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By Times Staff Writer
Published December 8, 2007
Through a federal grant, the Family Cafe has created the Florida Youth Council, an information, training andresource center.
The council is a select group of youths (ages 13-17) and emerging leaders (ages 18-30) with developmental disabilities who are committed to advocating for the successful transition of their peers with disabilities.
Council members will participate in an annual youth summit, the Family Cafe annual conference, a program newsletter in both electronic and print formats and a comprehensive online outreach program for social networking.
The Family Cafe is now recruiting members for the Florida Youth Council. Those wishing to apply can contact the Family Cafe office toll-free at 1-888-309-2233, go online at www.familycafe.net or call Nancy Stubbs at the Arc Nature Coast at 544-2322, ext. 109.
Get a bead on killing weeds at session
A free class, Ridding Your Lawn and Landscape of Weeds, will be at 10 a.m. today at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.
The speaker will be urban horticulture agent Jim Moll. Seating is limited and registration is required. Call 754-4433.
Parade shortens library hours today
Due to the Brooksville Christmas Parade today, Lykes Memorial Library will not be open to the public until the parade is finished, about noon, and will close at its normal time at 5 p.m.
Library staffers will be available to assist patrons by telephone starting at 9:30 a.m.
For information, call the library at 754-4043.
Scout-hosted golf tourney to be Dec. 15
The Boy Scouts of America's Withlacoochee District of the Gulf Ridge Council will host the third annual Boy Scout Classic Golf Tournament on Dec. 15 at World Woods Golf Club, 17590 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
This is a four-person team scramble. There will be an array of prizes, including a new Buick for a hole-in-one on a designated hole, weekend getaway at Plantation Inn and Golf Resort in Crystal River. The cost is $80 per golfer. Sponsorships are still available at the $100 and $250 levels.
To register or for more information, call Paul Perregaux at (352) 746-7899 or Duane Rieker at 556-3713.
Appraiser's offices closed for training
The Hernando County Property Appraiser Office will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday for training purposes.
The offices are in Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville, and at the Westside Government Center, 7509 and 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call 754-4190.
College offers classes on AIDS, CPR, more
Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer the following classes at the Spring Hill Center, 11245 Spring Hill Drive:
- AIDS seminar, 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 15.
- CPR, 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29.
The following classes will be offered at the PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville:
-Operation of Early Childhood Center, 6:30 to 9:45 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 7 through April 28.
- Computer Basics, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 14-28.
- AIDS Seminar, 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 16.
For class details or to register, call the Spring Hill Center at 688-8798 or the North Campus at 796-6726.
Church musical also has tribute to films
First United Methodist Church will present "Repeat the Sounding Joy" Christmas musical at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive.
The cantata will feature the 75-voice Chancel Choir, drama team, children's choir and orchestra, directed by Jack Evans. The show will retell the message of Christ's birth through seasonal songs and a variety of musical and visual mediums, including a tribute to classic Christmas films.
There is no cost to attend, but a freewill offering will be collected. For more information, call 683-2600.
Blood donors have chance to win car
A blood drive with the LifeSouth Community Blood Center's bloodmobile will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Steak 'N Shake, 4305 Commercial Way.
All blood donors will receive a recognition gift and a complimentary cholesterol screen. Also, donors 18 and older will be entered to win a Chevy Cobalt, courtesy of Palm Gainesville Chevrolet.
To donate blood, donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID. For information, call LifeSouth at 596-2002.
Church to sell Christmas items
Mariner United Methodist Church will have a sale of Christmas items from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 13 at the church, 7079 Mariner Blvd.
For information, call 596-0080 or 596-2762.
Holiday party for kids planned at VFW post
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary will host a Children's Christmas Party at 11 a.m. Dec. 22 at the new post home at 14736 Edward Noll Drive, off Anderson Snow Road.
The party is for children 11 and younger who have a parent currently serving overseas, as well as children of veterans who live in HernandoCounty.
Due to the high recall of toys recently, children will receive gift certificates.
Parents must register their children by Dec. 18. Call the post at 796-0398.
Dine, dance Dec. 15 at Aripeka Elks Lodge
The Ladies of Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 will host a Christmas Ball Dinner-Dance on Dec. 15 at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave.
Dinner will be served at6 p.m. Music will be provided by Short Notice.
Tickets are $14 each. For reservations, call the lodge at (727) 863-2520.
Christmas pageantto help Toys for Tots
A Nature Coast Merry Christmas Christmas Pageant, Model Search and Baby Contest will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Weeki Wachee Resort, 6172 Commercial Way.
The event is sponsored by Star Search Pageants and will benefit Toys for Tots. Participants and spectators are asked to bring a new toy.
The event is open to newborns through young adult and will include trophies and prizes for all contestants and an after-party with Santa.
For details on entering the pageant or for other information, call Stephanie Sims at 678-9588 or visit the Web site at www.starsearchpageants.com.
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