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Brooksville board accepting nominations for property improvement awards

NOMINATE YOUR PROPERTY IMPROVEMENTS: The city of Brooksville's Beautification Board is taking nominations for the Margaret R. Ghiotto Residential and Commercial Improvement Awards through Sept. 28. The awards are presented to city homeowners and businesses in recognition of improvements made to their properties.

Forms are available online at (select the "Downloads" tab, then "Board Agendas and Minutes").

For information, contact Lindsay Morgan at (352) 540-3810 or

LEARN CPR: A CPR/automated external defibrillator class will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, in the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville.

The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health-care providers, but anyone may participate.

The cost is $20. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Call (352) 597-8875.

SUPPORT FOR HOMESCHOOLERS: Home Circle of Hernando, a homeschool support group, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Community Bible Church, 5041 Griffin Road, south of Brooksville.

Before the meeting, there will be an orientation at 6 p.m. for new and prospective homeschoolers.

The meeting will include speaker Brenda Dickinson of the Home Education Foundation, who, with her late husband, Craig, was instrumental in the legalization of homeschooling, as well as providing homeschool students with tuition-free dual enrollment at colleges and the ability to participate in sports and music at local high schools.

For information, visit home hernando or send email to Kelli Howell at

BIKE RIDE FOR CHARITY: The Brooksville Cycling Classic will kick off with an event for non-racers, a 5-mile charity fundraising ride, at 9 a.m. Oct. 20.

The ride will start at the race's start/finish line at Liberty and Main streets in downtown Brooksville and include the completed section of the Good Neighbor Trail.

The ride leaders will be Hernando Times columnist Dan DeWitt and Brooksville City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha.

The entry fee is $5, all of which will go to the Arc Nature Coast, the Hernando County Family YMCA scholarship fund and Operation HEARTFelt.

The classic's road races will take place on Oct. 21 in the Spring Lake area.

For information, visit Brooksville Cycling Classic on Facebook or pick up entries at Brooksville Bicycles, 20120 Cortez Blvd., (352) 593-4176, or at Get Healthy Brooksville, 1254 S. Broad St., (352) 796-9798.

CONTROLLED BURNS CONTINUE: The Southwest Florida Water Management District will continue to conduct controlled, prescribed burns in the Weekiwachee Preserve through the end of September.

Approximately 250 acres will be burned in small, manageable units.

The burns are part of routine maintenance of lands managed by the district to avoid uncontrolled wildfires and enhance the area's natural conditions.

Burns will be conducted only when weather conditions are favorable. Efforts will be made to ensure that smoke will not affect homes or highways, but motorists should use caution in cases when smoke reduces visibility.

For information, call (352) 796-7211 or toll-free 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4467.

MOVIES AT THE LIBRARY: The Hernando County Public Library System will have the following free movie showings at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West:

Real Steel, 2 p.m. Tuesday. Starring Hugh Jackman as a robot boxing promoter forced to spend time with the 11-year-old son he didn't know he had. Rated PG-13.

Pirates! Band of Misfits, 1 p.m. Sept. 22. The children's animated feature, rated PG, features the voices of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman and Brendan Gleeson.

The free showings, sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County, include popcorn and movie trivia.

LEARN TO WRITE GRANTS: Communities in School of Hernando County will offer a grant-writing workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

The class will be taught by Barbara Sweinberg, who has more than 35 years of experience writing grants.

Participants will learn the basics of finding and writing grants for a nonprofit organization.

The cost to participate is $50, with check or money order payable to Communities in Schools of Hernando County. RSVP to or call (352) 277-3322.

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