NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED: The Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will have its second annual National Philanthropy Day event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey.
The committee is accepting nominations for the banquet, during which philanthropists from Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties will be recognized for their community service and giving.
Nominations of community leaders are requested in six categories: Philanthropist of the Year, Philanthropic Corporation of the Year, Philanthropic Small Business of the Year, Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year, Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy, and Youth in Philanthropy.
Nominations may be made at afp-naturecoast.org/npd14/. For information, call Stefanie Pontlitz at (727) 514-5133.
HOSPITAL STARS: Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill has announced its "stars" — associates of the month — for July. They are Peggy O'Reilly-Berry and Victoria Wetherbee.
O'Reilly-Berry, a registered nurse, has worked on the hospital's second floor since December 2011. She is a case manager.
Wetherbee is a pre-operative nurse at the hospital.
SCHOOL OFFERS FREE HAIRCUTS: Bene's International School of Beauty in Spring Hill and New Port Richey will provide free haircuts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today for anyone who brings in a school supply. No appointments are needed.
The schools are at 1486 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, and 7027 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.
School supplies will be donated to nonprofit programs serving children, including Healthy Kids, Healthy Families, Healthy Start and the Pasco County schools. For information, call Josh Fletcher at (727) 848-8415.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings this week:
• Blaise Ingoglia, 2939 Landover Blvd., Spring Hill, at noon Tuesday. Call Blaise Ingoglia, (352) 686-8112.
• Always Grande Hair Salon, 59 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville, at noon Thursday. Call Denise Deskins, (352) 263-8389,
CHAMBER SPONSORS RESIDENTS RECEPTION: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Hernando County Residents Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
People attending will have the opportunity to meet chamber members and representatives from the Hernando County Commission, the Sheriff's Office, other county offices and representatives of the School Board.
The free event is open to the public and will include samples of signature dishes from local restaurants. For information, call (352) 796-0697 or visit hernandochamber.com.
PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer its annual course in public speaking, "Learn to Speak So That Others Will Listen," from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 24. The classes will be in the chamber's training room at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The course, conducted by Vince Vanni, will cover several topics, among them dealing with fear, projecting confidence and preparing and delivering the speech. The course will also cover how to use visual aids, questions and answers, and a hostile audience.
A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who attend at least four of the five classes. The fee is $60 for chamber members, $120 for nonmembers. To register, visit hernandochamber.com/events or call (352) 796-0697.
VISIT WITH THE CHAMBER: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The public is invited to stop in for a few minutes or all day. The event, which is free, will include raffles, door prizes, food and beverages, meet-and-greets, networking and chamber information. To RSVP, call (352) 796-0697 or visit hernandochamber.com/events.
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CHAMBER ANNOUNCES 2014 BEACH BASH: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Beach Bash from 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 10 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
This year's theme: "Zombies Invade Chamber Island." Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner and entertainment. A cash bar will be available. The event will include a zombie trail and identifier, plus other scary surprises. For tickets, visit hernandochamber.com/events or call (352) 796-0697.
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