Accordion Adventure: Thanksgiving Celebration, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd. Admission is $2. A cash bar is available. This is an informal group of enthusiasts and accordionists of all levels. Cathy, (352) 686-0975, or Peg, (352) 442-5574.
Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: 14494 Cortez Blvd. Steak Shoot, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. A spaghetti dinner will follow from 5 to 6 p.m.; the cost for dinner is $5. Karaoke will start at 6 p.m. For members and their guests. (352) 596-2582.
Chill Smart: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Harbor, 7074 Grove Road. This is the youth group of the Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition, open to Hernando County middle and high school youth. The role of the group is to assist in planning and implementing strategies that target underage drinking, tobacco and drug use. (352) 596-8000.
Daughters of the American Revolution, Annuttaliga Chapter: 11:30 a.m. Monday, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive. "Fanning the Spirit of the DAR" will be presented by Barbara W. Makant, Florida state regent. The meeting's hostesses are Frances Kmiec, Ann Dee Mulligan and Caroline King. Members are reminded to bring donations for the state regent's project. Reservations required by today. Carol, (352) 796-1017, or Alice, (352) 344-3408.
German American Club of Spring Hill: Schlachtfest, Nov. 19, Hernando Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. Doors open at 5 p.m., with food served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dancing to the music of Alpen Diamanten will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $18 for members, $22 for guests, and must be purchased by today. Call Lisa Yaskulski, (352) 688-3744.
GFWC Brooksville Woman's Club: Board meeting, 10 a.m. Nov. 17, 131 S Main St. The District 8 Reporting Workshop will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in Ruskin. The club is accepting new and used children's books. Donations can be dropped off at the clubhouse at noon the first Wednesday of the month or 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month. Betty Ann McLaren, (352) 666-9433. For membership, call Audrie Henson, (352) 754-8627.
U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc., Weeki Wachee Base: 1 p.m. Saturday, Marine Corps Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Membership open to submariners who are qualified to wear dolphins. Base Cmdr. Robbie Roberts, (352) 592-5161.
AARP Chapter 1026: 11:30 a.m. today, Buffet City, 13235 Cortez Blvd. The program will be "Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Funeral Plan," presented by Brewer & Sons. A complimentary lunch will be served after the presentation. Nothing will be sold at the meeting. Reservations required. Bob, (352) 596-0722. Monthly meeting, noon Nov. 18, Outlet Mall (south entrance), 3021 Commercial Way; members should arrive by 11:30 a.m. The cost is $8.50, which includes lunch and hall rental. The speaker is Jim McGrath, one of the chapter's Medicare consultants, who will discuss "What You Need to Know ... Medicare 2011." Nothing will be sold. Reservations required. Bob, (352) 596-0722, or Rose, (352) 688-5606.
Aglow International, Spring Hill Chapter: 8:45 a.m. Monday, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. Several Aglow members will speak. The topic is "Power of Prayer, Personal Life-Changing Events and Blessings." The cost for breakfast is $6.25. Although not required, members can bring in donations of nonperishable foods for Thanksgiving baskets, which Aglow members will distribute to churches for families in need. Final arrangements will be made for the upcoming Joyce Meyer conference. RSVP to Loretta, (352) 610-4164, or Rachael, (352) 848-4182.
Brooksville Book Discussion Group: 6 p.m. Monday, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave. The book to be discussed is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer. Gatherings are on the third Monday of each Month. Discussion of The Shack, by William P. Young, will be Dec. 20. Ronette, (352) 544-5669.
Brooksville Garden Club: Light luncheon at 12:30 p.m. today, First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave. A program will follow. Jim Moll of the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will discuss "Colorful Winter Landscapes." Louise, (352) 799-3160; Robin, (352) 799-2503; or Lorraine, (352) 397-3157.
Democratic Women's Club of Hernando County: Noon Friday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
Fantasy African Violet Club: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). Guests welcome. Thad Scaggs, (352) 398-1679.
Gulf Coast WAVES: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. New members welcome; open to all former and present-day women of the sea services including U.S. Navy (WAVES), Coast Guard (SPARS), Marine Women, Navy Nurses and the Reserves. Barbara, (352) 683-7119, or Lee, (352) 686-8613.
Hernando Computer Club: General meeting, 7 p.m. Monday; the public is welcome at no cost. There will be a demonstration on how to use your computer to draw your own Christmas artwork by tracing photos or other graphics. Also, Jim Moll with the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will talk about landscaping. Upcoming classes include Get Started With Your Computer (class 2 of 2), 1 p.m. today; PC Maintenance and Security, 7 p.m. today; Import, Organize and Improve Photos with Picassa (class 2 of 2), 10 a.m. Friday; Introduction to OpenOffice — The Free Alternative to MS Office (class 1 of 2), 1 p.m. Friday; Quickbooks, 10 a.m. Monday; Beginning Genealogy — Family Tree Maker, 1 p.m. Monday; PhotoShop Elements, After the Basics, 10 a.m. Tuesday; Introduction to Computers with Windows 7 (class 2 of 4), 1 p.m. Tuesday; and What's New in Windows 7 (class 3 of 4), 7 p.m. Tuesday. All programs are at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. www.hcc.org or (352) 684-7171.
