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Community events: From road paving to Little League registration


Register Online for little league

West Hernando Little League is conducting early online registration at

A discounted price is offered for those who register by Dec. 31. T-ball for ages 5-6 is $60; minor-major for ages 7-12 is $70 and junior-senior for ages 13-16 is $85.

WHLL offers co-ed baseball and girls' softball, located at 2313 Founder Road at Deltona Boulevard. For more information, call (352) 232-4671.


Micropaving project in Gulf Ridge Park

Hernando County Public Works Department announced that the following roads in Gulf Ridge Park will be micropaved, beginning this week:

Wildwood Drive, from West Street to East Avenue; Parrish Avenue, from Fort Dade Avenue to Oakdale Avenue; Suncrest Drive, from the west dead end to East Avenue; Oakdale Avenue, from West Street to East Avenue; Wildwood Drive, from Carter Road to West Street; Center Street, from Carter Road to West Street; Dan Lynn Street, from Wildwood Drive to Manecke Road; Rush Street, from west-east dead-end to Dan Lynn; and Carter Road, from Fort Dade Avenue to north of Wildwood Drive.

Access to homes will be maintained, but one-way traffic and brief delays should be expected in work areas. Micropaving is a pavement preservation process that applies a thin asphalt overlay to the roadway surface. Questions concerning the project should be directed to Hernando County Engineering Division at 754-4064, ext. 17013.


Program focuses on nails, manicures

Withlacoochee Technical Institute is accepting applications for the Nail Specialty Program that is scheduled to start Jan. 8 and run through May 20 at the institute, 1201 W Main St.

Specialized classroom and lab experiences will be provided for students to become proficient in a variety of nail applications, including acrylic sculptured nails using a form, applying wraps and gels, tips with overlays, fill-ins, removal of artificial nails, nail art, manicures and pedicures. Classes will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to noon every other Saturday.

The cost of the course is approximately $490. Books, lab fees and supplies are additional. A $75 nonrefundable deposit for the nail kit is required upon registration.

Scholarships are available for students who qualify. Payment for tuition, lab fee and kit deposit secures a spot in the class; registration is on a first-come basis.

For information, call (352) 726-2430.


Lessons in tennis, martial arts, baton

Hernando County Recreation offers the following programs:

• Tennis lessons, Wednesdays, at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. Classes for ages 9 through adult are at 5 p.m.; classes for ages 5-8 are at 6 p.m. The cost is $15 per class or $40 for four weeks. Olympic Tennis (not instructional, just drills), is offered 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $35 for four classes or $12.50 for one class.

• MACK Martial Arts with Master Mark McCabe, 8 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. Open to ages 14 through adult. The cost is $50 per month per student ($45 each for additional family members). The class teaches karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, boxing, wrestling and Muay Thai conditioning and agility training.

• Tai kwon do, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at various locations: Mondays at Delta Woods Park, Tuesdays at Westside Elementary School, Wednesdays at Deltona Elementary School, Thursdays at West Hernando Middle School and Fridays at Kennedy Park. The first lesson is free. The cost is $30 for the first month and $40 for additional months. The instructor is Master Simeon "Sam" Kinard.

• Baton lessons for ages 4 and older. Offered on Wednesdays at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill; and Thursdays at the Hernando Park Bandshell, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Class times vary.

• RAD Self Defense Strategies for girls in fourth through ninth grades, 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. The cost is $45 for first child, $30 each for mother or sister (mothers are encouraged to participate, but not required). The program teaches skills in how to react and defend against assault, how to handle and avoid bullies, conflict resolution and how to read hidden signs of danger.

For details and registration for any of the above classes, stop by the recreation office at 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville, or call (352) 754-4031.


Program provides services for youth

The Shiloh New Beginnings Pillar of Truth Ministries will host an event featuring its new nonprofit outreach program, Shiloh Problem Solvers, Dec. 29 at Kennedy Park, 875 Kennedy Blvd.

The program provides prevention, intervention and diversion services, along with educational services for young people and their families.

Programs that will be offered free include: drop-out prevention, sponsored by Parrott Middle School; drug prevention, sponsored by the Harbor; violence prevention, sponsored by the Dawn Center; and mentoring, sponsored by Wal-Mart Distribution Center, martial arts, Boy Scouts and other groups.

Program days include homework, make-up work and tutoring from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by a sandwich, snack and drink. From 4:30 to 5:15, a sponsor will provide a 45 minute lesson, followed by a group activity in the park from 5:15 to 6 p.m. On Fridays are dinner and a movie after homework is completed.

Sponsors are needed for the program. Platinum sponsorships are $250, gold sponsorships are $150 and silver sponsorships are $100. Sponsorships are tax-deductible. Checks are to be made payable to Shiloh New Beginnings Pillar of Truth Ministries. To become a sponsor or for further information about the program, call (352) 799-4633 or 796-5555.


Get ready for annual Cattle Barons' Ball

Hernando County's annual Cattle Barons' Ball to benefit the American Cancer Society will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.

The western party will feature entertainment and silent and live auctions. The goal of the event is to raise $60,000 to support Reaching Out to Cancer Kids.

Music will be provided by Rebound. There will be silent and live auctions, as well as a variety of games. Cancer society partnerships and sponsorship opportunities are available. Event tickets are $100 per person. For details, contact Jean Harberts, toll-free, at 1-800-940-1969, ext. 101, or e-mail To donate auction items, contact Kim Shephard-Schanti at (352) 597-6363.


A cappella group puts songs on men's lips

The Hernando Harmonizers invites area men to join the chorus. This is an a cappella group. Rehearsals are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. All written arrangements, training techniques and professional direction are provided. For information, call (352) 556-3936 or e-mail to


Learn how to keep weeds out of lawn

A free class, "Weed Prevention for Home Lawns," will be presented at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St. The speaker is John Korycki of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program. While most troublesome lawn weeds don't show until spring or summer, now is the time to plan control measures. Participants will learn the proper steps to take and the methods to use. No registration is required, but seating will be limited. For information, call (352) 754-4433.

Community events: From road paving to Little League registration 12/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:01pm]
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