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Holiday Bazaar funds to benefit scholarship
By Times Staff Writer
Published November 17, 2007
The Hernando County Business and Professional Women's second annual Holiday Bazaar will be 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 27 at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail.
Admission is $5, which includes refreshments, wine, cheese and a raffle ticket.
Vendor tables are still available. The cost is $30 for 6-foot tables or $35 for 8-foot tables.
All proceeds will go to the group's educational foundation/scholarship fund. For tickets or vendor reservations, call Karen at 686-2891 or Joanne at 686-0360.
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Pursue 'Happyness'at library film showing
The Hernando County Public Library System will show the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
This is a true story of struggling salesman Chris Gardner Will Smith, who takes custody of his son (played by Will Smith's son Jaden Smith) as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.
The movie, released in 2006, is rated PG-13 and is 117 minutes long. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call 540-6391.
Volunteers needed to serve on boards
The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on the following boards:
- Beautification Board - There is one position to fill an unexpired three-year term through May 31, 2009, and two positions to fill expiring three-year terms through Jan. 31, 2011.
- Brooksville Housing Authority Board - There is one position to fill an unexpired four-year term through May 31, 2011. Although not required, it is preferred that applicants be city residents, particularly residents of the Brooksville Housing Authority.
All applicants must be registered Florida voters. To apply, an application form must be completed; resumes alone will not be considered. Applications are available in the City Clerk's office at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. Completed applications must be returned no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 14.
For information, call 544-5407.
Coast Guard Auxiliary sheds light on mission
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is seeking new members. The group will present "Who We Are and What We Do" from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at the training center at 4340 Calienta St.
The auxiliary is a uniformed civilian volunteer component of the U.S. Coast Guard and participates in all Coast Guard missions, with the exception of direct law enforcement and military action.
Volunteers can work in a variety of capacities on the water, in the air and on land. The auxiliary conducts safety patrols and search and rescue missions, assist the Coast Guard with homeland security duties, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks and other activities. Individuals are also needed in areas of Web design, information technology, public affairs and other administrative roles.
There are also a variety of training opportunities available to volunteers, most of which are free. Volunteers must be at least 17 years old and pass a basic background check.
There is no cost to attend the Nov. 26 program. For information, call Charlie at 597-8136 or visit the Web site at www.cgaux.org.
Peek into historic homes on annual tour
Brooksville Woman's Club is selling tickets for the eighth annual Historic Tour of Homes in downtown Brooksville on Dec. 9. Three tours will be offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Three homes will be shown, as well as the Brooksville Woman's Clubhouse, where hot apple cider and homemade cookies will be served and the history of the club will be given. The tour will start at the Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court.
Tickets are $12. Call Yvonne at 796-6026 or 848-7988.
Drop off new items for Daystar toy drive
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is conducting its annual toy drive for Daystar in Hernando County. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for children from newborn through 12 years are needed.
Drop off locations include: Spring Hill and Brooksville Enrichment Centers, Brooksville Country Club, Harold's Auto Repair on Commercial Way (large dinosaur), Heather House and Harmony House in Cloverleaf Farms retirement community, Hernando Heritage Museum, RSVP Welcome Center, Murphy's Market on Mariner Boulevard, Cortez Community Bank, Country Kitchen, Hernando County Senior Citizens Club on Rhanbuoy Drive and the Restaurant on Commercial Way.
Donations can be dropped throughDec. 12. For information, call RSVP at 796-8117.
Get wreaths, trees at auxiliary's craft sale
Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary will host a Christmas Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 in the cafeteria at the hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd.
The sale will include wreaths, centerpieces, garlands and trees, as well as 14-karat gold and sterling silver handcrafted jewelry. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund.
For information, call 596-9807 or 442-0169.
Donations needed for Angels on High event
The Spring Hill Community Association is seeking donations of large Christmas trees, yard decorations, lights and wreaths to display at the annual Angels on High event.
Participants - individuals, schools, organizations and businesses - are also needed. Participants design and display decorated angels.
Angels on High will be Dec. 13-16 on the Lake House grounds, 1202 Kenlake Ave. Those interested should call Cara at 666-4746.
Mark the date: Dec. 13 is holiday show gala
Brookridge Entertainment will present Entertainment Revue, a Christmas show extravaganza, at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The show includes a cast of 20 girls ages 6 to 16 who have performed professionally on television and throughout the country.
Tickets are $15. For information or tickets, call Barb at 597-4620.
Rockhounds to have a gem of a show
The 33rd annual Withlacoochee Rockhounds Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the SNPJ Hall, 13383 County Line Road.
The show will feature minerals, gemstones, fossils, demonstrations, handcrafted jewelry, lapidary equipment, a gem and mineral auction, a replica of Aaron's Breastplate and famous diamonds of the world. More than 20 dealers will be on hand.
Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for teens and free for ages 12 and younger. Parking is free. For information, call Jerry Johnson at 688-7810.
Orchestra asks'Where is Christmas?'
Hernando Symphony Orchestra will present its holiday concert series, "Where is Christmas?," on the following days:
- 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Hernando Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville.
- 2 p.m. Dec. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
Tickets are $12 each and are available in advance or at the door. For information, visit the Web site at www.hernandosymphony.com, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 597-9555.
Go western at Cattle Barons' Ball in March
The American Cancer Society's annual Cattle Barons' Ball will be at 6 p.m. March 8 in Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
The western party will include entertainment, competitive games, food, silent and live auctions and more.