Hernando Hills Hi-Lites: Rehearsal, 7 p.m. Mondays, Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd. This is a women's a cappella chorus. New members, spectators welcome. Tessie, (352) 686-4122.
Hernando Porcelain Artists: 9 a.m. Monday, LifeSouth Community Blood Center (second floor), 11375 Cortez Blvd. Alma Welch, who teaches porcelain art in Floral City, will demonstrate how to paint acorns and holly. Those participating should bring a tile or piece of porcelain to paint on, as well as your palette. Judy, (352) 592-4814.
Illinois Club of Spring Hill: 1 p.m. Friday, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. The speaker will be Ruth Savage with Spring Oaks Retirement Village. Coffee and dessert will be served. During the meeting there will be a vote on what restaurant to meet at on Nov. 17. Annual dues are $12. Pat Godfrey, (352) 597-0346.
Nature Coast Bridge Club: Regular games at 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Free Easybridge! classes will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursdays through Dec. 9; designed for beginners. All activities are at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. Beverly Tillberry, (352) 556-3892; or Annabelle Hills, (352) 597-5221 or [email protected]
Nature Coast English Car Club/Suncoast Classic MG Club: 9 a.m. Saturday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. Ralph Decker, (352) 796-6984.
Nature Coast Orators Toastmasters Club: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Terry Weaver, (352) 796-9891 or [email protected]
New Hampshire Club: 11:30 a.m. today, Buffet City, 13235 Cortez Blvd. Current and former residents welcome. Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month through April. Walt King, (352) 596-3578.
New Jersey Club: Doors open at 11 a.m., meeting at 1 p.m. Nov. 17, Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. This will be the annual Thanksgiving dinner, catered by La Fontana. The menu includes turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sliced pork loin, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, salad bar and various desserts. The cost is $8 for members, $9 for guests. Bingo will be played. Bring a nonperishable food donation. Mary, (352) 666-0533. Upcoming trips include Singing Christmas Tree, Dec. 5 for $49; Christmas Party at the Palace Grand, Dec. 7, for $25; Christmas show at the Show Palace, Dec. 19 for $43; and Jersey Boys at the Straz Center in Tampa, March 26 for $117 for orchestra seating (includes transportation). For trips, call Annette, (352) 683-8752.
New York State United Teachers, Teacher Retirees in Florida, Nature Coast Unit: The annual TRIF Holiday Toy Drive will also begin; donations of new, unwrapped toys are needed for distribution to children in need. B.J. White-Meyers, (727) 869-7896, or Tom Smith, (352) 683-9423.
Reserve Officers Association: 11:30 a.m. Monday, Chefs of Napoli, 14227 Powell Road. Current and former military officers and cadets invited. Capt. George Borchers, (352) 382-3630.
Spring Hill Telephone Pioneers (Telcom Pioneers): 10:30 a.m. Monday, IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way. Members are reminded to bring soda cans, can tabs and stamps. New members welcome. Jerry Abenante, (352) 688-5825, or Bob Muehlbauer, (352) 686-6962.
West Hernando Hadassah: Tribute to Our Veterans, 10:30 a.m. Friday, IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way. Col. Nick Morana will speak. Open menu. Those attending pay for their meal, plus a $3 donation to Hadassah. (352) 684-3345.
Wowettes: Rehearsals, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. This dance group performs at noon the third Thursday of each month at Gulf View Mall in Port Richey, and also performs at local church festivals, club meetings and nursing homes. Edwannah, (352) 686-9948, or Terry, (352) 688-2697.
Writers Guild Group: 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. For new and experienced writers. (352) 293-4988.
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520: 9135 Denton Ave. Karaoke contest, hosted by Karaoke Annie, 6 p.m. Saturday. Prizes will be awarded: grand prize is recording time at Colorama, second prize is $50, third prize is $25, plus various other prizes. The event is a fundraiser for Operation Shoebox, to send boxes to troops in Afghanistan. Admission is $5 at the door, or a donation of five items valued at $1 each (such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, candy, cup of soup and coffee). (727) 863-2520.
Send information for the Clubs column to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133; or e-mail [email protected] (put the club's name in e-mail subject line). Deadline for this news is two weeks before event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number is missing. For information, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.