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Dog area and skateboard park top ideas for waterfront land

WENATCHEE — An off-leash dog area and a skateboard/BMX track emerged as the top ideas for a new waterfront park at a meeting earlier this week.

About 35 people attended a city open house on Tuesday to gather ideas on how to develop about five acres on either side of the Pipeline Bridge along Wenatchee’s riverfront.

The land was donated earlier this year by the Hale family.

The city parks board hopes to have a final design for the park by November. The city would like to start applying for grant funding early next year and build the park in 2016.

During the brainstorming meeting at City Hall, a dog park got 14 votes, followed closely by 12 votes for a skateboard/BMX park.

Ideas getting fewer but multiple votes included a waterfront trail connection to South Wenatchee neighborhoods, restrooms, a stage and live-music venue, splash pad, trees and landscaping, playground equipment, picnic areas, basketball courts, community gardens, fishing access and miniature golf.

Suggestions that got just one vote each included a recreation center, water slides, fountains, fishing pond, go-cart track and tennis courts.

The city will continue to accept ideas for the park’s development until Oct. 16. They can be submitted to parks director Dave Erickson at

Reach Russ Hemphill at 509-665-1161 or . Follow him on Twitter at @Worldcityeditor.

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Carlé Chronicle: Students take ASVAB, Student Council and Interact plan events

Welcome to the second grade period, Carlé!

Several students took the ASVAB test. ASVAB stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. The ASVAB is a series of questions that can help you make a good career choice. Carlé is proud to be able to offer this to its students each year.

Students who took the ASVAB were Melyssa Moreno, Cody Perdock, Malia Askew, Marisa Gilbert, Sienna Norton, Lance Thurston, Blake Von Rekowski, Alvin Wilder, Isaac Soto, Craig Stephens, Yasmine Wilcox, Jeremy Hunter and Dane Pearson.

Carlé has had a record number of gold level students this grading period. Twenty-one gold level students got their gold level cards.

Gold level students for the first grade period were Kelly Alvarez, Jay Brown, Lukas Carlson, Kasandra Colwell, Shelby England, Kevin Fisher, Savanna Golden, Jeremy Hunter, Jonathan Lansdowne, Jasmine Mcgee, Timothy Mcguire, Deandre Morris, Dane Pearson, Cody Perdock, Alyssa Peterson, Daniel Salvante, Chenoa Schmidt, Christopher Stutz, Blake Von Rekowski, Amaree Whiley and Alvin Wilder.

Silver level students were Ty Ty Beasley, Gage Beck, Nathan Frigge, Alyssa Garnett, Summer Gunn, Cody Hoss, Troy Lamburth, Michael Lanigan, Jessie Mason, Kobi Mathies, Marla Mitchell, Sienna Norton, Nathan Oakley, Isaiah Piazza, Esperanza Roberts, Steven Tracy, and Yasmine Wilcox.

Student Council: Carlé High School will be having a barbecue on Monday, Oct. 7. Student Council members will decide what activities they want like football, baseball or ping pong.

Advisors will give students a survey to see what kind of music students would like to hear at the barbecue. The Student Council will have a See’s Candy fundraiser.

Student of the week was Jonathan Lansdowne. He came back to school this year with a fire to graduate and has been a real asset to our community.

Interact Club: The club is working on getting the plants in the garden for the safe house. Members of the club will be doing cleaning and landscaping at the safe house. Both of these events will take place in October.

Upcoming events for Interact Club: In November the Interact Club will have lunch with the Rotary Club. On Dec. 14, the Interact Club will have its annual Christmas Dinner. On Feb. 21, 2014, the members will set up tables for the annual seafood boil, which takes place the following day.

Angie Siegel, the science teacher, and Dr. Burger, the school principal, went to a workshop on Monday, Sept. 23. The workshop was called “Restorative Practices.” The workshop is about looking at ideas for discipline other than suspension.

Timothy Mcguire is a student at Carlé Continuation High School in Lower Lake, Calif.

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Reservations reach 50% at Moorings Park at Grey Oaks

Submitted  Moorings Park at Grey Oaks has secured nearly 50% of the reservations required to begin Phase I construction. Phase I will include construction of the community’s first 32 garden home residences in four buildings.

Moorings Park at Grey Oaks has secured nearly 50% of the reservations required to begin Phase I construction. Phase I will include construction of the community’s first 32 garden home residences in four buildings.

Moorings Park at Grey Oaks has secured 50 percent of the reservations required to begin Phase I construction of a continuing care retirement community at the corner of Airport-Pulling Road and Golden Gate Parkway.

Phase I will include construction of the community’s first 32 garden home residences in four buildings. Each building will include four floors over parking with two garden homes per floor. Phase I will also include completion of the Aqua Gardens that will feature a resort-style pool with landscaping. Moorings Park at Grey Oaks anticipates beginning Phase I construction during 2014.

Adjacent to the Estuary at Grey Oaks neighborhood, Moorings Park at Grey Oaks presents Mediterranean-inspired architecture that celebrates the outdoors with courtyards, lanais and balconies complete with outdoor kitchens and views of fountains and Southwest Florida’s lush natural landscape.

