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Published Oct. 29, 2013

LAST CHANCE TO ORDER WREATHS: The Rotary Club of Spring Hill is taking orders through Thursday for its holiday wreath fundraiser.

The wreaths are a mix of noble fir, incense cedar and berried juniper. They come decorated with a plaid bow and pinecones.

Orders can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States with a gift message. The cost is $39 each and includes shipping. The wreaths will be delivered to recipients the first week of December.

Proceeds support scholarships and youth programs. To place an order or for information, call Carol McElroy at (352) 684-6840.

LIBRARY FUN: The Hernando County Public Library System is offering the following programs this week:

• Halloween Storytime, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today, West Hernando Branch/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Families are invited to this special storytime, which will include songs and stories. Costumes are encouraged.

• Nature Coast Outdoors, 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Learn about the best places in Hernando County for hiking and kayaking. Those attending can receive help planning their next outdoor adventure.

• Hernando History Festival, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. History buffs are invited to this inaugural event, which will be inside the Sand Hill Scout Reservation meeting hall. The festival coincides with Viva Florida 500, a statewide celebration of Florida's 500-year history. It will include historical presentations, informational poster sessions, table displays and a historical storytime. Featured speakers will include Bob Martinez, local historian and publisher of Old Brooksville in Photos and Stories, and Lisa Hylton and Steffen Rudolph of the Florida Public Archaeological Network.

All events are free. For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit

CHURCH YARD SALE: Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9. The sale will include household items, crafts, computers and electronics, furniture, tools and other items. Food, drinks and baked goods will also be available. For information, call (352) 596-0080.

CATHOLIC WOMEN'S FALL BAZAAR: The St. Frances Cabrini Council of Catholic Women will host its annual fall bazaar from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 in the church hall at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 683-9666.

SPORTSMAN'S SWAP MEET: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee, will host a swap meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9.

This will be a swap, sell, trade, barter or giveaway event that will include used firearms, archery items, reloading equipment and supplies, and accessories.

Table rentals are available at $10 for club members and $20 for nonmembers.

Admission to the event is free for members and $3 for nonmembers. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit

LINE DANCING: The Brookridge Line Dance Social Club will host a social from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. DJ Dave will provide music, including requests, for all levels of dance. The event is open to singles and couples. Guests may bring snacks and drinks; bring your own ice. Admission is $5. For information, call Norma at (352) 397-6088.

LEARN CPR: A CPR and automated external defibrillator class will be offered at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, in the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville.

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.

LANDSCAPING TO SAVE MONEY: The following workshops will be offered through the Florida-Friendly Landscaping program:

• "Fertilizing to Protect Water Quality" will be presented from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The class is free. Seating is limited; first come, first seated.

• Rain barrel workshop, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. The cost is $65, which includes a rain barrel. Hernando County Utilities customers will receive a one-time $25 credit on their water bill. Preregistration is requested due to limited quantities of rain barrels.

For information about either class, or to register for the rain barrel workshop, contact Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230 or

CANINE FEST: The third annual Puppy Palooza is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at Heron Pointe Health and Rehabilitation, 1445 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The event is for dogs and their owners and will include competitions, prizes, trophies and treats. There is a $10 entry fee for competitions: best large dog, best puppy, best small dog, best trick, best dressed, owner look-alike, aged to perfection and the residents' choice award.

A copy of each pet's shot records is required to enter.

Vendor spaces are available at no cost, but a gift basket donation for the raffle is requested.

Proceeds will benefit the Hernando County SPCA. For information or to be a vendor, call Alanna at (352) 799-1451.

CHURCH LADIES HOST YARD SALE: The Ladies in Fellowship Fall Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Proceeds will be used for outreach ministries within the church and community. For information, call (352) 686-4612.

DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations throughout the county.

The cost for each six-hour course is $12 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $14 for nonmembers. These classes will be offered in November:

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Nov. 6, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

• 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday Nov. 7, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Marge Lingor at (352) 596-9193.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Michelle Haenel at (352) 666-4044.

• Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

WREATH DECORATING WORKSHOP: In preparation for its Holiday in the Gardens event, the Spring Hill Garden Club will offer a holiday wreath-decorating workshop at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. A representative from Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts will conduct the workshop. There is no cost to participate. To register, call (352) 688-4131 or (352) 683-9933. Individuals are encouraged to enter wreaths in the Holiday in the Gardens event, which will kick off Dec. 7 at the botanical gardens. There is no cost to enter. However, those who wish to enter a wreath must call one of the numbers above by Dec. 1, then bring the decorated wreath to the gardens before 9 a.m. Dec. 7. Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite wreaths, at $1 per vote, until noon Dec. 7. The winner will receive a $25 cash prize. The Holiday in the Gardens event will also include decorated evergreen trees. Groups, organizations, businesses and individuals can participate at $25 per tree. Decorating will be at the Dec. 7 event and voting, at $1 per vote, will continue through early January. For information, call (352) 683-9933.

VETERANS TRIBUTE: The High Point community will host a Tribute to Our Veterans at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point. There will be a flag ceremony, followed by a brief presentation. For information, call (352) 200-8843.

COUNTRY MUSIC FUNDRAISER FOR SHUT-INS: A benefit dance will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point. Doors open at 6 p.m. Country music will be provided by Danny and the Train. Admission is $5 at the door. Table reservations are available for $50, payable in advance. Proceeds will go toward meals for shut-ins in the High Point community. For information or to reserve a table, call (352) 200-8843.

PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS: The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System will offer preschool screenings for children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten and who might have problems with speech, language, hearing, vision, concepts or motor coordination.

