RETIRED EDUCATORS GROUP TO MEET: A new organization dedicated to supporting retired and soon-to-be retired Hernando educators will have its first meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville.
The group, which is affiliated with the Florida Education Association, is the first organization in the county for retired local educators, said president Walt Cermak, a recently retired teacher who spent more than three decades in the district.
The goals of the group include increasing community involvement among retirees and guiding people through the retirement process. The first meeting will be in Central's media center and is open to anyone who has been employed by the Hernando school system.
JAZZ PROGRAM AT LIBRARY: The Hernando County Public Library System will offer the first of the "It's Jazz" three-part series of music programs at 3 p.m. Friday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The other programs will be Feb. 15 and March 15.
The programs are about jazz in the 1950s and '60s, and will be presented by former NPR jazz radio announcer Peter LaMattina, who will play and discuss selections from the period.
All ages are welcome. There is no cost to attend. For information, call (352) 754-4043.
GOLF TOURNEY BENEFITS FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES: Marine Corps League Detachment 1002 will host the annual American Heroes Golf Tournament on Jan. 29 at Silverthorn Country Club, Spring Hill.
Registration is at 12:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for holes-in-one, longest and straightest drives, and closest to the pin. There will be a putting contest, a 50/50 raffle, an auction and door prizes.
The entry fee is $75 per player or $300 per foursome, which includes a barbecue, awards and prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for $100.
Proceeds go to injured veterans and families at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, scholarships for veterans' children, and military benefits programs in Hernando County.
For information or a registration form, call Rich Lee at (352) 650-0364.
SHRINERS HOST BREAKFAST: A breakfast buffet will be offered from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20 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 for free. Tickets purchased at the door are an additional $1. Call Larry at (716) 207-7382 or Jerry at (352) 610-4124.
BEAUTY PAGEANT: The annual Miss Weeki Wachee Beauty Pageant will be Feb. 9 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
The event, a collaboration between the Friends of Weeki Wachee and Envy Pageant Productions, has divisions for all ages groups — male and female. This is a preliminary pageant for Miss Florida U.S. International and Miss Teen Florida American Beauty.
Miss Florida U.S. International 2013 Alayna Jones will make a guest appearance and will assist emcee Mrs. Florida American Beauty Marla Mundy.
Entry fees start at $80. Families and other spectators must pay regular park admission prices. For information or applications, contact Envy Pageant Productions at (352) 256-9959 or [email protected]