At build-out, Moorings Park at Grey Oaks will include 96 residences in 12 buildings, as well as the Aqua Gardens, the Jasmine Gardens that will feature a butterfly and a fragrance garden, the Viridian Gardens that will host activities, including bocce ball and lawn bowling, and a clubhouse with a variety of dining, social, fitness and healthcare opportunities. It will also include assisted living and memory care suites with extensive wellness programming, recreation and private dining. A sports membership at Grey Oaks Country Club is included with the purchase of each residence.

Moorings Park at Grey Oaks will be built by CC Devco of Coral Gables, Fla., the builder of Grey Oaks Country Club’s Villas at Traditions of Grey Oaks. Total build-out of Moorings Park at Grey Oaks will be completed over four phases with all 96 residences completed at the end of Phase III and the clubhouse completed at the end of Phase IV.

“The demand for the Moorings Park at Grey Oaks residences has been exceptionally strong,” said Moorings Park at Grey Oaks Director of Sales Gina Paris. “This is a very limited opportunity for retirees to secure a lifestyle that includes all that Grey Oaks Country Club offers along with the comprehensive continuum of care Moorings Park provides. The combination of Grey Oaks’ energetic lifestyle and exceptional golf facilities along with the security of knowing their long-term needs will be met continues to resonate with those who have made reservations. People appreciate the active lifestyle and social life Grey Oaks affords. They also appreciate knowing a continuum of care that includes a fitness center, spa, salon, doctor’s office visits, out-patient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, memory care, and Extended Congregate Care licensed assisted living right at Moorings Park at Grey Oaks is readily available if a particular level of care is required. In addition to the amenities and services available at Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, residents will have the additional benefit of access to many of the amenities at Moorings Park’s Goodlette-Frank Road campus, including the Center for Healthy Living that includes fitness, theatre, spa and salon services, dining at the elegant Trio dining venue and an invitation to the Bower Chapel Concert Series and worship services.”

The garden home residences offer two, two-bedroom plus den, two-and-a-half bath floor plans. Each floor plan includes a private elevator vestibule, an entry courtyard, great room, adjoining kitchen and breakfast area, a wet bar, vaulted ceilings and a large master suite with walk-in closets and a beautifully finished master bath. Both floor plans offer lanais and balconies complete with outdoor kitchens.

The 3,007-square-foot Indigo garden home floor plan is base-priced at $1,205,800. This floor plan is designed for those who love to entertain and includes a gallery hallway, a formal dining room, a gourmet island kitchen with island bar seating, and a 528-square-foot covered lanai with conversation and dining areas and a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen.

The 2,873-square-foot Verde floor plan is base-priced at $1,152,100. The floor plan includes a gallery hallway, dining and breakfast areas, a gourmet island kitchen with island bar seating, and a covered lanai with conversation and dining areas and an outdoor kitchen.

Each floor plans comes with premium quality standard finishes, including ceramic tile flooring in the primary living areas, hardwood flooring in the den, carpeted bedrooms, level 4 cabinetry, granite counter tops in the kitchen, and marble counter tops in the baths. Pre-construction and early construction buyers will be invited to make their finish selections at the Moorings Park at Grey Oaks Design Center located within Grey Oaks Country Club. Optional features and finishes are available.

“The garden home residences at Moorings Park at Grey Oaks provide retirees an opportunity to downsize to a very spacious, elegantly appointed home in a totally maintenance-free environment,” said Paris. “Many retirees sell the large homes in which they’ve lived for an extended period and downsize to a more modestly sized home only to have to move again when more immediate care is necessary. Moorings Park at Grey Oaks can eliminate the need to move more than once. Owners will enjoy their residences, the exceptional range of social and recreational possibilities, and the security of knowing everything they will need for years to come is in place. What has been notable about the interest in Moorings Park at Grey Oaks to date is many of the people to whom we speak are in their 60s and early 70s. They are interested in securing their place at Moorings Park at Grey Oaks now. This leads us to believe that once Moorings Park at Grey Oaks is sold out, it will be some time before residences become available.”

The Moorings Park at Grey Oaks sales center is within the Grey Oaks sales center at 2406 Grey Oaks Drive North in Naples. Online at

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Hometown Happenings

The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is recruiting volunteers for National Public Lands Day today at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Volunteers are needed for invasive plant removal, trail maintenance and general park cleanup. Trail maintenance volunteers need to bring a lopper or pruning saw. Suggested attire for the cleanup includes closed-toe shoes, gloves, a water bottle and sunscreen or insect repellent. For information call (352) 592-5656.

The Korean War Veterans Legion No. 5053 and Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual Fall Festival today at VFW Post No. 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. The festival will feature a performance by Gypsy Star an American gypsy concert band. Door open at 1:30 p.m. There will be a social hour 2-3 p.m. A buffet-style dinner by John Mason Catering will be served 3-4:15 p.m. The concert will follow 4:30-6 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. There will be a cash bar and door prizes. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Call Rich at (352) 688-7196.

The Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program of the Hernando County Utilities Department will hold a rain barrel workshop from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Hernando County Extension office, 1653 Blaise Dr., Brooksville. The cost is $55 per person and customers of Hernando County Utilities Department will receive a $25 credit on their water bill. The workshop will be given by the program coordinator, Sylvia Durell and pre-registration is requested to ensure availability of a rain barrel. Contact Sylvia Durell at (352) 450-6230 or email to register or for more information.

The Hernando County Ostomy Association evening meeting is changing to the first Tuesday of the month starting Tuesday, from 7-9 p.m. at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 10441 Quality Dr., Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, Spring Hill. Family and friends are welcome. For questions call Bob Barnard (352) 442-9789 or Carol Krause (352) 683-5586.

The Sandhill Crane Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America upcoming meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mt. Fair Ave., Brooksville. Groups of members will be taking classes, but open stitching for others will occur and membership is open to anyone who is interested, from the most experienced to those who would like to learn. Mentors are available! For more information please call (352) 666-8350.

The GFWC Brooksville Woman’s Club monthly luncheon and general meeting will begin at 12 p.m. Wednesday at 131 S. Main St., Brooksville. Luncheon donation is $6. Meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with Community Improvements by Marilyn Townsend. Guests welcome. Club Information: Cherry Stettin 799-3801 or Yvonne Malone 848-7988.

Jazzercise Spring Hill is celebrating its 2nd anniversary by holding an Anniversary Bash/Open House on Thursday at 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd. (Forest Oaks Plaza), Spring Hill. Admission is free to everyone and participants should dress to exercise. Festivities will include 6 classes at 8, 9 and 10 a.m., 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. There will be giveaways, prizes, and registration incentives for new or returning customers. For information on Jazzercise contact Becky Mooneyham at (352) 442-8595.

The African American Club membership meeting will start at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Regency Oaks Civic Center, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill.

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society cordially invites the public to our monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brooksville City Hall Council Chamber. Our speaker this month will be Jerry Morris with the Seminole Wars Historic Foundation. For information contact Vickie Jimmerson (407) 401-1600, email or visit our website www.hernandopreservation.bravehost.

The New York State Club monthly meeting will start at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Knights of Columbus, 10470 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill. Our Nov. meeting will be our annual picnic; therefore this month will be a turkey dinner. Contact Carolyn at (352) 684-6979 for tickets. Bowl for fun every Monday morning at 11 a.m. at Spring Hill Lanes. Contact Marge for information (352) 686-8015.

The Hernando Audubon Society is having a Marine Biology field trip to Ft. Island Gulf Beach on Thursday. Birding of marsh and woods begins at 8 a.m. and at 9 a.m. Wear pants and footwear that can get wet to get a close look at whatever is caught in the seine. Contact Eileen Riccio at (352) 613-5289 or

The Hernando Fishing Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at VFW Post 9236, 4345 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. For information, call Rich at (352) 796-7711 or visit

Mariner United Methodist Church Craft Group will hold its annual bazaar from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the church, 7079 mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. There will be many infant, children and kitchen handmade items, as well as a white elephant sale. A silent auction will be held for a handmade queen size quilt and a light lunch will be available. Call (352) 596-0080.

Hernando County Animal Services invites the public to an Open House and “Dollar Days” special from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday located at 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. All pets will be available for a $1 adoption fee and the Animal Services staff would like to introduce their new cat adoption rooms and veterinary medical/surgical room. This is an opportunity for the staff to thank the individuals and organizations that have supported and partnered with Animal services. There will be educational and informational tables staffed by the Hillsborough Community College vet tech program, the County Health department and several volunteers and students. For more information contact Animal Services at (352) 796-5062.

The Brookridge Social Dance Group will host an Oktober Fest themed dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Club House, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. Cost is $5 per person and includes wieners, kraut, beer, coffee and ice (BYOB). Music provided by Retro Express (Diana Mitch). For information and/or reservations call Dot (352)597-0723.

HPH Hospice is offering a Pet Loss Workshop at no charge from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at The Partners Club located at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. The interactive workshop will be facilitated by experienced HPH bereavement counselors to help one better understand and come to terms with the depth of their grief. Participants will receive a workbook and the opportunity to share their loss. Photos of one’s pet are encouraged. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required by calling Carla Hayes at (352) 597-1882.

The Brooksville/Spring Hill (CWC) Women’s Connection, affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, is hosting their “Quarter Auction” luncheon from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Brooksville. The cost is $14.50, inclusive. The guest speaker will be Kelly Stigliano from Orange Park. All ladies are invited and bring your quarters for bidding on great items. For reservations call Jan by Oct. 1 at (352) 556-4658.

The GFWC Brooksville Woman’s Club is sponsoring the 11th Annual Victorian Tea from 12 to 3 p.m. Oct. 8-11 at 131 S. Main St., during the Brooksville Founders Week. The cost is $7 per person. Please call ahead if a large group. The menu will be assorted teas, finger sandwiches, jams tarts, sconces with jam, clotted cream and petit fours. For information call Cherry Stettin (352) 799-3801 or Yvonne Malone (352) 848-7988.

