Powell Middle School council to meet today
Powell Middle School Microsociety and Performing Art Center's School Advisory Council will meet at 6:15 p.m. today in the school's library media center, 4100 Barclay Ave. For information, call (352) 797-7095
Team to discuss bids for judicial complex
The Judicial Complex Request for Proposals Evaluation Team will meet at 1 p.m. Friday in the commission chambers at Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
The team will meet to discuss the responses to the Request for Proposals received from competing firms and to establish an evaluation format for selection of short-listed firms. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
Those with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate should contact the purchasing office at (352) 754-4020. Those who are hearing-impaired can call toll-free, 1-800-676-3777.
Learn how to cope with mental illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will offer its NAMI Family-to-Family Education Course from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, starting Feb. 5, at the Beautiful Mind, 10554 Spring Hill Drive.
This 12-week program is for family members and friends of those living with a mental illness. Participants learn how the brain functions, how medications affect the brain for improvement, and what to do for loved ones to help them to reach a better life through treatment and communication skills.
There is no cost to participate, but class size is limited, and reservations are required. Call Mary Ann at (352) 683-1350, or Judy Thompson at (352) 544-0352.
Classics to perform at Jan. 24 concert
The Hernando High Point Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host a concert with the Classics on Jan. 24 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will be from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Classics is composed of Bob, Ray, Larry and Tom, former members of the Back Porch Pickers, joined by singer and drummer Carol.
Coffee and cookies will be served during intermission.
Admission is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door, but advanced reservations are needed to determine seating set-up.
For tickets or reservations, call Louse at (352) 597-4403, Renee at 596-4864 or Audrey at 592-4831.
Event to celebrate Obama inauguration
The Hernando County Democratic Club, Democratic Women's Club of Hernando County and the Wellington Democrats will host an inauguration celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
Guests can watch the events of President-elect Obama's inauguration live on a projection screen. The event will include a luncheon.
The cost is $7 per person, which can be paid in advance or at the door.
Reservations are needed (to arrange lunch). Call Harvey Martin at (352) 686-0686.
Club will discuss 'Poisonwood Bible'
The next gathering of the Brooksville Book Discussion Group will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave.
The book to be discussed is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. The story is about 14-year-old Leah Price and her family, who arrive in the Congo in the summer of 1959. Her family includes her Baptist preacher father, the Rev. Nathan Price, assigned to the Kilanga mission, who is determined to enlighten the natives and to rule his family with strict biblical sanction. Her mother, Orleanna, is ready to protect her family from whatever perils they encounter.
Her sisters include her twin Adah, who limps and is silent; 15-year-old Rachel, who resents being so far from America's fashions and comforts; and 5-year-old Ruth May, who faints when they arrive. From 1959 through 1998, Leah and her sisters tell their stories, in alternate narratives, of the 40-year saga that the Prices and the Congo share.
No registration is needed to attend the group, but copies of the book are limited. For information, call Tina Mraz at the library, (352) 754-4043.
Antiques fair has spaces for vendors
Vendor spaces are available for the General Federation of Women's Club/Brooksville Woman's Club's annual Collectible Antiques and Appraisal Fair, which will be Feb. 6 and 7 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
There will be appraisers and vendors selling jewelry, glassware, furniture, art, dolls and toys. Door prizes will be awarded, and there will be a silent auction and raffles. Table rentals are $40 for the two days. Admission to the event will be $5 for adults. Appraisals will be $5 per item.
For information or table rentals, call Martha Heino at (352) 345-4950 or Joan Sherman at (352) 796-8224.
Community to discuss crime watch program
Royal Highlands residents are invited to a meeting with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office to discuss starting a crime watch for the Royal Highlands neighborhood. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Hernando Realtors Association, 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
For information, call Deputy Steve Sikalos at (352) 754-6830.
Auction to benefit VFW auxiliary charities
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 Ladies Auxiliary will host a Drop Ticket Auction on Jan. 31 at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. Doors open at 1 p.m. The auction starts at 2 p.m.
The cost is $5 for 20 tickets, or chances, to win a variety of gifts and prizes. Free refreshments will be served.
Money raised will benefit the auxiliary's charities. For information, call Nancy at (352) 688-7122.
Hi-Lites plan night of American music
Tickets are available for the Hernando Hills Hi-Lites show, "Music, American As Apple Pie," which will be at 2 p.m. March 28 at Stage West Community Theater, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd.
The concert will include songs that will take the audience on a musical trip from the San Francisco Bay to Route 66, and to Dixie and Georgia. Some of America's most well-known patriotic songs will also be included in the program.
In addition to the Hi-Lites chorus and D'Lites quartet performing, there will be performances by Sunset, a men's quartet, and other performers.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students; group prices are available. All patrons are eligible for a raffle ticket to win door prizes.
For information or tickets, call Tessie at (352) 686-4122 or Vicki at (727) 378-4788.
Dinner/dance will have country theme
The Brooksville Elks will host a country-and-western dinner dance Jan. 24 at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd. Cocktail hour will be at 5 p.m., dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. and dancing to the Jackie Branson group from 7 to 10 p.m.
Dinner will include a choice of roast pork or baked chicken, served with sugar-snap peas, salad, rolls and fruit crisp.
Tickets are $14 and are available at the lodge during the weekly Friday dinners or by calling Rose Eastman at (352) 686-8831.
Volunteers needed for school science fair
Volunteers are needed for the Hernando County Schools' District Science and Engineering Fair, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville.
Professionals or retired professionals from science and engineering fields are needed to help with judging projects by students in the sixth through 12th grades throughout Hernando County schools.
Also welcome are those with strong interests in botany, animal sciences, behavioral sciences and/or environmental studies.
To obtain information or to volunteer, call Colleen Doulk at Challenger K-8 School of Math and Science at (352) 797-7024, ext. 301, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.