Free tax preparation available
United Way of Hernando County’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is now scheduling appointments at all Hernando locations. Residents interested in free tax preparation help may make an appointment at one of the following locations. Those wishing to complete their tax return online can visit MyFreeTaxes.org.
• United Way of Hernando County, 4028 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 23 through April 12.
• Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, also known as the Quarry, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays from Jan. 22 through April 13. Closed Feb. 19 and March 30.
• Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from Jan. 28 through April 14. Closed Feb. 16 and March 30.
• Publix at Hernando West, 1400 Pinehurst Dr., Spring Hill, 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 (Mobile One United bus — one day only).
• Publix at Barclay, 14371 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 (Mobile One United bus — one day only).
For information, visit unitedwayhernando.org/vita-locations.
Fertilizer ordinance now in effect
Hernando County’s fertilizer ordinance, regulating the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus, is in effect through March 31.
The ordinance regulates how, where and when fertilizers can be applied to lawns. With the help of local landscape professionals and residents, the ordinance will help protect local water bodies from the harmful effects of nutrient-rich stormwater runoff caused by inappropriate use of fertilizer.
From Jan. 1 to March 31, residents may not fertilize their lawns. Professional applicators must have the Green Industries Best Management Practices certification and must be registered with Hernando County permitting office. Slow-release fertilizers can be applied only with the proper qualifications. For information, visit extension.hernandocounty.us/.
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will be Jan. 15
Hernando County will commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a weekend celebration ending with the annual parade on Jan. 15 in remembrance of the slain civil rights leader.
A music and arts extravaganza, including a lip sync battle, will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave. Admission is $3. For information, call (850) 445-8222 or (352) 263-0913.
A basketball tournament will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 13 at the school. Admission is $2. For information on how to form a team, call (352) 650-6968 or (352) 797-7015.
A Christian Unity Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd. For information, call (352) 232-2656.
The "Uniting the Dream – Past, Present and Future" parade, will start at 10 a.m. from Hernando High School, at Howell and North avenues. Lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. in the school parking lot. The route will take the parade south on Howell Avenue, east on Fort Dade Avenue, then north on Bell Avenue back to the high school. The parade will feature local high school bands and drill teams. Annie Williams, former Hernando County Supervisor of Elections, will serve as grand marshal. There is no entry fee to participate. The deadline to register is Jan. 12. For information or to register, call Debbie McDonald at (727) 488-2644.
Cornhole tournament needs participants
Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition will host a cornhole tournament at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd. The competition is open to middle- and high-school students. Individuals are encouraged to form a team of two or be assigned a team at the event. Pizza, snacks and giveaways will be offered. For information or to sign up, call (352) 688-9622 or (352) 596-8000.
Library to host talk on osteoarthritis
The Hernando County Public Library System will host four upcoming educational talks on osteoarthritis treatment options from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The dates include: Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3 and April 7. Presenter Laura Morelli from Full Circle Orthopedics will discuss the latest treatments including stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma injections. For information, call (352) 754-4043.