By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001
Laurel and Hardy fans seek more members
A fraternal organization, The Sons of the Desert, is looking for new members.
The organization was formed in 1965 and is the official international appreciation society of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Its purpose is for fans to join together and honor the lives and works of the two entertainers.
Local resident Randy Brooks would like to start a chapter in Spring Hill, to join the more than 200 chapters established around the world. The Sons of the Desert holds a convention every two years at different locations throughout the United States. The next convention will be in Nashville, Tenn., in July 2002.
Those who enjoy Laurel and Hardy films are invited to join. Meetings include watching Laurel and Hardy films and socializing. For information, contact Brooks at 683-3645.
Classic car show set at restaurant
WEEKI WACHEE -- The Spring Hill Cruisers and Hardee's restaurant will host the 13th annual '50s Night Classic Car Show from 4 to 10 p.m. May 12 at the restaurant at U.S. 19 and State Road 50.
The show is open to 1981 and older cars, trucks, customs and street rods. Those who advance register by May 7 pay $12. Registration is $15 on the day of the show, which will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Dash plaques will be given to all entries. The event will include '50s and '60s music by disc jockey Kool Unlimited, games and lip synch. There is no cost.
For information, call Norma, 596-0729 or Wil, (727) 856-0421.
'Dessert with Arts' program planned at PHCC
SPRING HILL -- The Hernando County Fine Arts Council will celebrate its final "Dessert with the Arts" program for the season at 7:30 p.m. May 10 at Pasco-Hernando Community College on Spring Hill Drive.
The program, "Fun with Poetry," will be presented by Sue Mericle. The program and dessert are free to members; others pay $3. Reservations are required. Call 596-9455.
Yacht club plans blessing of the fleet
HERNANDO BEACH -- The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will conduct the annual blessing of the fleet ceremony May 12.
The event is open to any area boats. Ceremonies will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the raising of the U.S. flag by local Girl Scouts, remarks by club officers and Hernando County dignitaries, followed by the blessing of each boat as it parades by the yacht club by the Rev. Mark Walton, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hernando Beach. The club is at 4045 Shoal Line Blvd.
The public is invited to observe the parade of boats. For information on the event, call Fleet Captain Dick Weichman or Commodore Gary Chasey at 686-6604. For information on membership with the yacht club, call Rear Commodore Dennis Buck at 597-2535.
Symphony orchestra seeks musicians
The Hernando Symphony Orchestra is auditioning for all instruments, particularly trumpet, French horn, oboe, bassoon, cello, violas and percussion. Those interested in auditioning can call Wayne Raymond at 688-0427.
National Guard Armory hosts 'Orchid Magic'
SPRING HILL -- The Orchid Lovers Club will present its sixth annual orchid show, "Orchid Magic," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 and 13 in the National Guard Armory on Spring Hill Drive, about a half mile west of U.S. 41.
The show will feature six vendors, two exhibitors, seven landscaped exhibits, plant sales, orchid supplies, repotting, lectures, raffles and door prizes. Admission is $1. For information, call 686-2512 or 686-0202.
Free mulch, loading service available
Hernando County Waste Management has mulch available to residents and businesses at no charge at the Northwest Management Facility, 14450 Landfill Road, Brooksville, the East Hernando Transfer Station, 33070 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor, and the West Hernando Transfer Station, 2525 Osowaw Blvd., Spring Hill.
Free loading services are also available. All sizes of trucks and trailers can be loaded at the Northwest Facility. The East and West Transfer Stations are equipped to load only pick-up trucks and small trailers. Because loading is limited by staff and equipment availability, to avoid delays or if large amounts of mulch is needed, contact Rick McCaffrey at 754-4112, ext. 122.
Transfer station changes yard waste rules
Effective June 6, Hernando County Waste Management's West Hernando Transfer Station will no longer accept yard waste on Wednesdays.
The change is to ensure safety while tub-grinding operations take place on this day at the station, at 2525 Osowaw Blvd., Spring Hill. Residents who wish to dispose of yard waste on a Wednesday may use the Northwest Waste Management Facility, 14450 Landfill Road, Brooksville.
For information, call Rick McCaffrey, 754-4112, ext. 122.
Garden club holds floral design workshop
BROOKSVILLE -- The Brooksville Garden Club is sponsoring advanced floral design workshops under the direction of Ruth Antonson, a nationally accredited flower show judge. The workshops will be at 10 a.m. on the following dates at First Presbyterian Church on Bell Avenue:
The cost is $5 for each workshop. Reservations are required. Call Antonson at 688-6828.
Grubbs Road home hosts 'Old-timers Picnic'
BROOKSVILLE -- An "Old-timers Picnic" will begin at 11 a.m. May 5 at the home of Murray and Sue Grubbs on Grubbs Road, off U.S. 41 N. Brooksville radio station WWJB will broadcast from the picnic.
Those wishing to attend are asked to bring a covered dish, their own lawn chairs, a favorite story and old photos, if they wish to have them printed in the Old Brooksville monthly magazine. For information, call Ginger Garnett, 799-7653 or 797-5557.
Bar offers services during Law Week
The Hernando County Bar Association will provide the following free activities during Law Week, which will be Sunday through May 5.
A roundtable discussion will be broadcast on the Government Access Cable TV, Channel 19, at various times and days throughout the week.
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