Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

Computer classes, Fur Ball help, parties, etc.

COMPUTER CLASS AVAILABLE: The Hernando County Public Library System will offer a free beginner's computer class for adults from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The YMCA community center has six computers available for students. All students will be able to follow along from the instructor's laptop.

Space is limited, and registration is required. To sign up, call (352) 754-4043 or visit

JOIN ALZHEIMER'S BOARD: The Alzheimer's Family Organization is seeking individuals to join its board of directors. Members meet every other month and may donate as much or as little time as desired.

The nonprofit Alzheimer's group serves Central Florida, including Hernando, Citrus, Lake, northern Hillsborough, northern Pinellas, Pasco, southern Marion and Sumter counties.

To learn more, call the organization's office at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.

SUPPORT FOR HOMESCHOOLERS: The Home Circle of Hernando, a homeschool support group, will have its first meeting of the 2012-13 school year at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Community Bible Church, 5041 Griffin Road, south of Brooksville. Before the meeting, there will be an orientation at 6 p.m. for new and prospective homeschoolers.

The meeting will include information about art, dance, music and sports opportunities for homeschoolers. Burt Harres of Pasco-Hernando Community College will provide information about dual enrollment. Representatives from area businesses and organizations will also be on hand.

For more information, visit circleofhernando or email Kelli Howell at [email protected]

FUR BALL SPONSORS NEEDED: The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is seeking sponsors for its ninth annual Fur Ball, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill.

Sponsorships start at $250, which includes two tickets to the ball and the company or individual's name featured in the Fur Ball program. The sponsorships are offered in increments up to $2,000, and include the installation of and naming privileges for one of the new kennels at the Humane Society shelter, a table for eight at the ball, the company/individual name prominently displayed at the table and featured in the program, a quarter-page ad in the program, and a listing in the media thank-you and Humane Society publication.

Tickets to the event are $75, which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dancing and an auction. A cash bar will be available.

To get information or to help out, call the shelter at (352) 796-2711. Checks may be mailed to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 10328, Brooksville, FL 34603.

LABOR DAY PARTY: Tickets are available for the Labor Day Bash that will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

Food will include sausage and peppers, meatball subs, salads and desserts, which will be served from 3 to 4 p.m. There will be games with prizes and music.

Tickets are $10 and available in the lounge. Tickets are limited to 100. For information, call (352) 597-7979 or visit

PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS: The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System will offer preschool screenings for children age 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten and who might have problems with speech, language, hearing, vision, concepts or motor coordination.

Screenings for the 2012-13 school year will be held at the Exceptional Student Education Center, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville, on the following days: Aug. 29, Sept. 5 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 7 and 28, Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, March 13 and 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1.

The free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested, as space tends to fill up quickly. Call Linda Kaszuba at (352) 797-7021.

FAMILY SUMMIT: The fifth annual Summit for Youth and Families will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.

The event will be presented by the Hernando Youth Initiative of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce education committee.

The summit will address graduation rates, the transition to college and the workforce, teen pregnancy prevention and support, substance use, violence, bullying, childhood obesity, mental health, mentoring and early learning.

There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited to 300. All reservations and cancellations must be made by Sept. 30. RSVP to [email protected], or call Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322 or (813) 748-1506. Sponsorships are also available.

KOREAN WAR VETS SCHEDULE FALL FESTIVAL: Korean War Veterans Legion 5053 and Ladies Auxiliary will have their annual fall festival Sept. 29 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. There will be a social hour with a cash bar from 2 to 3 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded. A buffet dinner, catered by John Mason Catering, will be served from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Entrees include roast beef with gravy and boneless breast of chicken. Dessert will be apple pie a la mode. Irish comedian Danny Justice will entertain from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Table reservations for eight or more are available. For tickets or information, call Rich at (352) 688-7196.

ZOO ANIMAL MANAGEMENT COURSE: The Florida International Teaching Zoo will offer a zoo animal management program starting in September. The course includes veterinary assistant certification.

The program features academic lectures with hands-on experience with the teaching zoo animals. Lectures will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays and Mondays at the teaching zoo classroom in Bushnell. Lab times will be a minimum of one day each week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there will be one weekend public tour day each month.

Graduates will receive certification from the zoo. Past graduates have found employment at zoos, wildlife parks, veterinary clinics, wildlife rescue facilities, circuses, and state wildlife and game departments.

Tuition is $1,000 per term (there are four terms) and is tax-deductible. Monthly payment plans may be arranged.

Class size is limited to 15 students, who must be 18 or older, in good health and free of any zoonotic diseases.

For information, call (352) 867-7788 and leave a message or email [email protected]

Visit the website at

HEAD START ENROLLMENT: The Mid-Florida Community Services Head Start Early Childhood Development Preschool Program is accepting applications for enrollment for the 2012-13 school year.

The program serves children who will be 3 or 4 years old as of Sept. 1. Head Start also serves children with disabilities.

The federally funded, income-eligible program encompasses nutrition, education, mental health and disabilities, medical/dental health, and parent and male involvement, as well as the family and community partnerships needed to support strong, healthy children and families.

The items needed to apply include the following:

• Birth certificate.

• Proof of residency (utility bill).

• Photo identification for parent/guardian.

• Proof of income for parent/guardian for the past 12 months or the prior calendar year, whichever is applicable.

• Documentation of a child's disability if applicable.

• Proof of custody if applicable.

Applications for enrollment will be accepted from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or by appointment at the following Head Start locations:

• 835 School St., Brooksville. Call (352) 754-2464.

• 11245 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 556-4800.

• 403 S Lincoln St., Bushnell. Call (352) 748-6677.

SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ELKS DINNER SHOWS: The entertainment schedule for the 2012-13 season at Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 has been announced, and tickets are on sale.

Individual shows cost $32 for prime seating and $30 for regular seating. All six shows are $186 prime and $174 regular. Tickets may be purchased from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson, or by calling the secretary's office at (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.

All shows include dinner at 6 p.m.; showtime is 7:30 p.m.

The shows are:

Oct. 13: Sounds of Soul, six singers who have recorded with Capitol Records, Big Apple Records and R&S Records. They do a mix of Motown classics.

Nov. 17: Singer Paul Tanner does tributes to Elvis, Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck.

Dec. 8: The Christmas Show, featuring the Marlins — brothers Gary, Jack, Rick and Robert — who have been performing together for more than 25 years.

Jan. 26: Phil Dirt and his band will present "Surf's Up," a musical tribute to the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, the Hondells, and Ronny and the Daytonas.

Feb. 2: Changes in Latitudes, a tribute to singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. Singer Steve Kareta performs.

March 9: Singer-musician Jimmy Travis brings his Las Vegas and Branson show to Hudson, doing original comedy and songs as well as musical favorites.

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