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IHOP holds Friends Friday Night fundraisers, Chick-fil-A has annual Cow Appreciation Day


For the month of July, Changes Adult Fitness Center of Spring Hill, 12597 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, along with Blue Star Families and Lea's Prayers & Postage, will offer residents an opportunity to thank those who serve our country with Operation Appreciation.

Individuals can drop off a card or letter thanking a member of the military, which will be mailed to troops at home and overseas.

Changes Fitness will also offer discounts for all military members and their spouses. Bring in your military ID to receive the military appreciation rate. For information, call (352) 200-4680.

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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.

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Who's news

Raymond W. Heter was recently named vice president and branch manager of the Brannen Bank office at 14300 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Heter has more than 35 years of banking experience having started in New Jersey and for the last six years has been a bank branch manager in Spring Hill.

Heter graduated from Leadership Hernando in 2005 and is a member of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce where he served as co-chairman for Leadership Hernando 2006 through 2010.

He serves on the board of directors of the Hernando County Family YMCA and is on the board of trustees for Catholic Charities.

Heter and his wife, Linda, reside in Spring Hill. He can be reached at (352) 726-1221.


The Family Freedom Fest will be held from 3 to 11 p.m. until Monday at Fun and Wheels amusement park, 9227 County Line Road, Spring Hill. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

Free parking and admission. The event includes food (Beef 'O' Brady's full menu will be available), contests, arcade games and prizes, and face painting. All day passes and individual rides and game tickets are available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

For information, call (352) 345-2918.

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Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar at 4651 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will host a Dining to Donate fundraiser to benefit the Arc Nature Coast from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Ten percent of customers' bills will be donated to the Arc. Those participating must present a copy of the Dining to Donate flier to their server before ordering.

Donation percentage excludes tax and tip. Valid for dine-in only. To obtain a flier, visit and click on "upcoming events," then click on Dining to Donate to print out the flyer.

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Jazzercise will host its third annual Americanna Jazzercise class at 9 a.m. Monday at 1287 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. The free hourlong class is open to the public.

Attendees are asked to wear red, white and/or blue, and come dressed to exercise. The event will include door prizes and giveaways, and a collection for the nonprofit organization, Gifts From Home. Needed are personal hygiene items, small snacks, small toys such as decks of cards and squirt guns.

Call Becky at (352) 442-8595.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will be closed Monday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Visitors are welcome. The group meets every Tuesday. Call Mike Esposito, (352) 585-6551.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's East Side Development Committee will meet at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at Denny's restaurant, 31015 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West.

The speaker will be John Mitten, owner of Chick-fil-A of Hernando County and Hernando County Chamber of Commerce board of director.

For information, call Kevin Tennie at (352) 540-4521.

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The $50 Investment Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Edward Jones office, 3296 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. New members are welcome.

Call Ross or Wynn Keith at (352) 596-2649.

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Chick-fil-A of Hernando County, at 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will host its 7th annual Cow Appreciation Day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

Come dressed from head to hoof in a complete cow costume and receive a free meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner). A partial costume will earn you a free entree. All calves (children) in costume will receive a free meal.

To download a free costume, visit For information, call (352) 596-2826.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Networking at Noon luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Nina's Cucina, 1427 Kass Circle, Spring Hill.

The cost is $10 per person with a reservation, $15 without a reservation and $20 for nonmembers.

Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the event. Menu selections (grilled chicken panini, penne alla vodka or grilled chicken Caesar salad) are required in advance.

RSVP to Carla Hayes at (352) 796-0697.

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Nature Coast Business Professionals will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The goal of this nonexclusive networking group is to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals. There are no membership fees. The group meets every Friday. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317 or visit

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Get Healthy — Brooksville Natural Foods, 1254 Broad St., Brooksville, will host a Get Healthy Pet Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 9.

The event will include pet photos for $5, dog washes for donations, and pet chiropractic services for $20, with all proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Hernando County. Blood analysis will be available for $50.

Free lectures, samples and gift bags.

For information, call (352) 796-9798.

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The Florida West Coast NARPM Chapter, formerly the local chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers, will meet at 5:30 p.m. July 12 at Kally K's, 3383 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The group offers education and networking for professional property managers. The chapter meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For information, call (352) 683-0080.

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The Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Training Committee will offer the coaching series, "Your Life: Happiness is the Key to Your Success," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays beginning July 11. The series, which continues until Aug. 15, will be held at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

Lori Bainum, president of Succeed Inside Out and a certified coach and motivational speaker, will facilitate the six-week group session.

Learn how a coach can help you navigate the road of professional success, personal fulfillment, or both. Re-examine your goals and set priorities to help define and accomplish what you want in life.

The cost of the six-week series is $349 and includes take-home materials and a private coaching session. The deadline to register is Thursday. To register, call Bainum at (727) 480-1566 or e-mail at .

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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 topics for managers, supervisors or anyone pursuing a career in a management or supervisory role.

Remaining topics and dates include "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. 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.

If you have business announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also e-mail items to or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

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