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Upcoming meetings, contests, sales and workshops

WEST HERNANDO SAC MEETING: West Hernando Middle School has scheduled School Advisory Council, Title I committee and Parent-Teacher-Student Association meetings on Monday in the media center, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville.

The SAC and Title I meetings will begin at 4:45 p.m., with the PTSA meeting following immediately. PTSA members will be served pizza.

Parents and students are welcome. For information, call (352) 797-7035, ext. 256.

ITALIAN HERITAGE ESSAY CONTEST: Monday is the deadline for submissions for an essay contest sponsored by Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502.

The contest, open to all Hernando County middle and high school students, is in celebration of October as Italian Heritage Month. The theme is "An Italian Immigrant: The Journey." The essay must contain a minimum of 400 words, but no more than 500.

There will be cash awards for both middle and high school winners. First place receives $100 and second place $50.

Essays may be sent to: Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502, Attn: Nina Maurer, 7300 Clearmeadow Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34606.

For information, call Mary Ann Hopkins at (352) 688-1889.

BENEFIT FOR LOCAL ARTIST, MUSICIAN: Louiepalooza, a two-day musical benefit celebration, will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 and at noon Oct. 6 at the Farm, 19234 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville.

The event is a benefit for Louie Palma, a local artist, musician and songwriter who was hospitalized after a severe motorcycle accident June 9.

Donations will be accepted, which will help defray medical costs. For information, call Frank Julian at (727) 808-5897.

EXTREME MUDDING: The Hernando County Tourism Bureau has announced plans for the first Mud Endeavor on Oct. 6 at 7182 Remington Road, east of Brooksville, near the Croom Motorcycle Area.

Activities will kick off at 9 a.m. There will be a 5K course featuring hilly terrain, obstacles such as three water slides, and "lots of mud." The event will also include a post-race party with live music, a costume contest, games and food available.

Spectator admission is free, but there is a $10 parking fee per vehicle.

For details about the race or registration, visit or call (352) 588-0323.

WORKSHOPS FOR JOB SEEKERS: The Hernando County Public Library System will offer two resume and interview workshops for residents at no cost.

The first will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The second will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Oct. 24 (with a one-hour break for lunch at noon) at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

The workshops will be conducted by Career Central. Participants will receive help fine-tuning their resumes and cover letters, and also will practice interview skills.

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

FOUNDERS WEEK: The City of Brooksville has announced activities scheduled for its 56th anniversary Founders Week celebration:

• Victorian Tea, noon to 3 p.m., Oct. 9 through 12, at the Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St. The cost is $7 and includes tea, finger sandwiches, jams and tarts, scones, clotted cream and petit fours. Call Cherry Stettin at (352) 799-3801.

• The Hernando Historical Museum/May-Stringer House, 601 Museum Court, and the 1885 Train Depot at 70 Russell St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 9 through 12. Admission is $5 at the May-Stringer House and $3 at the train depot. Call the museum at (352) 799-0129.

• Historic cemetery walking tour, 10 a.m. Oct. 9, Brooksville Cemetery (starting at the gazebo), 1275 Olmes Road. For details, call (352) 540-3806.

• Art reception at the Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11, at 201 Howell Ave. Call (352) 540-3810.

• The 2012 Great Brooksvillian award ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 11, in the council chambers at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. This year's honoree is Julia Jinkens. Call (352) 540-3810.

WALK FOR THE POOR: St. Vincent de Paul will host its fifth annual Friends of the Poor Walk at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 on the grounds at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Participants will collect pledges for the 5K walk. Registration is free, and all walkers receive a free event T-shirt. Corporate or school teams, as well as family groups and individuals, are welcome.

Proceeds raised help assist needy families with rent, utilities, food, clothing and other needed items.

The event will also include a silent auction, bake sale and a Corporate Village for sponsors.

Those interested in participating or becoming sponsors are asked to contact Woody at (352) 596-4730 or [email protected]

CHURCH WOMEN's Fall SALE: The Women of Grace Presbyterian Church will host the group's fall rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 at the church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The sale will include a variety of books, CDs, games, glassware, jewelry, clothing, baked goods, kitchenware and other household items. The church youth will sell lunch items. For information, call (352) 683-2028.

COMEDY SHOW: A music and comedy show, "Homeward Bound," will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. Doors open at 6 p.m. each night.

Seating for the handicapped is available. Tickets are $5. Call (352) 200-8843.

ORIENTATION FOR PROSPECTIVE FOSTER PARENTS: An orientation program for people interested in learning about adopting children from the foster care system will be offered at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Youth and Family Alternatives, 19245 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Residents of Hernando and Citrus counties are invited. Information will also be provided about Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting classes.

For information or to sign up, call Maria Buckley at (352) 277-5860, ext. 4208.

MEMORY SCREENINGS: HPH Hospice has teamed up with the Alzheimer's Association to provide free memory screenings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Adults 50 and older who are concerned about memory loss are invited to take the 15-minute screening, which is conducted by a representative of the Alzheimer's Association.

The screening tool that is not recommended for those who have already been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call Carla Hayes at (352) 597-1882.

HOG HUNT PERMITS: The Southwest Florida Water Management District will hold a series of hog hunts on district lands to thin out the invasive animals. Starting Oct. 8, prospective hunters may buy permits for $75 on the district's website at

A limited number of permits will be available through 5 p.m. Oct. 19 on a first-come, first-served basis.

All hunts must adhere to the hog-dog format. No still hunts will be permitted.

The district-managed properties will be temporarily closed to the public during the hunts. Only permitted hunters will be allowed access.

Scheduled hunts include:

• Alston Tract at Upper Hillsborough Preserve in Pasco County, Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 (day hunts).

• Flying Eagle Nature Center in Citrus County, Nov. 23 to 25 and Dec. 14 to 16 (day hunts).

• Coker Prairie tract at Edward Chance Reserve in Manatee County, Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 (day hunts).

• Little Manatee River Southfork Tract in Manatee County, Nov. 6 to 8 (day hunts).

• Conner Preserve in Pasco County, Nov. 6 to 8 (day hunts).

• Deep Creek Preserve in DeSoto County, Nov. 27 to 29 (day hunts).

• Hampton Tract and closed-area tracts at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve in Polk County, Dec. 4 to 6 (day hunts).

• Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve in Marion County, Dec. 4 to 6 (day hunts).

• Deer Prairie Creek Preserve and South Schewe Tract in Sarasota County, Dec. 11 to 13 and March 19 to 21 (night hunts).

• Lower Hillsborough River Wilderness Preserve in Hillsborough County, Jan. 22 to 24, (night hunts).

• Starkey Wilderness Preserve in Pasco County, Jan. 8 to 10 (night hunts).

VIETNAM TRAVELING WALL: The 2012 Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion will escort the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall on Oct. 14 from the Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness, to the reunion site on the Holcim property on U.S. 19, north of Crystal River (a mile north of County Road 488).

Coffee and refreshments will be served in the auditorium from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Also, breakfast will be available for $5, starting at 6 a.m., and will include pancakes, sausage and coffee or orange juice. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m.

The wall will be on display at the Holcim property site 24 hours a day through Oct. 21, along with the Purple Heart Mural Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Moving Tribute. There will be military vendors and displays, as well as live music.

Beer, food and drinks will be available.

Visit the website at For information, call (407) 579-6190, (352) 860-1629, (352) 238-5692 or (352) 726-8877.

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