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Hernando Briefs for March 2

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COUNTYWIDE

Park meters will accept credit cards

Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department announces that effective March 30, credit cards will be the only form of payment accepted at parking meters in three of the county’s parks, including: Rogers Park, 7244 Shoal Line Blvd., Spring Hill; Hernando Beach Boat Ramp, 4483 Calienta St., Hernando Beach; and Bayport Park, 4140 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Staff members at the Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive, west of Weeki Wachee, will continue to accept cash or credit cards at the gate. Annual parking passes are available for purchase. For information, call (352) 754-4031 or visit hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.

Attend session for dual enrollment info

Pasco-Hernando State College will host information sessions for current and prospective dual-enrollment students and their parents at its two local campuses. Participants will learn about the dual-enrollment process, responsibilities of enrolled students and have questions answered by PHSC academic advisors. Informational sessions will be held at the following locations:

• 5 to 7 p.m. March 14 at PHSC’s Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, B105, Spring Hill.

• 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 20 at PHSC’s North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., B104/105, Brooksville.

For information, call (855) 669-7472 or visit phsc.edu.

BROOKSVILLE

Tickets available for ReUnKnighted

Tickets are available for Live Oak Theatre’s original musical medieval comedy, ReUnKnighted. The performance will be presented April 20, 21, 27, 28 and 29. Friday performances are at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday performances are at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. All performances are at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave. The show pokes fun at classic fairy tales and Arthurian legend while taking the audience on a musical adventure. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students ages 13 and younger with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tickets include coffee, tea, and dessert. For information, call (352) 593-0027 or visit liveoaktheatre.org.

Farmers Market to start March 25

Hernando County Growers’ Association announces its Brooksville Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays beginning March 25 at Hernando County Health Department, 300 S. Main St. The event allows Hernando County farmers and agricultural producers to offer their finest, including fresh produce, meats and seafood. For information, call (727) 422-3360.

Fairgrounds to host annual Bird Mart

Hernando Exotic Bird Club will host its annual Bird Mart from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. Admission is $4 for adults, and children ages 9 and younger are free. The event includes exotic birds, toys, cages, treats and other bird-related items. Raffles will be held every hour. Surgical or DNA sexing, microchip implants provided by veterinarian Kris Kuchinski will be available for $25. For information, call Carla Pagniello at (352) 799-2791.

CERT volunteers needed

Hernando County Emergency Management seeks volunteers, ages 18 and older, who are interested in joining the Hernando County Community Emergency Response Team. CERT volunteers receive special training which enhances their ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster situation. As an organized team, they provide vital services in the absence of emergency responders, whose arrival may be delayed due to the severity of the event. The next training class will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays beginning March 31 at the Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd. Previous emergency experience is not required. Training materials will be provided. CERT members must pass a level-two background check, including fingerprints. For information, call (352) 754-4083. Applications, due by 5 p.m. March 22, are available at hernandocounty.us/em/documents/forms/47-hernando-county-volunteer-application-1/file.

Critical need for type O blood donors

LifeSouth Community Blood Center, 12395 Cortez Blvd., is in critical need of type O blood donors. Trauma patients and patients in surgery have sharply increased the usage of type O blood, and supplies have hit a critically low level. Type O blood can be received by all blood types. Donating with LifeSouth directly impacts the local community and those treated at area hospitals. Donors must be at least 17, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is needed. For more information, call (352) 596–2002 or visit lifesouth.org.

Outdoor concert series to begin March 9

Brooksville Main Street will present Friday Night Live, an outdoor concert series featuring live musical entertainment and food vendors, from 5 to 10 p.m. on the second Friday of each month beginning March 9, at the Hernando Park bandshell, 205 E Fort Dade Ave. For information, visit hernandoconnects.com/event/friday-night-live-4/.

Sign up available for archery program

Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsay Road, will offer Archery Beyond Beginners, a two-day archery exploration program, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13 and 14. The program takes students from the basics of archery to planning a hunt and the ethics of hunting. All equipment will be provided. The cost is $20 per child. The class is limited to 12 participants. To register, call (352) 754-6722.

Sign up available for golf tournament

Special Olympics Florida-Hernando County will host its second annual Fore Athletes charity golf classic on March 17 at the Brooksville Country Club, 23446 Links Drive. Registration/check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., reverse shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. An awards luncheon will follow the tournament. The cost is $75 per golfer, $250 per foursome if registered by March 14. Price increases to $85 per golfer, $325 per foursome on March 15. Sponsorships are available in eight levels, from champion spotlight sponsor for $50 to title sponsor for $5,000. Tickets are available at specialolympicsflorida.org. For information, call Rhonda Coleman at (352) 263-7656.

INVERNESS

Free training for court mediators

The Fifth Judicial Circuit will host a free County Court Mediator Training, sponsored by the Florida Dispute Resolution Center, during the week of March 26 to 29 in the jury assembly room at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N Apopka Ave. Volunteers interested in the training and becoming a Florida Supreme Court certified county mediator, can call Peter Spanos, mediation services coordinator, at (352) 540-6568. The training is free, however there is a nominal fee for certification.

SPRING HILL

Local AARP chapter to meet March 6

Hernando County West AARP Chapter 5445 will meet at noon March 6 at Buffet City, 13235 Cortez Blvd. The speaker will be Sue Simone, who will discuss Seniors Helping Seniors in-home care services. If ordering from the menu, please arrive at 11 a.m. To RSVP, call (727) 919-2210.

Senior citizens club offers activities daily

The Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Club, 3357 Susan Drive (corner of Toucan Trail) in Weeki Wachee Acres, offers a home to a variety of activities daily, and new members are always welcome. A yoga class is held at 9:45 a.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Fridays; a craft club meets at noon every Monday; Jewelry Makers meet at 9 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month; the pine needle and art club meets at 9 a.m. every Wednesday; Craft and Woodcarvers meet at noon every Wednesday; the Rockhounds meet at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month; the Quilters meet at noon every Thursday; the Paper Club (scrapbooking and cards) meet at 12:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month; adventures in decorative art meet at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month; and the Fantasy African Violet Club meets at noon the second Saturday of each month. For information on the facility’s availability for meetings or events, call Carol Hechler, club director, at (352) 684-2939 or (352) 277-2551.

WEEKI WACHEE

Singers needed for chorus

The Hernando Harmonizers is actively seeking male and female singers to join its chorus. The chorus, a local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, is made up of members who love to sing in the a cappella barbershop style. Rehearsals are at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Doors open at 6 p.m. For information, call Jay Gettig at (352) 684-5267.

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