Coast Guard Auxiliary hold boating classes
The Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., will offer the following classes:
• Hernando Beach Coastal Navigation, 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 21. Participants learn how to navigate the area through the use of charts, instruments used in plotting courses and a compass. Practical exercises on development of routes on the coast of Hernando Beach will be conducted. The cost is $15.
• Boating Skills and Seamanship, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, March 18 to May 6. This is the auxiliary's premier eight-week boating course that covers trailering, safety, navigation and rules, radio, weather, Florida law and other topics. The cost is $50, which includes text material.
• Radio/Digital Selective Calling, 7 to 9 p.m. March 21. This is a free program that will allow participants to learn about this new technology for safety. The class includes information on DSC radios, Rescue 21 and Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon.
• Navigating with GPS, 9 a.m. to noon March 28. Participants learn how to use the Global Positioning System to get to a destination and back safely. The cost is $35, which includes a text on use of a GPS.
To reserve a seat or for information on any of the above classes, call Cathy MacAllister at (352) 754-1104.
The auxiliary also offers free vessel safety checks. The checks can be done wherever the boat is kept. For an appointment, call Jackie at (352) 666-7239.
Visit the local auxiliary's Web site at a0701508.uscgaux.info.
Deadline coming to apply for FEMA funding
Thursday is the deadline for agencies to apply to receive funds for their emergency food and shelter programs.
Through a national board headed by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, Hernando County will receive more than $117,742 to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies.
The local board charged to distribute funds includes representatives from United Way of Hernando County, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Community Action Agencies, Church Organizations, Family Service America agencies, governmental agencies, homeless advocates and Jewish organizations.
Under the terms of the grant, local agencies wishing to receive funds must:
• Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government
• Have an accounting system
• Practice nondiscrimination
• Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
• If they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.
Qualifying agencies are urged to apply; application deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. Applications are available at United Way of Hernando County, 4042 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (352) 688-2026.
PHCC to offer CPR class, AIDS seminar
Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer the following continuing education classes at the Spring Hill Center, 11245 Spring Hill Drive:
• AIDS Seminar, 6 to 10 p.m. March 10. Another class will be on April 7.
• CPR, 6 to 9 p.m. March 27 and 24. Another class will be offered April 14 and 21.
The following class will be offered at the PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville:
• Microsoft Office Professional/Intro, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, March 10-26.
For course details or to register for a class, call the Spring Hill Center at (352) 688-8798 or the North Campus at (352) 796-6726.
New nonprofit looking for board members
A new nonprofit organization, Cornerstone Charities, is seeking individuals interested in joining its board of directors.
The organization is family-oriented and will focus on after-school, weekend and school break activities for area youth. It will also incorporate activities for adults and seniors. All programs are educational and recreational.
The organization is seeking those with prior nonprofit experience, professionals and other individuals with skills or hobbies. Positions include vice president, secretary, treasurer, computer graphics imaging director, art director, space/science director, natural science director, musical arts director and fundraising/financial director.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mike Minor at (727) 871-3955 between 5 and 7 p.m.
Gardening program seeking volunteers
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service is seeking new applicants for the 2009 Master Gardener's volunteer program.
The program is open to anyone with a strong interest in gardening, the time to volunteer and a desire to share wise gardening practices with others.
An in-depth 12-week training program will start April 12 and will include topics such as garden pest management, proper pruning, composting, vegetable gardening and citrus. The cost is $135, which includes all reference books and materials.
Master Gardeners must volunteer 75 hours of service their first year and participate in at least 10 hours of continuing education. After the first year, 35 volunteer hours are required per year.
Those wishing to become Master Gardeners must attend a free mandatory "get acquainted" session at 9 a.m. March 5 or at 3 p.m. March 12. Registration is requested to attend this free informational session. Call (352) 754-4433.
Nutrition Association planning flea market
Hernando County School Nutrition Association will host its annual flea market from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the scholarship fund for a culinary arts student. To reserve a space or for information, call Patti White at (352) 797-7015, ext. 205, or Fran Thomas at (352) 797-7067, ext. 205.
Annual craft show is next weekend
The Citrus County Craft Council will host the 19th annual Spring Fling Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Crystal River National Guard Armory on Venable Street, off U.S. 19.
The event will include numerous crafters selling products such as stained glass art, painted glass, ceramics, floral arrangements, handcrafted cards and jewelry, wood work, porcelain dolls and more. Each crafter has donated an item to be raffled, with raffles being drawn every half hour during the show.
Refreshments will be available throughout the day from the National Guard Armory Family Support Group.
The show is to benefit the Humanitarians of Florida, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to relieving the suffering of animals. The program includes a spay and neuter program, adoption network, emergency medical care assistance and participates in Citrus County's "Meals on Wheels for Pets."
For information, call Ruth Rausch at (352) 726-1991.
College symphonic band coming to town
The Augustana Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive.
The 70-member band from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., is one of the oldest college musical organizations, founded in 1874.
Admission is free, but a goodwill offering will be accepted. For information, call (352) 683-9016.
Fashion show tickets on sale to aid hospice
Tickets are now available for the fourth annual fashion show to benefit Hernando-Pasco Hospice, which will be 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 7 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.
The event, which is sponsored by Fine Lines Boutique, will feature a new line of clothing that is made from bamboo, which is a soft, natural fiber that breathes and wears well with Florida's climate. Clothing made of other fabrics will also be modeled. The show will emphasize spring and summer attire, featuring brilliant colors.
The show will feature a preview of everything from casual chic, sport and resort wear to cocktail dresses and full-length gowns. Fine Lines carries sizes in petites, misses and women's.
The event also will include a luncheon, silent auction, entertainment and giveaways.
Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at Fine Lines at 1361 Kass Circle in Spring Hill, or call (352) 666-8843.