Screenings will be at the Exceptional Student Education Center, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville, on the following days: Nov. 6 and 20, Dec. 4 and 18, Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5 and 19, March 5 and 26 and April 9 and 23. The free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested. Call Linda Kaszuba at (352) 797-7021.

ART LEAGUE CELEBRATES 40 YEARS: The Spring Hill Art League will host an anniversary celebration gala starting at 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Ave., Spring Hill. The evening will include fine art, dinner, music and a raffle of gift baskets. Dinner will be provided by Sioux City. Tickets for the event are $30 each. Call Doris at (352) 593-4633 or Betty at (352) 796-6801.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TAX SEASON: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide needs volunteers tax preparers and greeters in Hernando County for the coming tax season.

The program is a free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service offered from February through April 15 at various locations throughout the county. Experience in preparing taxes is not required, but volunteers who do prepare taxes must be computer literate.

Training is provided for all volunteers in January, at no cost. To become a volunteer, visit to complete a volunteer form. For information, call (352) 799-2604.

MEET THE AUTHORS: The Hernando County Historical Museum Association will host a book signing with six local authors from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Train Depot Museum, 70 Russell St., Brooksville.

Participating authors include: Jerry Cowling, author of three books and two CDs (; Don Kafrissen, author of Brothers Beyond Blood, a survival story; John Boyle, author of Daughter of a Fallen Angel; Linda Welker, author of Fragile Clowns; Karen Knight Wilson, author of Wrinkles in Time (true stories from law enforcement K-9 handlers), and Johanna Bolton, author and illustrator of Heirs to the Empire and other science fiction, mystery and fantasy novels.

The event will include readings, door prizes, raffles and refreshments.

Admission is free. Tours of the train depot will be available for $3; free for children ages 5 and younger. For information, contact Linda at

ORCHID AUCTION: The Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill will host an orchid plant auction Nov. 16 at the Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 13375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Doors open for previewing plants at 11:30 a.m., and the auction begins at noon.

A variety of hybrid, species orchids and supplies will be auctioned. Only cash and checks will be accepted. Refreshments will be available.

For information, call Linda Roderick at (352) 597-3736 or visit

YARD SALE BENEFITS ABANDONED ANIMALS: Compassion for All His Creatures, 19580 Phillips Road, Masaryktown, will host a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16.

More than 2,000 donated items will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the abandoned dogs and cats that live at the nonprofit facility. For information, call (352) 556-6222.

CRAFT, BAKE SALE: The Ladies Guild of St. Mary's Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church will host its annual craft and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 at the church, 18810 Broad St., Masaryktown.

For information, call (352) 796-2792.

BARBERSHOP CONCERT: The Hernando Harmonizers will host their 12th annual Barbershop Extravaganza, "Celebrate Harmony," at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The concert will feature the men's barbershop chorus, quartets and special guests, the Springstead High School Ensemble. Tickets are $12 in advance, $8 for students. They will be $15 at the door, $12 for students. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities. For tickets or information, contact Wayne Wollerman at (727) 857-7224 or, or Tom Rooney at (352) 277-3120 or

WINE AND AUCTION BENEFIT FOR EARLY LEARNING: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will host its annual wine tasting and silent auction from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills.

The event includes a selection of wines and light appetizers. Guests will have an opportunity to tour the processing room and stroll through the vineyard. There will also be a silent auction.

Tickets are $25 each. Proceeds benefit the Early Learning Coalition's programs. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Early Learning Coalition office at 15506 County Line Road, Spring Hill. For information, call (727) 233-8291.

CELEBRATION AT CHINSEGUT: Sponsors, artists and volunteers are needed for the first Chinsegut Hill Celebration that is being planned at the Chinsegut Hill manor house, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville.

The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and will feature arts and crafts, educational activities, student art, music by the Hernando Youth Orchestra quartets, and food and beverages provided by Hernando High School's Culinary Institute.

Prior to the event, from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15, there will be a reception for members of the Friends of Chinsegut Hill. Nonmembers will be able to join at the door for $20.

The reception will feature a silent auction, music and refreshments, and special guest Gary Mormino, author and retired professor of Florida studies at the University of South Florida. There will be an update on current and future goals and plans for the manor.

Restoration of the manor is under way by the Friends of Chinsegut Hill, a nonprofit organization. The celebration will offer visitors a chance to see the progress and have an opportunity to get involved.

For information, visit, send email to or call (352) 799-5400.

RIFLE CLINIC OFFERED: A Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Participants will be taught skills that allow accurate shooting out to 500 yards, with iron sights, standard rifle and surplus ammunition. Most of the instruction is conducted on the firing range at 25 meters, at reduced-size targets to simulate 100 to 500 yards. Students learn safe gun handling, proper use of a sling and Revolutionary War history.

Participants should bring their own ear and eye protection, rifle with sling and ammo, rifle mat, snacks and drinks, particularly water to keep hydrated. Lunch will be sold in the clubhouse.

The cost for men is $50 for one day or $80 for both; for women, $20 for one day or $40 for both; for youth ages 17 and younger, $10 for one day, $20 for both or one free youth per paying adult, and free for military (active, reserves or retired) and law enforcement with ID, as well as those who are disabled, elected officials and revolutionary re-enactors in costume. The club range fee is $14 per day for all participants 12 and older.

Project Appleseed is an activity of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, dedicated to teaching Americans about their shared heritage and history, as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. To register online, visit For information, contact Trey Dawson at (727) 452-4650 or