USA Tree Service and the Hernando County Foster Parents Association are extending to June 30 the deadline for donations for the summer extravaganza to benefit local foster children.
The group is hoping to raise funds to provide 60 foster children with tickets to a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, plus ballpark food. If finances permit, other summer events will include visits to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, Congo River Miniature Golf, Stop and Play, Fun Zone, a movie and The Wizard of Oz at Stage West Community Playhouse.
Individuals and businesses interested in contributing should contact Jo-Ann at (352) 596-1333 or Karen at (352) 428-1502.
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IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will sponsor Friends Friday Night fundraisers on the second Friday of each month to support the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
For customers who mention Friends of Weeki Wachee on those nights, IHOP will donate 15 percent of their bill to the organization. Call the restaurant at (352) 683-5525.
Registered nurse Lisa D. Caamano, administrator for HPH Home Health, has been re-elected for a third term as the District III director for the Home Care Association of Florida.
The nonprofit serves Florida home care providers with government affairs assistance and representation and educational training.
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Bob Grieves of Tropic Shores Realty in Brooksville and Spring Hill has completed a series of National Association of Realtors seminars and now holds the designations of short sales and foreclosure resource and certified distress property expert.
Grieves also completed the At Home With Diversity training and is now authorized to use that designation, which certifies his understanding of the cultural diversity outreach program sanctioned by the National Association of Realtors.
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Registered nurse Catherine I. Edmisten was recently appointed director of the Emergency Care Center at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. She replaces Bob Foster, who received a promotion within the HCA health care system.
Edmisten comes to the hospital from Spring Hill Regional Hospital, where she served as charge nurse for the emergency department. She has lived in Spring Hill for 28 years and has held a range of health care management positions throughout the Tampa Bay area, as well as leadership positions in the community.
Edmisten has an associate's degree in nursing with high honors from Pasco-Hernando Community College, as well as a bachelor's degree in public administration and a master's degree in business administration from Saint Leo University. She is pursuing a master's certificate in accounting at Saint Leo and is eligible to sit for the CPA license exam.
AAA Auto Club South, 1410 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, will host Cruising for Critters, a motorcycle poker run to benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, today.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the ride starts at 10 a.m. at AAA's Spring Hill office. A free breakfast will be served.
After leaving the AAA office, riders will cruise to five locations to draw cards: Advance Auto Parts, 15826 County Line Road, Spring Hill; Remington Outpost, 26300 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville; Adventure Cycle, 14430 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill; Petco Animal Supplies, 7223 Coastal Blvd., Spring Hill; and R Beach, 4054 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach.
The best hand wins the grand prize. The first 250 scorecards purchased will be entered to win a $5,000 AAA travel voucher.
Other offers include a 50 percent discount on AAA motorcycle membership the day of the event and music by George Marshall at the last stop, R Beach restaurant, where 10 percent of the day's proceeds will benefit the Humane Society.
Scorecards purchased in advance cost $10 each, or three for $20. The day of the event, scorecards will be $12 each or three for $25.
For information, call Trina Bowden at AAA at (352) 683-3446, ext. 2242.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon cuttings during the coming week:
• Dedication for Dr. Luis Rodriquez at Springbrook Hospital, 7007 Grove Road, west of Brooksville, noon Monday. Call Illona Sullivan, (352) 596-4306, ext. 268.
• All Florida Ram Jack at Superior Bank's Barclay office, 14211 Powell Road, south of Brooksville, noon Tuesday. Call Linda Younkman, (727) 447-5502.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Training Committee will offer a manager/supervisor professional development training series. Workshops will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and will cover five topics essential for managers, supervisors or anyone pursuing a career in a management or supervisory role.
Topics and dates include:
"Coaching," Monday and June 13; "Conflict Management and Change," July 20 and 27; "Motivation," Aug. 22 and 29; "Delegation," Sept. 12 and 19; and "Performance Management," Oct. 17 and 24.
Each topic is $10 per person or $15 for two. Individuals who attend the first four topics receive the fifth one free. Training will be provided by Knowledge Quest Education Solutions. All workshops will be at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Advance registration is required. Call (352) 796-0697.
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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small-business seminar, "How to Market in This Economy," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
The event is sponsored by the Hernando County Public Library System. Bill Brydia, a SCORE counselor, will present an analysis of the factors affecting growth and expansion with emphasis on growth audit on planning, marketing and human resource availability.
No registration is required. Call (352) 540-6391 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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Chick-fil-A of Hernando, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will have its Summer Kick-Off event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The celebration is free and open to the public. The event will include music provided by Nature Coast Professional Disc Jockeys, Mimi the lemur of Hernando Primates, balloon twisting with Crazy Hat Entertainment, face painting by Jami, a bounce house provided by Lil Ant's House of Bounce and various games.
For information, call (352) 596-2826.
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The Hernando Builders Association will have its quarterly Breakfast Club meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the HBA office, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
Renia Casillo, educational speaker and business coach of C2B, will speak on the topic of "Mining the Vein of Referrals." Association members and local businesses are invited. John Mason Catering will serve a hot breakfast.
The cost is $7 for association members and $10 for nonmembers. RSVP by Friday at (352) 596-1114.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center at University of South Florida will offer a "Marketing Works" seminar from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The seminar will be presented by Bill McKown, a certified business analyst. Participants will learn how to craft the right message for the right audience and discover strategies to win new customers and promote a business.
The cost is $45 per person. To register, call (352) 796-0697.
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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free educational program, "Get Good Bugs, Get Better Health," at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Laura DeWitt, owner of Get Healthy-Brooksville Natural Foods, will speak about the good bugs in the human body. She will also discuss how human health and plant health are parallel.
Staffers will offer tours of the Green World facility and garden. For directions, call (352) 799-0200.
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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals. There are no membership fees. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317 or visit naturecoastbusinessprofessionals.com.
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The Hernando Builders Association's Ladies of the HBA, in conjunction with Patricia's Boutique, will host a Cruisin' into Fashion show and brunch at 11 a.m. June 11 at Glen Lakes Country Club, 9000 Glen Lakes Blvd., north of Weeki Wachee.
The cost is $35, payable in advance or at the door. Those attending are asked to bring at least one article of gently used business apparel. Donations will benefit Career Closet, which provides proper attire for job interviews and work to those in need.
For information, call Brenda at (352) 596-1114.
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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management will meet June 14 in the conference room in the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.
Networking begins at 5:15 p.m., and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.
The topic, "Electronic Medical Records" will be presented by Vishal Chunilal of Medical Innovative Solutions.
To RSVP, call Dee Suber at (352) 596-3338 or send a fax to (352) 597-3986 by Thursday.
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