CEREMONY PLANNED AT EXPANDED BEACON STADIUM CINEMAS: Georgia Theatre Co. has announced the completion of the Beacon Stadium Cinemas expansion in Spring Hill. The added square footage includes three new auditoriums, including a large-format screen known as "Georgia Theatre Xtreme," or GTX.
A special film-cutting ceremony will be take place at 10 a.m. today at the theater, 12961 Cortez Blvd. Company officials will join the community to celebrate the project's completion. Plus a free bag of popcorn will be given out with every ticket purchase over the weekend.
The complex has a new lobby featuring self-serve concessions, plus a separate in-theater dining and bar area. One existing auditorium was removed to expand the lobby and concession area, and with the three new screens the theater is now a 12-plex.
GTX is a large-screen format that is shown in a four-story-high auditorium, with a wall-to-wall screen that is more than 70 feet wide.
All 12 screens feature state-of-the-art digital projection with Dolby Surround Sound.
The total cost for the renovation was more than $2 million.
FREE BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed across the nation, has partnered with the Small Business Administration and Counselors to America's Small Business to offer free counseling to both start-up and established businesses.
More than 26 former business owners and corporate executives are available to offer assistance to people Hernando and Pasco counties. For information, visit score439.org or call (727) 842-4638.
FREE BUSINESS CONSULTATIONS: The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce provide free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
A business consultant is available at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, to provide access to all of the center's services. To schedule a session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTING: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at 3-D Solar, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, at noon Wednesday. Call David Ringo, (727) 868-0110.
PHSC ENCORE ACADEMY PRESENTS BOOT CAMP AND JOB SKILLS WORKSHOPS: The Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando State College is sponsoring Back to School Boot Camp and Job Seekers workshops for students 50 and older. Workshops will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. through August at the Spring Hill campus, 450 Beverly Court.
The program addresses the major obstacles facing older people who want to return to the classroom or improve their job outlook. Students may enroll for the entire series or select individual workshops.
Coming workshops include:
• "Intro to File Management," Tuesday.
• "Interviewing Skills," Thursday. Free.
The registration deadline is three days before the workshop. Workshops are $12 each unless otherwise noted. Call (727) 816-3439 or visit phsc.edu/encore.
LUNCH BUNCH EXCHANGE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host a Lunch Bunch Exchange at noon Friday at Brooksville Country Club, 23446 Links Drive., Brooksville. The topic will be "Financial/Insurance," presented by Sallie Rice. The cost is $13 for members who preregister or $15 for nonmembers and those who pay at the door. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events.
OPEN HOUSE CRUISE-IN: West Coast Classic will have an open house cruise-in from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at 17396 Nicasio Jay Ave., Weeki Wachee.
Everyone is invited to show off their rides. Tours of the auto restoration shop will be available, and there will be lunch and prizes. For information, call (352) 597-5061.
2014 SUMMER NIGHT CA$H BASH DATE SET: The Hernando Builders Association has announced that its 2014 Summer Night Ca$h Bash will be Aug. 23 at the Palace Grand in Spring Hill. This year's event is presented by Kilgroe, Frantzis, Quinty and Associates-UBS Investments. The event includes more than $11,000 in cash and prizes, food and fun. Only 400 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $75 per person or $95 per couple and include dinner and entry into the grand prize drawing. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the YMCA of the Suncoast in Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 596-1114 or visit HernandoBuilders.com.
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