All nine Hernando County Walgreens stores have signed on to help Gifts from Home send treats to troops serving overseas. The item for December: Walgreens Ultra Alkaline batteries.
Each month, Walgreens selects an item and asks customers to purchase it and place it into a collection box. In addition, each store has a display standing beside the collection box, featuring the top 10 items the troops ask for. Those items can also be placed into the collection box.
Linda Kidwell, who runs Gifts from Home, will pick up the items and pack them in care packages heading to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Participating Walgreens are at: 14320 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; 7305 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; 20020 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; 16200 County Line Road, Spring Hill; 4255 Commercial Way, Spring Hill; 11180 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; 13053 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill; 9819 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee; and 4096 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
For information on Gifts from Home, call Kidwell at (352) 684-4185.
Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" — associates of the month — for November. Each month, an associate representing one of the hospital's three areas of service — nursing, ancillary and support — is chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by the staff.
This month's stars are Mary-Anne Flowers, Derek Browning and Kimberly Martin.
Flowers, a registered dietitian, joined Oak Hill in 2002. She supervises the dietitians and identifies patients with nutrition risks and helps improve their nutritional status. She and her husband, Jim, and their son live in New Port Richey.
Browning, a phlebotomist, joined Oak Hill's lab in August 2006. He and his wife, Nikki, live in Spring Hill and have two daughters.
Martin came to Oak Hill's environmental services department two years ago. She lives in Spring Hill and has a son.
Liberty Tax Service has partnered with the United Way of Hernando County to offer free gift wrapping services from noon to 5 p.m. today at its two local stores, 4375 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, and 13072 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
The free gift wrapping will be offered every Saturday through Dec. 19. There is no charge, but the United Way will be accepting donations for its ongoing work.
For information, call (352) 597-0010 or visit www.united wayhernando.net.
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Rogers' Christmas House Village will have its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at 103 S Saxon Ave., Brooksville.
Santa will arrive at 11 a.m. and stay until 3 p.m. The event will include demonstrations on cane weaving and quilting, storytelling, musical performances and artwork displays.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For information, call (352) 796-2415.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• Mail in a Box, 10537 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. For information, call Pat Jaimes at (352) 688-2888.
• Five Guys Burgers & Fries, 13165 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. For information, call Sue Anderson at (352) 597-6887.
• Armed Response 24, 18927 Titus Road, Hudson, noon Friday. After the ribbon-cutting, festivities will continue until 7 p.m., with demonstrations, presentations, a raffle, music and refreshments. For information, call John Crescente at (352) 684-6233.
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The Ali Lassen's Leads Club, Business Partners of Hernando Chapter, will meet from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at Ercolano's Italian Restaurant, 4185 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Club members and guests can order from the menu. A separate membership fee is required.
The speaker will be Julio Hurtado, an independent security consultant for home and business intrusion detection systems.
For information, call Dianne Hogg at (813) 230-1728 or visit www.leadsfl.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its December membership holiday breakfast meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.
Cemex is the sponsor of this 24th annual Christmas breakfast and will be covering the breakfast cost for members. RSVPs required; call Serena Seifried at (352) 796-3522, ext. 108, or send e-mail to email@example.com.
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Hernando Biz … Net-Connecting for You, a new networking group, will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.
A minimal dues structure is in place. Members are asked to attend at least three meetings a month and order breakfast from the menu.
New members are welcome. For information, contact Ray Heter at (352) 688-1900 or via e-mail at rheter@cortezcommunity bank.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a Holiday Golf Tournament on Thursday at the Dunes Golf Club at Seville, 18200 Seville Clubhouse Drive, north of Weeki Wachee.
Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. There will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Hole sponsors and individual player entry fees are $100 each. Gold sponsorships are $450 (includes four players and hole sponsorship) and team sponsorships are $400 (includes four players). The individual entry fee includes golf, cart, barbecue luncheon, a bottomless keg and range balls. A silent auction will follow the tournament.
Platinum sponsors include Cemex and Dyno Nobel. The lunch sponsor is Tampa Armature Works. Hole-in-one sponsors include Harley-Davidson of Crystal River and the Dunes Golf Club at Seville.
The deadline to register is Monday. For information, call Carla Hayes at (352) 796-0697, ext. 15.
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Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will be the site of Spirit Night, hosted by Central High School's Distributive Education Clubs of America.
The event will be from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. DECA students will be on site at 5 p.m. for a meet-and-greet and to answer questions about the program.
Guests are asked to drop their receipts into the designated DECA box. Chick-fil-A will donate 20 percent of sales for the day to DECA, which will benefit the group's student scholarship fund. DECA promotes social intelligence, leadership development, vocational understanding and civic consciousness in leading students to careers in entrepreneurship, marketing and management.
For information about the event, call the restaurant at (352) 596-2826. For information about DECA, call the school at (352) 797-7020.
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A wine-and-cheese fundraiser will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at Stolte Eye Center, 11115 County Line Road, Spring Hill.
The event will benefit the family of Ethan Raske, a 4-year-old boy who was born with numerous medical problems. Ethan needs stem cell treatment to help his quality of life, but his family cannot afford it.
The event will include refreshments, door prizes, entertainment and a raffle basket worth $150. For information, call (352) 666-9990.
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The Eastside Business Development Committee of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its second annual Light Up Christmas Festival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Sunrise Plaza on Cortez Boulevard in Ridge Manor West.
All proceeds will benefit A New Generation Program Resource Center. The event will feature Santa Claus (photos will be $3 or two for $5 inside Beef O'Brady's), Christmas caroling, face painting, balloon animals and a bookmobile.
The Road to Bethlehem, a walk-through drama, will be presented by Hillside Community Baptist Church. Music will be provided by DJ Bob Pepe. Raffle tickets for prizes will be available.
All events are free, except the photos with Santa, and open to the public. For information, call Deidre Fletcher at (352) 796-9486.
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Superior Bank, 14211 Powell Road, south of Brooksville, will have a Christmas party from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10. The event is free and open to the public.
Free pictures with Santa will be available. For information, contact Tammy LaValle, branch manager, at (352) 796-3109.
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The Chamber Diplomat Committee of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its "Mingle With Kris Kringle" celebration from 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 12 at Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4200 Summit View Drive, Brooksville.
Admission is $20 and includes hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary cocktail. DJ Richie Sanvenero will provide music for dancing. There will be a cash bar. Organizers ask guests to bring an unwrapped toy ($10 value) for Toys for Tots.
RSVP by Friday. Names must be left at the gate for admission. For information or to RSVP, call Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its January networking class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Capital City Bank's conference room, 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
The class will be conducted by Vince Vanni and will offer practical tips; it is designed especially for individuals who are uncomfortable talking to strangers.
The class is open to the public. The fee is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. Seating is limited. To register, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697, ext. 15.
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