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STORYTIMES RESUME: The Hernando County Public Library System has resumed its Toddler Times and Storytime programs at these branch libraries:

• Tuesdays at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

• Wednesdays at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.

• Thursdays at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

• Fridays at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

At all locations, Toddler Time, for ages 18 to 25 months, will be at 10:30 a.m.; Storytime, for ages 3 to 5 years, will be at 11:15 a.m. Sessions include stories and songs.

No registration is required. Chaperones are required to stay with their children. For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit the website at

COMPUTER CLASS: The Hernando County Public Library System has partnered with the Hernando County Family YMCA to offer a free computer class from 11:15 to 12:15 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Y, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

This is a beginner's course for adults, conducted by library staffers. The Y's community center has six computers for students, and all students will be able to follow along from the instructor's laptop.

Space is limited, and registration is required. To register, call the library at (352) 754-4043 or visit

BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will host its third-annual Eat Smart for a Healthy Start back-to-school event at the following times and locations:

• 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

• 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at RCMA Childcare Development Center, 15029 14th St., Dade City.

• 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at Rasmussen College, 8661 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey.

At each event, the first 100 children age 8 and younger will receive a free lunch box filled with healthy snacks and back-to-school items, including a first-aid kit donated by Walgreens.

Florida KidCare, the Foundation for Early Learning in Pasco and Hernando counties, WellCare and Wholota Wellness will have representatives at each event. Local child care providers will be on hand to teach children about healthy eating and inform parents about child care services.

All Pediatrics of Spring Hill will provide free eye exams at the Tuesday and Aug. 9 events.

For information, contact Bev Doucet at (727) 233-8291 or

LABOR DAY PARTY: Tickets are available for the Labor Day Bash that will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

Food will include sausage and peppers, meatball subs, salads and desserts, which will be served from 3 to 4 p.m. There will be games with prizes and music throughout the event.

Tickets are $10 and available in the lounge. Tickets are limited to the first 100. For information, call (352) 597-7979 or visit

ZOO ANIMAL MANAGEMENT COURSE: The Florida International Teaching Zoo will offer a zoo animal management program starting in September. The course includes veterinary assistant certification.

The program will include academic lectures with hands-on experience with the teaching zoo animals. Lectures will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays and Mondays at the teaching zoo classroom in Bushnell. Lab times will be a minimum of one day each week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there will be one weekend public tour day each month.

Graduates will receive certification from the zoo. Past graduates have found employment at zoos, wildlife parks, veterinary clinics, wildlife rescue facilities, circuses, and state wildlife andgame departments.

Tuition is $1,000 per term (there are four terms), and are tax-deductible. Monthly payment plans may be arranged.

Class size is limited to 15 students, who must be 18 or older, in good health and free of any zoonotic diseases.

For information, call (352) 867-7788 and leave a message or send email to Visit the website at

Briefs from around Hernando County

07/31/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 8:29pm]
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