FREE SIPS AND SEA CREATURES FOR GOODWILL DONORS: People who drop off clothing or household items today at the Goodwill Industries-Suncoast Superstore, 4750 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will receive a coupon for a free Route 44 big drink at the Spring Hill Sonic drive-in, 4667 Commercial Way.
In addition, donors will receive a coupon good for a free ticket to the Florida Aquarium for each adult ticket purchased, up to three free tickets. The aquarium coupons are redeemable until Nov. 30.
The Goodwill store features a drive-through donation lane. Donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Donations support Goodwill's employment services for people in the local community.
Visit goodwill-suncoast.org for more information.
LABORATORY ACCREDITATION: Gulf Coast Medical Center, 2178 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, has met all criteria for laboratory accreditation by COLA, a private national health care accreditation organization.
Accreditation is given to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass an on-site laboratory survey.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers to mentor small businesses. For information, visit score439.org and click on "Volunteer."
JEWELRY EXHIBIT: Jerry Johnson, owner of His Nibs, 12470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, recently received a tour of the new exhibit "The Language of Jewelry" at the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa.
Johnson, a gemologist, appraiser and graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, received a private, behind-the-scenes tour from Barbara Smith, chief consultant for the exhibit and president of the local chapter of the institute. The exhibit is an extensive collection of more than 400 items dating from the Victorian Era through the Art Deco Period. The tour, which will assist Johnson with appraisals, included information about how the exhibit was assembled and how cultural and social changes as well as the Industrial Revolution influenced trends in jewelry.
DOCTOR RECEIVES DIABETES RECOGNITION: Dr. Nicholas Strobbe of the Gulf Coast Medical Center, who is board certified in internal medicine, was recently recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Diabetes Association for providing quality care to patients with diabetes.
Gulf Coast Medical Center has two locations: Spring Hill and Port Richey. For information, visit gcmc1.com.
EDUCATION COMMITTEE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's education committee will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. For information, call Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings this week:
• Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill, at noon Wednesday. The event includes a grand reopening. Call Connie Cordell, (352) 666-0068.
• Pull It Together, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, at noon Thursday. Call Erica Black, (513) 646-0767.
JAZZERCISE ANNIVERSARY: Jazzercise Spring Hill, at 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will celebrate its second anniversary by holding an Anniversary Bash/Open House on Thursday.
Admission is free. The event will include six classes — at 8, 9 and 10 a.m. and 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. — as well as giveaways and prizes.
Participants should dress to exercise. For information, visit jazzercise.com or call Becky Mooneyham, (352) 442-8595.
BEACH BASH: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Beach Bash: HANG 10 Hernando! will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach.
Tickets are $15 per person, which includes food, drinks, entertainment, dunk tank and other activities. DJ Beach Bum will provide music outside from 5 to 11 p.m. A band will perform inside from 7 to 11 p.m.
Sponsorships are available: longboard for $1,000, shortboard for $500, lifeguard for $250 and business for $100. For information about the bash, go to hernandochamber.com.
CLASS ON BULLYING: Just for Kicks Karate, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will have a free bullying class at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Oct. 12.
For information, call Fred Payne, (727) 645-8749, or visit justforkickskarate.webs.com.
FREE SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting several free seminars.
• "Building the Plan for a Successful Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
• "E-Marketing Concepts," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
• "Increase Sales-Master Selling Skills," 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Oct. 15, Lykes Memorial Library Brooksville main branch, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• "Tips for Successful Grant Writing," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "Increase Sales-Master Selling Skills," 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.
To register and get additional information, visit score439.org and click on the "Local Workshops" tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the "Disney on Leadership" series at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The series, presented by Royce Decker, reviews past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services. The goal is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.
• Session 2 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 or from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29.
• Session 3 will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 or from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15.
• Session 4 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 or from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
The cost for chamber members is $15 per class or $45 for the four-part series. The cost for nonmembers is $20 or $65 for the series. Register online at hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
HONEYBAKED HAM FIGHTS TO "FOIL" BREAST CANCER: For the first time in 55 years, the HoneyBaked Ham Co. is changing its iconic gold foil to pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. HoneyBaked and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are partnering in October to "foil" breast cancer.
In addition, the HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe, 4638 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will donate $1 from each ham sale in October to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation's local mammography program. Call (352) 592-2994 for information.
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 in the county.
A business consultant is available at the chamber office to provide access to all of the center's services. The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
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