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Classes help families of mentally ill cope


Classes help families of mentally ill cope

The National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando is offering a free "Family to Family" class. This is a 12-week series that will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, starting Jan. 21, at the Beautiful Mind Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, in the Brothers I and II Plaza.

Classes are aimed at helping families who are struggling with a loved one's illness. Themes are educational, supportive and understanding. Seats are limited.

For information or to reserve a seat, call Brenda at (352) 666-9650.


A 'naughty but nice' evening of tales

An evening of storytelling with local author Jerry Cowling will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Hill House Bed and Breakfast, 406 E Liberty St.

Cowling will tell "naughty but nice" stories of human foibles and talking chihuahuas. This is an adult event; subject matter may be too mature for those younger than 18.

Refreshments will be served. For information, call (352)345-4466.


Gospel jam to rock the bluegrass, country

A Bluegrass and Country Gospel Jam will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 9 in the fellowship hall next to Faith Fellowship Church, 19255 Campground Road, off Cobb Road.

All ages are welcome to sing, play an instrument or just listen. Light refreshments will be served.

Those wishing to play an instrument should arrive at 1:30 p.m. to set up.

There is no cost to attend or participate. For information, call (352) 796-6589 or e-mail to


Emergency aid techniques taught

Emergency aid training will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 9 at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd.

Participants will learn how to perform CPR on an adult, infant and child; recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke; relieve foreign-body airway obstruction; and use an automated external defibrillator.

The cost is $30 for YMCA facility members and $40 for all others. The cost includes the CPR/AED book and certification card at the completion of class.

Class size is limited to 10 participants. Call Lisa Cunningham at (352) 688-9622.


Garage sale will benefit Relay for Life

A fundraiser garage sale for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will start at 8 a.m. Jan. 9 at Day Spring Presbyterian Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to provide the Spring Hill Relay for Life's cancer survivor's dinner. The Spring Hill Relay will be April 16-17 at Nature Coast Technical High School.

Donations of nonperishable food will also be accepted to stock the food pantry at Day Spring Presbyterian. For information, call (352) 503-6405.


Senior Citizen Expo set for Wednesday

The Encor Academy at Pasco-Hernando Community College will host a Senior Citizens Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the PHCC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road.

The free event will include the following mini-seminars: Getting to Know Your Computer at 10 a.m., Digital Photography at 10:30 a.m., Social networking at 11 a.m., Cooking 101 at 11:30 a.m., Artistic Design at noon, Hatha Yoga at 12:30 p.m.; choice of either Family Tree Surgeon or Basics of Acting at 1 p.m.; choice of Thoughts Become Things or Unique Card Creations at 1:30 p.m.; and the choice of either Homemade Health and Beauty or Creative Writing at 2 p.m. Seating will be limited.

Area agencies and businesses will offer information on their services, such as Career Central, Senior Home Companions, Arbonne International, Florida Poison Information, Area Agency on Aging and others.

The Encore Academy provides educational opportunities to individuals 50 and older. For information, call PHCC toll-free at 1-877-TRY-PHCC (879-7422) or visit


Library will screen 'Nights in Rodanthe'

The Hernando County Public Library System will have a free showing of the film, Nights in Rodanthe, at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.

The film stars Diane Lane as Adrienne, a women deciding whether to stay in her unhappy marriage, and Richard Gere as Paul, a doctor who is traveling to reconcile with his estranged son. When Paul checks into an inn at a North Carolina beach town where Adrienne is staying, a life-changing romance ensues.

The movie is rated PG-13. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required. For information, call (352) 540-6391.


Church sponsoring dinner and a movie

Ridge Manor United Methodist Church will host an "Evening Out" Jan. 8 at the church, 34350 Cortez Blvd.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and a movie will follow at 7:15 p.m.

There is no cost to watch the movie. Dinner is $10 per person.

Dinner reservations are required by Monday. Call Sandy Pritts at (813) 323-2773 or the church at (352) 583-3770.

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