The Tarpon Coast Fly Fishers next monthly meeting will start at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Boston Cooker, 5375 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill. A selection of plate dinners will be served at $18.99 each. The speaker will be Capt. Jimbo Keith from Cedar Key and all members, guests and visitors are welcome. For information call Bobbie Cox at (352) 228-7976 or email

A Historic Hernando County Courthouse Centennial Celebration will be held 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 12. The reception on Friday for past and present elected officials is in the historic courtroom and the public is invited. Saturday’s events include entertainment, birthday cake, historical displays and “cracker” cattle demonstration. Come enjoy downtown Brooksville’s shops and eateries. Contact Hernando County Community Relations for information (352) 540-6780.

The Hernando Hills Hi-Lites Chorus, Hernando County’s only ladies barbershop chorus and members of Harmony, Inc. will present their 20th annual show “Doo-Wop More” at 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 at The First Baptist Church of Spring Hill, 7279 Pinehurst Dr. (corner of Cobblestone Dr.), Spring Hill. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for students (5-18 yrs.), children 4 and under are free and special rates for groups. Included in the price is a self-serve dessert and beverage table during intermission. The Hi-Lites new quartet, Southern Sass will be making their first appearance and vocal and guitarist Ray Soleau will entertain as guests are ushered in. There will be door prizes and a chance to win a basket full of goodies. There is a limited number of seating. For information and advance tickets call Norma at (352) 540-9192.

The Spring Hill Garden Club will host a waterfall fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. The Spring Hill Garden Club has been responsible for the maintenance of the waterfall since 2011. Businesses, clubs, organizations and individuals are invited to decorate a scarecrow to be displayed in the botanical gardens from Oct. 12 to Nov. 15, during which time visitors will be able to vote for their favorite. Entry forms and contest rules are on the club’s website, Residents are also invited to become “Supporters of the Waterfall” by making a donation in one of five categories: Patron ($250); Sponsor ($100); Donor ($50); Contributor ($25) or Scarecrow Sponsor ($10). Donations may be mailed to the Spring Hill Garden Club, P. O. Box 3504, Spring Hill, FL 34606. For information call (352) 683-9933.

St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 will hold their 2nd Chinese Auction in Xavier Hall starting at 5 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m., on Oct. 12. Tickets for the auction and sit down dinner are $15 per person and include 25 raffle tickets. There will only be 200 tickets sold for this event. Reservations are available for tables of 8 or more. Approximately 150 prizes valued from $20 to $80 will be raffled off. Additional raffle tickets available at $5 for 25 and special raffle tickets will be available for higher value prizes. The proceeds from this event will be used for many charities that St. Francis Cabrini Knights of Columbus supports. Tickets available from Jack Hauser (352) 686-9767, John Moonan (352) 596-4709, Billy Lueke (352) 666-9202, Chuck Bugge (352) 597-8878, Bud Quehl (352) 596-6111, Dan Coad (727) 856-4982, or Parish office (352) 683-9666.

Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville, will hold a benefit breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13 for the Breast Cancer Support Group of Hernando County. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the charity. The group assists the uninsured and under insured in obtaining mammograms through Spring Hill Regional Hospital. For information call (352) 597-7979.

The Arc Nature Coast will hold their Annual Membership Meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at their Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. We will recognize our enclaves and review the past fiscal year. Appetizers will be served. For additional information contact Nancy Stubbs at (352) 544-2322 ext. 109 or

The Hernando Audubon Society will have a walk starting at 8 a.m. on Oct. 15 at John Chesnut Park and Wall Springs Park, Palm Harbor. Walk the boardwalks and trails of these beautiful parks looking for fall migrants and early winter birds. For information contact Eileen Riccio at (352) 613-5289 or

The Arc Nature Coast Halloween Dance Party will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 at The Arc Nature Coast Education Center, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $5 per person with door prizes, refreshments and music by PJ the DJ. Wear your costumes and join us for a frighteningly fun night. For information call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109 or email

Joshua’s House for Golden Retriever Rescue will hold its annual Golden Retriever Rescue Reunion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Rainbow Springs State Park. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and something sweet. Dr. Trish Kallenbach from The Healing Place will speak at 11 a.m. Admission to the event is a gift of canned or bagged pet food and admission to the park is $2 per person. The event will feature a “Duke Look alike” contest, raffle and silent auction. All dogs must be on a leash, they are not allowed in the water and poop scooping is required. For more information call (352) 527-0669.

The Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge No. 2502 will hold its annual Columbus Day Dinner Dance on Oct. 19 at the Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Doors will open for a 5 p.m. The dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the entertainment by All Shook Up will run from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be a cash bar, gift basket drawing and a 50/50 drawing. The cost is $20 per person. For information call (352) 688-9234.

The Nature Coast Modelers will have a show and tell Model Show from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Oct. 26 at 4042 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. There is no admission fee and no charge for available tables, please bring your own chair. All ship, airplane, car, truck, military, plastic, wood models and dioramas are welcome. Parking and refreshments will be available. Call (352) 684-2484 for details.

