TOURS OF THE PAST: The Tilted Teacup and the Hernando Historical Museum Association will host a Time Forgotten Tour on Sept. 21. The event includes tours of the newly renovated Hernando Heritage Museum and the Brooksville Historical Train Depot in Brooksville. The museum, at 601 Museum Court, is the former May-Stringer home, a Victorian house built in 1856. It includes a collection of more than 11,000 artifacts from Hernando County. The train depot, at 70 Russell St., features an 1800s meal car and a large display of early life in Florida.
The event can either begin or end with a high tea at the Tilted Tea Cup, 200 W Fort Dade Ave., where a teacup of soup, an assortment of sandwiches, quiche, fresh scones, a selection of desserts and unlimited tea will be available. The tea room will serve at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tours are offered at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; each tour is about one hour. Transportation is not provided, but a map to each location will be provided. Tickets cost $28.95 per person and may be purchased at the Tilted Tea Cup. Call (352) 593-4111.
CHALLENGER PTA VOTING: Challenger K-8 School's Parent-Teacher Association will conduct its 2013-14 elections at 6 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria. The school is at 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill.
Training will be on Friday. For more information, send email to [email protected]
COMMISSION CANDIDATE FUNDRAISER: A campaign kickoff reception for Laurie Pizzo, Republican candidate for the Hernando County Commission, will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Southern Hills Plantation Club, 19850 Southern Hills Blvd., Brooksville.
The suggested donation is $100. RSVP to Laura Woodard at [email protected] or (813) 205-5058.
Donations may be mailed to Laurie Pizzo for County Commission, c/o Randy Woodruff, 801 S Broad St., Brooksville, FL 34601.
Pizzo, a Republican, is running for the District 4 seat currently held by David Russell, who is not seeking re-election.
SIGN UP FOR ADULT LITERACY CLASSES: Adult and Community Education, through the Hernando County school system, offers tutoring and classes for individuals 18 years and older who are interested in earning a high school diploma or brushing up on reading, math or language arts skills.
Classes will start this week and are available at four sites, with ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), pre-GED testing and free child care available at most sites. No appointments are necessary. Class sites include:
• 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, J.D. Floyd K-8 School, 3139 Dumont Ave., Spring Hill (free child care available for children ages 2 to 5).
• 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville (free child care available for children ages 4 to 10).
• 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville (free child care available for children ages 2 to 5).
• 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at HEART Literacy, 801 N Broad St., Brooksville (no child care and no ESOL classes offered at this location).
For information, costs and requirements, call (352) 797-7018.
CHURCH OPENS DAY CARE, PRESCHOOL: Praying Hands at St. Andrew's Daycare and Preschool has opened on the campus of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.
The state-licensed day care offers a Christian environment for children ages 2 and older. It is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.
For information, call Brenda Mendoza at (352) 683-7013 or (352) 678-7904.
MENTORS, VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Communities in Schools of Hernando County will offer volunteer/mentor training from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Volunteers are needed in all areas: mentors, tutors, speakers, general volunteers, grant writers, fundraising and marketing.
FOOD, SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE AT LIBRARY: The Hernando County Public Library System will conduct a school supply and food collection drive through the end of August to help Hernando County schoolchildren in need.
The library is collecting the items on behalf of People Helping People for the organization's Weekend Blessings program, which provides weekend food for elementary school students throughout the school year.
Collection boxes are available at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville; the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, and the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
Suggested food donations include toaster pastries, cereal bars or individual cereal packs; canned chicken or tuna; macaroni and cheese; raisins; nuts; juice boxes; pudding snack packs; applesauce; canned soups or ramen noodles; and other easy-to-prepare and ready-to-eat items.
Suggested school supplies include pens, pencils, notebooks, notebook paper, folders, copy paper, tissues, napkins, backpacks, crayons and hand sanitizer.
For information, call (352) 754-4043.
ELECTIONS OFFICE OFFERS NEW INITIATIVE: Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson has announced a new "Adopt-A-Precinct" aimed at local organizations and clubs wishing to raise money while serving as poll workers.
