Song Johnston has opened Vickie's Consignment & More at 13139 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, the site of the closed Vickie's Consignment store.
Johnston, who has 13 years of clothing retail experience, changed the name slightly to reflect changes she made. The new business has more of a consignment boutique feel; more than 50 percent of the merchandise is new.
The business is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call (352) 688-6100.
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The Hernando County Farmers Market, 2450 Commercial Way, in the parking lot of the old Kmart in Spring Hill, will have a food drive to benefit local charities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and each Saturday through Dec. 17. Dropoff boxes will be available to collect donations of nonperishable foods, which will be distributed to local charities.
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Tijuana Cowboys, 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill, is holding a food drive to collect items for its annual Thanksgiving Feed the Homeless dinner.
The dinner will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant. Items needed include turkeys, canned goods or donations. In addition, a toy drive to collect items for the annual Day with Santa at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17 is under way. Items or cash donations may be dropped off at the restaurant. For information, call Regina at (352) 610-4385.
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During November, HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab, 5311 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, will offer new patients their first day of services for the price of a canned food item.
All of the food will benefit needy families in the area. For information, call (352) 398-1231.
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Vendors are needed for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's fourth annual Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West.
The event is free and open to the public. Santa Claus will visit. There also will be Christmas carolers, the bookmobile, a train ride, a cakewalk, a DJ, children's games and activities, clowns and raffles. WWJB-AM 1450 will broadcast live from the event. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Hernando High School's Future Farmers of America.
The registration deadline for vendors is Nov. 30. Vendor registration forms can be obtained and dropped off at SunTrust Bank in Ridge Manor West or faxed to (352) 799-5970.
For information, call Deidre Fletcher at (352) 796-9486 or Kevin Tennie at (352) 540-4521.
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The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce are providing free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County.
A business consultant is available at the chamber office to provide access to all SBDC 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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USA Tree Service and the Hernando County Foster Parents Association will host the second annual Christmas party for Hernando County foster children on Dec. 18. This year's theme is music and art.
In order to provide each child with a day of fun and memories, community support — in the form of toys, money, refreshments and gift certificates — is needed.
Residents or businesses interested in contributing should call Karen at (352) 428-1502 or Jo-Ann or Samantha at (352) 596-1333.
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Extreme Bicycles, 14245 Powell Road, Silverthorn Plaza, Spring Hill, is donating his and hers bicycles for a drawing to benefit the Arc Nature Coast. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5.
Drawings for Giant Cypress 2012 men's and Giant Cypress 2012 women's bikes, both with a retail value of $389, will take place during the Arc's holiday open house Dec. 16 at its new education center at 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Individuals do not need to be present to win.
For information and ticket sale locations, call Extreme Bicycles at (352) 684-7101 or the Arc at (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.
Realtor Sabrina Robles Ocasio has joined the sales team at Weichert, Realtors-Land & Home, 20375 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
Ocasio, who speaks fluent Spanish and English, serves buyers and sellers throughout Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties as a member of the Hernando County Association of Realtors. Before entering the real estate sales field, the Brooksville resident worked in the air and ocean transportation industry.
To reach Ocasio, call (352) 799-1995.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a ribbon cutting at Pay It Forward Farm, 16625 Laura Lee Drive, Spring Hill, at noon Tuesday. Call Christine Collins at (813) 966-7448.
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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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The Jazzercise Fitness Center at 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will present a Thanksgiving Day Jazzercise class at 9 a.m. Thursday. Admission to the class is a nonperishable food item, paper product or monetary donation to benefit People Helping People of Hernando County.
The 60-minute class, organized by instructor Becky Mooneyham, will include a warmup, aerobic routines, muscle toning and a cool-down stretch. Call (352) 442-8595.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Committee quarterly luncheon meeting will be at noon Nov. 29 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, south of Brooksville.
Guest speakers will be Mike McHugh, manager of the county's Office of Business Development, and Don Silvernell, Hernando County Airport manager.
Reservations are required by Tuesday. Call (352) 796-0697 or send email to becky@hernando chamber.com.
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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free seminars:
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Learn key issues involved in starting a business.
• "How to Write a Grant Proposal," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. Explore grant writing and gain information about the key steps in the grant-writing process.
To register, visit score439.org and click on the Workshops and Events tab, or call (727) 842-4638.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Holiday Golf Tournament on Dec. 1 at Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4200 Summit View Drive, Brooksville.
Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30. The $100 entry fee includes golf, cart, range balls and a barbecue lunch. A silent auction will be held immediately after the tournament.
Sponsorship opportunities are available: hole sponsor/individual player, $100; team sponsor/four-person team, $400; and gold sponsor/four players and hole sponsorship, $450.
The deadline to register is Wednesday. For information, call (352) 796-0697.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center at USF and Pasco-Hernando Community College will present a two-part seminar from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at PHCC's Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill.
Session 1, "The Power of E-mail Marketing," will offer best practices, tips and techniques for email marketing strategies.
Session 2, "Getting Started with Constant Contact," will explain the Constant Contact email marketing system and demonstrate how to find the best email template for one's needs, plus how to include links, pictures, logos and other items.
The seminar will be presented by Pamela Starr with Constant Contact. Each session is 90 minutes, with a break in between. The cost is $10. Advance registration and payment are required. Call (352) 796-0697.
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