The Hernando County Stormwater Engineering Department has scheduled a Coastal Clean-Up from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 26 starting at Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Volunteers will report to the park to receive trash bags and complete clearance forms. The Coastal Clean-Up is the first event of its kind in several years and we hope to attract youth groups, civic organizations and individuals. Help keep Hernando County beautiful. For information contact Mr. Black at (352) 754-4062.

The Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will hold a benefit breakfast for Toys for Tots of Hernando County on Nov. 3 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. with a full menu at 8405 Sunshine Grove Rd., Brooksville. Bring a $10 toy (minimum) and receive 50 percent off your breakfast. Come help us make Christmas 2013 a very special one for the needy children in our community. For more information call (352) 597-7979 or visit

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties Inc. is seeking sponsors, exhibitors and presenters for its sixth annual Early Learning Conference on Nov. 2 at Bishop McLaughlin High School, 13651 Hays Road, Spring Hill. Last year’s conference attracted more than 800 attendees and presenters from across Florida as well as other states, including Georgia, Maryland and Texas. These early-childhood educators, caregivers, mental-health professionals, students, child advocates, owners/directors of preschools, parents and community members enjoyed a full-day conference, including a complimentary breakfast and lunch. For more information about how to become a presenter, sponsor or exhibitor, contact Bev Doucet, quality supervisor, at or (727) 233-8291. For information, visit or call (727) 233-8291.

The Marine Corps League 708 will celebrate the 238th year of the United States Marine Corps with a Birthday Ball on Nov. 8 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Ln., Spring Hill. The evening will start with cocktails at 4 p.m., ceremony at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45.00 per person and are available to league members and the general public. The theme is “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” with guest speaker Lt. General Stephen G. Olmstead, USMC retired. The evening’s entertainment will feature Norm Bernard Southern Exposure. Seating is limited and all tickets must be purchased by Oct. 30. Contact Sr. Vice Commandant Al Tamburrino at (352) 277-2732 or visit

American Legion Auxiliary, Charles E. Murray Post 186, will host its annual Fall Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the post, 12091 Cortex Blvd., Brooksville. Available spaces for the yard sale are $10.00. Homemade baked goods, coffee and donuts will be available. Proceeds will benefit the military, veterans, their families and the community. To reserve a space, donate articles or obtain more information call Lynda Anderson at (352) 596-4436 or Betty Corbin (352) 797-0099.

The Hernando County Crime Stoppers, Inc. presents “Red, White, Blues Country: A Veteran’s Day Celebration” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Dr., Spring Hill. Tickets are $15 by advance purchase only. Host-sponsor Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery will offer a wine tasting included with ticket purchase. The festivities will open with the Presentation of Colors and the entertainment will be Brooksville’s own “The Blues Pig” band, followed by local award winning country artist, Jenny Rimmer. Food, beer and wine will be sold and prizes will be raffled throughout the evening. Guests are asked to bring a chair and flashlight. All proceeds to benefit the Crime Stoppers organization. For credit card or cash purchases: Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, (352) 799-7612 (Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or Friendly Car Wash, 1108 Commercial Way, Spring Hill (Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). For cash or check purchases: Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 18900 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville (Civil Unit) or 7499 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For information call (352) 346-5914.

A “Stand Tall Together” USO-style evening of entertainment will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov.11 at the Brooksville Elks Lodge.

The event will honor all men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Services, especially those who served during World War II.

The Friends of Chinsegut Hill will host the inaugural Chinsegut Hill Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 on the grounds of Chinsegut Hill Manor, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville. The free community event will feature arts and crafts, educational activities, student art, music by the Hernando Youth Orchestra Quartets, and food and beverages compliments of Hernando High School’s Culinary Institute. A members’ only reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15. Non-members can join at the door for $20. The reception will feature a silent auction to benefit Chinsegut Hill, music and refreshments, an update on current and future goals and plans by Friends of Chinsegut and special guest Gary Mormino, author and retired professor of Florida Studies at University of South Florida who has conducted educational events at Chinsegut. For information visit, email, or call (352) 799-5400.

The 10th Annual Festival of Trees and Craft Show, sponsored by GFWC Brooksville Woman’s Club and St Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., will take place Dec. 6-7. There will be bake goods, plants, towels, wood craft, jewelry, jams, and much more. Vendor spaces $35 donation for two days. For information or application please contact Yvonne Malone (352) 796-6026 or or Christy Stafford (352) 796-2096, ext. 22.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Hernando County have an opportunity to assist the Brooksville based Florida Army National Guard aviation unit, the 1st Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment. RSVP of Hernando County, sponsored by Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., has identified the need and interest in providing services to this unit. RSVP needs your help to collect care package items for “Holiday Care Packages” to be shipped in late Oct. Please contact Abby Evert, RSVP project coordinator at (352) 796-8117 or for a list of items and drop off sites.

South Brooksville Neighborhood Watch is seeking volunteers. Meetings are held 6-7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at 601 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more information, call Cecile Davis at (352) 397-1423.

