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Dinner theater, war protest, chili cook-off and more

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER: The Junior Service League of Brooksville will present "Death By Chocolate" Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday at Strong Tower Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. A wine tasting will be at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner and show will be at 7 p.m.

Dinner will be catered by John Sellers and includes Moscato chicken and a decadent chocolate dessert buffet with a chocolate fountain.

Wine will be available for purchase and there will be raffles and prizes. All proceeds will benefit the league's work with women's and children's charities in Hernando County.

Tickets cost $40 each, $70 per couple or $180 per table of six. For information or tickets, call (352) 799-4466.

WAR PROTEST: The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will demonstrate from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard in Weeki Wachee.

Demonstrators object to use of U.S. drone attacks in the Middle East and Africa, Syrian civilian deaths, ongoing wars and indefinite detentions. The group will also be advocating for stricter gun controls.

Call Brian Moore at (352) 686-9936.

ENTER CHILI COOK-OFF: Think you make great chili? Put it to the test and enter the Spring Lake Community Center's chili cook-off, which will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway. The winner will take home a trophy.

Those entering must provide a pot of chili (and an extension cord, if the pot needs one). Entries must be received by Tuesday. Call (352) 688-2237.

FUNDRAISERS FOR NEAR-DROWNING VICTIM: Several fundraisers are planned to help with the medical expenses for Savannah Young, who suffers from hypoxia of the brain after nearly drowning in a swimming pool in June 2011, when she was 2 years old.

Carwashes have been scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and again on Feb. 23 at B&B Hobbies, 15926 U.S. 19, Hudson.

Another fundraiser will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, where there will be raffles for a helmet signed by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and a football signed by Saints wide receiver Marques Colston.

Donations of all amounts are welcome. Donations may also be brought to any Wells Fargo Bank, designated for the "Hope for Savannah" account. For information, visit, or call Kara at (504) 616-8797 or Karen at (352) 398-2347.

VACANCY ON CITY BOARD: The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on the city's Beautification Board. There is one vacant full-time position to fill an unexpired four-year term through Dec. 31, 2015.

Those interested must be registered Florida voters and must complete an application, along with an authorization for a background check. Applications are available online at and at the city clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

For information, call (352) 540-3810.

SHRINERS HOST BREAKFAST: A breakfast buffet will be offered from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Hernando Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, orange juice, coffee and tea. Advance tickets are $7, or $5 for children ages 5 to 11; children 4 and younger eat free. Tickets purchased at the door are an additional $1. Call Larry at (716) 207-7382 or Jerry at (352) 610-4124.

INFO SESSION ON HEALTH PROGRAMS: Pasco-Hernando Community College will host an informational session about health programs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the North Campus, Room A-139, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville.

The session will include information about nursing programs, including those for registered nurses, practical nursing and nursing assistant, as well as emergency medical services and emergency medical technician programs. Also included will be information about technical health programs, such as health unit coordinator, medical coder/biller, medical administrative specialist and phlebotomy.

Program faculty members and advisers will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on prerequisite courses, testing and other admission requirements.

Seating is limited. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to (352) 797-5010.

WALK BENEFITS CHILDREN: The University of Florida Child Protection Team will host its second Walk a Mile, Protect a Child 5K walk/race on Feb. 23 in downtown Brooksville. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.

Other races are scheduled that day in Gainesville and Lake Desoto.

The cost is $25. Registration is available online at

Proceeds will benefit children served by the UF Child Protection Team and provide items such as stuffed animals, hygiene kits, blankets, books, clothing, underwear, snacks and drinks. Funds will also be used to provide free and low-cost research-based training to local communities, supplement prevention efforts and raise public awareness about child maltreatment.

VFW POKER RUN: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 will host a poker run on March 2, starting at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Prior to the run, biscuits and gravy will be served beginning at 9 a.m.

There will be stops at VFW posts in Brooksville, Bushnell, Floral City and Homosassa, and ending back at Post 9236, where burgers and hot dogs will be served.

The cost to participate is $10 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. For information, call the post at (352) 596-9236.

KIDS MARATHON: Oak Hill Hospital and the Five Points of Life Foundation are hosting a "Five Points of Life Kids Marathon."

The goal is for children who are in kindergarten through the eighth grade to walk 25 miles. It is done a little bit at a time, with participants logging mileage as they go.

On April 6, participants will gather for a celebration run or walk of 1.2 miles to complete the marathon. It will start at 9 a.m. at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. All participants will receive a T-shirt and will earn a medal at the finish line.

There is no cost to participate for those who sign up by March 1. For information or registration forms, go online to or contact Jay Eckert at (352) 224-1623 or, or Tom Davis at (352) 622-3544 or

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