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Oak Hill Hospital will sponsor a political candidate forum from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the fourth floor conference room, Suite 403, at the hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd.

Participants include Hernando County Commission Districts 1 candidates Jeff Stabins and Ramon Gutierrez; County Commission District 3 candidates Diane Rowden and John Druzbick; County Commission District 5 candidates Christopher Kingsley and James Adkins; Supervisor of Elections candidates Annie Williams, Gus Guadagnino and Shirley Anderson; Spring Hill Fire and Rescue Seat A candidates Amy Bronan, Robert Giammarco and James Monk; Hernando County Sheriff candidates Richard Nugent and Marc Reusch; School Board candidates Gene Magrini and James Yant; Brooksville City Council Seat 2 candidate Yvette Taylor; and U.S. House of Representatives District 5 candidate John Russell.

For information, call Dajana Dankic at (352) 597-6120.


Swiftmud's watershed workshops next week

Hernando County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly known as Swiftmud, will conduct additional public meetings to present preliminary floodplain information to develop preliminary Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

A workshop on Hernando County's Oman Quarry, Powell and Toachodka watersheds will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and another workshop focusing on Hernando County's Blue Sink, Croom and McKethan watersheds will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, both at Swiftmud headquarters, 2379 Broad St.

During the meetings, preliminary models and floodplain information and public comments will be received.

Hernando County anticipates adopting new FIRMs starting next year, once the FEMA process is complete. The FEMA process can take nine to 12 months, but based on appeals, can take several years.

The floodplain information will be used by the county for land use and zoning decisions, to help manage development in and around floodplains and wetlands, reduce flood risks, preserve land and water resources, and planning for emergencies. It also serves as information for the public for decisions about purchasing and protecting property.

For information, or to find out which watershed you live in, go online to or call Swiftmud at (352) 796-7211, ext. 4297.


Church holiday bazaar, bake sale on Nov. 7-8

First United Methodist Church will have a Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at the church, 109 S Broad St.

There will be Christmas wreaths and decorations, hand-crafted American Girl doll clothing and other small quilted and stitched items, baked goods and potted plants.

For information, call (352) 796-3363.


Heather Community flea market, yard sale

The Heather Community Flea Market and Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Heather Golf and Country Club, 7406 St. Andrews Blvd.

There will be numerous residents participating in the flea market and bake sale, which will be at the clubhouse and adjacent grounds. Coffee, doughnuts and hot dogs will be available, and the snack shop will have sandwiches, snacks and beverages available throughout the day.


County boards seek to fill vacant positions

Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals wishing to volunteer on these county boards that will have vacant positions as of Dec. 31:

- Aviation Authority - two positions

- Board of Construction and Regulation - four positions (consumer, electrical contractor, general contractor and roofing contractor)

- Citizen Ordinance Advisory Team - four positions

- Elder Affairs Council - five positions (District II, District III and District V representatives, fine arts representative and public relations industry representative)

- Enterprise Zone Development Area Advisory Board- two positions (one law enforcement and one code enforcement representatives)

- Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee - two positions (one botanist and one geologist)

- Fine Arts Council - two positions (one managed care representative and one community health organization representative)

- Library Advisory Committee - four positions (three regular positions and one alternative position)

- Personnel Advisory Board - two positions (one employee and one layperson representatives)

- Planning and Zoning Commission - four positions (two regular positions and two alternative positions)

- Port Authority - one position.

Applications are available in the county administrator's office, Room 460, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. All applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 4.

All those applying for these volunteer, nonpaid positions must be residents and registered voters of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 754-4002.


Autumn Fest, yard sale on Timmons Road

The Timmons' Autumn Fest and Yard Sale will be Nov. 1 at Ballard's Wayside Park at Buck Hope and Timmons roads, off Barnett Road (behind Wal-Mart). The yard sale will start at 7 a.m. and the festival will start at 1 p.m.

The event will include a horseshoe tournament, playing cards tournament, kids' games and food. For information, call Gina Hall at (352) 346-8116 or Viennessee Black at (352) 584-4158.


VFW Post to sponsor events next month

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor theseevents:

- Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1. Vendor spaces are available. This will be the first of monthly flea markets at the post. Vendors will be able to set up starting at 6 a.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold throughout the day.

- Elvis On Tour, featuring Kenn E. Grube, 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 1. Tickets are available in the canteen.

- Together at Last - The Ultimate Band Concert, featuring Southern Exposure and the Company Swing Band, 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

All events are open to the public. The post is at 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. For details, call the post at (352) 796-0398.


Pets and their owners invited to Fall FURfest

Pets and their owners are invited to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast's first Fall FUR-Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave.

The event, which will be at the surrounding park and Palmwood Pavilion, will feature games, vendors and contests for pets and their owners. Pets will have an opportunity to demonstrate their artistic talents at the Art for Pet's Sake booth, participate in the pet costume contest, pet and parent dance contest, pet singing contest, pet and parent face painting and other activities.

