Watch for lane shifts as Elgin is widened
The widening of Elgin Boulevard to four lanes — from Mariner Boulevard to the Village Van Gogh neighborhood — will begin Monday. The water and sewer lines will be installed first. Once that is completed, the new northern portion of Elgin Boulevard will be constructed and opened. Then the work will begin on the existing road. During the work, traffic will be shifted from one side to the other.
Irrigation systems located in the right of way (from the property line to the roadway) must be capped off behind the sidewalks on the property line side.
The contractor will work with the post office and mail carriers concerning mailboxes. Access to properties will be maintained.
For information, call Andy Palmer, supervisory Public Works inspector, at (352) 540-6564.
Take courses to boost your bridge skills
The Nature Coast Bridge Club will offer the following bridge courses at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road:
• The Play's the Thing: a four-week supervised play course that starts at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. There will be a brief formal lesson, followed by challenged hands, and a discussion about the bidding and play. The cost is $40. Topics include Rebids on Tuesday, Negative Doubles on March 22, Preempts on March 29 and Overcalls on April 5.
• Doubles course: The four-week course starts at 9:30 a.m. Monday. The cost is $45, which includes the book.
• We Love the Majors (beginner course): The tentative start date is March 24. The cost is $40 (half off for reviewers). This course is primarily for Easybridge players, but all are welcome. For information, call MaryAnn at (352) 592-4882 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Free Communitywide Bridge Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. March 24. Bridge players who have not played with the group, or have played for less than a year, are invited. Following lunch will be a choice of bridge game. To RSVP, call Beverly Tillberry at (352) 556-3892 or Annabelle Hills at (352) 597-5221.
PHCC helps families navigate financial aid
Pasco-Hernando Community College will host two workshops to help high school students and their families apply for financial aid.
The workshops will be from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and again from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Room E-204. The workshops give an opportunity to learn how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online and offer tips on how to make an application accurate and timely. Students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and bring the family's 2010 tax return(s) and W-2s. Karen Glessner, PHCC financial aid adviser, will give an overview of the FAFSA application process and include information on PHCC scholarships. For information, call (727) 816-3738.
Free classes give tips on growing produce
A free class series, "Fruit and Vegetable Production," will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, March 15-29, at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive.
The series will be presented by Stacy Strickland, regional specialized extension agent. Topics include: Deciduous Fruit Production on Tuesday, Vegetable Production on March 22 and Fertilization of Fruit and Vegetable Crops on March 29.
For information or to register, call (352) 754-4433.
Library demonstrates Reference-USA tool
The Hernando County Public Library System will offer a free demonstration of the ReferenceUSA database at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The presentation will be given by a representative from the Infogroup company. The database includes information on more than 14 million businesses and can be used to for job searches.
Those attending will learn how to search for jobs by industry, geographic location and more, as well as build and print their own company lists and contact information. A question-and-answer session and tips to make job searches easier will follow.
No registration required. For information, call (352) 754-4824.
Mardi Gras party March 19 at SNPJ
The Latin American Civic and Cultural Association of Spring Hill will celebrate Mardi Gras with a Latin flavor from 8 p.m. to midnight March 19 at the SNPJ/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road.
Mardi Gras masks and costumes welcome. Music will be provided by DJ Mandy Mambo. Guests can bring their own drinks, but no large coolers are permitted.
Tickets are $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call (352) 340-5066, (352) 666-6848 or (352) 592-8494.
Wear something green for St. Patty's dance
The High Point Community will host a St. Patrick's Day Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. March 19 at the community center, 12249 Clubhouse Road.
Music provided by Take Two. Guests can bring their own beverages; complimentary coffee and ice provided.
Tickets are $5, available at the door. For table reservations or tickets, call Laverne at (352) 596-2827.
Garden Club members to pull invasive plants
The Spring Hill Garden Club will host a "Weed and Feed" event at 9 a.m. March 19 at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave.
Hernando County master gardener Rita Grant will speak briefly about invasive plants. Volunteers will then work either in the botanical gardens or at the Spring Hill waterfall to remove invasive plants and vines.
A brunch will be served by Garden Club members at 11 a.m. in the gardens. For information, call (352) 683-9933. Visit the website at naturecoastbotanical gardens.com.
Sample Jewish foods at Temple Beth David
Temple Beth David will host its annual Israeli Food Fest from noon to 4 p.m. March 20 at the temple, 13158 Antelope St.
The festival will include homemade Jewish foods, including blintzes, kugels, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage, chopped liver and other foods.
There will also be kosher hot dogs and homemade baked goods. There will be Israeli folk dancing throughout the day. Items from the temple's Judaic Gift Shop will be available for purchase.
Admission is free. For information, call (352) 686-7034.
Festival of Orchids slated for March 26-27
The Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill will host the 2011 Festival of Orchids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26 and 27 at the SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road.
Admission is $2, which includes a raffle ticket for hourly orchid plant raffles.
Vendors on hand include B&D Orchids, Byrds Orchids, Featherstone Orchids, Flower Tower, Hicks Orchid Supply, Louis Del Favero Orchids and Ritter's Tropic 1 Orchids.
For information, call (352) 597-3736.
Free event sheds light on advance directives
HPH Hospice will offer a free presentation, "Advance Directives: What Are They and Why Do I Need Them?" from 10 a.m. to noon March 28 at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road.
The presentation will be given by attorney George Gurman and Dr. David McGrew.
Gurman is a lawyer specializing in probate, estate planning, guardianships and elder law. McGrew is the medical director for HPH Hospice.
They will discuss the DNR order, should you put your children on the house deed or checking account, choosing the right health care surrogate and other topics.
Registration required. Call Jen Zamora at (727) 863-7971.
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Nature Coast chorus puts on three concerts
The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present their Spring Concert at the following locations:
• 3 p.m. March 20 at Spring Hill United Methodist Church, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
• 3 p.m. March 27 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
• 3 p.m. April 3 at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
The chorus, which includes about 80 voices, will sing classical and contemporary seasonal selections, under the direction of James Urbanski.
A freewill offering will be accepted to support the Ayer Endowment Fund, which is used to provide scholarships for music education, from elementary through college level.
For information, call Jackie Kerschbaum at (727) 868-6365.
Reception for artist Becker is March 19
The Spring Hill Art League will cohost a reception for artist Diane Becker from 5 to 7 p.m. March 19 at Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave.
The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Becker's works will be on display at Easy Street through the end of March. For information, call (352) 799-9690.
'Spring Into Health' fundraiser March 26
The Business and Professional Women of Hernando County will present a "Spring Into Health" Health Fair fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive.
The event will include health screenings, entertainment and raffles. Funds raised will benefit the scholarship program.
For information, call Kelley Brown at (352) 340-5913 or Debbie Kies at (352) 556-5248.