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New panel will soon take steps toward history

Published February 8, 2007



The Hernando County Historical Advisory Commission will meet at 3 p.m. Feb. 21 in the City Council Chambers at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

The commission is a newly appointed board created by the Hernando County Commission to promote public interest in the county's history and to preserve and document its history.

Individuals with disabilities requiring assistance in participating should call 540-4002 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

The commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month. For information, call Paul Sullivan at 796-8307 or Roger Landers at 796-5420.


Class prepares you for maritime emergencies

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following courses and programs:

- How to Read a Nautical Chart, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $35. To register, call John at 200-8325.

- Suddenly in Command, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 22. This program is for spouses and passengers who don't know how to operate a boat or what to do in an emergency. There is no cost to attend. Call John at 200-8325.

- Navigation, 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 24. Participants will learn how to use a chart with navigational tools. The cost is $15. To register, call John at 200-8325.

- Free vessel safety checks are offered on an ongoing basis. Coast Guard Auxiliary members will check boats at one's house, ramp, dock or anywhere the boat is kept. To schedule an appointment, call Jackie at 666-7239.


VFW Post 8713 event has pig roast, auctions

VFW Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary will host a pig roast at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the post, 1686 E Jefferson St. The cost is $5.

Following the pig roast will be "Derby Day at the Races" and an auction. There will also be a baked-goods auction fundraiser with the auxiliary to benefit the Rhonda Cancer Fund.

For information, call 796-6026.


Rec program lets kids get kicks out of karate

The City of Brooksville Recreation Department offers Karate 4 Kids for children ages 4 to 15 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place.

The instructors include Grand Master Jay Blanton and Robert Blanton. Classes are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays for ages 4-10 and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays for ages 11-15.

The cost is $25 per month, per child. The first lesson is free. For information, call 544-5498.


Wellington Democrats can feast on prime rib

The Wellington Democrats will host the annual February Frolic fundraiser Feb. 23 at the Wellington Seven Hills Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd.

A cash bar will be from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing. The buffet dinner includes prime rib and chicken marsala, vegetables and dessert. Music will be provided by DJ Chuck Krist.

Tickets are $22 and are available at the clubhouse. For information, call Gene Ehrich at 688-3130 or Darlene Denaro at 200-7737.


Driver-safety classes may yield lower rates

AARP will conduct its driver-safety program classes at these locations in March:

- 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 7 and 14, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). Call 797-0738 to register.

- Noon to 4 p.m. March 9 and 12, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 670 Broad St. Call 799-3658 to register.

- Noon to 4 p.m. March 20 and 22, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call 683-1176 to register.

- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21 and 28, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Call 232-5609 to register.

- 8 a.m. to noon March 22 and 23, Brookridge Community Center, 8150 Hampton St. Call 666-4044 to register.

The course, open to anyone 50 and older, costs $10. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate to submit to their insurance company for a possible rate reduction. Class size is limited; call to register.


Michigan Club trip is off to the races

The Michigan Club is sponsoring a trip to Tampa Bay Downs on March 22.

The bus will leave from Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard at 9:30 a.m. and return about 6 p.m.

Anyone interested is invited to participate. The cost is $45 per person, which includes the bus ride, lunch, clubhouse admission, program and all taxes and tips.

Reservations must be made by Feb. 28. For information, call Tom at 688-0986.


Elder affairs council is looking for volunteers

The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on the Hernando County Elder Affairs Council.

There are various unexpired terms available on the council, specifically, as a representative of the fine arts (effective through Dec. 31, 2008), a representative of senior services (effective through Dec. 31, 2007), and two lay representatives, one from District I and one from District II (both effective through Dec. 31, 2007).

The purpose of the Elder Affairs Council is to evaluate, and later remove, barriers to make Hernando County an elder-friendly community, and to be an advocate for elders through programs and policies that maximize opportunities of self-sufficiency and personal independence for county elders.

Those interested must be Hernando County residents and registered voters.

Applications are available in the county administrator's office, Room 460, at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.

Completed applications must be returned no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 28.


Want to grow citrus? Attend this free class

A free class, "Growing Citrus in Hernando County," will be presented at 10 a.m. Feb. 17 at Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.

The speaker will be Urban Horticulture agent Jim Moll, who will discuss the types of citrus that do well in the county, as well as how to plant and troubleshoot problems.

Seating is limited. To register, call 754-4433.


Church will give away tickets to March shows

The Community Performing Arts Guild at Mariner United Methodist Church will distribute free tickets from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 20 for two upcoming concerts:

- 4:2:Five will perform March 3. This group uses no tracks or instruments and features five male vocalists performing song and dance.

- Cahal Dunne's "Grand to be Irish Show" will be March 17. Dunne is a singer, songwriter, pianist, comedian and storyteller.

Both shows will have two performances, at 2 and 7 p.m., at the church. For information, call Betty at 596-6143.


Scholarship winners will return the favors

The Brooksville Music Club will present its scholarship benefit concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W.

The program will feature recent scholarship winners, including pianists Cameron Gordon and Allen Zelewski, vocalists Lauren Healey, Sarah Coit, Shawn Doolittle with his sister Jessica, and violinist Christina Adams. Soprano Stephanie Barnett Sager, a former scholarship winner, will also perform.

Tickets are $5 in advance or at the door. For information or tickets, call Betty at 796-6144 or Louise at 796-1189.

[Last modified February 7, 2007, 21:47:02]

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