Poker run to benefit troops far from home

Published May 25, 2007


A Lea's Prayer and Postage Poker Run to support military personnel will be June 9, starting at Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the first riders will embark at 11 a.m. The run is open to all vehicles.

The cost is $20 for the first hand and $10 for additional hands. Prizes include $450 for the best poker hand and $50 for the worst hand.

Run stops include IR-RU in Floral City, Hooters in Spring Hill, VFW Post 8681 off County Line Road in Shady Hills and Bayport Inn.

Funds raised will go to Lea's Prayers and Postage Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Masaryktown, formed in memory of Marine Corps Sgt. Lea Robert Mills, a 21-year-old local man who was killed last year in Iraq.

The organization raises funding to pay postage for sending packages to troops serving overseas. It has paid more than $20, 000 in postage since it was formed in May 2006.

For information, call Dee Mills at 799-8573 or Jackie Johnson at 346-3742.

Donations can also be sent to Lea's Prayers and Postage Inc. at P.O. Box 9000, Masaryktown, FL 34604.


Planners to tackle transportation topics

The Hernando County Metropolitan Planning Organization will conduct the following committee meetings on Tuesday:

- MPO Technical Advisory Committee, 2 p.m. Topics of discussion include an update on the Long Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program and undeveloped Suncoast Parkway parcels.

- MPO Citizens Advisory Committee, 4:30 p.m. Topics to be discussed include the Long Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, Frontage Road Network and undeveloped Suncoast Parkway parcels.

Both meetings will be in the Planning Department conference room, Room 261, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St. For information, call Dennis Dix at 754-4057, ext. 28014.


Soccer tryouts set at Ernie Wever Park

Hernando Youth League's Brooksville United Soccer Association will conduct its competitive soccer tryouts June 2 at Ernie Wever Park, 14395 Youth Drive, off Ponce de Leon Boulevard (behind Florida Highway Patrol).

Tryout times will be 9 a.m. for U-14 girls and U-13 boys on Field 9; 9 a.m. for U-9, U-10 and U-12 boys and girls at Fields 12 and 13; and 10:30 a.m. for U-14 and U-15 boys on Field 9.

All attendees must bring cleats, shin guards, water and their birth certificates. For details, call Coach Frank Villaizan at 666-5461 or visit the Web site at www.brooksvillesoccer.com.


Fundraiser to benefit PHCC Foundation

A Captain's Party and Silent Auction to benefit the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Catches Waterfront Grille, 7811 Bayview St.

The event will include an hors d'oeuvres buffet, drinks and live entertainment. The auction will include a variety of items such as a Dell laptop computer, autographed sports memorabilia, theme park passes, golf packages, gift baskets, artwork and a fishing excursion with Maverick Team Tournament member Capt. Geoff Page, who also appears on Sunshine Network's Chevy Florida Fishing Report.

All proceeds will benefit the PHCC Foundation. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.phcc.edu/gofish or by calling (727) 816-3410.


Library system offers film, book programs

The Hernando County Public Library System will offer the following:

- Letters from Iwo Jima, 2 p.m. June 1, Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. This Clint Eastwood 2006 film is in Japanese with English subtitles. It looks at the battle of Iwo Jima from the point of view of the Japanese soldiers who were called upon to defend the island, taken from actual letters from the soldiers. The movie is rated R. Light refreshments will be provided. There is no cost. For information, call 540-6391.

- Something's Gotta Give, 2 p.m. June 5, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. The 2003 film stars Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, about a New York City music executive who suffers a heart attack while visiting the mother of his latest trophy girlfriend. The movie is rated PG-13. Light refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend. For information, call 540-6391.

- Brooksville Book Discussion Group, 10:30 a.m. June 9, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The book to be discussed is Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie. It is a fable set in 1971 during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, telling the story of two city boys sent to a remote mountain village for re-education. Copies of the book are available at the library. For information, call Jeanne Del Vecchio at 754-4866.


Girls' soccer team plans garage sale

The Hernando Heat U12 Girls Soccer Team will have a 15-family garage sale fundraiser from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 2 at the Hogan Law Firm parking lot, 11031 Spring Hill Drive.

For information, call Lisa Andreu at 683-7443.


Fit, healthy seniors are program's focus

The Hernando County Family YMCA will host the National Senior Health and Fitness Day from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the facility at 1300 Mariner Blvd.

More than 30 professionals from the medical, health and nutrition areas will participate. There will be group exercise demonstrations, samples of healthy snacks and door prizes.

The event is free. For information, call 688-9622.


Commission to fill volunteer board seats

The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals wishing to serve on the following volunteer boards:

- Enterprise Zone Development Agency. There is a vacancy for a representative of the financial/insurance sector, with a term through May 22, 2011. There are also three vacancies for Enterprise Zone resident positions, which expire May 22, 2010.

The EZDA Advisory Board is charged with implementing the Enterprise Zone Strategic Revitalization Plan, identifying and making recommendations of ways to remove regulatory barriers, and identifying the financial needs and resources available to eligible businesses in the Enterprise Zone. An enterprise zone is an area with chronic economic problems, designated as a place where private businesses become eligible to receive tax credits and refunds in return for the provision of jobs and property revitalization.

All applicants must be residents of the Enterprise Zone and registered Hernando County voters.

- Hernando County Fine Arts Council. There are two unexpired terms on the council, one effective through Dec. 31, 2008, and the other through Dec. 31, 2010.

The purpose of the Fine Arts Council is to promote the arts and to support groups associated with the arts in Hernando County.

All applicants must be Hernando County residents and registered voters.

Applications are available at the County Administrator's Office, Room 461, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Applications for both volunteer boards must be returned to the office before 5 p.m. June 18. For information, call 754-4002.


Nature center offers instructional programs

Chinsegut Nature Center will host the following events and programs in June:

- Project Wet, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 5. This program is for all educators; in-service credit is available. Pre-registration is required.

- Chinsegut Night Walk, 8 to 10 p.m. June 8. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent.

- Introductory Archery Workshop, 9 to 11 a.m. June 23. Equipment will be provided. Pre-registration is required.

All programs are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. For information or reservations, call 754-6722.


A fun way to learn about hurricanes

The Hernando County 2007 Hurricane Expo will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way.

The event will include a variety of vendors with displays and presentations throughout the day. There will be a hurricane simulator, information on shelters and how to care for pets during a hurricane, maps showing flood zones and evacuation routes, generator safety classes and other classes.

Hernando County Emergency Management, which organized the event, will be on hand to answer questions. Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent will speak at the event, and the Sheriff's Office will have a display of its marine unit, aviation, motor unit and SWAT team. Florida Department of Financial Services will present "Do I Have the Right Insurance?" The keynote speaker will be Steve Jerve, chief meteorologist with Channel 8 news.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day and includes a mermaid show and performances by David Martin and Rescue 22.

Parking and admission are free. THE Bus will offer shuttle service to and from designated additional lots, which will be posted on signs on Cortez Boulevard and Commercial Way.

For information, call Helen Allison at 596-1530, Mark Tobert at Emergency Management at 754-4083 or the Sheriff's Office at 754-6830. Information is also available on the Emergency Management Web site at www.hernandocounty.us/em.


Golf tourney will raise 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 to student scholarships. Cash donations and hole sponsorships 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.


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, to participate 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.


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.


Club plans car show, carnival and more

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.


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 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.