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DRIVER SAFETY CLASSES: The following AARP Driver Safety Program classes will be offered in January. The six-hour class costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP cards):

• 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 3 and 10, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 596-9193 to register.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 7 and 9, Oak Hill Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 596-9193 to register.

• Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 8 and 10, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forrest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 688-2486 to register.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 9 (one-day class), Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Brooksville Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Call (352) 683-6840 to register.

• Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 556-3050 to register.

ITALIAN BUSINESS GROUP FORMS: Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502 has formed the Italian-American Business Committee. The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville. The committee is open to any member of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America. Members are professionals and others involved in business. The committee may become an employment resource as well as a resource for those who need marketing for hobbies and crafts. Those who are not members of the Sons of Italy are welcome to join, but must become members of a lodge at some point. To RSVP, send email to For information, contact Dennis McKenna at (352) 584-7023 or, or Vince Vanni at (352) 797-9199 or

FLEA MARKET: The Nature Coast 9.12 Groups will host their annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at Hardee's, 6292 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. A rain date is set for Jan. 13. For information, call Maureen at (352) 597-6756.

TAKE A TOUR OF INVERNESS: The Citrus County Historical Society will offer guided walking tours of historic downtown Inverness starting at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11 and beginning at the old Courthouse Heritage Museum, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. Those taking the escorted tour will learn about the history of Inverness, while experiencing small-town charm. The cost is $5 per person; $2 for children 15 and younger. Proceeds will go to the Citrus County Historical Society. Participants should assemble by 10:15 a.m. Reservations are required. Group size is a maximum of eight persons per tour, with no more than one child under 16 per adult. For reservations, call Karl Seidman at (352) 344-1531.

ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE MEETING: The annual meeting of the Hernando County legislative delegation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28 in the commission chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Those wishing to speak before the delegation on appropriations or general issues must sign up by Jan. 21. Contact Paula Cirnigliaro in Rep. Robert Schenck's office at or (352) 688-5005.

TOWN HALL MEETING: Hernando County Administrator Len Sossamon will host his next town hall meeting from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Spring Lake United Methodist Church, 4191 Spring Lake Highway, Spring Lake. The format will be an open forum, with no scheduled presentation by Hernando County staffers. Residents will be able to speak about whatever issues concern or interest them. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to complete the citizens survey online at For information, call (352) 540-6780.

KIDS MARATHON: Oak Hill Hospital and Five Points of Life Foundation is hosting a "Five Points of Life Kids Marathon." The goal is for children who are in kindergarten through the eighth grade to walk 25 miles. It is done a little bit at a time, with participants logging mileage as they go. On April 6, participants will gather for a celebration run or walk of 1.2 miles to complete the marathon. It will start at 9 a.m. at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. All participants will receive a T-shirt and will earn a medal at the finish line. There is no cost to participate for those who sign up by March 1. For information or registration forms, go online to or contact Jay Eckert at (352) 224-1623 or, or Tom Davis at (352) 622-3544 or

CHARITY WALK WITH CANINES: A charity walk/run with dogs to benefit Kathi's K9s Dog Rescue will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. Walkers, runners and sponsors are invited to participate. T-shirts will be provided for participants who preregister before Feb. 3. The cost is $25, with funds raised to benefit the dogs and puppies at the facility. For a registration form or for information, contact Kathi's K9s at (352) 596-1214.

VETERINARIAN ASSISTANT COURSE: The Florida International Teaching Zoo will offer a 14-week veterinary assistant certification lecture program from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 15, at the Villages Lifelong Learning Center at the Villages High School, 275 Buffalo Trail. Lecture topics include veterinary aspects of diseases, emergency situations, nutrition, taxonomy, internal and external parasites and client management skills. Laboratory skill classes will cover bandaging and fecal parasite analysis. Species covered include dogs and cats, zoo animals, horses and pet birds. Tests will be given. Upon completion, students will receive certification as a veterinary assistant. The cost for the program with full certification is $520. All fees are tax deductible and will benefit the teaching zoo's facility in Bushnell. To register or for information, call (352) 753-3035 or (352) 867-7788. Visit

BATTLE REENACTMENT: The 33rd annual reenactment of Dade's Battle will be Jan. 5 and 6 at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. Grounds open at 9 a.m. each day, with the battle reenactment at 2 p.m. The event marks the 177th anniversary of the battle, when Maj. Francis Dade and 105 men were killed, setting off the Second Seminole War. There will be period soldier, Seminole and civilian camps; a sutler trade fair; historic arts and crafts demonstrations; full-scale cannon firing, tree cutting and barricade building; musket shooting; tomahawk throwing; and primitive archery. Admission is $5; free for children ages 5 and younger. There is a $2 parking fee per vehicle. Call (352) 793-4781.

HEALTH PROGRAM TO SHED POUNDS: The county Recreation Department is accepting registration for the next Hernando Health Experience. Initial check-in will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at GIME Fitness, 19832 County Line Road, Spring Hill. The final check-in will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23. The 10-week program is designed to motivate, educate and support individuals and families seeking healthier lives. There are no special foods or medications. Participants can meet for workouts, scavenger hunts and other planned events and can take advantage of menu planning, nutritional information and cooking videos. The cost is $35. Those who complete the 10 weeks and show up for the final check-in will receive a refund of half the registration fee. For information or to register, visit or call Kim at (352) 428-6368 or the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.

Community news 12/25/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 6:12pm]
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