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Hernando Briefs for Sept. 9

Published Sep. 7, 2016


Youth orchestra needs musical instruments

Have an unneeded musical instrument? The Hernando Youth Orchestra would like to hear from you. Donations of musical instruments can help young musicians who can't afford to buy or replace an instrument. The orchestra will pick up instruments and provide donors with a tax-deductible receipt. For information, call (352) 600-9555 or visit


PHSC changes site for College Night

Pasco-Hernando State College has changed the location for its College Night on Sept. 15. The event will now take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 16386 Spring Hill Drive, south of Brooksville. Previously, it had been scheduled for Nature Coast Technical High School. It is free and open to the public.

Arts and crafts fair set for fairgrounds

Visitors will have an opportunity to get an early start on holiday shopping at an arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call (352) 796-4552.

Free 5K promotes healthy lifestyle

The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County and the city of Brooksville have partnered to host the second annual Move to Health 5K from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 24. For participants interested in completing the 5K walk, jog or fun run, the event will be at Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane. Those interested in a semi-off-road intermediate run can go to the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. The first 300 adults to register will receive a free T-shirt, and the first 150 children (ages 18 and younger) will receive a T-shirt and commemorative medallion. For information, call (352) 540-6817.


Group to recall 9/11, honor Constitution

The Nature Coast 912 Group will host a day to remember 9/11 and to honor the U.S. Constitution at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Praise Family Workshop Center, 17920 Meridian Blvd. Speakers will include: Jimmy Lodato, candidate in Hernando County Commission District 1; Commissioner Diane Rowden, candidate in Hernando County Commission District 3; Debra Ellen Myers, candidate for Hernando County supervisor of elections, and Matthew John Schnackenberg, candidate in U.S. House District 11. For information, call (917) 620-1811.


Bingo event to help children in need

The third annual Designer Purse Bingo, to benefit the Children's Advocacy Center of Hernando County, a program of Mid-Florida Community Services, will be Sept. 22 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and games will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include one set of bingo cards and dinner, with tea and water. Cocktails will be available for purchase. For information, call the Day Law Office at (352) 684-6545.


Knights will host charity raffle auction

St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 will host its fifth annual raffle auction Sept. 24 at Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The auction will begin immediately after dinner. More than 150 gifts will be available, donated by local businesses. A rotisserie chicken dinner will be served, including dessert and coffee or tea. Tickets are $20 and include dinner and 25 raffle tickets. Table reservations are available for tables of eight or more. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at $5 for 25. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Proceeds from the event will benefit the charities the council supports. Tickets are available at the church office or by calling (352) 683-9666.

Kiwanis casino will benefit needy children

The Kiwanis Club of the Adventure Coast will host its Viva Las Vegas annual Children's Charity Casino Night from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. Tickets are $50 per person and include $1,500 worth of Kiwanis dollars for casino play, hors d'oeuvres and two chips for the drink of the night. The cost does not include the poker tournament. Prizes will be awarded, and Elvis and show girls will perform. Proceeds will benefit Hernando County Kiwanis children's charities. For information, call Bev Reso at (352) 634-1637 or Richard Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829, or visit

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Church schedules 25th Ethnic Festival

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church will present its 25th Ethnic Festival from Oct. 20 to 23 on the church grounds, 13485 Spring Hill Drive. The four-day festival will feature a variety of ethnic foods, continuous entertainment, carnival rides, karaoke, music and demonstrations. Hours will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 20, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21, 12:15 to 10 p.m. Oct. 22 and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23. Advance unlimited ride tickets are available at the church office. If purchased before noon Oct. 20, tickets are $25 for Oct. 20, 21 and 23, and $30 for Oct. 22. Tickets purchased after noon Oct. 20 will be an additional $5. For information, call Paul at (352) 688-1685 or Frank at (352) 345-4316.

Event will benefit local first responders

Lucky Penny and Joey Dee and the Starliters will perform during the Twistin' the Night Away First Responders' Lives Matter dinner-dance, which will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner, dessert and dance music. Those attending are asked to wear their best throwback 1950s and '60s costumes. The event will include a photo booth, a raffle and a silent auction. Hosted by the Law Office of Lucus/Magazine, the event will benefit local first responders. For tickets or sponsorship information, call Yvette Behmer at (727) 849-5353.


Weight Loss Challenge to be discussed

Organization leaders, business owners, human resource personnel and wellness professionals are invited to attend an informational meeting about the Greater Hernando Weight Loss Challenge from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at Oak Hill Hospital's Graduate Medical Education Building, 11307 Cortez Blvd. The challenge is a countywide initiative designed to move local businesses, organizations and residents toward a healthy weight. The meeting will explain how the 10-week initiative will work, who will benefit and how Hernando County can work together to achieve a 10,000-pound weight loss. The challenge is scheduled to begin Jan. 14 and run through March 15. To RSVP for the informational meeting, call Rich Linkul at (352) 597-6383 or Ann-Gayl Ellis at (352) 540-6817 by Friday.


Chamber reception to highlight Hernando

Anyone new to Hernando County or who has questions about the county is invited to the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's 16th annual Residents Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way. Merchants and activities will be available, and visitors will have an opportunity to meet local school and government officials and sample foods from local restaurants. The event is free. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.