Boy Scouts to host pancake breakfast
Boy Scout Troop 406 will host its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ridge Manor Community Center, 34530 Cortez Blvd.
The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, applesauce, orange juice, coffee and tea. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for children younger than 5.
The Boy Scout troop is sponsored by Ridge Manor Community United Methodist Church. Funds raised will benefit the troop's expenses for camping trips, camping equipment and other expenses. For information, call Pauline at 583-4726.
Chinsegut center's events set for March
Chinsegut Nature Center will offer the following events and programs in March:
• Astronomy Night with the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the Perry Oldenburg Mitigation Park on Deer Run Road, off U.S. 41.
• Mammals and Tracking, presented by Walt McCown, 9 to 11:30 a.m. March 5. The program will include an indoor presentation and outdoor walk. Class size is limited to 30.
• Incredible Edibles, 6 to 8 p.m. March 11. This is a wild edible plant and game cooking demonstration. Participants are to bring their own place settings to sample foods.
• Geomorphology, presented by Mike Kelly, 9 to 11:30 a.m. March 12. The program will include an indoor presentation and outdoor walk.
• Basin Marsh Community, presented by Sharon Fitz-Coy and Charles Cichra, 9 a.m. to noon March 19. Bring shoes for getting wet during this exploration of the wetland plant and animal community.
• Birds of Prey, presented by Doris Mager, 10 a.m. to noon March 22. This will be a show-and-tell with four birds of prey: a crested caracara, great-horned owl, screech owl and kestrel.
• Map and Compass Class, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 26. Class size is limited to 30. Preregistration is required.
• Introductory Archery Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon March 29. Equipment will be provided. Class size is limited to 30; preregistration is required.
All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For information or reservations, call 754-6722.
German Shepherd Dog Show this weekend
A German Shepherd Dog Show by the Tampa Bay German Shepherd Dog Club and Fort Myers GSDC will be at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday at Florida Classic Park, 3360 Lockhart Road, off Cortez Boulevard, east of Brooksville.
There will be information on dog shows for newcomers, as well as dog show tours for those new to AKC dog show events.
Admission is free. Parking is $4 per vehicle. For information, call 799-1181.
Group to put on dinner at church Saturday
Squire Circle 5175 of St. Joan of Arc will host a dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church hall, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.
The dinner will include ziti with meatballs, salad, bread, coffee, tea and dessert. Door prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased in the parish office or by calling Sal Rotella at 686-9228, Jim Di Marco at 683-7290 or Al Puera at 686-8442.
Elks Lodge to host sock hop Saturday
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 will host a sock hop at 6 p.m. Saturday at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave.
Food will be available, as well as an Ice Cream Shoppe featuring sundaes, shakes and other treats. Music will be provided by Sweet Charlie.
Loafers, letter sweaters and poodle skirts are encouraged, but optional. Admission is free.
For information, call (727) 863-2520.SPRING HILL
Check out fashions, have lunch with Ladies
The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, Council 11317, will host a fashion show and luncheon at 11 a.m. Jan. 18 in the St. Joan of Arc parish hall, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.
Fashions will be provided by Jeannine Rollins of Weekenders. The lunch menu includes fruit cocktail, chicken piccata, vegetable medley, scalloped potatoes, cream puff and coffee or tea.
Tables seat eight. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased at the parish office or by calling Dorothy at 686-7979 or Carol at 686-4030.
CPR for health care providers offered
A CPR for the Professional Health Care Provider class will be offered at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 and a First Aid class at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital.
Both courses are certified by the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. The instructor for both will be Bob Kanner.
The cost is $20 per class. Seating is limited. For information or to register, call 597-8875 (the registration office will be closed Dec. 21-Jan. 2).
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Volunteer to visit patients at hospice
Hernando-Pasco Hospice is in need of volunteers and will provide an orientation in Brooksville and another in Spring Hill.
Volunteers 16 and older are needed to visit patients in the eastern part of Hernando county at private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and at the agency's Hospice Care Center in downtown Brooksville.