Entertainment will be provided by Teri Lyons and the Non Breeders.

Food and refreshments for humans will be provided by the Spring Hill Community Association. Pet refreshments will be provided by the Humane Society of the Nature Coast.

All pets attending must be on leashes. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free.

Vendor opportunities are available. For information, call (352) 796-2711.


Calling writers, poets for library workshop

Creative writers, poets and writers of memoirs will gather for a workshop at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.

Interested writers or wanna-be writers are invited to attend. For information, call (352) 583-2441.


Quilt show on Nov. 8 at botanical gardens

The Spring Hill Garden Club and Hernando County Quilt Guild will have a quilt show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave.

Quilts made by guild members will be on display throughout the gardens. A hanging quilt will be raffled off during the show.

Admission will be $3, payable at the gate. For information, call (352) 683-9933. In case of inclement weather, the show will be on Nov. 15.


Fall gun, knife show at fairgrounds Nov. 1-2

The Hernando Sportsman's Club will have its Fall Gun and Knife Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.

The show will include all types of new, used and antique firearms, knives and related accessories. Admission is $6, with children 16 and younger admitted free (must be accompanied by an adult).

For information, call Randie at (352) 799-3605.


Flea market to benefit All Children's Hospital

A Craft and Flea Market to benefit All Children's Hospital will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at Sam's Club, 13360 Cortez Blvd.

The event will include music, clowns and food. Vendor spaces are available for $15 per table, which will go to the hospital.

For information or to reserve a space, call Sandy at (727) 858-5906 (call between 4 and 6 p.m. or leave a message).


Business women plan holiday bazaar Nov. 13

The Hernando County Business and Professional Women's third-annual Holiday Bazaar will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, off Commercial Way.

Five-foot-round tables are available for $30, or two for $50. To participate or for information, call JoAnne Clay at (352) 686-0360 or Karen Lund at 686-2891.


John Leggio's arts center to have festival

John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts will sponsor a Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at 10455 County Line Road.

The event will include horse rides, a bounce house, scavenger hunt, open dance, face painting, bobbing for applies, a 50/50 drawing, holiday ornament decorating, family photos, food and drinks.

Admission is free for adults. Tickets for children 17 and younger are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets include all games, crafts, food and drinks.

Craft and flea market vendors are invited to participate. Spaces are $10 (must provide your own table).

For information, visit or call (352) 683-8395.


Chinsegut's Pioneer Day set for Nov. 1

Chinsegut Nature Center will have the annual Pioneer Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 on center grounds, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville.

The event is a living arts demonstration of the past, and will include broom making, lumber jack demonstration, spinning, horse-drawn wagon rides, hand-cranked ice cream, butter churning, rope making, open hearth cooking, an archery exhibit and numerous other activities.

Admission is free. In-service credit is available for educators.

Other events and programs at the center include:

- Birding 101, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 8. This is an introductory birding class for all ages. Bring binoculars and birding field guide, if you have them.

- Pine needle craft class, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 13. Participants will make holiday decorations out of long leaf pine needles.

- Introduction to geocaching, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 15. Center volunteers will show participants how to use GPS units to find geocaches.

All programs are free, however, seating is limited for programs and reservations are needed. For reservations or information, call (352) 754-6722.


Church women sets flea market for Nov. 8

The United Methodist Women will sponsor a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Ridge Manor United Methodist Church, 34350 Cortez Blvd.

Lunch will be available. Proceeds will benefit local missions. For information, e-mail Pauline Miller at


VFW Post 9236 plans benefit food drive

The Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 is sponsoring a food drive in support of the Dawn Center.

Donations of nonperishable items can be dropped off at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. through Nov. 16. For information, call (352) 596-9236.


Philippine cultural show, dinner Nov. 8

The Hernando County Philippine-American Association will have its first cultural show and dinner, "Barrio Fiesta Sa Hernando County," from 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 8 at the SNPJ Lodge, 13383 County Line Road.

Tickets are $15. Those attending are encouraged to wear their favorite Philippine attire.

For tickets or information, call Cobie Atienzo at (352) 666-5381, Celia Sigua at (352) 398-6207 or Giezel Tadlip at (352) 397-9730.


British entertainer takes tour of 1950s

Brookridge Entertainment will present Jimmy Keys at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The British entertainer takes his audience back to the 1950s through songs, costume changes and comedy.

Tickets are $15. To purchase tickets or for season ticket information, call Barb at (352) 597-4620.


Spring Mermaids part of Pioneer Day events

The Spring Mermaids Service Unit of Girls Scouts of West Central Florida will participate at the Pioneer Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville.

Girl Scout troops will help children make a pioneer toy called a bullroarer. It was used by pioneer and native American children to scare wolves and other predators away from their livestock. The activity will be provided free.

The Spring Mermaids will also host a registration rally at the event. Membership is open to girls in kindergarten through 12th grades. Annual fees are $10; financial aid is available. Adult volunteers are also needed.

For information, call Sarah Johnston at (352) 592-7897 or e-mail to