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For mother's day, dinners, dances and a tea party
By TIMES STAFF
Published May 5, 2007
The following events are scheduled for Mother's Day:
- Brooksville Elks Lodge hosts Mother's Day Dinner Dance, 4 to 8 p.m. May 13, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Tickets are $13 and must be purchased by today. Cocktails will be served from 4 to 5 p.m. The dinner entree is Swiss steak or chicken, which will be served at 5 p.m. There will be music for dancing from 5 to 8 p.m. All women attending will receive a long-stem carnation. Call 596-2582.
- The St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus host a Mother's Day dance, 7 to 11 p.m. May 12, Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Music will be provided by Southern Exposure. There will be snacks and cake and coffee. Those who attend may bring their own beverages. Door prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $8 and are available at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church's parish office, 683-9666; or call Randy Schreiber at 796-0618 or Frank Shillcock at 597-4517.
- Hernando Heritage Museum's ninth annual Mother's Day Tea, 4 to 6 p.m. May 12, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. The theme will be "Victorian Potpourri." The event will include food and entertainment. This is a mother-daughter event. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Call 799-0129 or 796-5398.
- The Latin American Civic and Cultural Association of Spring Hill hosts Mother's Day Dance, 8 p.m. to midnight May 12, SNPJ Hall, 13383 County Line Road. Music will be provided by DJ Cayuco. All women who attend will have a chance to be crowned Queen for a Night. Winners of the 2007 scholarships will be present. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Call Noemi De La Rosa at 683-6742 or Ana Burgos at 688-9763.
Mental health seminar scheduled for May 19
The National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will host the 13th annual Mental Health Seminar from 1 to 4 p.m. May 19 at Springbrook Hospital, 7007 Grove Road.
There will be speakers from Springbrook Hospital, the Harbor Behavioral Health Care Institute, Hernando County Commission and Hernando County Health Department.
During the event, NAMI Hernando will honor the Hernando County Sheriff's Office's Crisis Intervention Training officers. CIT is a course for law enforcement officers that provides information on mental illnesses, medication, crisis intervention, de-escalation techniques and Baker Act procedures.
Refreshments will be served. The seminar is free. For information, call Darlene at 686-0004.
Also, in conjunction with the Mental Health Seminar, advertisements are being sold for the Souvenir Journal.
Prices range from $10 for a booster ad to $100 for a full-page ad. To purchase an ad, call Evelyn DeHart at 796-3731.
County officials to appear on TV show
County Administrator Gary Kuhl will discuss county government issues during a live broadcast of "Issues and Answers" at 7 p.m. Tuesday on Hernando County Government Broadcasting, Bright House cable Ch. 19.
Kuhl will speak with Business Development Director Mike McHugh and Emergency Management Director Tom Leto. Topics will include plans for the former Brooksville Regional Hospital building and Hernando County's preparations for the upcoming hurricane season.
Kuhl and his guests will answer call-in questions from viewers. The number to call with questions is 540-6777.
Keeping yard healthy subject of free class
Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a free class, "Florida-Friendly Landscape Maintenance," at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Forest Oaks Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd.
The class will be conducted by Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Coordinator John Korycki. With drought, pest problems, weed control and multiple other problems, landscape maintenance can become frustrating and time- consuming. Participants will learn how using Florida-friendly maintenance practices will greatly reduce the amount of stress and labor associated with landscape maintenance.
No registration is required. However, seating will be limited and will be addressed on a first come, first seated basis. For information, call 754-4433.
Armed Forces Day picnic is May 19
The Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart will host the annual Armed Forces Day picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 at the Fort Island Trail Park Pavilion, 12073 W Fort Island Trail SR 44 West.
Members, associate members, friends and all Purple Heart recipients and their guests are invited.
Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by May 17 to (352) 382-3847 or (352) 527-2460, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Information about the MOPH Chapter 776 is available online at www.citruspurpleheart.org.
Development agency plans safety display
In observance of Building Safety Week, May 6-12, the Hernando County Development Department invites residents to visit the office at 789 Providence Blvd.
Throughout the week, the office will have a Building Safety Week display in the front lobby, along with informative brochures.
The Hernando County Development Department is responsible for building code enforcement. The department is a member of the International Code Council, an association that develops building codes to safeguard the public at home, school and work; and is a member of the Building Officials Association of Florida.
During the past year, the Hernando County Development Department issued 20, 681 building permits and completed 99, 183 inspections. For information, stop by the office or call 754-4050.