Thursday, February 22, 2018
News Roundup

Clubs calendar



Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: 14494 Cortez Blvd. Dinner at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by music by Possible Music; $3 cover. Breakfast cooked to order, 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday; prices, $4.25 to $5.75. For weekly schedule, call (352) 596-2582.

Brooksville Garden Club: Lunch at noon today, First United Methodist Church, fellowship hall, 109 S Broad St. At 1 p.m. Regina Cameron, owner of the Secret Garden, will speak about water garden plants. The business meeting will follow at 1:30 p.m. Louise, (352) 799-3160, or Ingrid, (352) 277-3183.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Annuttaliga Chapter: 11 a.m. Monday, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive. The recipient of the Pasco County High School Good Citizen Award will speak. RSVP to Judy, (352) 796-6944.

German-American Club of Spring Hill: Valentine dance, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Hernando County Shrine Hall, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. Doors open at 5 p.m. Music by Sepp & Heinz Diepolder. Dress is semiformal. Tickets are $10 for members and $13 for guests and must be purchased in advance. Lisa Yaskulski, (352) 688-3744.

Hernando Audubon Society: Upcoming field trips: Lake Apopka North Shore, led by biologist Maria Zondervan, Friday; call Eileen Riccio, (352) 400-8732. Hernando County Big Day Bird-a-thon, Feb. 23; call Clay Black, (352) 592-4949. Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, Feb. 25; call Bev Hansen, (352) 686-0460. Web:

Home Circle of Hernando: Homeschool support group, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Community Bible Church, 5041 Griffin Road, south of Brooksville. Curriculum and learning tools will be discussed. Those new to or considering homeschooling are invited to an orientation prior to the meeting at 6 p.m. Kelli Howell, [email protected], or Elizabeth Witherell, [email protected]

Italian-American Business Committee: 6 p.m. Feb. 21, Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway. This is a new group, formed by the Order of the Sons of Italy in America Nature Coast Lodge 2502. Members from any lodge are welcome; nonmembers are welcome, but must eventually join a lodge. RSVP to [email protected] Dennis McKenna, (352) 584-7023 or [email protected], or Linda Campo, (352) 428-4990 or [email protected]

West Central Florida Coasties/Coast Guard Veterans: 1 p.m. Saturday, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd. All Coastie veterans welcome. Meetings are on the third Saturday of each month. Charlie Jensen, (352) 503-6019.

Hernando Beach

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236: 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. Steak shoot, 1 p.m. today; $8 per card. Fish and shrimp dinners, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday; $5.50 to $7.50. (352) 596-9236.

Spring Hill

Daughters of the American Revolution, Winding Waters Chapter: Noon Feb. 21, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. American History Contest winners will speak. Judy, (352) 583-9594.

Hernando Computer Club: General meeting, 7 p.m. Monday. The meeting will include the yearly Kaleidoscope of Classes; includes five 15-minute presentations on the Android tablet, Photoshop Elements, Picasa, iPhone and Windows 8. The public is welcome. All programs are at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. For class schedule visit or call (352) 684-7171.

Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, IHOP, 3636 Commercial Way. Meetings are on the first and third Mondays of the month. Dana Cutlip, (352) 428-4714. Web:

Latin-American Civic and Cultural Association: Valentine's Day dance, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road. Music by DJ Willie Matos. Prize for the best lady in red. Members $8; nonmembers $10. Proper attire required. Guests may bring their own drinks; no large coolers allowed. (352) 340-5066 or (352) 666-6848.

Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel: Lunch meeting, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 21, Timber Pines Country Club, off Commercial Way. Bob Martinez will speak about the history of Hernando County. Reservations required by Monday. John Milne, [email protected] or (352) 397-5749.

Michigan Club: Lunch at noon Thursday, Hooters, 3437 Commercial Way. Dinner, 4 p.m. Friday, Argento's Italian Bistro, 15925 U.S. 19, Hudson. Members are attending the 24K Solid Gold Music Show at 3 p.m. Sunday at Curtis Peterson Auditorium in Lecanto. Club meeting, 12:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 20, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Dave or Barb Selbach, (352) 592-9663, or Martha Wauters, (352) 293-4177.

National Active and Retired Employees, NARFE Chapter 1322: Coffee and snacks at 12:30 p.m. and meeting at 1 p.m. Friday, Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave. A representative from the criminal prevention task force will speak. Linda Harmon, (352) 796-0736, or Henry Waller, (352) 848-0954.

Nature Coast 9.12 Groups: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Spring Hill Lanes, lounge, 3447 Commercial Way. Kim Irvine, field coordinator for the Pasco/Hernando/Citrus branch of Americans for Prosperity, will discuss the group's "Five for Florida" plan. Maureen, (352) 597-6756.

New Hampshire Club: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Buffet City, 13235 Cortez Blvd. Lunch will follow the meeting. New members welcome. Walt King, (352) 596-3578, or Dick Morin, (352) 799-3915.

New Jersey Club: Doors open at 11 a.m., meeting at 1 p.m. Feb. 20, Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. Bring your own lunch and a nonperishable food donation. Annual dues are $15. A three-night trip to Biloxi, Miss., is planned from March 24 to 27 for $159. Contact Annette for details, (352) 683-8752.

Sons of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Towne Square Family Restaurant, 3021 Commercial Way. The lodge is planning a St. Joseph's Day community Mass and complimentary spaghetti dinner in March. Richard Sanvenero Sr., (352) 263-7829, or Rose Salute, (352) 796-7714. Web:

Spring Hill Aglow International Lighthouse: 8:45 a.m. Monday, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. Singer/songwriter Michelle Gold of Shalom Revolution will speak. An optional breakfast buffet will be available for $8.50. RSVP to Loretta, (352) 610-4164, or Rachael, (352) 848-4182.

Spring Hill Moose Lodge 521: 5214 Mariner Blvd. Burgers and Bingo, 6 p.m. Saturday. For weekly events, call (352) 683-5666. Web:

Spring Hill Toastmasters Club: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Journey Christian Center, 3233 Commercial Way. [email protected] Web:

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209: 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Lil Deuce Coupe, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Clay Kirk karoake, 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. For weekly events, call (352) 796-0398.


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Crescent Heights neighborhood working to save historic church

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Goalie Maddie Rooney delivers gold medal performance for U.S.

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Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays are adding players?

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