Sign up to learn financial stability
The United Way of Hernando County will host a workshop on financial stability from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Career Central, 7631 Forest Oaks Blvd.
The United Way has partnered with other community leaders to present this hands-on workshop for Hernando County residents wishing to enhance their money skills and maintain positive banking relationships. There will be speakers from Career Central, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Florida and SunTrust Bank. There will be a question-and-answer session, and brief one-on-one consultations with financial advisers will be available.
There is no cost to attend the workshop. For information, call (352) 688-2026.
Farming on a smaller scale is seminar topic
A free series, "Starting a Small Farm," will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 and Jan. 29 at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.
The program will be offered by Regional Specialized Extension Agent Stacy Strickland. The topic of Thursday's program will be "Money Matters on the Farm."
The topic of the Jan. 21 class will be "What Kind of Farm? Finding Your Niche" and the Jan. 29 class will be "Greenbelting, the Facts."
There is no cost to attend. To register or for information, call (352) 754-4433.
It's time to register for spring Little League
The West Hernando Little League will conduct registration for the spring 2009 season from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, starting this week through Jan. 24, at the WHLL complex at 2313 Founder Road, at Deltona Boulevard.
Registration can also be done online at www.westhernandolittleleague.com. For fees and details, visit the Web site or call (352) 232-4671.
Seminar has help if you want to go green
Hernando County Utilities and Citizens for WATER will host "It Is Easy Being 'Green'!" from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd.
The speaker is Dave Bracciano of Tampa Bay Water, who will discuss how to be green in and out of one's home.
Light refreshments will be served. The free seminar is part of the 2008-09 Hernando County Water Awareness Series. For information, call (352) 754-4037.
Learning CPR now can pay off a little later
Two CPR classes will be offered at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 and Jan. 29 at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital.
The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health care providers, but anyone can participate.
The instructor is Bob Kanner. The cost is $20. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card.
Seating is limited. For information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 597-8875.
Sweetheart Coffee fundraiser is Jan. 17
The Brooksville Woman's Club will host the annual Sweetheart Coffee fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 17 at the club, 131 Main St.
Tickets are $7. The event will include Hawaiian coffee and refreshments, and an Elvis tribute by performer Jeremy Eubanks.
For information or tickets, call Martha Heino at (352) 345-4950 or Joan Sherman at (352) 796-9478.
Ministry releases food order schedule
Angel Food Ministry food orders for January will be taken at the following sites:
• Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, north of Weeki Wachee. Orders will be taken 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Distribution will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 24. Online orders can be placed through Sunday at www.ccwildwood.com (click on Angel Food link). Call (352) 596-1388, ext. 810.
• Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. Orders will be taken 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Distribution will be from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 24. Call (352) 799-3452 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• First Lutheran Church, 30419 Park Ridge Drive, Ridge Manor. Orders will be taken from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday. Distribution will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 24. Call (352) 799-3452 or e-mail email@example.com.
• Nature Coast Family Fellowship, 14832 U.S. 19, Hudson. Orders will be taken from noon to 3 Friday. Online orders can be placed through Jan. 11 at www.naturecoastfamilyfellowship.org. Call (352) 650-7773 or (727) 271-4662. Distribution will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Jan. 24.
Orders placed at all locations must be paid in cash or food stamps (except online orders). Regular food packages are $30 and senior packages of 10 meals are $28. Specialty packages are also available at various prices.
Reserve your spot for Bidding Bonanza
Friday is the reservation deadline for the Bidding Bonanza with the St. Joan of Arc Knights of Columbus Council 11317 Ladies Auxiliary, which will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 in the parish hall at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.
Those attending can bid on items such as a two-hour pontoon boat ride on the Homosassa River, an Italian dinner for four delivered to one's home, round-trip transportation to Tampa International Airport, two hours of handyman work and gift cards to stores such as Kohl's, Publix, Chili's or BP Gas.
All items will be auctioned off at a minimum bid of $5. Auction paddles will be provided.
Dinner will be served and will include antipasto, chicken parmigiano with penne, triple chocolate brownie a la mode and coffee or tea; guests can also bring their own beverages.
Tickets are $10 each; no tickets will be sold at the door. For information or reservations, call Janet at (352) 686-6793, Carol at 683-0850 or Jo at 684-2549.
Mapping class, bird hike at Chinsegut
Chinsegut Nature Center has postponed the map and compass class that was scheduled for Jan. 24. The class will now be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 7. Class size is limited and advanced registration is required.
Additional programs for this month include:
• Chinsegut Winter Birding Hike, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Bring binoculars and a bird book, if you have them.
• Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitat, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Participants will learn how to create a backyard for mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, bats and other wildlife.
All programs are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. For reservations or information, call (352) 754-6722.
Karaoke and dancing with the Shoe Jan. 10
The High Point Golf Club will host Karaoke with the Shoe (Dale and Nancy Shoemaker) from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road.
The event also will feature dancing. Those attending can bring their own drinks and snacks. Tickets are $4 each.
For tickets or information, call Bob and Gaile Wolf at (352) 596-7909, Joan and Ken Thompson at (352) 597-2974 or Harry and Muriel Tremain at (352) 592-0815.
Teens can apply for United Way position
The United Way of Hernando County's Board of Directors has established new policies and procedures allowing teenagers to hold board membership. This is a voluntary position with hours that can be used toward scholarship programs.
There have been provisions made for three students to serve as ex officio board members. Student directors will serve two consecutive terms, their 11th and 12th grade school years, or until they graduate.
Visit the Web site at www.unitedwayhernando.com and download the teen board member application and recommendation request form.
The deadline for applications is Feb. 20. Completed applications and forms can be sent to the United Way of Hernando County, c/o Kathy Jones, Executive Director, 4042 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606.
For information, call (352) 688-2026.
Hadassah symposium scheduled Jan. 26
West Hernando-Spring Hill Hadassah will host its annual educational symposium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St.
The topics will be "Will Green-Clean Energy Be Safe and Costly?" Speakers will include representatives from Progress Energy's nuclear plant in Crystal River, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative and the Pasco Health Department. There will be time allotted for questions.
A catered lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.
Hernando County residents are invited to attend. Tickets are $15, which includes lunch. Proceeds will be donated to the Hadassah Medical Organization.
Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 14. For information or tickets, call Fanny at (352) 683-6282 or Barbara at (352) 683-7269.
SPCA breakfast to benefit animal shelter
The SPCA of Hernando County will have a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Moose Lodge 521, 5214 Mariner Blvd.
The breakfast, sponsored by Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 521, will offer a variety of menu choices. Prices will vary. Proceeds will benefit the animals at the SPCA shelter at 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville. For information, call (352) 686-5666.
Fashion show tickets on sale to aid hospice
Tickets are now available for the fourth-annual fashion show to benefit Hernando-Pasco Hospice, which will be 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 7 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.
The event, which is sponsored by Fine Lines Boutique, will feature a new line of clothing that is made from bamboo, which is a soft, natural fiber that breathes and wears well with Florida's climate. Clothing made of other fabrics will also be modeled. The show will emphasize spring and summer attire, featuring brilliant colors.
The show will feature a preview of everything from casual chic, sport and resort wear to cocktail dresses and full-length gowns. Fine Lines carries sizes in petites, misses and women's.
The event also will include a luncheon, silent auction, entertainment and give-aways. Reginald Roundtree, WTSP-TV news anchor, will emcee.
Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at Fine Lines at 1361 Kass Circle in Spring Hill, or call (352) 666-8843.