Tickets are $100. A Campfire Table Host sponsorship is $1,000, which includes preferred seating for 10 and other amenities, as well as ACS partnering opportunities.
The event's goal is to raise $60,000 to support ACS's Reaching Out to Cancer Kids program. For information or tickets, call Cynthia Grabau, toll-free at 1-800-940-1969, ext. 113, or e-mail to Cynthia.Grabau@cancer.org
For information about the American Cancer Society, call toll-free 1-800-227-2345 or visit the Web site at www.cancer.org.
Hear Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Hernando County (RSVP) will host a concert with Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Rock Crusher Canyon, 275 S Rock Crusher Road.
Ticket prices range from $35 to $75. Funds raised will benefit RSVP's newsletters, birthday cards, volunteer insurance and the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet in the spring.
Tickets can be purchased at RSVP Welcome Center, 820 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. For information, call 796-8117.
Competition is on for Christmas decorations
The city of Brooksville will host the Best Christmas Decoration contest for residential and commercial property within the Brooksville city limits.
Judging will be done by members of the Brooksville Beautification Board on Dec. 11. Plaques and gifts will be awarded at the City Council meeting on Dec. 17.
For information, call Lindsay Morgan at the City Clerk's office at 544-5407, ext. 130, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
AKC All-Breed Dog Show here in January
The 2008 Florida Classic Clusters AKC All-Breed Dog Show will be Jan. 10-14 and Jan. 16-20 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, off Cortez Boulevard, east of Brooksville.
The show is presented by the Clearwater Kennel Club, Inverness Florida Kennel Club, Manatee Kennel Club, Pasco Florida Kennel Club and Tampa Bay Kennel Club.
Visitors will have a chance to go behind the scenes and learn how a dog is judged and meet various dog handlers.
The event will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free, but there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee.
The event will also include pet rescues on hand showcasing adoptable pets and an array of vendors. Pet owners will be invited to bring their pets to the Doggie Fun Zone, a multi-dimensional lure course. No previous experience is needed for dogs to participate. Admission to the Doggie Fun Zone is $10. Pets participating in the fun zone will not be permitted inside the official AKC show grounds.
The Florida Classic Clusters, which was recently named one of the top 20 AKC events in the Southeastern United States, is the largest American Kennel Club dog show in Florida. More than 18,000 entries from throughout the world come to compete in individual breed shows, obedience and rally trials. The show also draws about 5,000 dog show lovers and breed fanciers each day.
For information, call (813) 361-8402 or (813) 215-3580, or visit the Web site at www.floridaclassicpark.com.
Get ready to shout 'bingo' at club's bash
The Brookridge Woman's Club is taking reservations for the annual Bingo Bash, which will be March 8 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
The cost is $35, which includes donuts, a homemade hot lunch, coffee and ice tea. The payout will be $3,200.
Those interested in seeing the floor plan are invited to the weekly bingo from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Fridays.
For tickets or information, call Norma Rankin at 597-3530.
See Christmas Around the World in 4 hours
The Jerome Brown Community Center will host the Christmas Around the World cultural event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane.
Booths representing different countries will be set up, offering information on when and how Christmas is celebrated, traditions, how to say "Merry Christmas" in that country's language, what the weather is like during the Christmas holiday, the country's flag, a map of the country and other information.
Clubs and individuals from as many countries as possible are being sought to participate in this event. Table and chairs will be provided.
Those interested in participating are asked to reserve a booth as soon as possible. For information or to RSVP, call JoAnn Munford at 544-5498.
Bring in the new year with VFW Post 10209
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 will host a New Year's Eve Bash on Dec. 31 at the new post home at 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, off Anderson Snow Road.
Tickets are $37.50 each, which include a roast beef or chicken dinner, a champagne toast, open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., music from All Star Entertainment, hat and noise makers, and a continental breakfast from 1 to 2 a.m.
Reservations are required for groups of eight or more. Call 796-0398.
Free admission and drawings at craft fair
The Spruce Creek Preserves Arts and Craft Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1, 11040 State Road 200.
Admission is free and there will be free craft drawings every 30 minutes. There will also be three special drawings for a queen-size quilt, hand-carved shore bird and a Christmas tree skirt and framed counted cross stitch.
For information, call (352) 861-9899.
Elks Lodge has plans to welcome 2008
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 will host a Gala New Year's Party on Dec. 31 at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave.
Doors will open at 7 p.m., a prime rib dinner served at 8 and breakfast at 1 a.m. Beverages, hats and noisemakers will be provided. Music will be provided by Marty and the Nice Guys.
Tickets are $50 each, all seats reserved. For reservations or information, call (727) 868-1994 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
A chance to golf with ex-baseball players
The First Tee of Brooksville and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will host a charity golf tournament Dec. 10 at the Brooksville Golf and Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive.
Tournament golfers will have an opportunity to play a round of golf with a former major league baseball player.
Registration fee is $300 per golfer and $1,000 per foursome.
Registration will be at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. An awards dinner and silent auction will follow the tournament at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the dinner only are $50.
Sponsorships are available and vary from $100 to $5,000.
"Playing for the Troops" will be presented Dec. 6 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Doors open at6:30 p.m. The event will include dancing, comedy and singing acts performed by local volunteers. Horse races will also be featured. The cost for admission will be a monetary donation that will be used toward care packages being sent to those serving in themilitary. Guests can bring their own beverages and snacks. Door prizes will be awarded. For information, call 596-5532.