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Area women are invited to a free special bra fitting event that will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Belk Department Store in the Coastal Way Shopping Center, 13151 Cortez Blvd.

Certified fitters will be present to help women choose the correct bra size and style. For information, call the store at 592-1515.

Visit new pet store, take home a kitten

Home at Last Pet Adoptions will have cats and kittens available for adoption from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the grand opening celebration at Petco's newest store in the expanded Coastal Way shopping plaza at 7223 Coastal Blvd.

A variety of cats will be available, including Siamese mix kittens and adults, declawed domestic adults, tabbies and tuxies and kittens of nearly every size and variety. All have been spayed or neutered, have age-appropriate vaccinations, have been tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have an identity microchip and have been treated for parasites. Adoption fees vary.

Home at Last is a nonprofit organization based in Homosassa. Call (352) 476-6832 or e-mail to All available felines can be viewed online at www.halpetadoptions.

Lecture series revisits the Roaring '20s

Academia Hernando is now taking subscriptions for the upcoming lecture series on the Roaring '20s, also known as the Jazz Era.

The series will be offered on Mondays, Sept. 24 through Nov. 26. The cost is $50, which includes the entire lecture series, a museum trip and concert. Individual lectures and programs are $7.

For information, call Arnold Silver at 796-2855.

Monday Craft Club recruiting members

The Monday Craft Club is looking for new members.

The group meets from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays at the Weeki Wachee Senior Citizen Club, 3357 Susan Drive.

Members work on a variety of different crafts and share their expertise. Those interested can call Helen at 597-1538.


Fair association plans Aug. 16 meeting

The Hernando County Fair Association will have its monthly board meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.

For information, call 796-4552 or e-mail to info@hernando

Calypso band to head Hernando Park bash

Calypso Sound Steel Band will headline the next Bandshell Bash from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave.

The band plays soca, ska, cha-cha, rumba and boleros, samba, reggae, waltz and other island sounds.

The Bandshell Bash is a free family event that will include the Brooksville Cruise-In, an antique hot rod, car and motorcycle show. There will also be an array of vendors, food and beverages available.

This is a monthly event provided by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. To obtain information or to become an event sponsor, call Mary Jane Russell at 754-4788.

Volleyball group needs help to form league

An adult volleyball group has been formed and pickup games will be played at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane.

Games will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, starting Sept. 13. The cost is $3 per week to play.

The group is hoping to have enough interest to start a small league. For information, call JBCC at 544-5498.

Art group forming, seeks volunteers

The Florida Fine Art Museum Corp. will have its inaugural meeting of the proposed founders committee at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd.

The corporation is a proposed Teaching Academy and International Museum of Fine Arts and Antiques that will be in Brooksville. Harcourt Syms is the president and chief executive of this nonprofit corporation.

Volunteers are needed to help assist in areas such as membership, fundraising, event planning and overall museum guidance.

Anyone interested is invited to attend the meeting. For information, call 848-0961 or (727) 934-3932.

Enjoy music, food and more on Labor Day

The Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will host a Labor Day celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 3 at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road.

Entertainment will be provided by country music singer Brian Chytka.

The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12. The cost includes burgers, chicken and all the fixings, as well as draft beer and soda. The lounge will be open for additional beverage choices.

Tickets can be purchased at the lounge or at the door. For information, call the detachment at 597-7979.

Nature Coast Tech holds fall registration

Hernando County Schools' Adult and Community Education Department at Nature Coast Technical High School is now accepting registrations for the new fall semester of classes.

The following classes are offered in the Arts and Leisure category: Acrylic and mixed medium painting, beginning basketry, advanced basketry, bird watching/indentification, basic drawing, fashion design, gemology, home improvement/basic repairs, jewelry and basic silversmithing, oil painting (offered at Nature Coast Technical and Central High schools), pine needle baskets, pottery (at Springstead High), quilting, basic sewing, watercolor painting and woodworking.

Classes are generally 8 to 10 weeks in duration. Nature Coast Technical High School is at 4057 California St.

For information and class details, call Joan at 797-7091.


Master gardener training available

The Sumter County Cooperative Extension Service will offer the Florida Master Gardener training course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 11 through Dec. 11 at the office at 7620 State Road 471, Suite 2.

The Florida Master Gardener Program is an environmental horticulture program. The course covers basic plant science, plant identification, vegetable gardening, fruit culture, flowers, woody ornamentals, turf management, pest management and basic landscaping. Principles of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program will be included in the program.

In Sumter County, Master Gardeners assist extension staff, test soil samples, volunteer at plant clinics, work at the youth garden, give demonstrations and attend and work special events.

The cost for the class and materials is $100. A limited number of applications are being accepted and will be taken until all interview slots are full. For information, call the office at (352) 793-2728 or e-mail

Water authority cancels meeting

The Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority has canceled its meeting that was scheduled for Aug. 15 at the Sumter County Courthouse.

For information, call the Authority at (850) 385-0220.


Family Care Council plans meets Monday

The Area 13 Family Care Council will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Department of Children and Families, 1601 W Gulf Atlantic Highway (S.R. 44).

Those interested in issues regarding developmental disabilities are encouraged to attend. For information, call Nancy Stubbs at the Arc Nature Coast, 544-2322, ext. 109.


Male singers sought for a cappella chorus

The Hernando Harmonizers, Hernando County's only male a cappella chorus, needs male singers to join the group.

The chorus is open to male singers ages 17 to 88. Rehearsals are at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

The chorus is preparing for a show on Nov. 17. All music, learning CDs and tapes, as well as professional direction are provided.

Those interested do not need know how to read music, only to be able to carry a tune. Lead and melody singers are especially needed.

For information, call Art Ellingsen at 688-1182. Visit the Web site at www.hernando


Parrotheads will want to mark calendars

The Spring Hill Eagles Aerie 4208 will host a Margaritaville event at 5 p.m. Aug. 18 at the aerie, 8517 Bolton Ave.

Music will be provided by Marty and The Nice Guys from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be $1 Margaritas and a contest for the best "Parrot Head" with a $20 prize.

Tickets are $10 per person, which includes a ham dinner. For tickets or information, call (727) 868-5754.