Gifts from Home, a nonprofit organization that sends packages to the troops in Afghanistan, is in need of food items for our soldiers. Items needed are crackers, granola/power/cereal bars, peanuts, Slim Jims, beef jerky, drink mixes, trail mix, hard candy (please, no candy bars at this time), tuna, VanCamp’s Beanee Weenees and Fruit Roll-Ups. Items should be in individual packages. Monetary donations accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations: Up 4 Breakfast, 14359 Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill; Magnolia Tea Room, 5598 Commercial Way in Weeki Wachee; and the Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road in Brooksville. To donate money or for more information, call Linda Kidwell at (352) 684-4185 or email giftsfromhome

Hernando County Public Library welcomes parents to bring their 18- to 35-month-old children to Toddler Time at 10:15 a.m. and 3- to 5-year-old children to Storytime at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Main Library, Wednesdays at East Hernando Library, Thursdays at Spring Hill Library and Fridays at West Hernando Library. Call (352) 754-4043 or visit http://hernando for more information.

The Hernando County Recreation Department offers “Tribal Belly Dancing” 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, and Thursdays at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. Tribal belly dancing is unique because of the dance steps and the ability to be improvisational. This form of dance is a melting pot of movements and attitudes taken from various dance cultures throughout the world. The instructor is Jayne Arrington. Dance experience is not necessary. The cost is $10 per class paid monthly, $9 per month for six weeks or $15 for drop-ins. Advance registration is not required, and all ages are welcome. Call (352) 540-1568 or (352) 754-4031, or visit

Live Oak Theatre Company’s first production of the 2013 season will be “Fiddler On the Roof,” which will be performed Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 theatre. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening for dessert at 7 p.m. Sunday performance begins at 3 p.m. with doors opening for dessert at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call the box office at (352) 593-0027, email LiveOakTheatre or go to www.LiveOakTheatre and 27. All performances will be held at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. All performances are dessert .org.

Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502 holds its monthly dinner/business meeting at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at The Lake House, 1202 Ken Lake Ave., Spring Hill. Social Night is on the first Wednesday. The lodge functions supports local charities sponsors bowling, bocce, Italian culture yearly trips. Membership is open to all. Call Richard (352) 263-7829 or Rose (352) 796-7711 for more information.

Brooksville Elks Lodge No. 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., has karaoke 2-5 p.m. every Tuesday with a lunch from noon to 3 p.m. Every Thursday evening dancing is available in the main hall with entertainment by Bill Castner. A pub menu is served and there is a $3 cover charge. There is also karaoke starting at 7 p.m. on Fridays. For information, call (352) 596-2582.

News releases to be published in Hometown Happenings should be received 10 days in advance and will not be published without complete information, such as the time, date and physical address of the location of the meeting or event. Also, an information telephone number for the public and the name and telephone number of a contact person must be included. Email news releases to Michael Terry at, fax to (813) 579-9246 or mail to Hernando Today, 12973 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613.

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Portola tour lets residents show off gardens

Until recently, Phil and Pamela Clevenger didn’t use their backyard and didn’t know their neighbors well.

Things are changing for the San Francisco couple. On Saturday, they hosted dozens of neighbors to show off their welcoming outside space, which underwent a much-needed makeover this year and is now home to raised garden beds, beautiful landscaping and a sunny sitting area.

The Clevengers were one of 20 households in the Portola district, a middle-class area sandwiched between the Bayview and Excelsior districts, to host the neighborhood’s seventh garden tour.

What started as a fundraiser for the now-built neighborhood branch library has blossomed into an annual money maker for horticulture and floristry scholarships at City College of San Francisco, and become a must-see event that last year attracted 300 people and raised more than $7,000. For the Clevengers, it was a chance to show off phase one of their two-step garden project – next up is a gazebo and hot tub – and get to know some of their neighbors.

“These houses are like fortresses and the streets are wide, so you never see anyone,” Phil Clevenger said, adding that their garden was put on the tour after organizer Ruth Wallace peeked over their neighbor’s fence and insisted they join.

“We weren’t really ready, but it’s been fun,” he said. “And last weekend we went and saw all the other gardens.”

Wallace, who moved to Portola from South of Market 12 years ago, said the tour has created a sense of community and allowed the neighborhood to reclaim its history as the city’s Garden District. It was once home to floral greenhouses, and is still a great place to grow fruits, flowers and vegetables because of its relatively warm climate and lack of fog.

One of the last remaining greenhouses was owned by the Restani family, whose rose and carnation business lasted through the 1970s. They closed the greenhouses in 1979, but the family held on to some of the land and over the past five years has built four homes on adjoining lots across the street from McLaren Park. Their gardens are reminiscent of Italy, with stone pathways, grapevines and overflowing vegetable gardens.

On Saturday, neighbors wandered through gardens and peeked into a stone-covered shed that Dominic Restani and his family built. Restani, whose grandparents were the last generation to work in the greenhouses, and his wife, Holly, shook hands with neighbors as he explained the family’s neighborhood history.

Wallace said those sorts of interactions are the best part of the tour.

