Outback, Marine group honor veterans

Published May 19, 2007


Outback Steakhouse, in conjunction with the Marine Corps League, Detachment 708, will present a "Thank You Veterans Night" Tuesday at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road.

A limited number of tickets remain available and are $15 each; tickets can be purchased in the Leatherneck Lounge at the detachment after 11 a.m. every day.

The event will include a dinner that will be served from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by dancing to the music of Short Notice from 7 to 11 p.m. For information, call 597-7979.


Learn about long-term care at free seminar

A free informational seminar to discuss the new Partnership-State Long Term Care Insurance Program will be offered at the following locations:

- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Farm Bureau, 617 Lamar Ave., Brooksville.

- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

The long-term care insurance program was recently approved by the state of Florida. Under the program, Floridians can now purchase tax-qualified long-term care policies that allow them to protect all or a portion of their assets.

For information, call Mia Rushing at Farm Bureau at 796-2526.


Movies on current events this month

The Hernando County Green Party will host a free film at 6 p.m. Tuesdays through May 22, at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

The remaining film in the series is:

- Tuesday Fahrenheit 9/11. This film will start at 5:30 p.m. It is rated R and is for ages 18 and older. The purpose in revisiting Michael Moore's film is claims that the movie has inaccuracies. Anyone who can point out these inaccuracies is encouraged to attend.

For information, call Suzanne Touchton at 666-7576 or Jennifer Sullivan at 683-3151.


Golf tourney will r aise cash for scholarships

The Knights of Columbus St. Jude Council will host its annual Scholarship Golf Tournament June 9 at the Seven Hills Golf Course, 10599 Fairchild Road, off Mariner Boulevard.

Women and men are invited to participate in the tournament. The cost is $45 per person.

A shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. Following the tournament will be a luncheon and door prizes presented at the St. Jude's Knights of Columbus Hall at 10470 Spring Hill Drive.

A rain date is set for June 16.

All funds raised will go toward student scholarships. Cash donations and hole sponsorships are welcome. Last year's event raised $7, 000 in scholarships that were presented to Hernando County high school seniors.

For information, call Mike Snoha at 596-2416, Jim Santore at 666-8697 or Dick Doddie at 666-8009.


Flags, music, more to mark Memorial Day

The Florida National Cemetery will host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 28. The cemetery is at 6502 SW 102nd Ave. exit 309 off Interstate 75.

The event will include speaker Rear Adm. Leroy Collins Jr., executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Collins is a Tallahassee native who graduated from the Naval Academy and was commissioned ensign in 1956. He has more than 10 years' active duty as a line officer aboard a variety of Navy vessels, including the USS Calvert and USS Chivo and he served on the USS James Madison as the ballistic missile weapons officer. He served as commander of Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Region 8, from 1985 to 1987, participated in Operation Desert Shield and was awarded the Legion of Merit three times.

The ceremony will also include the Avenue of Flags, which includes a display of more than 400 flags along the cemetery roadways, the South Sumter High School Band and singers Linda Burnette, Sheriff Bill Farmer and Laura Riley. Buglers Garfield Jones and Gayle Williams will perform taps, the Florida National Guard will provide a gun salute and Ye Mystic Aircrew will conduct a flyover.

For information, call the cemetery office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at (352) 793-7740.


Arc Nature Coast will host series of events

- Spring Lake 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk-Run, May 26 at the Arc Nature Coast, 5283 Neff Lake Road, east of Brooksville. Sponsors are still needed for the event and can help with food, water stations, T-shirts and other areas. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the fun walk-run. T-shirts will be guaranteed to those who register by May 23. Prizes will be awarded for first through third place in various age groups. There will also be a post-race food fest. Preregistration can be done online at www.active.com. For a registration form or information, call 544-2322, ext. 109 or e-mail info@thearc-naturecoast.org or visit the Web site at www.thearc-naturecoast.org.

- Committee members are needed to help plan a riddle-poker run that will include blues music, barbecue and a raffle for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Participants, vendors, sponsors and volunteers are needed. The committee is hoping to make this an annual event, with the first in spring 2008. Plans include having the run ending at the Arc's 30-acre wooded grounds, where the barbecue and music will commence. Call Nancy Stubbs at 544-2322, ext. 109.

Arc Nature Coast is a nonprofit organization that provides services for developmentally disabled Hernando County residents and their families. All donations are tax-deductible.


Help celebrate Spring Hill's 40th birthday

A bash celebrating Spring Hill's 40th birthday is being planned for Sept. 22-23 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., the site of the original sales office for Spring Hill.

Organizers are looking for arts and crafts, business and food vendors, as well as local talent interested in participating in the celebration.

The event will include a Spring Hill Idol contest, Little Lords and Ladies contest and Spring Hill Pie Bake-Off. For information, call 666-4746.


You could win a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette

Crystal Chevrolet in Homosassa has donated a 2007 victory red Corvette for their annual Corvette drawing to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus counties, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Citrus County.

Tickets are $100 each and will be limited to 2, 000 tickets sold. The drawing will be July 14 at Crystal Chevrolet U.S. 19. All proceeds will go to the charities.

For information, call Lee at 684-7904 or Lori at (352) 621-9225.


Sign up for County Connection session

Registration is open for the next session of the County Connection program, which will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 14-Aug. 20. The sessions will be conducted at various county facilities.

County Connection provides participants with a behind-the-scenes look at county government.

The sessions cover a series of topics pertaining to county services such as transportation issues, public safety, the budget, recreation and resources, judicial services, growth and development, and health and utilities services.

The program includes audience interaction and allows participants to get answers to their questions and meet county officials.

There is no cost to participate.

To register or for information, visit the county's Web site at www.co.hernando.fl.us or call Brenda Frazier at 540-6780.


Red Hat Society hosts visit to 'Hello Dolly'

The West Coast Queens Council of the Red Hat Society will host the second annual Red Hat Ladies Night on July 20 to see Hello Dolly performed by the City Players at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road.

Dolly Levi of the Hello Dolly cast, and who is a Red Hatter, challenges attending Red Hatters and Pink Hatters to a hat-decorating duel. Those with the most creative and wildly decorated pink and red hats will be selected to participate in the parade scene at the end of Act 1. Those selected will be taken backstage, where they will change into costumes. All Red Hat Society members are invited. Tickets are $23 and parking will be free. Those wishing to attend must purchase tickets by June 1. Call Alyse Siegrist at (727) 584-0826.