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Hernando briefs for Sept. 21

Published Sep. 18, 2018



PHSC to host Peace Week celebrations

Pasco-Hernando State College will host its 11th annual Peace Week celebration Sept. 24-28 at its North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville, and its Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. Events include speakers, guest lecturers, exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops, Unite Festivals and drum circles. At the Spring Hill Campus, Buddhist monks will create a sand mandala, a circular mural created from colored sand. The design takes days to complete as small tubes, funnels and scrapers are used to carefully place the sand. Upon completion, the sand mandala will be displayed for a short period of time before a dissolution ceremony is held to signify spreading kindness and compassion into the world. For information, visit

Two big events ahead for People Helping People

People Helping People announces two upcoming events the public is invited to attend. The annual Hoedown for Hunger fundraiser, a western-themed event with dinner, dancing, 50/50 raffle, line-dance lessons, door prizes, drawings and a cash bar, will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 at St. Anthony the Abbot Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Tickets are $50 per person. For tickets, call (352) 686-4466. Secondly, the organization will reveal its completed headquarters and community resource center, 1396 Kass Circle, Spring Hill, during a Grand Opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2. The event will include refreshments and tours of the center. For information, visit


Retired educators to meet

The Hernando County Retired Educators Association will meet at 10 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd. All former school employees of any school district are welcome. The group meets on the first Tuesday every other month (February, April, June, August, October and December). For information, call Diane at (352) 628-4681 or visit
Jazz band to perform at Chinsegut, Oct. 6

Chinsegut festival

A Music, Fine Antiques and Food Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road. The event is free to attend; parking is $5. The event will feature the Mudds jazz and blues band. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For information, call (352) 799-5400.

Eat pasta and support a good cause

Owners Joe and Donna Giarratana will host the 37th Annual 99-cent Pasta Fest fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 at Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville. The event will feature all-you-can-eat pasta for 99 cents, plus live entertainment, music, carnival games and concessions, horse drawn Sicilian cart rides, face painting and other activities. Each year, the event benefits a good cause. This year's event benefits Hernando County's Veterans' H.E.A.T. (Honoring, Empowering, Assisting and Training) Factory, whose mission is to raise awareness and change the lives of veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the community. For information, visit


Event celebrates girl's cancer remission

Hudson resident Rea Paterson, 6, will celebrate her fourth year in remission from cancer with a "Rockin' & Rollin' with Rea" bowling event from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Strike City, 3544 Mariner Blvd. Admission is $10 per person, and includes two games of bowling, shoe rental and two raffle tickets. There will be complimentary refreshments, an emcee and a photo booth by DJMC Brownie. There will be dancing to music provided by Jeff Betskins and character appearances by Gem Princess Parties. There also will be raffle prizes and a silent auction. Advanced registration requested. Email; visit the Facebook event page at 4th Annual Rockin' with Rea, or call (727) 505-8740.

Every September, the Paterson family, with support from the community and local businesses, throws the 'Rockin' with Rea' remission party. The annual event raises awareness and money for research and support programs for children's cancers.

Voter registration day is Sept. 25

The Hernando County Supervisor of Elections office will participate in National Voter Registration Day by offering voter registration drives Sept. 25 at several locations in Spring Hill. During the events, voters can update their information, request a Vote by Mail ballot or learn about early voting opportunities.

• 8 to 10 a.m., Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd.

• 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pasco-Hernando State College's Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Ct.

• 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd.

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hernando County Democratic Party Headquarters, 3432 Deltona Blvd.

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Hernando County Republican Party Headquarters, 13163 Spring Hill Drive.

The deadline to register to vote for the general election is Oct. 9. To register online, visit

Charity horse show at Serenity Stables

Children of all ages as well as adults will compete on horseback, often for the first time, in a horse show beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 7 at Serenity Saviors Equine Rescue & Therapy Center, 20052 Bowman Road. The show, which is free and open to the public, benefits Serenity Stables, a local charity that saves horses and humans. Donations are welcome. The event includes food and shopping vendors and a silent auction. For information, call (352) 796-0238.

Crime prevention topic at AARP meeting

Hernando County West AARP Chapter 5445 will meet at noon Sept. 21 at IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way. The speaker will be Brian McNeel, who will discuss metro crime prevention. If ordering from the menu, please arrive at 11 a.m. To RSVP, call Bob Howell at (352) 683-9361.

Wine festival benefits Knights of Columbus

St. Joan of Arc Knights of Columbus Council 11317 will host a Wine Festival and Auction from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the parish hall, 13485 Spring Hill Drive. The event will include wine tasting, cheese, fruit and information on how wine is made. Tickets are $15 per person, and proceeds benefit the Knights' many charities. For information or tickets, call (352) 556-4606.

Festa celebrates Columbus Day

The Sons and Daughters of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502 will host a Columbus Day Festa from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd. The rain date is Oct. 14. The event will feature music, entertainment, free bocci and horseshoes, and food and arts and craft vendors. The event is free to attend. Bring a chair or blanket. For information, call Nina at (352) 683-7713 or Maggie at (352) 213-9166.

Contact Jean Hamilton at or (352) 848-1438. Follow @hayesjean1.


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