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Chick-fil-A has teamed up with Office Depot to give away two backpacks — one for a boy, one for a girl — loaded with school supplies and other goodies on Tuesday at the restaurant, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Students can enter to win at the restaurant. The drawing will be about 7:30 p.m., at the end of Family Night, but those entering do not need to be present to win. For information, call (352) 596-2826.

The Housing and Education Alliance will offer a free counseling workshop, hosted by Capital City Bank, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The Housing and Education Alliance is a nonprofit housing and urban development certified counseling agency. The workshop will enable participants to receive free one-on-one counseling, and they may join the Homeowners Retention Club.

For information, contact Rosemary Atkins, housing counselor, at (352) 686-5124

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Wal-Mart Supercenter, 13300 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will play host to a teacher appreciation breakfast from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Wednesday for Hernando County schoolteachers and support staffers. School identification is required.

Those attending will receive a free teacher's tool kit. Also, there will be prizes for raffles, including more than $500 in Wal-Mart gift cards and gift cards for other businesses, including Red Lobster, Staples, Home Depot, Lowe's, IHOP, Chili's, Perkins, Tiger Lily Florist and Circuits gym for men.

Representatives from area businesses will also be on hand to answer questions.

For information, contact Kathleen Reitz, executive director, Hernando County Education Foundation, at (352) 797-7029 or Rhonda Turner, Vision Center manager, Wal-Mart Supercenter, at (352) 597-1985.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon cuttings this week:

•J & M Limo Services, at the chamber office, 4044 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, contact Thomas or Christine Hall at (352) 688-2999.

•Compass Bank, 7205 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Friday. For information, contact Judy Drumheller at (352) 686-5930.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs committee will present its 2008 Primary Election Candidates Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

There will be a meet-and-greet with the candidates beginning at 5 p.m. The questioning panel includes Mike Konrad, editor of the Hernando Times, and Chris Wessel, editor of Hernando Today.

The forum will be broadcast live on Hernando County Government Broadcasting, Ch. 622, and simulcast on WWJB-AM 1450. It will also be rebroadcast on Ch. 622 at 7 p.m. Saturday, at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 and at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 25.

The event is sponsored by the Hernando County Association of Realtors, the Hernando Builders Association and Hernando Progress. Refreshments will be served. For information, call (352) 796-0697.

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Belk department store will offer free bra fittings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the store at 13151 Cortez Blvd. in the Coastal Way Plaza, Spring Hill.

Certified fitters will be in the intimate apparel department to help women choose their correct size and style.

For information, call (352) 592-1515, ext. 241.

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Genesis Health and Fitness, in partnership with Explorer K-8 School, will host a Luau Fundraiser to Fight Childhood Obesity in Hernando County from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the fitness center, 8411 Balm St., off U.S. 19 (just north of Outback Steakhouse).

The event is a catered luau-style party that will include carnival games, jumping castles, mermaids and belly dancers. There will also be a blood drive with LifeSouth Community Blood Center's bloodmobile from 4 to 6 p.m.

All funds raised will be matched by Genesis and will go toward putting a child through two months of the facility's "Kids in Motion" program, which costs $180 per child. The program is for children ages 6 through 13. Those interested can sponsor a child with a donation of $90, or give a smaller donation or help out by purchasing chances to win prizes in the various carnival games, such as the football toss, basketball challenge, tic-tac-toe and the Dunk Your Trainer.

For information, call (352) 597-9383.

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The new DoCare Clinic, Family Medicine & Urgent Care, 410 Broad St., Masaryktown, will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Dr. Chuma Osuji, medical director, and the staff welcome visitors. There will be free refreshments and door prizes. The office accepts most types of insurance and uninsured medical assistance.

For information, call (352) 263-1648.

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The Green Bean Organic Market, 11020 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer a free demonstration, "How to Save Money on Your Grocery Budget by Using Bulk Foods," from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The demonstration, by chef David James, will include five nutritious meals for less than $2 per person per day. Samples will be given.

For information, call (352) 688-7979.

If you have announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also e-mail items to or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

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