Monday, May 28, 2018
Education

Goodwill kicks off book drive; westside elections office reopens

COUNTYWIDE

BookWorks book drive kicks off today

A book drive for Goodwill's BookWorks preschool literacy program kicks off today and continues through March 15. The program is seeking donations of new or like-new books for children ages 2 to 5. Volunteers read to children at Head Start centers and other locations, then present each child with a personalized book to take home. Books should include a note indicating they are "for BookWorks." They may be dropped off at any Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk or Marion counties. The local Goodwill store is at 4750 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. For other sites, visit goodwill-suncoast.org or call toll-free 1-888-279-1988. To volunteer for BookWorks, call either ext. 1013 or 1976.

SPRING HILL

Westside elections office reopens

The westside office of the Hernando County supervisor of elections reopens today. The office, at 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd., which had closed after the November election, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The main office, in Room 165 at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For information, call (352) 754-4125.

RIDGE MANOR

Crime Watch hosts omelet fundraiser

The Ridge Manor Area Crime Watch will host its annual omelet breakfast fundraiser from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd. Omelet chefs will include U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis and Hernando County Commissioner James Adkins, as well as crime watch members. Omelets are made to order. Meals also include sausage, grits, biscuits and gravy, coffee, tea and orange juice. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Take-out orders will be available. For information, call Gigi Davignon at (727) 510-8228 or Paul Baker at (352) 608-4282.

WEEKI WACHEE

All-ages pageant isn't just for ladies

The annual Miss Weeki Wachee Beauty Pageant will be Feb. 9 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The event, a collaboration between the Friends of Weeki Wachee and Envy Pageant Productions, has divisions for all age groups — male and female. This is a preliminary pageant for Miss Florida U.S. International and Miss Teen Florida American Beauty. Entry fees start at $80. Families and other spectators must pay regular park admission prices. For information or applications, contact Envy Pageant Productions at (352) 256-9959 or [email protected]

Today's picks

Winter 2013 Senior Expo: 10 a.m., Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. Free. (727) 879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

Hernando Symphony Orchestra presents 'The Big Bands,' with Lorri Hafer: 7:30 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $12; $5 for students. (352) 683-5113. hernandosymphony.com.

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