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Briefs: Poker run Saturday benefits Humane Society of the Nature Coast


MDA joins firefighters in Fill-the-Boot Drive

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has partnered with Hernando County and Spring Hill firefighters for the annual Fill-the-Boot Drive to raise funds and public awareness on the disease.

MDA representatives, along with Hernando County Fire Fighters Local 3760 and Spring Hill Fire Fighters Local 2794 and families served by MDA will kick off the drive at 9 a.m. today in front of the Hernando County Courthouse, 20 N Main St.

Firefighters will participate in the Fill-the-Boot drive at various intersections throughout May and June. Hernando County firefighters will be collecting donations on Friday and Saturday, as well as May 8-9. Spring Hill firefighters will be collecting donations on May 22-23, 29-30 and June 5-6.

For information, call Amber Saltzman, MDA program coordinator, at (727) 577-1700.


Computer Club moves; classes free in May

The Hernando Computer Club is moving its operations, starting Friday, to Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive.

The club will have a grand opening celebration throughout May, when all classes will be offered free and no membership is required. For a list of upcoming classes and programs, visit or call (352) 592-0070.


Clerk plans passport fairs before new rules

Hernando County Clerk of Circuit Court will have passport fairs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9 at the Clerk's Recording Division office at 161 E Jefferson St., Brooksville, and at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

The event is to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.

Starting June 1, U.S. citizens must present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry.

Those who wish to submit a passport application during the fair must bring their birth certificate (original with raised seal), driver's license, two passport photos, and a check or money order payable to the U.S. Department of State.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a passport book and/or card and application forms are available online at or by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

For information on the local passport fairs, call (352) 540-6382.


Boots and Pearls Ball a youth shelter benefit

Youth and Family Alternatives will sponsor the fourth-annual Boots and Pearls Ball at 6 p.m. June 20 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.

The event will include live entertainment by Wiley Fox, an old-fashioned barbecue by Bear's Monster Grill and a silent auction.

Tickets are $60 per person. Table sponsorships are available, starting at $1,000. Business card ads start at $100.

Proceeds benefit YFA's New Beginnings Youth Shelter in Brooksville, which helps runaway and at-risk children in Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties.

Volunteers also are needed to help complete the planning of this event. To volunteer for a committee, purchase tickets, sponsorships, or for a tour of the facility, call the shelter at (352) 797-7566. Visit the Web site at


Household hazardous waste collection set

Hernando County Commission and Solid Waste and Recycling Division will have a household hazardous waste collection day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the East Hernando Convenience Center, 33070 Cortez Blvd.

EQ of Florida will accept household hazardous waste at no cost from Hernando County residents. Small businesses can also bring their waste, but will be charged at the same rate called for in the county's contract. Checks are to be made payable to EQ.

For information, call (352) 754-4112.


Letter carriers pick up food donations May 9

United Way of Hernando County has teamed with the Letter Carriers of Hernando County for the annual Letter Carrier Food Drive in Hernando County on May 9.

The Letter Carriers of Hernando County will send Publix shopping bags to county residents' mailboxes. Residents are encouraged to fill the bags with nonperishable food and canned goods, and placed next to their mailbox May 9 before the time of their regular mail delivery. Food should be in nonbreakable containers, such as boxes and cans.

Collected food will be distributed to 25 nonprofit food pantries in Hernando County.

Those wanting to help with the drive can contact the United Way of Hernando County at (352) 688-2026.


Committee on local mitigation to meet

Hernando County Local Mitigation Strategy Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. May 7 at the Hernando County Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd.

The purpose of the meeting is to organize the LMSC to work on the update of the Local Mitigation Strategy for Hernando County. The plan must be resubmitted for approval to the Federal Emergency Management Agency every five years.

The public is welcome to help review the plan and provide advice on projects and priorities. For information, call (352) 754-4083. Those with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate should call Theresa Hill at the number above; those hearing impaired can call toll-free 1-800-676-3777 for assistance.


Mother's Day dinner, dance at Polish Club

The Polish American Social Club of Pasco County will have a Mother's Day Dinner Dance on May 10 at the clubhouse, 7615 New Jersey Ave. Doors open at 12:15 p.m.

The dinner choice is breaded pork chop or chicken cordon bleu, which will be served from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Music will be provided by Music By Jeanne from 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. A full-service bar is available.

Tickets are $12 for members and $14 for nonmembers. Proper dance attire is requested. For reservations or information, call Dolores at (352) 596-4802 or Josephine at (727) 862-1520.


Free prekindergarten program for summer

St. Andrew's Pre School, 2301 Deltona Blvd., will offer a summer Voluntary Pre Kindergarten program.

This is a state-funded program offered at no cost to children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1.

The program will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays throughout the summer.

Registrations for the fall VPK program, for children who will be 4 by Sept. 1, also are being accepted. For information, call Geri at (352) 683-7013.


Belk's Spring Charity Sale set for Saturday

Belk Department Store will host the annual Spring Charity Sale from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the store at 13151 Cortez Blvd.

The event is to benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations. Participating local charities are selling tickets for $5. Ticketholders then receive a ticket admitting them to the charity sale and entitling them to merchandise discounts ranging from 20 to 50 percent. Customers also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double points for card purchases.

