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Class can help your landscape beat heat

By TIMES STAFF
Published April 21, 2007


SPRING HILL

Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a free class, Help Your Landscape Beat the Heat, at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Forest Oaks Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd.

The speaker will be Urban Horticulture Agent Jim Moll, who will discuss important steps to take now to insure one's landscape will survive during this time of rising temperatures and sparse rainfall.

No registration is required, but seating will be limited. For information, call 754-4433.

LAND O'LAKES

Car show to benefit veterans nursing home

The Nature Coast Volunteers for Veterans and Antique Auto Club of America will sponsor the first-ever Car Show benefit for Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home. The show is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 at the nursing home, 6919 Parkway Blvd.

Registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Trophies will be awarded at 2 p.m. The event will include food and drinks, a bake sale and raffle. All proceeds will benefit the veterans at the facility.

Donations are welcome, payable to NCVV. For information, call Fran Horan Steeves at 686-1820 or Art Hagedorn at 588-9229.

BROOKSVILLE

Transportation board to review, update plan

The MPO Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the commission chambers at Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

The meeting will include a review and update of the Commission for Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan, and CTD review of Trans-Hernando as both community transportation and the non-emergency transportation service provider for Hernando County.

For information, call Steve Diez with Hernando County Planning Department at 754-4057, ext. 28013. Agenda items can be viewed online at www.hernandocounty.us/mpo, or send an e-mail to mpo@ hernandocounty.us.

BROOKSVILLE

Flag Football League meetings for coaches

The "Going Deep" Flag Football League/Passing League High School Division, is scheduled to start June 12. League games will be Tuesday evenings at the adult fields adjacent to the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place.

There will be two meetings for coaches wanting to enter teams at 7 p.m. Wednesday and again on May 8.

The cost is $15 per player and a $100 sponsor fee per team.

For information, call Lou Bermudez at 544-5498.

BROOKSVILLE

Children can learn to cook in summer class

Cooking classes for children will be offered this summer through Hernando County Recreation.

Chef Trish will provide classes to children in various age groups from 3 to 18 years old. Participants will learn basic cooking skills, table setting and manners, eating styles, menu planning, healthy choices and the food pyramid.

Classes will begin in June and will be offered for three hours a day for one week Monday-Friday at the Recreation Department, 205 E Fort Dade Ave.

The cost is $100 for the week. For information or to sign up, call the Recreation Department at 754-4031 or Chef Trish at 596-5175.

BROOKSVILLE

Candlelight vigil for victims of sex abuse

Pasco-Hernando Community College and the Dawn Center of Hernando County will have a candlelight vigil for victims of sexual violence at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

The keynote speaker will be Barbara Powell, associate professor of sociology. Deborah Andrews, director of the Dawn Center, also will speak.

The Dawn Center is a shelter for women and children who are victims of physical, mental or sexual abuse. The shelter is open seven days a week and has a 24-hour hotline at 799-0657.

For information, call PHCC at (727) 816-3448.

BROOKSVILLE

Hospital auxiliary plans cookbook sale

Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary will host a cookbook sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 in the hospital cafeteria, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.

The auxiliary will be selling copies of the Brooksville Garden Club's most recent cookbook, A Taste of Brooksville. A percentage of the sale will go to the Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund.

For information, call 596-9807 or 442-0169.

BROOKSVILLE

Flea market, rummage sale at church April 28

Damac Estates Crime Watch will have a Flea Market/Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at New Covenant Baptist Church, 11014 Broad St.

Vendor spaces are available for $10 (bring your own table). Donations of salable items are appreciated. Drinks and refreshments will be available.

To reserve a vendor space or to donate items for the sale, call Becca at 999-2852.

BROOKSVILLE

Brown-Waite to host art awards ceremony

U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite will be the host of the fifth annual Congressional Art Competition Awards Ceremony and Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 at the Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave.

The public is invited. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Brown-Waite's office by April 25 at 799-8354 or (352) 567-6707.

SPRING HILL

AMVETS Post to honor Armed Forces May 19

AMVETS Post 24 will host an Armed Forces Day Dinner Dance May 19 at the post, 247 Hallcrest Ave.

Dinner will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. and will included roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and dessert. Dancing will be from 7 to 10 p.m. with music provided by Steve Daniels.

The cost is $8 for dinner and dancing or $4 for dancing only. For reservations or information, call Suzie at 686-9667 (leave message).

BROOKSVILLE

Open house at New Beginnings Shelter

Youth and Family Alternatives will host an open house at the New Beginnings Shelter from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 30. The shelter is at 18377 Clinton Blvd., off Truck Bypass 50, behind the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

New Beginnings is one of three runaway and youth crisis shelters run by YFA. It serves the needs of youth in Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties, offering services, programs and safety to abused and neglected kids, runaways and other youth in crisis.

Those wishing to participate in the open house, or to learn more about issues facing some of the local youth, call the shelter at 797-7566.

HUDSON

Season tickets on sale for dinner shows

Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 is taking reservations and selling season tickets for its 2007-08 dinner shows.

Season tickets for prime seats are $156 and tickets for general seating are $144; individual dinner show tickets are $28 for prime seating and $26 for general seating. All prices include tax.

All dinner shows will include dinner at 6 p.m. and showtime at 7:30 p.m. at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave.

Shows include:

- Oct. 13, Mark Ralston Show. Ralston is a singer, impressionist and voice-over artist who performs a variety of artists such as Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, and Elvis Presley. His show features about 25 costume changes.

- Nov. 10, a Tribute to Harry James and the Andrew Sisters, featuring Charley Raymond. Raymond and his band performs the music of Harry James, and will be joined by the Apple Blossoms, three female vocalists performing the music of the Andrew Sisters.

- Dec. 8, A Tribute to Liberace. Martin Preston brings the legend to life, and will be joined by William Garon.

- Jan. 12, Red Hot Jubilee Jam, a musical variety show featuring tributes to Willie Nelson, Elvis, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball and New York City.

- Feb. 9, "Brit Wit" Jimmy Keys. The British comedian has a style described as a cross between Robin Williams and Elton John. Along with jokes, he does impersonations of singers such as Billy Joel, Elton John, Barry Manilow, Bruce Springsteen and Roy Orbison.

- March 8, The Four Aces, with opening act Valerie Snead. The Four Aces have been performing since 1950 and their hits include Three Coins in the Fountain, Sincerely, Love is a Many Splendored Thing and others.

For reservations or information, call Judy at (727) 868-2994, ext. 14 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays), or stop by the office.