Community Services board meets Jan. 7
The governing board of Mid-Florida Community Services will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 7 at 820 Kennedy Blvd.
People with disabilities needing auxiliary aids, services or any other assistance to participate in the meeting should contact the office at least one week in advance. There is no cost for this service. Call (352) 796-1425.
Hadassah symposium scheduled Jan. 26
West Hernando-Spring Hill Hadassah will host its annual educational symposium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St.
The topics will be "Will Green-Clean Energy Be Safe and Costly?" Speakers will include representatives from Progress Energy's nuclear plant in Crystal River, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative and the Pasco Health Department. There will be time allotted for questions.
A catered lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.
Hernando County residents are invited to attend. Tickets are $15 each, which includes lunch. Proceeds will be donated to the Hadassah Medical Organization.
Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 14. For information or tickets, call Fanny at (352) 683-6282 or Barbara at (352) 683-7269.
Loans available to fix run-down homes
Low-income homeowners in Hernando County who have homes that pose a threat to the health, safety or welfare of occupants, or that may not meet current health, fire and building codes, may be eligible for funding for repairs.
The Hernando County Housing Authority is accepting applications for housing repair and rehabilitation funding assistance to homeowners with very low incomes through the State Housing Initiative Program.
Qualified homeowners can receive zero-interest loans of up to $37,000 per home to assist with the cost of repairs.
To qualify, applicants must use the home as their primary residence and have a total gross household income less than $19,800 for one person, $22,600 for two people, $25,450 for three people or $28,250 for four people.
Mobile homes are not eligible. For information, call the Housing Authority at (352) 754-4160.
Kids can learn acting at recreation center
The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer acting classes for children ages 9 to 15. The workshops will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, starting Jan. 10, in the recreation building at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.
Instructors are Vince Vanni, Roberta Moger and Abby Dix. Vanni's students appear in area theater projects and have had parts in television and radio commercial spots. Dix, who holds a degree in communications from the University of South Florida, has extensive experience on the local stage and in television commercials. Moger specializes in musical education and has a doctorate in musical arts with a choral conducting major from the State University of New York in Stony Brook.
The cost is $35 per month (family discounts are available). For information or to register, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.
Classes available to help quit smoking
The Hernando County Health Department will offer its Freedom from Smoking classes in January at the department's office at 15470 Flight Path Drive, off Spring Hill Drive, south of Brooksville.
There will be an orientation at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Sessions will follow from 4:30 to 6 p.m. each Tuesday thereafter through Feb. 24. An additional meeting on Feb. 5 will be the 48-hour follow-up to Quit Day on Feb. 3.
Anyone wanting to quit smoking is encouraged to attend the orientation. Freedom from Smoking is an American Lung Association program and is offered free through a grant from the Florida Department of Health.
For information or to register for the program, call Becky Martin at (352) 540-6848.
SPCA breakfast to benefit animal shelter
The SPCA of Hernando County will have a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Moose Lodge 521, 5214 Mariner Blvd.
The breakfast, sponsored by Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 521, will offer a variety of menu choices. Prices will vary. Proceeds will benefit the animals at the SPCA shelter at 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville. For information, call (352) 686-5666.
Knights of Columbus variety show Jan. 31
Knights of Columbus Council 11317 will host a variety show starring Homer Noodleman at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.
Light refreshments will be served during intermission. Seating is limited. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the parish office. For information, call Tony Maccaquano at (352) 666-8149.