A two-part orientation for prospective volunteers will be provided from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 16 and 18 at the Brooksville team office at 698 S Broad St. Those interested can call Anne Clarke at 796-2611.
Also, the Spring Hill team needs volunteers in the Hospice House on Cortez Boulevard to visit patients and prepare meals for residents several times a week. Volunteer cooks must be 18 or older.
A volunteer orientation will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23 and 24 at the team office at 12260 Cortez Blvd. Those interested can call Mary Kay Sandell at 597-1882.
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Hospice will benefit from fashion show
Tickets are on sale for Fine Lines Boutique's third annual fashion show to benefit Hernando-Pasco Hospice. The show will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 1 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.
The theme is "Mirror, Mirror On the Wall" and will feature an array of clothing from sophisticated jeans to semi-formal attire. The event will include a luncheon, entertainment and giveaways.
Funds raised will benefit Hernando-Pasco Hospice's patient care programs. The Black Swan Spa in Spring Hill is an event sponsor.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Fine Lines, 1361 Kass Circle, or by calling the boutique at 666-8843.
Pets need home for holidays and beyond
Hernando County is recognizing December as Home 4 the Holidays month.
Hernando County Animal Services is joining the SPCA of Hernando County and Humane Society of the Nature Coast to participate in the Home 4 the Holidays worldwide pet adoption campaign. The goal is to find lifelong homes for the county's homeless animals.
The Home 4 the Holidays Pet Pageant is airing throughout the month on Hernando County Government Broadcasting, Bright House Ch. 615. The pageant features pets from the local shelters who need loving homes.
Those interested are also encouraged to visit one of the shelters:
• Hernando County Animal Services, 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. 796-5062.
• SPCA of Hernando County, 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville. 596-7000.
• Humane Society of the Nature Coast, corner of Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. 796-2711.
Deadline to sign up for Toys for Tots program
Monday is the last day to register for the Toys for Tots program in Hernando County. Marine Corps League Detachment 708 is accepting registrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. The program is for children 6 months through 12 years. Parents or legal guardians must register in person and must bring proof of residency (driver's license and current utility bill) and a birth certificate for each child. Call 796-3666.
Volunteers sought for Beautification Board
The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from those interested in volunteering their time to serve on the Beautification Board.
There is one position available to fill an unexpired three-year term through May 31, 2009, and two positions to fill expiring three-year terms through Jan. 31, 2011.
An appropriate application must be filled out; resumes alone will not be accepted. Applications are available in the city clerk's office and on the Web site at www.ci.brooksville.fl.us. and must be completed and returned no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 21 to the City Clerk's office at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.
All applicants must be registered Florida voters. For information, call 544-5407.
Code compliance review set for Jan. 3
Hernando County Development Services will conduct its next code compliance review at 9 a.m. Jan. 3 at Hernando County Engineering Department, 1525 E Jefferson St.
On the agenda: Evergreen Woods, Golden Corral (Weeki Wachee), Racetrac parking lot addition (east of Brooksville), Klicos Center on Edward Noll Drive, Northstar Warehouse Complex on Edward Noll Drive, Nature Coast Commons outparcel A off U.S. 19, Timber Pines Senior Living Community Expansion Phase II.
Those wishing to submit comments must do so by Dec. 21. For information, call the Hernando County Building Department at 754-4165.
Food manager certification offered
Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will provide a food managers certification course and ServSafe certification test Jan. 14 at the extension office, 19490 Oliver St.
Training and the exam are $100; the manual is $40. Training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by the exam. There is no "exam only" option.
Certification is required in Florida for food managers of all establishments licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and selected licenses of the Health Department. All agencies accept the ServSafe certification.
Registration is required by Jan. 7. No walk-ins will be allowed. Call 754-4433.
Bingo Bash offers
perfect reason to yell
The Brookridge Woman's Club is taking reservations for the annual Bingo Bash, March 8 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
The cost is $35, which includes donuts, a homemade hot lunch, coffee and ice tea. The payout will be $3,200.