Shoppers can also register to win one of four $1,000 Belk shopping sprees, and all participating charities and schools will be registered to win a $1,000 donation (three will be awarded).

For information or to register, call Chris Tracy, store manager, at 592-1515, ext. 201.


Training, update class for weather watchers

The National Weather Service will conduct a Skywarn weather training and update class at 7 p.m. May 27 at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St.

This free two-hour class will certify participants as a NWS Weather Spotter (local weather observer) for a three-year period.

The class is sponsored by the Spring Hill Amateur Radio Club and the National Weather Service office in Ruskin. There are no obligations and all training materials are provided.

The class is open to anyone interested; participants do not need to be ham radio operators.

Those attending should bring their own paper and a pencil or pen for taking notes. To sign up or for information, call Dave Millendorf (KB3GYN) at (352) 650-0023 or e-mail flastorm


Scuba lessons for kids, adults at YMCA

Scuba lessons for adults and youths 12 and older will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting May 5, at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd.

The course includes six class and pool sessions.

Participants must be in good physical health. Upon completion, participants will be certified as open-water scuba divers.

The cost is $120 for YMCA facility and program members, $140 for nonmembers. There is also a fee of $60 for the use of scuba equipment, payable to the instructor on the first day. Participants must have their own mask, fins and snorkel.

Call the Y at (352) 688-9622. For questions regarding the scuba lessons, call the instructors: Jack Farrell at (727) 861-3483 or toll-free at 1-800-633-1633, or Mark Butler at (352) 214-1171.


Arc Nature Coast run, walk benefit May 23

The Arc Nature Coast will sponsor the third-annual Spring Lake 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk at 8 a.m. May 23 on the Arc grounds at 5283 Neff Lake Road, east of Brooksville. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the Fun Walk. T-shirts are guaranteed to those who register by May 8. All proceeds will go to the Arc Nature Coast, which serves developmentally disabled Hernando County residents and their families.

Register online at and searching for Spring Lake 5K. For information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or e-mail or visit www.thearc-nature


Get Buff Ladies Boot Camp to start again

Hernando County Recreation is offering two sessions of its Get Buff Ladies Boot Camp, which are to begin next week at Anderson Snow Park on Anderson Snow Road.

A morning session will be at 6 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting May 4; the cost is $179 for the 12-class session. An evening session will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting May 5; the cost is $119 for the eight-class session.

To register, call (352) 428-6368 or e-mail For information, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.


Volunteers needed to assist seniors

Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) seeks volunteers in Hernando County.

SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs that provides free, unbiased counseling to Medicare recipients. Volunteers help seniors and those about to turn 65 to answer their Medicare questions and resolve problems, make informed choices about their health plans, save money on their prescription medications and learn about Medicaid programs for which they may be eligible.

Those wishing to become volunteers will receive comprehensive training at no cost in June. Mileage expenses will be reimbursed and lunch will be provided.

Basic computer skills are needed and bilingual individuals are encouraged to apply. For information on volunteering with SHINE, call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-262-2243.


Register now to golf in animal shelter benefit

A golf tournament to benefit the Hernando County SPCA will be May 16 at Rivard Golf and Country Club, 18000 Rivard Blvd., off U.S. 41, south of Brooksville.

The event will have a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The format will be a four-player scramble. The cost is $45 for golf and lunch. Prizes will be awarded for the longest putt, best scores and closest to the pin.

Registration is limited to 128 golfers. The deadline to register is May 13.

Hole sponsorships are available for $50.

All funds raised will benefit the animals at the SPCA's no-kill shelter. For a registration form or information, call Rivard at (352) 796-1410 or Chuck Kasey at (352) 666-1697.


Performing arts guild selling season tickets

The Hernando Performing Arts Guild is selling season tickets for the 2009-10 season.

Season tickets are $70 if purchased before Friday; the cost is $80 if purchased after May 1. Individual show tickets are $25.

All concerts will be at the Hernando Performing Arts Center at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and shows are at 7 p.m.

Concerts include:

• Hot Latin Rhythms, Nov. 6

• The New Dawn Singers (Christmas program), Dec. 5

• The Vogues, Jan. 16

• A Tribute to Neil Diamond, starring Jay White, Feb. 19

• Mark & Clark, March 20

For tickets or information, call the hotline at (352) 799-5577.

Poker run benefits animals at shelter

A Cruising for Critters Poker Run to benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast will be Saturday. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the run starts at 10 a.m. at AAA, Spring Hill office, 1410 Pinehurst Drive (Publix plaza at Commercial Way).

Breakfast and lunch is provided to participants, along with live entertainment and door prizes. There is no registration fee; participants purchase poker hands. Discounts on scorecards available to those who preregister online by noon Friday at www. Sponsorships are available. Call (352) 683-3446, ext. 2442.

Learn how to prep your yard for storms

Hernando County Utilities and Citizens for Water will host the final session of the 2008-09 Hernando County Water Awareness Series from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the utilities office, 21030 Cortez Blvd.

The topic is "Hurricane Preparedness and Preparing Your Landscape for Hurricane Season." Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend. Call (352) 754-4037.

Briefs: Poker run Saturday benefits Humane Society of the Nature Coast 04/27/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 27, 2009 8:33pm]
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