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Published December 3, 2006


High Fives

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR: Jason Hahn, local nature photographer from Land O' Lakes had an image, In Mom's Shadow, selected as a Top 10 Showcase Image for 2007 by the North American Nature Photography Association.

Each year the North American Nature Photography Association sponsors the "NANPA Showcase" competition, selecting the best nature photography from throughout North America. Judges look for the most creative, original, and skilled images that NANPA members have captured, and select the top 100 images for the annual NANPA Showcase. Of these, the top 10 are selected for special recognition and prizes.

This year, three photos by Hahn have been selected as part of the top 100. In Mom's Shadow - Sandhill Crane and Chick, is a top 10 award winner. Also selected in the top 100, are Hahn's Dragonfly on Heliconia and Splash of Color - Roseate Spoonbill.

Awards will be presented at a special multimedia presentation during the annual NANPA conference in Palm Springs, Calif., in January.

Hahn's work can be seen on his Web site,, and locally at Alexandria Art Gallery in Land O'Lakes.

Upcoming Events

ANGELS ON HIGH: There is still time to create and enter an angel for Angels on High, which is scheduled between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Dec. 9-16 at the Spring Hill Community Association building, 1202 Kenlake Ave. The event is open to the public. Admission is free, and local charities provide refreshments. Donations for the charities are accepted.

This event is an opportunity to promote an individual family, or promote an organization, school, or business. Angel kits are $38 and are available at the Spring Hill Community Association. Angel kits include: 4-by-4 foot sheet of plywood, one spotlight with 40-watt bulb, one 2-foot long board, two eye hooks, two quick release hooks, one 3-way adapter, one 25-foot extension cord and an instructional brochure. Sample angels are available as examples. Angels will be voted on by the nightly visitors and prizes awarded in several categories.

The evening will feature a traditional lighted Angel Path, indoor entertainment, outdoor holiday music, and Santa Claus.

This event has become so popular that it is currently listed in the AAA Auto Guide as one of the premier attractions of our area.

2007 HONORARY MAYOR'S RACE: The Greater Wesley Chapel Mayor's Race will begin Dec. 15 with a holiday mixer sponsored by Wesley Chapel Toyota. Anyone interested in running for honorary mayor may call the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce at (813) 994-8534 and apply before Dec. 11.

Candidates for the mayor's race must be at least 21, live in Pasco County or be a member in good standing with the Wesley Chapel chamber and pay the $50 entry fee. Although there is no monetary compensation, name recognition is a benefit. The honorary mayor may add comments and information on the official mayor Web site,

Voting is by donation. The candidate that raises the most donations will be declared honorary mayor of Wesley Chapel, and the second-place winner will be named honorary deputy mayor. Candidates are encouraged to have family-oriented and community events to help raise donations.

All candidates will be approved by the executive director and the honorary mayor committee before they become official candidates.

Reaching Out

HALLELUJAH HARVEST: The recent Hallelujah Harvest sponsored by Calvary Assembly of God Church in Dade City drew about 2,500 people, from as close as Dade City and as far away as Ocala. Participants stayed until the last prize drawing ended at 8 p.m. The Calvary Assembly gave away four televisions, eight bicycles, four PlayStations, many DVD, MP3 and CD players and hundreds of toys. Volunteers handed out more than 1,500 wristbands needed to play games. This was the sixth year Calvary Assembly has sponsored the Hallelujah Harvest.

"We're a great church," said the Rev. John Chesser, pastor. "This is a way for us to tell the people of our community we love them by giving something back to them. It's what we're here to do."

For information about any of the church's activities call Calvary Assembly at (352) 567-2038.

What's Happening

WOMAN'S CLUB NEW MEMBER TEA: The Lutz Land O'Lakes Woman's Club recently held its annual new member tea at the home of new member and Lutz Guv'na Edwina Kraemer. Other new member hostesses were Olga Blanco and Stacy Dupell. Prospective new members were invited, as guests, to come and meet the membership and learn about club activities.

Special guests included Cheryl Benton, District 8 director; Dottie Smith, District 8 secretary; Anetha Cochran, Florida Federation of Woman's Club ESO chairman; and Carmella Johnson, junior director for District 8.

The Lutz Land O' Lakes Woman's Club encourages women to participate in community awareness through friendship, fundraising and service. For club information call Barbara Nicholson, club president at (813) 996-7742.

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