Volunteers needed for two city boards
The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications for volunteers on the following boards:
• Good Neighbor Trail Advisory Committee — one nonexpiring position is available.
• Beautification Board — one position to fill an expiring 3-year term through Dec. 31, 2011.
To apply for either position, applications must be completed, along with an authorization for a background check. All those applying must be registered Florida voters.
Applications are available in the city clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Completed resumes must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 19. Call (352) 544-5400.
Art show reception set for two oil painters
A free wine and cheese reception for artists Ruth Sheets and Georgette Schmania will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Easy Street Home Decor, 848 E Jefferson St. Both women are students of local portrait artist and teacher Diane Becker.
Sheets is a Georgia native. She has raised five children and worked as a hair stylist. Her art medium of choice is oils, but she also dabbles in watercolor. Her subjects include portraits, landscapes and wildlife. She has been a student of Becker's since moving to Spring Hill in 1984.
Schmania started painting after retiring to Florida. She is devoted to oil painting and her works include places she has traveled to, nature, flowers and other subjects.
Sheets' and Schmania's works will remain on display through the end of November. Call Easy Street at (352) 848-0177.
Marine Corps League sets karaoke night
Back by popular demand, the Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708, will host a Karaoke Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15 at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road.
There is no admission charge. Those wishing to sing can bring their own music CDs. Food and drinks will be available for purchase in the Leatherneck Lounge.
Call (352) 597-7979.
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Free movie afternoon to feature 'Glory Road'
The Hernando County Public Library System will show the movie Glory Road at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
The film, rated PG, is about Texas Western basketball coach Don Haskins, who in 1966 took the country's first all-African-American starting lineup to an NCAA title.
Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend and no registration required.
The movie showing is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Call (352) 540-6391.
Hospice hosting fall remembrance event
Hernando-Pasco Hospice will present its autumn Time for Remembrance services at 2 and again at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the hospice campus at 12260 Cortez Blvd.
Hospice chaplains will lead each hourlong service with support from the nonprofit agency's bereavement counselors.
Those attending are encouraged to participate in group readings and share memories. Music and American Indian rituals will be incorporated.
Anyone interested is invited; having lost a loved one is not required. Children are welcome.
Call toll-free 1-800-486-8784 or visit the Web site at www.hphospice.org.
Horticulture agent to discuss growing citrus
A free horticulture class, Growing and Caring for Citrus in Hernando County, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The speaker is urban horticulture agent Jim Moll with the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, who will teach the most common citrus problems and how to keep citrus trees healthy.
There is no registration required; first come, first seated.
Call (352) 754-4433.
Fundraiser for baby who needs surgery set
A Fundraiser for Baby Luca will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at R Beach, 4054 Shoal Line Blvd.
Luca is the 3-month-old grandson of local residents Ray and Lisa Laderwager. He suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome and will soon have the second of three necessary surgeries to correct his condition.
The fundraiser will include an Italian buffet dinner for $12. There will also be raffles and door prizes.
Donations can also be dropped off at Lisa Laderwager at Mirage Hair Studio, 2264 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Call (352) 684-4775.
Memorial ride, poker run set for soldier
A Memorial Ride and Poker Run for Army Spc. Cody Grater will be Nov. 15. Sign up will be at 10 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681, 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road, Shady Hills.
The cost is $10 per hand. The first bike will be out at noon and the last one in will be at 5 p.m.
Stops include the Florida National Cemetery and VFW Post in Bushnell; Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708 on Sunshine Grove Road, Brookvsille, VFW Post 10209 on Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill, and VFW Post 9236 on Shoal Line Boulevard in Hernando Beach. Food and music will be at the last stop.
Grater, a 20-year-old Army specialist from Spring Hill, was killed in July 2007 in Baghdad when an insurgent grenade exploded next to him on a rooftop.
All proceeds will go to the new skate ramp at Stewy's Skate Park at Pioneer Park in Spring Hill. Call (352) 232-0373.
VFW Post 8713, Ladies Auxiliary list events
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary will host the following programs and events:
• Buddy Poppy Drive, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 7 and 8, at Walgreen's, 20020 Cortez Blvd.; Publix in Brooksville Square, 19490 Cortez Blvd.; and Winn-Dixie, 31100 Cortez Blvd. All donations are appreciated.
• Monthly breakfast, 9 to 11 a.m., at the post, 1681 E Jefferson St. The menu includes scrambled eggs, toast or biscuits, sausage or bacon, grits, potatoes or biscuits and sausage gravy, and coffee and juice. The cost is $5. Screwdrivers and bloody Mary cocktails will be $1 each.
• A Veteran's Day Service and flag presentation will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Tangerine cove Nursing Home on Howell Avenue. Baskets of needed items will be given to the veterans.
Call the post at (352) 796-4449.
Auxiliary offers safe boating programs
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following programs:
• How to Read a Nautical Chart, 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 8. Topics include types of charts, capabilities and limitations of charts, interpretation of symbols and how to select a chart for use. The cost is $35, which includes text on chart nomenclature.
• America's Boating Course, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Nov. 11-13. This three-day basic course is an overview of boating safety, and includes all information to qualify for the Florida boating safety ID card. The cost is $30, which includes a text.
All programs are at the auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St. To reserve a seat, call John at (352) 573-8155.
The auxiliary provides free vessel safety checks. For an appointment, call Jackie at 666-7239.
Visit the auxiliary's Web site at http://a0701508.uscgaux.info/.
Housing Authority meets Monday
The Hernando County Housing Authority will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the commission chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
An executive session will be called to discuss pending litigation and mediation with counsel after the Pledge of Allegiance, after which the public meeting will resume.
Individuals with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in meeting can contact Hernando County Housing Authority Executive Director Donald Singer at the office at 2 N Broad St. or by calling (352) 754-4160. Those who are hearing impaired can call toll-free 1-800-676-3777 for assistance.
Arts Center kicks off 2008-2009 season
Alma de Espana, a Spanish song and dance production, will kick off the Hernando Performing Arts Center's 2008-09 season at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the center, 700 Bell Ave.
Individual show tickets are $25. Season tickets are still available for $70.
Additional shows include:
• Entertainment Revue, Dec. 5
• Adbacadabra — The Ultimate Abba Concert, Jan. 18
• Barbra and Frank — The Concert That Never Was, Feb. 27
• Jimmy Keys, March 28.
All shows start at 7 p.m. and are at the Hernando Performing Arts Center at Hernando High School. For tickets, call (352) 799-5577.