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Korean War veterans will be saluted today

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 2, 2001

TAMPA -- The Korean American Cultural Foundation of Seoul, South Korea, and co-sponsors, the Military Order of Purple Heart and the Korean War Veterans Association, will present "Korea Comes to You -- Winter Event 2001," a salute to Korean War veterans, at 7 p.m. today at the West Tampa Convention Center, 3005 W Columbus Drive, Tampa. Among the Korean War veterans honored will be 20 members of the local Korean War Veterans, Nature Coast Chapter 174, who will receive specially minted bronze medallions. For information, contact Mac at 597-0984.

Pretty faces invited into Miss Sunburst contests

BROOKSVILLE -- Entry forms are available for the Baby and Miss Sunburst contests to be held at 1 p.m., Saturday at the Hernando County Fair.

Entry for the baby contest is open to boys and girls age 3 and younger, and the Miss Sunburst contests are open for those age 4 to 27. The mandatory entry fee is $35. There are additional costs for optional categories such as best attire, best smile, prettiest eyes, etc.

Entry forms are available at the Hernando County Fair Office, 6436 S Broad St., and at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St. Entries will be accepted through the morning of the pageant. For information, call 796-4552.

Volunteers needed for respite care

Catholic Charities in Spring Hill needs caring individuals who are willing to volunteer a minimum of eight hours a month working with respite program clients.

The group is composed of memory-loss clients who attend a four-hour socialization and activity session on Fridays under the supervision of trained staff and volunteers. If you would like to volunteer for this program, call 686-9897; Male volunteers are especially needed.

Public invited to polka and waltz on Sunday

SPRING HILL -- The Slovene National Benefit Society will have a dance featuring polkas, waltzes and other favorites from 2-6 p.m., Sunday at the SNPJ Lodge 778, 13383 County Line Road. Tickets are $7, food and refreshments will be available, and the event is open to the public. For information call 686-4736.

Free vision screenings, eyeglass adjustments

The Suncoast Eye Center will offer free vision screenings and eyeglass adjustments 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, at Forest Oaks Eye Center, 7235 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. This event is open to the public and includes vision, glaucoma, and cataract screening. For appointments, call (800) 282-6341.

A Valentine's Day soiree set for Sunday

SPRING HILL -- The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 10209 is having a Valentine's Day dinner-dance from 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 11, 15166 Spring Hill Drive.

The menu consists of chicken cordon bleu, potatoes, vegetable, fruit cup and dessert. There will be music and dancing from 3 to 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit veterans. Tickets are $6.50 per person and available at the bar or call Peggy at 686-6598, or the post at 796-0398.

Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival set for March 3-4

The eighth annual Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3 and 4, 10 at the Weeki Wachee Christian Camp on Shoal Line Boulevard.

The festival will contain about 200 arts and crafts booths, with vendors from all parts of Florida to as far away as Vermont, the Ozarks and Oregon, and will include an array of handmade items found only in top shows in the country.

Besides the petting zoo, new features including wild animals such as the Florida panther and a duck pond where children can win prizes. There also will be two stages for entertainment; one for bluegrass music all day and the other for a variety of performers.

Food includes sandwiches, grouper, crab cakes, Italian and Polish sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, fried green tomatoes, swamp cabbage, onion blossoms, several styles of shrimp and Cajun foods, pizza by the slice, corn on the cob, and smoked turkey legs.

To get to the festival, take Cortez Boulevard (State Road 50) west toward the gulf from U.S. 19 about 4 miles to Shoal Line Boulevard, turn left and go about half a mile to the Christian Camp, or you can use the shuttle bus from remote parking sites on Cortez Boulevard at River Estates, and at Hernando Beach Park if you are coming from the south on Shoal Line Boulevard. Parking, admission and entertainment are free.

Children and Families seeking volunteers

The Department of Children and Families is seeking volunteers of all ages who can spare as little as one-hour per week to assist in various capacities.

Volunteers are needed to answer phones, file paperwork, and coordinate community donation programs, among other tasks. For information, contact Renea Smith toll free at (877) 822-1995, ext. 6150 or (352) 330-2177, ext. 6150.

Winter Gun and Knife Show set for Feb. 10-11

The Hernando Sportsman's Club is sponsoring its winter Gun and Knife Show at the Hernando County Fairgrounds 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11.

The show will feature all types of new, used and antique firearms, knives and related accessories. Admission is $5 for adults; children under 16, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free. Proceeds from the shows have aided in the purchase and development of an 80-acre recreational and shooting facility. For information call 799-3605.

Pet first-aid and CPR class offered

Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department is offering a pet CPR and first-aid class 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Avenue, Brooksville.

The class will include pet CPR, administering medication, treatment of choking, bleeding and poisoning; and handling car accidents. The cost is $25 for the three-hour class and you will receive a completion certificate and the pet first-aid reference book.

To register, call 754-4031 or visit the Web site at

Presbyterian Women has dinner karaoke show

The Grace Presbyterian Women group is having a dinner karaoke show at 5:30 Feb. 17, in the Fellowship Building of Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

Special entertainment is being planned, and a nursery will be provided. The cost is $7.50 for adults, $4.50 for children 10 and under. For tickets, call 683-2082 by Feb. 12.

Registration open for Clean Air Bike Ride

The American Lung Association is accepting registration for the Clean Air Bike Ride that will take place March 31.

Riders may start between 7 and 9 a.m. beginning at the Ridge Manor Trail Head of the Withlacoochee State Trail and winds through Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

Participants may choose a 12, 20, 48, or 100 mile route. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and includes a T-shirt, continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks. T-shirts are guaranteed to riders registered by March 19.

To get a registration form call (727) 347-6133 or (800) 771-5863, or register electronically by clicking the Clean Air Bike Ride logo of the American Lung Association home page at

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