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Published August 18, 2006


Registration open now for Red Mule Runners' 5K race

BROOKSVILLE - The Red Mule Runners will host the 25th annual Labor Day 5K on Aug. 26 at McKethan Lake, off U.S. 41, about seven miles north of downtown Brooksville.

Race day registration will begin at 7 p.m. and the race will start at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $15 for those who preregister and $18 on race day. Multi-colored T-shirts will be given to all preregistered runners.

Die-cast custom medals will be awarded for first, second and third place in each age division, with five medals being given in the 14-16 and 17-19 age groups. Plaques will be presented to the overall male and female champions, and master's male and female champions.

Applications are available online at, and are available at the Red Mule Pub in Brooksville. Registration can be done online at

For information, call 688-6484 or 796-2132.

Enjoy Buffett music and cheeseburgers at party

HERNANDO BEACH - VFW Post 9236 will host a Parrothead Party Aug. 26 at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd.

Entertainment will be provided by Jerry Brown from 3 to 7 p.m., playing Jimmy Buffett favorites. Cheeseburgers, fries and baked beans will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. for $5 per person. There will be specials on Coronas and margaritas.

For information, call the post at 596-9236.

Donors can win generator at blood drive Wednesday

SPRING HILL - LifeSouth Community Blood Center will host a Storm Warning Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 12395 Cortez Blvd.

An expert from Hurricane Specialists, Inc., will be on site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a display of the latest in protective home shutters and panels, with free estimates. Hurricane and emergency preparedness information from Hernando County Emergency Management Department will also be available.

Blood donors can enter to win a portable home generator, courtesy of Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group. Hot dogs, chips and ice cream will be served, and all donors will receive a recognition gift item and complimentary cholesterol screening.

Donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID. For information, call 596-2002, or visit the Web site at

Group invites people to join table tennis club

A local table tennis club is forming in Hernando County for adults 18 and older.

A location for the group to meet is currently being sought, such as a church or other facility that has a hall that will allow the group to meet once a week and can provide space to house and store two to four tables.

Players interested in joining or anyone who might know of a suitable location can call Bob at 397-3635.

Memorial bricks for sale to build VFW pond, walkway

SPRING HILL - VFW Post 10209 invites service personnel, businesses and individuals to sponsor a brick for a memorial pond and freedom walk that will be built at the post's new property.

Bricks will cost $50, which includes the cost of engraving. The memorial will include the brick memorial wall, a flag walkway, fountains, railings, bushes and floodlights. The idea came from post member "Wild" Bill Taylor.

The post, which is at 15166 Spring Hill Drive, recently sold its current site and plans are underway for a new 12,600-square-foot home off Anderson Snow Road. The memorial wall will be at this new site.

To purchase a brick or for information, call the post at 796-0398.

Independent institute's fall semester starts Sept. 25

SPRING HILL - Leaders of the University of South Florida's Learning in Retirement program in Hernando County have recently organized as an independent lifelong learning institute called Academia Hernando.

The new group's Fall semester, which includes eight sessions, will begin Sept. 25. The subject will be Masterpieces in the Arts, and classes will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. The registration fee is $50; single sessions will be $7.

The new semester will be dedicated to LIR member George Warren, who is moving to Leesburg.

For information or to register for the upcoming program, call Jim Singer at 799-9347.

Extension service offers pesticide core exam class

BROOKSVILLE - A class for those needing to take the Core Exam for Pesticide Handlers (general certification standards) will offered at 8 a.m. Oct. 2, followed by the exam at 11 a.m., at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.

The class will be presented by Regional Specialized Extension Agent Stacy Strickland. Both the class and exam are free.

Those seeking a pesticide handler's certification in the Private Applicator's category and the Ornamental and Turf category are required to take the core exam, as well as an exam in their specialized category. Upon passing the exams, the Pesticide Certification Office issues the certification for a fee.

Study manuals for the core exam and the Private Applicator's and the Ornamental and Turf categories are available for purchase in advance.

For information or to register, call the extension office at 754-4433. Information on the pesticide handler's certifications are available online at

Employers can still get table spaces for job fair

BROOKSVILLE - A few tables are available for employers wishing to participate in the 11th annual Hernando County Job Fair, "Opportunity 2006."

The event will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 in Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez blvd.

Exhibit spaces are $99. To register or for information, call Denise at 544-5206.

Community education cancels some fall classes

BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County Schools Adult and Community Education has announced changes in the fall semester's lineup of classes.

The yoga, tai chi, Pilates and beginning computers part II classes have been canceled.

All students must register at the Adult and Community Education office at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St.

At that time, students will have their driver's license or State of Florida identification card scanned and a student sticker will be issued. This sticker is to be used as identification for entrance into adult education classes. This procedure will also be in effect for all GED participants.

For details, stop by the office at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., or call (352) 797-7091.

Filipino-American group celebrates first anniversary

SPRING HILL - The Hernando County Philippine-American Association, Inc. will celebrate its first anniversary with a dinner dance and induction of officers at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Ave.

The guest of honor will be Donald Scaglione, Circuit Judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Hernando County. He will induct the new executive officers, board of directors and board of advisors.

Reservations are now being taken for the event. For tickets or information, call Aurora Rice at 848-1031, Celia Sigua at 684-7464 or Cobbie Atienza at 666-5381.

The association's objectives include strengthening cultural ties among the Filipino-American residents in Hernando County and surrounding areas and organizing various community services, social and cultural activities for a better understanding of the Philippine culture and traditions.

Hospice offers training for volunteer helpers

BROOKSVILLE - Hernando-Pasco Hospice needs volunteers to provide comfort and support to hospice patients and their loved ones.

A two-day volunteer training will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 25 at the East Hernando office at 698 S Broad St. This training is for those who wish to visit patients in private residences, assisted living facilities, nursing homes or at the Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Center on Chatman Boulevard.

After completing the training, each volunteer is paired with a patient who lives close by and visits with that individual for a few hours each week. Visitations may involve talking, reading aloud, helping write a letter, playing a game, or just listening. Volunteers must be at least 18. Schedules are flexible. Preregistration for the training is required. Call Anne Clarke at 796-2611.

[Last modified August 18, 2006, 06:59:37]

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