Those interested in seeing the floor plan are invited to the weekly bingo session from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Fridays.
For tickets or information, call Norma Rankin at 597-3530.
It's time again for Cattle Barons' Ball
The American Cancer Society's annual Cattle Barons' Ball will be at 6 p.m. March 8 in Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
The western-style party will include entertainment, competitive games, food, silent and live auctions and more.
Tickets are $100. A Campfire Table Host sponsorship is $1,000, which includes preferred seating for 10 and other amenities, as well as ACS partnering opportunities.
The event's goal is to raise $60,000 to support ACS's Reaching Out to Cancer Kids program. For information or tickets, call Cynthia Grabau, toll-free at 1-800-940-1969, ext. 113, or e-mail to Cynthia.Grabau@cancer.org.
For information about the American Cancer Society, call toll-free 1-800-227-2345 or visit the Web site at www.cancer.org.
Pet pageant part of adoption campaign
Hernando County is recognizing December as "Home 4 the Holidays" month.
Hernando County Animal Services is joining the SPCA of Hernando County and Humane Society of the Nature Coast to participate in the Home 4 the Holidays worldwide pet adoption campaign. The goal is to find lifelong homes for the homeless pets in the county.
The Home 4 the Holidays Pet Pageant is airing throughout the month on Hernando County Government Broadcasting, Bright House cable Ch. 19. The pageant features various pets from the local shelters who need loving homes.
Those interested are also encouraged to visit one of the shelters:
• Hernando County Animal Services, 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. Call 796-5062.
• SPCA of Hernando County, 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville. Call 596-7000.
• Humane Society of the Nature Coast, corner of Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Call 796-2711.
Pet calendars will
help Humane Society
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast's 2008 Humane Society Open Hearts Calendar is now available. The calendar features the winning photos of local pets entered at the annual Nature Coast Pet Expo earlier this year, including selections from both public vote and judges' picks.
The calendars are $7 each and can be purchased at the Humane Society shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville, as well as at these following Spring Hill offices: Curtis Chiropractic Clinic, 4019 Mariner Blvd.; the Paper Playhouse, 5144 Commercial Way; Spring Hill Printing Plus, 11063 Hearth Road; and AAA Auto Club, 1410 Pinehurst Drive.
Calendars can also be ordered online at www.hsofnc.com. All proceeds will benefit the pets at the Humane Society.
For information, call 796-2711.
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Fashion show planned at Lutheran Church
The Mary Martha Guild of Christ Lutheran Church will host a fashion show and luncheon Feb. 9 at the church, 475 North Ave. W.
Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a fashion show featuring the latest collection in clothing and accessories at Denise's Clothes Corner. Red Hat fashions and accessories will also be available.
Tickets are $9.50 and must be purchased in advance. The deadline is Feb. 3. For information or tickets, call Inge at 686-8751 or Barbara at 799-3082.
planned for Dec. 25
The Polish American Social Club will host a Christmas Day Dinner Dance on Dec. 25 at the clubhouse, 7615 New Jersey Ave.
Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Dinner will be served from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. The entree choice is traditional kielbasa with ham and pierogi, or chicken parmesan, which will include the traditional Christmas wafer.
Dancing to the Music Blenders will be from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for members and $14 for nonmembers. Reservations should be made by Dec. 17. Call Genia at 683-5360 or Josephine at (727) 862-1520.
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to arrive Feb. 9
Exhibitors can now register for the 11th annual World's Greatest Baby Shower that will be Feb. 9 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.
This is a nonprofit event for expectant and new parents or guardians of babies 12 months and younger.
For information, call Christine Dyal at Childhood Development Services, 754-5068, ext. 211.
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Students can apply for Elks scholarships
High school seniors can receive applications for the Most Valuable Student Scholarship offered by the Elks National Foundation.
The competition is open to all high school students. Also, applications are being taken for the Legacy Awards, for children, grandchildren (also stepgrandchildren and legal wards) of Elks in good standing on or before April 1, 2005.