“It really has let people get to know each other. Like most of San Francisco, the gardens and yards are closed off, so we don’t meet in our yards,” she said. “This has given people a reason to look over the fence and reach out and meet more. That’s the big thing – to meet people you normally wouldn’t.”

It’s also good inspiration for gardeners. Linda Chen and her husband, Willie, have lived in the home next door to the Clevengers for 32 years, and just redid their backyard this spring. Now dotted with drought-resistant succulents and bushes, Chen says the backyard is more environmentally sustainable – and a labor of love.

“I’m out here practically every day,” she said.

Marisa Lagos is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail:

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    Garden Book Editor Frances Tenenbaum, 94

    By Carol Stocker

    Frances Mendelson Tenenbaum, for many year’s the nation’s leading garden book editor, died Sept. 24 at age 94, in Cambridge after a series of illnesses.

    When the Garden Writers Association cited the 25 most significant garden books of the last 25 years, they included four edited by Frances Tenenbaum at Houghton Mifflin. “Before Frances, the only garden writers known in America were British,” said Sara Hobel, director of the New York Horticultural Society which honored her in 2011. Our library is full of her books.”

    As both an author and editor she was prescient and anticipated several trends, including the interest in the history of American garden landscapes with her popular reprinting of antique American garden books. The first and best in the series was “An Island Garden,” illustrated by famed American impressionist Childe Hassum’s delicate watercolors and written in 1894 by forgotten poet Celia Thaxton, who lived and gardened on the Appledore Island off the New Hampshire coast and was a friend of Hassum. Tenenbaum also helped rediscover Vermont children’s book author and gardener Tasha Tudor late in her life with the picture book “Tasha Tudor’s Garden,” which became an industry phehnomenon.

    In 1973, Tenenbaum wrote, and her daughter Jane illustrated, “Gardening with Wild Flowers,” just before the importance of native plants and prairie gardens was about to be recognized. In 1980, she co-wrote “Diet Against Disease,” with Alice Martin, discussing the link between diet and health. In 1979, her book “Over 55 Is Not Illegal” was about staying active as the years advanced.

    Her own life began its most influential chapter at age 55 when she she spotted the growing interest in gardening and became a garden book editor at Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston. She resurrected “Taylor’s Encyclopedia of Garden Plants” and turned it into a long series of authoritative, illustrated garden books for American gardeners which set a standard in the industry. In 1995, she edited “Noah’s Garden,” about plants that could heal the environment. Late in her life, she edited “The Secret Gardens of Cambridge,” designed by her daughter, Jane, and “Taylor’s Encyclopedia of Garden Plants,” under her own imprint at Houghton Mifflin.

    Stubborn, witty, charming, curious, acerbic and generous to a fault, she had many friends, including many of her authors, some of which, including the great garden writer and Washington Post columnist Henry Mitchell, would camp out on her Cambridge sofa when in town.

    Tenenbaum was also a dedicated island gardener herself at her summer home on Martha’s Vineyard, as well as a bridge player and bird-watcher. Her sense of humor extended to her titles: “Nothing Grows for Me: A Brown-thumb’s Guide to House Plants.”

    Frances Judith Mendelson was born in New York City in 1919, to Regina Muskatenblut Mendelson and Emanuel Mendelson, who made his living in clothing manufacturing. Frances grew up on the South Shore of Long Island, and received a B.A. from the University of Michigan circa 1939 and later a masters in journalism from Columbia University. During World War II, she wrote for the New York Herald Tribune. In 1943, she married Frank Tenenbaum, a fellow native of Long Island, who spent the war in the Signal Corps in the South Pacific.

    Living in Great Neck, NY (1950-1973), Frances wrote and edited for a variety of magazines, newspapers, and book publishers. In 1963, the Tenenbaums began vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard. After Frank died suddenly in 1972, Frances moved to Cambridge, Mass., where she lived the rest of her life.

    She invented her dream job as acquisition editor for non-fiction, at Houghton Mifflin, and soon acquired the books, “Escape from Sobibor” and “The Killing of Karen Silkwood.” The daughter of a gifted gardener, she began to specialize in garden books with a personal voice, including Mitchell’s crotchety charmer “One Man’s Garden.”

    Building on her own experience in the garden at Martha’s Vineyard, she wrote her last book, “Gardening at the Shore,” in 2006.

    Tenenbaum received many awards and honors, including the 1999 Horticultural Communication Award, from the American Horticultural Society, the 2000 Gold medal, from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. In 2004 she entered into the Garden Writers Association Hall of Fame.

    She will be buried at Abel’s Hill Cemetery, on Martha’s Vineyard. Frances Tenenbaum is survived by her daughter, Jane, a book designer in Cambridge, Mass., her son, David, a science writer in Madison, Wis., daughter-in-law Meg Wise, and grandsons Alexander and Joshua Tenenbaum.

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    Garden Club offers fall lawn care tips

    Garden Club offers fall lawn care tips

    Written by Margaret Moore

    Saturday, September 28, 2013 03:00 pm

    Garden Club

    The Brigantine Garden Club’s Appreciation Gathering was beautiful. Fifty volunteers had a wonderful time catching up with friends and enjoyed a delicious meal at the Links. Thanks to Fran Streeper, who made all the arrangements and thank-you gifts.

