Main Street market has holiday theme
A Winter Wonderland event will be part of this week's Market on Main Street, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Brooksville. Photos with Santa will be available from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St.
The event, presented by the Brooksville Business Alliance, will include games and activities for children, Christmas music, and the market, which features vendors selling plants, produce, crafts and antiques. Downtown restaurants and businesses will be open for holiday shopping.
For information, call Lisa at (352) 848-0090.
Driver safety classes begin on Jan. 4
The following AARP Driver Safety Program classes will be offered in January. This is a six-hour class that costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP cards):
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 4 and 11, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 in the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 688-2486 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 9 and 16, Oak Hill Hospital Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 688-2486 to register.
• Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 10 and 12, Forest Oaks Lutheran church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 13 and 20, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 666-9509 to register.
• 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 and 20, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105 in the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital., 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.
• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 (one-day class), Brooksville Enrichment Center. Call (352) 683-6840 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21 (one-day class), Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call (352) 683-6840 to register.
Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating classes
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8 will offer the following classes:
• About Boating Safely, 7 p.m. Jan. 10 to 12. This three-day class is an introductory program that teaches safe boating practices, navigation, use of safety equipment and Florida laws. The cost is $35, which includes a textbook.
• Boating Skills and Seamanship, 7 p.m. Jan. 17 through March 13. This is a nine-week comprehensive program designed for both the experienced and novice boater. Topics include boating safety, navigation, weather, radio use and Florida laws. The cost is $50, which includes a textbook.
Florida law mandates that anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more complete a state-approved safe boating course. Both of these classes satisfy the law.
Both programs will be offered at the auxiliary building at 4340 Calienta St. Registration is a half-hour before the start of the first class. For information, call Jeffrey Hoff at (352) 397-5417.
Education is topic of symposium
West Hernando/Spring Hill Hadassah will present its annual Education Day Symposium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St.
The panel will include Crystal Holmes of Elder Resources; Robert Russano, area SHINE coordinator; Susan Cuellan of the Arthritis Association; and Dr. Ronald S. Gilberg, who specializes in geriatrics.
Lunch will be from noon to 1 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and must be purchased by Jan. 16. For information or tickets, call Elaine Medoff at (352) 666-8467 or Myrna Lax at (352) 686-9243.
Claus for Paws welcomes food and toy donations for animals
The Community Animal Rescue and Educational Shelter's Claus for Paws drive will accept donations through Saturday at the following locations: Fast Lane Express, Avon Discount Store, Brannen Bank on Cortez Boulevard, Julie's Dog Grooming, Exit Success Realty on Spring Hill Drive, Marvel Fitness, Garrison Animal Hospital and the Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast.
Items needed include dog and cat food (Pedigree or Pro Plan), laundry detergent, tall kitchen bags, Waggin' Tail chicken jerky treats, puppy training pads, Kong toys, cat litter and paper towels.
Monetary donations are also appreciated.
CARES pet rescue serves Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. For information, call (352) 279-4953 or visit cares4pets.net.
Step into the 500 Club at Clubhouse event
Brookridge Entertainment will present "A Night at the 500 Club" starring Joey Arminio and Family at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
This is a musical revue for all ages. The group pays tribute to legendary crooners such as Dean Martin and Jerry Vale, then performs 1950s and '60s hits from Buddy Holly, Connie Francis and others. There will also be musical numbers from Broadway shows such as Guys and Dolls and Sweet Charity, as well as an appearance by "Liza Minelli."
Tickets are $20 each. Call Vivian or Larry Schmitz at (352) 610-4901.
Fashion show helps make prom affordable
The Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast needs sponsors and donors for its upcoming "A Passion for Fashion" prom show. The event will include a fashion show of prom dresses, suits and tuxedos.
However, the main purpose is to help make the prom affordable for Hernando County high school students, who will have a chance to win a variety of prom-related services and items.
The show will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St. Businesses and individuals interested in assisting may contact Pat Herrmann at (352) 345-4427 or Rose Rocco at (352) 686-5183.
You can still buy Trees of Life ornaments
Ornaments may still be purchased for HPH Hospice's Trees of Life, which are on display through the end of December at several locations.
You can see the trees between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Hernando HPH Hospice House, 12254 Cortez Blvd.; the Sturgill Care Center, 12242 Cortez Blvd.; and the HPH Hospice West Hernando Team Office, 12260 Cortez Blvd.
Supporters may hang or have an ornament placed on a tree with a tag bearing a name; names may be for someone living or in someone's memory. Donations may be made at a Tree of Life, online at hph-hospice.org or by calling the hospice toll-free 1-800-486-8784.
Get facts on changes in trash collection
Starting Jan. 2, Republic Services, also known as Seaside Sanitation, will begin providing trash collection for all subscribing Hernando County residents outside the city of Brooksville. The company replaces Central Carting and Waste Management.
A meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., where residents may ask questions and get information about the transition. Information is also available online at hernandocounty.us/utils/SolidWaste_Recycling/franchise.htm.
Preschool screenings free for kids 3 to 5
The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System offers preschool screenings for children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten and who might have problems with speech, language, hearing, vision, concepts or motor coordination.
The free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested, as space tends to fill up quickly. Screenings will be offered at these times and places:
• Jan. 11, Feb. 22, March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 6 at Exception Student Education, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville.
• Jan. 25 at Explorer K-8 School, 10252 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill.
To schedule an appointment, call Linda Kaszuba at (352) 797-7021.