Applications for the Most Valuable Student Scholarship and the Legacy Awards may be obtained at any Elks lodge.
Students can also check with their guidance counselors or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Elks National Foundation, 2750 Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614-1889.
All applications must be returned to the nearest Elks lodge no later than Jan. 11. There will be 500 national winners, who will be notified in writing by May 15.
Information and applications are also available online at www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm.
Area Elks lodges include Brooksville 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville (call 596-2582), and Aripeka Elks 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson (call (727) 868-2994).
VFW Post 10209 opens doors to a new home
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary will host a grand opening celebration Jan. 12 at the new post home at 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive., off Anderson Snow Road.
The opening ceremony will be at 11 a.m., followed by entertainment with Frank Dee's New York Orchestra from noon to 2 p.m. There will be continuous entertainment through the evening.
The post is moving from the Spring Hill Drive post to the new location. For information, call the post at 796-0398.
Group seeks help to design, display angels
The Spring Hill Community Association is seeking individuals, schools, organizations and businesses to participate in its annual Angels on High holiday event.
Participants design and display decorated angels, which will be on display Dec. 13 to 16 on the Lake House grounds, 1202 Kenlake Ave.
Those interested may call Cara at 666-4746 .
Blood donors receive special treats Oct. 31
LifeSouth Community Blood Center will host a Halloween Harvest Happening blood drive from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the donor center, 12395 Cortez Blvd.
Blood donors will receive a special Halloween T-shirt, candy treats, cupcakes, hot dogs and drinks. The first 25 donors will receive a movie pass to Beacon Theatres.
The event will also include face painting, a coloring contest, costume contest and activities for children.
Those who wish to donate blood must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID. For information, call 597-2002.
Dawn Center sponsors student art contest
Hernando County middle and high school students are invited to participate in an art contest hosted by the Dawn Center of Hernando County, in conjunction with the Hernando County School District.
Participants can create an original piece of work that reflects the Dawn Center's services and mission. Winning designs will be used in future Dawn Center T-shirts, posters and literature.
All those who participate will receive a day pass to Weeki Wachee Springs. Students who place in the contest will receive gift baskets with gift certificates to local restaurants, movie theaters and attractions, including season passes to Weeki Wachee Springs. The first-place winner will receive four tickets to Busch Gardens and a gift certificate to EB Games. The top three artists will also be recognized in the Dawn Center newsletter, local newspapers and at a public presentation and display at Brooksville City Hall on Dec. 3.
The entry deadline is Nov. 1.
The Dawn Center of Hernando County serves women, children and men who have been victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. The Dawn Center has a 24-hour crisis hotline and a secure, unlisted shelter location for victims who need a safe place to stay. Outreach services, including individual advocacy, group sessions, legal advocacy and public speakers are also available.
For information, call Morgan Moeller at 592-1288.
Church to hold bake sale, 'Junktique' event
Nativity Lutheran Church will host a Junktique and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3 in the fellowship hall at the church, 6363 Commercial Way.
Also, the church youth will sell hot dogs and drinks.
For information, call 597-1456.
Coalition has party
Central Healthy Start Coalition will host a free Pregnancy Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place.
The event is open to moms-to-be in Hernando County. Participants will learn about community resources, play educational games, compete for prizes and watch a fashion show. Nutritional refreshments will be served, and there will be raffles.
Those wishing to attend must obtain a free ticket, since admission is limited. To reserve a ticket, call 592-7124 or send e-mail to email@example.com. Exhibit spaces and volunteer opportunities are available. Call or send e-mail for details.
Yearn to be angel?
Holidays at hand
The Spring Hill Community Association is seeking individuals, schools, organizations and businesses to participate in its annual Angels on High holiday event.
Participants design and display decorated angels at the event, which will be Dec. 13 to 16 on the Lake House grounds, 1202 Kenlake Ave.
Those interested can call Cara at 666-4746.
Madden NFL 07 Xbox Tournament is Nov. 24
The city of Brooksville Parks and Recreation will host a Madden 07 Xbox Tournament from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place.
