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A free horticulture class, "Preparing Your Landscape for Winter," will be at 2 p.m. today at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

The speaker is John Korycki, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program coordinator, who will discuss what residents can do to make sure their plants will survive the cooler weather.

For information, call (352) 754-4433.

Tickets available for vets' Christmas party

Tickets are available for the Korean War Veterans' annual Christmas party, which will be Dec. 13 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

The event will include a buffet dinner, a show with Irish comedian Danny Justice and music for dancing by the Key Notes, a four-piece band. Door prizes will be awarded and a cash bar will be available.

Doors will open at 2 p.m., dinner will be at 3 p.m., showtime is at 4:30 p.m., followed by dancing until 8 p.m.

Table reservations for eight or more will be available. Tickets are $20 per person.

For table reservations, tickets or information, call Rich Mellinger at (352) 688-7196.

Planning starts for Angels on High event

The Spring Hill Community Association is organizing the eighth annual Angels on High Celebration and invites area businesses, organizations, schools, churches and individuals to participate.

The event will be Dec. 11-14 on the Lake House grounds, 1202 Kenlake Ave.

Participants decorate an angel for the outdoor display and contest. There is no cost to enter an angel. Angel kits are available for $40 (which covers the cost of supplies) or participants can use their own supplies. Instructions on how to build an angel, along with photos of 2007 winning angels, can be seen online at

The event includes a tree-lighting each night, entertainment at the new Palmwood Pavilion stage and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The deadline to reserve an angel space is Nov. 28. For information, call Cara at (352) 666-4746.


Volunteers are needed at Arc Nature Coast

The Arc Nature Coast needs volunteers who can help at any one of its facilities.

Volunteer positions are available in the POSSE equestrian program, the enrichment program at the Community CAFE in Spring Hill, at the main facility on Neff Lake Road in east Brooksville, as well as any of the several office locations, community outings and special events.

Applications and background screenings are required for any position which involves direct contact with the Arc's customers. There is a one-time fee of $28 for submission of paperwork to two outside agencies.

Orientation and tours of the facilities are available to all volunteers.

For information and application forms, contact John DiRienzo at or call (352)544-2322 .

Old prom gowns can be put to good use

Operation Prom has again teamed up with Imperial Cleaners and Hernando High School to offer free prom dresses to those who cannot afford them.

Those wishing to donate gowns can drop them off at any Imperial Cleaners in Hernando County, which will dry clean the gowns at no cost, then pass them on to Operation Prom.

Operation Prom will have all dresses available at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville, at a date to be determined.

Operation Prom was formed by the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Spring Hill Service League. For information, call Dee Smith at (352) 597-1103 or Nancy Cannon at (352) 596-9690.


Yard sale to raise money for family

A yard sale fundraiser to benefit the family of Abigail Katherine Judge will be at 8 a.m. Nov. 8 and 9 at 8204 Delaware Drive, in the River Country subdivision.

Abigail Judge is the 3-month-old daughter of Steven and Laurie Judge of Spring Hill, who are both teachers in Pasco County. Abby was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Funds raised will go toward Abigail's medical expenses and special care. Information on Type 1 SMA is available online at and .


Water awareness series starts Nov. 7

Hernando County Utilities Department's Water Conservation Division and Citizens for WATER will present the first program of the 2008-09 Water Awareness Series from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 7 at the Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd.

The program will be "Learn to Design Your Landscape the Florida-Friendly Way," presented by John Korycki, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods coordinator for the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service.

The series will run monthly through May and will include presentations from experts on the topics of Florida-friendly landscapes, the concept of going "green," lawn care, water conservation and irrigation technology.

There is no cost to attend. For reservations or for information, call (352) 540-4368. The full schedule is available online at

City's special day will honor Dr. Paul Farmer

The city of Brooksville will host a special recognition day in December for Dr. Paul Farmer, the city's 2008 Great Brooksvillian. Volunteers and sponsors are needed for the series of events that are scheduled.

The day will begin with the annual Christmas Parade through downtown Brooksville. The Kiwanis Club of Brooksville will honor Farmer with a special float featuring him as a Hometown Hero. Later in the day, the Brooksville City Council will open the doors to City Hall for the formal Great Brooksvillian public ceremonies.

Also, for later that evening, friends and community leaders are organizing a ticket fundraiser where patrons will be able to meet Farmer and obtain a copy of the 2003 bestselling book depicting his life's work, Mountains Beyond Mountains, the Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder.

Proceeds from the event will be given to Farmer's nonprofit outreach, Partners in Health.

For information on the upcoming fundraiser, call Tricia Bechtelheimer at (352) 796-3519. For information on Farmer's work and Partners in Health, visit For information on the Great Brooksvillian award, call Charlotte Roberts at (352) 544-5435.