The Supervisor of Elections Office provides training. Workers are paid the same wage as other Election Day poll workers, but "Adopt-A-Precinct" participants agree in advance to donate their earnings to their designated organization.
Presentations can be given to groups, organizations or churches interested in learning more about the program. Call the elections office at (352) 754-4125 or send email to [email protected]
SWIFTMUD LAUNCHES CONTEST ON SOCIAL MEDIA: The Southwest Florida Water Management District has launched a contest on Instagram, a social media site, to raise awareness of the various springs throughout the district.
Residents are invited to submit a photo or video of their experience at one of the five major springs in Hernando, Citrus and Marion counties: the Weeki Wachee River, the Chassahowitzka River, Crystal River/Kings Bay, the Homosassa River and the Rainbow River.
Entries will be accepted through Sept. 2. To enter, take a photo or video while visiting a spring, upload it to Instagram and tag it #RenewOurSprings. Users earn one contest entry for every photo or video tagged. Winners will receive a springs prize pack.
For information, visit swfwmd.state.fl.us/springs/contest.
HOUSING FUNDS AVAILABLE: The Hernando County Commission is providing incentives, through funding from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program, to encourage the purchase and rehabilitation of affordable housing in Hernando County.
The housing assistance strategies funded for the 2013-14 fiscal year include down payment assistance for construction and for existing homes.
For information, call the Hernando County Housing Authority at (352) 754-4160.
ART DISPLAY ENTRIES SOUGHT: Art display entries are being sought for the Courthouse Centennial Celebration that will be in downtown Brooksville in October.
Submissions for the exhibit are open to anyone 12 and older. Entries may be any medium and must be a minimum of 8 by 10 inches and a maximum of 16 by 20 inches in size.
The entry deadline is Sept. 13.
For more information, visit hernandoarts.org or call the Hernando County community relations office at (352) 540-6780.
PAGEANT CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, a Miss Hispanic Queen of Hernando County will be selected and crowned at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill.
The queen will be selected from five candidates. A dance party will follow, with music provided by DJ Willie Matos.
Tickets cost $10. There will be a cash bar and food available for purchase. For tickets or information, call (352) 346-3531.
HHS CLASS OF '73 REUNION: The Hernando High School Class of 1973 is planning its 40th reunion.
The weekend will start with a meet-and-greet for all Hernando High grades at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Coney Island Drive Inn, 1112 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. A dinner-dance for 1973 class members only will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive., Brooksville. Tickets cost $40 per person.
For information, call Joe Solomon at (352) 799-2750 or Paul Thomas at (352) 848-0991
COALITION SEEKS SPONSORS, EXHIBITORS: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is seeking sponsors, exhibitors and presenters for the sixth annual Early Learning Conference on Nov. 2 at Bishop McLaughlin High School, 13651 Hays Road, Hudson.
SIGN UP TO WALK FOR THE POOR: The St. Vincent De Paul Society is seeking sponsors and participants for the annual Friends of the Poor Walk, which will be Oct. 26 on the grounds of St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
This is a 5K walk where participants collect pledges. There is no cost to register; all participants receive a free T-shirt. Groups and individuals are invited.
The event will also include a silent auction, a bake sale and a corporate village for sponsors.
Proceeds will assist local families in need with rent, utilities, food, clothing and other necessities.
CELEBRATION AT CHINSEGUT: Sponsors, artists and volunteers are needed for the first Chinsegut Hill Celebration that is being planned at the Chinsegut Hill manor house, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville.
The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and will feature arts and crafts, educational activities, student art, music by the Hernando Youth Orchestra quartets, and food and beverages provided by Hernando High School's Culinary Institute.
Prior to the event, from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15, there will be a reception for members of the Friends of Chinsegut Hill. Nonmembers will be able to join at the door for $20. The reception will feature a silent auction, music and refreshments, and special guest Gary Mormino, author and retired professor of Florida studies at the University of South Florida. There will be an update on current and future goals and plans for the manor.
Restoration of the manor is under way by the Friends of Chinsegut Hill, a nonprofit organization. The celebration will offer visitors a chance to see the progress and have an opportunity to get involved in the progress.