The tournament is open to students in middle and high school.
This will be a double-elimination tournament, with awards given for first and second place in various age divisions. Registration is required by Nov. 16. The cost is $25 per participant.
Participants will be allowed to use their own controls after they are inspected. Controls will be available to rent, if necessary. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
For information or to register, call 544-5498.
$50 bricks will help build VFW memorials
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 invites veterans, businesses and anyone interested to sponsor a brick for a memorial pond and freedom walk that will be built at the post's new home on Ed Noll Boulevard, off Anderson Snow Road.
Bricks are $50, which includes the cost of engraving. The memorial will include the brick memorial wall, a flag walkway, fountains, railings, bushes and floodlights. The idea came from post member "Wild" Bill Taylor.
The post is at 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, off Anderson Snow Road.currently located at 15166 Spring Hill Drive. It expects to be in the new facility in November.
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Get some kicks at
tae kwon do classes
Hernando County Recreation Department offers tae kwon do classes at three locations:
• Mondays at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.
• Wednesdays at Deltona Elementary School, 2055 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.
• Fridays at the Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.
All classes are from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. and are open to ages 6 through adult. The first lesson is free. The cost is $30 for the first month and $40 for additional months.
The instructor is master Regis Lima. Students will learn self control, self defense, discipline and respect. For information or to register, call 754-4031.
Green Party hosting its own film series
The Hernando County Green Party will continue its Green Screens program, a series of free films on current issues, on the following days:
• Oct. 29, George Galloway U.S. Tour — Los Angeles. Galloway is a member of the British Parliament and author of Mr. Galloway Goes to Washington. This film covers his speech in Los Angeles about his perspectives on U.S. foreign policy.
• Nov. 18, In Debt We Trust ... America Before the Bubble Bursts. This expose was researched by Emmy-winning journalist Danny Schechter, the "news dissector" from ABC News and CNN. The film shows how big banks and credit card companies "buy" Congress and are driving the U.S. into "modern serfdom."
• Dec. 10, Bowling for Columbine. This is filmmaker Michael Moore's award-winning documentary that attempts to answer the question, "Is the American society contributing to school violence?"
All films begin at 6 p.m. and will be at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. For information, call Suzanne Touchton at 666-7576.
SPCA setting up yard sale for November
The SPCA of Hernando County will have a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at the shelter, 9075 Grant St.
Space rentals are available for $15. Those interested can call Mary at 688-5746, or the shelter between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays at 596-7000. The shelter is west of Sunshine Grove Road and Taylor Street.
Information meetings set for Nature Coast
Nature Coast Technical High School will conduct the annual recruitment informational meeting for the 2008-09 school year in the school cafeteria on the following dates:
• 7 p.m. Tuesday
• 7 p.m. Thursday
• 7 p.m. Nov. 8
Any eighth-grade student interested in attending and upperclassmen wishing to transfer into Nature Coast are invited to attend a meeting.
Applications for the lottery are due to the Nature Coast office, in care of Ginger Kretzer, by 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11. All student portfolios are due by 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
Applications can be submitted electronically at www.hcsb.k12.fl.us/nct/online_form.htm .
The school is at 4057 California St. For information, call 797-7188.
Page program seeks students for Senate
State Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, invites high school students in her district (District 15) to apply for the Senate Page Program for the 2008 Legislative session of the Florida Legislature, which will convene March 4 through May 2.
Those selected as pages will stay a week at the Florida Capitol and participate in a variety of activities such as tours, attending session on the Senate floor and committee meetings, participating in mock sessions and working alongside Senate staff members.
Availability is limited, so interested students are advised to apply soon. The application deadline is Nov. 30.
For applications or information, call Dockery's district office at (863) 413-2900.
Gardening advice calendars for sale
The 2008 Hernando County Master Gardener Calendar is now available.
The calendar features month-by-month expert advice on central Florida landscaping of interest to beginners as well as long-time gardeners.
The calendars are $3 each and can be purchased at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville, or at the office in the Westside Government Center at 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
For information, call 754-4433.