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Book group to discuss 'Samurai's Garden'
By Times Staff Writer
Published January 27, 2008
The next Brooksville Book Discussion Group meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave.
The book to be discussed will be The Samurai's Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama. The Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s is the backdrop for this story of a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen, who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. He is cared for by a housekeeper and a master gardener named Matsu. Stephen learns Matsu's secret that he is a samurai, and gains not only physical strength but profound spiritual insight.
Registration is not required, but copies of the book are limited. For info, call 754-4043.
Brown-Waite to host veteran benefit fair
U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite will host her annual veteran benefit resource fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., west of Brooksville.
The event will feature representatives from local and national veterans agencies who will provide information on claims services, educational benefits, employment services, housing/social services and medical/dental services.
For information, call Brown-Waite's local office at 799-8354.
Thespians to present 'Showcase' Feb. 8
Nature Coast Technical High School's award-winning Thespian Troupe will present "A Thespian Showcase" at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Black Box Theatre on school campus, 4057 California St., west of Brooksville.
The showcase will include a presentation of a one-act adaptation of Peer Gynt, a play by Henrik Ibsen. The show will also include scenes, monologues and musical theater selections taken from the troupe's competition events this season.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 797-7088, ext. 296.
Proceeds will go toward the troupe's trip to the Florida State Thespian Festival.
Giant baby shower scheduled for Feb. 9
The 11th annual World's Greatest Baby Shower will be held Feb. 9 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.
This is a nonprofit event for expectant and new parents or guardians of babies 12 months and younger.
The event will feature more than 50 exhibits on health, wellness, parenting and child development. Those attending will have a chance to win a variety of giveaways.
Admission is free, and complimentary refreshments will be served.
For information, call Christine Dyal at Childhood Development Services, 754-5068, ext. 211.
Admire fashions while supporting hospice
Tickets are on sale for Fine Lines Boutique's third annual fashion show to benefit Hernando-Pasco Hospice. The show will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 1 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.
The theme is "Mirror, Mirror On the Wall" and will feature an array of clothing from sophisticated jeans to semiformal attire. The event will include lunch, entertainment and giveaways.
Money raised will benefit Hernando-Pasco Hospice's patient care programs. The Black Swan Spa in Spring Hill is an event sponsor.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Fine Lines, 1361 Kass Circle, or by calling the boutique at 666-8843.
Heroic chaplains to be remembered
American Legion Post 186 will host the Four Chaplains Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd. A reception will follow.
The service honors the four military chaplains (a Methodist minister, a rabbi, a Catholic priest and a Lutheran minister) who died aboard the USS Dorchester, which was torpedoed during World War II on Feb. 3, 1943.
The chaplains handed out life jackets to the servicemen aboard and, when there were none left, gave up their own. They remained aboard, comforting those who were too severely wounded to abandon ship. They were last seen with their arms linked, praying with the remaining men on the ship as it sank.
For information, call district and Post 186 chaplain Charles Haig at 597-1210.
doll, bear show starts saturday
The Brooksville Woman's Club will sponsor the fifth annual Collectible Doll and Bear and Accessories Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
Table rentals are still available. The cost is $30 for the two days.
General admission to the event will be $3; children younger than 12 will be admitted free.
An appraiser of collectible dolls and bears will be present. The cost will be $2 per item. Information will also be available on doll repairs.
For information, call Yvonne at 796-6026 or 848-7988.