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The Dancing Buffalo Ranch will host a Native American Intertribal Pow-Wow from 9 a.m. to dusk Friday through Feb. 17. The ranch is at 18250 Wiscon Road.

Admission is $2 per person; children 5 and younger will be admitted free.

The weekend will include lectures on American Indian history, performances with the Native American Intertribal dancers and singers. There also will be native crafter booths, food, face painting, storytelling, games and native dancing.

Visitors also will be able to see the buffalo and their babies at the ranch.

No pets, coolers, weapons or firearms will be allowed on the premises. Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For information, call Marcy Smith at 799-4385.

Dancing Buffalo Ranch is a nonprofit organization. The 53-acre ranch offers a variety of activities from educational bison tours, Indian knowledge from a Shaman Medicine Man, Indian music, pow wows, various buffalo and western art, horse back riding or hiking and nature tours. Visit the Web site at


Many dates for AARP safe driver classes

The AARP Driver Safety Program is a refresher course for drivers 50 and older. It is an eight-hour course provided in two four-hour classes.

The cost is $10. Participants must attend both segments to receive a certificate to submit to their insurance companies for a possible rate reduction.

The following classes will be offered in March:

- 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 5 and 12, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). Call 684-9302 to register.

- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7 and 14, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call 556-3054 to register.

- Noon to 4 p.m. March 11 and 13, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call 797-7497 to register.

- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 18 and 19, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. Call 666-4044 to register.

- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 and 26, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Call 683-8594 to register.


Dance night away at Slovene-American club

The Slovene-American Club of Spring Hill will present Virgil Baker and the Just for Fun Band from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at the SNPJ Lodge, 13383 County Line Road.

A variety of music will be played. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door. Refreshments will be available.

For information or tickets, call Doris at 686-9874.


Get rid of that 'stuff' at VFW garage sale

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 9236 will host a parking lot garage sale Feb. 23 at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd.

Arts and craft vendors, as well as groups and individuals wishing to sell yard sale items are invited to participate. Spaces are $10. Set-up will begin at 7 a.m. on event day, with the sale starting at 8 a.m.

To reserve a space or for information, call Sharon at 597-7907 or Kathy at 684-3398.


Annual mah-jongg luncheon postponed

The West Hernando/Spring Hill Hadassah has postponed its annual Mah Jongg/Card Luncheon. For details, call Myrna at 686-6392 or Elaine at 666-8467.


Throw some strikes to help animal shelter

The SPCA of Hernando County will host a "Pins for Paws Bowl-A-Thon" at 1:30 p.m. March 2 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Spring Hill Drive.

The cost is $15 per bowler. There will be prizes and raffles. All proceeds will benefit the animals at the SPCA shelter.

For information, call the shelter between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily at 596-7000.


Group focuses on issues media ignores

A discussion group is forming to discuss issues that are not being publicized in the mainstream media.

The group will meet in the Spring Hill area once a month, on a day and time to be decided. Anyone interested in sharing information and ideas is asked to call Laura at (727) 424-4536.


'Greats' lecture series kicks off on Feb. 18

Academia Hernando will continue "The Greats" lecture series at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. The topic will be "Two Great Painters," presented by Peter Tush.

Other lectures include:

- Feb. 25: Two Great Medical Discoverers, presented by Dan Mauriello.

- March 3: Two Great Religions, presented by Rabbi Cyrus Arfa, Pastor Philip Schroeder and Adel Aldin.

- March 10: Great Opera Singers, presented by Michael Blauner.

- March 17: Four Great American Women, presented by Susan Bottom.

- March 24: Silvertones concert, free for subscribers; others pay $10.

Individual lectures are $7 each. For information, call 597-0158.


Elks Lodge puttingon game night, dance

Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 will host the following events at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.

- Monthly Steak Shoot, 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 20. Participants purchase three attached playing cards and cover them in a bingo-sytle game. Caller Bob Grover will draw the numbers. Winners receive New York strip steaks. Following, a spaghetti dinner available for $5. Music will be provided by Joe Casey. For information, call the lodge, 596-2582.

- A benefit dance to support the Harry Anna Trust Fund and the Elks National Foundation will be Feb. 23. Cocktails will be at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., followed by dancing. The menu includes Italian meat loaf, chicken cutlet Parmesan, tossed salad, scalloped potatoes, rolls and dessert. Dance music will be provided by Mike and Lorri Hafer, who will play standards and jazz, with a big band sound. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased in the lounge or by calling Bill Balderson at 585-2713.


New phone number at Family History Center

The Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a new phone number, 796-7082.

The center offers free genealogy research to the public. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays.

For information, call the number above.


Traveler to speak on trip, African artifacts

The Jerome Brown Community Center has a Black History display featuring Mable Sims' African artifacts.

Sims, whose African name is Lesidi Lebore, will give presentations about her trip to Africa and her artifacts from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the center, 99 Jerome Brown Place. A presentation geared toward youth will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The presentations are free. Sims' display is available for viewing through the end of February. For information, call 544-5498.


Cruise down for some good tunes with Eddie

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 will present Eddie and the Cruzers at 8 p.m. Friday at the post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

There is no cost to attend. For information, call 796-0398.


Church conjures up psychic fair, sale

Inner Peace Church of the Spirit will host a psychic fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Inner Peace Bookstore, 421 W Jefferson St.

The fair will include psychic mediums available for readings and entertainment, as well as crystals, gemstones and intuitive books for sale. For information, call Maria at 544-0304.


Disk golf league looking for players

Brooksville Parks and Recreation is forming an evening disk golf league.

The league will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, starting March 12, at the walking trail at Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane.

The cost is $40 per person. Those interested can register at the Quarry Golf Course, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. For information, call Mike Barnett at 397-3257.


Sign up now for Red Cross CPR class

A CPR class will be offered at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital.

The course is certified by the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. The instructor will be Bob Kanner.

The class includes mannequin practice and is designed for the professional health care provider, but anyone interested is welcome.

The cost is $20. Seating is limited. For information or to register, call 597-8875.


Pair of blood drives offer gifts for donors

LifeSouth Community Blood Center will have the following blood drives:

- "Show Your Love Blood Drive", 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, at the LifeSouth center, 12395 Cortez Blvd. The first 30 donors will receive movie passes. All donors will have a chance to enter into a drawing for a Valentine's gift basket. The drawing will be at 5 p.m. Thursday. All donors will receive a recognition gift item and a cholesterol screening.

- Blood drive at Steak 'N Shake, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, 4305 Commercial Way. All donors will receive a free steakburger, a recognition gift item and a cholesterol screening.

To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID. For information, call 596-2002.


K of C invites all to its monthly dinner

The Knights of Columbus, St. Theresa Council 11877, will host its monthly dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the parish hall at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way.

The menu includes roast chicken with potatoes, vegetables, rolls, soup or salad, dessert and coffee, ice tea or hot tea; sodas are an additional 50 cents each.

The cost for the meal is $7 for adults and $4 for ages 4-12. Take-out orders will be available. For information, call 683-2849 or (727) 868-2289.