Encephalitis virus found in chicken
Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus has been found in a sentinel chicken in western Hernando County, county Mosquito Control director Guangye Hu said Wednesday. This means that the virus is present in mosquitoes in the area but no human cases have been reported. The rare disease transmitted through bites from mosquitoes can cause inflammation of the brain in humans and can be deadly to both humans and horses. Symptoms appear four to 10 days after a bite and can include headache, fever, chills and vomiting. The county plans to step up inspections and treatment in the western part of the county and residents are encouraged to eliminate sites of standing water, wear clothing that covers the skin and use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Anti Drug Coalition to honor Fasano
The Hernando County Community Anti Drug Coalition will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Petersburg Times/Hernando Times office at 15365 Cortez Blvd. The meeting is to celebrate State Sen. Mike Fasano's role in helping to get the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Bill passed in the Florida Legislature, as well as his work in limiting the amount of "pill mills." Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis will present an award to Fasano. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Tresa Watson at (352) 596-8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESE workshop offers parents help
Hernando County Exceptional Student Education and the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System will present "Facilitative IEP Process and Conflict Resolution for Parents" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 28 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. The workshop is for parents of ESE students with individual education plans. There is no cost to attend. RSVP to Janeen Defilippo at 352-797-7022, ext. 407.
Shop to sell art under the trees
Karen's Kit'n Kaboodle thrift shop will present an "Art Under the Trees" art sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The sale will be outdoors in front on the shop, which is on the grounds at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd. There will be a variety of art available. For information, call (352) 686-1114 .
Groove on over for a Disco Night
The Spring Hill Community Association will present a Disco Night with DJ Marty from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave. There will be a contest for the best 1970s attire and best dancers. Light refreshments will be served. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available. Tickets are $10 in advance (before 4 p.m. Friday), and $12 at the door. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Call (352) 666-4746 .
Children's songwriter/performer Nancy Lynn Cooper: 10:15 a.m., West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Recommended for families with children 6 and younger. (352) 540-6391.