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United Way of Hernando County needs volunteers for reception center


Volunteers needed for reception center

United Way of Hernando County needs 10 lead volunteer coordinators to meet the growing needs of the Volunteer Reception Center, which is activated as a central location for volunteers when an emergency strikes the community.

Those interested can attend a VRC informational meeting at 2 p.m. April 21 at Cortez Community Bank, 13080 Spring Hill Drive (at Linden Drive), Spring Hill. For information, call the United Way at (352) 688-2026 or visit


Learn to manage living near sinkholes, caves

Through a Community Education Grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Hernando County Utilities will offer a one-day workshop for Hernando County residents, developers and leaders about the best management practices for living near karst features such as sinkholes, caves and springs.

The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.

The project is funded by a $4,900 grant from Swiftmud's Coastal Rivers and Withlacoochee River Basin Boards. For information, call (352) 796-7211, ext. 4757.


Annual county fair begins Monday

The 2009 Hernando County Fair kicks off Monday and continues through April 12 at the fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St. Gates will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through April 9, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. April 10, 1 p.m. to midnight April 11 and 1 to 8 p.m. April 12.

This year's fair includes the midway, exhibits, livestock shows, baby animal barn, extreme spray paint art entertainment for youth, "Cow Town" (milk a real cow and make your own butter or ice cream), a karaoke contest, clown circus, horse breed parade, musical entertainment, demolition derby, Easter bonnet parade and contest and more.

Gate admission is $7 for adults, $4 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. A $2 donation to the Explorers is requested for parking. Visit www.hernando or call (352) 796-4552.


Sign up for Charity Classic, help hospice

Brooksville Country Club's 34th annual Charity Classic will be May 16-17 at the course at 23446 Links Drive. This year's event will benefit Hernando-Pasco Hospice.

Tee times start at 8:30 a.m. Top finishers will have a chance of winning a share of the $6,000 prize fund, as well as take part in a $1,000 shoot-out sponsored by Register Chevrolet.

Players and sponsorships are welcome.

The tourney is limited to 128 golfers. The cost is $175 per golfer, which includes two days of tournament golf, one practice round during the week of the tournament (there is a cart fee of $16 plus tax), tee gift, prizes, range balls, closest to the pin contest and a dinner on May 16. The player entry deadline is May 4.

Sponsorships include a silver sponsor for $200, gold sponsor for $1,500 and platinum sponsor for $2,500.

Applications are available online at For reservations or sponsorship inquiries, call Roger Eppley at (352) 796-8879 or e-mail


Volunteers needed for county boards

The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from residents interested in volunteering on the following boards:

• Library Advisory Committee. There is a vacancy for an alternate member, effective through Dec. 31, 2012. The committee acts as an advisory body to the county commissioners on matters pertaining to the county's public library system. The application deadline is April 13.

• Hernando County Tourist Development Council. There is a vacancy for a representative of a tourist enterprise collecting the tourist tax. The purpose of the council is to promote tourism opportunities in Hernando County and to oversee the collection and disbursement of the Tourist Development Tax. The application deadline is April 15.

• Hernando County Fine Arts Council. There is an unexpired term effective through Dec. 31, 2012. The purpose of the council is to promote the arts and to support groups associated with the arts in Hernando County.

Those wishing to apply for any of the boards must be a county resident and registered voter. Applications are available in the County Administrator's Office, Room 461 of the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. April 17. For information, call (352) 754-4002.


Parents, apply for head start pre-school

Mid-Florida Community Services' Head Start Early Childhood Development Pre-School Program is accepting applications for enrollment for 2009-10 school year.

The program serves children 3 or 4 years old as of Sept. 1. Head Start also serves children with disabilities.

This is a federally funded, income-eligible program. The items needed to apply include:

• Birth certificate

• Proof of residency (utility bill)

• Picture ID for parent/guardian

• Proof of income for parent/guardian for the last 12 months or prior calendar year, whichever is applicable

• Documentation of child's disability (if applicable)

• Proof of custody (if applicable)

Applications for enrollment will be accepted from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or by appointment at the following Head Start locations:

• 835 School St., Brooksville. Call (352) 754-2464.

• 610 N Jackson St., Wildwood. Call (352) 748-6677.

• 403 S Lincoln St., Bushnell. Call (352) 748-6677.


Registration open for Lutheran preschool

Holy Cross Lutheran Pre-School, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, is accepting registration for the summer and fall programs, including the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten for the coming school year. Call (352) 686-4986.


Golf tournament to help scholarship fund

The Ridge Manor Kiwanis Club's 2009 Charity Golf Tournament will be April 24 at Sherman Hills Golf Club, 31200 Eagle Falls Drive, east of Brooksville. The shotgun start will be at 8 a.m.

The cost is $50 per golfer, which includes golf, cart with GPS, lunch and door prize. All proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund.

Call Jim Nico at (352) 799-0901 or Louis Munnigh at (386) 479-5529.


Greek pastry, bake sale to help charities

St. Katherine's Society of Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church will have a Greek pastry and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11 at Sam's Club, 13300 Cortez Blvd. All proceeds will benefit Hernando County charities. Call (727) 856-1332.


Musicians welcome at Accordion Jamboree

The Florida Accordion Association will present the Accordion Jamboree 2009 on May 1 and 2 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake.

All musical genres are welcome to this overnight camping event. Call Cathy Finamore at (352) 686-0975 or Peg Owens at (352) 442-5574.


Sponsors, bowlers needed for Arc event

The Arc Nature Coast's 15th annual Bowl-A-Thon will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way.

Sponsors and bowlers are needed. A $125 team sponsorship provides Bowl-A-Thon T-shirts for a team of five bowlers (all sponsor names will be printed on the back of a minimum of 200 shirts), two games of bowling and shoe rental.

A $125 lane sponsorship provides a large banner on a lane promoting the company or organization, the company's name on the event T-shirt and recognition in Arc's newsletter.

Bowlers are each asked to collect a minimum of $25 in pledges. A trophy will be awarded to the person and team bringing in the most pledge money. Individual and team awards, along with food and beverages, will follow the bowling.

Sponsors can assemble their own bowling teams, or Arc will provide a team or individual bowlers for teams with fewer than five members.

Also, donations of gift certificates and other prizes are being sought from area businesses.

Deadline for lane and team sponsorships is July 31. Call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109 or e-mail Nancy Stubbs at


Firefighters to be on Cortez to raise money

During its annual MDA Boot Drive, Hernando County Fire Rescue firefighters will be at various intersections along Cortez Boulevard from 4 to 7 p.m. on three consecutive Fridays, April 24-May 8.

Last year's drive collected more than $18,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year's goal is to collect more than $20,000. For information, call Gabe Croft at 684-9889.


'Sex and the City' is fashion show theme

The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host a fashion show at 11:30 a.m. May 2 at the club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd. The theme is "Sex and the City."

Fashions will be provided by Val's Boutique from Crystal River. Six club members will model three outfits each for different occasions.

Tickets are $21, which includes appetizers, salad, hot lunch, dessert and a free after-dinner drink. Numerous prizes will be awarded and there will be raffles, gift baskets and other items to purchase.

A donation will be made to the Arthritis Foundation in memory of Joyce Quattro. For tickets or information, call Irene at (352) 596-4136.

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