United Way seeks more volunteers
The United Way of Hernando County is looking for volunteers to meet the growing needs of the Volunteer Hernando program, as well as the disaster program's volunteer reception center.
A rally is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the United Way office, 4030 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. To learn more, call the United Way at (352) 688-2026 or visit unitedway hernando.net.
Driver's safety classes offered next month
AARP Driver's Safety Program classes will be offered at the following locations in January. This is a six-hour class that costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP cards):
• 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and 12, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). Call (352) 688-2486 to register.
• Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 11 and 13, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 and 14, Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. Call (352) 797-6313 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 15 (one-day class), Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 and 26, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.
• 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 and 27, Brooksville Enrichment Center at Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Court, Brooksville. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.
Line Dance Social planned for Jan. 8
A Brookridge Line Dance Social will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. DJ Dave will entertain. Requests are encouraged.
All levels are welcome. No lessons are offered. Guests may bring their own snacks, beverages and ice.
For information, call Norma at (352) 397-6088 or send e-mail to [email protected]
City seeks one-year student volunteer
The city of Brooksville is seeking a student volunteer to fill a vacancy on the city's Beautification Board. The student will serve a one-year term and earn community service hours toward graduation. Students do not need to be city residents to participate.
The board meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month from September through June. Approximately eight community service hours would be earned by attending meetings. Additional hours can be earned through special projects during the year, such as the annual Arbor Day celebration and judging of the Christmas lights display contest.
Those interested can contact Lindsay Morgan at (352) 540-3810 or [email protected]
Black educators group to host conference
The Black Educators Caucus has announced the first Sowing Hope in Families Conference (Families Under Construction Series) at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 and 9 a.m. Jan. 22 at Bethlehem Progressive Baptist Church, 661 S Brooksville Ave. The speaker will be Melvin Williams, assistant principal at Strawberry Crest High School in Dover. There will be discussion groups, refreshments and prizes.
The registration fee is $5 per person and $10 per family (three to five members). For information, call Christene Yant at (352) 683-2766 or Viennesse Black at (352) 544-2714.
RIDGE MANOR WEST
Library to show 'Sorcerer's Apprentice'
The Hernando County Public Library System will have a free showing of the movie The Sorcerer's Apprentice at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
Balthazar Blake, a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan, tries to defend the city from his archnemesis, Maxim Horvath. To help him, he recruits Dave Stutler, a reluctant protege.
The 2010 film, rated PG, stars Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina. Refreshments will be served. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
SPRING HILL/ RIDGE MANOR WEST
Financial management classes in January
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will present the following financial management classes:
• Developing an Effective Spending Plan, 10 a.m. Jan. 5, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
• Effective Credit Management, 2 p.m. Jan. 12, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
There is no cost and no registration required. For information, call the extension office at (352) 754-4433 or the library program staff at (352) 540-6391.
Book group to discuss mysteries Jan. 24
The Brooksville Book Discussion Group will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave.
The book selection is any from a list of mystery books written by Philip R. Craig and/or William G. Tapply, including First Light or Second Sight or any of the J.W. Jackson mysteries by Craig, or one of the Brady Coyne mysteries by Tapply.
No registration is required. For a book of choice, stop by the library's front desk or call Ronette at (352) 544-5669.
Adult education class registration under way
Hernando County school district's Adult Education Department is accepting registrations for spring classes.
Numerous classes will be available in exercise and fitness, arts and leisure, and computers and technology.
Brochures are available at all branches of the Hernando County Public Library System. The brochure also can be viewed online at hernandoschools.org (click on "School Sites," then select "adult education/GED" in the drop-down menu).
To register, residents should call the office between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays to determine the best time to stop by the office, which is at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. Call (352) 797-7091.
Registrants must provide photo identification (such as a driver's license), which will be scanned; a visitor pass will be issued.
Also, all class fees are due at the time of registration, and must be paid in cash or with a check.