Learn about Rotary at Visitors Day event
The Brooksville Rotary Club Membership Committee will host a Visitors Day at noon Tuesday at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive (off Croom Road).
The speaker will be Rotary district trainer and motivational speaker Anthony J. Palumbo, who will discuss "Rotary's Mission is YOU!"
Seating limited. RSVP to Terry Weaver at (352) 796-9891.
The Rotary is an organization of business and professional people who provide humanitarian service. The key mission is to serve the community and those in need throughout the world. Visit the local Rotary's website at brooksvillerotary.org.
Free class offers tips on shooing bad bugs
A free class, Intelligent Pest Management, will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive.
The speaker is urban horticulture agent Jim Moll, who will discuss how to effectively rid your landscape of bug problems.
No registration is needed, but seating is limited. Call (352) 754-4433.
Emergency response needs volunteers
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management needs volunteers 18 and older to join the Hernando County Community Emergency Response Team.
CERT volunteers receive training 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 might be delayed.
The next training class will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 1 through Dec. 6, at the Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd. The program will conclude with a disaster drill on Dec. 7.
All training, materials and equipment will be provided at no cost.
Previous emergency experience is not required. Those interested can call Richard Russell at (352) 754-4083 or e-mail rrussell @hernandosheriff.org. Applications are also available online at hernandosheriff.org/em (click on the CERT link).
Church thrift store adds furniture shop
Karen's Kit & Kaboodle Thrift Shop at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church has announced the grand opening of its new furniture storage building at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 30 at 2301 Deltona Blvd.
The thrift shop will offer a wide variety of furniture, from chairs to electric organs to wall units, plus artwork.
Call (352) 683-2010.
Ride raises money for landfill opponents
A Trail Ride for the Preservation of the Croom Forest will be Nov. 7 at Diamond B Ranch, 21309 Kettering Road, east of Brooksville. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the ride starts at 10 a.m.
Riders and their horses can walk through private property in Pasco and Hernando counties that is not open to the public. Lunch will be provided back at the ranch after the ride.
A current negative Coggins test is required and will be checked at the gate. Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult and wear a helmet.
The cost is $25 for riders who register in advance, or $30 on the day of the ride. Lunch is included in the cost, but register for lunch in advance. To RSVP for lunch, call (352) 754-1759.
Funds raised will benefit the Citizens Preservation Fund, a group of local residents who started a campaign against the pending 26-acre landfill site on the southern edge of the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.
For advance registration dates and locations, call (352) 754-1759 or (813) 220-8459. Visit the website at citizenspreservationfund.com.
Two free seminars look at elder issues
The St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 will present two free seminars, "Medicaid for Long Term Care" and "Liquidating a Loved One's Home," from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 in Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd.
"Medicaid for Long Term Care" will be presented by elder law attorney Amanda Wolf, who will answer the following questions: What does Medicaid pay for? What are the Medicaid asset limits and income limits? Will Medicare pay for long-term care? Do you have to be poor to qualify for Medicaid? Do you have to spend down your assets to qualify? Can you give your assets away and qualify for Medicaid?
"Liquidating a Loved One's Home" will be presented by Dale Smrekar, a certified personal property appraiser and professional estate liquidator. He will provide information on the use of auction houses for high-end items; securing the residence; looking for the money; the search of papers; identifying the valuables; and conducting a proper estate sale.
Smrekar will also discuss an actual case where a painting was identified, secured and sold at the proper auction house for $35,000, which allowed the owner to pay for a year's worth of assisted living expenses.
Call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767.