Beekeeper gathering set for next weekend

Published February 10, 2007


Nature Coast Beekeepers will meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 17 at the home of beekeeper Robert DeSimone, 6674 S Lewdingar Drive. The meeting is for all levels of beekeepers and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Alfons Bemmel at (352) 220-4159.


Strawberry pageants look for contestants

Applications are being accepted for the Little Miss Strawberry Princess and Miss Strawberry Princess pageants at the 20th annual Strawberry Festival at Floral Park in Floral City. The pageants are scheduled on 9 and 10 a.m. March 3. Contestants must be residents of Citrus County and at least 4 years old but not older than 12 by March 2.

Applications are available at the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce offices at 401 Tompkins St., Inverness; 28 NW U.S. 19, Crystal River; and 3495 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa Springs. There is no entry fee and the applications must be turned in by Feb. 21. For information, call the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at 726-2801.


Veteran group to meet at resource center

The Citrus County Veterans Coalition will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 22, Citrus County Family Resource Center, 2804 Marc Knighton Court. The coalition philosophy of "Veterans Helping Veterans" begins with serving coffee and doughnuts at the V.A. Clinic once a month and includes helping needy veterans and their families with a food bank and temporary monetary assistance, establishment of a re-education center and program for veterans trying to make the transition from military life to civilian life and continuing work on its project for the re-education center for veterans.


Alumni invited to CFCC homecoming

Central Florida Community College will celebrate its 50th anniversary homecoming on Feb. 23. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. next to the softball field on the Ocala Campus, 3001 SW College Road. Alumni and their families are invited to the event, which will include a bonfire, barbecue and fireworks. There is no charge to attend.

The event is sponsored by the CFCC Alumni Association and Student Life. For information or to reserve your space, call (352) 854-2322, ext. 1436.


Topic is sustainable development at dinner

The Citrus County Democratic Executive Committee will host its annual FDR/JFK Dinner March 3 at West Citrus Elks Lodge, 7890 W Grover Cleveland Blvd. The event will focus on sustainable community development and the environment.

Featured guest speaker John Lambie, Florida House Institute for Sustainable Development, will speak on "Integration of the Environment and Development." Lambie has developed a nationally recognized, multitiered approach to sustainable community development as a process for continued improvement. It supports vision-based planning using an inter-disciplinary systems approach to human ecology, integrating natural, built, economic and social systems.

Environmental activist Helen Spivey will speak about local environmental issues. Karen Thurman, state Democratic chairwoman, will attend.

Tickets are $30. Call Ed Murphy, 382-0876.


Conservation group's monthly meet Feb. 22

TOOFAR will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E Gulf to Lake Highway (State Road 44 E). The public is invited. For information call the office 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 726-5004.


Sussex residents to gather next month

The 14th annual Sussex County, N.J., reunion is set for 11 a.m. to dusk on March 3 at the Dade Battlefield. Sussex County residents and former residents are invited. Call Fran at 860-0940 or Ruth 726-9587.


Relay for Life looking for fundraising teams

The American Cancer Society fundraising event, Relay for Life, will begin soon in Inverness, Citrus Springs and Lecanto. Register your teams by calling ACS at 637-5577 or visit the Web site www.cancer.org.

Teams from companies, churches, organizations, hospitals and schools collect donations and can win individual and team prizes for their efforts. Attend a Relay For Life team meeting at these locations:

- Inverness: 6 p.m. Feb. 19, Citrus Memorial Hospital in the Gulf Room.

- Citrus Springs: 6 p.m. Feb. 20, Citrus Springs Middle School in the gym, 150 W Citrus Springs Blvd.

- Lecanto: 6 p.m. Feb. 21, Citrus County Builders Association, 1196 S Lecanto Highway.


State wants input for recreation plans

To increase protection for Florida's natural and cultural resources, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation and Parks is initiating planning for the 2007 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.

A meeting is scheduled at 1 p.m. March 1 in the Marion County Public Library meeting room, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd., to receive input from the community and stakeholders on recreational needs and resource conservation.