Local dentists and members of their staffs are invited to attend a Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet at 5:30 p.m. April 26 at Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
Speaker Lynn Van Meter, owner of Fiddlehead Marketing, will give a short presentation, "How to Market Your Dental Practice in These Tough Economic Times."
A tour of the clinic, which provides services to low-income, uninsured patients, will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (352) 610-9916 by April 22. For information, visit crescent clinic.org.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its Leadership Hernando Class of 2012.
Leadership Hernando is a program that educates participants about Hernando County. Its mission is to encourage, develop and provide leadership for the community.
The number of appointments is limited to 25, and the deadline to apply is May 3. This year's program begins with orientation June 6. Classes run every other Thursday.
Apply online at hernando chamber.com. For information, contact Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697.
Dr. Michael A. Pikos recently lectured on bone grafting and dental implants at the Association of Dental Implantology Masterclass in London.
Master classes give clinicians, technicians and dental care partners the opportunity to listen to highly acclaimed dental professionals.
Pikos is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and founder of Coastal Jaw Surgery, 4372 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled three ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• Northwestern Mutual Financial Network at Lucas Green & Magazine, 2190 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Mary Derussy, (727) 580-2440.
• D&D Grading & Plumbing Service, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call Dennis Harmony, (727) 243-4084.
• Select Physical Therapy, 6474 Oregon Jay Road, Weeki Wachee, 5:15 p.m. Thursday. Call Nancy Holley, (800) 708-0087.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer its annual public-speaking course from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting Monday, and running every Monday through May 14, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The two-hour sessions will be conducted by Vince Vanni of Vince Vanni and Associates. Topics will include dealing with fear, projecting confidence, and preparing and delivering the speech.
The cost is $60 for chamber members and $120 for nonmembers. A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who attend 80 percent of the course. For information or to register, call (352) 796-0697.
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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.
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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free seminars:
• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• "How to Market in this Economy," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 24, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
• "Using the Internet in your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 26, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.
To register, visit score439.org and click on the Local Workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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The Hernando County Medical Society Alliance and BPW Hernando will host the "Women Leading Social Change" luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.
The event will feature speaker Barbara Rodriguez-Morrison, president and chief executive of BMR Consulting in Lutz.
The cost is $15 per person.
To RSVP, send email to Maureen Soliman at email@example.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its April Brochure Exchange from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Beef 'O' Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville.
The cost is $10 at the door and includes lunch. RSVP required. Call Lauren Jolly, (352) 796-0697.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its April After Hours Mixer, sponsored by Select Physical Therapy, Spherion Staffing, Spring Hill Dental Center and Regal Oaks Development Group, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 6483 Oregon Jay Road, Spring Hill.
To RSVP or for information, call Greg Carpenter at (352) 597-7659.
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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with business professionals. There are no membership fees.
Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317 or visit naturecoast businessprofessionals.com.
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Just for Kicks Karate, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer a free antibullying class for children ages 6 to 14 from 5 to 6 p.m. April 23.
The class will teach antibullying techniques that could prove helpful in bullying situations.
For information, call Fred at (727) 645-8749.
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The Hernando Builders Association will have its general membership dinner meeting April 23 at the Bayport Inn, 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport.
A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. on the deck. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. in the dining room, followed by an informal question-and-answer period with the guest candidates.
The cost is $25 for HBA members.
Reservations are requested. Call (352) 596-1114.
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Rookies Sports Bar & Grill, 3095 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill, will host a ROCK Camp fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society from 5 to 10 p.m. April 25.
ROCK (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids) Camp is open to Florida children ages 7 to 16 who are being treated for cancer or who have not been off-treatment for more than three years. The camp offers kids an opportunity to experience the fun and adventure of summer camp without having to feel different from other kids.
Ten percent of food sales will be donated to the ACS to send children to the camp. For information, call (352) 593-4114.
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AT&T will present "A Day of Fun and Support for Hernando County" at 10 a.m. April 27 at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville.
The event is free and open to the public. Lunch and door prizes will be offered. Visitors will learn about public services, including saving money on telephone bills, how to get a free cell phone and free monthly minutes, the Stop Texting and Driving campaign, services for the vision impaired, and how to avoid illegal phone charges.
For information or to RSVP, call toll-free 1-866-899-7106.
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