Brooksville office at 10 W Jefferson St. The office days allow policyholders to sit down one-on-one with a representative from Citizens to review their policies and concerns. Simpson and his staff will also be available to meet with constituents.

Those wishing to make an appointment should send email to [email protected] or call (850) 487-5018. Be prepared to provide your name, address, policy number and that issue about which you would like to speak.

WATER AWARENESS SERIES: Hernando County Utilities will offer its second program in the Hernando County Water Awareness Series from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the office at 21031 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The topic is "Invasive Plants Commonly Used — A Landscaper's Guide on What to Avoid and Why." The speaker will be Jim Davis, residential horticulture agent for Sumter County and the Villages. The workshop will include information about what types of invasive plants to avoid.

Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend. For information, send email to [email protected] or call (352) 754-4705.

CAR, BIKE SHOWS BENEFIT TOYS FOR TOTS: Two shows are planned at Hardee's restaurant in Weeki Wachee to benefit the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots of Hernando County program, sponsored by Marine Corps League Detachment 708: A bike show will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the restaurant, 6262 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Hosted by Fox's Karaoke, DJ Krazy Dave and Hardee's, admission is a new, unwrapped toy (with a minimum value of $10) or a $10 donation. Trophies will be awarded in various categories. All entrants are eligible to win door prizes. The first 50 to enter will receive commemorative dash plaques. Fox's Karaoke, DJ Krazy Dave and Hardee's will host a car show from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy (with a minimum value of $10), or a $10 donation. Trophies will be awarded in various categories. All entrants are eligible to win door prizes. The first 50 to enter will receive commemorative dash plaques. For information on either event, call David or Tricia Dorvee at (352) 688-8550 or (352) 232-2185, or visit

RESCUE/ADOPTION EVENT: The Animal Rescue Friends Network will host a rescue/adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Flammer Ford, 3335 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

There will be several rescue groups participating, both dog breed specific and general (all breeds and mixes), that will have pets available for adoption.

The event will include food, vendors, a DJ and raffles. Goody bags will be given to the first 100 people. For information, send email to [email protected] or visit the ARF'N page on Facebook.

CHURCH 'JUNKTIQUE' SALE: The annual Junktique and Bake Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

The sale will include furniture, antiques, clothing, tools and numerous household items. Refreshments will be available.

Call the church office at (352) 597-1456 or (352) 596-6472.

MOVIE NIGHT AT THE PARK: The Brooksville Recreation Department will host a free Movie in the Park on Nov. 15 at Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Showtime is at 6:30 p.m. The DreamWorks animated movie Turbo will be shown. The 2013 movie, rated PG, is about a garden snail that, after a freak accident, gets a chance to compete in a race. It features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg and others. Kettle corn, snow cones, hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase. For information, call (352) 540-3835.

JOIN THE CHRISTMAS PARADE: The Kiwanis Club of Brooksville will host its annual Christmas Parade through downtown Brooksville at 10 a.m. Dec. 14. This year's theme is "We Are the World . . . We Are the Children."

Entry fees are $60 for commercial (there is an additional $50 fee if a third unit is entered) and $35 for all other entries (with an additional $25 fee if a third unit is entered). Individuals and single-horse entries are $25.

Since Kiwanis will be providing the Santa Claus, no entries should include a live Santa.

The entry deadline is Dec. 5. For information or to download an entry form, visit, or call (352) 799-6573.

REMEMBERING LOVED ONES: HPH Hospice will host Time for Remembrance services at 2 and 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at its West Hernando campus, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Hospice chaplains will lead the hourlong services with support from bereavement counselors. Through readings and music, the services will provide an opportunity to remember and honor loved ones who have died.

One does not need to have lost a loved one under HPH's care to participate.

The afternoon service will include a dove release; the evening service will conclude with a candlelighting ceremony. There is no cost to participate. For information, call toll-free 1-800-486-8784 or visit

CHURCH HOSTS AUCTIONS, WHITE ELEPHANT: The Presbyterian Women will host a raffle and silent auctions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave., Brooksville. The event will include a basket raffle, a "white elephant" sale and a 50/50 drawing. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds will benefit several area charities, including Mary's House, Dawn Center, Joseph's House, Jericho Road Ministries and several church projects, including Operation Christmas Child, the Hernando High School Backpack Project and the food pantry. Call the church at (352) 796-4228.

PETS IN PARK EVENT: The Humane Society of the Nature Coast will host a Pets in the Park and Holiday Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville.

Pets and their owners are invited to the event, which will include games and contests, food for both pets and people, entertainment, holiday shopping and pet adoptions with various local rescue groups.

For information, call (352) 796-2711.

LIBRARY OFFERS TECHNICAL HELP: The Hernando County Public Library System now has a "Tech Tutors" program to offer assistance with smartphones, e-readers and other hand-held, self-contained devices.

The program will be offered at the following times and locations:

• 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every first Friday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

• 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every second Friday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

• 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every third Friday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit

SIGN UP FOR DANCE WORKSHOP: The Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Group is taking registrations for its winter line dance workshop, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.

The workshop will teach beginner to intermediate dancing. There will be vendors selling dance shoes of various styles, souvenir T-shirts and handmade purses. The entry fee is $20, which includes a catered lunch and an evening dance party. Registration is limited and ends Dec. 1. For details, visit, send email to [email protected] or call Norma at (352) 397-6088.

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