    The winner of the Club Cup for this year was Phylis Glomb, who has done an outstanding job with the North End bed tenders and was instrumental in getting us much-needed funding from the Elks.

    Special commendations were given to Judy Harding for her hard work as memorial tree chair, hospitality chair and recording secretary and to Debi Ples for her perseverance as liaison to the city. The club also acknowledged the retiring of Treasurer Joyce Hall, who has kept the club in the green and seen that everyone got their checks on time.

    The club is still taking orders for new leaves on the memorial tree and now that the library is reopened arrangements are being made to have the tree reinstalled. It is a unique and lasting way to remember a special person, date or occasion such as an anniversary, wedding or to memorialize a lost loved one. Leaves are $50.

    Garden Tip: Fall is the time for overseeding lawns, but you must remember to use the proper seed followed by a late fall slow-release fertilizer for seeded areas. Many people also put down lime, but if you aren’t sure it is needed, always ask a professional. 

    Our resident master gardener recommends calling the Rutgers Help line at (609) 625-0056 for any information or questions you may have pertaining to your lawns and gardens. It is available 9a.m.-noon Monday through Friday online at

    Don’t forget to keep up on club activities on the Facebook site set up by Linda Mantello. It is known as Brigantine Garden Club. Go online to see pictures of the gathering and gardens and get information.

    Linda is also looking for volunteers to help with the planting of dune grass in October. She will have more info for us at our last meeting on Oct. 7.

    Anyone interested in gardening, whether active or passive, can become a member of the club. It is very easy and all are welcome in making Brigantine a beautiful place to live and visit. To start, just come to a meeting. There are no dues, meet once a month, March through October and the only requirement is that you attend four meetings a year. Since our last meeting is coming up, you have the winter to think about joining. 

    The informational answering machine number is (609) 266-3685. The club exists on the generosity of others and all donations are appreciated. They may be sent to the Brigantine Garden Club, P.O. Box 53, Brigantine, N.J. 08203.

    The club would like to thank all those who have supported us with donations this year. It has been greatly appreciated and put to good use. 

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    Antiques at The Gardens show: Flowers, antiques and fine design for your inner … – The Birmingham News

    Renowned architect Bobby McAlpine will make an appearance at
    next week’s Antiques at The Gardens show, but tickets for his lecture have
    already sold out. Birmingham Botanical Gardens director Fred Spicer isn’t
    surprised: He said the four-day celebration of refined artistry is shaping up
    to be the biggest since the Gardens took over the event in 2005.

    “The whole first floor and part of the second floor of the
    Garden Center, our main building, is totally transformed,” Spicer said. “We’ve
    created booths for antiques dealers we’ve selected from eight years. We have a
    lot of returning fan favorites.”

    In addition to the heirlooms and artifacts, this year’s show, which raises money for the Gardens’ educational programs, will the event will feature walk-in displays that show off the talents of
    interior designers and architects around the state. Themes for the tastemakers (as the event calls them) include “Jewelry Box” and “Weeks to Africa.”

    Birmingham interior designer Dana Wolter and architect Jeff
    will spend early next week furnishing a 9’X5′ box with a cozy living
    room feel – and several for-sale antiques – for a theme titled “Fireside Chats.”
    Wolter said the show serves as a kind of convention for Birmingham’s artists,
    designers and dealers.

    “Everyone’s space will be a little bit different, but it
    will be a reflection of who they are and what they like,” she explained. “I’m
    excited to see everyone else’s creativity, forget my own. Just to see what
    everyone else is going to do with their little auditorium space.”

    The things you can actually take home include jewelry, furniture,
    paintings, silver, prints, maps and books. Artifacts range from a bureau from
    Victorian England to more affordable items, such as a tea set that costs, say,
    a few hundred dollars instead of a few thousand. Not exactly a steal, but then
    again, the show isn’t What’s on Second.

     “These are fine
    dealers; it’s certainly not a yard sale,” Spicer said. “You’re talking about
    people who know the things that they have, who have selected them very, very
    carefully, who know about the provenance of the pieces that they’re selling.”

    And for those of us who sometimes go a whole day without
    using the word “provenance?” Admission is just $10, and Spicer said anyone is
    more than welcome to just browse, speak with dealers and designers and learn
    about how the other half lived.

    “It’s a quality antique show and sale and something that
    Birmingham really doesn’t have except for this. There are wonderful antiques
    dealers in Birmingham, but the kind of show and sale that we’re doing is unique
    to Birmingham.”

    And besides, he continued, plants and antiques just go

    “Buying an antique is kind of like the ultimate in
    recycling. If it’s  a beautiful wooden
    desk, that tree was turned into a desk a hundred years ago, it’s not a new tree
    that had to be cut down.”

    Antiques at The Gardens will run October 3-6. Tickets are
    $10 and parking is free. If you missed out on lecture tickets, you can still attend
    a black-tie gala on Friday night for live music, refreshments and private
    browsing of the sale.

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