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Beach club plans car show, carnival, dinner and more

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 19, 2007


HERNANDO BEACH

The Hernando Beach Club will host the following:

-The beach club and the Spring Hill Drifters Car Club will host a car show from 3 to 9 p.m. June 3 (rain date June 24). Antique and specialty cars will be on the grounds for viewing. Admission is free and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

-Carnival de Hernando Beach, June 16. This will be a Latin-themed carnival. Attendees can bring their beach chairs and dancing shoes. There will be a contest for the best carnival headdress and outfit. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner will be at 6 and show time is 7. Tickets are $13 for members and $16 for nonmembers, and must be purchased by June 9.

The beach club is at 3145 Flamingo Blvd. For information, call Bunni at 688-4976.

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.

Crafters needed for cultural festival

Crafters can sign up now to participate in the Hispanic Scholarship Civic and Cultural Foundation's annual Spanish Heritage Festival for Scholarships, set for Sept. 29 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds. 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville.

Outdoor and indoor booths are available. The cost is $45; for electricity, there is an additional $5 fee.

For reservations or information, call Justa Bozman at 796-0570.

COUNTYWIDE

Civil Air Patrol will train new members

The Hernando County Civil Air Patrol is recruiting new members to train in emergency services, counterdrug operations, homeland defense, cadet programs, air search and rescue, and aerospace education.

The patrol is the official auxiliary of the Air Force and is open to those 18 and older. Both air and ground team members are needed, and training is ongoing. The patrol also offers a cadet program for those ages 12 to 18.

The local squadron meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 3151 Air Commerce Blvd., in the Airport Industrial Park off Spring Hill Drive.

For information, call Lt. James Angelo, deputy commander, at 688-5214.

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).

COUNTYWIDE

Businesses, artists needed for festival

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council invites artists, local restaurants and catering businesses to participate in a jazz festival the council is planning for Nov. 3 and 4 at Weeki Wachee Springs.

The event will include jazz acts as well as Taste of Hernando, a celebration of culinary opportunities in Hernando County. Participating restaurants and caterers will sell taste-size portions.

Artists can display and sell their wearable arts and crafts, such as jewelry, hats, T-shirts and other clothing for adults, children, pets and dolls.

The event is in the planning stages. Those interested in participating can call the council office at 754-4788 or visit the Web site at www.hernandoarts.org.

BROOKSVILLE

Sponsors, volunteers needed for Juneteenth

Sponsors, volunteers and local talent are being sought for the Juneteenth Historical Festival that will begin at noon June 14 and continue through 7 p.m. June 17 at Russell Street Park in Brooksville.

The event will feature music and entertainment, Southern-style food, dancing, midway rides, horseback riding, the slave experience, arts and crafts, tours and trails. June 14 will include a Flag Day celebration and Latin Night Festival.

"Juneteenth" is short for June 19, 1865, when news of the emancipation reached slaves in Galveston, Texas, two years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The event addresses the historical challenge of slavery through song and dance.

Businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals are needed to help with the event through monetary donations, supplies, volunteering, planning, entertainment and prizes. Sponsors can provide a sign or banner with their company's logo on it. Organizers are also seeking people who have art, photographs and artifacts that reflect the time period. Volunteers and committee members are needed to help in such capacities as preparing the site, setting up tents and booths and working with cleanup crews.

For information, call Paul Boston at 797-5451 or the Just Us Newsletter at 238-3500.

COUNTYWIDE

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD FOR CHILDREN

The Guardian ad Litem Program is in need of volunteers to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in Hernando County involved in Dependency Court proceedings.

Volunteers represent the children's best interest to the judge. Volunteering typically requires just a few hours a week; all time and monetary donations are tax-deductible.

The Guardian ad Litem program, which is supported by Voices for Children, also has staff and volunteers available to speak to organizations. For information, call toll-free 1-866-341-1425 or visit www.fifth circuitgal.org.