So, you want to be an actor? take a class

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 11, 2008


The Hernando County Recreation Department offers basic acting classes from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdaysat Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.

The classes are for ages 9 to 15. Those who complete the program will be eligible for the intermediate and advanced acting program.

The instructor is Vince Vanni, assisted by Abby Dix. Vanni's students have appeared in amateur and professional venues.

The cost is $35 per month; family discounts are available. For information or to register, call 754-4031.


Girl Scouts unit has registration rallies

The Spring Mermaids Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Council will have registration rallies for girls from age 5 to 18 at the following locations:

- 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill

- 6 p.m. Jan. 22, Suncoast Elementary School, 11135 Quality Drive, Spring Hill

- 6 p.m. Jan. 29, J.D. Floyd Elementary School, 3139 Dumont Ave., Spring Hill.

Registration is $10 for the 2007/08 membership year; financial aid is available.

Adult volunteers and leaders are also needed to join. For information, call Sarah at 592-7897 or e-mail to springmermaids@yahoo.com

Dine, dance and raise funds for scholarships

The Sons of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502, will host its annual Scholarship Dinner Dance from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road.

Tickets are $16. You can bring your own beverages.

All monies raised will go into the scholarship fund and will be distributed to selected graduating Hernando County high school students.

For information or tickets, call Gene at 596-9456 or Chuck at 597-8878.

LifeSouth bloodmobile at Big Lots parking lot

Big Lots will team up with LifeSouth Community Blood Center to host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, when the LifeSouth bloodmobile will be in the Big Lots parking lot, 2384 Commercial Way.

All blood donors will receive a recognition gift item and a complimentary cholesterol screening.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID. For information, call 596-2002, toll-free at 1-888-795-2707 or visit the Web site at www.lifesouth.org.

Fundraiser to honor the 'Music Bum'

A tribute to Mark Lokan, the original "Music Bum" will be 1 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Horse & Crown Pub, 5230 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Many bands have signed up to perform during the concert fundraiser, including: Prospect, Recoil, Bullwinkle, Sunspot and Nothing in the Dark, with more to be added.

Lokan, 49, passed away Nov. 23. The tribute will benefit his wife, Wendy, and their family. Lokan was a guitar player and lead singer for the bands Dog Leg Left and Soupstone.

He was also the original owner of the Music Bum store in Spring Hill and organized benefits for local bands, called Bumfest.

The tribute will also feature food and raffles. For information or to donate, contact Dave Kelly at 584-3607.


Sweetheart Coffee is set for Jan. 19

The Brooksville Woman's Club will host the fourth annual Sweetheart Coffee from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 19 at the club, 131 S Main St.

Tickets are $5. The event will include coffee flavored to one's choice, finger sandwiches and dessert. Entertainment will be provided by country-western vocalist Kevin Longhorn.

For information or tickets, call Martha Heino at 754-9620 or Yvonne Malone at 796-6026 or 848-7988.

Help in supporting your gifted child

"A Toolkit for Success A Parent's Guide to Advocating for Their Gifted Child" will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the media center at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave.

The program is co-sponsored by PAGES of Hernando (Partners Allied for Gifted Education and Support) and the Citrus Organization for the Gifted.

The speaker is Donnajo Smith, director of gifted services for the Florida Department of Education. Topics include: The Educational Plan - Your Rights and Responsibilities; What You Should Expect from Gifted Services; How to Advocate for Your Gifted Child; and Motivating the Gifted Underachiever. There will also be a question and answer session.

Reservations are required. Call 597-3825 or e-mail to rsvp@pagesofhernando.org (leave your phone number in the event of a cancellation).

Learn your way to a better landscape

A training series, "Four Weeks to a Better Landscape," will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Feb. 7-28, at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.

The training series will be provided by Jim Moll, urban horticulture agent. Participants will gain practical knowledge about proper care for their landscape by learning about insects, pesticides, pruning, fertilization, lawn care and citrus.

The cost is $20. Space is limited and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis.

Registration will close and payment is required by Feb. 1. For information, call 754-4433.

Chinsegut programs planned this month

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

- Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitat, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Participants will learn how to create ideal habitat in one's back yard for mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, bats and other Florida wildlife.

- Chinsegut Night Hike, 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25. Participants will listen and look for owls, frogs and other night creatures. Bring a flashlight.

- Map and Compass Class, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Equipment will be provided. Participants will learn now to use a map and compass, as well as learn about geocaching. Class size is limited and registration is required.

All programs are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Seating is limited and reservations are needed. Call 754-6722.


Builders group plans shooting tournament

The Hernando Builders Association will host the second annual Sporting Clays Bang-Bang Tournament April 12 at Deer Creek Sporting Clays Range, 10514 Ehren's Cutoff Road.

There will be four shooters per team. The entry fee is $99 per shooter, which includes a catered lunch on site. Raffles and awards will immediately follow the event.

The deadline for entries and payments is March 14.

Shooters must wear eye and ear protection at all times on the course. Shooters will need 100 rounds of ammo, sizes 7.5, 8 or 9 shotgun shells only.

Deer Creek will have a limited number of shotguns and carts available to rent.

Sponsorships are also available from $50 to $1,500. Door prizes are also available.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

For information or entry forms, call Emilia Raia at 596-1114, e-mail to emilia@hernandobuilders.com or visit the Web site at www.hernandobuilders.com.