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The Bailey Benefit, "A Musical Celebration of Friendship," will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave.

This is a concert to benefit the family of Brooksville native and 1992 Hernando High graduate Jay Bailey, whose wife, Kathy, has been diagnosed with adrenal cortical carcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. They have two young daughters, Tinsley and Jaycie. The family, who are living in Georgia, have been traveling to Maryland every three weeks for Kathy's chemotherapy.

The musical event will feature a number of Bailey's friends from Brooksville, including soprano Stephanie Barnett Sager and Jamie Cuffe Morton, who have starred in numerous musicals together at Hernando High, as well as Kelly Looper, Shanley Carlton, Jason and Tanya Yungmann and others.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at WWJB Radio, Eden Baptist Church, Faith Evangelical Baptist Church or Capital City Bank's branch on Spring Hill Drive. Tickets will also be available at the door. Checks can be made payable to Jay Bailey.


Salvation Army hosts yard sale and carnival

A yard sale and carnival will be Saturday and Sunday at the Salvation Army, 15464 Cortez Blvd.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and will include games, food and prizes. The Salvation Army Brass Band will perform at 11 a.m., a magic show with Jerko the Clown will be at noon and an "instant talent contest" will be at 1 p.m.

A church service to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Hernando County Corps of the Salvation Army will be at 11 a.m. Sunday. Lunch will be provided.

For information, call (352) 796-1186.


AWANA Fun Fest set for Friday

An AWANA Fun Fest will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Hernando Beach, 4446 Shoal Line Blvd.

The free event will include clowns, puppets, games and food. For information, call (352) 596-2211.


Women's Social Club holds Fall Bazaar Nov. 1

The Women's Social Club of Cloverleaf Farms will host the annual Fall Bazaar from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Heather House, 900 N Broad St.

There will be craft items, baked goods, candies and a variety of miscellaneous items available for purchase. There will also be a raffle. Coffee, doughnuts and hot dogs will be available for purchase.

For information, call Lorraine Senecal at (352) 799-5954.


Church invites you to Octoberfest dinner

An Octoberfest Dinner will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the fellowship hall at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd.

The menu includes grilled brats and hot dogs, sauerkraut, German potato salad, baked beans, ham and cheese pasta salad, cole slaw, cucumber salad, German chocolate cake and beverages (coffee, punch or soda).

Tickets are $7.50 and will be available at the door; carry-outs will be available. For information, call (352) 597-2314.


Relay for Life kickoff event set for Monday

A Relay for Life kickoff event will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, at Waterfall Drive.

This year, Spring Hill has been selected as a Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) Relay. CPS-3 is a study to better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. It's purpose is to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health concern.

Anyone between the ages of 30 and 65 who has never been diagnosed with cancer and will commit to the study long-term is eligible to participate.

The American Cancer Society will be enrolling participants for the newest research study on site.

The Spring Hill Relay for Life will be 6 p.m. April 17 through noon April 18 at Nature Coast Technical High School.

Those interested in joining the committee can call Cathy Edmisten at (352) 346-9665 or Those interested in joining or forming a team can call Billie Liparito at (352) 650-3976 or


Here's a chance toget pet shots cheap

The Florida International Teaching Zoo's veterinary staff will provide a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Tractor Supply, 18741 Cortez Blvd.

Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $5. Dog distemper/parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots are $14, and dog kennel cough/bordatella shots are $14.

A vaccinations will be administered by the veterinarian. Documentation will be provided.

All proceeds will benefit Teaching Zoo programs, including endangered species propagation, veterinary assistance distance learning and elephant survival programs.

The Florida International Teaching Zoo is a nonprofit organization based in Belleview. For information, call Dr. Wilson at (352) 867-7788.


Get the free, expert lowdown on diabetes

The Hernando County Health Department and Nature Coast Community Health Center will host a free seminar, "Why Should You Care About Diabetes?" at 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd.

Diabetes nurse educator Janice Musick and certified diabetes educator Sandra Dixon will give information on what diabetes is, risk factors and complications of diabetes, and the diabetes epidemic in Hernando County. Participants will learn how to access educational services to help prevent and control diabetes.

For information or to register, call Lessett at (352) 540-6928.


Spaghetti dinner and bake sale coming up

The Ridge Manor West Center will host a spaghetti dinner and bake sale 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the clubhouse, 6376 Windmere Drive.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for ages 10 and younger. Take-out orders will be available.

For information, call Joan Waters at (352) 796-5525 or Jean Jones at (352) 799-4129.


Get a year's worthof gardening tips

The 2009 Hernando County Master Gardener Calendar is now available.

The calendars are $3 each and can be purchased at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.

The calendar features month-by-month expert advice on Central Florida landscaping and is packed with information pertinent to long-time gardeners and beginners.

Stop by the extension office for a calendar or, for information, call (352) 754-4433.


Women, this is areally wild weekend

Women's Outdoor Weekend is scheduled for Nov. 8-9 at Lakewood Retreat, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, east of Brooksville.

The event, which starts at 10 a.m. Nov. 8, includes workshops that center around nature and will include environmental speakers and educators, basic wilderness survival, knot-tying, fishing basics, canoeing, low ropes team building, campfire cooking and the retreat's numerous amenities.

All meals are included. Cabin bunk-style sleeping arrangements are provided. The cost is $125 and must be made by check, money order or credit cards (no cash). There is a $25 processing fee for cancellations.

To register, visit the Recreation Web site at or call the office at (352) 754-4031.