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YMCA of the Suncoast puts on talent show

Spring Hill

Talent show tonight benefits YMCA

The Hernando school-age program of the YMCA of the Suncoast will present "A Night with Your Local Stars!" from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd.

Members of the community, young and old, will perform musical and dance numbers to help raise money for the YMCA's annual campaign. Proceeds will help cover tuition fees for those who cannot afford the Y's before- and after-school programs and the summer program.

Tickets are $10. For information, call (352) 686-9622.


If anyone can make an omelet, its the FFA

The Hernando-Central FFA will have an omelet breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. today at Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, off the State Road 50 bypass.

Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit FFA programs, including caring for two steers, two heifers, three hogs and two chickens.

The cost is $3 per person. For information, call Jessica Reagan at (352) 797-7020, ext. 251.


Poker Run benefits child with cancer

The Cole Van Hoy Poker Run will be today, starting with breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Pit Stop Bar and Grille, 14445 Ponce de Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. The last bike out is at 10:30 a.m.

Stops include Harley-Davidson of Crystal River, Mac's Place, Rebar and back to the Pit Stop for a barbecue and live music. The barbecue starts at 3 p.m.; the band performs from 4 to 8 p.m.

The cost is $20 per rider and $10 for passengers. Proceeds will go to the family of 9-year-old Cole, who is battling two types of cancer.

RSVP to Paula Healey, (352) 796-7570 or

Spring Hill

If your water is brown next week, here's why

Spring Hill Fire Rescue will be flushing hydrants in neighborhoods where water pressure is low beginning Thursday.

The following areas will be tested:

• From County Line Road north to approximately Spring Hill Drive.

• From Commercial Way east to Kass Circle, including the Pinehurst sections of Spring Hill.

The flushing allows the fire district to test the flow of the fire mains and to flush out the underground mains, keeping any buildup of debris out of the water system.

Residents should be aware that they may experience rusty water. However, it will be safe to drink. It is recommended that residents run their water for a couple of minutes prior to doing any laundry and before drinking the water.


Show off your pet; leave with a new one

The Humane Society of the Nature Coast will host its fifth annual Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21-22 at Tom Varn Park, 275 Darby Lane.

The event will feature pet contests and games, local and breed-specific animal rescue groups, food, vendors, and a new Bow Wow bake sale.

Madame Paw-Paw will read the palms (paws) of the four-legged guests. Live entertainment will be provided by local country/rock singer Mitch Cain and by the Non-Breeders, who will perform their original pet tunes.

Pets can participate, for a nominal fee, in the MaddMac lure chase, and the Best Dressed Pet, the Pet Look-Alike, the Pet/People Look-Alike, the Best Kisser and the Longest Tail contests.

Owners can bring their pet's photo and enter the "Open Hearts" calendar photo contest. Photos are $10 per entry. Photos must be of pets only and cannot be returned.

All pets are welcome, but they must be kept at all times on a leash. Admission is $5 for adults. Pets and children under the age of 12 are free. All proceeds benefit the homeless pets at the Humane Society shelter.

For information, call Kim or Tracy at (352) 796-2711 or visit

Spring Hill

Elgin Blvd. road work to be discussed

A public meeting has been scheduled to discuss the Elgin Boulevard paved shoulders construction project from 4 to 6 p.m. March 26 at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 11200 Elgin Blvd.

Construction on the project is scheduled to begin May 1. For information, call Scott Nelson, senior project manager, Hernando County Engineering Division, at (352) 754-4062, ext. 17008.

Hernando County

Scholarships offered to civic-minded teens

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Youth Education Services is offering two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors. The Richard Buckingham Community Service Scholarships will be awarded to students who have volunteered a considerable number of hours for an organization and/or a school-affiliated program.

In addition, the graduating senior must have at least a 2.0 grade-point average and must plan to enroll as a full-time student in an accredited college, university or trade school. A selection committee from the sheriff's Youth Education Services board of directors will review applications and choose the recipients.

For information, contact high school guidance offices or the Hernando County Sheriff's Office at (352) 754-6830, ext. 53664. A printable registration form is available online at www.

The deadline is 5 p.m. March 31. All fully completed applications must be received at the Sheriff's Office, 18900 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, by this date.

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