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FUNDRAISER FOR SCHOLARSHIPS: The Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary will host a fundraiser sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday in the hospital cafeteria, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.

The sale will feature Z-Coil Pain Relief Footwear, which offers patented technology to reduce impact and provide stability to relieve pain from heel spurs, arthritis, neuropathy and joint pain. Proceeds from the sale will benefit student scholarships. For information, call Laura at (352) 263-5683.

CRAFT FEST: The Crafty Stitchers of Brookridge will host the annual Brookridge Craft Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.

The event will include a raffle to win a queen-size quilt; ticket holders do not need to be present to win. Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., or until sold out. Complimentary coffee will be available. There will also be a raffle auction. For information, call Patty at (352) 556-2200.

RUMMAGE SALE: The Women of Grace Presbyterian Church will host the group's annual fall rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 at the church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The youth will be selling lunch. For information, call (352) 683-2082.

MODEL SHOW: The Nature Coast Modelers will host a show from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 at Dana's Railroad Supply, 4042 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

All modelers may participate and bring their model ships, airplanes, cars and trucks made of plastic or wood, finished or under construction. Dioramas welcome. Tables and refreshments available. Free admission. For information, call (352) 684-2484.

YOUTH, FAMILY SUMMIT: The sixth annual Summit for Youth and Families will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. Registration and refreshments begin at 8 a.m. Summit workshops will address the graduation rate, transition/workforce development, transition to post-secondary education, teen pregnancy, substance use/abuse, violence, child well-being, childhood obesity, health and mental health, mentoring, early learning and parent involvement. Sponsorships are available, ranging from $50 to $500. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required by Oct. 23. RSVP to For information, call (352) 277-3322.

PRESCHOOL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: Praying Hands at St. Andrew's Daycare and Preschool, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, is accepting applications for children ages 2 and older.

Hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Education is interspersed with playtime in a Christian setting. For information, call Brinda Mendoza at (352) 683-7013 or (352) 678-7904.

FASHION SHOW: The African-American Club of Hernando County will host a Fall Fashion Bling luncheon and fashion show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Brooksville. Fashions will be presented by Patricia's Boutique. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Call Mertie at (352) 597-8098 or Velda at (352) 666-4421.

LEARN CPR: A CPR and automated external defibrillator class will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, in the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Another class will be offered Nov. 7. The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health care providers, but anyone may participate. The cost is $20. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card. Reservations are required. Call Bob Kanner at (352) 597-8875.

HALLOWEEN FUN: These Halloween events are planned during the coming weeks:

• Halloween Harvest Festival: 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. The event is hosted by the Hernando County Recreation Department and will feature a haunted house, a haunted trail, a children's game area, face painting, hayrides and contests. Admission and parking are free. Game tickets are four for $1. The haunted house is $3; hayrides are $2. Volunteers needed. Call (352) 754-4031. Visit the website at

• Halloween Haunted House and Fall Festival: 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26, Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Includes a bonfire with marshmallow roasting and ghost stories, refreshments, a palm reader and tours of the three-story house. Free outdoor games include candy; children should bring trick-or-treat baskets. A children's maze for ages 2 and older is $1. Tours of the haunted house are $5 per person; recommended for ages 8 and older. Parents with small children can get a "child swap" pass that will allow the second parent to cut in line to enter the house. Contact Amanda or Chris at (352) 835-1535.

• Wild 'n' Wicked Nights: 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Includes Area 51 tours, a haunted trail, hayrides, costume and scream contests, a kids' maze, the "Creatures in the Treehouse" show with John Leggio's Xcel Performers and special Halloween shows by the Weeki Wachee mermaids. There is an additional fee for the petting zoo, carnival and pony rides. Admission is $6; $4 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. For information, call (352) 592-5656.

• Halloween Night Runs: Oct. 26 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The Weeki Wachee Night Owl Classic, a 1-mile run/walk for all ages, will begin at 11 p.m. Those 17 and younger must have a parent or legal guardian sign their registration form. Those 15 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. At midnight, the Weeki Wachee Creature Feature, a 5K run/walk for those 16 and older, will take place. Those younger than 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their registration form. Both runs will be through the woods on trails marked with reflective tape. All participants will need a flashlight or headlight. Trophies will be awarded.

The registration fee is $10, due at registration. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. For information, call (352) 592-5656.

• Haunted Hayride and Haunted Trails: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. On the haunted hayride, visitors will unexpectedly meet soldiers, Seminoles and pioneers from the past. There will be a kid-friendly haunted trail, as well as a scarier trail. There will also be a bounce house and music. Candy and drinks will be provided to children at no cost. Admission to the park is $5 per carload, up to eight people (no cost for annual park pass holders). For information, call (352) 793-4781.

• YMCA Spooktacular Fall Festival: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26, Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Includes games, crafts, spooky face painting, snacks, a mad science lab and trunk-or-treat. The cost is $10 per family, up to two adults and two children; additional adults are $3. Volunteers are needed for the trunk-or-treat. Contact Lisa Cunningham at (352) 688-9622 or

• Haunted Tram Rides: 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. The rides will be down Pepper Creek Trail, behind the Visitor Center. The event also includes clowns, face painting, a Halloween costume contest, refreshments and trinkets for children. There will also be a haunted house for children. The cost for the tram ride is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger; the children's haunted house is $2 per child. For information, call (352) 628-5343.

• Crystal River Haunted Halloween at the Park, 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26, Crystal River Preserve State Park, 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. Includes a scary tram tour, a creepy clown fun house, piratical boat trips and other activities. Visitors may have their fortunes told. The Florida Public Archaeology Network will host a "Mortuary Photography" studio. Food will be available. Sponsored by the Friends of Crystal River State Parks. Admission is $5. Parking will be west of Museum Pointe on State Park Street (take a tram to the main area). From 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 26, there will be a free children's event that will include games and crafts, treats, food and a costume parade. Visit or call (352) 563-0450.

• Trunk-or-Treat: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. There will be candy, games, hot dogs, soda, popcorn, snow cones and bounce castles. Free. For information, call (352) 796-8331.

• Harvest Festival: 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. There will be free games, rides and candy. For information, call (352) 796-3685.

VFW ESSAY CONTEST: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, is accepting entries for the annual Voice of Democracy competition for high school students and the Patriot's Pen contest for middle school students. Nov. 1 is the deadline.

This year's Voice of Democracy theme is "Why I'm Optimistic About Our Nation's Future". Entrants must submit a three- to five-minute audio essay. For rules and entry forms, visit

The Patriot's Pen theme is "What Patriotism Means to Me," a 300- to 400-word essay. Visit for details.

The local post will award cash prizes to winners. Winners will then move on to the district level and a chance for state and national levels.

The top scholarship award is $30,000 for the national Voice of Democracy winner and $5,000 for the Patriot's Pen winner.

For information, call Jen or Betty at (352) 596-9236.