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Community news: babysitting and CPR classes

LEARN HULA HOOP DANCE: The Hernando County Recreation Department offers a Hula Hoop dance class from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Fridays at the Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.

The class is open to adults and children age 6 and older. Participants will learn technical moves and tricks with freestyle and technical dancing. Heavier and larger in diameter than the classic Hula Hoop, these hoops provide a diverse art form, including rhythmic gymnastics, hip-hop freestyle dance, fire dance, twirling and other dance movement forms.

The cost is $30 for three classes. The cost for adult hoops is $30; child hoops are $20.

For information, call (352) 754-4031.

BABYSITTING COURSE: The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer a babysitting course, sponsored by the American Heart Association, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29 in the recreation facility at Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. The class is for youths ages 11 to 18.

The class will teach what babysitters need to know and what parents want in a safe and responsible sitter. Topics include caring for children and infants; being a good leader and role model; making good decisions and solving problems; keeping children and sitters safe; handling emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents; and writing resumes and interviewing for jobs.

The cost is $50, which includes a book and certifications in babysitting, CPR and general first-aid basics, good for two years.

A minimum of eight students must be preregistered and pay in advance in order to have the class. Call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or instructor Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664, or visit the website at cprresq.com.

CPR CLASS OFFERED: The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer the American Heart Association's CPR adult, infant and child/AED (automated external defibrillator) course from 6 to 9 p.m. June 29 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. A full course, which includes first aid, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 6.

The courses are intended for certified or noncertified and licensed or unlicensed health care professionals, as well as the general public.

Participants will receive a certification card, good for two years. The cost is $40 for the CPR/AED class, or $60 for the full class.

To register, call Julie Stack at (352) 346-0463 or the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.

INTERFAITH GROUP SEEKS DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS: People Helping People of Hernando is seeking volunteers and donations to help with its various programs.

The all-volunteer, nonprofit interfaith group offers the following programs:

• Sunday Blessings serves free meals to people in need from 4 to 5:30 p.m. each Sunday at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. Approximately 100 homeless or needy people are fed each week. Also provided are free clothing, groceries, bread and desserts, transportation assistance and referrals to other help organizations.

• Weekend Blessings provides weekend food throughout the school year to 400 selected children from needy families in Hernando County. PHP hopes to expand the program to 600 children.

• Senior Blessings supports a local food pantry and also provides supplemental groceries to 50 poverty-level seniors living in a subsidized housing project in Brooksville.

These groups are supported by a volunteer base and rely on community support through monetary donations from individuals, businesses, faith organizations, clubs and other groups. Volunteers may also help by preparing and serving a meal entree at the Sunday dinners.

Checks may be mailed to: People Helping People, P.O. Box 6182, Spring Hill, FL 34611. For information, call (352) 686-4466 or visit phpinhc.org.

QUILT RAFFLE BENEFITS CHARITY: Tickets are available for a quilt raffle to benefit Lea's Prayers and Postage.

The quilt, worth $800, was handcrafted at the Foothills Crafts Shop in Manchester, Tenn. The quilt, donated by Maggie Beck, has never been used and is kept in a Sterilite container. Tickets cost $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be July 4. Contact Dee Mills at [email protected]

Lea's Prayers and Postage is a nonprofit organization that provides postage for packages sent to troops overseas. Visit the website at leasprayersandpostage.com.

Community news: babysitting and CPR classes 06/21/12 [Last modified: Thursday, June 21, 2012 7:35pm]
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